I love to speak to women’s clubs, libraries, senior centers, book clubs, and other groups. I also enjoy cooking and talking on television and on the radio.
(The photo to the left shows me at my favorite home away from home, the program Mass Appeal in Springfield, Massachusetts, with hosts Lauren Zenzie and Seth Stutman.)
One recent librarian wrote in a thank-you note, “You had such a rapport with the audience it felt as though we all knew you.”
My favorite topics are the life lessons one can learn from caregiving and the ways in which food can connect us to others through memory. I also conduct recipe-writing workshops and organize evenings of group cooking. I'm articulate and funny (if not modest!), and I can always sing in a pinch!
The photo below and to the right, taken by Margery Carlson, comes from an appearance at the Charlemont Senior Center two days before Halloween. We had a blast cooking and eating together.
If you’d like to have me talk to your group or your book club, please use the contact form on this site.
I appear on Mass Appeal every two to three weeks in the warmer months of the year.
My first date on the air in 2017 will be Wednesday, April 26. I can't wait!
On Saturday, May 6 (time TBA), I will serve nibbles and sign copies of The Pudding Hollow Cookbook at Historic Deerfield's Museum Shop. Old Deerfield's authentic 18th-century New England village is well worth a visit, even when I'm not there.
On Friday, June 2, I will teach a hands-on class about what may be my favorite food in the world, RHUBARB, at the Baker's Pin in Northampton, Massachusetts. Reservations are required. If you're interested in participating, call the cooking school at 413-586-7978.
And on Wednesday, June 28, I will return to the Senior Center in Charlemont, Massachusetts to sing and cook lunch with the gang. If you're interested in coming, please reserve a spot at 413-339-4201.
Here are a few other recent highlights:
Did I mention that I sing as well as cook?
Last summer Alice Parker and I appeared at the Federated Church in Charlemont, Massachusetts in a concert of American popular standards. "Love Walked In" provided a tour of songs about the tender passion from the Great American Songbook. Contributions at the door went to a wonderful local program that helps kids learn to play musical instruments.
Thanks to Ruth Gillan for taking the photo of me in the poster to the left--and to Lee Peters for the fabulous poster design.
On Saturday, August 12, we will return with a program titled "By Heart." The title refers to the fact that we will be singing only music Alice knows by heart; her eyes aren't terrific, but her memory is. It also refers to the way we think music should be performed--WITH heart!
More details and a poster will follow. This performance will raise funds for Mohawk Trail Concerts, a gem of a chamber-music series.
I hope you will stop in and sing along if you are in the neighborhood!
In October of last year, I welcomed visitors to my hometown of Hawley for the Gentlemen's Pie and Tart Extravaganza, a festive day including lunch, entertainment, and a pie competition. It was WONDERFUL!
In November, I celebrated Cider Days by cooking recipes from my Pudding Hollow Cookbook at Apex Orchards in Shelburne, Massachusetts. Apples were featured, of course! It was a fun time. I hope to return to Apex when the apples do in 2017. The location is gorgeous--and I do love apples.
And now ... a little video! (You can see more of me on my YouTube channel!)
Below I prepare a spring favorite (dandelion greens!) on Mass Appeal. (I forgot to add salt to the dish on the air but urge you to add a little at home.) Please enjoy my hat!
I was also interviewed a few years back for the public-television program Making It Here. (You get to see my dear late mother Taffy in this clip!)
And a little audio, courtesy of the public-radio station WFCR:
First, a few years back, I manage to grill some satay for the Fourth of July—without burning the house down—with a little help from mother Taffy and Truffle the dog.
From 2011 I report in from the cut-off town of Hawley, Massachusetts, just after Hurricane Irene. (This essay was based on one in my book Pulling Taffy!)
And from 2013, I recall my mother’s love of song.
Finally, here is what one Massachusetts minister wrote about one of my presentations:
It was an amazing program that Tinky Weisblat offered to our community about care-giving in general and about caring for family members with dementia, in particular.... Tinky read from her new book, Pulling Taffy: A Year with Dementia and Other Adventures. It is a year-long journal of family memories and daily stories about caring for Tinky’s mother, Jan (Taffy), in her apartment in Virginia near Tinky’s brother, and here in her home in Hawley. The book is loving and humorous and informative all at once. Others who came to the program shared their own experiences, and I realized how this is such an understated story.... Thank you, Tinky, for bringing the challenges of care-giving to our attention.