OLLI E-News #46-11 of December 9, 2011
Issue #46-11 of Dec 9, 2011
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> WHETTING YOUR APPETITE FOR THE WINTER TERM. From the executive director. By Thom Clement
> PROGRAM CORNER. Winter special events & ongoing activities. By Kathryn Russell
> WINTER REGISTRATION REMINDER. Don't forget your Friends of OLLI donation. By John Woods

> A JOLLY OLLI PARTY. Members enjoy last Friday's annual holiday luncheon.

Ray Beery – former OLLI president, prime force in bringing OLLI to Loudoun. By Barbara Kyriakakis
> OLLI VISIT TO MONTANA AND WYOMING. Change in itinerary of special event 965 (bus trip).
> BOOK CLUB. Wed, Dec 14 – Major Pettigrew's Last Stand.
Selected by the OLLI Poetry Workshop.
> MASON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming Fairfax performances. By Jan Bohall

> MASON HIGHLIGHTS. Other Mason events. By Helen Ackerman

> HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming Manassas performances.
By Sheri Siesseger
> COMING ATTRACTIONS. Upcoming non-class events at OLLI.

From the executive director
By Thom Clement, Executive Director
WINTER-TERM OLLI CATALOGS should be arriving in your mail this week, and many of you have already been perusing the catalog via our website for the last couple of weeks. You can register anytime between December 12 and January 4 to have the greatest chance of getting your top-priority course selections.
     All three of our OLLI sites have many appealing courses that will stimulate your love of learning. Here are just a few: 
  • What’s in the Daily News (F701), All the News That's Fit to Print (R703), and News of the Day (L704) provide opportunities for small-group interaction and lively sharing of opinions on current event topics pulled from the headlines.
  • A Washington Celebration (F652) will feature four lectures about very different aspects of our first president.
  • Movies That Are Not Quite Musicals (R411) – Ben Gold has selected four appealing movies that feature music as an important part of the story.
  • Windows on the 1950s (L314) – Eight OLLI members will be featured in this fascinating set of memoirs.
  • Tax Preparation Simplified (F204) – This course is always popular during the tax season.
  • Verismo Opera (R105) – Join longtime OLLI instructor Gloria Sussman for the enjoyment of listening and discussing features of this type of opera.
  • Religions of Asia (F601) – We are fortunate to have these two lectures by faculty from Mason's Religious Studies Department.
  • Stem Cells (L806) – Learn about the potential for prevention and treatment of diseases in this very timely series of lectures.
      Regardless of your background and interests, there is surely something in our winter catalog that will help you enjoy learning during the winter term!
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Winter special events & ongoing activities

By Kathryn Russell, Program Committee Chair
BY NOW YOU MAY HAVE RECEIVED the beautiful winter catalog in your mailbox and been "wowed" by the wealth of courses from which to choose. Now it's time to explore the many ways to fill the rest of your calendar. As you can see, the Special Events Resource Group, chaired by Florence Adler, has organized some irresistible events to keep you busy this winter (click here for a complete list, or go to page 17 of your catalog).
     You'll find some outstanding choices, whether you seek to be informed or entertained. Check out Can't Scare Me, the Story of Mother Jones (964), directed by Rick Davis at the GMU Theater Space, which promises to be one of the winter highlights. And imagine singing along with " 'S wonderful, 's marvelous: The World of George and Ira Gershwin" (954), which will be a Saturday event.
     Do you want to travel? Stay close to OLLI or venture afar to distant destinations at these events:
  • "The Plains Indian Wars: 1862–1890" (965) Bus Trip
  • "Trip Tales: Israel" (955)
  • "Living in Hungary: A New Culture, A New Language" (956)
  • "Tour and Lunch at Clyde's Willow Creek Farm" (962)
     And, of course, you'll always find some fascinating opportunities to challenge your brain. Try some of these:
  • "You and the Distant Future" (959)
  • "To Read or Not to Read: So what's the Question?" (960)
  • "INOVA's Simulation Center" (961)
     If you seek a more hands-on experience, look no farther than OLLI's ongoing activities. You'll find opportunities for reading, walking and dining. Or hone your computer or photography skills. Remember that OLLI clubs welcome all members to come join the fun—no sign-up needed. Click here for a complete list, or go to page 21 of your catalog.
     Enjoy the holidays, and don't forget that registration begins December 12 and ends January 4.
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Don't forget your Friends of OLLI donation

By John Woods, Development Committee Chair

The registration form makes it easy to contribute when you register!
REGISTRATION FOR THE WINTER TERM begins next week. When you register, please don't forget to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Friends of OLLI Fund (it's easy to add a donation when you register online or via the paper form). Your contributions are needed to make our wonderful Institute even better. So far contributions this year are less than last year, but with our growing membership, our needs for the coming year and into the future are greater.
      The Friends of OLLI Fund provides scholarships to deserving George Mason University students from departments that generously provided instructors and speakers for our courses. It is used to upgrade audio-visual equipment at our three campuses and for other important purposes not covered by the OLLI operating budget, such as financial assistance towards dues for needy members and support for OLLI literary publications and the Fall for the Book Festival. Friends of OLLI may also support OLLI's Future Contingency Fund, established to help meet future needs for expanded space and program offerings.
     A number of OLLI members make tax-advantaged contributions through giving appreciated securities, IRA charitable rollovers, gift annuities and other methods that are described in this link (pdf). If you have any questions on these alternative giving methods, please feel free to contact me (phone 703-941-4083) or Mike Johnson at the Mason Development Office (phone 703-993-4887).
     We need your help in making OLLI at Mason the best it can be. Thank you in advance!

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Members enjoy last Friday's annual holiday luncheon

The festive holiday luncheon on December 2; photo by Gordon Canyock. Inset: Hospitality Chair Sandra Driesslein; photo by Kathie West. Click above photo or click here to view a 50-second online slideshow of photos taken by Gordon (first two photos) and Kathie West (next 14 photos).
LAST FRIDAY'S HOLIDAY LUNCHEON at Fairfax's International Country Club was OLLI's social event for the season – enjoyed by almost 200 members, spouses and significant others.
     Huge kudos go to planner/organizer Sandra Driesslein, ably assisted by her husband Bill (not even an OLLI member!) and her Hospitality Subcommittee volunteers: Beverly George, Lynn Gramzow, Elaine Leonard, Rosemary Reardon, Ann Shell, Eleanor White and Maria Wilson.
     Our thanks also go to everyone else involved who made this such a special occasion, including the Recorder Consort, Kathie West and her OLLI Players, sing-along director Palmer McGrew and master of ceremonies Manny Pablo.
-- By Rod Zumbro, OLLI E-News Editor


Ray Beery
  Ray Beery – former OLLI president, prime force in bringing OLLI to Loudoun

By Barbara Kyriakakis, OLLI E-News Associate Editor
RAY BEERY IS AN OLLI "OLD TIMER," having joined our Institute immediately upon his retirement in 1993. He jumped in with both feet – teaching computer labs and classes for four years, serving six consecutive years on the Board of Directors, volunteering as Program Committee chair in 1996, and serving as president (1999-2000).
     Born and raised in the little town of Colby, Kansas, Ray served 2 1/2 years in the Army and, in 1955, graduated from the University of Kansas with an AB in Political Science and—via ROTC—a commission in the Air Force. His post-graduate work included an MBA from the University of Missouri while assigned to Minuteman ICBM duty at Whiteman AFB, Missouri, and graduation from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, a senior service school in Washington, DC. Ray is most proud of his role commanding the Air Force Vietnam Refugee Processing Center at Florida's Eglin AFB, where in the summer of 1975 some 11,000 refugees were housed and processed. Ray retired as a colonel and then had a 15-year second career at Computer Sciences Corporation.
     He lives in Leisure World in Lansdowne, where he and his late wife moved in 2000, giving up their OLLI memberships due to the lengthy drive to Tallwood. After patiently waiting for OLLI to spread its wings westward, Ray promptly answered the call in 2006 when OLLI was searching for someone to lead the project to open an OLLI site at Mason's new Sterling campus in Loudoun County. Ray’s outstanding performance as chair of the Steering Committee led to the establishment of OLLI's pilot program at Loudoun in 2007, highlighted by a course taught by Mason Provost Dr. Peter Stearns. In four years, OLLI-Loudoun grew into a mature program of its own and was accepted – after persuasive support from Ray – by the Board in March 2011 as part of a uniform OLLI with a uniform dues structure.
     Ray enjoys teaching at OLLI. He has taught macroeconomics, Kenneth Clarke’s Civilisation and the History of Western Art, and he is presently teaching about Ancient Rome (fall 2011 and winter and spring 2012). His official OLLI position is Loudoun co-chair of the History and Current Events Resource Group.
     Although Ray's first love is OLLI, his favorite pastime is researching his genealogy online. His outside interests include exercising (walking two miles every morning) and the McLean Bible Church. Ray has three children and six grandchildren.

Editor's note. To watch Ray's brief reflections on his time as OLLI president, click here.
Change in itinerary of special event 965 (bus trip)

Travelers admire the view from Dead Indian Overlook on the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway.
DUE TO A MULTITUDE OF REASONS, your advance planning team (Jim Anderson, Dick Cheadle, Mike Kelly) has made the decision to make a major change in the itinerary for Thursday, June 7, 2012 of special event 965 – "The Plains Indian Wars: 1862–1890 Bus Trip." Instead of driving the entire length of the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and the Beartooth All-American Road, the day will start with a side trip to the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center (6 miles west of Cody, Wyoming), return to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center for a second session, then travel north to Red Lodge, Montana with a side trip to the Dead Indian Overlook on the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway en route before returning to Billings, Montana.
     The itinerary of the OLLI Visit to Montana and Wyoming, June 4-8, 2012 has been updated and is available on DocStore (click here); it will soon be available in the OLLI office.
To request a space on this OLLI bus trip, be sure to register for special event 965 during the upcoming winter 2012 registration period.
-- Submitted by Dick Cheadle

Wed, Dec 14 – Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
THE OLLI BOOK CLUB will meet at 10:00 on Wednesday, December 14 at Tallwood. The book for discussion is Helen Simonson's first novel, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. It is the story of a retired British Army major living in a quaint rural English village.
     All OLLI members are welcome.
-- By Ceda McGrew, Book Club Coordinator. Read a summary and reviews at BookBrowse.
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Selected by the OLLI Poetry Workshop

Walking in Savannah
All in bronze, made to be gazed upon,
William Jasper strides above the square.
According to the guidebook, he died young,
having wrested his unit's flag from the other side.
Now, directing his own gaze high, the young man's eyes
skim the topmost heights of the live oaks,
flag grasped, eyes raised and riveted to the horizon
where he sees or seeks the thing that drove
him to fling his life at the bayonets,
to fling his blazing heart at the bayonets.
Down here it's all azaleas, variegated brick,
stone pathways, silence. The vastly branching oaks
fill up the square, shadow the benches, dense.

Caroline McNeil
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Upcoming Fairfax performances, Dec 9 - 18
By Jan Bohall, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 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.

American Festival Pops Orchestra
Holiday Pops
Anthony Maiello, conductor
Fri, Dec 9, 8:00
     Maestro Maiello will lead the orchestra, made up of 60 area musicians, in a program of Christmas carols and holiday tunes, including Irving Berlin's "White Christmas," "The Holly and the Ivy" and "O Holy Night." He will also lead the audience in a rousing sing-along.
Admission: $46, $38, $23
Family friendly: Youth grade 12 and under, half price with an adult
Concert Hall
Come at 7:15 for an artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.
Mason Dance Company
December Concert
Fri, Dec 9 & Sat, Dec 10, 8:00
     Students from the Mason School of Dance will perform contemporary dances with choreography.
Admission: $10 seniors, $15 other adults
Harris Theatre
George Winston
The Winter Show
Sat, Dec 10, 8:00
     His impressionistic style, which he dubs "rural folk piano," grew from his early life in Montana and was influenced by the New Orleans rhythm and blues. Best known as a pianist, he is also skilled on solo guitar and harmonica.
Admission: $48, $40, $24
Concert Hall
Come at 7:15 for an artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.
     For this performance, please support a local Washington area food bank by bringing a donation of canned food to the concert. Mr. Winston will also donate a portion of proceeds from his CD sales to the food bank.
Mason Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs
Handel's Messiah
with sing-along
Sun, Dec 11, 7:00
     The Symphony Orchestra, led by Dr. Dennis Leyendecker, director of the School of Music, will join the University Chorale, the University Singers and the Women's Chorale in this program. Scores for the sing-along will be available for $10 in the Concert Hall lobby.
Admission: $5 seniors, $10 other adults
Concert Hall

Moscow Ballet’s
The Great Russian Nutcracker
Tue, Dec 13 & Wed, Dec 14, 7:30
     With Tchaikovsky's famous score, 40 Russian dancers bring the well-loved story of the girl who falls in love with a Nutcracker Prince to life. Magical toys, battles with an evil Mouse King and a glittering Snow Forest will be featured, and Russian folk characters Father Christmas and the Snow Maiden escort Masha (Clara) to the land of Peace and Harmony.
Admission: $88 - $28
Concert Hall

Mason Brass Ensemble Concert
Tue, Dec 13, 8:00
     The Brass Ensemble, directed by Phil Snedecor, will perform selections of chamber music.
Admission: Free, non-ticketed
de Laski Bldg, Rm 3001

Potomac Arts Academy
Winter Student Recital
Sat, Dec 17, 2:30 & Sun, Dec 18, 4:00
     Potomac Arts Academy is affiliated with George Mason, offering private music lessons, weekly group arts classes and summer camps in music, taught by Mason faculty members.
Admission: Free, non-ticketed
de Laski Bldg, Rm 3001

2011 World Mission Youth Orchestra Concert
Sat, Dec 17, 7:30
     The purpose of the World Mission Youth Orchestra is to engage youth in the Washington area and to foster music awareness by creating symphony orchestras, concert groups and ensembles. They will perform both spiritual works and classical music.
Admission: $50, $30, $15 students ages 7 – 18
Group discount of 20% at CFA Box Office only
Harris Theatre
Natalie MacMaster
Christmas in Cape Breton

Sat, Dec 17, 8:00
     This virtuoso fiddler returns with music of Nova Scotia, traditional and contemporary Celtic melodies and Christmas carols. Her signature sound combines Celtic, bluegrass, folk and acoustics with jazz, rock and classical music. For more info and a video, click here.
Admission: $50, $42, $25
Family friendly: Youth grade 12 and under, half price with an adult
Concert Hall
Come at 7:15 for an artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
Fiesta Navidad

Sun, Dec 18, 4:00
     Cultural traditions of Mexico come alive in this performance by the Grammy-award-winning ensemble. It has recorded nine albums and appeared with Johnny Carson and in the film "Sex and the City." The program mixes Mexican and American holiday songs, energetic dancing, authentic costumes and an audience sing-along. For more info and a video, click here.
Admission: $46, $38, $23
Family friendly: Youth grade 12 and under, half price with an adult
Concert Hall
Come at 3:15 for an artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.

Other Mason events, next two weeks
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
> Film: Elf. Buddy was a baby in an orphanage who stowed away in Santa's sack and ended up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who happened to be raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father. Fri, Dec 9, 6:00 and 9:00, Sat, Dec 10, 6:00 and 9:00, and Sun, Dec 11, 6:00. Johnson Center, Cinema.
>Seminar: Dr. Carlos E. Sluzki, Mason Professor of Global and Community Health, discusses "Shame, Humiliation and Violence." Negative social emotions such as shame and humiliation, when intense, may trigger extreme behaviors in individuals such as interpersonal violence or suicide. When collective, they may foment political violence and wars. He explores approaches toward their transformation. Tue, Dec 13, noon to 1:00, Johnson Center, Gold Room. Free.

Upcoming Manassas performances, Dec 9 - 18 
By Sheri Siesseger, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 1-888-945-2468 or click "Buy Tickets" at the event listing in the calendar (phone and online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge applies) – or visit the box office in the lobby of the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason's Prince William Campus in Manassas, Wed-Sat, noon to 6:00. More info on tickets is at the ticket purchase page. Note: Two OLLI members have advised E-News that tickets for events at the Hylton Performing 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.

Manassas Ballet Theatre
The Nutcracker
Fri, Dec 9, 7:30
Sat, Dec 10 & Sun, Dec 11, 3:00
     MBT presents Tchaikovsky's Christmas classic with live music by the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra.
Admission: $35, $45, $55
Merchant Hall
Vpstart Crow
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Fri, Dec 9 & Sat, Dec 10, 8:00
Sat, Dec 10 & Sun, Dec 11, 2:00
Thu, Dec 15 – Sat, Dec 17, 8:00
Sat, Dec 17 & Sun, Dec 18, 2:00
     A town's traditional Christmas pageant faces challenges from participation by six unruly siblings. The production is family friendly.
Admission: Adults, $20; students & seniors, $15
Gregory Family Theater
Vienna Boys Choir
Christmas in Vienna

Thu, Dec 15, 8:00
     The choir, with more than 500 years of tradition, presents seasonal music, including Gregorian chants and holiday favorites.
     Limited tickets remain for this performance.
Pre-performance discussion at 7:00.
Admission: $32, $40, $48
Merchant Hall
Manassas Chorale
Tidings of Joy
Sat, Dec 17, 5:00 & 8:00
     The more-than-100 voice chorus presents Christmas carols from around the world as well as secular Christmas music.
Admission: $12, $15, $18; free for children 12 & under and holders of GMU student ID
Merchant Hall
Manassas Symphony
Celebrations Around the World
Sun, Dec 18, 3:30
     The Symphony presents its annual Family Concert celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and other seasonal festivals. The program features a new work by Jonathan Kolm, a local composer and professor at Northern Virginia Community College. The concert includes selections from Russia, Ireland, Italy, Romania and Korea.
Admission: Adults, $15; educators, $12; seniors, $10; children and students, free
Merchant Hall

Upcoming non-class events at OLLI
THE FOLLOWING LIST 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 Notes (pdf). For more activities specifically related to the Reston site, see Sharon Gilman's latest Eye on Reston (Word document).
     Note: 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 calendar maintained by the office.
Fri Dec 9, 2011   9:30am   Photography Club - TA-1
     10:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10:00am   Planning Committee Meeting - Cottage
     11:00am   Homer Club - Annex
Sat Dec 10, 2011   1:00pm   OLLI Personal Computer User Group - TA-1
Mon Dec 12, 2011   Registration Opens for Winter Term - Tallwood, Reston, Loudoun
     10:00am   What's in the Daily News (cont'd) - Annex
Tue Dec 13, 2011   10:00am   Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Coffee Shop
         10:30am   Hospitality Subcommittee Meeting - Annex
Wed Dec 14, 2011   10:00am   Book Club at Tallwood - TA-2
     10:00am   The Tom Crooker Investment Forum - TA-1
     10:00am   Tallwood Bridge Club - TA-3
     1:00pm   Tai Chi - Cascades Library, Room B
Fri Dec 16, 2011   10:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10:00am   Reston/Loudoun Investment Club Planning Meeting - Loudoun
     11:00am   Homer Club - Annex
Mon Dec 19, 2011   OLLI Closed for winter break - Reopens Tue, Jan 3
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About OLLI E-News and the member/volunteers who produce it

Rod Zumbro

Barbara Kyriakakis
Associate Editor

Ernestine Meyer
Backup Editor
Review Team: Gordon Canyock, Barbara Kyriakakis, John West
Database Manager: Barbara Kyriakakis
  • About this newsletter. OLLI's weekly newsletter, OLLI E-News, is emailed to current OLLI members with email addresses on Fridays. When classes are in session, printed copies of this newsletter are distributed in classrooms. Comments, suggestions or complaints? Please contact Editor Rod Zumbro or Communications Committee Chair Gordon Canyock.
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