St. Albans


Spring 2020

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in St. Albans is proud to announce 12 sessions for Spring 2020.

Lectures will held be on Wednesdays at 11 am and will be located at the St. Albans Museum, on the third floor, corner of Church and Bishop Streets in St. Albans. The lecture site is handicap accessible with parking available behind the museum.

St. Albans OLLI members

February 5, 2020

Presenter: Rob Mermin
Parkinson’s Pantomime Project

Rob has adapted pantomime and circus techniques to help people with Parkinson’s (PD) cope with movement limitations. Pantomime (mime) techniques include visualization, body language, nonverbal communication, articulation of gesture, and creative use of imagery and space. Circus games involve juggling, balance, coordination, development of reflexes…and lots of fun! Rob will demonstrate these techniques.

February 12, 2020

Presenter: Edward Haak, M.D.
Community Addiction Workshops

Dr. Haak has always placed a strong emphasis on treating his patients with caring and compassion. It is with that same commitment that Dr. Haak created a basic curriculum that he uses to help his patients better understand their disease of addiction. He is here today to build a framework for community members to become active in supporting its citizens suffering from the disease of addiction.

February 19, 2020

Presenter: Melissa Ewell, Retired Educator
Vitamin Sea; two weeks in French Polynesia

In the depths of a Vermont winter, enjoy a virtual escape to the islands of French Polynesia and explore the landscape, language, culture and, of course, music.

February 26, 2020

Presenter: David Handy, President Handy Buick, GMC & Cadillac
Return to Lebanon

This was a chance to experience Lebanese life and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of our grandfathers’ immigration from there. We not only got to find our forebearers ancestral homes but found a wealth of archaeological and cultural sites as well.

March 4, 2020

Presenter: Jason Barney
Swanton Men in the War of 1812

With his newly published book, Northern Vermont and the War of 1812, Jason will detail the early period of the war, delving into the first year of the conflict. Such topics as the historical location of the barracks in Swanton, the 1st Battle of Lacolle Mills in Quebec, the diseases that ravaged the northern frontier and Murray’s Raid (where the Swanton barracks was burned in August of 1813) will be covered.

March 11, 2020

Presenter: Dr. William Tortolano, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts, St. Michael’s College
The Harlem Renaissance

Professor Tortolano will draw upon a recollection of the 1920’s and 1930’s, the beginning of the African-American cultural rebirth of music, art, poetry, literature and many other manifestations. Included is music from the jazz era, symphonic music, folk songs and integration of not only African-American icons such as Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington, but also white composers like George Gershwin and Jerome Kern, who were inspired by this movement.

March 18, 2020

Presenter: Barry Genzlinger licensed bat rehabilitator and President of Vermont Bat Center
Bats, Bugs and Fungus: What’s the Connection?

Barry Genzlinger will introduce you to the fascinating world of bats, their amazing abilities, the dangers bats now face, and the consequences that declining bat populations will have for us humans.

March 25, 2020

Presenter: James Ouellette, Retired Educator
The Age of the Marvelous

Learn how the Age of Discovery changed European understanding of the world. See how new discoveries in science and the arts shaped artistic expressions of their experiences. Enjoy and appreciate artistic whimsy at its best.

April 1, 2020

Presenter: Laz Scangas, Architect
How the Milk Got to the City

In the early 20th century, as northeastern cities grew larger and larger, farms were forced further away from the cities. Cities had a thirst for milk, and the milk had to get to the city. The city dweller, beyond a hazy notion that milk is associated with a farmer and a cow, remained ignorant of the enormous effort and planning involved in the delivery of the milk bottle to his door. How Did The Milk Get To The City will begin with the dairy farmer himself, will continue to encompass the railroad, its special cars, the routes, the Milk Trains, the communities that developed along the line and a way of life in the milk business.

April 8, 2020

Presenter: Kurt Valenta, MEd
The Otter – Creature of Two Habitats

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

April 15, 2020

Presenter: Nancy Nahra, Professor
Reading Robert Frost’s Mail

This talk reveals surprises involving some of Frost’s famous poems which you already know. Two volumes of Robert Frost’s letters have recently become available in print. The poet used letters to stay in touch with his many friends, but also to establish relationships with people he had never met. Letters throw light on Frost’s friendships, the secrets he asked friends to keep, the difference these friendships made in his career — and in his poetry.


April 22, 2020

Presenter: Ken Sturm, Wildlife Refugee Manager
Exploring Missisquoi NWR: From Insects to Archaeology

This presentation will introduce Vermont’s first National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and focus on what the refuge was established for, explain the mission of the USFWS and the refuge system and detail the varied wildlife which find refuge at this incredible part of Vermont. We will also discuss how the refuge also protects one of the most important archaeological sites in Vermont, the long time home of the Abenaki.


Membership Information

Payment of membership dues entitles subscribers to attend all sessions of the current semester. Lectures are also open to non-members for a fee of $5 per lecture. Semester membership fees are $40 per individual, or $70 per couple.

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

UVM OLLI Registration Office

460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Make checks payable to “The University of Vermont”

Become a member today!

Membership in St. Albans OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) entitles members to attend programs in all the OLLI organizations established in seven locations throughout Vermont. Simply present your membership card during the corresponding semester.

Spring 2020 Volunteer Committee

John Newton, Betty Casavant, Lynda Emch, Bryant Reynolds, Gerard Sparacino, Rita Sparacino.

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