Club News

Fredonia Shakespeare Club

The Fredonia Shakespeare Club held its thirteenth meeting of the 2012-2013 year at the home of Mrs. Robert Woodbury. The topic for the year is “Authors as Social Commentators.” Mrs. Brian Woods presented a paper on Alice Walker which she summarized as follows:

Walker is an acclaimed African American novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist and social activist. She is perhaps best known for her novel “The Color Purple” for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and the National Book Award. The novel was adapted into a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey. She is also a leading advocate for the Black Feminist movement, works for civil rights of all people, is active in the peace movement, and even has taken on subjects usually ignored by most writers and main stream media such as genital mutilation practiced in some African countries.

Walker seems to internalize much of the suffering and fight for equality and rights of others around the world. Possibly relating the struggles and inequalities to her own personal journey, from growing up in a very poor family in rural Georgia during a time of segregation to an acclaimed author who has won numerous awards. Walker expresses the struggles of others in all of her writing, with an emphasis on the impact of women of color in culture and history. She is a well respected figure in the liberal political community for her support of equality and justice for all people.

A very spiritual person as well, many of her writings convene not only a story of the suffering of others, but also the hope for a better future. For instance, in reflection, Walker said, “What you learn is that life can be really hard. People can abuse you, people can take advantage of you in terrible ways, but there is something in the human spirit that’s actually equal to that and can overcome that, and that is the teaching of ‘The Color Purple.'” She also promotes change within ourselves, as a means of changing the world: through changing our behaviors, change ourselves, we can change the world.

Walker continues today to be an active writer and an outspoken civil rights advocate.

Woodbury was assisted at the tea table by Mrs. William Larson.

The next meeting of the Fredonia Shakespeare Club will be held on Thursday at the home of Mrs. Julian McQuiston when Ms. Covley-Walker will present a paper “Defining Moments,” a connection between the Red Cross and Shakespeare.

Lake Erie Bird Club

Members of the Lake Erie Bird Club are enjoying viewing the impressive numbers of waterfowl at the Dunkirk Harbor. For the last few weeks large rafts of ducks, Canada geese, American coots, double-crested cormorants and pied-billed grebes have been present in the open water in the west end of the harbor. On Feb. 2, Terry Mosher observed 19 species of waterfowl in this area of the harbor. Some of the highlights included one Northern pintail, 12 ruddy ducks, more than 90 hooded mergansers scattered around the Dunkirk Yacht Club, about 550 common mergansers and about 300 redheads. Other species observed included greater scaup, canvasbacks, gadwall, Northern pintail, mallard and bufflehead. Joanne Goetz has observed as many as 16 great blue herons standing along the inner break wall and six black-crowned night herons around the Yacht Club. Bald eagles are also seen frequently around the harbor with six observed on Jan. 26.

Twenty-seven members of the Lake Erie Bird Club attended their January meeting conducted by John Ruska. Members shared recent sightings. Diane Andrasik presented the program for the evening featuring photos she took on a deep sea diving voyage to view and photograph Japanese shipwrecks of World War II naval battles. Refreshments were provided by Beverly Ruska.

The next meeting of the club will be on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at BOCES, Fredonia-Stockton Road, Fredonia. Tom Simmons of Jamestown will present the program. All who are interested in birds are welcome to attend. For more information, call 673-1627.

Southern Tier Bills Booster Club

The following were elected into office of the Southern Tier Bills Booster Club: President Rich Jesse, Vice President John Crockett, Treasurer Arlene Williams, Secretary Jeanette Jesse, Directors Carole Summerfelt and Dee Earle.

Hold over directors are Don Williams,Ed Schultz, Jack Bialaszewski and Patty Crockett.