Special Events with MSAC & Partners

May events flierMAY we gather safely and joyfully this month!

Real Estate 101 w/ Jeanne Felmly, Free and Online
Friday, May 21|1:00 pm | Free | Zoom video or phone
Join Jeanne Felmly, a licensed Real Estate Broker with Dome Real Estate Group, for her annual MSAC discussion about the basics of the real estate transaction. Many people are overwhelmed by how complicated the process can become, and this workshop is designed to educate the lay person starting with the common questions: What do I have to do to prepare my home for sale? How do Real Estate professionals qualify buyers? How do I evaluate offers? Other relevant topics will include forms and disclosures required by law, representation and how the real estate community works together, what to expect from a home inspection and the potential impact of the sale and much more. Jeanne is a longtime volunteer at MSAC’s FEAST Together, serving lunch and helping to tidy up the community room afterwards (except when closed for pandemic!). Thanks Jeanne! Free and open to the public; email Jeanne at jeanne@domerealestategroup.com for Zoom event log-in information.

The Value of Old Forests Walk
Saturday, May 22 | 10:00 am | meet at New Shelter in Hubbard

Do you know the difference between a young forest and an old forest? Join Shelby Perry, Wildlands Ecology Director at Northeast Wilderness Trust, for this walk through Hubbard Park to learn some of the characteristics and values of old forests, and how to spot them in the wild! This walk will be geared toward beginners, no experience in forest ecology required. Free, no registration required, masks and social distancing required.

Remembering our Veterans, Curbside Luncheon

Friday, May 28th 12pm - 1pm

FEAST is delighted to bring back an annual tradition of celebrating and remembering our Veterans with a Curbside Luncheon on May 28th. Though we will not be able to gather inside together, we will be bringing much of the cheer to our Veterans at the curb as they drive around MSAC to pickup a celebratory lunch. Expect to see flags waving, posters displayed, and even a special guest appearance or two, thanking Veterans. Menu: BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw and Brownies (vegetarian option: BBQ Tempeh) Call us to register to pickup your meal: 802-262-6288

Next week and beyond, on Zoom and in-person!

Free, Online Medicare & You Workshops with CVCOA
Monday, May 24 | 5:00-7:00 pm | online | Free

Zoom Training 201
Thursday, May 27 | 10:30—11:30 am | online | Free

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Walk
Friday, May 28 | 10:00 am | meet at 133 State Street (outside the VT Dept. of Taxes)

Edibles and Invasives Walk
Friday, June 11 | 12:00 pm | meet on Siboinebi Path at Montpelier High School

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Drop-in Groups (most weekly)

Some of our free/by donation drop-in groups and clubs are resuming (or never stopped!) their meetings. A number of previously paused groups are resuming their meetings outside in May!

  • Walks with Joan
    Mondays | 9:15 am | meetup locations vary week to week
    The longtime MSAC drop-in group Walks with Joan is back on Mondays at 9:15 am! Meet-up locations will vary. Please contact Joan Barrett by Sunday night at 223-1856 or email barrettsvt@gmail.com if you intend to come. Bring a mask and plan to practice appropriate distancing and follow safety precautions. Once you have attended, Joan will email you her meet-up locations in the future and let you know of changes/cancellations.
  • Ad-Hoc Writers Group Online
    The Ad-Hoc Writers Group meets online on Monday Nights. To get more information about dates, times, and links, contact hugo@liepmann.us.
  • Trash Tramps Outdoors
    Tuesdays | 2:00 pm | meets at 1:50 pm in front of MSAC
    (email Nancy Schulz at saddleshoes2@gmail.com to get on email list)
    All are invited to participate in this one-hour, weekly clean-up of Montpelier's downtown. Reflective vests, metal tongs, and bags are supplied. Volunteers are asked to wear masks and maintain physical distance from one another. Here's an opportunity to do something productive and satisfying that contributes to the well-being of our community. Please come to the front of the senior center on Tuesdays at about 1:50 pm to collect supplies. We look forward to having you join us! Questions? Please contact Anne Ferguson (aka Eileen Dover) at storywalk@yahoo.com.
  • French Club Online
    Tuesdays | 3:00 pm | Zoom
    Anyone interested in joining the online French conversation group can email Ellen.Sholk@gmail.com, with the subject line "Parlons Francais" to receive an invitation to join.
  • Photography Club Outdoor Walks with Linda Hogan
    Wednesdays | 9:00 am | meets in front of MSAC
    MSAC and our long-time Photography Instructor, Linda Hogan invite local photographers of all ages and abilities to take a weekly stroll through Montpelier to take pictures of our lovely City. Photo Club will leave from the MSAC courtyard at 9:00 am on Wednesdays, weather permitting. Masks and social distancing between participants required. Please email Linda Hogan at paragraphics@pshift.com if you plan to join this inSIGHTful group. This is a free activity, though a donation to MSAC would be most welcome.
  • Crafters Group (Paused)
    Wednesdays | 1:00 - 3:00pm | Still paused but stay tuned!
    Knitting, sewing, and other hand-crafts. All are welcome at all levels of skill! Many generous crafters donate their items for sale by MSAC as a fundraising effort. Currently not meeting but may resume in-person in June or July. Contact Norma in the MSAC office with questions. nmaurice@montpelier-vt.org
  • Rainbow Umbrella Women's Discussion Group Online
    Rainbow Umbrella (RU) Women's Discussion Group is meeting every other Wednesday from 5:30 - 7:00 pm on Zoom.
    For information, including Zoom link and schedule of upcoming dates, please email womendiscuss@gmail.com.
  • Elders Together Group Resumes Outdoors for Now!
    Monthly, varying dates and locations; stay tuned for June event updates
    Contact Mary Alice Bisbee at maryalicebisbee@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP. Plan to bring a folding chair or request one in advance to be provided by MSAC. Some carpooling may be possible but arranged by Mary Alice. Past topics of discussion have included health care, housing, transportation, and exchange of life experiences. 
  • Montpelier Ukulele Players Outdoors
    Thursdays, May 27, June 10 | 3:30-5:00pm | Elm Street Pool Pavilion
    Email barrettsvt@gmail.com to get on the notification list and learn more about what they play. Outdoors but undercover, wheelchair-accessible, no restrooms available at this time. Bring your own chair and music stand, but some picnic tables may be available.  
  • MSAC Book Discussion Group Online, 2nd Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 pm, contact Barbara Dall at 229-4870 if interested in joining. 
  • Poetry Club (Paused)
    Still paused for pandemic but historically has been a Monday noontime meeting at K-H Library. 
  • Italian Club (Paused)
    After many online meetings throughout the pandemic, the Italian group has decided to pause until in-person meeting is again an option. Stay tuned!