OLLI in Seacoast

Exterior Detail of Building

The Seacoast makes use of two Granite State College campuses: 51 International Dr., Portsmouth, NH and 35-E Industrial Way, Rochester, NH. The Portsmouth campus primarily serves as the home for Seacoast OLLI volunteers and most classes.  When combined, nine classrooms provide the capacity for an average of 80 courses offered per year. Field trips known as Out and Abouts may take place on hiking and cross-country trails in and around the greater Seacoast area and at local attractions such as the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Strawberry Banke, Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge and the Isles of Shoals.

The Seacoast provides its membership affiliates with free, casual social events such as Mug and Muffins, lunch bunches and special interest hiking groups. Currently there are an average of 230 members living in the greater Seacoast area affiliated with the Seacoast site.

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


Special Interest Groups


The Seacoast SIG for Handwork meets the third Tuesday of every month at Granite State College, 51 International Dr., Portsmouth from 1:00-3:00 PM. All OLLI members who enjoy knitting, crocheting, wood carving, embroidery, quilting, jewelry-making or any other portable handcraft are encouraged to join this group. If you would like to be added to the email class reminder list, contact Sandy O’Neill at sandy_oneill@comcast.net. The group meets 2/19, 3/19, 4/16, 5/21, 6/18.


Seacoast Hiking SIG Temporarily Suspended.

Due to personal reasons, the leaders of the Seacoast Hiking SIG are suspending the hikes effective immediately. There are a number of people who have expressed interest in participating in this group. Unfortunately weather this winter and personal conflicts have caused this SIG to meet only twice in the past six months. If there is an OLLI member who is willing to step in as the contact person and group leader for this group, please contact Sandy O’Neill at sandy_oneill@comcast.net.

Political Book Club

Seacoast OLLI has formed a political book club as a result of conversations that began in the Great Decisions class that has been offered over the past few years. The group will meet the third Monday of every month at 10:00 AM at Granite State College, Portsmouth. The books discussed will focus on domestic politics and ideas. All opinions are valued and will be part of a respectful conversation. The first book discussed in January was How Democracies Die, by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. The next meeting of the SIG will take place February 18th at 10:00AM and will discuss A Higher Loyalty by James Comey. For more information about the group, contact Bob Milanese, at baseballbob007@gmail.com.


Sample book group imageThis is a new SIG that has formed as a result of a Beginner Ukulele class that was presented on the Seacoast. The SIG will take place on the fourth Friday of the month at GSC Portsmouth at 10:00 AM. Please contact Nan Nutt at nbnutt@yahoo.com to check on availability of space in the group. Group members must provide their own ukuleles.