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COURSE ADDITION: SS-13 Beaver Pond Wildlife Ray Asselin, New England Forests


Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm 3/27, 4/24, 5/22-Seabury Chapel

This 5-part movie series on Beaver Pond Wildlife starting this Spring. Few wildlife species are more intriguing, and none has a greater ability to alter and create habitat than that iconic keystone species, the beaver. This unassuming mammal goes about its daily life setting up and maintaining its homestead, all the while creating aquatic and terrestrial conditions that so many other creatures rely on. "Beaver Pond Wildlife" documents much of the wildlife to be found at, in, and on typical northeast beaver ponds over a full year's time.


POSTPONED- SS-11 Dirty Dozen-ish of the Worst Villains of Opera - Seabury Chapel
Howard Sprout, Baritone soloist, music historian * , 4/18, 4/25 * 1:00-3:00

Postponed- Due to medical emergency this Thursday April 18th Howard Sprout's 2-part program SS-11 Dirty Dozen-ish of the Worst Villains of Opera is Postponed. The Make-up date is Thursday May 2nd @ 1pm in Chapel at Seabury. We apologize for any inconvenience. We look forward to seeing n you all In-person on May 2nd. - - - - - Operas of the past 300 years or so are teeming with bad guys and girls; opera characters full of deceit, malfeasance, evilness, and deviltry of all sorts. These are the characters we love to hate, and I've picked a handful for us to view on screen. We'll take a few moments after viewing each of these bad boys and girls and have some fun talking about the music, costumes, and makeup helping us believe their "badness".
SS-01* Creative Writing - Zoom Teleconference
Kim Hunt, Ret. Attorney, Author and Poet * , 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, * 1:00-3:00

This is a discussion group for both the beginner and the more experienced writer. The spectrum of creative writing: essay, fiction, memoir, poetry, free verse - commonly involves guided reflection. Issues of trust, motivation, privacy, habit, goal, structure and quality entwine to both hamper and clarify the beckoning impulse, enticed by discoveries in 'creativity'. Reflection offers vast reprieve for much that causes us to grieve. Size Limit: 15
SS-02 Biodiversity: Benefit or Buzzword? - Seabury Chapel
John Cooley, PhD * , 2/6, 2/20, 2/27 * 1:00-3:00

We hear a lot about biodiversity in the news. We will take a biologist's-eye view of biodiversity and have a look at how we assess it as well as what it means for our environment.
SS-03 Movie Buffs - Zoom Teleconference
James Hanley, Retired Co-Director of Cinestudio * , 2/7, 3/6, 4/3 * 10:30-12:00

Do you ever wonder which movies are really worth your time, or what you should be looking for in a film? This is your opportunity to hear what others think and to listen to a very knowledgeable expert who provides insight into films and the film industry - people and technology. Movies discussed can be viewed at any theater or in the comfort of your own home on TV or other sources. You will also usually find the films playing at Cinestudio on the campus of Trinity College where parking is available after hours, Saturdays and Sundays all day.
SS-04 Geography for Travelers - Seabury Heritage Hall
Steve Law, ALP Member, PhD * , 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, * 1:00-3:00

Alternating lecture and small group sessions, lectures will address cultural, climatic, and geographic criteria for making travel plans, either domestic or international. Small affinity groups will use tools presented to plan a hypothetical trip based on shared interests. For example, a group may decide to plan a trip to Norway with certain scenic, cultural, and geographic objectives based on their mutual interests. The plan will use Internet research and a framework presented in lectures.
SS-05 Shakers: Religion and Furniture - Seabury Heritage Hall
Steve Miller, PhD. * , 3/5, 3/12 * 10:00-12:00

The first session will concern the history of the Shakers, their beliefs, living practices and economic strategies which were quite ingenious and interesting. The second session will concentrate on their crafts which of course features their distinctive furniture and other items.
SS-06 Four Classic Musicals - Seabury Heritage Hall
Don Werner, Retired Headmaster and English teacher and coach, Westminster School * , 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3 * 1:00-3:30

A viewing of four classic musicals with Don Werner. Top Hat with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, American in Paris with Jean Kelly and Leslie Caron, Mary Poppins, with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dike, and Saturday Night Fever with John Travolta.
SS-07 Climate, Law and Public Policy - CANCELLED - Zoom and In-Person Teleconference and Chapel
Joe MacDougald, Esq, Attorney * , 3/14, 3/21 * 10:00-12:00

Two-session course, with Joe MacDougald presenting the first session on climate, law and public policy, The second session will engage his students in discribing their research. First session In-Person, second session Zoom.
SS-08* The Canterbury Tales - Seabury Heritage Hall
Jane Newpeck, ALP Member and Educator * , 3/18, 3/25, 4/2 * 10:00-12:00

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales is famous worldwide. Why, one may ask, were those pilgrims going to Canterbury? Come -- travel with them into the medieval world, one so like and so different from ours. After meeting the motley crew, we’ll focus on the Wife of Bath (medieval "hottie") and the Oxford Clerk (the ivory tower "expert") who will present us with two diametrically opposed views on marriage. Size Limit: 24
SS-09 Hikes - Offsite Other
Kevin Gough, Wintonbury Land Trust * , 4/12, 4/26, 5/10 * 9:30-12:00

We will visit hiking trails within a 20-mile radius of Bloomfield which have been recommended for their natural beauty, historical significance, flora and fauna, or other unique characteristics. Carpooling will often be suggested. Participants should be able to walk 2.5 to 3 miles over uneven terrain. There is an additional fee to offset ALP's insurance cost for this program.
SS-10 Hamlet - Seabury Heritage Hall
Milla Riggio, James J. Goodwin Professor of English, Emerita, Trinity College * , 4/17 * 10:00-3:00

Lecture/group discussion on Hamlet, Shakespeare's most popular play. We will discuss how it fits into our world – in terms of parent and child relationships, attitudes toward women, death, and the brevity of life. And we will talk about the Ghost of Hamlet's Father. How do we read that appearance in the modern world? We will watch one filmed version of the play and discuss how these and other issues are represented in this film.
SS-12 Machiavelli's The Prince - Seabury Heritage Hall
Borden Painter, PhD., Professor of History Emeritus, Trinity College * , 5/7, 5/14, 5/21 * 10:00-12:00

A close reading of Machiavelli’s masterpiece "The Prince".
SS-13 Beaver Pond Wildlife - Seabury
Ray Asselin, New England Forests * , March 27; April 24; May 22 * 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

This 5-part movie series on Beaver Pond Wildlife starting this Spring. Few wildlife species are more intriguing, and none has a greater ability to alter and create habitat than that iconic keystone species, the beaver. This unassuming mammal goes about its daily life setting up and maintaining its homestead, all the while creating aquatic and terrestrial conditions that so many other creatures rely on. "Beaver Pond Wildlife" documents much of the wildlife to be found at, in, and on typical northeast beaver ponds over a full year's time.