Written by Carolyn Kulik, published in The Charlotte News.

So maybe this time, (just maybe) spring has really come. There are actually crocuses outside, and a few folks have reported daffodils. And who could doubt the flowers? 

Although the weather may be typical for a Vermont almost-spring, let me point out that we are not your run-of-the-mill senior center. This is partly due to the wonderful food, partly the comfy building, but mostly because of the amazing people who come to participate in what the Center has to offer. 

Folks don’t often talk about their pre-retirement careers, but they have a wealth of experience in many, many fields. (And this makes them interesting to hang out with.) Here is a first attempt to list some of their work backgrounds: 

Actor, artist; bookkeeper; business owners; clinical social worker; college professors (chemistry, psychology); comptroller; cartoonist; craftsperson; cross-cultural trainer; decorator; dog whisperers (therapy dog owner, dog trainer, dog rescuer, dog raiser*); teachers of kindergarten through high school (art, history, English, math); engineers; executive secretary; government workers (federal, state and local); grant writer; homemaker; insurance salesperson; lawyer; medical doctors (infectious diseases, pediatrics); medical researcher; musician; museum curator; nurse; pharmacist; poet; professional golfer; professional photographer; psychologist; public health professional; real estate agent; school  principal; spice buyer; tech consultant; therapist; university and college administrators; writers.   (Any inadvertently left out will be included next time.)

*What is a “dog raiser” you ask? Hint: It’s not just anyone with a young dog. It’s a volunteer who raises a puppy that will later be given up to an organization for training as a service dog for people with physical disabilities or mental disorders (such as PTSD). 


Acrylic Adventures starts May 8 and still has a few spots left. Instructor Lynn Cummings will focus on layering with several acrylic mediums with iridescent and metallic paints. She says, “We’ll also pour paints to create organic shapes for backgrounds, then finish with representational shapes and objects.” It runs for four sessions from 9 a.m. to noon and is $120 for the course. Registration and pre-payment are required.

Road Hike #3 on Tuesday, May 8, goes to Bristol Waterworks with Marty Morrissey. Meet at the Center 10 minutes prior to the 9 a.m. departure with water, good hiking or walking shoes, and a snack or bag lunch. Registration required. No fee.

The last Birding Adventure with Hank Kaestner is on Wednesday, May 16. (It is also the first one this year since the other two on the schedule were canceled due to uncooperative weather.) Meet at the Center 10 minutes prior to the 9 a.m. departure to carpool to the location for spectacular bird watching.  Good views are guaranteed through Hank’s “Oh My God” telescope. Registration is required in case of changes for any reason. No fee. And don’t forget the many ongoing activities that you can join any week: Pilates, Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Yang Tai Chi Chuan (beginners), Tai Chi Practice (advanced), Step Aerobics, Strength Maintenance, Dance: Moving Better/Living Better, Spanish Conversation, Art Group, Writers Group, Contract Bridge, Mah Jong. Whew! 

Is anyone interested in chess in May? It will be taught for beginners or as a refresher, with no fee. Coming in summer: French Conversation, Kayaking, Tubing, Poetry. . . and more.


Wednesday, May 2, presentation on the Feldenkrais Method® with Mischul Brownstone. This somatic approach uses gentle, mindful movement to bring new self-awareness and improve function. It can increase ease and range of motion, improve flexibility and coordination, and positively influence other aspects of your life.

(Introduction to Rolfing® with Liesje Smith will be scheduled in the fall.)

Wednesday, May 9, CCS Small Music Ensembles directed by Monica Littlefield. This collection of vocal and instrumental music will include the Ukulele Band originally scheduled in April. Note: Performance time is 1 p.m., not 1:30 as posted in the calendar.

Saturday, May 12Shape Note Performance of acapella four-part harmony. Begun in colonial New England, this traditional singing has haunting melodies, often with dark poetry from early hymnals. There will be an opportunity to learn a couple of songs and sing along. No registration or fee. Light refreshments. Sponsored by the Friends of the Charlotte Senior Center. NoteThis Saturday event begins at 1:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 16Crossing the Himalayas. David Rosenberg will speak about his adventure crossing the mountains on foot with two fellow Peace Corps volunteers in 1964. In their travels from central Nepal, to the slopes of the Himalayas, and then to the arid Tibetan Plateau, they observed how people had adapted to a challenging environment while preserving ancient Buddhist traditions.

May Art Show       

This group show features acrylics with ink by Jenny Cole, watercolors by Anne Gordon, waterscapes in oil by Judy Tuttle, pastels by Jill Kleinman and both pastels and watercolors by Beverly Goodman.

Note: Art show pieces are hung in the foyer and in the Great Room, which is really quite large. Because this room is utilized for many classes and events, the best times to see the art shows are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons after 12:30 and Wednesdays after 3. Call the Center during the week to check on availability on Sunday afternoons.  

Special June Trip to Hildene

Friday, June 1, Full-day trip by Premier Coach to Hildene, the estate of Abraham Lincoln’s son in Manchester. If we are very lucky, the peonies will be in bloom in the spectacular setting.  A visit to the restored Pullman car on the grounds and a self-guided tour of the home are followed by a private look at the archives collection. The pre-ordered buffet lunch in the mansion features a horticultural presentation. If time and energy permit, there will be a short stop at the Northshire Bookstore. Start time is 8 a.m., return arrival time is approximately 5 p.m. All-inclusive trip cost is $80.

Registration and prepayment are required no later than May 7. Please note: Some walking is necessary.

Stop in to say hello and check us out. No commitment required. 

Really, we are not your typical senior center—and not your ‘typical’ seniors.

As Edith Ann (Lily Tomlin) used to say, “And that’s the truthhh!” See you soon!