Course Offerings

Fall 2017 Course Offerings


Here's a list of the upcoming Fall 2017 courses.

  • Mah Jongg
  • Beginner Bridge
  • Beginning/Continuing Yoga
  • History of Middletown State Hospital
  • Economic Theories
  • Desmong-Fish Legacy
  • Got Sleep
  • Life of Sir William Johnson
  • Vietnam: Us Withdrawal
  • Naer Death Experience
  • Birds of Home
  • Intermediate Bridge
  • T'ai Chi
  • Aquasize
  • Films For Everyone
  • Introduction to Kabbalan
  • Color Pencil Drawing
  • Art & Discussion of Style
  • The Beatles: The Solo Years & The Sixties
  • Hypnosis
  • Tour of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (Special Bonus)


To see the complete course descriptions, scroll down below this list. You will also see the dates, times and places for each course. Once you receive your registration packet in the US Mail, you may register. If you wish to join and register, please contact us at 341-4896.

These learning opportunities are scheduled within the college’s academic calendar and are assigned to available areas after the credit classes have been scheduled.  Since this schedule is completed at least two months before classes begin, neither Encore nor its instructors can make changes after that.  The only exception would be a college-wide postponement, cancellation, or rescheduling i.e. snow day. So choose your courses carefully.

Please remember to note for each course:

  • the number of sessions
  • the exact dates of those sessions
  • the location (building & room)

Because of content and/or classroom size, many courses have enrollment caps. Registrations are processed on a "First Come-First Served" basis.


MONDAY Classes FALL 2017

*** MAH JONGG: 5 sessions 1:00 - 3:30 pm Monday, September 11, 18, 25   

                                                                                    October 2, 16

                                                            ROOM – Shepard Center Alumni Room

This course is the next step after beginner.  The American version will be our focus. This course can also serve as a refresher course for those who have played before.  Participants will need to purchase their own Mah Jongg cards.  Instructor will order these after 1st class.  Approximate cost $8.00.

Instructor:  Florette Soroka, Pat Blau

Florette has played Mah Jongg for over 35 years and has been teaching others to play for numerous years in Chester, at Middletown Mulberry House, Encore and at the Town of Wallkill Wildflower Community Center.


*** INTRODUCTION AND BEGINNING BRIDGE: 4 sessions 1:00 – 3:00 pm

                                                                       Monday, September 11, 18, 25

                                                                                      October 2   ROOM – Library 130

Learn to enjoy this world famous card game known for keeping minds sharp.  It is a game of communication and becomes a fine way to socialize with friends.  During the course, participants will learn the basics of counting points, terminology, and strategy—all while actually playing the game. This class is not a continuation, but an introduction and beginner level.

Instructors: Beverly Shulman, Rich Grabowski

Rich Grabowski and Bev Shulman have been playing bridge as partners for many years… and are still together!  They enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for bridge with friends, new and old.



***HYPNOSIS:  2 sessions 2:00 – 4:00 pm Monday, October 23, 30

                                                                      ROOM – Library 221

What can hypnosis do for you?  An ancient theory holds that hypnosis reduce stress, increase concentration and help reduce bad habits. This course uncovers the truths, debunks the myths, and examines what it can and cannot do.

Instructor: Dr.  Raymond Berweger

Dr. Berweger Berweger is a retired dentist.




Tuesday Classes FALL 2017

***THE ESSENCE OF T’AI CHI:  6 sessions 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Tuesday

September 19, 26

October 3, 10, 17, 24

                                                                ROOM:  Physical Education Dance Studio

Students will learn the first set of movements from the Yang Style long form of T’ai Chi Chuan. Qigong movements for meditation will also be taught. Students will need to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers.

NOTE: Students will be standing for a prolonged period. If they have any physical limitations, they may want to consult a physician to see if this activity is suited for them.

Instructor: Joseph Petrosi

Joe started studying T’ai Chi over 25 years ago as an alternative to having back surgery.  He has studied T’ai Chi with some world renowned masters and also teaches T’ai Chi Sword, Walking Stick, Staff and Spear.  He is a Certified Qigong Instructor.



*** THE LIFE OF Sir Wm. Johnson: 1 session 3:00 – 5:00 pm

                                                                 Tuesday, October 3

                                                            ROOM – Harriman Hall 214

Sir Wm. Johnson was a British Superintendent of Indians during Colonial Era.  Trusted by the Indians especially the Iroquois, he kept them allied to the crown during the American Revolution.

Instructor: Frank Salvati

Frank is a resident of Orange County and passionate student of the Indian wars, particularly in North Eastern America.  He has been a popular speaker about the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and others.

*** GOT SLEEP: 2 sessions: 3:00 – 5:00 pm Tuesday/Thursday

                                                                           October 3, 5

                                                                            ROOM:  Library 221

Instructor Nancy DeLauro says,”Over the course of my 20 + year career I attest that nearly every ailment today is triggered by stress”. This 2 day course we will discuss how stress affects our bodies and ways to better manage and reduce stress.  The second part of our discussion will be promoting good sleep habits.  Sleep is a major stress buster.  We will look at what happens to our bodies during sleep and include tools and tips on bedtime makeovers.

Instructor: Nancy Delauro

Nancy is a Public Health nurse who has worked for the Orange County Health Department. In both nursing and early intervention.  She has taught in the past for SUNY Orange and Encore.



                      2 sessions 2:30 – 4:30 pm, Tuesday, October 17, 24

                                                                     ROOM – Harriman Hall 214

Does economics have a theory of the Business Cycle that explains the Great Recession?  It has too many theories and they conflict with each other.  We will undertake a brief survey of them and the controversies that ensue.  No prior knowledge of economics is required. 

Instructor: Greg Gilman 

Greg was the proprietor of Weber’s store in Middletown.  He is a board member of First Federal Savings in Middletown.  


                                                   AND/ OR HASIDIC JUDAISM - What & Why?

                          3 sessions 6:30 – 8:30 pm Tuesday, October 17, 24, Nov. 7

                                                    ROOM – Rowley Center Room 010

Kabbalah or Jewish Mysticism has become very popular due to celebrity and new age endorsement.  Come see what this is all about.

Who are these people walking around in Black & White without those furry hats?  Come learn the philosophy and lifestyle of Hasidic Jews.

Instructor: Rabbi  Marcus Rubenstein

Rabbi Rubenstein is the Rabbi of Temple Sinai, Middletown, New York.  Rabbi Rubenstein is actively involved in Middletown’s Interfaith Council, hospital pastoral board and emergency warming station for the homeless.



Wednesday Classes FALL 2017

***THE DESMOND-FISH LEGACY PROJECT: 4 sessions 2:15 – 4:15 pm

                                                                Wednesday, September 6, 13, 27

                                                                                       October 4

                                                                             ROOM – Harriman Hall 313

This course covers the lives of three well-known Hudson Valley citizens who made important contributions to our community: Alice and Tom Desmond and Hamilton Fish. Their contributions: their living legacy which includes the Desmond Arboretum, the Desmond-Fish Library, their forgotten legacy which includes the WW II Newburgh shipyard, the famed 369th Harlem Hellfighters and 1930-50 NY State Politics and their family heritage and their literary contribution of over 22 books.

Instructor: Frank Kieck

Frank is a popular instructor who has taught for Encore for many years.  He is an avid old time radio and mystery fan who collects old radio shows and mysteries as a hobby.


                                                           6 sessions 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Wednesday

                                                                 September 13, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25

                                                                 ROOM – Harriman Hall 207

Beginning students will learn to draw various objects like flowers and scenery.

Intermediate students who have taken the class before will learn some new techniques to add to their talents. Students should bring in pictures as studies to draw from.

NOTE: Students will need to purchase the following: color pencils (Crayola set of 72 pencils is good) usually priced under $8.00, drawing pad (a nice vellum heavy weight 10 x 12 or larger), eraser kneaded or white plastic, pencil sharpener, ruler, small package of grafite transfer paper, Derwent burnisher and blender set.

Instructor: Joe Petrosi

Joe is an accomplished artist.  His works hang in many private homes and businesses, both here and abroad.  In 2012 he was voted the Best Ink and Pencil Artist in the Hudson Valley.  His work has been exhibited in both multi-artist and one man shows in the tri-state area.


                                                         2:00 – 4:00 pm Wednesday October 4

                                                                                   ROOM – Library 221

Dedicated “birder” William Fiero will show a powerpoint presentation on the birds of New York.  In this session, he’ll also discuss, identify, feeding and finding our common birds.

Instructor: William Fiero

William is an avid traveler, focusing on nature and photography.  He has also been an Encore instructor for a number of years showing many beautiful photography of his world travels.


              3 sessions 1:00 – 3:00 pm Wednesday, October 11, 18, 25

                                                        ROOM: Rowley Center Room 010

This course will look at the events that transpired leading the United States to withdraw from her engagement in Vietnam.  We will start with the pivotal year of 1968 and look at how events like the siege of Sahn, the Tet Offensive the My Lai Massacred as well as the assassinations of both MLk and RFK impacted the war effort and American’s support for it.  In addition, in this course we will explore what was happening on the home front.  We will discuss the events that led to our eventual withdrawal from the conflict.

Instructor:  Heidi Amelia-Anne Weber

Dr. Heidi Amelia-Anne Weber is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of Global Studies at SUNY Orange.  She is actively involved in teaching classes in the Honors program as well as for Encore.  Currently she is working on the establishment of a Holocaust Center here at SUNY Orange.  Heidi was just selected as the recipient of both the SUNY Orange Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Thursday Classes FALL 2017


                                                     2:00 – 4:00 pm, Thursday, September 14

                                                     ROOM – Library 221

We explore the meaning of Death.  Is the Near Death Experience real?  Is it merely the result of lack of oxygen to the brain?  What about NDE( Out of Body experiences)?  Bernie requests any experiences of NDE participants might know of.  Please email to  All will be kept confidential unless permission is given for them to be discussed in class.  Class participation is very welcome.

Instructor: Bernie Ampel

Bernie has lived in the Hudson Valley for over 40 years, has been a Psychotherapist in family and individual counseling for 30 years in private practice, and is interested in all things pertaining to the working of the mind.


***THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR:  3 sessions 2:30 – 4:00 pm Thursday

                                                                        September 28, October 5, 12

                                                                         ROOM – Harriman Hall 211A

This course is an introduction to a complicated and underestimated period of modern history.  We will examine the many themes of Spanish history from the late 19th to early 20th centuries and follow them through the conflict of 1936- 1939 and beyond!

Instructor:  Joseph Britto

Joseph has been an Adjunct Lecturer at SUNY New Paltz in the History Department for 26 years.  He now teaches for SUNY Orange.


***ART AND DISCUSSION OF STYLE: 1 session Thursday

                                                                     September 28, October 5

                                                                       1:00 – 3:00 pm


                                              31 Jersey Avenue

                       Members are responsible for their own transportation

Participants will come to the Studio and view the various artwork that is currently being displayed.  3/5 cards will be handed out and the participants will write down names of various pieces of art on display and then a group discussion of the works will take place.

Instructor: Joe Petrosi

Joe is an accomplished artist. His works hang in many private homes and businesses, both here and abroad.  In 2012 he was voted the Best Ink and Pencil Artist in the Hudson Valley.  His work has been exhibited in both multi-artist and one man shows in the tri-state area.

***BEGINNING/CONTINUING YOGA: 4 sessions 1:00 – 2:00 pm

                                                              Thursday, September 28, October 5, 12, 19                                                                ROOM – Physical Education Dance Studio

Whether you are new to the practice of yoga or have had some experience with it, this class is appropriate for you.  If new to the practice, instruction will address the needs of a beginner.  If you have had some experience, you will be able to progress and deepen your practice. Students should wear loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat.

Instructor: Mary Berrigan

Mary is a 20 year practitioner and teacher of yoga. She has taught classes for Adult Ed programs. She is currently a substitute yoga teacher at Positive Fitness in Middletown, NY.


                                                                            4 sessions 1:00 – 3:00 pm

                                                             Thursday October 5, 19, 26, November 2                                                                                                                ROOM – Shepard Center Alumni Room

We will play out hands and discuss bidding and play.  There will be introduction of bidding conventions.     This is not beginning bridge.

Instructors: Martha Schuck, Mariann Stepp

Mariann taught elementary school; Martha taught junior high and both have placed duplicate bridge for a number of years.  They both enjoy tournaments, and hope to encourage better play among students so they, too, will gain the confidence to join local clubs and move on to tournament play.




Friday Classes FALL 2017


***THE BEATLES: “The Beatles Next … THE SOLO YEARS”

           And “The SIXTIES: THE BRITISH INVASION”     2 sessions 2:00 – 4:00 pm Friday

September 8, 15                                                                                 
ROOM – Harriman Hall 211A

The Solo Years will continue in the footsteps of the Beatles story and focus on the highlights of the “solo” post-Beatles careers of John, Paul, George and Ringo.  We will explore the aftermath of the Beatles legacy and how they established themselves as solo artists.

The British Invasion will focus on the phenomenal rise of the British pop and rock acts that invaded our shores in the 60’s  We will explore highlights from landmark recordings that clearly defined this British pop renaissance era.

Instructor: Vincent Bruno

Vincent is a rock historian with focus on the Beatles and the Sixties. As a Beatles scholar and storyteller, he looks to both embrace their legacy and to present an entertaining, interactive and informative session for both the casual listener as well as the hard core Beatles fan. He holds an MPA from Baruch College and, as an adjunct instructor for the past 25 years, he has taught courses in Humanities, Management and Coop Ed.

***FILMS FOR EVERYONE: 6 sessions 2:00 - 5:00 pm Friday,

                                                                       October 13, 20, 27 November 3, 10, 17                                                                                      ROOM – Harriman Hall 111                                             

Students will view 6 films which will be both entertaining and informative.  A brief history of each film will be presented before showings; discussions will follow the movie.  The following films will be shown:    

                                               Films that I hate that you might like

  • 10/ 13    “Wuthering Heights”               1939
  • 10/20      “ 7 Brides for 7 brothers”       1954
  • 10/27     “Rebel Without a Cause”        1955
  • 11/3      “ Trouble with Harry”               1955
  • 11/10     “The Graduate”                       1967
  • 11/17     Moonlight”  pest picture 2016

Program is subject to change.

Instructor: Nelson E. Page

Nelson has been affiliated with the motion picture industry for the past 30 years.  He enjoys sharing his expertise and knowledge with Encore.


                                                                  2:00 – 4:00pm Friday, October 6

                                                                          ROOM – Harriman Hall 207

The Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital was a significant and important part of Middletown History.  We will have a brief overview of its history and share stories of the “City on the Hill”

Instructor:  Jerry Kleiner

Jerry is President of the Historical Society of Middletown and the Wallkill Precinct for the past 3 years.




                                                  3:15 – 4:30 pm Friday, October 6, 13, 20

                                                                            ROOM – Library 130

Perhaps no other culture has dominated the human experience for as long as Chinese Culture.  For 5000 years it has transmitted beauty and wisdom to the world.  Experience and dynamic instructors will present hands-on learning in this course through exposure to meditation, painting, cuisine and language.

Instructor: Liam O’Neill

Liam has taught math and world history before becoming a public school Chinese language teacher.  For over 10 years, he taught American, middle and high school students Mandarin Chinese.  Liam believes learning occurs best when it is hands-on and fun!  He travelled and lived in China for 8 Months.


**AQUASIZE: 3 sessions 2:15 - 3:45 pm Friday, October 6, 13, 20

                                                                        ROOM – Physical Education Pool

Aquasize is an introductory course for both non-swimmers and swimmers!  Aquasize teaches basic water exercise movements in the low end for exercise.  Students may bring their own equipment.

Please NoteIt would be helpful if the participant’s doctor knew about this exercise. No street shoes on the pool deck! Meet at the pool deck. in swim attire/without street shoes. If pool door is locked, meet at the door! Showers & lockers available. Bring your own lock.

Requirements: the ability to enter and exit the pool independently and the ability to move around the pool independently.

Instructor: Anne M. Condon

Anne has been a popular, certified and accomplished swimming instructor for many years.




This class is a BONUS course; it does not count as one of your other courses.  But you must register for it because seating is limited.

Participants will supply their own transportation and will meet in the lobby of Touro. 

If you took this tour in the spring please do not sign up again as we had a waiting list.

*** Tour of Tour College of Osteopathic Medicine: 1 session 1- 3:00 pm

                                                                      Tuesday, September 12

                      Location: 60 Prospect Ave. (Former Horton Memorial Hospital)

                                        Middletown, NY  10940

The Tour College of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to training osteopathic physicians, with a particular emphasis on practicing medicine in underserved communities, and to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine.

Instructor: Dr. Jerry Cammarata, Ph.D

Dr. Cammarata is the Dean of Student Services at Touro.  Dr. Cammarata continues to serve as the United Nations Liaison to the World Safety Executive Officer.