The Lehrer Report for May 11, 2018

  • Phyllis LEHRER

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who raise children.

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Bruce Penniman, of Amherst, sent an email about a culinary opportunity — a West African take-out meal. The choices include vegetable thiou (vegan), a chunky vegetable stew, and chicken yassa, chicken legs cooked with onions and olives.

The dinner is a fundraiser, he said. The Sene-Gambian scholars have traveled to West Africa, and are raising funds to bring students from The Gambia over here. The cost is $10 per meal or 4 for $35, which includes a donation. Orders should be placed by May 15 with pickup on May. 18. More information and an order form are available at www.tinyurl .com/WestAfricanMeals.

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Save the date: The Garden Club of Amherst is holding its annual plant sale May on the Town Common.

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The lilacs are in full bloom, all the trees are completely leafed and everything is so green in Europe, at least the countries I was in.

I just returned from visit to Poland, Austria and Germany that included a land tour and river cruise on the Danube. This is my postcard to you.

The weather was glorious every day. I had pierogis in Poland, Wiener schnitzel in Vienna, Linzer torte in Linz, wheat beer on a boat in the Danube gorge, goose in a salt mine and the best pretzel ever in Straubing, Germany. We had pretzels before and after that bakery visit and they couldn’t compare.

We nearly joined a May Day parade as we walked through a town square but didn’t dance at the many May poles.

This was a classic tour with castles, palaces, churches, museums gardens and monuments. I have pictures and am willing to share.

I get to experience Spring again since my lilac is just starting to bloom and the trees have to open their leaves.

Wish you were here.

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