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Merrymeeting Adult Education

General Enrichment

Folk Style and Clawhammer Ukulele


with Duncan Perry

Calendar Jul 12, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Do you love folk and country music? Then you need to learn a thing or two about how to play it! Discover up-picking, a technique used by Pete Seeger and other folk greats as well as the popular down-picking style, known variously as clawhammer or frailing. Along the way you'll get the basics of reading tablature, a system of notating finger positioning and techniques to enhance your playing. You don't need a banjo ukulele to learn these styles (but it's fun to have one). What you do need is a playable ukulele tuned to GCEA, an iPad or computer capable of using Zoom, basic knowledge of how to play the ukulele including the ability to make smooth and seamless transitions between, at least, the C, F, Am, and G7 chords.

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Silver Jewelry Making: Session I


with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Jul 12, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Working with Silver Clay is an exciting process where the inexperienced can explore their artistic abilities and create unique one of a kind items. Come join this exciting class where beginners can easily learn to create earrings, pendants, charms, beads, bracelets, and rings. Experience a new creative adventure and learn how easy and fun it is to make beautiful items from Precious Metal Clay (PMC) or Art Clay Silver (ACS). Materials fee of $80 is payable to the instructor on the first night of class.

Story Structure 101


with Stephanie Garrity

Calendar Jul 12, 2022 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Is there a story that you feel needs to be told? Perhaps you have an idea for a story that has been rattling around in the back of your mind for weeks, months, or even years and would love to get it out of your head and onto paper. Maybe you simply love reading and would like to start creating stories of your own. It is easy enough to say “just sit down and write,” but if you find yourself staring at the blank page in front of you and wondering “where do I start?” Or perhaps you are already working on a story but would like to polish your current writing style. Or maybe you are simply curious as to how writers craft their stories. No matter which category you fall into, this course is for you! Join your instructor, Stephanie Garrity, in learning the basic building blocks of story structure including; setting, point of view, characterization, plot, dialogue, description and style. Bring pens and a notebook and a good dose of imagination. Can’t wait to see you there!

Dressing for Illusion (New!)


with Candace Sanborn

Calendar Jul 12, 2022 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

This class teaches people about the art of intentionally controlling how they appear in clothing based on where they put colors, patterns and embellishments.

Terracotta Pot of Lilies of the Valley


with Shirley Anderson

Calendar Jul 13, 2022 at 4 pm, runs for 1 week

The lily of the valley's sweet scent and beautiful bell-shaped flowers will make you fall in love immediately.  Learn how to paint these beautiful spring flower plants along with an aged terracotta pot or a beautiful blue and white vase. The choice is up to you! Painting is Acrylic on 11 x 14 canvas. Materials provided.

Message Circles w/ Jeannie


with Jeannie Sullivan

Calendar Jul 14, 2022 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Join Psychic Medium Jeannie Sullivan for a special night of messages from Spirit. You may hear from an angel, loved one, spirit guide, or animal. Everyone who comes will receive a short reading.

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Developing a Personal and Home Protection Plan


with Alice Bean Andrenyak

Calendar Jul 14, 2022 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

The curriculum is from USCCA - United States Concealed Carry Association. They are another national association like NRA (National Rifle Association) but their focus is on concealed carry and personal protection. This is a mini class that would be part of a formal concealed carry class. Instructor will have books to sell at the class IF anyone wishes to buy one at the end of the class. This class is for anyone, and it is not directly about concealed carry. The class will cover: The purpose of a personal and home protection plan, Conflict avoidance and why it’s so important, Situational awareness, The color codes of awareness, Observing our environments, Concealed carry permits, Home security and home defense, Mental exercises.

Mushroom Walk: Session I


with David Spahr

Calendar Jul 17, 2022 at 1 pm, runs for 1 week

This course will include walking in the woods of Merrymeeting Bay to find edible mushrooms along with detailed descriptions of habitat and structure. David Spahr has collected edible mushrooms for 46 years and is a member of the Maine Mycological Association and the North American Mycological Association. Every walk bears a different bounty depending on the season, the weather and location. The majority of mushrooms found in nature are often not edible, and learning this element is even more important than knowing which ones you can eat. Please bring a notebook and pen, sensible clothing and footwear, water, snack and bug repellant. A basket or bags are optional. Children 8 to 15 are allowed to register only with a parent who is also registered. These hikes can be moderate in difficulty. No discounts.

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