Summer Courses

Summertime is a great time to enjoy a special learning experience, no school, no schedules, and long days of sun (hopefully) and relaxation. What better time to explore a topic of interest on a subject new to you? Senior College at Belfast once again is offering a variety of opportunities to tempt you and your friends to join us for a day or days of fun this summer, learning and meeting with fellow life-long learners and making new friends and acquaintances.

We are once again waiving the membership fee for all summer courses. You, your friends, family and neighbors of any age need only pay a one-time registration fee of $20.00 to participate in your choice of class. All classes, unless otherwise noted, begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until 3:00 p.m. A lunch break is included and all are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch for the full-day classes. Morning and afternoon breaks are scheduled and include refreshments.

Take a look at all the classes, and after you’ve decided on the ones you are interested in, fill out our quick and easy summer registration form. No login necessary.


Common Lichens of the Maine Forest

Instructor: Diann Henderson

  • Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • One hour lunch break
  • Class Limited to 24

This is a hands on exploratory course to understand and identify the common lichens of our Maine forests. We will work to understand the mystery of what lichens are, how they grow and reproduce, and their role in the ecosystem. We will identify samples in class using a hand lens. Weather permitting, we will identify a number of lichens on the Hutchinson Center grounds. We will use nature journals for notes and drawings throughout. Students need to bring a journal with blank pages (such as a 5” x 7” sketch pad) and a hand lens. Material to print will be sent to students prior to class start. There will be a one hour lunch break.

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Tell Me A Story

Instructor: Eddie Adelman

  • Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • 45 Minute lunch break

As children we all spoke the words, “Tell Me a Story.” In this class, we’ll pull back the curtain to discover what makes a great novel, memoir, play, or movie. Why does Hamlet still captivate us 400 years later? Why is Hannibal Lector the greatest screen villain ever? Why do we see ourselves in the young Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird? Why is The Hobbit’s Bilbo Baggins a prime example of a journeying hero? 

Using film clips from “Casablanca,” “The Graduate,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” we’ll explore various facets of storytelling such as character, dialogue, story design, a sense of place, comedy, suspense, the hero’s journey, hateful villains, and unforgettable endings. We will also use excerpts from novels and memoirs, as well as story songs by Judy Collins, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and The Beatles. But understand, this is not a “how to” writing class. Non-writers will be just as fascinated and entertained as writers. There will be a 45 minute lunch break.

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Safe Online Dating for Mature Beginners

Instructor: Wendy C. Kasten

  • Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • 90 Minute lunch break

This course is designed for anyone seeking to find companionship online. Everyone has heard about online dating sites, but how do you do it? And, how do you do it safely to avoid the numerous online scams? Just recently, two mature singles in our area were scammed and the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office had to get involved to try and save an older man and woman from losing thousands of dollars. This all day session will consist of a presentation by Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton, about safe online dating and avoiding scams.

During the afternoon session we will be working with computers, either your own laptop, IPad, tablet, or one will be provided. Participants will learn about different sites, creating a safe online presence, handling various situations, and answering questions that arise. Lunch break will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

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Beginning Drawing

Instructor: Sandi Cirillo

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2019
  • 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • 30 Minute lunch break
  • Material fee of $8.00
  • Class Limited to 12
  • Class closed

Drawing is the oldest form of written communication and is easily a favorite leisure activity. In this class, you will explore your creative side as you learn how to create a good composition using techniques such as shading, contrast, perspective, texture, movement, etc. We’ll be experimenting with different drawing materials too, so you can see which you like the best (or the least). Drawing landscapes and still lifes are just a small part of this class. All supplies will be provided. Just bring your enthusiasm to learn something new. Come prepared to enhance your creativity and stimulate your imagination through drawing. There will be a half-hour lunch break.

Material fee of $8.00

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