Afternoon Lecture & Learning Fall ’21

A special thanks to these sponsors who made
our 2020 Zoom classes possible:

Attorney Maura Armezzani Tunis,
Saporito, Falcone & Watt Attorneys at Law
Francine Gallagher
Barbara P. Monick
Trudy & Michael Montella
National Running Center
Oliver, Price & Rhodes Attorneys at Law
Eugene & Jean C. Stark


The evolving Covid variants present challenges to
resuming this class schedule.
In an effort to keep everyone safe,
The Gathering Place asks that you be fully vaccinated
and wear a mask to attend our classes and events.

We are making these changes in the interest
of safety for you and the people around you.

As we work to stay open, we ask for your patience and understanding.
As the situation changes, so will our policies.
We will keep you updated.Register for these Lectures and pay at the door.


   #103 Traveling Joe 

                                       

Join Joe Michalczyk & his wife Dolly as they share videos & talks of their travels to 6 continents & 50 countries, each trip adding to their stories & tips for traveling. They have a treasure trove of travel tales to tell about the whole world! 

Date: Wednesday, October 6        Deadline for registration: October 1

Time:  Noon                                                     Cost: $5

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#104 Garlic in the Fall      

                               

Find out why you need to plant your garlic this fall to have a bite of “nuthin’ better” next summer.  Penn State Master Gardener Gary White shares information about when & how to plant garlic, keep it growing into firm bulbs & how to manage its harvest.

Date:Wednesday, September 22
Deadline for Registration: September 14

Time:  Noon                                                    Cost: $5

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#105 Composting For The Home Gardener   

              

Penn State Master Gardener Judy Coleman will guide you in turning your throw-aways into beneficial, natural materials to help the environment & your garden.  Learn to avoid food waste & reduce the negative impact on the earth. She will give easy, practical tips on what to compost & what not to compost, how to compost & how to use your compost to improve all that you grow.  

Date:Tuesday, October 5          Deadline for Registration: September 29

Time:  Noon                                                    Cost: $5

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#106 The Homefront During World War II – Part 1


Ann Vitale will share research on life in the US as war raged around the world. What’s the real story on rationing?  German submarines off the east coast?  What was it like when most people pulled together?  See reproductions of posters, sing “Don’t Sit under the Apple Tree.”

Date: Tuesday, October 12           Deadline for Registration: October 5

Time:  Noon                                                    Cost: $5

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#107 Equality or Merit:  Who should have Power? 

The Declaration of Independence says we are all created equal and have an equal say in our leadership and policies. On that principle our democracy is based. But is it really a principle or is it a goal? The American Dream promises that any child can grow up to be president. But from politics to sports we value and reward performance and accomplishment. Did reality teach you that you could be president, or even go to the Olympics? We judge ourselves and our neighbors on how much money we make and where our children go to college. We want our politicians to be smart and rich, and our judges at least be even smarter. So, what matters: equality or merit? Should we aspire to a democracy or a meritocracy?

There has been much discussion of this conundrum lately, notably a book by Michel Sandel, The Tyranny of Merit, and this conflict has possibly grounded our recent nasty political discourse. Will there always be resentment festering within those who have faired less well in pursuit of the American Dream (the “deplorables”), and contempt for those less fortunate by the elite (the “swamp”)? Or is there a common good that ties together our claims of equality and our rewards for merit? Can we avoid a new and more profound cultural civil war?

Harold W. Baillie will examine these pressing issues.

Date:Wednesday, October 13
Deadline for registration: October 6

Time:  Noon                                               Cost:  $5

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#108 Abington Shopping Through the Ages

    

We all are aware of how much local shopping has changed with the Internet. A look at shopping locally through the years shows that such change is more the norm that an exception. Guided by Dennis Martin who will start with William Clark’s arrival, we will look at snapshots of how people shopped locally over the two centuries since then.

Date: Wednesday, October 20             Deadline for registration: October 13  

Time:  Noon                                                    Cost: $5

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  #109 The Homefront – Part 2

                              

Ann Vitale continues her discussion on World War II. How did the US build 300,000 planes, 48 aircraft carriers, & hundreds of other war machinery in five years? How did planes get from Michigan to the two coasts? What were farmers’ assignments during this time?

Date:Tuesday, October 26                      Deadline for Registration: October 19              

Time:  Noon                                                    Cost: $5

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#110 Machiavelli On War     

                      

Machiavelli judged himself to be the first modern (realist) political advisor. Generally, history has agreed with him. As the United States struggles to end an endless war, hard on the heels of losing the war in Vietnam, and facing extreme challenges in the Middle East, the China Sea, and the aftermath of the Afghanistan war, does Machiavelli’s counsel describe our difficulties and assist us in making more prudent decisions and plans as we unavoidably encounter world politics? Join Harold Baillie, Ph.D. as he examines these issues.

Date: Wednesday, October 27              Deadline for registration: October 20

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Many Thanks to Our Patrons
Hal & Paula Baillie    Dorrance R. & Susan S. Belin
Joe Dippre & Graeme Baillie
The First Lieutenant Michael J. Cleary Memorial Fund
of The Luzerne Foundation
Bill & Grace Farrell     Forensic Associates of NEPA,LLC
Patrick J. & Kristie McMahon    Jean & Gene Stark

Emily & Lee Rancier     The Waters Family