Spring Classes 2019

The Spring Course Catalog is published and registration will officially open on February 28. We have courses on politics, gardening, Internet technology, music, French, drawing, religion, meditation, literature, and more. Please join us for another challenging and rewarding semester.

Check out the spring class offerings.

17th Annual Festival Of Art Call For Artists

Greetings Maine Artists!

Attached to this post you will find registration materials for the 17th Annual Festival of Art, a special event of Senior College at Belfast. The 2019 Festival of Art Exhibit will be on display for public viewing at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast from May 30 – June 2, 2019.

The attached Information Sheet for Artists provides a detailed overview of Festival requirements, logistics, and events. Please note that the maximum dimensions for hanging work are 40” h x 50” w; maximum weight, 40 pounds. Hanging artwork must have a wire on the back that does not extend above the frame. No saw-tooth hangers!

The Festival is organized and produced by volunteers. All labor is donated. Senior College at Belfast generously covers all outreach and publicity costs. To cover the rental cost of the festival venue, participating artists pay a $15 registration fee.

You may download the attached Registration Form in rich text or PDF format, type or hand write your info in one of those documents, and send your completed form to us by return email or USPS letter mail. If mailing your registration, please enclose a $15 check payable to Senior College Festival of Art for the registration fee. The mailing address appears at the bottom of the Registration Form.

Application deadline: MARCH 31, 2019

Submit by email to: seniorcollegefestivalofart@gmail.com

Or by USPS mail to: Senior College at Belfast Festival of Art
UMaine Hutchinson Center 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast, ME 04915

If you are registering for the Festival electronically you may pay your $15 entry fee when you deliver your artwork to the Hutchinson Center on May 29th.

If you have questions after reading the attached Information Sheet for Artists, please email seniorcollegefestivalofart@gmail.com or call the Senior College at Belfast office and leave a message for the Festival organizers.

We look forward to your participation in the 2019 Festival!

Med or Meds? Mediterranean Cooking For Your Health

Special Events Committee presents:
Med or Meds? Mediterranean Cooking For Your Health

Please register and join us on Friday, April 5 at The Good Table, 68 Main Street, Belfast, for a cooking demonstration of the Mediterranean style of cooking, which features foods like olive oil, vegetables, whole grains, fish and beans.

Husband/wife team of retired chefs Sally Lewis-Lamonica and Charlie Lamonica will demonstrate and students will share the foods prepared. Recipes will be provided.

Enrollment is limited to 20. Sign up in Senior College office, download registration form on website & return to SC office, or email marthalaitin@yahoo.com.

The event is free.

Download registration form

Special Event Committee Presents The Lady in the Van

Special Event Committee
The Lady in the Van
Starring Dame Maggie Smith
With Jim Broadbent and Alex Jennings

Thursday, March 7th at 2:00 p.m.
Abbott Room, Belfast Free Library

Join us for a special viewing of Alan Bennett’s true story of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric, homeless woman of uncertain origins, who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.
104 minutes. Rated PG-13. In English, with subtitles.
This free event is open to the public as well.

Bites and Beverages

Senior College Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited to enjoy “Bites and Beverages”

Tuesday, October 9th 2018
133 Miller Street
4:30 to 6:30 pm

Bring your favorite finger food and/or a bottle of your favorite beverage!
Please let us know if you plan on coming and what you will be bringing!
Email: nanella@aol.com or call Nancy Perkins at 207-1369

E-News June 2019

Click here to register for summer classes or to get more information

Curriculum Committee

It was with a great deal of trepidation that I agreed to serve as Chair of the Curriculum Committee, but with the concerted help of a number of current members I am beginning to feel comfortable in my new role. Year in and year out this Committee offers a variety of courses with excellent instructors, which assures the success of our senior college and helps make it one of the most vital and successful in the state.

Nancy Perkins, Chair

E-News May 2019


Summer classes will be posted in the June E-Newletter.

Senior College members,

It is hard to believe that we have wrapped up another “spring” semester since the trees still lack leaves and spring flowers are only beginning to bloom. But it is Maine after all, and we have found it best to start early since many of our members have travel plans in May and June before the tourist season begins. It has been another successful year with over five-hundred members and session enrollments of 335 (fall), 367 (winterim), and 358 (spring). We are most grateful to the countless people who have contributed – our students, instructors, volunteers, trustees and committees, and the Hutchinson Center staff.

Coming in the summer is our annual Festival of Art and a variety of one-day classes soon to be announced. The Festival of Art has grown to become an exhibition of works of 120 artists from all over Midcoast Maine.

Every time I speak with leaders of other senior colleges in Maine I am reminded how fortunate we are in Belfast to have the Hutchinson Center. We are the only one able to have our classes on the same day in the same facility and therefore enjoy the social interaction that can only come from being together. Our scheduling and logistics are much simpler than those of others and so many of our infrastructure needs, like technology, handicap access, clean restrooms, and maintenance, are all taken care of. The customer-friendly Hutchinson Center staff is also a great blessing. Please thank them if you get a chance. Later this month we will be negotiating a new contract with the Hutchinson Center and expect to be enjoying this fine facility for years to come.

Enjoy your summer,

E-News April 2019

Dear Senior College members,

Welcome to the Spring session of Senior College! If you are new, we are pleased you have joined us. If you are returning, it is good to see you again. Our last eNews, highlighted new faculty who have joined us this year. The Curriculum Committee is always looking for fresh faces, topics, and approaches. There is another side of it, though, too – our core of veteran, proven teachers we rely on year after year. We also have quite a few of them. This month, I would like to highlight them. There are nineteen of this year’s teachers who have taught at Senior College for at least five years and several for ten or more.

  • Sara Shute, philosophy
  • Sandy Cirillo, art
  • Richard Brown, opera
  • Rebecca Jessup, Latin
  • Randy Mailloux, estates
  • Peter Reilly, history
  • Paul Sheridan, photography
  • Neal Harkness, music
  • Nancy Blatz, art
  • Mike Shannon, nature
  • Lila Nation, French
  • Juliet Baker, literature
  • Howard Torrey, science
  • Harry Kaiserian, food
  • Ellen Sander, poetry
  • Dick Topping, current affairs
  • Chloe Chun, environment
  • Bob Rackmales, current affairs
  • Arlin Larson, religion

They are all volunteers teaching purely from the love of teaching and their subject matters. We are most fortunate to have them. Senior College is just as dependent on this core of veterans as it is on each year’s new recruits.

Even as we enter the final full session of 2018-2019, work is already apace for 2019-2020. If you would like to be part of planning for the year ahead, this would be a good time to join one of our committees or sign on to help in other ways. New faces and ideas are needed in the organization as well as in the classroom! Some of the work is year-round and ongoing (though always with slow times too). Included here would be the Curriculum Committee, Publicity Committee, and Special Events Committee and Board of Trustees. With several people on committees, work can usually be spread out and adjusted for such things as members’ travel schedules. To find out more, just stop by the office or browse through the Senior College Handbook posted on the website.

Wishing you the best,

Arlin Larson

April 11th, 11:45 p.m.
Come and learn about:
Window Dressers
Aging Well in Waldo County
The Soap Closet

Come and learn about four non-profit organizations that serve all those who live in Belfast and its environs.

Corliss Davis will talk about Window Dressers, Marge Stickler about Aging Well in Waldo County, and Missy Hatch about HeartSong. Finally, either Judy Beebe or Sharron Walsh will discuss the Soap Closet’s output and resources.

Hopefully, this will be the first of several future brown bag lunches that will enlighten us about other non-profit organizations in our area.

E-News March 2019

Dear Senior College members,

As we get ready to begin our Spring session, I would like to thank all of you who have made this another successful year at Senior College. So many seniors being committed to life-long learning is the key. Senior College exists to help satisfy that desire. Many seniors being willing to make it happen by volunteering their time and energy is equally required. If we have something like five-hundred members in a typical year, around a hundred of them are also helping to make it all happen by teaching, serving on committees, assisting in the classroom, serving as officers and in many other ways. Today I would like to highlight this year’s new instructors.

Senior College offers fifty some courses a year. Arrangements are made by our hard-working Curriculum Committee chaired by Lila Nation, but the teaching is done by a corps of volunteer instructors. Many are seasoned veterans, but new instructors are needed every semester to bring in new topics and ideas and to replace those who have retired. (Yes, even retirees sometimes have to retire all over again from their retirement endeavors.) To my knowledge, the following people are teaching at Senior College for the first time this year:

  • Cipperly Good and Kevin Johnson (Heirlooms)
  • Deirdre Good (Miriamic Procession)
  • Diana Chapin (Guided Meditation)
  • Frank Giglio (Fermentation)
  • Fred Bowers (Discovering Your Surroundings)
  • Jean Vose (Designing Landscapes)
  • Judith Simpson (Meditation)
  • Ken Hyams (Jazz Greats)
  • Paul Kando (Beyond, Capitalism, Global Warming)
  • Stephen Beyers (Herbal Medicine)
  • Steve Chiasson (Studio Recording)
  • Steve Eddy and Melissa Malmstedt (Land-Based Salmon Farming)

Even a quick look at the new instructors and their offerings indicates what an exciting place Senior College is.

Looking forward to seeing you this Spring,

Arlin Larson, president

Enrollment is limited to 20. Sign up in Senior College office, download a registration form on the website and return to Senior College office, or email marthalaitin@yahoo.com.

This event is free.

April 11th, 11:45 p.m.
Come and learn about:
Window Dressers
Aging Well in Waldo County
The Soap Closet

Come and learn about four non-profit organizations that serve all those who live in Belfast and its environs.

Corliss Davis will talk about Window Dressers, Marge Stickler about Aging Well in Waldo County, and Missy Hatch about HeartSong. Finally, either Judy Beebe or Sharron Walsh will discuss the Soap Closet’s output and resources.

Hopefully, this will be the first of several future brown bag lunches that will enlighten us about other non-profit organizations in our area.

Entry forms must be submitted by March 31, 2019. Artwork should be delivered to the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue (Rt. 3), Belfast, on Wednesday, May 29th, between 5 and 7 p.m.

We encourage all members of the Senior College Network to take this opportunity to show their work in a non-juried, non-competitive exhibition.

Harry Kaiserian
May 18, 1938 – February 20, 2019

E-News October 2018

Senior College students, faculty, and staff
are invited to enjoy
Bites and Beverages
October 9th, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
133 Miller Street
Bring your favorite finger food
and/or a bottle of your favorite beverage
Please let us know if you plan on coming and what you will be bringing
Email: nanella@aol.com or call Nancy Perkins at (207) 218-1369

Lunchtime Talk

October 25th, 11:45 a.m.
Iran: One Woman’s Perspective
Judy Stein

Judy Stein will discuss Iran: One Woman’s Perspective at the brown bag lunch on Oct 25 at 11:45. Judy traveled in Iran for several weeks last spring as part of a small group of tourists. She had the rare opportunity to talk with University students in an informal setting as well as with a journalist and people with a range of interests. “Being a tourist does not make you an expert,” she said, “but it allows you to see and make some judgements.” Judy is particularly interested in women’s issues and has read widely in the field. She will share her observations and reflections. A dedicated photographer, she will also illustrate some of her points.

Judy is a founding member of Belfast Senior College and has taught several classes here. She is also a past president of The Camden Conference.

Dear Senior College Members,

​The University of Maine system recently announced a major expansion of its nursing program. Maine is already facing a shortage of nurses, and this shortage is expected to become far more severe as we seniors become more senior, the current nursing cohort, itself aging, hits retirement, and young people continue leaving the state. All U. Maine campuses will be affected, including the Hutchinson Center, though in just what way isn’t yet clear. The state faces a similar crisis in the teaching profession.

Recognizing the importance of senior colleges to Maine’s demographic, the Chancellor will be seeking comments through the Maine Senior College Network and will disseminate information through the same channel. With seventeen locations and over seven thousand members across the state, the importance of senior colleges to the well-being of our demographic is coming increasingly to the fore. We all know how true this is for us and our community here on the Midcoast.

Senior College members testify to the ongoing love of learning, community engagement, and active leadership that seniors represent. We are part of the reason, of course, for the great need to expand medical services, but our contributions to senior well-being and community leadership are equally part of the occasion.

I want to thank you for entrusting me with a third term as Senior College president and commit myself to doing all I can to make us successful.

Arlin Larson

Also in the News

Senior College Curriculum Committee chair, Lila Nation, and President, Arlin Larson, were interviewed on the September 8/10 edition of Good Morning, Belfast. The interview, conducted by Arts Director and Senior College member, Kristin Frangoulis, constitutes about the last twenty minutes of the hour long program. To watch, go to https://vimeo.com/289173037

At the September 27 Annual Meeting of Senior College, the following people were elected to terms on the Board of Trustees: David Boyer, Barbara Klie, Nancy Perkins, Elisabeth Pollock, Jim Taber, and Dick Topping. Immediately after the Annual Meeting, trustees gathered to select officers for 2018-2019. They are Arlin Larson, president, Harry Kaiserian, vice-president, David Boyer, secretary, and Jim Taber, treasurer.

Be assured that Senior College uses your email address for official business only. We do not give it to any third parties. We don’t even send you the eNews unless you have requested it. Instructors are given email addresses for students in their class only on the condition that they agree not to use it for any other purpose than class use (for example, for personal or business use). For more information, see the Senior College Privacy Policy in the Handbook (p. 29 ) /

A great way to get involved in Senior College is to volunteer for one of our committees. Go by the office and someone will put you in touch.

  • Archives Committee (Shirley Jarvella, chair) – takes care of Senior College records.
  • Curriculum Committee (Lila Nation) – plans courses and recruits instructors. It also plans brown bag lunches.
  • Festival of Art Committee (Cathy Bradbury) – produces June senior art exhibition.
  • Finance Committee (Jim Taber) – oversees Senior College finances.
  • Nominating Committee (Jim Taber) – selects candidates for the Board of Trustees.
  • Publicity Committee (Nancy Perkins) – works to get the news out to Senior College members and the community.
  • Special Events Committee (Martha Laitin) – Plans outside of class room field trips and events.

E-News August 2018

Click here to check out the new Fall Classes for 2018. Some of the classes will fill up fast, so sign up early and don’t wait until the last minute!

Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 27th, 11:45 – 12:45 p.m.
Hutchinson Center, Room 138
(You can bring your lunch with you!)


  • Call to Order
  • Greetings from the Hutchinson Center
  • Remarks by the President
  • Approval of the 2017 Year End Financial Report
  • Presentation of Committee Annual Reports & Introduction of Committee Chairs
  • Elections to the Board of Trustees
  • By-law amendments to Articles V (Board of Trustees) and VII (Standing Committees)
  • General discussion as time allows
  • Adjournment

For complete information and all relevant documents, click here to go to our website.

Dear Senior College Members,

​The Fall session of Senior College is all ready to go. A full schedule of classes will be announced and available for registration by the time you receive this eNews. Also, preparations for the September 27 Annual Meeting are nearly complete. A difference this year will be that the annual meeting will be held in Room 138 (the largest meeting room) from 11:45 to 12:45 and will be a brown-bag format. While still confined to the time between morning and afternoon sessions, this will ease up on the pressure to eat hurriedly and allow a few more minutes for conducting our business. Senior College is a non-profit membership organization, with us as members completely responsible for its program, governance, and finances. The Annual Meeting is where we set the course for the upcoming year.

​Above is the agenda, including a link to the full materials on the Senior College website. Those not having internet access will be able to request paper copies from the office. There are two items I want especially to bring to your attention. The first is a series of by-law amendments. The Board of Trustees did a through review this year and found a number of places where updates were required. In the Annual Meeting materials you will find the changes, an explanation for each, and the revised language. Please review them before the Annual Meeting since there will not be time for lengthy discussion. None involve fundamental changes in Senior College but are intended to better reflect current realities.

​The second item is the Nominating Committee report and slate of candidates for positions on the Board. By now, we have pretty much gotten used to differing numbers of slots and different lengths of terms at these elections. It was not supposed to be that way! Senior College was designed to have three classes of five trustees, all with three year terms. This year’s slate with eight trustees with varying terms is designed as a one-time correction to get us back on track. (One of the by-law changes adds language to make this clearer.)

​Of course, I recommend carefully reading all the reports as a way of celebrating all that Senior College has accomplished.

​On another topic, I need to correct something I said a year ago. The August 2017 eNews mentioned that the seventeen Maine senior colleges followed from the work of the Bernard Osher Foundation’s establishment of the Osher Life-Long Learning Institute at Southern Maine University in 2000. Subsequently, I have learned that the chain of causation was just the reverse! The Osher Foundation actually picked up on the senior college idea from Maine’s already established Senior Colleges at Southern Maine University and Bar Harbor. It has since taken the senior college idea national by establishing OLLI’s in nearly a hundred locations around the country.

​Looking forward to seeing you when classes start!

Mary F. Gray
April 9, 1932 – July 3, 2018

Carol Bisbee
December 18, 1925 – July 26, 2018

E-News February 2019

Death with Dignity Referendum Initiative

February 7, 11:45 to 12:45
Room 138C

Diann Henderson, volunteer for Maine Death with Dignity, will present the citizen initiative to place an assisted dying statute on the 2019 ballot.

The proposed law would allow adult Maine residents, who have had two physicians confirm a terminal diagnosis, to receive prescription medication to end their lives in a peaceful and dignified manner at a time and place of their choosing. The measure includes a lengthy list of safeguards to ensure the patient is acting voluntarily, does not suffer from impaired judgment, and is capable of taking the medication by themselves.

Calling all Artists

Preparations are underway for the 2019 Festival of Art. This year’s Festival will take place May 30th thru June 2nd. Artists age 50 and up are invited to exhibit one piece of original art work in the Festival art show. All art forms are welcome!

Festival registration takes place in March; registration materials will be available nearer the time.

We hope you will join us for this year’s Festival of Art.

Juliane Dow
Festival Organizing Committee

Curriculum Committee

Your Curriculum Committee is once again delighted to be offering a wide variety of exciting courses for the Spring Semester (March 28 – May 2): Jazz Greats, Collage, Internet, Photography, Landscaping, Meditation, Intermediate/Advanced Drawing, Miriamic Procession (evolving notion of Mary), World Scripture, “The Aeneid,” Continuing Beginning French, Security Challenges, Family Histories, More Alexander Hamilton, and something wonderful on Nature (TBA). Don’t forget our special one-day classes this Spring, one on The World of Fiber, and another on The Beauty of Consistency.

Got questions? Want more details? The Course Catalog will be coming out at the end of the first week in February, so stay tuned. Also, please let us know if there is something of particular interest to you; we will do our best to meet your needs. If you know of someone who might be willing to teach such a course, better still.

Spring is coming!

Lila Nation
Chair, Curriculum Committee

Special Events Committee

The Lady in the Van
Starring Dame Maggie Smith
With Jim Broadbent and
Alex Jennings

Abbott Room at Belfast Free Library
Thursday, March 7th, 2:00 p.m.

Please join us for a special viewing of Alan Bennett’s true story of Miss Shepherd, an eccentric, homeless woman of uncertain origins, who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

104 minutes. Rated PG-13. In English, with subtitles.

This event is free and open to the public.

Registration forms will be on the website the first week of March.

E-News January 2019

Don’t miss out!

If you have not yet signed up for classes, click here. Some classes fill up fast, so don’t delay.

Dear Senior College members,

I hope you enjoyed your holidays and are ready for new things, especially learning. The January term opens on Thursday, the 17th, and runs until Thursday, February 7th. It is a very intriguing lineup. To me personally, the most exciting thing is the course on salmon farming. Fortunately, the class I am teaching myself is scheduled for morning so I can take an afternoon class. Aquaculture is one of the first new things I learned about when moving to Maine in 2002. I joined the Penobscot Bay Stewards program, which offered several weeks of courses on all sorts of things pertaining to marine environments. One was some basic education on the depletion of fisheries around the world and the variety of ways people have responded through conservation and aquaculture. Right in our own back yard we had the salmon hatchery at Craig Brook and various experiments in clam seeding, mussel farming, and oyster cultivation. Salmon farming at that time came up as a cautionary tale due to problems with disease, mixing with wild salmon, pollution, and degradation of natural waterways. But this was all about in-ocean farms in shallow coastal waters. Can these problems be avoided by raising the fish on land? I am anxious to learn more.

It being winter, there is always the possibility that we will have to cancel classes because of the weather. One winter, it happened three weeks in a row! That was unusual, but we do need to be prepared. Our practice is to go by expected driving conditions. We don’t want to put anyone in danger. If possible, we talk things over with the Hutchinson Center staff on Wednesday and issue a cancellation notice that day, not waiting until Thursday when people may already be on the road. Our primary communications method is the eNews. Notice will also be posted on our website. By Thursday, cancellations will also be on the Hutchinson Center website and perhaps other local media. Whether classes can be rescheduled or not depends on the Hutchinson Center’s schedule; in the past we have generally been able to.

We are very grateful to the many people who responded to our second Annual Appeal. Your donations not only make Senior College financially stronger but also help with the tightrope we walk between revenue and expenses. Our membership and course fees come in for the most part three times a year at the beginning of the Fall, Winterim, and Spring terms. Expenses, such as rent, the website, insurance, and accounting come in year-round, sometimes when revenue is low! Last year was an exceptionally strong year for us financially because of high enrollment, the Annual Appeal, and significant paper gains on bequests. At this point those paper gains have likely been reversed, and it will be closer to a normal year.

Looking forward to seeing you January 17th!


Special Events Committee

The Special Events Committee is sponsoring a panel discussion to inform the public and stimulate community interest in addressing critical human needs in Belfast. Health, Hunger, and Housing will be the focus of the presentation with representatives from area organizations describing issues, barriers, and resources available to the vulnerable individuals and families among us.

Karen Gleeson and Nancy Perkins of the Special Events Committee will moderate the discussion to be held on Tuesday, March 5 at 2 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library and is open to the public. More information will be forthcoming in the February newsletter.

Save The Date

The annual Senior College Festival of Art is scheduled for May 30 thru June 2, 2019. Please post the dates on your calendar and watch for our CALL TO ARTISTS in next month’s Senior College Newsletter.

Instead of a Guest Artist Presenter, we will continue our new program of Sunday Afternoon with the Artists. Response to this was very favorable last year.

Thank you for your past support and participation, and we hope to see you all again this year!

Cathy Bradbury
Festival of Art Committee

E-News November 2018

The Curriculum Committee is putting finishing touches on the lineup of Winterim classes.

Some classes fill up quickly, so stay tuned!

Dear Senior College members,

It is election day, far too early to have any idea about how things will turn out. Whatever the results, it occurs to me how fortunate we are just to be having free elections and the ability of all citizens to participate in the political process. Of course, there is much to it besides going to the polls – even dictatorships do that. One essential requirement is an educated and informed electorate. This is where Senior College plays a role, even if an indirect one. Breadth of knowledge and appreciation of various perspectives help us choose wisely. Growth in wisdom and understanding can take place throughout our lives. Senior College has certainly helped me on my path of life-long learning. Hopefully it has you too.

Much of the learning comes from just associating with mature, thoughtful people. Our instructors bring a wealth of knowledge from diverse areas of life. The same goes for a student population with great experience to share and relate to what is being taught. Along with the experience often comes heightened humility as we seniors come to terms with careers that are completed, children who are distant, and the many infirmities that seem to be part of the package. Just being at Senior College is learning experience in itself.

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful not only for living in this great country but for Senior College and all you who make it possible as well.

All my best wishes,


Publicity Committee

The Publicity Committee needs volunteers to help get the word out to the greater community regarding the excellence of the Senior College experience. The Committee will meet at my house late in December to prepare postcards for mailing early in January. Needless to say, many hands make fast work. I will have lunch for all volunteers. The fall mailing took three of us about two hours to complete.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Nancy Perkins, Chair

Richard Warren, April 9, 1931 – Sept 29, 2018

E-News September 2018

Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 27th, 11:45 – 12:45 p.m.
Hutchinson Center, Room 138
(You can bring your lunch with you!)


  • Call to Order
  • Greetings from the Hutchinson Center
  • Remarks by the President
  • Approval of the 2017 Year End Financial Report
  • Presentation of Committee Annual Reports & Introduction of Committee Chairs
  • Elections to the Board of Trustees
  • By-law amendments to Articles V (Board of Trustees) and VII (Standing Committees)
  • General discussion as time allows
  • Adjournment

For complete information and all relevant documents, click here to go to our website.

Dear members,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 session of Senior College at Belfast. Our mission is “to provide intellectual stimulation, practical knowledge, social interaction and fun for persons 50 years of age or older.” Whether you are a new or returning member, you will find a wide variety of interesting classes to choose from. Our Curriculum Committee works year-round to assure a good selection every semester. Most of the classes result from suggestions by you, the members. You might have a topic you would like to learn about. You might know someone whom you think has interesting things to share. Or you might offer to teach something in an area of your expertise.

Also, we hope you find Senior College a good place to meet new people and make new friends. In Belfast, we are extremely fortunate in having an excellent facility, the Hutchinson Center, in which we can offer all our classes in the same place, on the same day. Refreshment breaks are built into both morning and afternoon sessions to provide a chance to mingle. In addition, many people bring their lunch to have a chance to socialize between sessions. If you are new, it can seem like you are the only one who doesn’t know anybody. But don’t worry, you soon will. And you are not alone; every year we have something like a hundred new members.

Classes are not the only opportunities. Senior College is a self-governed, self-financed membership organization offering many ways to get involved. For example, volunteers are needed to serve as class assistants, members of our committees, helpers in the office, and workers for our special projects, like the Festival of Art.

If you have questions or need help, the Senior College office is open before, after, and between sessions. Also, we have an excellent website, www.belfastseniorcollege.org.

Wishing you the best for the fall term,

Arlin Larson


Senior College wants every interested person to be able to participate. We realize that many seniors are on limited incomes and can’t afford “extras.” For this reason, we offer financial assistance that can include any combination of the membership fee, course registration fees, and materials required for courses. To apply, just send an email with your request to president@belfastseniorcollege.org.

Theodore (Ted) Clapp, May 1919 – September 2018
Charlotte Herbold, January 1934 – September 2018
Carol Bisbee, December 1925 – July 2018
Margaret Miller, September 1922 – July 2018

Annual Meeting 2018

Senior College Annual Meeting
Thursday, September 27, 2018
11:45 – 12:45 (Bring a lunch)
Room 138 – Hutchinson Center


Call to Order
Greetings from the Hutchinson Center
Remarks by the President

2017-2018 Financial Report

Committee Reports

Elections to Board of Trustees

Bylaw Amendments

General Discussion

New Office Hours!

Note: Until now, the Senior College office has been open every Thursday, 52 weeks per year.

From now on:

SUMMER: for two weeks before the 1st class, office open on Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm.

During summer classes: office open 30 minutes before & after class, and during breaks & lunch.

FALL, WINTERIM, & SPRING: starting six weeks before the 1st class, office open on Thursdays, 10 am – 1 pm.

During classes: office open 30 minutes before & after class, and during breaks & lunch.

16th Annual Senior College Festival of Art

16th Annual Festival Of Art
June 7- 10, 2018

Opening Night Reception and First Viewing
Thursday, June 7, 6-8 p.m.

Music: Belfast Bay Fiddlers
Guitarist Eric Bishop
Wine: Younity Winery & Vineyards
Light refreshments

Saturday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m.
The Auditorium
Special presentation of the film “I Know a Man …. Ashley Bryan”
A tribute to the well-known artist and humanitarian. Hosted by the film’s director, Richard Kane.
No admission charge

The Exhibit
Friday & Saturday 9 – 5
Sunday 12 noon – 3
View the work of 150 amateur and professional Maine artists in a variety of media.

The Venue
The University of Maine
Hutchinson Center
80 Belmont Ave., Belfast, Maine

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, June 7
6:00 to 8:00 pm: Opening night and first viewing. Music entertainment by the Belfast Bay Fiddlers and guitarist Eric Bishop. There will be light refreshments and wine from Younity Winery & Vineyards.

Friday, June 8
9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Exhibition hours.

Saturday, June 9
9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Exhibition hours.

2:00 pm: Special presentation in the auditorium of the film “I Know a Man …. Ashley Bryan”, a tribute to the well-known artist and humanitarian. Hosted by the film’s director Richard Kane, there is no admission charge to view the movie, all are welcome.

Sunday, June 10
12:00 noon to 3:00 pm: Exhibition hours.

Outing to Colby Museum of Art

Alex Katz wing at Colby College Art Museum

The Special Events Committee has planned an outing to Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018. This highly regarded museum has an extensive collection of American art and features over 400 works by the well-known artist Alex Katz (who summers in Searsmont, Maine) as well as a large collection of the works of John Marin, noted for his brilliant canvases of the Maine coast. A guided tour will be available to these major exhibits. Many may want to view the special exhibition of sports photography by Walter Iooss, which is also currently on display.

Following the morning gallery visit we will meet at 12:30 for lunch at Riverside Market and Cafe in Oakland (about 7 minutes from the museum).

Carpooling will be available from the Hutchinson Center. We will meet at the lower parking lot at 8:30 am. We will re-group in the museum lobby at 10:00 am. There is no fee for the museum entrance and lunch prices range from $10 to $20.

Sign-up sheets are available in the Senior College office or here on the website, and should be returned to the Senior College office before April 12. Questions? Email Nancy Perkins at nanella@aol.com.

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Spring Trip: Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing, ME

The Special Events Committee has arranged a visit to the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing on Tuesday, May 8, followed by lunch on our own at the charming Thomaston Cafe, just 3 miles away.

Maine native Bernard Langlais, best known locally as the artist who created the 62-foot wooden Abenaki Indian sculpture in Skowhegan, lived his last 11 years in Cushing where he populated his 90 acres with hundreds of wooden sculptures of animals and people he created with an ax, chainsaw, and hand tools. The Langlais estate containing thousands of art works, land, and his homestead in Cushing was given to Colby College’s Art Museum in 2010 after his death. Through combined efforts over five years by Colby College Art Museum, the Kohler Foundation and the Georges River Land Trust, the Langlais Sculpture Park was created, and now is owned by Georges River Land Trust. The tour will take us to see 12 larger-than-life restored wooden sculptures, Langlais’ workshop, and his homestead, all connected on five acres by a wheelchair friendly path.

The menagerie features a gigantic Richard Nixon rising from a swamp, a playful elephant sculpture with food an elephant eats painted on the inside of the structure, and a wooden likeness of Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina.” Langlais’ woodworking studio will also be toured, where you can see his creative space including wooden mallets, tools and wood shavings on the workbench seemingly as he left them.

We will meet at the lower Hutchinson Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and carpool to Cushing. There is no charge for this trip, except the cost of your lunch. Trip registration forms will be available in the Senior College office, on the outside of the office door, and on line. Registration ends on April 30.

For more information, please call Martha Laitin at 323-2368 or email her at marthalaitin@yahoo.com.

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We hope you can join us!

Spring Semester Dates 2018

Your Curriculum Committee is excited to once again offer a very diverse curriculum for this coming spring semester, which begins March 22. The Spring Course Catalog will be available the first week in February, so keep an eye out. We have courses on gardening, technology, tech giants, watercolor painting, writing, abolition, French, figure drawing, the limits of reason, and literature from Chaucer to contemporary short stories. We also have several courses on the state of our nation– its evolution, where we are today, and compelling notions on what to do now. Please join us for another challenging and rewarding semester.

Register Now for Winterim 2018

Registration is now open for the Winterim session of Belfast Senior College which begins Thursday, January 18. Classes run for four consecutive Thursdays, ending February 8. Please register early for the classes you would like to take to avoid disappointment, and be sure to order your text(s) or materials at least two weeks in advance.
Click here to view Winterim course offerings.

When MBNA Came To Belfast And Maine And Changed Everything

Video by Belfast Community Television
Class by Mike Hurley with guest speakers

Special Guest David Tassoni

Suzette McAvoy and Judy Stein are the special guests in this episode

The Guest speaker is Shane Flynn.

More than twenty years ago a dinner conversation in Camden led CEO Charles Cawley to place a branch of his fast-growing credit card corporation, MBNA, in Camden. Within a short few years, there were over 5,000 employees all over Maine with the great majority in the Belfast and Camden area. An enormous economic dynamo, MBNA transformed the area pay scale, expectations, and opportunities, and revolutionizing local real estate, the arts, and support services, as well as having a positive effect on education and non-profits of every stripe. The class will learn about the arrival of MBNA, Charles Cawley, the growth in the mid-coast area, its effects on public and private entities and the economy, and MBNA’s powerful impact on the employment market. The class will host numerous “in the know” guest speakers, and will learn and feel the dramatic events that occurred as MBNA arrived in Belfast and the area.

Michael Hurley: Michael Hurley’s company was one of the first contractors called by MBNA when it arrived in Camden. He stayed with them at every job site from Delaware to Maine. He was elected Mayor of Belfast in 2001 and has remained active in city politics for over three decades. He worked on the retention and transition to Bank of America, and the recruitment of Athena Health, and On Process. Mike studied at Bergen Community College in Paramus New Jersey, pursuing an advanced and accelerated field of study.