Another great OLLI member benefit! OLLI’s Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are member-organized peer-led discussion and activity groups that are free and exclusively for OLLI at BCC members.
Interested in starting your own Shared Interest Group? Why don't you check out this handy SIG Guide and if you still have questions you can contact the OLLI Office at 413-236-2190 or OLLI@berkshirecc.edu.
CURRENT OLLI SHARED INTEREST GROUPS (SIGs)
Below is a summary list of our current SIGs. Click on a name to find more information about the group. Check out the OLLI Calendar of Events to see upcoming SIG meeting dates.
Absolute Sound (temporarily on hold)
A Shared Interest Group for anyone with a passion for music, be it classical, jazz, folk or any other genre, who like to meet to listen to and discuss music. Please contact Peter Levine for more information.
Changing the Culture of Ageism (temporarily on hold)
Join a group of people who want to change the culture of aging. Contact Brian Harrison for more information.
Contemporary Gender Roles ONLINE
Explore cultural changes in the roles of men and women in the family and in the workplace and the multiple changes in gender presentation and identity. Contact Ellen Croibier for more information.
NEW Creative Nonfiction Writing ONLINE
Do you love to write and want to have a writers’ group to share and critique your work? If you do, consider joining our Creative Nonfiction SIG which meets monthly via Zoom. For more information about this SIG, contact Pam Pescosolido.
French Conversation ONLINE
Parlez-vous français? Would you like to practice your French with others in a relaxed setting? Meet up in informal settings on Zoom and/or in person, for French conversation with other OLLI members. Contact Monica Sinclair for more information.
Collaborate with like-minded OLLI members to pursue research into you family history. Contact Lisa Swigart for more information.
The Gotta Reads - New York Times Best Sellers Book Club reads books from the NYT Best Seller List of the last couple of years. Let's read and talk about the best of these best sellers. Contact Sheila McKenna for additional information.
Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, embroidery or other forms of needlework in good company? Join this group just in time for a cozy winter. Contact Carolyn Vandervort or Carol Sabot for more information!
Uncover the rich history of music in the Berkshires, particularly the Road House era. The goal of this SIG is to bring this colorful history to life and create a widely distributed podcast that documents it. Contact Mark Rosenman for more information.
The Listening to Chamber Music SIG is for people who are interested in chamber music and who would enjoy learning about and listening to chamber music repertoire with other chamber music aficionados. Contact Harriet Wetstone for more information.
Mindfulness has many applications but is most associated with/as a meditation practice. The term mindfulness can be defined as a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment. This practice can provide one with skills that allow greater equanimity, while being with both the struggles and the joys that arise in life. Contact Roberta Vogel for more information.
If you love reading mystery novels, this group is for you. Monthly books are chosen for the upcoming year from award winning American and international novels, but are not typically present day publications. Meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month at 1:30pm online. Contact Bruce Cohen for additional information.
A small, supportive group of painters who share their paintings in progress to get feedback from other artists and share useful techniques, materials etc. Contact Claudia Shuster for more information.
Paper Crafting ONLINE
Members of this group share expertise and ideas so that you can create cards and gift boxes using stamps and ink.
Contact Linda Goff for further information about the Paper Crafting SIG.
Photography (looking for a leader)
Discuss photography techniques and review other members' photographs in a small, supportive group.
Play Reading ONLINE
Love theatre, reading plays together and enjoying the Berkshire theatre scene? Join us!
Poetry Reading ONLINE
Join with other OLLI members to read and discuss great poems. Contact Steffi Fletcher for more information.
Poetry Writing ONLINE
Share poetry you've written with other OLLI members. Contact Steffi Fletcher for more information.
Socializing Singles (looking for a leader)
Provides participants the opportunity to meet new friends and participate in various social activities such as movie nights, Tanglewood concerts, picnics, etc., as determined by the group. (Not a dating group, a friends group!)
NEW Tennis SIG
Do you enjoy playing recreational tennis? Are you looking for people to play with? Whether you enjoy just volleying the ball back and forth or a good competition, we would like to hear from you as we begin to establish a new Tennis Shared Interest Group. Contact Lynne Bishop for more information.
Want to know more about soccer? This group meets (on Zoom or in person) to discuss all aspects of the game. Both the technical and social aspects are considered. Contact Alan Rubin for more information.