Extra Activities and Events Archive

... for events that have taken place in the past, some with pictures.

  • Harvard Arts Museum Tour (Jan. 22, 2015)
  • Weekend trip to New York and Brooklyn (Jan. 9-11, 2015)
  • Goya "Order and Disorder" at the MFA  (Dec. 23, 2014)
  • Newton Choral Society Performs Vaughan Williams' "A Sea Symphony"  (Nov. 16, 2014)
  • An Afternoon at the Opera "The Bartered Bride"  (July 27, 2014)
  • A Day at the Peabody Museum  (Aug. 13, 2014)
  • A Picnic in the Park, Cochituate State Park  (Aug. 4, 2014)
  • Evita  (Nov. 16, 2014)
  • Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs (Dec. 9, 2014)
  • Mystery Novel
  • Huckleberry Finn reading

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Dinner & Theater Group

Lifelong Learners: An Independent Collaborative invites you to join us in Concord on Sunday, November 16. Enjoy a delicious lunch at 12:30 at Papa Razzi's in Concord, which will be followed at 3:00 pm by the Emerson Umbrella's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's EVITA.



Enjoy the music and story of:
Eva Peron - Argentina's controversial First Lady. The subject of the dynamic musical is a beautiful, ambitious and power-seeking woman. As a 15-year-old she escapes her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. Later she becomes a starlet at 22; the President's mistress at 24; First Lady at 27; and dead at 33.
Juan Peron - An officer in the Argentine army who rises to become the Argentine President.
Che Guevara - A political activist and narrator of the show.

Complete and sign the Registration Form and mail it to Sandy Philips, 280 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

The Lifelong Learning Theater Committee
Co-Chairs: Linda Edelman and Sandy Philips

Please tell us what type of show interests you - comedy, musicals, drama. To learn about upcoming shows send your email address to linda.eidel@gmail.com or sandy@zoomeasy.com 

View or print  Evita flyer, or download (or see file below).

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"Let's Go" Outings

Past "Let's Go" Outings - 2016

Friday, December 2 - Davis Art Museum and the Margaret Ferguson Greenhouses

The Davis Art Museum at Wellesley College is reinstalling its permanent collection in October.  The visit will also include the Margaret Ferguson Greenhouses.  By December we'll be ready for a visit to a greenhouse!

    Monday, September 26 - New Bedford Whaling Museum

    Wednesday, August 10 - Peabody Essex Museum
"American Impressionist:  Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals" exhibit

     Tuesday, July 26 - Day trip to the Isle of Shoals, NH

    Thursday, June 23:  Day trip to historic Lowell
For a preview visit: Lowell Information.

Once the industrial innovative hub of America, Lowell has undergone many transformations over the years.  Join us for a day to revisit Lowell's fascinating history.

We'll start the day near the Visitors Center, then take a trolley ride to the textile mill and experience the "roar of a weave room".  After this will be a tour of where the "mill girls" were housed.
" 'She has worked in a factory' is sufficient to damn to infamy the most worthy and virtuous girl." This is the start of an article in The Lowell Offering, December, 1840, in defense of the women who did most of the work in Lowell's textile mills.

Lunch will be at Cobblestone's Restaurant near city hall. A 90-minute canal tour of Lowell's waterways will round out the day. Cost for this event is still being determined.

     Monday, June 6, 11:30 - 3:00:  The Third Annual LLAIC Picnic in the Park

Please join us for The Third Annual LLAIC Picnic at Cochituate State Park, Route 30, Natick. It's a wonderful way to get to know your LLAIC colleagues better in  beautiful, peaceful surroundings.  Please bring your lunch and something to share.  For more information contact Phyllis Cohen

    Wednesday, May 25, 10:15 - 3:00.  Day Trip to Museum of Fine Arts

Let's visit the MFA before these two short-stay exhibits leave in June and July:
  • Lawren Harris,  The Idea of North (Exhibit curated by Steve Martin).
  • Mega Cities: Gund Gallery, Shapiro Courtyard and other locations inside and outside the museum.  (We'll be staying onsite.)
We will meet at the Sharf Visitors center at 10:15 and proceed to the American Wing to start with Lawren Harris at 10:30 am.

Lawren Harris is a renowned artist of the outdoors in Canada who is little known in the US.  His beautiful paintings of nature, the Canadian mountains and winters are very special.  On exhibit in the American wing.  In an adjacent gallery are works of Americans and others to be compared - Arthur Dove, Georgia O'Keeffe and Marsden Hartley among others.

After lunch in the cafeteria, we can move to the MegaCities exhibit in the Gund Gallery.

Exhibits are free with admission.  SPECIAL:  Take a picture with Choi Jeong Haw's "Fruit Tree" at Marketplace Center near Faneuil Hall and receive a free admission to the MFA.  See http://www.mfa.org/visit/fruit-tree-go-free.

    Wednesday, March 30, 10:00 - 12:30:  MIT Museum
265 Mass. Ave, Cambridge

Join us for an adventure filled with learning and fun at the MIT Museum. Admission fee for senior citizens is $5 (to be collected at the museum) while MIT alumni and a guest are admitted free.

Our visit will be followed by lunch at Asgard's Irish Pub and Restaurant at 350 Mass. Ave. a short 1/10th of a mile walk from the Museum.

There are currently over 700 exhibitions which span cutting-edge science, technology, and art.  Most of these exhibitions are interactive so that we can "learn by doing."  The exhibitions available during our visit will include:
  • Robots and Beyond: Exploring Artificial Intelligence at MIT. Here we'll meet Kismet, the world's first sociable robot!
  • Holography: Dimensions of Light and Images of Discovery
  • Communicating Science through Photography
  • Gestural Engineering-witty and ingenious kinetic sculptures by artist Arthur Ganson
  • Building MIT in Cambridge: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of MIT moving from Boston to Cambridge, this exhibition portrays an exciting era in the history of the Institute.

Kismet, interactive robot
(click to see video)
Transportation, Parking, and Accessibility
The Museum is accessible via the MBTA Red Line which stops at Central Square on Mass Ave. in Cambridge. The walking distance between the T Stop and the Museum is 3/10th of a mile.
For those who prefer to drive, the Franklin St. Garage, located at 55 Franklin St, is a short block from the museum.
Once registered, participants will receive a follow-up email with more details, a list of other participants with their contact information to facilitate car sharing, and a liability waiver to sign.
The Museum is wheelchair accessible.

    Wednesday, March 23, 10:00 - 12:30:  Islamic Center of Boston
126 Boston Post Rd, Wayland, MA 01778

At the suggestion of some LLAIC members, Your Let's Go team has arranged an interactive orientation visit to a mosque very close to Temple Shir Tikva.  The Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland which is right on Route 20, has a congregation of about 300 families, and on special days welcomes about 1000 people to pray.  The Center is a cooperative organization, managed by volunteers.

The group has an active outreach program and is happy to host our group.  We have discussed a visit that will include an orientation tour, then a series of speakers who will address specific topics.  There will be a Q&A after each presentation and at the end of the session.  More detail will be published in The Quill as we finalize the details.  There are subjects the mosque finds valuable in its outreach, and our contact has asked us to provide topics our members want to hear about. The visit will conclude with refreshments.

Ample parking is available on the location.  Check out the website, particularly the "Outreach" section at  http://www.icbwayland.org/

    Thursday, Feb. 25 - Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Andover Academy

Lunch reservations have been confirmed and all those who signed up should have received a confirming email Friday.  If you have not, or if you have been meaning to sign up and haven’t gotten around to it, call immediately:  Nancy Feldman, (617-332-5977) or via email at nofeldman@hotmail.com, or Joanne Tuck (617-969-5334) or email jwtuck1@verizon.net.

The Addison Gallery of American Art has one of the most important collections of American art in the country. Our visit will include a special exhibit from their collection, a rich source of works by John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Edward Hopper - among many others.  

In addition, there is another exhibition of interest:  Walls and Beams, Rooms and Dreams: Images of Home and Laurie Simmons: In and Around the House. Visit the website at www.andover.edu/museums/addison.

We shall meet at the Gallery at 10:15 a.m., tour the museum then walk the short distance across the green to the Samuels restaurant for lunch.  Those who choose may return to the Gallery after lunch.

The Addison Gallery is handicapped accessible.  There is no admission fee but donations are appreciated.

    January 18-26, 2016Come to Cuba with LLAIC ! 
Our own small deluxe group tour strictly for LLIAC. Travel to Cuba with your LLAIC family. Lots of sightseeing, excellent privately owned restaurants, hotels that are the very best and much much more.  For details, click on the Trip Brochure, Terms and Conditions, and the Registration Form.

This is a trip of a lifetime, filled with the sights, the sounds, the taste, the touch, the feel of the music that reaches out to you.  This trip is fully booked.

Thursday, January 14: Kennedy Libraries Tour:
Join your LLAIC friends to visit the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Museum and the Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy (EMK) Institute on Thursday, January 14. These museums are located on the campus of UMass Boston.

Activities at both museums include visiting the many exhibits via self-directed tours. EMK attractions also include a film depicting congressional sessions and interactive role playing.

We will meet at the JFK lobby at 10:00 a.m. Fee for the JFK is $10.00 and for the EMK it is $8.00. We plan to spend the morning at JFK, eat lunch at the EMK cafe and then spend the afternoon visiting the EMK.
Parking is free (handicap parking available).

Past "Let's Go" Outings - 2015

Saturday, December 5, 7:30 pm: Holiday Season Musical Celebrationl

Holiday Program at the Lexington Symphony,
Cary Memorial Hall, 2065 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington MA.

Join your LLAIC friends for dinner and the seasonal holiday pops program.   Sing along and celebrate the season with the Lexington Symphony!  The evening concert offers a festive atmosphere and musical favorites that evoke joyous holiday memories. Cost will be only $36 for excellent orchestra seats.

Held at the lovely Cary Hall in downtown Lexington, parking is conveniently located nearby.  Your Let's Go team is exploring locations for dinner beforehand.

We have asked the symphony to set aside a limited number of seats.

To reserve, please call Rochelle Gordon at 781-248-6924 or email her at rgordon130@verizon.net. Your reservation will not be confirmed until Rochelle receives your payment in the form of a check sent to her at 989 East Street, Unit 304, Dedham, MA 02026.  Please also complete this waiver form.

November 11: World War II Museum, Natick, MA

Click here for the Flyer with description and details of the visit.

Friday, Oct 30 - Sunday, Nov. 1:  Get Ready Philadelphia, Here We Come!
The package includes:

Hotel Accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express
(across from City Hall) and Breakfast daily
Saturday Evening "Mystery Theatre with Dinner
(transportation to theatre not included)
Round Trip Transfers - Airport/Hotel/Airport or Rail Station 
Hop on Hop Off Bus for three days
Cost per person based on twin/double occupancy $395.00 or
single occupancy $616.00 [note new lower prices]
Add Air or Rail transportation to the above.

As soon as you know you are coming please call: 617-522-6100, Renee Ross at Ross Travel Consultants, and we will book your airfare at the lowest fares available at the time of your call. Fares are not firm until ticketed.

Travel Insurance will be available and will be quoted on the inclusive services of the trip.

There will be plenty of time to explore the city so you can pick and choose other things  you would like to do while in the "City of Brotherly Love". Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's largest city, is notable for its rich history on display at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall - where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed - and other American Revolutionary sites. No less iconic are the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, immortalized by Sylvester Stallone's triumphant run in the film "Rocky." For art lovers there is  also the renovated Rodin museum and the recently relocated Barnes Museum with its fabulous collection of impressionist art.

Wednesday, October 14, 10:30 am: Leaf Peeping, Apple Picking, and Fruitlands Museums, Harvard, MA
An Excursion to FRUITLANDS MUSEUM,  at the peak of fall foliage season.

Visit any or all: the American Art Museum, Shaker Museum, Bronson Alcott Farmhouse, and the Native American museum.  During the height of the fall foliage season, there will be leaf peeping, and an opportunity for apple picking.  Lunch at a great setting in the very special Fruitlands Museum Café.

The Alcott Farmhouse - home to the Alcott family for a fairly short time (the duration of the utopian experiment in Massachusetts in 1843; written about by daughter Louisa May Alcott in Transcendental Wild Oats.  The American Art Museum features a special exhibit from the museum's own surprisingly large collection of Hudson River School artists, including William Innes and Frank Church

Each museum has its own docent; we visit as we wish.  The plan is to meet at the ticket office at 10:30 am and do our museum hopping.  After lunch, there is a small gift shop on site, featuring local art, books and other products.  We will return to any museums if we wish. Apple picking would be a great activity for an on-the-way home side trip.  Westward Orchards, on the way to Rte 495, makes a delightful stop.  

Admission is only $12 for seniors.
To sign up, please send your name, email and town to joebongiardina@gmail.com or call at 978-501-4206

Wednesday, September 16, 10:00 am:  Tour, Sleeper House and Cape Ann Museum;  Gloucester, MA
Click on Flyer for details

On a beautiful, sunny September day, a group of LLAIC members took a trip to Gloucester. They visited the Cape Ann museum in the morning; had a delightful lunch at the Seaport Grill and then split up in the afternoon.  One carful visited the headlands in Rockport and other took a tour at the Sleeper House in Beauport.  An unplanned stop at the Gloucester Town Hall revealed highly decorative WPA murals, and an invitation from the mayor to stop in her office for additional murals. Don't miss out on the wonderful trips the committee has planned for you.

Wednesday, August 19:  A Day About Town: Peabody Essex Museum, lunch and a visit to the Waterfront; Peabody, MA

Sunday, August 2, 3 PM Matinee:  Boston Midsummer Opera. Martha, a romantic comic opera by Friedrich von Flotow, sung in EnglishTsai Performance Center, Boston University, 685 Commonwealth Ave, Boston.

After the matinee, we'll meet for dinner at the Brown Sugar Café, right down the road at 1033 Commonwealth Avenue:
Tickets are regularly $40-$60 but The Boston Midsummer Opera is offering LLAIC members a 20% discount.
To order:
  1. Go to Boston Midsummer Opera Website and decide which seating section you prefer.
  2. Notify Margot at margot.holtzman@verizon.net or call her at 781 275 3592 to sign up for the performance at a discounted price.
  3. Mail your check to:
Margot Holtzman,  32 Fox Run Rd,  Bedford, MA 05130.

Please let Margot know if you are interested in dinner, and if you might be willing to be a car-pool driver. LLAIC will be in touch again prior to August 2 to confirm all arrangements.

Note: Discounts are also be available for two other "Martha" performances if you can't join us on August 2.

Wednesday, July 29, 6:00 - 7:30 pm (changed from 4 - 6 pm): Dressage & Free Style Event, Bear Spot Farm;  270 Pope Road, Concord, Mass 01742.   Phone 978 287 1409
A suggested $20.00 tax deductible contribution to The Bear Spot Foundation would be greatly appreciated, but not required.
Freestyle demonstrations: Horse and rider pairs perform choreographed routines to music.  A catered dinner will be provided during demonstration events.

RSVP to: Mary Mansfield

Friday, July 10, 7:05 pm:  PAWSOX vs Lehigh Valley, International League,  Baseball Game; Pawtucket, RI

Monday, June 8 at noon:  Second Annual LLAIC Picnic in the Park; Cochituate State Park, Cochituate, MA

Worcester Art Museum,  Worcester, MA. 
Wednesday, May 6. 
Extolled by Sebastian Smee in a recent Boston Globe article, the Worcester Art Museum is offering several exhibits that justify a visit:  A Raphael (The Cowper Madonna) on loan from the National Gallery in Washington paired with a very similar painting from Worcester's own collection; the newly re-opened gallery of American Art; and, among others, "Knights," a permanent exhibition from the Higgins collection.
Arrival at the Worcester Art Museum will be at 10:30 a.m. The Snack Area will be open for us and you will have time for  coffee and something and a chat with your colleagues.

Admission for seniors is $12.00. We will meet with our docent at 11:00 a.m. for a tour which may run a bit more than one hour. Time to roam on your own with a possible visit to the Museum Shop.

We will depart the Worcester Art Museum at 1:15 p.m. for a short drive to the very delightful Beechwood Hotel, also in Worcester, where lunch will be served.  We will order from a special menu.
Call Renee Ross at 617 522 6100 with any questions or to signup, or email her at rosstravel@aol.com. A sign-up sheet will be available in the Schmooze Room.

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.
Overnight trip Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26
The Yale Art Gallery (http://artgallery.yale.edu/) was recently renovated.  It houses an extensive collection of beautiful works from around the world, including very special exhibits in Contemporary and Modern Art and the van Otterloo collection of Dutch works (if you missed the latter when it was on display in the Peabody Essex museum in Salem, MA, here's your chance to catch up).

Also in the Yale University Art Gallery will be two exhibits of special interest:  "Whistler in Paris, London and Venice" and "The Critique of Reason: Romantic Art, 1760-1860." (Even though Yale's British museum is closed for renovation, this exhibition is a collaboration between the two.  There's even a display of Goya prints from his Disasters of War series). To learn more about the exhibit, see the Sebastian Smee article in last Sunday's Boston Globe.

To sign up or get more information, please contact Maureen Giovannini  or Joe Bongiardina  (978-501-4206).  A signup sheet will be available in the Schmooze Room.

The Boston Flower and Garden Show - Friday, March 13, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

The first "Let's Go" event for the new semester, and it's appropriate. Click here for details of the flower show visit.
March 13 is only a few weeks away, so please sign up soon.  You will also be able to sign up in the Schmooze Room at either temple.

Museum of Science - rescheduled to Friday, March 27, 10:00 a.m.

Visit to the Museum of Science in Boston to see “Maya Hidden Worlds Revealed.”  Click here for exhibit details. If you did not sign up the first time around, you are welcome to join us now.  The attachment tells you how.  Sign-up sheets will be available in the Schmooze Rooms as well.

Harvard Arts Museums Tour - January 22

You may have read all about the new Harvard Art Museums complex. Join your LLAIC colleagues for a self-guided digital tour of the new Harvard Art Museums complex. To view flyer, click here.

Weekend trip to New York and Brooklyn - January 9-11

And Now for Something Entirely Different: LLAIC on the Road

A trip to New York City is always an adventure, but how about Manhattan and Brooklyn in one trip? Travel by Amtrak rail to New York on January 9th for three days and two nights for a weekend filled with activities and sights. To view details and flyer, click here.

Past "Let's Go" Outings - 2014

What:  "Goya: Order and Disorder". 
An outstanding exhibit of the works of Francesco Goya, gathered from museums and collections from all over the world.
Where:  Museum of Fine Arts
When:  Wednesday, December 3 at 10:00 AM
This extensive and marvelous exhibit of Goya's paintings, prints and tapestries is drawing rave reviews.  Art aficionados are invited to a Let's Go visit with like-minded friends and colleagues from LLAIC.  If you haven't heard about the exhibit, see: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/goya for the museum's write up and links to reviews.  Many LLAIC members have already visited and the word is "see it twice".  If you haven't seen it at all put it on your list.  And Dec 3 is a good time to do it.

We're planning a self-guided tour starting at 10:00 a.m. We'll gather in the meeting place in the Sharf Center and proceed to the exhibit in the adjacent Gund Galleries.  Admission to the Museum is $23 for seniors/free for members.*  There are no added charges to visit the Goya exhibit and your admission ticket entitles you to a repeat visit within 10 days.

* Many libraries in our area have free or low cost MFA tickets available.  Some require advance notice (as long as a month ahead of time!) so if you plan to attend, check early. Free tickets also available if you have an account with Bank of America.

Please let Rochelle Gordon know if you plan to attend rgordon130@verizon.net or call at 781 329 2865. 

Newton Choral Society Performs Vaughan Williams' "A Sea Symphony"
November 16, 3:00 PM, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge
Four LLAIC members, members, Phil Radoff, Leni Bloomenthal and Bob and Barbara Keller, will be singing in the Newton Choral Society's performance of the Vaughan Williams' "A Sea Symphony" on November 16 at 3:00 PM at Sanders Theater, Harvard University, Cambridge.

The Society's 39th season sets sail with a rare treat. Vaughan Williams' magnificent "A Sea Symphony," a concert that also celebrates David Carrier's 35th anniversary as Music Director. This bold choral and orchestral symphony solidified the composer's reputation when it premiered in 1910. Inspired by the humanistic vision of Walt Whitman, the composer selected texts from several of Whitman's poems, using the sea and sailors as a metaphor for the voyage of the soul through life.

For groups of 10 or more, tickets are discounted to $25. Parking is free at the Broadway Garage, one block from Sanders Theater on Felton Street.

Bob Keller will be available in the Schmooze Room to take your orders on Mondays and Thursdays until November 13 between periods 1 and 2, and immediately after period 2. You can reach Bob at robertakeller@post.harvard.edu .

  The July 6 issue, #4, has news of three "Let's Go" events for LLAIC members:
  • An Afternoon at the Opera "The Bartered Bride", Sunday, July 27.

LET'S GO to see and hear "The Bartered Bride," Smetana's tale of a brokered marriage that doesn't go exactly as planned. Visit the website at Boston Midsummer Opera for more detail. It's sung in English and is the summer production of the Boston Midsummer Opera, a relatively new company in Boston. The performance will be Sunday, July 27 at 3:00 p.m. The best tickets are $60, and there will be a 15% discount with 10 people attending. 

  • A Day at the Peabody Museum, Wednesday, August 13.

Interested in creativity, fun, and far-away places?  Join your LLAIC friends for a day trip to the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem MA on Wednesday, August 13. The museum is a gem; right now there is a large special exhibit  by J. M. W. Turner:  Turner and the Sea, which is a must see if you are a fan of his luminous seascapes.  Another worthy stop is the Yin Yu Tang house, physically relocated from China and reconstructed on site some 10 years ago. Visit the Peabody Essex Museum website.
We will car pool and arrive at the museum at 10:00 a.m. when it opens. Tours are available during the day for those who are interested. The fee is $18 for adults, and $15 for seniors. We plan on eating lunch in Salem; the museum is within easy walking distance of several restaurants by the water, and to return to our start points by 4:00 p.m. Once folks are signed up, Maureen and Joe will coordinate car pools and departure times.


  • A Picnic in the Park, August 4, Cochituate State Park.

On Monday, August 4, at 11:30 a.m. we will be having a picnic at Cochituate State Park on route 30 in Natick. There are benches and tables there, a sparkling lake, handicap accessible restrooms and boats to rent. Bring your own beach chairs and a picnic and join us to spend some time getting to know the other members of our new community of learners.

These events, being offsite, will require signing a liability waiver.

The Lilac Players

Broadway Calling (or actually The Lilac Players)
Led by Judie Strauss (1:00-2:30pm), beginning October 28th. Performed on December 9, 2014

Our live performance group, The LILAC Players, is looking for actors and actresses, as well as those who want to help out with costumes, props, prompting, etc. Tryouts will begin on Tuesday, October 28, 1:00 P.M. at Shir Tikva.

You will be auditioning for parts in Neil Simon's award winning play, "Brighton Beach Memoirs",  a semi-autobiographical play by Neil Simon, the first chapter in what is known as his Eugene trilogy. It precedes "Biloxi Blues" and "Broadway Bound". There are seven characters:

  • Eugene Morris Jerome, almost 15
  • Blanche Morton, 38, Eugene's widowed aunt
  • Kate Jerome, about 40, Eugene's mother, a strong Jewish matriarch       
  • Laurie Morton, 13, Eugene's younger cousin
  • Nora Morton, 16 1/2, Eugene's beautiful older cousin
  • Stanley Jerome, 19 1/2, Eugene's older brother
  • Jacob "Jack" Jerome, about 40, Eugene's father

The actual performance is scheduled for December 9. The cast will be readings from scripts, but with full costumes and props. If you are interested in joining this fun activity, please contact Judie Strauss at Judieshel@verizon.net  or 617-780-6548. What a great opportunity to let your inner teenager or young parent shine!

Interest Groups

Mystery Novel
Led by Joe More

Have you read "The Saturday Morning Murder" Yet?  Joe More, discussion leader, is a fan of the late Israeli mystery writer Batya Gur, and her complex detective hero, Michael Ohayon. The books have the requisite puzzles and smart sleuthing, but with extra layers of local Israeli flavor and social criticism.

Joe has prepared some thought provoking questions to think about while reading the book. Click here (or see the file
Sat+Morn+Presentation1.pdf below) to read them.

Do plan to join the discussion group on October 28 at Temple Shir Tikva. If you are interested in being part of an ongoing mystery book club, bring your suggestions to share with the group. Please contact Joe directly,  morejoseph@yahoo.com, if you are interested in participating, or to check on the next meeting date. You may find a new favorite author or detective to follow!

Huckleberry Finn reading and discussion

On March 10, 2015, Joe More volunteered to lead a discussion of some pages from Huckleberry Finn, the classic American  novel written by Mark Twain. To access the story please click here.  All are welcome to join us as we follow Huck on one of his great adventures.

Tuesday Lunchtime, 12:00 - 1:00

Past Tuesday Events: 

New Yorker Colloquium Plus (replaced by a Fall 2015 course)

After two semesters as a drop-in discussion group, the colloquium will be replaced by a short story course led by Phyllis Pressman Cohen and Marty Nichols.

The New Yorker Colloquium Plus had been a drop-in group for which one didn't have to register or pay any extra fees, for discussion of stories and possibly articles that are available on-line, primarily from The New Yorker and possibly some from other literary publications.

Past Colloquia:

Tuesday, May 5 at 11:15. This week's conversation will focus on Edgar Allan Poe and, in particular, on his story "The Purloined Letter" which can be read and/or downloaded by clicking on the name above. For your further enjoyment we suggest you also read this 2009 Poe critique which was featured in the magazine. Joe More will lead the discussion.

Tuesday, April 28 at 11:15. The story to be discussed is "This Is An Alert" by Thomas Pierce which is in the March 30, 2015 issue of the magazine and also can be read online here.

Tuesday, March 31:  We will discuss  "HUBCAPS" a story by Thomas McGuane which can be found in the April 21, 2014 issue of The New Yorker or online by clicking here. This is the story of  Owen, an adolescent who struggles with his parents' alcoholism, the small-mindedness of his Michigan town, and the casual cruelty of other children. It's an interesting follow-up to the recent Huck Finn story we read. Come join us as we discuss any similarities and differences.

Tuesday, March 24:  We will discuss a story that has received great reviews. "Alice", by Elizabeth Harrower can be found in the February 2, 2015 issue of The New Yorker or online by clicking on this link.  Come join in the colloquium and tell us what you think; are the reviewers correct?

Current Events (held on an irregular basis as a lunchtime event)
Had been held on selected Tuesdays, 11:15 - 12:45, at Temple Shir Tikva. Discussion of world events, led by Harriet Janel-Starrett.

Please note: All are welcome to join these informal drop-in groups that do not require registration. You do need to be a member of LLAIC to attend. If you are, please wear your name tag [it serves as your ticket] and bring your table tent.

These events had been held at Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Road, Wayland.


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