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The Geologic Evolution of Mount Desert Island

January 24, 2020

11:30 a.m.

Birch Bay Village Inn

Have you ever wondered about the geologic origin of Mount Desert Island?  How it was put together?  What effect the glaciers had on the current landscape? The Brauns will take us on a geologic history tour. Their talk will begin around a billion years ago when MDI was attached to the super continent, Gondwana. It split from Gondwana and eventually attached itself to North America. MDI itself experienced three major geologic events, which resulted in the formation of ten different rock units; that now make up MDI. The oldest of these formations is the beautifully crenulated Ellsworth schist.  Most of the rock on MDI formed around 420 million years ago as alternating intrusions of pink granite and gray gabbro magma fed a huge volcanic caldera the size of MDI.  Two miles of rock have been eroded since then to form the present landscape.  Over the last 2.5 million years glaciers have repeatedly covered the Island with up to 5,000 feet of ice.  When the glaciers retreated they left behind a number of different deposits and landforms helping to create a beautiful and striking landscape.

At the end of the talk copies of their book, Guidebook to the Geology of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park, will be available for sale.  Proceeds from the book sales will benefit the Maine Granite Industry Museum at 62 Beech Hill Cross Road.

Ruth Braun earned her Masters of Science from Johns Hopkins University. Over the years she has taught science, math and geology courses in a variety of high schools and universities.

Duane Braun earned his PhD from Johns Hopkins University. He was the Geosciences Professor at Bloomsbury University. He also mapped the glacial deposits of a 9000 square mile area of northeastern Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Geology Survey.

The Geologic Evolution of Mount Desert Island

Reparations

January 31, 2020

9:00 a.m.

Sips in Southwest Harbor

Should the United States compensate descendants of those enslaved in the US from 1619 through 1865 for the damages caused from slavery and the following de jure and de facto discrimination since 1865 to the present? If so, in what form?  And if not, why not?

Nat Fenton began his education in Bar Harbor, followed by prep school at St. Mark’s School, college at Bowdoin, and law school at Cornell University.  His teaching experience includes one course in adult ed and the remainder at ASC with the latest courses primarily in Civil Rights.

Reservations by email only at: coffeeclash@gmail.com

Each attendee will be charged $5 and receive a coffee and pastry (unless purchasing more than a $5 breakfast.) Tips are always appropriate.

Reparations

Opera Preview at the Grand - Porgy and Bess

February 1, 2020

11:00 a.m. - noon

The Grand, Ellsworth

Bob Gallon, ASC Instructor and opera enthusiast, will discuss composer George Gershwin and lyricist Ira Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at The Grand in Ellsworth prior to the live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera.

Bob's talk will be from 11:00 - noon, followed by a break for lunch. The live broadcast begins at 12:55 p.m.

Sandwiches available for purchase at the Grand, bring your own, or enjoy an Ellsworth lunch spot.

The preview talk is free. Tickets for the Live Broadcast can be purchased online or at the door.

No reservations required.

For more information on the opera click here.

The Grand, 165 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605

Opera Preview at the Grand - Porgy and Bess

Cabin Fever Party

February 7, 2020

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, COA

Where: George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History on the College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor.

When: Friday, February 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Who: ASC members and their guests are welcome. Join friends, fellow students, instructors, and board members for a potluck party and winter celebration.

Bring: finger food appetizers or dessert to share (ready to serve, as there is no kitchen). ASC will provide wine, and beer will be provided by The Black Bear Brewery in Orono.

Music: Rob Collins and his Jazz band will be on hand for entertainment.

No RSVP required.

Cabin Fever Party

Opera Preview at the Grand - Agrippina

February 29, 2020

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

The Grand, Ellsworth

Bob Gallon, ASC Instructor and opera enthusiast, will discuss Handel's Agrippina at The Grand in Ellsworth prior to the live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera.

Bob's talk will be from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., followed by a break for lunch. The live broadcast begins at 12:30 p.m. (Note earlier start times)

Sandwiches available for purchase at the Grand, bring your own, or enjoy an Ellsworth lunch spot.

The preview talk is free. Tickets for the Live Broadcast can be purchased online or at the door.

No reservations required.

For more information on the opera click here.

The Grand, 165 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 0460

Opera Preview at the Grand - Agrippina

Schoodic Getaway!

March 1 - 2, 2020

Schoodic Institute

After a hiatus last season, the ASC Schoodic Getaway returns this winter, March 1-2. We will stay at the Schoodic Education and Research Center, located near Schoodic Point, a spectacular section of Acadia National Park. Specialists from the Schoodic Institute (SI) will provide two days of programs for us. We'll be housed in comfortable four-bedroom apartments (private rooms) and have our meals at the lovely Schooner Commons.

Participants will arrive before lunchtime on Sunday to check in. After lunch, Sarah Hooper, SI Education Specialist, will lead us on a walk in the new Schoodic Woods section of the Park. Later in the afternoon, we'll enjoy a wine and cheese party, then dinner, stargazing, and a movie night. Monday morning, after breakfast, we'll get right to work preparing a lunch of outdoor dutch oven specialties under the direction of Rick Henion. After lunch, SI ornithologist Seth Benz will take us out to observe some winter pelagic birds.

The cost for the Getaway is $165 per person, which includes lodging, meals, and all programming. This year, we have the option of lodging for a limited number at the VIP apartments at Rockefeller Hall, for an additional cost.

Sign up soon! There are a limited number of spaces available for this program.

For more information, email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org or call 207-288-9500. A $50 deposit is required to reserve your place. 

Learn more about Schoodic Institute at https://schoodicinstitute.org/ and https://www.nps.gov/rlc/schoodic/index.htm.

Schoodic Getaway!

Opera Preview at the Grand - Flying Dutchman

March 14, 2020

11:00 - noon

The Grand, Ellsworth

Bob Gallon, ASC Instructor and opera enthusiast, will discuss Wagner's Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman) at The Grand in Ellsworth prior to the live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera.

Bob's talk will be from 11:00 - noon, followed by a break for lunch. The live broadcast begins at 12:55 p.m.

Sandwiches available for purchase at the Grand, bring your own, or enjoy an Ellsworth lunch spot.

The preview talk is free. Tickets for the Live Broadcast can be purchased online or at the door.

No reservations required.

For more information on the opera click here.

The Grand, 165 Main Street, Ellsworth, ME 04605

Opera Preview at the Grand - Flying Dutchman