Osher Lifelong Learning Program, University of S. Maine, Portland
This past spring, Olli initiated a brand new event that they are hoping
will become a regular part of each semester. They are calling it 9th
Week and it’s a “talent show” and OLLI “show
and tell” all rolled together.
It has been a tradition to have the Senior Players, OLLI’s drama
group, perform on the last Friday of classes, at the end of the day.
When the OLLI Singers formed, they too, wanted an opportunity to perform.
The Players graciously moved to the 7th week of classes, allowing the
Singers to perform on the 8th week. The number one complaint was that
it was hard to sit through a performance after a long day of OLLI classes,
and it was even harder to perform.
To that end they started 9th Week, a chance for OLLI classes and groups
to highlight their semester’s activity. They began in the morning
at 9:30 with the Senior Players; the Beginning Violin class performed
After lunch at the campus center, participants checked out the Open
Art Studio exhibit in the Boiler Room. At 1 p.m. the OLLI Singers showcased
their work for the semester, leaving time for additional sharings from
All performances were held in the Auditorium. Some members attended
for the whole day, others for just a part of it. It was not necessary
to be an OLLI member to attend, as the program was free and open to