Our Lifestyle 360 theme for February traces its origins to the Bible: Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else for it is the Source of life.” Our focus will be on both the physical and emotional aspects of caring for the most important organ in our bodies. This will include healthy diet and exercise information as well as a variety  of social activities with Forum friends that make winter days fly by.



Feb. 19, 2019         Chair Volleyball

Before lunch today, Barb will be leading a game of chair volleyball. The rules are the same as regular volley ball, but the net is lower and players sit on chairs and play with a beach ball. Lots of stretching our muscles but a fun way to exercise.  Why not give it a try?





Feb. 20, 2019       Lincoln at Gettysburg by Dale Blanshan

Following the men’s breakfast this morning we’ll  have a special program for all residents in honor of President’s Day.  Historian Dale Blanshan will be using  photographs and documents to share with us the devastating Battle or Gettysburg and later the atmosphere surrounding Lincoln’s brief but eloquent address dedicating the Gettysburg cemetery where thousands of the fallen soldiers from both sides are buried. Dale is a mid-westerner who attended elementary school in Nebraska, high school in Minnesota – where he still lives – became a minister and attorney before deciding he was at heart a historian, musician, and story teller. Since then he’s done over 3000 historical and/or musical programs including Mississippi river boat cruises. He’s the father of nine children and it is family that brings him to Columbus for a visit. We’re glad he has time to do a program for us.




  Feb. 20, 2019        Great Courses: Ancient Pueblo People

Today’s lecture by Prof. Barnhart in our Great Courses series on Ancient Civilizations of North America features the ancient Pueblo people of the Four Corners area where Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado meet. Pueblo is the Spanish word for village and these cliff dwelling  people built communities with remarkable multi-story apartment  structures. The best known of these are Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon. The Navajo who inhabit this area today refer to them as Anasazi – the “ancient people.” A key feature of this culture was the kiva, a circular pit chamber built for community ceremonial purposes. Mesa Verde dwellings were erected in caves on the canyon walls that could be easily defended by retracting the ladders used to reach them.




Feb. 21, 2019        The Three Bs and Friends: Delightful Sounds

This evening we welcome a new musical duo to the Forum. Delightful Sounds musicians Priscilla Hewerston and Ellen Ford both have degrees in music and together the make delightful sounds of light classical music on violin, hammered dulcimer, and  keyboard. The have performed at at a variety of venues from wedding receptions, to business banquets, museum and art gallery events, festivals, and now senior living communities like the Forum. Tonight they will be featuring Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Let’s give them a big welcome.



Feb. 21, 2019      Otterbein College Theatre: Hay Fever

This evening a group of us will be going to Westerville for the Otterbein College Theatre production of Noel Coward’s ‘Hay Fever.’ Set in an English country house in the 1920s  this is a weekend with the ecceentric Bliss family. Judith is a melodramatic retired actress, David a reclusive novelist, and their grown children Simon and  Sorel have a few quirks of their own. Each arrives with a surprise guest and the comedy begins.




Feb. 22, 2019        Diy-no-sew-pocket-hand-warmers

February is the perfect time for an easy, fun, useful do-it-yourself project and Barb has found a good one. She will provide the materials and this afternoon residents are invited to come and make easy no-sew pocket hand warmers filled with rice that can be nuked in the microwave oven and stuck in your coat pocket to keep your hands warm when you go out to walk or brush






the snow off your car. Great idea!




Feb. 23, 2019     Saturday Matinee: Woman in Gold

This 2015 biographical drama illustrates the true story of art stolen from Jewish families by the Nazis during World War II.  Helen Mirren stars as a Jewish refuge living in Los Angeles who for a decade fought to reclaim the famous “Worman in Gold” painting of her aunt by Gustav Klimit. Acquired by the Austrian government from a Nazi collaborator it was now the star of the Belvedere Museum in Vienna which falsely claimed her aunt had willed it to the museum. Ably assisted by a young lawyer who was the son of a friend (Ryan Reynolds) their case against the Austrian government went all the way to the Supreme Court and eventually brought the painting back to its rightful owner. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_in_Gold_(film)   To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfxsdGyjP0U





Feb. 23, 2019      Happy Hour with Cathi Aldrich

The Forum’s favorite Happy Hour pianist, Cathi Aldrich, will be back tonight playing requests. Cathi has long been the 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









Feb. 25, 2019       Monday Movie: Breathe

This 2017 biographical romantic drama is based on the story of a young British man paralyzed from the neck down with polio at the age of 28. Andrew Garfied plays the leading role and Diana Foy is loving wife and mother of their young son. Confined to a respirator and given little time to live, he beats the odds and returns home on a respirator. He conceives, and with the help of an inventive friend played by Hugh Bonneville, creates a mobile chair with a built in respirator that frees him to travel. He teams up with a doctor and the chair is produced for other severely disabled patients. Dean- Charles Chapman plays the grown son who eventually commissioned a writer and helped produce the film of his father’s story. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breathe_(2017_film)  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JycCFypvgmI




Feb. 25, 2019      Shopping Trip to Target

Today our shopping destination will be Target, the second largest discount retailer in the US. They pride themselves on offering high quality merchandise at low margins. This is a complete department store with clothing, shoes, accessories, home furnishings from bedding to dishes, patio and garden supplies, electronics, luggage, school and office supplies, beauty and personal products, pet supplies, party supplies, holiday decorations, groceries and optical. For details and prices go to http://www.target.com/sl/columbus-central/1058




Feb. 26, 2019       Dinner Out:  The Barn at Rocky Fork

Our monthly dinner out this evening will take us to Gahanna to The Barn at Rocky Fork. This Cameron Mitchell restaurant is a  destination steakhouse with its own butcher shop and smokehouse, proud of the quality and variety of its steaks, but their menu also includes pork, poultry and seafood. The decor is best described as rustic luxury. See the dinner, gluten free, dessert, wine or whiskey menu at: https://thebarncolumbus.com/menus




Feb. 27, 2019        Great Courses: Chaco Canyon Phenomenon 

Prof. Barnhart’s lecture today in our Great Courses series on Ancient Civilizations of North American is on the phenomenon of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. This ruins of a Civilization that flourished from 900 to 1150 was a major cultural center of fifteen complexes containing the largest buildings in North America prior to the 19th century. These were aligned to the lunar and solar cycles and reveal evidence of advanced astronomic knowledge. The largest of these complexes is Pueblo Bonita with its large community kiva. Today the entire Chaco Canyon National Monument is a World Heritage site. The site was known for its turquoise and argillite jewelry. Chaco Canyon was abandoned c. 1150 during a devastating fifty-year drought.



Feb. 28, 2019          Shopping: Tuttle Mall

This afternoon our bus will take anyone interested to Tuttle Mall for shopping. It’s a good time for sales and not too soon for a spring preview. This two-story enclosed mall is anchored by major department stores Macy’s, JCPenney, and Sears. Over one hundred specialty stores offer men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories, bedding and furnishings, toys, books, electronic goods, and more. For a detailed store directory go to: http://www.simon.com/mall/the-mall-at-tuttle-crossing





Feb. 28, 2019       Book Club: The Dollhouse

This month we’re reading “The Dollhouse” a novel by Fiona Davis.  In the 1950’s, New York City’s glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women was home to a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success. Fifty years later, the building has gone condo except for one elderly resident still living in her rent-controlled apartment. Her next door neighbor, a journalist. becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon’s glitzy past.








Feb.   28, 2019       Sing Along with Bill Cohen

Tonight we have a concert guaranteed to be good for our social and emotional health.  Some of us remember Bill Cohen as the state house reporter for Ohio Public Radio for many years. In retirement, Bill is doing what he loves – making music with his guitar and his voice. Tonight he  will be taking us down memory lane with songs that invite us to sing along – songs from our childhood, our teens, our romantic memories. Come and enjoy!



MARCH 2019    Lifestyle 360 Theme: United We Stand

Our theme this month is the first half of the popular motto “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.” It is used to inspire unity and collaboration – by schools, churches, countries, or . . . retirement communities. Its origins according to some go back to Aesop’s fable about a bundle of sticks that cannot be broken. There are references to it in the Bible in Mark, Matthew and Luke quoting Jesus. It inspired the Liberty song of our Revolutionary War, Lincoln’s speech while campaigning for the presidency, and World War II propaganda posters. Today you’ll find it in pop songs, Harry Potter stories, and even Super Bowl ads.   We  plan to create an inclusion poster where each resident is invited to post something unique about him or her self and connect it with a line to someone else. We expect we’ll find ourselves more connected than we realize by the place where we grew up, the college we attended, a hobby we enjoyed, a favorite travel location, or whatever. Join in.

March 1, 2019       Ballet Met: Don  Quixote 

This morning a group of us have tickets for the dress rehearsal of Ballet Met’s production of Don Quixote. This classical story is packed with a touch of guile, a heap of chivalry, plenty of humor, and invites us on a quest of misguided love and adventure. We’re assured that the Ballet Met version has lavish and extremely colorful sets and costumes.




March 1, 2019      Columbus Symphony: Spanish Flamenco Festival

This evening a group of us have tickets for the Columbus Symphony Spanish Flamenco Festival concert. This features flamenco star Griset Damas and American conductor John Axelrod in music inspired by adventure and Spanish exoticism. The program concludes with Dvořák’s richly melodic New World Symphony.

Turina: Danzas fantásticas
Falla: La Vida Breve: Danse Espagnole No. 1
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”






March 2, 2019        Saturday Matinee: Gifted

Today’s movie, Gifted, is a 2017 drama  that revolves around the custody of an intellectually gifted child. McKenna Green stars as a seven-year-old girl whose teacher discovers is a mathematical genius. Her mother committed suicide when she was six months old and she lives with her uncle (Chris Evans), a former college professor who runs a boat repair business in Florida. His estranged mother (Lindsay Duncan) wants her granddaughter to attend a private boarding school, as her mother did, to develop her unique ability. But her uncle knows that this was why his gifted sister killed herself. He fights for custody so that she can attend public school and have a normal childhood. For more detail, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gifted_(film)  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI01wBXGHUs


March 4, 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         

March 4, 2019         Monday Movie: Red

This 2010 comedy thriller was based on a comic book series by the same name. Bruce Willis stars as a retired CIA agent – Retired, Extremely Dangerous (RED). Lonely, he conspires to talk frequently with a GSA pension worker (Mary Lou Parker) by tearing up his pension checks and calling to say they never arrived. When an assassination squad raids his house and attempts to kill him, he wipes them out. But he immediately begins contacting former colleagues and friends warning them they may be in danger and trying to find who is behind the attempt on his life. A large cast includes Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren among lesser known actors. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe award, was a financial success, and inspired a sequel. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_(2010_film)  To view the movie trailer, go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHPti5AVZXU

March 5, 2019     Flower Arranging with Michele DeSantis

Ready for a spring pick-me-up of fresh flowers? Michele DeSantis of DeSantis Florists on Kenny Rd. will be back this afternoon with fresh flowers for those who sign up to make an arrangement for their apartment or to give to a friend. She’s an expert and patient teacher who will help you create an arrangement you will enjoy yourself or be proud to share with a friend in health care.






March 5, 2019       Mardi Gras Celebration

Today we celebrate Mardi Gras with a very special dinner provided by our dining staff. Afterwards we’ll be entertained with some cool jazz by the Rt. 161  Happy Wanderers Band. They’re new to the Forum. To some today is Carnival  or Fat Tuesday, but most of the US has accepted the New Orleans French Catholic tradition of celebrating Mardi Gras. This includes feasting before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, outrageous costumes, parties and parades. The traditional decoration are purple, green and gold bead necklaces – purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.




March 6, 2019       Great Courses: Archaeoastronomy in Southwest

Today’s lecture in our course on the Ancient Civilizations of North America focuses on the astrological significance of southwestern cultures. This was not discovered until 1977 when artist Anna Sofaer discovered a pair of spirals carved on a cliff wall on the summit of Jajado Butte at Chaco Canyon. They were behind slabs which allowed a crack of sunshine through. She established the Solstice Project which researched their relationship to  the summer, autumn, winter and spring solstices and found that ‘sun daggers’ had specific locations for each in relation to the spirals. In the 1980s continuing research found that 14 great houses at Chaco  Canyon also had astrological alignments both solar and lunar. These are believed to be related to both farming and religious practices. 





March 7, 2019         Better Balance With  Adam

This afternoon Forum physical therapist, Adam Williford will be focusing on our balance. We’ve all heard, “Use it or lose it,” and that is certainly true of our muscles. Adam practices what he preaches as a professional dancer and as the owner of a dozen or so pets (his wife is a vet) including more than one active dog.  He provides monthly balance checks and will suggest some exercise tips to help us strengthen those muscles that keep us from falling.







March 7, 2019       Movie Special: A Star is Born

This evening we’ll be showing the 2018  version of “A star is Born” recently released on DVD. This romantic musical is a remake of the 1937 classic staring Judy Garland. Bradley Cooper directs and stars as a hard-drinking and drug-addicted musician who discovers a young nightclub singer (Lady Gaga) persuades her to perform with him and falls in love. The film was nominated for five Golden Globe and eight Oscar awards including Best Picture. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Star_Is_Born_(2018_film)   To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSbzyEJ8X9E

March 8, 2019      Options For Upcoming Great Course

This morning we’ll be showing five-minute videos of the professors teaching six Great Courses that we are considering for our new series starting Apr. 10th. The topics we are considering are: Understanding the  Inventions that Changed the World;  History’s Greatest Voyages of Exploration; The Celtic World; Wonders of the National Parks;  Cities of the Ancient World; The American West. If you think you might be interested in attending these fascinating college courses WITH NO GRADES, come and pick up a ballot with all the lecture titles and vote for your choice.



March 8, 2019        Concert: Johnny Steiner

This evening we’re delighted to welcome back Forum favorite, Johnny Steiner – performer, conductor, teacher, composer. A week after his annual concert at his alma mater, Otterbein University, whose theme this year is ‘Signature,’ we expect a variety of signature songs from his favorite vocalists. Johnny has recently added to his conducting resume becoming the Artistic and Music Director for Vaud-Villities and director of four adult choirs and two children’s choirs at the Church of the Messiah in Westerville. He has made six digital recordings and maintains a roster of twenty-five students weekly at Johnny Steiner Voice Studio. Read more about this musician extraordinaire on his website http://www.johnnysteiner.com








March 9, 2019       Saturday Matinee: Heaven is For Real

Today’s movie is the 2014 Christian drama “Heaven is For Real.” Connor Corum stars as a four-year-old boy who describes his experiences in what he believes is heaven during emergency surgery. Greg Kinner stars as the Nebraska pastor who is his father and Kelly Reilly as his mother. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven_Is_for_Real_(film)To view the movie trailer, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven_Is_for_Real_(film)





March 9, 1019         Happy Hour with Andy Launer

This evening pianist Andy Launer will be back with his many Forum friends and fans 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.







March 11, 2019          Monday Movie: Freaky Friday

Yes, we know it’s Monday but our movie this afternoon is Freaky Friday, a 2003 fantasy comedy based on a 1972 novel of the same name. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan as a widowed mother and teenage daughter, whose bodies are switched due to a magical fortune cookie. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freaky_Friday_(2003_film)  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UShtvCen6So








March 12, 2019          Fireside Chat: Medicare Update

Navigating the mound of medical paperwork can be overwhelming for many of us or the loved ones who handle it for us. Seniors Servicing, a local company of healthcare claims and coverage specialists does just that, ensuring that their clients receive all entitled benefits. Today they will be with us for a fireside chat about 2019 Medicare changes and updates. They’ll be happy to answer questions.


March 13, 2019      Great Courses: Ancient Southwest Periphery

Today’s lecture in our Great Course on the Ancient Civilizations of North American is  on the people around the  periphery of the Colorado Plateau who created a buffer zone between the deserts to the south and the mountains to the north and west. Pockets of land adjacent to rivers attracted ancient  peoples –  Pecos culture around present day Sante Fe, Jornada Mogollon around present El  Paso, the Fremont Culture to the north and Patayon to the west. Each had distinctive features that represented their culture such as the colorful rock art of the Pecos at White Shaman Cave in western Texas.




March 14, 2019    Rick Moon & Doug Fentiman Concert

This evening we’re delighted to welcome back Forum favorites Rick Moon and Doug Fentiman. Rick has performed professionally in both leading baritone and tenor opera roles in over 100 cities throughout the United States and Italy. Douglas is an accomplished pianist who has successfully performed as a soloist, composer, arranger, producer, and music director for productions throughout the northeastern United States. Together they make beautiful music from Broadway musicals to operettas, hymns and 20th Century love songs.





March  15, 2019       Laughs are Lifesavers: Dean Martin DVD

There’s nothing like a good laugh to chase the winter blues away. Dean Martin knew that back in the 50s and 60s and thanks to the Valentino’s who are sharing their DVD, we’re showing some of his best variety shows. Come this afternoon and join the fun.











March 15, 2019      Columbus Symphony: Nordic Myths Festival

This evening a group of us have purchased tickets to the Columbus Symphony concert highlighting Nordic myths. The program includes:

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude & Liebestod
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite (Four Legends from The Kalevala)

Celtic myths inspire Wagner’s passionate love story of Tristan and Isolde. Italian classical pianist Alessio Bax joins the orchestra in Grieg’s Piano Concerto which immortalizes the beauty of the Nordic landscape. Finnish myths from The Kalevala come to life in the expansive music of Sibelius, accompanied by original video art by Jason Gay.




March 16, 2019      Saturday Matinee: The Road to Zanzibar

Today’s movie is the 1941 musical comedy The Road to Zansibar, the second of seven films in the road series. Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamar star in this spoof of the safari genre. Gags, including ad-libs override plot on this trip to the Sultanate of Zanzibar.









March 17, 2019      St. Patrick’s Day Irish Buffet Lunch

Today we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish buffet menu from our dining staff. Everyone can be Irish for a day, so don your green and come and enjoy. We don’t have the menu but we can dream about Irish stew or corned beef hash and I wouldn’t be surprised if dessert includes some green frosting. Whatever, it”s lucky to celebrate the Irish!




March 18, 2019       Monday Movie: Red 2

Today’s movie is the 2013 action comedy Red 2, the sequel to the 2010 film about a retired CIA agent targeted by assassins. It stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-hun, Anthony Hopkins, and Helen Mirren, The plot revolves around who was responsible for a plan to smuggle the components for a nuclear bomb into Russia. For more details, go to:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_2_(film)  To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnD7Hl2oLhA








March 18, 2019     Shopping Trip: Walgreens

The second largest pharmacy chain in the United States advertises themselves as being “At the corner of Happy and Healthy.” Actually Walgreens is just down the street at the corner of Henderson and Kenny Rds. and they deliver prescriptions to the Forum every Monday.  They are a source of over-the-counter medicines as well as medical equipment from canes to walkers to humidifiers. But they are far more than a drug store, carrying basic foods such as milk, or snacks and even wine. They have a large selection of cosmetic and bath supplies, gift cards and note papers, and can develop your digital photos. Need toothpaste, toilet paper or laundry soap? Convenience is nearby.




March 20, 2019     Great Courses: Ancient Pacific Coast Cultures

Today’s lecture in our Great Course on the Ancient Civilizations of North America is on the Pacific Coast Cultures. From present-day California to  British Columbia numerous pockets of ancient settlers created villages between the ocean and the mountains. Most of them developed cultures that relied on fishing as a food source. The Chumash, on the central California coast were typical in creating log canoes called tomol  that allowed them to pursue deep-sea fishing. They built dome shaped homes and villages with as many as a hundred or so inhabitants. Further north, ceremonial totem poles in each village recorded that community’s significant events.




March 21, 2019       Concert: Double Play

This evening we are fortunate to have Amy Ridings and Patrick Sciannella back with us with their unique musical repertoire. This couple from Farmington Hills, Michigan are celebrating their 28th season as the “world’s only full-time professional flute and tuba duo.” Amy graduated from Oberln Conservatory and Patrick from the Eastman School of Music. They have performed in forty-five states plus the District of Columbia and Mexico. We’re so glad they include us on their busy schedule.





March 22,  2019        Trunk Show at Talbots

Today we’ll be going to Talbots in Lane Avenue Shopping Center for their spring trunk show. This mini fashion show assembled by Talbots fashion experts gives us a preview of what’s new in styles and colors for 2019. It is a great opportunity to get ideas about combining pieces to create a compete outfit with various accessories. We can all use a spring lift about now. This should be perfect.



March 23, 2019       Saturday Matinee: Cool Hand Luke

This 1967 prison drama stars Paul Newman as a Vietnam veteran who damaged parking meters one night in a drunken binge. He is sentenced to two years in prison, on a Florida chain gang doing road work but refuses to submit to the system. He fights with the leader the leader of the prison gang (George Kennedy), but eventually becomes friends and respected by gang members. Strother Martin play the cruel warden and Morgan Woodward the work gang boss who always wore mirrored glasses. Newman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and George Kennedy won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cool_Hand_Luke   To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJMIqLFRTT4




March 23, 2019       Happy Hour with Cathi Aldrich

The Forum’s favorite Happy Hour pianist, Cathi Aldrich, will be back tonight playing requests. Cathi has long been the 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









March 25, 2019       Monday Movie: Father’s Little Dividend

This 1951 comedy is a sequel to 1950’s Father of the Bride. It stars Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett and Elizabeth Taylor as their daughter.  When the newly married Taylor announces that they are expecting a baby, the soon-to-grandfather isn’t sure he is ready for that role. Their is competition between the in-laws regarding where the couple will live and have access to the baby that is finally resolved. After babysitting one afternoon and forgetting the baby he’s taken to the park, grandpa finally discovers they really have bonded. It probably should be called “Grandpa’s Little Dividend. For more details, go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father%27s_Little_Dividend   To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lEYq4gJ4m0




March 27, 2019       Great Courses: Ancient peoples of Great Plains

The great plains refers to an area between the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi River Valley from southern Canada to Texas. The majority was dry and grass covered where ancient hunters followed bison herds for centuries. The earliest and most dramatic bison kills were organized hunts that stampeded buffalo over cliff edges to their death. Two of these sites, Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump in southern Canada and Bonfire Shelter in southwest Texas have visitor museums that tell this story today. When the bow and arrow came into use in the 500s that became the preferred hunting technique and when the first Spanish explorers brought horses into the area the natives quickly adapted to hunting on horseback. This was the way of life until Europeans forced native peoples into reservations.




March 28, 2019      Shopping at Tuttle Crossing Mall

This afternoon our bus will take anyone interested to Tuttle Mall for shopping. It’s a good time for sales and not too soon for a spring preview. This two-story enclosed mall is anchored by major department stores Macy’s, JCPenney, and Sears. Over one hundred specialty stores offer men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories, bedding and furnishings, toys, books, electronic goods, and more. For a detailed store directory go to: http://www.simon.com/mall/the-mall-at-tuttle-crossing





March 29, 2019       Doll Museum Tour + Lunch at Whitney House

Today we’ll be traveling to Worthington to visit the Doll Museum at the Worthington Historical Society Doll Museum. This outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century dolls has been featured on WOSU. The smallest doll is 1” tall, and the most unusual are made from rubber, wood, wax and even a wishbone.The collection includes Parian bisques whose heads resemble Grecian parian marble; French fashion models with real hair wigs and elaborate costumes; Milliner’s models sent to America to show the latest fashions;  French bebes reflecting childhood fashions and toys; a wide variety of American dolls, and Portrait dolls from Empress Eugenie to Alice in Wonderland. A special display case holds the Japanese emperor, empress and their court presented to the City of Worthington by its sister city Sayama, Japan.

We’ll have lunch at the Whitney House in Worthington whose owner claims the menu was “inspired by the glory days of Sunday dinners when the entire family–along with a cadre of friends and neighbors– piled into the dining room to sit, catch up and enjoy a delicious meal together.” This means made from scratch with locally sourced foods. To check out their lunch menu go to: http://www.thewhitneyhouserestaurant.com/menu-1/ 





March 30, 2019        Saturday Matinee: Flower Drum Song

This 1961 musical was based on the 1958 Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway hit by the same title. It was the first Hollywood film with an entire Asian cast. Nancy Kwan stars as a nightclub showgirl in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Jack Soo plays the nightclub owner with whom she is romantically involved. Miyoshi Umeki as an illigal immigrant from China who is the bride arranged by his mother but she falls in love with the son of her father’s friend (James Shigeta). The complications are worked out to the tune of several memorable songs including A Hundred Million Miracles, Fan Tan Fanny , I Enjoy Being a Girl, Chop Suey, and You Are Beautiful. It all ends with a double wedding. For more details, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flower_Drum_Song_(film)   To view the movie trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeVnuaH-1hw