Funky Hair Party

hosted by Phil Putnam

WHAT: Funky Hair Party at Phil Putnam’s.
WHEN: Sunday, May 27th, 4-? PM.
WHERE: 175 North Avenue, Haverhill
FOOD: Please contact Phil to discuss what you should bring [see roster].
COST: $2 to the host for incidentals.
RSVP: Please call or e-mail Phil.
MAXIMUM GUESTS: 25.

DIRECTIONS: Take I-495 to Haverhill, take Exit 51 toward downtown Haverhill a couple of tenths of a mile, take a left onto Marsh Ave.; in about three tenths of a mile, Marsh Ave. becomes North Ave.

Zeitgeist Stage Company presents Steve by Mark Gerrard

Zeitgeist Stage Company continues their current season with Steve by Mark Gerrard from March 2nd through 24th at the Plaza Black Box Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts.

As Steven, a former Broadway chorus boy turned stay-at-home dad, celebrates yet another birthday, he finds himself filled with fear and uncertainty. Is his partner of 16 years, Stephen, cheating on him? Is his best friend really dying? And what, exactly, has he done with his life? As the play progresses, we see him grapple with infidelity, polyamory, child-rearing, and looming death. Midlife ennui has never been so simultaneously dramatic and hilarious. A new Wicked comedy about Being Alive, What I Did For Love and All That Jazz!

The show features Adam Boisselle, Mikey DiLoreto (ZSC’s The Boys in the Band), Alex Jacobs, Mike Nilsson, Jenny Reagan (Good Television), and Victor Shopov (Bent).

Reviewing the premiere production at the New Group in New York City in 2015, The New York Times noted, “Steve holds up a clear but compassionate mirror to anyone who’s been part of a post-passion long-term relationship. It earns both its laughs and its tears with uncommon honesty.”

Steve performances are March 2nd through 24th at the Plaza Black Box Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 4:00 and 8:00 PM, and Sunday at 4:00 PM with talkbacks following the Sunday matinees.

Single tickets are on sale for Steve here or call (617) 933-8600. Subscriptions and more information can be found at Zeitgeist Stage Company’s website.

February’s Speaker

Basu Guragain will be our guest speaker at the February 17th, 2018 BPT meeting. He is the youngest new BPT member as of November 2017. He is an Intern at Fenway Institute of Health. Basu Guragain hails from Kathmandu, Nepal and is also part of the Boston University MSW program. He completed his undergraduate study at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He has previously worked for several non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations in Nepal, primarily in the fields of LGBTQ rights and advocacy, and in health programs to promote HIV awareness and prevention among at-risk.

Holiday Party checks

Good evening gentlemen,

I am writing to you at this time to please ask you all to call me at (857) 544-3630 or e-mail me at everharry@aol.com concerning the Christmas party on Sunday. Unfortunately the U.S. Postal Service is behind schedule with the Christmas rush, so we are not getting information into the office fast enough. We need a list of people for Sunday so just please call or e-mail me to confirm that you are coming on Sunday.

Thank you, love you all!

Harry Fullerton

Want To Be a Phone Pal?

There are members of the Boston Prime Timers who don’t receive telephone calls from anyone and who would like to hear from a fellow member once a week. We are looking for members who would be willing to make that telephone call. Nothing else will be expected of you. Just the weekly check-in. What do you say? If interested, call or e-mail James Buckley at (617) 875-8005 or historybuckley@yahoo.com, indicating your willing to do so.

October & November’s Program

Our October Program will by Elizabeth Anker, singer, and voice teacher. She had been the director of the Platinum Singers from the Harriet Tubman House until the building was closed to seniors on June 30th. BPT member Jim Flavin and other seniors have sung with her. She will be bringing a singing group with her. Currently she is conducting classes in Jamaica Plain and Central Square, Cambridge.

Contralto Elizabeth Anker sings Baroque oratorio, art songs, new music, opera, and a variety of non-classical styles. She has recorded Bach, The Shakers, and many songs written for her deep contralto. Performances as a soloist include national tours with Sequentia of Köln, Boston Camerata, and Magnificat Baroque of San Francisco.

She has created opera roles for Francine Trester and Larry Thomas Bell, as well as modern revivals of Baroque operas by Handel and Cesti. She was a soloist in the world premiere of John Adams’s Grand Pianola Music with the San Francisco Symphony and with Boston institutions such as Emmanuel Music, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Cecilia, Chorus Pro Musica, as well as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco and festivals in Europe. Needless to say, she has sung Messiah and Bach’s Mass in B minor many, many times. For more information, visit her website at elizabethanker.com.

There will be no November speaker. A complete turkey dinner with all the fixings (or fish or a vegetarian plate, should you wish) will be served from 3-5:30 PM. The cost of this dinner is $22.

Getting Tear Sheets in on Time

Please note the date(s) listed on the Tear Sheet for when your choices and payments are due. While the office will do their best to try to accommodate everyone, when your Tear Sheet is received the day of the event, this is often difficult. Club Café in particular has been absolutely amazing in going out of their way for us. We like seeing as many of you as possible at every event, so please get your Tear Sheet in on time.

Thank you for your attention in this!

Members Only Forum

The Forum is now live, with every member on the roster who lists an e-mail having been sent their temporary password and directions to log in and change it to a password of their liking. If you have not received one of these e-mails and are a member in good standing, please contact the office.

Please note that you will need to log into the forum to see the boards and discussion there, as it is private and only for our current members.

We look forward to your participation!

Our New Website

Gentlemen, over the next month or two we will be rolling out an entirely new web site with many new features. We will be updating and adjusting this new site as we see what works and what doesn’t. For the time being we will have a new web address: bostonpt.org. Our current web address was owned by Dick Bourbeau and we have to find a way to access it now that he has passed away. We have learned a valuable lesson from this; all passwords and account information for our new on-line presence will be kept on file in our office.

I will be heading our new “tech” committee with Philip Findlay and Steve Vorenberg, as we set up our new web site with assistance of David Clark and look for ways to best utilize the internet for the advancement of our organization’s goals. We will be looking at on-line analytics to see who is visiting our public pages, what they are looking at and for how long. (Not specific individuals, just blind data. For example, we will be able to see if people from New England are looking at our site as opposed to eastern Europeans.) We want to see if we are reaching potential members.

Our new site will also feature a blog version of our Prologue that we will be able to update whenever we like and an on-line bulletin board for members to gather and converse and share images &c. It will be private and moderated. Members will set their own passwords rather than one rotating password. You will be able to private message other members and search the board for conversations you are interested in. We will have tear sheets, board minutes and our by-laws on line as we do now. We hope to have newsletters from other chapters on-line as well.

We have also switched to a new calendar on the bostonpt.org site, which should allow us to add events that might not get to us in time for the Prologue; be sure to check the news and calendar on the website for these events so we can hopefully get out and do more things!

There are lots of exciting changes ahead for us. As we move forward, let’s pause a moment to thank Steve Lord & Charlie Briggs for all their hard work over the years on our previous web site.