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Downeaster to Boston's North End
with Chris Toy
Are you hungry for authentic Italian food? Do you feel like a leisurely train ride to and from Boston to feast on said authentic Italian food? Well then, we’re planning a trip to Boston’s north end with our celebrated chef, Chris Toy, and he will lead you on a merry adventure. Along with the aforementioned feasting, Chris will take you on a walking tour of several Boston landmarks: Freedom Trail with Paul Revere’s house (fee for entry), the Old North Church and the Haymarket, Boston Market and Quincy Market. The trip includes transportation via Amtrak. Wear comfortable shoes for this walking tour with a moderate amount of city walking.
Train departs Brunswick Station at 7:25 am and returns from Boston’s North End Station 4:45 pm. We will get back to Brunswick around 8 PM. No refunds. Cost does not include meals, but does include transportation via Amtrak, and your tour guide Chris Toy.
Emotional Wellness with Essential Oils
with Katie Deabler
Did you know that essential oils are great for helping us navigate through our feelings? By simply smelling certain oils we can change our mood and emotions! In this class, we will cover each emotion and which oils you can use (and how you can use them) to benefit and balance your mindset. You will be provided with samples to bring home for personal use at the end of class.
Katie Deabler has been a wellness advocate for 4 years. She specializes in natural living with the use of essential oils. She makes her own household cleaners, candles, and skincare line from natural ingredients.
Foraging for Wild, Edible & Medicinal Plants
with Tom Seymour
This class consists of a classroom seminar at Medomak Middle School followed by an outdoor field trip. At the class session, Tom will give a narrated presentation of on-screen photos of edible wild plants, some of which have medicinal uses as well. All plants shown and discussed are available in the midcoast region of Maine and none are rare, endangered or threatened (most are common garden “weeds”). At the end of the session, participants should have a new understanding of and greater appreciation for these common, useful, healthful and tasty wild treats. The outdoor field trip takes place at the nature trail behind Medomak Middle School. Please bring water, good walking shoes and a snack or lunch to class.
Tom Seymour is a Maine naturalist, Registered MaineGuide, freelance writer and book author. His book credits includeHiking Maine, Fishing Maine, Birding Maine, Forager’s Notebook,Wild Plants of Maine and his most recent Foraging Mushrooms Mainepublished in 2017.
Geology of the Midcoast Area
with David Pope
Explore the geology of our immediate area through classroom work and field trips. From glacial sculpting and erratics to the primordial origins of the rock units, Mid-Coast Maine tells many geological stories. This course includes an introduction to rock and mineral identification, plate tectonics, bedrock geology and glacial geology all in local context. Maps, written text and on-line sources will be used. The weekly class schedule and several short field trip dates will be firmed up at the first class. Student interests will guide the course.
David Pope grew up rockhounding in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. He holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree in geology. He recently authored “Geology of the Pemaquid Region, Mid-Coast Maine”.
Getting Paid to Talk - Intro to Voice Acting
with Staff Voice Coaches
Please note the price listed in our brochure was incorrect. The correct cost of the course is $44.
Have you ever been told that you have a great voice? This exciting class will explore numerous aspects of voice-over work for television, film, radio, audio books, documentaries and the Internet in your area. We will cover all the basics, including how to prepare the all-important demo, and how to be successful and earn great income in this exciting field. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and to hear examples of demos recorded by professional voice actors.
Class participants will even have a chance to record a commercial script under the direction of a real producer! This class is informative, lots of fun, and a great first step for anyone interested in voice acting professionally.
with Mikael Andersson
Gluten free living can be a challenge. But with a little guidance, the gluten free world can be easy to negotiate. Together we will prepare and share a delicious 4-course gluten free meal. We will discuss everyday items that contain gluten and ingredients that can be substituted for gluten.
Chef Mikael Andersson grew up in Sweden. After culinary school, he was a private chef to several ambassadors in Europe and South America. He worked in some of the best restaurants in New York City as a pastry chef. He was Executive Chef at Colby College. Currently, he lives in Wiscasset with his family and is Executive Chef at Lincoln Academy.
Grow Your Own Organic Garden
Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner?
Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden organically. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science and how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. The course will also cover the fundamentals of making and using compost, the principles of crop rotation and how to incorporate green manures to manage nutrients in the garden. Other topics will include how to tell the difference between cultivated plants and weeds, basic weed control strategies and cultural methods for dealing with pests.
The instructor will be an experienced farmer or gardener from your region. We will even send you home with free seeds! All are welcome, from first-timers to experienced gardeners who want to experiment with new techniques.
with Niles Krech
This class will teach students how to hand-sharpen handsaws both rip cut and crosscut. Students will learn nomenclature of saws, the types of handsaws that exist and what to look for when deciding to purchase either a new or vintage saw.
There is a $36 materials fee payable to the instructor. This will provide the student with their own tools needed for sharpening any saw, their own practice saw plate to work on in class and take home, plus a set of plans for building a saw sharpening clamp. Students may also bring in their own saws. Class size is limited.
Note: This class will not cover sharpening of the larger crosscut saws used in cutting timber.
Niles Krech owns Kennebec Saws and has hand sharpened hundreds of saws.