Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

Gold LEAF Institute Course Catalogue

Our Classes


Calendar Jun 1, 2023


GLI Full Year Annual Membership

This membership is valid for a full twelve months and replaces the need to sign up for membership each term.  It may be renewed during the next GLI Summer Term registration period.

Membership in Gold LEAF or another Maine senior college is required to participate in Gold LEAF classes. Membership in Gold LEAF also allows you to take courses in any other Maine senior college.

June 1, 2023 – June 1, 2024

Cost:  $34

Will run


Calendar Jul 1, 2023

This map will help people who are not familiar with the University of Maine, Farmington College navigate locations. 



Dining Out


with Patricia Overall

Calendar Jul 6, 2023 at 11:30 am


Participants will meet about once a month for lunch at various restaurants in the Farmington area. Reservations will need to be firm one week prior to the date. Participants will order from the standard menu and receive separate checks.

First Thursday of the month at 11:30

July 6, August 3, September 7, October 5

Patricia Overall has been a member of Gold LEAF for three years.  She is a retired high school mathematics teacher, who later worked in hotel management and other occupations, including NACA, now NASA,  and working as a bartender. She has lived in 18 states and obviously enjoys eating out.

Will run

Conversations, Coffee & Crafts


with Heidi Wilde

Calendar Jul 10, 2023 at 10 am


Please join us for a monthly Zoom get-together for coffee, conversation, and crafts.  Settle in with your favorite craft, bring your coffee, tea, or beverage, and visit with Gold LEAF friends.  Crafts are not essential, and guys are welcome! The goal is to get together and spend an hour or more talking with friends.

2nd Monday of the month, 10 a.m.

July 10, 2023

August 14, 2023

September 11, 2023

October 9, 2023

Will run

Visit Maine's Paper & Heritage Museum


with Greg Bizier

Calendar Oct 2, 2023 at 10 am


Maine's Paper & Heritage Museum is housed in the historic home of Judson Record which he built in 1906 for his family.  The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has always been associated with the paper industry. In the museum, you will find an extensive collection of artifacts and interactive displays from the paper industry along with local history from the Jay, Livermore Livermore Falls, Rumford, and other papermaking communities in Maine.  With advanced requests, we can give demonstrations on how to make handmade paper.

October 2, 2023

Car-pooling:  Meet a the Park N Ride lot next to Walgreens, Farmington, ME at 9:15 am.  Lv at 9:25 a.m.  The tour is at 10 am.

Drive Direct:  22 Church St, Livermore Falls, ME

Host:  Mark Stofan

Greg worked for 31 years in various positions in the paper industry and grew up in Jay, Maine just up the hill from the Otis Paper Mill.

Will run

Morrison Hill Apple Orchard Tour 2, October


with Christ & Jodi Hollingsworth

Calendar Oct 9, 2023 at 1 pm

In Person

Come enjoy a tour of a beautiful apple orchard nestled in the Western Foothills of Farmington, Maine.  We will take you on an informational tour of our 15+ apple varieties and share with you what it takes to cultivate and care for apples in a successful apple orchard.  During the tour, we will stop and talk about our apple cider production and how we produce cider "just like your grandfather used to".  Afterward, you can sample our 8 varieties of hard cider that we produce (If you are over 21 of course).

Tour 2

October 9,  1pm - 2 pm

A Central meeting place will be determined.

Morrison Hill Apple Orchard has been growing apples since 1944. The Simpson/Hollingsworth family, now in our 3rd generation of apple growers, has been running the orchard since 1986. We began producing fresh cider in 2019 and hard cider in 2020. Jodi (Simpson) Hollingsworth and Chris Hollingsworth have been running the orchard since 2018. Chris & Jodi have worked to build the orchard into a sustainable business, which is not always an easy venture when it comes to farming.

Will run

Membership: Fall/Winter

Calendar Oct 11, 2023

This membership entitles you to enroll in any class or activity during the Fall/Winter term only. 

There are 3 GLI terms: Summer (June-October), Fall/Winter (October-February), and Spring (February-June).

Membership in GLI or another Maine Senior College is required for registration in any Gold LEAF program offering. 


Will run

Mercer, Maine Historical Society, Talk & Museum Tour


with Butch Tracy

Calendar Oct 12, 2023 at 10 am


The first part of this event will take place on the UMF campus and will include a PowerPoint presentation on Mercer history and architecture.  On the second date, participants will tour the Mercer Museum

October 12, 2023, 10:00 am-11:30 am

North Dining Hall Middle Section B  

October 20th at 1:30 PM.  Mercer Museum Tour,  77 Main Street, Mercer, Maine

Butch Tracy is a local historian and genealogist, President of the Mercer Historical Society, and a member of several historical, genealogical societies, and veteran organizations.  Research projects include Quakers in Franklin County, Indians in the Sandy River Valley, Black Pioneers in Maine, and histories of Brighton, Mayfield, and Osborn, Maine.

Forgot password?
Staff Log In