Catalog of Events

SUUSI Events Daily

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  • Ingathering: Love Brings Us Together!Unlimited

    SUUSI Director Amy Davis, SUUSI President Wilson Farrell, and Nurture Director Jan Taddeo welcome you with big open virtual arms to our annual Ingathering service. Tret Fure will bring us together in song, and Mindy Simmons will invite us into our Opening Circle. We'll celebrate being together, hear about some new initiatives for our SUUSI community, and our traditional poll of who’s here, how many times have you been here, and where are you.

  • Worship Service: A Constant Sense of We Unlimited

    What does it mean to be a community, together, bound by love? And how shall we be together this week, while we are still physically apart? Rev. Misha Sanders serves as the minister for the Northwest UU Congregation in Sandy Springs, GA. Singer-Songwriter Zoe Mulford lives North of England and tours both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Worship Service: Love Brings Us Together, Covenant Keeps Us TogetherUnlimited

    Our new Covenant Team invites you to explore what it takes to create an intergenerational environment of love, personal freedom, ethics, and joy in an intentional, non-judgmental community, and how we can continue to come, come … whoever you are … even when we’ve broken our vows a thousand times. Created by our SUUSI Covenant Accountability Team: Rev. Dave Dunn, Preston Riegel, Liz Roper, Lucy Smith, Rev. Amy Carol Webb with Greg Greenway and Amy Carol Webb providing music.

  • Worship Service: We Rest In This LoveUnlimited

    Join us for a contemplative midweek service to feed your soul. Rev. Kimberley Debus, Rev. Jan Taddeo and Kiya Heartwood

  • Worship Service: Celebrating the Journeys of Our LivesUnlimited

    This service is a beloved SUUSI tradition, honoring and celebrating our journey through the cycles of life. This year the service will be led by Rev. Jaimie Dingus and Rev. Cynthia Landrum, and will include Joe Jencks, The Big Sing, and Alexis Jones singing "Let It Be a Dance." If you have a child you would like blessed in this service, or a SUUSI beloved who has passed this year, please send information to nurture@suusi.org.

  • Worship Service: The Earth, Our Mother, And All Her Children: United in LoveUnlimited

    Many ancient and indigenous traditions see the cosmos and its microcosms as 3 interpenetrating realms. In this Earth-relating spiritual practice of worship, we will call upon the energies of Sky, Earth and Sea, honor the spirits of the Land, our Ancestors, and the Expressions of the Divine, find those energies within ourselves, invoke the energy of trees, of the directions, and of mythic powers as a way of uniting all things in love. Robert Patrick, M.Div, PhD, is a lifelong educator in both public and private high schools as well as adjunct work in several colleges and universities. He has been an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett in metro Atlanta for the last 16 years, and has been practicing a modern path of Earth-related spiritual practice based on research and literature from Celtic and Druidic sources. He leads a Druid grove based on these sources and UU principles.

  • Closing Circle Celebrating the Love that Brought Us Together! Unlimited

    Gather to celebrate our precious time together, and prepare ourselves for returning to the "real world" and look ahead to SUUSI 2022. Share what was good about Virtual SUUSI by sending your screen shots, success stories, photos of things you made, and positive images or words to Nurture@suusi.org no later than 10:00 am Saturday so they can be included in the closing circle.

  • Virtual Community TimeUnlimited

    Inter-generational Virtual Community Festival

  • Virtual BBQUUSI Social HourUnlimited

    Night Owls rejoice! Although we will not be together physically, we are still going to host a late-night virtual get-together to feed your souls. Join us to catch up and share some virtual BBQ and beverages...

  • Serendipity/CACHEUnlimited

    All Ages Dance Party with fun themes for dressing up and playing along just for fun! :) Nightly Themes are.... Pre-Sat: Sci-Fi, Thursday: Tie-Dye, Closing-Saturday: Fantasy

  • Tech SupportUnlimited

    Tech Support for Virtual SUUSI

  • Tech SupportUnlimited

    Tech Support for Virtual SUUSI

  • Late Night Song CircleUnlimited

    Come join the song circle! If you want to play please reach out to Mike Freeland, our host, and let him know that you want to be on the list.

  • Cabaret: Wednesday Unlimited

    Please know you are welcomed to come and enjoy the talented folks who attend SUUSI every year and share their gifts. If you would like to be on the Cabaret program please contact Janet Muir at jmuir@gmu.edu for a time slot. You can perform live or submit pre-recorded videos. Please put "SUUSI cabaret 2021" in the subject line of your email.

  • Concert Hour: Pat Wictor, Tret Fure, Greg GreenwayUnlimited

    Nightlife's Concert Hour program is delighted to welcome three beloved SUUSI professional performing songwriters who have served our community for many years with workshops and performances that NEVER disappoint! Come and enjoy the music and the muse.

  • Concert Hour: Mindy Simmons, Amy Carol Webb, Peter MayerUnlimited

    Concert hour concludes this year with two of SUUSI's longest attending professional performing songwriters, Mindy Simmons and Amy Carol Webb, along with our VERY SPECIAL guest, Peter Mayer!

  • SUUSI Board Election Adult ForumUnlimited

    Bring your questions to board candidates and board members.

  • SUUSI Board VotingUnlimited

    Vote for your SUUSI Board candidates

  • SUUSI Board Youth Representative Forum - CANCELEDUnlimited

    The youth board election has been canceled, as no candidates came forward this year. If you are 15-17 and interested in serving on the board, please email "elections@suusi.org".

  • Cabaret: Sunday night Open MicUnlimited

    Every year at SUUSI we meet more talented folks who are eager to share their gifts. Be it poetry, song, dance, juggling or joking! We welcome you all to come and enjoy our open mic program. And if you want to show-off YOUR talents please contact Janet Muir for a time slot. You will need to give her a description of what you are going to present and she will share with you the details of how we do that virtually. Janet's contact info is: jmuir@gmu.edu please be sure to put "Cabaret SUUSI 2021" in the subject line of your email

  • Cabaret: Friday Night DelightUnlimited

    If you haven't had enough music and fun already please come to the final Cabaret program for SUUSI 2021. Normally on Friday night we encourage folks to perform together who have never performed together before. However, this being a virtual event we'll take you as you come. Solo, duo, live or pre-recorded. It's all good! If you want to be on the program please contact Janet Muir at Jmuir@gmu.edu and be sure to put "Cabaret SUUSI 2021" in the subject line of your email.

  • Common Grounds Coffee ClutchUnlimited

    Coffee and Chat. Come on in and let's catch up! We can even do a few break out rooms with the new virtual technology! yay!

  • Concert Hour: Joe Jencks, Zoe Mulford, Dave NachmanoffUnlimited

    Concert hour is delighted to open our SUUSI concert series with three of our beloved, professional performing/songwriting artists, who have graced us with their music for many years. Joe Jencks, Zoe Mulford and Dave Nachmanoff present music that always serves to educate and entertain. Please join us!

  • TWOBUnlimited

    Make sure you leave space in your Friday evening schedule for the video premiere of this year's Teen Way Off Broadway performance! The video screening will be followed by a live talkback with the actors, directors, and crew.

  • OASUUS Lounge for Black, Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC)Unlimited

    A supportive space for Black, Indigenous and People of Color to gather for mutual support. https://tinyurl.com/suusi-oasuus

  • Addiction Recovery SpaceUnlimited

    Space for people in any 12 Step Program to gather for mutual support. https://tinyurl.com/suusi-recovery

  • TWOB Post-performance Talk-backUnlimited

  • Artisans Bazaar - Show & TellUnlimited

    Since this virtual thing is still kind of new, and we artisans love being creative, we are trying to add something else to help your experience. Last year, we asked artists to post in the Facebook SUUSI Friends Photo Album for the Artisans' Bazaar (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.627850775274913&type=3). We will do that again, but we will also have 3 opportunities to allow you to interact live through Zoom with our artists!

  • 1: Youth Opening Circle (Sunday)Unlimited

    We are excited to kick off the week by welcoming everyone to SUUSI and discussing our daily theme. The Color of the Day will be Indigo. The first Daily Theme is the 1st UU Principle, adapted for children by the UUA, which affirms that "We believe that each and every person is important". https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles/for-kids

  • 2: Story & Fun (Sunday)Unlimited

    We'll watch Karamo Brown Read "I Am Perfectly Designed" together then do an activity.

  • 3: Dungeons & DragonsUnlimited

    Does your child dream of fighting dragons and casting magical spells in a mythical universe? If so, this workshop is for them! Children will adventure through a fantasy world while learning and acting out UU principles through either a modified (Kid-friendly!) version of Dungeons and Dragons, or a game more friendly for younger children called "Hero Kids" with one of our skilled game masters. We hope to see you there!

  • 4: Mixed Media Art ProjectUnlimited

    You can use any objects around the house (with parental permission) to make a mixed media art project. Does the top of that soda can spark joy? Is there something interesting about the Pringles can? Grab it and reuse it to make cool art for your home!

  • 5: Youth Closing CircleUnlimited

    Daily wrap up with the Youth minister

  • 6: Welcome to SUUSI, Let's Dance!!!Unlimited

    Youth and their families will have the chance to say hi to familiar faces, meet some new faces, sing songs, dance, and connect. Dress up in all the colors of the rainbow and make sure you've got your dancing shoes on!

  • 7: Youth Opening Circle (Monday)Unlimited

    The Daily Theme is the 2nd UU Principle: "We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly." The Daily Color is Purple

  • 8: Story & Learn (Monday)Unlimited

    We'll watch a reading of “Stonewall: A Building, An Uprising, A Revolution” by Rob Sanders and Jamey Christoph, read by Rita Cherubini from the River of Grass UU church in Davie, Florida. After the story we will engage in a group discussion and activity.

  • 9: Dungeons & DragonsUnlimited

    Does your child dream of fighting dragons and casting magical spells in a mythical universe? If so, this workshop is for them! Children will adventure through a fantasy world while learning and acting out UU principles through either a modified (Kid-friendly!) version of Dungeons and Dragons, or a game more friendly for younger children called "Hero Kids" with one of our skilled game masters. We hope to see you there!

  • 10: Cardboard CreationsUnlimited

    This is a SUUSI classic. I’m sure quite a lot of packages have been delivered to you or your neighbors’ houses this year. But what to do with all of that cardboard? Have fun with it of course! You can make forts, masks, board games, sculptures, whatever your imagination desires. Just grab some tape and get creative!

  • 12: Youth Opening Circle (Tuesday)Unlimited

    The Daily Theme is the 3rd UU Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together. The Daily Color is Blue.

  • 13: Story & Fun (Tuesday)Unlimited

    We'll watch a reading of "Whoever You Are" written by Mem Fox & Illustrated by Leslie Staubfollowed together followed by a group activity and discussion.

  • 14: Trout, Trout, TroutUnlimited

    The Mainspring Conservation Trust will present the short story "Trout, Trout,Trout" for the kids to learn about fish local to the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountain region. Next Jason Meador will share a song and explore nature with the group. The workshop will wrap up with questions from the crowd. https://www.mainspringconserves.org/what-we-do/programs-for-kids/

  • 15: Dungeons & DragonsUnlimited

    Does your child dream of fighting dragons and casting magical spells in a mythical universe? If so, this workshop is for them! Children will adventure through a fantasy world while learning and acting out UU principles through either a modified (Kid-friendly!) version of Dungeons and Dragons, or a game more friendly for younger children called "Hero Kids" with one of our skilled game masters. We hope to see you there!

  • 18: Youth Opening Circle (Wednesday)Unlimited

    The Daily Theme is the 4th UU Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life. the Daily Color is Green.

  • 19: Story & Fun (Wednesday)Unlimited

    We'll watch "The Rainbow Fish" based on the book by Marcus Pfister followed by a group discussion and activity.

  • 20: Dungeons & DragonsUnlimited

    Does your child dream of fighting dragons and casting magical spells in a mythical universe? If so, this workshop is for them! Children will adventure through a fantasy world while learning and acting out UU principles through either a modified (Kid-friendly!) version of Dungeons and Dragons, or a game more friendly for younger children called "Hero Kids" with one of our skilled game masters. We hope to see you there!

  • 21: Cookie Decorating with KimmerUnlimited

    Bake up some sugar cookies at home (from scratch or store bought) then come on over and learn some awesome cookie decorating skills with Kimmer. Icing is a very important part of cookie decorating! Kimmer will be releasing a video to help you all make your own professional icing at home for this awesome event. We will do 4" round cookies, that way anyone can use a glass to cut if they don't have cookie cutters. Check back for additional details as we get closer to SUUSI.

  • 24: Youth Opening Circle (Thursday)Unlimited

    The Daily Theme is the 5th UU Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them. The Daily Color is Yellow

  • 25: Story & Learn (Thursday)Unlimited

    We'll watch the story “Fannie Lou Signs Up” by: Rev. Theresa I. Soto together then do an activity.

  • 26: Dungeons & DragonsUnlimited

    Does your child dream of fighting dragons and casting magical spells in a mythical universe? If so, this workshop is for them! Children will adventure through a fantasy world while learning and acting out UU principles through either a modified (Kid-friendly!) version of Dungeons and Dragons, or a game more friendly for younger children called "Hero Kids" with one of our skilled game masters. We hope to see you there!

  • 27: Slippery Salamanders Unlimited

    The Mainspring Conservation Trust will present a virtual Nature Workshop for children. Jason Meador will share a story called Shady Streams, Slippery Salamanders by Jason Patrick Love. Next the group will enjoy a song and explore nature. The workshop will wrap up with questions from the crowd. https://www.mainspringconserves.org/what-we-do/programs-for-kids/

  • 30: Youth Opening Circle (Friday)Unlimited

    The Daily Theme is the 6th UU Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world. The Daily Color is Orange.

  • 31: Story & Fun (Friday)Unlimited

    We'll watch "Peace Is An Offering" Written by Annette LeBox & Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin together then do an activity.

  • 32: Dungeons & DragonsUnlimited

    Does your child dream of fighting dragons and casting magical spells in a mythical universe? If so, this workshop is for them! Children will adventure through a fantasy world while learning and acting out UU principles through either a modified (Kid-friendly!) version of Dungeons and Dragons, or a game more friendly for younger children called "Hero Kids" with one of our skilled game masters. We hope to see you there!

  • 34: UU coloring pages with SUUSI friendsUnlimited

    Join us for some creative fun coloring UU pages

  • 36: Youth Opening Circle (Saturday)Unlimited

    The Daily Theme is the 7th UU Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things. The Daily Color is Red.

  • 37: Story & Fun (Saturday)Unlimited

    We'll watch "We are Water Protectors" by Carol Lindstorm together then do an activity.

  • 38: Flower Power MeditationUnlimited

    We will begin with a short nature meditation then we'll enjoy some gardening with friends. We'll have a blast playing in the dirt and planting something green to show Mother Earth how much we love and appreciate the beauty all around us.

  • 39: Last Dungeons & Dragons SessionUnlimited

    Does your child dream of fighting dragons and casting magical spells in a mythical universe? If so, this workshop is for them! Children will adventure through a fantasy world while learning and acting out UU principles through either a modified (Kid-friendly!) version of Dungeons and Dragons, or a game more friendly for younger children called "Hero Kids" with one of our skilled game masters. We hope to see you there!

  • 101: 11s & 12s Meet-upUnlimited

    Come and meet up with old friends and meet some new ones!

  • 102: 11s & 12s Art Unlimited

    A special art project just for the 11s and 12s

  • 103: 11s & 12s Meet-upUnlimited

    11 &12 year olds - Come and meet up with old friends and make some new ones.

  • 105: 13s MasksUnlimited

    This is part of 13s Coming of Age. All materials will be mailed to you ahead of SUUSI.

  • 106: Middler Theater GamesUnlimited

    Theater games are a fun part of Middlers programming every year. Come join us for some imaginative fun.

  • 107: All Middlers GamesUnlimited

    Join us for some games we can play on Zoom - we know you are probably sick of zoom so we will do our best to make this fun!

  • 108: Middler DanceUnlimited

    Virtual Dance Party for all Middlers. Dance in your own home!

  • 199: 13s/Teens MeetingUnlimited

    This is an opportunity for the 13s to meet with some teens to get an idea of what the teen program includes and what living in the teen dorm is like. There will be an opportunity to hear the teens speak and to ask questions.

  • 201: Teen Program OpeningUnlimited

    Intro to virtual teen programming

  • 202: Teen Social / Touch GroupUnlimited

    Teens will have a chance to hang out as a whole group and breakout into touch groups

  • 203: Teen Social / WorkshopsUnlimited

    Teens will meet as a group and breakout to do workshops

  • 204: Teen Closing WorshipUnlimited

    Teens will have a final group meeting to celebrate our virtual SUUSI experience.

  • 215: Mindfulness for TeensLimit 14

    A teen-only space to cultivate mindfulness skills to better handle the stresses of school, family, friends, and our world. Offer a variety of mindfulness topics and practices that address stress management, focus, self-awareness, joy and compassion.Carolyn and Scott have joyfully attended 12+ SUUSIs, and their 4 kids enjoyed the teen dorm. They lead Mindfulness programs, including for Teens.

  • 300: Teen to YA Post-Bridging GatheringUnlimited

  • 301: Young Adult Discord Join LinkLimit 100

    This workshop serves as the connection to the Young Adult discord where we host our events and come together as a group. Medians are welcome in this space as well. All ages from 18-35 are welcome.

  • 302: YA Scavenger Hunt Unlimited

    Collect all items throughout the week to earn a prize!

  • 303: DJ Sets Unlimited

    Come hang out in Discord and listen to DJ sets played by fellow YAs

  • 304: YA Trivia Limit 50

    Test your trivia skills with your fellow YAs

  • 305: Movie NightLimit 50

    Come watch movies with the YAs

  • 306: YA CACHEUnlimited

    Come and enjoy the hour with dancing and socializing! Medians are also welcome.

  • 307: Young Adult OpeningUnlimited

    Opening ceremony for young adults.

  • 308: Young Adult ClosingUnlimited

    Young Adult closing ceremony

  • 500: Tarot for Love & UnderstandingLimit 25

    During these sessions we will focus on the Major Arcana and the basic 3 card spread: Past, Present, Future. Attendees will learn about the history of Tarot and ways to use it for insight and focus. Students need to provide their own Tarot deck. Sheryl Cattell is a professional tarot card reader since 1989. Master Certified Life Coach from CLCI, 40 years of business experience.

  • 501: The Real Risks of VaccinesLimit 50

    Participants will be invited to share their concerns about vaccines, and we will discuss them. Chris can share his knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, drug/vaccine development, and the difference between "normal" and mRNA vaccines.Chris Breivogel has a PhD in pharmacology (the study of drug action)

  • 510: NotMom MeetupLimit 20

    It can be a unique experience to be Childless by Circumstance or Childless by Choice at SUUSI (and in the real world). Meet other NotMoms at SUUSI, share your story (if you wish), be inspired, and make connections to last the entire week!Mina Greenfield is a speech therapist, a SUUSI veteran, and an auntie. She is childless and has thrived with the support of other childless women.

  • 511: Connecting Adversity to PurposeLimit 25

    I will share a proven process for transforming hardships in life into our life's purpose. We will cover the matrix of steps to successfully implement Affirmative Visualization to shortcut the process of converting hardship to purpose. Sheryl Cattell is a professional tarot card reader since 1989. Master Certified Life Coach from CLCI, 40 years of business experience, 7 years of teaching and business coaching experience in higher education.

  • 512: Folded-Paper Squash BooksLimit 20

    Learn to make a simple folded-paper "squash book." Participants will be sent a list of simple supplies (glue, scissors, paper, etc.), and we'll walk through these easy steps together. The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum is the minister of the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton, as well as an avid board game player and crafter/artist.

  • 513: Self Massage for pain reliefLimit 30

    You'll learn some simple self massage techniques to reduce or eliminate pain and tension and provide more flexibility and freedom of movement. Bring a mat or blanket, and a tennis ball if you have one and wear clothes you can move comfortably in. Betsy Bickel is a professional massage therapist in NC (36 years). She loves getting people out of pain & helping them learn to help themselves.

  • 514: Circling Together after COVIDLimit 40

    Restorative practices have been embraced by many in UU faith as aligned with our principles, and are practiced in many UU spaces. Yet some struggle with "remote" circles. Come to this gathering to get & give ideas, practice together, and connect. Kim Diana Connolly believes in covenantal community. She runs circles at the UU Church in Amherst NY & in other settings. She lived in Columbia SC as a UU 1999-2010.

  • 515: What's The SUUSI Foundation?Limit 150

    Created in 2016, The SUUSI Foundation strives to ensure the long-range health of SUUSI. Join us for an informational session, meet the Board of Directors, ask questions, and find out how you can get involved. Annsley Van Buskirk is the President of The SUUSI Foundation Board of Directors, has been attending SUUSI since she was a baby, and has a strong passion for SUUSI and its future.

  • 516: Wine Down HourLimit 25

    WINE DOWN HOURMeet and Greet!! All participants will bring a bottle of wine from their home area to ZOOM. Everyone will introduce themselves and tell why you chose this particular wine to share.Christine Jordan & Alice Davis aka The "Silver Sisters" from Roanoke VA enjoy wine and would like to meet with like-minded wine lovers.

  • 517: Re-Sourcing RitualLimit 100

    Through story, silence, and simple movement, we'll open to Life evolving through us, manifesting healing and other gifts in ourselves and others. Pagan structure and theologically alive. Inclusive of differing abilities. Chip Roush has been attending SUUSI, off and on, since 2008. Born in Ohio, he lives in Michigan and works in Indiana (serving First Unitarian of South Bend)

  • 518: Cannabis and CBD as medicine?Limit 60

    Cannabis the good, the bad, and the ugly. We'll review the research on the potential uses of cannabis and CBD as medicine and their legal status in the US. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions.Chris Breivogel has a PhD in pharmacology and over 25 years experience in research on cannabinoids.

  • 520: Bible Stories without DogmaLimit 100

    Bible Stories without Dogma covers Abraham, Moses and David with commentary from Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Woman's Bible. This workshop is for non-Christians who would like to better understand Bible stories & their influence on Western civilization. Ken Walsh is a retired UU teacher of Old Testament stories and author of Bible Stories for All without the Dogma, A Part of Cultural Literacy.

  • 521: A Way to the Calm, with BreathLimit 20

    This will be a "way to the Calm"-if only for some moments in your day, or heh, maybe for even longer! I'll share some awesome breath techniques that have truly helped me to de-stress, get back in balance &, if practiced some, be a help in daily life!Valerie DuBay is a vocalist, yogi, mom, lover of life and spiritual optimist. All of the above involve lots of Awesome breathing techniques of course!

  • 522: Advocate for Funeral ConsumersLimit 50

    Learn how to advocate for the Uniquely Vulnerable funeral consumer. Learn the protections included in the Funeral Rule, the General Price List and other consumer protections that are enforced, or not enforced, by federal and state authorities. John Lantz is advocating for funeral consumers as the president of Funeral Consumers Alliance of Ga. and formerly on the national FCA board.

  • 523: Goddess YogaLimit 50

    Take on the power and postures of 26 goddesses from around the world. This moving meditation has a spoken affirmation and is designed to develop flexibility, grace, strength, balance and a positive self image. Comfy clothes and yoga mat please.Betsy Bickel is a feminist bellydancing pagan massage therapist & used all that to create Goddess Grace: A Moving Meditation in '93.

  • 524: Applying for Federal JobsLimit 40

    The new administration’s here! Ever tried to apply for a federal job? Were you frustrated? Are you a federal manager who is having trouble figuring out how to navigate the hiring system? Come unravel the mystery. The course will be interactive!Libbie Buchele has been using her policy analysis skills in the operations side of the federal government since 2010. She makes Ops sound fun. Really.

  • 525: A place to be sadLimit 10

    Many of us come to SUUSI with sadness in our hearts. If you are grieving a loss (be it a personal loss, the state of the nation, or other situations that cause grief), here’s some time set aside to be sad. Libbie Buchele is not a certified grief counselor, but is no stranger to loss and stress. I hope we will nurture each other in this session.

  • 526: Speed SocializingLimit 40

    It can be hard to connect with, and make new friends, in a virtual environment. In this workshop, you will spend several minutes at a time with one or two other people, discussing a fun, interesting question; then repeat. Carolyn Adler currently has a mosaics studio in Tampa, Florida. She misses in-person socializing, and had fun doing this workshop at SWIM.

  • 527: Make Your Own Gnocchi DinnerLimit 10

    Make and eat gnocchi and a quick fresh tomato sauce with us. Gluten free, vegan and and lower carb options available. Shopping list provided in advance. Extra gnocchi freeze well for future use. Nancy Mayer & Dave Salman are long time home cooks. They have been making gnocchi & sauce for years & there are always extra gnocchi in their freezer.

  • 528: Quarantini'sLimit 40

    Responsibility starts at home and stays at home! Join us for a night of cocktails! What you need, how to do it, how to have fun! Derrick Peavy, Jessica Sprecher & Flip have combined years of caffeine consumption mixed with spirits to deliver the penultimate in satisfaction.

  • 530: History of the American SubmarineLimit 140

    History of the American Submarine from 1900 to present. Patric Leedom was a submariner for 24 years and has been submerged on 24 different submarines. This is a 70 minute presentation with 66 photographs. Questions at the end. Single presentation.Patric Leedom is a professor of Teacher Education for 25 years. He has given many presentations and a few workshops over that time period.

  • 531: Women of the Old TestamentLimit 100

    Discussion on how women have been portrayed and not portrayed in the Old Testament. Also Elizabeth Cady Stanton's commentary and how she came to write The Woman’s Bible and the reactions to it. Lecture with participant questions and discussion.Ken Walsh is a retired UU teacher of Old Testament stories and author of Bible Stories for All without the Dogma, A Part of Cultural Literacy.

  • 532: Mixed Feelings:A Spiritual ArtLimit 15

    Mixed feelings get a bad rap, but they're actually a mark of maturity. Explore with others how awareness of mixed feelings can be an essential spiritual practice and an important component of community life.Heather Jensen writes the newsletter "Civicality: Language for Being Human Together" and currently serves her congregation as its Lay Minister for Yearning.

  • 533: Self Massage LoveLimit 25

    Self massage can reduce stress, alleviate some pain, and help restore balance in our body. This amateur led workshop reviews an ethic of self care, explores self massage resources (books, tools), and focus techniques on hands, feet, neck and back.Star Muir, the "massage chair guy," has taught numerous massage workshops at SUUSI, is an award winning teacher, & was married by Janette for his hands.

  • 534: Write Like a KidLimit 20

    Picasso said "Every child is an artist the problem is how to remain and artist once he grows up." Let's solve the problem. Using techniques for writing with kids, we'll open creative pathways, rekindle writing fun, knock down barriers & write a song.Christine Stay & Aidan Quinn are the music duo Friction Farm. They have released six albums, won songwriting awards, performed around the world.

  • 535: Introduction to EsperantoLimit 25

    Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed language in the world. It was created as a simple language anyone could learn to bring the world together. Lorien will provide an intro to the history and basic construction of the language. Lorien Haavik's parents, former SUUSI-folk Rel and Eileen, were fluent and ran a Boarding House in DC during the 60's for Esperantists.

  • 536: Creating a Commonplace BookLimit 20

    Many historical figures created Commonplace Books to store information and inspiration. Learn how this concept can help you articulate what moves and engages you and store it in a usable form. Create your own Commonplace Book.Judith Lavori Keiser is constantly collecting ideas for her “Pearls” books, which span life’s milestones from coming of age to leaving a legacy.

  • 537: Crochet-Learn to make a heartLimit 25

    Come learn the basic techniques and stitches of crochet. After a basic intro, we will make a simple project (Crocheted heart) that you can keep or share. All skill levels are welcome, and the project is fast and easy to learn. Brian Cooley learned how to knit to surprise Bethany so they could do something together, he has now become an accomplished fiber artist.

  • 538: Let's Get Saucy!Limit 25

    Some SUUSI friends have complimented me on my hot sauce. I'd like to show you how easy it is to make your own at home! (But I won't give you my secret recipe...) We'll cover ingredients, cooking, and more- in a (condensed) demonstration!Uncle Flip had hot sauce hit! A good few SUUSI folks have given high praise! He can't share his recipe- but he can get you on track for your own!

  • 539: Cookie Decorating with KimmerLimit 30

    Learn the art of cookie decorating. You will learn how a few techniques of decorating with royal icing. Each person will receive a half dozen baked cookies in the mail, along with the frosting and scrying tools to follow along at home. Kimmer Saini sells & wows with personalized sugar cookies. She use royal icing & her grandma's secret recipe. They look as good as they taste.

  • 540: Modular Origami CubeLimit 14

    Construct an origami cube that makes a good ornament on a Christmas tree. This is a modular model; that is, it is made by constructing pieces and fitting them together. We will make the Sonobe Cube. Jim Blowers has a PhD in mathematics. At graduate school, conferences, & through YouTube, he discovered several ways of making polyhedron models.

  • 541: Making Coffees-CaffeQuarantineLimit 30

    Getting your home setup just right, picking the right beans for you and your equipment. An interactive coffee experience up close and personal using technology. Derrick Peavy, Jessica Sprecher & Uncle Flip are part time home coffee roasters & fans of good coffee. A well liked & fun workshop.

  • 542: Restorative Meditative YogaLimit 50

    Restorative yoga calms the body, mind and spirit. We will use pillows and blankets to create support for the body to unwind and let go. No experience needed just a quiet space and many pillows and blankets. Wendy Swanson is an acupuncturist, yoga teacher, writer, international retreat leader and co- founder of Rising StrongHER. www.wendyswanson.com

  • 543: Southeastern Gay History Limit 30

    History of Southeastern Gay Conference and how Anita Bryant became known for fighting Miami Dade Ordinance for Gay Rights in 1976.Terry Schneider is the founder of Lambda 76. Shaker & mover of 1976-77 Gay movement in Miami and South Florida. Founded the first NC Gay and Lesbian Conference.

  • 544: SF/Fantasy & Faith DiscussionLimit 20

    Science Fiction and Fantasy works often have religious themes. Some critique religion, some create alternative religions, and some celebrate religious values. Come and share your favorites with others, and leave with a list of great stories to read!The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum is the minister of the First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, and an avid board game player, crafter, and geek.

  • 545: Introduction to the EnneagramLimit 15

    Most people are familiar with the phrase “If only we came with Operating Instructions.” Well, maybe our distinct personality might be a clue to the way we interact and form connections? Pat Harris has practiced weekly for over 35 years using the Enneagram. In 2020 Pat took a 1-week refresher from the Enneagram Institute.

  • 546: Instant Pot CookingLimit 50

    Do you have or want an instant pot but aren't sure how it works? Join me for a dinner where I show you my 4 instant pots. You'll learn at least a meal or two and hopefully start using that appliance at home finally! Beth Nicholson used to be scared of the instant pot but has embraced it fully after some trial and error!

  • 547: Tango TravelsLimit 150

    Travel and dance tango around the world. Virtually during this workshop. You will learn enough about Argentine Tango, the music, the social dance and how it is practiced around the world to decide if you want to pursue it further. Andy Stein and his wife have been teaching Argentine Tango for 10 years. They also host a weekly social dance event, called a milonga.

  • 550: SUUSI's BudgetLimit 50

    Everything you want to know about SUUSI's budget. Derrick Peavy is the board appointed treasurer of SUUSI. It has long been his goal to open SUUSI's finances to the public for greater understanding.

  • 551: Awaken Your ChakrasLimit 100

    The six vortices of energy along your astral spine store your entire history. Understanding and unclogging them can release tremendous potential. We will employ hatha yoga, affirmations and breathwork to unlock their wonders.Phoenix Putney, CYT, proprietor of Holistic Yoga, Greensboro, has been practicing Yoga and meditation since '88, sharing it at SUUSI since '93. Her teaching is imbued with passion, understanding and Spirit.

  • 552: Bellydance PlayshopLimit 50

    Come play with the elements - the passion of fire, the stability of earth, the fluidity of water and the lightness of air! Discover some new ways of moving for self expression, fun and fitness. Dress festively in clothes you can move in. Betsy Bickel has been teaching bellydance for decades and is a recidivist performer at Cabaret.

  • 553: #WeHaveCupcakesLimit 20

    Pinterest envy? Cupcake fails? We'll cover the basics of scratch made coffee mug cupcakes for all, plus we'll venture into how to add chocolates or extras from the pantry to take them up a notch in quality.Jenna Fairhaven: Cupcake dabbler. Mug cake aficionado.

  • 554: Using Science to Learn HistoryLimit 100

    The Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare embroidery that might have been Queen Elizabeth I's gown, was recently conserved and put on display at Hampton Court Palace. It is covered with large detailed images of plants and many smaller images of animals, but what plants are they? Were they common in Elizabethan gardens, or recently arrived in England? Using our botanical sleuthing skills we'll try to identify as many species as we can. We will discuss the history of this object, show detailed photos of it and of Elizabethan books that might have inspired its design, and try to imagine how this beautiful silk, silver, and gold artwork was used. See: bacstitch.org Challe Hudson, an independent researcher in London, UK. She focuses on the history of 15th and 16th century dress and textiles, & the fashion on church monuments.

  • 555: "Oh, you're not old!"Limit 25

    “Oh, you’re not old!” - a frequent greeting for seniors. In our youth-focused culture, old age is viewed as unmentionable! Let’s talk about societal issues regarding aging, and how to bring acknowledgement and joy to our senior years. Mary Ann Somervill will be 81 the week after SUUSI. She accepts her age with grace and dignity. She has attended SUUSI for over half of those years.

  • 556: SocialTime w/ The Mountain RLCLimit 100

    A virtual social hour hosted by the staff at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, a UU camp and conference center in Highlands, NC. Join us in causal and fun conversation!Phil & Linda Sterner helped birth The Mountain 36 years ago and are still active volunteers.

  • 557: Virtual Wine TastingLimit 20

    Please join me as I guide you on a virtual journey to a winery in Napa, CA as we sample five different wines. Pre-registration is required to reserve your $39.95 + tax tasting kit to include a bonus bottle. Bethany Cecere has enjoyed various winery visits through SUUSI and in her travels, which lead her to market wine in her spare time.

  • 560: Perfect Pizza, Bread at HomeLimit 30

    Learn how to make perfect Neapolitan pizza, Ciabatta bread, and sandwich breads at home. You'll never want to order pizza again! Derrick Peavy has been making fantastic breads and pizza at home for several years. Nothing compares and he would love to share.

  • 561: Fun With Studying - FoldablesLimit 15

    Learn a creative, hands-on way to study that's much more fun than notecards. Graphic organizers and foldables can be used for any subject including spelling, geography, and algebra. Help your creative kids/students make learning fun and accessible. Lorien Haavik has a Master's Degree in Secondary Math Education and taught high school math.

  • 562: Malvina Reynolds Song CircleLimit 25

    This song circle will feature the music of Malvina Reynolds. We sit in a circle and go round requesting, suggesting, or performing a song. Bring your instruments & your favorite song. If we run out of Malvina Reynolds songs, Bob Dylan will do. Richard Greene has lead song circles: started with the civil war, Steven Foster, Woody & Pete, Broadway, etc

  • 563: SUUSI Homebrewers present an Evening of Fundraising & Beer TastingLimit 100

    Join us Friday after TWOB, we will be hosting a gathering of friends where we'll be tasting craft beer for a good cause! Admission for this event is a $20 donation that will benefit the SUUSI Endowment Fund, please sign up through SOLIS while registering for virtual SUUSI this year. We'll taste & discuss at least 4 beer styles then enjoy smaller "table talks" in breakout rooms after the facilitators presentation. We will be tasting a mead, a porter, an IPA, a sour, and more! Unfortunately we can't ship beer to you all but we will be making some suggestions of beers that are widely available for you to purchase in advance for this event. Also, feel free to bring some tasty craft beer from the independent breweries in your area.Alex Winner, Uncle Flip, Nicole Tearno, and Scott May have been homebrewing for years. They're craft beer enthusiast with a lot of beer tasting experience! We hope to recreate some of the wonderful memories we have made during the on-site homebrew tasting workshops of the past with this interactive virtual event. Please join us as we support SUUSI, have fun, drink great beer, catch up with old and new friends, and let the good times roll!

  • 600: Artisans' BazaarLimit 64

    We will provide a forum for you sell your original work at a 15% commission rate. You will be responsible for photographing and describing your work, pricing it, and shipping items to buyers. Bethany Cecere, Kim Garver, Brian Cooley, Becky Lower, Melly & the AB Crew are all looking forward to another fun year!

  • 601: Quirky in Neurotypical World?Limit 50

    Autism, ADHD, HSP (Highly Sensitive People) - Neurodiversity may not be what you expect, or, it may be closer to home than many folks realize. Let's talk about this spectrum and how to bring out the best in the quirky folks you know or will meet! Rachel Bevins is a teacher, troupe director, mother of two special kiddos, and neurodiversity advocate.

  • 602: Art Journaling for Non-ArtistsLimit 24

    Art journaling is self-expression - playing with color, mark-making, collage, and words. No artistic experience or skill is needed, just openness to explore. We'll work in small size formats for less pressure. I'll mail you a starter kit of supplies. Rebecca Wald is not an artist and has no art education. She was delighted to discover that she can art journal anyway - and if she can, you can.

  • 603: Pearls of Wisdom & LoveLimit 16

    Marriage and other long-term relationships are like two strands of experiential pearls woven into a unique necklace. Explore Judith Keiser’s collection of Marital Pearls, brainstorm other pearls of wisdom and create your own unique marital pearls.Judith Lavori Keiser distills life lessons in her “Pearls” essay collections, which span life’s milestones from coming of age to leaving a legacy.

  • 604: Mindfulness for Today’s WorldLimit 22

    A safe and sacred space to cultivate mindful skills to better handle our busy lives and this stressful world. Offer research-based mindfulness practices including breath, body, movement, loving kindness, and others to develop awareness & compassion. Carolyn Sant Angelo and Scott May are passionate and experienced mindfulness facilitators, hoping to help make the world a better place.

  • 605: Right-brain DrawingLimit 20

    Be amazed by your own ability to draw! Be delighted with your ability to draw with less judgment and more joy. We will focus on seeing, on lots of drawing practice, on process, on self-appreciation, on ease and non-judgment. Mary Feagan, a former Catholic nun, is a poet, artist and art teacher. She now resides in St. Louis near her family.

  • 606: Video Conference TheaterLimit 20

    Calling All Actors! We can't trod the boards, but we can still act online! We will select a play in the public domain (title TBA), prepare, and then perform it as a table read/staged reading. We will record to share with the SUUSI community. Rev. Kimberley Debus is a community minister inspiring an artful and art-filled faith. At SUUSI, she is an avid gamer and a member of Nurture Staff.

  • 607: The Big Sing Virtual ChoirLimit 50

    The Big Sing and Create your own Virtual ChoirJoanna Lovell has been a UU Music Minister for over 10 years. She has also pioneered Dreamingtree Coffeehouse venue to highlight the best folk music.

  • 608: Creating Legacy LettersLimit 20

    Creating Legacy Letters: Gratitude for the Past and Guidance for the Future What lessons from your life would you like to share with loved ones? Learn about Legacy Letters and create your own unique expressions of gratitude and guidance.Judith Lavori Keiser distills life lessons in her “Pearls” essay collections, which span life’s milestones from coming of age to leaving a legacy.

  • 609: For the Love of ImprovLimit 20

    Improv is fun! Relieve anxiety and stress in a space that celebrates failure and grows resilience. Handle uncertainty with grace. Create magic in collaboration with others. Improv is a door to many things, but above all, it’s fun :) Example of a workshop activity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvqVm5Fq20I Drew Fridley has improvised during his entire life, just like you! So please join him for fun!

  • 610: Folk Music: The Hero's JourneyLimit 30

    Drawing on Joseph Campbell’s work in mythology and anthropology, this course explores common threads between heroes and heroines in Folk Music. From ancient narratives to modern stories, music documents the heroic journey with surprising revelations.Joe Jencks is an international touring musician, performer, songwriter, lay preacher, guest lecturer, producer & 22-yr. veteran of the Folk circuit.

  • 611: Sustainable FoodLimit 30

    Have you ever wondered how to live more sustainably on Mother Earth? Join Linda Rudd and Mike Fanelli to explore Sustainable Food. A Variety of topics will be covered. Come ready to learn, discuss, and share ideas!Linda Rudd and Mike Fanelli and their families have been working toward sustainable lifestyles for several years and have taught prior workshops.

  • 612: The Big Drum!Limit 12

    Join the SUUSI virtual drum circle! We’ll rehearse and record an all-percussion music video using your phone or camera. I’ll share helpful recording techniques, and after it's done I'll give a tutorial on how the audio and video was edited together.Fred Katz is a graduate of Berklee College of Music & has been playing drums for 50 years. He currently plays in the Akoma@All Souls drum ensemble.

  • 613: Guitar for BeginnersLimit 15

    Guitar for Beginners - Basic introduction to the instrument: Anyone, even a complete novice, can become familiar with the guitar and learn to play a simple song. We will cover fingering, using a guitar pick, and chords. Aidan Quinn, half of the internationally touring modern folk duo Friction Farm, has been playing guitar for decades and has taught beginning guitar.

  • 614: Teens Way Off BroadwayLimit 30

    WORK BEGINS IN MAY. REGISTER OR EMAIL TWOB@SUUSI.ORG. TWOB is a team of teen actors, singers, dancers, and crew who create a musical online, for all of SUUSI. No stage experience necessary; come to learn, make friends, and try something new.Lindsay Bennett-Jacobs & Daniel Jackoway are back as TWOB directors! Lindsay has been Teen Director & SUUSI Director, & Daniel was once in TWOB.

  • 700: Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial InequityLimit 150

    Designed for dialogue, this film works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and pre-judgments within, and it builds skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities. After viewing the film together, we will break into small groups for facilitated discussion. Jan Taddeo has led anti-racism workshops at UU Allies for Racial Equity conferences, UUA General Assembly, and in the congregation she serves.

  • 701: Trans InclusionLimit 20

    Using videos and small group discussion provided by the Transforming Hearts Collective we will explore the intersection of trans identity, faith, and community. Participants will need to watch the two introductory videos before SUUSI. Rev. Kimi Riegel is a retired UU minister who has served our faith for 30 years. As a cis gender woman she works to build inclusive communities.

  • 702: Black Lives Matter 101Limit 50

    This workshop covers the history of the BLM movement using live footage of the BLM founders. It addresses common misconceptions about BLM and engages participants in learning. Facilitated by Christina Rivera, https://www.calledtojustice.org/aboutctj

  • 703: Bystander InterventionLimit 60

    You are in the grocery store and there is white woman who is loudly berating a woman of color for standing too close to her. What do you do? Most people would like to intervene but just don’t know how. In Bystander Intervention Training, we teach you how to assess the situation and then act in a way that centers the needs of person in peril. Facilitator: Aisha Hauser https://www.connectlearngrow.org/about-aisha-hauser

  • 704: Unconscious BiasLimit 50

    Research suggests that people can act on the basis of prejudice and stereotypes without intending to do so. In this workshop we will explore what it means to have unconscious bias and what to do about it when you identify it.Christina Rivera is a religious educator serving Unitarian Universalism through calledtojustice.org. She is also Co-Sr. Lead Minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

  • 705: UU White Supremacy Teach-InLimit 50

    What does it take to disrupt "business as usual" and how do we lead from the margins? Join two of the founders of the #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn as we explore how to bring the Teach-In model to your congregation (or your SUUSI). (Prerequisite: workshop #702 "Black Lives Matter 101")Facilitators: Aisha Hauser and Christina Rivera

  • 801: Flying Wild Part 1 Limit 30

    Join Becky Skiba of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to learn more about birds in your area. We will learn how to bird using all the tips and tricks in the book and some that aren’t. Birding by habitat and local hotspots is a great way to learn the birds that are present there during a certain season and highlight resident and migrant species. We will develop an ear for and listen for a few bird calls to recall when you get to go birding. We will also discuss many resources that will help you hone your identification skills such as field guides, Merlin app, eBird, and more. Binocular basics, what to wear and bring on a casual birding trip, and time of day are all factors to consider when you want to get the best looks at our feathered friends. Want to bird closer to home? Let’s dive into some different plants, landscaping design ideas and bird foods that will increase visitation and be a welcome stop for migrants on their long journeys each year. Learning the passing of time by bird species is a lot more fun than noticing the hours of daylight or thickness of our coats. Join us to learn how to have fun outside and find out about birding trips near you throughout the year. This course and all resources provided are free of charge. This is a two-part zoom series that will include some independent birding and some fun games to help you learn, remember and enjoy! The zoom sessions will be recorded. Part two, will be on Wednesday July 21. Register for 841. Becky Skiba, Coastal Regional Education Specialist, Wildlife Education Division.

  • 802: Yellow Prong - Skinny Dip Falls to Graveyard Fields Traverse Water StompLimit 20

    Yellow Prong - Skinny Dip Falls to Graveyard Fields traverse Water stomp. Jill Huebner and Greg Kramer will explore this hike and water stomp together and then bring us together for a discussion and sharing. Ever thought you might like to go on this adventure during in-person SUUSI but aren't sure if you're up for it? This is a perfect way to wade in and check it out.

  • 803: What's That Plant? (Family Friendly)Limit 25

    There are tricks of the trade used by botanists to identify trees, ferns, and everything in-between. Learn a few tricks, learn a few plants, and leader, Charlie Grymes, says you'll get so smart about how to recognize some common species that you can impress your friends and neighbors. There will be time for open discussion and sharing.

  • 811: Looking Back at SUUSI Service in Virginia: The Nature Conservancy, Falls Ridge/Travertine Falls Property ProjectLimit 15

    For those of you who participated in this project the last few years in Virginia, we will take a look at how your efforts at trail rehabilitation have held up. We also had one demolition project that we did not get to see moved and reconstructed, so we will take a look at the finished project. Can’t forget the bridge across Travertine Falls that some of you rehabbed, so come take a look as Bill Wood leads us in this experience again this year. If you've participated in a conservation project during COVID-19, there will be time to share your experience.

  • 812: South to CanadaLimit 25

    This is a virtual wildflower tour south along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waterrock Knob where we enter a Canadian style spruce-fir forest. Along the way, Ernie Wilson will take us on a journey past a waterfall and a rock wall water by a spring. Each area has wildflowers.

  • 813: The Neuroscience of Being in NatureLimit 35

    Ever wonder about the neuroscience of why an hour outside leaves you restored? We'll discuss these peak experiences and what we've learned about why they are essential as well as what small things we can do to maximize what we take in while we're in the woods. Rachel Force, who has a Ph.D. in the biology of psychopathology and is currently the director of clinical trials at the Carolina Center for Neurostimulation, will be leading us in investigating how the outdoors can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

  • 814: Archaeology Work at the Pockoy Island Shell Ring (Family Friendly)Limit 20

    In the summer of 2019, archaeologists from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources conducted excavations in an endangered shell ring on coastal Pockoy Island, SC. Inside were 4,300 years-old artifacts of the ancestral North American natives who worked there seasonally, harvesting shellfish. Tom Hlaban was a community volunteer on that dig and will share his experiences and photos, as well as a documentary made concerning it. There will be time for open discussion and sharing of related experiences and how to find volunteer opportunities like this. We can also discuss the North American Archaic Period setting and culture and how climate change is one of the threats to these sites.

  • 821: Roan Mountain Rhododendron GardensLimit 20

    Betty Kramer will take us through the world's largest natural Rhododendron Gardens at 6200 feet atop Roan Mountain on the North Carolina/Tennessee border. There will be time for open discussion and sharing.

  • 822: Kayaking in Florida - Leave Your Sunscreen at Home (Family Friendly)Limit 20

    Spending a day paddling around in Florida is one of Dean Gordon's favorite things to do. In this workshop, we will take 2 separate trips in Pinellas County on the West Coast of Florida. The first trip runs from Allen's Creek, a residential channel, out to the north end of Tampa Bay. The second trip goes around the Weedon Island Preserve, complete with mangrove tunnels and wide-open views across Tampa Bay. Spend some time enjoying the water and views without having to reapply sunscreen every hour. There will be time for open discussion and sharing.

  • 823: Marguerite Falls (Family Friendly)Limit 20

    Marguerite Falls is just over the mountain from Hot Springs NC. The falls are not the largest but the cascade goes the length of the trail. Greg Kramer has been working with East Tennessee Trails Association (ETTA) to improve this trail, which is well-traveled, despite its need for some continued loving care. Come and see why so many people visit these falls.

  • 825: Thanks to NatureLimit 20

    How we experience Nature is just as essential as where we experience Nature. Since we can't do so together physically, let's use Zoom to delve into our deep selves, from whence deep appreciation of Nature springs. Participants in our silent hikes emerge filled with joy and reverence for our planet. Phoenix Harmony will help you summon those feelings thru shared memories, exercises, chanting, discussion, and guided meditation... and perhaps a little hatha yoga.

  • 831: Natural Tunnel State Park (Family Friendly)Limit 20

    Natural Tunnel State Park is a Virginia state park, located in the Appalachian Mountains near Duffield in Scott County, Virginia. It is centered on the Natural Tunnel, which is a massive naturally-formed cave that is so large it is used as a railroad tunnel. Greg Kramer will take us on a trip through the tunnel and will lead open discussion and sharing.

  • 832: Foraging at Home (Family Friendly)Limit 20

    Foraging for wild edible plants is possible in your yard. If you are curious about foraging or want to learn if you have anything edible in your yard or local park (likely, yes), then join Jennifer Sanders as we explore the world of edible wild plants. We'll learn about some common weeds you can eat and have time to share what's in your yard and ask questions.

  • 833: Virginia’s Triple Crown and Mill MountainLimit 20

    Come along to look for spring wildflowers on the trails to Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee’s Knob, and Tinker Cliffs, widely known as Virginia’s Triple Crown. Bill Bestpitch will also take you into the wildflower garden on Mill Mountain just outside downtown Roanoke. Open discussion and sharing as time allows.

  • 841: Flying Wild Part 2 Limit 30

    This is Part 2 of a two-part series.This is an opportunity for us to share our birding experiences after the instruction and learning session in Part 1. Becky Skiba of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission will lead an open discussion and Q&A.

  • 842: SUUSI Virtual Wildflower OdysseyLimit 25

    Ernie Wilson will lead us north on the Blue Ridge Parkway to study 21 wildflowers. Also, we will learn why there are so many in bloom at this time.

  • 843: Laurel Falls (Family Friendly)Limit 20

    Greg Kramer is going to take us through Laurel Falls, the most visited falls in Northeast TN, which are not to be confused with Laurel Falls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There will be time for open discussion and sharing.

  • 845: Hidden Rivers (Family Friendly)Limit 49

    Hidden Rivers is a 1-hour film that explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, North America’s most biologically rich waters. The film follows the work of conservation biologists and explorers throughout the region - revealing both the beauty and vulnerability of this aquatic life - and how many people are finding ways to protect these ecosystems. Jeremy Monroe, founder and director of Freshwaters Illustrated, will join us to introduce the film and follow up for a Q&A segment. Join us for immersive imagery and storytelling of the biodiversity and value of freshwater ecosystems.To watch a trailer, click here: https://vimeo.com/66103145

  • 852: Endangered Species (Family Friendly)Limit 25

    Join us for a live, interactive session from the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. The center explores North Carolina's mountain wildlife and habitats. Daniel Magnet, Natural Science Curator and Education Specialist, will lead us in an engaging program focusing on measures to protect endangered wildlife and the need to connect humans with wildlife by making smart decisions. We will learn the origins of the various designations given to specific animals and the need to assign these designations. Daniel will highlight NC critters, their current status and work the NCWRC is doing to protect these animals and their habitats. Love your nature trips? You can help too! By the way, whatever happened to the Catamount? Come along and find out!

  • 853: Gypsy Circus Cider CompanyLimit 20

    Betty Kramer will take us on a tour of Tennessee's original cidery. Fermented with 100% fresh-pressed apple juice, this cidery won 2016, 2018, & 2019 Tennessee Cider Producer of the Year and was the South's most awarded cidery.

  • 854: Mushroom Foraging 101Limit 15

    Have you ever wondered which of the mushrooms you see on your hikes are edible? Learn how to identify some common varieties that are easy to spot and don't have poisonous look-a-likes. Betsi McGrath talks us through the time of year that the fruiting occurs for 9 varieties of mushrooms and will discuss social media groups you can join, how to grow mushrooms at home and the basics of identification using spore prints.

  • 861: Introduction to MushroomsLimit 25

    Ernie Wilson, retired Botany, Biology, and Microbiology professor at Virginia State University, will lead this workshop to delve into what characteristics of a mushroom will help to identify it. You won't want to miss it!

  • 862: Carvers Gap to Jane Bald (Family Friendly)Limit 20

    Carvers Gap is one of the most visited and beautiful vistas on the NC-TN border on Roan Mountain. Greg Kramer will take us there to experience it and will leave time for open discussion and sharing.

  • 863: Waterfalls of DuPont State Recreational Forest (Family Friendly)Limit 20

    Located in Hendersonville NC, about 70 miles East of WCU, DuPont State Recreational Forest is home to over 10,000 acres and 80 plus miles of hiking, biking, equestrian trails, and 6 waterfalls. Dean Gordon takes us back to October 2020, visiting 5 of the waterfalls in the forest. With hikes taking place before and after Hurricane Zeta, experience the serenity and intensity of these famous waterfalls. There will be time for open discussion and sharing.

  • 901: Dungeons & Dragons 101: An Intro to Role Playing GamesLimit 10

    An introduction for complete beginners. Come learn what role-playing games are and how they work. Dungeons & Dragons is just one example. Discover the fun of RPGs.

  • 902: Welcome to Board Game ArenaLimit 10

    A introduction and beginner's tour of the gaming website, BoardGameArena.Com. Play games and chat with friends around the world. Easy to use. Fun to play.

  • 903: Heroes of Awakened Woods - Chapter 1 Beyond the BoundaryLimit 8

    Inspired by Heroes of the Awakened Woods by Justin Spath, published by Space Daddy Games, players take on the roles of woodland creatures. The two-leggeds have sent a desperate plea for help. Will you find the rare herbs they need to cure the sickness spreading across WUURTH? Pre-generated characters. Players can play any of the three chapters or play through the whole quest. No predators or 2 leggeds are allowed in the Awakened Woods; but, their quest will take them Beyond the Boundary! (Chapter 1) ****Graphic created by Caitlin Cotter Coillberg, commissioned by Craig Schwalenberg.****

  • 904: Heroes of Awakened Woods - Chapter 2 A Bloomin' BogLimit 8

    Inspired by Heroes of the Awakened Woods by Justin Spath, published by Space Daddy Games, players take on the roles of woodland creatures. The two-leggeds have sent a desperate plea for help. Will you find the rare herbs they need to cure the sickness spreading across WUURTH? Pre-generated characters. Players can play any of the three chapters or play through the whole quest. They know where the rare Repose Rose grows, but who would care for A Bloomin’ Bog? (Chapter 2) ****Graphic created by Caitlin Cotter Coillberg, commissioned by Craig Schwalenberg.****

  • 905: Heroes of Awakened Woods - Chapter 3 The Perilous PortalLimit 8

    Inspired by Heroes of the Awakened Woods by Justin Spath, published by Space Daddy Games, players take on the roles of woodland creatures. The two-leggeds have sent a desperate plea for help. Will you find the rare herbs they need to cure the sickness spreading across WUURTH? Pre-generated characters. Players can play any of the three chapters or play through the whole quest. Precious petal parts in hand, there is little time and far to go. Their only hope lies through the Perilous Portal… (Chapter 3) ****Graphic created by Caitlin Cotter Coillberg, commissioned by Craig Schwalenberg.****

  • 906: Heroes of Awakened Woods - The Elixer ExpeditionLimit 8

    Inspired by Heroes of the Awakened Woods by Justin Spath, published by Space Daddy Games, players take on the roles of woodland creatures. The two-leggeds have sent a desperate plea for help. Will you find the rare herbs they need to cure the sickness spreading across WUURTH? Pre-generated characters. This session contains all three chapters. Players who play through all three chapters will be ready for the next adventure…. after their heroes finish the Elixir Expedition. ****Graphic created by Caitlin Cotter Coillberg, commissioned by Craig Schwalenberg.****

  • 907: Dungeons & Dragons 101: An Intro to Role Playing GamesLimit 8

    An introduction for complete beginners. Come learn what role-playing games are and how they work. Dungeons & Dragons is just one example. Discover the fun of RPGs.

  • 908: Heroes of Awakened Woods - Chapter 1 Beyond the BoundaryLimit 8

    Inspired by Heroes of the Awakened Woods by Justin Spath, published by Space Daddy Games, players take on the roles of woodland creatures. The two-leggeds have sent a desperate plea for help. Will you find the rare herbs they need to cure the sickness spreading across WUURTH? Pre-generated characters. Players can play any of the three chapters or play through the whole quest. No predators or 2 leggeds are allowed in the Awakened Woods; but, their quest will take them Beyond the Boundary! (Chapter 1) ****Graphic created by Caitlin Cotter Coillberg, commissioned by Craig Schwalenberg.****

  • 909: Heroes of Awakened Woods - Chapter 2 A Bloomin' BogLimit 8

    Inspired by Heroes of the Awakened Woods by Justin Spath, published by Space Daddy Games, players take on the roles of woodland creatures. The two-leggeds have sent a desperate plea for help. Will you find the rare herbs they need to cure the sickness spreading across WUURTH? Pre-generated characters. Players can play any of the three chapters or play through the whole quest. They know where the rare Repose Rose grows, but who would care for A Bloomin’ Bog? (Chapter 2) ****Graphic created by Caitlin Cotter Coillberg, commissioned by Craig Schwalenberg.****

  • 910: Heroes of Awakened Woods - Chapter 3 The Perilous PortalLimit 8

    Inspired by Heroes of the Awakened Woods by Justin Spath, published by Space Daddy Games, players take on the roles of woodland creatures. The two-leggeds have sent a desperate plea for help. Will you find the rare herbs they need to cure the sickness spreading across WUURTH? Pre-generated characters. Players can play any of the three chapters or play through the whole quest. Precious petal parts in hand, there is little time and far to go. Their only hope lies through the Perilous Portal… (Chapter 3) ****Graphic created by Caitlin Cotter Coillberg, commissioned by Craig Schwalenberg.****

  • 911: Chess Strategy Limit 10

    Learn and share tips about how to become a Chess Champion with Anthony.

  • 912: Chess Strategy Limit 10

    Learn and share tips about how to become a Chess Champion with Anthony.

  • 913: Bellydance Fitness (Standing)Limit 30

    Bellydance for fun, for fitness, for friendship! Jeylan will lead us in a variety of Mid-Eastern dance movements intended to raise your heart rate as well as your spirit with cultural points given throughout. All levels & genders welcome. For nearly two decades Jeylan has been a professional performer, instructor, & artistic director of Treasures in the Sand Mid-Eastern Dance Troupe.

  • 914: Trivia with Eric and KurtLimit 100

    Come join us for a fun, multigenerational evening of trivia! Emphasis on pop culture; not at all meant just for hardcore trivia experts. Children 10-13 are welcome to attend with a responsible adult. Eric has some new surprises this year!

  • 915: Seated Bellydance FitnessLimit 20

    Limited mobility? Chronic pain? Jeylan will guide the group through gentle bellydance movements done while Staying Seated. Get some exercise while having fun and learning a little bit about this fascinating culture! All genders welcome. As someone with chronic health issues for decades, Jeylan uses dance as a means to regulate pain, raise her spirits, and share this joy with others!

  • 916: Family Friendly BlackjackLimit 10

    Blackjack is one of the oldest and most popular casino games worldwide. Come join us as we review the game's rules and how to maximize your chances at the table, then we'll play and practice those skills we just learned.

  • 917: TaskmasterLimit 15

    Based on the popular UK tv show, this tabletop game is about humor, creativity, and ingenuity. Over two hours you'll complete kitchen, living room, and backyard tasks - the best/fastest/funniest wins! Participants will be sent more info in advance. Rev. Kimberley Debus is a community minister inspiring an artful and art-filled faith. At SUUSI, she is an avid gamer and a member of Nuurture Staff.

  • 918: Family FeudLimit 24

    Join us for Family Feud! Come as a group, or sign up as an individual and you will be placed in a group. Fun for the whole family - or teen group or any other collection of folks! All you need is a computer.Marilynn Schuyler, SUUSI attendee for too many years to count.

  • 919: Game On Trivia!Limit 25

    GAME ON! Join the "Silver Sisters" from Roanoke VA. for an evening of Trivia on Zoom.

  • 920: Colorful TriviaLimit 20

    The colors of the rainbow inspire these trivia questions from Lindsay Stroh of Orlando. Be on the lookout for UU trivia too! Ages 14+

  • 2019824: Let's Talk Nature (Family Friendly)Limit 20

    Here, all paths are welcome - nature is all around us, all of the time. We want to share in YOUR nature! Pick a favorite bike ride and film part of it. Take a hike to your favorite spot and share the panoramic vistas or the plants along the trail. Live near the beach and like to surf? Show us! The sky is the limit. Bring photographs, videos, and/or a narration of a trip that you’ve recently experienced on your own. You should plan on having enough material to share in a small group for about 3 or 4 minutes during our time together. Specific technical information to help you share your files will be sent out once registration is closed.

  • 20199826: Nature and the COVID PandemicLimit 15

    How can nature provide resiliency during stressful situations like the COVID pandemic? During this Nature workshop, we will share and discuss how the pandemic has affected our humanity, and how nature has provided or can provide us with peace and balance.

  • 20199827: Deep Nature PlayLimit 30

    In the book titled "Deep Nature Play," "Joseph Bharat Cornell, who has shared the joy of nature with many thousands, shows you ways to maximize play, transforming it from mere entertainment into a pathway to increased creativity and awareness." The author has generously offered us a wealth of illustrated wisdom as described in this book, featuring several nature-based games you can play yourself or pass on to children. Phoenix Harmony will lead us through it all. You may order the book prior to the session at www.crystalclarity.com. It is not required but strongly encouraged as we will discuss it at length.