Exploring Yale and New Haven County
Exploring Yale and New Haven County In the fall we went on two local tours - both over-subscribed. The first tour in October was the handsome, newly opened Rose Center on Ashmun St., which houses the Yale Police Dept. as well as a modern community center for the Dixwell neighborhood. The police station was impressive, with state of the art communications equpment including control stations that rise to allow of- ficers to operate them standing if they need to change position after long hours of duty. After the building tour, our group walked the short nearby section of the Canal trail with President Lisa Fernandez to learn about the development of this resource.
Our November curator tour of the Yale Furniture Study collection was available at two times during the day, as the number of visitors is strictly limited. We viewed examples of furniture and wooden objects from this fascinating, huge collection. To accomodate those unable to make the tour in November, it was repeated in February and once again the group was virtually filled.
On March 1, we had a tour of the Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University. Director David Ives spoke to the group about the work of the institute, and answered questions. A short video about the Insti- tute was viewed. The schedule of the Director required this tour to take place at short notice, and timing did not allow for optimum publicity in the YUWO newsletter, although notice went out on the internet to those on the YUWO email list. Because of lack of publicity and bad weather this was a small tour group. There might be sufficient interest to offer this tour again for those who missed it.
At the end of March a group of sixteen YUWO members had the pleasure of seeing (and playing!) the exotic Javanese gamelan musical ensemble recently acquired by Yale, and now housed in a basement room in Hendrie Hall. It spreads over the entire carpeted floor, a creation of gleaming brass, gold and black paint and intricate wood carving. Professor Sarah Weiss gave a lively talk and demonstration of the gamelan, and then under her direction group members tried out the various parts of the ensemble.
Lyn Howe & Anne Schenck
There were 21 Activities groups in YUWO this year, including five different book groups, with the latest one started at a Newcomers meeting. That group invited a local author to lunch, after enjoy- ing her book. Most groups are active and thriving, showing the wide range of interests among our members. The German conversation group and Play Readers did not meet this year, and the Mah Jong group was not seeking new members. A new day- time Bridge group started up, and other activities continue with renewed ideas and vitality.
The French group has a large group of enthusiastic speakers, and has happily made contact this year with the French cultural office in New Haven. The Geneaology group has had some meetings drawing
an interested group. Movie Matinees continues to attract crowds to their showings of historic films at the Blackstone Library. The screenings are pre- ceeded by brief informative talks, and followed by audience discussion.
Art Afficionados and Travel Gourmet continue to provide interesting opportunities to explore culture and cuisine locally and statewide. Scrabble play- ers have been meeting one Sunday evening of each month, and the Music group has chosen events to attend every month. Bird Watching, Book Circle, Golf, Luncheon Gourmet, Needlers and Tennis con- tinue with faithful members.
Lyn Howe & Anne Schenck