Oct 14: Talk about the big,new Fundraiser Gala on March 14th

posted Oct 22, 2014, 9:22 PM by Amherst Club
Oct 14: Talk about the big,new Fundraiser Gala on March 14thPresident Roger Webb called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, and welcomed us all.

Roger noted that Barbara Freed will lead us in a discussion on our new fundraiser immediately after lunch. We will break into committee groups for this.


Tony Papirio evoked childhood memories of happy family gatherings and solitary explorations in the beautiful lush garden behind his Papirio grandparents’ home in downtown Pittsfield. The garden occupied every inch of the yard, and was edged with fruit trees enclosing the vegetables and flowers needed by a large Italian family. In recent years he visited the ancestral village in the Abruzzi and found that his grandfather’s boyhood home had a very similar enclosed garden – except that this one was near a castle overlooking the Mediterranean and edged by mountains!

Raffle:  Dee Waterman won the wine and Tony Papirio the $10.   

Fundraiser Discussion:

Barbara Freed and co-chair Jacqui Price led a discussion of the newly-designed fundraiser “Spring to Life – A Cabaret for Community” to be held on March 14th, 2015 at the Hadley Farms Meeting House. There will be 28 tables of 8 and we must fill them to make our financial goals. Barbara urged everyone to start alerting people in the community to this new fundraiser immediately, to build up awareness.  As Jacqui said, we would all like a fundraiser that required less work – but this one isn’t it! Everyone who isn’t already in a fundraising committee is urged to join one or more now.  Further planning and procedural discussion will continue in future weeks.


On Sunday, Oct. 19th at 5 p.m. the Roger L. Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award Dinner will be held at Valentine Hall, Amherst College. Dinner, Award and Dessert. Tickets are $35 – see Andrea Battle or call 516-749-5056.


“Amherst Coming Together” - Monday Oct. 20th at 7 p.m. Barbara Love is the speaker at the Unitarian Meeting House. A really good event!


Hallowe’en Costume Party – Potluck on Sat. Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at Phyllis Lehrer’s. RSVP to 253-5179.


Arcadia Players is presenting an All Beethoven concert on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. at the Wesley Methodist Church, North Maple Street in Hadley. Tickets 413-586-8742 or online at mktix.com/ap.


Roger noted that the Amherst Club will be fielding a team, as usual, in this year’s Trivia Bee that benefits Amherst Education Foundation. The event is on Thursday October 30, 7:00 at the Middle School. Ruth Miller has volunteered to design costumes – which is where we have historically had the most success.  Arthur and Andrea have volunteered to put their vast knowledge of trivia to effect in the team. We need two more volunteers. Arthur has the 16th and 17th centuries well covered, Andrea knows all about the 20th century, but as usual we are a little weak on 21st century trivia. If anyone who would like to volunteer, or who has a grandchild who might be able to answer all those questions about rap musicians, please let Roger know.


The Eric Carle Museum Picture Book Theatre, directed by Therese Brady Donohue, will be presented on Saturdays on Nov. 8,15,22 at 2 p.m. and Fri-Sat. Nov. 28-29 at 2 p.m. and 3p.m. Tickets available in advance at 413-658-1126.


Enjoy playing bridge? Come to the Amherst Senior Center on Wednesdays. Drop in from noon-3 p.m.


Your scribe,                                                                                                                                                    Linda Honan