Letter to the editor

Belfast Senior College Found Its “Cheese”

Sun, 08/06/2023 - 6:45pm

Story Location:
Belfast Coworking
17A Main Street
Belfast, ME 04915
United States

In the early seventies, Spencer Johnson, M.D., published a short parable laden with wisdom. In Who Moved My Cheese, four characters (Sniff & Scurry and Hem & Haw) each address the changes befalling their lives. A very popular book within the corporate world of the late twentieth century, it was used in helping employees deal with the changed economic world as they knew it.

Just six weeks ago, in late June, Belfast Senior College found its cheese had definitely moved. It was then that they learned the Hutchinson Center, home to Senior College since its inception, was closing as of August 6. Suddenly, Senior College trustees were faced with the question, “What now?”

In less than two weeks, Senior College found new office space at Belfast Coworking (17A Main Street) and a special group of volunteers began the search for new venues for Fall classes. The Curriculum Committee continued their work, the Summer Session was held to great acclaim, and work continued as usual.

Its cheese was moved, but Senior College answered with “We have found new cheese” and is happy to announce that for its Fall session, it will again offer a lively mix of art, craft, history and literature. The only change is that classes will be held throughout Belfast rather than being in one place. Locations include St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, First Church, Social Capital, Waterfall Arts, and the Belfast Free Library. These organizations have happily agreed to welcome Senior College classes to their buildings. Classes will begin on the usual date of the third Thursday in September (9/21) but not all classes will be held on Thursdays. For the first time, students can sign up for more than just the two Thursday classes.

Meanwhile, Senior College invites all who are Senior College members--or all who are interested in becoming a member--to attend a Kick-Off Continental Breakfast and Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 14th at the Belfast Boat House. Bell the Cat will provide an assortment of baked goods, including muffins, sweet rolls, bagels as well as a fruit platter accompanied by tea and coffee. Mark your calendars now for 9:30 A.M. Thursday, Sept. 14, Senior College Kick-Off Fall 2023 at the Belfast Boat House, 34 Commercial Street, Belfast.

Senior College president, Nancy Perkins, says, “We look forward to having a full house gathering of longtime and prospective members with us to celebrate our new beginning. This year will be remembered as the year we thought we were finally returning to normal following the pandemic, only to find another change facing us. We remain strong, dedicated, and excited about what will surely be a dynamic and vital year. Like Sniff & Scurry in Who Moved My Cheese, we scurried and have found our new cheese!”

On Friday, September 1, Senior College will move into its new office at the foot of Main Street.

The schedule and sites for Fall semester classes are now posted on the website at https://belfastseniorcollege.org/

The new Senior College mailing address is P.O. Box 3, Belfast, ME 04915; its phone number is (207) 707-6010.