#42-11 of November 4, 2011
November 4, 2011
|> MASON STUDY: The University is
still seeking volunteers for dissertation studies of attention and
memory. Read details here.
FOR GROWTH AT OLLI
From the executive director
AS WE APPROACH
total membership of 1,000 this fall, OLLI at Mason is confronting
facilities issues at all three sites.
In the Mason building in Loudoun
, we already have access to
our most modern facility, with spacious classrooms, comfortable seating
and state-of-the-art equipment. However, we are dealing with
limitations on the seating capacity available to us. This has required
tough decisions about when to relocate classes to off-site venues such
as the Cascades Library.
members have long noted the drawbacks at the Washington Plaza Baptist
Church. We currently pay close to $13,000 for an annual lease of that
classroom space, which includes all day for three days a week with
additional time available for a fourth day of the week, plus scheduled
use of the church sanctuary and some availability for occasional
meetings. We are feeling the strain of poor bathroom facilities, lack
of space for socializing, poor acoustics and a recent growth in
mold/mildew problems. We are actively exploring the use of other venues
such as the Reston Community Centers at Lake Anne and Hunters Woods.
Anyone who regularly attends classes at Tallwood in Fairfax
knows that we do
not have sufficient parking for our peak class periods and that access
to those classrooms can present a hardship for members who have issues
with mobility. In order to minimize the numbers of members who are
waitlisted for popular classes, we have increasingly looked for
alternative sites in the vicinity to handle some of classes. In
addition to our ongoing use of the large room at the Church of the Good
Shepherd, we have used space at the new Sherwood Center, the Woodlands
Retirement Community, Christ Lutheran Church and the Jewish Community
An important project is now underway to
provide recommendations for space at Tallwood. The OLLI Board of
Directors authorized me to make arrangements with Wisnewski, Blair and
Associates (WBA), an engineering and architectural design firm
recommended by the Facilities Department at George Mason, to study the
needs for improvements in parking, classrooms, accessibility, storage
and administration. A representative group of OLLI members is now
working with WBA to define our needs in order to develop options. When
the firm's report is finalized, our next big step will be to determine
how these improvements can be paid for and what, if any, kinds of
relationships we can have for shared use with the University.
Stay tuned for updates on this important topic!
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Board member Wendy Campbell
Rittenhouse, OLLI E-News
LOVELY LITTLE HOUSE in
the woods with members who are welcoming and friendly and enjoying
life," was new Board member Wendy Campbell's response when asked about
her initial impression of OLLI.
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Wendy's introduction to OLLI was by a former
teaching colleague and OLLI member who asked Wendy to join her in
teaching a Literature for Grandparents class. So, in 2009, after
retiring from teaching in Fairfax County, Wendy jumped into teaching at
OLLI one term after joining. Since then she has been an active OLLI
Wendy taught a class in Writing Skaldic Poetry
and led Readers' Theater for two quarters. She also brought classes to
OLLI related to one of her primary interests, medieval re-enactment
focused on the Vikings. She organized two series of four classes in
which re-enactors (including Wendy) explained what life was like in
medieval times, and two Grand Camp classes, one on medieval games and
another on the life of a pirate. This winter term she will teach one
session on daily life in Jamestown as part of the course The Year 1610.
Additionally, Wendy serves on both the
Literature, Language and Theater Resource Group and the Humanities and
Social Sciences Resource Group – and is a volunteer in the Tallwood
office. Wendy was appointed to the Board in September to fill a
vacancy; her term expires in June 2012.
Wendy was born in California and, with a
military father, lived in many other places as she grew up: overseas in
Japan and France, and stateside in Arizona, Georgia and
Washington state. She received her B.A. degree in
anthropology from Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin and her M.Ed.
degree from Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia. The M.Ed. led
her to her teaching career in Fairfax County, mostly in elementary
Gifted and Talented Centers, where her specialty was hands-on classes –
such as sewing tunics for dramatic performances of Shakespeare or
Plautus and making mud bricks.
Wendy has two sons and four grandchildren. In
her "spare time," she collects American Girl dolls and creates online
photo books for her grandchildren.
Introducing OLLI's Foodie Blog
By Debbie Halverson, Culinary Coordinator
THE BIGGEST NEWS
the kitchen is the launch of our blog. You can access it on the web at www.ollisfoodieblog.blogspot.com
or—easier—via Quick Links at the left of the OLLI home page and what's
new page (click Foodie Blog near the bottom). Once into the blog, you
can read it and, if you wish, post a comment on anything already there.
I'll be the principal author, but I welcome original material in the
way of recipes, tips, restaurant reviews, good markets for special
ingredients, poetry – whatever is on your mind to share about food and
its preparation. We are currently featuring the poetry of Mike
McNamara. Don't miss it!
Initiating new material at this time is a little tricky: I have to
invite you to be an author, something I'm pleased to do. Email me,
and the invite will be forthcoming. From then on, you are an
established author on the blog. So far, the blog has been well
received, and it will only get better as more people participate and
visit it frequently. I am placing business cards at each of our venues
with instructions on how to get involved; please look for them.
In other kitchen news, we now have a special
bookcase at the cottage that contains no-longer-used members'
cookbooks. It is located in the small room next to the bathroom, so
check it out when you have your next class at the cottage. Feel free to
add your own discards and help yourself to any of the books there that
I've been asked if we will have soup days this
winter, and the answer is "not exactly." I'll be giving a class on
"comfort foods" that will include soups and other warming meals.
Whether we will have enough to share with non-registrants remains to be
seen. Class is scheduled for Mondays. And I’m excited to report that
the spring series of ethnic cooking is pretty well established, with
cooks from various backgrounds prepared to share their cultures' fare.
Pumpkin-painting prizewinner pronounced
winning pumpkin; right, Wendy Campbell's creation.
A GOOD TIME
was had by
all who stopped by the annex on Halloween to paint pumpkins and to
sample Doris Bloch's wormy-looking but delicious cupcakes. The best
pumpkin prize was awarded to Beverley Persell for her masterpiece "L'homme a beret avec le grand nez
Kudos to Wendy Campbell for her painted-lady pumpkin, a showpiece of
fine art. Happy haunting until next year!
Notice and photos by Martha Scanlon, Member Services
|TRIP TO ENGLAND &
A tour of "Victoria's Britain" in late
teaching a class at Loudoun; photo by Rod Zumbro.
DOUGLAS FOARD, our noted traveling historian, has organized a
tour of "Victoria's Britain" with Franceline Davies of Cultural Tours,
Europe and Beyond
for May 25 - June 7, 2012. This tour will include visits to Brighton,
the Isle of Wight and many wonderful sights and experiences in London –
Queen Victoria's favorite castles and sites.
After boarding a train for enchanting Edinburgh, Scotland, we will have
colorful excursion through the English countryside. In Scotland, noted
Scottish historian Nigel Cole will be assisting. The trip itinerary and reservation form
are available at DocStore, listed under the current course L315/The
Age of Victoria taught by Dr. Foard.
This trip is not
OLLI or Mason.
| If this trip interests you, please join us on Monday, November 14,
1:00 at the Loudoun site – 21641 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling – to meet
Ms. Davies. To
sign up for the November 14 meeting, contact Caroline Hartzler or Kathy
Breen (phone 703-993-4488, email).
Please note that space on the tour is
Caroline Hartzler, OLLI member
Wed, Nov 9 – The Postmistress
THE OLLI BOOK CLUB will
meet at 1:30 on Wednesday, November 9 at Tallwood. The book for
discussion is The Postmistress
by Sarah Blake.
The novel tells the story of three women in the early years of World
War II – the doctor's wife, the postmistress in a small coastal
Massachusetts town, and an overseas radio correspondent.
All OLLI members are
-- By Ceda
Club Coordinator. For book reviews and a video with the author, see Goodreads.com.
Fri, Nov 11 – The end of the space shuttle
ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11
OLLI Photography Club will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 in TA-1.
Our speaker will be Phillip Andrews.
Over the past three years Phillip
has been documenting the end of the space shuttle missions. His last
effort, "Shuttle Atlantis' Last Trek to
Liftoff"—done in partnership with his father and Stan Jirman—can be
(scroll down to watch the msnbc.com video).
Phillip will be talking about this work and some of his more recent
about Washington, D.C politics that he did as a current intern for the New York Times
. Phillip has
interned for the Associated Press
and National Geographic
has completed assignments of protests, shuttle launches
and forest fires for Getty
Images and publications such as the New
, and he has traveled to Central America and Africa on
assignment for National Geographic
If you are interested in telling a story
photography/videography or just want to hear from one of the
country's most talented young photographers, you will find this meeting
You do not have to be a member of the
Photography Club to attend; all OLLI members are invited.
-- By Steve Schanzer, Photography Club Coordinator
Attendees taste and imbibe at October
ON OCTOBER 14
|Top right: Carole Richard assisted host
Kathleen Pablo with a proper British tea of savories, scones and
sweets; photos by Eleanor White.
during a special event
coordinated by Manny Pablo, attendees enjoyed a traditional afternoon
social tea that included the three standard courses (savories, scones
and sweets) along with a variety of teas. This proper British tea was
hosted by Kathleen Pablo, formerly owner of a catering firm and an aficionada
of tea history, who led
a discussion covering the history of tea and its significance as a
traditional social custom. [This
from the fall catalog.]
Click image or here to shop
shirts, caps and tote bags with the OLLI/Mason logo
at any time directly from the vendor for delivery to your home. At the
store, click "OLLI-GMU Store" to see the pictures, then click on each
to see details. Note: The
pictures do not show our logo but it
will be embroidered on items that you order.
|OLLI FACEBOOK GROUP
icon or here to
encouraged to join the OLLI Facebook group as
of enhancing intra-OLLI communications. Recent articles: how to join
how to post
. (The icon is also under the Quick
on our Home page and What's New page.) Note: Once you join the OLLI group,
you can access the group from your personal Facebook page by clicking
on "Groups" or "More" in the left-side navigation area.
Selected by the OLLI Poetry
Unbidden, words swoop into my head,
shuffling like families of bats that
drowse in darkness...
shifting, jostling for toeholds, waiting.
At dusk they wake...stream
from the caverns of my unconscious...
wheeling and circling in my night sky,
joyously tracing a perfect poem.
At daybreak, in those precious moments
when dreams trail off like windborne smoke,
I strain to hear their fading voices...
frantic to capture such darkly patterned beauty
on the whiteness of my empty page.
MASON ARTS AND
Upcoming Fairfax performances, Nov 4 - 13
By Jan Bohall, OLLI
1-888-945-2468 or buy online
(phone and online orders are handled by
tickets.com; a service charge applies) or visit the Center for the Arts
Box Office, Tue-Sat,
10:00-6:00. More info on tickets is at the CFA tickets page
|Mason Players: Mainstage Series
Fri, Nov 4 & Sat, Nov 5, 8:00
Sat, Nov 5 & Sun, Nov 6, 2:00
William Inge's deeply affecting revision of his Broadway success Picnic
emerged on Broadway in 1975, two years after the playwright's death.
Set in a small town in Kansas in the 1950s, an appealing young drifter
sets off a chain of events that prompts townspeople to reflect on both
the present and their discouraging future. The production is directed
by Howard Vincent Kurtz, who has lectured at OLLI.
Admission: $10 seniors/students,
$15 other adults
TheaterSpace (Lower level of Performing Arts Bldg, next
to Black Box Theater. From Level 2 of Mason Pond Parking Deck take the
bridge. Enter first door on left and follow hallway; go through gray
door and down stairs)
|Pilobolus Dance Company
Fri, Nov 4, 8:00
This modern dance ensemble will present an inventive program with
challenging physicality and gracefulness and ingenious wit. Since 1971
it has explored an alternative form of contemporary dance with
choreography, theatrics and movement "closer to sculpture than dance."
for more info
and a video.
Admission: $44, $36, $22
Come at 7:15 for an artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.
|Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Sun, Nov 6, 4:00
This 10-year-old ensemble is made up of some of Russia’s finest string
players and maintains a full schedule of international concerts and
festivals while producing more than 30 recordings. Maestro Rachlevsky
will direct the orchestra in music of the Russian masters, then poll
the audience and let the majority choose music to be performed in the
second half of the program. Click
here for more info
and a video.
Admission: $46, $38, $23
Come at 3:15 for an artistic discussion on
Grand Tier III.
Modern Music Ensemble
Mon, Nov 7, 8:00
This group, led by Dr. Meg Owens, will premier contemporary works by
students Matthew Clevenger, Julio Diaz, Liza Figueroa-Kravinsky, Steven
Minson, Matt Nolan and Mark Taylor.
Admission: Free, non-ticketed
Grand Tier III
|The Mason Dance Company
10−Sat, Nov 12, 8:00
Fri, Nov 11, 2:00
Students from the Mason School of Dance will perform modern dances with
$10 seniors, $15 other adults
|Jazz 4 Justice
Fri, Nov 11, 8:00
This 10th annual concert, presented by the Mason Jazz Ensemble in
association with the Fairfax Law Foundation, will perform music of
World War II. The Ensemble will be directed by Jim Carroll with special
guest conductor Edward Weiner. The concert will benefit pro bono and
community outreach programs including Fairfax Partnership of Youth,
Court Tours for Middle School Students, Assistance for Victims of
Domestic Violence and Neighborhood Outreach.
Jam sessions will follow the concert, so bring your instruments.
Musicians of all levels are welcome.
|Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Sat, Nov 12, 8:00
This concert will include Ginastera's Harp Concerto, two selections by
Barber and light classical symphonies of Mozart and Schubert from the
Classical Period. Click
for program details.
Admission: $55, $45,
$25 Ages 6-18 $5
Come at 7:00 for an artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.
|Mason Student Chamber Music Concert
Sun, Nov 13, 2:00
The ensemble will perform classical selections from Cervetto,
Beethoven, Brahms, Romberg and Mendelssohn.
Admission: Free, non-ticketed
de Laski Bldg, Room 3001
|The Miles Davis Experience
From Birth of the Cool to Kind of Blue: 1949-1959
Sun, Nov 13, 7:00
This tribute to trumpeter/jazz composer Davis will feature live music,
photography, film clips and beat-poet style narration, to tell the
story of post-war America and its new music. Trumpeter Jason Palmer
leads a quintet performing live versions of Davis' music through his
Blue Note years.
Admission: $44, $36, $22
Family friendly: Youth grade 12 and under, half price with an adult
Come at 7:15 for an artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.
|Mason Vocal Jazz Concert
the Music in Me
Sun, Nov 13, 7:00
The group Soundcheque, directed by Stan Engebretson, will feature
standards and new classics for vocal jazz, from Ellington's "Don't Get
Around Much Anymore" to new charts, such as "I Got the Music in Me,"
from television's The Sing-off.
Admission: Free, non-ticketed
Other Mason events, next two weeks
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI
> Film: Captain America: The First Avenger.
After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers
for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America,
a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals. Fri, Nov 4, 6:00
and 9:00, Sat, Nov 5, 6:00 and 9:00, Sun, Nov 6, 6:00. Johnson Center,
Cinema. Tickets $1.
Distinguished Speakers Series:
"Women and Leadership" with Patricia Sellers, Editor at Large, Fortune magazine. Ms. Sellers is
Co-Chair for the Fortune Most
Powerful Women Summit, a gathering of women leaders in business,
government, philanthropy, education and the arts. Mon, Nov 7, 11:00
to 1:30. Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel. Tickets are free but
space is limited. For details and/or to reserve your tickets, click here.
>5th Annual Veterans' Luncheon: All
Mason veterans are invited, as are OLLI
veterans. Colonel Scott Lingamfelter, USA (Ret.), member of the
Virginia House of Delegates, will be the guest speaker. Fri, Nov 11,
11:45 to 1:30. Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Lobby. RSVP to
Captain Michael Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Viewing Sessions. Mon, Nov 14, 6:00. Research Hall, Observatory.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Eden King (photo at right) discusses "The
Diversity at Work." The emergence of an increasingly diverse American
workplace highlights an important question: What happens when people
from different backgrounds have to work together? Mon, Nov 14, 7:00.
Center for the Arts, Concert Hall. Free. Details.
>Film: Restrepo. A documentary focused
on a year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. Tue,
Nov 15, 6:15, Johnson Center, Cinema. Free.
>China Town Hall: Local Connections,
National Reflections. Wed, Nov 16, 6:30, Mason Hall (Meese Conference
Room). CHINA Town Hall is a national program designed to give Americans
the opportunity to discuss key issues in U.S.-China relations with
leading China experts. Reception and refreshments at 6:30; live webcast
at 7:00 featuring Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security
advisor to President Jimmy Carter, followed by a discussion with
special Mason guest Prof. David M. Lampton, Director of China Studies
at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International
Studies. Free. Flyer
followed by Q&A with director Roko Belic. The documentary leads
viewers on a journey across five continents in search of the keys to
happiness. Wed, Nov 16, 7.30. Innovation Hall, Room 103; Thu, Nov 17,
noon and 6:30, in JC Cinema. Free.
HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC
Upcoming Manassas performances, Nov 4 - 13
E-News Staff Writer
1-888-945-2468 or click "Buy Tickets" at the event listing in the calendar
online orders are handled by
tickets.com; a service charge applies) – or visit the box office in the
lobby of the Hylton
on Mason's Prince William Campus in Manassas, Wed-Sat,
noon to 6:00. More info on tickets is at the ticket
. Note: Two OLLI
members have advised E-News that tickets for events at the Hylton
Arts Center in Manassas are also routinely available at the Center for
the Arts box office on the Fairfax campus, open Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00.
|New Dominion Choraliers
A Salute to American Liberty
Fri, Nov. 4, 8:00
The program is a special presentation for Veterans Day. It includes an
historical and contemporary multimedia presentation accompanying the
Admission: $15, $10 for
students, seniors, veterans and active members of the military
|Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Company
Sat, Nov. 5, 4:00
called this show "helium light and hilarious." Created by Fred Garbo
and Brazilian Ballerina Daielma Santos, this ensemble production
combines physical comedy, dance, juggling and giant inflatable props in
a performance aimed to amuse both children and adults.
Admission: $15, $5 for children in
grades 12 and
under when accompanied by an adult
|Woodbridge Flute Choir
Sun, Nov. 6, 3:00
This unique ensemble features five instruments in the flute family,
including a contrabass flute that must be played standing up.
Admission: $15, students, $10
Gregory Family Theater
|The Washington Symphonic Brass and the
Fairfax Choral Society
of the American
Sun, Nov. 6, 3:00
This multimedia concert includes music of Stephen Foster, Aaron Copland
and Thomas Beveridge along with authentic Civil War-era songs. Douglas
Admission: $25, $20, students $10
|Northern Virginia Photo Expo
Nature Visions Photography Expo
Fri, Nov 11 – Sun, Nov 13
The Expo, organized by the Mid-Atlantic Photography Association, offers
both professional and amateur photographers an opportunity to learn
about new equipment and techniques. The expo includes
workshops and lectures to help photographers
improve their skills as well as a centerpiece exhibition of more than
photos. Acclaimed photographer Art Wolfe of Seattle,
Washington, will present a seminar, "The Art of Composition," from 9:00
– 5:00 on Fri, Nov 11. His multimedia keynote presentation focused on
the Himalayan region, "Between Heaven and Earth," begins at 4:00, Sat,
Admission and registration: Access passes may be purchased online
through Nov 9; online sales receive a 15% discount. Passes may also be
purchased at the door. Prices range from $10 for one-day admission to
the exhibit only to $85 for an all-weekend access pass. For a complete
list of workshops, dates and times, and to register online, click here.
Venue: Throughout the Hylton Center
|L.A. Theatre Works
Fri, Nov 11, 8:00
This drama is Norman Corwin's depiction of the debates between Abraham
Lincoln and Stephen Douglas during their campaign for a seat in the
U.S. Senate. The work employs dialog from the original event and
encompasses issues including racial, social and economic inequity,
states' rights, and the role of the federal government. L.A. Theatre
Works has been acclaimed at the country's premier radio theater company.
discussion begins at 7:00.
Admission: $24, 32, $40
Upcoming non-class events at
covering the next two weeks
is extracted for your
convenience from the master calendar maintained by the office, with
direct web links added when available. OLLI members are welcome at all
Board, committee and resource group meetings.
For more activities
specifically related to the Loudoun
site, see Roberta Sherman's latest Loudoun
specifically related to the Reston
site, see Sharon Gilman's latest Eye on Reston
The below list is accurate as of mid-week but for the very latest
information, please see Upcoming
Non-Class Events to view the
real-time OLLI online
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