Written by Carolyn Kulik, published in The Charlotte News.
“We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring, or the fall, or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse.
But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.”
On Wednesday, 5/22, is the last Birding Expedition in May with Hank Kaestner. Please note that this date was changed from 5/12. It is the last one for spring, but more are planned for the summer. Please call to register and make sure that there is space as these have become very popular.
On Thursday, 5/23, the Gents Breakfast meets from 7–9 a.m., in the Café. It may look as though the time has changed for this gathering, but, in fact, it is still the same. Doors have always opened at 7 a.m. for those early risers who choose to help to set up and prep. The meal begins (as always) at 7:30, usually with a ‘share chair’ discussion or presentation topic. And, you need not be retired to make this event—it’s early enough to preface the rest of your day. This friendly group welcomes carpenters, engineers, landscapers, farmers, educators—folks with all sorts of backgrounds and work experience. It continues to grow, so please make a reservation by Tuesday and come for good food, stimulating discussion and camaraderie. Donation of $5 is requested.
Wed. Afternoon Events at 1 p.m.
5/22: Classical Piano Concert with the Segel Family
Enjoy listening to the three eldest Segel children play piano! Living in Charlotte, River, 16, Lake, 14, and Juna, 11, are homeschooled and are all quite accomplished. The classical pieces include “Six Preludes,” Op. 6 by Muczynski, and “Sonatina No.1,” Op. 13 by Kabalevsky. If you have not heard these siblings perform before, prepare to be surprised. This is a free event, and no registration is necessary.
5/29: Tour of Clemmons Farm Barn House with Susan Crockenberg
The Barn House, designed by Dr. Jackson Clemmons, and a work of art itself, displays posters from the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as a collection of African art from Jack and Lydia’s travels in Africa. The 148-acre farm and its six historic buildings are true gems to learn from and enjoy. Registration is required. A contribution of $10 for the Farm is requested. Meet at the Senior Center to carpool.
6/2: Middle School Concert with Monica Littlefield
“The 6th grade chorus at Charlotte Central School will be presenting a short performance of a variety of songs in many styles. Please come join us to hear an afternoon of excellent singing!”
This is a free event, and no registration is necessary.
On 5/8, Peter Riley gave an informative slide presentation about how he approaches nature photography, featuring his beautiful photos. Everyone easily doubled their knowledge about damselflies and were impressed by how much patience it takes to get the marvelous shots that Peter accomplishes.
If you missed the talk, his photos are up until the end of the month for the May Art Exhibit, and he has a book for sale that includes photos and information about the many of the birds, damselflies and landscapes you’ll see on the Senior Center walls. Before you stop by, be sure to check the times that the Great Room (our gallery space) is available. You will not be disappointed.
The June Art Exhibit will showcase the colorful, abstract acrylic paintings of Robin Grace. You are cordially invited to the artist’s reception on June 9, from 3–4:30 p.m. with light refreshments. This is a friendly, casual event, so come as you are (within reason) and don’t worry about needing to look “gallery cool.”
The Great Room is busier than usual in May, and the best times to see the Art Exhibit are Wednesdays 9:30-11:30, Thursdays and Fridays after 12:30.
Take a quick peek at noon Mondays.
Please call the Center during the week to check on Sunday availability.
The Summer Schedule (covering June, July and August) will be inserted in The Charlotte News on May 30. It will also appear on our website on June 1.
Even if you are not ready to sign up for a class or to volunteer, stop in and say hello—we love to show people around and suggest ways you can become part of the welcoming Senior Center community.
The Center is at 212 Ferry Road, Charlotte and is open M-F from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Or give us a call us at 425-6345.
Residents from other communities are always welcome. Our mission is to serve those over 50.
To learn more about the Senior Center, other courses and our menus for the month, please visit our new website: CharlotteSeniorCenterVT.org. See you soon!