Learning Opportunities for Persons Over 50 Years of Age
Spring 2018 Session 
There will be 4 classes held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. once a week for four weeks, Tuesdays through Fridays, April 10 to May 4. All classes meet at the Magic Lantern Tannery Pub, 9 Depot Street.

Who Was Ulysses S. Grant?
Stan Cohen

Tuesdays, April 10 – May 1, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
Location: Magic Lantern Theater Pub

Ulysses S. Grant is one of the most misunderstood and enigmatic characters ever to occupy the pantheon pf famous American leaders. We will review his life from his birth in 1822 to his death in 1885, including his pivotal role in several important Civil War battles. This four session course will use lecture and Power Point slides. While no text book is required, reading a Grant biography by either on Ron Chernow or William McFeely is recommended. Participants will be encouraged to join in discussion about this extraordinary figure in American history.

Stan Cohen retired from Bridgton Academy in 2000 where he was the chief financial officer. He has had a long career as an adult education instructor and has been teaching at Bridgton Senior College since its inception. Stan and his wife, Barbara, live in Bridgton.

White Mountain Art and the Hudson River School
Allen Crabtree

Wednesdays, April 11 – May 2, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Magic Lantern Theater Pub

The “howling wilderness” that was the White Mountains of New Hampshire was wonderfully captured on canvas by a group of landscape artists in the early and mid-1800s, known as the Hudson River School. Artists like Thomas Cole, Frederic Church and Albert Bierstadt helped bring the beauty of these rugged mountains, rivers and vistas to the attention of the American public. This class will highlight the lives of many of these men and women artists and their works, putting them into the context of their times.

Allen Crabtree is a frequent lecturer with the Senior College at Bridgton, having given courses on a variety of subjects from WW I history to hiking, capturing oral history to writing your own obituary. He and his wife, Penny, live in Sebago and operate Crabtree’s Blueberries and Crabtree’s Collection Old Books. Allen also writes a regular hiking column for the Bridgton News and has published five books.

Short Stories of Henry James
Ken Gibbs

Thursdays, April 12 – May 3, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Magic Lantern Theater Pub

Henry James is a master craftsman of tales in which morbid obsession, perverted imagination and careless egoism present unforeseen dangers to the main characters. For example, in Daisy Miller these hidden flaws result in the corruption of innocence, in The Beast in the Jungle in the perversion of passion, and in The Turn of the Screw in the abuse of the moral simplicity of children. These three tales will form the basis of our class discussion. If time permits, discussion can move on to The Aspern Papers and The Jolly Corner.

Ken Gibbs has been a frequent and popular presenter for Senior College. He always offers perceptive insights into works of literature and poetry. Ken is a retired Professor of American Literature from Worcester State University. 

The book, Turn of the Screw and Other Short Novels by Henry James is available, free of charge, at Bridgton Books, 140 Main Street, Bridgton.

Who’s Afraid of Chamber Music?
Homer Pence, Laurie Kennedy, Mihae Lee

Fridays, April 13 –May 4, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Magic Lantern Theater Pub

A brief survey of that genre we call chamber music, a history of our local chamber music series, the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, now entering its 46th year, and a preview of the 2018 Festival concerts at Deertrees Theatre. The present and past Directors will explain how programs are planned, how musicians are chosen as well as other “behind the scenes” issues in organizing such a festival.

Homer Pence - Retired bassoonist and university professor, Festival founder and Music Director, 1973-1982
Laurie Kennedy – Principal Violist, Portland Symphony Orchestra and Music Director, 1985-2015
Mihae Lee – Korean-born pianist, Artistic Director of the Essex Winter Series in Connecticut and Music Director of SLLMF, 2016-2018