OLLI Around the Nation – OLLI Follies

While our OLLI is constantly growing and has more classes and thing to do than you can shake a stick at, I bet you’ve wondered what other OLLIs are doing around the country.

The OLLI at the university of Southern Maine just held its first OLLI Follies. Apart from having a fantastic name, the event allowed about 50 OLLI members to let their talents be known in a series of variety shows. Over 21 acts included musicians, actors, poets, singers, and dancers.

The OLLI follies skits were so contagious some even made their way to Youtube. This clip is a veritable OLLI anthem that any member can enjoy.


If this video has sparked your interest, Anne Cardale, the wonderful Communications Director at OLLI’s National Resource Center, has created a web page where she will upload more OLLI videos in the future. You should bookmark the web page (http://usm.maine.edu/olli/national/videos.jsp) and check back often.


OLLI’s Secret Recipes – Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Remember the OLLI cookbook that was developed a few years ago as a fund-raising effort? Well even if you don’t, you’re in for a treat. We are going to periodically post recipes from the cookbook to make your tummy happy, but also to remind you that the cookbook is still for sale. For this post, we have Leslie Parson’s delicious sweet and sour meat balls.

If you’re hungry for desert after these tasty meat balls try Deni’s Banana Birthday Cake.

Sweet and Sour Meat Balls

from Leslie Parsons

“This was the first dish I ever fixed for a potluck and it was so well received that I’ve been fixing it ever since.”

Meatballs picture

2 lb. prepared meat balls

2 cups of catsup

1/2 cup vinegar

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons onion salt

5 green onions

1 can pineapple chunks

3 green peppers

Simmer catsup, vinegar, water sugars, and onion salt together for 30 minutes. Add meat balls and continue to simmer for another 30 minutes. Just before serving, thread meat ball, pineapple chunk, a piece of green onion, and piece of green pepper onto a cocktail skewer. Drizzle a little extra sauce over all. This recipe can be doubled for a large crowd. Freezes well.

If that recipe sparked your interest, and how could it not, then you can call the OLLI office at 928-717-7634 to order a cookbook. For a limited time, you can purchase the cookbooks for only $5. That’s 50% off the original price; what a deal, and remember that all proceeds support the OLLI organization you know and love!

Capturing the Events of our Live through Social Media


In the last session of our Social Media class we discussed how OLLI members can better share their stories with the general public through the use of technology. One idea we had was to hold group discussions of major historical events, such as the Kennedy assassination, and talk about how they affected our lives with the hope that these stories could benefit school children and progeny.

Here’s a specific possibility for discussion: how did Sputnik affect our education, careers, and views?

To illustrate how Social Media can support and expand our memories, may I modestly put forth this not-so-professional video “Sputnik launched my career!” You can view the video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afpMLOzzcfg. This interview is included as a part of a Computer Educators Oral History Project. I discuss how Sputnik affected my high school and career progress and ask how history might have changed if the U.S. rather than Russia launched the first Earth satellite.

What do you OLLI members think? Are you interested in a collective reflection as a Social Media SIG activity? Can you think of any other historical events that would be worthy of discussion?

Contact Susan at slger123@gmail.com or at this summer’s classes.

If you’re just getting into watching Youtube, you can use these two Youtube viewers for a much more uncluttered viewing experinece :