From knitting to history: Mount’s Desmond campus hosts dozens of classes for adult enrichment

March 23, 2017

Instructor Shirley Botsford (left) teaches Kevin Cleary the basics of knitting during her Beginning Knitting class at the Desmond Campus of Mount Saint Mary College on Wednesday, March 22.

On a sunny afternoon in the early springtime, Kevin Cleary of Pennsylvania enjoys learning how to knit at Mount Saint Mary College’s Desmond Campus for adult enrichment.

Upstairs, a roomful of art enthusiasts is wowed by “Vincent Van Gogh: Navigating the North and the Studio of the South,” a lecture by Laura Nicholls, Desmond Campus art instructor, certified calligrapher, and former art teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas College.

It’s just a typical day at the campus, which offers hundreds of non-credit classes each year for the adult learner, including Zumba Gold, Hatha Yoga, T’ai Chi, oil and acrylics, drawing, guitar workshops, art history, foreign languages, technology, and more. Classes are offered during the day, in the evening, and on Saturdays.

Upcoming courses include calligraphy (April 4, 2 – 4 p.m.), preventing slips and falls (April 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m.), history of the Lincoln Funeral Train (April 12, 10 – 11:30 a.m.), and a walking/food tour trip to Chinatown (April 28, bus leaves at 9 a.m.).

The Desmond campus is located at 6 Albany Post Rd., Newburgh, N.Y.

For more information or to register for classes, call 845-565-2076, email or visit