Osher Lewes Summer Session Starts in June 2016
This summer the Osher Life Long Learning program in Lewes is offering over 30 course choices for a four-week session in June. Many courses meet once a week for the four weeks, and a few are just for one period. The session is from June 6 through June 30. Class sessions are either from 10 a.m. to Noon, or from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Examples of a full one-day (with break for lunch) course are:
- Workshop on Heraldry: Create a personal “coat of arms”
- Plant-based Eating: Learn through discussion, film, and tasting
- AARP Smart Driver Course (basic)
Examples of a half-day (2-3 hour) course are:
- Lewes Historical Society: Learn about the 400 years of Lewes history
- The Marvel Museum: Find out about this museum gem in Georgetown
- The Nanticoke Indian Museum: The museum director will talk about the only Native American museum in Delaware
- The Underground RR: A documentary film produced in Delaware
- The Loving Story: The documentary film about Richard and Mildred Loving, and the story of the banning of interracial marriage
- Family Genealogy: Presented by the Sussex County Genealogy Society
- AARP Smart Driver Course: A refresher course
- The Great Filter: Intelligent life on earth, and maybe elsewhere
Other course offerings that meet each week cover such topics as:
- Dancing (International and English Country)
- Art (stained glass, oils, and acrylics)
- Pilates on mats
- Homesteading in your own backyard
- Interior Design and Landscape Design
- Computer courses (iPad, iPhone, PowerPoint, basic computer usage)
- A study of the Electoral College
- World Religions
- Free Write Sessions: You get a prompt and then write whatever comes to mind.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware is open to all participants 50 years of age or older, and the spouses and partners of members at any age. Most Classes are held at the Fred Thomas Building, 520 DuPont Avenue in Lewes. Consult the catalog for detailed information on the instructors and the classes. The fee for the summer session is $50, which includes as many classes as you want. There are a maximum number of students in some classes, and the class is filled on a first-come basis. The catalog is available online at the program website, lifelonglearning. udel.edu/lewes.
Members are encouraged to offer new course ideas, design, and teach courses in their areas of interest. Or members can simply enroll and take classes. Instructors are all fellow members and include both active and retired professionals in their fields, practiced hobbyists, and folks who just want to share an interest with others. Many course offerings have presented favorite movies, operas, and professionally created DVDs on a particular topic. The range of offerings is truly amazing.
The Osher Learning Center in Lewes is part of the University of Delaware. For more information or to register for the June sessions, visit lifelonglearning.udel.edu/lewes.
2016 Cape Farm and Garden Tour, Saturday, June 11
Experience three unique Delmarva farms and gardens up close and personal. The 2016 Cape Farm and Garden Tour will be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in coastal Sussex County Delaware. Tickets ($20) are available capefarmandgardentour.org. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the tour at each participating farm and garden. Tour sites are Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor 18864 Cool Spring Road Milton DE 19968; Mill Pond Garden 31401 Melloy Court Lewes DE 19958; and Black Hog Farm 16371 New Road Lewes DE 19958. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking is limited at Black Hog Farm. Jolly Trolley will provide shuttle service to all three sites. Park at Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor. Water and iced tea will be provided at all sites. A farm-to-table lunch can be purchased at Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor throughout the day.
Mill Pond Garden is a half-acre Sentinel Garden emphasizing native plants, and a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat with a collection of educational habitats.
Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor is a Delaware agritourism site with fields of Hidcote, Munstead, Super and Grosso lavender. Gardens surround the historic 1890 farmhouse. Visitors will enjoy the fields of fragrant lavender blooms, a unique sensory experience not to be missed. A large meadow garden with lush wildflowers complete the visitors’ experience. The farm also offers lavender plants and lavender value-added delights for sale in the cottage store. Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor is home to the small batch handcrafted Soap Fairy and Lavender Fields Soap. Soap making processes will also be discussed.
Black Hog Farmstead (BHF) is a 4½ acre diversified farm with a cozy three-room B&B. The property features ornamental gardens, over 30 beautiful containers, fields with beds of produce, pasture-fed ducks and an enclosed orchard with weeder geese containing a future pick-your-own blueberry patch, figs, fruit, and nut trees.