all events at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted
January 28: Jeffrey Ryan
Talk focusing on: Appalachian Odyssey
Author, speaker, photographer and avid hiker Jeff Ryan was born and raised in Maine. His love of the outdoors was instilled by his parents, who often took him boating along the Maine coast. As an adult, Jeff adopted hiking as his favored mode of exploration. In 1983, he went on his first long-distance hike, a 6-month adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail. He began “section hiking” the Appalachian Trail with his friend Wayne Cyr in 1985; a journey that would take 28 years to complete and culminated in his first book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year hike on America’s trail, published by Down East Books in 2016. When he isn’t writing, researching, hiking or speaking at various venues, Jeff travels North America in his vintage 1985 VW camper.
February 25: Chloë Rowse
Talk focusing on solo thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail
Artist, teacher, athlete, hiker and world traveler, Rowse has been working with children and adults since 2006. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder, licensed Maine Recreational Guide, and Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard. Rowse, who solo thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, coaches coed Ultimate Frisbee and runs several youth Frisbee camps. In 2015, she played on the US Women’s National Team at the World Ultimate Frisbee Championships. Rowse graduated from Maine Coast Waldorf School, Waynflete High School and Colorado College, where she double majored in Education and Studio Art. She has studied German, French, and Italian. She also studied Dutch while living in the Netherlands. When Rowse was 12 years old, she went on her first solo trip to Europe, visiting a pen pal in Germany. She spent two months in India on a Venture Grant from Colorado College, a semester in Italy studying art history and Italian, and traveled to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, Canada, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.
December 5: Winthrop Handbell Ringers | 1:30pm
The popular Winthrop Handbell Ringers will give a holiday themed concert in the King Event Room. The Handbell Ringers have performed together for over 25 years, and will perform a medley of holiday favorites.