Lectures

Join us for fun, educational, engaging, social, and sometimes delicious activities. Now with our growing virtual programming, it's easy! Center members, non-members, residents near or far, people of all backgrounds, faiths, ethnicities, fashion styles, chocolate preferences—all are welcome!  Come along and we'll explore the arts, build a broader understanding of our world, taste a few treats together, and possibly pick up a new skill or two.

 

Broadway Backstage 

 Three Thursdays, Nov 5-19, 2020 4:00-5:30pm (EDT) 

 on Zoom 

 Let Broadway/opera instructor James Sokol sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway! Meet special guest theater professionals – who bring unique expertise, experiences & insights to the discussion – at our exclusive, live, behind-the-scenes visits. Photos/video clips (when available) enrich the experience.  

Special guests in November include: 

  • Matthew Aaron Stern – The Stage Manager (Nov 5)   
  • David Beach – The Standby, the Replacement & the Star (Nov 12)   
  • Kimilee Bryant – The Phantom’s Only Trifecta Singer (Nov 19)   

Your ticket purchase helps support not only this program but also our special guests – theater professionals – who are mostly or completely out of work.  

Come learn, off-stage, what makes the magic happen on-stage! 

 

See what guests are saying about our backstage visits: 

    “This program is fantastic! I love musicals and the insights in these discussions make them that much richer. Thank you.” 

    “My thanks to you and your special guests for a delightful glimpse backstage.  I enjoyed it so much!  I learned so much!  I can’t wait until the next one!” 

    “I have to admit that I didn’t recognize the name of your guests, but am so thankful they are on my radar now. Each one has been so interesting and fun. I have learned so much.” 

For details & tickets, click here

 


Terrific Tastings: Cherries, Chocolates & Cheer

Sunday, November 15 

4:00-5:30pm (EST) on Zoom

      

Pam Montgomery discovered ripe cherries drying naturally on the branches and realized that the natural sugars were enough to preserve the fruits. Her realization blossomed into the family-owned, team-operated, quality-focused, premiere cherry grower of the Pacific Northwest! Join us to: 

  • Meet this pioneering, visionary founder; 
  • Learn about her journey building the company; 
  • Hear about the development of their delicious cherry products 
  • Share a live, tasting experience of different varieties of dried cherries and/or chocolate-covered dried cherries; 
  • Learn different pairings to go with cherries; 
  • Get tips on using dried cherries in recipes; and  
  • Enjoy fun chat and Q&A with this very special guest. 

Two tastings – “Just Cherries” and “Chocolate Covered Cherries” – for the price of one. Join in either or both parts of the tasting experience.  

Come for the cherries & chocolates; stay for the fun! 

 For details, tickets & cherry/chocolate ordering information, click here. 


 

Terrific Tastings: Let’s Go Nuts! 

Sunday, December 6, 5-6:30pm (EST) 

Order soon! Tasting Collection sales end when our curated collections are sold out or on Sat, Nov 21, whichever comes first. 

on Zoom 

Get some crackers, slice some apples, pour some sparkling wine & join us for a live, online, guided nut butter tasting with a special guest! Working out of their homes and a small, shared production kitchen in Berkeley, CA, the Artisana Organics founders started by selling almonds & almond butter. Their offerings grew to include raw, organic butters made of cashews, walnuts, pecans & coconut, plus unique blends of macadamia nuts/coconut and hemp/brazil nuts. Join us for this interesting discussion and for this fun & surprising guided tasting, taking us well beyond a traditional PB&J!  

  • Meet Santiago Cuenca-Romero, founder & lead product developer 
  • Hear about this interesting San Francisco Bay Area company,  
  • Get insights into the development of their products & seasonal flavors,  
  • Share a live, tasting experience of different varieties of organic nut butters & spreads,  
  • Learn different pairing to complement the butters,  
  • Get tips on using these butters in sweet & savory recipes, and  
  • Enjoy the fun chat and Q&A with our special guest. 

Artisana products are appropriate for organic, vegan, raw, paleo, gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO & keto culinary practices. 

 Whether to put a twist on your meals, into your holiday baking/gifting, onto a nosh tray, or simply enjoying them on bread/toast, leave the world aside and come join in this “nutty” experience!   For details & tickets, click here.

 

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