Fall Agenda
September-December 2014

Daytime: Coffee, Tea, Water 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m. (promptly) until 11:30 a.m.
Optional Lunch ($20) 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Regular Evening:Optional Dinner ($60) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. (promptly) until 9:00 p.m.

Friday, September 5, 2014 Morning Program
Denver Eclectics “KICK-OFF” Event
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Elizabeth I, The Passionate Loves of the Virgin Queen, presented by: Nancy Cain.

Elizabeth I of England, the legendary daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, remains one of the world’s greatest monarchs. But what do we know about the woman herself? This presentation will reveal a passionate, brilliant queen whose life also included intense relationships of the heart. Known to history as the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth famously said she was “married to England” and could therefore have no earthly husband. But as we shall see, she was deeply attached to several men in her life: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, undoubtedly her first and greatest love; the French Duke d ‘Anjou, the only man she ever considered marrying; and Robert Devereux, the young Earl of Essex, who aroused passionate, complex feelings in her older age and broke her heart with his betrayals.

This presentation invites you to enter a dazzling and romantic age (1558-1603), where a single woman not only ruled but triumphed. Film clips will be shown with actresses famous for their portrayals of the Virgin Queen.

Those who heard Nancy last year’s account of the Six Wives of Henry VIII know this will be an incredible presentation.


Friday, September 12, 2014 | Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Andrew Wyeth, presented by: Timothy Standring.

Andrew Wyeth is going to have a special exhibition of his paintings at the Denver Art Museum. Tim Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Denver Art Museum and also, one of our favorite presenters who presented, Remember Van Gogh?, called to ask to present Wyeth to us and get us ready to visit this exhibit. Wyeth does not come without controversy. He developed technically beautiful works, had a large following and developed a considerable fortune as a result. Museum exhibitions of Wyeth’s paintings have set attendance records but many art critics have evaluated his works less favorably. He received the National Medal of Arts in 2007, in 1963 the first painter to receive the residential Medal of Honor, and in 1980 he was the first living United States artist to be elected to Britain’s Royal Academy. I think the Christina’s World 1948 is my favorite work of his which is pictured. It depicts his neighbor Anna Christina Olson who is sprawled on a dry field facing her house in the distance. We may be assured that there will be nothing dry about Standring’s presentation.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | FIELD TRIP
Meet at Calvary Temple at 8:45 am SHARP
200 S. University Blvd. | Denver, CO 80209
Time: 8:45 am - 2:30 pm (Traffic dependent)
COST: $50 (Includes bus, lunch and entrance fee)

Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My! presented by: Pat Craig.

Come and enjoy a day seeing the animals in their beautiful sanctuary and learn how they had to be rescued. Director, Pat Craig will give us an up close and personal description of his efforts to help give these animals a safe and healthy environment to live. We will enjoy a lecture, tour, and lunch at the facility. PLEASE be prepared to walk, A LOT! The raised walkway is one mile long. We will have a 55 passenger bus to take to the Sanctuary and we will not have room for guests.

8:45 am - 10:00 am: Depart to Wild Animal Sanctuary
10:15 am - 11:00 am: Lecture by Pat Craig
11:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Tour Sanctuary
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch in the Bolivian Lion House
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Arrive back at Calvary (Traffic dependent)

Water, hat, sunscreen, wear comfortable shoes and bring a jacket.
Binoculars are a great way to see better anywhere you go, and don’t forget your camera!


Friday, September 19, 2014 | Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Putin’s Russia, presented by: Active Minds.

Having influenced the country far beyond the term of his first official Presidency and now having returned to the role and consolidated his power, Vladimir Putin’s leadership of Russia suggests a return to an authoritarianism that, for some, feels similar to the days of Soviet control and the Czars of old. Join Active Minds as we examine the story of Russia under the influence of Vladimir Putin, including Russia’s involvement in the current situation in Ukraine.


Sunday, September 21, 2014 | FIELD TRIP
Meet at The Denver Country Club for brunch
Car pool to DCPA after brunch.
Time: 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
COST: $50 (Includes brunch and ticket to play)
(Authorized Guests Encouraged)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Denver Center For The Performing Arts.

Come learn about Colorado’s own brash and beguiling Molly Brown. Touted as one of the most prolific women of her time, Molly Brown pioneered the way for women not only in Denver but across the world. Take a trip back in time with guests from the Molly Brown House Museum and absorb the history of the real Molly Brown, from her humble beginnings and political activism to her heroic adventures on the high seas. Then experience the newly reimagined production of Meredith Willson’s 1960 musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Her rags-to-riches story sparkles with a new book by Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie), new songs from the Willson songbook and staging and choreography by three time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall (Anything Goes). The tempestuous can’t live-with-him/can’t-live-without-him love story that survived the Silver Boom, Gold Rush and sinking of the Titanic returns to the stage with more fun and flair than ever.


11:30 am – 12:45 pm: Brunch at the Denver Country Club: Colorado Room
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm: Car pool to DCPA: Stage Theatre
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Play: The Unsinkable Molly Brown


Friday, September 26, 2014 | FIELD TRIP
Meet at History Colorado | 1200 Broadway | Denver, CO 80203
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am (Tour at your own pace after 11:30 am)
COST: $20 (Includes light breakfast and ticket to exhibit)
LIMIT 300 ATTENDEES (Authorized Guests Encouraged)

RACE, presented by: Ed Nichols at the History Colorado Center.

This year, History Colorado Center has selected as one of its exciting exhibitions - RACE: Are we so different? We all know that people look different. Throughout history these differences have been a source of strength, community and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and depression. This is a nationally traveling exhibition telling stories of race from the biological, cultural and historical points of view. There will be interactive exhibit components, historic artifacts, iconic objects, compelling photographs and graphic displays. We will be among the first to enjoy this exhibit.


9:30 am - 10:00 am Continental Breakfast
10:00 am - 11:30 Lecture/Q&A with Ed Nichols
11:30 - ? Tour RACE Exhibit at your own pace


We are meeting at History Colorado Center, carpooling is encouraged. Visitors have several parking options, street parking or the Civic Center Cultural Complex garage is located directly across the street from the History Colorado Center at 12th Avenue and Broadway. Enter on 12th Avenue, just west of Broadway. Parking rates are posted inside the entrance. If you have questions please contact the Parking Manager at 303-607-9093.

Wednesday, October 1-9, 2014
LOCATION: The New Saint Joseph's Hospital Building Main Lobby
1375 E. 19th St.| Denver, CO 80218

The Unveiling of the New Saint Joseph’s, presented by: Bain Farris.

Saint Joseph Hospital will open its doors to a new hospital this coming December, 12.13.14. This new hospital will continue on the 140 year tradition, of excellent care in the heart of Denver, now in a 21st Century medical facility. We are honored that President and CEO, Bain Farris will lead us on these sneak-peak tours. We have been invited to tour the new hospital with Bain Farris on the following dates:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday, October 9, 2014 – 11:00 am - 12:30 pm





Friday, October 3, 2014 | Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Razz-A-Ma-Tazz with Irene Castle, presented by: Susan Marie Frontczak.

Denver Eclectics is always thrilled to experience Susan in character responses. Over three years, she presented Eleanor Roosevelt at different stages in her life. Last year she was Marie Curie. This year here comes Irene Castle. Vernon and Irene Castle shattered the lowlife reputation of Ragtime - the new, uniquely American, syncopated music by winning high-society approval with their elegant dancing style. For centuries Americans had imitated Europe. Suddenly Europe wanted to emulate America. The Castles challenged the color barrier by hiring black musicians, set new directions in fashion, and broke ground in promoting animal rights. As you remember Susan will begin in character, take questions in character and then Susan Marie Frontczak will take other questions. While this is an entertaining program it is also educational.


Friday, October 10, 2014 | Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Scott O’Neil Returns to Eclectics.

Scott O’Neil is the Colorado Symphony Orchestra Resident Conductor and he is a talented lively enthusiastic leader. We love to watch him jump and bounce at the podium. He has agreed to return to Denver Eclectics to present a surprise offering including playing the piano. This is a treat for us. We loved his presentation last year and we are lucky that he wants to come again. Come and be ready for a delightful morning of music with Scott and remember to support our symphony. They need us and we need them.


Monday, October 13, 2014 | Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Hurrah! Hurrah! The Spoofer’s Return with Election Jitters.

We love the Spoofers and laughter is good medicine. The Burden of Spoof, a musical troupe of Denver area judges and attorneys, will again treat us to a satirical revue of current personalities and issues in the news. With parody songs and sketches, the troupe will tickle our collective funny bone. Once again, the singers will be accompanied by Hank Troy of the Queen City Jazz Band on piano, and Judge Rich Gabriel on trumpet. All the members of the cast are veterans of the annual Twelfth Night shows at the University Club and of shows presented by the Law Club of Denver. As you will recall, the Burden of Spoof has regaled us in the past with its musical rendering of the trial of Colorado’s notorious cannibal Alfred Packer, and with up-to-date lampoons of the political and social scene. This evening is always a sell out because the Spoofers are the funniest group in town and no one is spared. It is always fun to see who gets lampooned...


Friday, October 17, 2014| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:00 am - 9:30 am | Program 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Update from Washington D.C., presented by: Michael F. Bennet.

Denver Eclectics welcomes back Senator Michael Bennet. Last year he was enthusiastically received and it seems very relevant that Michael comes back this year to keep us in the know. I think it is appropriate that after the evening program featuring the Spoofers entitled “Election Jitters” we continue to focus on politics, current issues, and strategy. As we remember, Michael was elected United States Senator for Colorado in November, 2010. Prior to that Michael served as Superintendent of Denver Public Schools. We are honored that Michael is looking forward to joining us again this year.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Senator Bennet's busy schedule, he is unavailable to attend the lunch, therefore, lunch will not be offered after the presentation this day.


Friday, October 17, 2014 | Special Evening Field Trip
Meet at RedLine | 2350 Arapahoe St. | Denver, CO 80205
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Private Reception with Judy Chicago)
COST: $10 (Includes light Hors d'oeuvre and wine)
LIMIT 200 ATTENDEES (Guests Encouraged)

Meet and Greet with Judy Chicago at RedLine Studios.

Judy Chicago is an artist, author, feminist, educator, and intellectual whose career now spans over five decades. One of Judy Chicago’s primary goals was to overcome the erasure of women’s achievements that is symbolically expressed in The Dinner Party, her monumental history of women in Western Civilization, now permanently housed at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. RedLine will celebrate Chicago’s 75th birthday by presenting a retrospective of her work, with a special emphasis on her fiber works. Curated by Simon Zalkind, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, this exhibition is part of She Crossed the Line, RedLine’s year-long focus on female artists.


Monday, October 20, 2014| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Band: presented by Katherine Dines and The Band.

The Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Band features music by award-winning songwriter Katherine Dines, global percussionist Ed Contreras, and Brian Mullins multi-instrumentalist. You do not want to miss this. The Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Band includes movement, sign language , sing – along’s, zany props, and more. I heard them and kept dancing all day. We are going to offer this to children coming with you as everyone will love this performance. Katherine notes that her program captivates everyone from 4 to 104.

Children are encouraged to attend and there is no school for Denver Public Schools that day! When you sign up, please let us know if you plan to bring children, grandchildren or your next door neighbor’s children. I guarantee you that we will all leave smiling, clapping and dancing.

Bring the children and guests along, no charge for guests!


Friday, October 24, 2014| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Beatles: make a joyful noise, presented by: Deanna Manchion.

The near-riots that accompanied the Beatles’ arrival in New York in 1964, bringing about something like martial law in the vicinity of the Warwick Hotel, were an epic demonstration of nascent female desire. The spectacle was not tender but warlike. Idols who needed to be protected under armed guard from their own worshippers acquired even greater fascination, especially when they carried themselves with such cool comic grace. How and why did the Beatles phenomenon first take hold in Britain in 1963, spread to America the following year, and then went on to serve as the personification of a spirit of social and cultural upheaval that reached throughout the industrialized world during the second half of the 1960s? Their unconventionality was proclaimed by their distinctive clothes and hairstyle. This set them apart from everyone else. It added an element of sexual ambiguity – as much childlike as feminine - to a group of young men whose uniformity of appearance made them look like a band of brothers. By mocking the pretension of their celebrity and inviting their fans to share with them in the happy joke of their success, these four fantastic figures seemed to pass back into real life. When you looked at them, they looked back.

Deanna makes the Beatles come alive with film clips and their music. I, for one, loved them and their music.


Friday, October 31, 2014 | Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The First Views of Denver, presented by: Christopher Lane.

In the 1800s, printed views were the only way most Americans could imagine what far-away places in the West looked like. Within a few months of Denver’s founding in 1858, images of the nascent frontier settlement appeared in a national newspaper and as the city grew over the rest of the century, other printed views were published in newspapers, guide books, magazines and as larger prints intended for display. These prints provide period views of the city in its early days. Often drawn first-hand on the spot, these period prints depict the landscape, buildings and daily life of Denver over a hundred years ago.


Friday, November 7, 2014| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

40 years Later: Now Can We Talk? A film presentation facilitated by: Harold Fields.

We will see the documentary 40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk? It explores the impact of racial integration in the Mississippi Delta town of Batesville through powerful and moving dialogue with African American and white alumni from the Class of 1969 as they recall and comment on memories from that time. In 2009 the black students received an invitation to attend their class reunion for the first time in 40 years. The film personalizes the Civil Rights movement, grounding it in the stories of ordinary people who lived through those tumultuous years. Harold Fields has been the facilitator of the monthly Second Tuesday Race Forum for more than 15 years. He is actively involved in several national initiatives about race and slavery. He is a community activist who works with restorative justice organizations. Harold is now retired from designing large systems for IBM and the airline industry.


Monday, November 10, 2014| Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Songs of Eastern Europe, performed by Planina.

Planina is a mixed chorus of singers and instrumentalists presenting songs from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, and various Rom (Gypsy) traditions. The group sings in the original languages with regional vocal styling and provides explanations for the songs along the way. Some songs are sung acapella, while others are accompanied with traditional instruments (balalaika, dumbek, hurdy-gurdy, riqq, tambura, tupan) and/or modern ones (accordion, mandolin, guitar). They have made CDs and even a cookbook of mostly Eastern European dishes. I hope you agree that this evening will be unforgettable. They are highly recommended so get ready to celebrate and enjoy the music.




Friday, November 14, 2014| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Assessing the US Geostrategic Options for Fall 2014: Superpower on a Budget, presented by: Dr. Lewis Griffith.

Making a return Eclectics appearance, Dr. Griffith will provide a non-partisan analysis of the contextual realities, the potential consequences and the policy options available to the United States in addressing a range of major foreign policy/national security issues. While the specific examples may change as events develop, the overall theme will be the difficulties confronting the US in balancing expectations, both domestic and international, interests, and resources as an increasingly constrained but yet still unique superpower. Topics likely to be engaged in the discussion include dealing with an assertive Russia, defining the “Shift to Asia,” and the potential of cyber-conflict; all as case studies of the enormous challenge of establishing US grand strategy in a time of unclear priorities and declining resource advantages. After Dr. Griffith spoke last year, many members said please have him return. He is so clear and we learned so much. Happily, he said “yes” he would like to return.


Friday, November 21, 2014 | Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Have Fun with Technology, presented by: Maria Arapakis.

Maria has been teaching small groups of Eclectics how to effectively use the new technology that is being developed. She questions: Do you know the power of what you have in your purse (or pocket)?! Do you appreciate the tonnage of things that a small item weighing less than 4 ounces … your smart phone …replaces? It’s a whole new world out there and “21st Century Technology” can either be an enormous blessing or a great big pain in the neck … especially as we age. Come get your mind blown as Eclectic member Maria Arapakis shares the myriad of things your smart phone can in fact replace and the astounding upside of other personal technologies like tablets, smart TVs, and computers. Learn what it all means … not just to you, but to your kids and grandchildren. And head home convinced it’s time to stop resenting or being intimidated by technology, and time instead to start embracing and enjoying its many miracles!


Friday, December 5, 2014| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

A Fresh look at The West, presented by: Duke Beardsley.

Duke Beardsley was born in Denver in 1969. He is a sixth generation Coloradan whose western roots run deep and are integral to the subjects he paints. Raised in Denver and on a family cattle ranch in eastern Colorado, Duke has been drawing and painting images of the American West as long as he can remember. His unique blend of modern art styling and traditional western iconography reflects his upbringing and has made him a popular favorite among fans of contemporary American western art. Duke’s work is collected worldwide and can be found in such notable collections as the Denver Art Museum, The Booth Western Art Museum, the Whitney Collection of Western American Art at Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Forbes Collection, and the State of Colorado. According to Mikee Kapelke when Duke presented to the Tuesday Morning Class the group was ecstatic about his presentation. We have made arrangements with the Denver Country Club to have everyone able to see him as he works.


Friday, December 12, 2014| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

A Sampler of Ballet Duets presented by: Gloria Kubel.

Gloria has taught modern dance in Denver for over 20 years. In addition to giving concerts and lecture demonstrations in several Colorado cities she teaches Dance Exercise and Tai Chi Movement. Denver Eclectic Attendee, Kay Landen, is taking a course from Gloria and said she would present a terrific program about ballet. Her presentation will feature video and discussion of:

  • Duet from Don Quixote - Marius Petipa
  • Duo Concertante - George Balanchine
  • Sinatra Suite - Twyla Tharp

Monday, December 15, 2014| Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Evening Holiday Celebration, Presented by: the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir with Director Timothy J. Krueger.

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir was founded in 1994 as Colorado’s only year round, fully professional choir. For twenty years St. Martin’s Chamber Choir has delighted us with its exhilarating sound, its exquisite blend and its fascinating repertoire, drawn from 1,000 years of choral music. This year when St. Martin’s Chamber Choir comes to Denver Eclectics they will give voice to a glorious repertoire of Carols arranged by the greatest composers of their day. I think the choir continues to get better and better and an evening with them is pure joy. As I said last year, this evening is our special candle light dinner followed by the concert. I hope you will come for the entire occasion.

This will be a wonderful holiday celebration!


Friday, December 19, 2014| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Shifting Culture...Towards Civility in Work and Life, presented by:
Dr. Steve Poos-Benson.

In the past twenty years there have been over 200 school shootings leaving hundreds of young people dead and over a thousand wounded. It is time to stop this violence. We do so by shifting culture towards a vision of civility. Dr. Poos-Benson’s thirty-year career working in Littleton has revolved around school shootings. He was a first responder to the shootings at Columbine High School and was an integral part in healing the community. Most recently he lead the memorial service for Claire Davis, the woman murdered at Arapahoe High School. He is passionate about speaking to community groups about his vision to end school violence by restoring civility in our common culture. While in generations past, civility was taught as a matter of course, this lost art has created a culture where we have become accustomed to the violence that surrounds us. We have become inured and accept that which is unacceptable. It is time that we regain a vision of what it means to be civil.
Steve’s presentations are lively, informative and fun. He leads with a sense of humor and insight that sparks imagination and empowers people. His presentations have developed out of his work as a pastor, life coach, organizational leader, and spiritual guide. Steve has spoken over five thousand times to many different varied groups and organizations.

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