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Pack Your Own Chute! Focusing on the future.

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 4:15am @ SUNY Sullivan

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Conference Schedule

8:15 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

9:15 a.m.
Keynote by Carole Montgomery

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Workshop Session I

Visit our marketplace in the Seelig Theatre Lobby – open all day.

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch is served in Upper “H” Building
Benmosché Family Dining Hall

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Workshop Session II

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Closing & Raffle
Seelig Theatre

About Our Keynote Speaker

Carole Montgomery

Carole Montgomery

With over two dozen television credits to her name, Carole Montgomery is a respected veteran of the standup comedy scene nationwide. In addition to her numerous TV appearances, Carole has headlined clubs and colleges across the USA and starred in two different Las Vegas production shows. In her ten years as a LAS VEGAS STAR, it is estimated that she has been seen by over five million audience members. Besides being a comedian and writer, Carole is a wife and mother. She’s been married for thirty years and has a 23 year old son, Layne. She was Vice-President of her son’s school PTA and helped coach his Little League team for seven years. She is now dealing with an adult son leaving home, her Peter Pan husband and living with her mother-in-law. The jokes write themselves. Though her onstage persona and offstage home life would seem to be on opposite sides of the spectrum, she juggles both with ease.

Workshop Session 1
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Yoga for Better Being

Presenter- Susanne Springer
Come enjoy the practice of yoga as a way to increase your range of motion, evenness of breath, a better sense of balance and greater strength. Learn a few simple poses that can be practiced daily to tap into better health, vitality and freedom from anxiety. Bring a yoga mat for optimal stability. Wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement.

Cake Decorating

Presenter- Chef Mary Magnetico
Learn the fundamentals of cake decorating in a relaxed and fun atmosphere! This hands-on class will teach you how to level, ice & fill a cake. You will also learn to use decorator bags for easy decorative techniques and to make buttercream roses! Maximum of 16 participants. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

Healthy Breakfasts and More

Presenter- Dayna Halprin
In this class join Chef Dayna from Early Bird Cookery as she teaches participants to create tasty, healthy and locally sourced breakfast dishes with ingredients from local farms and markets that your whole family will love! Maximum of 16 participants. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

Trading Cardio for Cosmos:
One Girl’s Adventures in Moderation

Presenter- Alexis Eggelton
Join fit-chick wannabe Alexis as she discusses healthy weight loss and maintenance in this all-new session! Topics range from cooking “health” food that still tastes great, developing an exercise routine at any fitness level to how you can improve your emotional wellness and reduce your stress with just two words. Eggleton has chronicled her 100+ pound weight loss in her blog, Trading Cardio for Cosmos, where she coaches others on how to have their cosmos, and still have dinner, too!

50 Shades of Red:

Presenter- Lauren S. Roman, M.D., CRMG
Mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, irregular or non-existent periods amongst other oddities of the body begin to happen as women move into perimenopause and cross over into menopause. Although you may feel out of control as you experience this body altering event, there is help! In this class learn about options to quiet the “heat” within and help move through this process in a more comfortable manner.

Silken Treasures

Presenter: Regina Kaufmann, Owner of The Enchanted Easel, Artistic Workshops with Spirit
This fun and interactive session will teach participants how to create beautiful, unique silk hand dyed scarves. At the end of this workshop you will have a new accessory or a wonderful gift! First come, first served. Maximum of 12 participants.

Your “Parachute” Pack Sack:

Presenter- Shirley Felder, Life Coach
In this light yet introspective class life coach, Shirley Felder will help participants get down to the nitty gritty to figure out how your “parachute” (life) is packed and who is helping you pack it. Shirley’s candid and fresh perspectives provide her audience with a dose of humor, reality and honesty as she tells it how it is while making no apologies! She is a master of diversifying what she does in order to do what she loves- help others.

Creating your Own Miniature Succulent Garden

Presenter- Susan Dollard
Learn about succulent plants, including care, maintenance, propagation and transplanting. In this class you will create your own little succulent garden to take home. This class is hands-on, so prepare to enjoy this workshop based on education and creativity! Maximum of 12 participants. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

Workshop Session 2
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Crafting with Botanicals

Presenter: Peg Berg
In this hands-on class learn to make a beautiful spring wreath using aromatic herbs, spices, dried flowers and grape wreaths. Make a fragrant keepsake or fabulous gift. Learn which herbs dry and preserve best, then take it home, hang it in a warm place to release the rich scent and enjoy! 12 participants. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

Yoga for Better Being

Presenter- Susanne Springer
Come enjoy the practice of yoga as a way to increase your range of motion, evenness of breath, a better sense of balance and greater strength. Learn a few simple poses that can be practiced daily to tap into better health, vitality and freedom from anxiety. Bring a yoga mat for optimal stability. Wear comfortable clothing that allows for movement.

Watercolor and Wine

Presenter- Chris Parrow
Join SUNY Sullivan art professor, local painter and potter as she leads you step by step through an exciting floral watercolor project using a variety of unique techniques while sipping on a glass of wine. At the end of class you will take home a beautiful watercolor painting that you created! 18 participants. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

A Sweet Tooth: Chocolate Confections

Presenter- Chef Mary Magnetico
In this session learn how to make delicious confections – from truffles to caramels and more. Bring your sweet tooth as there will be enough sampling to ensure a sugar high! Each participant leaves with a complete set of recipes so each tasty treat can be recreated at home! It is sure to be a “sweet” afternoon! Maximum of 14 participants. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye Oh, My!

Presenter: Stacy Cohen, Proprietor, Catskill Distilling Co.
Whether you’re a scotch drinker, a bourbon fan, or are interested in learning and appreciating dark liquors, this workshop is for you! Sample Catskill Distilling Company’s ever popular Righteous Bourbon, One & Only Buckwheat, Defiant Rye and Fearless Whiskey. Learn the history of the distillery and behind cask-aged spirits! Taste and evaluate different styles and sample and compare flavor profiles. Come over to the DARK SIDE and find out how fun and accessible the world of whiskey, bourbon and rye can be! Maximum of 15 participants. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

Plant Centered Cuisine:

Presenter- Dayna Halprin
The mega trend for 2016 is the glorification of vegetables! This is not about turning vegetarian, vegan or demonizing meat. Instead, it’s about appreciating a new view of veggies. Vegetables have become the star of the center of the plate, not simply a side dish. Now “steaks” of roasted cauliflower or butternut squash are standing in for rib-eyes. Mushrooms are subbing for ground beef. Lasagnas are being layered with spinach and eggplant. So you’ll have lots of veggie inspiration in the year ahead. In this class learn fantastic recipes to make your veggie cuisine “YOUR MAIN”! 16 participants. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

Preparing for a Safe Landing:

Presenter- Shirley Felder, Life Coach
There are key elements in your life that must be in alignment for a safe free-fall and landing. In this workshop Shirley will help you tighten up your cords and give your parachute one big quality control inspection so that moving forward your life can encompasses fortitude, forward thinking, and function!

Gluten FREE Baking

Presenter- Cynthia Marcello
Gluten free cooking and baking is all the rage and for some a necessity. When a gluten-free diet is prescribed we have to learn how to remove all traces of gluten from our diets. Suddenly we realize how vast the use of gluten is in our food supply. In this hands-on class we will introduce you to the world of gluten free baking and explore coconut flour, almond meal, and some handy go to mixes from the pantry. Maximum of 16 participants. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!

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