20th Anniversary Celebration (2012 - 2013)
The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs (A.L.L.) was founded as the Academy for Learning in Retirement at Saratoga Springs (ALR) in October 1992. We will be enjoying a year-long 20th Anniversary Celebration, which began on July 1, 2012. We have chosen the theme Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Mind.
Carrying out this theme throughout the year, we are offering many special events and programs as well as thematic study groups. Watch and listen for announcements of these events on local newspapers and radio broadcasts.
For the third year, we have worked with the talented students in the Shenendehowa High School Graphic Design class, who have created our 20th Anniversary poster.
We have received several congratulatory messages from governmental, college and other leaders.
The day of our fall Orientation was proclaimed Academy for Lifelong Learning Day in Saratoga Springs.
Sept 2012-Saratoga Mayor Proclamation- ALL Day.pdf (PDF 219kB)
(You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader version 2.0 or higher to use the document.)
The following is a listing of our events for the anniversary year:
JULY 12: HALL OF SPRINGS LUNCHEON
& NEW YORK CITY BALLET AT SPAC
AUGUST 15: ANNUAL HIKE AND PICNIC
MOREAU STATE PARK
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7: FALL ORIENTATION BRUNCH
113 WEST AVENUE
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14: NYS LIFELONG LEARNING MONTH EVENT
"LOVE AND MARRIAGE IN THE 19TH CENTURY"
AN ORIGINAL PLAY WRITTEN BY A.L.L. MEMBER REENA KONDO
NOON, ROOM 126, 2 UNION AVENUE
In recognition of New York State Lifelong Learning Month, the Academy will present a dramatic reading of “Love & Marriage in the 19th Century,” an original play written by A.L.L. member Reena Kondo. After delving into the journals, letters and writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, his wife Lidian and friends Margaret Fuller and Henry David Thoreau and finding them to be unexpectedly revealing of their private feelings and relationships, Reena couldn't resist using their beautiful language to construct a program consisting of a series of skits and commentary. This program will be presented as a dramatic reading and will show the interaction of these sensitive individuals and the social restrictions of the 19th century. Reena has produced this play previously at the New York City Public Library. Come join A.L.L. members, college staff and members of the public to celebrate Lifelong Learning Month with this special lunchtime entertainment. This brown bag lunch event is free and open to the public.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16: AL FRESCO DINNER AT A LOCAL FARM
A feast of local foods will be prepared by Tim Meany, the chef/owner of Beekman Street Bistro, at the Longwood Farm in Fort Edward. Farm owners Liza and David Porter will greet participants with cold beverages and a selection of appetizers, followed by a thirty-minute walking tour of their Washington County farm. Wear comfortable shoes! Dinner will be served in a tent, rain or shine, and will consist of vegetable lasagna, grilled roast pork, salads, roasted seasonal vegetables and potatoes. A dessert table will feature fresh fruit in season, berry cobbler, pies and hot beverages. In addition, guests may bring wine or beer to enjoy with their meal.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5: GOLF TOURNAMENT & LUNCHEON
VAN PATTEN GOLF COURSE
Avril Beveridge and Ange Whisher have planned a wonderful golf outing as part of our 20th Anniversary Celebration. It will be held on October 5 at the VanPatten Golf Course in Clifton Park, New York beginning at 9:00AM and will include nine holes of golf with cart plus a banquet lunch at the beautiful Vista Restaurant.This event will lend itself to our theme, Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Mind and will afford all participants the opportunity to enjoy a day of camaraderie with friends while getting in a little exercise.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25: PARTNERS IN CREATIVITY
NOON, ROOM 126, 2 UNION AVENUE
A.L.L. and SUNY Empire State College will once again present Partners in Creativity, showcasing writers from each group reading from their original work. Academy members Sue Valaitis and Margaret French will read prose, and Dave Goldberg will share some of his poetry. Bob Congemi and Lisa D'Adamo will represent the college. Come join A.L.L. members, college staff and members of the public to celebrate the talents of the participants and enjoy this special lunchtime entertainment with good company. This event is free and open to the public. The college will provide light refreshments.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17: “LOCAL, NATURAL, ORGANIC -
WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?”
AN INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION ABOUT
REDISCOVERING LOCAL FOOD
2 PM, ROOM 126, 2 UNION AVENUE
Teri Ptacek, Executive Director, Agricultural Stewardship of Washington & Rensselaer Countieswill moderate our November 17 Food Forum. Join local farmers, farm preservationists and others interested in healthy eating to discuss the present and future of buying locally produced food.
The Beekman Boys, our special celebrity guests, will entertain with stories about how two city boys became farmers in Sharon Springs. The Beekman 1802 Heritage Cookbook will be available for purchase.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7: HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2013
WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, FEBRUARY 6
5TH ANNUAL STORYTELLERS SERIES
NOON, ROOM 126, 2 UNION AVENUE
A.L.L.’s popular winter Storytellers Series will mark its fifth anniversary season this January. Our professional storytellers, Phylise Banner, Betty Cassidy, Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Carol Gregson, Betty McCanty and Joe Peck will return with stories based on A.L.L.’s 20th anniversary theme: Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Mind. The programs are free and open to the public and have become a Saratoga winter tradition. Be sure to arrive early to secure a seat. From past experience, we will again “pack the house!”
Sunday, March 3: Nacre Dance Company Performance
2:00 PM, SPAC Little Theater
Join A.L.L.'s dance expert Judi Fiore at the spring performance by Saratoga's resident modern dance company. Nacre’s 2012-2013 performance series titled, Uniting Dance with the ‘Modern’ Age, will add to an already expansive repertoire of historic modern dance classics along with Ms. Fecteau’s original choreographies. Nacre has chosen three pieces that span the decades from the inception of modern dance to present day and that explore three themes: nature, heritage, and history. Nacre will be performing Doris Humphrey’s Water Study (1928), Anna Sokolow’s, Kaddish (1945), and Sabatino Verlezza’s, Tobi Roppo (current). Plans are being made to offer an optional lunch at a local restaurant before the show. Look for upcoming details and reservation information.
Friday, March 15: Tour the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College
with Ginger Ertz, Museum Educator and A.L.L. Study Group Leader
1:00 PM, Tang Teaching Museum
Suggested donation: $3.00 per person
Ginger will lead a special of tour of the two main exhibitions: Someday is Now: Corita Kent; and Carrie Moyer: Pirate Jenny.
Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent is the first full-scale survey of more than thirty years of work by Corita Kent (1918–1986). A teacher — and former nun — at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and a civil rights, feminist, and anti-war activist, Kent was one of the most popular American graphic artists of the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibition includes more than 200 works of art, as well as other objects of importance in her life.
Carrie Moyer: Private Jenny includes two decades of Carrie Moyer’s paintings, including many newly made for this exhibition. Her work is mostly abstract, yet it merges political imagery, abstraction, and unapologetic visual pleasure. Complex and seductive, her paintings layer overlapping, biomorphic forms, vibrant colors, and a diversity of textures.
To reserve your place call the A.L.L. reservation line 518-587-2100, ext.2780.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5: SPRING ORIENTATION BRUNCH
113 WEST AVENUE
Friday, April 19: Identity Theft, Senior Scams and Cybersecurity
1:00 PM, Room 143, 113 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs
Free and Open to the Public
Melanie Grossman, Outreach Coordinator for the New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection will offer tips on how to respond when your identity or financial accounts have been compromised. In addition, she will explain how to spot a scam and what to do if you have been victimized. Scammers use creative approaches to encourage consumers to part with their hard-earned money and/or their personally identifying information. Understanding how scams work, and knowing how to avoid them, can help protect consumers from falling victim. She will also present the latest information about cybersecurity. Come, learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4: ANNUAL MEETING & LUNCHEON
TUESDAY - THURSDAY, JUNE 11 - 13: OVERNIGHT TRIP
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
As we finalize our 20th A.L.L. Anniversary Celebration join fellow members in exploring Newport, RI, the “city by the sea.” Known as a New England summer resort and for the famous Newport Mansions, Newport has the reputation of being America's first resort and the yachting capital of the world. Visitors find that its beautiful beaches, harborside bistros and quaint boutiques offer a multi-layered escape. History lives on here too, in the Gilded Age mansions, America's Cup yachts and the now-famous St. Mary's Catholic Church (where John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy wed). Once the summer playground of America's wealthiest families, Newport remains a popular vacation destination. The famous mansions, each more opulent than the last, offer detailed tours and give a fascinating glimpse into Gilded Age extravagance. While the town rightly emphasizes its history with a variety of museums and tours, Newport also has a vibrant, contemporary side, made manifest in quirky shops and great restaurants.
We’ll be staying at the luxury Hotel Viking in the heart of Newport, taking a tour of the city and enjoying a breathtaking sail aboard the schooner, Adirondack II, which offers spectacular views of Newport Harbor. Also included will be a tour of the Breakers, the grandest of Newport's summer "cottages" and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America and today is designated a National Historic Landmark.
Thursday, June 20: "Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe & Lake George"
Tour at the Hyde Collection
Academy members will be among the first to tour this prestigious exhibit. The exhibit draws together about 60 paintings from private collections and various museums including oils, watercolors and pastels. It encompasses work that O'Keeffe did while living and working part of the year with her husband, Alfred Stieglitz at the Stieglitz family estate on Lake George from 1918 to the 1930s. O'Keeffe (1887-1986) sought new sources for inspiration for her work and reveled in the discovery of new subject matter at Lake George, found respite in its bucolic setting and enjoyed long walks through the pastures and wooded trails that surrounded the property. "Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe & Lake George" will present the full range of works by the artist including: magnified botanical compositions of flowers and vegetables, still lifes of apples and pears, arboreal portraits, architectural subjects and panoramic Lake George landscape paintings.
Plans are being made to offer an optional lunch at a local restaurant after the tour. Look for upcoming details and reservation information.