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Optional Events

Optional Bus Trip to Portland, Maine

Wednesday, July 20th, 11:45 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.

This charming city – the largest in Maine – will enchant you. Uptown, a few blocks from the waterfront, is Portland's secret treasure, the Arts District. With Congress Street as its spine, this once traditional shopping street is replete with museums, art galleries, antique shops, and artist studios. Nearby, the Old Port District is a Portland shopping mecca. One of a kind shops line the cobblestone streets of this historic waterfront district, so you can experience the charm of boutique shopping and enjoy restaurants serving Maine's famous lobster dishes, local specialties, and the latest nouveau cuisine. Since everything is in walking distance of the waterfront, and taxis are plentiful in Portland, you can easily get around.

The cost is $30, which includes a box lunch. Dinner is not included. The bus leaves Colby at 12:00 and leaves Portland at 7:45. Arriving in Portland before 1:30, we will first tour the perimeter of the city for great views of the bay. The bus will then drop passengers in the Old Port District at the corner of Exchange and Middle, the meeting place for the bus to return to Colby. The afternoon will be spent touring the town with discretionary shopping followed by early dinner at your own expense. Everyone will be given a map of Portland and a restaurant guide. Everyone will have the cell phone number of the Trip Leader, and the Trip Leader will have your cell phone number. Everyone should plan on meeting the bus at 7:45. The bus leaves on time; be late at your peril. Please prepay for the bus trip with your registration deposit. Things to do in Portland:

Optional Saturday Nights to Attend the Atlantic Music Festival’s Concert:

Extra nights: Saturday, July 16th ($85, lodging, dinner, breakfast, and lunch) or July 23rd ($80, lodging, dinner and breakfast). Concerts are free. Please prepay for additional nights with your registration deposit.

Wachs Works

The “Wachs Works”, named after our founder Is Wachs, is our version of a friendly pub. It's in the Cotter Student Union, a short walk from the dorms and dining room, where participants gather to socialize, play cards, and just relax. It's a great place to get to know new friends and to reconnect with old friends.

Beer and wine and soft drinks are served at a nominal fee. Prices are modest because the men and women who serve as bartenders are participants who have volunteered to serve you.

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This is your first visit to Colby and, of course, you're going to have lots of questions. A suggestion - pretend you're a journalist with a journalist's five basic questions - Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Expect to hear questions similar to yours - and different. These will likely help you for the coming week.

There is an orientation session for newcomers on Sunday evening where the events of the week will be described; and where you will meet the person from Colby who is our contact for any problem relating to your needs on campus.

Also on Sunday night, you will meet members of the Council for Colby Great Books as well as key Colby College staff. You will also meet your discussion group members. These men and women will be both veterans and newcomers and your partners for the week. Hopefully, you will have fun learning and laughing with them all.

When you return to your home, saturated with your Colby Great Book experience, share that with with your friends. Perhaps, they too will become part of our expanding Colby Family.

You will meet seasoned participants who will be available throughout the week to deal with any need you have relative to the program. Be sure to get to know them. These are volunteers who have been to Colby for some time. They understand how one's first time on campus can be confusing. Use your volunteer for any issue large and small. And be sure to ask them about their experiences in past years.

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Talent Show

There is a talent show on Thursday night that is long on laughter and maybe not so much on talent. Having said that, we have had participants perform who are professional singers, pianists, stand up comics and dancers.

This event is strictly optional for all you would be performers with stage fright. In recent years we have had the joy to watch our kids, our boys and girls at the Colby Kids Camp, perform skits they have written. Watching that energy and burgeoning talent is alone worth attending.

The event takes place in the Wachs Works. All the amenities of that environment are available.

Our Facebook Page

Our Facebook page is new this year, as is this website. We are learning, on the job so to speak. We would appreciate you logging into the site to leave us your thoughts, suggestions, and photographs. Please know that your story of a not-so-great experience are invaluable. It can be important information that helps us get better.

We would also love it if you would spread the word about what happens at Colby. Ours is not a simple story to tell. One factor from that is most of our newcomers come based on the recommendations of friends or family who have attended Colby.

So if you enjoyed your week, won't you please be one of our best sales people and spread the word.

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