The Lehrer Report: Feb. 23, 2024

Published: 02-23-2024 9:55 PM

Garden report: A friend told me crocuses are in bloom in her yard. Others have reported seeing shoots up in their yards. I checked my beds and there are daffodil and iris shoots that are visible.

One month from Tuesday — Feb. 20 — the vernal equinox, spring, happens on March 20. Something to look forward to.


My friend Lee Bridegam answered the question of the missing drive-up post office box in front of the University Drive Post Office. She asked an employee and was told a motorist hit the box and it was demolished. Thank you, Lee.


Cellist Noah Ferris and pianist Yu Mei Wei will perform Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Amherst Woman’s Club, of which I am a member. The concert is a benefit for the club’s scholarship fund.

Noah is a high school student who studies with cellist Astrid Shneeweiss at Juilliard. Astrid was a member of the UMass Music Department until she left to join the Juilliard String Quartet.

Refreshments will be served. For tickets visit or get them at the door.

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“Still we Rise ” is the name of program that includes a Black history lecture and slide show Friday, Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the White Lion Brewery. The event includes musical performances and poetry with prizes for outstanding performances. The program is presented by the Black Business Association of Amherst Area in collaboration with the White Lion Brewery and Sankofa Gumbo. It is free and open to the public.


The UMass White Lion Dancers will perform, Thursday, Feb. 29 at 4:30 p.m. at the Amherst Survival Center. Appetizers from local restaurants will be served. The program is supported in part by the Amherst Cultural Council.

It is free and open to the public.


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