The Lehrer Report for Feb. 23, 2018

  • Phyllis LEHRER

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Therese Donahue and Sandy Sacco, both of Amherst, sent me a postcard of Thomas and Mina Edison sitting in their garden of Seminole Lodge, their winter home in Fort Myers, Florida. The garden featured Madonna lilies. The two were at a two-day plant sale at the Edison estate that has beautiful and exotic plants.

Then they rubbed it in by saying the weather has been perfect.

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The Friends of the Amherst Senior Center will hold auditions for the Valley’s Got Talent Show Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Bangs Center. The amateur talent competition has three cash prizes. Contestants can apply at www.amherstma.gov/269/senior-center.

The show will be held March 25 at 2 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College.

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Aaron Schuman, the son of Murray and Barbara Schuman of Amherst, is the guest curator of Jaipur Photo, an international outdoor photo festival held every February in the Pink City. The web site said he is an American -born, U.K.-based artist, writer, academic and editor. The theme is “Homeward Bound.” The festival ends March 4.

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Good news: I saw buckets hung on a maple tree. Time for the running of the sap, which yields maple syrup. Look for the opening of sugar shacks and go eat pancakes and waffles. It makes the winter sweet.

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I was so glad to see photos of Lou Groccia’s remodeled kitchen in the Gazette’s Home Magazine. I have been reading his kitchen saga in Lucy and Lou’s Leftovers column in the Gazette for the past few months. The kitchen looks great. Anyone who makes English muffins from scratch and preserves lemons deserves such a space.

I can attest to his cooking ability since he contributed to the Gazette potluck functions. His food was always eaten first. I brought potato chips worthy of my purchasing, rather than cooking, ability.

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