BLAINESWORLD #1048 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2

(1) Roseanna F. in NC:  Each time I open my email, and I see your newsletter, I smile! Thank you for making me smile.

(2) Terry T. in FL:  I got it, I got it! Vamonos, vamonos (“Come out of the Cold”) song!!!  I loved it!

(3) Barbara F. in PA:  Wow! You know everyone!
such a small world…in your condolences, how do you know ‘THE Gurwoods’?
Joe was my cousin, ‘removed’! his mother and my mother were 1st cousins.. Oy! such a long time ago!
Response: Mindy was my student and so was her daughter Mindi.


(5) Bad Behavior Is Rising on Airplanes

(6) Kimberly C. in NC: A new version of my lonesome self


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective presents…

Written and Directed by Rodney Smith
Based on original characters by George A. Romero and John Russo.

November 3 – 19 (Thurs – Sat) at 7:30pm
The FB Event only allows 1-week slots, but the show DOES run for 3 weekends.


1968 – The rural Southeast.

The recently deceased are returning to life, and committing unspeakable acts of violence and murder. On the eve of this unimaginable outbreak, five people from disparate walks of life find themselves trapped in a crumbling farmhouse miles from help. As the hoard of undead close in and the pressure of the situation mounts, will the common cause of survival be enough to get them through the night?

Based on the iconic horror film by George A. Romero and John Russo, this adaptation is a dark and intense thriller which looks deeply into the human condition. It begs us to answer the question: When race, gender, class and perceived intelligence and intents of others obfuscates rational discourse and resolve, how can a society survive?

Features: Drez Ryan, Carrie Kimbrell Kimzey, DiAnna E. Ritola, Eamon Martin, Darren Marshall, Scott Cameron, and Paul Matthew Gallaher

(2) Montford Park Players presents All-Female Cast of Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare

Produced by Montford Park Players at the BeBe Theatre

Show Dates:
November 4-20
Friday, Saturday nights 7:30 pm
Sunday matinees at 2:30 pm

BeBe Theatre, 20 Commerce St. Asheville, NC 28801

Montford Park Players, an Asheville theatrical tradition, is proud to announce their upcoming production of Julius Caesar, the classic tragedy written by William Shakespeare. The performances will be held at the BeBe Theatre, located at 20 Commerce Street in the heart of Downtown Asheville, from November 4th through the 20th on Friday andSaturday evenings at 7:30pm, with matinees on Sundays at 2:30 pm. This performance like ALL of Montford Park Players’ shows will be absolutely FREE to attend.

While the play was last performed by the Montford Park Players in 2011, this production is special as the cast is all-female. Gender-bending is nothing new in presenting Shakespeare’s works, but with a canon that is light on strong roles for actresses, Montford Park Players is presenting this particular version to showcase so many of the woman who grace their stage year-after-year, but rarely get to sink their teeth into characters such as Caesar, Mark Antony and Brutus, as they will here. Scott Keel, the play’s director, and Artistic Director of Montford Park Players, says of this choice, “A Juliet or Lady Macbeth come along every once in a while, but it’s usually only one of those plum female roles in any play of Shakespeare’s catalog. This production really lets us show Asheville many of the amazing actresses we get to work with, in roles that deserve their talents.”

Montford is also excited about its return to the BeBe Theatre, a venue in which they haven’t performed for some time. “An intimate space such as the BeBe allows the audience a more visceral experience than they might get from our summer shows on the expansive Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre stage,” said Mr. Keel. “Every plot, every scheme and, yes, every kill, can be experienced personally.”

The plot, taken directly from history, is pretty well-known: Julius Caesar is declared the sole ruler of Rome, to the consternation of the sitting Senate. They plot and then succeed in his assassination, leaving a power vacuum, which foments a civil war. One can make their own conclusions as to how this applies in this current, contentious election year.

Julius Caesar is one of the world’s most performed plays, even over 400 years since it was first presented. This production’s stellar cast includes MPP favorites Jane Hallstrom, Devyn Ray, Melon Wedick and Christine Caldemeyer, among many of Asheville’s other most-recognizable actors.

Montford Park Players, has been presenting Shakespeare and other classical works to the Asheville community since 1973, and has since grown to be one of Western North Carolina’s most beloved and well-known cultural attractions.

For more information or to reserve seats, go to, or call at (828) 254-5146.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) The Music Mission at Boonton United Methodist church is presenting: “Anything Goes” a concert to celebrate the Centennial of the birth of Frank Sinatra.

The program features Lise Avery, a wonderful jazz vocalist who has a nationally syndicated radio show, called “Anything Goes” which can be heard on FDU Radio and other radio stations.  She will be accompanied by Russ Kasshoff on piano who played for Frank Sinatra as well as Jay Anderson and some local young children.
Also featured will be our own Eddie Brigati who was a lead singer with the Rascals and was part of a revival concert series on Broadway two years ago.
The Boonton United Methodist Church is on the corner of Lathrop and Vreeland Avenues in Boonton.  Information and the purchase of tickets can be done at   Tickets are $25.00.  Group sales are available.   973-334-8654.
We are supporting “A Future with Hope” which has repaired or rebuilt over 280 homes including one belonging to Frank & Maryann who have been out of their home for 4 years and are about to move in to their renovated home.
We are also supporting “No More Malaria” which was started by the NBA to supply nets for people living in the malaria-carrying mosquito areas of the world.  Malaria has already been cut in half by the distribution of these nets.  Now Major League Baseball is also supporting the effort.



Meet the Lenders

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016   |   9:00am – 2:00pm

Need a loan for your business?  If you answered yes, then this workshop is for you!

Hi ,

This event is designed to provide individuals that are in business or thinking of starting a business with information on current business loan programs (7A, 504, Microloans) and technical assistance programs offered by the SBA. Leading area bank lending officers will also be on hand to discuss their role in the SBA’s Guaranteed Lending Program.

When: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 9am-2pm
Where: Allied Wealth Partners – 14 Walsh Drive, Parsippany, NJ 07054Some of the lenders at this event will be:

  • Affinity Federal Credit Union
  • Investors Bank
  • Kearny Bank
  • Peapack Gladstone Bank

Register! by clicking:


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