Monday, January 18, 2021

Slogging through January

So: we have vaccines on the horizon, if not actually here; a new administration in Washington; some warmish January days; the days getting ever-so-slowly lighter. And spring courses in the works. Let's whistle a happy tune and call the winter half over!

Our February ukulele course is on the horizon (and we finally learned to spell "ukulele"). And come March, it will be time to register for our spring semester! We've already confirmed two:

  • Sol Goldman's perennial favorite, on the 2021 Supreme Court cases, and
  • Kal Elmore teaching water color painting
Rabbi Darah Lerner is on deck; stay tuned for her exact topic. More courses are coming; your trusty Curriculum Committee is hard at work, as always. Everything will be on Zoom, but then, that's the way we live now, isn't it? 

Stay warm and safe. It won't be that long until we'll see one another's faces in class

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Lots of goodies coming up!

The holidays are pretty much over, unless you're celebrating Epiphany or another winter holiday. So what now?

Easy. Now, assuming you're a PVSC member, you make sure you're registered for the One-Day Events coming right up. The first is next week!

January 5: Climate Change and Assuring our State Plans Put Equity at the Forefront

January 12: How Observing Weather from Your Backyard can Enhance Health, Save Nature and the Planet, Reduce Anxiety, and Promote World Peace

January 19: History of Bangor’s Water System

January 26: Bioethical Issues Arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Registration is required, just to get a link. All are free for members. And if you're not a member? Sign up now on our website!

Monday, December 21, 2020

Something different

Some of us like what we've seen of Japanese food TV: "Samurai Gourmet" and "Midnight Diner." Here's a chance to explore longer works:

The Strand Theater in Rockland has had a steady output of films (paid) and other goodies (free) to get us through the pandemic. Get on their mailing list: and look for "E-news signup" at the top. While you're there, check out their current offerings, right there on the home page.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Holiday music!

Maine holiday musical events coming right up:

Friday: our own local talent, Danny Williams (Collins Center director) and Emily Cain, plus vocal director/singer Fran Vogt, present a concert of holiday music: 

Saturday night, you'll have to make a tough choice. Both are on YouTube and free:

Thursday, December 10, 2020

A local Nutcracker on TV

Get away from your streaming device and enjoy Portland Ballet's "A Victorian Nutcracker" on your TV! Just tune in to WLBZ or WCHS on Saturday the 12th, at either 9:00 AM or 8:00 PM. This is a real, staged ballet, not a Zoom thing, but has fewer dancers because of the need to distance. You can also watch on the News Center Maine website or Roku app. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020


"A Christmas Carol" comes to you in different ways this season. Check the dates; most run for the bulk of December. All but one require paid tickets, but the prices are reasonable.

The New York Times praises Jefferson Mays' one-man reading at the LaJolla Playhouse. He acts all the parts, but it looks more like a movie than a reading, with a ton of special effects. Expect a darker "take" than you may be used to.

The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis has the reputation of being one of the very best regional theaters in the country (this writer has been thrilled with the three plays she's seen there). Its version reimagines Dickens' own readings when he took the story on the road.

And what about Scrooge with dozens of paper puppets? This double version presents contrasting approaches, one traditional and one highly contemporary. 

And one more, from Trinity Rep in Providence; this one's free:

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Coming right up! The Boston Symphony, Jane Austen, and more

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has a concert available for viewing through December 19:

OK, this one's a little odd, but then, so are the times we're living in: a Jane Austen virtual birthday party. Send her a card by December 6, and/or join in on the live get-together (well, she's not alive, obviously, but you get the idea) on the 16th:

Shakespeare fans, or anyone interested in the Tudor period, will enjoy browsing the Fogler Shakespeare Library's (at Harvard) digital collection. Everything from doublets to hand-written cookbooks can be found.