The Adventurer



Term: Fall Session 22: November Newsletter

O L L I Newsletter

Monthly Meeting

November 9, 2022 – Who are the Ukrainians Ukraine vs Russia – The History of Relationships between Neighboring Countries

Presented by Olga Liskiwsky

Ukraine is a highly traditional country where the observance of certain customs and practices plays a central role in its culture. Younger generations gladly adopt and follow these rituals. This lecture will give us an inside look at Ukrainian life and history. It will also touch on the relationship between Ukraine and Russian populations and the turmoil the Ukrainians are living with because of the Russian invasion. Also included is a brief overview of the Ukrainian American Archives & Museum, and its 64-year history of documenting and sharing Ukrainian culture and the story of the immigration of Ukrainians to Southeast Michigan.

To attend the Monthly Meeting 

 Register Here

or call the OLLI Office at (989)964-4475


At the meeting, we will have a donation box for the SVSU pantry. Please only bring nonperishable food items. If you donate, you will be entered into a drawing for our motorcoach day trip to the Ukrainian American Archives & Museum Tour, please see details below. 

(54) Ukrainian American Archives & Museum Tour

Date: Tues., Nov. 29, 2022 • 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Price: $110 for members • $130 for non-members

Join OLLI on a tour of the Ukrainian American Archives and Museum in Hamtramck (near Detroit). The mission of the museum is to preserve Ukrainian cultural and historical artifacts and to educate the general public about Ukrainian immigrant contributions to America by maintaining archives, a library and museum collections. Our first stop will be the Ukrainian Catholic Church where we will hear about the Ukrainian immigration story of the settlement in Michigan and view the historical collections within the church. Our next stop will be lunch at the Polonia Restaurant, a traditional Polish restaurant in Hamtramck. After lunch we will visit the Museum and Archives and have the opportunity to tour a special exhibition, “Treasures of Our Homeland” that includes Ukrainian artifacts collected from Ukraine since before its declaration of independence in 1991.

This trip package includes a tour of the Ukraine American Archives and Museum, the Ukrainian Catholic Church collection, lunch at Polonia, and motorcoach transportation.

Register for the Ukraine Museum here!

Honoring our Veterans at the Meeting

During the November monthly meeting, we will be honoring our Veterans. If you are a veteran, please email the OLLI office a picture of you while you were in service as well as what branch and the years you served ( We will be putting together a presentation of all Veterans of their images and information to show at the meeting. Additionally, when you register for the monthly meeting, Veterans will receive a free gift from the OLLI staff. We cannot thank you enough for your service. 

President Bachand will be in attendance!

President Donald Bachand will be attending our November Monthly Meeting. We will be congratulating him on his retirement and thanking him for all of the work he has done at SVSU and for OLLI.

Save the Date for some Holiday fun...

(58) Live at SVSU: Remembering the J.L. Hudson Company

Curtiss Hall Room 224

Date: Wed., Dec. 7, 2022• 1 - 3 p.m.

Price: $12 for members •

      $22 for non-members

The world’s largest American flag, Freedom Festival fireworks, magical animated windows, a nine-story tree of lights, 12th floor auditorium spectaculars, the home of the real Santa, Maurice salad, and throngs of shoppers! Those are just a fraction of the memories that will come alive and be discussed at this lecture presentation. Attendees will be treated to signage, hundreds of photos, various ephemera, and video clips of Detroit’s home-grown retailer that once towered over Woodward Avenue. This program, presented by Michael Hauser will be the second one presented for OLLI members. Hauser is co-author of six books for Arcadia Publishing, including Hudson’s—Detroit’s Legendary Department Store, Detroit’s Downtown Movie Palaces, 20th Century Retailing in Downtown Detroit, Remembering Hudson’s—The Grande Dame of Detroit Retailing, The Detroit Opera House and 20th Century Retailing in Downtown Grand Rapids. Additionally, Hauser was guest curator at the Detroit Historical Museum for the “Remembering Downtown Hudson’s” exhibit and “The Reel Story” exhibits, which focused on the movie going experience in Detroit.

Live at SVSU - The J.L. Hudson Company Register Here!

(57) Home for the Holidays at the DSO

Date: Friday, December 16, 2022

Price: $160 for members •

           $180 for non-members

Share Detroit’s favorite holiday musical tradition with friends and experience the thrill of the spectacle of the season. Conductor Stuart Chafetz leads a sparkling celebration with carols and classics that sells out year after year — and yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus! Stuart Chafetz is known for his dynamic and engaging podium presence and is increasing in demand with orchestras across North America. Vocalist Michal Preacely is an American baritone that is known for his singing versatility and style. He can perform genres from classical repertoire to pop, contemporary, and Broadway. Many individuals go to their first Home for the Holidays, which then turns into an annual event. Following the performance, we will have lunch at the Grand Trunk Pub.

This trip package includes motor coach transportation, Home for the Holidays performance, and lunch at Grand Trunk Pub. 

Home for the Holidays at the DSO Registration

2023 Winter Catalog!

The 2023 Winter Catalog details are being finalized! The Catalogs will be sent out in early December so they will be in your mailbox mid-December!

Registration will begin January 9, 2023.

OLLI Multiple-Day Travel

2023 Ireland & 2023 Nordic Coastal Voyage

Registration Available

*Click the images below to get a day-by-day itinerary and full details on these trips*

April 18 - May 1, 2023 (14 days)

The western coast of Ireland is home to some of the Emerald Isle’s most astounding scenery. After exploring historic Belfast, set out to discover the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way, from Donegal to the Cliffs of Moher. Between the breathtaking views of stunning seascapes and green landscapes, you’ll step off the beaten path to get a feel for Ireland’s quieter side.

June 25 - July 9, 2023 (15 days)

During this comprehensive journey, you'll explore Finland's Lapland region—a realm of astonishing beauty—where you will encounter the enduring culture of the indigenous Sami people. Then, cruise southward through the Norwegian fjords by coastal ship for five nights near the top of the world, stopping along the way to explore cities, towns, and villages that dot the shore. Once you disembark your ship, you'll visit Bergen, a maritime city of charming restaurants, gift shops, and museums. Then, wind down your explorations with two nights in Oslo, Norway's capital, a nature-lover's dream of 40 islands and more than 300 lakes. As you travel down the country by ship, train, coach, ferry, and plane, you’ll experience Nordic cultures with enduring ties to nature’s majesty.

Registration for the multiple day trips is done in the OLLI office. Please bring a copy of your passport, Covid-19 Vaccination Record, and an Emergency Contact Form. 

Come Travel with OLLI

Upcoming Travel Previews

  • Bluegrass Country & the Smoky Mountains: Featuring Louisville, Lexington, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022

  • Nordic Coastal Voyage: Norway, Finland & the Arctic Circle on Tuesday, December 13, 2022

  • Ireland: The Wild Atlantic Way on Thursday, December 15, 2022

Look at What is Happening at your University! 

The Effect of Gamma Rays on

Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Play Dates & Times: 

Wed., Nov. 16 - Sat., Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Nov. 20 at 3:00 p.m.

Ticket Price: $15.00

Supporting herself and her two daughters by taking in a decrepit old boarder, acid-tongued Beatrice Hunsdorfer wreaks a petty vengeance on everyone around her. Her older daughter, Ruth, is a pretty but highly strung girl subject to convulsions, while her younger girl, Tillie, plain and almost pathologically shy, demonstrates an intuitive gift for science. Encouraged by her teacher, Tillie conducts a botanical experiment, winning a prize at her high school. Proud but jealous, too filled with her own hurt to accept her daughter's success, Beatrice can only maim when she needs to love and deride when she intends to praise. Yet, as Tillie's experiment proves, something beautiful and full of promise can emerge from even the most barren, afflicted soil.

Due to some use of strong language, recommended age is 13+.

To purchase tickets:

The Box Office will open one hour prior to the start of the performance. When tickets are purchased online, a link will be sent to your email, where you may print them or present as a mobile ticket(s). 

Did you know....

Thanksgiving Fun Facts 

  • In 1621, Thanksgiving involved a consumption of mainly geese, ducks, and deer over the three-day celebration.
  • In 1941, Thanksgiving became a federal holiday.
  • In 1980, the average size of a turkey was 19 pounds and now the average has increased to 31 pounds!
  • Approximately 17% of people will skip Thanksgiving dinner to go Black Friday shopping.
  • Pumpkin Pie only became part of the Thanksgiving celebration in 1621
  • 44% of millennials will serve ham instead of turkey

Source: Western Governors University

  • There are 4 places in the United States that named their towns after the holiday's traditional main course. Turkey Creek, Louisiana; Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina, and Turkey Creek, Arizona.
  • There are 5 places in the United States named Cranberry. The most populous is Cranberry Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania with a population of 33,768.
  • The top six states forecasted to raise the most turkeys in 2022 are Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, and Virginia. They will account for about 69% of all turkeys produced in 2022 in the United States.


Can't decide what pie to make for dessert? Try this Four-Flavor Sheet Pan Pie for a yummy dessert. 

Follow the Food Network Kitchen's recipe to make this creative Four-Flavor Sheet Pan Pie that should please everyone. Click here for the recipe and a quick video of the process!

Source: The Food Network

Do you have your OLLI lanyard and Membership Card?

Anyone needing an OLLI Membership card and/or lanyard please email the OLLI office at OLLI@SVSU.EDU and let us know!

Remember to bring the lanyard and membership card with you to all OLLI events.

A Note From Advisory Board Chair Roger Spann

I love calendars. I have them hanging in almost every room in my home. I love the pictures and I love the sayings. I recently found my first 2023 calendar which is called "The Great Outdoors." It is pictures of (I bet you figured it out) the outdoors with a saying by a well-known person. As I read through the twelve months I couldn't help but think of OLLI and the people of OLLI. Let me share just a few and see what you think.

THE EARTH HAS MUSIC FOR THOSE WHO LISTEN. Wm. Shakespeare   I am making one of my goals for the coming year to open my ears and hear the music that the earth offers me, if I will only listen.

LIVE THE LIFE YOU'VE DREAMED.  Henry David Thoreau   I have had so many dreams, but the time has come to live the life I have only dreamed about so far.

TO WALK IN NATURE IS TO WITNESS A THOUSAND MIRACLES.  Mary Davis   I have walked on many trails in the Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park area and have witnessed many of the miracles that Mary mentions.

AFTER A DAY'S WALK, EVERYTHING HAS TWICE ITS USUAL VALUE.  G.M. Trevelyan  I have found this to be so true.

IN ALL THINGS OF NATURE THERE IS SOMETHING OF THE MARVELOUS.  Aristotle   All we have to do is look around us and the marvelous is there.

Let me share just one more which I believe is what happens to OLLI members. RETURNING HOME IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF LONG-DISTANCE HIKING. YOU HAVE GROWN OUTSIDE THE PUZZLE AND YOUR PIECE NO LONGER FITS.  John Burroughs   SVSU-OLLI members, those of us who are 50 and better, are always learning and growing and changing and making our lives better. Isn't it great that we have this wonderful organization to help guide us as we explore the world around us. See you soon.

Roger Spann OLLI Advisory Board Chair (989) 799-8417

SVSU.EDU/OLLI |989-964-4475 | | Curtiss Hall Room 201