Since arriving at Collington this May, Nancy and I have participated in so many old and new pleasures. Book clubs, memoir writing, tai chi, yoga, balance and beyond classes fill the days. Plus innumerable volunteer opportunities allow us to expand beyond ourselves. Growth is inevitable. Nancy has learned all about haunted houses and how to become the scariest of Collington witches. And I have become immersed in the theater. Let me explain.
After attending a few drama committee meetings, I volunteered to help out with the upcoming play, HEROES. Sometime after rehearsals started I was asked to help the assistant director; she needed a prop lady. My journey began by attending rehearsals and moving a few things around.
Experiencing the production of HEROES was a gift. Watching 3 wonderful neighbors act like 3 confused old men in the manner of vaudeville and observing amusingly stealthy Sister Madeleine plague the men can hardly be called work. Watching the director and assistant director ply their trade will never allow me to see live theater again in the same way. The inventiveness of the lights and scenery man just plain appealed to my engineering self. The chanteuse and her accompanist could do no wrong.
Contributing in my own small way — where to place a chair, fetch water, cue actors when to go on stage, tape ear mikes in place, push the button on the video recorder or even teach geese the correct way to fly — made the experience one that I want to take on again and again.
My biggest joy was the camaraderie and constant laughter to the very last bow. Thank you one and all.
contributed by Dorothy Yuan
Eighteen of us gathered for an interesting discussion of the book selection of the month: “Pachinko”. The discussion extended beyond the book content to discrimination within and between nationalities as well as the influence of the intrinsic characteristics usually associated with different peoples.
If you happen upon a book that you think maybe of interest to the group please send it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will add it to the list of candidates to be voted on by the group.
The next meeting of the Club is scheduled for December 12, when we will discuss the interesting novel “Home Fire” by Kamila Shamsie. Discussion will be led by Sara Case.
Take it from me, you will not be disappointed in this hilarious play performed by our very own Collingtonians. It is really a hoot, or I should rather say a honk.
Three French veterans of the Great War—Gustave, Philippe, and Henri—sit ensconced on their terrace and bemoan the tedium of life in a home for old soldiers. Where are the glories of past campaigns; where are the women; why put up with Sister Madeleine? And what, pray, is so dangerous about February 12th? Why not flee to Indochina, or least have a picnic? And what are the waving poplars across the hill telling them? Perhaps they should join the flight of the wild geese.
The play will be produced Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 15, 16, and 17 at 7:00 in the Collington Auditorium.
At this year’s Halloween party for our staff’s children, there were more witches than ever, offering games, food, drink and other forms of fun and hospitality. From the pictures below, you may be able to see for yourselves which witches are which!
Contributed by Marian Fuchs
Have you ever tried persimmons? One of the most common fruits in Asia, they come in two major varieties, heart-shaped Hachiya that is palatable only when soft while the more squat fuyu can be eaten as an apple. Our highly knowledgeable chair of the Garden Committee, Bill Preston, owned a thriving orchard of organic fuyu persimmons for many years. He has painstakingly grafted the trees with the best cultivars, yielding persimmons that are wonderfully tasty. Bill will have a stand in the Holiday Bazaar this Friday. Do not deny yourself the opportunity to try them.
Contributed by Dorothy Yuan