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with Diann Bailey
Treat yourself to a fun filled pre-holiday weekend. Join us as we travel to Massachusetts for a variety of activities and experiences. There’s something for everyone on this trip! On Friday, we head towards Sandwich where we’ll enjoy a buffet luncheon at the Daniel Webster Inn followed by a visit to the Sandwich Glass Museum. The Inn, the centerpiece of historic Sandwich village, is proudly recognized as a distinguished restaurant of North America, placing it in the top 1% of restaurants in the country. At the museum, we’ll celebrate the 9th annual Glassblower’s Christmas where hundreds of unique glass ornaments, made by the region’s finest local and national glass artists will adorn Christmas trees in the Contemporary Gallery. We’ll ooh and ahh over the enchanting stained glass holiday village exhibit and watch a demonstration of molten glass, drawn from the furnace, blown and pressed into exquisite shapes. This evening we’ll head to Plymouth and the America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Kick-off concert at Memorial Hall. “The weekend of festivities has become a beloved holiday occasion as well as an important link to our nation’s history and heritage. The celebration of Thanksgiving becomes history-brought-to-life as Pilgrims, Native Americans, Soldiers, Patriots, and Pioneers proudly climb out of the history books and onto the streets of Plymouth.” usathanksgiving.com Tonight’s accommodations are at the Townplace Suites by Marriott in Wareham. Offering free WIFI, hot breakfast buffet, spacious guest suites, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, “In a Pinch” market and 24 hour coffee service, this property is sure to please. Saturday morning, it’s back to Plymouth for grandstand seating at the Hometown Thanksgiving Parade. This is one of America’s only historically accurate parades, visually bringing to life America’s rich heritage representing each century from the 17th through the 21st. Music, historical reenactments, vintage American cars and beautiful handmade floats are all part of the visual feast and fun. After the parade, we’ll continue the celebration with a full Thanksgiving Dinner buffet at Plimoth Plantation. Where better to have our turkey and all the trimmings than at the place where it all began! Be forewarned, there may be pilgrims joining us for lunch! Our time at Plimouth ends with a visit to the Craft Center where celebrated artisans provide guests with a glimpse into the historic crafts and technologies that allow the Museum to so vividly re-create the look and feel of the 17th century. Later in the afternoon our motorcoach transports us to Springfield where this evening’s accommodations are at the Sheraton Monarch Place. Contemporary accommodations, friendly service and an outstanding location make this a destination hotel. We’ll enjoy spacious rooms, complimentary internet, indoor pool, fitness center, on-site restaurant and thoughtful amenities at this downtown location. Dinner and evening activities are on your own tonight. The hotel is only two blocks from the brand new MGM Casino where a number of restaurants are featured along with gaming and entertainment. Alternately, there is a variety of dining options in the Sheraton vicinity. Sunday begins with a breakfast buffet followed by time at the Old Deerfielld Holiday Sampler Craft Fair at the Eastern States Exposition Better Living Center. Featuring over 240 juried crafters, designers and artists, this will be a fun way to start your holiday shopping! Early afternoon takes us back downtown for a visit to The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. Not just for kids, the museum is a tribute to Springfield native Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Our guided tour invites us to enjoy the creativity and genius of this inspiring author. Heading East, we have one more trip highlight planned at the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield. This special dining event, The Fireplace Feast, is prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. Chowder is bubbling in the cauldron, prime rib is roasting over the crackling fire and New England’s best apple pie is being prepared in the kitchen. Enjoy the feast! Registration fee includes motorcoach transportation, overnight accommodations (two nights), Friday lunch, museum tours, parade seating, craft show and concert tickets, Thanksgiving buffet and Fireplace Feast. Friday, Saturday, Sunday November 16, 17 & 18 Departure 7:00 am from Waterville (Location TBA) 10:45 pm Return Departure 7:45 am from Gardiner (Hannaford) 10:00 pm Return Deadline to register is October 31st. No refunds issued after that date.
Preserving the Harvest - Cranberry Sauce
with Deborah Barnett
Ever wonder how to preserve all those great seasonal fruits and vegetables? This hands-on food preservation workshop will teach you the basic steps for hot water bath canning and freezing. Students will learn how to make cranberry sauce using fresh cranberries. They will also receive a “Preserving the Harvest” food preservation packet, and will learn recommended methods for preserving foods, the latest and safest recipes, about equipment to ensure safety, and how to check for properly sealed jars. This is a beginning-level class. Please bring a potholder with you to the workshop. You will be able to take home a jar of cranberry sauce! Materials fee of $15.00 is payable to instructor.
Protecting Your Home and Property--Rights and Responsibilities
with Todd Pilsbury
What are your legal rights in protecting your home or property against an invader? Join Detective Sergeant Todd Pilsbury, from the Gardiner Police Department, for a discussion on the rights and responsibilities of the home/property owner regarding what levels of force can be used to protect home, property, self, and others. Maine State Statute on this subject will be reviewed and will include the legal ramifications of excessive use of force by the private citizen. After the presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion.
Recycled Wool Sweater Mittens
with Melissa Gregoire
Keep your hands wicked warm this winter with mittens you made yourself from recycled wool sweaters. Lined with fleece, these sweater mittens will be your favorites for years to come. Once you learn how, you can make them over and over and they make awesome gifts. A supply fee of $5.00 for pattern is payable to the instructor at the time of class. Students need to bring a sewing machine, thread, 1 or 2 old wool sweaters pre-washed in hot water and machine dried, 1/2 yard of fleece to match or contrast with sweater, scissors and pins.
with Martin Swinger
Do you sing in the car, by yourself? Love music, but hesitant to sing in front of others? It's time to get beyond all that and make a joyful noise! In this class, participants become an instant choir – beginning with the simplest forms of duet improvisation and harmonic possibilities. Large group, small group and solo-opportunities will be offered. This class is not about songs – it is about singing! Martin Swinger, accomplished vocalist and musician, leads you safely and gently through vocal warm-ups, vocal techniques, hitting pitch and breath control, dealing with stage fright and into creative singing games! BYO water bottle!
So You Want to Farm in Maine?
with Caragh Fitzgerald
This course is designed for current farmers and those who are aspiring to have a farm. During this course, participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills to start, adapt and maintain a profitable land-based business. Instructors for the course are Cooperative Extension faculty, Caragh Fitzgerald and Rich Kersbergen, along with guest instructors. The goals of the class are to help participants feel comfortable evaluating and starting a farm-based business; understand the need for a business plan; select and use a recordkeeping system; understand how to use the Cooperative Extension and other agencies as resources for their farm business; and understand the importance of and basics of marketing their products, including customer surveys.
*There is no class on Thanksgiving, 11/22. The last class will be held on 11/29.
Spanish - Beyond the Basics--Session II
with Eliana Figueroa
Hola! Como estas? This course is designed for students who have taken an introductory class and already know a little Spanish. You will take the next step toward exploring the foundations of Spanish grammar and pronunciation. Begin to read in Spanish, learn a lot of new vocabulary and engage in conversations. The adventure begins here. Vamanos! Active participation in class is expected, homework will be assigned. Students will be responsible for purchasing textbook, "Spanish is Fun: Book 1", ISBN-10: 1634199286, from the bookseller of your choice.
Squedge Wall Hanging-Session I
with Lynn Irish