We’re excited to announce a new OLLI member benefit. OLLI’s Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are member-organized peer-led discussion and activity groups that are free and exclusively for OLLI at BCC members.
For more information on or to join any of the Shared Interest Groups listed below, please contact the OLLI Office, and we will put you in touch with the group leader.
Interested in starting your own Shared Interest Group? Please contact the OLLI Office at 413-236-2190 or OLLI@berkshirecc.edu and we will send you the guidelines and proposal form.
CURRENT OLLI SHARED INTEREST GROUPS (SIGS)
The Absolute Sound
Those with a passion for music, be it classical, jazz or folk, will meet at one another’s homes to listen to and discuss the music presented by the host, the sound, and the system producing that sound. Hosts will rotate among the participants.
Present and hear about participants’ travel experiences to places out of the mainstream – how they got there and what they experienced.
American Indian Art and Culture
Explore the history, art, and culture of American Indian nations with particular emphasis on their creative expression.
Butternut Downhill Ski Group
Recreational skiing with others for fun and safety. Meetup times to be determined by members.
Learn the history and rules of play of the ancient game of mahjong the Chinese way, using Chinese tiles, and to enjoy playing the game with three other participants. Learn how to read some Chinese characters using the tiles.
For those who share an interest in photography, photo field trips, discussion of photos taken, and techniques.
Discuss and learn about how our ancestors preserved food and lived more closely to nature. Experience the art of using fermentation today in bread making and other food preparation.
NEW: French Conversation
Parlez-vous français? Would you like to practice your French with others in a relaxed setting? Meet up in informal settings for French conversation with other OLLI members.
Gender Roles/Future Families
Explore and discuss current and future changes in gender roles in the families that our grandchildren will be creating and the changing roles of men and women.
Mystery Lovers Book Club
If you love reading mystery novels, this group is for you. Books will be chosen from award winning American and international novels by SIG members. Members will take turns facilitating discussions. Meetings will be held the fourth Monday of every month at 1:30pm at a private home in West Stockbridge.
Love to play pool or want to learn? Join this group for casual games, be it 14.1 (straight pool); 9-ball; 8-ball; 10 ball or whatever anyone wants to play. Open to all; you do not have to have any experience. It could be single play or team play depending on how many show an interest. Meetings will be held in Otis Recreation Center, which has pool tables.
Provides participants the opportunity to meet new friends and participate in various social activities such as movie nights, Tanglewood concerts, picnics, etc., as determined by the group. Open to men and women.
For those who share an interest in and/or would like to learn more about soccer by following major tournaments on television, attending college and professional games, and meeting and hearing from current soccer players.
Widows & Widowers Social Group
A gathering of men and women who have lost a spouse or partner through death. Designed for those interested in social activities – daytrips, dining out, speakers, etc. – together with those who have the shared experience of loss. This SIG is not a grief support group. Participants are encouraged to propose social activities to foster diverse offerings and build community.