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Quick Updates for Independent Lifelong Learners

September 18, 2022

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Remember Our Second-Half Courses

Calling All Thespians

No Geniuses on Wall Street - Monday, 9/19

Spanish Conversation Group (La Tertulia) - Monday, 9/19

LLAIC Loves Art: J.P. Morgan Library - Wednesday, 9/21

Let's Go: Beauport - the Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester - Friday, 9/23

Current Events - Friday, 9/30

LLAIC Lit-Lovers - Friday, 10/14

Movie Mavens - Friday, 10/14

LLAIC Zoom Happy Hour - Thursday, 10/20

Let's Go: Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge - Friday, 10/21

French Conversation Group

REMEMBER OUR SECOND-HALF COURSES


There are several courses starting in November that you may like, and that you can register for through October.


Margie Krakauer, in her "Medium is the Message" course, is adding an interesting optional component: For a small extra fee, class members will get the opportunity to try three or four artistic mediums to supplement the lectures and discussions. Margie will assemble kits that interested students can pick up before class begins. So you can paint along with the class!

CALLING ALL THESPIANS!

We are looking forward to the next semester of the LILAC Players. The time has changed; instead of meeting on Tuesdays in person, we'll be meeting on Wednesdays at 2:15 over Zoom beginning on October 26. We encourage you to sign up quickly, as your directors need time to research and choose plays based on the number of actors enrolled. Hope to see you in October for our seven-week program.

THERE ARE NO GENIUSES ON WALL STREET

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 @ 10:30-12:00

Are you an experienced investor, or are you new to "the market" and want to know more? We are an easygoing discussion group that deals with all market-related topics. Bring your opinions, insights, and questions. Or just listen.


Click here before noon on Sunday, September 18, to request a Zoom invitation. If you have any questions about the group, contact Richard Lewis: lewisdmd@yahoo.com or 617-448-4439.



SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP

¡Bienvenidos a La Tertulia!

Meetings Resume Monday, September 19

Bienvenidos a todos a la Tertulia.

 

Welcome to all new and former participants. We look forward to seeing you at our first Zoom meeting on September 19.


We will continue with the same format as last year: reading and discussing articles from various Spanish language media sources of general high interest.

 

There is no homework although everyone is invited to submit articles they might find for our agendas.


The hosts for the group are Miriam Grodberg and Larry Krakauer. Contact Miriam at mgrodberg@comcast.net with any questions.


LLAIC LOVES ART:

A TOUR OF THE J.P. MORGAN

MUSEUM AND LIBRARY

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 @ 1:30


In 1902, the American financier and collector J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) commissioned architect Charles Follen McKim (1847–1909) of the firm McKim, Mead & White to design a freestanding library next to his home on East 36th Street in New York. With rarely seen architectural drawings, period photographs, and significant rare books and manuscripts from Morgan’s collection, this program explores the design, construction, and magnificent highlights of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library.

Luned Palmer and Missy Lipsett, Museum Educators, will lead the tour. Luned has a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art as well as a Master’s degree in museum education, and currently facilitates all types of programs at many New York museums. Missy is a practicing artist who has exhibited in NYC and is presently with a private gallery.

Click here by noon on Tuesday, September 20, to request a Zoom invitation. You'll receive the invite or information on the status of your request that day.

WAITLIST ONLY


BEAUPORT, THE SLEEPER-McCANN HOUSE

GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23


Tours are booked for 11:00 AND 11:30. Cost is $17 per person. To get onto the waitlist or ask about availability, email Tom Daly or call Tom at 508-654-6051.



OPTIONAL: OUTDOOR LUNCH AT THE STUDIO RESTAURANT


Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a National Historic Landmark, was the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor, Beauport was Sleeper’s retreat, backdrop for entertaining, and professional showcase, and an inspiration to all who visited.


After Sleeper’s death, Beauport was purchased by the McCanns, who left it largely intact. Visit Beauport and see Sleeper’s lifetime collection of curiosities, colored glass, folk art, china, and silhouettes in every nook and alcove. Each of the forty rooms is distinguished by a historical or literary figure, theme, color, shape, or object. No two rooms are the same, and each is more visually dazzling than the last. Get to know Sleeper living in the early twentieth century; his housekeeper, Mary Wonson; his fascinating neighbors; and the house’s many colorful guests.


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Historic New England is following all state, local, and CDC safety guidelines for Gloucester. At this time, masks are optional for all staff and visitors.


ACCESSIBILITY

The tour involves standing, walking, and stairs. Visitors with limited mobility may be able to enjoy a first-floor tour of the house and grounds. Visitors can access a virtual tour of the museum from their own digital device onsite. Folding chairs are provided for visitors who would like to use them while on tour. The site is not equipped with ramps, elevators, or lifts and some door openings are extremely narrow. Service animals are welcome. 


PARKING

The Beauport parking lot is across the street from the house.

 


CURRENT EVENTS

LED BY JERRY JACOBS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

@ 10:00-11:15


At last week's meeting, after a thoughtful discussion of the U.S status in the world, we weighed in on immigration, Queen Elizabeth's death, the UK's economic and healthcare problems, our own healthcare problems, the railroad strike, and the Mar-A-Lago papers. We can't guess what earth-shattering news will come in the next two weeks, but we look forward to our usual animated and provocative discussion under Jerry's skillful leadership. Newcomers are welcome.


Click here by noon on Thursday, September 29, to request an invitation to the September 30 meeting. You'll receive it that day.


THE NETANYAHUS: AN ACCOUNT OF A MINOR AND ULTIMATELY EVEN NEGLIGIBLE EPISODE IN THE HISTORY OF A VERY FAMOUS FAMILY

by JOSHUA COHEN

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 @ 10:30-12:00

DISCUSSION LED BY CAROLE LEVY


Corbin College, not-quite-upstate New York, winter 1959-1960: Ruben Blum, a Jewish historian--but not an historian of the Jews--is co-opted onto a hiring committee to review the application of an exiled Israeli scholar specializing in the Spanish Inquisition. When Benzion Netanyahu shows up for an interview, family unexpectedly in tow, Blum plays the reluctant host, to guests who proceed to lay waste to his American complacencies. Mixing fiction with non-fiction, the campus novel with the lecture, The Netanyahus is a wildly inventive, genre-bending comedy of blending, identity, and politics.


If you wish to attend the meeting, please click here by noon on Thursday, October 13th, and you will receive a link by the end of the day. The meeting will open 15 minutes early so we can socialize before we begin the discussion. Contact Joan Chasan if you have trouble signing up. All book lovers are welcome. 


Coming up:

  • Friday, November 11: Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller.
  • Friday, December 9: When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Ly Hayslip.

 

MOVIE MAVENS

SAVE THE DATE!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 @ 2:00 P.M.

Watch this space for the announcement of the next provocative film we'll watch on our own and then gather on Zoom for a spirited discussion.


Click here by noon on Thursday, October 13, to request a Zoom invitation. You’ll receive it that day.


LLAIC ZOOM HAPPY HOUR

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20

4:00-5:00


At our September Happy Hour we talked about the new boosters, cruises and other European trips, museums, stolen art, women's very recent ascendancy in medicine and law and computer science, the immigrants who just landed in Martha's Vineyard, the British monarchy, and the pizza and lunch speakers we used to have and hope to have again.


We hope you'll all join us on Thursday, October 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. Bring your drinks, snacks, and conversation. New members are especially welcome.


Click here to request a Zoom invitation before noon on Wednesday, October 19. You'll receive it that day.

 

RESCHEDULED GUIDED WALK

MT. AUBURN CEMETERY, CAMBRIDGE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 @ 11 A.M.


This walk, limited to 20 people, was fully subscribed when originally scheduled in July. DON'T WAIT! RESERVE NOW!


Within a forested landscape nestled between Cambridge and Watertown, Mount Auburn Cemetery was established in 1831 by founders who created an extraordinary place, one where mourners would come to find solace and where the public could enjoy the beauty and wonder in nature. Whether you’ve never visited Mount Auburn Cemetery, or perhaps visited on your own, getting lost along its winding paths amidst the lush plantings, you’ll enjoy the 90-minute guided walk through this Registered National Landmark and nationally accredited arboretum, a national treasure located in our own backyard. Our guide will focus on the stories, the history, and the lives of those buried here, as you take in the stunning landscaping. 


We’ll meet at 10:45 AM in front of the Administration Building, just inside the main entrance on Mt. Auburn Street, where you will find restrooms. Parking is available in the circular drive to the right of the Administration Building. Carpooling is encouraged as parking may be limited, depending on visitor volume on a given day. The paths are fully accessible. 


Sharing a meal and socializing with friends has always been an important part of Let’s Go outings. However, these are not usual times. We are aware that many of our members are not comfortable dining indoors, and it was impossible for us to make an outdoor reservation for our group at any restaurant close by. We can offer a few suggestions for nearby restaurants with patio seating. Not all will guarantee an outdoor table, but will note your request when you reserve. Most are located on Arsenal Street in Watertown, less than a ten minute drive from Mount Auburn Cemetery. Of course you are free to make your own arrangements.


Branch Line in the Arsenal on the Charles complex

Buttermilk and Bourbon in Arsenal Yards

City Works in Arsenal Yards

Sofra Bakery and Cafe, 1 Belmont St, Watertown


Registration is limited to 20 people. To reserve your place and indicate car pooling preference, please complete the attached registration form. Mail it and a check for $15 per person made out to Linda Brooks to


Linda Brooks

21 River Rock Way

Wayland, MA 01778


NOTE: Your check must be received by October 14th. No refunds will be issued after that date except as noted below. 


MOUNT AUBURN CANCELLATION POLICY: If our walk is canceled due to severe weather and cannot be rescheduled, a full refund will be given.




FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP

The French Conversation Group is reading Le Chateau de ma Mere by Marcel Pagnol.


We are a group of intermediate to advanced level speakers. We read books aloud, taking turns, and stopping often to discuss any interesting aspects of what we are reading. If you are interested in this group, please contact Betty Salzberg at bsalzberg127@gmail.com.

Learn more about LLAIC at www.llaic.org
Call us: (508) 453-1205
Write us: info@llaic.org

Editor: Barbara Mende
Contributing Editor: Shelly Levine
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