Section 2, part 2

(1) Marty S. in PA: Glad to see some friends in those pix, BG.  Especially Strauss, Freeman, Bobbie, etc. from the college, and Herb Spiegel from across the river.  Almost forgot Walt Weisenhutter who I knew many moons ago but haven’t seen for at least a decade.   Sounds like a great trip, Blaine.  Sorry I missed you but Prague, etc. beckoned and we were in a very different part of the world.

(2) Mary Rita S. in NC: Have to seen the documentary Sixty Feet from Stardom?  I think you guys would enjoy it.  Perhaps you have already seen it.  If so didn’t you love it?!  Geez, I hope I got the foot measurement in title correct! Haha.

Hope this finds you & Cynthia doing great & enjoying the nice weather.

Did you get a chance to see the clip that Katie put up from her Phantom song she did in Nashville?  She hit a natural E above High C & nailed it!

Response: I didn’t see it, but Mary Rita was nice enough to forward me the clip from the performance. You can see it by clicking:

(3) Linda K. in PA: We saw it too [THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE]– a couple of weeks ago. Enjoyed it!! And we too, were very impressed with the renovation!!
(4) Julien in MD: Funny, sad and OH so TRUE!!! [Joke #3 in last week’s issue.]
(5) Ron F. in PA: Blaine, do you remember the Posh Nosh at Summit Square in Newtown or Langhorne? It was great.

Response: I agree. In fact, I practically lived there. Moish and Itzy’s replaced it.
(6) Edie W. in PA: The $64,000 question….how do you stay so slim with all of the social activities that revolve around food?
Response: I often have small portions. I very rarely have bread at any meal. I hardly ever have desserts. And I often get exercise by walking.
(7) Terry B. in FL:  Blaine, at this moment, I am printing out all of Siri’s helpful commands….half of them I didn’t know!!

One time I got mad at “her” and said, Siri, you are useless and she said to me…If you think so, Terry!!!  That was hysterical!!!
(8) Margie Z. in NC: Blaine, did you come home to lose all those lunches and dinners from your vacation ???
Response: No, I’ll now look forward to having a bunch in NC!
(9) Marcie F. in PA: OK, you win. Your state is stupider than my state.
(10) Herb S. in NJ: Glad you distinguished between North Jersey Pizza and Trenton Tomato Pie! We Trentonians know the difference.  
(11) Natalie K. in PA: By the way didn’t tell you I saw “Blue Jasmine” last weekend.  It was good but hard to watch.  Her acting was everything they are saying about her.  Her performance is certainly Oscar-worthy.  Also saw Shining Through – a nexflix film about Nazi Germany with Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas.  I recommend it.  Very well done, suspenseful.
And watched “The Music Never Stopped” with J.K. Simmons and Julia Osmond.  Fabulous movie.  The acting was incredible. Are you the one who told me about it?  if so, many thanks.
Response: Yes, I was the one who told you about the above film. And I agree; i.e., it was terrific. Pretty sure I also told you about SHINING THROUGH, another film that I enjoyed.
(12) Jim F. in PA: Here’s the online, pre-ordering info on my new book of poems with Finishing Line Press, “Temporary Roses Dipped in Liquid Gold,” due out in Nov. It has a great cover painting by young Bucks County artist Anna Gaul, and the 14 poems within are not too shabby either. The press run will be determined by the pre-sales by October, so, if you know any poetry lovers, are one yourself, or want to give it as a gift, here’s how to order. Thank you! When I figure out how to put up an Adobe acrobat postcard for the book, I’ll put it here too…Go to PREORDER FORTHCOMING TITLES at ,a secure site
Select “Temporary Roses Dipped in Liquid Gold” by James A. Freeman Freeman $14.00, colorHere’s a direct link to make ordering even easier…
(13) Joann C. in PA: Just saw a drama based on the true story of a Kenyan freedom fighter named Maruge, who at 84 wanted to take advantage of free education. The title is The First Grader. Good story.
Response: Agreed!


Section 12, NC events


“AVENUE Q” at Haywood Regional Arts Theatre
September 20, 21, 27, 28 & October 4, 5 at 7:30 pm
September 22, 29 & October 6 at 3:00 pm
Music & Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, Book by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Charles Mills
Music Direction by Chuck TaftWith James Meador, Kristen Hedberg, Justin Slack, Daniel Hensely, Jordana McMahon, Stother Stingley, Sean Bruce, Samantha Alicandri, Brad Mercier and Kirby Gibson.This Tony Award-Winning Best Musical is one of Broadway’s longest running hits. The cast consists of three human characters and eleven puppet characters that interact as if human … Sesame Street-style. Funny, touching, outrageous, and new.Adults $24,Seniors $20,Students $12
Special $8 Discount Tickets for Students for the Thursday and Sunday Performances.WARNING! “Avenue Q” is not for kids!
Contains adult language, subject matter and full puppet nudity.

(2) Professor Whizzpop in Wester NC:

Okey dokey… got a few public shows/ balloon twisting events coming up in late September/ October… I’d love to see you there!

Saturday 28th September- Brevard Elementary Fall Festival 11am-4pm
Tuesday 1st October- Cherokee Parade- 3pm-6pm
Saturday 5th October- Pride Fest Asheville at Pack Square- show at 2pm
Sunday 6th October- Asheville Pisgah Church School- magic show AND balloons- 2pm- 4pm
Saturday 12th October- Church Street Festival, Waynesville- 10am-5pm
18th, 19th and 20th October- Lake Eden Arts Festival- show times TBD
Friday 25th October- Halloween at Unto These Hills Theater, Cherokee NC- 7pm- 9pm
Saturday 26th October- UNC Greensboro Homecoming- 4pm-9pm
31st October, 1st November and 2nd November-Halloween at Unto These Hills Theater, Cherokee NC

(3) Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective announces auditions for Fall show, Dog Sees God Sept. 16th & 17th.

Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective's photo.
Monday at 6:00pm
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
(4) A Taste of France                                  

Have you dreamed of a tour to southern France with a native from the region?

If so, Ruelles de France and the Weinhaus have an amazing experience designed for you! 

Welcome to La Drome

Join us for a visual and tasty presentation of this hidden jewel of France.

When: Thursday October 3rd Where: The Weinhaus,  89 Lexington Ave, Asheville   

Time: 6:00 to 7:00pm

Enjoy pictures of enchanting villages, gorgeous landscapes, and hear fascinating stories of this area of the Côte du Rhône. Treat yourself to a selection of wines, cheeses and                 appetizer plates .

RSVP Sylvie: france    

Unique and Unforgettable Tours!


Flat Rock, NC (8/22/2013) – Flat Rock Playhouse presents the international blockbuster musical, CATS, from September 4 through October 6 at the Playhouse Downtown. Based on the universally-popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story of the annual ascension of one special cat to the Heaviside layer.

CATS has been closed on Broadway since 2000,” said director Lisa K. Bryant. “It was an 18 year global phenomenon seen by millions, and earning billions.  However, with that comes a certain amount of saturation and in general audiences were moving on to new pieces. However, 13 years later there are a couple of generations who either just missed seeing it before it closed, or who have been born since.  It’s a new piece again on some level.  Further, in true Lloyd Webber fashion it was written and intended to be a spectacle of rousing entertainment.  Producing such a spectacle in the intimacy of our Downtown space is a pairing that invites a wonderful opportunity for the audience to be truly immersed in the production.  It is the first time that a musical of this scale has been mounted in our Downtown theatre and it is sure to provide sensorial experiences for the audience that are unique to the smaller venue.  The music includes a pulsing rock score, and athletic, contemporary dance is constant throughout.  Add in the extraordinary design elements of lighting, costumes, and make-up and CATS is going to be an exciting new offering for our community and surrounding areas.”

Since CATS first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world’s best known and best loved musicals and has grossed over $1 billion. With a plot based on T.S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and award-winning music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, CATS, originally directed by Trevor Nunn, has since been presented in over 20 countries and in about 250 cities, including such diverse destinations as Buenos Aires, Seoul, Helsinki and Singapore.

The show has been translated into 10 languages: Japanese, German, (three versions for Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Hungarian, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Swedish, French, Spanish (two versions for Mexico and Argentina) and Italian. The Swiss production required a bilingual cast who performed in German and English on alternate nights. The title of the show has rarely been translated, the Mexican producers did a survey as to whether the Mexican audience would like their production to be called Gatos – the response in favor of keeping the English original was unanimous.

The show has not only been presented in theatres, but also in tents in Japan and Korea, an engine shed in Switzerland, and school gymnasiums across the USA.

It won numerous awards, including Best Musical at both the Laurence Olivier Awards and the Tony Awards. The London production ran for twenty-one years and the Broadway production ran for eighteen years, both setting new records. Actresses Elaine Paige and Betty Buckley became particularly associated with the musical. One actress, Marlene Danielle, performed in the Broadway production for its entire run from 1982 until 2000.

CATS is the second longest-running show in Broadway history, and the fourth longest-running West End musical.

The Flat Rock Playhouse production of CATS will be a unique immersive experience in which the scenic design will be all around the audience giving the feeling that the audience members are seated within the scrapyard where the musical is set. 

The music is composed by famed theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber. Several of his musicals have run for more than a decade both in the West End and on Broadway. He has composed 13 musicals, a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass. He has also gained a number of honors, including seven Tony Awards, three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, fourteen Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006. Several of his songs have been widely recorded and were hits outside of their parent musicals, notably “The Music of the Night” from The Phantom of the Opera, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from Jesus Christ Superstar, “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” and “You Must Love Me” from Evita, “Any Dream Will Do” from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and “Memory” from CATS. 

CATS is directed by Lisa K. Bryant. Choreography is by Jennifer Jancuska. Musical direction is by Eric Fotre Leach. The cast includes Danielle Lanae Burdick, Matthew Curtis, Nicholas Lorenzini, Emily McLoughlin, Kyle Anderson, Rachel Guest, Matthew Oaks, Nicole Pavone, Heather Siemienas, Christopher Michael Lacey, Maria Rodriguez, Chloe Fox, Hannah Rose de Flumeri, Brian Gregory Gephart, Willie Dee, Adam Richardson, Emily Holbert and Molly Bailey.

Emily Holbert and Molly Bailey come from the Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre program. Where possible, the Playhouse uses current and former YouTheatre students in their professional productions. This meets their educational mission to provide training for theatre professionals. Recently, YouTheatre students were cast in the productions of Evita and Les Miserables where they had the opportunity to work alongside Broadway veterans. 

“I love that we have YT students involved with this production,” said Bryant. “Moreover, I love that we’ve had so many youth involved throughout the 2013 season, which will continue with Disney’s Mulan Jr. and A Christmas Story.  Providing our communities’ youth with high-end professional opportunities is a mission most children’s programs are simply unable to provide. Further, it is a built-in connection from the classroom to the stage, where they continue their training by learning from the professional actors and environment surrounding them.  Beyond that, our kids are really talented.  Providing opportunities for them to shine, and for the community to revel in the talents of its youth is a great source of pride to all of us.”

Bryant was previously a theatre instructor for Henderson County schools and has first-hand experience with arts education.

“I also believe that it is important in art for people to see themselves reflected in the stories we produce, and that includes kids.  It encourages youth involvement in the arts either as the actors/designers themselves, or as active life-long audience participants. Also, the message and story, when presented to kids, by kids, has a lasting and keen impact on the youth in our audience that doesn’t always land with adults telling the story. Children have to listen to adults all the time.  What a nice reprieve it is to be interactive with their own peer group when coming to see a play. I deeply value that our YouTheatre was created with the mission of kids performing for kids.  Most children’s theatres in the country have adults performing for kids.  However, that we are also able to include our young artists in the professional productions not only enriches those productions, but also speaks to the level of talent and training our YouTheatre students receive.  When they take their professional lessons back to the classroom, it ups the ante for all of the class participants as they learn from each other and each other’s experiences.  The training is full-circle and everyone benefits from the results.”

This is the second Andrew Lloyd Webber show of the Playhouse season after Evita, which was performed at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage this summer.


United Community Bank, The Van Winkle Law Firm and Audi Asheville presents CATS at Playhouse Downtown, September 4 – October 6.  Performances will be Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm; matinees Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm.  All tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at  Discounts available for seniors, AAA members, military personnel, students and groups. Playhouse Downtown is located at 125 S. Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville, NC.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Tobi Bruhn at Bucks County Community College: Invite for former BC3 staffers:

Bucks Reitree Fall Get-Together on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 2-4 p.m.

(2) Dance Against Dementia & Alzheimer’s

Saturday, October 12, 2013

7:00pm until 10:00pm   

  • 1st Annual fundraiser and recognition night to benefit Dementia & Alzheimer’s efforts in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and the surrounding Philadelphia region. **GUEST PRESENTATIONS ANNOUNCED- Michael Ellenbogen, diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s and Harry Prime, 93-year old big band “sharp as a tack” singer to perform. Have dinner at home or at any local restaurant. Then join us for wonderful desserts and non-alcoholic beverages. A full cash bar will also be available. Special guest speakers and performances. Music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Simply listen and enjoy the great music, or tap your toe, dance slow, dance rock, dance disco or hop to the bop! Your choice, your fun. A big benefit from the evening will be networking with other like-minded members of the community and to applaud and provide recognition to those that are on the front lines of caregiving and shining examples to others. Please get there a bit early as awards, entertainment and presentations
    begin right away. Our fabulous auction and 50/50 will round out the fun and excitement! For tickets online or by phone go to or 215-345-4566.

    (3) The Plumstead Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting, Monday, September 16, 2013 at 7 PM 

    Please note: New location for this month 

    ProgramHistory of the Plumstead Friends Meeting

    Please meet at the historic meetinghouse at 4914-A Pt. Pleasant Pike, Doylestown, PA 18902 (Gardenville, actually)

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

    October 21st – Victorian mourning rituals presented by Marty Steely

    Fall into line with preserving our local history. Meet those that are by becoming a member!! … Join the Plumstead Historical Society!  

    $10 for individuals or $15 for family to the P.O. Box 172 address.

    Do you need a great gift idea? We have a collection of 10 different postcards split between 2 packs of 5 postcards. Each pack sells for $5.00 ($1 per post card). The collection is available for purchase at our meetings and make great holiday gifts.

    Do you have historic items to donate? (pictures, letters, stories, local tools or books, research on a property or family, etc), please contact us. We now own a fire safe to archive and protect our growing collection of historic items. 

    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.

    (4) Jim Roney in PA: Busy Weekend Coming Up:

    Celtic Rebels – with Jimmy Farrell
    Sept 13, 2013 – Kildares Irish Pub 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Kildares Irish Pub, 119 Jefferson Ave Scranton

    Celtic Rebels – with Jimmy Farrell
    Sept 14, 2013 – Sun Tavern. 7pm to 11pm
    The Sun Tavern 600 W. Westfield Ave Roselle Park NJ

    Cross Park Logic
    Sept 15, 2013 – Frenchtown Market. 11am – 1 pm
    Frenchtown, NJ

    Travis Manion Hero’s Run. I will be doing sound for the start of the race at 2pm at Font Hill, Doylestown, PA


    October 5 & 6 weekend retreat with Jeff Migdow, MD, author of “Breathe In, Breathe Out”
    Princeton Center for
    Yoga & Health

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    Princeton Yoga is excited to welcome Jeff Migdow for a unique weekend retreat.Prana Yoga and Tibetan Five Rites
    Weekend Retreat and workshop series
    Saturday, October 5 and
    Sunday, October 6
    Jeff Migdow, MD, combines his expertise in yoga with his background as a holistic physician and knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and many healing modalities to offer a truly complete approach to the ancient and profound discipline of yoga.The Tibetan Five Rites are ancient yogic practices which were performed for thousands of years by monks in remote Himalayan monasteries and were considered magical because of their remarkable healing and rejuvenating effects. They work by speeding up and creating balance in the flow of energy through seven energy centers (chakras), thus normalizing hormonal and nerve imbalances.Deepen your practice and learn safe and effective ways to practice yoga. These programs are suitable for all levels of practice as well as ideal for yoga teachers. All are welcome! CEUs available.Prana Yoga for Health and Vitality
    Saturday, October 5 – 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Register Now Yoga uses chakra sound vibrations and basic breathing (pranayama) techniques practiced while holding yoga postures to bring you fully present, creating a deeper experience of prana (life force) within you. Developed by Jeff Migdow, M.D. in 1997, this form of yoga sadhana allows you to hold postures longer and with more powerful results. Approached in this way, yoga practice becomes profoundly transformational and healing. Learn moreChakras and Healing
    Saturday, October 5 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Register Now
    The chakras are energy centers in the emotional body through which the universal life force flows into the physical body. Join Jeff for a deeply enriching experience this afternoon as we explore the anatomy of our chakras and their connection to our physical wellbeing, and spiritual evolution. We will then experientially learn how to balance and strengthen the flow of energy through the chakras using, sound, touch, simple yoga practices and powerful imagery techniques. Learn moreA Chakra Immersion with Tibetan 5 Rites and Prana Yoga
    Sunday, October 6 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pmRegister Now
    Prana Yoga uses chakra sound vibrations and breathing techniques while holding yoga postures to bring you fully present and create a deeper experience of prana (life force) within. Developed by Jeff Migdow in 1997, Prana Yoga practice is profoundly transformational and healing.The Tibetan Five Rites are ancient yogic practices which were performed for thousands of years by monks in remote Himalayan monasteries and were considered magical because of their remarkable healing and rejuvenating effects. They work by speeding up and creating balance in the flow of energy through seven energy centers (chakras), thus normalizing hormonal and nerve imbalances. Learn morePricing:
    Full Weekend: $160/$140 if pre-registered by 09/16 – Sign up here
    1 Saturday Session: $50/$45 if pre-registered by 09/16 – Sign up here
    Only Saturday (2 sessions) or Sunday (1 session):
    $90/$80 if pre-registered by 09/16/2013 – Please call 609-924-7294 or Email us to register for this option.
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    Princeton Yoga welcomes Jeff Migdow, MD
    Jeff Migdow, MD, and Reiki Master has been exploring and teaching about yoga, health, and consciousness since 1969 in places as varied as India, Nepal, Japan, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. As a member of the Kripalu ashram, he directed the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training programs. He developed and has directed Prana Yoga Teacher Training in New York City since 1997.
    A holistic physician since 1980, his practice in Lenox, Massachusetts, includes homeopathy, lifestyle counseling, and Reiki healing and attunements. He has written and taught widely about yoga, holistic health and medicine, including the Time-Life book Breathe-In, Breathe-Out. and co-author of Goddess to the Core, with Sierra Bender. He combines his expertise in yoga with his knowledge of anatomy and physiology to offer us a truly complete approach to this ancient and profound discipline.

    (6) Cheryl F. in NJ:

    Thank you so much to all who have registered or donated already for the 4th Kicks for Clots to benefit the National Blood Clot Alliance!
    For those of you still interested in playing or contributing to the cause, please visit my page at
    Looking forward to seeing many of you this weekend!   Beautiful weather in our forecast in Ocean City this year!       🙂
    See you soon,

    elder law

     Have peace of mind for yourself and your family!

    Gabrielle L. Strich, Esq. will talk about Wills, Trusts and More

    Estate planning is not just for the wealthy; as a community service, Ms. Strich will talk about aspects of estate planning that are sure to surprise you.

    10/2/13 at 10:00 a.m. at the Piscataway Senior Center

    700 Buena Vista Avenue, Piscataway, 08854

    RSVP to 732-519-3344 tele.or fax: 732-565-2955 or email

    (8) ActorsNET, AKA Actors’ NET of Bucks County

    Article and photos for Man of La Mancha, opening one week from today! Get your tickets now…215-295-3694!

    Photo Flash: First Look at Actors’ NET’s MAN OF LA MANCHA

    The acclaimed Broadway musical Man of La Mancha returns to the stage in Morrisville Sept. 20 – Oct. 6 as the Actors’ NET of Bucks County’s launches its 18th season.
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