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It Was Festive! It was Smart! It was Fun!

Introduction

SummerFest 2022 brought a delighted bunch of LLIers back to campus. For the first time since 2019, SummerFest also included some nonmembers interested in LLI. The campus was even more gorgeous than we remembered from past springs and we were all delighted to be with each other in our classes.

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LLI Supports BSHEC Students’ Summer Work

Introduction

Each year, LLI provides grants to students at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan. The money provides support that allows students to volunteer and to learn in the summer between their junior and senior years.

Again this year, the effects of Covid restrictions make it more difficult for students to find opportunities,

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A Walk in the Woods

Introduction

When you finish reading this article, please delete it from your computer. This is a top clearance document, to be read only on a need-to-know basis. The reason? A good many people want to keep it secret. It won’t be easy, since the subject is an idyllic 380-acre collection of walking trails,

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Meet New LLI President, Robert Beaury

Introduction

Perhaps you have already met Robert Beaury if you live in Germantown where he served as Town Supervisor, or in the Germantown courtroom where he was elected judge three times and served for nine plus years. Or maybe you have taken one of the several LLI classes (sometimes with provocative course titles) he has offered on various historical themes,

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Bard LLI Celebrates at Montgomery Place

Introduction

It was a gorgeous day in a perfect venue in a lovely setting. Around 90 Bard Lifelong Learning Institute members gathered on Wednesday, June 15th, at the Montgomery Place Visitor Center Pavilion. We were together to thank the many hardworking volunteers who made the continuation of our LLI program able to operate amid the challenges of years of COVID 19 restrictions,

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Hiking and Learning Go Hand-in-Hand

Introduction

Combine a love of hiking with a docent who can stop and explain environmental changes, different types of trees, and vernal ponds, and you have this spring’s Guided Hiking at Minnewaska class. Laura Connor, our docent, planned five hikes that took us on various paths throughout Minnewaska State Park with all the earmarks of a great class: learning,

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The Annual Survey: Strong Opinions and Constructive Suggestions

Introduction

This year’s annual survey elicited some strong and varied opinions from the 97 members who answered it. For the most part, people were pleased with the course offerings, although they had numerous suggestions for additional subjects. Likewise, many greeted the possibility of forming small separate interest groups with enthusiasm.

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Member Thoughts on the Spring Semester

Introduction

This spring, most members were pleased with their courses, giving them the top rating of 4 or 5 on the evaluation form. Some had a mixed reaction, giving their courses a 3, and a few expressed their dissatisfaction by rating the courses 2. Likewise, the presenters were generally given top marks,

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LLI’s 2022 Annual Meeting

Introduction

Never mix business with pleasure, so some people say. Not Bard LLI. On May 13th, members had a wonderful time gathering together in Olin Hall to celebrate life, catch up on old times, enjoy some culinary tidbits, and finally get down to business. See a photo montage of the event here.

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Seniors-to-Seniors Tea Was Inspiring

Introduction

Each year Bard LLI has supported a small group of Bard seniors with scholarships that enable them to complete their senior projects. This year’s six recipients described their involved, personal projects at the annual Dean Stuart Stritzler-Levine Seniors-to-Seniors Scholarship Recognition Tea on May 22 in the Laszlo Z. Bito Auditorium.

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