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St. Johnsbury – Fall 2019

St. Johnsbury, VermontThursdays at 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Catamount Arts, 115 Eastern Avenue
St. Johnsbury, VT

Inaugural Luncheon at 12:30 PM

Thursday, September 12, 2019 1:30 PM

The Writing of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Her Family
Reeve Lindbergh, Author

Reeve Lindbergh will present a program focused on the writings of her mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The conversation will begin with her early books based on her days as a pioneer aviator with her husband, Charles Lindbergh, and continue through her best known and loved book, Gift from The Sea. The discussion will include her volume of poetry, The Unicorn and Other Poems, and her six volumes of diaries and letters, covering her life and thought from her school days in 1922 to contemplations on aging in 1986. Along the way Reeve will mention writings of some of Anne Lindbergh’s family members, including her famous husband and two of her daughters, Anne and Reeve.


Thursday, September 19, 2019 1:30 PM

The Meaning of a Map
Bill Morris

Cartographic technology has advanced at a startling pace in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. Using a set of meaningful maps as a guide, we’ll fly backward and forward through cartographic history to give it all some context.


Thursday, September 26, 2019 1:30 PM

The Art of Handbells
Phil Brown, Music Director, United Community Handbell Ensemble

Participants will have opportunities to practice making music with and listening to music performed with English handbells.


Thursday, October 3, 2019 1:30 PM

The Jewels of Ecuador
Hank Kaestner, Director of Spice Procurement at McCormick & Co., Inc. (Retired)

Ecotourism is making a big impact on protecting the environment. Tourists are enjoying seeing hummingbirds (the jewels) at close range at the lodges in Ecuador.


Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:30 PM

Truth, Propaganda and Media in the Age of Trump
David Goodman, Journalist, Author, and host of The Vermont Conversation on WDEV (Waterbury)

David Goodman will discuss the state of journalism under the president and his current assaults on freedom of the press. He will also present a short history of official propaganda. Consider: “How do we, as consumers, know who to trust and what to believe?”


Thursday, October 17, 2019 1:30 PM

Willoughby Lake and Westmore
Dolores Chamberlain, Vermont Native, Local Author and Historian

After extensive research and many interviews, Dolores Chamberlain will relate history, stories, and folklore of Westmore and its main attraction, Willoughby Lake.


Thursday, October 24, 2019 1:30 PM

Slow Birding – Reconnecting with Nature & Self
Bridget Butler, AKA The Bird Diva, www.birddiva.com

For some, birding is an adventure to check off as many species on their bird list as possible. Bridget Butler introduces a different birding approach that encourages slowing down and developing a deeper connection to birds. Bridget will share how to read bird body language, how to listen beyond just birdsong, and how to discover a personal sit-spot to achieve a more intimate look at the natural world.


Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:30 PM

Lambert’s Main Street, St. Johnsbury, 1906
Bob Swartz, St. Johnsbury, VT

In 1906 (the year of his death) there were 25 buildings on Main Street designed by the Fairbanks’ architect, Lambert Packard. In this presentation we’ll learn about Packard’s connection to St. Johnsbury and take a virtual walk up the street, noting his characteristic design elements and his impact on the development of the streetscape.


Membership Information

Become a member today!

Membership dues entitle subscribers to attend all sessions and bring a guest to one of them.
Non-members may attend any single session for $6. Membership Dues are $30.00, mailed with the form or paid at the first session.

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure or this form and send with fees to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Make checks payable to The University of Vermont.

For more information contact: Sue Montague, 802-748-4262, or Catamount Arts, 802-748-2600 after 1pm

Membership in your local OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) entitles you to attend programs at any of the other 7 OLLI sites throughout Vermont, as well as EEE-Burlington (Elder Education Enrichment). Your active OLLI membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the OLLI programs on the UVM campus. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.

For a complete listing of all programs, see our listing in a pdf format.

Thanks to these generous sponsors:

Catamount Film & Arts
Northeastern VT Regional Hospital
St. Johnsbury Academy
Union Bank
Fairbanks Scales
The White Market