Spotlight: News/Events

Remembering Pat Wilson, Encore's President

Our vivacious, hard working, always smiling president, Pat Wilson passed away this summer after a brief illness and we are still stunned. But, as our Vice-President Joe Petrosi wrote. "Some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright," Bright, indeed, Pat led Encore these last two years  with energy, optimism and superb administrative skill. She was also the quintessential lover of life long learning.  Pat "always dreamed of becoming a teacher," her sister says. And the local gal from a farming family made that dream come true, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from SUNY Orange and SUNY New Paltz, then teaching for over thirty years in the Middletown, Minisink and Warwick School Districts.  And she believed education and community contributions did not stop there. Pat was one of these "presences" in the Middletown Garden Lovers Club, the then-OCCC Alumni Association, and Encore. Her work was always for others- learners of all ages including herself;  her Orange County roots in farming, community college, seniors, flowers and her family. We join her sister, her husband, grown children and grandchildren in remembering her and that smile.

Pat Wilson

Pat Wilson, President

Let's Do It Again: Touro College Was Such A Hit That We're Offering A 2nd Tour

As you'll see from the apictures and article below, last year's our of Middletown's new Touro College was in such demand that we're offering the opportunity agin this Fall. Check out the dte at time under our new Course Schedule posted on thi same site.


Touro College Main Building, Middlteon, NYTouro administrator welcomes Encore groupTouro's  Lab with SIM models of patientsMember studying human body model


Last academic year, on a hometown Travel-Learn event, Encore toured the city's new Touro College of Osteopathy facility. And what we discovered was a treasure in our own backyard, in the former home of Orange Regional Hospital. Led by Bev Schulman, the 20-member group was welcomed by administrators and faculty. They visited the learning labs where students studied advanced techniques, used SIM models of humans (adult and child) to practice, and hone their craft. "The SIM lab had manikin bodies and parts that mimic all types of problems and reactions," Bev reported. She also observed that the classrooms and lecture halls are technology state of the art. Encore was also permitted in the autopsy lab. The experience was so positivey received that, Bev says, "We'll probably do it again next academic year."


"Improvisation" Was Delight at Encore's Annual June Members' Get-Together

Warwick's Improvisation Group


Do these gals look happy and spontaneous? You betcha! And they were the highlight at Encore's annual members' meeting and ice cream social in June. After smiling, laughing and applauding, members dealt with a short business agenda, which included electing two new Steering Committe members-Pat Blau and Lew Kornish-and reelecting 4 others.

And, as always, Blueberry Mountain's ice cream bar was very busy helping us make-our-own sundays.



Pick Up Those Colored Pencils! Let's Draw in our Fall 2016 Class

12 happy senior learners, guided by volunteer instructor Joe Petrosi, did just this in an engaging 5-session course, "Color Pencil Drawing" in September-October. The emphasis here is on DRAWING so members learned how to create or transfer an original design or a photo or sketch from another medium. Using the light box, tracing paper, enlarging techniques, they intently created the outlines. Then instructor Joe demonstrated various strokes, shading etc for creating special color textures and effects. "Joe is an amazing instructor who knows how to work with us individually as well as a group," one class member says. And what you can see below are some of their works and all of their smiles!

Instructor Joe Petrosi with a happy student and artwork.This gentleman shows his drawing.

Here the color junps off the student's page.Two students busy at drawing. As does this intent student.


ENCORE Members Visit Ellis Island September 2016

Moe candidsEncore member in the Great HallEllis Island viewsThe Wall of ImmigrantsDisplay of Immigrants' ClothingInside the Great Hall, Flag flying


"Who we are now and who we were when" was the theme of Encore's Travel-Learn excursion this September. Led by Bev Schulman, Travel Committee Chair, the energetic group toured the main building, marveled at the displays of immigrant memorabilia, and viewed the names on the Wall of Immigrants.