BLAINESWORLD #930 (Please send any comments to:

Section 1

The A-B Tech Small Business Center at the BASE (Base Acceleration Site in Enka), in conjunction with its community partner, Asheville SCORE, cordially invites you to the following free seminar:

Maximizing Your Mobile Marketing (including email & social)

Tuesday Aug. 19, 2014 from 2-4:30 p.m.

Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, 1459 Sand Hill Rd (Enka Campus), Room 2046 in the Small Business Center, Candler, NC

Today, tons of consumers are using mobile devices for engagement marketing . . . to find what they need, to assess their options, to make decisions, and to make purchase, and most of all, to decide what they “think” about YOU!

Small businesses and nonprofits who embrace mobile marketing trends now will be able to compete. Let us help you understand this mobile transition, so you don’t get left behind.

Throughout the session you’ll be given opportunities to capture your own ideas and build out the framework of your own “next great campaign.” So join us and start to build a plan that will help you grow your business by eliciting the responses you want from your customers or supporters.

The seminar will be conducted by Constant Contact Local Expert Presenter Aaron Wesley Means.

Aaron is a Communication Specialist, Internet Marketing Specialist, and the CEO of ACTIVATE Business Solutions. He is a Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert and provides Best Practices seminars in the Carolinas and surrounding region as well as appearing nationally to present marketing topics to a diverse audience.

The seminar is hosted by Blaine Greenfield, Social Media/Marketing Consultant for the Small Business Center at ABTech, and Asheville SCORE mentor. Blaine also publishes an informative newsletter, BLAINESWORLD, that you can receive for Free by clicking:

To register:
Seating is limited, so please register in advance by clicking the link below or:

For more information:
Contact Aaron Wesley Means
ACTIVATE Business Solutions


Section 2, part 2

(1) Gladys P. in NC: Always interested in hearing your recommendations.  Enjoyed seeing The Woman in the Window.  I especially like the old films.

Note: Nice of you to say so. If anybody would like a list of films I’ve especially enjoyed, send an email to: and put FAVORITES in the subject line.

(2) Sandy B. in PA: Really great issue!  Loved your photo jokes and the cliphole site is awesome.  Thanks!  S

PS  wedding photo also is special – great dress MBB Cynthia!

(3) Mel G. in CO: Nice newsletter! Especially liked the toothbrush and toilet paper. Hilarious.

Happy Anniversary to you and your bride! You don’t look any older than you did on your wedding day…(yeah, right…).

(4) Tobi B. in PA: If you love our work [of the Foundation at Bucks County Community College] then tell the world! You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits – a review site like TripAdvisor – is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits  with their 2014 Top-Rated List. Please help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us. Reviews receiving 4+ stars will count toward top-rated status, but all reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes a couple of minutes! Simply click on the following link to get started:

(5) Chuck F. in NC: Here’s your chance to support the arts, or at least the actors struggling to live while making us laugh and cry, just like those goofy masks representing comedy and drama. Click on the link to kickstarter and help my son eat a morsel of food as he and buddies make a pilot for tv hopefully to appear in a small screen near you. Check it out at this link & please consider a small donation of $4 or $4,000. Shakespeare will cast his smile upon you forever.

PS: Guess which actor is my son. His character’s name offers one helluva clue.

(6) Terry B. in FL: I love it, Blaine [notice of my recent anniversary]!!!  Congratulations!!!!

(7) Lisa Z. in PA:  Hi . . .  friends, please check out this link for a Children’s Hospital RadioThon and listen to the local musicians in the contest. Hopefully you’ll agree my cousin Dylan McGuire is the best and vote for him. I’m not biased or anything.

Note: Vote for him by clicking:

(8) Natalie K. in PA:  The worst movie I’ve seen to date – Sex Tape. Don’t rush out to see this.  It was one of the stupidest, inane and terrible movies I’ve seen in a long time.  Wondering what’s going on in Hollywood that they’re making such (pardon the expression “shit’)?  I should’ve walked out but stayed because a friend wanted to stay to see if it got any better.  It didn’t.  I did enjoy “Begin Again” last night.  Thank God for small favors.  I can’t believe actors of the caliber of Cameron Diaz would waste their talents to make such crap.

(9) Which Beatles song are you?

(10) Meta C. in NC: 3 scariest words a boy can hear

(11) Donna K. in NC: Oh my goodness there are SOOOOOO many favorites [referring to films]. A lot of them are in your list. Here are a few others, but definitely not an exhaustive list, by any means:

The Red Balloon

Sophie’s Choice

To Kill a Mockingbird

Twelve Years a Slave

The Pianist


The Great Escape

Schindler’s List

Gone With the Wind

Princess Bride

Christmas Story
Sound of Music

Les Miserables

We tend to watch a lot of foreign films, and I always forget the titles. But I know my husband will be able to remind me of them 😉


Section 12AS, NC events

(1) The Performing Arts Laboratory, a production company, home of Vocal Blast, and a voice/acting studio, is proud to announce their upcoming benefit concert ‘Live in Living Color’ Sunday August 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The Performing Arts Laboratory is celebrating FIVE YEARS of being a working voice studio that has morphed into a full performing arts production and education center.

This is a one night only concert with no tickets, just a donation at the door for admission. Held at Abernethy UMC on Patton Ave. (Patton’s Pumpkin Church) Vocal Blast is a community -all volunteer- show choir started in 2012. Our mission is to raise awareness and funds for performing arts through performance and scholarship programs such as the JPW Schierhorn Education Fund for Asheville City Schools. In two years we have
held 8 benefits donating thousands of dollars to performing arts in our local school programs.

This benefit is split between the JPW Schierhorn Educational Fund and the Abernethy UMC’s music programs, specifically the need to repair some instruments we own to continue growing The ‘Live in Living Color’ Benefit Concert is a collection of songs from musicals that have been adapted from a film. This means a film must have been adapted to make a musical, and
not the other way around. You will hear songs from ‘Catch Me if You Can’, ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, ‘9 to 5’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’, ‘Tarzan’, and ‘Shrek.’


(3) Mark Jones in NC: Here I am in the 2010 HART production of BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. I’m very excited to be putting the glasses back on for a special concert called THE BUDDY HOLLY DANCE PARTY on August 8, 9 and 10. The show will be at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville, NC, and is a fundraiser for the Stage II building fund. Tickets are $25, and include food and a show. With special guests, Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens and Patsy Cline. Tickets at

or 828-456-6322.

(4) This show (below) runs at SART through August 3. For tickets, please click:

Note: I’ve already seen this show–and enjoyed it. You will, too. (More information in next week’s issue.)

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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

“2014 Kelsey Theatre Awards” on August 16 Features Ceremony and 

Live Performances from Past Season

West Windsor, N.J. – It’s awards season at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theatre.  The “2014 Kelsey Theatre Awards,” a Tony Awards-inspired evening that celebrates the theatrical successes of the past year, takes place Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.  Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer County Community College’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Says Kyrus Westcott, the show’s producer, director and head writer, “It’s just like the Tony Awards, except in our own backyard.  It’s amazing how much talent is on display at Kelsey Theatre each year.  This is our chance to recognize these people and relive some of the very best moments.”

Winners in a variety of categories will be announced during the ceremony.  The awards are based on voting by Kelsey Theatre fans.  (The voting continues through Aug. 10 at

Actors from the five shows nominated for Outstanding Production of a Musical will perform this year.  The shows include “Les Miserables”  (Playful Theatre Productions); “Big River” (The Pennington Players); “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (PinnWorth Productions); “Spamalot” (Maurer Productions OnStage); and “Shrek: The Musical” (Maurer Productions OnStage).  The cast of “13: The Musical,” which was presented by The Pennington Players in 2011, will present a special reunion performance; a reunion performance of another show is also planned, but is being kept secret until the ceremony.

Special cameos by Kelsey Theatre regulars and comedic routines will also be featured, as well as numbers by the Kelsey Theatre Dance Squad, now in its fourth year of dancing at the ceremony.  Choreographed by Rachel Tovar, the dance team includes Shannon Flanagan, Lexi Schlaifer, Cindy George, Bridget Carmichael and Amy Oliver and will perform upbeat dance numbers throughout the evening.

The show is hosted by actresses Jaimie McMillin, Maria Aromando and Kim Cupo – all of whom have had major roles in shows at Kelsey Theatre, especially in the past three years.

According to Westcott, the voting season and awards began online in 2009 and 2010, and evolved into a live show in 2011.  “It’s become an annual event that features two rounds of voting by more than 3,000 people, as well as a great turnout at the ceremony.  A wonderful production staff helps pull off this huge event,” he says.

Westcott is assisted by co-producer/writer Mark Applegate, assistant director Caila Cabrera, choreographer Rachel Tovar, technical designer Judi Parrish, set designer Bryan Schendlinger, photographer Rob Gougher and spotlight operators Tara Gruber Etter, Sally Page and Dierdre Misiura.

Tickets are $16 for all.  Tickets are available online at or by calling the Kelsey Theatre Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

More information is available on The Kelsey Theatre Report Facebook page at

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