All Things Spring
Leigh Macmillen Hayes
Tuesday, April 11, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Spring is a time of great awakening. From spring ephemerals to the emergence of leaves, evolution of a vernal pool and even an appreciation of dandelions, there’s no end to the signs of that precious season. We’ll view all these through a PowerPoint presentation, and then get up close and personal as we note the subtleties of tree buds by examining examples. If time allows, we’ll also learn about ferns of Maine, such as the Fiddlehead.
Leigh Macmillen Hayes of Bridgton is a former English teacher, a Maine Master Naturalist and freelance writer. You can follow her wanderings and wonderings by checking out her blog: wondermyway.com
All I know About Government I learned in 2nd Grade
George “Bud” Finch
Tuesday, April 18, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Re-scheduled from snowy February, Bud’s presentation will cover his view on the “Past” (how and why we had government to begin with), the “Present” (the path from the past to the present), and the “Future” (where we’re headed). Non-political, this session is just about government!
George “Bud” Finch was raised in Eastport, spending most of his private sector life in the aerospace industry. His public sector career includes six years as a Selectman in Wells, fifteen years as City Manager in Eastport and six years in his current position, Town Manager in Harrison.
The Age of Timber
Tuesday, April 25, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
For more than a century, concrete and steel have been the prevalent choices for construction of large buildings. These materials are heavily dependent on petroleum, making their use a significant contributor to global warming. Beginning in Europe about twenty-five years ago, a new type of building was designed and built using massive amounts of wood. This presentation will cover the basics of mass timber building and its role in reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide. Maine’s northern forests may well become crucial suppliers of wood for these building of the future.
Henry Banks has been a builder in western Maine since 1983. He manages his own woodlot and uses some of that timber in his own building construction.
Writing an Oral History
Tuesday, May 2, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
We all have stories to tell from our lives, about growing up or people we’ve met, jobs we’ve had, adventures and trips we’ve taken. These are all of interest to us and our families and communities, as well. Unfortunately, many of our life stories die with us and are lost, but they need not be. In this class you will learn how to capture your life stories, or the life stories of others, in an oral history that will preserve those memories.
Allen Crabtree of Sebago is a writer and regular contributor to the Bridgton News. His latest book is Uncle Charlie’s Tapeworm and Other Effingham Yarns, an oral history of growing up at the turn of the century. A frequent presenter at Senior College, he and his wife Penny own and operate Crabtree’s Collection Old Books and Crabtree’s Blueberries.
Impressionism in Music
Homer Pence assisted by Ken Gibbs
Wednesdays, April 12 – May 3, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
An overview of this late 19th/early 20th century style and its ties to the Impressionist painters and the Symbolist poets and dramatists. Compositions of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Charles Tomlinson Griffes will be featured, culminating in Debussy’s masterwork, the opera Pelleas et Melisande.
Homer Pence enjoyed a dual career as a professional bassoonist and as Professor of Music History & Musicology at Ball State University.
Ken Gibbs is a frequent presenter for Senior College. He retired as a Professor of American Literature at Worcester State University in Massachusetts.
Two Post-Modern Novels: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegat White Noise by Don Delillo
Thursdays, April 13 – May 4, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The two novels chosen for discussion, Cat’s Cradle and White Noise, explore the underlying dread and terror in contemporary society with wickedly incisive humor. In a society where facts are unstable, logic indistinguishable from illogic, reality obscured by “truthiness” and language debased by politics and consumerism, these novels demonstrate the irrepressible power of art to overcome chaos and fear. Copies of the books for this class are available free of charge at Bridgton Books.
Ken Gibbs has been a frequent and popular presenter for Senior College. He always offers perceptive insights into a variety of literary works. He is a retired Professor of American Literature from Worcester State University.
The Orderly Era: The 50s
Fridays, April 14 – May 5, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
The 1950s have been called ‘The Orderly Era’, but many changes made in that decade are still a force in American life today. Most Senior College members have lived and experienced those changes firsthand. David Halberstam’s book, The Fifties, does an excellent job of telling us just how much of our life experiences were born in those years. The book is not required reading, but will be used to guide our discussion and review of the 1950s.
JoAnne Harbourt graduated from the University of California and taught HS Chemistry before joining the Central Intelligence Agency. JoAnne is now a retired Intelligence Officer who enjoys investigating new subjects and sharing those interests with others. Her previous presentations at Senior College include Computer Applications, Intelligence Issues and Women’s History.