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Page6 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 byJ-Iilda M. Morrill : : ~;; i ~/ .....~ = : : ; i/;=~ : ~ ~:i!i!i!iill From the left: Robert Gittens, Vice President of Public Affairs at Northeastern University; Ellen Payzant; Zeina Aoun and MWCC Founder and President Stephanie Warburg. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Max Warburg Courage Curriculum Trustee Heather Faris, left, and Robin Parker. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Earlier this season more than 300 people gathered at Northeastern University to celebrate The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's "20TM Annual Awards Luncheon" and the exceptional courage of 45 sixth-grade students from Boston and surrounding communities. These students were hon- ored as 2011 Max Warburg Fellows and were chosen to have their essays on courage published in the 204 volume of "The Courage of Boston's Children." More than 100 volunteer judges selected the winning essays from a pool of 2,500 essays, submitted from 32 middle and K-8 schools. The students, joined by their teachers, principals and families, each received a medal from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, The Max Warburg Courage Curric- The 2011 event featured several guest speakers, including Mayor Menino, Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville, 2000 Max Warburg Fellow Iman Abdul-Musawwir and teacher and educator Barbara Sahli. Board of Trustees member Carrie Minot Bell and pro- gram director Elizabeth Evans also addressed the fellows, teachers and families in attendance. Celebrating its 20TM anni- versary , The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum is a lan- guage arts and character de- velopment curriculum that honors the life of Max Warburg, an eleven-year-old Boston student who lost his courageous battle with leu- kemia in 1991. This year- long program empowers sixth and ninth-grade stu- dents to realize that their actions and decisions can be powerful agents of change, both in their lives and the lives of others. Through reading, writing and discussion, students dis- cover, then recognize, the role of courage in the lives of the characters they read about, in the lives of those around them and in their own lives -- past, present and future. Since 1991, The Max Warburg Courage Curricu- lum has served more than I00,000 young people and supported their teachers in promoting literacy and value-based education. The Courage Curriculum is in residence at Northeastern University and is a proud Event Chair Carrie Minot Bell, left, and Pamela Humphrey. (Photo by Roger Farrington) Wine grapes and New England aren't usually men- tioned in the same sentence, but Kumler's Turtle Creek Winery is proof that excellent wine can be made here given adequate planning and preparation. "While the comparisons are a bit simplistic, Boston is at the same latitude as Rome, and the best Italian wines come from that country's northern regions," Kumler says. "We have more degree days (periods when temperatures are above the threshold for grapes to grow) than Burgundy." "What we also have," Kumler acknowledges, "is a shorter growing sea- son, a colder winter and diseases that can devastate a vineyard." Kumler's talk will focus on how he has overcome New England's problems to pro- duce critically acclaimed wine. Turtle Creek limits its production to fewer than a thousand cases of wine per year. "Our goal is to make a small quantity of excellent wine," he says. "People will pay for quality and, ff you can sell your product for more, you can afford to spend more effort to improve the quality." The presentation will be held in Mass Hort's Educa- tion Building. The entrance to Elm Bank is at 900 Wash- ington Street (Route 16) on the Wellesley/Natick town line. For non-member admis- sion costs and more infor- mation, call 617-933-4995 or visit There is no charge to attend for Mass Hort members. ....... As part of Boston Fash- ion Week, noted Boston fash- ion designer Denise Hajjar will be showing her "2011 Leigh Denny, Rachel Goldfarb, Jane Moss, Suzanne Bloomberg and Bobbi Kates-Garniek, left to right, enjoy The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's "20th Annual Awards Luncheon." (Photo by Roger Farrington) Dress for Success Boston, a non-profit organization that outfits women with inter- view-appropriate attire as they transition into the working world. The charity's Professional Women's Group continues to assist these women by offering them valuable advice, mentors and counseling once they have established themselves in a job. For tickets and more infor- mation, call 617-779-2177. For information about Denise Hajjar fashions and events, visit www.denisehaj] ....... The Nichols House Museum offers visitors a unique glimpse of late 19TM and early 204 century domes- tic life on Boston's Beacon Hill. Rose Standish Nichols, the house's last resident, left her family home as a mu- seum for everyone to enjoy. The museum is celebrat- ing its Fiftieth Anniversary during 2011. Special events have been planned for the year including a variety of lectures on different subjects. On Monday, October 3 the museum is pleased to spon- sor a panel discussion by Kenneth Gloss, owner of the Brattle Book Shop; Sandi Kirshner, Chief Marketing Officer for Pearson Educa- tion; and Amy Ryan, Presi- dent of the Boston Public Library. Robin Young, WBUR host of "Here and Now," will be the moderator. Electronic books are gradu- ally becoming the new stan- dard for published media. From the perspectives of a bookseller, publisher and public library administrator, the panel will discuss the sig- Sarah Ducas, left, and Sally Fay Cottingham at The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's "20th Annual Awards Luncheon." (Photo by Roger Farrington) nificance and impact that eBooks will have on the book industry as we move further into the 21St century. The presentation, titled "eBooks in the 21st Cen- tury: Digital Literacy," takes place at 6:00 pm in Moseley Hall at the Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer Street, Boston. A reception will fol- low the lecture. Reservations are strongly recommended. For admission costs and more information, please call 617-227-6993. The Nichols House Mu- seum is located at 55 Mount Vernon Street. For more information, call 617-227- 6993 or visit www.nichols Enjoy! (Be sure to visit Hilda Morritt's gardening weDstte, In addition to events covered and reported by the columnist, "The Socially Set" is compiled from various other sources such as news and press releases, PRNewswire services, etc.) 000000000000000000000000 ulum's Founder and Presi- dent Stephanie Warburg and her son, Fred Warburg. Each guest in attendance received a copy of "The Courage of Boston's Chil- dren, Volume XX," which was dedicated this year to three long-standing friends of the organization: Kasey Kauf- man, Alexandra Marshall -nd Bob Gittens. partner of the Stony Brook Fall collection" of day and Initiative. evening wear on Tuesday, ....... Massachusetts wine- September 27 in the Oval maker Kip Kumler, owner Room of the Fairmont Copley BAY STATE SKATING SCHOOL, Brookline t CHILDREN (41/2 up) ~ ADULTS,, 1 Cambridge of Turtle Creek Winery in Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James ~,~ As Featured on"ChronicleI_ HydePark/Dedham ~ ~ J Medford Lincoln, will speak at Elm Ave., Boston, beginning at ~slt -~ Bank on "Growing Vitis 6:00 pm. e~ie$~ Quincy Vinifera in New England. The emcee for the evening "" ~'~ Somerville The talk, sponsored by the is WCVB-TV Channel South Soston Massachusetts Horticultural 5's Shayna Seymour of ~ 781-890-8480 II Waltham West Roxbury Society, will be on Monday, "Chronicle." 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