18th Annual Festival Of Art Call For Artists

Glen Cove Tide by Featured Artist Anne Spencer

CALL TO ARTISTS for the annual Senior College Festival of Art (June 4 – 7). Open to Maine artists 50 years of age and up. Registration period is March 1 – 31. For registration forms and more information: seniorcollegefestivalofart@gmail.com.

This is a non-juried multi-media exhibit for amateurs and professionals, and shows the work of 140-50 artists each year.

Planetarium Trip 2020

Bus trip to the Planetarium on the University of Maine campus in Orono Tuesday, April 28, including a show at the Planetarium entitled, “Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe”. The presentation is a visual tour, seemingly flying into space and seeing planets; other events are planned as well.

The bus leaves the Hutchinson Center at 8:30 am and returns about 2:30 pm. Bring a brown bag lunch. Cost: $20 per person, plus an optional $3 per person to tour a lunar habitat module. Registration deadline is April 6. If we do not have enough participants by that date, the trip will be cancelled. If you would like to attend, but can’t afford it, contact Martha Laitin, Special Events Chairperson, 323-2368  

For printable registration forms: click here

For further information: click here

Paper registration forms are available in the Senior College office.

Snow Cancellation Thursday, January 16

Senior College classes were cancelled January 16 on account of weather. The new schedule is as follows:

  • January 23 – Thursday
  • January 30 – Thursday
  • February 4 – Tuesday
  • February 6 – Thursday

Winterim 2020 Dates

Winterim 2020
Four Thursdays: Jan 16 – Feb 6, 2020
Watch for new course listings here, on this website, on or about December 1, 2019, and in the December E-news!

Behind the scenes in Belfast

Senior College Special Event Committee is presenting a new series of tours dubbed “Behind the Scenes in Belfast” designed to explore the unique institutions and interesting sites that make our town of Belfast a star!

The Series kicks off on October 22​ ​at 10 a.m. with Law and Order: Belfast a tour of both the new Courthouse and Belfast Town Hall. The morning begins at the Waldo County Courthouse, located at Church, Market, and Anderson Streets, which opened in March of this year. Following a tour of this impressive building the tour will continue across the street at Belfast Town Hall where participants will see beyond the front desk of the town offices into the workings of local government. Following the tour there will be a discussion with a representative of Restorative Justice on the topic of their Court Diversion Program.

Additional tours throughout the year may include An Inside Look at Historic Houses of Worship, Upstairs/Downtown featuring unique second story businesses in downtown Belfast, and other topics dealing with Belfast institutions, history, and activities.

For more information on the upcoming tour contact: Karen Gleeson karenglee@earthlink.net. Sign up sheets will be available in the Senior College Office at Hutchinson Center beginning September 5th. Completed forms should be left in the specially marked file on the door to the Office. This tour is limited to 20 individuals.

Download registration form

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
Presents
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 February 2020

SAVE THE DATES:

Spring semester, March 26 – April 30.
Watch for course listings in the E-news and on the website.


Hi Everyone –

Well we got through our first snow day and let’s hope that’s it – BUT!… We do live in Maine! Our procedure on snow days is to post the closing on our website (usually by 6:30 a.m. the day of closing) and then to send an email to all members. If you did not get an email this time, first check your spam or promotions folders to be sure it’s not going there. Then be sure we have your correct email address. Our Winterim semester has been one of our best attended ever and we still have our one day courses coming up. They are as follows:

February 12th, Wednesday The Sequoia – a Guest Celebrity – Learn about this historic Presidential yacht that has come to Belfast for a refit. Its past, present and future – Peter Reilly and Todd French, Sequoia Project Manager and owner of French and Webb.

February 14th, Friday, Be Your Own Personal Knitting Designer – Learn to make your own knitting pattern and to use the pattern for your own design. Class limit 18 – Jane Liebler.

February 20th, Thursday, The Fundamentals of Civic Discourse – A class for those who want to contribute to restoring civility in our public and private discourse – Rev. John Nieman.

Our one day courses run from 9:30am to 3pm, coffee and cookies are supplied and the fee is $20. These all look like fun and informative days, so treat yourself and sign up.

We are again looking for instructors. This spring we could still use a few more classes, so if you have something in mind and can get it together by this spring, let us know. Also, if you have taught before and would like to repeat a past course – let’s do it! Our website has a Tab where you can find a Course Proposal form, which can easily be submitted online.

Thank you for completing our survey this semester. The results, which we will share with you, will help your Board of Directors focus on what you feel is important whether it’s the courses, the activities, the social, or whatever. If you missed the survey, you may stop into the office and pick up one if you like.

Again, thanks for coming this semester. Your Curriculum Committee is busy putting together our spring schedule and will be announcing the courses sometime in the next few weeks. The Semester starts March 26th.

Sincerely,

Peter F. Reilly


Winterim is well underway and if the number of enrollees is any indication it has been a most successful session with enthusiastic and talented instructors offering a variety of educational and fun courses.

The Curriculum Committee is nearing completion of the course selection for the Spring Session and once again it appears we will have an exciting schedule of classes with something for everyone. The biggest problem I foresee is selecting which courses in which to enroll. Courses on art, literature, history, science, government, as well as offerings on practical knowledge, are all part of the curriculum for Spring. Check the website in a few weeks to review the list. Sign-up information also will be posted.

While it is early to be thinking “summer” we are fortunate to have a wonderful Summer Session in the works. You won’t want to miss summer courses at Senior College in 2020!

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that we are fortunate to have so many talented and generous individuals so willing to share their knowledge teaching at Senior College! Thank you all for what you do.

Nancy Perkins, Chair

E-News January 2020

Please note that Karen Gleeson will be teaching The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Nancy Perkins is unable to teach this Winterim.

Register for classes on the Senior College website.

Winterim classes will soon be underway and if you haven’t registered do so today! There are some great choices as well as three outstanding 1-day courses available this session. We hope to see many familiar as well as new faces on January 16. Remember, it is both fun and exciting meeting new people, learning new topics, and gathering weekly at the Hutchinson Center. In addition, coffee, tea, and yummy cookies are served!

The Committee will focus on Spring proposals beginning this month and if you have a course you would like to offer please submit your proposal as soon as possible. If you have questions regarding a potential proposal please give one of the Curriculum Committee members a call or send an email. We would love to discuss your ideas and offer assistance in any way possible. Good, interesting courses assure that Senior College remains vital and viable.

Nancy Perkins, Chair

Dear Members:

As I am writing to you, plans are being made to convene a meeting of all the Senior Colleges in Maine at the Hutchinson Center in May of 2020. There has always been a formal network of the colleges, but it has not been effectively active in recent years. For too long the various colleges have not met to exchange ideas, thoughts and problems. Just as life is sometimes too complicated for one person to think of everything, the same holds true for an organization. We look forward to sharing our successes and challenges with other colleges while at the same time learning new ways of doing things. The effort to get this convention together has been initiated and guided by members of our college and the staff of the Hutchinson Center. The meeting will be held in the Hutchinson Center and that is a good thing. Most of the seventeen other Senior Colleges in the state do not have a facility that matches the Hutchinson Center. Imagine, as at many senior colleges in the state, if we had to hold classes in different facilities and at different times throughout the community. There would be no social breaks where the morning and afternoon students meet to discuss classes, catch up with each other or to make new friends. The advanced technology in our classrooms, which is used by so many members of our faculty, might not be available to us. As the year progresses we will keep you posted on the latest news from gathering the Senior Colleges throughout the state for a meeting.

By now I hope you have registered for a course this Winterim Semester. Registrations are coming in quite strongly, but we still have a challenge for you. We’ve known for quite a while that our best advertising is by “word of mouth” – friends telling friends. Could you please talk up the college and let’s see if we each can bring in one new member in 2020. On a regular basis we are constantly bringing new members in, but we can always have more. It feeds on itself. The more members we have, the more potential instructors and the more stable our finances – the Hutchinson Center is not cheap to rent! So let’s all try to bring in a new member this year.

I look forward to seeing everyone during classes this Winterim. In the mean time, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Peter F. Reilly


Special Events Committee

Special Events Committee presents a warm British comedy for a cold winter day. Sunday, January 19, 2:00 to 4:00 pm a free film, Dad’s Army (2016) will be shown in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. Introduced by Paul Sheridan, Senior College film instructor, the film is set at the end of World War II involving a Home Guard platoon, a female journalist, and a German spy.


January 30, 11:45-12:45
Meg Reilly
Decorative Ropework

For centuries, sailing ships were the primary means of transport of goods and people. Sailors often had considerable spare time on long passages. To alleviate boredom, sailors developed the intricate art of decorative ropework. Traditional maritime ropework has a practical function such as serving as a mat, heaving line, or stopper knot. Meg Reilly will teach students about the rope work practiced by sailors, the tools used, and will tie simple decorative knots such as the monkey’s fist and turk’s head. Materials will be provided by Meg.

Since there is a class size limit, this one hour free class will be offered to the first ten students who sign up with Barbara Klie, either by calling 338-5316 (if leaving a message, be sure to leave a return phone number) or by emailing her at barbaraklie@yahoo.com.

Meg learned her first knots as a girl sailing with her parents and siblings on Frenchman’s Bay. She currently resides in Belfast where she ties full time.


Archives Committee

The Archives Committee needs two or three volunteers for the following activities:

Photos: Identify and catalogue digital photos.

Digital records: Consolidate and make hard copy of some.

Paper records: Make digital copies of critical documents.

Detective work: Search for missing records.

If you or anyone you know may be interested in helping out, please contact Arlin Larson, chair, at arlintlarson@gmail.com.

E-News December 2019

Register for classes on the Senior College website.
Registration opens December 12.

The Committee is pleased with the offerings for the Winter session and believes that there are wonderful choices for all interests.

Once again, if there is anyone interested in teaching a course or has an idea for a course please do not hesitate to let us know. We are well underway soliciting courses for the Spring session and have several one-day courses already lined up for Summer 2020.

Best wishes to all for the holiday season and a most Happy Senior College New Year!

Nancy Perkins, Chair

Dear Members:

We’re probably all sounding like broken records, but I might as well say it for all of us – It’s hard to believe that 2019 is coming to an end. There it’s done! I’m reminded of Walter Cronkite when he hosted the TV show “You Are There.” He ended by asking what kind of day was it – “ A day like all days, filled with those events that alter and illuminate our times. And you were there.” That might be a little dramatic to describe a day at Senior College, but we were there … and that’s very, very good!

As you can see we have an extremely good selection of courses to be offered this Winterim Semester. Again, I am in absolute awe at the work of our volunteers. Our Curriculum Committee puts in so many, many hours and the results show it. Sometimes we do get lucky and instructors and courses come to us, but that is not always the case. The committee members are always soliciting college members, community members, friends and acquaintances and anyone else who crosses their path who might teach. Think of it. Three times a year, each semester we usually offer 16 new courses plus a few one day courses. For almost 20 years this has been happening! Fortunately, we live in a part of Maine rich in talented people and that helps tremendously. Now, having said all that, we continually need new instructors. If you have been sitting on the sidelines, or know of someone who could be teaching, please contact any member of the Curriculum Committee and talk it over. Two courses which for sure we should teach this year are: Maine’s Bicentennial (200yrs ), and Women’s Suffrage (100yrs). Any takers?

Sometime after the first of the year, we are going to ask all members to fill out a survey in order to learn what we as a college can do better and to assess our progress in delivering our mission – ”… to provide intellectual stimulation, practical knowledge, social interaction and fun for persons 50 years of age or older.” We need your feedback, so please help us with the survey when it comes.

I must mention that our Registrar, Sue Garrett, has left the Registrar position to work on our Festival of Arts event coming next year. Sue is a truly dedicated volunteer and provides insights that help us in so many ways. A warm Thank You to Sue.

Lastly, all of us on the Board of Senior College, wish all of you a very happy and joyous Holiday Season! Be safe and enjoy!

Peter F. Reilly

E-News November 2019

Last month we talked about being in the middle of a very successful semester. Now that the fall semester has ended a review of your course evaluations indicate everyone certainly enjoyed their classes. It never ceases to amaze me how fast time seems to go. If it’s true that “time flies when you’re having fun,” then we must be having a blast at Senior College! After my little talk with each class a number of very good ideas were suggested. I’ll review a few.

  1. Provide community service opportunities. This is something your Board of Trustees will be discussing. As some of you may know we used to have a Community Service Committee, but a lack of volunteers who would lead forced us to drop that aspect of the College. We’ll keep you posted as things develop.
  2. Opportunities to take more classes. This has always been a desire. “I took this class, but also wanted to take that class” is an all too familiar refrain during break. We’re constricted by the number of days and classrooms we have available to us at the Hutchinson Center, so adding more classes is not as easy as it sounds. Not to mention the issue of asking so much more from our instructors who put in an incredible amount of time in preparation and teaching. All that said we will always continue to look for new ideas to expand the course offerings. If you have any thoughts or ideas please send them in. Maybe we can experiment with something and it will be great.
  3. More handicap parking. We’ll work on this, but in the meantime, we would ask all of us who don’t mind walking a little, to use the lower parking area. Let’s keep the spaces closest to the building for those who need them.

If I were applying for college today, Senior College would be my Number 1, Dream Choice – no exams, no homework, no report cards, no attendance requirements, lots of free cookies and everyone gets an “A” !!! Yet, there can be no doubt the college in its unique setting provides the best of top notch courses and “intellectual stimulation,” coupled with a wonderful venue for socializing and fun. All of us come to the Hutchinson Center steeped in a lifetime of experiences and relationships. I am always impressed with all the discussion that takes place at break and in the classrooms, with so many different people coming together – the discourse is always civil and respectful of other viewpoints. People listen to each other. It is truly refreshing in the somewhat topsy turvy world we live in today.

Thank you for making Senior College what it is.

Peter F. Reilly


Archives Committee

Senior College Handbooks

The Archives Committee is looking for Senior College Handbooks from years prior to 2016. Did you happen to save a copy of any? If so, please bring it (them) to the Senior College office so they can be added to our records. The Handbooks are important because they contain information on such things as Senior College policies and what people served in various capacities.

Thank you,
Arlin Larson, Chair
Archives Committee

E-News October 2019

I write this letter in the middle of another very successful semester. This semester’s course attendance is very good and that is a direct tribute to the work of our Curriculum Committee and a staff of extremely qualified instructors. This is my first letter serving as your president of one of the most successful senior colleges in Maine. Many would argue it is the most successful! As I watch the operations of the college what strikes me the most is the incredible number of volunteers who put in countless hours to make everything work. What I learned in my business career is that a business will surely fail unless it takes care of the back office operations. Sometimes what you don’t see is just as important (or more important) than what you see. Maintaining a professional and user friendly web site, staffing an office on a regular basis, recruiting teachers, doing publicity/newsletters, creating special events, fund raising, accounting etc are jobs that must be done or the final product never gets to market.

At Senior College there is no paid staff. Behind the scenes we outsource some accounting and computer work, but everyone else you see on Thursdays is an unpaid volunteer. Senior College at Belfast has always been very fortunate in that our slice of Maine has a pool of incredibly talented people – interesting people with diverse talents and a willingness to give back to their community. That said, to run properly the college always has a need for people to help out. I would ask that when you get your class evaluations this semester, please consider offering to volunteer in an area that works for you. Without volunteers, at all levels, the college simply will not happen. Senior College at Belfast has become one of the cultural anchors of our community. With your help and support it will always continue to be so.

Lastly, we would be remiss not to express our gratitude to our immediate past president, Arlin Larson. No one could have given more time and talent to our college than Arlin has done these past three years. Arlin, we are truly grateful and indebted for your leadership, insights and dedication. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Peter F. Reilly


October 10th, 11:45 a.m.
Nick Patides
A Family for ME

Nick Patides of A Family for ME will discuss Maine’s foster care system. There are over 2,100 children in our state’s foster care system, the highest it has ever been. Alarmingly, that number is steadily rising. These children all need guidance and companionship.

If you’re interested in helping, A Family for ME walks with you through the journey. Helping can be as simple as volunteering at events or occasionally watching children on weekends, and helping can be as committed as full time fostering or even adopting. That’s your choice. Here’s the most important thing: you can be the life changing hero in a child’s story.


Save the date

The Special Event Committee looks forward to greeting members of Senior College on October 16th. We especially urge new members to attend and enjoy camaraderie and conversation with long time members. If you don’t feel like making dessert come anyway for there will be plenty for all. Just let us know if you plan on attending!



Curriculum Committee

The Fall Session is well underway with a wide variety of course offerings. The Committee is in the process of receiving, reading, and reviewing course proposals for the upcoming Winterim Session. If you are interested in teaching a course please do not hesitate to fill out a course proposal and send it in as soon as possible. The deadline for class proposals is November 20. Remember, if you love a topic and enjoy talking about it or have taught it before, consider teaching at Senior College. The reward is great.

The Committee also want to encourage you to fill out the Evaluation form following the final class session. This information is very useful to the Committee and in particular the sections on classes you would like to see in the catalog as well as your interest in teaching a course.

In the meantime enjoy your class(es) and plan on coming to the Social on October 16.

E-News September 2019

Click here for more information or to register for classes on the Senior College website


Additional class

The Curriculum Committee regrets that Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wills, Trusts, and Probate was submitted too late to make the fall 2019 postcard sent to all members. Randy Mailloux, long time Waldo County lawyer, will be leading this eminently practical course that has been most favorably received in past sessions. For complete class description or to register please see information on the Senior College website.


Click here for Annual Meeting materials


Back to School

Welcome to the fall session of Senior College at Belfast’s nineteenth year. You will find the same wide variety of interesting courses you have come to expect. Or, if you are new, that you have heard about — art, literature, politics, religion, history, gardening, and more. Classes are taught by enthusiastic volunteers who have professional or academic experience in that field or who have developed an expertise as hobbyists. We have been richly blest by the abundance of talent residing in Midcoast Maine! Likewise, we are blest by an abundance of local seniors who love Senior College and work behind the scenes to make it all happen.

Besides taking classes and making new friends, there is a wealth of opportunities to get involved. You will learn a lot just by talking to fellow students during the morning or afternoon coffee breaks. Come on by the office and let us know what you would like to do or to find out what is needed. Another good way to learn is to attend the Annual Meeting, which will be held between sessions on Thursday, Sept. 26. Or just explore our website www.belfastseniorcollege.org.

Looking forward, this year promises to be extra special with history courses in the offing celebrating the 200th anniversary of Maine statehood and a statewide conference for all Maine senior colleges to be hosted by us and the University of Maine. Stay tuned!

See you soon,


October 3rd, 11:45 a.m.
Preparing for terminal illness or trauma
The Palliative Players

Have you thought how to prepare for a terminal illness or trauma? Do you know how your loved ones want to be treated. Do they know what you want? Join the Palliative Players at their performance of End Stage. Through improvised, unscripted role playing, they act out possible end of life scenarios and conversations. They explore decisions and wishes that might arise in a health crisis at the end of life, and offer suggestions for talking with loved ones.


October 10th, 11:45 a.m.
Nick Patides
A Family for ME

Nick Patides of A Family for ME will discuss Maine’s foster care system. There are over 2,100 children in our state’s foster care system, the highest it has ever been. Alarmingly, that number is steadily rising. These children all need guidance and companionship.

If you’re interested in helping, A Family for ME walks with you through the journey. Helping can be as simple as volunteering at events or occasionally watching children on weekends, and helping can be as committed as full time fostering or even adopting. That’s your choice. Here’s the most important thing: you can be the life changing hero in a child’s story.

Special Events Committee

If you have a knack of dreaming up interesting trips or experiences for the education and enjoyment of Senior College members, the Special Events Committee invites you to join the committee. We have two vacant seats to fill before we can begin to plan for the coming season of events.

Please contact Martha Laitin to let her know of your interest. Email her at: marthalaitin@yahoo.com or call her cell at 207-323-2368.


Save the date

The Special Event Committee looks forward to greeting members of Senior College on October 16th. We especially urge new members to attend and enjoy camaraderie and conversation with long time members. If you don’t feel like making dessert come anyway for there will be plenty for all. Just let us know if you plan on attending!


Behind the scenes in Belfast

Senior College Special Event Committee is presenting a new series of tours dubbed “Behind the Scenes in Belfast” designed to explore the unique institutions and interesting sites that make our town of Belfast a star!

The Series kicks off on October 22​ ​at 10 a.m. with Law and Order: Belfast a tour of both the new Courthouse and Belfast Town Hall. The morning begins at the Waldo County Courthouse, located at Church, Market, and Anderson Streets, which opened in March of this year. Following a tour of this impressive building the tour will continue across the street at Belfast Town Hall where participants will see beyond the front desk of the town offices into the workings of local government. Following the tour there will be a discussion with a representative of Restorative Justice on the topic of their Court Diversion Program.

Additional tours throughout the year may include An Inside Look at Historic Houses of Worship, Upstairs/Downtown featuring unique second story businesses in downtown Belfast, and other topics dealing with Belfast institutions, history, and activities.

For more information on the upcoming tour contact: Karen Gleeson karenglee@earthlink.net. This tour is limited to 20 individuals.


Festival of Art Committee seeks new members and chair

The Festival of Art Committee is probably the most satisfying, appreciated, exciting and fun committee of Senior College. The festival has been in existence for 17 years, growing from a small number of artist entries to a maximum of 170. The committee is supported by Senior College, financially and organizationally. Each committee member has responsibility for some part of the planning, organization, and facilitation. Although this is a once-a-year event, the work begins months before with invitations to artists, promotion, and planning. Members must have some computer capability.

At this time, the committee needs a new chair and at least three new members to secure the continuation of this event. If you have an interest in learning more about the committee and/or the event, please contact Cathy Bradbury at: catherine.bradbury@maine.edu

E-News August 2019


Click here for Annual Meeting materials


Back to School

Senior College members,

The nineteenth Senior College year will begin on Thursday, September 19. Senior College at Belfast opened in the fall of 2001, a brand new idea, born in Maine. A group at the University of Southern Maine came up with the idea a couple years previously. It quickly caught on in Bar Harbor and Belfast and then all over the state. There are now seventeen. Who would have thought that a program that relied completely on volunteer teachers, administrators, boards and committees, could have such success in so many places for so many years?

In 2002, we hosted the first state-wide meeting of Maine senior colleges at Point Lookout. This year, we are working with the Hutchinson Center to pick up the mantle to hold another state-wide meeting in the spring. The seventeen senior colleges have an awful lot in common and also face many common concerns about recruiting membership, raising money, recruiting teachers, deciding what courses to offer, how to handle administration, and the like. Nothing can replace face-to-face interaction.

Elsewhere in this newsletter, you will find the courses to be offered this fall and the details of registration. It is another exciting line-up with a wonderful diversity of offerings. The Curriculum Committee, headed by Nancy Perkins works year-round to provide fifty to sixty courses a year. We can’t thank them enough for the tireless effort. That many courses also needs that many teachers, all volunteers too, and we can’t thank them enough either!

We try to keep Senior College fees as low as possible so as to basically just break even. Even with reasonable fees, however, not everyone can afford to take classes. We don’t want anyone to miss out for financial reasons. Scholarships are available for the membership fee, course registration, and any required books or materials. To apply, just send an email request to president@belfastseniorcollege.org and we will make the arrangements. Please let others know if they express an interest.

Senior College is a membership organization governing itself, financing itself, and running itself. During noontime on the second day of classes, September 26, we will hold the annual membership meeting. At that meeting there will be a review of the past year and also the transaction of the important business of electing trustees and approving the financial report. I hope you will be able to attend. Information will be posted on the website as it becomes available.

Looking forward to seeing you,


Curriculum Committee

Curriculum Committee has been hard at work over the summer and is pleased that the fall line up of classes represents a spectrum of offerings that all will find appealing. Registration will begin shortly and remember to sign up early to assure you get the course you want.

Remember that all of us have something to share. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge or skill with others please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Trustees or a member of the Curriculum Committee. We need you and your skills to keep offering great courses to the membership.


Publicity

Watch for the September Issue of Maine Seniors with a story on Senior College at Belfast.


Save the date

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
HeartSong
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
HeartSong
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 ON BELFAST COMMUNITY TV
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

SENIOR COLLEGE TRUSTEES AND OFFICERS ELECTED
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.

YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
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 ) /

SENIOR COLLEGE COMMITTEES
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!)

AGENDA

  • 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.