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OLLI 5th Annual Veterans Day Celebration, Tallwood, November 8 (see article below)

November 15, 2019

Editor of the Week: Sheri Siesseger 

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Alerts & Notices

  • The Computer Club meets Saturday, November 15 (tomorrow!) in TA‑1 at 1:45. Note the time, which is later than usual because there is a catered lunch for members at 12:30 in the Annex, which you are welcome to join.
  • OLLI will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from November 23 to December 1.
  • Winter term priority registration begins December 2 at 9:00 am and ends December 10 at noon. Expect your catalog to arrive before Thanksgiving.
  • Missing something? Check the lost and found boxes in the Tallwood social room, Lord of Life coat closet, or ask the site assistants at Loudoun or Reston. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the term.
  • Reminder: China Town Hall 2019 will be convened by George Mason University and the National Committee on China-US Relations from 5:45-8:00 on Monday, November 18. For more information click here.
  • Reminder: Upcoming Mason Jazz Concerts for fall 2019 include the Jazz Combos/Latin American Ensemble November 18, 8:00 (click here for details) and the Mason Jazz Vocal Night November 25, 8:00 (click here to order tickets).
  • OLLI’s holiday party is Wednesday, December 4, 11:30-2:30, at the Country Club of Fairfax. Register for event 1107 by clicking this member portal link; fee is $38.
  • The next OLLI E-News will be published November 22. Regular submission deadline is Tuesday, November 19 by 6:00 pm.

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WANTED: Poetry and Prose for OLLI Ink 2020!

By Caroline McNeil, Editor, OLLI Ink

OLLI writers—beginners and experienced—take note: OLLI Ink is now accepting submissions, including poems, fiction, personal essays, and memoirs, for its 2020 edition.

Now moving into its tenth year, OLLI Ink is a well-established publication whose contributors come from a wide spectrum of OLLI members, including, but not limited to, those enrolled in writing workshops. It is distributed each spring at the annual picnic and at all three OLLI campuses.

Please send your entries, and/or any questions to: Caroline McNeil at or 703-231-4730.

Contributions are welcome starting now through the end of February.  

Veterans Day Event Held November 8
By Jim Dunphy, OLLI Annual Veterans Day Celebration CoordinatorOLLI’s 5th annual Veterans Day commemoration honored veterans in a special event on November 8. As the participants, bundled up against the cold, came to Tallwood for the event, they were serenaded by the George Mason Fife and Drum Corps, playing a medley of patriotic and revolutionary airs.Once inside the warmth of TA‑1, the City of Fairfax Honor Guard posted the colors and their vocalist provided an excellent rendition of the National Anthem. We started the salute to veterans with a medley of service songs and asked veterans of each service to stand and be recognized when their respective service’s song was played.

As we do each year, we gave a special salute to OLLI’s two WWII veterans, Chester Myslicki and Adrian Pelzner. The theme this year was the Vietnam War. Several veterans of that conflict provided information about their service in-country or the contiguous waters and were received with rousing applause.

To cap off the event, we viewed a video dealing with the items left behind at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the effect these had not only on the friends and family of those whose names are on the wall, but also on those who visit the memorial. Everyone in attendance was very moved by this film.

It is OLLI’s honor to recognize and salute those among us who have served the nation in uniform. We look forward to another such salute in November of 2020.

Photo of the Month

The November 2019 Photo of the Month theme was Play with Liquids. We selected John Olsen’s photo “Water in Motion,” 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

The Beauty of Traveling


When you first plan a trip, you decide where to go.

You look at guides, or perhaps you already know.

You see pictures of places you long to visit,

So you sign up for a tour and then you commit.


Then you wait, the excitement builds, you pack.

Finally the day comes, you hope all is on track.

You hop on a plane, a boat or a car,

Arriving at last—why, here you are!


You visit sights you’ve never seen before,

Get out your camera, take pictures galore.

Eat exotic foods, sleep on strange beds,

Before you know it, you’re back at the homestead.

Joan Lunsford

Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, November 15 through November 25

By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

For tickets for either Center for the Arts Concert Hall (CFA) or Hylton Center, 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 Center ticket purchase page.

At the Fairfax Campus Venues

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: Nostalgic Nights
Sat, Nov 16, 8:00
Harris Theatre
A pre-performance discussion begins at 7:00.
Admission: $30, $45, $55.

Virginia Opera: Il Postino
Sat, Nov 16, 8:00
Sun, Nov 17, 2:00
Concert Hall
A pre-performance discussion begins on the Monson Grand Tier 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Admission: $110, $70, $40.

RUBBERBANDance Vic’s Mix
Fri, Nov 22, 8:00
Concert Hall
A pre-performance discussion begins on Monson Grand Tier 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Admission: $48, $41, $29.

Aquila Theatre: George Orwell’s 1984
Sat, Nov 23, 8:00
Concert Hall
A pre-performance discussion begins on Monson Grand Tier 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Admission: $44, $37, $26.

Mason Student and Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

The Mason Players Staged Reading Series: Hir
Fri, Nov 15, 3:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building, A105, TheaterSpace
Admission: Free.

Trumpet Studio Recital
Fri, Nov 15, 7:30
deLaski Performing Arts Building, 3001
Admission: Free.

GMU Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble Concert
Sat, Nov 16, 3:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building, 3001
Admission: Free.

University Choirs Concert
Sun, Nov 17, 4:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Brass Ensemble Concert
Mon, Nov 18, 6:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Jazz Combos/Latin American Ensemble Concert
Mon, Nov 18, 8:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building, 3001
Admission: Free.

Studio Series: Twelfth Night
Thu, Nov 21 to Sat, Nov 23, 8:00
Sat, Nov 23 and Sun, Nov 24, 2:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building, A105, TheaterSpace
Admission: $20 Adults; $10 seniors.

Guitar Ensemble Concert
Sat, Nov 23, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Harp Masterclass
Sun, Nov 24, 2:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building, A323
Admission: Free.

Combined Flute Choir Concert
Sun, Nov 24, 7:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building, 3001
Admission: Free.

Mason Jazz Vocal Night
Mon, Nov 25, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $12 Adults; $8 seniors.

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At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: Exploring Identity with Women Veterans
Continues to Dec 7
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00
Admission: Free.

Taj Express
Fri, Nov 15, 8:00
Merchant Hall
A pre-performance discussion begins in Merchant Hall one hour prior to the performance.
Admission: $48, $41, $29.

Youth Orchestras of Prince William: New Beginnings
Sat, Nov 16, 2:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: $10.

Circo Comedia
Sun, Nov 17, 1:00 and 4:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $15 Adults; $10 children.

Northern Virginia Ballet: The Nutcracker
Sat, Nov 23, 2:00 and 6:00
Sat, Nov 30, 2:00 and 6:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $35 Adults; $25 seniors.

Nutcracker Tea with Clara and Friends
Sun, Nov 24, 1:00 and 3:30
Small Rehearsal studio
Admission: $60.

Aquila Theatre: The Odyssey
Sun, Nov 24, 7:00
Merchant Hall
A pre-performance discussion begins one hour prior to the performance in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery.
Admission: $44, $37, $26.

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For further details on any of the above events, 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 for the most up-to-date information, please view the latest forecast of coming 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, kick-off coffees, etc. (bolded below).

Sat Nov 16 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Personal Computer User Group–TA-1
Mon Nov 18  9:30am What’s in the Daily News–TA-1
Tue Nov 19  9:30am Annex Art–Annex
Wed Nov 20 10:00am
Bridge Club–TA-3
Mah Jongg Club–Annex
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Audiovisual Committee Meeting–TA-3
Thu Nov 21 10:00am Special Events Program Planning Group–Annex
Fri Nov 22  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation Group–Annex
Homer, etc.–Annex
Cooking Club–Home of Susan Towne
Photography Club–TA-3
Sat Nov 23 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
OLLI Closed for Thanksgiving break November 23-December 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
Associate Editor: David Gundry
Weekly Editor Team: David Gundry, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel 

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Susan Van Hemel, Linda Randall, Tom Appich, Roz Stark,
Jane Hassell
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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