Senior Center News

By Mary Recchia | Activities Director

Would you like to learn how to play duplicate bridge? The Monday bridge group has been talking about providing lessons for newcomers who may be rusty in their duplicate bridge skills or who have never played duplicate. Come to the center on Monday by 12:30 p.m. and speak to Ed Ziemer, Warner White, Margery Rutherford or Sherry Goucho. They have volunteered to be instructors and will make arrangements for lessons at the center on Friday afternoons.

The French Conversation Group with Annette Zeff and friends resumes on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning September 2. Challenge your brain! With an eye toward speaking and understanding the language better, this group comes together to “chat” about the week’s activities or interests with a goal of improving their fluency through listening and speaking. A fun, no-pressure way to meet some new folks, sharpen your mind and practice your French. Registration required. No fee.

Join Jim Lovejoy on Monday, September 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. for a wonderful afternoon of Poetry Reading. Building on the fun and excitement that has developed with our Poem in Your Pocket readings over the years, this after-lunch poetry bonanza provides a regular time for listening, reading, writing and sharing a love of language. No fee.

The first Fall Hike in the Champlain Valley with Marty Morrissey will be on Tuesday, September 15, with the destination being a new section of the Long Trail in West Bolton. A full description of this trip and its degree of difficulty is available at the host desk. Please bring water, food and good hiking or walking shoes for departure from the Senior Center at 9 a.m.

Acrylic Painting–Loosen Up! will be the focus of an art class with Lynn Cummings Tuesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Dates: September 15, 22 and 29. Sunflowers, colorful leaves and holiday subjects are possible themes for this fall’s acrylic painting class. Bring a friend and have some fun exploring some of the new acrylic fluids and inks. All levels welcome! Please make sure you receive the materials list at least a week prior to the first class by contacting Lynn at: Registration required. Fee: $72.

A colored-pencil class with Elizabeth Llewellyn titled Vermont Fall and Winter Landscapes will be held on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dates: September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22. Come and join us as we capture the colors of our beautiful Vermont landscapes in colored pencil! Working from photos provided by the instructor, students will learn how to apply the most common colored-pencil techniques to reproduce vivid fall and subtle winter scenes. While geared for beginners, all levels of skill are welcome in this supportive class. Registration necessary. Limit 10. Fee: $100.

The next Birding Expedition with Hank Kaestner will be on Wednesday September 16, at 9 a.m. Join Hank as we close in on our goal of recording the sighting of 100 species of birds in one year. Please meet at the center so we can carpool together to the location Hank has scouted for spectacular bird watching. Good views are guaranteed through Hank’s “Oh my God” telescope. Register for this event so if we have to change the date due to bird migration or weather, we can call you. Registration required. No fee.

Lectures, performances and special events – Wednesdays beginning at 1 p.m. 

September 16: 39 Healthy Habits with Dr. Heather Rice

Dr. Rice will give an overview of basic health and wellness principles at the initial gathering on September 16 and then introduce a program, Foundations for Health. The program will take place on September 22, 29 and October 6, from 1 to 2 p.m. Registration required. No fee.

September 23: Shelburne Farms house and formal gardens tea tour

Join Pam Lord, a volunteer guide for 25 years, on the Inn’s south porch at 2:30 p.m. for an in-depth tour of the Inn. Registration required. Limit 12. Price: $18

The Café Menu

Monday, September 14

Greek green bean, potato and zucchini stew

Green salad

Homemade dessert

Wednesday, September 16

BLTs in pita pockets

Homemade dessert

Monday, September 21

Moroccan chicken with couscous

Green salad

Chocolate cake

Wednesday, September 23

Curried chicken salad with cranberry-orange relish

Homemade dessert