Datebook: February 28 - Geraldine Farrar Turns 130

Feb 28, 2012

Geraldine Farrar was born February 28, 1882 (and died March 11, 1967). She was an American soprano opera singer and film actress, noted for her beauty, acting ability, and "the intimate timbre of her voice." She had a large following among young women, who were nicknamed "Gerry-flappers." She was made a sensation in her debut as marguerite in Charles Gounod's Faust in 1901. She was admired by the Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, with whom she is believed to have had a relationship. Farrar made her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in Romeo et Juliette in 1906, and appeared in the first Met performance of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. She created the title role in Mascagni's Amica, Puccini's Suor Angelica, and Giordano's Madame Sans-Gene. She starred in several silent movies, including Georges Bizet's opera Carmen, and one of her most notable roles as Joan of Arc in the 1917 film Joan the Woman. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

It’s Tuesday, February 28

Thursday is the deadline for high school juniors to submit applications for Murray State University’s Commonwealth Honors Academy.  The three-week summer enrichment experience lets students earn six hours of college credit at no cost.  The program runs June 9th through June 30th.  Applications are online at

The International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council offers a Basic Wildlife Rehab class this weekend at the Animal Health Technology Building.  The 13-hour course is open to both novice and experienced rehabilitators.  The cost is $140.  Access the online registration link through the Humane Society of Calloway County at

The Murray Art Guild offers a youth painting studio on Tuesday afternoons in March from 4 to 5:30.  Students ages 10 and up will explore different painting styles and mediums.  For more information about classes offered at the Murray Art Guild, call 753-4059.

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