When: Tuesday, November 30th 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Superior Outfitters, 209 So. Front Street

Marquette, MI  49855

PRESENTER:  Nick Symon Owner,



Whether you are new to fishing or just looking for a refresher on techniques and guidelines, this class is for you.  Nick will introduce us to the equipment needed in the Great Lakes or local inland lakes and answer questions.


For questions or to sign up contact

Ginger Bollero Petry 906 228-8051 ginger8051@aol.com

Darlene Arseneau, 906-486-9861 jdp7955@gmail.com





We know that interacting with others, stimulating the brain through learning, and physical activity is extremely important to keep us healthy.  Thus, we are working on programs and hope you will be pleased with the outcome.  Remember you can always give us your ideas for programs.  And we have need for liaisons and presenters to help us in this effort.


Safety of our members is of the utmost importance and we understand the hesitancy you may be feeling at getting out. We ask our members to wear a mask at all our indoor programs, unless medically exempt.  Our room setups will be socially distanced and we will have sanitizer available.


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What is the NCLL?

The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL)  is an organization whose members plan, coordinate and provide informal educational programs and events to enrich the lives of its members and others.  More in About Us

When and how often are programs offered?

NCLLNCLL offers programs suggested by NCLL participants and community members who share their interest and desire to learn and stay active with others. More than twenty classes or events are offered each term in the day or evening - summer/fall, winter, and spring. If you have an interest, hobby, activity or experience you would like to share please contact the NCLL office, director or attend an NCLL Curriculum Committee Meeting! For more information on programs and registration, see the Programs/Events page.


NCLL Testimonial ...
"They [NCLL] offer such a wonderful variety of events, & at such a great variety of times, I can usually pick many events that I can attend out of every offering. I have never been disappointed, & the people are very welcoming."

Bruce Greenwood, NCLL member


Who is eligible to join or attend programs?

NCLLMembership and programs are open to any adult interested in pursuing intellectual, recreational, and/or social activities. NCLL membership dues for the 2021/2022 year are $30 with a charge for most classes; $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. Beginning in November classes will be $10 dollars for nonmembers, although a few classes each season have a charge for materials.   More information


What are NCLL interest groups?

Initiated and managed by NCLL members, interest groups function independently of NCLL. We encourage folks to get together around particular activities they enjoy.  Currently, on-going interest groups have been canceled due to Covid. Learn more


NCLL Memberships Makes Great Gifts!

Are looking for a unique, and useful gift, yet one that is personal and will be enjoyed again and again?

For just $30 you can purchase a gift membership for friends and loved ones. NCLL offers 80-90 programs each year that cover the arts, history, culture, tours, field trips, science, nature, hiking, snowshoeing, potlucks, health issues and MORE. Send check payable to NMU, recipient name and contact information to the NCLL Office.  An email greeting/program registration information will sent to them.

Give the gift of learning!


A Sampling of NCLL Programming

Local Writer and Visual Artist Christine Saari








Participants recently enjoyed a special afternoon with Christine’s Saari who grew up in the Austrian Alps. It is there in the 30s and 40s where Adolf Hitler’s war would change the world forever. A young man and woman; two Germans, fall in love. They marry and move to a small mountain farm where they tend farm animals and fruit trees while they await the arrival of their child.

Food becomes scarce, and movement restricted. Family and friends are dying. The father is called to the fighting, leaves and dies in the war. The mother and child are left to deal with the aftermath.

Christine has written a memoir (Love and War at Stag Farm) about her parents and her childhood during this time (1938 – 1948).  Judith Minty

A follow up book of poems (Blossoms in the Dark of Winter) further personalizes the war time with glimpses of her family members in moments of childhood, war, death and emigration.  With tender details she shows the richness of their lives, through letters and thoughts expressed in her poems about a war-torn family; refugees separated by borders. Janeen Pergin Rastall


The  farm remains in the family who gather there and celebrate the abundance of their past and present generations. Indeed, there are “Blossoms in the Dark of Winter.”

Comments from people who attended:  “Awesome.  Fascinating to hear first-hand person history.   I privately cried thru her whole talk – so beautiful.  Wonderful. Spellbinding.  Appreciate her sharing.  Excellent program.  Emotional.  Heartfelt and insightful.  Inspirational – makes me want to record my family history.  A most interesting story.  I found it very emotional”. 


These books can be found in bookstores, online and at the Peter White Public Library.



September 2021 - Annual Meeting at Lakenenland

It was a beautiful day for our annual meeting at Lakenenland and it was great to gather together safely and in person. Lorana Jinkerson from the North Country Trail Hikers did an interesting and enjoyable presentation on the organization and all that it offers plus some interesting stories about the trail and some of the people who have hiked it. The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) was authorized by Congress in 1980. The North Country National Scenic Trail is the longest in the National Trails System, stretching 4,700 miles across eight states from North Dakota to Vermont.

The Trail traverses through more than 160 federal, state and local public lands, including 10 National Forests, four areas of the National Park Service, and over 100 state parks, forests and game areas. It winds along three of the Great Lakes, past countless farmlands, through large cityscapes and vast prairies, over many rivers and streams, and through the famed Adirondacks. The North Country Trail also shares routes with the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota, the Buckeye Trail in Ohio, the Finger Lakes Trail in New York, and the Iron Belle Trail in Michigan.

Whether you’re looking to hike just a few miles or plan a longer backpacking trip, the North Country Trail offers diverse landscapes and flexible hiking opportunities. Marquette is designated an official  NCTA Trail Town and our Marquette local chapter is the North Country Trail Hiker Chapter nct@northcountrytrail.org

September 2021 - Wetmore Pond Hike 

It was a glorious day for a hike to Wetmore Pond! A small group of members enjoyed a leisurely hike with Puck as we listened to the chatter of red squirrels and looked for the just-turning leaves. We stopped for lunch on a rock outcropping that overlooked the pond before climbing down to the wooden platform at water level. Here in the bog we found pitcher, sundew and cranberry plants. Puck even gave instructions on trail markers and demonstrated a cool phone app. It was just perfect!

Wetmore Pond from above

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