OLLI fall semester begins with “Farming Vermont: 2 Generations Back”

Fred DePaul
Farmer Fred DePaul harvesting buckwheat with horse-drawn farm machinery at the Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth, Vt. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Fred DePaul will begin the fall 2019 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Series Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m., presenting his Vermont farming experiences. This presentation takes place at the Nolin Murray Center next to St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Pleasant Street in Springfield, Vt.

Fred DePaul, known as Farmer Fred, explains, demonstrates, and tells stories about Vermont farming. If you visit the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth, you may just hear his rich voice from the barn or from one of the fields, explaining sheep shearing, planting, harvesting, using the fanning mill to process buckwheat, or pressing apple cider.

His down-to-earth presentation, “Farming Vermont: 2 Generations Back” will include historic photos of Vermont farming, equipment at the Coolidge site, and Fred in action sharing his knowledge with students from Vermont schools.

OLLI, affiliated with the University of Vermont, is a local membership program geared towards seniors 50 years and older who want to engage in meaningful learning “just for the fun of it!” People of all ages are welcome to attend.

The OLLI series programs are selected with input from the local members and carry varied themes from semester to semester including history, art, music, literature, health, nature, science, travel, and current events.

Membership for the semester includes nine programs. Non-members are encouraged and welcome to attend individual lectures for a single program. Memberships, as well as single program fees, may be paid at the program.

To facilitate registration, please send memberships to UVM OLLI Registration Office, 460 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05401. Checks should be made payable to The University of Vermont. Indicate that it for the Springfield OLLI. Registration forms can be downloaded from the website, or include a piece of paper with your name, address, phone number, and email.

The following OLLI program will be two weeks later, Tuesday, Sept. 17. Pam Weeks, quilt historian, will discuss New England Quilts and the stories they tell. The audience is invited to bring a family heritage quilt for her to examine. This quilt program is co-sponsored by the Springfield Art & Historical Society.

Brochures have been distributed throughout the area towns at businesses, the local libraries, town halls, and Chamber of Commerce offices. The complete Springfield and statewide program list is available at www.learn.uvm.edu/olli. Choose statewide programs from the menu, and then select Springfield.

For weather-related changes to the schedule, you may check the above mentioned website or SAPA TV, 802-885-6248, or call 802-885-3094.

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