2022 Summer Intersession

The 2022 Summer Intersession, given between semesters, offers retirees and those semi-retired a sample of LIRA’s almost year-round program and friendly community. Much of the program is planned and provided by the members themselves. We invite the general public to all Summer Intersession programs. Other than field trips and the June 16 program on Mixology, all programs will be either Hybrid or Zoom only, as marked below. Hybrid programs will be on Zoom and in Coburn Hall.

LIRA excursion to Garden in the Woods
Wednesday, June 1, starting at 10 a.m.

In a unique botanic garden visitors often describe as magical, you’ll find a naturalistic plant collection that showcases New England native plants with complementary specimens from across the country. Garden in the Woods lies just west of Boston, on 45 acres sculpted by retreating glaciers into eskers, steep-sided valleys, and a kettle pond. Here you’ll find inspiration for your own garden and a new appreciation for the varied plant life of our region. Please note that the tour will involve walking a sometimes steep mile-long path, although a golf cart with limited seating is available. Our guide will be Leslie Turek, a master landscape gardener, and long-time Garden in the Woods tour guide. The botanical sanctuary is at 180 Hemenway Road in Framingham. Admission is $12 for seniors (65+), and $16 for adults; a discount is available for veterans. There is parking on the site.

Coordinator: Lisa Hertel*

Jack Kerouac: From Lowell to the World (Hybrid)
Presenter:Paul Marion
Wednesday, June 8, 10 a.m. - noon

Writer and publisher Paul Marion will discuss the origin and influence of the important twentieth-century author Jack Kerouac, from his youth in Lowell to his current status as one of the towering American novelists of his time. His book On the Road is recognized as one of the significant novels of the past century, putting him in the category of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Harper Lee. But Kerouac is far more than his quest story on the American highway. From a Lowell perspective, his so-called Lowell Books, including The Town & The City and Doctor Sax, double as literature and social history when it comes to the city. His descriptions of daily life and places in the 1920s and 30s give the narratives documentary value. One observer said you can use Kerouac's Lowell books as walking guides to large sections of Lowell. In the publishing industry, memoir is all the rage, but Kerouac was far ahead of this trend, using his own life as the medium for what he sometimes called book-movies or true-story novels. In a relatively brief life as a writer (he died at 47 years old in 1969), Kerouac produced a tall stack of books including collections of poems and dreams, creative nonfiction pieces, plays, spiritual tracts, and more. In this the 100th year since his birth in the Centralville neighborhood of Lowell, his readers and critics are taking another look at the achievement of an author known for his exuberance and human frailty. He set out to be a writer whose work would endure, and he made that happen.

Coordinator: Susan Lemire*

Uniforms of the American Expedition Force in WWI (Hybrid)
Presenter: James Wilson
Wednesday, June 15, 10 a.m. to noon

Retired US Marine Corp Colonel James Wilson will present a program on the uniforms worn by The American Expedition Force in WWI with particular emphasis on shoulder patches and other insignia.

Jim is a graduate of the Citadel with a degree in history and saw active service in Viet Nam and Okinawa.  

He currently serves on the board of directors of the Fort Devens Museum.

The American Expeditionary Forces (AEF), commanded by General John Pershing, were the armed forces that the United States sent to Europe during World War I.

Coordinator: Bob Hanlon*

Presenters: Staff of Warp and Weft, 197 Market Street, Lowell
Thursday, June 16, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Want to know how to make a cool new drink? The staff at Warp and Weft will show you how. Join us as they show us one of their signature, popular drinks. You will get some information about the different liquors and what to buy. After the demonstration, you will be served the drink with some time to ask questions and socialize. You will take home a recipe card as well as a small amount of Warp and Weft’s simple syrup so you can try making the drink at home. Warp and Weft is located at 197 Market Street in the downtown between Dutton and Central. There is city parking in the nearby Leo Roy Garage on Market Street. If you want to stay for dinner check to see if they are taking reservations, 978-455-6537. Limit 20. A wait list will be taken with a possibility for a second date.

Please send a check for $10 made out to LIRA to Sally Coulter to cover the cost of the drink: 
200 Market St. #611, Lowell, MA 01852

Coordinator: Sally Coulter

Darkness in Distress (Hybrid)
Presenter: Kelly Beatty
Wednesday, June 22, 10 a.m. – noon

Kelly Beatty from Sky & Telescope magazine will be talking to LIRA about how light pollution is robbing us of starry skies, affecting our health and wasting energy – and what can be done to reduce it.

Coordinator: James Rutter*

LIRA excursion to The Charles River Museum of Industry
Wednesday, June 29, starting at 10 a.m.

Located in a Waltham mill building, the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation has a intriguing collection in a small space. It focuses on local innovations, including a special exhibit on the Waltham Watch Company, and another on bicycles and motorcycles. Admission is $5 for seniors 65+ ($10 for adults). Parking is across the river in a garage; the museum is accessible from the garage by a footbridge over the river. See the Charles River Museum website for further details. There are many fine restaurants and parks in the area, mostly on Moody Street.

Coordinator: Lisa Hertel*

Bus trip to the Peabody Essex Museum
Thursday, July 14, 8:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

On July 14, LIRA will be traveling via bus to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.

PEM is one of the oldest continuously operating museums in the United States and holds one of the major collections of Asian Art in the United States. After opening newly expanded spaces in 2019, PEM now ranks in the top 10 North American art museums in terms of gallery square footage. The PEM holds more than 840,000 works of historical and cultural art covering maritime, American, Asian, Oceanic and African art, Asian export art, and two large libraries with over 400,000 books and manuscripts.

The cost of $35 a person includes bus transportation, admission to the museum and a 1 hour guided tour. Please note that LIRA has been advised that Library Passes, MTA cards, PEM membership or PEM Comp passes will not alone qualify for inclusion on this 1 hour guided tour.

To reserve a place, please send a check by June 1 to Bob Hanlon, 198 Littleton Road, Unit 3103, Chelmsford, MA. 01824.

Our bus will leave Hannaford’s in Chelmsford at 8:45 a.m. and leave the museum to return home at 1:45 PM. Please note that face masks will be required while on the bus.

Coordinator: Bob Hanlon*

Moods, Emotions, and Aging: Hormones and the Mind-Body Connection (Hybrid with remote presenter)
Presenter: Phyllis Bronson, Ph.D.
Wednesday, July 20, 10 a.m. - noon

Twenty years ago, the Women’s Health Initiative Study came out and women were told to discontinue hormone replacement therapy. This was a huge disservice to many women, as this was a flawed study. Phyllis Bronson holds a doctorate in biochemistry and has been working with women who have hormone-based mood disorders for years. Her ongoing research focuses on the science behind bioidentical molecules—that is, molecules which are identical to those produced by the human body, rather than synthetic formulations created in a laboratory, and altered slightly. In this talk, she will explore the problems with the Women’s Health Initiative Study and explain how hormones work to ease common symptoms of depression and anxiety, especially in peri- and post-menopausal women. This talk will be accessible and illuminating for a generally non-scientific audience.

Coordinator: Peter Sebelius*

Visions of the Shakers (Hybrid with remote presenter)
Presenter: Bruce Magnuson*
Wednesday, July 27, 10 a.m. – noon

The Shaker origins in the United States began outside of Albany, New York and today the last remaining members are in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. Interweaving the history of this fascinating Protestant Utopian sect with his photography, LIRA member Bruce Magnuson will follow their development and influence from the late 1700's until today. He will also be highlighting the Shaker villages in Eastern New York and New England with many still in existence as museums.

* Indicates a LIRA member.