Mini TED-like talks - What I Care About - "Quantum Computing; Star Formation & Virtual Particles; and Theatrical Superstitions"
An exciting hour-long virtual event, for 3 PBK members to briefly and concisely share their work or projects/activities that they care greatly about, and take Q&A. This session will have moderator/speaker Shea Sandifer ("Quantum Computing") and speakers John Faulhaber ("Star Formation and Virtual Particles"), and Anastasia (Tasha) Hutnick ("Theatrical Superstitions"). Enjoy these engaging and stimulating discussions on timely and interesting topics from PBK colleagues. No charge event. Register here.
June 19, 2021 - 10:30 am.
Day Hike - John James Audubon Center, Montgomery County
Meet at 10:30 am at the John James Audubon Center (1201 Pawlings Rd., Audubon, PA) Visitor Parking Lot (trail map) for introductions and hike route description, before heading out to hike. Then enjoy an approx. 2 hr. moderate hike in a social distancing manner with other friendly PBK's, led by PBK Young Professional members, Caroline Amodeo and R. Alan Mason. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at a suitable place. Option afterwards to add more trail or view the Audubon Center Museum (separate fee). Friend(s)/families welcomed. Pay park fee on entrance: Aduts $4, Seniors $3, Ages 4-17 $2. Register here. .
June 24, 2021 - 7:00 pm.
Phi Beta Kappa Young Professionals virtual casual Happy Hour, with option for a virtual game
Socialize virtually for 30 min. with other early-career PBK's in two successive, peer-moderated, short breakout rooms, to meet, converse, share, and connect, follwed by 30 min. of summer-themed Kahoot Trivia for June. No charge event. Click here to register.
July 2, 2021 - 7:00 pm.
Phillies Triple-A vs. Blue Jays Triple-A Baseball Game + "Fireworks Night"
Come out to socialize and connect with other PBK's at the Trenton Thunder Ballpark, easily freeway-accessible on the Delaware River, for a Triple A baseball game between Lehigh Valley "Iron Pigs" (Phillies) vs. the Buffalo "Bisons" (Toronto Blue Jays), followed by "Fireworks Night". A block of tickets/seats have been obtained at a group rate of $8/PBK Delaware Valley members & guests; $9 PBK,non-Delaware Valley member & guests. Enjoy connecting with other PBK's, as well as enjoy seeing the upcoming stars of the Phillies & Blue Jays and the fireworks. Friend(s)/family welcome. Directions/GPS for Trenton Thunder Ballpark parking.Click here to register and purchase your ticket(s).
July 8, 2021 - 7:00 pm.
Virtual Movie Club - "There Will Be Blood"
Virtual discussion of the film, "There Will Be Blood", starring the iconic Daniel Day Lewis, who won an Academy Award and 5 other acting awards for this performance. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, this 2007 film was listed on 37 critics' "Best 10 Films of the Year", and #1 by 20 of them. Described as "a riveting epic of greed, capitalism, religion, and family", related to early unregulated oil exploration. View on Netflix, and meet via Zoom on July 8, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion. No charge event. Click here to register.
July 10, 2021 - 12:00 pm (meet 11:45 am).
Mini Golf and "Pick-Your-Own" Blueberries Orchard/Farm
Meet at 11:45 for 12:00 start at Boulder Falls Mini Golf, 1426 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., Downingtown, PA 19335 (on the United Sports Training Facility property), then the group will move to nearby Highland Orchards, Farm Market & Bakery, 1000 Marshallton Thorndale Rd., for their on-site bakery, produce shop, food trucks, and "Pick-Your-Own" fresh blueberries (perhaps also peaches) then in season. We anticipate approximately 12:00 - 2:00 pm for Mini Golf and 2:30 - 5:00 pm at Highland Orchards to eat and for our reserved time to pick blueberries and/or peaches before the Orchards close. Highland's outdoor Wine & Beer Garden (featuring Locust Lane Craft Brewery, Malvern, PA, and local wineries) is open on Sat. from 12 noon - 7:00 pm. Friend(s) and families welcomed. Pay on-site. First round Mini Golf fee: Age 13 and above - $8; Seniors (65+) & ages 3-12 - $6. Immediate second round = 1/2 price. Blueberries- approx. $5/container; minimum one container for all over age 5 who enter the fields to pick fruit. Register here.
July 24, 2021 - 10:30 am.
Day Hike - Brandywine Creek State Park, No. DE
Meet at 10:30 am at the Brandywine Creek State Park (41 Adams Dam Rd., Wilmington, DE) Hawk Watch parking lot (see trail map) for introductions and hike route description, before heading out to hike. The Park is just east of Winterthur Gardens, and just south of the PA state line. Then enjoy an approx. 2 hr. moderate hike in a social distancing manner with other friendly PBK's, led by PBK Young Professional members, Caroline Amodeo and R. Alan Mason. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at a suitable place. Option afterwards to add more trail. Friend(s)/families welcomed. Register here.
August 12, 2021 - 7:00 pm.
Virtual Book Club - "Interior Chinatown"
Virtual discussion of the book, "Interior Chinatown", winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, and both a 2020 Book Club pick by the NY Times and a 2021 Book Club pick by PBS. Authored by Charles Yu, corporate attorney and then full-time script writer and author, the book addresses the cliches and marginalization of Asians in the film industry, with "brilliant characterizations". The author uses both satire and humor to address themes of pop culture and assimilation. Obtain from your favorite library or book seller, and meet via Zoom on August 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion. No charge event. Click here to register.
August 14, 2021 - 6:05 pm.
Washington Nationals High-A vs. NY Mets High-A Baseball Game, Wilmington, DE
Come out to socialize and connect with other PBK's at Frawley Stadium, just off I-95 in Wilmington's lively riverfront area, for a High-A baseball game between the Wilmington "Blue Rocks" (Nationals) vs. the Brooklyn "Cyclones" (Mets). Tickets will be purchased as a block for those registering/prepaying by August 4, 2021, at $15 each (no group rate offered by this stadium for regular seating). Enjoy connecting with other PBK's, as well as the fun atmosphere unique to minor league baseball. Friend(s)/family welcome. Directions for Wilmington Blue Rocks Frawley Stadium parking.Click here to register and prepay for ticket(s).
September 9, 2021 - 7:00 pm.
Virtual Movie Club - "Roma"
Virtual discussion of the film, "Roma", 2019 Academy Award winner for Best International Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. The film was written and directed by aclaimed director Alfonso Cuaron as a semi-autobiographical take on his upbringing in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, from the point of view of a live-in housekeeper with a middle-class family. A cinematic "tour-de-force", the film explores the nuances of class divisions, the impact of a divorce on children, and the nature of altruistic love, featuring actresses Yalitza Aparicio as the housekeeper and Marina de Tavira as the wife. View on Netflix, and meet via Zoom on August 12, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion. No charge event. Click here to register.
October 14, 2021 - 7:00 pm.
Virtual Book Club - "Where the Crawdads Sing"
Virtual discussion of the novel, "Where the Crawdads Sing". Written by wildlife scientist Delia Owens and 129 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, it is currently being filmed on location, with the film to be released in summer 2022. The novel intertwines the story of a young woman growing up isolated in the marshes of North Carolina, along with the murder investigation of a local celebrity in a coastal North Carolina town. Obtain from your local bookseller or library, and meet via Zoom on October 14, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion. No charge event. Click here to register.
November 11, 2021 - 7:00 pm.
Virtual Movie Club - "The Florida Project"
Virtual discussion of the film, "The Florida Project", named by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute as one of the best 10 films of 2017. It explores the lives of parents and grandparents raising children in a low-end motel in the shadow of Disney World, with insight for the marginal and at risk lives the parents live yet the spunk and joy of the children, under the watchful eye of a caring but levelheaded motel manager played by Willem Dafoe, who was nominated for an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA awards for this role. Rotten Tomatoes score of 96%. View on Netflix, and meet via Zoom on November 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion. No charge event. Click here to register.
December 9, 2021 - 7:00 pm.
Virtual Book Club - "The Yellow House"
Virtual discussion of the memoir, "The Yellow House", written by Sarah M. Broom, which won the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and was named one of the Top Ten Books of 2019 by both the NY Times Book Review and the Washington Post. The book tracks her family's history back 100 years, her growing up in New Orleans East, the demise of her beloved home after Hurricaine Katrina, how Katrina altered her neighborhood and New Orleans, along with New Orleans as a reflection of issues facing America. Obtain from your local bookseller or library, and meet via Zoom on December 9, 2021, at 7:00 PM, for a thoughtful, interactive discussion. No charge event. Click here to register.
To be rescheduled in 2021
Saturday tour of Doylestown Museums with Lunch.
The Mercer Museum is a six-story reinforced concrete castle designed by Henry Mercer (1856-1930), archeologist, ceramist, scholar, and antiquarian, which was completed in 1916. With Mercer's 40-room eclectic home, Fonthill Castle- a mix of medieval, gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles and home to Mercer's extensive collection of prints and tiles, it is one of Bucks County's premier cultural attractions and a Smithsonian affiliate. IIt features local and national traveling exhibits, as well as a over 50,000 pre-Industrial tools covering sixty different crafts/trades, and is one of the world's most comprehensive portraits of pre-Industrial American material culture.