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Events

Be sure to register early for any of these fun learning opportunities that come as a benefit of LLI membership. Many events are free, but space is limited. Please register for special events using the form in the back of the catalog; or download a PDF (coming soon!). If you are confirmed for an event that requires a fee, you will be notified where to send your check. If you later discover that you cannot attend an event for which you have registered, please contact the LLI Office (lifelonglearning@vt.edu or 540-231-4364) so that someone else can use your place. There will be no refunds for fee-based events; however, you may find a substitute if you are unable to attend.

How to Register for Special Events
Register for special events using the form provided in the catalog or download a PDF (Check back.). There is no online registration for special events. LLI volunteers will handle special event registration. You must first register as a member (either online or by paper) to participate in Special Events. Follow the mailing instructions on the form. Many special events are free. If you are confirmed for an event that requires a fee, follow the instructions in the catalog to make payment. Please do not send or deliver cash to Continuing and Professional Education.

For questions concerning special event registration, please contact the LLI Registrar at 540-231-4364 or email lifelonglearning@vt.edu.

Sneak Peek!

Special Events and Tours

Every Monday

Reel Talk: Mondays at the Lyric

Time: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Lyric Theatre, 135 College Avenue, Blacksburg
Class Limit: None
Cost: Free for discussion; fee for movie admission

Presented in Partnership with the Lyric Theatre

Do you love going to the historic Lyric to see movies? Then this after-the-movie discussion group is just for you. Each Monday anyone can gather after the 10:00 a.m. matinee for informal conversation about the week's movie. Attend any of the scheduled viewings and come to discuss any movie that interests you. Register with LLI to receive email reminders (weekly start time may vary depending on movie length). Film conversations are open to anyone who wishes to participate, so bring a friend. Brown bag if you wish, or go out to eat afterwards with new friends.

Thursday, September 27

Really Local Food: A Field Trip to Glade Road Growing

Time:Farm tour: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Food and beverages served until 9:00 p.m.
Location: 2351 Glade Rd, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 25
Cost: Tour is free; food and beverages afterward on your own

Presented in partnership with the New River Land Trust

Just down Glade Road in Blacksburg, not far past housing developments and within Town limits, lies the Bixler easement. This 48-acre property is under a conservation easement and is home to Glade Road Growing and a variety of small businesses that provide vegetables, eggs, chickens, beer, local music and local flavor. Join the New River Land Trust for a tour of the farm property and see what's growing! Stick around after the tour for food, beer and music with Tabula Rasa and Rising Silo Brewery. (Cost of beer and food are not included in the tour.) Wear shoes for walking on uneven ground and be prepared for the weather.

Friday, September 28, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
OR
Thursday, November 1, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Blacksburg History by Bus

Location: Meet 15 minutes ahead of departure time at the Blacksburg Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Drive
Class Limit: 22 per trip
Cost: $5 payable to Blacksburg Parks & Recreation

Join Hugh Campbell for a tour of Blacksburg's historic sites, including the eastern divide, the old 16-squares downtown, Smithfield, Mountain View, Solitude, the Alexander Black House, and a few locations on the Tech campus. Hugh will comment on the importance of water and geography in the early settlement and share background on the influential settlers who shaped our region. Expect some walking and standing at selected sites.

Bus transportation provided by Blacksburg Parks and Recreation. Register with LLI on the special event form in this catalog, then pay by credit card for the bus tour through the Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Department; please call Joy Herbert at 540-443-1142. Your registration is not confirmed until payment is received.

Friday, September 28

Protecting Yourself Online and Other Useful Technology Advice

Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Hillel at Virginia Tech
Class Limit: 15
Cost: Free

Many seniors have embraced new technologies, then find themselves vulnerable to online predators or perplexed about how to manage their devices and safely use the internet. Join us for a presentation that offers useful tips about how to protect your data, pictures, and files from hackers or technological failures. The presenter will demystify terms that may confuse you (so what is the Cloud and how does it work?), share some tips about more secure passwords, review easy ways to detect and deflect email and phone scams, and suggest options for backing up your information. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops and/or devices so that questions can be asked and answered and laptops checked to be sure that the virus protection is turned on. This session is most appropriate for less experienced users and/or those concerned about internet security.

PRESENTER(S)

Mark Stein is a computer science major at Virginia Tech. He is a volunteer with the Computer Science Community Service program that provides one-on-one assistance to seniors each Friday afternoon at the Blacksburg Community Center. He enjoys helping seniors learn to use their devices and become more comfortable with technology.

Thursday, October 4

Who Gets to be American? Immigration Policy and U.S. Values

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Roger E. Hedgepeth Chambers, Blacksburg Municipal Building 300 South Main Street, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 100
Cost: Free

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County- Radford City-Floyd County NAACP. The public is welcome. Advance registration by LLI members is appreciated; non-members do not need to register.

Immigration is a contentious issue in the United States. Questions have been raised about whether immigrants, especially those from certain countries, are inclined to violence, slow to assimilate, and threatening to the jobs of Americans—or whether they are an engine of entrepreneurship, necessary to a healthy economy, and a source of strength in diversity. Should we build a border wall? Should immigration policies restrict people from South and Central America and the Middle East? How should DACA be resolved? What are the roles of Congress, the Courts, and the Executive branch of government in establishing and enforcing immigration policy? When people are so passionate about their beliefs, how do we sort through the discord to identify facts and determine policies consistent with U.S. values and goals? Join three faculty members from Virginia Tech who will help us understand the economic and policy issues of immigration.

PANELISTS AND TOPICS

Melinda Miller, Associate Professor of Economics
The History and Economics of Immigration in the U.S.

Karen Hult, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
Roles and Activities of Presidents and Federal Agency Officials

Nicholas Goedert, Assistant Professor of Political Science
The Role of Congress and the Courts in Implementing and Enforcing Immigration Policy

MODERATOR

David Clubb, Director of the Cranwell International Center, Virginia Tech

Wednesday, October 10

A Drone by Any Other Name

Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Drone Park Classroom & Netted Flight Facility on Oak Lane, VT Campus
Park at the Duck Pond Overflow parking lot
Class Limit: 20
Cost: Free

An Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Virginia Tech is a leader in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) research and development, education, and UAS flight volume, so it comes as no surprise that Virginia Tech is also the busiest of the seven Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designated UAS Test Sites. Virginia Tech students are also using drones to deliver medicine in remote areas of Africa as well as leading the nation in intercollegiate drone racing. So, what is all the buzz about drones? What's the difference between a drone and a UAS? What's the future of unmanned flight? Our presenter is a career aviator and safety professional who manages the FAA test site and Drone Park at VT. He will introduce us to unmanned aircraft systems, provide a brief history of remotely-piloted flight and Virginia Tech's role in UAS research and development. Weather permitting, he will offer a hands-on demonstration of some small UAS (sUAS) technology in the nation's largest netted flight facility. Hokies really do fly!

PRESENTER(S)

Greg Calvert is the UAS Safety and Drone Park Manager for the Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnership located on the Virginia Tech campus.

Violent Universe at the Radford University Planetarium

Time: Friday, October 12
Location: Radford University Planetarium
Class Limit: 55
Cost: Free
Car pool or drive yourself; RU parking passes will be provided

The Radford University Planetarium welcomes you as we tour the sky, and then experience the full dome show Violent Universe. See comets, asteroids, and meteors hurtling through space; stars collapsing under their own gravity; and infernos of nuclear energy releasing their deadly radiation across the universe. Witness the raw power of the cosmos in this thrilling show that gives you a front-row seat to watch as worlds collide! This show is produced by Evans & Sutherland and narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men films. After the show we will discuss what you saw and answer whatever questions you may have. [This show is a repeat for those who attended in fall 2016.]

PRESENTER(S)

Rhett Herman is Professor of Physics at Radford University. He directs the RU Planetarium, teaches both physics and geophysics courses, and leads student strips to Barrow, Alaska to conduct sea ice research.

Part 1: Gathering plants Friday, October 12, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Part 2: Making Wreaths Sunday, November 11, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Wreath Making at Historic Smithfield

Activity takes place on TWO dates; registered participants attend BOTH dates.
Location: Historic Smithfield
Class Limit: 10
Cost: $40
NOTES: Register with LLI using the Special Event registration form in catalog; follow instructions for submission. Then mail your check to: Historic Smithfield, 1000 Smithfield Plantation Road, Blacksburg 24060. Include a notation on your check that it is for LLI Holiday Wreath Making. Questions about payment should be addressed to Smithfield staff, 231-3947.

Presented in partnership with Historic Smithfield

In October, Historic Smithfield staff and the local garden club will help you gather and dry grapevine and other natural items collected from the property for your project. Then you return in November to make a beautiful holiday wreath reflecting the decorating traditions of Early America. Come dressed appropriately for outdoors in October and for craft work in November.

Tuesday, October 16

Gone with the Wind: A New Look at Bird Migration

Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Warm Hearth Village Center
Class Limit: 75
Cost: Free

This presentation is open to residents of Warm Hearth Village

Blacksburg is a wonderful place for bird watchers because of the change of seasons and different species of breeding birds, wintering birds, and those species that pass through our area during the seasonal migration period. After decades of bird banding there are many recent techniques which help us understand bird migration. In addition, we now have a better understanding of the internal "GPS" system that birds use for navigation to and from their wintering and breeding grounds. Birds may be among the first animals to demonstrate the effect of climate change which could change breeding ranges of our local birds.

PRESENTER(S)

Jerry Via is Assistant Dean Emeritus, VT College of Science, where he taught the freshmen biology courses and managed student advising over a 37 year period. His specialty is ornithology; he is president of the New River Valley Bird Club.

Wednesday, October 17

Private Tour of Historic Smithfield

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Historic Smithfield, 1000 Smithfield Plantation Road, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 15
Cost: $8 payable to Historic Smithfield
Note: Register with LLI using the Special Event registration form in catalog. Then mail your check to: Historic Smithfield, 1000 Smithfield Plantation Road, Blacksburg 24060. Include a notation on your check that it is for the LLI Private Tour, October 17. Questions about payment should be addressed to Smithfield staff, 231-3947.

Presented in partnership with Historic Smithfield

Have you recently moved to the area or never had a chance to tour Historic Smithfield? Then now is the time to take a private tour for LLI members only. Smithfield was the home of William Preston, a leader of westward expansion and a prominent Southwestern Virginia Revolutionary War patriot. Completed in 1774, it was Fincastle county's political and social center, and a beacon and destination for thousands of settlers moving west to seek new land and opportunity. Smithfield stands today as the finest example of an original, pre- Revolutionary structure in Western Virginia.

Friday, October 19

Red Sun Farms and Pulaski Grow Field Trip

Time: Meet at 9:30 a.m., Inn at Virginia Tech parking lot. Return approximately 3:00 p.m.
Location:
Class Limit: 18
Cost: $15 payable by credit card online to AARP Blacksburg Chapter, http://www.blacksburgaarp.org/events
Van transportation provided

Calling all locavores! In this age of knowing where and how your food is produced, the New River Valley has many regional resources. Red Sun Farms in Dublin is the largest fully integrated high-tech greenhouse in North America to own and operate farms in all three NAFTA countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The operating philosophy of "From Our Seeds to Your Plate" closes the gap between grower, retailer, and consumer. Incorporating non-GMO seeds, year-round growing, and multiple distribution centers, Red Sun is able to minimize distance and time to deliver fresh, healthful produce. The acres under roof and technical equipment for this huge operation will interest LLI members from both business and gardening points of view.

Lunch will be served at the Blue Door Restaurant at the Draper Mercantile. As a historic site and longstanding local tradition, the Draper Mercantile has been a gathering place for the community for over 125 years.

After lunch, we'll get a different take on fresh food at the smaller aquaponic operation, Pulaski Grow, in Draper. This business provides locally grown food to the community while preparing youth for the business world through intensive, hands-on job training.

Van transportation will be provided. Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes. You'll be provided with protective clothing at Red Sun Farms - to protect the plants and the greenhouse environment, not your clothes!

Wednesday, October 24

Bus Tour of Craig County Barn Quilts and Lunch at the Old Brick Hotel

Time: Depart: 9:30 a.m. from the Blacksburg Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Drive. Please arrive by 9:15 a.m.; return by 4:00 p.m.
Location: Blacksburg Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Drive
Class Limit: 22
Cost: $36 includes transportation, guided tours, and lunch, payable to Blacksburg Parks and Recreation

Since 2014 Martha Dillard, a regional artist from Craig County, has painted over 110 richly patterned quilt squares, many with their own story surrounding the design choice. Approximately 40 are installed on buildings around Craig County. Each square raised money for the volunteer-supported Craig County Public Library.

We'll travel to nearby beautiful Craig County by bus and visit several examples of barn quilt art installed on barns and buildings. We will tour the three-story Old Brick Hotel in New Castle that was built in the 1840s and have a family-style luncheon presented by the Craig County Historical Society.

Bus transportation and trip coordination is provided by Blacksburg Parks and Recreation. Register with LLI on the special event form in this catalog, then pay by credit card for the field trip through the Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Department; please call Joy Herbert at 540-443-1142. Your registration is not confirmed until payment is received. This is a rain or shine event.

Thursday, November 1

Wine Tasting and Social at Whitebarrel Winery

Time: 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location:Whitebarrel Winery, 4025 Childress Road, Christiansburg
Class Limit: 75
Cost: $25 (payment to Whitebarrel Winery)

Co-sponsored by AARP Blacksburg Chapter

Join LLI and AARP members for a fun time at Whitebarrel Winery. The winery will provide either a wine tasting or a glass of wine, and three hot appetizers and a salad. Connect with LLI classmates and get to know them better and make new friends too.

Please pay through the Whitebarrel Winery website: http://whitebarrel.com/product/aarp-lli-1_nov_2018/

Tuesday, November 6

Know Your Community: TimeBanking

Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Warm Hearth Village Center
Class Limit: 50
Cost: Free

This event is open to residents of Warm Hearth Village and the general public.

A TimeBank helps to connect people to exchange skills and services, using time rather than dollars. When members provide one hour of service for someone, they earn one Time Credit. They can then spend this Time Credit by receiving an hour of service from someone else. The possibilities for exchange are endless and may include home repair, animal care, yard work, cooking lessons, computer instruction, etc. All services are valued equally, and all members are respected for what they have to offer. It is an old idea made new - the idea that our community is stronger when neighbors make a practice of helping each other. In this orientation session, participants will learn how the TimeBank works and the ins and outs of setting up a personal account to exchange skills and services.

PRESENTER(S)

Ellen Stewart is the Project Coordinator of the New River Valley TimeBank.

Wednesday, November 7

Field Trip to Edith Bolling Wilson Home, Wytheville

Time: Depart: 9:30 a.m. from the Blacksburg Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Drive. Please arrive by 9:15 a.m.; return approximately 2:30 p.m.
Location: Blacksburg Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Drive
Class Limit: 22
Cost: $41 includes transportation, museum entrance, and lunch, payable to Blacksburg Parks and Recreation

Discover Edith Bolling Wilson's birthplace, family home and presidential historic site in downtown Wytheville. As one of only eight historic sites across the country dedicated to the interpretation of a First Lady, this museum tells the story of the overlooked, yet vitally important role Edith Bolling Wilson played in the White House at a pivotal moment during World War I, earning her such labels as "The Secret President" and "The First Woman President." Mrs. Wilson, a portrayal of her life before her marriage to Woodrow and after his death, will be presented at the museum.

Lunch will be served at the Bolling Wilson Hotel restaurant, Graze on Main, conveniently located across the street from the museum.

A different presentation/reenactment, From Wytheville to The White House: Woodrow and Edith On the Road, will be presented at the Sampler class, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9:00 - 10:15, at Warm Hearth Village. Field trip travelers are welcome to attend the Sampler presentation without registering for the class.

Bus transportation and trip coordination is provided by Blacksburg Parks and Recreation. Register with LLI on the special event form in this catalog, then pay by credit card for the field trip through the Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Department; please call Joy Herbert at 540-443-1142. Your registration is not confirmed until payment is received.

Friday, November 9

Make a Metal Casting with VT FIRE

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Kroehling Advanced Materials Foundry 145 Inventive Lane, Building 334 (Plantation Road), Blacksburg
Class Limit: 20
Cost: Free

Virginia Tech is home to the Kroehling Advanced Materials Foundry, a premier facility for producing metal castings. The foundry has equipment for making sand molds and investment casting molds, melting all types of metals, and finishing the castings produced. VT FIRE provides exceptional educational and research opportunities for engineering and art students to design, create, and cast metal objects in a world-class facility using best-practice scientific and safety procedures. LLI members are invited to tour the foundry, learn a little bit about metal casting, make a mold, watch the mold poured in gray cast iron, watch the casting finishing process, and then take their casting home.

This is a fun learning event with a chance to peek into a special VT laboratory and try your hand at casting. Long pants and natural fiber clothes are recommended. Closed toe shoes are a requirement.

PRESENTER(S)

Alan P. Druschitz, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is our host for this event. Participating students are part of VT-FIRE (Foundry Institute for Research and Education).

Monday, November 12

Enjoy Free Movies, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks and More on Your Devices

Time: Two sessions
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Apple Devices
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Android Devices
Location: Blacksburg Library Community Room 200 Miller Street, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 10 per session
Cost: Free

Enjoy Movies, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks and More on your Apple Devices (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

Bring your Apple device (such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod) and library experts will teach you how to watch movies, read eBooks, listen to audiobooks and music, and more, all for free from Hoopla and your Library. Your device will need to have at least iOS 9.3.5 to use the Hoopla app; download Hoopla from the App Store. You will need your Apple ID and Password.

Enjoy Movies, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks and More on your Android Devices (2:00 - 4:00 p.m.)

Bring your Android phone (such as a Samsung Galaxy, LG, Nexus) or tablet, and library experts will teach you how to watch movies, read eBooks, listen to audiobooks and music, and more, all for free from Hoopla and your Library. Your device will need to have at least Android 4.0 (Fire OS 5.0 for Kindle Fires) to use the Hoopla app; download Hoopla from the Google Play Store. You will need your Google Account and Password.

For both sessions, you will need:

  • A Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library card in good standing
  • Hoopla App downloaded in advance

The library offers 'book-a-librarian' appointments for one-on-one learning if you need assistance in advance of the class with accessing the app store to download the Hoopla App.

Monday, November 12

Disrupting Pipelines of Inequality - Dialogue on Race

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Warm Hearth Village Center
Class Limit: 75
Cost: Free

Hosted by the Dialogue on Race Steering Committee
This event is open to Warm Hearth residents and the general public.

You have read the headlines, seen the photos, videos, and social media postings about…well pipelines. No, these aren't the ones carrying gas through our Appalachian Mountains, these are the ones that start at birth and feed into our jails and prisons. They start before a child enters school and continue through her graduation. These pipelines, and there are many, carry the injustices against black people in America from many generations past to today.

What form do these pipelines take here in our community? What issues do Montgomery County African Americans point to as most important to them and their lives here? And what is being done to end racial injustice here?

Join members of Dialogue on Race (www.dialogueonrace.info) to learn which areas are of concern and what changes have happened in recent years in our community. The group's recent strides include a summer summit focused on public education that included parents, students, teachers and every principal of every school - more than 200 people participated in this milestone event! The law enforcement focus includes participation - monthly - by every police chief and the sheriff in our county. The white privilege/Jim Crow focus offers story circle facilitation and training for groups and institutions engaging in dialogue about these issues. The limited presence group gathers data and supports expansion of black representation on boards and elected positions. This concerted effort and its institutional community engagement level is likely unmatched by any other county in the nation.

What is making this work pivotal and why is it happening here? Learn about this work and ask your own questions during this event.

PRESENTER(S)

Members of the Dialogue on Race Steering Committee: Penny Franklin, Lisa Garcia, Andy Morikawa, Wornie Reed, Debbie Sherman-Lee and Martha Ann Stallings.

Tuesday, November 13

Using Science to Overcome Educational, Health, and Social Disparities

Time: 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Warm Hearth Village Center
Class Limit: 75
Cost: Free

This lecture by VTCRI distinguished researchers and faculty is open to residents of Warm Hearth Village and the general public.

Societal racism, oppression of those living in poverty, and marginalization of those with disabilities/differences have exerted powerful harm on the development of young children, all too often limiting their opportunities for educational achievement, lifelong health, and social well-being and productivity. Carefully controlled experiments consistently demonstrate that we can realize major transformations for children born into challenging life conditions by applying well-known principles of human learning and emerging knowledge about the interface between the environment and heredity. The scope and enduring nature of these changes, some lasting as long as five decades, produced by "using science" warrant careful study and understanding. The results also comprise a call to action for our communities. A transdisciplinary framework for data analysis and decision-making will be proposed, with the goal of engaging multiple perspectives about the value and the limits of science in today's dynamic, complex, and politically charged world.

PRESENTER(S)

Sharon Landesman Ramey is a Distinguished Scientist and Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; and Chief Science Officer for Human Development for the City of Roanoke. She has conducted pioneering research on the early origins of children's cognitive, social, and emotional competence. Her research includes rigorous testing of innovative treatment interventions for children with developmental disabilities, landmark studies of the impact of the social ecology on quality of life for individuals with intellectual disabilities, longitudinal studies that address health and educational disparities, and innovative early childhood and parenting programs to improve the educational and health outcomes of children. With her husband, Dr. Craig Ramey, she has written award-winning parenting books that became the companion volumes to two PBS television series, "Right from Birth" and "Going to School."

Craig Ramey is Professor and Distinguished Research Scholar of Human Development at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Human Development at Virginia Tech; Professor of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; and Chief Science Officer for Human Development for the City of Roanoke. His program of research centers on the role of early experience, especially education across the human lifespan, in the development of competence and robust health.

Pre-performance Panel: What Is Memory?

Wednesday, November 14

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cube, Moss Arts Center
Class Limit: 35 LLI members
Cost: Panel discussion and light snacks free; beer and wine available for purchase

Presented in partnership with the Moss Arts Center in conjunction with Theatre Re's performance of the Nature of Forgetting

What do we know about memory and what remains a mystery? Explore these questions and more, led by panelists in the arts, social services, and neuroscience. Refreshments and the panel discussion take place just before the performance of The Nature of Forgetting by Theatre Re at the Moss Arts Center

Tickets for the 7:30 performance should be purchased from the Moss Arts Center, https://artscenter.vt.edu/. This engagement of Theatre Re is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

PANELISTS

Rachel Diana, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, VT

Tina King, Executive Director, New River Valley Agency on Aging

Rachel Weaver, Assistant Professor, School of Visual Arts, VT

MODERATOR

Harald Sontheimer, Executive Director, VT School of Neuroscience

Monday, December 3

Holiday Tea at Historic Smithfield

Time: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Historic Smithfield, 1000 Smithfield Plantation Road, Blacksburg
Class Limit: 24
Cost: $20 payable to Historic Smithfield
Note: Register with LLI using the Special Event registration form in catalog; follow instructions for submission. Then mail your check to: Historic Smithfield, 1000 Smithfield Plantation Road, Blacksburg 24060
Include a notation on your check that it is for the LLI Holiday Tea, December 3. Questions about payment should be addressed to Smithfield staff, 231-3947.

Presented in partnership with Historic Smithfield

Enjoy a private Holiday Tea and music as you relax in Colonel William Preston's home. Smell the evergreens, absorb the history, shop in the museum store, and celebrate with your friends. This year, Smithfield will highlight early Welsh culture in the New River Valley, with a focus on food, lead mining, and music. Appalachian scholar/musician, Ricky Cox, will join the group once again with his stories and songs.


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