Watch Party: The Boys in the Boat (book club selection)

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6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Sunday, December 15, 2024
1912 E. Loyola Drive, Tempe AZ 85282

Free event

Length of movie: 2h 3m • Year released: 2011 • Rated PG-13

What: Tracy leads the Armchair Adventure Book Club. At the December book club meeting (Wednesday, December 18), we will be discussing The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, a non-fiction historical book by Daniel James Brown. Attendees may read the book OR watch the movie (or both). [Event page for the book club meeting: ] To prepare for the book club meeting, everyone is welcome to join Tracy in watching the movie at a watch party. We will eat dinner while watching the movie.

About the movie: Directed by George Clooney. A 1930s-set story centered on the University of Washington's rowing team, from their Depression-era beginnings to winning gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Anyone can come to the watch party, even if they aren't planning to go to the book club meeting. And anyone who wants to go to the book club meeting can watch the movie OR read the book (or both) on their own, without going to this watch party.

What should I bring? Guests may bring any food item they want to bring, enough to share with 10 to 12 people. Main dish, side dish, salad, bread, appetizers, etc. Bring food only. Hosts are providing plates, utensils, cups, drinks.

Fun Fact: Prior to making the film, the actors had no rowing experience. They were given a physio and a trainer to prepare for the physicality of rowing. They trained every day for months, rowing for four hours a day, every day, and then an hour after filming. George Clooney deliberately shot the film in order "so by the time we got to the race in Germany, our kids could stay in the game." The actors' goal was to get to 46 strokes per minute while working on the film, which they achieved, matching the strokes per minute of the original crew in the Olympics.

RSVP required in order to attend: To RSVP, use your standard RSVP buttons, or use the form at the top of this page, or email: [or] text: 480-269-5823

Items guests have signed up to bring:
L. K: salad
P. H: crockpot rigatoni and meat dish
S. M: Dessert
S. F: unsure
D. K: ?
M. T: ?