Fortunes Rocks University


Dear FRA Neighbors,

Fortunes Rocks Association University (FRAU) wishes to announce the dates and venues for the three additional events we are holding this Summer of 2019. (The fourth event, the July 11th Walking Food Tour of Downtown Biddeford, quickly sold out.)

1.  Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound: FRA Travel Club: European River Cruises. 

When:  July 23rd , 5 p.m.

Where: FRA Clubhouse

River cruises have become an enormously popular way to experience the great scenic, historical, cultural and culinary delights of Europe. In this year’s session, several FRA members with European river cruise experience will provide a nuts and bolts perspective on what these tours are like, what to look for in choosing a tour, and how to get the most from the ones you choose. The session will allow ample time for Q and A.  

2. A Future Discussion Led by Thornton May.  

When:  August 7th, 7 p.m.

Where: Biddeford Pool Community Center, Upstairs Room

Most organizations/executives view the word “future” as a noun – specifically a destination – like Cleveland. 

For almost 40 years, however, Thornton May has assisted global enterprises to use “future” as a verb, i.e., Future [ fyoo-cher], verb: proactively create, understand, avoid and/or respond to “strategic surprise.”

Catastrophic “failure to future” can result in organizations becoming symbols/icons of ineptitude:

  • “Kodak-ed” [i.e., failing to jump to the next technological wave];
  • “Netflix-ed” [i.e., failing to adapt to changing customer buying patterns];
  • “Amazon-ed” [i.e., having digital competitors render product/services irrelevant]
  • “TESLA-ed” [i.e., having charismatic outsiders co-opt critical destination points on digital horizon]
  • “UBER-ed” [i.e., offering sub-par customer experiences]; and most recently
  • “AI-ed” [i.e., having algorithmic competitors outsmart incumbent offerings]

Thornton – who has empowered students at UCLA, UC-Berkeley, Arizona State University and THE Ohio State University for over three decades – looks forward to guiding FRA members on an entertaining and highly interactive discussion of the future. 

If you go to  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_2gbpCyBMsor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppDuX0sQnIkto get a glimpse of Thorton, we’re pretty sure you’re going to want to attend this session! It will be a mind-expanding experience!

3.  An Afternoon in the Vineyard: Wine and Cheese Tasting

When:   August 15th  , 5 p.m.

Where: Biddeford Pool Fire Barn, Upstairs Room

Our Wine Director, Alper Caglayan, fresh from a wine finding tour of Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, and Santa Barbara this winter, will give a California wine tasting. Alper will share his observations on new trends in California wine country. Tasting will include wine tasting basics, pairwise comparison of the same varietal (e.g. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah) from two different California appellations, and a discussion of the reasons behind the taste profile differences. Please bring two clear wine glasses large enough to swirl, sniff and sip. 

Our Cheese Guru, Gail Erath, will choose cheeses to pair with each of Alper’s selections. 

This tasting will be limited to 25 persons on a first come basis. While Alper and Gail have not finalized their selections, we anticipate the cost per person will be in the $30-35 range. Please contact John Redman at jredman100@hotmail.comif you wish to attend.  You can pay at the event with either cash or check .

We look forward to sharing these experiences with you!