Annual Meeting

Have you registered for the Myerberg Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 1 at 9:00 a.m. at the Myerberg? Email info@myerberg.org or call 410-358-6856.

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Memoir Writing with Barbara Bass
Memoir writing is an important activity for any adult. It’s the act of reconstructing part of your life in words and inviting a reader to understand your perspective. This workshop will help participants retrieve their memories as they write about their lives, recording them for posterity, while at the same time preserving family history. During each session, participants will be encouraged to write, while guided by a skilled writer/teacher. Participants will be provided with writing prompts that will help to spark memories. Over the course of the session, participants will form a community of writers, sharing their stories with the other writers in the class. Barbara Bass is a Ph.D., Professor of English Emerita from Towson University. This is an 8-week session with Limited Enrollment for Gold Subscribers.
Call 410-358-6856 to register.
Ongoing
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Cooking the Globe with Chef Alba Johnson
Cook alongside this incredible chef as she walks us through delicious dishes. We will provide the recipe and ingredient list ahead of time if you’d like to cook along. Each session is a separate class, and both are included with Gold subscriptions. Call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register. All recipes can be found here: http://www.myerberg.org/cooking

My Egyptian Favorites
Typical Egyptian cuisine is influenced in part by the Mediterranean and in part by the Middle Eastern gastronomic tradition. One of my favorite dish and a most popular, is Koshari, a mouth-watering combination of pasta, rice, legumes, tomatoes and caramelized onions. Join Chef Alba as we prepare Herbs Spices Fritters, Koshari, and fresh Baladi Salad.
Monday, May 23
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mediterranean Inspiring Dishes
Bring these colorful and fragrant culinary dishes from the Mediterranean to your table. Mediterranean recipes are famous all over the world because they are tantalizing, have simple ingredients and cooking technique, and spices and fresh herbs play an enticing role in seasoning. Join Chef Alba as we make Mediterranean Inspired Egg Rolls, Potato Bulgur Onion Patties, and Zucchine Trifolate alle Erbe.
Tuesday, June 14
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dishes from Athens, Greece
Athens, the capital of Greece, a cosmopolitan metropolis suspended between past and present. Known for the famous Acropolis and delicious cuisine. The Greek cuisine has 25 centuries of history which influenced the food of the Mediterranean. Join Chef Alba as we prepare Watermelon Olive Pesto Feta Salad, Greek Garlic Chicken and Olives, Potatoes in Lemon and Garlic.
Wednesday, July 6
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Discover Capri on a Plate
Capri is an island in the Gulf of Naples with breathtaking landscapes, golden beaches, and clear sea. Food is an integral part of the experience for those who want to get to know the island to the fullest. Join Chef Alba as we create Caprese in Bicchiere, Pasta al Sugo di Pomodoro e Olive Nere, Cotolette di Melanzane (Eggplant Cutlets) Mozzarella and Arugula.
Wednesday, August 3
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Current Events with Journalist John Rydell
John Rydell is a TV reporter and longtime political reporter with strong journalism background who coordinated media coverage for State of Maryland during savings & loan crisis, has extensive network of contacts in media, public and private sector and is the winner of more than 25 awards for journalistic excellence. Join us each week for an exciting discussion on current events. Sign-up by going on to the Virtual Center or email jennifer@myerberg.org. This is included in ALL subscriptions!
Mondays, starting February 1
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Essentials of Watercolor with Mary Beth Dickman
This is a 6-week course designed to allow students experience with watercolor materials and techniques with a concentration on color mixing, color theory, textures, and layering to achieve realism qualities. Students will work in a variety of compositions and of course, have a lot of fun creating and learning. This course is for all students with little to no experience to advanced experience with the media. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Beginner Oil Painting with Mary Beth Dickman
If you’re wanting to try oil painting but are feeling intimidated by it, now is your chance to learn how to use this media!  This course is geared for beginners but all levels are welcome. We will be focusing on the different techniques of how to mix colors, layering, thinning out the paint with various mediums and working Fat Over Lean. In this course you will gain experience with the basics of oil painting. Supplies: See file below. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Tuesdays
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Exploration of Pastel with Mary Beth Dickman
This is a 6-week course designed to allow students experience with chalk pastels and techniques with a concentration on mark making, texture, and color to create artworks they are proud of. Through this course, we will create nature drawings, animal artworks, and portraits. We will be exploring realism and abstraction. This course is for all abilities whether you have little to no experience to advanced experience with the media. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Wednesdays
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fundamentals of Drawing with Mary Beth Dickman
In this 6-week course, students will learn the basics of proportions, composition and tonal gradation (shading) through the use of graphite (pencil) and charcoal. This is a messy medium that can be very fun and enjoyable!  Students will learn the use of materials through drawing from still life objects and from portraits. This course is for all abilities, no experience necessary. Mary Beth is a multi-faceted, published artist with over 30 years’ experience, including 16 years teaching. Her skills include graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint. She considers herself energetic, upbeat, and always willing to have more than a little fun doing what she loves: teaching art. Supplies: TBD. Included with your GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursdays
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Portrait Drawing with Mary Mayhew
This class will focus on the drawing of the face using pencils, charcoal and erasers. We will go over facial dimensions and proportions for different age groups and spend time perfecting features, expressions and shading. Join Mary on Monday afternoons and learn some incredible techniques from this experienced artist.
This is a Limited Enrollment Program, open to the first 25 Gold Subscribers who call 410-358-6856 to register.
Mondays
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Book Club with Wendy Matt
Each month we will read a book and have a lively discussion. This is free for all members and subscribers. Here are the upcoming selections:
5/19 – The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vanishing Half examines sisterhood, black identity, and parenthood with compassion and conviction. The Vignes twins grew up inseparable in the ’60s in Mallard, Louisiana, a small town reserved for black residents with light skin. Stella and Desiree Vignes are tall and beautiful, and they dream of lives beyond the lynching of their father and housekeeping for white people, like their mother does. When they flee to New Orleans as teenagers, Stella discovers that she can pass as white, and so begins the fracture that will forever separate the twins. Stella disappears in California and continues to play the part of a white woman, keeping her past a secret from her husband and daughter. After leaving her abusive marriage, Desiree returns to Mallard with her daughter, Jude, who is “black as tar.” Jude, desperate to find a place where she fits in, goes to college in California and discovers she was searching not just for herself but for her mother’s sister. Told in flashbacks and alternating points of view, this novel asks what is personal identity, if not your past. A riveting and sympathetic story about the bonds of sisterhood and just how strong they are, even at their weakest. 
3rd Thursday of the month
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Artemesia Gentileschi with Dr. Joseph Cassar
This course of 8 lectures using the zoom platform is about the struggle of women artists in an environment dominated by male artists. She emerges as an extremely gifted artist becoming a female role model, a female star who shines with Leonardo, Rembrandt and Michelangelo. She became the first woman artist in the history of Western Art to contribute significantly to the art world of her time. working for powerful patrons and kings. The lectures are rich in images using a PowerPoint presentation that invite questions and discussion.

Joseph Paul Cassar is an artist, art historian, curator and educator. He is Professor of Art at the University of Maryland Global Campus with the Department of Art and Graphic Communications. He is currently engaged in designing online art courses for the university as well as for the New York Times Knowledge Network. He lectures at the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, Notre Dame University of Maryland, at the Hirshhorn Museum, Walters Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art among others. He exhibits his work regularly in Malta and the Baltimore-Washington area. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, March 14 through May 9
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Mind Your Memory with Innie Neun
Do you worry about your memory or the memory of a loved one? In this informative and interactive, 4-part workshop with Innie Neun, participants will learn about the 3 steps of forming memories and simple techniques to improve memory functioning within each step. Participants will also be able to identify what are normal changes in memory as we age and what may be related to other conditions.
This course is FREE for Myerberg members and subscribers. It is being offered HYBRID – both virtual and onsite. Call 410-358-6856 to register.
Tuesdays, April 26 through May 24 (no class on May 10)
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Memorable Classic TV shows from the 50’s with Rabbi Harry Karp
TV in its developmental toddler days! A time for fond memories, as that world took its early steps and still had training wheels. So different from today’s TV, yet those shows were the foundation for a media which would affect so much of our lives. Ozzie and Harriet, Sid Caesar, Jack Paar, Howdy Doody, Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver, Milton Berle and Our Miss Brooks (Hey Don’t forget Dobie Gillis in the late 50’s!!) Join us at the Myerberg for a step back to simpler times which we can still savor and enjoy. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register. This class is also offered in person ONSITE.
Tuesdays, April 26 through May 17
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

The American Revolution and the British Empire with Professor Richard Bell
Seen through American eyes, July 4, 1776 marks a triumphant moment: the birth of a bold new nation committed to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Through British eyes, the American Revolution looked quite different. This course will examine America’s through the lens of Britain’s Empire. First, we’ll examine the Boston Tea Party, a protest against imperial tyranny and monopoly power. Second, we’ll look at the resulting war from perspective of the Palace, the Parliament, and the British people. Third, we’ll explore the conflict from the vantage of the Irish and their descendants in America. Fourth, we’ll pivot southward to study the fate of empire on Britain’s Caribbean islands. Finally, we’ll investigate the terms of the 1783 Treaty of Paris, the peace pact that dramatically shrank the boundaries of the British Empire and confirmed the independence of the newly United States. This class blends lectures and discussion and rich visual and textual evidence from primary sources.

Richard Bell is Professor of History at the University of Maryland and the author of the new book Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home, which was shortlisted for the 2020 George Washington Prize and the 2020 Harriet Tubman Prize. He has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress and is the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Center for History and Culture, as an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Included with Gold subscriptions, call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursdays, May 5 through June 9, no class May 19
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

From Garden to Guillotine: Marie Antoinette and the Coming of the French Revolution with Thomas DiMaggio
This six-lecture course will examine the way in which the public career of Queen Marie Antoinette before 1789 — both the reality of her actions, and the gross misperception of them by the French people — helped to pave the way for the catastrophe of the Revolution. It will also show how, from 1789 onwards, the Queen grew enormously in personal stature, as she became the only real power directing the monarchy, in the face of increasing storms of popular upheaval.
Thomas DiMaggio attended Duke University (B.A., 1977), and the Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1981). He spent most of the next three decades practicing law, including a three-year stint as Administrative Assistant to the late Judge John Dowling, of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas. Mr. DiMaggio is also an experienced instructor, having taught undergraduate courses at York College of Pennsylvania (including a two-semester course, “Great Trials of History”, which he created himself.) He has also taught a number of lecture courses in adult education through the OLLI program at Penn State of York. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Thursdays, June 16 through July 21
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Baltimore Vacation Spots from our Past with Rabbi Harry Karp
Where did your family go to refresh, re-bond or to beat the heat? Around here in Baltimore, it could have been Penn-Marr, Tolchester, Betterton Beach or maybe the Magothy River. Maybe you went to Ocean City and bought donuts from the Meisters? What sweet days of youth!! Then of course there were plenty of places where you were careful not to go. Hopefully, those times are gone. Pack up your picnic baskets, suntan lotion and bug spray for a visit to many of your family vacations. We may go by steamboat. We may go by car. Be ready though, no air conditioning. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register. This class is also offered in person ONSITE.
Tuesdays, May 24 through June 14
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Towards Better Understanding of Classic Jewish Prayers with Rabbi Harry Karp
Judaism offers prayers for all occasions. Some of them though are used more often and are a bit more close to the heart. It would be so nice to get to know what they are all about, on both a simple and deeper level. In this course, we will explore Mah Tovu, Adon Olam, Yigdal, Ashrei, and some of Shma to name a few. Aleinu will show up as well, despite the fact that it got us into trouble several times. Freedom of speech and davinning hopefully protects us today. Bring your siddur prayer book if you want. Along with an open heart, mind and on-target questions as well. This class is meant to enrich, enhance, enjoy and to make us think (ouch).It’s good for the neshama! (soul) Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register. This class is also offered in person ONSITE.
Tuesdays, June 21 through July 12
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

The Indispensables! Four Pieces We Can’t Live Without! (Maybe 5!) with Jonathan Palevsky
There are certain pieces of music that have been fundamental in changing to the way we see, hear and think about music. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Handel’s Messiah come to my mind…I wonder what comes to yours?  Exploring these masterworks and their subsequent influences or musical children is time well spent.

Jonathan Palevsky is currently the Program Director here at WBJC. He has had the pleasure of working for the station since 1986 when he became a part-time announcer. He has been the station’s Program Director since 1990. Jonathan is originally from Montreal and came to Baltimore in 1982 to study classical guitar at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He has hosted just about every conceivable time slot at WBJC, but can regularly be heard hosting the WBJC Opera Preview, their music review program Face the Music and the Music In Maryland. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, August 1 through August 22
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1996) with Dr. Joseph Cassar
This course focuses on one of the most important American Modern women artists who pioneered a fresh new start in the representation of nature. The virtual lectures using the zoom platform focus on her art education at the Arts Students league in New York and her exposure to the ideas of Arthur Wesley Dow. Later she will show her work at Alfred Stieglitz Gallery 291 which will expose her work to a wider appreciative public. The lectures focus on Georgia O’Keeffe’s extensive travels and inspirations, her marriage to Stieglitz in 1924, settling in New Mexico in 1940, and her subsequent exhibitions focusing on flowers, desert landscapes, and depictions of bones. The course provides a critical analysis of an abundance of art works by O’ Keeffe which invite questions and discussion.

Joseph Paul Cassar is an artist, art historian, curator and educator. He is Professor of Art at the University of Maryland Global Campus with the Department of Art and Graphic Communications. He is currently engaged in designing online art courses for the university as well as for the New York Times Knowledge Network. He lectures at the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, Notre Dame University of Maryland, at the Hirshhorn Museum, Walters Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art among others. He exhibits his work regularly in Malta and the Baltimore-Washington area. Included with GOLD subscriptions. Please call 410-358-6856 or email info@myerberg.org to register.
Mondays, October 3 through December 5 (no class 10/10 & 10/17)
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.