Reynolds Homestead
2013 Spring Term - April 15 - May 24
The College for Older Adults (COA) is a program for persons
aged 50 and older who share a love of lifelong learning. The
program offers each person the opportunity to take “serious”
or “fun” classes, meet new friends, broaden their scope of
interests--or even share their own knowledge with others.
Memberships in COA are $50 per term and all persons ages
50 and older are eligible for membership. You may enroll in
as many classes as you like during the term of your member-
ship. Registrations are due by April 12.
NOTE: Some classes may be limited in class size, and
enrollments will be on a first come-first served basis. Art
classes have additional fees. Fitness classes do require a
release form, but that release DOES NOT have to be signed
by a physician. Your signature is sufficient.
Spring Term Class Schedule
Very Beginning Drawing and Sketching
Greg Arens, Instructor
Mondays 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Local artist Greg Arens is the perfect instructor for those who’ve
always wanted to learn HOW to draw, but just never had the
chance to learn the technique. This class is designed for the true
beginner and non-artist who would just enjoy spending some
time sketching, learning how to “eye” objects for drawing, and
finding out more about drawing techniques. Nothing to be
afraid of here, this is just a fun sketching class! A $10 materials
fee is required, but will provide everything you need for the
Taste Test the Master Food Volunteer Program
Amanada Wingfield, Coordinator
Mondays 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This course is designed for those who work as food volunteers
for their churches, the Reynolds Homestead, and other agencies.
Offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension, the program will
feature guest speakers on subjects such as food safety, nutrition
basics, food science fun, volunteer food opportunities, and
techniques of food demonstration. This free class is highly
recommended for anyone interested in food safety, especially
volunteers who work with food.
Developing Survival Skills - Learning the Basics
Chad Lange, Instructor
Mondays 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Have you ever been lost in the
woods and weren’t sure how to
deal with it? Or maybe you just
always wondered how to start a
fire without matches - and how
DO you tell what time it is and
what direction you’re going in?
Nature Freaks, a local outdoor
education company, is offering
a wilderness survival class featuring basic survival skills using
primitive and modern technology. With each class you will
explore a different aspect of surviving in the woods. Chad will
offer hands-on, personalized attention while developing your
physical and mental ability for wilderness survival and natural
disasters. Come be a nature freak and learn skills in trapping,
edible plants, direction of travel, shelter building, fire & water. 10
students maximum. An excellent class for those who love to hike
and camp in the wild. This class is REQUIRED for anyone planning
to participate in the Wilderness Survival Weekend. Pictured: Fall
2012’s survival skills class.
Dance for Fitness
Deana Dehart, Instructor
Mondays 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Please note the time change from
previous terms! Dancing is a great way
for people of all ages to get and stay in
shape. Besides being fun, dancing has
many positive health benefits including
improving flexibilty, strength, and
endurance. For anyone of any fitness
level. This class requires a new physical
release form.
Legends of Local History: The Historic Home
Various Speakers
Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
The Virginia Association of Museums and the Governor of Virginia
have partnered together to proclaim 2013 “The Year of the Virginia
Historic Home.” To celebrate, our local history theme this spring
will feature historic homes in and
around the local area. Learn
about Smithfield Plantation,
which once stood on the edge of
the western frontier, Stoneleigh
Estate in Henry County
(pictured), and more of the
legendary estates in our area.
Morning Stretch and Tone
April Pendleton, Instructor
Tuesdays, 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Work on toning and stretching with concentration on upper
body strength, light cardio, and toning abs. Bring a towel, 2-3
lb. hand weights, a workout ball and a mat. Let’s get toned up
before the summer swimsuit season begins! This class requires
a new physical release form to be completed.
Beginning Rug Hooking
Anita Bailey, Instructor
Tuesdays, 12:30-3:00 p.m.
April 16, 23 and 30. (3 weeks only!)
Anita learned to hook rugs from her
aunt, Bernice Weaver Dorris, whose
work was on exhibition at the
Homestead during January and
February. This 3-part class will begin
with the basics of dyeing, drying and
stripping, assembling the rug, and
finishing it off. Each person will make an original piece about
11” x 14” to learn the technique. A $10 materials fee is required,
but this will supply all materials needed for the class which is
limited to 15 participants.
Creating Edible Fruit Arrangements
Melanie Barrow, Instructor
Tuesday, May 7
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Have you seen those commercials on TV
and thought, “I could learn to do that!”?
Well, now you really can! This is an easy
way to add a fun dimension to birthday
and dinner parties, or just supper tonight!
$7 materials fee is required, but that
purchases all of your materials and you will
leave with a completed edible arrangement. Class is limited to 12 participants.
Introduction to Pilates
Rebecca Adcock, Instructor
Tuesday, May 14
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
This class is designed to be a beginner’s introduction to Pilates,
a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility, muscle
strength, and endurance in the legs, abs, arms, hips, and back.
If everyone enjoys the class, we will offer a 6-week version in
the fall. This class requires a new physical release form to be
Knit Your Own Ruffle Scarf
Shirley Keene and Patricia Jones, Instructors
Tuesday, May 21
12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
This technique is so simple, even a
beginning knitter can do it! The secret is
the type of yarn that is used - a ruffle yarn
that is prepared in such a way that a
simple knitting stitch will turn it into a
scarf that turns heads and elicits compliments everywhere. There is no additional
fee, but participants should bring a pair of
#10 knitting needles and a skein of
Starbella or Sashay yarn (Shirley will also
have some available for purchase for $5). These yarns can be
found at Walmart, A.C. Moore or Michael’s. Bring your own so
you can have a scarf just your way!
Spring Hiking
Wayne Kirkpatrick, Coordinator
Wednesdays 8:45 a.m
Our most popular COA class is back with hikes that incorporate
some new ideas this term! Our hikes are always fun and informative, and we’ll continue to make them enjoyable. This term’s
hikes include a tour and urban hike in Martinsville, the Laurel Hill
Trail, a driving tour of the famous Rock Churches, Moore’s Wall at
Hanging Rock (hopefully without the deluge this time!), the
Danville Riverwalk, and the 3rd leg of the Rock Castle Gorge Trail
which we have never hiked. Each hiking group will meet at
Walmart at 8:45, and an alternative meeting place will be
provided as well. A full schedule and information will be
provided upon registration. Please register for hikes individually.
This class requires a new physical release form to be completed.
Tai Chi for Beginners
Sharon Mason, Instructor
Thursdays, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
This ancient art is designed to revitalize, circulate and
balance the natural vital energy of
body and mind through slow, careful,
simple and gentle flowing movements
of arms and body. Coordinated with
breathwork and visualization, Tai Chi
helps release stress and blocked
energy through strengthening and
toning the muscles responsible for
coordination and control. This class is
designed to leave you calm, centered,
refreshed, and prepared to meet the
challenges of your day. Suitable for those of any skill level.
This class requires a new physical release form to be completed.
Registrations and membership fees must be received by April 12. After that date, registration will be $60.
Creative Non-Fiction: Stories from Your Life
Beth Ford, Instructor
Thursdays, 11:00-12:30 p.m.
It is time to put your memories to paper – for posterity or
simply to enjoy the remembrances of your life. Even if you
have previously participated in one of Beth’s classes, this course
will help the blossoming writer take the tales of his or her past
and bring them alive! No writing experience is required, but a
desire to experiment with writing styles and to share writings
within the class is encouraged. A goal for this class will be for
each student to finish up with a collection of at least a dozen
memories that helped make one’s life unique. With the
upcoming Reynolds Homestead Bicentennial in 2014, we will
take one class and spend the time writing about poignant
memories, funny experiences, or special moments the student
has had at the Reynolds Homestead. If the students are willing,
these stories will then be shared with folks outside the class in
a special Bicentennial publication. Class size will be limited to
12 students and early registration is recommended.
TED Talks: Lunch and Learn
Julie Walters-Steele, Facilitator
Thursdays, 12:45-1:30 p.m.
TED Talks are video presentations that
focus on big ideas with the potential
to spread and inspire others – and
even change the world! The videos
generally run 13-20 minutes and then
the group will discuss afterwards….it
should be lots of fun and a great
opportunity to share ideas with others.
Based on a survey from last year’s COA participants, these are
the topics that will be covered:
1. April 18: Could the Sun Be Good for Your Heart? Our
bodies get Vitamin D from the sun, but as dermatologist
Richard Weller suggests, sunlight may confer another surprising benefit too. New research by his team shows that nitric
oxide, a chemical transmitter stored in huge reserves in the
skin, can be released by UV light, to great benefit for blood
pressure and the cardiovascular system. What does it mean?
2. April 25: Your Health Depends on Where You Live. Where
you live: It impacts your health as much as diet and genes do,
but it's not part of your medical records. At TEDMED, Bill
Davenhall shows how overlooked government geo-data (from
local heart-attack rates to toxic dumpsite info) can mesh with
mobile GPS apps to keep doctors in the loop. Call it "geomedicine."
3. May 2: The World’s Killer Diet. Stop wringing your hands
over AIDS, cancer and the avian flu. Cardiovascular disease kills
more people than everything else combined -- and it’s mostly
preventable. Dr. Dean Ornish explains how changing our eating
habits will save lives. Dean Ornish is a clinical professor at UCSF
and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He's
a leading expert on fighting illness -- particularly heart disease
with dietary and lifestyle changes.
4. May 9: How to Live to Be 100+. To find the path to long life
and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue
Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to
record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and
lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100. National
Geographic writer and explorer Dan Buettner studies the world's
longest-lived peoples, distilling their secrets into a single plan for
health and long life.
5. May 16: The Art of Choosing. Sheena Iyengar studies how
we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make.
At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi)
and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research
that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our
6. May 23: Your Elusive Creative Genius. The author of 'Eat,
Pray, Love,' Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we
expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea
that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a
genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
Bring your own lunch or let Julie know ([email protected]) by Monday
each week and you may purchase a boxed lunch for $7.
Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step
Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your
Lisa Martin, Instructor
Thursdays, 1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Everyone knows good nutrition supports your overall health, but
few realize that certain power foods can
protect your brain and optimize its
function, and even dramatically reduce
your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Now,
New York Times best-selling author,
clinical researcher and health advocate
Dr. Neal Barnard has gathered the most
up-to-date research and created a
ground-breaking program that can
strengthen your memory and protect
your brain’s health. Join Lisa as she
leads the group through this book
study and shares innovative food and
recipes made from “power foods.” Books
available for $12 (must be pre-ordered).
Wilderness Survival Weekend
Chad Lange, Instructor
9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 18 - 12:00 noon, Sunday, May 19
Test those survival skills you have learned in Chad’s survival
classes. You’ll camp out on the grounds of the Reynolds
Homestead in your own homemade shelters, feed yourselves
from what you gather, and survive a night in the woods! This
class is only open to those who have previously taken one of
Chad’s survival classes.
Special Fridays
Mom’s Flower Garden Basket
Kimberly Clayton, Instructor
Friday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This basket begins on a six-inch round slotted base and incorporates techniques such as chase
weaving, smocking, shaping and finishing. The handle is a twist-wrap technique that you shape
as you wrap. Insert a vase inside the basket to hold water for fresh-cut flowers! There is a $10.00
materials fee for the class. Bring a bag lunch.
Simple Beaded Jewelry
Pat Coleman, Instructor
Friday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Experienced jewelry teacher Pat Coleman will lead the class in making a simple beaded
necklace, bracelet and earrings. Each student should bring the beads that you would like to
use, all other materials are provided. There is a $5.00 fee for additional materials.
Painting Party : “Spring Landscape”
Karen Despot, Instructor
Friday, May 3, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Karen’s unique instruction will lead you step-by-step through creating this beautiful 16” x
20” spring masterpiece that you will be proud to hang in your home or even give as a gift!
Karen will provide all materials including an apron. Bring refreshments if you like, this
class is designed to have fun as well as paint! There is a $10.00 materials fee for the class.
Birds of Virginia: Lecture and Birding Walk
Christine Boran and Alyce Quinn, Instructors
Friday, May 10, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This course for the beginning bird watcher will help you identify local birds that you should be
able to observe in southwestern Virginia. Christine and Alyce will first do a presentation with
handouts talking about local birds, their habitats, and how to attract them to your yards,
followed by a bag lunch and then a hike through the Homestead property to see how many
birds can be seen and identified. Everyone should bring a pair of binoculars. For those who
would like to purchase the Birds of Virginia Field Guide, those can be pre-ordered for $11.50.
Living More Greenly
Kristin Hylton, Instructor
Friday, May 17, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This course is an introduction to making and using effective, inexpensive household cleaners.
With a few key products, you can make a switch to a cleaning regimen that is friendly to the
environment, your health and your wallet. We will explore easy recipes for replacing your
commercial household products and discuss other ways to make simple changes in your daily
routine that will have profound impacts on your carbon footprint.
Beginning Macramé
Laura Wyatt, Instructor
Friday, May 24, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
JEB Stuart Art Show winner Laura Wyatt will teach her award-winning technique in beginning macramé and help you complete a beginner-level project. Macramé is a form of textile-making that uses
knots rather than weaving or knitting. There is a $5.00 materials fee for the class.