Learning Opportunities for Persons Over 50 Years of Age
Fall 2018 Session 
There will be 4 classes held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. once a week for six weeks, Tuesdays through Fridays, September 11 to October 19. All classes meet at the Magic Lantern Tannery Pub, 9 Depot Street.

Bridgton Historical Society  
Ned Allen and Mike Davis 

Tuesdays, September 11 – October 16, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Locations: Magic Lantern Tannery Pub/ Narramissic/Gibbs Avenue

This year marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of “Bridgestown,” and in honor of this occasion, leadership of the Bridgton Historical Society will share significant stories from Bridgton’s history, emphasizing the aspects of this small community’s unique history. Tuesday, Sept 18th class will be held at Narramissic Farm in South Bridgton and Tuesday October 2nd class will be at the Gibbs Avenue Museum so that participants can get to know the wealth of information and artifacts stored at that facility.

Ned Allen has been the Executive Director of the Bridgton Historical Society of the last 15 years and has worked extensively in New England history throughout his career.

Mike Davis is the Society’s Assistant Director and is currently an engineering student at USM; he has brought energy and new enthusiasm to the Society in his short tenure.

A Geologic Introduction for the Layman
Jim Dover

Wednesdays, September 12 – October 17, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
Location: Magic Lantern Tannery Pub 

This is an expanded and updated version of classes entitled “Geology for the layman” and “Geologic Highlights of the Lakes Region” offered at SCB, LEA and elsewhere in the Bridgton area within the past 5-10 years. Among the topics to be covered are:

(1)Historic milestones in developing the Science of Geology, and understanding “geologic time;” 
(2)Classification and identification of rocks and minerals;
(3)Folding, faulting, and other types of rock deformation’
(4)The process and significance of geologic mapping, and how to read a geologic map;
(5)Principles and processes of plate tectonics, mantle plumes, and super volcanos; and
(6)Glaciers, and the consequences of global glaciation.

All these topics will be illustrated with excellent local examples here in the Lakes Region. Class participants may suggest other topics of interest for discussion.

Jim Dover has presented many Senior College classes on geologic and travel topics. Jim received his PhD from the University of Washington and taught several years at the Colorado School of Mines, but most of his career was spent with the US Geologic Survey in the western US and Alaska.
Fall in Your Backyard
Leigh Macmillen Hayes, Kathy McGreavy, Alice Goodwin, and Sarah Otterson

Thursdays, September 13 – October 18, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
Location: Magic Lantern Tannery Pub 

Through a series of topics, become naturally curious about autumn. Learn to observe nature with a closer focus on your backyard. Topics will include tracking fall foliage, tree leaf identification, hawks and migration, fall flowers and pollinators, galls and insects, plus how the critters we share this world with prepare for winter.

We’ll spend an hour inside as we introduce each topic and then will head out the door to explore the area around the building and a short distance into the park.

Bring your own journal or we will have materials available to make one. Also bring your own hand lens or use one of ours during each class.

Appropriate footwear for the outdoor portion of the class is essential.

Class limited to 25.

Leigh Macmillen Hayes is a retired teacher, Maine Master Naturalist, Education Director for the Greater Lovell Land Trust, and freelance writer/editor. When she’s not leading walks or talks, Leigh can be found wandering through the woods with her camera in hand as she tries to capture the wonders of the natural world.

Kathy McGreavy is a Maine Master Naturalist, studio potter, retired elementary teacher, and is currently working with 2nd and 3rd grade students in SAD 55 to help them discover tracks and other signs of our local fauna, and to explore the wonders of wetlands. This work is supported by the Francis Small Heritage Trust, a non-profit organization working to conserve lands in western Oxford and northern York counties.

Alice Goodwin is always looking for the next learning opportunity, a self-described Professional Student (business cards to prove it), she has licenses in Forestry, Surveying and Engineering and is a recent graduate of the Maine Master Naturalist Program.

Sarah Otterson is a 2017 graduate of the Maine Master Naturalist Program and has taught in the Oxford Hills School district for 27 years. Though she left the class room two years ago, she continues to teach science and engineering to elementary students. Sarah has a passion for getting her students outside for nature-based learning.

Shakespeare’s Henry V
Margaret Reimer

Fridays, September 14 – October 19, 9:30 – 11;30 am
Location: Magic Lantern Tannery Pub 

Shakespeare’s Henry V provides an uplifting conclusion to the “Second Tetralogy” of English history plays. Over the past two years Senior College has studies the first three plays of this series. This concluding offering will use the text and videos (the 1940’s Laurence Olivier version, the 1990’s Kenneth Branagh version, and the Hollow Crown BBC version) to see how the attitudes towards war and nationalism are challenged by productions in different time periods.

Text available at no charge from Bridgton Books.

Margaret Reimer is a frequent and popular presenter for our Senior College. Her PhD from Purdue University was on 16th Century English literature. She currently teaches in the Honors Program at USM where her courses include Classical Literature, History of the English Language, the Bible and Writing.