Upcoming Fall Trips with the Adult Program

Reserve the dates for three fall trips offered by the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program and led by Helene Schachter. Tour the Storm King Art Center located in the beautiful Hudson Valley; visit the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, dedicated to the rescue and preservation of Yiddish and modern Jewish books; and explore the Museum of the Moving Image, in Queens, devoted to the appreciation, art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. All trips depart from and return to the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. Details are provided below. For more information or to register, please call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949.

Storm King Art Center & Torches-on-Hudson Restaurant -- Thurs., Oct. 13

Landscaped lawns, fields, and woodlands provide the site for sculptures by internationally renowned artists at Storm King Art Center. The grounds are surrounded by the undulating profiles of the Hudson Highlands, a dramatic panorama integral to the viewing experience. This is the most popular week of the year for this tour because of the foliage! The focus of Storm King Art Center's distinguished permanent collection of American and European modern sculpture is on large, abstract, welded-steel works from the 1960s to the present. A core group of sculptures by David Smith anchor a collection of outstanding works by modern masters such as Calder, Moore, and Nevelson, among many other superb works by other contemporary sculptors. To grasp the scope of this outstanding, huge facility, we've arranged for two tours. When we arrive, take a 45-minute docent-led walking tour of art surrounding the main building. Then, enjoy a recorded, narrated tram ride around the perimeter. If you haven't visited Storm King before, it's a must! And if you have, join us as no two visits are the same. Enjoy lunch at the popular Torches on the Hudson. Our lunch, chosen from their varied menu of eclectic American cuisine, will begin with a tossed salad followed by entrée choices such as penne in plum-tomato sauce, seared chicken breast topped with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes in Marsala wine, or tilapia in oreganato crust with vegetables. End with their warm apple cobbler and coffee/tea. There are no substitutions. This trip takes place on Thursday, Oct. 13. Depart 8 a.m.; anticipated return 4:30 p.m. Fee: $99 (includes docent-led walking tour and a narrated tram ride tour, lunch, transportation, and all gratuities). Walking, steps, rain or shine.

National Yiddish Book Center & Brunch -- Sun., Oct. 16

Enjoy the beauty of New England as we drive to Amherst, Massachusetts. You don't have to know Yiddish to enjoy a visit to the National Yiddish Book Center, where all displays are described in English. The Center, set in an old, picturesque, apple orchard, is designed along the lines of an East European shtetl with a meandering, shingled roofline. On a docent-led tour, view some of the 1.5 million Yiddish volumes collected by Aaron Lansky and his small army of zamlers (volunteer book collectors). These books, the primary, tangible legacy of a thousand years of Jewish life in Eastern Europe, were saved by American-born Jews. Browse through stacks and stacks of Yiddish books and sheet music. Visit the outstanding gift shop where you can purchase gifts and Aaron Lansky's book, Outwitting History. In it, he relates his adventures of crisscrossing America, collecting Yiddish books from attics, basements, demolition sites, and dumpsters for the National Yiddish Book Center, one of the largest and fastest-growing Jewish cultural centers in the world. The Center generally has outstanding programs on Sunday. At press time, the program for the day of our visit has not been announced, but everyone on previous trips has enjoyed them. Begin with brunch in the Dining Commons of Hampshire College -- informal, cafeteria-style with hot and cold selections. Sandwich and fruit will be provided on our trip home. Indicate choice when registering: turkey, tuna salad, or roast beef. No substitutions. Trip departs at 8 a.m., on Sunday, Oct. 16; anticipated return 8 p.m. Fee: $119 (includes brunch, Yiddish Book Center docent-led tour and presentation, sandwich on return trip, transportation, and all gratuities). Walking and steps.

Museum of the Moving Image & Riverview Restaurant, Astoria -- Wed., Oct. 19

The Museum of the Moving Image, one of the first institutions to focus exclusively on film, has recently completed a $67-million expansion. Our 90-minute, docent-led tour will include two floors of the museum. View "Jim Henson's Fantastic World" featuring over 120 artifacts, including drawings, animations, storyboards, props, and video material highlighting Kermit the Frog, Bert, Ernie, and the Muppet Movie. Begin the day with an early lunch at Riverview Restaurant where we will have a choice of appetizer; entrée choice of chicken marsala, lemon-sole meuniere, or vegetarian pasta, dessert, and beverage, while we enjoy the waterside view. Extensive walking, limited seating at museum. This trip takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Depart 10:30 a.m.; anticipated return 4:30 p.m. Fee: $110 (includes lunch, museum admission and docent-led tour, transportation, and all gratuities).


Adult Program Special Events in October

Look forward to these unique special events offered by the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program this October. Experience bread baking firsthand at Great Neck's Jean Marie Patisserie; tour and dine at the historic Douglaston Club, a haven for yachting and tennis; and learn about the symptoms, the research, and latest treatments for hearing loss. For more information or to register, please call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949.

Jean Marie Patisserie & Bistro: Hands-On Bread-Baking & More -- Mon., Oct. 17

Several months ago, Jean Marie Patisserie & Bistro relocated to Middle Neck Road from its prior locations on Northern Boulevard and Garden City. Jean Marie is known for its artisan breads. Chef John Muscarello will demonstrate how to make bread like an artisan. Part of this hands-on class will take place downstairs in his restaurant kitchen. Each person will learn how to prepare an artisan bread -- make the dough, roll and shape a loaf, and go home with a freshly baked bread. During the class, enjoy a special pastry and coffee/tea. Join Chef Muscarello along with Helene Schachter for this class on Monday, Oct. 17, from 7-9:30 p.m. Must be pre-registered. Meet at Jean Marie Patisserie, 66 Middle Neck Road, (516) 304-5439. Fee: $19. (Steps -- part of this class will take place downstairs in the restaurant kitchen.)

Douglaston Club: Historic Yachting & History-Making Tennis -- Sat., Oct. 22

During the 1800s, Little Neck Bay was the haven for J. P. Morgan, Thomas Lipton, and their yachts. They formed the Douglaston Yacht Club with a palatial floating clubhouse until a nor'easter swept it across the Bay to Crocheron Lake. Some members then left and moved east to form the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. Eventually, George Douglas's home became the Douglaston (Country) Club -- most fitting as his son won the first America's Cup Race sailing the Sappho. Tour the Club with its Yacht Squadron Room and the upstairs' foyer lined with photos of the celebrities who once lived in the now-historic, landmarked Douglaston Manor. Then, lunch upstairs in the Commodore Lounge. In the Front Room, there'll be fresh vegetable crudités with dip, assorted cheeses and crackers, and seasonal fresh fruit, with a cash bar. The luncheon buffet, set up in the Red Room, includes chafing dishes of tortellini carbonara, bow ties with broccoli and mushrooms in garlic and oil, penne with fresh tomato and basil, petite chicken piccata (white wine, lemon, and capers), sautéed green beans in garlic and oil, and Caesar salad. For dessert, there will be an assortment of cookies with coffee and tea. Seating will be at bistro tables and about the Club. Today, the Douglaston Club is internationally known for tennis and is home court for Mary Carillo and John and Patrick McEnroe -- the Big Three tennis commentators. Their mothers, Terry and Kay, will welcome us. The Douglaston Club courtyard is dedicated to Mary Carillo and the #1 court to John McEnroe. There'll be a drawing among those attending for Patrick McEnroe's new book, Hardcourt Confidential, replete with mostly harmless gossip, inside tennis pontificating, and McEnroe family lore. Carol Brock leads this special event on Oct. 22, from Noon-3 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the Douglaston Club, 600 West Drive, Douglaston Manor, (718) 229-3900. Fee: $35 (includes luncheon and gratuity). Steps: Luncheon is on the second floor and requires ability to use stairs.)

Hearing Loss: What You Can Do About It -- Thurs., Oct. 27

You can do something about hearing loss! This is a session for those who admit they have a hearing loss and want to hear better, think they have a hearing loss, and even for those who know someone who doesn't think they have a hearing loss. Causes, prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, hearing aids, implants, and assistive-living devices will be explored. The Hearing Loss Association of America, through a series of brief videos, will provide accurate information about hearing loss and what you can do about it. After viewing the mini videos, your questions about the medical aspects of hearing loss will be answered by Elliot Goldofsky, MD, FACS. Your questions about your hearing aids and other needs will answered by Audiologist Tracey Lynch, Aud, FAAA, CCC-A. Two members of the local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America -- who have successfully coped with hearing loss -- will also be present to interact with you over coffee and brownies. This informative special program takes place at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave., on Thursday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. Fee: $10.