24 September

posted Sep 22, 2016, 8:20 PM by Amherst Club
Vice-President Gigi Barnhill called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, at the Monkey Bar/Bistro 63, and welcomed us all.                                                                                                                                                                                       


We welcomed Tina Berins’ guest, Jules Chametzky – who is interested in joining the club!


Bonnie Isman read Nikki Giovanni’s poem “I Am Jazz”, from her book Bicycles.


Phyllis Lehrer announced our November activity, a visit to the Valley Light Opera to hear Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore on Sunday November 13th at 2 pm at the Academy of Music. Pre-show talk by Michael Greenebaum at 1:00p. Call 253-5179 for reservations, and let Phyllis know if you are coming.

History Bites Lunchtime Lecture series at the Strong House, 67 Amity Street,       Amherst, at 12:15 pm. Friday Sep. 23rd: Amherst Club member Bonnie Isman will speak on Amherst College and the Birth of the Dewey Decimal System. Bring your brown bag, beverages and cookies provided. Program lasts 30 minutes. Free.

Apple Harvest Festival on the Common! Saturday Sep. 24th 10am-4pm. Free. A re-creation of an old-fashioned New England community fair with

    Juried craftspeople and/or exhibitors
    Wonderful food from local restaurants, shaded with a picnic area
    Children’s games (pony rides and more, preschool avenue)
    Day-long family and general entertainment including a Pre-School Fair
    Silent Auction

How Can Amherst Get to Zero Waste? Claude Tellier invites us to a showing of “Trashed” and a discussion about waste issues in Amherst at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 121 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, Tues. Sep. 27 at 7 pm. Fill out the survey at Amherstma.gov/zerowaste.

Cambodia Massachusetts Water Project 13th Annual Fund Raising Dinner. Saturday October 8th at 5:30 pm at Pulpit Hill Co-housing Common House. For information, tickets or to make donations call Claude Tellier at 992-7711.

Upcoming Speaker:

Philippe Galaski  announced that our speaker on Tuesday (9/27/16) will be Herb Bernstein, a Physics professor at Hampshire College.  The title of his talk is: "SuperDense Quantum Teleportation: NASA's Entry in the Newest (3-way) Mini-Space Race".


Ellen Kosmer introduced our speaker, member Therese Brady Donohue,who introduced us to the fascinating world of puppets! Therese has created and presented puppet shows, sometimes mingled with ballet performances, for years, both in the U.S. and overseas, including shows for the National Gallery and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For years she created puppet shows based on Eric Carle’s children’s stories. She is now working with other New England children’s authors including Tomie de Paolo, and her next show will be presented at the Eric Carle Museum on Thanksgiving weekend. Particularly fascinating were the actual puppets she brought, and the intricate engineering and designs that make it possible for them to move in natural ways – all created and made by her. What talented members we have!

Raffle:  The wine was won by Elsie Fetterman and the $10 by Philippe Galaski.

Your scribe,

Linda Honan