November 2019 Newsletter
Stimulation - Knowledge - Interaction - Fun
Dear Members and Friends,

Wow - what a busy month! Be sure to sign up for the fall museum trip to the Holocaust and Human Rights Center and Colby College of Art on November 12th. No-stress travel by bus, wonderful exhibits at both museums, and lunch included!

The next opera preview with Bob Gallon is November 9 th and the next Food for Thought with Tim O'Connor as Ben Franklin is November 15 th (Originally scheduled for last November, this talk was postponed due to an early snow storm!)

Spring course proposals are due November 13 th and Winter course registration opens December 4 th. The winter brochure will be mailed around the middle of November, but if you can't wait, check out the courses online at

Speaking of courses, don't forget to submit your Fall course evaluations online here: You do need to login to submit your feedback.

Next year (2020) Acadia Senior College will be celebrating its 20 th anniversary. Board and committee members are seeking ideas for commemorating this achievement - send your thoughts to

Wishing you a warm and thoughtful Thanksgiving!

Food for Thought
Friday, November 15, 2019

Dr. Timothy O'Connor

"How Colonial Era Letters
Reveal Our History"

Birch Bay Village Inn, Hulls Cove.

Reservations are required for both the lunch and lecture and MUST be received by
noon on Wednesday, November 13 th .

Note: This talk was originally scheduled for last November, but was postponed due to a snow storm! We'll finally get to hear from Ben Franklin - fingers crossed for good weather!
The hot buffet lunch at Birch Bay Village begins at 11:30 and costs $12;
the lecture is from noon to 1:00.

To reserve space please call 288-9500 or email
Fall Museum Trip
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Holocaust and Human Rights Center, Augusta
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville

Hop aboard our chartered coach bus for a visit to the Holocaust and Human Rights Center where Shenna Bellows will give us a tour of the main exhibits. Lunch at the Center is included.

After lunch we will travel to the Colby College Museum of Art and tour the " Wíwənikan …the beauty we carry" exhibit with Julia Gray, Program Manager for the exhibit.

Still space available - sign up today!

Cost for the trip is $50 per person including transportation, lunch and both museums. We will meet at the Gateway Center in Trenton at 7:45 a.m. and return in the late afternoon. Click here to learn more.

To sign up call 288-9500 or email

P.S. - you do not need to be an ASC member to sign up!
Opera Preview at The Grand
Bob Gallon, ASC Instructor and opera enthusiast, is again offering introduction and discussion sessions prior to the live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera at The Grand in Ellsworth. The next talk will be:

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Madama Butterfly - Puccini

The talk will be from 11:00 a.m. to noon, followed by a break for lunch. The live broadcast begins at 12:55.

The preview talk is free. Tickets for the Live Broadcast can be purchased online or at the door.

No reservations are required and you do not have to attend the live broadcast to participate in the pre-event discussions.
Spring Course Proposals Due
The deadline to submit course proposals for Spring 2020 is November 13 th.

Winter Course Registration Coming Soon!
Winter brochures will be
mailed in mid-November

Registration Opens
December 4 th at 1:00 p.m.

View class descriptions here:


To register online you must be a current member and have an active online account.
Please take a moment to log in to the website
before  registration starts to be sure you will be able to register on December 4 th !
If you need help, please call or email: 
(207) 288-9500
Fall Appeal
Our Fall 2019 Appeal starts this month. To make an online donation click here. Quick easy, and secure.

Consider making a donation in honor of someone - a favorite instructor, friend or relative. Or perhaps you would like to give a gift in memorium. Honorees will be listed in the monthly newsletter (no amounts or donor names listed.)

If you wish to donate by check, please mail to ASC, PO Box 120, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.
Save the Dates!
Schoodic Getaway

March 1 & 2, 2020

Enjoy an overnight getaway at the Schoodic Education and Research Center packed with fun activities, delicious meals, and friends old and new!

More details coming soon!
Annual Octoberfest Party
October 18 th was the second day of a power outage on the western side of the Island. Sometime during the morning Board meeting, we got word that the Seal Cove Auto Museum would be unavailable for our Oktoberfest party. Even as the meeting continued, we began to scramble. Who to call? Who even had power? What about the food that had been prepared by Membership and Volunteers people, ready in refrigerators (some on generators) all across the Island?
By noon, an email had gone out to members that the party was relocated to the Somesville Meeting House. By mid-afternoon, the reoriented M&V Committee members were setting up tables and decorating them, laying out platters and organizing the bar. Rob Collins's band was bringing in their equipment. Some people, who lacked power at home, were cooking in the kitchen.
Over seventy Acadia Senior College members and friends filled the meeting room that evening. They enjoyed cheeses and sausage, meatballs and quiches, beer and wine. The room was too small for us, it was too crowded, the music was too loud. Nevertheless, everyone wore a smile. People greeted friends they hadn't seen since before summer. Classmates had the opportunity to chat about recently completed courses. Instructors were able to interact informally with their students.
One committee member laughed and commented, “I love seeing old people being so flexible!” The M&V committee thanks ASC members for their cooperation and good cheer. Also, we thank the Somesville Meeting House for providing us a venue at the last minute. We were sorry to miss the Halloween decorations at the Auto Museum, and we thank them for putting up a sign redirecting our party-goers. Our Cabin Fever Party is planned for February 7, and we hope there will not be a blizzard.
MSCN Newsletter
The November 2019 newsletter from the Maine Senior College Network is available now. Find out what's happening around the state. Click here.
ASC Hats and Vests
We have a new supply of ASC ball caps, plus cozy ASC vests in a variety of sizes. The hats are $20 and the vests are $50 - think ahead for the holidays!

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