Central Vermont



Central Vermont OLLI Members Listening to a LectureAll programs will be held at the
Montpelier Senior Activity Center (MSAC)
58 Barre Street, Montpelier

Films will be shown at the Savoy Theater, 26 Main Street in Montpelier.

Programs will not take place when the Montpelier schools are cancelled for weather. You may call 802-272-1706  to confirm.

Programs take place on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. (films at 12:30).
$5 suggested donation per program or $40 for the 13-program series.


January 22

Artist and Writer Delia Robinson

The odd and beautiful medieval “Nottamun Town” was found after 300 years, unchanged and cherished, in Appalachia in 1917. Robinson will share the history and a performance using a wooden crankie—a pre-industrial viewing device—with her own moving pictures.

January 29

Professor Huck Gutman
William Wordsworth: Plain and Simple

Dr. Gutman will discuss how the poet, sometimes described as a plain and simple man, became the most revolutionary, and possibly the most influential, poet of the past 250 years.

February 5

Naturalist Sean Beckett
Owl Migration and Ecology

North Branch Nature Center has tagged more than 600 of these common, but elusive predators in recent years, Beckett will tell us how much has been learned about their habits and travel patterns.

February 12

State Architectural Historian Devin Colman
Art and Architecture of the New Deal in VT

Colman will share an illustrated presentation about the New Deal art and architecture programs of the 1930s with a focus on the five U.S. Post Office murals executed in Vermont.

February 19

Filmmaker Bess O’Brien
Telling Stories / Making Movies

With clips from her films, the award-winning documentary filmmaker will illustrate and talk about how telling stories and raising the voices of those who are often unheard help create dialogue around important issues.

February 26

Midwife Erin Ryan
Beyond Helping: Collaborating with Local NGOs

Ryan has consulted on health issues in Bali, Haiti, Uganda and Bangladesh, attending over 1,000 births. She will share stories and explain her inclusive approach to global projects.

March 4

Designer Cara Armstrong
At Home in Nature: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Fallingwater is a premier example of organic architecture. Armstrong, its former curator, will discuss this renowned landmark, its designer, its owners, and its collections.


Attorney Chandler Matson
The Age of Violence

Matson, a lawyer in Stowe, will discuss how media coverage of public opinion can threaten our ability to reason collectively and adhere to the basic tenets of our government.

March 25

Professor Emeritus Richard Wolfson
Vermont’s Solar Energy Revolution

A drive down any VT road provides evidence of an energy “revolution.” What’s driving it? Is it practical? How does it work? Are we unique? Dr. Wolfson brings personal and professional experience in Vermont and the world beyond.

April 1

Author Reeve Lindbergh
Memory and Writing

Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of author-aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, has written several memoirs. She will talk about her own work and that of other writers, including older adults she has taught and helped to self-publish.

Movie Series

The films described below will be shown at the Savoy Theater in Montpelier 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Author & Film Guru Rick Winston Presents
Betty Comden, Adolph Green and the Classic MGM Musicals

The team of Comden and Green wrote the witty scripts (and some of the lyrics) for several MGM musical classics. We’ll see three of the films this semester and examine the team’s contributions.

April 8

On the Town   (1949)

Comden and Green wrote the book first for the Broadway show, which was based on the ballet “Fancy Free,” and then for the 1949 film version. Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Jules Munshin play three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City.

April 15

Singin’ in the Rain   (1951)

One of the most entertaining films ever made is also an insightful history lesson in how silent films gave way to “talkies.” Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor head the cast.

April 22

The Band Wagon   (1953)

Comden and Green wrote parts based on themselves (played by Nanette Fabray and Oscar Levant) in the story of a hoofer (Fred Astaire) trying to make a comeback on Broadway. Directed by Vincente Minelli, also starring Cyd Charisse.


Membership Information


Individual ticket: $40
Couple’s ticket: $70
You may also attend single events (suggested donation $5.00 payable at the door)

HALF-PRICE SPECIAL First-Time Members only:

Individual ticket: $20
Couple’s ticket: $35

For membership, complete the form on the site brochure or click on this membership form. Mail your completed form with your payment to:

(make checks payable to: The University of Vermont)

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401
For further information, call: 802-272-1706  or email: marge_c@hotmail.com


Become a member today!

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.


Central Vermont Program Committee: Michelle Champoux, Marge Christie, Amy Ehrlich, Edie Miller, Gayle Poinsette, Peter Rousmaniere, Grace Worcester

Publicity: Grace Worcester

Hospitality Committee: Priscilla Daggett, Amalia DiStefano

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


We honor the memory of Reidun Nuquist who was a leader and advocate of Central Vermont OLLI for many years.