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We’ll be back in September 2020!

In the meantime, we hope that you and your loved ones are remaining healthy.

Because of the pandemic, many of our sessions will be held online. Members will receive details of an upcoming event along with a link to Zoom. At the appointed time, you will simply have to click on that link to join the meeting in the comfort of your home! Imagine: no virus threats, no bad weather, no traffic jams, no parking fees.Participants will have the opportunity to question each presenter.

You will be receiving information on how to log on to Zoom and how to obtain practice-sessions.

The new program book should be in your hands in August…it’s filled with exciting events.

We are currently investigating different ways to enable non-members to pay for a meeting online.

For further information, please email sbrow9@sympatico.ca

Stay safe!

The President’s Message

They say you should always expect change in life, but when it happens, it sometimes feels like a challenge! For everyone’s safety, we suspended our planned meetings earlier this year. Now we are finding a path forward in our 122nd year.

Historically, the St. James Literary Society has been about people meeting in person, to socialize and share a common collective spirit – and of course to become more aware of our world. And we have done so against more modern trends towards virtual online forums such as Ted Talks or YouTube. With social isolation, this will have to change.

Moving forward, all our events in 2020 (and perhaps even beyond) will be held online using the app called Zoom. We hope that this will bring more participation than ever, as we are making these events free to attend, at least for the remainder of 2020. Due to the changing nature of our world, our plans will have to adjust accordingly.

I ask that you prepare your computer before our meetings by downloading and installing the Zoom application on your PC or tablet and verifying that your sound and microphone work properly.

Despite these difficulties, I am excited to present our programme for the 2020 – 2021 season! A variety of thought provoking events designed to be both informative and entertaining. We hope they will appeal to the broad interests of our members.

Stay safe, and follow government health and hygiene advice. This will allow everyone one day soon to get out and socialize again.

All the best to you and your loved ones!

April 4: Wine, Women and…

In this educational wine experience, our speaker, Jonathan Cercone, will share his understanding and evaluation of conventional, organic, natural and biodynamic winemaking techniques and highlight the unique barriers women face beyond the challenges that already exist in a generally male dominated industry. His exposé encourages us to be more aware of broader industry practices, additives in winemaking and the growing contribution of women in the wine industry.

This year our wine event will be held in conjunction with the Royal Montreal Curling Club. They are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Ladies Montreal Curling Club in 1894.

Admission for members of the SJLS, RMCC and guests $25.00 tax incl. Reservations are essential.

April 4, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM @ The Royal Montreal Curling Club