July 28

posted Aug 12, 2015, 3:25 PM by Amherst Club
Vice-President Allen Hanson called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, and welcomed us all.

Note that the high-school student who received our community service award and could not attend previously, will be present with his parents at our August 11th meeting to receive our congratulations.

Note: in August, the club meets twice. This year, we will meet on August 11th and 25th. Therefore, we will NOT meet next week, on August 4th.

There is no speaker today, and instead, members are recommending summer reading they are enjoying. See the list below.

2016 Fundraiser: Barbara Freed told us she has volunteered to direct the fundraiser again next year as long as there are no changes to the format and procedures from last year.  Our date is set – March 19th- we have reserved the same venue and the same caterer, Seth Myers.  We have also contracted with the same musician, Paul Aslanian and his group.

Vivienne made a detailed schedule of the work flow last year, which is available to us and is very useful. Areas that still need volunteers to step up are Decorations and P. R.  Last year’s attendees were almost all from our own circle, very few from the outside.  


Celebrate Medicare’s 50th Birthday on Thursday, July 30th!  Short festive gatherings will be held with music at  Springfield City Hall, 36 Court Square, 9 am; Holyoke City Hall, High and Dwight Streets, 11 am; Pittsfield Federal Building, 79 Center Street, 12 noon; Northampton City Hall, 210 Main Street, 1:30 pm; Greenfield Town Common, Main and Federal Streets, 3:30 pm. For more information, contact Jackie Wolf, lwvahealthcare@yahooo.com.

Amherst International Folk Dancing every Friday at 7:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House . On August 7th, Barbara Freed’s band “Panharmonium”, will play.  In the fall, the group returns to the Bangs Center.

Raffle:  Jacquie Price won the wine. Ellen Kosmer won the $10. There was a third prize today, a decorative plant donated by Nancy Brose, and this was won by Joan Hanson.


Your scribe, Linda Honan








Druon, Maurice

The Accursed Kings

Philippe Galaski

4 parts of this 6-part book have been translated into English

Hatch, Peter J.

“A Rich Spot of Earth”: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello

Ellen Kosmer

Detailed look at Jefferson’s introduction and use of culinary plants; introduction by Alice Waters. Beautiful photos.

Merullo, Roland

Breakfast with Buddha

Bonnie Isman

This was followed by Lunch with Buddha and Dinner with Buddha.

Nichols, Beverley

Garden Open Today

Linda Honan

One of a series of funny English village garden books from the mid-century. See also Merry Hall and Sunlight on the Lawn.

Smiley, Jane

Some Luck

Gigi Barnhill

This novel  is the first volume of an epic trilogy, with each chapter covering one year.  Award winner.

Urrea, Luis Alberto

Devil’s Highway

Honore David

Follows 26 men who tried to cross the border in the Arizona desert.  A stunning revelation of the trials of desperate people.

White, E.B., edited by Martha White

E.B. White on Dogs

Rachel Hare Mustin

The lighter side of the co-author of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style!