Classes & Presenters


“A Story to Tell” Donna McGibney

Everyone has a story to tell, but sometimes it takes a safe place and an encouraging word to help jump start the telling. Our written stories can be gifts to others in the family. This class will help attendees think of their lives, or the lives of loved ones, as a story only they can tell and share with others. We’ll spend time discussing how to pick what will be included in your stories, the intended audience, and then write, write, write! No prior writing experience necessary. Bring a pencil/pen and lots of paper… or your own computer!

Age 18 and up.

Mondays March 2, 9, 16, and possibly March 23, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Readfield UM Church

“How Did You Become You?” Amy Gove

This is not a series but is a beginning genealogy class offered once each week with a choice of two mornings and two evenings. Learn how to begin using Genealogy to find information about your family. Students love learning about their older relatives. Older people love learning how to look up relatives on computer.

Age 8 and up.

Tuesdays March 3 and 17, 9:30 -11:00 a.m. Tuesdays March 10 and 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Masonic Lodge

“Tales of the S. Pacific: A Sailing Adventure to the Kingdom of Tonga” Henry and Darcy Whittemore

Henry served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga for two years from 1978-1980. In 2019 Henry and Darcy returned to Tonga, thanks to the fact that their son, Sam, was sailing his 50' ketch through the southern Pacific to New Zealand. Come see why Tonga is known as the “Friendly Islands”, where the coral and marine life is stunning and swimming with Humpback whales part of the adventure!

All ages

Tuesday March 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Masonic Lodge

“Knitting – Intro to the Basics” Joan Wiebe

We will start with a simple dish cloth for the true beginners. Please bring a skein of cotton yarn such as “Peaches and Cream” and a pair of 10 inch US size 8 single pointed knitting needles. Others may bring a project of their choice (not too complicated please) and I will help you with that. I will bring some patterns and samples.

Ages 12 or older.

Wednesday mornings Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 (depending on interest) 9:00-11:00 a.m. Readfield UM Church

“Immigration in Central Maine” Chris Myers Asch

We will discuss immigration in central Maine today – who is coming and why, the challenges that immigrants face in this area, and how local people can be involved in helping immigrants adjust to life.

Teenagers and up.

Thursday March 5, Noon-1:00 p.m. Readfield United Methodist Church

“The Readfield Union Meeting House: A History” Marius Peladeau and John Perry

The program is the history of the Union Meeting House’s nearly 200 years of existence. There are Power Point pictures to augment the presentation.

Upper elementary school age and beyond.

Saturday March 7, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Masonic Lodge

“Travels in Alaska and the Yukon” Rob and Deb Peale

A slide show from travels in 2019.

For ages old enough and young enough to be interested.

Sunday March 8, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Masonic Lodge

“Mah Jongg for Beginners” Nancy Martin

Participants will learn to play MahJong. Mahjong card is required. It can be purchased online.


Tuesdays March 10, 17, 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Readfield UM Church

“How to Solve the New York Times Crossword Puzzle” Mary Dennison

We will review the mysteries of the NYT crossword by going through an example of each day of the week as they get progressively harder. We will look at different tricks and wordplay that are used and then we will all solve a Monday puzzle completely. I will provide handouts, participants should bring a sharp pencil with an eraser.

Any age interested.

Wednesday March 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Readfield Community Library

“What You Should Know About 'Lyme' " Sandra J. Picard FNP-BC

“Lyme” is a worldwide epidemic and Maine is top of the list in the US. “Lyme” should really be called tick-borne infections as you may have several other bacterial viruses, parasites and other co-existing factors related to your symptoms.


Thursday March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Masonic Lodge

Maine Bicentennial Celebration Potluck Dinner

Maine is celebrating its bicentennial and has created Maine200 to help celebrate our history. Maine's bicentennial is a unique occasion to draw residents, visitors, public servants and private businesses together to commemorate 200 years of statehood, celebrate Maine's present, and inspire a healthy and prosperous future. David Cheever, Vice Chairman of the Maine Bicentennial Commission, will speak about Maine’s Bicentennial schedule of events and programs, and provide some historical background in how Maine became a state.

All ages

Saturday March 14, 6:00 p.m. Bibby and Harold Alfond Dining Commons at Kents Hill School

"Exploring Wabanaki/Maine History" with Maine-Wabanaki REACH

Maine Wabanaki-REACH invites you to an interactive story-telling experience. We will learn about events in the 450-year colonizing history of Wabanaki people (the Indigenous people of Maine) and Europeans and their descendants. This is a participatory program appropriate for adults and teens. Our goal is to increase our understanding of colonization. This program is made possible by the generous financial support of Winthrop Area Ministerial Association.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Teens and Adults

Sunday March 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Asa Gile Hall

“The history of the Dr. Samuel H. Currier family and their home, the current Readfield Community Library, from then until now.” Dale Potter-Clark

Less than ten years after Readfield’s incorporation a young doctor and his new wife, Dr. Samuel and Patience (Stanley) Currier, built a grand home in the town’s evolving commercial center. There, they raised their family of ten children, hosted large community gatherings and he treated patients. They became stellar residents and carried on their roles for decades.

Their son George later became the town physician and lived in his parents; grand old Colonial until his death in 1863. The house remained in the Currier family for nearly 150 years, until Dr. Samuel and Mrs. Currier’s great-granddaughter, Alice Eaton, donated their ancestral home to the town of Readfield. Since then residents have cared for it, supported it and loved it as their community center and library. In this presentation you will learn more about the Currier-Eaton family and their home, from then until now.


Wednesday March 18, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Masonic Lodge

“Crisis on the Border: Asylum seekers flight to escape danger.” Steve and Molly Saunders

An hour presentations with slides and statistics as well as relevant handouts to explain firsthand US policies to thwart the influx of asylum seekers and political refugees at our southern border.

Geared to adults but all ages are welcome

Thursday March 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Masonic Lodge

“Readfield Family Games Night” Sponsored by RES After School Programs, Nancy Moorman

Board games or card games for all ages. Games provided or bring your own to share. No electronic games. No violent or war games. Light refreshments and ticketed drawing for donated prizes at close of activity. Youth must bring one adult to participate. All students get one ticket for drawing. Bring a parent or adult and get two tickets for each. Bring a senior citizen or grandparent and get 5 tickets for drawing.

All ages.

Friday March 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Readfield Elementary School Gym.

“You Can Uke: Getting Started with Soprano Ukulele” Justine Fontes

Learn how to teach yourself the uke. With just a few chords you can play songs! Please bring a uke and/or the willingness to take turns and share.

Best for people with some musical experience, old enough to read chord charts and young enough to laugh when frustration hits.

Saturday March 21, 1:00-3:00. Readfield UM Church

“Maine Wildflowers” John and Marianne Perry

This is mainly a visual experience with some commentary, meant to stimulate the audience to look more closely at Nature’s gifts surrounding them.

All ages

Sunday March 22, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Masonic Lodge

READFIELD U Celebration Potluck

Come and celebrate the experience of participating in Readfield U at this potluck supper, or come to hear about it. Just bring a dish to share. This is a fun way to end the program for this year.

All ages

Saturday March 28, 5:30 p.m. (Snow date Sunday March 29) Maranacook High School dining room

About the presenters:

Chris Myers Asch I run the Capital Area New Mainers Project and teach history part-time at Colby.

David Cheever is the former Maine State Archivist, reporter and editor for the Bangor Daily News and the Central Maine Newspapers, gubernatorial press secretary, public information liaison with the Office of Attorney General, television producer and radio news director, and educator. He has completed 31 years as an executive producer and on air talent presenting the high school state basketball championships on Maine Public Television and hopes to complete his 32nd year before March14th.

Mary Denison I have been solving the NYT crossword for over 30 years and have competed in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament on 4 occasions. I am familiar with several of the constructors and I can usually solve any NYT crossword, including Sunday’s in less than 30 minutes. I am hoping I can make this fun and informative so that others get as hooked on this activity as I am.

Justine Fontes As a child I was a miserable cellist – such a large, sad, difficult instrument. As an adult I bought a cheap uke and a how-to book and I’ve been having fun ever since. I’d like to encourage others to pick up this happy little instrument.

Amy Gove I have been doing genealogy for about 15 years; have been on the list of genealogists for the DAR for about 6 years. I love finding out about what our relatives were like, lives were like, and what they liked to do. Finding out that we are all pretty much the same is inspiring. I work with Honor Flight Maine and the Freeport Flag Ladies. I am retired, but work part time for Hannaford to keep me off the couch! I have a Master’s Degree in Education and also an Associate’s Degree in Travel and Business.

Nancy Martin I LOVE playing games! I learned to play mahjongg a couple of years ago, now one of my favorites!

Donna McGibney My background is in teaching and counseling, and I’m currently a pastor of a small congregation. My love of words and the turn of a phrase has been vital in each position I’ve held. Despite the current use of texting, well-crafted stories can create connections between the writer and the reader, between generations and between hearts. It can be a frustrating, messy process, but the results are worth the investment.

Rob and Deb Peale We enjoy outdoor adventures in the US and Canada while traveling with our camping trailer.

Marius Peladeau and John Perry Mr. Peladeau has always had a passion for history and writing. He was Director of the Farnsworth Museum for eleven years. He was past president of the Union Meeting House and highly instrumental (then and now) in its restoration. John is fascinated with the history of the Union Meeting House and its restoration.

John and Marianne Perry Marianne has been a gardener most of her life and is a Master Gardener. She enjoys photography and has for years. John, too, loves taking pictures and is the “expert” with digital stuff! Gardening is a hobby he participates in as well.

Nancy Moorman I am RES After School Programs Coordinator and have offered game night in the past.

Sandra J. Picard FNPBC I have been putting together what patients have told me for over 35 years. ‘When you listen to your patients long enough they will tell you what the problem is; if you listen longer they’ll tell you how to treat it’. I have also raised our family, and as a mother and survivor of “Lyme” myself have found what works is different for each person but hope is needed by all.

Dale Potter-Clark Dale is a retired nurse who currently spends her days (and sometimes nights) doing genealogical and historical research. She is a born “Mainah” who has loved local history for as long as she can remember. Her family has lived in Readfield for 10 consecutive generations. Dale is the founder of Readfield History Walks, and serves on the Readfield Historical Society’s board of directors. She has written articles for area newspapers, Discover Maine Magazine, as well as several monographs pertaining to Readfield’s history. Her website “Readfield1791” includes extensive information about early Readfield and its people. Among her works are two books: The Paupers and the Poor Farms: support and care of the poor in Readfield, Maine 1791-2018 pub. 2018, and The Founders and Evolution of Summer Resorts and Kids’ Camps on Four Lakes in Central Maine co-authored with Charles Day, Jr. and pub. 2016. Dale and William J. Adams Jr. are currently researching pre-1900 houses in Readfield which will culminate in a book.

Steve and Molly Saunders Because we both speak Spanish and were in the Peace Corps in Central America as well as having traveled extensively throughout CA and Mexico , we volunteered at a facility in El Paso, Texas last Spring that was sheltering asylum seekers and saw first-hand what was happening to those who were arriving. We think it’s important for people to know about this situation and to do something about it.

Henry and Darcy Whittemore Henry served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga for two years from 1978-1980. Henry made many friends during this time and has kept in touch with them over the years. He is fluent in Tongan and also loves the culture and food. Darcy and Henry and their two children, Katie and Sam, visited the island in 1999 and sailed for a week. This year we could return again, thanks to the fact that Sam is sailing his 50’ ketch through the southern Pacific to New Zealand.

Joan Wiebe Knitting is such a great craft with such a variety of projects. There is something for everyone.

Maine-Wabanaki REACH (Restoration-Engagement-Advocacy-Change-Healing) is a cross-cultural collaborative of Wabanaki and non-Native people. Wabanaki are the Indigenous people of Maine. REACH promotes decolonization by advancing the health, wellness, and self-determination of Wabanaki people and by engaging non-Native people in learning, self-understanding, and taking action to repair the harms of colonization.

REACH established and supported the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and continues to work toward the implementation of the recommendations. In Wabanaki communities, REACH is focused on restorative justice and healing, wellness workshops, and cultivating the next generation of active Wabanaki community members. REACH works in Maine communities educating, providing tools, and cultivating partnerships towards the goal of decolonizing our communities and institutions.

For more information on their ongoing work visit: