Registration Open For EPL's Spring Learning Series

By: Cape Cod Chronicle

Topics: Eldredge Public Library

Navy personnel listen for Nazi communications at the Chatham Marconi Station during World War II. The station's role in intercepting enemy communications will be one of the subjects of an upcoming program at the Spring Learning Series at the Eldredge Public Library.

CHATHAM – The Spring 2019 Learning Series at the Eldredge Public Library kicks off March 29. Sponsored by the Friends of The Eldredge Public Library, the courses meet at the library except for the film course which meets at The Chatham Orpheum Theatre, golf at Eastward Ho! County Club and American Songbook at the community center.

Suggested donation is $15 per course unless otherwise noted. Registration forms are available at the library or online at

Courses include Spring is for the Birds, starting March 29, focusing on coastal water birds, birds of prey and songbirds, taught by Mark Faherty and naturalists from the Wellfleet wildlife Sanctuary. Beginning April 1 there are six sessions of Spanish Conversation featuring pronunciation, making polite conversation and how to ask basic questions taught by Cindy Doutrich, a retired college teacher and author of two textbooks.

How to Read Palms also begins April 1 taught by attorney and palm reader Catherine Collins. Military historian Michael McNaught returns April 2 with the Road to Appomattox. Stewart Goodwin, popular lecturer at Cape Cod Community College's Academy for Lifelong Learning, will provide insight into Putin in a course beginning April 2.

April 3 marks the debut of Kay DeFord with the Learning Series. The veteran director of many plays at venues around Cape Cod will teach From Page to Stage. The class will read a play and explore the choices a director faces in bringing a production to fruition. The class is limited to 12.

Insects, Everything You’ve Wondered and Never Asked begins April 4 taught by three prominent Cape Cod educators about the bad (ticks), the good (those beneficial to plants) and the beautiful (butterflies).

Kerry Brown will examine the Shakespeare drama “Antony and Cleopatra” starting April 9. His treatment of the play shows why it marks a crucial moment in the playwright’s development as a dramatist.

John Whelan and Steve Bornemeier are back with more of the American Songbook starting April 10. They review the lives and songs of composers and lyricists Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer and other legends of Broadway. The Triumph of the Suffrage Movement: 1848-1920 beginning April 23 will be taught by John Kennedy, a veteran Learning Series teacher. The Evolution of the String Quartet: From Haydn to Carter starts April 26 taught by Matthew Scinto, the founder and conductor of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra.

The Hungry Traveler: Visiting New Lands Via Their Kitchens starts May 1at The Orpheum taught by Carol Yindra. Sites include Cuba, the Philippines and Provincetown. Food samples will be provided after each screening.

The first of two sessions of Inside the Cape Cod Baseball League starts May 7 with Mike Geylin, general manager of the Chatham Anglers, and Stewart Hesch, assistant GM. Learn about the history and development of the League which produces hundreds of major leaguers each year and will start its 134th season in June.

Ireland’s Troubled Past and Present, starting May 6, will be taught by Richard Finnegan, professor at Stonehill College and currently the president of the Eire Society of Boston.

Golf at Eastward Ho!, Short Game School, will be offered at Eastward Ho! May 7 and 14. The PGA assistant professional at the course gives one-hour sessions of short game instruction. Enrollment is limited to six in each of four sessions.

Madeline Bickert, MBA, the lead interior designer of Décor Rx, sets forth Smart Strategies for Updating Your Home in two session May 9 and 16. Encryption of Secret Messages Through the Ages from Rome to the Internet will be held May 29 and June 5. The course will focus on Chatham’s role in World War II in intercepting transmissions of the Nazi High Command. Dick Kraycir, past executive director and president of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, leads the course.

The Dutch Delta Works: One of the Seven wonders of the Modern World is scheduled for June 6 and 13 and is taught by Steve Emery, a highly accomplished guide at Chatham Marconi Maritime Center and frequent lifetime learning teacher. Miniature Paintings: Landscapes and Seascapes begins June 12 and is limited to 12 participants. DeWayne Stallings, is a master teacher with 25 years experience in miniatures painting.