Free Lectures/Events at 1:00 p.m. — All ages are welcome

Weekly Wednesday presentation will be online Zoom meetings. No registration is necessary. All ages are welcome. There is no fee.

A link to the Zoom meeting will be provided below the description on the day before the event and on the Home page. On the Wednesday of the event, use the Zoom link or information to join the meeting. 

January 2021

1/20: COVID UPDATE in 2021: WHAT NOW? with Jim Hyde
NOTE: This will be presented at 10am due to the Presidential Inauguration schedule.

This session will provide a quick update on the prevalence of the “new” coronavirus variant, testing (screening, diagnostic and surveillance), and the latest on new vaccine development and vaccination progress here in Vermont. At least half of the time will be devoted to Q&A.
Jim is a Professor Emeritus of Public Health at the Tufts University School of Medicine and former Director of Preventive Medicine at the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 859 9862 7106
Passcode: 868254

1/27: BRINGING PORTRAITS to LIFE with Jonathan Silverman
How do artists tell stories through portraits? Who would you want to paint your portrait? This presentation explores the world of familiar and unfamiliar portraits from early Renaissance to the 21st century. By showing how artists from difference genres paint and sculpt human expressions, moods, and spirit the presenter helps us understand historic and cultural context, enrich our sense of aesthetics, and reflect on our own identity.
Jonathan Silverman is a professor emeritus of Saint Michael’s College where he coordinated the arts education program. He maintains his artistic identity through ceramics and watercolors.

February 2021

Join us for an interactive, live chef demo from The Residence at Shelburne Bay Bistro. This will include tips, techniques and easy-to-follow instructions on how to create special desserts using chocolate as the key ingredient. Chef Arnd will explore the beauty and texture of different kinds of chocolate just in time for Valentine’s Day. For all of you chocolate lovers, this is one not to miss!
Arnd Sievers is a European Certified Master Chef who serves as the Culinary Services Director at The Residences at Shelburne Bay and Quarry Hill. He is from Hamelin, Germany, and has worked throughout the U.S. and internationally in fine hotels and restaurants.

2/10: LOOKING at the NIGHT SKY with Jack St. Louis
People have always looked up at the lights in the night sky and wondered, “What are those lights?” The ancients connected star patterns into outlines of people, creatures and objects familiar to us that are still in use today. And, chances are you’ve seen the five visible planets without even realizing it. Eventually, with the use of telescopes, science revealed the secrets of the objects on the celestial sphere. Anyone can become an amateur astronomer, learn the secrets, track the planets as they move, and photograph constellations, meteors and comets.
Jack is current president of The Vermont Astronomical Society. He has made mirrors, built his own Newtonian telescopes, and taught astronomy courses at Burlington College and UVM.

Nepal, home to Mt. Everest, is a geographically diverse and a multi-ethnic country situated between India to the south and China to the north. Rick and I had the joy to live and work in Nepal for six months and this talk will present the beauty of its people, culture and land. Included will be pictures of our trek along the Annapurna Circuit as well as pictures of people and places in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. A virtual visit to Nepal could be the antidote to any winter blues.
Sandi was an ESL teacher in American International Schools in Greece, Israel, Bangladesh, Hungary and Brazil where her husband, Rick, served as each school’s director. After twenty-one years abroad, they returned to Vermont in 2009.

2/24: HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU… LOUISE NEVELSON! with Linda Finkelstein
The art and amazing life of Louise Nevelson will be featured in this engaging hour. Learn how a little girl who fled the Ukraine with her family to Rockland, Maine, became the most celebrated and influential American female sculptor of the 20th century—best known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall assemblages and outdoor sculptures. This experience will be a feast for your eyes and spirit at the end of the winter.
Linda Finkelstein is a mixed media artist and former art teacher, with degrees in art history and art education.

Recorded Talks and Resources

1/06: MYSTICAL MYANMAR with Carl Herzog
Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) is still “quite unlike any land you know about.” We’ll visit the highlights of this relatively unknown and politically isolated nation: the huge, gold-covered Shwedagon Paya Buddhist temple in Yangon—the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in the country, the Golden Rock atop Mt. Kyaiktiyo, the royal palace at Mandalay, the unique floating gardens at Inle Lake, the thousands of temples at Bagan – and much more.
Carl, a retired petroleum engineer, and Carlanne lived overseas for 20 years and have travelled in about 100 countries.

Click here for recorded Zoom talk.

Take a photo tour Charlotte’s West Village and train depot in the early 1900s. Adding a few more details and stories of longtime Charlotte residents will bring this enterprising village to life. People in the audience are invited to share their own memories. Co-sponsored by the Charlotte Library, Charlotte Historical Society and local historians.

Click here for the recorded Zoom talk.