Academy for Lifelong Learning at CBMM 2019 Winter/Spring Programs


John Ford and John Miller

The public is invited to a preview of the Academy for Lifelong Learning’s 2019 winter/spring semester on Thursday, January 24 from 4:00-6:00 pm. The event will be in Van Lennep Hall at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

At the preview party, participants will hear about new programs, meet ALL members and course leaders and enjoy refreshments from Piazza Italian Market. ALL’s programs are open to all, although those who are members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum receive a discount on fees.

This semester ALL at CBMM will offer 31 courses, presentations and events, all planned, led and facilitated by volunteers. Running from January 29 through June 4, 2019, the programs range from one-time events to eight-session courses. Topics include literature, music, world affairs, history, nature, literature, photography, self-improvement, memoir writing, wine and cheese tastings, local authors and more. Courses are given on the CBMM campus in St. Michaels as well as in Easton and Oxford.

New course leaders and programs this term include Charlie Yonkers with “A Sense of Place,” Samantha Pitts with “The Language of Birds”; Michael Cone with two courses, “Genealogy” and “A History of Unionville”; Joe DePetro, Jr with “The Wines of Spain and Italy,” Emily Chandler with “Cheese Tasting,” Linda King with “St. Michaels Classic Car Museum,” Joe Koper with “The Day the Music Died,” “Stroke and TIA” with Walid Kamsheh, MD and “A Docent-led Tour of the Naval Academy,” with Charles Swift, PhD.

“There are returning leaders and subjects, too,” said Glory Aiken, ALL President. “Dr. Wayne Bell will give his birding course and field trips, John Ford and John Miller will conduct “The Seven Soliloquies of Hamlet” and “America through the Eyes of Charles Dickens,” and Raymond Vergne will present “Don Quijote, Part II.” Also returning are Mark Scallion (nature), Phil Hesser (local history), Martin Zell (photography), Angela Crenshaw from the Harriet Tubman Museum, Suzanne Sanders (tarot card reading), Judy Amdur at the keyboard, Dodie Theune on “Life Reimagined,” “Our Strange Universe” with Rich Wagner and horticulturalist and author Ruth Roger Clausen. ALL is also offering three non-fiction book discussions with Gil Gleim, Jim Adams and Rich Harrison, as well as the Great Decisions Discussion Program with Paul Carroll”.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is affiliated with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and is dedicated to exploring ideas, exchanging knowledge, and sharing experiences. Course details and fees are available in the new catalog and on ALL’s website, To register for programs or to receive the catalog and e-newsletters, please contact Laurel Seeman at 410-745-4947 or

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