January 2007

life in community , news , performances

The game room in the Great Oak Common House has a large wall used as a projection screen;

Great Oak Common House Game Room with Movie screen Great Oak Movie night album Great Oak Movie night album
it is painted with screen-goo which is a

specially formatted, highly reflective acrylic paint, designed specifically for the video projection industry. Screen Goo acrylic paint allows one to transform any smooth paintable surface into a high performance projection screen.

Combined with a LCD projector, DVD player and some speakers, we have a very enjoyable, community, movie experience periodically. The movies have ranged from a “Portrait of Andy Goldsworthy, an artist whose specialty is ephemeral sculptures made from elements of nature.” in Rivers and Tides to The Adventures of Robin Hood with Erol Flynn and Apollo 13 and to a Bollywood favorite, Dil Chahta hai, that was accompanied with popcorn flavored with chat masala and samosas as a snack during intermission as part of a member’s birthday celebration!

Most recently, it was Groundhog Day, albeit a bit early for Spring, but hope springs eternal!

life in community , news

Mary & Carl’s 4th New Year’s Day Euchre Tournament – and the 2nd held at Great Oak.

Twenty-four people including Great Oak family and friends, Touchstoners, (mostly the entire Rolka family, minus Chet who was sleeping) enjoyed four rounds of friendly competition.

Potluck snacks included the generous and delicious left overs from the Epicuria new Year’s Eve party.

The youngest participant was Mary’s 12 year old nephew Jordan, and the oldest was Sarah’s mom, Gail, (who is noticeably older than Jordan).

Almost half the participants were first time players!

Carl Hanna dominated the score board with a perfect 40! Lisa placed a respectable second with 38. Jim Sweeton brought up the rear with a total of 16 points.

Prizes, (and we use the term loosely, here), were distributed in a White Elephant exchange. The low scorer, (that would be Jim Sweeton) was the first to open his mystery gift. Subsequent rounds of gift opening included the option to snatch a gift from anyone with a lower score, (that would be Jim Sweeton).

Thanks to all who participated, especially Sarah and others who helped with set-up and clean up.

The Beginner's table.

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