St. Albans

Fall 2021

Welcome to our OLLI St. Albans program. We are pleased to be resuming in-person lectures! This fall our abbreviated program will be six presentations. All programs (except the first one on 9/22) will be held at 14th Star Brewery, 133 North Main Street #7, St. Albans City, VT 05478. Our first program on 9/22 will be held at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, 29 Tabor Road, Swanton, VT 05488.

Programs take place on Wednesdays at 11:00am.

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 must pre-register prior to the start of the lecture.

Semester Membership Special! Sign up as a member and attend all 6 programs at the discounted price of $20 indivdiual/$35 couple (any two people)! Single lecture fee is $8 each.

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 ($20 individual/$35 couple) or for single lecture(s) ($8 each).


September 22

(Note: this presentation only will be held at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, 29 Tabor Rd, Swanton)

Exploring Missisquoi NWR: From Insects to Archaeology

Ken Sturm, Wildlife Refuge Manager
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.

(Remaining 5 presentations will be held at 14th Star Brewery, 133 N Main St #7, St. Albans City)

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September 29

Researching Your Family History: A Genealogy and Social History Workshop

Christine Eldred, Librarian and Genealogist

Using local and free online resources, we’ll talk about how to start or expand your genealogy research, what information and resources are available and how to use social history to bring our ancestors’ stories to life. Lots of illustrations, examples and research ideas will be provided, along with time for questions.

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October 6

Songs and Spirits

Dan “BanjoDan” Lindner, Songwriter/Musician

Vermont musician Dan Lindner will speak about the art of songwriting, illustrating his talk with live solo performances of several songs from his upcoming “Spirits” CD.

Over the course of a forty-plus year career touring and performing throughout Vermont and the Northeast, with a few side excursions overseas, Dan has recorded over one hundred original songs with his band and under his own name. His four volumes of “Banjo Dan’s Songs of Vermont” feature memorable songs inspired by our state’s history, legends, personalities and places.

Linder is currently preparing a unique set of compositions based on spiritual traditions from a broad cross-section of cultures and traditions. His “Spirits” songs deal with topics as diverse as Greek mythology, Buddhism, Native American spiritual practice, Hawaiian deism, New England folk beliefs and more.

Dan will discuss his approach to writing lyrics, composing melodies, deciding on instrumentation and working out arrangements, touching also on selecting accompanying musicians and the recording process itself. An engaging speaker as well as an accomplished musician, Lindner will encourage participation in what promises to be a lively Q & A segment.

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October 13

How the Milk Got to the City

Laz Scangas, Architect

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.

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October 20

The Age of the Marvellous

James Ouellette, Retired Educator
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.

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October 27

The Otter – Creature of Two Habitats

Kurt Valenta, MEd
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.

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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.

Become a member today!

Membership in the St. Albans OLLI entitles you to attend programs in our other 7 OLLI sites 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).

Volunteer Committee: John Newton, Lynda Emch, Bryant Reynolds, Gerard Sparacino, Rita Sparacino