Ann Zanbilowicz spoke briefly about a healthy and happy aging experience where exercise of mind and body is essential. She was promoting her Tai Chi interest group which is floundering and hopes that more people will consider participating.
Jim Belair introduced our guest speakers as Steve Hill is currently traveling.
Courtenay Little Theatre is celebrating their 60th anniversary this season and Terry Penney & Adele Bailey came to share their love of little theatre. Terry introduced a short video about their organization followed by a slideshow highlighting recent productions. Adele then spoke about the many ways people can participate in little theatre - on and off stage. They are fortunate to have warehouse space for set construction and rehearsal. The current show Witness for the Prosecution opens tomorrow night with a cast of 18. The Christmas show will be the Little Mermaid with a cast of about 60.
The Little Theatre launches three productions each year - serious drama in the spring, lighter or comedic pieces in the fall and a larger musical production at Christmas time.
Our next presenter was Helena Jung who revealed that the Cello is her favourite instrument and hoped it would become ours as well. Helena is a local cello teacher, plays as part of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, is the music director of the Strathcona Symphony Orchestra and also performs in recitals. She played her lovely 109 years old French cello and explained her love story with the cello and why we should also consider it the "best" musical instrument. The Cello is essential to any string ensemble, it is the same range as the human voice, playing the cello is very good mentally and physically - stretching many muscles and giving emotional release. The Cello is great to play as you age as you always sit to play it.
Our final presenter was Terry Thormin who is a nature photographer. He has been a naturalist since the age of 14. The title of his talk was Photographing Backyard Birds, Bugs, Butterflies and other Beasties. Terry had many hints about things we could do to enhance our backyards - no matter how small - to increase our enjoyment of the natural world. Plants in pots give you the opportunity to move them around for better light for photography. Native plants and wildflowers provide interest all season. They also attract interesting insects. He gave many tips about how to construct opportunities to get great photographs. He then showed us amazing photographs he has taken in his own very small backyard and his friends backyard at Miracle Beach.
Jim let us know that the November meeting will have a Remembrance Day theme and will include a musical presentation from the Military Wives Choir.
Linda Leslie provided the tickets for the monthly draws. Starting this month we will have four draws for $25 gift cards. John McIsaac, Ken Oyler, Gwen Rypien and James Kennedy were the winners.
Sandy thanked everyone for coming an extended special thanks to Donna and her helpers in the kitchen and said she looked forward to seeing us all at next month’s meeting.