Alethea Gaarden B.A., MA

June 2022
As of October 5th, 2022 meetings are held at Julius restaurant in Erie PA at 1607 State St in the former Erie Maennerchor Club. Meetings begin at 6:00 pm with a social hour and dinner, followed by our program/speaker. Their parking lot is in the back with the entrance on 16th street between State and French.

Our Dinner Menu:
Mediterranean Stuffed Pork Loin with Bruschetta Sauce or Chicken Caprese with Sundried Tomato Pesto. Garlic & Rosemary Red Potatoes Zucchini & Squash Vegetable Medley. Dessert will be French Silk Pie.

Our Guest Speaker:
Alethea Gaarden B.A., MA
Alethea earned her B.A. in English and Political Science at Mercyhurst College and an MA in English Literature at Ohio University. She is currently an instructor at Mercyhurst University. Alethea was an assistant shipwright at the Erie Maritime Museum from 2016 to 2019.

Women on the Waves

For reservations; please E-Mail the Torch Club Secretary at

"Women on the Waves"

<p>Our speaker will be Alethea Gaarden speaking on “Women on the Waves,” one deckhand's perspective on the importance of tall ship sailing in the 21st century, even—and maybe especially—for people who don't think of themselves as sailors, athletes, or adventurers. Alethea graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2014 with a double major in English and Political Science. She began sailing the summer before her senior year. After finishing graduate school at Ohio University, she came back to Erie to spend one summer working for the brig Niagara as a deckhand and shipwright's apprentice. That “one summer” turned into a year, and then two, and then three. In 2019, she finally left the Niagara to teach at Mercyhurst, where she currently works full-time for the English department.<br><br>In August, she'll accompany a group of current Mercyhurst students for a joint history and writing program aboard the Niagara. She can't wait to be back on the water.</p>

Please join us on June 1st, 2022 at 6:00 pm, for our pre-dinner cocktail and chat time and remember to bring your friends and acquaintances. Reservations are required.

Please remember to make your reservation at