E-news March 24, 2016
Outing to Penobscot Theatre Company
Date: Sunday, May 1
Depart: 1:30 p.m. Hutchinson Center
Return: 6:30 p.m. (approximately)
Cost: $55/person (Transportation & theater)
From the author of Tuesdays with Morrie comes a story ripped from the headlines—of a tawdry tabloid. When a jaded New York journalist is sent to cover a mysterious angel shooting in Alabama, he expects to find and dutifully perpetuate a hoax, but skepticism turns to surprise as the evidence points to divine intervention. Not since the half man-half alligator story has there been so much media in the swamp, and with all the helicopters, the two guileless, guilt-ridden hunters can hardly think! Ultimately a sweet allegory about redemption, this uproarious play is a rare comedy with a surprisingly heartfelt message.
To sign up for this outing, click this link.
Last Call to Senior College Artists
The 14th Annual Festival of Art will be held June 9-12 and is open to Maine artists 50 years of age and older, amateur and professional.
Click here to download registration form. Deadline for registration is March 31. Deliver artwork to Hutchinson Center on Wednesday, June 8. There is plenty of time to create something!
For more information call 338-8033, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Call for Volunteers for the Festival of Art
The Festival will be in full swing June 9-12. Volunteers are needed for the Greeting Table, as Security Guards, and to prepare food for our opening night. Sign-up sheets will be available in the Atrium during the Spring Semester; please select a time that best suits your schedule.
We are so very grateful for the help we have received in the past from faithful supporters, and would love to see some of our new members get involved this year. It’s a great way to meet people and make new friends. Thank you so much!
Cathy Bradbury, Chair
Festival of Art Committee
Do you love opera? Are you curious about opera? Here is an opportunity to expand your knowledge and enjoy great music at no cost to you.
Richard Brown has been teaching opera classes at Senior College for years. All the DVDs are in the Senior College office and are available for members to borrow. Click this link to the Senior College website for a full list of opera, ballet, dance and other materials available.
Update on Read Across America
The Community Service Committee of Belfast Senior College was very busy for Read Across America. Between March 1 and March 11, 2016, over 30 volunteers visited about 600 school children to read aloud to them. Volunteers, many who are retired teachers, visited Monroe Elementary School, Morse Elementary School, Captain Albert Stevens Elementary, Lincolnville Central School, Edna Drinkwater School, Searsport Elementary School, East Belfast Elementary, and Kermit Nickerson Elementary. Most volunteers read two or more books to eager and delightful audiences ranging in age from 5-12. The schools visited have free and reduced lunch counts of between 25-75% (indication of poverty level).
In each of the eight schools, volunteers witnessed dedicated teachers and principals who have made literacy a high priority. All classrooms had books everywhere and highly “print-rich environments.” One volunteer asked all third graders in one high poverty school, “Who loves to read?” All students raised their hands; they were eager to share what they were currently reading. One third grader was on his third Harry Potter novel.
Volunteers regularly reported that they had fun reading and interacting with students. Some volunteers completed paper work to become regular school volunteers. A special thanks to all volunteers who made this ambitious project possible!
The Community Service Committee has regular standing members in addition to many people who help out when needed. These members include: Maggie Reilly, Jewel Rayner, Karen Knox, Debbie Hopper, Cathy Bradbury, Patricia Skaling, Elisabeth Goodridge, Kathleen Kearns, Elsa Chapin, Dorothy Colcord, and Janine Gates. This committee will meet over lunch in the Atrium the second week of the upcoming Spring session. We will brainstorm other possible projects that the committee might want to take on. It’s not too late to become a member of this committee. Please let one of us know if you are interested.