Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We Have a Date for Picnic, Blueberries and Poetry!

Walter and Beth Brough have once again offered their home (583 Howe Hill Road, Greenwood) and blueberry fields for this popular summer event. This year it will be on Thursday, August 7, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, with a rain date of Saturday, August 9. Bring containers for berries, your own sandwiches and a salad or dessert to share. Poetry to share is optional. RSVP to Beth (875-2216 or bwbrough@megalink.net).

Last summer the berries at Walter and Beth's were plentiful indeed!    photo R. Tifft

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Explore Maine with Duane - Maine's Champion Trees

(Members of a senior college may take a course at other senior college as long as there is room in the class. The following article from Augusta Senior College appears in the July MSCN Newsletter.)

Maine's Project Canopy exists to locate, measure, verify and maintain current records of the Champion Trees in Maine.  This list is a compilation of the largest specimen of each tree species in Maine. Over 150 Maine Champions have been found over the past four decades, some of which are National Champions, but several have not been measured in over 10 years.  

Duane Prugh, of UMA Senior College, will be leading a group of students to find 40+ of these Champions, measure, photograph, and score them.  Some of these trees have a trunk diameter of 6-8 feet, a canopy spread of 150-175 feet, and a height of over 100 feet.

Jan Santerre, coordinator of Project Canopy and Maine's Big Tree Program, a partnership of the Maine Forest Service in cooperation with the Viles Arboretum, will be a professional consultant for this course.  The course will start in mid-August, 2014 and continue until mid-October. Only those champion trees between Scarborough, Belfast, Augusta, and Lewiston will be viewed. The class size limit is 30 students, but could be increased to 60 if a second 30 student section is needed.  FMI 207 621-3551 or e-mail umasc@maine.edu

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Sunday, June 29, 2014

July Events

Friday, July 4
Annual Community Picnic & Concert
Bring your lunch, and after the presentation of colors and the National Anthem, enjoy a two-hour concert by the Portland Brass Quintet. In case of rain, the concert and picnic will be held at the Middle Intervale Meetinghouse (1816) on Intervale Road, approximately four miles downriver from Bethel Hill village. Free, donations welcome. FMI: Bethel Historical Society
Friday, July 4; 11:30 am - 1:30 pm; Moses Mason House Lawn, Bethel

Saturday & Sunday, July 5 & 6
Bethel Art Fair
Produced by the Mahoosuc Arts Council, the Annual Bethel Art Fair features the finest artists and artisan crafters of Western Maine and beyond. Over 55 artists and artisans will be exhibiting oil, pastel, watercolor, pen and ink, multi-media paintings, photography, woodworking, metal smithing, pottery, and more. FMI: Mahoosuc Arts 
Saturday & Sunday, July 5 & 6; 9:00 am - 4:00 pm; Bethel Common, Bethel

Saturday & Sunday, July 19 & 20
Mollyockett Days
Bethel's summer homecoming for over 50 years. Parade, fireworks, food, family, friends, fun.  FMI: 800-442-5826 http://www.mollyockettdays.com/
Saturday, July 19; 7:00 am - 9 :00 pm; Sunday, July 20; 7:00 am - noon; Bethel Common, Bethel

Saturday, July 26
Yankee Brass Band C0ncert
The Yankee Brass Band performs historically informed arrangements of music from the second half of the 19th century on period instruments. Free, donations welcome.  FMI: Bethel Historical Society
Saturday, July 26; 2:00 - 3:15 pm; Moses Mason House Lawn, Bethel

Wednesday, July 30

Community Supper
Free community suppers the last Wednesday of the month at Bethel Alliance Church.
Wednesday, July 30; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, Walkers Mills Road, Bethel
 

For additional events a little farther from home be sure to check out WMSC's Summer News 2014

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

WMSC Visits Bates Art Museum

by Wendy Hutchins

What a lovely way to spend a rainy summer day! Under the direction of Kathleen DeVore, several members of WMSC, along with a few guests, ventured to the Bates College Museum of Art. While there, the docent guided us through the two current exhibits: Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts, and Encountering Maine. Both collections were inspirational, to say the very least.
 
The Convergence show offers the viewer many different media which include sculpture, wood cuts, silk screen prints, multi-media collages and more, all depicting the African influence on our music, films and visual art. 

Encountering Maine, while containing a similar variety of art forms, features works by Maine artists or artists with a relationship to Maine, or works that includes part of Maine as a subject. For most of us, the highlight of the exhibit was the stunning, original watercolor of Andrew Wyeth, “Master Bedroom,” which is on long-term loan to the museum through the generosity of Wyeth’s granddaughter, who is a graduate of Bates.

After a wonderful few hours of steeping in the arts, the group put the finishing touch to a grand day by having a fabulous lunch at Davinci’s in the old Bates Mill complex! How appropriate!

Both exhibits will be running throughout the summer, so if you find yourself in Lewiston be sure to check them out. (Bates Museum of Art 207-786-6158)

Anthony, our docent, explains Faith Ringgold's Jazz Stories: Mama Can Sing, Papa Can Blow #4, 2004   photo Denise Hurd

SoniĆ© Joi Ruffin-Thompson, Strange Fruit, 2010   photo Denise Hurd

Close-up of Strange Fruit   photo Denise Hurd

Andrew Wyeth, Master Bedroom, 1965   photo Google Images

 
For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college
 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Music Without Borders Piano Series Begins Friday, June 27

Tamara Poddubnaya
The opening concert of the Steinway piano series Music Without Borders begins this Friday, June 27. (Note: this is a change from the date which was originally published.)  Music Without Borders features talented young students of the internationally known teacher and performer, Tamara Poddubnaya. Concerts begin at 7:30 in Gould Academy's air-conditioned McLaughlin Auditorium. FMI: Music Without Borders, or join Donald Christie’s mailing list and receive the latest up-to-date information (dchristie@roadrunner.com).


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Senior College Players Gearing up for Fall

by Rosabelle Tifft
 
Have you always wanted to act but were not sure if you could? Or wondered about memorizing a script, or performing in front of an audience, let alone talk? If so, Senior College Players is the place to be. And don’t worry about memorizing three acts of Shakespeare because you can always carry a script. (Though it might make a sword fight a tad awkward!) We do require you have the time of your life taking on the persona of someone else and having fun becoming that character in a play – that’s a MUST!

We are in the process of selecting plays for our annual fall class and performance, “The Senior Fa(o)llies.” You can get complete details at the class registration on September 3, to be held in conjunction with the WMSC Annual Meeting. We truly hope to see you there.


Characters in a scene from one of last year’s plays, “Who Murdered Who:”  Jim McLean, Rosabelle Tifft, Mark Antell and Lorrie Hoeh. Plans are underway to produce three comedy plays for this fall’s performance.        photo L. Hoeh 

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Sunday, June 8, 2014

WMSC to visit "Encountering Maine" Exhibition

Carpool with us on Wednesday, June 25 to the “Encountering Maine” exhibition at Bates College Museum of Art. The exhibition features a diverse selection of works depicting places in Maine by artists from the late nineteenth century up to the present. Admission is free, and friends and family are welcome to come along. For information on the exhibition go to Bates Museum Encountering Maine. Carpool meets at Telstar High School at 9:00 am. We'll have lunch after visiting the museum, and will be back at Telstar by 2:30 pm. Contact Kathleen DeVore (katdev@aol.com or 875-2364) by June 18 if you are planning to go.

Delbert Dana Coombs, Bridge, 1899, oil on canvas

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Photos from "Yellowstone in Winter"

The following photos are from Lynne Zimmerman's May 20th Down Home Maine presentation. Lynne and her husband Roger lead cross country skiing trips in Yellowstone National Park.


The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone with Lower Falls
Hot spring in Geyser Basin
Old Faithful
Appalachian Mountain Club group led by Roger & Lynne
Mammoth Hot Springs
View from Mammoth Hot Springs looking toward hotel

photos by Roger Zimmerman


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Boondocks! A Very Special Opportunity for WMSC Members and the Public

On Thursday, June 12, at 1 pm, Bonnie Pooley and Anna Sysko will talk about the Boondocks Buying Club and demonstrate how to order foods through it. The program will take place in Room 133 at Telstar Adult Ed., and Anna will provide and prepare foods ordered through Boondocks for your tasting pleasure.

What IS a buying club anyway? It is simply a group of people who get together to order food and other products in order to take advantage of lower prices through buying in bulk. What makes Boondocks special is that they order from Crown of Maine, which means that all products are from Maine. Nothing is traveling half way around the world to get to you; it comes from local Maine farmers and producers.

Also, Boondocks, through its software, is able to present products from VERY local farmers, such as Steven Abbott, Anna Sysko, and Thunder Hill. Anna and Bonnie are both on the Board of the Boondocks Buying Club and love talking about its advantages. This program is being supported by an AARP grant to make healthy fresh food available to seniors. Western Mountains Senior College is offering this one-time presentation free and open to the public.

For more information, check the website Boondocks Buying Club or like the Facebook page for Boondocks Buying Club.



 

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

June Events

Wednesday, June 4
WMSC Spring Wine Tasting
Dave Nivus of The Good Food Store introduces attendees to the wines of South America. FMI: Kathleen DeVore (katdev@aol.com or 875-2364)
Wednesday, June 4; 5:30 pm; Mill Hill Inn, Bethel

Wednesday, June 4
The Changing Nature of Gardening
Barbara Murphy, University of Maine Extension Educator, will lead a discussion on what it takes to have a successful garden well into the future. Start building resiliency in your garden now to adapt to the vagaries of climate change and old age. FMI: Mahoosuc Land Trust (info@mahoosuc.org or 824-3806)
Wednesday, June 4; 7:00 pm; Rumford Public Library, 56 Rumford Avenue, Rumford

Saturday, June 7
National Trails Day at Rumford Whitecap
Mahoosuc Land Trust sponsors a trail work day on Rumford Whitecap. Wear appropriate work clothing and footwear. Bring water, snacks, lunch, bug and sun protection and small tools such as clippers, loppers, shovels, rakes. Refreshments served at the end of the day. FMI: Mahoosuc Land Trust (info@mahoosuc.org or 824-3806)
Saturday, June 7; 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; meet in the parking area on the East Andover Road, Rumford

Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8
Brahms Requiem
The Oratorio Chorale, under the direction of Emily Isaacson, performs Ein Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms. FMI: Oratorio Chorale
Saturday, June 7; 7:30 pm; Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick
Sunday, June 8; 3:00 pm; Woodfords Congregational Church, Portland

Sunday, June 8
Dedication of the Valentine Wing
Dedication and official opening of the "Mary E. Valentine Collections Wing" at the Bethel Historical Society's Robinson House.  Remarks and ribbon cutting, 2:00 pm; open house, 2:15 to 4:00 pm.  FMI: 207-824-2908 
Sunday, June 8; 2:00 - 4:00 pm; Robinson House, Broad Street, Bethel

Thursday, June 12
Boondocks Buying Club at WMSC
Bonnie Pooley and Anna Sysko will introduce Boondocks Buying Club, a group which purchases local Maine foods in bulk. They will demonstrate how to order foods, and
Anna will serve samples of some of their offerings. This program is being supported by an AARP grant to make healthy fresh food available to seniors. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, June 12; 1:00 - 2:00 pm; Telstar, Room 133 

Monday, June 23
Choral Art Society Summer Sing 2014
All singers are welcome at CAS's third annual summertime sing-along. The evening begins at 7:00 with a singers’ skills workshop; at 7:30 we will read through the Brahms Requiem. Participants are encouraged to bring their own scores. Admission fee is $5 (no charge for students). FMI: Summer Sing 
Monday, June 23; 7:00 pm; Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland
 

Wednesday, June 25
WMSC Museum Snoops "Encountering Maine"
Carpool with us to the “Encountering Maine” exhibition at Bates College Museum of Art, which features a diverse selection of works depicting places in Maine by artists from the late nineteenth century up to the present. Free admission. Carpool meets at Telstar High School at 9:00 am. Friends and family are invited. Contact Kathleen DeVore (katdev@aol.com or 875-2364) by June 18 if you are planning to go.
Wednesday, June 25; 9:00 am - 2:30 pm; carpool meets at Telstar High School, Bethel

Wednesday, June 25

Community Supper
Free community suppers the last Wednesday of the month at Bethel Alliance Church.
Wednesday, June 25; 4:30-6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, Walkers Mills Road, Bethel
 

Friday, June 27
Music Without Borders
This opening concert of the Steinway piano series of free concerts features talented young students of the internationally known teacher and performer, Tamara Poddubnaya. As an added summer attraction, the McLaughlin Auditorium is air-conditioned! FMI: (website soon to be updated for 2014 season) Music Without Borders, or join Donald Christie’s mailing list and receive the latest up to date information (dchristie@roadrunner.com).
Friday, June 27; 7:30 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel

Saturday, June 28

Rotary Annual Auction and Yard Sale
This Bethel Rotary Club fundraiser has something for everyone! Yard Sale begins at 8:00 am, auction preview at 5:50, live auction at 6:30. All proceeds benefit the community.
Saturday, June 28; 8:00 am and into the night; Telstar High School, Bethel

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college