The evening attractions for SLE 2019 will include the Rochester Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet, Ruby Shooz with a 1950-1960’s style ice cream social beforehand, and the popular Old Hippies. Sunday’s closing entertainment will be Guy Macaluso’s Full Swing Band.


The Silver Lake Experience is held at various locations on the  adjoining campuses of SLI and Asbury.  The following is a list of the buildings and rooms where various events will take place.

Welcome to the website for the Silver Lake Experience, a biennial event held in the historical Silver Lake Institute and Asbury Retreat Center. Now in its third season, this biennial event will be open for registration soon. Come join us for summer entertainment, fun, and learning on the shores of beautiful Silver Lake, New York.


The Silver Lake Experience is a 4-day mini-chautauqua event that takes place on the grounds of Silver Lake Institute and Asbury Retreat Center, two long-established not-for-profit institutions that began to collaborate on SLE in 2013. Two successful Experiences were held in 2015 and 2017, and our third is scheduled for August 8-11, 2019.


The Silver Lake Experience offers a wide array of educational, cultural, spiritual, recreational and entertaining workshops, as well as special evening performances. Participants may sign up for a single full day (includes a continental breakfast, lunch, 3-4 workshop sessions and evening performance) or for the full 3 1/2 day Experience. (Individual event tickets are available only for evening performances provided there are still available seats.)


Enjoy reviewing the list of wonderful workshop offerings that are coming your way. The complete descriptions, presenter biographies, and registration directions will be coming in January, 2019.

We hope you will save the dates, August 8-11, 2019 and choose to take a chance on

THE 2019 SILVER LAKE EXPERIENCE!.

​​More Details To Follow

Asbury Retreat Center
 1. Willmott Lodge- Lodging and two Presentation Rooms
2. Koinonia Inn- Meals and Presentations
3. Asbury Manor-Lodging, Presentations, Porch Chats
4. Asbury Swimming Pool and Waterfront
5. Snack Shack

Silver Lake Institute
 1. Performing Arts Center at Epworth Hall (est.1892)
       Welcome Center, Main Hall & Stage, Epworth Cafe
2. John H Stoody Memorial Hall ( est. 1892) 

3. Hoag MemorialArt Gallery (est.1895)
4. Bishop Burt Park (1918)/Auditorium Park (1888)
5. Big Blue Dock, Marina & Waterfront (1873)




​​​​FRIDAY, 8/9/19
SLI SCAVENGER HUNT
BIRDING AND GARDENING BY HANS KUNZE
WATERCOLOR CLASS PART 2
 CHAPLAIN - REV JACKIE ROSE ANN KRAFT, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
APPROACHING ELDERHOOD
CONTEMPLATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
BREADTIME STORIES-STEPS TO KINDNESS
JOURNALING AND STRESS REDUCTION
FAKES AND FORGERIES IN THE ART WORLD PART 2
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM MONTANUS
LITERARY DISCUSSION ON NOVEL: “TOO CLOSE TO HOME”
PROGRESSIVE KNITTING
3 TO SEE COTTAGE TOUR
BOAT TOUR
KAYAKING
“BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE -PART TWO”
“BOB’S BARN CHAT”
“SILVER LAKE THROUGH THE GENERATIONS”ARCHITECTURAL DISCUSSION/CYNTHIA HOWK 

TOUR OF “THE ELMS” OF WARSAW
WRITE YOUR OWN OBITUARY
OUR PERSONAL RESPONSE TO POVERTY
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF SILVER LAKE INSTITUTE
INTRODUCTION TO HAIKU
UNDERSTANDING HONEYBEES
FOOD DEMONSTRATION
FLORAL ARRANGING BY LISA SEEWALDT
WOODWORKING BY TOM PEDLOW
LIKE DARK CHOCOLATE, A LITTLE STRESS IS GOOD
PORCH CHATS
OPEN SWIM
RETURN TO THE ’50’s & 60s ICE CREAM SOCIAL & CLASSIC CARS
CONCERT-RUBY SHOOZ


SUNDAY-FREE BONUS DAY
SUNDAY WORSHIP
HOT DOG FELLOWSHIP
CLOSING CONCERT- FULL SWING BIG BAND

SATURDAY, 8/10/19
SLE SCAVENGER HUNT
CHAPLAIN- REV MARK HARRIS, HOSPICE CHAPLAIN, SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR, HOMELAND HOSPICE

PERRY UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TOUR
THE SUPREME COURT-A BRIEF HISTORY
HARRIET TUBMAN PORTRAYAL
CREATIVE COOKING BY HOLE IN THE WALL
THERAPEUTIC KNITTING
BUFFALO ZOO ANIMAL PRESENTATION
BUFFALO ZOO-PETTING ZOO
PRESERVING YOUR FAMILY PHOTOS
BOB’S BARN CHAT
NEEDLE FELTING
3 TO SEE COTTAGE TOUR
BOAT TOUR
KAYAKING
TOUR OF “THE ELMS” OF WARSAW
MUSICAL FAMILY FUN WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT
ACKNOWLEDGING & AFFIRMING YOUR SPIRITUAL STORIES
LEGEND OF THE SILVER LAKE SEA SERPENT
LAKE FRONT WALK- DECKS, BOATHOUSES & GARDENS
WHAT’S NEW IN AMERICAN THEATRE
JOHN KUCKO PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTATION
SENIOR ALERT-PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SCAMMERS
LETCHWORTH STATE PARK HISTORY
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
LEARNING MORE ABOUT YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICES
ART SHOW BY SILVER LAKE ARTISANS
VISUAL COMMUNICATION
RELAXING AT THE LAKE FRONT
PORCH CHATS
CONCERT DESSERTS
CONCERT: THE OLD HIPPIES

​​​THURSDAY, 8/8/19​​

SLI SCAVENGER HUNT
GEOCACHING
PUPPETRY
TOUR-EAST HILL CREAMERY
FRESHWATER-GLOBAL TO LOCAL  CONSIDERATIONS  AND STAKEHOLDERS ROLES
THE HISTORY OF ELBERT HUBBARD AND THE  ROYCROFT MOVEMENT
INTRODUCTION TO WATERCOLORS:
CONTEMPLATION AND MEDITATION
FOOD DEMONSTRATION-BY THE GLEN IRIS INN
DAILY CHAPLAIN-REV MYRA BROWN OF SPIRITUS CHRISTI

"THE WOMEN OF PORTAGE FALLS AND LETCHWORTH PARK"
HISTORY OF LETCHWORTH STATE PARK
THE WATERCOLOR EXPERIENCE
PIONEER CABIN TOUR
FLORAL ARRANGING BY PERRY GARDEN CLUB
3 TO SEE COTTAGE TOUR
BOAT TOUR
KAYAKING
BOOK BINDING
DISCUSSION ON ISLAM
JAMAICAN CULTURE
NATURE WALK BY DOUG BASSETT FROM  LETCHWORTH S.P.
TOUR OF STOWELL WILES GALLERY AND ARTIFACTS  @ PERRY LIBRARY
ERIE CANAL SAL PORTRAYAL
PORCH CHATS
LAKE FRONT CHAT ON THE HISTORY OF SLI
PROGRESSIVE KNITTING-SL SEA SERPENT
OPEN SWIM

THE BARNS OF JT WELLS & SONS
CONCERT DESSERTS 
CONCERT BY RPO WOODWIND QUINTET