Special Events with MSAC & Partners

Let's gather safely and joyfully this summer!

Current COVID guidelines affecting MSAC operations  

MSAC office and facility are now open to the public, and in-person classes, groups have resumed along with some continuing online. 

Parkapalooza: FREE Family-friendly concerts at Hubbard Park for 7 Thursday nights: VT Bluegrass Pioneers on July 15

Check out these awesome events each Thursday night now through August! The first event was postponed (date TBD) due to weather last week, but we’re hopeful about welcoming and enjoying VT Bluegrass Pioneers this week! For full info, click here.  

Elders Together Drop-in Group with Tech Help Theme: Tuesday, July 13

This month, we meet again in-person at MSAC to discuss technology topics such as “apps,” and members are welcome to bring their smart phones, tablets or other portable devices. Tech helpers from CVCOA and MSAC will be on-hand, and possibly a new youth volunteer as well!  (Email maryalicebisbee@gmail.com or call 223-8140 for more information, to RSVP and request carpooling.) 

MSAC Trip Registration starts Friday, July 16

We’ve got two awesome trips scheduled for August, and registration starts this Friday, July 16. Spaces will be prioritized for MSAC members only for the first two weeks, and then we will start filling available spaces with others starting Friday, July 30.   Call Norma with questions. More info here on our Trips page, registration forms and fliers going up this week! 

Italian Group Restarts at MSAC In-person, Tuesday, July 20

We are pleased to welcome back one of our popular in-person foreign language drop-in group/clubs, open to all!  The group will meet in the Activity Room from 1:15-2:30. For more information, contact Steve Bailey, current group facilitator, at stevecbailey@gmail.com

FREE Savoy DVD Archive at MSAC: Open Tuesdays/Fridays, 11am-1pm

Joyce Werntgen (MSAC volunteer) has resumed hosting DVD archive access at MSAC. The new schedule overlaps with FEAST Curbside meals distribution every Tue/Fri from 12-12:30pm, so pick-up a meal and a DVD!  DVD borrowing (by optional donation) is once again be available to both Savoy members and MSAC members.  Complete list of DVD titles and more info can be viewed at https://www.savoytheater.com/dvd-archive

FREE Outdoors Chinese Calligraphy demos being planned with Ellie Hayes

Sadly, our first three-week series with Ellie was cancelled due to low enrollment, but she is gearing up to offer some free demonstrations (most likely outside the State House) in hopes of attracting interest so we’ll be able to run the three-week series scheduled to start August 18. Contact the office for more information and watch our Facebook. Ellie’s class description can be read in our Class Descriptions document here on page 1. 

See our Community Announcements page for more great events offered by other organizations!  

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We will continue to post online offerings of our community partners as space allows! We will update this site as the situation evolves and will send other news in our weekly e-letter. Anyone can subscribe by sending us a request to msac@montpelier-vt.org.

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Drop-in Groups (most weekly)

Some of our free/by donation drop-in groups and clubs are resuming (or never stopped!) their meetings. A number of previously paused groups are resuming their meetings outside in May!

  • Walks with Joan
    Mondays | 9:15 am | meetup locations vary week to week
    The longtime MSAC drop-in group Walks with Joan is back on Mondays at 9:15 am! Meet-up locations will vary. Please contact Joan Barrett by Sunday night at 223-1856 or email barrettsvt@gmail.com if you intend to come. Bring a mask and plan to practice appropriate distancing and follow safety precautions. Once you have attended, Joan will email you her meet-up locations in the future and let you know of changes/cancellations.
  • Ad-Hoc Writers Group Online
    The Ad-Hoc Writers Group meets online on Monday Nights. To get more information about dates, times, and links, contact hugo@liepmann.us.
  • Trash Tramps Outdoors
    Tuesdays | 2:00 pm | meets at 1:50 pm in front of MSAC
    (email Nancy Schulz at saddleshoes2@gmail.com to get on email list)
    All are invited to participate in this one-hour, weekly clean-up of Montpelier's downtown. Reflective vests, metal tongs, and bags are supplied. Volunteers are asked to wear masks and maintain physical distance from one another. Here's an opportunity to do something productive and satisfying that contributes to the well-being of our community. Please come to the front of the senior center on Tuesdays at about 1:50 pm to collect supplies. We look forward to having you join us! Questions? Please contact Anne Ferguson (aka Eileen Dover) at storywalk@yahoo.com.
  • Italian Group In-person
    Tuesdays | 1:15-2:30 pm| MSAC Activity Room
    Anyone interested in joining the Italian group can email stevecbailey@gmail.com to learn more.
  • Photography Club Outdoor Walks with Linda Hogan
    Wednesdays | 9:00 am | meets in front of MSAC
    MSAC and our long-time Photography Instructor, Linda Hogan invite local photographers of all ages and abilities to take a weekly stroll through Montpelier to take pictures of our lovely City. Photo Club will leave from the MSAC courtyard at 9:00 am on Wednesdays, weather permitting. Masks and social distancing between participants required. Please email Linda Hogan at paragraphics@pshift.com if you plan to join this inSIGHTful group. This is a free activity, though a donation to MSAC would be most welcome.
  • Crafters Group (Paused)
    Wednesdays | 1:00 - 3:00pm | Still paused but stay tuned!
    Knitting, sewing, and other hand-crafts. All are welcome at all levels of skill! Many generous crafters donate their items for sale by MSAC as a fundraising effort. Currently not meeting but may resume in-person in June or July. Contact Norma in the MSAC office with questions. nmaurice@montpelier-vt.org
  • Rainbow Umbrella Women's Discussion Group Online
    Rainbow Umbrella (RU) Women's Discussion Group is meeting every other Wednesday from 5:30 - 7:00 pm on Zoom.
    For information, including Zoom link and schedule of upcoming dates, please email womendiscuss@gmail.com.
  • Elders Together Group Resumes In-person at MSAC!
    Monthly, varying dates and locations; next date: Tuesday, July 13th, 1:00-2:30 at MSAC indoors, focused on Tech help, Q&A with support!
    Contact Mary Alice Bisbee at maryalicebisbee@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP. Some carpooling may be possible but arranged by Mary Alice. Past topics of discussion have included health care, housing, transportation, and exchange of life experiences. 
  • Montpelier Ukulele Players 
    Biweekly Thursdays nights, 6-8pm | MSAC Community Room
    Email barrettsvt@gmail.com to get on the notification list and learn more about what they play. Plan to mask if un-vaccinated!
  • MSAC Book Discussion Group Online, 2nd Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 pm. Contact Barbara Dall at 229-4870 if interested in joining. 
  • Poetry Club (Paused)
    Still paused for pandemic but historically has been a Monday noontime meeting at K-H Library.