Upcoming events at the DCA

French lit class explores ‘The Red and the Black’

The Darien Community Association continues their French Literature classes with “The Red and the Black” by Stendhal, beginning Jan. 22.

“The Red and the Black” is a lively, satirical picture of French Restoration society after Waterloo, riddled with corruption, greed, and ennui.

A complex, sympathetic portrayal of Julien, the lead character, makes him Stendhal’s most brilliant and human creation — and one of the greatest characters in French literature.

Over two two-hour sessions, students will be led through the novel, discovering stories behind the stories, exploring historical context & writing techniques of the author.

Florence Anglade, French citizen, is a regular instructor at the DCA and leads these sessions in English. An interactive class, students are required to read the book in English or French, as well as research ahead of the class. The translation by Charles Kenneth Scott Moncrieff is recommended.

The first class will be held over two Tuesday sessions, Jan. 8 and 15; the second class will follow on Jan. 22 and 29. Sessions runs from 10:30 to 12:30.

Class fees are $80, or $60 for DCA members; there is a strict maximum of six students per class.

Former ABC News president to speak

Former ABC News president David Westin will be at the Darien Community Association on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. to discuss his book, “Exit Interview.”

In 1997, when David Westin became president of ABC News, the world seemed like a quiet place. Then came an impeachment, the war on terror, and the worst economy since the Great Depression. Now, after almost fourteen years of constant change, he reflects on what he learned in “Exit Interview.”

Coffee and refreshments will be served. $10 public price, $5 for DCA members. Copies of “Exit Interview” will be available for sale from Barrett Bookstore, for signing by the author.

Advanced, beginning canasta classes set

The new year is a great time to learn canasta or improve your skills, with two new classes at the Darien Community Association: beginning canasta and hand and foot canasta.

In canasta, four players forming two partnerships use two decks of cards to create ‘melds’ of 7 cards that lead one group to eventually ‘go out’ and win.

In the beginning canasta class, students will learn the flow of the game, how to create melds, point values, scoring and going out, as well as tips on strategies to help their partnership come out ahead.

Canasta is a great game to play with friends. Players have fun learning and playing the game, but at the same time they can socialize (unlike bridge or Mah Jongg, you can talk during canasta).

Beginning canasta will run from 9 to 10:30 on Tuesdays, 15 and 22. Fees are $80 for the public; $60 for DCA members. Advanced canasta will be held from 9 to 11 over three consecutive Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16 and 23. Fees for this more advanced class are $85 for the public; $65 for DCA members. Reservations are required for both classes, and will close at a maximum of 12 students.


The DCA is at 274 Middlesex Road. For more info: [email protected], 203-655-9050, dariendca.org.

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