August 5: Michael Burgess: The 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics

  • Monday, August 5th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Michael Burgess, author of “A Long Shot to Glory: How Lake Placid Saved the Winter Olympics and Restored the Nation’s Pride”

Sometimes life is like a movie. There are moments and events in life – not often – that are as exciting and as dramatic as a movie. What happened in Lake Placid, New York in February 1980 at the Thirteenth Winter Olympics was such a time. For those who experienced it in person or watched the games on television, they remember where they were when the US hockey team beat the Soviet Union and then beat the team from Finland two days later to win the gold medal. The sports victory of an underdog group of college kids was thrilling enough but it was a win against the Soviet Union. This Cold War adversary was also the nation hosting the summer games later that year which the United States was threatening to boycott.
What happened on the hockey ice was improbable enough, but the Lake Placid Winter Games were a long shot, if not a miracle too. Winning the games had been an unlikely decades-long quest for this small town to overcome the barriers of exploding finances, environmental concerns and world politics. Few remember that the 1980 games were never supposed to take place in Lake Placid. They came to the small village because of unexpected events which unfolded and made the two weeks in the remote Adirondacks before a worldwide audience of nearly a billion viewers one of the most dramatic times in the modern era of sports, media and politics. It would not be too much of a stretch to say that the Lake Placid Games, which brought the “Miracle on Ice,” saved the Winter Olympics in 1980 and greatly enhanced them for the future.

August 7: Arthur Richmond, “The Evolution of the Cape Cod House”

  • Wednesday, August 7th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: Arthur Richmond, author of “The Evolution of the Cape Cod House

The Cape Cod house has seen many different and popular architectural styles from its beginnings more than six centuries ago to the present. The story starts in rural England where yeomen and tradesmen built their small one to one-and-a-half story timber framed cottages. The first settlers that came to the New World and settled in Massachusetts built comparable cottages in the 1620s. After explaining the three basic variations half cape, three quarter cape, and full cape, Richmond examines more than 100 historic houses spread throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. A must for anyone interested in architecture, Cape Cod, and the most admired of American homes.

August 8: Lecture: Cameron Stracher, author of “Kings of the Road”

Thursday, August 8, 7:00 pm.

  • Lecture: Cameron Stracher, author of “Kings of the Road: How Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers and Alberto Salazar made Running go Boom!”

Running is so popular in America that it’s easy to assume it always has been. It hasn’t. In the 1970s and 1980s, three men transformed running from a sleepy sport. Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers and Alberto Salazar inspired millions of Americans to become runners themselves. Cameron Stracher gives us unparalleled access to these men’s lives and a unique lens onto two decades of financial and political turmoil. While the country floundered, Americans found solace in their new sport.

                    For years running was too repetitive to attract many spectators. When TV sets found their ways into most American homes, people watched baseball. Then, in quick succession, came three fantastic athletes. Each one bested the race track in their own way. Med school dropout Frank Shorter’s dramatic Olympic victory in the marathon was the first for an American in 64 years. 22-year-old Alberto Salazar broke the nation’s record in the first marathon he ever ran. Salazar pushed himself so hard in one race that he suffered heat stroke and a body temperature of 108 degrees, only to finish after Bill Rodgers.

August 11th: “Broadway Celebrates the Seas” with Stephanie Miele

  • Sunday, August 11th, 3:00 pm: Special Concert with Stephanie Miele: “Broadway Celebrates the Seas”

Presented by vocalist Stephanie Miele, pianist Alice Carey, and bassist John Wall.

 Many musical theater pieces have been inspired by the ocean, the thrill of traveling to unfamiliar places, and the joy of returning home.  Please join us as we perform songs written by Rodgers and Hammerstein,Leonard Bernstein, Kander and Ebb,  Stephen Schwartz, and others who have explored these ideas.

August 14: John Ross, “Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough”

  • Wednesday, August 14th, 7:00 pm: Lecture: John Ross, author of “Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough: The Medical Lives of Famous Writers”

Part of the Dr. Francis Wicks lecture series involving medical history. John Ross cheerfully debunks old biographical myths and suggests fresh diagnoses for these writers’ real-life medical mysteries. The author takes us way back, when leeches were used for bleeding and cupping was a common method of cure, to a time before vaccinations, sterilized scalpels, or real drug regimens. With a healthy dose of gross descriptions and a deep love for the literary output of these ten greats, Ross is the doctor these writers should have had in their time of need.