2019 SILVER LAKE EXPERIENCE

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

SATURDAY AUGUST 10TH, 2019




PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SOME SESSIONS MAY HAVE REACHED MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT!

7:00-8:45 AM- Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:00- Onsite Registration 


7:30-8:00 AM

S1 Daily Devotion

"Sunrise Devotional: Scripture Reading" ​
By: Chaplain Mark Harris, Hospice Chaplain/Spiritual Counselor, Homeland Hospice 

Limit: 25 People

Sunrise Devotional: Scripture Reading — Psalm 19:1-6 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1



S2  "An Underground Railroad Walk and Talk - The Perry Discussion" 
By: Ernie Lawrence, Local Amateur Historian                                     
Limit: 20 People

We will examine the lives of four early 19th century operators of the Underground Railroad in Perry and take an easy 1/2 mile walk to explore their properties. Details on meeting location will be given at registration to participants. This is a family friendly tour off site. 


S3 “3 To See Cottage Tour”

By: Sharon Pratt, SLI Cottage Owner

Limit: 12 People

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Early campers at Camp Wesley (1870s - 1890s) stayed in tents which were gradually replaced with cottages. The cottages range from original rustic to somewhat contemporary. These tours offer a walk through several cottages. (3 To See = 3 cottages)​

S4 "Ask the Chaplain"

By: Mark Harris, Hospice Chaplain/Spiritual Counselor, Homeland Hospice

Limit: 40 People

Participants will be able to submit anonymous questions through a variety of means    prior to this presentation. Handwritten comment cards, email, texts, even a courier pigeon if you have one. Chaplain Mark will randomly select questions for discussion in an informal, non-judgmental, open sharing forum. Have you ever wondered why the Bible says this or that? Or perhaps you need Biblical clarity on current issues or culture? Too often we fear asking and, as a result, stunt our personal growth in faith. Let’s explore together what God says and how it applies to us. This is a great chance to literally ASK ANYTHING!


S5 "Creative Cottage Cooking"

​By: Travis Barlow, Executive Chef, Hole in the Wall Restaurant and Ration Wine Bar, and
Jacquie Billings, General Manager, Hole in the Wall Restaurant and Ration Wine Bar

Limit: 20 People


Experience a delicious cooking lesson using fresh local ingredients. The operators of the famous Hole in the Wall Restaurant and the new Ration Wine Bar will collaborate on creating a wonderful meal that participants can reproduce. The presenters will demonstrate how to use the unique ingredients found within miles of Silver Lake to create satisfying cuisine in your own kitchen. Space is limited for this popular session!

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S6 “Kayaking”

By: Asbury Staff

Limit: 10 People


Have you ever wanted to learn how to kayak? Or maybe you want to take some time to relax on the water. Participants will meet with the Asbury Camp staff for a brief lesson on kayaking and will then glide out onto the lake in an Ocean Kayak. Kayaks, paddles and life vests will be provided. You may get wet! Ages 10 and up


S7 "Progressive Knitting- SL Sea Serpent"

By: Tina Turner

Limit: 20 People

Silver Lake Sea Serpent Scarf Knitting Class!
Learn to knit your very own Sliver Lake Sea Serpent Scarf!
Taught by Silver Lakes own, Tina Turner!
Sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 classes, each participant will receive a free copy of this original pattern,
designed just for the Silver Lake Experience.
The class is designed for the adventurous beginner or intermediate knitter.

If you are not able to come day 1 don’t worry, each day will start with Tina helping the new ar-
rivals begin the scarf, and continue to help the rest of the class continue on there way!

This reversible scarf will begin with an I-cord cast on and will have I-cord edges, with a sea
serpent winding his way across the length of the scarf. The serpent will be in stockinette stitch
on a reverse stockinette background. Lots of fun skills to learn!
The scarf will be worked using 2 skeins of DK weight yarn (about 400+ yds) so it will be nice
and warm and a fairly quick knit. You will be so happy you attended, this is the perfect gift or
be the first on your block to sport your very own Silver Lake Sea Serpent Scarf!

When the cold winds blow and you bring out your Serpent Scarf, you will be so glad you at-
tended! It will remind you of your wonderful weekend participating in the Silver Lake Experi-
ence.

Class One: Begin with the I-cord cast on and then the beginning of the scarf.
Class Two: Continue with the scarf, or if this is your first class, begin with the I-cord cast on.
Class Three: Continue with the scarf, or if this is your first class, begin with the I-cord cast on. 


S8 "Preserving Your Family Photos"

By: Linda Franke

Limit: 20 People

Back by Popular Demand! When Linda was a little girl, her grandmother had suitcases full of photos.... with no labels! Family photos are a great treasure and cared for correctly can tell our stories for generations. Spend an hour learning the ways to preserve and protect those stories using several methods. We will cover scanning, labeling, photo albums and boxes, light damage, copies and making a system to find the photo you want in your “suitcase”! Treasure and organize the photos you’ve found! 


S9 "Tale of the Trestle @ Letchworth State Park”
By: John Kucko, Former Sports Anchor, Digital Media Photographer 

Limit: 25 People

John Kucko will take you on the “Tale of the Trestle” speaking and demonstrating the
enormous history that recently took place at America’s number one ranked state park.
John documented every step of the process of the building of the new Genesee Arch
Bridge, followed by the removal of the iconic 1875 Portage High Bridge. He will bring a
piece of the trestle and will take you through the massive amount of work that
took place during this transformation. The railroad industry is a significant part of
Western New York’s history and the project from 2015-2018 will go down as the
grandest feat in the region as far as rail tracks are concerned.


S10 “The Supreme Court- A Brief History ”

By: Thomas J. Saunders, Criminal Defense Lawyer 

Limit: Unlimited 


Article III of the Constitution gives little direction to the makeup and powers of the Supreme Court. From the seminal case of Marbury v. Madison onward the court has struggled with questions of its power and authority. It has supported racism and it has led the country away from racism. It ultimately is a flawed but necessary instrument which at its core involves nothing less than our founders' belief that we were establishing a political system based on the rule of law. I will provide you with a quick tour through some of the central cases in its history, some of them little known or discussed outside of legal circles.


S11 “World Safari”

By: The Buffalo Zoo Education Department 
Limit: Unlimited  


In this hour-long program, we take a "trip" to the seven continents of the world. The biomes of each continent are reviewed, and several notable species native to each are discussed to emphasize the diversity of wildlife in that region. A live animal is paired with the discussion of each continent, to illustrate the adaptations of that species to their particular niche. Immediately following the presentation, there will be a half hour available to meet the animals presented, ask questions, and explore a variety of biofacts (items such as bones, pelts, horns, etc.) from animals discussed in the presentation. This is a family friendly workshop.​


S12 "Poetry We Love"

By: Ken Hennig

Limit: 20 People


Do you have a favorite poem or piece of prose? Join this “read-in” where participants will share and discuss their favorite pieces of poetry or prose. Bring one of your own favorites to share.​​



S14 "Harriet Tubman Portrayal"
By: Maggie Moore

Limit: 50 People


Harriet was born into a world that placed value only on her physical ability to produce but her worth came from a source deep within that compelled her to strive for and gain her freedom. After gaining her freedom, she did the unthinkable. Harriet accepted her divine appointment and returned to the place where she was once held captive, defied the odds against her, and led others to freedom. Come, journey with her as she takes you through the experience of a life full of dangers and a faith greater than fear. This is a family friendly presentation.


S15 "Needle Felting"

By: Mara Rooney, Scenic Artist @ Atomic

Limit: 12 People


Needle Felting is the latest trend in fiber arts. Needle felting uses a barbed needle and wool roving to create embellishments, designs, and even three-dimensional objects. Students will receive a woolen hot pad and they will then be shown how to embellish using needle felting tools and techniques. No prior experience needed. A family friendly workshop with children 10 and older. 


S16 "Bob's Barn Chat: Life In a Ten Cent World"

By: Bob Murphy, SLI Historian 

Limit: 10 People


Join Bob in his toy-filled barn and engage in a chat about when a dime was real money!! Bob will discuss some of his collection of 10-cent toys and artifacts from the 1920s to the 1960s. This is a family friendly presentation.


S17 "Your Spiritual Stories: Acknowledge & Affirm"

By: Rev. Dr. Doug Wilson

Limit: 30 People


The purpose of this workshop is to help participants discover and affirm their own spirituality. Often, when we think of spirituality, we may think of other “famous” persons spiritually speaking such as the late Sister Teresa and others. Yet, in forty years of pastoral ministry, I have very often discovered that God has been at work in many, many lives even if we may not have realized it fully. So, this workshop is an opportunity to discover, through what I have come to call spiritual stories, your own experiences of God, and to affirm them. We will also identify some options of next steps you may wish to take on your spiritual journey from the book entitled Discover Your Spiritual Name and Calling: A Workbook.


S18 "SLI Lakefront Walks-Decks, Boathouses & Gardens"  *SOLD OUT* 

By: Glynne Schultz and Carol Horowitz 

Limit: 15 People


Join us for a walking tour of the waterfront of the Silver Lake Institute. Visit some old boat houses, new decks, and beautiful gardens. You'll also get to enjoy seeing handmade quilts on display. This walking tour will include some stairs and uneven surfaces. 


S19 "World Safari" 

By: The Buffalo Zoo Education Department  

Limit: Unlimited 


In this hour-long program, we take a "trip" to the seven continents of the world. The biomes of each continent are reviewed, and several notable species native to each are discussed to emphasize the diversity of wildlife in that region. A live animal is paired with the discussion of each continent, to illustrate the adaptations of that species to their particular niche. Immediately following the presentation, there will be a half hour available to meet the animals presented, ask questions, and explore a variety of biofacts (items such as bones, pelts, horns, etc.) from animals discussed in the presentation. This is a family friendly presentation. 


S20 "Senior Alert: Protect Yourself and Loved Ones From Scammers"

By: Pat Standish, Coordinator, Community Action Angels 

Limit: 30 People


While it seems unconscionable to most, senior citizens present a large target for devious scams to rob them of their money or identities. When scammers know how to confuse and gain the trust of the elderly, they have virtual free reign of bank accounts, personal information, and even assets. If you are concerned about the well- being of a senior in your life, or like me, a senior who wants to protect yourself, join us and learn about the most recent risks and scams and ways for you to determine the legitimacy of the offer. 


S21 "Bookbinding With Olive" 

By: Rachel Richter

Limit: 15 People

How would you like your book bound?  Not sure? Join us and learn how to saddle stitch, spiral bind and perfect bind a variety of sizes & papers; and discover which technique works best for each application. Each of you will receive 3 semi assembled sample kits.
You will be able to take home a mini scrapbook (saddle stitiched), small notebook (spiral bound) and journal (perfect bound)


S22- 12:30-1:30 PM - GROUP LUNCH




S23 "3 to See Cottage Tour" 

By: Sharon Pratt 

Limit: 12 People


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Early campers at Camp Wesley (1870’ s-90’ s) stayed in tents which were gradually replaced with cottages. The cottages range from original rustic to somewhat contemporary. These tours offer a walk through several cottages. (3 To See = 3 cottages)


S24 "The Legend Of the Silver Lake Sea Serpent"

By: Bob Murphy & David McIntyre  

Limit: 25 People

Come and explore the Legend of AB Walker, creator of the “genuine, artificial, fake” Silver Lake Sea Serpent (1855) and the story of the Seneca Indians’ “creature in the lake”. Participants will walk away with a comic book on the SL Sea Serpent Legend. 


S25 "What's New in the American Theater? A Critic's Notes on Recent Productions"

By: Tom Sellar, Yale Drama School professor and NY theater critic

Limit: 40 People


Critic, professor, and Theater magazine editor, Tom Sellar, discusses recent developments in American theater, with a special emphasis on what’s new and innovative in New York’s off-off Broadway scene. His "critic's presentation" will include examples of productions and plays, as well as the cultural questions they raise. 


S26 “How Did 200 Pieces of Qing Dynasty Art End Up on Silver Lake?" 

By:  Mike Bellamy, Author, The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing; Property Developer of Silverlaken

Limit: 20 People 


For the first time ever, Perry native Mike Bellamy opens his private collection to the public and explains his accidental initiation into the world of antique Chinese wooden furniture and art. This presentation will cover: a brief intro to the speaker and his 20 crazy years in Asia; a cheat sheet on Qing Dynasty furniture & architecture; how to spot fakes, forgeries and fabrications; and a detailed look at some noteworthy pieces. Mike doesn’t claim to be an expert on the subject but he has some great stories and interesting pieces to share! You need not know much about Chinese history or furniture to enjoy the presentation. This will be an off-site presentation @ Silverlaken (5-7 minute drive)

S27 “Therapeutic Knitting”

By: Linda Franke 

Limit: 20 People


Based on the research by Betsan Corkhill, this class is designed to teach you the ways in which knitting can be used as a stress-reliever and additional therapeutic method of dealing with some health conditions. Knitting can increase creativity and well-being, and there is some evidence that it can reduce blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and possibly even blood glucose levels! Linda Franke will provide some data on this method, lead a discussion, and brainstorm ways to get more knitting into your day. Please bring a project that you are working on, or if you are new to knitting or between projects, please bring size 8 needles and a worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice. Some patterns will be available, but feel free to bring one that you would like to get started on!


S28 “Understand Your Personal Tech”

By: Giuseppe Gentile, Owner, Biblio-Tech Cafe 

Limit: 30 People


Do you own a “smart device” that you really don’t know how to use? You just do the bare minimum for fear that you might cause problems with your device or even break it? Well, let’s see if we can fix that. Learn how to use your device. No need to sift through all the bad advice out there. Giuseppe Gentile, owner of the Biblio-Tech Cafe will guide you toward a better understanding of your device and hopefully improve your quality of life through it. 



S29 "Tour of "The Elms:*Offsite- Warsaw*" 

By: Barb Aker, Home Owner
Limit: 20 People
*Offsite- Warsaw*


Travel back in time with a guided tour of "The Elms", a historical mansion in Warsaw, NY. Built in 1884, the home's architectural design is stunning and highlights the workmanship of the era. Each room tells a story and yes, that includes a few Ghost Stories! Enjoy a walk through the Carriage House and grounds, as you enjoy refreshments from current owners Barbara and Jim Aker. 


S30 Boat Tour of Silver Lake 

By: Asbury Staff 

Limit: 10 People


Enjoy the Silver Lake view from the lake while listening to the legend of the sea serpent and other long and short tales! 


S31 Art Show and Sale @ Hoag Memorial Art Gallery 

By: Silver Lake Artisans 

Limit: Unlimited 


Visit the historic Hoag Memorial Art Gallery on the lakefront. Enjoy the artwork of our Silver Lake Artisans. Many pieces will be for sale. ​

S32 "Breadtime Stories and More-Taking Steps To A Life Of Kindness 

By: Chet Fery, "Kindness Coach"

Limit: 20 People


Chet Fery, aka the Bread Man, is returning to the Silver Lake Experience in 2019 in a new role as "Kindness Coach". Join him for a few hours to explore the power of kindness, determine your "Kindness" quotient and develop your plan to fully integrate kindness into your life. The event will be transformational and life changing! Expect storytelling, a bread lesson, a loaf of bread and much, much, much more! 




S33 "Visual Commnication and Sign Language" 
By: Molly Anthony 
Limit: 25 People
Participants will experience the impact that body language, facial expression, and inflection have upon communication. Some specific sign language and manual alphabet will be taught.


S34 "Open Swim" 

By: Asbury Staff

Limit: 50

Cool off in the beautiful Asbury Camp Pool...lots of room for swimming and relaxing.
Lifeguard will be on duty. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult


S35 “Porch Chat: Mary Jemison, White Woman of The Genesee-Her Life and Story”

By: Sharon Pratt

Limit: 20 People


In the mid 1800’s, the Jemison family sailed from Ireland to America and settled in Pennsylvania. One day, a raiding band of Native Americans approached the farm and on that day in 1858, 16 year old daughter Mary’s life changed forever. Join Sharon for a relaxing lake front chat about the historical figure, Mary Jemison. 


S36 "Art Show @ Hoag Memorial Art Gallery"

By: Silver Lake Artisans 
Limit: Unlimited 


Visit the historic Hoag Memorial Art Gallery on the lakefront. Enjoy the artwork of our Silver Lake Artisans. Many pieces will be for sale. ​

S37 "Tatting Time"

By: Linda Franke

Limit: 10 People


Come join Linda Franke for a porch chat about tatting! We will be talking about the methods for making this beautiful lace, where you might find examples of it, how it was developed and who made it popular. We will also will explore some of the more unusual materials that have been used for tatting (clothesline? gold??) and get to play with some of the tools and fibers Linda uses to make these items. Hope you can join us!


S38 "Relaxing on the Lake Front"

Limit: Unlimited


One of the most common suggestions from previous SLE participants has been to give time to enjoy the lake. There will be games and seating all along the SLI lake front and maybe even some music all for you to enjoy. Come on down and RELAX!!!!  



S39 Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation
By Alena & Jon Winters, Institute of Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches
Limit: 30 People 


Mindfulness Meditation is defined as nonjudgemental present moment awareness.  In this workshop we will learn to use a single pointed focus (ie: breath, bodily sensation, movement, eating) to sharpen our focus and concentration in the present moment. As we take the time to simply be, we are able to observe our thoughts, feelings and sensations of the body without distraction. The benefits of this practice include, increased self awareness, reduced stress, improved attention and memory and so much more!


5:00-6:45 PM - DINNER ON YOUR OWN

S40 6:30-7:30 Pre Concert Dessert and Coffee @ Epworth Hall


S41 7:30-900 PM - SATURDAY EVENING PERFORMANCE

“The Old Hippies”

Bill & Kay McDonald, Vinnie Pastore, Jim Catino, Jim Sweet 

For these “time traveling” old hippies, Bill and Kay McDonald, it has always been about the music. Beginning on front porches, in fields and parks and around the campfires of the sixties, the seed was planted. It has grown over the years as they have traveled across the North American continent, entertaining countless numbers of revelers, while continuing the journey.... Now they've come full circle with an enduring passion for the music of their youth. The music of the Old Hippies is acoustic and a varied brand, be it their own creative songs or recognizable covers from a golden musical era: the fifties, sixties and seventies and on and on..., nostalgic to those who lived it and romanticized by those who didn't. They bring with them those unmistakable vocal harmonies and pleasing acoustic renditions of so many great tunes...missed by many, remembered by most and loved by all. When the Old Hippies sing and play, it’s an event for all to share. The Old Hippies will leave everyone with.... a smile on their face, peace in their mind, and a song in their heart!





*Note: Space is limited for some sessions. Registration 
is taken on a first come first serve basis. 



SESSION X - 2:00-3:30 PM

​​​Session VIII- 9:00-10:30 AM

​Session IX 11:00 AM-12:30 PM

SESSION XI - 4:00-5:00 PM