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  • May 2018

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    Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heatwave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    One of the worst natural disasters in American history, the 1896 New York heat wave killed almost 1,500 people in ten oppressively hot days. The heat coincided with a pitched presidential contest between William McKinley and the upstart Democrat William Jennings Bryan. This presentation tells a vivid story that captures the birth of the progressive era and revives the forgotten disaster that almost destroyed a great American city.

  • 29

    Andrew Wyeth’s World Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Join us for an exploration of twelve paintings by Andrew Wyeth selected for the United States Postal Service’s 2017 Forever Stamp series. Selected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the painter’s birth, these iconic scenes from Pennsylvania and Maine include favorites like Wind from the Sea (1947), Christina’s World (1948) and Shelburne Museum’s Soaring (1942-50).

  • 31

    North Korea and Global Nuclear Threats Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Long Trail School Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The prospect of a war between the United States and North Korea cannot be wished away. Donald Trump doesn’t place much stock in diplomacy and asserts repeatedly that the United States cannot accept a nuclear-armed North Korea with long-range missiles. Nuclear dangers are growing elsewhere, as well. The United States is recapitalizing and refining its nuclear war-fighting capabilities, at a cost of over one trillion dollars. Russia is also replacing older subs and missiles with new ones. China, India and Pakistan as well as North Korea are increasing their nuclear stockpiles. Treaties to reduce nuclear dangers are unraveling. What can be done to halt and reverse these dangerous trend lines?

  • June 2018

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    Vocal Improvisation Workshop (June) Date: Monday, June 4, 2018 Time: 6:00 pm-7:30 pm Location: Maple Street School Fee: $45

    Discover your unique voice during this three-part workshop, which is open to everyone who enjoys singing. Vocal improvisation is fun, creative, musical and often transformative. It creates a bridge to self-expression, communication and community building. Participants will play with melody, rhythm, language and harmony. We’ll explore the rainbow of colors inherent in our voices and join with other singers to create vocal landscapes, soulful harmonies and impromptu sonic masterpieces. Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. If weather permits, we may sing outside.

  • 04

    BRIDGE CLASS: How to Get the RIGHT Contract? Hand Evaluation and Re-valuation Date: Monday, June 4, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    Point count is not everything! As the bidding proceeds, the value of your hand can go up or down. Sometimes you can speed up on green light or put the brakes on for flashing red. Keep your ears open and learn how to re-value or upgrade your hand, depending on your partner’s and opposition’s bids. “Help Suit Game Try” is a useful tool, so this is the Maximal Double to find out if your partner is only competing or indeed trying for game.

  • 05

    A Republic, If You Can Keep It Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    When asked what form of government the Constitutional Convention produced in 1787, Benjamin Franklin is said to have replied, "A republic, if you can keep it." Many of the controversies of 1787 and 1788 continue to resonate in American politics today, especially since November 2016. We will look at some of the conflicts that arose at the Constitutional Convention and during the ratification debates and how those conflicts continue to be relevant to contemporary political debates.

  • 06

    When Art Imitates Life: A Workshop on Writing Creative Nonfiction Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Time: 3:30 pm-6:00 pm Location: Equinox Village Fee: $60

    Creative nonfiction has been defined as that branch of writing which uses literary techniques and artistic vision (like fiction or poetry does) to report on real people/events. It can include such works as essays, autobiography, journalism, and dramatic, true stories that use scenes, dialogue, detailed descriptions and other techniques usually employed by poets and fiction writers. We will reflect on examples before crafting our own work. Bring pen, paper, experience and enthusiasm!

  • 06

    Today's Headlines (Summer 2018) Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Time: 9:30 am-11:00 am Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    Voice your opinion on national and international issues and hear what others are thinking. The moderator serves as a guide and provocateur to explore timely topics. Lively discussion is the centerpiece. Space is limited.

  • 07

    Pickleball - Session #1 Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm Location: Equinox Tennis Courts Fee: $30

    Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. Players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Loads of fun! All levels are welcome. Space is limited in this three-week session.

  • 09

    Collage Painting Class Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 Time: 9:00 am-1:00 pm Location: Long Trail School Art Room Fee: $60

    As the warm weather is upon us, it is a great time to take your painting style in a colorful new direction. Join us as we create a collage painting, working from photos of flowers, fruit, farm animals, or your choice of subject. Students will begin with an acrylic painting and then add a variety of materials including (but not limited to) assorted patterned papers, doilies, newspaper, handwritten letters, etc. to abstract and add personal meaning to their pieces. Once you have discovered the joy of collage painting, you will be hooked!

  • 12

    When Stories and Pictures Lie Together… And You Don’t Even Know It Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Fake news operators are weaponizing legitimate photojournalism as an accelerant to fan the flames of disinformation. This malpractice, based on the corruption of text and image, is called the contextual misrepresentation of photojournalism. The misuse affects the credibility of storytelling with pictures just as surely as changing content with Photoshop. The range of offenders includes fake news sites, social media users, online-only news organizations, and even some legacy-based newsrooms. Here’s the issue… you don’t even know it.

  • 13

    Shakti Tribal Dance Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy Dance Studio Fee: $45

    Shakti Tribal is a dancing meditation, which allows the mind to separate from the body while blending movements that follow the Roma Gypsy style. We will begin each class with a period of stretching followed by slow movements and increasing speed. Men are welcome, although this is generally aimed toward anyone who identifies as female as we will channel the divine feminine and do not have swords to dance with! This is a class where female energy meets and is supportive each other's intentions to grow spiritually and to slow the mind.

  • 19

    Brexit: An Economic Suicide Note? Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Real wages in the UK in 2018 are still 6% below where they were in 2008. The Great Recession exposed deep underlying difficulties in the UK. Misplaced austerity that was implemented in 2010 had no other economic purpose than to reduce the size of the state. The young voted AGAINST Brexit while the old voted FOR, which opened up deep chasms in society. The government's own estimates are that Brexit will lower GDP, and there do not seem to be any economic benefits. What does this mean for the UK going forward? Are any social or political benefits likely to ensue?

  • 24

    Wild Mushroom Identification and Foraging Workshop #1 Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest and Farmland Center Fee: $15

    The wild mushroom adventure begins with this early summer forage that will specialize on identifying various medicinal, toxic and choice wild mushrooms. Coupled with safety, foraging tactics, traditional remedies and culinary uses, Chef Ian will lead the group into a healthy, organized, fun learning environment while discovering fungal treasures along the way.

  • 26

    Conspiracies: Past, Present, Always Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Conspiracy theories have a long and interesting history in American politics and culture. Indeed, some of today’s most interesting and diabolical conspiracy theories took hold in the era of the American Revolution, and have persisted across several centuries. This talk and discussion will explore some of the most prominent features of powerful conspiracy theories, and focus on how social media and widening polarization are mainstreaming “conspiricism.”

  • 28

    A Fresh Look at 'Our Town' Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Considered by many to be one of the greatest plays of the American theater, Thornton Wilder’s 'Our Town' is often misunderstood. Wilder said he wrote the play “out of a deep admiration for those little white towns in the hills and from a deep devotion to the theatre.” Yet, over the years that admiration and devotion to which Wilder referred has often been interpreted as a sweet, overly cloying sentimentality for the good old days and the simple values of small town living. Nothing could be further from the truth of Wilder’s message.

  • July 2018

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    Mozart: Child Prodigy Makes Good Date: Thursday, July 5, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Most of us know the story of the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who astonished the crowned heads of Europe as he and his sister Nannerl played duets, improvised and created music on the spot from a prompt given them by their father or someone else. Once the young child grew out of prodigy status, his genius never waned. By the time of his death at age 35, he had composed over 600 symphonies, concertos, operas and choral works--despite ongoing financial worries. Come experience samples of Mozart’s work to realize how remarkable (and wonderful!) it is. Prepare to be exhilarated and moved by the power of Mozart’s creativity.

  • 09

    Vocal Improvisation Workshop (July) Date: Monday, July 9, 2018 Time: 6:00 pm-7:30 pm Location: Maple Street School Fee: $45

    Discover your unique voice during this three-part workshop, which is open to everyone who enjoys singing. Vocal improvisation is fun, creative, musical and often transformative. It creates a bridge to self-expression, communication and community building. Participants will play with melody, rhythm, language and harmony. We’ll explore the rainbow of colors inherent in our voices and join with other singers to create vocal landscapes, soulful harmonies and impromptu sonic masterpieces. Bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothing. If weather permits, we may sing outside.

  • 10

    From Martha to Melania: The Changing Roles of First Ladies Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Presidential spouses influence politics, as well as the public and private lives of their mates. This talk will explain how Martha Washington set the standards for First Ladies for a century, how Edith Wilson, Florence Harding and Nancy Reagan had powerful influences over their husbands, how Eleanor Roosevelt changed the office forever, and which First Ladies had charm and activism in the modern era. Join us to look at the history of these fascinating women who left letters and diaries for us to see how they changed history and supported the efforts of their spouses.

  • 12

    Pickleball - Session #2 Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-6:30 pm Location: Equinox Tennis Courts Fee: $30

    Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. Players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Loads of fun! All levels are welcome. Space is limited in this three-week session.

  • 13

    BRIDGE CLASS: Where Am I and Who Am I? Identity Crisis at the Bridge Table Date: Friday, July 13, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    Yes, there is sometimes a bit of confusion! When bidding, you are wearing many different hats. In Competitive Bidding, guidelines vary greatly when you are Opener, Overcaller, Responder, Advancer, or a most important Balancer. Minimum strength requirements also depend whether you open 1st and 2nd, or 3rd and 4th seats. Is the opening bidder on your left or on your right? This course will help you develop everyday common sense bidding that guides you to the right contract at the right level for good duplicate results.

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    The GMALL Debate 2018 Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    “The motion before this meeting is that OUR DEMOCRACY IS IN PERIL.”

  • 18

    Wild Mushroom Identification and Foraging Workshop #2 Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest and Farmland Center Fee: $15

    Chanterelle season begins! Chef Ian leads the group into Merck Forest to unfold this summer’s golden chanterelle treasures. Come join the fun as we learn proper foraging techniques, safety precautions, field guide knowledge, wild mushroom identification and culinary applications.

  • 24

    Inequality and the American Dream Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Public discussions and policy debates often mention rising income inequality as one of the greatest challenges. This talk will consider how recent trends in economic inequality shape our local, state, and national communities today. We will discuss how inequalities in income and wealth shape the prospects for upward mobility for future generations. And we will examine whether improving education – long seen as the most forceful way to strengthen social and economic opportunity – can still reduce inequality and its consequences.

  • 27

    Full Moon Speakeasy - Fundraising Event Date: Friday, July 27, 2018 Time: 6:30 pm- Location: Taconic Hotel Fee: $150

    Please join us for our Annual Fundraising Event - The Full Moon Speakeasy!

  • 29

    Wild Mushroom Identification and Foraging Workshop #3 Date: Sunday, July 29, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest and Farmland Center Fee: $15

    Chanterelle season is in full bloom! Chef Ian leads the group into Merck Forest to unfold this summer’s golden chanterelle treasures. Come join the fun as we learn proper foraging techniques, safety precautions, field guide knowledge, wild mushroom identification and culinary applications.

  • 31

    The Great Flu Epidemic of 1918 Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The influenza epidemic of 1918-19, the so-called “Spanish Flu,” was one of the worst pandemics in history. It killed between 20 and 50 million people --- more than died fighting in the First World War, which was raging at the same time. This talk will discuss how it happened; why it was so hard to bring under control; what we have learned about epidemics, immunology and vaccines since then; and how prepared the medical and scientific communities are to prevent a similarly catastrophic outbreak in the future.

  • August 2018

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    China’s Xi Jinping: The Next Mao Zedong? Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    When China's President Xi Jinping was reelected in 2017, Western media called him the “chairman of everything” or the “next Mao Zedong” because of his expanded control over the party apparatus. It is, however, unclear whether he is doing this to fight corruption and poor policy implementation, or to merely to consolidate his own power and rule as a dictator similar to Mao. This talk will attempt to discern between these intentions, and to help us understand how Xi can be expected to respond to changing domestic politics, as well as challenges to China's hegemony from without.

  • 14

    Africa’s Amazing Mystery: The Stone Images of Esie Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The Stone Images of Esie (Eh see yeh) of Nigeria are a collection of about 1000 soapstone figures representing men, women, children and animals. Most were broken; many are very skillfully carved. Their origins are unknown. In 1965 as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Phil Stevens was assigned to repair and catalog the images, to research their possible origins, and to supervise the construction of a secure museum complex. This is the story of this amazing mystery, and of Phil’s work to resolve it.

  • 19

    Walk in the Woods: Forests for the Birds Date: Sunday, August 19, 2018 Time: 9:00 am-11:00 am Location: Old Gray Barn, Rupert Fee: $15

    This walk in the woods with local Forester Alan Calfee will tour a recent logging operation in East Rupert. The focus will be to explore how forest management practices can be executed with neotropical songbird habitat elements in mind. We will explore forest management activities to reduce invasive plant populations and harvesting approaches to create structural enhancements for neotropical songbird habitat. This logging job was planned according to Audubon Vermont's Forests for the Birds silvicultural strategies. Wear sturdy shoes and come prepared to bushwack a little bit, and hike some moderate slopes. Pre-registration is required space is limited.

  • 21

    Money Laundering Made Simple: What It Is and Why It’s Easy Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    This session will try to make sense of the wide variety of money laundering beneficiaries, the range of techniques they employ to hide both the origins of their funds and the ultimate uses, and the vast global network of enablers who facilitate the process, such as bankers, attorneys, accountants and even governments. The detailed revelations contained in the so-called “Panama Papers” and “Paradise Papers” would serve to graphically illustrate how the porous and opaque nature of the global financial system makes money laundering easy to pull off and extremely challenging for governments to combat.

  • 26

    Wild Mushroom Identification and Foraging Workshop #4 Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest and Farmland Center Fee: $15

    Wild mushroom season is in full swing! Join us for another workshop through the beautiful fungal adventures of Merck Forest. At the height of the foraging season, Chef Ian is confident that our greatest mushroom identification and diversity will unfold during this hunt.

  • 28

    Exploring the Arctic: Its Current Status, Canada and Russia Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The Arctic is undergoing rapid change. In this talk we’ll introduce the Arctic nations and the numerous indigenous peoples that live there. We’ll describe the many changes underway. Then we will explore Canada and join an expedition through Sverdrup Pass on Canada’s northernmost land -- Ellesmere Island. Our next stop will be Russia. From Moscow we will take a virtual journey to the decaying port city of Pevek in the Russian Far East and then join an expedition to Russia’s most highly protected nature preserve – Wrangel Island. Art and artifacts of the Arctic will be displayed.