Spring and Summer with ALL
by Judy Kohlrus and Tom Bolinger, Membership Co-Chairs, Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL)
For many of us, the change to daylight savings time means more opportunities to do things in the evenings as well as in the daytime. This particularly affects two of our offerings.
Most of the activities of the Academy of Lifelong Learning are actually held in the daytime, which is better for those of us seniors who do not like to go out as much or drive after dark. However, now that the weather is better, we often take advantage of the extra hour of light by going on WOW trips that are a bit further away.
WOW stands for Wander on Wednesday, a name that has been synonymous with Academy activities from its earliest days. On the second or third Wednesday of most months, the Academy hires a motor coach to take members to various destinations where we visit historical attractions, businesses, museums or other important sites. For instance, in February our travel was to Decatur, a short distance away. We visited a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the original home of the founder of Millikin University which is maintained in the appropriate time period, and a special museum illustrating the legacy of inventor Hieronymous Mueller, plus had a nice lunch. We left Springfield at 8:30 a.m. and were back by 4:30 p.m. It was a full day but we didn’t have to leave at dawn or get home after dark.
In May, our fearless volunteer leaders, sisters Karen and Joanne Willard, have us traveling west to Nauvoo to see various sites of Mormon history. In June, the plan is to travel north to Wheaton to visit Cantigny, the estate of Robert McCormick who owned the Chicago Tribune, where there are also fabulous gardens and a museum dedicated to World War I but including other war memorabilia as well. Both these locations are further drives, so in both cases our return time will be between 7 and 8 p.m.
The ALL program we call Around Town also takes advantage of the evenings. In June, two local outings are planned. Members will gather to hear a free evening concert at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park. We will also set a date for us to meet at the ballpark to see a game of the Springfield Sliders together. July and August are yet to be set but it is likely there will be at least one other evening activity “Around Town.”
It’s nice to have an opportunity to attend social events and entertainment venues during warmer weather. In addition, we give thanks for warmer weather for our ALL golfers, the Swinging Seniors, and our bikers, the Pedal Pushers.
Please consider joining us. We welcome you to join our Academy as a member, or come one time as a guest to try ALL and any of our programs. Or, to learn a little about all our programs, put the date of July 28, 2016 on your calendar and come to our annual ALL kickoff event. For more information, please call 217.786.2477.