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 Danny New.)
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 other Tuesday in the warmer months of the year.
My next date on the air will be Tuesday, August 22, when we will celebrate National Eat a Peach Day. We're bound to have fun.
And on Wednesday, September 13, 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.
On Sunday, September 17, I will hang out at Apex Orchards in Shelburne, Massachusetts, to celebrate (almost) fall and cook with apples. I'll be on hand from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Come nibble with me--and buy some apples! The location is gorgeous.
On Thursday, September 21, at 6:15 p.m. I'll teach a hands-on class featuring apple recipes at the Baker's Pin in Northampton, Massachusetts. I'll also be at the Baker's Pin on Thursday, November 9, thinking ahead to Thanksgiving with a PIE class. If you're interested in registering for either class, call the cooking school at 413-586-7978.
Oh.... did I mention that I sing as well as cook?
On Saturday, August 12, at 7:30 p.m. Alice Parker and I will appear at the Federated Church in Charlemont, Massachusetts in a concert of American popular standards.
" By Heart" will provide a tour of numbers we love from the Great American Songbook.
The title refers to the fact that we will be singing only music Alice knows more or less 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!
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!
Thanks to Ruth Gillan for taking the photo of me in the poster--and to Lee Peters for the fabulous poster design.
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!
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.