November 10

posted Nov 30, 2015, 9:24 PM by Amherst Club
President Andrea Battle called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, and welcomed us all.

Andrea reminded the members that the club is collecting non-perishable food for the Amherst Survival Center this month – November being Giving Month. Please bring in food, money or supermarket gift cards next week. Andrea will collect them all and bring them to the Center.


November 11th – Veterans Day – and every Wednesday, Ruth Miller recommends wonderful music at the Black Sheep, 6-8 p.m. Eric Lee, a talented young violinist, leads a band of 6-12 musicians in a blue grass concert. Free, donation requested. 

*November 12 Classical Legacy Lecture 4 pm Leah Whittington of Harvard University will be presenting the UMass Renaissance Center’s annual Classical Legacy Lecture. No reservations. Free and open to the public. Refreshments co-sponsored by The Amherst Woman’s Club.

*November 13 Renaissance Games Night 7 pm - 9 pm A family friendly event with Renaissance board games, door prizes, and light snacks courtesy of the UMass Renaissance Center Reading Group. Reading Room.

Saturday, November 14th, Jones library Book Fair, 9 am- 3 pm. Come early for great bargains in books, CDs and DVDs.

Eric Carle Museum Picture Book Theatre 2015 – Sats. Nov. 14, 21 at 2 pm; Friday-Saturday Nov. 27-28 at 2 pm and 3 pm.  45-minute family program of dance and puppets, directed by Therese Brady Donohue.  Tickets (show only) $6, members $5. Save $3 off Museum Admission by purchasing a combination ticket. Call 413-658-1126 for tickets.

Sunday, November 15 at 2PM, Ms Halls School, Pittsfield, MA - Delores Jones-Brown - The American Cop Out: Policing as the (Re) New(ed) form of Social Inequality.  Dr Jones-Brown is a Prof. in the Dept. of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice at the City Univ of NY, and founding director of the John Jay College Center on Race, Crime and Justice.  From slave patrols to suppressors of the civil rights movement, American police forces have been used as the mechanism to insure that Blacks and other people of color are prevented from enjoying the "blessings of liberty" guaranteed by the Nation's founders. Today, overt police oppression is hidden behind language about public safety and maintaining order. Funds that should go to education and public welfare are spent on expanding police budgets and the scope of police power. Using police data from NY City as an example, this discussion will demonstrate how public safety discourse has masked the continued social oppression of racial and ethnic political minorities in the United States.  

Monday, Nov. 16, Documentary film, “James Baldwin:  The Price of the Ticket”, followed by discussion with the director and Trevor Baldwin, nephew of James Baldwin. Amherst High School Auditorium. 6 pm with refreshments. Free and open to the public. Karen Thorsen, Producer / Director.

Raffle:  Elsie Fetterman won the wine, and Bonnie Isman won the $10.


    Bonnie Isman introduced our speaker, Robert S. Cox from the UMass Library Archives on his new book “American Pie", on traditional pie baking in New England from the colonists onward. Robert explained that in the 17th century, pie crust was a tough container made of flour and water, without shortening. Its only purpose was to contain the filling, and well-to-do people did not even eat the crust, only the filling.  Along with other comforts arriving to colonial households in the 18th century, shortening was added to the crust, especially lard, and people began to eat the crust and value it for its flavor and texture.  Early pies could be sweet or  savory: Mincemeat Pie, which blends meat and fruit, is a classic example of an early pie. Early pies were valued because they preserved their contents in edible condition for several weeks, useful for mariners and hunters or explorers.  As well as classic pies, Robert also discussed “False” pies, such as Boston Cream Pie or Shepherd’s Pie – dishes which were not pies at all but were called pie. There were also “Mock” Pies – pies in which the filling mimicked some other food. A famous example is the Ritz cracker filling that mimics apple pie.     

Your scribe,                                                                                                                                                   
Linda Honan