A cure for the winter blues: After Dark at All Saints

By on December 30, 2016

 Do any of these continuing education topics pique your interest?

A Taste of Asia
Cajun Sausage Bread
Mindful Nature Photography
Stained Glass
Intro to Surf Fishing
Acrylics: Outer Banks Seascapes
Is A Home Based Business For You?
Planning Now for Aging Well
Shag Dancing
Witchcraft, Wicked Witchcraft
iPhone Basics
The ABC’s of Beer Styles
How to Buy A Car
Wine 101

This is just a small sampling of All Saints Episcopal Church’s 8th annual “After Dark” series of continuing education learning experiences.

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If none of these topics captured your attention, fear not, there are 61 other classes being offered in what is the biggest and longest After Dark series ever presented to the public.

All Saints created this diverse offering of learning opportunities for a wealth of reasons. The first and most important is to provide one-of-a-kind classes for Outer Banks residents taught by volunteers who are experts in their fields.

Winter is also a bleak time on the Outer Banks. It’s cold and windy, stores are closed, many seasonal workers are stuck at home. So After Dark provides a respite from the winter blues and a chance to socialize with others—making new friends and acquaintances.

Finally, After Dark is the primary fundraiser for All Saint’s outreach programs to the community.

All proceeds go to the church’s funding for these projects, and over the past seven years, that has translated into $75,000 in donations to Dare County charities and other community programs, such as the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and Outer Banks Interfaith Community Outreach.

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 Tuition is a bargain, $23 per class, plus a small surcharge for classes such as cooking, arts and crafts and others to cover the cost of supplies. For people under 18, the cost is $12 per student.

Last year, over 750 participants joined in the fun. As a happy consequence, in 2017 there will be more classes over a longer period.

The courses start at 7 p.m. and run Monday through Friday. Cooking classes typically start at 6:30 p.m.

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Some classes are offered more than once; others are one-time offerings. A few, such as Surf Fishing take two days to complete.

Maximum class size varies, but cooking classes are restricted to 20 students.

The courses are grouped into four broad categories; Cooking; Arts, Flowers, Crafts & Hobbies; Health & Well Being; and General Interest, which is even broader, offering courses as far-ranging as wine and beer to computers to jazz music and literature.

Many classes fill up quickly, especially those involving food, wine, beer and a handful of the esoteric courses in the General Interest category, especially religion, culture and history.

After Dark kicks off on Jan. 30 and runs until Feb. 24.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Dec. 31 and can be accomplished by calling the church at 252-261-6674, e-mailing allsaintsobx@gmail.com or in person from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at 40 Pintail Trail in Southern Shores.

Specific registration information can be found at  www.afterdarkallsaints.com/registration-information.

The home page for After Dark is www.afterdarkallsaints.com and links to class schedules and other information can be accessed there.

During winter, many folks suffer from SAD, “Seasonal Adjustment Disorder.”

This year, try AD, “After Dark” as an anecdote or possible cure for the winter blues.

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