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Detoxing Your Home and Sustainable Options for our Planet
with Deborah Benner
Did you know the average house hold has approximately 62 toxic chemicals in the home? 51,000 trees are cut daily to satisfy North American paper towel use? Come learn more statistics and what you can do to make healthier choices for your family and the environment.
Deborah Benner joined Norex in April of 2017 to help people improve their quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in their homes. Owns and operates Goose River Press in Waldoboro since 1999.
Downeaster to Boston's North End
with Chris Toy
Join Chris Toy for a fun day of food, shopping, history, and culture in three of Boston’s North End Neighborhoods. We’ll board the Downeaster in Brunswick and head to Boston’s North End in search of The Freedom Trail, great pizza, and cannoli. Then off to Haymarket, the country’s oldest farmer’s market for amazing prices on fresh produce from around the world. Next door is the Boston Market, Boston’s newest indoor market for locally sourced treats and eats. If we have time we’ll take a short walk to Quincy Market to take in the street performers and the shops before heading back to catch the train back to Maine! There will be a good amount of walking on this trip so wear your comfortable sturdy shoes and clothes for the outdoors.
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 or entry fees, but does include transportation via Amtrak, and your tour guide Chris Toy.
Drawing from Nature
with Barbra Bragg
This drawing class, for all levels, will focus on individual interpretations of objects from the natural world. We will experiment with a wide variety of drawing materials and techniques while encouraging a creative and imaginative approach to the subject. Composition and observational skills will be explored through gesture and abstraction. Everyone can draw!
Barbra Bragg has taught studio art at colleges and arts organizations in New Hampshire and Vermont. She has a lifelong commitment to her own creative process and to sharing the importance of “visual thinking” with her students. MFA in Studio Art and BFA in Ceramics.
En Plein Aire –Preparation for Working Outside
with Valerie Thomas
This class is for interested beginners, and for those new to painting outside on location. We will review some wonderful plain air paintings, as we approach the canvas as if we were outside. You can work from a photograph of your own, or use a poster of a master painting that you admire. Discussion will focus on design/composition, color, mixing, values, light, and painting. Included, how to and what to pack for your days outside and much more! List of materials upon registration.
Valerie Thomas is a former Art Director and Business Affairs Manager at Hill Holliday Advertising in Boston, whose love of En Plein Aire painting has brought her to Midcoast Maine where the opportunities for painting abound. She studied in the Boston School under the late Robert Cormier in portraiture and with David Curtis of Gloucester, painting landscapes and still life in oil and pastel. Her deep knowledge of design and photography, give her a unique approach to the landscape. She is a member of the Artist’s Association of Nantucket, and was on the board for the Winthrop Art Association, in Massachusetts. Valerie has a BFA in Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Exploring the Natural History of Lincoln County
with Stan L. LeQuire
This is a basic, exploratory course designed to help you feel both aware and knowledgeable about the natural history and features of the Lincoln County area. The course assumes that the student has no or minimal knowledge of natural history and our local area, but desires to appreciate the natural and human heritage of our region. Beginning with water and stone, and continuing through plants, animals and humans, students will learn how to find, identify, and enjoy the significance of our immediate area.
Stan L. LeQuire is a lifelong naturalist, nature guide, and teaacher. He enjoys teaching sustainable development to college students. In addition, he researches best practices of community-based ecotourism as a model for development.
Geology of the Midcoast Area
with David Pope
Explore the geology of our immediate area through two Sunday morning field trips each followed by a Monday evening class. From glacial sculpting and erratics to the primordial origins of the rock units, Mid-Coast Maine tells many geological stories.You will learn what the earth looks like in this area and how to unlock its secrets.
This quick course assumes an interest in rock and mineral identification, plate tectonics, bedrock geology and glacial geology all which will be presented in local context. Maps, written text and on-line sources will be presented so the student can learn how to access the information.
David Pope grew up rockhounding in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. He holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree in geology. He is the author of “Geology of the Pemaquid Region, Mid-Coast Maine”.
Getting Paid to Talk – Intro to Voice Acting
with Voice Coaches Staff
Have you ever been told that you have a great voice? This exciting class will explore numerous aspects of voiceover 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
Goat Milk Soap Making
with Heather Emerson
Participants will make a batch of hot press goat milk soap using a variety of molds and having many scents and extra add-ins to choose from. Each person will come out of the class with 4-8 soaps, depending on choice of mold, as well as the recipe and know-how of how to make future batches at home.
Each student will need to bring a dedicated crock pot and submersion blender/hand mixer to class that night. All molds, scents and soap materials will be provided by instructor. Soaps will be ready for pick up the following week, due to curing time.
Heather Emerson is a co-owner of Emerson Homestead in Waldoboro, and has a menagerie of goats and poultry. Emerson Homestead makes and sells handcrafted soaps, lotions, scrubs and soy candles, as well as a number of home decorative items.