Academy for Lifelong Learning Launches Winter Semester


The Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) announced its programs for the Winter Semester.

The organization will kick off the semester with the Winter Social and annual meeting on Thursday, January 15 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Steamship Gallery at CBMM in St. Michaels. The event is open to all who want to learn something new, share experiences, and connect with kindred souls.

The Winter Semester offers such diverse subjects as national security, Lawrence of Arabia and Gertrude Bell, dealing with ADHD, Canasta, gardening, memoir writing, American poetry, local authors, digital photography, railroads, life in WWII-era Britain, and more. Locations for the courses include St. Michaels, Easton, and Oxford; fees range from no charge to $30 for ALL members.

ALL’s Winter Semester programs are offered in January, February, and March, 2015, and range from one-time meetings to six-session courses. The complete course catalog, which includes full descriptions, times, and locations, is available on the ALL website,


Kate Mann will lead “Digital Photography for Beginners” January 17, 24, and February 14 at CBMM. “Book Club: Ozeki’s ‘A Tale for the Time Being'”, with Margot Miller will meet at the Talbot Senior Center in Easton January 20, 27, and February 3,

“How US Newspapers Covered the War of 1812” with Steve Goldman takes place January 22 at the Oxford Community Center in Oxford. Glory Aiken’s six-session writing workshop, “Everyone Has a Story Worth Telling,” begins January 26 at CBMM.

The Sheldon Goldgeier “Meet the Author” Lecture Series presents three local authors this semester. Bill Peake will discuss “The Oblate’s Confession on January 23. On February 4, co-author Ron Lesher will present “Stamps Tell Stories” and on March 17, Sue Ellen Thompson will discuss her book of poetry, “They.” All sessions will meet from 10:30-noon at the Steamship Gallery at CBMM.

February’s programs include “The Intrusives: Lawrence of Arabia, Gertrude Bell and the Arab Revolt of World War I” with Lynn Leonhardt Mielke, “Lawn Gone: How to create attractive, sustainable landscaping for your property” with Julie Lowe, and “The 1002nd , 1003rd, and Following Tales of Scheherazade” with Ron Lesher.

“Keeping Calm and Carrying On: Growing up in the United Kingdom during and after World War II” with Dorothy Parker, “Traditional Arts in the Southwest”with Rob Forloney, and “Is There An American Poetic Tradition?” with John Ford and John Miller, are also scheduled for February.
March courses include “National Security in the 21st Century” with Rich Wagner, “What Grandparents Need to Know about ADHD and Executive Functioning” with Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, “Hunting on the Bay” with Phillip Hesser, “Canasta Revisited” with Cynthia Pyron, and “The Railroads of Delmarva: A Retrospective” with Steve Spielman.

Affiliated with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., the Academy for Lifelong Learning is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization committed to exploring ideas, exchanging knowledge, and sharing experiences. To join, register for courses, or receive the ALL printed catalog, call 410-745-4941. To download the catalog, go to


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