When Americans first started attending “the pictures” in the 1910s, movie screens were coated with reflective metallic paint, creating a silver surface to better display the projected images. Most of us remember a bit of that era and the classic black and white movies it featured. This month we’ll indulge in a bit of nostalgia in our choices of movies  on Mondays and Saturdays and our family event might even take us back to Saturday nights at the local drive-in — to watch a movie, of course! 


Aug. 18, 2019      An Evening with the Greatest Showman

This  Sunday evening will feature a special movie, the 2017 musical biographical drama, The Greatest Showman. It was inspired by the story of P. T. Barnum‘s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the lives of its star attractions. Hugh Jackman stars as P. T. Barnum, the ambitious showman, Zac Efron as his playwrighter partner, Michelle Williams as  Barnum’s wife, Rebecca Ferguson as Jenny Lind, the famous “Swedish Nightingale,” and Zendaya as an acrobatic trapeze artist. It won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, “This is Me.” For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Greatest_Showman  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCTMGYUg9A



Aug. 19, 2019      Monday Movie: Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown

Today’s movie is a 1997 British drama starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Billy Connolly as John Brown, a Scottish servant of Prince Albert who developed an unusual relationship with the Queen after his death. The royal household thought Brown might coax the Queen into resuming public life after lengthy mourning and summoned him back to court. However the Royal family, public, press and politicians soon come to resent Brown’s influence over Victoria. Brown took serious liberties with court protocol and control over Victoria’s daily activities. The derisive “Mrs Brown”, used at the time and in the film, implied an improper, and perhaps sexual, relationship. Judi Dench won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for her role. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs_Brown  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5921dc

Aug. 19, 2019         Shopping: Walmart

This afternoon our bus will be taking interested shoppers to the Walmart Superstore on Bethel Road. This discount department store has pretty much everything from groceries to pharmacy, electronics, men’s and women’s clothing and shoes, toys, photo center, jewelry and watches, sports and outdoor equipment, garden center, vision center and more. To view specials and sales at the Bethel Road store, go to: https://www.walmart.com/store/3812/columbus-oh/details     


Aug. 19, 2019       Dinner Out: Columbus Fish Market

This evening some of us will be having dinner at the Columbus Fish Market on Olentangy River Road. It is now part of Mitchell’s Fish Market, an American seafood restaurant chain founded in 1998 by Columbus restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. This restaurant is one of fourteen Fish Markets now owned by Landry Inc. of Houston. To see their dinner menu, go to: http://menus.mitchellsfishmarket.com/MIWM_dinn.pdf



Aug. 21, 2019      Great Courses: Ostia, Rome’s Harbor

Today’s lecture in Professor Tuck’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World focuses on ancient Ostia, the harbor city 15 miles southwest of Rome at the mouth of the River Tiber. Its population in the 2nd to 3rd  centuries AD is estimated to have grown from 50,000 to 100,000 residents at its peak. It had a famous lighthouse, an active cult of Mithras, public latrines and baths, a large theatre, numerous taverns and inns, a firefighting service, and the earliest known synagogue in Europe. Excellent preservation of its ancient buildings reveals magnificent frescoes and impressive floor mosaics.


Aug. 21, 2019      Highbanks  Picnic and Tram Ride

Today we’ll be visiting Highbanks Metro Park north of Worthington for a picnic lunch, a tram ride through the park, and a stop at the shelter house. Columbus Metro Parks includes 19 outstanding natural area parks with more than 230 miles of trails and over 27,700 acres of land in seven Central Ohio counties. Highbanks is the closest to the Forum. It is named for its massive 100-foot-high shale bluff towering over the Olentangy Scenic River. Tributary streams cutting across the bluff have created a number of deep ravines in the eastern part of the 1,200-acre park. Our naturalist last year had a stuffed eagle but the park has a nesting pair of real live eagles.



Aug. 21, 2019      Clintonville Community Band Concert

We’ll end a busy day with the final concert of our summer series under our front portico. The Clintonville Community Band was founded in 1984 for Columbus North and Whetstone High School graduates as the North Columbus Community Band.  As the band grew the name changed in 1997 for the Clinonville sesquicentennial and to reflect its true geographic area. It now boasts a diverse membership high school, college, and graduate students; university professors, accountants, bankers, teachers, insurance agents, doctors, and lawyers.  Under the baton of Rick Burkart, former director of instrumental music for Whetstone High School, they have become a Forum favorite we look forward to every summer.


Aug. 22, 2019            Making Art with John Gillam

Today Columbus artist John Gillam will be back with his Community Art Studio and all the supplies you need to take home an original painting. John  earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in New York City. He has spent most of his professional career working with seniors in independent and assisted living communities developing their creative abilities in a variety of art media. He welcomes and helps beginners and challenges those with art experience in a variety of media: watercolors, clay,  pastels, drawing, painting, collages and more. The last time it was  painting with chalk and we liked the results.


Aug. 24, 2019         Saturday Matinee: Hidden Figures

Today’s  film is a  2016 biographical drama about  three black female mathematicians who played key roles at NASA during the US space race with Russia in th 1960s.. Taraji P. Henson stars as the mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions, Octavia Spencer as mathematician supervisor, and Janelle Monáe as an engineer in a racially segregated unit NASA unit that received no credit for their work and experienced indignities like a long walk to a separate bathroom and being mistaken for janitors. Kevin Costner stars as the director and Jim Parsons as the head engineer of the Space Task Group. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Figures  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK8xHq6dfAo

Aug. 24, 2019       Happy Hour with Pianist Cathi Aldrich

It’s the fourth Saturday of the month and time to welcome back the Forum’s favorite Happy Hour pianist, Cathi Aldrich, who will be back tonight playing requests. Cathi was the long time rehearsal pianist for Ballet Met as well as an experienced lounge musician admired throughout the Columbus area. So far we’ve never requested a song she didn’t know from memory. Welcome back, Cathi.

Aug. 26, 2019    Monday Movie: First Man

First Man is a 2018 biographical drama about Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Ryan Gosling stars as Armstrong and Claire Foy as his wife Janet as the film follows the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969. After the death of their two-year-old daughter from a brain tumor, test pilot Armstrong joins the Gemini program and the family moves to Houston. Preparing for an Apollo mission involves test flight accidents and the death of a new friend stressing Armstrong as he prepares to command Apollo 11. His wife forces Armstrong to talk with their two young sons about the possibility that he might not survive the moon trip but we all know the successful ending. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Man_(film)   To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSoRx87OO6k

Aug. 28, 2019     Great Courses: Timgad, More Roman Than Rome

Today’s lecture in Professor Tuck’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World focuses on Timgad, a Roman-Berber city in the Aures Mountains of what is now Algera. It was founded by Emperor Trajan around 100 AD. The ruins represent one of the best extant examples of the grid plan used in Roman town planning. Founded as a military encampment to guard against the Berber tribes in the mountains, the two main streets oriented on a north-south, east-west axis are colonnaded and intersect at the monumental Trajan Arch. Other key buildings include a 3,500-seat theater, four thermal baths, a library, a basilica, and a temple dedicated to Jupiter approximately the same dimensions as the Pantheon in Rome.



Aug. 29, 2019      Concourse Gallery Show + OSU Golf Lunch

Today we’ll be going to the  Upper Arlington Municipal Concourse Gallery to see their current show “Golf Under Repair” by artist John Charles Davies.” This is an exhibition of 18 sculptural reliefs inspired by golf courses and created with unique and everyday items. We’ll then head for the OSU Golf Course Clubhouse across the street for lunch. The restaurant offers a wide variety of options from burgers to salads, to wraps, with a daily special, and their popular lunch buffet and fresh salad bar. To view their lunch menu, go to: https://ohiostategolfclub.clubhouseonline-e3.com/getmedia/bbb48342-cf60-4b4e-b769-eeac14547406/Menu_2019.aspx




Aug. 31, 2019      Ohio State vs Florida Atlantic

OSU football is the only sport that attracts a group of Forum fans to the big TV in our living room to watch and cheer together.  So today is a big day for the beginning of the 2019 season with OSU vs Florida Atlantic. Florida Atlantic University at Boco Raton was the first public university in southeast Florida when it opened in 1964. It now has five sateliite campuses and over 30,000 students. Its mascot is Owlsley the Burrowing Owl, a species common on the campus which was declared a National Sanctuary for them by the National Audubon Society. Football began at Florida Atlantic in 2001 and has progressed rapidly to the national scene. Go Buckeyes!




Aug. 31, 2019      Saturday Matinee: The Lucy Show

The Lucy Show is an episode from the television series Lucille Ball starred in from 1962 to 1968 after her divorce from Desi Arnaz. Lucy is living in a fictional New York town, a widow with two children sharing her home with her divorced friend (Vivian Vance) and her son. After the third season the cast and format changed completely. It was a critical success from the beginning and ended up winning two Emmy’s in its final two seasons.






Our Lifestyle 360 theme this month is Snapshots. Over the years our cameras went from Kodak Brownies to Digital and Polaroids in between. But we surely acquired a lot of snaphots – of ourselves over the course of a life, of our family members in a wide variety of settings, of friends and neighbors former and current, of favorite places we’ve been – a life! This month we’ll be digging some out and sharing them. Yes, we’ve probably given some to our children and thrown others away as we downsized. But in a neatly ordered scrapbook or an overflowing shoe box we probably have some of the most treasured. This is the month for sharing.

Sept. 2, 2019     Monday Movie: Good Morning Miss Dove

Good Morning, Miss Dove is a 1955 film starring Jennifer Jones in the sentimental story of a beloved geography teacher who reflects back on her life and former students when she is hospitalized. Robert Stack stars as the small town doctor who performs surgery and saves her life. As many of her former students visit to tell her what she has meant to them, a series of flashbacks brings her memories of that person as a child with special problems. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Morning,_Miss_Dove   To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tdyoVrkO6A

Sept. 2, 2019     Shopping at Kohl’s

Today our bus will be taking interested shoppers to Kohl’s for shopping on their own. This discount department store features men’s, women’s and children clothing, shoes, and underwear including a special sports department featuring the logos of both college and professional teams. It has departments for kitchen appliances and dishes, bedding and bath items, small furniture, jewelry and toys. Browse for yourself at http://www.kohls.com



Sept. 4, 2019      Great Courses:  Kananis, On the Empire’s Fringe

Today’s lecture in Professor Tuck’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World is on Kananis about 50 miles southwest of Cairo. This agricultural community or 2000 to 3000 people illustrates the cultural and urban diversity of the Roman Empire even on its remote fringes. Thanks to the dry desert archaeologists have recovered numerous papyri documents and domestic artifacts that reveal the daily lives of this community of Roman veterans, Hellenistic descendants and local Egyptians from the breadbasket of the Roman Empire c. 300 AD.   



Sept. 4, 2019     Stoer’s Farm Market

Today the Stoers will be back during our lunch hour with fresh farm produce from their farm south of Columbus near Orient. We’ve been getting wonderful sweet corn, tomatoes, blackberries, and their own raw honey but it changes with the season so come and check for yourself.   




Sept. 6, 2019     Dublin Art Gallery + Lunch at 101 Beer Kitchen

Today we are heading to the Dublin Arts Council Gallery on Riverside Dr. to see their exhibit “Cypress Bark and Sandstone, Studies in Burnt Orange.” This is an exhibition of art quilts by Columbus artist Frauke Palmer. Her designs are inspired by personal photos of her hiking treks in the American Southwest. Palmer was born in Germany and was raised in England and Baltimore. She earned a degree in physics at Goucher College, Baltimore, and had a long career as a high school physics and math teacher in Worthington, Ohio. In retirement, Palmer resurrected her sewing skills to explore art quilting.

This will be followed by lunch at the Dublin 101 Beer Kitchen, local family-owned restaurants in Gahanna, Westerville and Dublin that pride themselves on “Rustic Food and Craft Beers.” Their lunch menu is a creative take on lunch standards of soup, salads, pizza or sandwiches. Of course you can have a burger with all the trimmings , but where else can you also find fried perch, smoked pulled pork, or crab cake lettuce wraps among your sandwich choices? For lunch details, go to: https://www.101beerkitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/101bk_lunch-dinner_SU20.pdf  










Sept. 7, 2019       OSU Buckeyes vs Cincinnati Bearcats

Today’s Ohio State football game featuring Ohio State versus the University of Cincinnati will be the much anticipated battle of between major Ohio universities. Former OSU Defensive coach Luke Fickell, in his third year with the Bearcats, last year was awarded the AAC coach of the year. The University of Cincinnati played its first football game in 1885 against Miami University beginning the longest in-state football rivalry in the US. The UC Bearcat mascot originated in a Oct. 31, 1914 game with the University of Kentucky Wildcats when a UC cheerleader shouted “They may have their Wildcats but we have our Baehr-Cat” after UC star player Teddy Baehr. Go Buckeyes!



Sept. 7, 2019      Happy Hour with Andy Launer

Get in the spirit for OSU football with some great Buckeye themed music. Pianist Andy Launer will be with us for Happy Hour. Andy grew up in a musical family, played with a five-piece band in high school, and organized a dance combo while studying music education at Ohio Wesleyan. His varied musical career has involved teaching music, tuning pianos, and playing in various groups from a jazz trio to piano duo. In 2002 he was inducted into the Columbus Senior Musicians Hall of Fame.






Sept. 8, 2019      Pizza on the patio with the Gary & Linda Scalafani                                                             
This evening we’re really counting on perfect early fall weather for a pizza party on the patio. Rotolos has been a family owned pizzeria in Columbus since 1974 and has received “Best Pizza” awards from Columbus Monthly and the Columbus Dispatch. They have even been included in the Los Angeles Magazine’s “Top Ten in America’s Finest Pizzerias.” But best of all, they’re our own Gilda Ferrari’s relatives! How can you get more Italian than that?

Vocalists Gary and Linda Scalafani will be here to entertain us with Gary’s acoustic guitar accompaniment. This husband and wife couple have been writing, performing, and recording music for over thirty years. Originally from the New York City/New Jersey area, they now live in Columbus and perform for church groups, senior centers and senior living communities throughout central Ohio. Feel free to invite your family to join us.





Sept. 11, 2019    Great Courses: Constantinople

Today’s lecture in Professor Tuck’s Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World is on Constantinople, the city that provides a bridge from the ancient world to the medieval period. Founded by Roman Emperor Constantine in the 3rd century, this lecture follows it to the 6th century under Emperor Justinian when it reached a population of about 500,000 as the Eastern capital of the Roman Empire. By then it’s design distinguished it as an imperial capital with massive walls and the prominence of its major churches like magnificent Hagia Sophia – the 6th century Orthodox cathedral that was converted to an Ottoman mosque and is now a museum.




Sept. 18, 2019    Great Courses: Lessons & Legacies of Ancient Cities

Professor Tuck concludes his Great Course on Cities of the Ancient World today with a look at the modern cities of Venice and London to examine the lessons and legacies of modern cities from the cities of the ancient world. The center of Venice is St. Mark’s Cathedral and Venice gained fame from ” acquiring” the body of evangelist St. Mark from its original burial place in Alexandria claiming for the city Alexandria’s fame as the premier harbor on the Mediterranean. Although London’s origins were a patchwork of small villages that merged into the largest metropolis of the world for most of the  19th century, with an infrastructure for delivering fresh water comparable to ancient Rome and cultural artifacts from the ancient world including the obelisk from Alexandria.





Sept. 25, 2019     Great Course: Inventions that Changed the World

Today we begin a new Great Course with Professor Bernard Carlson of the University of Virginia. Professor Carlson is Chair of the Department of Engineering and Society and has a joint appointment in the Department of History. He received his PhD  from the University of Pennsylvania in the History and Sociology of Science. He is the author of the seven-volume Technology in World History and co-edits a book series, Inside Technology  for the MIT Press. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Sept. 25, 2019      Great Course: Great Inventions in Everyday Life

Professor Carlson’s lecture today focuses on the need for inventions to affect the everyday life of humans for them to become “great inventions.”  For the purposes of this course, inventions are all about converting ideas into  things. What was the creative idea? How does it work? How did it become important in people’s lives? How did this invention change the world? Many inventions actually do not originate in scientific theory but are the result of careful observation and the practical knowledge of farmers and mechanical workers who work with and constantly strive to improve their tools. Sounds intriguing.