DiscoverPaths Lifelong Learners

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Feb 19, 26 | Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 | Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Fresh off of the introduction of The Lodge's DiscoveryPaths and Discovery Paths Lifelong Learners last fall, our successful programs will continue into 2014! Hosted by local historian Carl Feather, this program is a fluid blend of interesting and informative local history and insight. Akin to our DiscoveryPaths program, these sessions are ideal for those who have a genuine interest in learning, focusing on activities that are both fun and cerebral. Make sure to look at the descriptions of the sessions below to see if there is one (or more!) that piques your interest!

Sessions are four hours long with breaks and light refreshments. Cost is free for lodge guests and just $10 for non-lodge guests. Advance registration is appreciated; guests should call 440-576-3768 to register.

Calendar of Programs



Digital Photography Series
These classes will start at 6:30pm and end at 8:00pm. The classes will be taught by veteran photojournalist Carl E. Feather. Participants need to bring their camera, lenses and accessories to each class. While the class will be taught using Nikon camera bodies, other brands of digital single-lens reflex cameras will be suitable, as well.

Feb 19 ~ Digital Photography Basics: Controls
Topics include basic camera controls and digital photography concepts.

Feb 26 ~ Digital Photography Basics: Exposure
Participants will learn about exposure and manipulating digital images.

Mar 5 ~ Digital Photography Basics: Subjects
This class will focus on landscape photography and using a DSLR as a video camera.

Three-Week History Series
A new history series launches March 12, with a new afternoon session from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Mar 12 ~ Ashtabula Harbor: History of a Shipping Giant
This session will cover the history of the Ashtabula Harbor. Both the industrial and commercial side of the area’s history will be examined in photographs and videos.

Mar 19 ~ Geneva-on-the-Lake: A Resort Town's Story
Join us to learn the history of Geneva-on-the-Lake with a focus of it being a resort town.

Mar 26 ~ Forgotten Crossings: Ashtabula County Covered Bridges
This session will be a book signing with Carl E. Feather, who will present Forgotten Crossings, a look at Ashtabula County’s covered bridges, with a special focus on bridges no longer in service.

Five Week Natural History Series/Scenic Rivers Pilgrimage

Apr 2 ~ The Geology of Ashtabula County
Nathan Paskey of the Ashtabula County Soil and Water Conservation District Office, will present a geology of Ashtabula County program. This program will include a shuttle bus tour of the county to view outstanding examples of the county’s geology.  Limited seating will be available on the shuttle bus.

Apr 9 ~ The Underground Railroad in Ashtabula County Part 1
Explore the origins of the Underground Railroad and abolitionist fervor in Ashtabula County. Learn about the stations along the route and the men and women who took great risks to hide fugitive slaves. A portion of the afternoon will be devoted to Joshua Giddings, the Congressman from Ashtabula County who pressed the slavery issue in Congress and pushed the nation toward war.

Apr 16 ~ The Underground Railroad in Ashtabula County Part 2
Building on the program of the prior week, this event will start at The Lodge with the opening of an exhibit dedicated to Joshua Giddings’ life. Learners will then proceed to museums in Ashtabula County that have collections pertaining to the Underground Railroad. Learners will car pool or drive separately to the locations in Jefferson, Ashtabula and Geneva-on-the-Lake.

Apr 23 ~ Introduction to Wildflower Identification
A wildflowers workshop will be held in the afternoon with instruction on how to use a wildflower guide. Participants will learn about the common wildflowers of the area and where to find them.

Apr 30 ~ Botany Challenge
Head over to the Botany Challenge course and attempt to identify as many of the flowers as possible (weather and flowering conditions permitting).

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