In fall 1998, 2000, and 2002 (as part of our 10th anniversary celebration) and 2007 (as part of our 15th anniversary celebration) the Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) held weekend conferences at Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks, located in the Adirondacks of northern New York State. Beginning with dinner on Friday, members and their guests enjoyed evening programs, a choice of study groups led by experienced A.L.L. facilitators and the opportunity to socialize with new A.L.L. acquaintances and established Academy friends.
The weekend study groups ranged from How to Read Financial Statements to Nature Writing to Sketching by the Lake. Mountain hikes, nature walks and tours of the Silver Bay campus, a Registered National Historic Place founded in 1902, were also offered.
Some members preferred to spend the warm autumn afternoon in a rocking chair on the porch of Silver Bay's gracious Victorian Inn contemplating a view of serene Lake George with the majestic Adirondack Mountains forming an impressive background.
These weekends have proven very popular with A.L.L. members as a way to escape to a beautiful, historic location to enjoy learning and become better acquainted with their fellow Academy members.
Scholarships were available on a confidential basis for members demonstrating financial need who wished to attend Silver Bay Conferences.