Courses Fall 2018

Introduction to Mushroom Hunting
Introduction to Mushroom Hunting will focus on the basic language of mycology (the study of mushrooms). Amanda will also dispel some of our common cultural fears toward this tasty fungus. A field trip will have you walking a local trail with your eyes mushroom-focused. Class limit 12.
Facilitator: Amanda Moran
Tues., Sept. 11, 18, 25; 10:00-noon; Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel.


Senior Players
Senior Players is a course that prepares players for the public performances on November 16 and 17. The ten sessions leading up to the McLaughlin Hall event require no memorization; everyone carries a script. We do three or four plays or set pieces, depending on how many players we have. Even if you haven’t tapped your thespian skills, give it a try. Newcomers warmly welcomed. It’s all about giving the community some comic relief. The laughs are either at the play or at us. Come join us for a fun fall.
Facilitator: Jack Kuchta
Thurs., Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15; 2:00-5:00; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Drawing and Painting
A new twist on a perennial favorite! Come and work on your own project or take part in a more structured format. Three topics will be explored this semester: drawing techniques and materials, painting using different media, and mixed media. Join us for a fun and creative experience. All abilities welcome. Some materials provided. Class limit 12.
Facilitator: Suzanne Taylor

Thurs., Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

De-mystifying Poetry
This course will attempt to increase your understanding of poetry through examination of a variety of types, old and new. Some poetry rhymes, some does not; some tell stories, others provide sight images; some are easy to understand, and others are difficult. No prior experience is necessary. We will explore the how’s and the why’s of poems, having fun doing so. Class limit 8.
Facilitator: Suzanne Taylor
Fri., Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

American Mah Jongg
Learn as you play American Mah Jongg. Mah Jongg is a table game for four players. Small rectangular tiles stamped with characters and symbols are used to assemble patterns that match a specific card of hands. The game is both simple and complex, requiring luck and skill. Come and learn this fun and sociable game. Class limit 4.
Facilitator: Rita Aromaa
Mon., Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5; 1:30-3:30; Valentine Farm Conservation Center, 162 North Road, Bethel.

Great Decisions
Great Decisions is America’s oldest and largest citizen discussion group about American foreign policy challenges. WMSC is proud to have offered the first of these groups meeting in Maine. The non-partisan Foreign Policy Association annually provides our briefing book and related DVD. This fall term will present the last 4 of 8 challenges addressed this year. Remaining topics: The Waning of Pax Americana, Media & Foreign Policy, U.S. Global Engagement & the Military, and South Africa’s Fragile Democracy. Class limit 20.
Rotating Facilitators; Coordinator: Peter Gartner
Tues., Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 13; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

Care and Feeding of Your PC
This brief course will help you keep your PC (no Apple products this time please) safe and running efficiently. In the first session we will review PC operations, logging in and navigation. Additionally, we will cover the Windows 10 desktop, start menu, toolbar and action center. After establishing a common knowledge base for the class, we will address each of the topics below for computer care and feeding: Windows updates, defragmenting your hard drive (internal windows program), anti-virus program (AVAST), software firewall (Zone Alarm), spyware prevention (Search & Destroy), registry clean-up (Wise Registry Cleaner). This session will be a combination of instructor-led topics with hands-on practice on your computer. If you have a laptop and extension cord, please bring them to class. Subsequent sessions may be offered as needed. Class limit 8.
Facilitator: Mark Beck
Wed., Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

Knitting Techniques Clinic
You know how to knit. Learn more options to improve the look of your projects and fix mistakes without ripping everything out. These sessions will cover a variety of cast-ons, cast-offs, increases and decreases, and help you decide which ones work best for particular patterns. Betsy Baird will take you through five very focused sessions that will raise your knitting skills and satisfaction. Class limit 8.
Facilitator: Betsy Baird
Wed., Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

Powering Our Homes and Businesses
Technology, economics, and regulation all play a role in how electricity and gas systems powered our homes and businesses in the past. We will learn how these systems operated, how they have changed and how they may function in the future. We will also explore how these systems are functioning in Europe now. Class limit 14.
Facilitator: Lee Smith
Mon., Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12; 10:00-noon; THS rm. 133.

Quilting, An Introduction
Donna Gillis, whose quilts hang in the Bethel Library and in the Bethel Historic Society buildings, is offering a one-session introductory course on quilting. You bring your enthusiasm, she provides the inspiration and materials and a full kit for making a trivet. The $45 fee is payable to Donna at the first class. No course fees paid to WMSC. Class limit 4.
Facilitator: Donna Gillis
Wed., Nov. 7; 1:00-3:00, Bethel Historical Society, 10 Broad Street, Bethel.


Pairs and Spares Dinner Out
Enjoy a fall sunset on the Millbrook Tavern Terrace (indoor) overlooking the golf course of the Bethel Inn Resort while sharing dinner with Pairs and Spares friends. We will meet at 6:00, Thursday, Sept. 20, on the lower level and order off the menu, with additional selections from the Mexican Night menu ( Guests are welcome! FMI, carpooling arrangements, or to make a reservation, contact:
Facilitator: Kay Rector or 824-3333.

Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper
Join your WMSC friends for our annual business meeting and potluck supper. We will elect new members to the WMSC Board, hear about the year ahead from the Board Chair, Irene Kuchta, and enjoy stories of summer adventures from our friends over dinner. Thanks to Marvin Ouwinga and his helpers for arranging the dinner.
Wed., Sept. 5; 5:30-7:30; West Parish Congregational Church, Bethel.

Holiday Party
A social event not to be missed! Friends from WMSC come together for an evening of fun. Appetizers and desserts will be provided by our members; beverages will be provided by WMSC.
Contact: Lynne Zimmerman at or 207-595-0780 to RSVP and tell her what you will bring.
Tues., Dec. 4; 5:30-7:00; Moses Mason House. Snow date Dec. 6.