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Mindful Outdoor Experience
with Alice Bean Andrenyak
Join Master Maine Guide Alice Bean Andrenyak, and Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide, on three different one-hour long adventures reconnecting with nature after a gentle loosening up of the body, then slowly walking a short distance and doing a sitting eyes-open nature meditation. Increase your nature awareness by reawakening your senses, gently breathing, and calming your mind. Wear shoes/boots appropriate for uneven surfaces, dress for the weather conditions, bring a small folding chair/stool that you can carry and some water. Suitable for most people who can walk a nature path.
Mt. Washington Valley: Foliage & Covered Bridges
with Kelli Park
Discover the hidden gems of Mt. Washington Valley during peak foliage season! Bring your sense of adventure as we explore historic covered bridges surrounded by quaint villages and untouched forests of reds, yellows, and oranges! Wind your way through rocky river valleys and mountain passes as we enjoy the vibrant colors that surround us in the White Mountains. Let’s relax on the banks of the Swift River along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway with a picnic lunch provided by a local cafe while we admire the scenery. We’ll stop in beautiful Jackson Village in the heart of Mt. Washington Valley with covered bridges and mountain views all around us. After we’ve gone over the river and through the woods, we’ll visit North Conway Village. Check out local shops, general stores, cafes, galleries, restaurants, the historic train station and the mountain views from the park! If you’ve never seen the foliage in Mt. Washington Valley, this is your chance! Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the best of autumn in New England! Included in the cost: lunch from a local cafe (drink, sandwich, chips & cookie) and entrance fees to the Kancamagus Scenic Byway. Dinner is not included in cost. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring extra layers, comfortable walking shoes, water and snacks, if you choose. We will be using a coach bus for transportation, equipped with a restroom. This trip is family-friendly. Bring your sense of adventure and get ready to take some incredible photos!
with Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
In the words of John Muir, renowned environmentalist: “In every walk with nature, one receives far more than one seeks.” Join us for a walk with nature where we will be deepening our connection with our surrounding environment by engaging our senses through nature journaling. Learn how to record detailed observations while incorporating your thoughts and feelings about the natural world. Nature journals and writing utensils will be provided. Meet at the benches by the second parking lot, weather permitting. Free with park admission. To register, call Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park at (207) 865-4465.
Newport Mansions: Christmas in the Gilded Age
with Kelli Park
Join us as we make our way back in time to the Gilded Age in Newport, Rhode Island! If you’ve never visited the Newport Mansions before, this is your chance to see them in all their glory! Our first stop will be The Elms, which was modeled after the mid-18th century French Chateau d’Asnieres. Next stop: The Breakers! The Breakers was constructed for the Vanderbilt family in 1895, with 70 rooms and 125,000 square feet; it was designed in the architectural style of the Italian Renaissance and is considered the archetype of the Gilded Age. The Breakers will be decorated for a traditional High Victorian Christmas and will also feature a 15-foot tall red poinsettia tree composed of 150 individual plants, 9-foot tall Christmas trees, and hundreds of live flowers, including poinsettias, lilies, azaleas, paperwhites, amaryllis, and mini-evergreens, just to name a few. Each mansion will be decorated with historical accuracy and will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit, to say the least! You haven’t seen mansions until you’ve seen the Newport Mansions, so get ready to experience the Christmas season like you’ve never experienced it before! Included in cost: guided tours of the mansions, a unique keepsake from the mansions, and lunch at a local pub in Newport. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring extra layers, comfortable walking shoes, water and snacks, if you choose. We will be using a coach bus for transportation, equipped with a restroom. This trip is family-friendly. Bring your sense of adventure!
Pemaquid: Harvest & Hauntings!
with Kelli Park
Discover the charms of the Pemaquid Peninsula, just in time for Halloween! Let’s stop at Fort William Henry and Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site, one of the “most haunted places in America,” and explore beautiful Pemaquid Beach in the gorgeous autumn weather! Next, we’ll pick up lunch (and homemade dessert!) from a local cafe and visit one of Maine’s most iconic (and most haunted!) lighthouses - Pemaquid Point Lighthouse! Let’s enjoy lunch on the rocky coast of Maine and make our way to a local apple orchard and farm stand for a tour and cider tasting (and maybe a cider donut or two, just to fully embrace the flavors of fall!). We’ll head to downtown Damariscotta to explore the boutiques, cafes, the book shop, the general store, and the picturesque waterfront! Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the best of the Pemaquid Peninsula! Included in cost: entrance fees, lunch from a local cafe (sandwich, chips, drink & dessert), cider tour and tasting with one homemade donut. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring extra layers, comfortable walking shoes, water and snacks, if you choose. We will be using a coach bus for transportation, equipped with a restroom. This trip is family-friendly. Bring your sense of adventure!
Planning a Great Vegetable Garden
with Joel Leak - UMaine
Let’s get ready to plan your next vegetable garden! Learn about site selections and preparation, crop selections and rotation, composting, starting plants indoors from seed, garden pests and diseases, succession planting, harvesting, and tips and tricks for all kinds of vegetables. Joel Leak has been gardening for 40 years and started with a small vegetable garden when he was young. He graduated from the Cumberland County Master Gardener Program in 2001. He has over 40 fruit trees, 10 grape vines, many berry bushes, and a large vegetable garden.
with Carolyn Jensen
QuickBooks Online offers an easy-to-use accounting solution for any small business, but the initial set up can be daunting, especially for the non-finance savvy. Join Carolyn Jensen, a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, to open your QuickBooks account, configure it to your needs and learn how to run it. You’ll be amazed at how simple running your own books can be!
Quills & Quotes: Session I
with Peggy Brown
What does your handwriting say about you? Do you have a legible signature? Here's your chance to polish your penmanship and learn new techniques for handwritten communication and artwork. Learn how to create a unique gift with your personal flourish and style! Preserve a favorite quote or poem with a unique calligram design - your lettering techniques create an image related to your words! Bring a favorite quote or poem! All materials provided. Enjoy just one or all of the topics in this 3-week series.