The Adventurer


Term: Fall Issue 21: December 2021

Monthly Meeting
December 8th OLLI Monthly Meeting
Curtiss Hall Banquet Rooms

Live Presentation at 9:00 a.m. by Sue Brasseur & Heather O'Hearn

Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Professional Designer

Would you like to have an elegant designer Christmas tree this year but don't have any idea how to get started? 
Sue and Heather will provide some of the tips and tricks that interior designers use to get a design magazine quality decorated Christmas tree. 
Live Presentation at 10:00 a.m. by Gary Johnson

Frankie Lymon: Three Wives and an Unmarked Grave

OLLI at Saginaw Valley State University completes the programming with Dr. J of the Michigan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dr. J will delve into the twisted life, career, and death of boy rocker Frankie Lymon, the lead singer of the Teenagers (1954-Present), America’s first all-teenage rock and roll group. Lymon’s soprano voice made audiences swoon. He sang The Teenagers’ first and biggest hit, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” at just 13 years of age. It reached number six on Billboard’s Pop Singles Chart, and was later covered by The Beach Boys, Diana Ross, and many more. Dr. J leads the way through the dramatic twists and turns of Lymon’s life after this smash hit, into a failed solo career, heroin addiction, three wives, and one unmarked grave.
January Monthly Meeting
Mark your calendars for January 12, 2022 Monthly Meeting
Health and Wellness fair
New Year....New YOU!

What's Happening at your University
Current Exhibitions
September 11, 2021 - January 15, 2022
Time Refocused:
by Luis C. Garzaa
SVSU Basketball
SVSU Men’s Basketball
Thursday, December 2nd              SVSU Cardinals @ Grand Valley State University   
Saturday, December 4th               SVSU Cardinals @ Davenport University             
Thursday, December 9th               Northwood University vs SVSU Cardinals              
Sunday, December 12th               Grace Christian vs SVSU Cardinals                               
Saturday, December 18th             SVSU Cardinals @ Wayne State University              
SVSU Women’s Basketball
Thursday, December 2nd             SVSU Cardinals @ Grand Valley State University     
Saturday, December 4th               SVSU Cardinals Davenport University            
Thursday, December 9th               Northwood University vs SVSU Cardinals                
Saturday, December 18th             SVSU Cardinals @ Wayne State University              
For ticket Information contact (989)964-4348

All spectators, regardless of vaccination, MUST wear masks.
Ryder Center memberships to increase to $190 on January 2nd.
Questions: Please call (989)964-4687


Dates to Remember
The SVSU OLLI office will be closed for the Holidays
December 18th and will be back for the New Year on January 3rd
We will be checking the office main line intermittently during the holiday break.
Thank You from the SVSU OLLI Staff
The SVSU OLLI Staff would like to say
to all of the OLLI Members and
SVSU Administration for the continued support to this great organization.
As with many other groups, the COVID pandemic was difficult on our OLLI Chapter.
Proud to announce SVSU OLLI has surpassed the 1000 member mark, proves OLLI members are resilient!
In the picture left the right: Shelley Wegner, Connie Szabo, Sue Brasseur and Heather O'Hearn. Not pictured Debbie Piotrowski.
Upcoming Social Events
Saturday, February 26
$35 per person if registered before 2/18/22
Sessions will be relaxed and suitable for beginners as well as more advanced for practitioners. There will be sufficient breaks, with lunch included. Wear comfortable clothing for movement.
From 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at
Saginaw Valley State University
Curtiss Hall Banquet Rooms
7400 Bay Road
University Center, Michigan
Register at SVSU.EDU/OLLI or call the OLLI Office at (989)964-4475
Registration opens 12/15/21

Registration is required and includes line dance lessons and dinner dance.
Package also includes 1 complementary drink ticket at the bar. This event is sure to be lots of fun!
$75 per person for members and non members
Registration opens 12/15/21
Valentine's Dinner Dance
Part 1: Country Line Dance Lessons
Date: Tuesday, February 1st
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Location: SVSU Curtiss Hall

Part 2: Dinner Dance
Date: Friday, February 11th
Time: 6pm to 10pm
Location: SVSU Curtiss Hall
              Banquet Room
Did You Know
Christmas Candy Canes
The first recorded 'candy stick' comes from 1837 at an exhibition in Massachusetts. They started as straight white sugar sticks and a few years later the red stripes were added. The first time they are documented as being called 'candy canes' comes in 1866; and their first connection to Christmas comes from 1874. Early recipes had them as simply 'sugar' flavored. But we're now used to them being flavored with peppermint or wintergreen.
Why do we kiss under mistletoe?
The custom of kissing under Mistletoe comes from England. The earliest recorded date mentioning kissing under the mistletoe is in 1784 in a musical. There was kissing under the mistletoe in the illustrations in the first book version of 'A Christmas Carol' published in 1843, and this might have helped to popularize kissing under the mistletoe. The original custom was that a berry was picked from the sprig of Mistletoe before the person could be kissed and when all the berries had gone, there could be no more kissing!
Eggnog is a traditional 'American' drink, but it started life in the UK as a kind of 'posset' (hot milk mixed with wine or ale and spices).During the middle ages, possets were used to help treat colds and the flu.
The Poinsettia
Although the poinsettia seems very embedded in modern western tradition, the history of the poinsettia dates back way further than that. It was actually the Aztecs who first cultivated the poinsettia flower. They believed that the flower was a symbol of purity and peace, as well as likely using it for natural remedies and medicine.
It was as late as 1825 that the poinsettia really made its mark on the western world. The poinsettia was brought back by, amateur botanist, Joel Roberts Poinsett, who gifted his name to the flower upon returning with it from Mexico.

Stay Curious...
  • NEW Winter Semester Catalog for Day Trips and Classes is soon to arrive in your mailbox!
  • Registration for Winter Session Classes and Day Trips begins December 15 at 8:30am
Four Ways to register
(Remember the OLLI office will be closed 12/18/21-1/2/21)
You may register online by visiting SVSU.EDU/OLLI, You must create a profile and then you can register as a member or non-member.
By Telephone
Call the OLLI office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (989)964-4475.
In Person
Stop by the OLLI office, 2nd floor Curtiss Hall, C 201 during regular business hours - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with your completed registration form.
By Mail
Complete the registration form and mail it to the address on the form. Mail-in registrations will be processed AFTER registration opens on an as-possible basis.
Mask up
OLLI Friends!

Remember to wear a mask on campus in classroom settings.
Help Needed!
A local boutique donated brand new cloths to be distributed to our SVSU Students. Volunteers are needed to help with the distributions.
When: Thursday, December 9th
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Curtiss Hall - Room C 204
Please contact Heather O'Hearn for more details and to sign up to help with this one day special event!
Upcoming Live at SVSU December Programs
Come see presentations "LIVE" at SVSU. Call the OLLI Office to Register (989)964-4475
Wild Women of Detroit
SVSU-Curtiss Hall-Seminar Rooms
Wednesday, December 15th
Wild Women of Detroit Detroit may have been founded in 1701, by the French explorer and adventurer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe sieur de Cadillac, but it was his wife Marie who decided much of the town's original layout. From the very beginning, Detroit has been a dame’s town. Home to broads, women, cats, ladies, and Rosies, the Motor City’s story is interlaced with the triumphs, adventures, dalliances and deeds of its female inhabitants. Join Bailey Moore of Detroit History Tours to hear about some of their stories. From Madam Cadillac to Motown greats, prostitutes to murderers, cults to saints and so much more. We’ll talk civil war spies and prohibition smuggling. You’ll learn the verdict of the first all-female jury in Michigan and the story of a woman known as "Rocking Chair." Instructor: Bailey Moore, Ph.D., Detroit History Tours
Cemeteries of Detroit
SVSU-Curtiss Hall-Seminar Rooms
Wednesday, December 15th
10am to 11:30am
Historic Cemeteries of Detroit Join Bailey Sisoy-Moore of Detroit History Tours for a spirited talk about the ghosts of Detroit’s famed cemeteries. With over 30 cemeteries in the city you’ll have plenty to talk about! From the witch of Delray who was said to murder for profit to the soda king whose gravesite is still toasted with Vernor’s ginger ale, and from the first cremation society in America to the burials of industrialist billionaires, come ready to learn the weird, wonderful, spooky, and beautiful stories of Detroit’s final resting places in this hour and a half presentation. Instructor: Bailey Moore, Ph.D., Detroit History Tours
Keep Making OLLI Stronger
Do you know of a company that would like sponsor the OLLI Organization?
Contact Heather O'Hearn -
A Note form OLLI Advisory Board Chair Roger Spann
WOW! Here we are nearing the end of another year and almost ready to embark on 2022. Just a couple years ago we weren't sure we would make it, but most of us have survived COVID and many other things during this time. Even through the difficult situations many things have been learned. My brother was an early victim to the pandemic and it was tough, but today I think back on all the memories he left us and can smile and laugh and cry and thank him for those memories. Shortly after his death I purchased a new car and three weeks later a gentleman ran a red light causing me to T-bone his vehicle and totally destroy my vehicle. Today I look back and am so thankful that even though my car was totaled I escaped unharmed and I was able
 to secure the identical vehicle as a replacement. Also, the man that ran the red light and I are good friends today. And then a few months ago I underwent open heart surgery. Today I am in great health and am told that the surgery probably added several good years to my life. And then there is SVSU-OLLI. No question about it--it has been tough, but look at us now. Some thought we would never survive, but thanks to some very hard work and determination, here we are. It is certainly different, but we are going into the new year with plans for a great program that will make our second twenty years even better than the first twenty. Let's embrace the changes and put our efforts into bringing new people into our fold. Ask your friends to renew their membership if they have not already done so. Invite others to join. Keep up on all that is happening. Participate when you can. Become involved by volunteering to serve. Feel free to ask questions and share your ideas. Our OLLI is here to stay and we want you and hundreds like you to be a part of this great organization. 2022 and OLLI--what a combination. 2022 and OLLI and YOU is an even better combination. See you all soon.
          Roger Spann, Chair
          OLLI Advisory Board