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Spring in swing with art, music, more

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IT was back in the 1980s when I became aware of Robert Indiana and his infamous LOVE sculpture. Little did we know the scope of his talents and creations until visiting the Indianapolis Museum of Art last week.

“The Essential Robert Indiana” exhibit will run through May 4. As Indiana’s most famous living artist, his history alone is a story to behold as is his fascination with numbers, their symbolic meanings, the prolific geometric designs and incredible presentation of primary color schemes in a variety of paintings and prints.

This is a rare and unique display of art that should not be missed. We thought it was interesting to learn that his mother was living in Columbus when he last visited her, just before she died.

The annual Victorian Tea is definitely a sign that spring is here. At 1 p.m. April 13, the Brown County Art Gallery Foundation will entertain with a lovely afternoon tea, door prizes and a raffle at the Brown County Art Gallery.

The program will be “Lincoln and His Scandalous In-laws” by Donna McCreary, an award-winning author and historical actress specializing in the Lincoln family. For information and tickets, call 812-988-4609.

This last week was filled with birthday celebrations in our family.

One of our favorite grandmothers, Lola Tullio, turned 90 and is still going strong, very sharp and enjoyed every minute of the celebration with her daughters, Denise and Holly, their spouses Gregory and John, and the most fun-loving group of granddaughters, Jacquie, Danielle, Alison, Nicole and Lauren, and grandson, John.

A couple of very new members to the clan were Jason Becker, Nicole’s husband, and Chris Doolin, Lauren’s fiance. We had a family style dinner at Capri Restaurant, a great Italian place, along with myriad wonderful desserts from a bakery in Chicago brought

by Holly.

After that celebration, we headed to Ruth’s Chris Steak House to celebrate daughter Annie Poynter’s 46th birthday, which brought brothers and spouses from the other side of the family together with her daughter, Gracie, and sons, Edward and William.

Shakespeare Club met last week at the home of Sue and Lloyd Spencer, with Cynthia Henrich and Shirley Lyster assisting with the hostess duties.

For dessert we were treated to a luscious lime cheesecake from Sweet Rose Bakery with coffee, tea and treats.

The program was given by David Brailow, who has served as vice president for academic affairs at Franklin College. His recent publications have been on contemporary Shakespearean performance and on faculty scholarship.

Brailow is a wonder to behold in his presentation of “The Real History of the Henry Plays,” giving a thorough history and an entertaining and dramatic oral presentation from literature.

Historical facts were covered in all of the king’s plays showing how Shakespeare altered some of the facts pertaining to characters for the sake of art.

The Columbus Research Club met in March at Four Seasons. Members were greeted by beautiful table decorations of lovely spring flowers after a drive through snowy weather. After the luncheon, the program was presented by Emma Sapkal from Turning Point Domestic Violence Services. The meeting was called to order by the president Bennita Kennedy. Chairman Laura Crossman, Pat Bush and Jody Harter served as the planning committee for the meeting.

The spring tour of the Butler Chorale, Chamber Choir and Freshly Brewed (men’s group), under the direction of Eric Stark, embarked on quite a tour by coach to the environs of Florida and missed some of our “fair” weather.

Stark is the son of our own Sherry Stark and is director of choral activities and professor of music at Butler University. Several Columbus residents were able to attend concerts in Florida: Carol Evans in Cape Coral, Jane Hoffmeister Repp in Naples, formerly of Columbus, and Sally Cramer Spear in Clearwater.

Other destinations of the group included Venice, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Clearwater Beach and Orlando, before returning to the Butler campus.

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