May 30, 2020

Area residents may join Elderhostel courses

BELFAST — Area residents are invited to join the 140 people from all over the country who are coming to Belfast to participate in weeklong Elderhostel courses, sponsored by the Belfast Institute of Lifelong Learning, known as BILL.

Elderhostel courses are educational adventures for older adults who are looking for “something different,” according to Nancy Hauswald, Belfast program director. Participants must be 55 years or older.

The two coming courses available to area residents begin June 21 and June 28.

The June 21 hostelers will attend a series of classes and lectures at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, as well as course-related field trips. “This is an intensive exploration of Maine’s seafaring heritage,” said Hauswald. “Museum staff will give participants a thorough exposure to Maine’s shipping and shipbuilding history.”

The June 28 program features three instructors and courses. Charlene Knox Farris, a Searsport teacher, author and historian will present “Searsport: A Lively History,” which includes a guided tour of Searsport. Other lectures include: “Architecture of Belfast” by Terry Hire, and “From Folk to Opera: Demystifying the Process” by Rudy Nashan.

For information or reservations, call Nancy Hauswald at 338-3879.

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