Issue No. 88
The MSCN Newsletter
Welcome to Your September 2017 Newsletter!

"Two young girls with a butterfly" 
Harold Harvey -1929

Curriculum Committees across the network have been hard at work as Maine's summer fades slowly into the fall. As a result, all of the Senior Colleges offer a fabulous range of classes for September. Take a look at the 350+ offerings available around the state! 

In August, the Maine Senior College Network was featured in a "Maine Points" interview for Portland Radio's WGAN station. Thank you's to Tony Belmont from Midcoast SC, Fleurette Bannon from York County SC and Janet Stebbins representing the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. You all did a wonderful job promoting your Senior Colleges and the Network! The interview is available as a podcast on the WGAN website.

In September, I look forward to meeting Penobscot Valley Senior College members at their upcoming Annual Meeting and Luncheon on September 13th.

If  you have the day free on September 20th, consider attending the Maine Council on Aging's Wisdom Summit at the Augusta Civic Center. Come and say hello at the MSCN table and workshop!

Program Director
University of Southern Maine
Read in this Issue!
Woman Reading (The Artist's Wife) by Aaron Shikler

News Items for September, 2017

Senior College Fall Programs

CoastalSC-FoundersCoastal Senior College Honors Founders at Annual Luncheon

Left to right- Les Frederick, Chris Frost, B.J. Frederick
Barbara Jean (BJ) and Leslie (Les) Frederick, two of Coastal Senior College's founders, were recognized for their guiding vision and countless hours of professional and nurturing dedication to CSC at the Annual Luncheon held at Water's Edge in Edgecomb on Monday, June 12. Serving in virtually every office from the least recognized to the most visible since 2001 - without expectation of acknowledgement - the Fredericks' support has been integral to the success of CSC and the communities it serves in Knox and Lincoln Counties. Chris Frost, President-elect, presented the award to BJ and Les on behalf of the Board of Directors.


For those who have not climbed Bald Mountain, it tops out at about 2400 feet and a climb of about 1.25 miles in 60 to 90 minutes  Most of the first mile is similar a steady uphill walk.  

The trail is more open but much of it requires care to step on or over rocks and roots.  If there has been rain, parts of the trail can be muddy and it can become really slippery after many people have been on the trail.  I would suggest you bring along a walking stick or poles.

The last quarter mile of trail is steeper and involves traversing lots of rock ledge.  It is more like going up stair steps, sometimes two at a time. The top has an observation tower that provides a great 360 degree view of the Rangeley Lakes and mountains and beyond. 

To get to the trail head, follow Route 4 through Oquossoc, turn left on Bald Mountain Road, go about 1 mile to the parking area on the left (Maine Gazetteer Pg 28  E-3) .  It is well marked.  If the lot is full you can park along Bald Mountain Road. There are no bathroom facilities at the trailhead.  Some folks stop at the grocery store coming into Rangeley.  Bring  water, snacks, sunscreen, camera etc.  Whatever you need to make your hike a safe and enjoyable outing.   For lunch, the Bald Mountain Camps have a public Dining Room and they would be happy to see you.

Written by Ray Stillman, Photos by Frank Chin 
Submitted by Eileen Kreutz, The Gold LEAF Institute
Concerts-at-Jewett"Concerts at Jewett" 

The University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College announce the 2017-2018 concert schedule for the 15th season of "Concerts at Jewett" held at Jewett Hall Auditorium. 

The series, sponsored by local businesses and private contributions, features talented Maine performers representing a variety of musical forms. Profits will be used to subsidize present and future lectures and concerts to benefit the community.

The following artists will perform: 

Sunday, October 29,2017, 2PM - Novel Jazz.  Led by Barney Balch, this research-based, highly skilled, and very popular 7-piece jazz band, with members from all over Maine, will present its specialty: the personally researched music and history of Duke Ellington (over 1,000 compositions) and Billy Strayhorn (composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger).

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2PM - (snow date Dec. 3) - Paul Sullivan.  A composer/pianist, Paul has performed on three continents, received a Grammy Award, and teamed with the school children of Brooklin, ME to perform with Noel Paul Stookey, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and David Grisman.  Paul will feature his original pieces and share his pleasant/quirky observations about music and life.

Sunday, December 17, 2017,  2PM - Downeast Brass and Jay Zoller, 
organist.  An annual favorite, this Christmas concert will feature the five members of central Maine's very popular Downeast Brass, under the direction of Dwight Tibbetts, and Jay Zoller playing a restored 1866 E. & G.G. Hook Pipe Organ.  At South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church St., Augusta

Sunday, January 7, 2018, 2PM - (snow date Jan. 14) - The Don Roy Ensemble. Don Roy is a champion fiddler with depth in many styles of fiddling; his wife, Cindy, is well known for her step dancing piano accompaniment. The Roys' musical passion lies with the French-Canadian tradition, followed closely by Celtic music. Their ensemble will keep your toes tapping!

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 2PM - (snow date Feb. 25) - Augusta Symphony Orchestra Ensembles. In a new venture, two ensembles of ASO instrumentalists will present a series of classical pieces. Concerts at Jewett and ASO are excited to feature this latest ASO innovation on the Jewett Hall stage.

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2PM - (snow date Mar. 18) - Maine-ly Harmony and Back Bay Four.  These two a cappella groups were very well received when we featured them in 2015, and are returning with even more performances and awards to their credit - a feel-good afternoon of skilled harmony and opportunities to sing along with over thirty talented vocalists!

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2PM - State Street Traditional Jazz Band.  The second of our jazz offerings features traditional New Orleans jazz.  Led by their founder, John Page, every member of this band has a passion to play and preserve traditional New Orleans jazz by capturing the original "Preservation Hall Jazz Band" era of music - a lively afternoon!

S unday, May 20, 2018, 2PM - Chiharu Naruse.  A classical pianist, Chiharu holds master's degrees in 
Music Performance and
Music Instruction from the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.  She has toured in France and won the silver prize in the Hyogo Piano Competition in Japan.  She is currently on the Applied Music Faculty (Classical Piano) at Bates College.

Tickets are $10, students and ages 13-18, $5, and children 12 and under free.  Tickets are available at Pat's Pizza of Augusta, Dave's Appliance in Winthrop and at the door.

Subscriptions (7 or more concerts) at reduced rates are available by mail.  Be a PATRON - contribute $100 or more to the Community Presentations Fund and attend all concerts free.  For further information call 621-3551, email, or visit

Media contact: Irene Forster - 445-5227 

SAGE 20th Anniversary Fall Kick-off 
Friday, September 8 at 10 a.m. 

Presque Isle - Seniors Achieving Greater Education (SAGE) , University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI), will host its Fall Kick-Off event at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 8 in the UMPI Campus Center Multipurpose Room. 


This session will also lauch SAGE's 20th year of bringing older people together in a relaxed atmosphere to discover new things about the world and about themselves. Recognition of founding members and a premier performance of the SAGE Song, written by Gary Bowden, will be part of the program. All are welcome to this Kick Off. This fall, SAGE will offer 24 exciting courses, learning events and excursions led by local people who have a deep love and knowledge of the subject they are presenting. Courses generally meet once a week for approximately two hours. SAGE has no entrance requirements, grades or tests, and no college background is needed.

Membership in SAGE 
  • $22 per session or $42 for both Fall and Spring Sessions. Courses are free for members
  • Some hands-on courses and field excursions have additional fees. 
  • Full or partial scholarships are available. 
  • SAGE members also have free access to most events sponsored by UMPI's Cultural Affairs and Student Activities Board by showing their SAGE membership card. 
  • Members can participate in SHARE a RIDE as either a volunteer driver or passenger. 
  • (Information about this option is included on the SAGE Membership/Registration form.)

For more information
September 8, 2017
Lewiston-Auburn Senior College

"The Explosion No One Knows About" 

One hundred years ago, the greatest explosion known to man until the atomic age occurred in Halifax, Nova Scotia's harbor. Why has no one ever heard about it? The events of that December day will be the topic of discussion Friday, Sept 8, when Lewiston-Auburn Senior College welcomes back Dr. Steven B. Rogers, who is currently writing a novel set during that time period. The response to that tragedy by New Englanders helping our neighbors to the north, forged a strong bond that remains today.

Originally from Chicago, Rogers has lived in the Washington, D.C. area since 1976. His teaching credentials include courses in German literature and culture. He has specialized in teaching the history of the Holocaust, including a course at Bates College in Lewiston. Previously, Dr. Rogers spoke at this venue about his appointment as the first historian for the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) in the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice, which assumed full jurisdiction for the investigation and prosecution of Nazi persecutors residing in the United States. He retired from the Department in March 2010 after 31 years of service. 

Rogers has lectured extensively on the investigation of Nazi war crimes and related topics. His historical essays, literary criticism, poems, translations and other publications have appeared in several journals and magazines. He and his wife, Sally Ann, divide their time between historic Mount Rainier, MD and New Glouster, ME. 

He will share his research at the monthly luncheon program, September 8, at 11:30 in room 170 at the University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn campus, 51 Westminster St. Lewiston. The cost of lunch is $8 by reservation only. You must call 207-753- 6510 by noon Wednesday, September 6 to reserve a lunch. This is the first of six programs planned for this academic year. Food for Thought presentations are open to the public.

This is the first of six Food For Thought presentations this year. The next one will be Friday, October 13th.

Submitted by Mary Jane Beardsley, USM Senior College at Lewiston-Auburn
Speakers Corner

SENIOR POWER - Maine's Greatest Natural Resource

David S. Nealley, the publisher of MAINE SENIORS Magazine, extends an offer to present his talk " SENIOR POWER - Maine's Greatest Natural Resource!" at your Senior College.

David S. Nealley

"The presentation is a look at the value of seniors to our community way of life. We will have some fun with myth v.s. fact. Then we will explore the value of seniors to Maine's economy and will discuss Generational Consumer Behavior and the Tangible Experience."

He is willing to travel to your Senior College at his own expense and will deliver his talk for free.

Contact information 
SENIOR POWER - Maine's Greatest Natural Resource!

Alt-RightThe Alt-Right On Campus: What Students Need to Know

September 20, 2017 

Augusta Civic Center: Main Auditorium 9:00am-3:30pm (registration 8:00-9:00am)

Costs: $35 for Retirees - (Scholarships can be requested.)

Come and say hello!
The Maine Senior College Network will have a table in the exhibitors area. Thank you to University of Maine in Augusta Senior College members for offering to help man the table! 

Maine Senior College Network Workshop
MSCN has been invited to run a workshop at the meeting. The workshop is titled "Curiosity Never Retires - What Maine's Senior Colleges Offer Lifelong Learners". This workshop is only 60 minutes so unfortunately I could not invite all the Senior Colleges to participate!  

My thanks to the following Senior College representatives who have agreed to be part of the workshop panel:

Chuck Acker and Tom Fegin

Janet Stebbins

Irene Kutcha

Fleurette Bannon

The Wisdom Summit : Cultivating The Opportunities Of Our Age is organized  by the Maine Council on Aging

And There's More Below!
Lewiston-Auburn Senior College
Fall Courses - still some openings!

Online Registration for Fall Courses at Lewiston-Auburn Senior College is going well.  

Fourteen days from when it began, 7 of 18 courses are filled. Registration for our courses will continue until a course is filled or the first day that a class meets.  

Courses that still have openings (as of August 28) are: Introduction to Picasso, Doctors and Patients: Communication, Is It Art? Stamp Out Poetry, Chinese Calligraphy, Snapfish, Values & Ethics, Advanced French,US Constitutional Amendments, Online Genealogy and Sign Language. 

Submitted by Mary Jane Beardsley, USM Senior College at Lewiston-Auburn
MoodysDinerCoastal Senior College

"90 Years of Moody's Diner"

Coastal Senior College share "90 Years of Moody's Diner," an excellent talk presented by Waldoborough Historical Society.

If you have ever stopped at Moody's Diner you will enjoy hearing Warren and Harvey Moody sharing their memories of this famous diner! 

AARP Event Information

On September 15, intrepid travel and food writer Erik Ofgang will talk about his most amusing experiences in the field and teach jetsetters and road trip enthusiasts how to polish their writing for travel magazines, blogs, and social media. Ofgang is the author of Buzzed and a regular contributor to Connecticut Magazine. (Cost: $50 - $60

On October 13, award-winning cookbook author Christine Burns Rudalevige will demonstrate recipes from her book Green Plate Special and highlight sustainable cooking techniques. Participants will taste the delicious results and go home with a signed cookbook. (Cost: $55 - $65)

Workshops provided by Islandport Press in partnership with AARP Maine.

Event Information

An inspiring day of learning and conversation as you explore options for retirement and a second career. Keynote presentation by Gregg Lavoy, author of "Callings and Vital Signs," along with 12 provocative workshops by area experts.

October 14, 2017
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

University of New England - Portland campus

Cost: $99 per person.
Includes: program, morning refreshments, lunch, wine reception, raffle.

Limited Space. FMI/Registration visit:  Y our Second Act Maine

Cancellation Notice!
MAINE WOODCARVERS SHOW AND COMPETITION, originally scheduled for September 23, 2017


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