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Fall Weekend (Virtual Event)

The Fall Weekend was initiated by the late Ken Mullen. He was the “lead coordinator” for nearly 20 years and provided “adult supervision” over many aspects of both programs. He instituted this short event as a way to “kick back” and relax, enjoy the cooler northeastern autumnal air, and not worry about program activities or details. In fact, the fall weekend is affectionately known amongst the coordinators as the “Non-program Weekend.” The routine for those few days was simply: Eat, walk, talk, repeat. And then go home.

However, the Fall Weekend of 2020 was very different from those of yesteryear.  We gathered and we talked but we were miles away from each other. We socialized via computer rather than in-person. And we never had an “official” talent show at prior fall events but we had one in 2020 just because we could.

It was a novelty to be sure. Everybody was able to exchange greetings and share stories about their pandemic lockdown experiences.

Keep scrolling to see the how the schedule of online events unfolded.
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2020 Fall Weekend Schedule of Events:
Friday 6 November.
7:30 P.M. thru 10 P.M.
Introductions.
Ski For Light History Lesson.
Open session.

Saturday 7 November. Three sessions.
First session. 9 A.M. thru 12 Noon.
Introductions.
Exercise Class.
2 of the following activities with the third one falling to the afternoon session.
Uno, Trivial Pursuit, Tech Topics.

Second session. 2 P.M. thru 4 P.M.
Remaining activity from morning session.
Bookshelf discussion. “What’s on your bookshelf?” Referring here to your NLS Player or app.

Third session. 7 P.M. thru 10 P.M.
Mad-Libs. (by Coordinator)
Open session.

Sunday 8 November. Two sessions.
First session. 1 P.M. thru 4 P.M.
Exercise.
Lockdown Stories.
Ice Cream Tea.

Second session. 7 P.M. thru 10 P.M.
Talent Show. (Songs, Storytelling, and some very corny jokes!)

Ski for Light

The winter program is called Ski for Light and is a regional affiliate of Ski For Light International. Our event is a week long and held annually in January or February depending on when Ski For Light International is held. Vision impaired and blind skiers are paired with a sighted guides for cross country skiing on nearby trails around the lodge. Other activities include:

  • snowshoeing
  • hiking
  • games such as Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit
  • a mystery gift exchange
  • sing-a-alongs
  • silent auction

The week concludes with a semi-formal dinner and a “no-talent” show featuring any member of the group who cares to share any degree of perceived talent.

All are invited to participate. If you have any questions about the winter program, please contact:

Ed Kenlon – Coordinator for Guides
Louise Wood – Coordinator for Vision Impaired

 

Sports for Health

The summer program is called Sports for Health. The event is usually held in the latter part of July. It is a full week from Sunday evening to the following Sunday morning. In this program, the vision impaired and blind participants are teamed with a sighted guide for such activities as:

  • hiking
  • canoeing and kayaking
  • tandem biking
  • swimming (pool)
  • fly fishing
  • horseback riding lessons (fees and restrictions apply)
  • orienteering using a Braille compass
  • marksmanship

The week concludes with a semi-formal dinner and a talent show featuring any member of the group who is willing to share their talent.

If you have any questions about the summer program or want additional information please contact:
Ed Kenlon – Coordinator