Hasty Pudding Theatricals

How fortunate are we to have ready access to the finest comic live threatre—Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

This year’s 168th production is entitled: “HPT168: That 1770’s Show”.

We have 60 prime seats to the performance at 8 PM on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 at the Hasty Pudding Theatre, 12 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, just outside Harvard Square (the closest T stop is Harvard Square on the Red Line). Tickets are $26 per seat and our seats will be in the front three rows.

About this year’s production:

It’s 1775 and it’s no tea party in Boston. After spoiled little brat Anne Heritance demands that her pushover father Govenor Bucky Hampalace raises taxes yet again, the colonists are yankee doodle done with British rule. With the help of the govenor’s new gold-digging wife Mae Flower and hunky fur-trapper Seymour Beavers, the colonists plot to kidnap the little brat and send her back to England for a permanent tea-time-out. However when the colonists run into delusional sailor Ahab Bitualliar, who has followed a mysterious giant fish into Boston Hahbah, they discover they may have a bigger fish to fry. Will sea monster Codzilla exact revenge on the colonists for murdering his kin or will he become their catch of the day? Will fiery seamstress Betsy Gloss find a way to trim taxes down to size or will recovering alcoholic Benjamin Dranklin drown in booze and tears? Don’t tread on these colonists as they persue life, liberty, and happiness in “HPT 168: That 1770’s Show!!!”

Time is running out, so make your reservation NOW! The cut-off date is February 12th, 2016. The unsold tickets, if any, will be turned back to HPT on that date.

You will be treated to a memorable, humorous, and totally enjoyable world-famous performance that will have you laughing heartily!!! And all of this enjoyment is only $26.

February’s Speaker

The February program will feature Sam Goldfarb and several members of the Support Group that meets before each monthly meeting. The team will explain the way the group works and share with you some of the benefits they receive. While it is a drop-in group, many men have been attending for years, becoming friends in the process. You can join them!

Sister Bingo

Sister Bingo will be changing from its monthly format to a more fluid schedule. The Boston Prime Timers will be continuing our relationship with the good Sisters and are pleased to announce that the next Sister Bingo will be on February 8th from 7-11 PM at Club Café.

We will continue to collaborate with their fund-raising efforts throughout the year, and are currently planning an Easter Bonnet Hat Party, so stay tuned for details.

The Sisters are a modern Order of queer Nuns, comprising of people of all gender associations, all spiritual affiliations, and all proclivities to do good works.

The Boston Sisters are a House of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence™, Inc., which was founded in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979 and now embodies more than 2000 Sisters worldwide.

Fund Raising Idea

Last year’s Holiday Party finished up in the red, while that’s great for things like Santa’s suit, it’s not so great for finances. We are committed to trying to continue the new tradition of offering our Holiday Party free to all members. Therefore, we need to come up with more ways to raise funds. Stop & Shop has a program called Cash for Causes available to non-profits that might help.

Everyone is familiar with Stop & Shop gift cards; you buy a card for, say, $20 and you can purchase $20 worth of groceries—simple. Well, with the Cash for Causes program the Boston Prime Timers would be able to sell members and their friends gift cards and retain five percent of the price for our coffers. Five cents of every dollar would go toward funding our Holiday Party or anything else we choose.

The catch is, if we are accepted, we must purchase a minimum of $500 worth of gift cards. So the board would like to gauge the level of interest from the membership before making such a sizable financial commitment. Do you shop at Stop & Shop? Would you be willing to shop with gift cards purchased from the Prime Timers? Remember, it would cost you nothing extra on you grocery bill to help us raise 5 cents for every dollar you spend. We would make the cards available at the office every meeting day and select Tuesdays (which would be listed on our new forum). We might also be able to add it to the Tear Sheet, so you could order gift cards via mail. So if you are interested please let a board member know. We are not asking for specific commitments, we just need to gauge the level of interest.

This club is what you make of it. The board needs the help of every member to make the Prime Timers all it can be! Together we make a community.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Chef Tony will be serving up the corned beef, cabbage and a little blarney immediately following the March meeting. Join us for the next installment of the hugely successful meals with a Saint Patrick’s Day boiled dinner of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots. Cost is $10.00 and reservations must be received by March 11th. Each dinner proves more popular than the last, be sure to get your tear sheet in early! Late reservations will not be accepted. Please indicate if a vegetarian meal is required.

Happy New Year

Here it is 2016, and I didn’t make any personal resolutions this year because I haven’t been too successful in keeping many in the past. However, I have made some resolutions for our chapter, and along with your support and that of the board, I am going to work hard at keeping these resolutions. This started out as a wish list:

  • Replace our aging and temperamental office computers.
  • Explore opportunities in acquiring grant monies which would fund future projects.
  • Put a float back into the Pride Parade by finding funding & sponsors to accomplish this.
  • Day trips in the spring, summer & fall.
  • Creating more membership activities.
  • Membership drives through events and advertising & social media.
  • Search out other charitable projects while continuing to build our relationship with The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
  • Making our Ogunquit & Provincetown getaways even better.

To get these rather ambitious ideas off the drawing board and into application, we are asking for your help, your involvement and your investment. Your board works hard to pull things together and make things happen but without your support and participation it all feels rather empty. I hope that you became a member to make new friends, expand your social circles and have fun doing things that you like to do with people you enjoy being around. I am soliciting your ideas and asking for your input to make these resolutions happen. Please give me or a board member any thoughts you may have about all of this and let’s make 2016 a year filled with new memories yet to happen with old friends and new acquaintances. The more you put into your membership, the more you get out of it. Happy 2016. May it be a fun-filled & healthy year for all of us. And remember, together we can make things happen.

Holiday Party Recap

In case you missed it, 2015’s holiday party was a smashing success, with dinner, dancing and good cheer, and plenty of merriment to go around.

The day started off a little rough with some hiccups which were ably handled by our volunteers, led by Harry & Philip. Tony stepped up in the kitchen to help with our meal. Philip took over shuttling our members from the train station. We had a delicious meal of turkey, roast beef, a multitude of side dishes and dessert, provided by The Silver Fox. We also enjoyed our usual monthly birthday cake. Tony & Stephen provided music and Tony manned the carving station.

For our raffle, we had numerous prizes from a number of anonymous donors, as well as two museum day passes generously provided by the Institute of Contemporary Art. As they say, it is better to give than receive. A big bravo to our membership, for they certainly gave and gave generously to The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s Toy Drive for less fortunate children cared for by DCF and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Sisters’ van was overflowing with our donation of toys, gift cards and wrapping paper. Thank you, Prime Timers, job well done!

A big thank you goes out to all of our volunteers who pulled together to make this possible. Through your donations and the efforts of our volunteers, we were able once more to offer this party to our membership, free of cost.

If you have any ideas to help us raise funds for next year’s party or if you’d like to volunteer, please talk to a board member. We look forward to another great year!

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Fred & Emile Screening

We will be presenting Fred and Emile (2015), a new documentary short about two of our members, at the January meeting, and hearing from producer Jerry Bisantz, who will take your questions.

Fred and Emile, co-produced by Image Theater and Breaking Branches Pictures, is now available via Harry Fullerton. Starring our long-time members, Fred Riley and Emile Dufour, this 25-minute documentary charts their coming out and coming together during a tumultous time in gay history. When Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004, Lowell residents Fred Riley and Emile Dufour proudly announced their marriage in The Sun. Now, 11 years later, their story is told. Directed, filmed and edited by Christian de Rezendes, produced by Jerry Bisantz with production consultant Ann Garvin, and music by Stephen Gilbane. Copies are $15 each, with proceeds furthering the distribution of Fred & Emile’s heartwarming narrative.

Call Harry today at (857) 544-3630 for your copy or pick one up at the January meeting!

Annual Holiday Party

2015’s holiday party will be held at The Silver Fox in Everett on Sunday, December 6th from 1:00-6:00 PM. Because of our ongoing fundraising, this year’s party will again be free to all current members. Thanks to your continued support, we are able to keep this event free. We greatly appreciate your efforts and generosity.

In support of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s Toy Drive, we will be accepting donations of new unwrapped non-violent toys at December’s holiday party. Since the party is free, why not bring a gift for a needy child?

Our repast will begin with a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, followed by salad, bread and butter on the table, beef and turkey, butternut squash, peas and mashed potatoes, as well as eggplant for our vegetarian members. This will be followed by ice cream for dessert and our usual birthday cake. A cash bar will be available to serve those in attendance. Tony Soares has volunteered to man the carving station.

There will be plenty of entertainment with DJ service from Stephen & Tony. A complimentary shuttle will be provided from and to the Wellington Orange Line Station. The Prime Timers logo will be on the shuttle for your convenience. The Silver Fox has plenty of parking.

Tickets for non-member guests are $35 per person, but since the current membership fee is only $27, why not become a member? Only members in good standing as of November 17th are eligible to attend free of charge. So get those applications in the mail early, don’t miss out on all the fun!

We will be holding a raffle for exciting door prizes! See next month’s number for more details.

Third Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Tony will be donning his chef’s coat again to prepare the third annual Thanksgiving Dinner! As in the past, the meal will consist of roast turkey and all the fixin’s. Dinner will be served immediately following the general meeting on November 21st. This year’s cost will be $10.00. All those attending MUST pre-register no later than Friday, November 13th. NO WALK-INS or late reservations will be accepted. Please advise of special requirements (vegetarian) on the Tear Sheet when you register.

Remember, the deadline is rapidly approaching, so don’t miss out on a great Thanksgiving dinner! You MUST submit your Tear Sheet or call the Office if you wish to attend, as we will not be able to accomodate members who did not RSVP.