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An Introduction to Fly-Fishing
with Roger Flinchum
This course will allow individuals to understand the popular sport of fly fishing by providing small-group hands-on instruction in both an indoor class setting and outdoor practical application and experience. Each class will expose students to new layers of information and experience including history, equipment, casting and fishing techniques and fishing opportunities (local and distant). An instructor-written booklet is provided as well as examples of periodicals and books for student use. The last class is planned for a local pond to get that real fishing experience.
Roger Flinchum is a retired teacher, having taught 42 years at the local high school. He has been a fly fisherman for over 45 years and has taught dozens of people to fly fish. He has fished in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, the Bahamas, Montana and Colorado. He also builds fly rods and ties flies.
Beginner Golf Instruction
with Tom Johnson
Students will learn the basics of the golf swing, chipping, and putting. The instructor will explain and demonstrate the skill, watch the student swing or putt, and give advice on how to improve.
Note: each student will need an eight iron, a wedge, and a putter. Practice balls will be provided.
Dr. Tom Johnson played intercollegiate golf for the University of Richmond and played in many amateur tournaments in the Southeastern United States.
Birding for Beginners
with Ralph Bates
This class is designed to make you a more effective birder using techniques, equipment, books/references, and your ears and eyes. You will sharpen your skills at observation and identification of birds we’ll find on four “field outings” of 90 minutes each at a nearby farm well-known for its biodiversity and diverse avian habitat. The fifth class, our first, will bring us together inside to get to know each other, share why each of us joined the class, our experience with birding, and what we hope to learn. Each of our viewing and searching spots will familiarize you with the relationship between species inhabiting that habitat. Each class date will be weather dependent.
Students will need binoculars for field viewing (8x42 suggested). A bird reference book or Smart Phone application is also suggested but optional.
Note: The first session will meet at RappU at 1 p.m. for the classroom session on Tuesday, April 24.
Ralph Bates became interested in identifying birds in 4th grade – inspired by his 4th grade teacher. Since then he has been a casual, but frequent, birder in the US and many foreign countries. He is self-taught and always learns and sharpens his skills through other, more experienced, birders. He, and his wife Gwen, have been on guided birding outings in Belize, Peru, the Amazon, Alaska, Arizona, Portugal, West Virginia and Virginia. He’s also done birding in Guatemala, England, Ireland, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Canada, Italy and many states here. His life list is modest: around 900 species.
Bridge for Beginners
with Tammy Gill
In this class you will learn the basic rules for playing bridge. You will learn the meaning of a trick, book, and bid. After a short lesson, you will play bridge. Most importantly, you will have fun while learning this great game.
Tammy Gill and her husband, along with ten friends, started taking bridge lessons seven years ago when they became empty nesters. The lessons continued for five years, and the group of twelve still play together every other week.
Chess: The Basics and Beyond
with Tac Tacelosky
Have you ever watched people playing chess, and thought "I'd like to be able to play"? Or maybe you know the rules and how the pieces move but aren't sure what to do next? This class is for you. You'll learn (or review) the rules, then move to how to coordinate the pieces, with a smattering of tactics, strategy and opening theory. By the end of the class, you'll be able to confidently sit across the board and say "Let's play!"
Note: While participants may bring any chess set, a tournament chess set is recommended: $17 on Amazon (green roll-up vinyl chessboard).
Tac Tacelosky co-hosts a Monday Night Chess Meetup in Dupont Circle, where he lives during the week. He's been enjoying chess for more than 4 decades.
with Bet Jones
Participants will move beyond the basics and enhance their enjoyment of the game. Practice bidding, playing, and score-keeping with instruction throughout. Participants should know the basic rules of bridge, including point-counting, bidding, and play.
Bet Jones learned bridge when she was in elementary school and has been playing ever since. She participates in an advanced group which meets and plays for a full day every week.
with Roger Flinchum
This class is for students who have basic fly-casting skills and want to improve their casting skills and techniques for catching specific species.
There are no guided fishing trips each week. However, the instructor will include some on-water casting and fishing, based on student input about needs and locations.
Roger Flinchum is a retired teacher, having taught 42 years at the local high school. He has been a fly fisherman for over 45 years and has taught dozens of people to fly-fish. He has fished in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, the Bahamas, Montana and Colorado. He also builds fly rods and ties flies.
Learn to Knit
with Rebecca Abecassis
Each participant will learn the knit and purl stitches, how to cast on, and how to bind off. The instructor will provide needles and yarn that participants can take home and practice the stitches. They will also have the option of learning the Continental method or the English method of holding the needles and yarn. At the final session, the participants will be given the opportunity to purchase a “kit” for a beginning project of their choice (scarf, washcloth, hat) and assistance in getting started on their projects.
Rebecca Abecassis grew up in the area and has owned the Knit Wit Yarn Shop in Sperryville for 10 years. She learned to knit Icelandic sweaters in 1988 while living in Iceland and has enjoyed knitting ever since. Connie Dwyer, as co-instructor. is an excellent knitter who lives in Rappahannock County and knits beautiful lacework, socks, and sweaters.