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ALFA Food for Thought

Food for Thought and Shirley Pick Spring Series

All events are FREE and open to the public!

Shirley Pick Spring Series Presents:


ALFA’s 4th Annual Film Day
Theme: The Challenges of Peace
Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 (Snow Date : Monday, January 14th, 2019)
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Hammond Hall - Room G01 Parking available in North Street Lots 1 and 2 (shuttle service NOT available). Bring your own brown bag lunch. Drinks and desserts “on the house”.

This year’s films and discussion, facilitated by Dr. Eric Budd, will explore the challenges of peace. The two films that will be viewed this year are:

  • Tanna: A true tale of forbidden love and tribal loyalty on a lush South Pacific island.
  • Where Do We Go Now?: When trouble is brewing among the men of a previously peaceful Muslim/Christian village, the women join forces to teach them a lesson.

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Oriental Rugs

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
2:30 p.m.
Hammond Hall - Ellis White Lecture Hall
Presenter:  Robert Dermardirosian

Whether calling them woven paintings, commemorative trophies, or floral art works, there is much to know about these common but unusual items that Robert Dermardirosian calls “art under your foot.” Robert Dermardirosian is the third generation’s expert from a knowledgeable family whose life work is the care and feeding of these gems. His grandfather started the Fitchburg store, “Oriental Ispahan,” in 1915.


ALFA Grand Finale

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Suggested Parking: Civic Center and shuttle to the Hammond Building OR North Street Lots 1 & 2. Carpooling is encouraged!

The Shirley Pick Spring Series Presents:

A Program of Russian Art, Icons, and Music

11:00 a.m.
Hammond Hall - Main Lounge

The opening event for ALFA’s Grand Finale will include an incredible combination of Russian art, icons, and music featuring a talk on works from the Russian Icon Museum in Clinton combined with Ukrainian songs sung by Olga Lisovskaya.

Olga Lisovskaya, a native of Kiev, Ukraine, has been hailed by critics as a “wonderful coloratura soprano with the flexibility to caress the highest notes.” She is the Director of Talents of the World, international concert organization, as well as the Executive Director at Commonwealth Lyric Theater, an award-winning opera company. Ms. Lisovskaya performs regularly in opera productions and on concert stages, including Carnegie Hall, with world-renowned colleagues.

The Russian Icon Museum collection includes more than 700 Russian icons and related artifacts, making it one of the largest private collections of Russian icons outside of Russia and the largest in North America.

Post Performance Luncheon - 12:00 p.m.

$11 per person / Luncheon is optional, but you must pre-register by April 16.

Food for Thought Presents:

Author Neville Frankel – On the Sickle’s Edge

1:15 p.m.
Hammond Hall - Ellis White Lecture Hall

Neville Frankel, a native of South Africa, uses his artistic and literary talents, historical research and family stories to create a multi-generational saga set in Russia, Latvia, South Africa and the United States.

On the Sickle’s Edge is a love story, thriller, coming-of-age novel and a page-turning odyssey of a far-flung family. Its sequel Bloodlines takes place in apartheid-era South Africa. 

Come listen to Frankel describe his writing and research process; hear his family history, and get a taste of the exciting tales packed inside his novels. Frankel’s books will be available for purchase.