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Smugglers' Notch 55+ Club

For seniors on the hill, not over the hill!

The Smugglers' 55+ Club is for seniors who like to ski (alpine or nordic), snowboard, snowshoe, and enjoy being with their peers. Non-skiers are welcome, too. Our goal is simple: get out of the four walls, break the daily routine, meet people and be active.

Plan to join us for our first meeting on November 28, 2018. We gather every Wednesday at 9:00 am in the Village Lodge with a continental breakfast and socializing followed at 9:30 am with a short meeting. We will enjoy outdoor activities such as snowshoeing, Nordic or Alpine skiing and snowboarding. One may join a skill level group or ski/snowboard on your own.

The afternoon program will start on January 2, 2019, beginning at 1:00 pm unless otherwise announced during the morning meeting.

Every Wednesday we will be SKIING IN THE MORNING.

9:00 am on Wednesdays in the Village Lodge starting the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving.
Membership: $30/year (Your first meeting is complimentary - come and check us out!)
2019 Winter Afternoon Program Schedule
All afternoon programs begin at 1:00 pm unless otherwise announced during the morning meeting.
If the afternoon get-together should start earlier or be canceled, telephone 644-1021, Ski and Ride Desk, after 10:30 am and they will provide details.

January 2 — Deborah Pomeroy & Ruthanne Rust, SCUBA for Seniors
Deborah and Ruthanne have been SCUBA diving for over 30 years. As with skiing, they've made adjustments with age but still go on dive trips. They've encountered many other seniors as well - some of whom are just starting. They will bring equipment, show some video of a recent dive trip, and talk about seniors diving. As with skiing, there are many technologies and services now available to accommodate senior divers, even beginners. Join us for the talk whether you're just curious or really tempted to try it for yourself - while we still have coral reefs.

January 9 — Maeve Kim, Birds of Vermont's Woods and High Places
When you're skiing or hiking anywhere in the 26-million acre Northern Forest, you're right in the midst of some of the greatest richness of bird life in the continental US. We'll look at some of the beautiful wildlife that's watching you when you're out in Vermont's woods. Maeve has taught birding classes for OLLI, CVU Access, MMU After Dark, libraries and other organizations for years now and has led over a hundred bird walks. She has written two novels as well as several articles in Bird Watching magazine and local newspapers.

January 16 — Jack Price, Cutting Edge Craftsmanship and Art Ducko
In retirement, Jack Price trained as a blacksmith at Shelburne Museum, and demonstrated that craft to visitors at the forge for twelve years. His development reached a high point in his use of railroad spikes in creating folk are-style hunting knives and a variety of kitchen cutler. When Jack retired from blacksmithing, he turned to woodworking as a medium, and again used recycled materials. This time, he rescued discarded walnut remnants from a Vermont Furniture company, and developed a style for creating highly polished wild fowl carvings. In this age when material recycling is appreciated for its ecological importance, Jack has enjoyed developing his new-age craftsmanship as both an innovative challenge, as well as a gratifying reuse of valuable resources.

January 23 — Doug & Sue Masson, River Boat Cruise and Road Trip
Enjoy listening as they describe their remarkable river boat trip from Amsterdam, Holland to Budapest, Hungary in addition to continuing their adventure with a road trip from Budapest to Bratislava, Slovakia and on to Prague, Czech Republic.

January 30 — Mike McAdoo, Mountain Operations Director, Smugglers' Notch
Mike will speak on snowmaking upgrades and grooming at Smuggs.

February 6 — Jerry Fox, Mr. B&L, Opportunity Derailed
When Jerry moved to Essex Junction at the end of the 1960's, he was already a committed railroad enthusiast. Finding the Burlington and Lamoille abandoned rail bed behind his house kindled his interest. The railroad's history has fascinated him ever since.

February 13 — Vermont National Guard
We will find out how the Vermont National Guard keeps busy during the winter season.

February 20 — Vacation Week - No afternoon program

February 27 — Vacation Week - No afternoon program

March 6 — Richard & Lucille Allen, Juneau to Sitka in Eight Days
In May of 2018, the Allen's traveled to Alaska for their second visit to the 49th state. They will present a slide show of their small boat cruise in Southeast Alaska.

March 13 — Ron Place, Adventures as a launch technician on Apollo 8 and 11
Ron is a retired IBM engineering manager. After leaving the US Air Force, he joined IBM at the Kennedy Space Center and was contracted out to NASA as a lau8nch technician. While there, he worked on Apollo 7 through Apollo 13. Ron left the Apollo space program and continued his career with IBM. He worked in various engineering groups in East Fishkill, Manassas, and Burlington. When he left IBM at a young age, Ron created a furniture design, build, and restoration company. He lives in Jericho with his wife Helen where they tend their expansive yard and flower gardens. He also restores early V8 Flathead Fords.

March 20 — End of Season Banquet
For more information contact Deborah Pomeroy, President, at smuggs55plus@gmail.com

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