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Orientations and Socials

Introduction

The academic year may not begin until September, but the Membership Development Committee and its Social Gatherings and Member Services Teams are busy. They are making plans for new members in both the class of 2020 and the class of 2021. In addition, there are plans for social gathering for all LLI members.

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Hybrid Makes History

Introduction

As the veil of life under the pandemic begins to lift, Bard LLI faces a sea change not unlike when COVID-19 first tore apart our lives. We remember, thankfully, how a team of dedicated members assembled immediately after the campus closed. Zoom took over. The Online Team dug in and gave valuable time,

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The Historic Beauty of Montgomery Place

Introduction

The Bard Arboretum encompases the entire campus, including the beautiful Montgomery Place estate. The original campus grounds are open to visitors, but Montgomery Place is the site of much of Bard’s SummerScape program and thus is open to visitors only on Mondays to allow for rehearsals. Consider taking a Monday off and scheduling a visit.The grounds of this National Historic Landmark are well worth the visit,

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20th Annual Meeting

LLI’s 20th annual meeting was held on May 14, with 74 members attending on Zoom. After an entertaining poll, in which 100% of the participants admitted they had lost count of how many times this year they had said, “You’re muted,” our president, Nanci Kryzak, opened the meeting. Once the minutes of 2020’s annual meeting were approved,

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SummerFest Opportunities

Introduction

The good news about this year’s SummerFest offerings is that the door to in-person classes has opened a crack. Fifteen lucky people will be able to join Adam Weiss in his Woodstock vegetable garden for his class on Science, Art, and Pleasure in the Vegetable Garden.

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LLI Grows Up

Introduction

Tom Esposito, who was LLI President from July 2016 to July 2020, also served as First Vice President the prior year and as Treasurer for the four years before that. In all, his nine-year tenure on Council stretched from mid-year 2011 until mid-year 2020 — almost half of LLI’s lifetime as an organization.

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Winter Sowing Social

Introduction

As Susan Hinkle and Deborah Barrow told us at the Winter Sowing Social Gathering on February 18th, February is a wonderful time to start growing your hearty fruits and vegetables. It just takes a bit of know-how, an abundance of enthusiasm, and a touch of humor.

Susan and Deborah,

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At Our Twentieth Anniversary, LLI Is Added to the Bard Archives

Introduction

Back in 2016, LLI President Joyce Carter-Krawczyk asked Helene Tieger, College Archivist at Bard’s Stevenson Library, for advice and assistance. Joyce was concerned that there was no consistent collection to document the story of LLI.

Helene did have an envelope with some miscellaneous early records, but Joyce set up an ad hoc effort to collect what she calls “stuff.” The “stuff” included materials from the founders,

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Frank Benson, Flag, 2005

Introduction

Marking one week prior to the Presidential election and flying until the votes have been counted and the election results are ratified, CCS Bard will present the sculpture Flag, 2005, by Frank Benson. Flag was first flown at CCS Bard in 2005 as part of an exhibition titled,

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SummerFest, And the Learning Was Easy

Introduction

That was the goal of the LLI Online Task Force, and according to the 104 LLI members who answered the survey, they often succeeded. Even when members did not enjoy their experience, however, they often had some constructive comments. Here are some of their reactions to attending their SummerFest classes on Zoom.

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