Encore Travels To the West Point Military Academy 2018
On a lovely June day, 30 intrepid Encore members took the bus! And where we landed was one of Orange County's most memorable sites: West Point Military Academy. Our guide led us through the grounds, onto a magnificent view of the Hudson River, into the Museum and Chapels, around the West Point Cemetery where we paused at the headstones of illustrious grads like General Norman Schwartzkopf, astronaut Ed White, the last Buffalo soldier, Sylvanius Thayer (Academy founder), and the many men and womhen who served and died for our country. A living history lesson was the stop at the piece of the forged chain once hung across the Hudson to deter British ships; the huge links defied human lifting efforts. Afterwards, the renowned Thayer Hotel served up a delicious hot and cold buffet, while the portrait of General MacArthur watched over us.
Pick Up Those Colored Pencils! Let's Draw in our Fall 2019 Class
12 happy senior learners, guided by volunteer instructor Joe Petrosi, did just this in an engaging 5-session course, "Color Pencil Drawing" in September-October. The emphasis here is on DRAWING so members learned how to create or transfer an original design or a photo or sketch from another medium. Using the light box, tracing paper, enlarging techniques, they intently created the outlines. Then instructor Joe demonstrated various strokes, shading etc for creating special color textures and effects. "Joe is an amazing instructor who knows how to work with us individually as well as a group," one class member says. And what you can see below are some of their works and all of their smiles!
ENCORE Members Visit Ellis Island September 2016
"Who we are now and who we were when" was the theme of Encore's Travel-Learn excursion this September. Led by Bev Schulman, Travel Committee Chair, the energetic group toured the main building, marveled at the displays of immigrant memorabilia, and viewed the names on the Wall of Immigrants.