Spring 2022

Class Schedule

1. UMFK Tours: Acadian Archives with Patrick Lacroix & the new Enrollment & Advancement Center with Kerri Watson-Blaisdell. Join Patrick for a morning tour of the Acadian Archives. You will learn about their extensive collection of information and how it can assist you in your personal research and quest for knowledge. (We will then head out to lunch at an establishment to be determined at a later date.) In the afternoon session, Kerri will show us around UMFK’s newest building, the Enrollment and Advancement Center. She will inform us about the contributions it will make to UMFK’s future growth plan. Tues. Mar. 15, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, UMFK Acadian Archive accessible through Blake Library. In Person

2. Art and Different Media with Lulu Pelletier. Come visit Lulu's studio and listen to the story of how a young St. John Valley girl learned to love art. When she speaks of her chosen vocation, one cannot mistake the passion in her voice. She will also share her insights into the many media she uses to create her well known and much desired art. (max 16 students). Tues. Mar. 22, 10:00 am, 28 Market Street Art Studio. In Person

3. Spruce Budworm with Neil Thompson. A presentation on recent outbreaks of budworm in the St John Valley and research and findings of Dr. Thompson. Tues. Mar. 29, 7:00 pm, UMFK Armory 119. In Person

4. The Aleutian Islands with Dave Hobbins. The Aleutians are a chain of volcanic islands that stretch from the Alaskan Peninsula west some 1,200 miles across the North Pacific to Russia. They are some of the most remote and inaccessible inhabited lands in the world and house the largest wildlife sanctuary in the United States. Residents of its few towns make a living primarily from fishing. Their ancestors, who first inhabited this region over 8000 years ago, are the least known of northern peoples. Please join us for a brief look at the Aleutian Islands, their people, geography, and history. Tues. Apr. 5, 7:00 pm. Live ZOOM

5. The Theriault Farm Experience with Bob, Duane, and Cody Theriault. Come view a year-long video production, filmed by Don Raymond, that looks at potato farming in Northern Aroostook County in 2021. From planting to marketing and, everything in between, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to Cody Theriault’s detailed commentary every step of the way. We’re sure you will be amazed by the scientific and technological advances made in the farming industry, especially if you have personal experiences and memories of ‘harvests’ gone by. This viewing will be followed by an opportunity to question (tête à tête) Bob, Duane and Cody, three generations of Theriault farmers. You don’t want to miss this one. Sun. Apr. 10, 1:00 pm, UMFK Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room. In Person

6. A Visit to the Northwoods Nectar Sucrerie with Holly and Steve Hardwick. Are you longing to get out for a sweet taste of spring? Join us as we take a field trip to Northwoods Nectar, a local ‘sucrerie’. Steve & Holly Hardwick will explain the process of tapping the trees right up to the finished maple sugar product. Plus, visit the Sugar Shack where craft items, taffy, maple cream and other maple confections will be available. Tues. Apr. 12, 10:00 am, 1426 Sly Brook Road. (meet at UMFK Sports Center Parking Lot at 9:30 am) Field Trip

7. A Pilgrim’s Meanderings with Jenny Radsma. What is a pilgrimage? Why would someone walk one? Who walks them? Where and how could someone undertake such a journey? Jenny Radsma, a retired UMFK nursing faculty, will endeavor to answer such questions as she takes participants on a tour of the solo pilgrimages she undertook in France, Spain, and Italy over the past few years. Tues. Apr.19, 7:00 pm. Live ZOOM

8. Getting to Know Your Instapot with Lisa Fishman. Come join your friends to learn what all the fuss around electric pressure cookers is all about. Learn how to make savory dishes in minutes that taste like they simmered all day. Learn how to use your electric pressure cooker to make desserts, such as cheesecake. Learn what all those buttons are for and why you can ignore most of them. Join Lisa Fishman from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to learn the many reasons to love your Electric Pressure Cooker. (max 20 students). Tues. May 3, 6:00 pm, UMFK Armory 119. In Person

9. Line Dancing with Warren and Joan Harvey. Once again Warren and Joan will be teaching one of our most popular classes to both novice and seasoned dancers. These veteran instructors have years of experience and really enjoy sharing their talents with a wide variety of students. Dust off those dancin’ shoes and slide on over to join us. Weds. May 11 – June 29, 6:00-8:00 pm, Fort Kent Knights of Columbus Hall. In Person

10. Introduction to the Micmac Nation with Kendyl Reis, Class Coordinator. This presentation will provide information on the history, geography, culture, contemporary issues, and the hopes of the Micmac Tribe. Tues. May 17, 10:00 am, UMFK Cyr Hall Room 204. In Person

11. Biking Maine: Kittery to Fort Kent with Alain Ouellette and Norm Guerette. What’s on your “Bucket List”? This was on theirs and it turned out to be well worth the time and effort. Starting from an idea in January to its realization in September, 2021 this adventure offered this Dynamic Duo a chance to chase a dream: Ride a bike from one end of Maine to the other. They are excited to share their epic journey from beginning to end. They hope you walk away from this class making a goal, executing it, then celebrating your new accomplishment. Tues. Jun. 7, 6:00 pm, UMFK Cyr Hall Room 204. In Person