Please note that the book club will continue to meet through Zoom technology until the members determine that it is safe to meet in person. New members are always welcome. Contact Dianne Diniz for further information
Books for 2020-21
January 29, 2021
"The Forgotten Home Child," by Genevieve Graham
February 26, 2021
"Daughters of Smoke and Fire," by Ava Homa
March 26, 2021
"The Night Watchman," by Louise Erdrich
April 30, 2021
"The Splendid and the Vile," by Erik Larson
May 28, 2021
"Erotic Stories for Punjabi Windows," by Balli Kaur Jaswal
June 25, 2021
"The Silent Patient," by Alex Michaelides
The Bridge Club continues to meet every Monday from 1:00 - 3:00pm. We are a friendly group of members that range from beginners to intermediate in terms of skill range. Like most gatherings these days, we use Zoom as our communication tool and the "Bridge Base" app is the forum we use. We have one table and share who sits at the table throughout our two hours of play. When one is not playing they are in the role of 'Kibitzing" which allows one to see all the hands being played and follow along with the play. The app also allows for a review of the hand played in its 'history' section which lets us review our bidding process and how we fared with others who played that same hand. We have my sister-in-law (an avid bridge player) who joins us when she can and provides us with great guidance / lessons as related to the hands played. We would love to have you join us and only ask that you have the ability to run the Zoom platform and the Bridge Base app at the same time - whether that means two devices (a computer, an ipad, or your smartphone) or the ability to have two screens open and running on your computer. Our overall goal is to learn and play bridge but even more so it is to have fun while doing so. Contact Laura Lothian-Bryant for more information
Unfortunately, the Theatre Club has been unable to arrange attendances at any theatre productions during this past year due to the present lockdown due to Covid19 pandemic. The last time we were able to attend a performance in Stratford was in 2019. Last year, we had to cancel the arrangements for a “Stratford outing” due to the shutdown in March.
Unlike other forms of entertainment such as sporting events and film productions, that have the advantage of the television-means of presenting their entertainment, live theatre is dependent on a live audience that are actually present in the theatre. Needless to say, theatrical productions in Stratford and indeed other theatrical centres such as New York and London’s West End, are all experiencing the full effects of “lockdown”. Everything is cancelled.
All of the above centres of live theatre are looking carefully at possible ways of commencing production including Stratford, but at the same time, adhering to the severe restrictions of audience separation necessary during this pandemic. It is important to recognize that a large part of the costs of productions is offset by ticket sales in live theatre. The Stratford Festival has been working hard since last Autumn to come up with alternative ways of presenting high quality productions at Stratford for the 2021 without endangering the safety of the audiences, production crews and actors. They have developed a dynamic new digital content format called Stratford @Home involving some of Canada’s best performers and includes some of their greatest productions, musical concerts, interviews, and some original drama for $10 dollars a month. Contact: www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome
The potential for “in-person” productions is being investigated, such as some outdoor productions in the Summer (they have plenty of beautiful parkland); use of the new Tom Paterson Theatre and Festival Theatre with appropriate separations in the seating; looking at possible productions that require less actors and production staff. It is hoped that a decision will be made by February/March and hopefully productions will be announces. Needless to say, this will greatly depend on the state of the pandemic. We will keep you up-to-date with any developments.