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Members Enjoy Looking Back at the 1964-65 World’s Fair and Examining Factors That Have Made Such Fairs Rare in the US, Tallwood, February 5

February 15, 2019

Editor of the Week: Sheri Siesseger

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Alerts & Notices

  • Computer Club meets February 16 (tomorrow!) at 1:00 at Tallwood in TA‑1; come at 12:30 for socializing in the annex.
  • The session of Annex Art scheduled for February 19 is canceled.
  • The Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Program Planning Committee will meet Friday, February 22, from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Tallwood Annex. All OLLI members are invited to attend.
  • Spring-term priority registration begins at 9:00 am February 21, continuing through noon March 1. Spring term begins Monday, March 25. To view the online catalog, click here.
  • The next issue of E-News will be published February 22. Submissions are due Tuesday, February 19 by 6:00.

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Instructors on Greece Needed at Loudoun
By Barbara Wilan, Loudoun Program Committee ChairAt Loudoun, we are in search of instructors to teach courses on ancient or modern Greece, our central topic from fall 2019 through summer 2020. Have you taught a unit on Greek mythology, Greek theater, or a single Greek play like Oedipus or Antigone in school? Have you studied ancient Greek art and/or architecture through your travels or through books or classes? Is there any aspect of Greek history, culture, or politics that you are able to share with us? Do you know enough about Greek food to give a talk on it as we sample some at a coffee? Please email me at if the answer is yes.I’d love to hear from you. Thanks!

Last Call for OLLI Ink!
By Caroline McNeil,OLLI Ink EditorMonday, February 25, is the deadline for sending your creative writing—poems, stories, personal essays, or memoirs—to OLLI’s literary journal, OLLI Ink. The 2019 edition will be published this spring.OLLI Ink is a well-established publication here at OLLI-Mason and a great way to share your work with other writers and all OLLI members.

How to submit: Please send your entries—either as an email attachment or in the body of the email—to Caroline McNeil at


  • Poems: limit number of lines to 30.
  • Prose: limit number of words to 2,500; please single space and indent the first sentence of paragraphs.

Photo of the Month

The February 2019 Photo of the Month theme was See Red. We selected Tom Simpson’s photo “Zoom-Zoom,” 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

Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Morning After the Storm

the morning after the storm

snow blanketed the fields

18 inches of stark white

frosting sprinkled generously

with crystals glistening

in the sun

bright, clean, white

a ceiling of deep blue

the only sound the familiar

crunch of black boots


from summer hibernation

before the deafening silence

the breath of awe

the morning after the storm

           Jean Klaus

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Ms. Ollie Ettakit

A Note on Classroom Etiquette


  By Ms. Ollie Ettakit,  OLLI E-News Manners Expert

Ms. Ettakit has noticed an alarming increase in the number of late-arriving members, especially for 9:40 classes. One of her recent classes had 16 people enter the room between five and 25 minutes after the speaker had begun! These latecomers often must climb over those already seated, or, especially in TA-1, scoot crouching across the front of the room between the instructor and the audience. And many of these folks were significantly late—from 15 to 30 minutes after the start of the class. This behavior is very distracting and rude to both your fellow OLLI members and our instructors. Please plan to arrive in time to be seated by the beginning of your class. If you are REALLY late, perhaps you ought to consider not attending.

Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, February 15 through February 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 

Virginia Opera: The Elixir of Love
Sat, Feb 16, 8:00 and Sun, Feb 17, 2:00
A pre-performance discussion featuring “Dr. Opera,” Glenn Winters, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Concert Hall
Admission: $110, $90, $54.

Preacher Lawson
Thu, Feb 21, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $15, Adult; $10, senior.

Cirque Mechanics: 42 FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
Fri, Feb 22, 8:00
A pre-performance discussion with a member of the company begins 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Concert Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29.

Czech National Symphony Orchestra: 100 Years of Leonard Bernstein
Sat, Feb 23, 8:00
A pre-performance discussion with a member of the company begins 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Concert Hall
Admission: $60, $51, $36.

Ellington Sacred Concert
Sat, Feb 23, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: $12, Adult; $8, senior.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: The Exotic Music of the Night
Sun, Feb 24, 7:00
A question & answer session with the audience concludes the program.
Concert Hall
Admission: $44, $37, $26.

Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

Faculty Artist Series: Kathy Mulcahy, clarinet & June Huang, violin
Sat, Feb 16, 7:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.
Faculty Artist Series: Christopher Jewell, bassoon
Sun, Feb 17, 7:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.Faculty Artist Series: Dr. Glenn Smith, composition
Fri, Feb 22, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.Harp Masterclass
Sun, Feb 24, 10:00
Music Theater Building, Rm 2018
Admission: Free.

At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: 8th Annual Prince William County Public Schools Student Exhibition
Through March 9
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00.

Virginia National Ballet: Aladdin
Sat, Feb 16, 2:00 and 6:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: $40.

American Roots Series: Maybe April
Sat, Feb 16, 8:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: $25 advance; $30 day of performance.

Cirque Mechanics: 42 FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
Sat, Feb 23, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion with a member of the company.
Merchant Hall
Admission: $48, $41, $29

Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche, Lucy Wainwright Roche
Sun, Feb 24, 4:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $40, $30.

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 Feb 16 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Personal Computer User Group–TA-1
Wed Feb 20 11:50am
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
Fri Feb 22  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Crafts and Conversation–Annex
Theater Lovers’ Group–TA-1
Homer, etc.–Annex
Photography Club–TA-3
Humanities and Social Sciences Program Planning Group–Annex
Sat Feb 23 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Feb 27 10:00am
Bridge Club–TA-3
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Audiovisual Support Committee–TA-1
Fri Mar 1  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Crafts and Conversation–Annex
Homer, etc.–Annex
Dr. Who Club–TA-3
Arts and Music Program Planning Group
Sat Mar 2 10:00am
Photography Club Photo Project–TA-1
Tai Chi Club–TA-3

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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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