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1.

Crossing Over: Works by Contemporary American Indian Writers

Tuesdays, January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25 and May 23.
10:00-11:30 a.m.

Full
2.

Let’s Sing Together!

Every Monday from February 27 through June 26
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Free
3.

Wonders of the National Parks

Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, and April 13 as snow day
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Free
4.

Views on the News

Fridays, March 3 and 17, April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19, June 2 and 16
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Free
5.

Cribbage

Mondays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

$12.00
6.

Writing your Family History

Tuesdays, March 7 and 21, April 4 and 18
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

$12.00
7.

Self Defense for Seniors

Wednesdays, March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26 and
(optional) May 3
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

$18.00
8.

Pairing Food and Wine

Friday, March 17
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

$21.00
9.

Ukrainian Egg Decorating

Tuesday, March 28
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

$6.00
10.

Trees in Winter

Friday, April 14
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

$6.00
11.

Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake

Thursday, April 20
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

$6.00
12.

“Fake News”

Thursdays, April 27 and May 4
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

$8.00
13.

Folk Art at Colby College Museum of Art

Thursday, May, 4
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$6.00
14.

Paddle Local Waters

Mondays, May 8 and 22, June 5 and 19, others to be announced
9:00 a.m. – approximately 1:00 p.m.

$12.00
15.

Trip to WCSH Studio

Tuesday, May 9
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$6.00
16.

A Spiritual Adventure

Wednesdays, May 10, 17 and 24
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

$10.00
17.

Clay Tablets to Digital Tablets

Tuesdays, May 16, May 30 and June 6
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

$10.00
18.

Tennis Anyone?

Thursdays, May 18 and 25
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

$8.00
19.

Haiti: Pearl of the Antilles or Best Nightmare on Earth

Wednesday, May 24
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

$6.00
20.

Invasive Plants and Insects

Friday, May 26
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

$6.00
21.

Tour Maine Wood Concepts in New Vineyard

Friday, June 2
11:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

$6.00
22.

Policing in Franklin County

Wednesday, June 7 and 14
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

$8.00
23

Walking Tour of Belgrade Lakes Village

Friday, June 9
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

$6.00
24

A Visit to the Museums of Wilton

Friday, June 16
10:10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

$6.00


Course Descriptions

1. Crossing Over: Works by Contemporary American Indian Writers
The Let’s Talk About It book discussion series is being offered by the Maine Humanities Council in coordination with UMF Mantor Library. In these works, American Indian writers blend western writing techniques with oral tradition to mediate between two cultures. The books to be discussed are Fools Crow by James Welch, Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko, Tracks by Louise Erdrich, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, and Song of Rita Joe: Autobiography of a Mi’Kmaq Poet by Rita Joe, Lynn Henry. A more detailed description of these books is athttps://mainehumanities.org/programs/lets-talk/crossing-works-contemporary-american-indian-writers/.

Presenter: Elizabeth Cooke
Dates: Tuesdays, January 24, February 28,
March 28, April 25 and May 23.
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Farmington Municipal Building, lower level meeting room. Enter from the rear parking lot and take the staircase downstairs.
Limits: Minimum 5 / Maximum 15
Fee: Free

Other: The books to be discussed will be available to loan to participants at the Gold LEAF Office.

Biography: Elizabeth Cooke taught English, literature and writing, in both public and private secondary level settings, then taught writing at the University of Maine at Farmington before retiring in 2013. She continues to be a Maine Humanities Council facilitator with adult new readers, immigrants/refugees in Portland, at Farmington’s hospital, and at libraries. Elizabeth published two novels, Complicity and Zeena; as well as a work of non-fiction, Tong Ting finds a Family, the story of adopting her daughter from China in 1998. Elizabeth grew up outside of Philadelphia where she learned to love to read and write stories. She spent summers near Rangeley, Maine where she now lives with her husband, two dogs and a cat, and continues to read and write.



2. Let’s Sing Together!

Join us for an informal weekly session where we sing (sometimes even in tune!) a variety of songs from traditional folk to old standards. No experience is required, just an interest in having some fun singing together. Playing along with a ukulele or guitar would also be welcomed. We meet weekly at the Farmington Rec Center on Middle Street. Once a month we conduct a sing-along with the residents of Pinewood Terrace. For more information contact Ray Glass (rglass@maine.edu) or Eileen Liddy (epliddy@yahoo.com).

Presenters: Ray Glass and Eileen Liddy
Dates: Every Monday from February 27 through June 26
Time: 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Farmington Rec Center, 127 Middle Street, Farmington
Limits: Minimum 5 / Maximum 25
Fee: Free

Biography: Ray was a Professor of Special Education at UMF for 34 years. He says he has no special training in music or singing, however, like the founder of the group, Eileen Liddy, he has an interest in singing with others in an informal and accepting manner, where all voices are welcome.



3. Wonders of the National Parks, a Geology of North America – Part 2 of this Great Course

As this term celebrates the beginning of the 101st year of our National Parks, we continue with the Great Course “Wonders of the National Parks, A Geology of North America” initially offered in the Fall term. New parks are explored in this term, visually and geologically. Each scheduled session includes three different 30-minute segments and 30 minutes to share personally, if you have visited the parks that are highlighted that day. What a tribute to common dedicated men and Presidents alike who worked together to create the amazing gift to all of us: our National Park System.

Presenter: Susan Wahlstrom
Dates: Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, and April 13 as snow day
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Limits: Minimum 10 / Maximum 50
Fee: Free

Other: A single donation of $10 is requested at the
door to cover the copyright fees and office expenses.

Biography: Susan is a Gold LEAF Curriculum Chair and thoroughly enjoys all aspects of this organization. This is one of several presentations she has given; from one on Navajo life as seen through the eyes of a Roads Scholar, to a personal trip to Romania to deliver medical supplies, to a film series as tribute to Robin Williams.



4. Views on the News

This is a continuation of the discussion group held on the first and third Fridays of each month covering local, national, and world news events. National events will likely continue to dominate the news with the beginning of Trump’s presidency. Many are wondering what he will do once he assumes the power of the office. Will he follow through with his promises on immigration, the Affordable Care Act, trade and job creation? How will he interact with other world leaders? Will efforts to combat climate change be reversed or fall by the wayside? It’s sure to be an interesting time in our history.

Local, national and world events and issues will be discussed based on participants’ interests. Items are often shared among the group by email prior to meetings.

Presenters: Various Gold LEAF members
Dates: Fridays, March 3 and 17, April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19, June 2 and 16
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Mantor Library, second floor meeting room
Limits: Minimum 8 / Maximum 16
Fee: Free

Other: If weather is inclement, make your own choice about travel.
There will not be a message on the office phone regarding this particular series.



5. Cribbage

For many, playing cribbage has been an enjoyable way to pass some time when the outdoors is not especially inviting. It is generally believed to have been invented by Sir John Suckling, an English poet in the early seventeenth century; the rules remain largely unchanged to the present day. Basically, it’s a card game with 2, 3, or 4 players, where the goal is to be the first player to score 121 points. This is accomplished with a combination of strategy in how you play your cards and some luck in being dealt the “right” cards to start.


If you have an interest in learning to play or in playing a few games, bring your board and a deck of cards if you have them, and join the group.

Presenter: Ray Stillman
Dates: Mondays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Education Center Room 001
Limits: Minimum 4 / Maximum 16
Fee: $12.00



6. Writing your Family History

Biography, autobiography, history – it’s all encompassed in telling the story of the people who helped shape your life. Whether you do this for yourself, for your family, or for publication, you’ll find a wealth of materials resting latent in your memory. We’ll talk about how to proceed and participants will be asked to write and to share a brief account of some small piece of their history. Though newcomers are welcome, the course is a follow up to the one offered this past fall and winter.

Presenter: Dick Matthews
Dates: Tuesdays, March 7 and 21, April 4 and 18
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Farmington Municipal Building, lower level
Limits: Minimum 8 / Maximum 15
Fee: $12.00

Biography: Dick has worked as a freelance feature writer, editor, and as the owner and publisher of a newspaper, and has published a memoir of his and his wife’s experiences as B&B owners. He has taught several classes for Gold LEAF.



7. Self Defense for Seniors

In response to local home invasions and regional robberies last spring, this unique course was offered by our long time Tai Chi instructor Drew Holston and police officer Darin Gilbert. This class was received with rave reviews, laughter, much excitement and a request “for more.” It involves both text book learning and practice of self-defense moves. RAD suits and take-down mats will be available during some practice sessions. These two remarkable men have offered to give this class again. Because of the limitation on the number of students, this is only for “committed students” ...And don’t think you are too “old.” One of our tiny 80-plus year old woman was an outstanding student. This class can include new students or those wishing to practice skills learned in the prior Senior Self Defense class.

Presenters: Drew Holston and Darin Gilbert
Dates: Wednesdays, March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26 and (optional) May 3
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Farmington Municipal Building, lower level
Limits: Minimum 4 / Maximum 14
Fee: $18.00

Other: Wear comfortable clothing and bring water
if you wish.



8. Pairing Food and Wine


Join us at Wild Fern Winery to break the spring blues with a fun and informative session on wine tasting and food pairing. Wines are made on the premises of this Farmington winery.

Presenters: John and Patty Cormier
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Wild Fern Winery, 235 Farmington Falls Road, Farmington
Limits: Minimum 5 / Maximum 15
Fee: $21.00

Biography: John and Patty started Wild Fern Winery in Farmington in 2012. They have been making wine for over 25 years.



9. Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshop

In this workshop, we will be making beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs – pysanky. You will learn the method of batik – also called wax-resist-dying. We will do one traditional pattern, which the instructor will have drawn for you, and then you may do a second traditional design or create your own design. Most participants will go home with two eggs, blown with a finding for hanging on the top. Laura has taught this class many times to adults and children as young as five years old. It is easier than it looks!

Presenter: Laura Grams
Date: Tuesday, March 28
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Education Center Room 110
Limits: Minimum 10 / Maximum 20
Fee: $6.00

Other: There is a $5 material fee which can be paid directly to the instructor at the class.

Biography: Laura and her five grown sons have been making pysanky and teaching classes since 1991.
They have taught adults, families, Girl Scout troops, and many others to make these beautiful eggs. They were taught by a young woman who babysat for their family and who had done this craft for many years. They enjoyed it so much that they began teaching it to others.



10. Trees in Winter
We are so lucky in Maine to have such tree diversity, but that can make identifying a challenge. Join District Forester Patty Cormier for a session on the finer points of telling the trees apart.

Presenter: Patty Cormier
Date: Friday, April 14
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Education Center Room 111
Limits: Minimum 6 / Maximum 20
Fee: $6.00

Other: Come prepared to spend part of the session inside and part of the session outside.

Biography: Patty Cormier is a State of Maine District Forester with 20 years of service in this position. She has generously given presentations for Gold LEAF and her presentations are dynamic and informative.



11. Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake
Flagstaff Lake was created in 1950 and in so doing three small villages were flooded. This presentation follows the Arcadia Publishing book Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake. It describes how and why the lake was created and some of the history of the three towns.

Presenters: Alan L. Burnell and Kenny R. Wing
Date: Thursday, April 20
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Conference Room 123
Limits: Minimum 15 / Maximum none
Fee: $6.00

Biography: Alan Burnell and Kenny Wing authored the pictorial history book Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake and have done numerous talks about this subject.



12. "Fake News," Witches, and Contemporary Legends
“Satanists!” In December 2016, Hillary Clinton and John Podesta were accused of witchcraft, satanism, and child pornography. Such charges are not new, only the names of the accused have changed. And these charges are far from benign: consider the attack on a Washington DC café by a man convinced by “fake news” of Clinton/Podesta’s guilt. How can Folklore Studies help us sift through what has—and has not—happened? We’ll discuss news stories, witch lore, and contemporary legends that whisper of satanic panics, stolen human organs, baby thefts, the intentional spread of diseases, and more. We’ll share stories we’ve heard.

Presenter: Margaret “Peggy” Yocom
Dates: Thursdays, April 27 and May 4
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Education Center Room 319
Limits: Minimum 8 / Maximum 12
Fee: $8.00

Biography: Folklorist Dr. Margaret “Peggy” Yocom is Associate Professor Emerita from George Mason University where she founded the Folklore Studies Program and taught for 36 years. A resident of Farmington, her specialties include folktales, the supernatural, and the traditions of western Maine, where she has done field research since 1975.



13. Folk Art at Colby College Museum of Art

Join us on a trip to Colby College’s wonderful art museum. Our tour will focus on their Folk-Art Collection. We will see the popular art of early America done by common people. It reflects their lives and times. After the tour, we are free to explore other parts of the museum. Lunch will be in Waterville at a “to be decided” location. Any Suggestions?

Presenter: Margaret Aiken
Date: Thursday, May, 4
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at UMF Facilities parking lot near the Farmington Town Office
Limits: Minimum 5 / Maximum15
Fee: $6.00

Other: Please wear comfortable shoes.

Biography: Margaret Aiken is the Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs at the Colby Museum of Art in Waterville.



14. Paddle Local Waters
This course is intended to explore and enjoy a few of the local waters which are in abundance in western Maine. Outings will include 2-4 hour trips to smaller waters like Mercer Bog and perhaps one or two full day trips on larger waters like Flagstaff Lake or Kennebec River. All trips will be targeted to flat or Class I waters. Each participant is responsible for travel, safety and related equipment, and any personal items they wish to bring along. Generally, trips will leave from the UMF Facilities parking lot near the Farmington Town Office at 9:00 a.m. but anyone wishing to travel directly to the launch site may do so. Longer trips may involve shuttling vehicles and boats. Each upcoming launch site and related details will be communicated by email.

Organizer: Ray Stillman
Dates: Mondays, May 8 and 22, June 5 and 19, others to be announced
Time: 9:00 a.m. – approximately 1:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at UMF Facilities parking lot near the Farmington Town Office
Limits: Minimum 3 / Maximum 20
Fee: $12.00

Other: The first Paddle is planned for the Mercer Bog which is located along Route 2 between New Sharon and Norridgewock



15. Trip to WCSH Studio
WCSH TV Channel 6 is allowing us to have a studio tour and to observe a live noontime news broadcast. WCSH has been on the air since 1953 and is a leading provider for local news and weather. The trip will include a tour of the studio with a question and answer period, we will then be able to sit in on a live news broadcast. WCSH studios are located on Congress Street in Portland, across the street from the Art Museum. Following our activities at the station we can plan a lunch in the Portland or South Portland area before returning to Farmington.

We will be leaving the Facilities Parking lot in Farmington at 8:30 a.m. to allow sufficient drive time and time to locate suitable parking.

Organizer: Joe Terranova
Date: Tuesday, May 9
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at UMF Facilities parking lot near the Farmington Town Office
Limits: Minimum 8 / Maximum 20
Fee: $6.00

Other: Lunch will be in Portland or South Portland, restaurant TBD.



16. A Spiritual Adventure
You are invited to join in an enchanting and meditative experience utilizing your HSP (high sense perception), color, sound and breath. Self-healing occurs in the Alpha state. Learn how to navigate your own healing through chanting and meditation.

Presenter: Irene Bodendorf
Dates: Wednesdays, May 10, 17 and 24
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Farmington Municipal Building, lower level
Limits: Minimum 7 / Maximum 33
Fee: $10.00

Biography: Irene is a Gold LEAF member who has presented in prior terms. She is a graduate of a four-year international college based in Miami, FL and Bad Ischl, Austria and has a 16-year healing practice as a Brennan Healing Science Practitioner. She brings her life experiences in education, medicine and business, incorporating Dr. Todd Ovokaitys’Lemurian Choir to her healing practice, private retreats and this class.



17. Clay Tablets to Digital Tablets: A Celebration of Libraries and Librarians

Since the beginning of human culture, people have been sorting, organizing, and storing the records of human thought and endeavor, struggling to keep up with their contemporary cultures and information technologies. In this course, David Olson, a recently retired librarian and educator, tells the story of this remarkable history of service, from clay tablets of the ancient Ninevah to your tablet computer.

Presenter: David Olson
Dates: Tuesdays, May 16, May 30 and June 6
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: TBD
Limits: Minimum 6 / Maximum 15
Fee: $10.00

Other: The second session of these three classes will be in a local library.

Biography: David Olson is recently retired from a
40-year career, which included developing library automation, directing academic and public libraries, and administering and teaching in undergraduate Library Sciences programs.



18. Tennis Anyone?

This class will be an introductory clinic to playing tennis. We will do some drills on the tennis basics: volleys, ground strokes and serve. This is a good chance for you to give tennis a try if you have never done so before. If you have played before, this will offer you a chance to hit some tennis balls via drills to warm up for the tennis season. The main emphasis is to hit some tennis balls, meet some other fellow tennis players and have FUN!

Instructor: Mark Stofan
Dates: Thursdays, May 18 and 25
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Hippach Field, Main Street, Farmington
Limits: Minimum 3 / Maximum 7
Fee: $8.00

Other: Bring your tennis racket. If you do not own one, the instructor has a couple to loan.

Biography: Mark was the Spruce Mountain girls high school tennis coach for the 2015-16 seasons. He has played tennis for decades and enjoys sharing his passion for the game with others.



19. Haiti: Pearl of the Antilles or Best Nightmare on Earth?
Haiti is rarely referred to by its official name – The Republic of Haiti. It is usually called by the more familiar informal name “Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.” It has had other nicknames over the years: The Pearl of the Antilles, the Black Republic, the Republic of NGOs, The Best Nightmare on Earth, and my personal favorite, the one by which many Haitians refer to it: Ayiti Cheri. So, which is the “real” Haiti? The presenter will share photos, and possibly some video clips of the places she has visited in Haiti, and talk about how her perceptions have changed over the course of multiple visits. Depending on what is happening in Haiti in the weeks before class, short reading selections may be suggested.

Presenter: Janet H. Brackett
Date: Wednesday, May 24
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Limits: Minimum 6 / Maximum 25
Fee: $6.00

Biography: Janet is a retired librarian (Mantor Library, 1990-2014) and a member of the faith community at St. Joseph’s Church which partnered with a sister parish in Haiti. Janet has visited Haiti at least once a year since 2008 and has also worked in Haiti from time to time as a hostess at a guest house and as part of a medical team.




20. Invasive Plants and Insects


Learn how to identify invasive upland (non-aquatic) plants and insects that threaten our forests and learn how you might help stem the spread of these invasives. This course in comprised of an introduction in a classroom setting and then the last portion will be spent in the field. This course was presented four years ago and because of its importance to the health of our Maine forests, it seems timely to revisit the topic.

Presenter: Patty Cormier
Date: Friday, May 26
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Limits: Minimum 6 / Maximum 20
Fee: $6.00

Biography: Patty Cormier is a State of Maine District Forester with 20 years of dedication to the preservation and health of Maine forests. Her prior presentations for Gold LEAF are varied and always informative.



21. Tour Maine Wood Concepts in New Vineyard

The tour of Maine Wood Concepts in New Vineyard includes a visit to the log yard and sawmill, then the production facility with the wood turning and molding and finishing shops. At the log yard, wood species, grades and procedure practices will be discussed. The sawmill is the process of breaking the wood from logs into boards and squares. The wood turning and molding shops turn the boards and squares into everything from cribbage pegs to high-end peppermills and rolling pins. The finishing shop is where many products receive up to eight coats of high gloss enamel.

This is a unique opportunity to see a Maine business making its place in the world market.

Presenter: Douglas Fletcher
Date: Friday, June 2
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at UMF Facilities parking lot near the Farmington Town Office
Limits: Minimum 7 / Maximum - none
Fee: $6.00

Biography: Doug Fletcher is the president and CEO of Maine Wood Concepts, a second-generation family owned and operated business since 1971. Doug worked his way up from floor sweeper, to machine operator, mechanic, supervisor, General Manager and President.



22. Policing in Franklin County
Sheriff Scott Nichols, with the assistance of a sheriff’s deputy, will discuss such topics as: patrolling Franklin County, detective activities, types of crimes common in the area, drugs, use of force, and some of the department’s community activities. This program will give participants a good overview of the operation of the sheriff’s department and the kinds of criminal activity it commonly deals with.

Presenter: Sheriff Scott Nichols
Dates: Wednesday, June 7 and 14
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: TBD
Limits: Minimum 8 / Maximum 20
Fee: $8.00

Biography: Scott Nichols began his career in the Maine State Police with service spanning over 23 years. Prior to becoming Sheriff of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department in January 2013 he served as Chief of Police on the Carrabassett Police Department. He is skilled in a wide variety of policing activities.



23. Walking Tour of Belgrade Lakes Village

This historic walking tour begins at the Belgrade History Room, in the Center of All Seasons on Route 27. The permanent exhibits there include large photographs that document the region’s change from a farming community to a summer resort between 1870 and 1900. Then we will walk the 1/3-mile Main Street in Belgrade Lakes, the picturesque tourist village on the peninsula between Great and Long ponds, and learn about the history and architectural significance of several of the 19th century homes that line Main Street. Several stops will be made: (1) Maine Lakes Resource Center to learn about water quality control on Great and Long ponds. (2) The Post Office to learn about the mail boat that has delivered mail to summer residents on Great Pond since 1901. (3) Days Store where you can find Moxie and unique lake themed gifts. (4) Lunch will be at “Hello, Good Pie,” a small internationally renowned deli with good sandwiches and great prices!

Presenter: Eric Hooglund
Date: Friday, June 9
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Meet at UMF Facilities parking lot near the Farmington Town Office
Limits: Minimum 5 / Maximum 20
Fee: $6.00

Biography: Eric Hooglund, a Golf LEAF member and frequent presenter on topics of the Middle East, calls Belgrade “home.” He has been researching the history of this tiny Maine village for 49 years.



24. A Visit to the Museums of Wilton
We will be visiting two museums located in downtown Wilton. First, we will visit the new Western Maine Children’s Play Museum on Main Street, which is still under construction. We will be shown the various rooms and children’s activities that are planned for each of the rooms. Next, we will go to Joe Varuolo’s house on Bass Hill in Wilton for a brown-bag lunch and to check out all the fun things that make Joe’s house so unique, such as Fernwall Observatory! After lunch, we will visit the Wilton Farm and Home Museum on 10 Canal Street. We will plan to spend about an hour for lunch and 90 minutes in each of the two museums and be finished around 2:30 p.m. to return to Farmington.

Organizer: Joe Varuolo
Date: Friday, June 16
Time: 10:10 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Location: Meet at UMF Facilities parking lot near the Farmington Town Office
Limits: Minimum 6 / Maximum 15
Fee: $6.00

Other: Bring brown-bag lunch.

Biography: Joe, a member of the Wilton Historical Society, has lived in Wilton almost 50 years. He has been a pharmacist, high school science teacher, and a school administrator in the Farmington-Wilton-Livermore Falls area for most of those years before retiring.