I live in the vicinity of three libraries and a quick review of their respective calendars reveal there’s a whole lot of good stuff going on. And it’s all free! One of the libraries also offers a free 3 week course on retirement planning and taxes! How cool is that? There’s Acoustic Night (local musicians come and entertain), Comedy Night (local comedians come and make us laugh), Lunch At The Movies (brown bag your lunch but the library provides coffee, tea and a dessert) as well as the usual Book Club, Story Time and trips to art galleries and museums.
One of the local libraries near me was offering a free watercolor class complete with free supplies (you later got to keep your free art supplies!). The library had just received a personal grant from one of the local banks and watercolor classes were on their new agenda. I consider myself a bit of an artist as I have the knack for drawing, painting and the like. I have always wanted to take a professional class in watercolor as it’s a bit difficult to teach one self, despite all the You Tube instructional videos. Sometimes you need to be with other ‘artists’ for inspiration. And sometimes you need that one-on-one personal instruction and care.
The watercolor class was strictly an introduction to the art of watercoloring. A well known local artist was hired as our instructor and she was instrumental in laying out the foundation to get us all started onto the path of successful watercoloring. What was also great about the class was that we got to keep many of the supplies that were provided. All I had to do, once the class ended, was buy a set of starting water color paints ($29) and the proper paper (11 X 14 pads @$16 for two). Since I have already dabbled in painting, I had the brushes. The library class provided the board, palette, drawing pencils and eraser.
It was a lovely two hours, spent on a rainy Saturday afternoon, along with 14 other talented, local ladies, learning something new and setting me onto a path of new discoveries and a new hobby.
Check out your local libraries calendar. It can be a retirees dream come true!