2016-2017 Programs


Our 2016-2017 programs are scheduled for next season.  If you have not yet joined or renewed your membership, please send your check of $35* made out to “Vassar Brothers Institute” to:

Vassar Brothers Institute
P.O. Box 3342
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

$35 membership* includes admission for two to all 10 Programs
*($140 value at single admission rate of $7 per person)

For Membership information and questions please call: (845) 462-7308

2016-2017 Programs

Travel & Adventure Programs at
Poughkeepsie High School Auditorium
70 Forbus Street, Poughkeepsie, NY

7:30pm (Doors open at 6:45pm)

November 2, 2016
John Holod
Florida’s Amazing West Coast

In his new film, John will be taking us up Florida’s diverse west coast. We’ll start by exploring some of the ten thousand islands in the Everglades National Park. We’ll observe an incredible array of birds, mammals, marine life and flora, learn some fascinating history and meet some very interesting people along the way.

November 9, 2016
Ryan Pyle
Tough Rides – Brazil with Ryan Pyle

Get ready for an amazing ride! Renowned producer, director and adventurer Ryan Pyle takes us for a ride on his cross-country motorcycle across Brazil and back. Venture deep into the Amazon, hang glide from the tallest ledge, inspect a coffee plantation, fish for piranha, climb to the mountain top, all while encountering many friendly Brazilians.

November 16, 2016
Patricia Keith
Not a Day Goes By: Remembering Hells Canyon

Join Patricia Keith as she makes her way through America’s deepest gorge, meeting the ranchers who still eke out a living in this well-named canyon. Patricia weaves her own canyon travels with vintage stock shot by earlier explorers who also traveled through this most remote part of our great northwest.


November 30, 2016
Steve McCurdy
Scenes from an Italian Journey

Experience Steve’s passion for Italy through the many scenes he puts before us: the glorious art of Rome, the pastry chefs near Florence, the fresh cheese of shepherds in Sardegna, and the Good Friday procession of Sicily. All this coupled with Steve’s deeply-felt, marvelously-descriptive commentary. Remarkable!


December 7, 2016
Karin Muller
Egypt’s Secret Side

Karin takes us on a dramatic, fast-paced, and unforgettable journey through a side of Egypt that few Westerners will ever see. Traveling alone she lives with Cairo’s garbage collectors, Nile fishermen, and Bedouin nomads. She gains the trust of Mullahs, souk-market sellers, and young, Tahrir Square revolutionaries, giving us a chance to learn about the interesting lives of every-day Egyptians.


SCIENCE IN YOUR LIFE 2017 Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8

The 2017 series will be at 7:30 p.m. on January 25, February 1 and February 8. As in the past, each program will consist of an understandable talk by a scientist involved in research on the topic, and an opportunity for questions from the audience. Brochures giving speakers, and subjects and the location will be distributed in January. The purpose of these lectures is to bring together the general public and scientists to explore topics of interest and importance to everyone. Admission is free.

7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
(Doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Our Lady of Lourdes High School
131 Boardman Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Programs whose purpose is to bring together scientists and the lay public in the exploration of topics of general interest and concern.  Admission is free.

Program Committee
Mary Louise Van Winkle, Chairperson
Maung S. Htoo
Stephen Friedland

Travel & Adventure Programs at
Poughkeepsie High School Auditorium
70 Forbus Street, Poughkeepsie, NY

7:30pm (Doors open at 6:45pm)

February 15, 2017
Marlin Darrah
Hawaii & the South Pacific

Become energized by our visit to the islands of Hawaii. You’ll sense the fresh, floral air and warm, tranquil waters, as you gaze upon the breathtaking natural beauty. From Hawaii we’ll visit the islands of French Polynesia: the mystique of legendary Tahiti and the eye-rubbing beauty of Moorea. But we’ll also meet some of the modern-day, friendly inhabitants of this remote paradise.


February 22, 2017
Dennis Burkhardt
Our National Parks: Sunrise to Sunset

Where America’s wilderness comes alive. Havens for animals and for people. These parks have changed people’s lives. Join Dennis as he explores the Great Smokeys, Voyageurs, the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Crater Lake, Mount Rainier, Yosemite, Olympic, Glacier, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon and more. Come away refreshed by the timeless beauty of these unique corners of our country.


March 1, 2017
Karin Muller
Perilous Journeys with Karin Muller

Karin returns to mesmerize us with a high-energy, action-packed, multimedia presentation filled with stories, slides, video clips and an entertaining Q&A. After seeing her thrilling “Inca Road” and “Egypt” films, you’ll now have a chance to ask her questions and hear more about her adventures as a renowned National Geographic explorer.


March 8, 2017
Joe Medeiros
Mona Lisa is Missing!

Did you know the Mona Lisa was stolen? And that she was missing for nearly 2 ½ years? Joe will give us the how and why in his fascinating film about the unbelievable 1911 theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous masterpiece. Follow this story from Paris to Italy, where we uncover the truth behind the “greatest art heist in history”.


Friday, March 31, 2017
Classic Films Night at the Bardavon

By popular vote of VBI members, Bogey will be back this year starring with Ingrid Bergman in this ever-favorite classic. You and your membership partner are invited to attend for free! Just show your VBI membership cards. Park in the municipal lot behind the Bardavon. Trustees will be on hand to assist. In addition, you and any others in your party may attend any other classic movies at the Bardavon or Ulster Performing Arts Center for $1 off the regular price of $6 each. Again, just show your VBI membership card.

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