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Fall Event 982 Loudoun Wine Tour Redux, October 16

October 30, 2015

Editor of the Week: Sheri Siesseger
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Alerts & Notices

Purchase your raffle tickets from OLLI Development Committee members for a chance to win a one-year new or renewal OLLI membership. Prices are one ticket for $5, three tickets for $10 or seven tickets for $20. Tickets can be bought before and after fall term classes, and at special events. The winner will be chosen Dec 4 at the Holiday Party. The raffle is a Development Committee fundraiser.

State Senator David Marsden will answer our questions about local traffic issues on Monday, Dec 7 from 10-11:30 at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Sign up via the member portal for 1007BT. This OLLI event is open to the public and is not just for Marsden’s constituents.

Wine and Cheese Tasting (event 987) will take place Thursday, Dec 10 from 12:30-2:30 at Church of the Good Shepherd. Sign up at the member portal.

Upcoming events at OLLI still have space! Sign-up via the member portal.

  • Hello, Alice Faye, Hello!Friday, Nov 6 from 1:30-3:30 in TA-1 (event 976)
  • The B-29: The Plane that Ended World War IIMonday, Nov 9 from 11:50-1:15 in Loudoun (event 977)

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Tallwood Construction Postponed—Tallwood to Remain Open

By Alice Slayton Clark, Communications Associate and Registrar

George Mason University informed OLLI this week that much-needed renovations to the Tallwood parking lot have been postponed. As a result, the Tallwood facility will remain open this fall and beyond, depending on when the work can be rescheduled—likely Summer 2016. Importantly, clubs, classes and special events will take place at Tallwood and other Fairfax venues as scheduled. Check the OLLI calendar for correct locations

As you may have heard, Mason has agreed to pay for regrading and repaving the Tallwood parking lot, which has been streaming water into TA1 for years. The sandbags around the building are not remnants of war, but an effort to divert the tidal surge from Roberts Road during rainstorms.

OLLI is hugely grateful to Mason for shouldering this important project and looks forward to rescheduling the work at a time that is least disruptive to OLLI functions. We will be sure to keep the OLLI membership aware of construction developments. Stay tuned and carry on!

Fun Facts to Celebrate OLLI’s 25th Anniversary

By Ray Beery, Member, Board of Directors

In February 1993 the Virginia General Assembly passed a resolution “That…Commonwealth’s institutions of higher education be encouraged to support the establishment of Learning in Retirement Institutes and organizations.” The resolution was introduced by Delegate Ken Plum in the House and by co-sponsor Senator Joseph Gartlan in the Senate.

OLLI will celebrate its 25th year of classes for seniors in 2016. We’ll be publishing fun facts and interesting milestones about the Institute each week that OLLI E-News is published from now through the end of the fall term, 2016.

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History Club to Explore History of Baseball

By Beth Lambert, History Club Coordinator

The History Club will meet on Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:15 in TA-1. Bill Reader will give a presentation on “The Origins, Early History, and Impact of Baseball.” The topic is certainly timely and is calculated to generate a lot of discussion. Bill Reader’s presentations to the History Club, as well as his classes, are noted for the thoroughness with which he covers a subject.

As usual, all History Club members are welcome to bring a guest. Even better, all OLLI members are invited to History Club meetings, so if you are interested in the early history and impact of baseball, please join us.

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Beginning French Class Plays “Jeopardy”

By Beverley Persell, Instructor

OLLI’s Beginning French class experienced a new type of quiz on French history. Each student chose either a French person or French place and wrote a paragraph about their subject. Then the student wrote five questions about their subject. Their teacher, Madame Persell, typed the questions on index cards and taped them to the whiteboard in the classroom. The rules of the lesson were similar to the game of Jeopardy. Each student chose a question in a category of their choice and responded. If they were correct, they got a point. After all the students had participated and the questions had all been answered, the winner was declared, and prizes given. Anna Maria Hoeflinger, shown at right with Beverley, took first place.

The lesson is a good way for each student to learn about French history and to enjoy the process of participating in the game. Some of the categories were Louis Pasteur, Musée D’Orsay, Napoleon III, Jean Paul Sartre, Edith Piaf, Quasimodo, Victor Hugo, Descartes, Clemenceau, Lafayette and Versailles.

Veterans Day Event is Filling Up Fast!

By Martha Powers, Board Member

If you haven’t already signed up for A Veteran’s Day Tribute: Honor Flight (special event 978), please hurry! Space is limited, and we are now expecting Herndon Community TV to cover the event, which is on Wednesday, Nov 11, from 1:45-3:45 in TA-1.

We will begin with the Fairfax Police Honor Guard and our national anthem, followed by a screening of the documentary Honor Flight, about veterans flying from the Midwest to visit the World War II memorial. Joining us for this event are three OLLI members who volunteer with Honor Flight at Dulles International Airport, and can answer your questions about this wonderful nonprofit program.

Looking for a Travel Club Coordinator

Calling all Travel Club members! Shelly Gersten, regretfully, is stepping down as chair of the Travel Club after seven wonderful years of leadership. This club engages in monthly discussions about exciting adventures and takes many fascinating day trips together (e.g. house and garden tours, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Walters Museum, Montpelier, Kennilworth Aquatic Gardens, Naval Academy, etc.). If you would like to take the helm of this fun group or would like further information, please contact Shelly Gersten at 703-385-2638 or

OLLI Mason Spirit Wear Pickup Dates

By Lesley Bubenhofer, Development Committee Chair

Spirit wear purchases may be picked up in the Tallwood Annex on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, Nov 6, 11:30 to 1:00
  • Monday through Thursday, Nov 9-12, 11:30 to 1:30

Thank you for supporting the Friends of OLLI with your purchases.

Watch for new items and colors available for sale in the spring term.

Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Deer in the Afternoon

A pair of deer, startled, caught
us staring through the window.
They paused on point, not tempted
at that moment by tender
leaves of hosta, hibiscus.
Moving again they browsed through
uncut grass, meandered by
the stream that weaves across the
edge of the yard. Once we stepped
to the door, cracked it open
the two skittered out of sight
still wary of the threat from
humans coexisting on
their own patch of fertile earth

Jan Bohall

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,I enjoyed reading about Shirley Fox in the latest OLLI E-News. Shirley was an old-timer even when I joined LRI in 1999. Here is a picture of her, together with another early member, Michael Styles, taken at an April 2002 signing ceremony at the Center for the Arts. To quote the announcement, “The ceremony formally affirmed LRI’s status with the University and the support that GMU and LRI were to provide to each other.”

Other signing ceremony pictures are located at

Michael Coyne
OLLI (Loudoun Campus)


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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, next ten days
By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff WriterFor tickets for either Center for the Arts (CFA) or Hylton, call 1-888-945-2468, buy tickets online through the event calendar (see links below), or visit the venue’s box office. For more information see the CFA ticket page or the Hylton ticket purchase page.

At the Fairfax Campus Venues

The Beauty of Sichuan Night, Chinese Cultural Festival
Fri, Oct 30, 8:00
Sichuan professional art ensemble led by opera singer, Liao Changyong, followed by a magical act.
Concert Hall
Admission: $40, $30, $20.

L.A. Theatre Works: Dracula
Sat, Oct 31, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion with a member of the company.
Concert Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.

Concurso de Tinku 2015 (Bolivian Dance)
Sun, Nov 1, 5:30
Concert Hall
Admission: $20.

US Army Ceremonial Tuba Euphonium Quartet
Tue, Nov 3, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Compañia Flamenca José Porcel: Flamenco Fire
Fri, Nov 6, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: José Porcel; artistic director
Concert Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29.

A Fresh of Breath Air
Written and performed by Dale Stein
Fri, Nov 6, 8:00
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $10.

Munich Symphony Orchestra with The Romeros
Sat, Nov 7, 8:00
Bizet: Excerpts from Carmen Suites No. 1 and No. 2
Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto Andaluz
Joaquin Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Massenet: Ballet Music
Pre-performance discussion: Bernd Rose; Munich Symphony, orchestra manager
Concert Hall
Admission: $70, $60, $42.

Art of Time Ensemble: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sun, Nov 8, 7:00
Pre-performance discussion: Andrew Burashko; pianist and artistic director with an additonal member of the company
Concert Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances
(see for additional student recitals)The Crucible
Fri, Oct 30 through Sat, Oct 31, 8:00
Sat, Oct 31, and Sun, Nov 1, 2:00
Join us for a talk-back with the directors and cast after the Oct 31 2:00 performance
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors, $15.
Jazz Ensemble at Blues Alley
Mon, Nov 2, 7:00 and 9:00
Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007
Parking at Canal Square, 1054 31st Street, NW, Washington, DC
Admission: $20.

Michelle Fegeas, Doctoral Vocal Recital
Fri, Nov 6, 6:00
St. Georges United Methodist Church, 4910 Ox Rd, Fairfax, VA
Admission: Free.Andrew Sharrock, Music-Ed Trumpet Recital
Fri, Nov 6, 8:00
deLaski 3001
Admission: Free.Dave Porter, Doctoral Brass Recital
Sun, Nov 8, 8:00
deLaski 3001
Admission: Free.

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At the Hylton Center

Nature Visions Traveling Exhibition
Continues through Nov 15
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00 – 6:00, Thu, 10:00 – 8:00 and two hours before performances.
Admission: Free.

Art of Time Ensemble: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Fri, Nov 6, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Andrew Burashko; pianist and artistic director
Merchant Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29.

Manassas Symphony Orchestra: The Americans
Sat, Nov 7, 7:30
Pianist Anthony Michael Cornet joins the Manassas Symphony for an all-American program, including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Copland’s Rodeo.
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $16.

Jim Tews, Comedian
Sat, Nov 7, 8:30
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: $20.

Compañia Flamenca José Porcel: Flamenco Fire
Sun, Nov 8, 4:00
Pre-performance discussion: José Porcel; artistic director
Merchant Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29.

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For further details on any of the above events, please see the CFA event calendar and the Hylton Center event calendar

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Meetings & Clubs

The following list covering the next two weeks is extracted for your convenience from the master online calendar maintained by the office, with direct web links added when available. The list is accurate as of mid-week but to check anytime for the latest information, please view the latest forecast of upcoming events on our website (News/OLLI Calendar). Note: All OLLI members are welcome at, and encouraged to attend, meetings of the Board of Directors, committees and resource groups, kickoff coffees, etc. (bolded below).

Sat Oct 31 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Tue Nov 3 10:00am Knitting and Needlework Club–Panera, Herndon
Wed Nov 4 1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Special Events Committee–Annex
History Club–TA-1
Fri Nov 6 10:00am OLLI Town Hall Meeting–TA-1
Sat Nov 7 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Tue Nov 10 10:00am Knitting and Needlework Club–Panera, Herndon
Wed Nov 11 1:30pm
Book Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–Annex
Fri Nov 13 9:00am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Photography Club–TA-1
Craft and Conversation–Cottage
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc–Annex
Religious Studies Club–Cottage

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About OLLI E-News

OLLI E-News was created by Rod Zumbro, who served as its editor from 2005 to 2013.

Editorial Staff
Chief Editor/Technical Editor: Irene Osterman
Associate Editor: Sheri Siesseger
Weekly Editorial Team: John Nash, Paul Van Hemel, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere
Proofreaders: Gordon Canyock, Jerry Moore, Marilyn O’Brien, Susan Van Hemel
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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