OLLI in Concord

Close up of Granite State College in Concord, NH

The Concord campus of Granite State College, 25 Hall St. Concord NH, serves as the home for Concord OLLI volunteers and most classes. Six classrooms, a large Event Center and an active, effective volunteer Curriculum Committee provide the capacity for more than 100 courses per year.  Field trips may take place at attractions in and around the capital city such as the Hopkinton Historical Society, the Veterans’ Cemetery in Boscawen, and the Federal Court House in Concord.

Besides courses, Concord offers its members free, casual social events such as Mug ‘n’ Muffins, Game Days, Book Club, and Lunch Bunch outings.  Currently some 350 members living in Concord and the surrounding towns are affiliated with the Concord site.

OLLI members are welcome to take courses at any of the four OLLI Sites.


News

Events

Meetings and events are held on the Zoom platform.  Email Jacki Fogarty at JGerson228@aol.com  for contact information on any meeting or event in which you are interested.

Meetings - all members are welcome to attend, but you must request a zoom link to get in:

  • Central Committee meets the second Monday of every month at 10:00 a.m.
  • Curriculum Committee meets the third Friday of every month at 10:00 a.m.
  • Membership/Events Committee meets the second Friday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

Events-

  • Game Day - - March 26, 2:00 p.m. -- play Pyramid, Fictionary and anything else we come up with! Fun guaranteed!  RSVP to JGerson228@aol.com by March 24 to receive your zoom link.
  • Mug 'n' Muffin -- March 17, 1:00 p.m.  -- Coincidences and Luck--tell your stories about coincidences you've experienced and times when luck played a part in your life.

 

Special Interest Groups

Concord Chapter Chat

Meeting by Zoom on the second Monday of every month at 12:30 p.m. To receive an invitation with a link, email Mary Davies at marbob75@yahoo.com by 11:00 a.m. on the Monday of the meeting.

March 8  Writers and Lovers by Lily King
Discussion leader: Barbara Meyers

Set in Boston in 1977, 31-year-old Casey is determined to finish her first novel and meanwhile is waiting tables. Her mother died recently and this loss is always in the background. The novel explores rejection, insecurity, anxiety as well as grief. Note there is a change in the March selection.

April 12  A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum
Discussion leader: Martha Walsh

This is the story of three generations of Palestinian women who have been oppressed by their culture. Isra was born in Palestine but brought to America in an arranged marriage. Deya is a high school senior dreaming of college but her grandmother wants her to marry in their culture. Traditions, secrets, shame, loneliness and depression are themes in this look at the life of conservative Arab women living in the U.S.

May 10  The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Discussion leader: Andrea Douglas
June 14  The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
Discussion leader: Mary Davies

Movie Club

The Movie Club meets weekly, Mondays at 3:00 p.m.  Members choose a film to watch before the next meeting, one member leads a discussion of the movie and film-related information.  Contact for a Zoom link to participate: Jacki Fogarty, JGerson228@aol.com

Creative Writing

Meets every other Thursday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.  Members work on writing exercises which are shared and constructive feedback offered.  Contact for a Zoom link and more information:  Marilyn Astell, mastell@comcast.net

The following three SIGs are inactive while we are on COVID precautions, but will resume when in-person classes and activities resume.  

OLLI Garden Friends

For OLLI members who enjoy gardening, this SIG includes visits to members' gardens and gardening events, sharing ideas, resources and seeds, swapping plants and otherwise exploring all things associated with growing things. Meeting May through September, the group leader is Donna Frost, dfrost49@hotmail.com, (603) 648-2386. Look for information in OLLI Outlook.

Concord Piecemakers Quilting Group

Members with a love of quilting and camaraderie will find both in ample supply in the Piecemakers Quilting Group. These avid quilters (who will welcome members who are new to quilting as well!) meet on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at Granite State College from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In addition to working on special projects of their own, this group enjoys field trips to quilting shows. If you have an interest in the quilting SIG, please contact Marilyn Astell at mastell@comcast.net.

OLLI Concord Area Hiking

OLLI members who love to hike will enjoy the opportunity to hike various trails around Concord. The group will generally hike once a month on a Saturday at a location selected by the members of the group at the end of each hike. The hiking SIG has a website with information about its purpose, its rules and contact information so you can stay informed on the latest info and upcoming hikes. The group intends to hike year-round. Follow this link to access the website: https://hikeconcordolli.home.blog and join the fun!