Senior College at Bridgton
Shakespeare’s Henry V
Mondays, September 12,19,26 and Oct 3
Henry V, celebrated as one of the greatest warrior kings of medieval England, was King of England 1413 until his death 1422. While his reign was relatively short, Henry’s valor on the battlefield and outstanding military successes in the Hundred Year War against France made England one of the strongest military powers in Europe.
The book for this class may be purchased at The Bridgton Book Store.
Margaret Reimer, PhD, retired University of Southern Maine Professor, is a frequent and popular presenter for Senior College. Her PhD from Purdue University was on 16th Century English literature. She has recently retired from her Professorship at University of Southern Maine where her courses included Classical Literature, History of the English Language, the Bible and Writing.
Native Maine Plants and Pollinators: They Need Our Help
Monday, October 10
Looking out her window envisioning birds, bees and butterflies visiting colorful ground cover and gardens, Nancy Donovan enrolled in the Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program in South Paris. Her goal was to learn successful gardening practices for her own gardens and to potentially assist others in avoiding gardening errors.
In her presentation, Nancy will discuss the advantages of growing plants native to Maine and the benefits to pollinators. She will outline how to grow them from seed collected from native Maine plants. Also, describe the process of having a garden designated as Pollinator Certified by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Nancy Donovan, PhD, Retired PT – built her home in Bridgton in 2007. She
retired in December 2019 and in January 2020 enrolled in the Maine
Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program.
Maine Mystery Writing
Tuesday, Sept 13
Are you curious how mystery books are developed? Mystery writer Rowland Creitz will talk about the differences and commonalities among the three literary genres of action, suspense, and mystery. He will use various well-known novels to illuminate the discussion. His presentation will include whether or how his novels fit into one or more to the three categories. He will also discuss how he approaches his writing, how he gets it published and marketed.
His book A Debt Too Dear is about a summer hike on a Maine Island. To Touch the Earth Again is set in a coal town. His interest in coal mining communities was sparked by childhood camping in the southern Appalachian Mountains and a map of his father’s 1933 journey through the Clearfork Valley that straddles Tennessee and Kentucky.
Rowland Creitz, is a former Marine, primary grade teacher, and school consultant. He lived in seven states, in many towns, and overseas before settling down in Stow, Maine. His interest in coal mining communities was sparked by childhood camping in the southern Appalachian Mountains and a map of his father’s 1933 journey through the Clearfork Valley that straddles Tennessee and Kentucky.
Factor Fine Art
Tuesday, Sept 27
The Grand Opening of Factor Fine Art, Bridgton, was June 25, 2022. Ian Factor, Founder/Director/Instructor, will talk about his journey in the art world related to art history and famous artists. He will discuss the socio-economic and cultural influences on art today. He will explain his vision for his gallery and for art in Bridgton, beginning with five-week classes in watercolor painting and observational drawing and two-day workshops.
Students will be invited to tour the studio after the presentation.
Ian Factor, Founder and Instructor Factor Fine Art, Bridgton ME., New York Academy of Art, MFA-Painting-Anatomy Track, Magna Cum Laude, Syracuse University, BFA – Illustration, Painting & Drawing Focus
Clean Water is Vital
Tuesday, October 4th
Clean water is vital to all living creatures, including humans. We need it to survive on a daily basis and use it from everything from drinking, to showering to flushing the toilet. But did you know there is water tied up in all the goods that we purchase? From transportation to food to clothing, water is used all along the supply chain. Join Alanna Yannelli from the Lakes Environmental Association to learn about the water that is “hidden” in everyday items that we use, how land conservation, and a changing climate can affect water quality, and how to reduce your water use.
Alanna Yannelli grew up in Sebago and learned from a young age not to let the faucet drip. She works hard to incorporate all that she’s learned about water conservation into her daily life and enjoys sharing that awareness with others through education programs at LEA. She also always enjoys the audience at Senior College
Loon Echo Land Trust
Tuesday, Oct 11
Over the past three years, the demand for and interest in outdoor spaces and recreation opportunities everywhere has skyrocketed. How do we balance access to the outdoors with impacts on natural resources? How do we move forward to a future with ample and equitable access to the outdoors? Matt will also discuss LELT's recent land protection & trail projects, collaborative efforts to protect land in the Sebago Lake watershed, and ways community members can help protect the important places in their community.
Loon Echo Land Trust (LELT) is a donor supported, non-profit land trust that works to protect the land and natural resources of the northern Sebago Lake region for future generations. Loon Echo conserves over 8,000 acres of land and manages 32 miles of hiking and biking trails in the towns of Bridgton, Casco, Denmark, Harrison, Naples, Raymond, and Sebago.
Matt Markot, Executive Director, holds a bachelor's degree from Trinity College, worked for the Nature Conservancy in Maine as their Northern Maine Lands Stewart, served as an AmeriCorps Environmental Steward with Maine Natural Areas Program and as an environmental educator at Kieve-Wavus.
Old “Billboard” Gravestones of Bridgton and Harrison
Wednesday, Sept 28
An unusual form of grave-marker was produced in Maine in the mid-1800s. Consisting of large stone slabs usually held aloft by granite posts, these monuments resemble roadside signs and have been named “billboard” monuments by cemetery historian and author Ron Romano. Rare and often overlooked, there are only 42 known to exist in Maine, three of which are found in Bridgton and Harrison. This program, rich with photographs, begins with a review of the evolution of Maine’s cemetery landscapes, monument forms, and gravestone materials from the colonial period through the late 1800s. We’ll then examine the collection of Maine billboards, learning about their origin, the period of production, and the unique methods local marble workers used to keep the massive stones upright. We’ll “meet” some of the men who made them and—of course—learn the interesting stories of some of the people they memorialize.
Depending on the weather and interest from attendees, an optional visit may follow the program at Bridgton’s High Street Cemetery, where one of the most unusual billboards in the region is found. (For those interested in learning more, autographed copies of Ron’s books will be available for purchase.)
Ron Romano is a native of Portland Maine, and is a cemetery historian and tour guide, who serves on two non-profit volunteer boards: the National Association for Gravestone Studies and the local friends of Portland's historic Eastern Cemetery known as "Spirits Alive." He's a frequent lecturer on early gravestones, cemetery landscapes, and Maine's gravestone makers. He has published a series of papers and four books on those subjects and has led countless visitors through many of Maine's historic cemeteries.
SPACE: The Race for the Final Frontier
Wednesday, Oct 5
An arms race is brewing in orbit. Access to space has become much more affordable as launch and equipment costs have declined sharply. These factors are fueling a thriving space industry as dozens of countries and companies are exploring ways to utilize space. Meanwhile, China is a pacing challenge to U.S. primacy in space. Increasingly, space is becoming more militarized as several nations have developed, tested, and deployed various counterspace systems. Given the importance of space to the U.S. economy and national security, the Pentagon has bolstered spending directed toward space-based systems. Indeed, space is becoming more congested, competitive, and contested. We will discuss the commercial and security aspects of the new space race as well as some of the major space exploration programs.
John Doughty, Chief Investment Officer for R.M. Davis, specializes in energy, economic, markets and geopolitics. Graduate of Bowdoin College with BA (cum laude) in History, Government & Legal Studies; MBS in Finance & Marketing from University of Chicago Booth School of Business; with graduate course work in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.