2003-09-26 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Chocolate Tasting:  A Senior Favorite
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
Chatting With Chapey

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

Chocolate Tasting:  A Senior Favorite

Trinity Seniors had a very enjoyable trip to the American Museum of Natural History.  One of the highlights of their trip was the chocolate exhibit which ran from June 14th through September 7th in the Gallery on the third floor. The museum opened a special chocolate shop and a chocolate café.

Isn’t it great that scientists are now discovering how good chocolate is for us.  Medical researchers are promoting the value of eating dark chocolate.  Now we can forget the guilt we used to feel while we were indulging.  Did you ever imagine that this could happen?

The American Museum of Natural History Chocolate Exhibit opened up a fascinating subject and presented the legends, history, ecology, economics and the lasting attraction of this tasty treat.  The exhibit came from the Field Museum in Chicago and was partly sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Over the summer, the museum offered a wide array of different types of chocolate.  Many well-known chefs and authors were highlighted including "Cooking with David Burke" by David Burke, "Chocolates, From Simple Cookies to Extravagant Show Stoppers and Perfect Cakes" by Nick Malgieri and "The Taste of Chocolate" by Marical Presilla.  Specialty chocolates were displayed including Godiva, Martina’s Chocolates (sold only at Bloomingdale’s), Marie Belle Fine Treats and Chocolates (from this SoHo chocolate lovers boutique) and Greystone Chocolates from the gourmet bakery (some of which have been served at the White House).

Some of the seniors on this trip to the museum decided to also visit the Planetarium.  They have many new exhibits.  This astronomical observatory gives new meaning to a trip to outer space.  You get a unique view of the motions and positions of the sun, moon, planets and stars.

The seniors traveled to the Museum and the Planetarium by means of the Trinity van.

Kudos to Fern Lieberman and John Musumeci for producing the best RMAC Fall Festival.  Fern and John really did a remarkable job.  Even the weather co-operated.  This was the 19th annual festival and I believe it was the best.  There were so many different exhibits that it really appealed to everyone. 

Arlene Cornell had a magnificent exhibit.  She is such a talented and creative artisan.  When looking at her painting I was impressed by broad spectrum of her endeavors.  So many people enjoyed her work and  complimented her.

One of the exhibits that was a favorite of the children was the petting zoo.  The children had the opportunity to sit down and hold the animals.  The lamb was so cute and friendly.  The puppy was extremely playful and energetic.

The food court had something for everyone.  A big favorite was the ear of corn and the spiral potato.  As usual The Beach Club did a great job.  People were lined up for the tasty hamburgers.

Please put aside Thursday, April 29 to attend the second annual Trinity luncheon at Russo’s.  Last year’s luncheon was a social success.  Please join us on April 29th for an afternoon of fun, good food, music and friendship.

Welcome back to my friend - Beverly Baxter.  I am delighted that she had a fantastic vacation in the Hamptons.  I always enjoy reading her columns to find out about everything "On the Beach".

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