Senior College membership and registration open, Spring courses begin March 30

Mon, 03/06/2023 - 6:30pm

Registration is now open for Belfast Senior College’s spring semester. Go to to register and for complete information on the courses. Classes begin Thursday, March 30, with six morning and six afternoon courses. Two more classes begin April 4 and April 13.

All courses except for the April 13 offering include six weekly sessions, and all are held in person at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Only one course is also available by Zoom.

“The affordable program moves into its third decade with a range of course subjects that are sure to appeal to everyone,” said Senior College spokesperson Richard Koralek, in a news release. “The instructors are informative and entertaining, many with years of experience offering Senior College courses.”

The registration fee for each six-week course is $37, with the fee for the two-session April 13 course $19. A $25 Senior College membership fee, valid through Aug. 31, is required to register and courses are designed to appeal to anyone over the age of 50. Membership and registration can be made online at

The spring courses will include discussions of Tennessee Williams, genealogy, watercolor painting, climate change, historians and the Holocaust, improv theater for beginners, the Harlem Renaissance, social issues in Belfast and Waldo County, and immigrants in the prairie.

There will be a course on “War, Protest, Great Music and Bob Dylan,” a classical music seminar, a Waldo Reads Together book group discussing Night of the Living Rez, and two courses on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, including one considering Le petit prince in French.

The semester’s instructors include Brian Richardson, Kristin Frangoulis, Peter Reilly, Lila Nation, Nancy Blatz, Sandi Cirillo and Juliet Baker, Bob Johansen, Fred Bowers, Stephanie Natale, Bob Rackmales, Dr. Arlin Larson, Leslie Gregory and Rick Davis.

“We are very excited about the spring semester,” said Belfast Senior college Board president Nancy Perkins. “Senior College provides stimulation, knowledge, social interaction and fun for people age 50 and up. Members’ spouses and partners of any age also welcome to become members. We keep membership and course fees low on purpose and scholarships are available.”

University of Maine Hutchinson Center provides classroom space and Zoom services and for Senior College, which is an independent all-volunteer non-profit organization. Its spring semester begins in March and the summer semester begins in June.