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Summer Term 2019

Dwarf Conifers and the Woodland Garden: Solutions for Your Landscape

Mondays July 8-22, 10 AM – Noon

Instructor:  John Lyons

Adding dwarf conifers to your landscape brings unique, year round interest with low maintenance requirements. They range in mature size from less than one foot to twenty feet. Use conifers in foundation plantings, borders or island beds with other shrubs. Plant a mixture of different conifers, blending the various textures, shapes and colors for a unique, low maintenance landscape. They add interest to a sometimes dreary winter scene. They give your beds and border a contrasting background, they create privacy and define spaces, and when used in groups become an island of interest. The woodland garden has a natural and peaceful look with its low maintenance as a bonus. 

Two classes will feature slides and landscape tips. The third class will feature a field trip to this 25+ year old dwarf conifer garden. Walking through the winding paths of his gardens may inspire the horticulturist in you.

John Lyons of Newbury, NH has been growing a variety of NH hardy conifers and dwarf conifers for over 30 years. He is the proprietor of Lyons Family Nursery and Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at New England College.

New Hampshire Geology

Mondays July 8 & 15 1-3 PM

Instructor:  Paul Hague

A short course describing the geology of New Hampshire. You will learn why it’s called the “granite state” and why there is so much sand and gravel around. Also some astounding geological fundamentals.

Paul Hague is a retired geologist who pretends he knows a thing or two about this planet we live on. You are welcome to challenge anything he says. He studied geology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, worked in coastal research for the Office of Naval Research and spent thirty years doing environmental surveys for various consulting firms.

Historical Perspectives of Native New England

Tuesdays, July 9 & 16 10 AM – Noon

Instructor:  Andy Bullock

Our first class will be held at the Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum (MKIM) in Warner, NH, and will include an introduction to and tour of the museum. MKIM contains Native collections from throughout North America. The class is encouraged to attend the annual Powwow at MKIM, including the Grand Entry at noon on Saturday, July 13. Passes for that event will be given during the first class. For our last class we discuss ideas and questions arising from the museum tour and Powwow. Admission to the MKIM and Powwow will be by donation.

Andy Bullock has a lifetime of experience throughout Native New England ci, beginning as a traditional dancer at Native powwows, and continuing with an interest in beadwork and traditional crafts. He received his BA in Anthropology and Native Studies from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He is currently Executive Director of the MKIM

Armchair Travelers

Tuesdays, July 9 & 16 1-3 PM

Backroads of Oregon

Dave Wasilew

Oregon is like three states in one: seashore, desert and mountains, and all of them fascinating.  Come with us on a 2,000 mile tour of the backroads of this varied state, which has more craft brew pubs per capita than any other (so they say).  

Dave Wasilew started his career as an electrical engineer before switching to software, and over the past forty years has been involved with everything from satellites to sonar, artificial intelligence and all sorts of fascinating state of the art projects. 

Canada’s “Northeast Kingdom”

Fran Philippe

Take a Road Scholar trip up the northern peninsula of Newfoundland and across to Labrador to learn some history, geography and culture of the region.

Fran Philippe is a happily-retired upper elementary teacher filling her time with volunteer work, being active out doors and of course traveling.

State House Anniversary Tour 

Wednesday, July 17 10 AM – Noon

Guide:  Virginia Drew

200 hundred years ago the New Hampshire Legislature gathered in the new State House Chambers. The State Legislature has resided in those same chambers ever since, making our State House unique in the USA.  To mark the occasion, we take a guided tour which catalogues the developments and events that color the history of our capitol building, Virginia Drew will guide us through the public and private areas of the building while telling us the interesting stories that make our State House unique.

Virginia J. Drew is a lifelong NH Native who loves her state and its’ rich history.  She has been providing tours and information to visitors of the NH State House for 19 years.  Currently employed as the Director of the State House Visitor Center and a member of the State House Bicentennial Commission, she is active in her local historical association and serves as a Selectman for her town.

American Novel Reading Group

Wednesdays, July 3 and 10          1-3 PM 

Leader:  John McCausland

This is an on-going reading group that meets throughout the year. Each month the group chooses a novel from several lists of “100 Best.” New members are welcome to join. Discussion of the month’s book on the first meeting each month is free-flowing, with insights and questions from people’s own reading and experience. The second meeting each month is reserved for watching a film version of the novel or further follow-up. For June, the novel will be Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men; the July book is Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady. 

John McCausland is an Episcopal priest, now retired, who has taught LINEC courses on the Bible, Chaucer and the American novel. He loves history, literature, theology, teaching, and learning.