Friday for the fourth time we held our Annual Luncheon viewing beautiful San Francisco Bay while enjoying good food and companionship at McCormack and Kaletos. We had an enchanting and educational visit from Julia Morgan. Vicki Bell, who for the last four years has spearheaded this event, was given CLIR's Distinguished Service Award. This announcement met with thunderous applause and a charming 30 second speech by Vicki. Julia kept us enthralled for more than 30 minutes!
Love movies? Love the people who love them too? You'll find plenty of both at CLIRs two monthly movie events. The fourth Tuesday of each month find a gathering of CLIR members to discuss the two currently showing movies they'd chosen the month before. The following day, the fourth Wednesday CLIR members view and discuss a foreign film. Join us in these engaging challenges -you'll continue learning!
Marvelous Musicals was the 3rd in the series At the Movies Lectures. Jan & Barry kept us chuckling, while we were learning and seeing a great deal of their development through the 1930's and '40s. Jan pointed out that 90 minutes only allowed for a dip into the amazing area of US movie-musicals. Naturally our very knowledgable lecturers were peppered with questions both before and after their presentation. We're looking forward to the final lecture “...What's happened to Hollywood?” and regretting that this delightful class-lecture series will conclude Thursday.
We had another terrific Art on The Stay program at CLIR Wednesday -Intimate Expressionism. The very knowledgable docent from the Legion of Honor not only presented an overview of the current show at The Legion [paintings from the National Gallery in D.C.] but she also showed other painting that illustrated the current show's theme. That, along with her relating information about the development of Expressionism and some of the artist not in the show but who relate to the genre, gave us a very complete picture!
Pat Tibbs presented a very up-to-date journey at June's Vicarious Travelers. Pat shared wonderful pictures and vignette stories of her recent trip to the China's capital city area. She accompanied her daughter and twin grandchildren on this experience. It was a fascinating vicarious trip for all us Friday, thanks Pat!
June's Walks, Tuesday, was a visit to the San Francisco National Historic Maritime Park at Hyde Street Pier. At the Maritime Visitor Center exhibit we learned from docents that our Walks leader, Tom Bier, is known as The Varnish King.
Upon leaving the Visitor Center museum, we walked the Hyde Street Pier and Tom pointed out the various ships and told us of their history and restoration efforts. Tom is working on Balcluth as a volunteer; tackling the challenge of keeping her beautiful wood properly varnished. He took our CLIR group on a complete tour of the ship -what an education! After that it was a comprehensive exploration of the tug Hercules.
There is so much to see, explore and learn while enjoying this part of San Francisco's bay-front. Our Walk only scratched the surface and we all plan on returning for at least another two hours of discovery.
Today was the second in the four-part series Jan Wahl is presenting at CLIR. This episode: Hollywood Scandal. Jan and her assistant Barry presented stories, read from books and showed film clips which illustrated specific points. With the Q&A following Jan & Barry's lecture today, as last week, it ran almost two hours -but what an information packed, laugh filled, time we had! Next week -Musicals...
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