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The Somerset Valley Players are proud to present our next production: “Tom Sawyer,” which opens next Friday, July 22nd at 8 p.m.

Mark Twain’s classic American story comes to musical life as rascally Tom, ragamuffin Huck, beautiful Becky and all their familiar friends happily play out their hijinks of youth and rebellion along the banks of the old Mississippi while searching for buried treasure and high adventure.

The show runs weekends from July 22nd through August 7th, Fridays at 8 pm, and matinees on both Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for all seats.

The SVP Theatre is located at 689 Amwell Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. The Theatre is air conditioned and handicapped accessible. For your convenience, tickets can be purchased through the SVP website at

For more information, or to make reservations by phone, please call 908-369-SHOW (7469).

The Somerset Valley Players Theatre has decided to help a local family in need. Wyatt Fleming is a 2-year old Branchburg resident who was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Hepatoblastoma (liver cancer). In an effort to help his family with medical and other costs, The Wyatt J. Fleming Health & Home Fund was established earlier this year.

In support of this effort, SVP will be donating $3 of every “Tom Sawyer” ticket sold, to Wyatt’s Fund. For this to be reflected, the coupon code “Wyatt” must be used in the coupon field when patrons purchase their tickets through Ticket Turtle, or patrons can mention the code when purchasing tickets at the box office window.

Please tell your friends and family to use this “Wyatt” coupon code when purchasing their tickets, in order to make this fundraising effort all it can be! Please feel free to forward this email as you would like.

For more information, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at the show!


Michael in Pennsylvania:

Dear Friends, here is the Book Group lineup for Fall 2011.

We meet in the Rollins Center Quiet Study Room, next to the Fireside
Lounge at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, from 7:30 TO 9:00
P.M. All are welcome to join us on the second Thursday of each month
to share your thoughts and questions about any or all of the
selections. For snow or bad weather information, call 215-968 8000. On
the radio, the College code for snow closing is 2760. For more
information, call 215-968-8164 or send email to:

Sep 8: Freedom
by Jonathan Franzen From Publishers Weekly: Starred Review. Nine
years after winning the National Book Award, Franzen’s The Corrections
consistently appears on “Best of the Decade” lists and continues to
enjoy a popularity that borders on the epochal, so much so that the
first question facing Franzen’s feverishly awaited follow-up is whether
it can find its own voice in its predecessor’s shadow. In short: yes,
it does, and in a big way. Readers will recognize the strains of
suburban tragedy afflicting St. Paul, Minn.’s Walter and Patty
Berglund, once-gleaming gentrifiers now marred in the eyes of the
community by Patty’s increasingly erratic war on the right-wing
neighbors with whom her eerily independent and sexually precocious
teenage son, Joey, is besot, and, later, “greener than Greenpeace”
Walter’s well-publicized dealings with the coal industry’s efforts to
demolish a West Virginia mountaintop. The surprise is that the
Berglunds’ fall is outlined almost entirely in the novel’s first 30
pages, freeing Franzen to delve into Patty’s affluent East Coast
girlhood, her sexual assault at the hands of a well-connected senior,
doomed career as a college basketball star, and the long-running love
triangle between Patty, Walter, and Walter’s best friend, the budding
rock star Richard Katz. By 2004, these combustible elements give rise
to a host of modern predicaments: Richard, after a brief peak, is now
washed up, living in Jersey City, laboring as a deck builder for
Tribeca yuppies, and still eyeing Patty. The ever-scheming Joey gets
in over his head with psychotically dedicated high school sweetheart
and as a sub-subcontractor in the re-building of postinvasion Iraq.
Walter’s many moral compromises, which have grown to include shady
dealings with Bush-Cheney cronies (not to mention the carnal
intentions of his assistant, Lalitha), are taxing him to the breaking
point. Patty, meanwhile, has descended into a morass of depression and
self-loathing, and is considering breast augmentation when not working
on her therapist-recommended autobiography. Franzen pits his
excavation of the cracks in the nuclear family’s facade against a
backdrop of all-American faults and fissures, but where the book
stands apart is that, no longer content merely to record the
breakdown, Franzen tries to account for his often stridently unlikable
characters and find where they (and we) went wrong, arriving
at–incredibly–genuine hope.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier
Inc. All rights reserved.

Oct 13: The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen Product
Description: The Last September is Elizabeth Bowen’s portrait of a
young woman’s coming of age in a brutalized time and place, where the
ordinariness of life floats like music over the impending doom of

In 1920, at their country home in County Cork, Sir Richard Naylor and
his wife, Lady Myra, and their friends maintain a skeptical attitude
toward the events going on around them, but behind the facade of
tennis parties and army camp dances, all know that the end is
approaching—the end of British rule in the south of Ireland and the
demise of a way of life that had survived for centuries. Their niece,
Lois Farquar, attempts to live her own life and gain her own freedoms
from the very class that her elders are vainly defending. The Last
September depicts the tensions between love and the longing for
freedom, between tradition and the terrifying prospect of independence,
both political and spiritual.

“Brilliant…. A successful combination of social comedy and private
tragedy.”—The Times Literary Supplement (London)

Nov 10: No
Crystal Stair by Eva Rutland From Library Journal: Spanning almost
60 years of American history, Rutland’s debut family saga chronicles
the lives of privileged Ann Elizabeth Carter and Army Air Corps pilot
Robert Metcalf–their romance, their struggles, and their ultimate
happiness–as it sweeps its characters from the genteel, segregated
world of Atlanta’s black elite through the rough realities of war,
prejudice, and civil rights activism and into the present. Optimistic,
lightly humorous, and filled with an abundance of appealing
characters, this is a well-crafted, compelling romance that does not
gloss over the realities of prejudice, making for sometimes
uncomfortable, but eye-opening, reading. It will have appeal far
beyond the African American readership and would be a welcome addition
to most romance and general women’s fiction collections. Rutland is a
veteran writer of series romance and lives in Sacramento, CA.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Dec 8:
The Imperfectionist by Tom Rachman Review: Amazon Best
Books of the Month, April 2010 Printing presses whirr, ashtrays
smolder, and the endearing complexity of humanity plays out in Tom
Rachman’s debut novel, The Imperfectionists. Set against the backdrop
of a fictional English-language newspaper based in Rome, it begins as
a celebration of the beloved and endangered role of newspapers and the
original 24/7 news cycle. Yet Rachman pushes beyond nostalgia by
crafting an apologue that better resembles a modern-day Dubliners than
a Mad Men exploration of the halcyon past. The chaos of the newsroom
becomes a stage for characters unified by a common thread of
circumstance, with each chapter presenting an affecting look into the
life of a different player. From the comically overmatched greenhorn to
the forsaken foreign correspondent, we suffer through the painful
heartbreaks of unexpected tragedy and struggle to stifle our laughter
in the face of well-intentioned blunders. This cacophony of emotion
blends into a single voice, as the depiction of a paper deemed a
“daily report on the idiocy and the brilliance of the species” becomes
more about the disillusion in everyday life than the dissolution of an
industry. –Dave Callanan


Upcoming BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action events

More information will follow regarding each event. This is a save the date calendar.

Sunday, July 31- BuxMont CFPA Picnic at Core Creek Park- No speakers, just a time to get together and socialize. This will be a potluck picnic. 1:00 p.m. until ?

Saturday, August 6- Hiroshima Day Remembrance-BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Warrington, PA- Schedule to include poetry, music and a Peace Crane presentation . The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a workshop on how to make an Origami crane. The program begins at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 11- Ten year anniversary recognition of the 9-11-2011 terrorist attacks on the United States. Program to be announced.

Friday, September 16- Charlie Zahm in Concert in Levittown at United Christian Church. Please join us for this benefit concert for BuxMont Coalition for Peace Action. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Charlie will be playing Celtic and American Folk songs. The evening begins with the wonderfully talented Connolly and Murphy and Company opening the show.

Saturday, September 24, 2011-Buckingham Peace Fair, Buckingham PA



$75-90 for various upcoming shows, including
SAT 7/23 MAT and SAT 7/24 MAT also just $75!

Call 866-858-0008 and ask about dates. Use code R2PLAY when you order.


– The New York Times


ZARKANA is ideal at Radio City:
– TIME Magazine

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