Everyone has heard the famous Gordon Lightfoot song, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” but did you know that this is a true event? Learn the circumstances that surrounded the American Great Lakes freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29.
This course will focus on a collection of Sea Chanteys, Yarns and Myths for anyone with a love for the waters of this planet, from rivers and bays, to the deep blue sea. This informance, takes the form of an ocean voyage, demonstrating the cycle of nautical travel, from weighing anchor, setting sail and shipboard life, to pumping the bilges, at journey’s end… with much group participation, to the accompaniment of a variety of usual and unusual musical instruments, including sailors favorites, like Banjo and Concertina. In addition, the instructors will regale the company with a Sea Chest full of Nautical Artifacts, Sea Poetry, Traditional and Contemporary Maritime Music and lively commentary.
New and rapidly developing technologies allowed the twentieth century to be more visually documented than any previous era. Movies, photography, and new printing methods recorded the sweeping changes that occurred as people moved from the countryside to cities and as the Industrial Revolution came to dominate the new rhythms of life. Join us as we explore themes of urbanization, social change, and politics represented by the photograph, manuscript, and museum collections of the Virginia Museum of History & Culture.
This program uses ephemera to examine women’s rights movements in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From protest signs to political buttons, participants will analyze how demonstrations evolve over time. Participants will engage in a discussion about what defines a progressive movement and how women shape the country’s political, social, and economic environment/state.
From earliest times, humanity has shown a great affinity to the Sounds of this planet, we all share. The Rhythms and Melodies of the natural World, became fascinations to be explored, imitated and reproduced. In class we’ll trace the origins of a number of musical instruments, variety of different objects, actions and materials. Playing a bevy of instruments, including flute, banjo, recorder, mouth-bow, accordion, uke, harmonica, dulcimer and autoharp, we’ll use both songs as well as tunes, to take you on this journey of musical revelation. And, perhaps, you might just learn the difference between Music & Noise!
All armchair travelers are invited to join Curator of Photography, Sarah Scuggs, on a journey to several European cities between the World Wars. As a writer and photographer, Edward Hungerford (1875-1948) was passionate about trains. He produced his first pageant in 1927 for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad company and six other transportation themed pageants would follow. He traveled extensively and found ways to get articles published. His collection of more than 6,000 negatives includes travels to Europe, Canada and other countries, in addition to the United States.
Is a musical and historical journey, capturing the spirit, essence and history of songs, singers and the times, that created them. This informance will feature- Ballads, Americana, Spirituals, Blues, Bluegrass, Topical and Work Songs- to learn, sing-along and discuss. From the repertories of folks like- The Weavers, Kingston Trio, Woody Guthrie, Judy Collins, The Clancy Brothers, Leadbelly and Pete Seeger, the students will experience a genuine 60’s Hootenanny, in the spirit of History, Humanity and Humor.
The central theme revolves around the importance of collaboration and connection with others in order to achieve your artistic goals. Specific examples are cited relative to his creation of his book and speaking business. This will also be a “show and tell” program for the residents at the request of our instructor, John. He has asked residents to come prepared to discuss their own experiences relative to their childhood homes and communities as part of this communal and collaborative workshop. Any vintage pictures would be appreciated.
This presentation and training involves how relay calls work, how to properly answer and receive relay calls, the benefits for businesses and facilities throughout Virginia. It’s extremely beneficial to understand that the Relay Friendly Partner program is designed to eliminate hang ups by educating business and individuals on how to identify, receive and play relay calls.
Art of Australian Aborigines will be our subject. We will highlight rock paintings, carvings, and the dot paintings that are well-known. Symbols are very important to this culture and will be discussed. The Dreamtime is a commonly used term for describing important features of Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and existence. We will explore the Dreamtime meaning and expression in their art. We will create our own “dot painting” influenced by this unique culture.
Finding local support services for seniors and caregivers is as simple as a click of a mouse! Bonnie Scimone, Community Outreach Specialist at VirginiaNavigator, will share information and demonstrate how to use SeniorNavigator, an online directory that lists 26,000+ resources that help older adults remain independent and supports family caregivers. Learn how to find information about health and aging issues, financial concerns, legal questions, caregiver support, housing and assisted living communities, and much more. Additionally, you will learn specific information on four key topics - fall prevention, chronic pain management, Medicare annual wellness visit and caregiver health.
This presentation will cover the various types of Caption Telephone Services along with the specialized equipment available for individuals who are Virginia residents. This program and the equipment is free to those who are hard of hearing. The Caption Telephone Services allows and individual to speak over the phone and read along with the conversation.
We will explore the art of Native Africans. Because this continent is so large, we will focus mainly on Sub-Saharan African countries. History, religion, and cultural tradition all influenced these styles. Because the mask is often recognized and very symbolic form of art, considerable emphasis will be given to mask making. We will create our own masks reflecting these styles and our own creativity.
This course focuses on the concept of being inspired to create art, finding your niche and following your passion. Our instructor, Josh Plashal, draws examples from how his own artistic platform has grown from trying to understand the basics of a camera to a highly gratifying personal project that profoundly affects others, while simultaneously generating supplemental income. Come prepared to speak to your own past projects in the arts and/or those that you intend to pursue. The purpose of this course is motivation, inspiration and mutual exchange of ideas.
This presentation will cover all the various traditional relay services and the specialized equipment used by individuals throughout the entire state of Virginia. These services are provided to those who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and may have difficulty with speech. It is a free public service which enables individuals to communicate with standard telephone users. The conversation is relayed between the two callers by a specially trained Virginia Relay Communications Assistant.
An entertaining and educational presentation full of powerful imagery of long abandoned Virginia landmarks and emotional stories from the people that once occupied them. Experience the “unseen” side of Virginia with all the houses, churches, schools, asylums, diners and secret societies that have been “frozen in time” and now documented and delivered by our instructor, Mr. Plashal. This fascinating “storytellng session” will be the pre-requisite to the following two, which will be delivered in February and March, respectively.
We will focus on North America, exploring the art styles and techniques from various Native American Tribes and Alaskan Natives. We will discuss Northwest Coast tribes, Eastern Woodlands, Western Plains, Southwest, and Native Alaskan. These will be brief overviews due to all the variations and rich cultural traditions over time. We will highlight works of art and choose a regionals type to make a Native American inspired collage.
Are you a Veteran? Or the surviving spouse of a Veteran? If so, did you know the Veterans Administration (VA) offers a benefit that can help you pay for the cost of Assisted Living?
Join us as Angela N. Manz, P.C. discusses the potential uses of this benefit to pay for the cost of assisted living care. She will also discuss the VA’s new qualification requirements, which make it more important than ever to begin planning to qualify for the benefits now.