UMass Lowell Professor John Shirley teaches Harmonica class to LIRA.

Summer 2010 Intersession Schedule

The 2010 LIRA Summer Intersession, given between semesters, offers to retirees and those semi-retired, a sample of LIRA’s almost year-round program and friendly community. The program is planned and much of it provided by the members themselves. The general public is invited to all Intersession programs. Please note the change in location of classes from the May Newsletter. The Summer Intersession meetings that are not tours will be held in Room 204 in the Wannalancit Building with one exception. A meeting place for July 7 has not been determined as yet. The time is 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

June 2 Nature Walk and Picnic Steve Sussman*

The locale for this year’s walk is the AVIS Reservation in Andover, specifically the Baker Meadows/Indian Ridge area. The trail passes through open meadows and skirts a pond with excellent views of birds and beaver activity. Wear comfortable shoes; carry water and insect repellant. Bring food and a lawn chair for a picnic lunch. The picnic site remains to be determined. Suggestions are welcome. Directions: From Route 495 take Route 93 South and Route 133 East. At the second traffic light turn sharply right on Reservation Road. Park in front of the West Parish Church. Car-poolers meet at the Hannaford parking lot at 9:30 AM. Others plan to arrive at the trailhead by 10:00 AM.

Coordinator: Mary Willis*

June 9 Automatic Musical Instruments in Woburn

There is a home in Woburn that contains museum quality collections. Some of the automatic musical instruments are rare, such as the American Fotoplayer (seen in the LIRA Intersession program “Music for Silent films”). Also in the home for viewing and hearing are an Ampico reproducing piano, a Bruder band organ, a Wurlitzer carousel organ, a Double Mills Violano, and Tel-Electric Player. Joe and Pat Lavacchia are long-time residents of Woburn, who have enhanced their home with other various collections, including the Tiffany style lamps that cover the ceiling in one room. Directions will be available at the Annual Meeting in May. Car-pooling is important, as parking on the street is all that’s available. Car-poolers meet at the Hannaford parking lot at 9:15 AM. Others plan to arrive at 63 Mountain Ave in Woburn at 10:00 AM.

Coordinator: Dorothy Bromage*

June 16 A Tour of Egypt's Antiquity Along the Nile John Croes Room 204, Wannalancit Building, 10am to Noon

In December 2009, John and his wife joined a Smithsonian-sponsored tour from Cairo/Giza to Abu Simbel. They took in the Giza pyramids, Saqqara's step pyramid, a huge reclining Ramses at Memphis, Luxor's many sites, Edfu's Temple of Horus, Kom Ombo, Aswan's Philae Temple of Isis, and Ramses II's Abu Simbel, and of course the Nile from Luxor to the 1st cataract. John will show photos and welcomes contributions from others who have taken tours in Egypt.

Coordinator: Connie Lanseigne-Case*

Friday, June 18 Book Discussion Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow

Toby Hodes*

June 23 The Legacy of Robert B. Parker

Melissa Pennell Room 204, Wannalancit Building, 10am to Noon

Dr. Melissa M. Pennell, Professor of English and currently serving as Acting Associate Dean of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at UMass Lowell. She plans to discuss the hardboiled detective in fiction and how Robert B. Parker writing in this becoming obsolete genre encouraged other mystery writers to continue using this style. One of the authors she mentions doing so is Dennis Lehane.

Coordinator: Ann Dahlman*

June 30 Pavarotti Barbara Wagner 

Room 204, Wannalancit Building, 10am to Noon

Barbara Wagner teaches a course on Opera each spring and fall at UMass Boston. This presentation will include excerpts from several of Pavarotti's biographies and autobiographies interspersed with many of his most famous arias.

Coordinator: Barbara Page*

July 7 Travel in Ireland Shirley Mitchell* Location to be determined

Journey by a slide program through Ireland, the Land of 40 Shades of Green. Walk the streets of Dublin, climb on the rocks of the Giant's Causeway, view exotic plants on Garnish Island, have tea and scones at the Ballyknocken House cooking school, and much more on this trip around Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Coordinator: Mary Willis*

July 14 Gloucester Museum

The Maritime Heritage Center celebrates the Gloucester historic relationship with the sea. It features the oldest continuously operating maritime railway in the country, as well as the Gloucester Seafood Gallery, two boat building shops, an outdoor aquarium, and exhibits focusing on the fishing industry. Located on the city’s working waterfront, it offers the most extensive public access to the harbor and panoramic views. The entrance fee is $3.00 to be paid when you get there. We will leave Hannafords parking lot at 9:15 AM—car pools encouraged. There is some parking, and garages are also nearby.

Coordinator: Jerry Gilmore*

July 21 A Turbine, a Trolley, a Tour

We gather at 10:00 AM in the lobby of the Wannalancit Mill (after parking wherever you are accustomed to doing so now). A ranger from the National Park Service will lead us to the turbine room, heart of the mill in its heyday. Then off for a ride on the trolley, which we catch across Suffolk St. from the mill. We will be returned to Wannalancit in time to walk over to the Lowell Beer Works, 201 Cabot St, for a tour of the brewery. The Brewery Exchange restaurant is adjacent and happily placed to have lunch if anyone is interested. It opens at noon.

Coordinator: Barbara Page*

*Indicates a LIRA member