Sunday, October 31, 2010

BSLUG Holiday Party on for Sunday PM, Dec. 12

We are happy to announce that the annual BSLUG holiday party will be held:

Sunday, Dec. 12, 3:30 - 6 p.m

Once again (hoorah!) at the home of Mary Jane and Peter Suzman
14 Leonard Street, West Newton, Mass.
RSVP Deadline: Friday, Dec. 3

The party is a fundraiser for the Smith Scholastic Society/Renaissance Scholars Program, founded by Cowell alumnus Bill Dickinson. The Smith Society provides UCSC mentors, scholarships, and collegiate resources to foster children, homeless and runaway youth, orphans, and wards of the court.

Thanks to the marvelous generosity of Mary Jane and Peter Suzman, the festivities will be held for a sixth time at their home in West Newton, Mass. For all of you who have come in years past, you know this is great news. You'll not only enjoy the wonderful company of fellow UCSC alums, but also partake of an extraordinary assortment of scones, various little sandwiches, and festive sweets accompanied by Mary Jane's delicious and aromatic wine punch.

Friends and family are also welcome! It's the perfect way to greet the winter season.

Contact Beata for directions, car-pool arrangements, or any questions.
Tel. (h) 617-491-3871

All tax-deductible donations received go directly to the Smith Society/Renaissance Scholars Program. Contributions, large and small, are most welcome.

Suggested donation: $15-25 per person (larger donations will also be much appreciated by the Smith Renaissance Society).

Checks should be made payable to: "UC Santa Cruz Foundation" and write in the memo line: Smith Society Operating Fund SS009F

Mail to: Beata Panagopoulos, 28 Maple Ave., Apt. 3, Cambridge, MA 02139-1130.
You will receive a receipt directly from UCSC.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sat. Nov. 13: Tour the Private Paradise!

Join us for a guided tour of the world exclusive exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) called "The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City." The exhibit was created from over 90 works of art which are being revealed to the public for the first time.

After coming first to Salem, the exhibit, organized by the PEM in partnership with the Palace Museum, Beijing, and in cooperation with World Monuments Fund, will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2011.

From 1736-1796, China's Qianlong emperor, who was one of the richest, most powerful men in the world, created a private compound filled with lavish palaces, hidden courtyards and finely manicured gardens. The pieces you'll see which come from this "glittering Asian Versailles" range from luxurious textiles and furniture to ornate Buddhist shrines, mandalas and other devotional objects. Other highlights include a massive jade-and-lacquer screen decorated with botanical images and a bamboo-inlay throne produced for the Qianlong (pronounced "chee'en lohng") emperor himself.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Peabody Essex Museum, downtown Salem, Mass
COST: If purchased in advance from me, $8 per person. (Otherwise, tickets at the door: Adults $15, Seniors $13, Students $11, and Youth (16 and under), Salem, Mass. residents and members admitted free.)

To reserve a space, send check made out to "Beata Panagopoulos" and mail to me at: 28 Maple Ave., Apt. 3, Cambridge, MA 02139-1130.

We are very fortunate that BSLUG Board member, Paula Felsher, will be our tour guide. We will not only have a most excellent tour, but also more flexibility than a museum docent could afford us. In addition, with our own tour guide, we are able to use passes to get into the museum

If you haven't been to the Peabody Essex, now is the perfect opportunity to see this spectacular museum. Recently transformed, the PEM "presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime, and Photography collections. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens, and 24 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture in the United States." (Excerpted from the Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc. webpage.)

All friends and family welcome. If you can offer a ride or need one, please contact Beata.