Spring 2022

OLLI Springfield Members
Springfield OLLI enjoyed singer and historian, Linda Radtke. Dressed in period garb with a ‘Votes for Women Sash’ she entertained the audience with the songs and stories from the Suffragists movement.

Welcome to our OLLI Springfield program. We are pleased to be resuming in-person programs! This semester our program will be six lectures, held at 2pm Tuesday afternoons on the dates listed below at the Nolin Murray Center, next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 40 Pleasant Street, Springfield VT.

Springfield OLLI will be celebrating our 300th program this semester, in our 17th year!

For weather related schedule changes, check the website. Also check SAPA TV, 802-885-6248, Comcast Channels 1077 & 1087, and VTel Cable Channels 160 & 161.

Health & Safety: UVM sponsored non-credit functions/activities/offerings (which includes our OLLI programs), whether held at UVM or at a non-UVM facility or location, are governed by the same health and safety policies. As such, UVM expects event participants, visitors and guests will be vaccinated. Masks are required to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status. If you are outdoors, you are invited to mask up if you are in close proximity to others or in a large group. If this event is taking place at a non-UVM venue, consideration must be given to the requirements of the host site and the more stringent requirements will apply. UVM’s current face covering guidance can be found here

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS! We can no longer take any payments at the door/onsite. All attendees/members should pre-register prior to the start of the program.

Membership Series Special! Sign up as a member and attend all 6 lectures at the discounted price of $30! Single lecture fee is $8 each.

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To register, click on the “REGISTER NOW” button below and you will be brought to our online system where you can register using your credit card for the full membership series special ($30) or for individual lecture(s) ($8 each).

March 8

The Otter: Creature of Two Habitats
Kurt Valenta, Naturalist, Educator
Co-Sponsored with the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society

Sleek, playful with boundless energy, the otter is comfortable on land as well as in water, in summer as well as in the cold of a frozen winter. Examine what enables this fun-loving river dweller to be so versatile and enjoy, with great abandon, his surroundings.

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March 22

Gershwin, By George!
Robert Waytt, Concert Pianist, Music Historian

Although Gershwin’s career covered less than two decades, and ended with his tragic death in 1937, his music endures. Join pianist and Gershwin-authority, Robert Wyatt, co-editor of Oxford University Press’ The George Gershwin Reader, in this lively lecture exploring Gershwin’s life and legacy. Learn about the chronology of the composer’s meteoric life. Hear his 1924 recording of the Rhapsody in Blue and other samples of early and unpublished music. View footage from the Gershwin brothers’ four Hollywood films.

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April 5

The First Vermonters – Indigenous People: Abenaki Culture & History
Bobby Farlice-Rubio, Educator

Learn how the Abenaki people have lived in Vermont for thousands of years, and they are still here today. By focusing on the individual lives of seven famous Abenakis from different centuries, we will explore how their culture has survived the centuries and evolved to meet the challenges of a changing world. Discover how the Abenaki Nation has shaped the present and future of all of Vermont’s people.

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April 19

North Chester: It’s More Than Just the Stone Village
Hugh Henry, Architectural Historian

Discover North Chester, an exemplary stagecoach-era village with a split personality. Its early development with wood-framed buildings from the 1780s onward was eclipsed during the later 1830s-1840s by a partial renewal with the distinctive stone buildings that now define its public identity. Learn about the three Clark brothers who were the primary masons – and later the subject of mythical treatment in the popular literature. Despite its valley location, North Chester shared the fate of numerous hill villages in Vermont, and abruptly ceased to expand after being bypassed by the railroad in 1849.

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April 26

Vermont Women in the Civil War
Howard Coffin, Author, Historian

Hear how Vermont women sustained the home front in the Green Mountain State as they managed the operations of the farms and worked in factories to manufacture much-needed supplies for soldiers while the state’s able-bodied men were away on the battlefields during the Civil War years of 1861-1865. Learn how others joined the war effort by editing anti-slavery newspapers, speaking out against slavery, and teaching classes to newly-freed slaves in the South. Listen to Vermont women’s own words, as Coffin relates his research from their letters and diaries to tell their stories — including that of one Vermont woman, who appears to have secretly enlisted and fought in a Vermont regiment.

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May 3

Landscape Gardening for Pollinators and Wildlife
Henry Homeyer “The Gardening Guy”, Author and Gardening Consultant
Co-sponsored with Springfield Garden Club

Come learn how you can re-think the landscape and make your gardens and landscapes better for the birds, pollinators and wildlife of all kinds, one step at a time. Garden writer, Henry Homeyer, will present photos of plants and discuss alternatives to invasive and non-native plants. He will explain the need for native plants in our gardens to support and balance our ecosystems. We can make a difference by providing keystone species that best support our wildlife.

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Prefer to pay by check? Complete the form on the site brochure mailed to you or this form (PDF, opens in a new window) and send with your check payment (made out to The University of Vermont) to:

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

PLEASE NOTE: Allow 10-14 days from date of mailing check to receipt & processing.
For registration assistance, please call 802-656-5817.

Download Springfield’s Spring 2022 OLLI program brochure (PDF, opens in a new window)
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Membership in the Springfield OLLI entitles members to attend programs in our other 7 OLLIs throughout Vermont. Your active OLLI semester membership also entitles you to the discounted member rate for the OLLI on UVM campus programs (many which are offered online).