The Lehrer Report: Feb. 19, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021

I missed noting Mardi Gras greetings, not that any beads will be thrown at waiting hands.

Lent began this week for members of Christian faiths, while Purim will be celebrated next week for those of the Jewish community.

And by next week, February will be over, bringing us closer to spring. I look forward to being outside again with friends. While we may have been vaccinated, we will still sit apart and wear masks.


The Amherst Historical Society will hold its annual meeting Feb.21 at 2 p.m. via Zoom, according to an email from George Naughton, board president. A brief business meeting will be followed by a lecture from Claire Nashar, “The Pedigree of Honey: Class, Colony, and Politics in Amherst’s ‘Bee Hive’ and Emily Dickinson’s Bee Poems.”

She will connect the poetry of Emily Dickinson with the history and culture of Amherst. It’s free. Visit the society website — amherst history.org — for the link.


The Amherst Woman’s Club, of which I am a member, will host a program “Come to Tea” presented by local cookbook author and Leverett resident Claire Hopley on Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. The link can be found on the Woman’s Club website: amherst woman’s club.org.


The Jones Library is holding a program, “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture from Ten American Colleges and Universities,” via Zoom on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

According to the email from Janet Ryan, head of programming and outreach at the library, Mathew Duman embarked on a “grotesque safari,” traveling to 10 universities around the country to photograph the unique grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings.

The schools are Yale University, Trinity College (Hartford), Bryn Mawr College, The City College of New York, Duke University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, The University of Chicago, The University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis. You have to register by sending an email to programs@joneslibrary.org. You will be sent a link the day before the event.


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