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Dr. Spencer Crew, Clarence Robinson Professor at Mason, Discusses His Research on the Slave Narratives Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and Colson Whitehead Discusses and Reads from His Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel, The Underground Railroad, at Event 952, Fall for the Book Festival, Harris Theatre, October 11

October 20, 2017

Editor of the Week: Paul Van Hemel

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Alerts & Notices

Reminder: Computer Club meeting Saturday, October 21 (tomorrow), Tallwood; 12:30 (social) and 1:00 (program). For details, click here.

Veterans in panel discussion on Cuban missile crisis, Tuesday, October 24, 2:00 in Fenwick Library’s main reading room. Refreshments provided; no need to register.

OLLI’s annual holiday party, Friday, December 1, noon to 3:00 at International Country Club, 13200 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax. Fee: $38; register for Event 1107. Click on party icon at left; choose chicken or pasta lunch entree.

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Humanities and Social Sciences Program Planning Committee

  By Johnnie Hicks and Camille Hodges, Humanities and Social Sciences Planning Committee Co-Chairs

The OLLI Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Program Planning Committee is working on a number of 2018 courses which focus on current social, political, and international issues. We would love to know of OLLI members who may have background experiences in these fields, or who may know of someone who does. Of particular interest are topics related to: “Recent Changes in Domestic and Foreign Policies;” “Escalation of Disputes into International Conflicts;” and “U.S.-Russian Relations: Past, Present, and Future.” We are also interested in topics on U.S. relations with Mexico, China, and other nations with whom we share economic, security, and other interests.

As always, our committee welcomes suggestions about any courses you would like to see offered! We encourage you to attend one of our committee meetings, or just contact one of us at any time.

Johnnie Hicks                          Camille Hodges
Phone: 703 455-5536               Phone: 703 690-8214

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Friends of OLLI Fundraiser

OLLI Annual Registration Fee Raffle Returns

By Lesley Bubenhofer, Development Committee Chair

Are you feeling lucky? Now is an opportunity to give yourself a chance to be the lucky winner of a wonderful gift and provide support for Friends of OLLI, too.

Purchase OLLI annual registration fee raffle tickets, and you could be the winner of your next annual OLLI registration fee renewal. The winner may also choose to gift the annual registration fee (value $425.00) to a family member or friend.

Raffle tickets are being sold from now until December 1, 2017. The drawing of the winner’s name will be conducted at the OLLI Holiday Party on December 1, at the International Country Club. The annual registration fee raffle winner does not need to be present.

Annual registration fee raffle ticket prices are: 1 ticket for $5, 3 tickets for $10, 7 tickets for $20.

Raffle tickets are being sold by Development Committee members before and after many classes, at OLLI events, and as announced. If you cannot locate a raffle ticket seller, contact Development Committee chair Lesley Bubenhofer at We will ensure that you get the tickets you want to purchase.


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Mason’s School of Theater and School of Music Proudly Present The Gondoliers
By Norma Jean Reck, Theater Lovers’ Group Coordinator

You are invited to join the Theater Lovers’ Group to attend a performance of The Gondoliers at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, October 29, at 4:00. The Gondoliers, written by Gilbert and Sullivan, premiered at the Savoy Theatre in 1889, where it ran for a record 554 performances, closing in 1891. It was performed at a command performance for Queen Victoria and the royal family at Windsor Castle in 1891, the only Gilbert and Sullivan opera to be so honored.

The Gondoliers, a comic opera set in Venice, wittily and humorously satirizes class distinctions. The hilarity starts when a gaggle of gondoliers is told that one of them is the heir to the throne of Barataria. The question is, “Which one?, due to an error of identity that was made when they were young. This musical theater piece delights as it subtly lampoons the tribulations of governing and romance.

You and your guests can enjoy the bubbling champagne quality of the libretto, subtle satire, and humorous melodies for $15, senior rate. You can purchase your tickets at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall box office, online, or by phone 888-945-2468.

Optional treat we’ll go for dessert nearby after the performance. Please email Norma at to let me know that you will be joining us.

Questions? Email

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Photo of the Month

The October 2017 Photo of the Month theme was Silhouettes. We selected John Olsen’s photo “Harbor Sunrise,” which may also be viewed at this page. To view other photos by members of the Photography Club, visit the club’s photo website.
        — By Angela Talaber, Photography Club Coordinator

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop
My Island Path

On island path I chose before
for exercise along the shore,
no other restless soul in view
just starfish gilding ocean’s floor.

A splash disturbs the breezeless blue
a school of flying fish debut;
I see them splatter, skim and spray,
then leave stage left as if on cue.

I slow to witness their display,
then up my pace and turn away;
the trail bends left and starts to rise
through sea-grape trees in full bouquet.

White gems in clusters tantalize
bright hummingbirds and butterflies;
the sight relieves my jaundiced eyes,
my well-worn path can still surprise.

Mary Saily

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, October 20 through October 30
By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

For 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
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Night of the Musical Tsars
Sat, Oct 21, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $65, $53, $39.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

New Sound Collective
Sat, Oct 21, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: free.
Mark Irchai: Senior Piano Recital
Sun, Oct 22, 7:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: free.

Jazz Combos
Wed, Oct 25, 8:00
deLaski 3001
Admission: free.

Mason’s Schools of Music and Theater: The Gondoliers
Thu, Oct 26 – Sat, Oct 28, 8:00
Sat, Oct 28, 2:00
Sun, Oct 29, 4:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Adults, $30; seniors, $15.

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At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: Iconographic Visions, Works by Julia Dzikiewicz and Michael Fischerkeller
Sep 12 – Oct 21
The Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00 – 6:00, Thu, 10:00 – 8:00 and two hours before performances.
For more information, visit
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery

Manassas Ballet Theatre: The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
Fri, Oct 20, and Sat, Oct 21, 7:30
Sun, Oct 22, 3:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $65, $55, $45, $35, $25.

Prince William Little Theatre: The Diary of Anne Frank
Fri, Oct 20, and Sat, Oct 21, 8:00
Sun, Oct 22, 2:00
Fri, Oct 27, and Sat, Oct 28, 8:00
Sun, Oct 29, 2:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $17.

Gallery Exhibit: War and Recovery
Works by Martin J. Cervantez
Oct 24 – Dec 2
The Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00 – 6:00, Thu, 10:00 – 8:00 and two hours before performances.
For more information, visit
Gallery receptions open only to Friends of the Hylton Center. Contact Jacque Connor at 703-993-7150 or for more information.
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
Admission: Free.

Manassas Symphony Orchestra: Silver Celebration
Sat, Oct 28, 7:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $16.

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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 any time 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 21 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Wed Oct 25  1:45pm
Bridge Club–TA-3
Spanish Club–TA-2
Fri Oct 27  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Theater Lovers’ Club–TA-1
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Homer, etc.–Annex
Photography Club–TA-3
Chess Club–Annex
Sat Oct 28 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Nov 1  1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Special Event Committee–Annex
History Club–TA-1

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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: Paul Van Hemel
Technical Editor: Irene Osterman
Associate Editor: Sheri Siesseger
Weekly Editor Team: Jean Boltz, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere, Paul Van Hemel
Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Susan Van Hemel, Polly Johnsen, Shirley Springfloat
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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