Join Coastal Senior College as it celebrates its 10th year of offering quality learning opportunities to people aged 50 and over in Lincoln and Knox Counties. CSC is offering an array of 14 new and two on-going classes of interest to lifelong learners in the Midcoast area.

Due to space limitations, only a brief list of classes follows, so please visit CSCs website at for complete course descriptions.

The fall schedule begins on Mondays with classes taught by two popular instructors. Marilyn Muth’s on-going class, “Writer’s Group,” meets every fourth Monday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Camden Public Library. “Speak Up!,” facilitated by Peter Muth, meets 10 a.m. to noon for eight weeks beginning Sept. 19 at University College at Rockland, and will offer hints and practice voicing one’s opinion when writing letters to the editor. Muth’s first letter to an editor was published when he was 15, and he has had numerous letters printed in The Free Press, the Portland Herald, the Bangor Daily News, and in newspapers and magazines in England, Russia, and Germany.

Tuesday’s offerings begin with a class taught by Ed Wynne, “The Apostle Paul – Appealing? Or Appalling?” which meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for eight weeks beginning Sept. 20 at Chase Point in Damariscotta. The on-going “CSC Coffee House: Current Affairs Discussion Group,” led by Bill Newman, meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Religious Education Annex, St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Rockland. Dr. John Burris is back, presenting “The Human Body: Beautiful and Amazing,” 10 a.m. to 12 noon for five weeks beginning Oct. 11, meeting at University College at Rockland. True to her tradition of offering challenges to her students, Carmen Lavertu’s latest class “Satyagraha, Gandhi, & Nonviolent Political Movements,” meets 1 to 3 p.m. for eight weeks beginning Sept. 20 at the Camden library. This seminar class will explore Satyagraha, the historical revolutionary philosophy of Mohandas Ghandi, which introduces political activism to the age-old dream/philosophy of pacifism.


On Wednesdays, first-time CSC instructor Nathan A. Randall will share his belief that the study of cuisine reveals as much about a society as the study of its arts, politics, and history with “Foodways of Asia: The Study of Culture through Cuisine.” The class meets 10 a.m. to noon for eight weeks beginning Sept. 21 at Schooner Cove in Damariscotta. Randall is a cultural historian holding degrees from Tufts and Smith Colleges and Princeton University and has a lifelong interest in cooking. “Memoir Writing: Finding Your Story,” taught by ever-popular instructor Caroline Janover meets 10 a.m. to noon for six weeks beginning Sept. 21 at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta. Tom McCarthy, a retired U.S Secret Service Special Agent, offers “Terrorism: A Personal Perspective,” 1 to 3 p.m. for four weeks beginning Sept. 21, meeting at University College at Rockland. McCarthy has traveled worldwide – including to war zones – for the Department of State lecturing and providing training to host countries’ security forces. “A Field Course in Old Houses,” has its first meeting 1 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Lincoln Home in Newcastle, but class participants will determine the day and time of future classes. Facilitator Les Fossel is one of Maine’s foremost experts on early buildings and has lectured throughout Maine and the Northeast, including as a faculty member for the University of Southern Maine.

On Thursdays “Exploring Maine’s Wildflowers, Trees and Shrubs,” will meet for eight weeks, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning Sept. 22 at Schooner Cove in Damariscotta. Instructor Joe Gray has taught many popular courses for CSC. “Gifts of Experience: Last Works/Late Styles in Art,” 10 a.m. to noon for eight weeks beginning Sept. 22 meets at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta. Instructor Lucie Bauer has taught art history in a wide range of settings, including Dartmouth College, University College at Thomaston, Rockport College (now Maine Media College), the Maine State Prison and Coastal Senior College. “The Story of You: Gathering the Story You Have Within You,” taught by Alice Dashiell, meets 1 to 3 p.m. for nine weeks beginning Sept. 15 at Thomaston Academy. Her classes have proved so popular her students have requested them to be repeated. Instructor Charmarie Blaisdell helps her students answer the questions, “What is historical truth?” “Can film surpass traditional written history?” with the course “Monarchs, Martyrs, & Mystics: Representing History in Film 1100-1800.” The class meets 1 to 4 p.m. for 10 weeks beginning Sept. 15 at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta. Another new CSC instructor, Woodrow Thompson, presents “Geologic Highlights of Midcoast Maine,” 1 to 4 p.m. for six weeks beginning Sept. 22. The first class is scheduled to meet at Damariscotta River Association Heritage Center in Damariscotta and the following five classes will consist of field trips to various localities in the area between Brunswick and Camden. Since receiving his doctorate from Ohio State University, Thompson has spent much of his career working for the Maine Geological Survey.

Popular instructor Jean Scott Creighton’s “Back to the Future,” 2 to 4 p.m. will meet Fridays for eight weeks beginning Sept. 16 at Thomaston Academy. CSC’s preeminent literature teacher is setting her sights on several interesting works centered on “future time.” Creighton is a poet and mystery writer and has been an instructor for CSC since its inception.

Coastal Senior College, affiliated with the University College at Rockland, has come a long way since it began 10 years ago. It now has a membership of 352, making it the third largest Senior College in Maine. Instructors volunteer their time and expertise, are very knowledgeable, love to teach and are passionate about their subjects.

For more information or to register call 800-286-1594. Or mail registrations, or visit the University College at Rockland, 91 Camden St. Rockland, ME 04841.