Issue No. 91
The MSCN Newsletter
Welcome to Your December 2017 Newsletter!

The Snow Queen by Rudolf Koivu

This month I want to thank Mary Jane Beardsley and the board of USM's Lewiston Auburn SC for inviting me to their November board meeting. I gave a demonstration of the ZOOM online meeting application with the help of Nancy Roe ( SAGE) located in Presque Isle. We talked about how to use ZOOM for board meetings on snow days or when a member cannot attend a meeting in person. If your Senior College would like a ZOOM demonstration, let me know!

Thank you to Cindi Flow and the South Coast SC on the York County Community College (YCCC) campus for inviting me to their board meeting. It was great to meet everyone, and I learned about some fun and innovative classes offered in 2017.  

Rachel Morin of LASC has written a tribute to two long-time senior college members who recently passed away. 

The University of Maine in Augusta SC invite you to their Christmas Concert and also share their schedule for next year's Brown Bag lunch dates. And Midcoast Senior College announce their popular  Winter Wisdom 2018 series!

Finally, I have added an entertaining piece submitted by John Van Pelt of Downeast Senior College. John read this at the successful October 28th Schoodic Gathering of six Senior Colleges. If you have been craving a cheeseburger or some deluxe ice cream read this first! 

Program Director
University of Southern Maine
South Coast Senior College and their Innovative Class Offerings

The following innovative classes were offered

Fall 2017 - Horsemanship 101 
The one-day class catalog description: Horses and Seniors! If you rode as a child or just always  wanted to, better late than never! Is a horseback ride on the  beach at the top of your bucket list or do you just want to enjoy a grooming session or a quiet walk around an arena?
Instructor Elaine King 

Fall 2017 - Cider Pressing  
Catalog description: Come to Hollis Center to enjoy an old fashioned cider pressing party. We will use a homemade cider press mill that was designed to work as homemade presses did at the turn of the century (1900 that is). We have several varieties of organic apples that you may also pick if you wish. Bring a jug so that you can enjoy the fresh cider that will last for 5 to 7 days. The cider is unfiltered and unpasteurized with a full bodied flavor. 
Instructor: Rita Perron, Apple Pressing Expert

Spring 2017 - Overwhelmed with options on your iPhone or Android? 
Catalog description: Join our workshop to learn about features, apps and other applications on your phone! This will be a two week event with the first two hour class spent learning about your phone's abilities and practicing specific features. Two weeks later, the class will re-convene for review and additional practice. 

Instructors: Gianna Olson & Irish Dils, 8th graders, Kennebunk Middle School,  Margaret Marcucci (Mom), and Cindi Flow, Senior College Advisory Board. 
Photographs by Cindi Flow, South Coast Senior College

University of Southern Maine Lewiston-Auburn Senior College

June Spear
Lewiston Auburn Senior College loses two long-time members

Pearl Sawyer

Lewiston Auburn Senior College remembers with great sadness long-time members June Spear and Pearl Sawyer who passed away in November.  June was a dedicated Senior College Instructor for many years.  Pearl, author of several poetry books, participated in many sr. college events. Both were active in Readers Theater visiting elderly housing.

Submitted by Rachel Morin, USM Lewiston Auburn Senior College 

Winter Wisdom 2018

Morrell Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

Wednesdays, 12:15 - 1:45 pm 
Free and Open to the Public  

The Winter Wisdom lecture series is sponsored by: 

  • January 3 - High Winds Flute Choir 
  • January 10 -The United States and the Persian Gulf: What Has Changed and What Hasn't? 
  • January 17 - Solar Eclipses, Past, Present and Future (2024) January 24 - The Art of Acadia 
  • January 31 - Venice - Where Did the Stones Come From? February 7 - IONA: The Sacred Isle of Scotland 
  • February 14 - Longfellow Days: The Charm of Reading & Rereading

For more detailed information please visit:

Submitted by Donna Marshall, Midcoast Senior College

Brown Bag Lunch Dates for your 2018 Calendar
Detail of "The Picnic" by Thomas Cole (1846)

The Brown Bag Series is a program of the UMA Senior College that encourages people to attend weekly presentations in January and February at the UMA campus. The series begins on the first week of January and runs for 8 weeks.  

UMASC members and guests are invited to bring their lunch to each session at 12 noon on Tuesdays, to see and hear a different presentation each week. Topics will be of various subjects and content. The length of shows should be 60-90 minutes duration. Lectures are held at the Michael Klahr Center which is connected to UMA's Katz Library. 

Tuesday Lectures Noon - 1:30 pm 
UMA Klahr Center 
There is no admission fee.  

  • January 9 Tom Feagin We Shall Overcome (history of racist ideas in U.S.) 
  • January 16 Bob Woodbury My Life in the Media - a Conversation 
  • January 23 Peter Rosenberg A History of Card Games 
  • January 30 Mike Bell Bigfoot: Yes, He's Out There 
  • February 6 Art Ray Clyde Jackie & #42 (Major League Baseball) 
  • February 13 Elizabeth Reinsborough Patagonia: Wild and Wonderful 
  • February 20 Patrick Paradis JFK at 100: Why His Presidency Still Matters 
  • February 27 Dick Duncan Speech: A Magical Extension of the Arms 

Downeast Senior College

"In the Beginning" by John Van Pelt
Satan Before the Throne of God, by William Blake
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. And the Earth was without form, and void, and the darkness was upon the face of the deep. 

And Satan said, ''It doesn't get any better than this."  

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. And God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb-yielding seed, and the fruit-tree-yielding fruit," and God saw that it was good. 

And Satan said, "There goes the neighborhood."  

And God said, "I will make Man in my image, after our likeness, and let him have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle, and all over the Earth." And so God created Man in his own image, male and female created he them.  

And God looked upon Man and Woman and saw that they were lean and fit.  

And Satan said, "I know how I can get back in this game." 

And God caused to grow on the earth broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, and green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long, healthy lives. 

And Satan created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the $2.99 double cheeseburger. And Satan said to Man, "You want fries with that?" 
And Man said, "Super size them." And Man gained 5 pounds. 

And God created healthful yogurt, that Woman might keep her figure. 

And Satan brought forth chocolate. And Woman gained 5 pounds.

And God said, "Try my crispy, fresh salad."  

And Satan brought forth Ben and Jerry's. And Woman gained 10 pounds.  
And God said, "I have sent thee heart-healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them."  

And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained 10 pounds and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.  

And God brought forth running shoes and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds. 

And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2. And Man gained another 20 pounds.  

And God said, "You're running up the score, Devil." And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. 

And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also.  

And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips that were full of cholesterol. And Satan saw and said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.  

And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery. 

And Satan created health insurance exchanges.

Written by John Van Pelt, Downeast Senior College
Concerts-at-Jewett"Concerts at Jewett" 
UMA Senior College Christmas Concert
Sunday - 2:00 P.M.
December 17, 2017
Downeast Brass

Christmas Concert: Downeast Brass with Jay Zoller, Organist, South Parish Congregational Church, Augusta, Sunday, December 17, 2017, 2PM

The "Concerts at Jewett" Series sponsored by University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College will present "A Christmas Concert: The Downeast Brass with Jay Zoller, Organist" on Sunday, December 17, 2017, 2PM at the South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church Street, Augusta.

Jay Zoller, Organist

For years South Parish Congregational Church and its fine organist, Jay Zoller, have shared their magnificent organ with the public in a special holiday concert featuring the Downeast Brass Quintet. For the past few years, Concerts at Jewett has been happy to join them in co-sponsoring
this event. A ticket to this festive concert would make a wonderful holiday gift!

Mr. Zoller plays the historic 1866 E. & G. G. Hook Organ for services and concerts. He comes to South Parish with long experience in church music and recital playing.

The Downeast Brass has performed in many New England settings. Audiences have enjoyed these fine Maine performers on the concert stage, at weddings, festivals, and on parade. Their wide range of musical styles makes them the preferred musical choice for many occasions.

Tickets: $10, $5 student, 12 and under free at the door or at our ticket outlets: Pat's Pizza of Augusta and Dave's Appliance in Winthrop.

More Information/mail order: 
Phone: 207-621-3551. 

The next concert is Sunday, January 7, 2018, 2PM - The Don Roy Ensemble, French Canadian and Celtic music (Snow date: January 14th)

Media contact: Irene Forster - 445-5227 

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