Logistics

US IPHU 2011: Logistical Information

Where:  The course will take place at the retreat center of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Ossining, New York. This is one of several Maryknoll facilities in Ossining and is also referred to as the Bethany House.  The Bethany phone number is 914-762-6364.

How to get there by car: These directions are taken from the Maryknoll website.  The Lay Missioners are located at 40 Somerstown Road,  Ossining, NY 10562 – 3107

Traveling North

  • Take Saw Mill Parkway North
  • Take EXIT 26 – Taconic State Parkway North; Drive 1.5 miles
  • Take the RT-9A N / RT-100 N exit; Drive 3.2 miles
  • Take the ramp toward OSSINING / MILLWOOD; Drive <0.1 miles
  • Turn RIGHT onto CROTON AVE / NY-133 / becomes SOMERSTOWN RD; Drive 0.5 miles
  • The entrance to 40 Somerstown Rd, MKLM Headquarters in The Bethany Building, will be on your right
  • Come up the hill and park in the back of the building where our entrance is located

Traveling South

  • Take US-9 South
  • Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto NY-9A South; Drive 2.9 miles
  • Take the ramp toward OSSINING / MILLWOOD; Drive 0.1 miles
  • Turn RIGHT onto CROTON AVE / NY-133 / becomes SOMERSTOWN RD; Drive 0.5 miles
  • The entrance to 40 Somerstown Rd, MKLM Headquarters in The Bethany Building, will be on your right
  • Come up the hill and park in the back of the building where our entrance is located

Please Note: The Maryknoll Fathers and the Maryknoll Sisters also have their headquarters in the general vicinity of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ headquarters. Please be sure that you are joining us at the Bethany Building. We look forward to seeing you!

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How to get there by train: Ossining can be reached via the Metronorth commuter line from Grand Central Station.  Here is a link to the schedule.  If you come by train, make sure to contact Matt Anderson so that pick-up from the station can be arranged.

For film buffs: The stretch of river from New York to Ossining appears in the Alfred Hitchcock movie North by Northwest; it’s in the scene where Eva Marie Saint first flirts with Cary Grant on the train from New York to Chicago.  Here is a link to a contest related to the movie and the Hudson.

Dates: Plan to arrive in the afternoon of June 4th; we will have dinner ready.  The IPHU will end on Sunday, June 12th;  breakfast and lunch will be served on that day.

Food and Lodging Information

Rooms at the retreat center are simple with 1 single bed in most rooms. Bathrooms and showers are shared. Sheets, blankets, pillows, towels and soap are provided, but you may want to bring an additional towel if you like big towels or have lots of hair to dry. Bethany House does not have air conditioning. The Bethany phone number is 914-762-6364.

Wi-fi will be available.

Three meals daily beginning with dinner on Saturday night and ending with breakfast on Sunday are part by your registration fee. Most will be prepared in the Bethany kitchen by a caterer. Although they will not be fancy, we will do our best to insure that the meals are delicious and nutritious. If you want vegetarian meals, please check the box on the registration and payment form.  In order to insure there is enough food for everyone, if you choose vegetarian, you must eat vegetarian at every meal. Conversely, if you don’t choose vegetarian, you can’t eat the vegetarian option. When visiting health projects in the Bronx, or while at the Friday Conference at Albert Einstein College, other arrangements will be made.

Coffee and tea will always be available. If you have a favorite snack, feel free to bring some to share.

What to Bring Checklist

  • Clothing (it is likely to be warm/hot, with rain possible)
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Bathrobe and extra towel (optional)
  • Sun hat (for walks on the grounds and trips to the Bronx)
  • Travel mug for coffee/tea/water
  • Your preferred writing materials (notebook, pens, pencils, etc)
  • Laptop or other wi-fi device, if you have one
  • FM radio receiver with headphones, for simultaneous translation system. This could be an iPod, Mp3 player, or a small radio.
  • Camera
  • Medications you take regularly
  • Pictures, brochures, short videos or anything else that you can use to show us what your community and your activist work is like, and help us understand the problem your project is trying to solve.
  • Cash or credit card for any extras or souvenirs you want to purchase while in New York City.

 

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