Glen House Speaker Series
Fridays, January 14, February 18 & 25
7:30 - 8:30 pm
New this winter! The Glen House Speaker Series (co-hosted by Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center) features three speakers from our local community and highlight topics of interest. All talks are hosted at the Glen House Hotel and are free and open to the public. Masks are recommended.
January 14, 2022 — Chris Lewey
The Ecology of the North Woods
Take an ecological look at winter in the North Woods
Our adventure begins at the summit of Mount Washington where man has been able to adapt in order to survive some of the most severe weather ever recorded. We’ll then descend into the forest and valley below to take a closer look at some of the wildlife that calls New Hampshire home. With its blanket of snow, winter is a wonderful time to investigate the northern forests and try to read the signatures written by our wildlife throughout their varied habitats. Take a closer look at the plants, birds and mammals and the strategies they adopt in order to inhabit northern New England with its changing seasons.
Chris Lewey, Executive Director and Founder of RAVEN Interpretive Programs, holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University. He has led tours and programs for RAVEN, as well as such organizations as the Maine Audubon Society, Smithsonian Study Tours, Road Scholar, Tauck World Discovery and the National Wildlife Federation. Chris has taught ornithology for the National Audubon Society at their Hog Island ecology camp on the coast of Maine, where he was the Director of their Joy of Birding and Breaking into Birding programs for many years. A native New Englander and licensed Maine Guide, he has taught biology, ecology, and ornithology in both New Hampshire and Maine. As a nature photographer and licensed master bird-bander, he continues avian research.
Chris has lived off the electrical grid at RAVEN’s base since 1998 and shares his “green” home with his wife, two teenage boys and his 7-year-old daughter and two yellow labs.
February 18, 2022 — Douglas Arion
Are We Alone? What Does the Universe Say about our Existence?
Space is big. Really big. And the chemistry of the Universe might make it seem likely that life is everywhere. Does it? And what special circumstances led to the evolution of humans? These questions help us understand how the Universe works, our place in it, and what we might find on planets elsewhere in space.
Douglas Arion, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy and Donald D. Hedberg Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurial Studies at Carthage College, and Founder and Director of Mountains of Stars, a public science outreach and education program that engages the public with ‘environmental awareness from a cosmic perspective’. More than 67,000 members of the public have participated, and the program has trained more than 300 students and nature guides and educators in science communication.
He co-founded Galileoscope to provide high quality, low cost telescopes for worldwide promotion of science education and outreach as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and International Year of Light 2015. More than 260,000 are now in use in over 110 countries.
Arion is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the International Astronomical Union, has received the Distinguished Service Award from Sigma Pi Sigma (the physics honorary society), the Volunteer Leadership Award from the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Dark Sky Defender Award from the International Dark Sky Association. He serves on US and international commissions on dark skies preservation and the international SATCON2 committee addressing satellite megaconstellations.
February 25, 2022 — Sue Wemyss
Trail to Gold: The Journey of 53 Women Skiers
A talk and book signing with local Olympian Sue Wemyss
Fifty-three American women have participated in cross-country skiing in the Winter Olympics between 1972 and 2018. In 2018, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall won Olympic gold in the Team Sprint in South Korea, the first Olympic medal for U.S. women’s cross-country skiing. Five decades of women skiers stood up and cheered, celebrating this long sought-after achievement. Trail to Gold shares the collective journey of these women Olympians—with the skiers themselves telling the story.
Sue Wemyss is the Ski School Director at Great Glen Trails, and has been helping skiers improve their cross country skills since 1984, while still a member of the U.S. Ski Team. After taking up cross country skiing at Middlebury College, Sue raced internationally for four years, competing in the 1984 Olympics, the 1985 World Championships and the season-long World Cup series from 1983 through 1986. Her first junior coaching position was in Sun Valley Idaho in 1987. Since then she has ski instructed and coached skiers of all ages in Colorado, Maine and New Hampshire. Her junior coaching has included middle and high school ski teams. She is in her second decade leading Great Glen’s youth ski program, the Great Glen Bill Koch League Club. She has taught skiing at Snow Mountain Ranch and Devil’s Thumb in Colorado, Black Mountain in Maine and is in her 22nd year of instructing at Great Glen. She loves working with skiers of all abilities, from first-timers to the advanced and experienced racers. She has a particular soft spot for working with elementary aged skiers, with whom she can share her playfulness and love of the sport. She enjoys leading Great Glen’s women’s groups both on and off snow, and providing one-on-one attention in private lesson settings.