DATES AND INFORMATION
Reunion Hosts – Bill and Carolyn Pollock
Friday August 6th – Sunday August 8th, 2021
Mt. Morris / Letchworth Park
Closest Airport is in Rochester NY
It is with great anticipation that we are planning our reunion in this rural area of Western New York where old friendships will be refreshed and new ones engendered. We are planning a more relaxed schedule to allow time for old fashioned visiting, but you will still have plenty of options. Check out the list of sightseeing choices on this page, and we guarantee that you will want to stay a few extra days to include some of them.
A day trip Saturday to Letchworth State Park (about a half hour from campus) is the main event, although you have many more selections, such as Niagara Falls (about an hour and a half north) to pursue on your own. Letchworth State Park was voted #1 state park in USA Today in 2015, and the Best New York State Attraction in USA Today 2017. Known as the Grand Canyon of the East, the park comprises 14,350 acres and is 17 miles long with steep gorge walls down to the Genesee River, and 3 major waterfalls. There is a $10 per car fee to enter the park but once inside, everything else is free. In addition to hiking trails, there is a museum featuring the life of William Pryor Letchworth, (who donated the land for the park), and other Native American artifacts. The Humphrey Nature Center runs a movie loop with breathtaking scenery taken by a drone throughout all 4 seasons, plus enjoyable activities for children. If you are adventuresome, you could book a rafting trip with Adventure Calls Outfitters (585-343-4710), but that needs to be reserved well in advance. Balloons over Letchworth offers hot air balloon rides in the early morning and evening, but trips are very weather dependent.
Letchworth State Park Lower Falls –
Accommodations are listed on the right. We have reserved rooms at the Country Inn and Suites in Mt. Morris which is at the north end of Letchworth Park.
Saturday morning before heading off sightseeing, we will take a group photo and that afternoon there will be a tour of Bill and Carolyn’s underground energy efficient home. Come see our millennial scene mosaic floor, air-to-air heat exchanger, heat pump hot water heater, temperature mitigating shades, composting toilet, handmade cabinets, and take a walk on our roof.
Pollock’s Underground House- near the south end of Letchworth Park.
For those wanting to hang out Sunday afternoon, We will try to schedule an Escape Room adventure at Nick of Time Escapes in Swain, NY.
So – let the fun begin and count yourselves a part of it!
The closest airport is in Rochester NY
Country Inn and Suites in Mt. Morris – (585) 658-4080
***Be sure to tell the hotel that you are with the Schutz SASAF Reunion Group so your credit card will not be charged.
- We have reserved 25 rooms for the reunion.
Other Local Accomodations – If the Country Inn and Suites is full please call Carolyn about staying at one of these other options. Carolyn – (585) 455-2612
Other Things to do in the area for early commers –
Angelica – A village about 15 miles from Houghton, known for antique shops.
Mt Morris Dam – Near Mt. Morris is an entrance to the eastern side of Letchworth Park where you can take an interesting tour inside the Mt. Morris Dam, completed in 1952 by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Mills Mansion – an 1838 restored home on the National Historic Register. Mills Mansion State Historic Site
Finger Lakes Winery tour and boat rides on Keuka Lake – Finger Lakes Winery Tours
Hammondsport – The Curtis Airplane Museum
Dansville – to the south is another lovely park, Stony Brook, with a rock swimming area and hike to smaller Falls
The Clara Barton Red Cross Chapter # 1 museum – by appointment only
Geneseo – The National War Plane Museum– home of the “Whisky 7” C-47 plane that flew to Normandy in 2019 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Many interesting displays including one on the Tuskegee Airman
Canandaigua – Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, a 50 acre garden estate built in 1887.
Darien Center – (between Rochester and Buffalo) has a large amusement park
Mumford – The Genesee Country Museum, a “living museum” of over 50 historic buildings with authentically costumed craftsmen and women demonstrating their trades.
LeRoy – The Jello Museum (no kidding, but we’ve not been there!)
Nunda – about 20 miles from Houghton, has a golf course, and there are others in the area but this is the closest
QUESTIONS? EMAIL US!
If you have specific interests or questions, please email us at email@example.com and we will endeavor to find an answer or point you in the right direction.
The Registration fee will include hotel and all meals for the weekend (except Sunday lunch)
- REGISTER ONLINE BELOW OR
- REGISTER BY MAIL. CLICK HERE TO PRINT OUT A REGISTRATION FORM.
Registration fee includes hotel room at the Country Inn & Suites, packed lunch on Saturday.
Fee – is $120 per person
* Please note: We will not be sending out registration packets through the US mail for this reunion. If you need help registering, please let us know. Please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF REUNION EVENTS:
Friday the 6th-
Check in at the Country Inn & Suites or other local hotel
Saturday the 7th –
Breakfast – 7:30 am – 8:15 am
Group photo at the hotel
A Picnic lunch will be provided and lunch will be at the Trailside Lodge.
** We’ve reserved the Trailside Lodge at Letchworth for the day. Trailside is located next to the nature center. It can be the meeting place for people who would like to have lunch together. And if people are tired from hiking or there is rain for part of the day a good place to find some friends to visit with.
Choice 1: A day trip to Letchworth State Park, (voted by USA Today as best State Park In 2015), and Best Attraction in NYS in 2017. Maps will be provided. The park is 17 miles long. Besides the 3 water falls there is the William Pryor Letchworth Museum, the Humphry Nature Center, The Mary Jemison (white woman of the Genesee) statue and Seneca meeting house, all kinds of hiking trails, and Adventure Calls rafting trip on the Genesee River, which requires reservations quite in advance. This is about 20 minutes from Pollocks’ house. There is a $10 per car entry fee so we suggest car-pooling.
New Railroad Bridge & Middle Falls at Letchworth Park –
Choice 2: Niagara Falls, which is about an hour and a half away. The Maid of the Mist is a nice (short!) ride on the Niagara River, and the Cave of the Winds (no longer a cave), takes you to an area where some of the water cascades on you. Once in Niagara Falls bus tours are available, but again, it would be wise to research in advance. IF the Canadian border is open, there are many tourist attractions, such as a Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, etc. Plenty of tourist shopping everywhere.
Niagara Falls from the Maid of the Mist boat –
Tour of Pollocks’ Underground House
Dinner – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday the 8th –
Breakfast – 7:30 – 8:15 am
Board Meeting and general meeting including Zoom meeting
Check-out – 11:00
Lunch – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
For those wanting an extra adventure, We will look into making reservations for the Escape Rooms at Swain Resort (Ski area). This is about 35 minutes from Houghton. These are really fun team building and creative thinking experiences. The cost is around $25 per person.