March 3

posted Mar 15, 2015, 7:07 PM by Amherst Club
President Roger Webb called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015, and welcomed us all. He announced that the Board would meet after lunch.

Roger and Member Phyllis Lehrer were interviewed by Member Cynthia Brubaker on Amherst Media about the  Amherst Club in general and the Spring to Life Cabaret in particular.  Here is a link.

Gigi Barnhill reported that the colored notepads that she distributes to each table for members’ use are missing. If anyone can help find them, please let her know.

Therese Brady Donohue reported that the Silent Auction donations are coming in well, but some more are needed.

Snapshot: Dee Waterman brought us all to a warmer climate and memories of carnival with her reminiscence of mule-drawn transport in New Orleans.


On March 7  from 9 am- 4 pm, the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies presents a conference on Galileo. Speakers include Mark Peterson of Mount Holyoke College and Marjorie Senechal of Smith College. The conference will include a screening of Bertolt Brecht's "The Life of Galileo." Please pre-register by March 6th. Lunch will be provided.

The MA Department of Mental Health and the Amherst League of Woman Voters are sponsoring an informational session on mental health issues on Wednesday, March 11 from 7-9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst Social Hall. All are invited, and light refreshments will be served.

Ruth Miller announced that The Harp Irish pub in North Amherst is having an exciting free event on Thursday, March 12th. Several renowned musicians from Ireland and elsewhere will be gathering there that evening to rehearse for an upcoming concert. This is an opportunity to enjoy their traditional music without charge. However, it fills up early – be there by 5 p.m.!

On March 14 , the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies holds the annual Dakin Pancake Breakfast 8 am- Noon An all you can eat breakfast of famous fluffy pancakes, crispy bacon and sausage cooked in their own kitchen by volunteer chefs featuring syrup from their maple trees. Suggested donation: $5 kids, $10 adult.  Reading room.

Ellen Kosmer announced that the Fiddlers Green Contra Dancers will be performing on Saturday, March 28th at the Munson Memorial Library in South Amherst at 7:30. The group has provided some tickets for Club members to attend, because the event is supported by the Amherst Arts Council. Contact Ellen if you are interested for this or future dates.

Raffle:  Gigi Barnhill won the wine. Honore David  won the $10.

Speaker: Claude Tellier introduced our speaker, Member Jim Scott, who introduced or re-introduced us to the Five College Learning in Retirement program. Jim invited half a dozen members to join him in sharing their enthusiasm for this program. Founded in 1989, the program’s mission is “to enrich our lives by providing forums for sharing the pleasures of active learning.”  The program hosts seminars designed and moderated by one or two members. The seminars meet for weekly two-hour sessions lasting for 10 week terms in spring and fall. Seminars meet at the Five Colleges and other local venues.  Additional programs including travel trips occur in summer and winter.  Members pay fees, and can view upcoming offerings in preview sessions in spring and late fall.  To learn more about the program, contact the office at 413-585-3756 or email  The website is

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Linda Honan