Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: Range Ponds State Park, Empire Road, Poland Springs

Where We’ll Feast On Maine’s Premier Seafood Delicacy, Deliciously Prepared With All The Trimmins’ By Bob’s Seafood Of Windham, Maine, and Hear From Our Club’s Own Dr. Edward T. Gerry, MIT Phd ’65, As He Presents:
From The Big Bang To Us – Thoughts About Contemporary Cosmology



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A Big Bang (Not THE Big Bang, Of Course)

The MIT Club of Maine is delighted to announce that we will hold our annual Lobster Picnic on Tuesday, August 16th 2016 at Range Ponds State Park in Poland Springs ME, beginning at 12:00 PM. (Rain or shine; the picnic tables and benches are in a roofed, open-sided shelter, with restrooms and a kitchen).

Following the lunch, we will be proud to present Dr. Gerry as he takes us on a whirlwind tour through space-time, beginning ~13.7 billion years ago with the singularity that we know as the “Big Bang”; continuing through the present and on into the far future. With Ed as our guide, we’ll re-visit familiar (or not) space-time milestones such as the genesis of the chemical elements, formation of the galaxies, coalescence of our own solar system (~4.6 billion years ago), learn of our own makeups as clumps of “stardust”, and explore the counterintuitive idea that what we see in our universe is less than 1% of the mass/energy that’s actually “out there”. We’ll also get a glimpse of the work of CERN and LIGO and their recent discoveries, including the Higgs Boson and the detection of Gravity Waves.

To reserve places for yourself and your guests, please register online at the "Register Online" (button above), or send a check for $27 per person to our Club Treasurer using the downloadable form at the "Pay by Check" (button above), to arrive by 4:00 P.M. on Monday, August 15th.

Please call Ervin Davis (207.282.8096) or Bill Bisson (207.317.1995) with any questions.

Driving Directions to 26, State Park Rd, Poland Spring, ME 04274
From Rt 95 either north or south, take Exit 75 (U.S. 202 / Maine 4 / Maine 100) toward Auburn. Turn right onto Washington St South, then right onto Kittyhawk Drive, left onto Lewiston Junction Road, and left onto Empire Road. The State Park entrance is on the right, less than half a mile down Empire Road, and a short distance beyond the sign for the private campground.

Please note that the park charges an admission fee at the gate. Current fees per the Park’s website: Maine seniors (65 and over) and kids (12 and under) are admitted free. Maine adults (under 65) pay $6.00, Nonresident adults pay $8.00. Nonresident seniors pay $2.00.


Looking For Alums who were Tutoring Plus Volunteers 

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge,, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2014. In preparation for this very special celebration with a Mardi Gras themed event on Friday February 28th, 2014, the organization is making an effort to contact former volunteer tutors. Tutoring Plus hopes to include as many comments and reminiscences as possible as part of the program for the event, and of course they would be thrilled if you could deliver them in person!

If you were a Tutoring Plus volunteer as an MIT student, please contact Ellen McLaughlin, Executive Director at:, and let her know how she can best reach you to follow up, get your comments and reminiscences and send you an invitation to the event.

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