Intellectually stimulating dinners and weekends about interesting places with literary ties.
The fictional Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society began as a spur-of-the-moment inspiration to make it possible for the people of Guernsey to get together and enliven their existence during the time of the World War II German occupation of the islands. Although this is Vermont and our pie will be apple, we too want to enliven our evenings with stimulating conversation. Guernsey during the occupation and how that impacted the daily lives of its citizens will be the topic for our first series of dinners and talks. We will organize a travel adventure to Guernsey and other Channel Islands in May.
It’s not your ordinary book club, more like a salon where discerning minds can share their intellectual curiosity, although books will be part of the backdrop of our discussions and we will suggest a list of possible titles to consider reading for each topic. The dinners will be held on Saturday evenings and for those who spend the weekend, there may be other activities to expand the general topic. We invite your thoughts and participation. So if you enjoy the society of people who read and think, want to learn something new, enjoy talking about ideas, yearn to visit new places and expand your circle of interesting friends, then please join us because we want to hear what you have to add to the conversation.
The dinners will be held at the Governor’s House in Hyde Park, 100 Main Street, Hyde Park, Vermont. Cost is $45.00 plus tax per person and, of course, includes home-made apple pie. Reservations must be made in advance directly with the inn at 802-888-6888 or info@OneHundredMain.com. Saturday night or weekend accommodation is available. Further information and calendar of events at OneHundredMain.com.
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Future topics include:
* Guernsey during the German occupation
* Newfoundland and its connections to the Channel Islands and other places
* Rudyard Kipling in Vermont
* Palladio, Vicenza and the legacy to English and American architecture
* Spices: where they come from, how they got here, and what we do with them
Schedule for Guernsey under German Occupation:
Dinners & Discussion:
* October 19, 2013
* February 1, 2014
* March 8, 2014
Travel to Guernsey:
* May 7-13, 2014 For preliminary information please scroll to bottom.
We want to offer a variety of sources for each topic, but there is no one book which everyone should read and it’s certainly not expected that anyone will attempt to read everything on the list. We would also appreciate your comments and suggestions for additions to it.
Suggestions for Guernsey under German Occupation:
* The Book of Ebenezer Le Page by Gerald Basil Edwards (a novel which reads like a diary, it spans his life and includes some thoughts about the occupation)
* Guernsey Under Occupation: The Second World War Diaries of Violet Carey edited by Alice Evans (diary of an older woman whose life was seriously impacted by the occupation and in which she intertwines her encounters with the Germans with her everyday life)
* Island at War
Some of these may be ordered directly from Amazon.com.
Trip to Guernsey
The dates are May 7 to 13, 2014 with the possibility of adding two nights in Jersey, the 13 and 14.
That puts us there on May 9, Guernsey’s Liberation Day, when they promise festivities to commemorate the island’s liberation from German occupation on May 9, 1945.
Our arrangements will include six nights on Guernsey in Moore’s Hotel in the center of St Peter Port within easy walking distance of shops and restaurants and the harbor. Also included are all meals, transfers from the airport, occupation-related tours on the island, an excursion by boat to Herm, and a guided trip by boat to Sark.
We have not included air travel to Guernsey, making it easy for each person to use air miles and/or connect with other European destinations before or after our visit. Each person will need to arrange flights to and from Guernsey Airport (GCI). Connections are possible through London Gatwick. Airline information will follow.
We will make information about the optional extension to Jersey available as soon as it is finalized. The price for adding Jersey will include the boat from Guernsey to Jersey. If you add this option, you will need to make your return flight home from Jersey instead of Guernsey. It is possible to take the boat from Jersey to the old walled city of St. Malo, France, for the day.
The cost is $2,400 per person. There is no tax in Guernsey. The price is based on two people sharing a twin room. A few single rooms may be available for an additional $290. The price includes three meals daily, but alcohol is not included. Tips are your responsibility and at your discretion.
A deposit of $500 is required to register for the trip. A second deposit of $500 will be required January 15, 2014. The balance will be due on March 1. Because the integrity of the trip requires a commitment from a minimum number of participants, these payments are non-refundable unless someone is able to take your place. If the trip is cancelled for any reason, all deposits will be refunded.