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: or call Nancy Perkins at 207-1369

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: 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

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 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,

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

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

Download Sign-up Sheet

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

Download registration form.

We hope you can join us!

Spring Classes Are Here 2018

The Spring Course Catalog is published and registration is officially open. 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.

Check out the spring class offerings.

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.

Annual Membership Appeal 2017

Fall, 2017

Dear Senior College Member:

We are writing to ask for your help in supporting the important goals of our very special organization. Since its inception in 2001, the college has become one of the cultural anchors of our community. Not just because of the incredible courses which are offered, but truly more so because it has become a place to meet and greet old friends, make new friends, and exchange ideas and thoughts. More than a place to learn from books, it is a place where people and faces still count.

The college has grown and thrived over the years due to the contribution of so many talented and gifted volunteers. Only because of these people in the office, in the halls and in the classrooms are we are able to offer a course, a donut and a place to meet at such a reasonable cost. This year is turning out to be one of our most successful in so many ways, but also is highlighting our continued struggle to keep our membership costs as low as possible.

Even though we continue to get great support from our many volunteers, our fixed costs have escalated significantly over the past several years. The main factors driving costs are: 1. Very significant increases in rental fees at the Hutchinson Center 2. The outsourcing of computer services 3. The use of professional accounting services to monitor finances.

Although the college is still financially solvent, it is running on an increasingly thin margin. In an effort to provide financial stability for the future, we propose instituting an Annual Membership Appeal. An increase in income would hopefully allow the Board to keep future fee increases to a minimum while still providing adequate scholarship help for those in need and a monetary cushion to meet unexpected expenses.

To this end, we are asking that you please consider a tax deductible gift to Senior College which is a 501-C3.organization. Checks can be mailed to the college in the enclosed envelope with Annual Appeal in the memo box. Contributions may also be made on line via Paypal by clicking the button below. As members and participants, one might say this is not only a gift to all, but a gift to ourselves!

Thanks for your consideration.

David Beebe Peter Reilly, Co chairs of Annual Appeal

Mainescapes 2

Video by Belfast Community Television
Class by Mike Shannon

This is a class at Senior College in Belfast that ia billled as “The inside scoop on Outside stuff”


This class is about both the beauty and the challenges of the fall season. When much of today’s reality is focused on living with technology, it is up to us to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the places where we live. The wildness of mid-coast Maine will be our home ground. Its possibilities will surprise and delight us! We will learn to identify common species, sharpen our observational skills, and arouse our kinship with all life.

Film Screening at Belfast Library, January 21, 2018

The Special Events Committee is sponsoring the Belfast premier of the movie Maudie, starring Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins. The film will be shown in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Library on Sunday, January 21st at 2 p.m.

Maudie depicts the unlikely alliance between two lost souls and to quote the New York Times, the leads portraying Evertt and Maud Lewis are “a beautifully matched pair who open up two closed people, unleashing torrents of feeling.” This is the true story of an arthritic artist and a curmudgeonly fisherman eking out a living in coastal Nova Scotia.

Popcorn, and other refreshments will be available. Plan on joining a discussion of the movie following the screening. In addition, the Committee will award a 2018 Maud Lewis calendar as a door prize to a lucky attendee.

Maud Lewis sold her colorful paintings to passing tourists for $2.00. Today her work hangs in museums and sells for as much as $20,000.00. The small cabin in which Maud and Evertt lived has been preserved in the Art Museum of Nova Scotia in Halifax.

2018 Class Session Dates

Keep an eye on the website and E-news for a list of Winterim courses. We will be publishing the catalog and opening registration around the first week of December.

Winterim, Jan 18 to Feb 8.
Spring term, Mar 22 to Apr 26.

Fall Courses 2017

The 2017 fall courses are posted online, and registration is now open

The fall semester is 6 weeks: Thursday September 21 to October 26.

Check out the course offerings! and sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Annual Meeting 2017

Senior College Annual Meeting
Thursday, September 28, 11:45 – 12:45
Auditorium – Hutchinson Center


Call to Order

Adoption of the agenda

Greetings from Hutchinson Center Director, Patty Libby

Remarks by the President – Arlin Larson

Approval of the 2017 Year End Financial Report – Jim Taber, treasurer

Presentation of Committee Annual Reports & Introduction of Committee Chairs

Elections to the Board of Trustees – Deborah Bailey

By-law revision – non-discrimination policy – Harry Kaiserian, vice-president



By-law revision

Article X – Non-Discrimination Statement

Old: The Senior College admits members of any race, color, religion sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all the rights privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to members. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and other college-administrated programs.

New: The Senior College at Belfast does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Rationale: To adopt the clearer, more elegant format used by the AARP.

Download Reports

Senior College of Belfast 2017 Annual Meeting Slate for the Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee is nominating the following people for 3-year terms on the Board of Directors:

Arlin Larson is a retired minister whose last pastorate was the First Congregational Church of Searsport, Maine. Besides having taught at several colleges, he has been teaching religion and philosophy related courses at Senior College since 2005, including one this semester titled Children of Abraham: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. In 2012 he agreed to fill a vacancy on the Board, after which he was elected to his first full 3-year term. He served one year as Vice President, is the current Board President, and has served on the Archives Committee for a number of years.

Harry Kaiserian is a retired naval officer and college administrator.  He has a long history of taking classes at Senior College, as well as membership on the Curriculum Committee.  Harry has taught several courses—our resident foodie—and is on tap to teach The Evolution of the American Palate and a trio of movies with wine as the starring character.  He is a current member of the Board and is incumbent Vice President.  Harry is an educator through training, experience, and a “calling.”

John Economy spent 43 years in the dairy industry with Dean Foods, holding the positions of branch manager, sales manager, VP of sales and marketing, and general manager of Maine operations. He has been a member of the Community Service Committee and was responsible for expanding the school reading program. In addition, he has been a member of the Festival of Arts Committee, responsible for recruiting volunteers and assisting with setup and take downs.

Respectfully submitted,
The Nominating Committee:
Debbie Bailly, Chair; Arlin Larson; Harry Kaiserian; Jim Taber; David Boyer; Judy Beebe; Sharon Romanow; Dianne Smith

Outing to Maine State Museum Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Model of a 1779 16-cannon brigantine like the Defense

Special Events Committee has arranged two tours of exhibits at Maine State Museum in Augusta on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, followed by lunch in Hallowell. Additional time will be allowed for self-guided touring of other exhibits, as well.

One exhibit, 12,000 Years in Maine, shows artifacts from archeological digs around the state relating to Native Americans who lived here for millennia before the Europeans arrived in the 1500s.

Stone cache used by Maine Native Americans to store meat

The second exhibit is about the Revolutionary War ship named Defense that ran aground and was scuttled, burned, and sunk off Stockton Springs in 1779. In 1975 the hull was found to be 40% intact and the site was excavated. Remains left by the 100 men and 16 cannons on board are displayed.

We will carpool from the Hutchinson Center. Please arrive at 8:00 a.m. to check in and get organized. The car pool will leave promptly at 8:15 a.m. Cost is $5 per person.

To register for the trip, contact Martha Laitin, 323-2368 or

Field Trip to Islamic Center of Maine, October 14, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Islamic Center of Maine
151 Park Street (Route 2)
Orono, Maine 04473
Islam is at the center of world affairs and also the primary religion of recent immigrants to Maine. Orono’s Islamic Center will host us for an introduction to Islam and a chance to become acquainted with the area’s Islamic community. The visit was arranged in conjunction with this fall’s Children of Abraham: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity class. However, all Senior College members are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Meet at the Islamic Center at 9:45 a.m. (it is about an hour and ten minutes away). If you need or can offer a ride, indicate it on the sign-up sheet in the Senior College office. Reservations are required. For more information contact Karen Gleeson at or 338-0350.