Check out descriptions for classes on all dates of the 2020 Winter Institute below

Tuesday, January 7th

“Retirement and Recessions”
9-10:30 am

We all worry about recessions and how they can affect our income, savings and financial plans. Retirees will learn what to expect and how they can be better prepared whenever the next recession happens.

Featuring Eric Johnston, a certified financial planner and president of InFocus Financial Advisors Inc. in Salisbury

“Immigrants and Immigration to the Early Chesapeake”
11 am - 12:30 pm

Did you ever wonder how the Delmarva Peninsula and Chesapeake regions were first settled? Learn where 17th and early 18th century immigrants came from, and how they established a society on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Presented by Dr. G. Ray Thompson, retired director of the Edward H. Nabb Center for Research at Salisbury University, and a retired professor of history at SU.

“Crochet for Beginners”
2-3:30 pm

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet, here’s your chance to learn. No experience needed for this class. Learn how to hold the hook, what to do with the yarn and some basic stitches.

Presented by fiber arts enthusiast Lara Nagle

Wednesday, January 8th

“Baseball on the Shore”
9-10:30 am

Local baseball historians and fans will offer a retrospective of pro leagues on Delmarva, information about Major League players from the Shore, amateur baseball on the Shore, and  the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, located at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury.

Featuring retired educator Geoff Smoot, former college baseball player, coach and umpire. Four generations of his family are members of the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame.

“You Can Learn Bridge!”
11 am - 12:30 pm

Learn the basics of this challenging and popular card game.

Presented by John Phillips, a local bridge enthusiast, and a member of the Salisbury Duplicate Bridge Club.

“Beautiful Lettering: Basic Italic Calligraphy”
2-3:30 pm

 Learn the techniques of basic letter structure used in the elegant art of calligraphy.

Presented by Anne Taylor of Ink and Annie, and a long-time student of calligraphy, who has studied with calligraphers for the White House to Hallmark.

Thursday, January 9th

“Target Mental Fitness with Exercise”
9-10:30 am

Did you know that exercise can be just as helpful for your brain as it can be for your body? A consistent regimen of purpose-driven movement can help improve quality of sleep, memory, manage depression, anxiety, and increase the amount of oxygen to your brain, which can be therapeutic and restorative.

Presented by Robby Chin and Nick Adams, from MAC’s Richard A. Henson Wellness Center

“Delmarva’s Chicken Industry, Then & Now”
11 am -12:30 pm

 Take a virtual tour of a modern chicken farm, get a historical perspective on Delmarva’s $3.4 billion chicken economy and revisit the Delmarva Chicken Festival.

Presented by James Fisher, communications manager for the Delmarva Poultry Industry

“Grow a Pollinator-Friendly Garden”
2-3:30 pm

Learn why you should welcome, not fear, bees in your garden. Get information and tips on how and why it’s important to encourage and welcome bees and other pollinators to your garden.

Presented by Kate Patton, master gardener and executive director of the Lower Shore Land Trust

Friday, January 10th

“Organize Your Life!”
9-10:30 pm

Learn how to organize your home – and your life! The Organized Mrs. will take you from “putting away Christmas” to sharing tips on organization for every room in your house.

Presented by Sarah Reaves, founder of The Organized Mrs.

“Guilt-Free Healthy Desserts”
11 am - 12:30 pm

Healthy and dessert can coexist. Get ideas for making desserts that you can enjoy, with none of the guilt.

Presented by Gwyneth Bradshaw, personal trainer, yoga instructor and nutritionist at Fixer Upper Fitness in Salisbury

“Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: Assateague’s Wild Horses”
2-3:30 pm

One of the most unique features of the Delmarva shoreline is the wild horses that roam the beaches of Assateague Island National Seashore. Where did they come from and how do they survive in such a salty environment that offers a sparse diet of vegetation? Park Ranger Kelly Taylor will explain it all and tell you how to enjoy these wild creatures safely.

Presented by Kelly Taylor, a park ranger with the National Park Service 14 years. She has worked at Assateague Island National Seashore, and at Biscayne, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks in South Florida

Tuesday, January 14th

“Better Safe Than Sorry”
9-10:30 pm

 Being alert and knowing when to take action is key to safety at home and around town. Join Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan for some New Year tips and advice on home security, safe shopping, cyber safety and more.

Presented by Salisbury City Police Chief Barbara Duncan has served as

“Smith Island Traditions”
11 am - 12:30 pm

Smith Island native Janice Marshall will share stories about life on Smith Island, growing up, living and working on the Chesapeake and being part of a tight-knit community that’s only accessible by boat.

Janice Marshall was born and raised on Smith Island, raised her family there and is active in island awareness

“Laughter is the Best Medicine”
2-3:30 pm

Sandy “Sunshine the Clown” Johnson has spent decades making people of all ages laugh. She will talk about the importance of humor and how it really can make a difference in your life.

Presented by Sandy Johnson, also known as Sunshine the Clown

Wednesday, January 15th

“Origins of New Kingdom Egypt: The Rule of the Female Pharaoh Hatshepsut”
9-10:30 pm

The role of women in society has been a controversial topic since the days of ancient Egypt. This class will examine how the New Kingdom of Egypt came into being, the early pharaohs who created the New Kingdom and the role the female pharaoh Hatshepsut played in the power struggle of the early New Kingdom.

Presented by Dr. G. Ray Thompson, retired professor of history at Salisbury University

“The Lewis & Clark Expedition”
11 am - 12:30 pm

The expedition of Lewis and Clark, starting in 1804, aided enormously the opening of the West for America. The two intrepid leaders survived many of the calamities of wilderness travel. The success of the venture was certain. By 1810, thousands of settlers had launched out to the west, and the United States would be settled by those seekers for their new place in The New World.

Presented by traveler and scholar Eleanor Mulligan

“American Jazz in the 20th Century”
2-3:30 pm

Do you enjoy the swinging, joyful, smooth sounds of the uniquely American style of music that’s known as jazz? Salisbury University professor and trombonist Lee Knier will discuss stylistic styles this musical form takes, and share tips on how to listen to and identify various changes in music.

Lee Knier teaches in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Salisbury University, where he also directs the Salisbury Pops ensemble. He performs regularly with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and has toured with Buddy DeFranco and the Glenn Miller Orchestra

Thursday, January 16th

“Crochet Projects for Beginners”
9-10:30 am

Fiber arts enthusiast Lara Nagle returns to guide participants in completing a simple crochet project to take home.

Presented by fiber arts enthusiast Lara Nagle

“Meet the Impressionists”
11 am -12:30 pm

Embark on a journey through the school of art known as Impressionism and examine a collection of images of Impressionist artwork and portraits of the artists. This session will investigate both the works and personal stories of this collection of artists that includes Camille Pissaro, Eduard Manet, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Frederic Bazille, Pierre Renoir, Berthe Morrisot, Mary Cassat and Gustav Caillebotte.

Presented by Terry Murray, president of the Association for Lifelong Learning

“Build the Birdhouse and They Will Come!”
2-3:30 pm

Build an eco-friendly birdhouse for feathered friends on Delmarva. Participants will work in teams to build a birdhouse using recycled material that will help feathered friends prepare for spring. Each participant will walk away with a new birdhouse ready for spring occupancy.

Presented by Mike Shealey, retired career and technology educator

Friday, January 17th

“New Math for Grandparents”
9-10:30 am

A team of math coaches and tutors will explain to grandparents the mysteries of the “new math” their grandchildren are learning in school, enabling them to engage and assist with homework and other assignments.

Presented by Stacy Dorman and other math coaches from the Wicomico County public School system.

“Stories of Joy and Laughter”
11 am - 12:30 pm

Beth Ohlsson, aka “Maggy MacGregor” of Once Upon A Time, will bring to life stories of joy and laughter. “Molly” will also coax audience members to try their hand at storytelling and invite them to become part of the performance. Discover your inner storyteller and experience the magic of a story well told!

Beth Ohlsson has been telling stories for more than 25 years at festivals, libraries, classrooms and with clients. She also teaches storytelling to inmates at Eastern Correctional Institution, using the power of story to connect incarcerated persons with their children and loved ones

“Democracy in America”
2-3:30 pm

Trace the history of American democracy from its origins in Aristotle’s philosophy and the British constitution, though the development of democracy during the 19th and 20th centuries. Examine the challenge posed to democracy by totalitarianism in World War II and the Cold War, and the apparent triumph of democracy with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Concludes with an exploration of a new crisis now facing democracy in Europe and the United States with the rise of populist movements and authoritarian leaders.

Presented by Donald Whaley, professor emeritus of history at Salisbury University

Tuesday, January 21st

“Booktalk: Best Winter Reads”
9-10:30 am

 Catch up with some of the latest best-selling books.

Presented by Scott Mahler, adult services manager, Wicomico Public library

“Revitalization and Vision: Salisbury’s Future”
11 am - 12:30 pm

It’s hard to miss all the construction, roadwork and detours around the city of Salisbury these days. Salisbury Mayor Jake Day will share some details about what’s going on and how it all fits into his vision and Salisbury’s master plan.

Presented by Salisbury Mayor Jake Day

“African-American Civil War Soldiers from Delmarva”
2-3:30 pm

Maryland’s Eastern Shore is situated alongside a portion of the Mason-Dixon Line. Neither clearly Confederate nor obviously Union, the region was painfully divided during one of our nation’s most difficult periods. Not as well-known are the African-Americans from the region who served as soldiers during the Civil War. This session will explore the service and bravery of these often-forgotten heroes.

Presented by Clara Small, professor emeritus in history at Salisbury University

Wednesday, January 22nd

“iPhone and iPad: Got Apps?”
9-10:30 am

Stumped or overwhelmed with iTechnology and Apple products? Join MAC trainer Janet Parke to learn about some wonderfully useful apps for your iPad and iPhone, as well as some that will expand your possibilities.

Presented by MAC trainer Janet Parke

“Tales of the Presidents’ Wives”
11 am -12:30 pm

Share tales from the fascinating lives of some of the country’s most memorable first ladies.

Presented by Retired Salisbury University history instructor Sylvia Bradley

“Daytime Paint Afternoon: Winter Scene”
2-3:30 pm

You’ve heard about paint nights … now MAC is hosting a Paint Afternoon, and you are invited! Enjoy a relaxing session with paintbrush and canvas. All supplies will be provided to create a lovely winter scene.

Presented by local artist Jessica Schlegal

Thursday, January 23rd

“Android SmartPhones: Got Apps?”
9-10:30 pm

Does your Android smartphone have you stumped? Unravel some of the mysteries and learn how your Android device can keep you better organized, informed and in touch with important people in your life.

Presented by Susan Parker

“Is There A Better Way to Elect a President?
11 am - 12:30 pm

As the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign kicks into high gear. Dr. Harry Basehart will lead a discussion on the origin and operation of the Electoral College, then examine the pros and cons of various reform proposals.

Presented by Dr. Harry Basehart, professor emeritus of political science at Salisbury University

“Beading the Winter Blues”
2-3:30 pm

If you have found yourself admiring the handcrafted beadwork and jewelry at craft fairs or online, this class is for you! Learn the basics of making  jewelry by hand.

Presented by bead jewelry maker Sherryl Livingston

Friday, January 24th

“You Can Learn Bridge: Part 2”
9-10:30 am

Learn the basics of this challenging and popular card game.

Presented by John Phillips, a local bridge enthusiast, and a member of the Salisbury Duplicate Bridge Club.

“Wreaths for All Seasons”
11 am -12:30 pm

Wreaths are more than Christmas decorations! Learn some creative techniques and take home some ideas for wreaths to make for any season.

Presented by closet crafters Susan Parker and Cindy Robinson

"Interactive Musical Finale"
2-3:30 pm

As the 2020 Winter Institute concludes, relax and enjoy musical entertainment.

Presented by local musician Earl Beardsley