7 June: Steve Morgan

posted Jun 23, 2016, 7:04 PM by Amherst Club   [ updated Jun 23, 2016, 7:08 PM ]
President Andrea Battle called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, at the Monkey Bar/Bistro 63, and welcomed us all.

Andrea discussed the valuable meeting held at Barbara Freed’s house to discuss future plans for the club, including how to expand membership and adjust fundraising to suit the current members’ energy and interests.  Further information on this meeting will be disseminated after the Board meeting today.  

Rachel Hare Mustin noted she encountered a bear on her walk in South Amherst this morning. Ellen Kosmer said she, too, saw a bear accompanied by a cub, at her bird-feeders in South Amherst yesterday.

Bonnie Isman  announced that League of Women Directories are available now for anyone who wants one. Let her know if you would like to pick one up later.

Ellen Kosmer said that she and Philippe Galaski will be arranging speakers for the Club for the coming year. They would like all the members to consider anyone you  know who might be an interesting speaker for the group, and let Ellen or Philippe know of any names that occur to you!

Remember - the annual meeting will be on June 21st! Try to attend on that day!


Andrea inducted new member Sylvia Berruto and greeted her on behalf of us all.  Sylvia has been coming to the club for a few months, and many of us have had the chance to chat with her. We are delighted that she has now formally joined us as a member!


Wednesdays, June 8, July 27, and August 10. Join the friends of the Jones Library at these Literary Feasts. Come to dinner at a favorite local restaurant, and discuss the literary work cited: Wed. June 8, Osteria Vespa (413-230-3194), My Brilliant Friend; Wed. July 27, Chez Albert (413-253-3811), All the Light We Cannot See; Wed. August 10, Judie’s Restaurant (413-253-3491), In the Unlikely Event. Ten percent of the check will go to the Jones Library. 

June 13, 1:30-3 pm. Heart to Heart group. Former member and clinical psychologist Dr. Amanda Roberts is starting a support/psycho-educational group for both men and women. Have you had a recent cardiac event or cardiac surgery? Anyone identified by their physician(s), or themselves, as being at risk for cardiac issues is also very welcome. The group will meet weekly for an hour and a half and lasts eight weeks. Some insurance will pay, including Medicare. Next group will commence Monday June 13, 1:30-3pm at the Amherst Senior Center. Call Amanda Roberts PhD, MA at 413-253-0440 for an individual screening and more information.

Sat. June 25th, Amherst Garden tour, 10 am- 4 pm, to benefit the Amherst Historical Society. Tickets available at the society, and at Hastings and the Hadley Garden Center, as well as at the gardens. 

Ongoing: Gigi Barnhill told us that archeologists from UMass are currently digging in the grounds around the Strong House on Amity Street. Come by if you are interested and chat with them!


Claude Tellier introduced our speaker, Steven Morgan, set maker and designer for the Valley Light Opera, who spoke on Set Design and Construction: Soup to Nuts. Steve took us all the way through the process of designing and constructing the elaborate sets that contribute to the pleasure of attending our own local Light Opera company – to which Club members Barbara Freed and Glen Gordon contribute so much. Particularly fascinating were the rigged nineteenth-century-style sailing ship for HMS Pinafore, and the London double-decker bus! Steve excited us all as we look forward to Ruddigore – the next Gilbert and Sullivan opera the VLO will produce.  Anyone interested in helping out with sewing or construction or any other craft needed, should contact one of the Light Opera members. Construction occurs between September and November.  

Raffle:  Kathy Masalski won the wine and Honore David won the $10.
Your scribe,                                                                                                                                                   
Linda Honan