We have had encouraging news from our partners the Librarians at Tavira and Lagoa, and it now seems that we are approaching the time when we may consider ourselves back to normal. We propose the following events in March, and hope to see many Members there, many whom we have not seen for a long time.
Lecture Meetings - Tavira Municipal Library
The dates we have in March in Tavira are as follows. On Monday 14th March at 18:00, Stephen Powell will present his Walking the Edge of Europe: Reflections on Portugal. This presentation has been held over from last December, when the appearance of Omicron caused us to pause our activities. Stephen will have copies of his book for sale.
On Friday 18th March at 11:00 I shall present The Carnation Revolution. We approach the 46th anniversary of this momentous event in the history of Portugal, and it is fitting that we should pay homage to the heroes of that day.
The Librarian in Tavira has indicated that there is a maximum attendance of 50 in the auditorium, and that face masks must be worn. We very much hope that these rules will be relaxed in the near future. Because of the restricted numbers, we think it right to have a system of reservations. We shall treat all applications to attend on a first come basis, and to make a reservation, you should email Lynne on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecture Meetings - Lagoa Municipal Library
The rules in Lagoa for attending events in public spaces have now been relaxed, and it seems that the limit of numbers attending is now more to do with the size of the room. Having said that, the Librarian points out that, at this point, the Câmara requires everyone present to wear a mask. If you plan to attend either talk, please email to Peter, so that we have some idea of numbers.
On Tuesday 22nd March at 18:00, Stephen Powell will present his Walking the Edge of Europe: Reflections on Portugal. Stephen will have copies of his book available for sale. I have now read this book and must admire anyone who began and completed a marathon walk of about 1500 km from North East to South West on the Portuguese mainland. Stephen´s story is fascinating, and he hopes to provoke lively discussion.
On Tuesday 29th at 18:00, I shall give my version of The Carnation Revolution. Since Lynne and I arrived in Portugal as immigrants in 1998, this Revolution has receded in the rear-view mirror. And yet, it is still one of the three cardinal changes in Portugal’s political system in the last century. It is a major landmark in Portuguese history and culture.
Guided Walks in Tavira
I propose to hold a series of guided walks in Tavira during March. There are three different walks, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9 / 10 / 11 March. The first of the walks in each series covers the Walled Town; the second covers the Later Medieval Town; and the third covers the Suburb to the North of the River. Each of these tours will be limited to a maximum of fifteen people, at a cost of €5 per person. A complete walk lasts for around 90 minutes, and each will begin as usual at 11:00. If you wish to attend, you should contact Peter by email at email@example.com.