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TTerm: Fall Session 22: October Newsletter

O L L I Newsletter

Monthly Meeting

October 12, 2022 – Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses

Presented by Dianna Stampfler

What is it about lighthouses that attract ghostly spirits? Maybe it’s simply a passion that will not go away. Lighthouse keepers were known to be extremely dedicated to their profession and it seems many were never able to give it up — even after death. More than 30 lighthouses in Michigan are rumored to be haunted. From the smell of cigar smoke at Seul Choix Point Light to the mysterious housekeeping at White River Light Station and the antics at Waugoshance Shoal, these stories will entertain all ages. This popular program is coming from the pages of Michigan’s Haunted Lighthouses — a book by Dianna Stampfler, published in spring 2019 by The History Press.

Dianna will also be instructing a class this same date:

(143) Death and Lighthouses on the Great Lakes

You can find more information about this class on Page 7 of the Fall Catalog or click the link above to register. The fee for the class is $20 per member.

To attend the Monthly Meeting 

 Register Here

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

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(54) Ukrainian American Archives & Museum Tour

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Price: $110 for members •

           $130 for non-members

Register by: Tuesday, November 15

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.

Ukrainian American Archives & Museum Tour Registration

(57) Home for the Holidays at the DSO

Date: Friday, December 16, 2022

Price: $160 for members •

           $180 for non-members

Register by: Tuesday, November 15

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

OLLI Multiple-Day Travel

Nordic Coastal Voyage Travel Preview

Ireland Brochure Available - Click the Image below

Registration is open for this trip! Registration must be done in the OLLI office

If you are interested in taking one of these or any of the other OLLI Day Trips offered in the Fall 2022 Catalog, call the OLLI Office to register at (989) 964- 4475

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SVSU Homecoming Tailgate Experience

SVSU Homecoming Tailgate Experience! 

October 15, 2022 

Show your Red Pride by joining OLLI for the SVSU Homecoming Tailgate Experience! This is sure to be fun for the entire family.

The SVSU Homecoming Experience Tailgate includes:

  • Entrance to the Alumni Tent – SVSU Alumni OLLI members will receive a special gift!
  • $10 voucher towards the food trucks located near the tailgate area.
  • Two drink tickets to be used inside the tailgate area. Use your drink tickets in the tent and your $10 food truck voucher towards the food truck on site; seating and tables will be available to eat and visit.

Bring your grandchildren because within in the tailgate tent area is a children’s section with inflatables and activities. Also included in the tent area is a section that is reserved for an exclusive up-close view to watch the homecoming parade. When it is time for the game, walk over to Harvey Randall Wickes Memorial Stadium to see the SVSU Cardinals take on the Greyhounds from the University of Indianapolis.

Date and Time: Saturday, 10/15, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: SVSU Parking Lot E

Price: $12 per ticket for everyone

Homecoming Tailgate Experience Registration

2022 Fall Theatre Productions

Tiny Beautiful Things Synopsis:

Play Dates & Times:

Wed., Oct. 5 - Sat., Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Sun., Oct. 9 at 3:00 p.m.

Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, Tiny Beautiful Things personifies the questions and answers that “Sugar” was publishing online from 2010-2012. When the struggling writer was asked to take over the unpaid, anonymous position of advice columnist, Strayed used empathy and her personal experiences to help those seeking guidance for obstacles both large and small. Tiny Beautiful Things is a play about reaching when you’re stuck, healing when you’re broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions which have no answers. “Tiny Beautiful Things is about the endangered art of listening to – and really hearing and responding to – other people…it works beautifully as a sustained theatrical exercise in empathy” – The New York Times

Due to some adult themes and language, recommended age is 13+.

Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Synopsis:

Play Dates & Times: 

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

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

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+.

Ticket Information:

Ticket Price: $15.00

Tickets can be purchased either online or at the Box Office. 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....

Halloween Fun Facts 

  • Every civilization has some form of a belief or ritual honoring those who have passed away. These acts are based on individual ideas on what happens to those when they die; where their souls go; how those still living may honor them; or how to answer to spirits that are still around. Halloween has become a modern day celebration of this.

Source: World History 

Want to impress your family with a special Halloween treat (that is not candy)?

Follow the Food Network Kitchen's recipe to make this fun, Pumpkin-Shaped Pumpkin Bread. Click here for the recipe and a quick video of the process!

Source: The Food Network

A Note From Advisory Board Chair Roger Spann

The new calendar year for our SVSU-OLLI has begun. Our year runs from September 1 to August 31. And what a beginning it has been. OLLI has returned to international travel with trips to England, Scotland, and Wales as well as two trips to the Canadian Rockies. Comments regarding day trips have been extremely positive. I was a part of the 43 members on the Everything Ford day trip which received outstanding reviews. Our interest groups are showing a new and exciting interest in many activities. Classes with many new and interesting topics are bringing a new meaning to lifelong learning. And well, what do I say about our first monthly meeting of our new year. The almost 250 people in attendance had an indescribable time on September 14 as they enjoyed the Dueling Pianos who helped us kick off 2022/2023. There is so much happening. Keep your catalog close by. Check your email daily for updates. No one can do it all, but pick and choose from over 100 activities and become a part of our fantastic organization. There's no doubt about it--our OLLI IS BACK. Our membership is growing, but we still need anyone who has not renewed or joined to do so. The larger our membership, the more we can do. Please double check to make sure you are an official member for this year. It is a real privilege for me to serve as your Advisory Board president for the coming year. See you all soon at one of many OLLI events.

     Elton John (only if you attended the monthly meeting do you understand that) or

     Roger Spann

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