Section 2, part 2

(1) Margie Z. in NC: I love your emails!  You pack do much in these.

The balcony joke reminded me of a more sober event.  Chester Carlson, inventor of xerography, passed away in a manhattan movie theater.  Aged 62 if I recall.  Wouldn’t that have been an awful discovery?

More cheerfully, we are at our cottage in the Finger Lakes, enjoying nice weather and some wine.  Probably 100 wineries within an hours drive.  Favorites are 5 minutes away!

(2) Ed G. in NC: Went to see Souvenir last night. All four of us LOVED it. I wept during the closing “true” version of Ave Maria. The only downer was that the theater was less than 1/4th full. Thanks for the recommendation.

We are off for an early dinner in Little Switzerland  today, along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Tomorrow is a stroll around Hendersonville. Tuesday is Lake Lure and Wednesday is Black Mountain.

I will sleep when I’m dead.

(3) Steve G. in PA: Am a life long Star Trek Fan,  Saw the latest, Into The Darkness, Friday night – I really liked it, for several reasons:

  1. Was able to relate back to years of former episodes and grasp  how the characters related  to those initial characters and stories.
  2. The special effects technology brought out a level of detail and magnitude that was not perfected previously. 

I do not want to say more, if you or your readers are followers, in my opinion, this movie was a very creative way of weaving in a story –  was a fun and thoughtful ride for me.

Different topic: when to the State Theatre in New Brunswick the evening of May 10, was the first road tour of the 30 year release of Sport, done by and preformed live by Huey Lewis and The News.  They performed every album song and the gave us more,  The place rocked! Thank goodness I did not put in my hearing aids, I could have used husher ear plugs – today’s concerts are so loud.  But the experience was awesome,  it you like Rock and Roll, Jazz and fantastic creative blending of instruments – the show was mind blowing – great!!!

(4) Karen M. in NJ: You can however give the Musical Kinky Boots a resounding five thumbs up!!! really high energy with a life lesson message about gender identity and family values….great music by Cyndy Lauper and a really great cast. we thoroughly enjoyed it… f you and Cynthia get to NYC this is one not to miss. In a few weeks we are going to see a Cirque de Soleil presentation in a tent on the waterfront. Hope it is caller than the time we went to the tent with you and nearly melted into a pool of butter from the heat. I will bring a fan…

(5) Justin B. in NC: I had a fabulous dinner last night at Isa’s Bistro. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo, I’ll remember next time. I’m excited to go try some other items on the menu, everything I tired on Saturday night was delicious!

(6) Peter R. in PA: And the guy who threw knives seemed to be two feet away from his target….(hahaha) . . .

joke number 3…very funny . . .

good job BG.

(7) Michael F. in NY: On our latest podcast, we discuss why some filmgoers are really indecisive when it comes to liking or disliking movies. And, get this, we even talk with one! Who is it? You’ll have to listen to find out!

(8) Neil R. in VT: We’ve started our Facebook contest. We’re giving away one of our books to each of five winners plus lots of other bonuses. Here’s the link.

(9) Lori H. in PA: Just saw the Heat with Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy they had Great chemistry. I haven’t belly laughed like that in a while.

(10) Carol S. in FL: Please listen to my audio book excerpt. Tag is a small yellow box on the left side at the bottom of my video. One tag is for my video the other is for my book excerpt.

(11) Jim D. in PA: Free Kindle book: Learn how to make the rest of your life, the best of your life. Just click:

(12) Elsten T. in FL (with a REQUEST FOR HELP): For anyone living in Houston, Texas or cities near by: My dear friend Baltazar “Balta” Hinojosa is in the hospital and he urgently needs white blood cells. Most people can donate. This is extremely important to me and all of us who love this wonderful friend. If you can help, please reply or pass along this message to contact me and I’ll forward them to his wife and family.

Reply to:

He needs this asap. Thank you all and please share this message with anyone you may know in that area.

Some of you may know Balta, he is one of the sweetest and most talented young musicians I know. He’s fighting for his life at the moment and all of us who know and love him are trying to do all we can.


Section 12A, NC events 

(3) Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective presents

“Incongruence” by Carla Pridgen

June 13-29. For more information, please click:

For tickets, please click:

(4) BJ Leiderman in NC: I am bringing my original group of guys that I’ve played with forever in Virginia Beach to the Whitehorse on June 14 and 15th, Friday and Saturday.

The band is Dave Mills on bass, Taco Walker on guitar and Ken McNeill on drums. They will be joined by vocalists Paula Hanke, Jeff Thompson, and Jennifer Bruno.

We are just going to relax, count to four, and play the rich catalog of Beatles, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Elton John and more.

Letters To Abigail will be opening on Friday, and Jeff Thompson will be opening Saturday night.

The shows will start at 8 PM. Tickets are $15 and on sale now at:

They will also be available at the door the day of the show.


Tuesday 5/28 6:30-7:30 at The Hop on Merrimon
Cripps Puppets Show!!!
Photo by Micah Mackenzie from last Cripps Puppets ShowAmazing Asheville Puppeteer, Madison J Cripps, marks his return to The Hop with what always proves to be an unparalleled performance featuring his mesmerizing and brilliant handmade storytelling Puppet creations.

(6) Bill B. in NC: Thanks to Lezli Davis’ heads up, we know that the wonderful New York guitarist, Freddie Bryant, will be performing at Tressa’s at 8:00pm on June 5.

In addition, New York based pianist/signer, Deanna Witkowski, will be performing at the Isis Theater at 6:00pm on June 9.   Do not miss hearing Deanna.

She’s never performed in Asheville, and although I’ll try to urge her to come back, it may be awhile.   Deanna also has gigs in Greenville, SC, on June 8 and June 9.

In Asheville, she’ll be doing two sets of solo piano while in Greenville she will be working with wonderful local musicians, Shannon Hoover, bass and Justin Watt, drums.

Please check her website for details on both the Asheville and Greenville gigs.

It’s not often that highly accomplished New York jazz musicians perform in the Asheville area, so come for both Freddie and Deanna if you can.   You will not be disappointed.


To reserve a table sponsorship call 828-348-0673

Tuesday, June 18: 

We’ve Got the Music Business
Moderator: Jason Sandford, staff columnist at Asheville Citizen-Times and AshVegas blog author


  • Michael Adams, CEO of Moog Music
  • Sean O’Connell, CEO and founder of Music Allies and Creative Allies
  • Aaron Price, musician/producer
  • Jessica Tomasin, studio manager at Echo Mountain Recording Studio
  • J. Patrick Whalen, owner of The Orange Peel
Wednesday, July 24:

Hire and Higher Education
Moderator: William Sederburg (LA 31), senior scholar at American Association of State Colleges and Universities


  • David O. Belcher, chancellor of Western Carolina University
  • Anne Ponder, chancellor of UNC Asheville
  • Melissa Quinley, vice president for instructional services at A-B Tech
  • Steven Solnick, president of Warren Wilson College
Wednesday, August 14: Businesses Putting Asheville on the Map
Moderator: Pam Lewis, director of entrepreneurship for Asheville/Buncombe Economic Development and Venture Asheville


  • Kara Erickson, CEO and founder of CoCoChi Inc. the maker of Skinfare
  • Peter Krauss, chief sales and marketing officer at PLI, world’s largest keycard maufacturer
  • Eric Oelschlaeger, president and co-founder of Epsilon Inc., business technology consulting and IT provider
  • Karsten Shein, climatologist/climate and marine ecosystems lead at NOAA National Climatic Data Center
**You will receive one raffle ticket for each breakfast ticket purchased, and additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at each event.

To reserve a table sponsorship call 828-348-0673

(8) Vic A. in NC: Magnetic Theatre returns, July 11-20!

To purchase tickets, please click:

(9) Richard S. in NC: If you are in the Asheville area, join us for our CD release concert of Bliss of Being, with The Pure Heart Ensemble, Saturday June 1st, 8PM at White Horse Black Mountain, 105 Montreat Rd Black Mountain, NC 28711 (828) 669-0816.
(10) Theresa P. in NC: Believe it or not, our SART 2013 Season is almost here!We’re so excited about the terrific shows scheduled.  I hope most of
you will be able to attend some of these wonderful  shows this season.
It’s going to be an amazing season!!The new roof on Owen Theatre is now underway as well as new electrical work,
a couple of new walls downstairs, some painting, etc.It’s now time for a little help from our volunteers to do some more painting of
stools as well as a little general housecleaning and so forth. Also, do become a volunteer if you’d like to usher this coming season.Our workday is scheduled for Saturday June 1, 2013 at Owen Theatre:10:30 a.m. Meeting for all ushers.

11 am. (if you can stay around)  If you are available for a little while and can come by to help us, we would greatly appreciate it..

Thank you all so much for your loyalty to SART….  Come enjoy SART’s  39th Season!!
Remember, you may now order tickets online by clicking;

Hope to see you soon,
Theresa Phillips
SART Volunteer Coordinator   828-231-5376

PS. Please let me know if you can join us this coming season as an usher.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Pat A. in PA: The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra is a musical gem in our area, and many of its members will be lending their talents to the sumptuous accompaniment of ‘Patience, or Bunthorne’s Bride” on June 14 and 15, presented by the BucksCountyGilbert & Sullivan Society.  I created an ad for the BCSO, below, and recommend their concerts to everyone for a great evening of exciting and beautifully performed music, close to home and delightfully affordable.  Please see their concert schedule at

(2) Plumstead Historical Society

Place to meet: Plumstead Township Municipal Building, 5186 Stump Road, Plumsteadville, PA 18949

Future Speaker programs: Always the 3rd Monday of the month 

June 17, 2013: Field Trip to Sellersville Museum (meet at 7pm at the Sellersville Museum)

Spring into action!! … Join the Plumstead Historical Society!  

$10 for individuals or $15 for family to the P.O. Box 1725 address. 

All are welcome; you don’t have to be a member to attend!  Feel free to bring family or friends to this and any event or meeting.

If you should have any questions or an interesting story to share, please contact me at 215-543-5550 or

Plumstead Historical Society invites you to come join us in support of the preservation of our township history.

Glenn R. Burd, Past President, Plumstead Historical Society

(3)  Come view & support live comedy

Friday May 24th – BUY ONE GET ONE – plus receive $20 worth of FREE SLOTS at our first show at the New Comedy Cabaret at the Valley Forge Casino and Resort.  To receive this offer, just click here, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the show promo link and write “E-Special” Or if you are interested in the Dinner and Show Promo click that tab

Saturday June 1st – you ever saw the TV show ‘Who’s Line is it Anyway?’ you must come Saturday, June 1st to Bucks County. You and your entire party will receive the VIP RATE- $5 off each – just write “E-special” in the comments box when you make a reservation on line

Friday May 31st –  Double headliner Show in South Jersey!  You and your entire party will receive the VIP RATE- $5 off each – just write “E-special” in comments box when you make a reservation on line –

(4) Discover Your Own “Dance of the Heart” through Traditional Hawaiian Hula

Saturday, June 15: 10 to 4 p.m.

Taught by Kaleo Wheeler

Based on an ancient system for body enlightenment and spiritual development. Traditional Hawaiian Hula, the Dance of the Heart, helps to attract to us the positive aspects of the universe, to increase our mana (our vital life force), and to create a sense of well-being. Hula enables us to better understand ourselves and our lives. It touches us in a way that deepens our understanding of ourselves. It is symbolic with how we move in the world and interact with others.

666 Plainsboro Road, Building 600, Suite 635, Plainsboro, NJ

Fee: $75; after June 9 $90
Phone: 609-7507432

For more information, go to:

(5) Betsy S. in PA:

Mercer County Symphonic Band
Our Remaining Spring 2013 Schedule!May 23 – MCCC Spring 2012 Graduation. 5:00pm 29 – Mercer Count Freedom Festival at Mercer County Park. 3:00pm and 8:30pm (During the Fireworks!) 5 – Annual Cranbury Fireworks. 6:00pm. FREE! (July 6 Rain Date) Tyler Tasting (see below). To reserve tickets, please click:

 June 7, 2013  6 – 9:30 p.m.
Tasting for Tyler
We are excited to share with you a preview of some of the restaurants and wineries coming this year to celebrate our 25th Tasting for Tyler Party.
Black Horse


Valley Vineyard

Colonial Farms Concerto FusionCuisine
Corner Bakery
Cramer’s Bakery
Einstein Bagels
Goodnoe’s Farm

 Dairy Bar
Great HarvestBread
Green Straw


Gretz Beer
Grill Room
Isaac Newton’s
Joey G’s
La Stalla
McCaffrey’sCatering NewtownChocolatier O’NeillsCatering
O Wow Cow


Rose BankWinery     The Lucky

The Tea Can


 Tre Fratelli




Zebra Striped
     Irish Rover
  Station House

(6) Rodney R. in NJ: A Blessed Life in America, Trenton, NJ How does it feel to be an American? What is your life like in America? Mine has been blessed, and I wish the same for all Americans as well as other citizens of the world. I’ve worked at the same

place for 39 years, retiring in 2009 — very, very fortunate. I now have my own time to follow my passion — memoir writing — even tho I was a technical writer professionally. I know everyone has a story, stories actually, and we can learn a lot about each other by sharing. Please share your stories too.

If interested in attending memoir classes (Mondays at Hamilton library from 1 pm til 4 pm (come and go as you please)  or at Lawrence library Tuesdays 2 pm til 4:30,  write

All welcome, beginner to expert. Both free.  For more information:


EVENT: MERCHANT OF VENICE:  William Shakespeare’s famed “Merchant of Venice” brings love, greed, revenge and a plea for tolerance to The Heritage Center stage in Morrisville – all wrapped up in the classic tale of three couples seeking love as a vengeful money lender seeks his “pound of flesh.”  NET Artistic Director Cheryl Doyle directs a sterling cast headed by Kyla Mostello Donnelly of Levittown as Portia, George Hartpence of New Hope as Shylock, DeLarme Landes of Doylestown as Antonio, Brian Jason Kelly of Doylestown as Bassanio, Aaron Wexler of Philadelphia as Gratiano and John Helmke of Hamilton, NJ as Lorenzo.  Also featuring Cat Miller of Bristol; Amanda Hecht of Levittown; Michael Wurzel of Little Silver, NJ; John Wishnie of Morrisville; Mark Swift of Hamilton, NJ; Marco Newton of Yardley; Rob Norman of New Hope; Mort Paterson of Philadelphia; Darryl Thompson of Collingswood, NJ;  Jim Cordingley of Lawrenceville, NJ; and Julia Mitchell of Yardley.   Cat Miller serves as Dramaturg.  Set design by George Hartpence.  Lighting design by Andrena Wishnie of Morrisville.  Costume and sound design by Cheryl Doyle.

DATES:  May 31 – June 16, 2013.  (Nine performances over three-weekends only)

TIMES:   Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

PLACE: The Heritage Center Theatre, 635 North Delmorr Avenue (Route 32), Morrisville, PA – near the Calhoun Street Bridge.

ADMISSION:  $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (62+), $15 for WHYY card members and $10 for children age 12 and under.  Group rates available for ten or more.

TO RESERVE:  Call the nonprofit Actors’ NET at 215-295-3694 or email   On-line tickets can be purchased via

ON THE INTERNET:  The company’s website is  Social networking includes Facebook page — “ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County” — and Twitter name @actorsnet.

COMING JULY 12 – 28:  OLIVER! – Lionel Bart’s acclaimed musical based on Charles Dicken’s “Oliver Twist.”  Directed by Joe Doyle.

(8) John S. in PA: The Turnips! Saturday!

9 p.m.-1 a.m.

7673 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia,
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