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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society....long title, but I think an afternoon tea is the perfect place to discuss this book which takes place in post World War II England. The movie is available on Netflix, so if you’d rather watch the movie instead of reading the book, that’s fine. Or you can read the book and watch the movie and we can compare the two...pros, cons, whatever. Of course, reading and/or finishing the book is not mandatory for joining us, but being able to contribute to the discussion adds to the enjoyment of our meetings. This book is a charming peek into the past, written entirely in letters. And through the correspondence, we learn about the characters and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was a book club used as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Germans. This is the sort of book that makes you want to curl up on a rainy day with a hot beverage and lose yourself in a bygone era. I love the idea of afternoon tea. I’m not so much of a tea drinker, but I love the goodies that go along with the tea—scones with jam and clotted cream, tea sandwiches, and pastries. We have a reservation for 8 people at 1:30. A FEW RULES SINCE I HAD TO GIVE MY CREDIT CARD NUMBER TO SECURE THIS RESERVATION— —BE ON TIME. THERE WILL BE A 15 MINUTE GRACE PERIOD. ANYONE WHO ARRIVES AFTER 1:45 WILL BE MARKED NO SHOW —BRING CASH AND ESTIMATE ENOUGH FOR TAX AND TIP —A CHANGE IN RSVP REQUIRES 48 HOUR ADVANCE NOTICE TO ALLOW OTHERS ON THE WAIT LIST TO ATTEND
“At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky...” Excerpt taken from a letter Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo. For those of you who want to get a head start on April’s book of the month, let’s revisit the classic novel about the great Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh was heavily influenced by Japanese art, so let’s have a change of pace and meet at Sunday at the Museum, the new cafe that’s located in the Asian Art Museum. The cafe can be accessed without paying to enter the museum, but the museum is free on the first Sunday of every month. So after our lunch, we can have a wander through the museum’s various Asian exhibits if we wish. Irving Stone spent 6 months in Europe researching Van Gogh’s life. Most of what we know about Van Gogh are gleaned from the hundreds of letters he and his brother exchanged from the 1870s to 1890, the year he died at the age of 37. Through those letters we learn so much about this Dutch painter who was tormented by inner demons. Please refer to the do’s and don’ts on the “About” page of this meetup group.