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Merrymeeting Adult Education

Our Classes

Your Name in Chinese Characters


with Jing Jing Haven

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 11, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jul 11, 2023

In this special workshop, learn to reconstruct your name (or any name) into Chinese characters using ink brush calligraphy. Jing Jing Haven will guide you through the process of creating unique symbols that represent the name you have chosen. You will leave with a framable (frame not included) work of art that can be used for celebration of life events, template for a tattoo, or a gift for any occasion.

Russia's Liberal Empire


with Sam Patten

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 11, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

This is a course about the history of the former Soviet Union, and its title is only partially ironic. Its purpose is to raise awareness and advance understanding of the dynamics of and between the countries that once made up what Ronald Reagan called the “Evil Empire.” Over four sessions, it spans from the advent of the Soviet Union to its collapse and the modern versions of the independent states rise from its ashes. Light reading required. Instructor: Sam Patten

Cooking with Wild Mushrooms


with David Spahr

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 11, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn about using wild mushrooms. The various mushrooms are like vegetables. They have different flavors and widely varying textures, colors, moisture content and water absorbency. Hence, the various species respond to cooking processes differently. We will learn about matching mushroom species to cooking techniques. Also discussed will be the appropriate foods and wines to match with wild mushrooms and which species may be mixed together in a recipe. David Spahr is a naturalist, photographer and forest farmer who has collected, photographed, and eaten wild mushrooms for 35 years. He is a member of the Maine Mycological Association and maintains a web site devoted to the subject,

History of Malaga Island


with Alice Bean Andrenyak

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 12, 2023 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn about the eviction of a complete community living on Malaga Island in Casco Bay in 1912. Learn the prehistory of the island's use by our indigenous people and post history of the island after the eviction. Learn a bit about the mainland African American village in coastal Maine that no longer exists but predated the Malaga Island Colony. Visit the island remotely through a slide show created by Master Maine Guide, Alice Bean Andrenyak.

Cheese-Making: Mozzarella


with Sharon Gilsleider

Calendar Next session starts Apr 13, 2023 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on May 4, 2023

Join Sharon Gilsleider and learn the ABCs of hand-pulled mozzarella in this one-night workshop. Your pizza will never be the same after this. It is fast and easy and oh so good. You will learn how to create your fresh mozzarella, then you learn how to “pull” your fresh curds. You will create a new “habit” of always having fresh mozzarella on hand to kick up your favorite recipes and impress your friends. This recipe takes very few, easy to find ingredients and you will take home approximately 2 pounds of cheese from your one gallon of milk. You will learn the basics of cheese making and the specifics of Mozzarella curds. Class is limited so sign up early.

You will bring a gallon of raw or unpasteurized milk, a pan and other basic kitchen tools and take home a fresh batch of mozzarella cheese. *A Starter Kit is included in the course fee. Please review the list of necessary tools sent to you before the class begins, please give us a call if you have not received it before the start of class. 

Full Course

Beautiful Bouquet of Sunflowers


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 13, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Learn to paint sunflowers with Shirley Anderson. Enjoyed by gardeners everywhere this familiar favorite is easier to paint than you think. A beautiful blue background makes these tall sunflowers pop right off the canvas. Acrylic on 16 x 20 Canvas.

Understanding Medicare


with Robert Harvey

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 13, 2023 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Have you ever felt like Medicare regulations are a black box? There’s an alphabet soup of plans, a book of fine print and a calendar full of dates to remember. The whole thing seems like a mystery with too few clues to solve. Robert Harvey, a Licensed Insurance Agent with HealthMarkets, can answer many of the questions you may have about Medicare, from the beginning of the process on. He will discuss: when you are eligible, what is the timeline for enrollment without penalties, what original Medicare covers and what it doesn’t, what additional plans work in conjunction with original Medicare, and your financial assistance options. Students must have an audio and video-enabled computer, tablet, or smartphone to participate.

Fiberglass Repair Class


with Nick Patey

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 15, 2023 at 8 am, runs for 1 week

Bring your own boat project or pictures of it and you will learn the skills needed to complete it. Plenty of hands on practice to give you the confidence to fix your boats and your friends'


  • Learn to use West System Epoxy to repair Fiberglass boats
  • Select and understand fiberglass cloth
  • Learn to use epoxy resinGlue parts together
  • Fill voids
  • Build parts with glass and resin
  • Repair cracks, holes, stringers, floors, skins, coring and decksInstall hardware
  • Barrier coat
  • Techniques including grinding, fairing, wetting out, mixing, for both structural and cosmetic repairs
  • High level safety procedures detailed

Bring your small boat on a trailer (limit 18'), a piece of a larger boat or photos of your repair and get customized advice for your project.

About your instructor: Nick Patey is a U.S.C.G. licensed captain as well as a certified A.B.Y.C. Master Mechanic and a member of The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors. He grew up on the water and has always had a passion for anything mechanical. Nick graduated from The Landing School of Boat Building & Design where he took the Marine Systems, Composite Boat Building, and Yacht Surveying courses.  He takes pride in his work and looks forward to helping you with your boating needs.

Please bring these required materials: 

  • Tyvec suit and a respirator with extra filters with and without charcoal
  • N95 facemasks
  • Box of nitrile gloves

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