ALBERTON -- Alberton Community School began 47 years ago as a means of getting people together to socialize and learn a new skill during the harsh PEI winters. “That philosophy hasn’t changed,” states Kelly Gillis, chairperson.
There were three classes offered during that first winter program in 1968, Conversational French, Agriculture and public speaking.
The committee for the Alberton Community School has been very busy inviting volunteer instructors to share their skill and talents for the 2014 season and, already, there are 11 confirmed classes for the program which gets underway at Alberton Elementary School on Monday, January 6. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.
But Community School is about more than learning a new skill, Gillis confesses.
“Our lunch break during each night is what people look forward to, to chat with friends and catch up on news.”
There are five music classes being offered this winter. John McInnis will share his talents on fiddle and Ann Champion, as she has been doing for over 20 years, will lead a beginner guitar class. Wayne Corrigan leads intermediate guitar as well as an advanced class for learning more chording techniques. Harry Dean, who has developed a faithful following of students for mandolin, will offer an advanced class this year.
Dee Barnett and Dan Pottier are teaming up again to lead a digital photography class. Participants will need to bring their own SLR camera, a computer laptop and some computer knowledge. “The final slide show presentation of their work at the closing banquet is breathtaking,” Gillis recalls form previous sessions.
Florence Gibbs will be providing examples of her rug-hooking and will be helping her students create beautiful works of their own using cut wool strips.
There are four new classes being offered this year, Chess with Jack McCabe, painting with acrylics led by Sarah Perry, Healthy Cooking and family history.
Healthy cooking is a partnership between Go!PEI and Wendy McNeill. This class will be offered off-site, at the Holland College kitchen.
Family history is being offered in partnership with the Alberton Museum. Half of the sessions will be offered in the museum’s genealogy room and the rest will utilize Alberton Elementary School’s computers. Computer experience, however, is not necessary.
Gillis said the Community School committee is still waiting for confirmation on classes in crochet and knitting, and possibly a workshop on developing short vignettes for 2014 celebrations in Alberton next summer.
Classes are scheduled to commence at 7 p.m. on January 6 and be offered on consecutive Mondays until March Break. Should any of the classes be stormed out, that week’s class will move to Thursday night. Participants are asked to bring indoor footwear and for their popular lunch break, their own mug.
Further details on Alberton Community School is available by calling Kelly Gillis at 853-3885.