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  • Saturday, August 20, 2011 7:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On August 19th, we met in the lobby of the McKim Building of the Boston Public Library (Dartmouth Street entrance).  The Art and Architecture Tour highlights the work of Charles McKim , Philip Johnson and John Singer Sargent.   The Boston Public Library displays  artwork and murals of many sculptors and painters. 

  • Tuesday, August 09, 2011 7:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Thursday, Aug 3, a group met in Cambridge for lunch and a movie, and to say farewell to Bina, who will be moving to Zurich, Switzerland shortly.  Bina has been active in the Book Club and also taught a Cooking Class for us about vegetarian soups. We will miss her very much.

    Because Bina is herself a vegan, it was important that the lunch location have options that the guest of honor could eat.  The Think Tank in Kendall Square was a good choice.  There were menu selections for all dietary habits, and our obliging waitress took a photo of the group.

    After lunch, most of us went to see “Snowflower and the Secret Fan” at the Kendall Square Cinema.  Afterwards, we had coffee and discussed the film.  We hope that Bina stays in touch with the IWCB, and finds a good group in Zurich.

  • Wednesday, August 03, 2011 7:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We were a small group at the monthly coffee today: 4 members and two potential members.  Sometimes this is the best way for a curious newcomer to decide how she feels about the Club and its members.   It’s easier to participate in coversations when there are fewer of them going on around you.

    One of the newcomers, whose name is Joanne with an “e”, has an exhibit of her paintings on the walls of the Thos. Moser Showroom at 19 Arlington St.  Since it was within walking distance from the Pru, we all went over to see it when the coffee was over.  Thos. Moser is a gallery of handmade furniture, very modern and attractive pieces.  The paintings on the wall were displayed to good effect;  it was easy to see how they would work in a home setting.

    You never know what kind of spontaneous fun will break out after a morning coffee.

    - Joann

  • Tuesday, August 02, 2011 7:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Many thanks to Mavis for hosting her annual pool party.  Monday was blistering hot, and those of us who made it to her home in Duxbury enjoyed the opportunity to cool off in the water.  As usual, the potluck lunch was delicious.
    - submitted by Joann

  • Monday, July 25, 2011 7:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Doris continues to plan wonderful outings for the Lunch Bunch.  In July, members had a tour of the Historic Nichols House in the Beacon Hill area of Boston, then had lunch at Petit Robert.  Thanks to Doris and Pauline for photos.  If you like art and food, sign up for the Art and Architecture Lunch Bunch outing in August. 

  • Thursday, July 07, 2011 7:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What a wonderful time we had this afternoon!  IWCB members were given the opportunity to learn first hand about Tanabata, the Japanese star festival.  Iko explained the story of the two stars, separated by the Milky Way, representing lovers who are only allowed to be together once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month.  We were welcomed by our hostess Hammi and invited to write a wish on special paper which we then hung on the bamboo in the garden.  Yuka played 2 songs on her violin, the traditional Japanese Tanabata song and the Disney classic “When You Wish Upon a Star”.  Iko then invited Keiko and Hammi to join her in singing the Tanabata song.

    Lunch was delicious, a selection of Japanese and Western-style dishes.  Iko then taught members a traditional Japanese folk dance.  Aftersome practice, we formed a circle on the lawn and danced to Yuka’s violin music.

    We found out later that some of the staff serving the meal were voice students at Berklee School of Music.  We persuaded them to sing for us “Ue wo muite arukuo”, a well known Japanese song that was played in the United States and was quite popular in the early 1960s, where it was called “Sukiyaki”.  Iko wants us all to know that the song really has nothing to do with sukiyaki, which is a food.  The Japanese title, when translated to English, means “I walk looking up”.  Tonight we will all look up into the sky and hope that the wish we wrote this afternoon will come true.

    - submitted by Joann

  • Tuesday, July 05, 2011 7:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What a pleasant surprise to have Ebru, an IWCB Alumna who returned to Turkey after her year in Boston, stop by the July morning coffee!  I often wonder whether our former members read the newsletters I send them, but this is proof that they do.  Ebru and her husband return to Massachusetts every summer so their children can attend camp and keep up the English that they learned during their year here.  It was good to catch up with her news.

    We had about ten show up for the coffee, a nice mix of new members and seasoned veterans.

    - submitted by Joann

  • Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A group of us gathered at the MFA for a tour or the Japanese galleries, with special emphasis on learning about the Tea Ceremony and ceremonial objects associated with this special tradition.  Keiko-san told us how in the past, Japanese warriors might meet at a tea ceremony, in a room that was too small to allow them to bring their weapons with them.  The doorway might be low, so that they had to bow to enter the room.  In a room specially decorated for the season, with low voices and an attitude of respect for the tea master, rivals might meet and find common ground.  Keiko-san  said when she read of President Obama and Sen. John Boehner meeting to play golf, she was reminded of how a Tea Cceremony could serve the same function in Japan.

    Our lecture was interrupted by an evacuation of the MFA announced over the public address system.  We exited and chatted on the lawn for a while, until we were allowed back into the museum. 

    We then learned more about some of the ceremonial objects associated with the Tea Ceremony, and about textiles in the Japanese gallery.  Philip pointed out to us that Keiko-san had on her obi some images associated with the Tea Ceremony.

    - submitted by Joann

  • Thursday, June 23, 2011 5:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of my daughters commented that most of the club activities seemed to  involve eating.  What better way to introduce yourself to different cultures?

    The photos on the left were taken by Doris on June 22 at the Hei La Moon Restaurant in Chinatown in Boston.  Candice had organized this farewell lunch for Stephie, and the location is one the Lunch Bunch has visited before.

    Dim Sum is a wonderful way to sample a large variety of dishes.  It’s a little bit like the trend toward small plate appetizers in western style restaurants.  The more people you have in the group, the more  types of dim sum you can sample without feeling overwhelmed.

    Always popular with club members, Dim Sum will certainly appear on the calendar again, so don’t miss it.

    - submitted by Joann

  • Monday, June 20, 2011 10:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Annual General Meeting at the Scandinavian Living Center was well attended.

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