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Section 2, part 2

(1) Note: The following article applies to shopping all the time–and not just on Black Friday.


(3) Dan S. in PA:  Here’s some other ways to deal with the election results:

– try to forgive those who actually hate the other candidate.

– keep your car windows and doors locked when you find yourself in a demonstration against the winning candidate.

– try not to get angry with those who accused the winning candidate of being non-American if he did not accept the election results, but demonstrate and shout “not my president!”

– try not to get angry with who feel entitled to lecture the winning candidate, but would never have accepted the same treatment, had their candidate won.

– get over it, life goes on, and everybody doesn’t always get a trophy.

(4) Joe H. in NC: Using humor as a coping tool


(6) Ed K. in PA:  Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for your blog and wit each week.

(7) Elanne C. in NC:  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

(8) Terry V. in NC: Love your blog!

(9) Ray P. in PA;  Always enjoy your commentary.

(10) Roberta G. in PA: 7 Interesting Facts You Need to Know About Your Blood Type!

7 Interesting Facts You Need to Know About Your Blood Type!

(11) Karen M. in NC: This [A MAN CALLED OVE] was so darn cute. We loved it. Highly recommend it.  if you want to sneak out for the holiday. It’s playing at the Fine Arts Theate.

(12) Ginger H. in NC: How to recognize a fake news story


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Stopping down in the River Arts District to see what new frontiers of debauchery the Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular will boldly cross has become an annual tradition for many Ashevillians. The show, a holiday sketch comedy romp that delights audiences with completely new material each year, has sold out nearly every performance for the past six years.

This will be the second year the delightfully drunken Bernsteins will be in Magnetic 375, on Depot Street, the home of the The Magnetic Theatre. While the cast remains unchanged for the third straight year, the show will see a new director at the helm for the first time since 2012. Jeff Catanese, well-known to Asheville audiences from work with Attic Salt Theatre Company as well as Asheville Community Theatre, is directing the Bernstein crew this season. “All of the Bernsteins have been excited about the new energy Jeff brings to the team,” said the show’s producer Chall Gray. “Sex-crazed Judy Bernstein complimented both his stamina and smooth pectorals, and stoner Jimbo Bernstein described his lung capacity as ‘whoa.’ ”

The Bernsteins’ R-rated screwball skewering of various holiday traditions and tropes was described by Tony Kiss of Asheville Scene as “The holiday show to see in Asheville.” The show stars a number of Asheville’s best-known actors, including Darren Marshall and Tracey Johnston-Crum (who was voted best actress in the Mountain Xpress Best of WNC for the fourth straight year this summer). The Bernsteins will bring their signature mix of skits, songs, bong hits, dance numbers, and excessive drinking to Magnetic 375 for a limited run (which will, as with all Bernstein Spectaculars, be intended for mature audiences only). “We look forward to connecting with the cockles of the hearts of our fans this holiday season,” Gray said.

The show is expected to sell out, so advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. The Magnetic Theatre, founded in 2009, has been a leading theatre in WNC since its formation, and the annual Bernstein Christmas Spectacular has become the most anticipated annual theatre event in WNC–don’t miss this essential element of the holidays in Asheville!

Directed by Jeff Catanese. Scenic Design by Kehren Barbour. Sound Design by Tommy Calloway. Choreography and Costumes by Elizabeth Evans. Props by Jim Julien. Stage Management by Deanna Braine. Starring Tracey Johnston-Crum, Darren Marshall, Glenn Reed, Erik Moellering, & Kirby Gibson. Written by Lucia Del Vecchio, Genevieve Packer, Peter Lundblad and Jim Julien. Produced by Chall Gray. The 45th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular will be performed at Magnetic 375, located at 375 Depot St, in the River Arts District of Asheville, December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 and 21-23, showtimes 7:30 p.m. nightly, and 10:00 p.m. late shows December 10 and 17.

(2)  A new musical by Mark Houston, directed by Francis Cullian.

Heaven in Your Pocket is a new musical about a singing group from Heaven, Oklahoma that gets side-tracked by an inherited roadhouse while on its way to Nashville. Starring Delina Hensley, Katie Cilluffo, Candice Owen, Charles Burchill and Andy Thompson.

December 2, 3, 9 & 10 at 7:30 PM
December 4th & 11th at 2:30 PM

Hendersonville Community Theatre

Tickets may be bought online by going here:

Or you may contact the box office at (828) 692-1082


Section 12B, PA/NJ event

(1) ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ Spreads Holiday Cheer Dec. 2 to 4; Two More December Shows Add to Merriment

West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre continues its holiday offerings with what has become a Kelsey tradition, The Kelsey Players present “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 and 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors, students and children. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

The theater is an official drop-off site for the Marine’s Toys for Tots annual holiday drive. Patrons are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy in the box located in the Kelsey Theatre lobby. Donations will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 12.

Based on the classic poem that Clement Moore penned as a Christmas present for his children, the show embraces the anticipation and joy of the long-awaited midnight visit by a very special guest. This musical adaptation features Santa, his eight tiny reindeer, some remarkably talented sugar plums, and the cutest mouse in New York City. The Moore family and their neighbors will create a magical winter wonderland circa 1822 New York for audiences of all ages to enjoy.

Reprising their roles as Clement and Eliza Moore are Ken Ambs of Newtown, Pa., and Diane Wargo of Ewing; John Costello of Hamilton Square is Mr. Kringle.  Their children are played by Hayden Clark of Lawrenceville as William Moore and, in a shared role, Logan Ambs of Newtown, Pa., and Nicholas Benedetti of Ewing as Christopher Moore.

The ensemble features Jillian Ambs of Newtown, Pa., Mason Ambs of Newtown, Pa., Zachary Benedetti of Ewing, Suzanne Borg of East Windsor, Delaney Bright of Hightstown, Jamai Brown of Trenton, Jenna A. Bryant of Trenton, Aimee Clark of Lawrenceville, Melissa Clark of Lawrenceville, Cathy Coryat of Cream Ridge, Ashley Gafgen of Robbinsville, Bridget Godfrey of Robbinsville, Freddie Iezzo of Hamilton, Luddy A. Iezzo II of Hamilton, Marla Mangione Iezzo of Hamilton, Mateo Iezzo of Hamilton, Makenzie Ivey of Lawrenceville, Peyton Ivey of Lawrenceville, Sekai Marshall of Trenton, Aidan McLendon of Bensalem, Pa., Cameron Miller of Trenton, Chandler Miller of Trenton, Sophia Phelan of Lawrenceville, Abby Scatena of Robbinsville, Leif Simonelli of Hamilton, Suzanne Smith of Newtown, Pa., Katie Spring of Warrington, Pa., Lisa Spring of Warrington, Pa., Rilyn Szabo of Monmouth Junction, Isabel Urban of West Windsor, Tobias Urban of West Windsor, Zachary Urban of West Windsor and Alison Williams of Trenton.

The production team includes Director Diane Wargo, Musical Director Pat Masterson, Choreographer Kristyn Chiarello, Sound Designer Bernie McGowen, Stage Manager Ginny McGowen, Assistant Stage Manager Tara Simonelli and Costumer Kate Pinner.

Two more holiday treats come to Kelsey Theatre in December.  Forte Dramatic Productions presents the holiday variety show, “A Very Kelsey Christmas,” Dec. 10 and 11.  Closing out the season is “The Nutcracker,” an abridged family version presented by New Jersey Youth Ballet Dec. 16-18. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

Tickets for all shows may be purchased by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333 or online at  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Free parking is available next to the theater.

(2) The Man Who Came to Dinner
by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Dec. 2 – 18, 2016

Famous writer and radio personality Sheridan Whiteside dines at the home of the Stanleys, then slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. The irascible, demanding writer stays for six weeks to recover, taking over the household and bringing chaos (and uproarious fun) in time for Christmas.

Directed by Victoria Benn.
Starring Jerry Smith as Sheridan Whiteside.

Produced by Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.


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