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Road Scholar Mission

Not-for-profit Road Scholar inspires adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. Why We Value Diversity:
Road Scholar values diversity as a dynamic and integral part of a thriving educational community. We strive to embody the rich diversity of our society and welcome all adults to experience the adventure of lifelong learning with us


In the early 80s, the Crafts Center joined Road Scholar (Elderhostel) program, an international network of colleges and other institutions offering special classes for participants, 40 years and older. Last year over 500 students from throughout the United States participated in the week long craft workshops. Many are returning after their first experience and stay in the peaceful and quiet surroundings nestled in the Appalachian Mountains near Ripley, WV.

A typical week starts with dinner Sunday evening and orientation. Classes are scheduled from 8:45 am to 4:30 pm daily with special activities in the evening. Visits by local dignitaries and musicians, slide shows, and visits to local points of interest are included during the week. A banquet on Thursday evening culminates the week and participants bid one another good-bye after lunch on Friday before heading back home.

Registration for these week long classes is normally handled directly by the national office of Road Scholar (Elderhostel). The Crafts Center also can be of help in learning more about the program. Registration for local commuters is handled by the Crafts Center. The cost of a typical Road Scholar (Elderhostel) week is $487 for workshop, room and meals.

For more information about our Road Scholar (Elderhostel) program, please contact Gloria Gregorich at the Cedar Lakes Crafts Center.


2015 Class Schedule

April 12-17, 2015

The Story of the Celts - Mick Maloney


April 19-24, 2014

  • Stained Glass - Dave Houser
  • Basketry: Having Fun with Color - Gail Hutchinson
  • Quilting: String Quilt Magic - Judy Lilly
  • Woodcarving - Bob Barris
  • Build a Dulcimer - Phil Holcomb
  • Watercolor - Debbie Lester
  • If Bread is the Staff of Life, You Should Discover Our Appalachian Specialty: Salt Risin' Bread - Mary Beth Lind


May 3-8, 2015

  • Stained Glass - Dave Houser
  • Watercolor - Jerre Watkins
  • Quilting: Stars and Chevrons - Roberta Farmer
  • Woodturning, Form, Technique & Finishing - Joe Smith
  • Sensory & Specific: A Creative Writing Course - Colleen Anderson
  • Beginning Fly-Fishing & Fly Tying - Randy Augustine


August 16-21, 2015

  • Watercolor - Debbie Lester
  • Quilting: Christmas Come Early - Judy Lilly
  • Woodcarving - Bob Barris
  • Woodturning A-Z - Joe Smith
  • Nature Printing - John Doughty
  • Beginning Fly Fishing & Fly Tying - Randy Augustine
  • Origami Containers - Colleen Anderson


September 13-18, 2015

  • Stained Glass - David Houser
  • Watercolor - Jeanne Brenneman
  • Nature Printing - John Doughty
  • Quilting With Strips and Strings - Roberta Farmer
  • Learn to Play the Appalachian Dulcimer - Heidi Muller
  • Build a Dulcimer - Phil Holcomb
  • Beginners Marquetry & Parquetry (Wood Inlay) - John Sedgwick & Keith Michaud


September 27-October 2, 2015

  • Quilting: Stars and Chevrons - Roberta Farmer
  • Basketry - Having Fun With Color - Gail Hutchinson
  • Primitive Rug Hooking - Dianne Kelly
  • Woodcarving - Bob Barris
  • Build a Dulcimer - Phil Holcomb
  • Watercolor - Jerre Watkins
  • Learn to Play the Bowed Psaltery - Tish Westman


October 20-25, 2015

  • The Shamrock Shore: Irish Culture and History at Home and Abroad - Mick Maloney
  • Celtic Stained Glass - David Houser


October 25-30, 2015

  • Stained Glass - David Houser
  • Basketry - Joyce Cain
  • Quilting: Smokey River - Mary Brown
  • Watercolor - Jeanne Brenneman
  • Woodturning A to Z - Joe Smith
  • Tinsmithing - Bob North
  • From the Inside Out: Your Own Story, Your Own Words - Colleen Anderson


November 29 - December 4

  • Quick Holiday Quilting - Roberta Farmer
  • Holiday Stained Glass - David Houser
  • Holiday Woodcarving - Bob Barris
  • Holiday Woodturning - Joe Smith
  • Holiday Baskets and Woven Ornaments - Gail Hutchinson
  • Holiday Dulcimer Playing - Shelley Stevens

To register or see the current year's classes for any of our Road Scholar (Elderhostel) Craft Classes, please contact Road Scholar (Elderhostel) directly.






Road Scholar (Elderhostel) instructor Dr. Mick Moloney, folklist & musician was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment of the Arts.


 Road Scholar (Elderhostel)
11 Avenue de Layfayette
 Boston, MA 02111-1746

Cedar Lakes - Conference Center
82 FFA Drive, Ripley, WV 25271
(304)372-7860 or Fax: (304)372-7881
E-mail: ggregori@access.k12.wv.us; gloria-greg@hotmail.com
Operated by WV Department of Education


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