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The Evolution of Americans Who Tell the Truth - from Defiance to Education

April 23, 2021

12:00 Noon

Virtual presentation via Zoom

Painter and social activist Robert Shetterly will talk about the trajectory of his Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) project, a series of portraits and narratives that highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. He will discuss the project's origin, its growth, and its lessons. He will talk about the many people who have become part of the project, and highlight some of the people he has painted, what they've meant to him, and what they mean to all of us. Shetterly will show some of the portraits during the presentation, because as much as this project is about history and activism, courage and persistence, it's, first, about art.

Robert Shetterly graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English literature and after moving to Maine in 1970 taught himself drawing, printmaking, and painting. His painting has tended toward the narrative and the surreal, however, for more than ten years he has been painting the series of portraits Americans Who Tell the Truth. The exhibit has been traveling around the country since 2003, and to date has visited 26 states. The portraits have given Shetterly an opportunity to speak with children and adults all over this country about the necessity of dissent in a democracy, the obligations of citizenship, sustainability, US history, and how democracy cannot function if politicians don’t tell the truth, if the media don’t report it, and if the people don’t demand it.

Shetterly has engaged in a wide variety of political and humanitarian work with many of the people whose portraits he has painted. Much of his current work focuses on honoring and working with the activists trying to bring an end to the practice of mountaintop removal by coal companies in Appalachia, on climate change, and on the continuation of systemic racism in the United States.

Click here for more information about AWTT and Robert Shetterly.


To register for this event, please fill out the form below, or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org.

You will receive the Zoom link the day before the presentation.

The Evolution of Americans Who Tell the Truth - from Defiance to Education

Death Cafe

April 30, 2021

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Online discussion via Zoom

The Palliative Care Advisory Committee at MDI Hospital will host a Death Cafe on April 30th, 3 - 4:30 PM via Zoom. Death Cafe is a get together for the purpose of talking about death over food and drink, usually tea and cake, which helps to create an informal, safe, and nurturing environment for talking about a difficult subject. Participants can discuss their understanding, thoughts, dreams, fears and all other areas of death and dying at these gatherings. The goal of a death cafe is to increase awareness of death and dying with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives. Death Cafe is not a bereavement or support group, but rather an open forum for respectful discussion about issues surrounding life and death.

The hosts for the death cafe will be Cookie Horner, long time hospice volunteer and member of the MDI Hospital Palliative Care Advisory, Carla Tanguay, music therapist and member of the Palliative Care Advisory, Gerry Gregersen, former program director at Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County, and Leanne Rhodes, community member with experience in death cafes.


Click to register for this event. Participation is limited to the 20 people.

Death Cafe

Call for Artists - ASC Members' Art Show

May 1 - 29, 2021

Northeast Harbor Library, Mellon Room

The annual ASC Members' Art Show will be held during the month of May at the Northeast Harbor Library. While we won't gather in person for an opening reception, the art show will be open to everyone for in person viewing.

This year's suggested theme is "Go Lightly". All forms of art are encouraged - paintings, photographs, fiber arts, sculpture, drawings, and whatever else you have been working on. The show is open to all current ASC members.

Click here for details and show guidelines.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please print and sign the Artist's Agreement and return to ASC, PO Box 475, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 or email it to learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org.

Dropoff: Please bring all artwork to the front desk of the library during the week of April 26 - 30.


Virtual Reception

Save the date - Friday, May 7th from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Join us for a special virtual cocktail demonstration courtesy of Havana Restaurant followed by a sneak preview of the Art Show.

Call for Artists - ASC Members' Art Show

Virtual Cocktail Demonstration and Art Show Reception

May 7, 2021

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Online via Zoom

Virtual Reception

In lieu of our customary Opening Reception, we will have a Zoom COCKTAIL HOUR courtesy of Havana Restaurant.

Havana Bar Keep Casey Harmon will teach us how to make the restaurant's signature Mojito,and also an Old Fashioned. Casey will also advise us how to make each of these into a nonalcoholic mocktail. 

So gather together a small group of your vaccinated ASC friends and tune in to enjoy some cocktail mixing and sipping! Make some appetizers and take a step toward enjoying life together once again. A list of necessary ingredients and equipment will be provided to everyone who registers so you can mix along with Casey.

The presentation from Havana will be followed by a Sneak Peek at the Art Show, which you will later be free to enjoy in person as the Library allows. 

To register for the virtual reception, please fill out the form below, or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org.

You will receive the Zoom link the day before the presentation.

Virtual Cocktail Demonstration and Art Show Reception

Naturalizing Your Landscape

May 14, 2021

12:00 Noon

Free virtual presentation via Zoom

Have you ever asked “How can I enhance my property to support pollinators & birds?” Or “Should I only plant native plants?” Val Libby will discuss such topics from the perspective of a lifelong gardener, professor and former employee of Surry Gardens. She will give suggestions on where naturalistic plantings can thrive, how to enhance existing natural areas, and the advantages and disadvantages of meadow gardens.

Val Libby retired as an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Horticulture at Temple University. In 2004 she served as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Landscape History in Portugal. She has authored numerous articles on landscape preservation and women’s history and is an Acadia Senior College instructor. Val is also the author of a forthcoming book called The Northwest Gardens of Lord & Schryver (OSU Press, 2021).


To register for this event, please fill out the form below, or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org.

You will receive the Zoom link the day before the presentation.

Naturalizing Your Landscape