May Classes Announced for Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL)

The Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL) group, operating under Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development, has released the class sessions for the month of May. GILL learning experiences are developed by the organization’s members based on group consensus. The topic sessions are coordinated by volunteers who select presenters for each topic identified.

Gettysburg presented by Jay Clark, features a four-hour course over two nights discussing one of the most important events of the Civil War. The session is scheduled on Tuesday, May 2 and May 9, from 6-8 p.m. on the McHenry campus of Garrett College, in Room 103. An overview of Gettysburg will be offered including what led up to the battle, the fight itself and the outcomes. Some of the major controversies surrounding Gettysburg will be covered including Longstreet and the second day, Pickett’s Charge and the idea that it started over shoes.

Back by popular demand are two dates for the ‘Soup and TED’ discussion group. Bring a dish to share and soup will be provided. Let’s have lunch, enjoy an interesting TED talk, and discuss the expert’s presentation. TED is a platform for ideas worth spreading. Started in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, TED today shares ideas from a broad spectrum — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. We’ll be using YouTube to access some of the presentations of TED. Sessions will be held on Wednesday, May 3 at the Southern Outreach Center in Oakland from 12 noon until 2 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 10 at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Chris Wildesen will be the presenter for both sessions. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share (salads, bread, sides or desserts).

On Tuesday, May 9 and 23, join Katherine Lee for Crochet Time at the McHenry campus of Garrett College in Room 103 from 3-5 p.m. Take some time out of your busy day to socialize and work on your crochet project. This is not a ‘how-to’ class, but bring your crochet challenges and we can work on them together. Members are encouraged to bring their own crochet supplies and project.

An Exaline Windmill Tour will be presented by Jay Gasner on Thursday, May 11 from 1-3 p.m., for those who wish to learn how those big windmills produce electricity by getting up close and personal with them. Meeting location will be determined by members prior to May 11.

Rose Gordy, local author, will present her new book ‘Adrift in Waking Dreams’ on Tuesday, May 16 from 11 a.m. until 12 noon at the Southern Outreach Center in Oakland. Members will have the opportunity to meet and greet and discuss her new book.

Spring time is social time! Back by popular demand, members will once again meet at Uno’s to enjoy a free-wheeling discussion of ‘Hot Topics’, while at the same time enjoying the company of fellow GILL friends over lunch. Members will meet at Uno’s on Wednesday, May 17 at 12 noon until 1:30 p.m.

A Wildflower Nature Stroll will be held on Thursday, May 18 beginning at 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. along river road in Grantsville behind Penn Alps. Members will take a relaxing stroll along River Road near the Casselman Bridge in Grantsville with Kevin Dodge, Professor at Garrett College in the Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology Program, who will point out the different plants and wildflowers growing along the way. Members are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes.

On Friday, May 19, members will meet at the Grantsville Historical Society. Gerry Beachy will present, Leo Beachy Photographs from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Leo Beachy documented quite a bit of Garrett County history with his photographs. Learn about the pictures and the man who took them.

Pearl Harbor presented by Jay Clark, is scheduled for Tuesdays, May 23 and 30, 6-8 p.m. in Room 103 of the McHenry campus of the college. Jay Clark is a former volunteer and park ranger at the Pearl Harbor Memorial. With the 75th anniversary of the attack just passed, a four-hour course over two nights is offered on the attack that drew the U.S. into World War II.  The events leading up to the raid, the attack itself and the aftermath will be discussed.  Some topics included will be the roles code breaking and radar played, the Japanese midget submarines and the myth that the U.S. knew beforehand that the attack would occur.

If you are not a GILL member and wish to join in order to register for a session, please contact Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069. All sessions are free for GILL members, but members must register in advance. More information on the Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning is also available online at
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