Fond memories and empowerment evoked by the color purple


January 15, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A NUMBER of years ago in a bookstore in Eugene, Ore., I found a large card inscribed with a poem called "Warning" by Jenny Joseph. The poem hit home on several levels and I've kept it around to read to friends with appropriate dramatics, at minimal urging.

What brought it to mind last week was a little itch at the back of my mind as I bought a wonderful oversized royal purple twill shirt at an after-Christmas sale. The poem opens, "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple/With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me I shall go out in my slippers in the rain/And pick the flowers in other people's gardens/And learn to spit."

The itch became an image that evening as I put on the shirt. I returned to the poem and considered for a few minutes whether there's a significance to my purple purchases. A turtleneck of the same purple tone was in the bag when I got home.

Really, the poem isn't about aging, it's about daring: Daring to do things that not everyone will understand, but feel good and hurt no one.

Classes on the arts

The Continuing Education/Fine Arts Program for the spring semester at St. John's College will hold classes from Jan. 23 to April 27. Registration will be accepted through Thursday. The courses are open to everyone.

The curriculum includes a community seminar on a work by Plutarch and a community preceptorial considering history of the United States during the first presidential administration of James Madison. Workshops in voice, opera, creative writing, life drawing, classical figure painting, watercolor and portraiture will be available, as well as sessions on the techniques of making pottery.

The creative writing workshops are "The Personal Essay as Story Telling" and "Personal Experience and Memoir."

For information on registering, call 626-2881.

* St. John's also offers a midwinter film series at 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays in Francis Scott Key Auditorium. The series began last week. The series focuses on the films of Stanley Kubrick. Remaining films, in order of showing, are: "Paths of Glory," "Spartacus," "Dr. Strangelove," "2001: A Space Odyssey," "A Clockwork Orange," "Barry Lyndon" and "The Shining." Admission is free.

Antiques show

The 26th annual Annapolis Heritage Antiques Show will be held from Jan. 26-28 at the Medford National Guard Armory on Hudson Street in Annapolis. Again this year one of the major draws will be elsewhere.

The Saturday slide lecture, underwritten by the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County, will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 27 at the Conte Building, 116 Defense Highway. The lecture will focus on the exteriors of the area's historic homes. Dr. Barbara Paca will explore how gardens have evolved into outdoor living spaces.

"In Historic Perspective: Antiques and the Decor of Old and New Gardens" will look at the uses of garden statuary and furniture in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The show opens with a gala preview party from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 25, at the armory. Tickets are $30 a person.

The show opens at noon each day.

Tickets for the lecture are $20, and include a continental breakfast catered by La Mouffe in Eastport. Reservations are required, and space is limited.

Information: 222-1919 Luncheon series commences

The sixth annual Luncheon Series sponsored by Shady Side Rural Heritage Society begins Jan. 24 and continues through Feb. 28.

The fee is $6 for individual lunches, $30 for all six programs and includes lunch of homemade soup, sandwiches and dessert.

Information: 867-2866.

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