Issue No. 109
The MSCN Newsletter

 Welcome to Your June 2019 Newsletter!

The Rainbow by Robert Delaunay 1913

This month's issue is shorter than usual as Senior Colleges members dig out their shorts and sunblock for the Summer season.

Mind you, many Senior Colleges are still very busy. Some have Summer classes, lecture series and field trips on offer. Meanwhile, Senior College boards will continue to meet, elect, and renew officers, while also making grand plans for the Fall and next year! 

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Congratulations to York County Senior College who celebrated their 20th Anniversary this month!

Wondering what other Senior Colleges are up to? Take a look at recent Spring newsletters from several Senior Colleges.

Read a round-up of Summer Classes and Field Trips and gather some ideas for next year's activities at your Senior College.

Take a look at three intriguing offerings from St John's Valley Senior College

Last but not least, visit Senior Colleges running Facebook pages in recent months.

York County Senior College
Celebrate their 20th Anniversary
(Photo above.) Marjorie Jamback, Dr. Cynthia Mowles and Dr. Al Shinkel greet arrivals at the YCSC Annual Luncheon and 20th Anniversary celebrations. The event took place at the Ramada Inn, Saco on June 5, 2019.

YCSC Chair, Jane Carlson Chairperson Jane Carlson welcomed members and guests to the luncheon. Jane introduced and thanked Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 instructors for offering their courses. 

The following Council members were introduced and thanked for all their continued hard work: Fleurette Bannon, Mary Blood, Elmer Brown, Bob Dunn, Pat DuFosse, Michelle Fecteau, Ted Hargrove, Marjorie Jamback, Cynthia Mowles, Pat Peck, Pat Scammon, and Al Shinkel.

Chairperson Jane Carlson presented a special gift to Gloria Day. Gloria has served on the Council for 13 years and has been the YCSC Secretary for 11 years. She is stepping down from these positions for a 
much-deserved break!

Congratulations to Jane Carlson, and all the hard working Council members who have served YCSC over the past twenty years! The Maine Senior College Network wishes you another successful twenty years!


Senior College Newsletters
The Sun by  Hans Heinrich Bebie (circa 1852)

Here are some recently published newsletters from around the network.  In addition we have two blogs. The blogs are produced by Penobscot Valley SC and  Western Mountains SC  to share news and event items with their membership.

Acadia Senior College 

Coastal Senior College

Midcoast Senior College

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 

Penobscot Valley Senior College

Western Mountains Senior College

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Summer Classes and Field Trips
Walking in the hills by Edward Henry Potthast (circa 1880)

Gold LEAF Institute

Midcoast SC 

MSC Boat trip: Maine Maritime Museum Cruise.
We will charter a Maine Maritime Museum Lighthouse Cruise vessel to circumnavigate Georgetown and Arrowsic on the Kennebec and  Sasanoa rivers south of Bath.-  August 16

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

OLLI members will visit the Toulouse-Lautrec and Kahlo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, and then they will be given a special, private tour at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- June 12

St John Valley SC 

Sunrise SC

York County SC
Field Trip:  Peabody Essex Museum Salem, Massachusetts.  Special Attraction: Ancestral Chinese Home brought to  America and re-erected at the Peabody Essex Museum.  Enter the Huang Family home to gain a rare perspective on  Chinese art, Architecture and Culture. 

Note: Some of these field trips will have already taken place by the time you read this newsletter. However, by taking a look at these offerings you may get ideas for future field trips for your own Senior College!

St John Valley Senior College

Three Summer offerings from
St John Valley Senior College
Farming by artist Vignesh Kumar. (2015)

History of the Bouchard Family Farm with Alban Bouchard
Join Alban Bouchard as he tells the story of a six-generation family farm started in  1841 by Israel Bouchard, some twenty eight years before Fort Kent became a town. It continues to- day through the hard work and dedication of Joe, Janice, and Philip Bouchard. Once a self-sufficient  farm growing crops for family consumption, it has grown into a diversified farm producing potatoes,  beef, pumpkins, blueberries, alpacas, and grains including perhaps its most famous "Ploye"  flour (buckwheat). A recent expansion has been the opening of a Country store.
June 5, 
6-8pm, UMFK Nadeau Hall

Field trip: 
Four-Wheeling Excursion with Bert Levesque
Come join us for a scenic four-wheeler ride to St. Agatha for lunch at the Lakeview Restaurant.
The return trip will be via Frenchville trails getting us back to Fort Kent - July 10.

Field Trip: 
Aroostook State Park / Crown of Maine Balloon Festival
Join us for an afternoon visit to Aroostook State Park where you can choose to sit and enjoy  the shore of Echo Lake, take a relaxing walk/hike around the park, or climb to the summit of  Quoggy Jo mountain. Next, we will visit the monument dedicated to the first successful trans -Atlantic balloon flight. Finally, we will have a picnic lunch (bring you own lunch and chair),
before driving to the Balloon Festival at the Presque Isle Fair Grounds to watch the Mass  Ascension of Balloons at 5:30 and the Balloon Glow at dusk.


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Acadia Senior College

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Coastal Senior College

Downeast Senior College

Gold LEAF Institute

South Coast Senior College

Midcoast Senior College

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Penobscot Valley Senior College


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St. John Valley Senior College

Sunrise Senior College 
Western Mountains Senior College

York County Senior College
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