News October Classes Released For The Garrett Institute For Lifelong Learning - Garrett College

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Campus News

September 10th, 2019

October classes released for the Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning

The Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning (GILL) group, operating under Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development, recently announced the upcoming fall classes for October. GILL members seek to enrich their lives by participating in stimulating education, cultural and social programs. As such, the topic sessions are developed by the group.

Alpacas at River's Edge Farm

October 2nd, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Oldtown, Md.

River's Edge Farm breeds and boards alpacas on 35 acres nestled in the picturesque mountains of western Maryland overlooking the Potomac River. Meet the alpaca breeding herd and a rotating menagerie of horses, goats, ducks and other friendly farm animals. Alpaca fleece is soft, durable, and luxurious, which provides for silky, natural fiber. While similar to sheep's wool, alpaca fleece is warmer, not prickly, and contains no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Following the farm tour, GILL members may take a lunch break at School House Kitchen in Oldtown. Members are to meet at the Continuing Education parking lot in McHenry for departure at 9:30 a.m., or can also meet at the farm for the 11 a.m. scheduled tour. Cost to attend is $9.

Laurel Caverns

October 16th, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Laurel Caverns, Farmington, Pa.

Join us for a one-hour guided tour of Laurel Caverns, one of the deepest caves in the United States. Laurel Caverns is a calcareous sandstone cave; the stalactites have been geologically replaced by highly sculptured sandstone walls pre-designed by wind currents millions of years ago. It is approximately 150 feet from the visitor center to the lowest point on this tour, which is only a third of the way to the cave's lowest point. Members have the option to participate in a shorter, more level modified tour. Note: if walking up five flights of steps is challenging, the modified tour is recommended. It is highly recommended to wear sturdy shoes and bring a jacket for the 52-degree temperature in the cave. Members are to meet at the Continuing Education parking lot in McHenry for departure at 9:30 a.m. to carpool, or can also meet at the caverns by 10:30 a.m. The cost for the one-hour tour is $14, and $12 for the modified half hour tour.

Tour and Tasting at Tall Pines Distillery

October 24, 10:45 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tall Pines Distillery, Salisbury, Pa.

Tall Pines is the first legal Moonshine distillery in Somerset County since prohibition. Learn how the company makes their hand-crafted products using traditional recipes and sample some of their distinct flavors. Following the tour those who are interested may take a lunch break at Morguen Toole Company in Meyersdale. Members are to meet at the Continuing Education parking lot in McHenry for departure at 10:45 a.m. to carpool, or meet at the distillery for the tour beginning at 11:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $9.

Un-Hot Topics

October 30, 12 noon – 2 p.m., Deep Creek Lake UNO's

If you've seen GILL program schedules over the past five years, you know this is a regular favorite! 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 (while avoiding politics and religion), while deepening friendships with new and ‘rerun' GILL members. Although there is no registration fee, members are responsible for their own lunch.

Registration is required for each session. If you are not a GILL member and wish to join in order to register for a session, please contact Continuing Education Workforce Development at 301-387-3781. More information on the Garrett Institute for Lifelong Learning is also available online at