Museums to go – Content by Judy

    As we continue down this untraveled road, we keep looking for new things to do. We often wonder what is open. What is closed? Have the hours changed? Have they gone virtual? Are they using Zoom or something like that?

    So, let’s see if we can figure some of that out… Let’s take a look at what’s going on with Museums….

    And once you start looking, I think you will find amazing opportunities!! You will be able to visit places you have only read about or learned about in school. And the visit is very real and much better than just looking at pictures!!

    One site I found – – has 75 best museum tours around the world that include art, history, science, and technology. From this site I visited…

    The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. In the main museum complex, you are able to visit all 3 stories and see 1,000’s of pieces of art plus the entire building which of course is a work of art in itself. And do not forget to look at the ceilings!! To a degree you can move around almost as if you were there. The added bonus of these virtual tours is no one is in your way!!

    Katie Bourque posted an article in March with a massive list of 30 amazing virtual tours of museums, zoos, and theme parks. I visited the National Museum of the United States Air Force. This tour is so clear that you can read the plaques for each display. You touch on blue arrows to move and then can zoom in for unbelievable details.

    How about going to a children’s museum?? The Minnesota Children’s Museum even has activity ideas and hands on activities you can do at home. You will have some new things to do with the kids.

    So, when you are sitting home you can travel the world and see amazing works! You can even revisit a museum you have been to years ago. See what is different and what is the same!

    And do not overlook visiting a zoo or a theme park. At many zoos you can watch livestream cameras of pandas, penguins, elephants, koalas or go on a home safari daily at the Cincinnati Zoo.


    All of this is a great escape!! Invite others to go with you. You can all visit the same day and conference call as you tour or even afterwards over a glass of wine. Perhaps on another day invite your grandchildren to come along as you go to the zoo.


    Hey, visit several art museums. Browse around. Find what you like and be inspired… Order some watercolors or acrylics and paint your own picture. You might discover you have talent or even if you do not have talent it might still be a whole lot of fun and when things are better you can take some lessons. Almost all Senior Centers have art classes. From drawing to painting to collage and more.

    So, do something different today!!

    Virtual Presentations

    The Elmwood and West Hartford Senior Centers are generously sharing their online classes and presentations for our Members to join!

    Harry Truman: Keeping the “Cold War” Thurs., July 9th, 16th & 23rd  3:00p.m.

    This 3-week set of lectures will focus on one of America’s most consequential and controversial presidents in recent US history, Harry Truman.  From the Berlin airlift to the Marshall Plan to the Korean War and the Red Scare of the McCarthy era, Truman presided over a nation finding its way out of World War II and creating foundations for the coming struggle, the Cold War.

    Pre-registration required by emailing or calling (860) 561-7583 to receive the link.

    An Invitation to Mindfulness Wed., July 15th  1:00p.m.

    What are you thinking about right now?  Dwelling on the past or obsessing about the future?  An Invitation to Mindfulness presents an opportunity for you to learn how sweet it is to live in the present moment and use new ways to work with challenges and difficulties.

    Email Hilary for the link to sign up.

    Estate Planning – What You Need to Know. Thurs., July 16th  10:00a.m.

    Attorney Ruth Fortune will explain estate planning basics, including: What is the difference between a Will and a trust?  Do you need a power of attorney?  What are health care directives?

    Pre-registration required by emailing or calling (860) 561-7583 to receive the link.

    How our Pets Keep Us Alive and Well Wed., July 22nd  1:00p.m.

    Audrey B. Carlson, a public speaker, writer and owner of the Happiness Club in Hartford, CT will present a talk on how our pets can play a positive role in our lives.  Audrey will tell stories of how animals teach us unconditional love, forgiveness and how to tap into that forgotten kid in all of us . Email Hilary for the link to sign up.

    Guide Dogs and the Positive Impact On a Sight Impaired Person Thurs., July 23rd  1:00p.m.

    William DeMaio, gives a firsthand presentation about his personal need for a guide dog presented to him by the organization Fidelco.  Having a guide dog has changed his life giving him independence. He will explain how someone can become a puppy raiser for Fidelco.  This is a feel-good story and an opportunity to hear what a difference a guide dog can make in a blind person’s life.

    Email Hilary for the link to sign up.

    Highlights of Hill Stead Museum. Tues., July 28th  1:00p.m.

    Join us for a 30-minute zoom presentation by Hill-Stead Museum featuring an up-close look at select works of art from their collection. There will be time for questions and discussion following the presentation.  Pre-registration required by emailing or calling (860) 561-7583 to receive the Zoom invitation.

    If you have any questions, need help using Zoom, or would like more suggestions for additional online programs, please call or email Hilary.


    Stay Home and Stay Safe!

    Older adults and people who have underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.  Governor Lamont and the CDC are recommending that people aged 65 and older and anyone with severe health conditions should continue to stay home and stay safe.

    For more information please visit  and


    Yoga and Chair Yoga with Carol Klammer on Zoom

    Carol is currently offering Chair Yoga on Mondays & Thursdays at 1:30p.m. and floor based Yoga classes on Mondays at 5:00p.m. and Thursdays at 3:00p.m.  Classes are offered on Zoom but first you need to register on Carol’s Mind Body website (link above).  On the website, use the “weeks” button to scroll through to find the date and class you want to sign up for.  The Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register and select your class.  Classes are free but Carol is accepting donations through her website.  Contact Carol with any questions:

    You can also email Hilary to have website link emailed to you.


    Chair Strength & Balance with Kelly Harper on YouTube

    This Strength & Balance video is a chair based class using a small workout ball.  It’s a great 11 minute workout for anyone to try and it is free on YouTube.  The best part of the video (well…besides the great workout) is a brief visit from Kelly’s pet cat Ferdinand!  YouTube link above or email Hilary to have the YouTube link emailed to you.