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Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning

Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning

If you have a curious mind and love learning, please join this like-minded group. There are no entrance requirements, no tests and we do not grade - this is learning just for the fun of it!


GILL is a member driven organization whose mission is to enrich lives by offering a wide variety of stimulating educational, cultural, and social programs geared toward a diverse community of adults primarily 50 + years, but open to all.


GILL is administered by its own Board of Directors, run in affiliation with the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett College, supported through membership and program fees. Members work together to determine the interests and needs of the group. A program committee is then charged with the tasks of bringing the class to fruition- finding instructors, defining the scope of curriculum and other logistical duties.

Not a member? Join Now! Contact 301-387-3069.

Fall 2018, September - December

GILL Course Descriptions

Date: Thursday, September 13

Time: 8 am - 4:30pm(appx)


Location: Meet at Con Ed parking lot to carpool

Cost: $15

Are yinz inclined to get out of town for some fun in the Burgh? We will start with great views of the city from the Mount Washington Incline. You might hear someone ask, 'jeet jet?' If not, we'll enjoy some new and varied food options (probably with French fries on top) for lunch and then board the Gateway Clipper for a view of the city by river. Learn about the World Records the city holds, find out about the creation of the first emojicon, hear about the mysterious B-25 Bomber that may (or may not) be in the Monongahela River and be entertained by other tales of Pittsburgh lore. Cost of trip does not include food, parking (about $10/12) or the Incline ($5 for adults - 65+ years- free with Medicare ID)

Date: Monday, September 17

Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Instructor: Sue McQuaid

Location: SOC

Cost: $6

Just kidding about your chairs! If you think yoga is all about twisting yourself into a pretzel while meditating in a headstand, think again. Yoga is very beneficial for all ages and body types, improving circulation, balance, flexibility and fostering relaxation. Many exercises can be modified to do in a sitting position (like in a chair.) Yoga instructor Sue McQuaid will lead chair yoga and a beginning balance class; you can incorporate these moves into your exercise routine at home! Wear comfortable clothing and we will provide the chairs.

Date: Wednesday, September 26

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Instructor: Dick Carroll / Bob Newman

Location: McHenry

Cost: Lecture only - $12; Lecture and Fort Necessity visit - $20

Take the day with us to explore a time in local history. Dick Carroll will start the day with a two-hour presentation that will discuss the cause and course of the war that began less than 40 miles from Garrett County. After the morning presentation, we will travel to Fort Necessity and stop for lunch (not included) on the way. Fort Necessity is the actual site where the first shots of the war were fired and to the place where a young George Washington surrendered to the French. Park Service personnel will provide a tour of the park.

Date: Tuesday, October 2

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Instructor: Dick Carroll

Location: SOC

Cost: $12

On the morning of July 11, 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr fought the most famous duel in American history. It was the last battle of the long political war between the two men. When it was over, Hamilton lay dying, Burr's career was over, and the course of a nation was changed forever. Through film and discussion, we will examine the careers of these two prominent figures and the course of events that led to a disastrous end for both.

Date: Thurs, October 4

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Instructor: Miranda Kessel, GRMC Marketing Coordinator and Ruth Chisholm, Dietician

Location: SOC

Cost: $6

Did you know that you do not have to leave the county for a variety of specialty services? Garrett Regional Medical Center has expanded their services to bring quality medical treatment closer to home. Join us for a presentation about the hospitals current services and how they have grown. Also, enjoy a fun presentation and demonstration on healthy snacks and how to prepare them.

Date: Tuesday, October 30

Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm


Location: SOC

Cost: Bring a dish to share (salads, bread, sides or desserts)

Join us for two short TED talks about the amazing world around us, and for a pot luck lunch at the SOC. Videos on the ocean's twilight zone and the world's oldest living things will be presented. The vast, mysterious, virtually unexplored realm hundreds of meters below the ocean's surface may hold a million new species! Heidi M. Sosik of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shares her plan to investigate these uncharted waters. Rachel Sussman shows photographs of the world's oldest continuously living organisms -- from 2,000-year-old brain coral off Tobago's coast to an "underground forest" in South Africa that has lived since before the dawn of agriculture.

Date: Tuesday , October 9

Time: 10:00am – noon

Instructor: Nadine Grabania and Paul Roberts, owners

Location: Deep Creek Cellars, 177 Frazee Ridge Rd.

Cost: $11

The fall colors should be beautiful on the drive to Deep Creek Cellars off Route 42 north of Friendsville! See how the emphasis on genuine craftsmanship creates these artisanal wines. Sample some dry but fruity blends and specialty dessert wines, have an optional tour of the vineyard, and learn about the process of winemaking. Lunch afterward is optional - Pack a picnic lunch to eat on the picnic tables overlooking the mountains, or plan to eat lunch at a local restaurant.

Date: Thursday, October 18

Time: 10am - noon

Instructor: Bob Newman, owner, Porter Newman Custom Woodworking

Location: Bob's basement workshop – directions provided after registration

Cost: $12

Do you have a wobbly chair or a table with a loose leg sitting in the corner that you just can't figure out how to fix? It's really much easier than you think. With the right tools and just a little bit of nerve, you can have that table or cabinet apart and back together again in no time. After a quick tour of the shop and an explanation of the various tools, Bob will repair several pieces of furniture and explain how, with the right glue, clamps and a few simple tools, you can fix almost any piece of furniture around the house. You are welcome to bring along your small project. Presenter Bob Newman spent twenty years as a cabinetmaker, and has done everything from repairing antique comb back chairs that were delivered in a million little pieces to creating exact duplicates of family heirlooms. Space is limited to 10 – call early to register!

Date: Wednesday, November 7

Time: 12:00 – 2:00pm

Instructor: Ann Stuck

Location: UNO's

Cost: FREE except for the food you order for lunch.

Un-Hot Topics offers an opportunity to enjoy lunch and a lively discussion at the same time. We will again assemble at UNO's to discuss topics du jour, as well as to enjoy the fellowship of fellow GILL members over lunch.

Date: Tuesday, November 20 and 27th

Time: 6-8pm

Instructor: Jay Clark

Location: SOC

Cost: $18

Better known as the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941 launched the United States into World War II. This two-night class will examine the causes of the attack, the raid itself and its immediate aftermath. Leading the class will be Jay Clark, who was stationed in Pearl Harbor for 13 years. He volunteered at the former Arizona Memorial for seven of those years and worked there for the National Park Service as a park ranger for an additional two years following retirement from the Navy.

Date: Wednesday, December 5

Time: 2 pm tour begins

Instructor: Amanda Haymans Shane

Location: meet at Con Ed parking lot, McHenry campus at 1 pm

Cost: $16

Back by popular demand, we are off to see the art on display at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Many of the pieces that we viewed last year are still on display, but there are also new items on the infamous "fifth floor" and in the Nemacolin Gallery. Over 1,000 individual pieces make up the Hardy Family Art Collection. With the guidance of Amanda Haymans Shane, NWR Art Activities Supervisor, we will see works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alexander Calder, Fernando Botero and many others. The tour will last approximately one hour but those who would like to stay for dinner and view the holiday light displays can set their own departure time. Meet at the parking lot next to the Continuing Education building to carpool and caravan to Nemacolin. Space is limited to 12, so sign up now!

Sessions are free to GILL members, but registration is a must 301-387-3781

Schedule at a Glance


  • 9/1, What Makes Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, 8:00am – 4:30pm, Field Trip
  • 9/17, Chair Yogaa, 11:00am – noon, SOC
  • 9/16, French and Indian War Lecture,9:00am – 11:00am, McHenry
  • 9/16, Trip to Fort Necessity, 1:00pm - 3:00pm


  • 10/2, The Duel- Hamilton & Burr, 10am-noon, SOC
  • 10/4, Local Health Services & Healthy Snacking, 10:00am – 11:30am, SOC
  • 10/9, Vineyard and Wine, 10:00am – noon, Deep Creek Cellars
  • 10/18, Woodworking, 10:00am - noon
  • 10/30, Soup and Ted, noon – 2:00pm, SOC


  • 11/7, Un-Hot Topics,noon- 2pm, Uno's
  • 11/20 & 11/27, The Hawai’i Operation, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, SOC


  • 12/5, Nemacolin Art and Holiday Lights Tour, 2:00pm - 7:00pm