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Section 2, part 2

(1) Jean Dolan: Jeff Singer was working at a car dealership, then the Phillies called

(4) Need pruning shears or a ukelele? Try the public library


(5) Pat Hannigan: When you write: “Enjoyed a tasty dinner at 131 Main.”

Doesn’t sound like a rave review? No? Just my opinion……??? Seems like when you really like a place you speak more positive about this. Like you recognize the waiter or waitress and you use more colorful language… Seems like your comments really mean the meal was so so…? not the best but not the worst???Or?

Response: Actually, it is one of my favorite places that I like very much. The meal was good, too. Probably when I wrote it, I was pressed for time or space. And in this case, the server didn’t knock my socks off, so I didn’t mention her by name.

Generally, if I don’t like something, I will not say anything about it.


(6) Tom Gallagher:  As always, good information and a fun read!  I am always impressed that you are able to crank out one of these every week!  You’re the best.


(7) Nate Himmelstein:  You constantly amaze me. With all you do where do you find the time for a radio show?  Many years ago my wife and I saw a “Majority of One” with Gertrude Berg ( The Molly in the TV Show The Goldbergs she was also the major writer of the show) and Sir Cedric Hardwick at the  Papermill Playhouse in Milburn, NJ.  I still remember it.  I am always reading you missives.  By the way, I am teaching  two on line course one a  Principles of Management course and another Principle of Selling course, but each week I use Kaltura and video a 15 to 20 minute introduction.  In my selling course, I feel I am back in the classroom for I also have my students video oral reports and have the students critique them.  This is for NJIT. I retired from Essex but these on line courses keep me on my toes. Regards to your lovely wife.


(8) KaChina Davine: Holy Smokes. This is one power packed Newsletter! How did I miss out on it for so long?


(9) Mike Martinelli: Beauty And The Beast ***1/2

[It] is as wonderful as the original animated film which was the first animated film to ever get a best picture regular nomination. The 3 new songs added to all the original are great. The 3-D was nothing special and not worth the extra money. You will absolutely love the film. It has a great cast too. The gay character i s not really a gay character. You get the just of it but it was nothing that people needed to be idiots about and to start protests about or cancel the showing of the film like that idiot did in Alabama. Oh, Alabama that says it all. LOL.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Bonnie Firestone: Tonight [Friday, 3.17] is opening night of “Copenhagen!” A brilliant play about the physicists behind the atom bomb and all the twisting turns of personal motivation and responsibility. Come down to Hendersonville Community Theater to support us this weekend or next. Friday/Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm.

(2)  KaChina Davine: January 18, 2017 – ASHEVILLE, NC — Please join Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC), for the 7th Annual {Re}HAPPENING, on Saturday March 25, 3-10 pm at Camp Rockmont, 375 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Since 2010, Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC) has hosted the {Re}HAPPENING inspired by John Cage’s 1952 Theatre Piece No. 1, an unscripted performance at Black Mountain College considered by many to be the first Happening. The 7th annual {Re}HAPPENING will reshape one of Asheville’s most anticipated yearly art events by offering two international projects alongside a roster of 18 local installation, new media, music, and performance projects with environmental lighting by students of the Odyssey Community School. The {Re}HAPPENING is a day long event at the historic campus of Black Mountain College – 15 minutes from Asheville. It is part art event, part fundraiser, and part community instigator, providing a platform for contemporary artists to share their response to the vital legacy of Black Mountain College by returning to its original site in the present day.

Tickets will be on-sale starting Wednesday Jan. 25th. $20 for Advance Adult Admission, $25 – Regular Adult Admission, $15 – Youth (10+) / Student (w/ID), Children under the age of 10 are FREE with a ticket holding adult, $10 – Parking Pass, $5 – Round Trip Shuttle Pass from downtown Asheville. Food trucks will be available on site. More info: or email:

(3) Magic, Mirth & Meaning Show
Friday, March 24
7-8 p.m.

The vanishing Wheelchair Little Theatre
Town And Country Square 175 Weaverville Hwy, Woodfin, NC

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(4) David Joe Miller presents:
WORD! with Dr. Joseph Sobel

Saturday, March 25, from 2-4 p.m.
Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. Asheville, NC

David Joe Miller Presents WORD! with Dr. Joseph Sobol, the director of the Masters Degree Program in Storytelling at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Sobol with present “Jack And The Least Gal.” He original work about The Folk Legend, Jack and his cohort, The Least Gal (youngest gal.) Doors open at 1:30 for seating show begins at 2 pm. FREE ADMISSION sponsored by The Buncombe County Friends of the Library, David Joe Miller and his wife Robin Sanchez.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Theater To Go Takes on Racial Injustice and Acts of Courage in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre March 17-26
Separate Solo Show Features Acclaimed Actress Prudence Wright Holmes as Harper Lee March 25
West Windsor, N.J. – It’s a coming of age story set against a backdrop of racism and small town secrets. Theater to Go presents “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, March 17 and 24 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, March 18 and 25 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, March 19 and 26 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on March 17.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel by Harper Lee and adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, the story of tomboy Scout Finch unfolds as she observes her father, lawyer Atticus Finch, take on the most controversial case of his career. Set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, in 1935, Atticus is preparing for the trial of Tom Robinson, a young Black man unjustly accused of raping a young white woman.  As Atticus strives to prove Tom’s innocence against daunting odds, Scout learns about the imperative to do what is right over what is easy. These lessons in courage, compassion and hope are ones that she – and the audience – are unlikely to forget.

Director Ruth Markoe is excited to bring this production to Kelsey Theatre. “When this book was released, it had particular resonance due to the growing Civil Rights Movement.  It speaks to issues we still face in America today – inequality, justice, hopelessness and the need for compassion.”  As Atticus says in the play, ‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.’”

The cast features Tim Anderson of Princeton as Atticus; Katie Greendorfer of Lambertville as Scout; Shane Howell of Morrisville, Pa., as Scout’s brother, Jem; Malik Abdul Khaaliq of King of Prussia, Pa., as Tom Robinson; David Whiteman of Lambertville as Sheriff Heck Tate; Evan Chartock of Princeton Junction as Dill; Cherylanne Jones of  Ewing as Calpurnia; Linda Cunningham of Yardley, Pa., as Miss Maudie; Deb Lasky of New Egypt as Miss Stephanie; Susan Schwirck of Monroe as Mrs. Dubose; Chelsea Sznaza of Allentown as Mayella Ewell; Rob Lasky of New Egypt as Bob Ewell; Fred Dennehy of Cranbury as Mr. Gilmer; Jeffrey Millstein of East Windsor as Judge Taylor; Renard Wright of Lakewood as Rev. Sykes; Lee Grabelsky as Mr. Cunningham; and Wayne Rossignol of Hamilton as Boo Radley. Ensemble members include

Roger Madding of New Hope, Pa., Karen Hilton of Trenton, Vivian Blackshear of Trenton, and Brenda Jackson of Willingboro.

The production team includes Director Ruth Markoe and Stage Manager Melissa Rittmann, along with Ruth Rittmann (costumes), M. Kitty Getlik (lighting design), Eric Collins (sound design), and John Russell (set design).

Theater To Go will present a fascinating companion piece on Saturday, March 25 at 2 p.m. when acclaimed actress Prudence Wright Holmes presents a solo show, “The Secret Life of Harper Lee.” Lee was a reclusive figure and, in this solo show, audience members will learn of her close relationships with her father and her childhood friend, Truman Capote, both of whom ultimately broke her heart. Lee did not publish another book until the controversial “Go Set a Watchman” in 2015.

Holmes has appeared in numerous films and Broadway productions alongside some of today’s most well-known stars. She wrote and performed her critically-acclaimed solo show Bexley, OH! at New York Theatre Workshop. She is currently touring her solo show, “Call Me William, the Life and Loves of Willa Cather,” as well as her interactive murder mystery, “Agatha is Missing.” This show originated in NYC and is touring regionally.

Tickets for “To Kill a Mockingbird” are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students.  Tickets for “The Secret Life of Harper Lee” are $15 for all. Tickets for both shows are available 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.

(2) Glenn Burd: The Plumstead Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, March 20th, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Program: ~Kathryn Finegan Clark author of Bucks County Pennsylvania book will talk about the rich heritage of our area.
Meeting Place Plumstead Township Office 5186 Stump Road Plumsteadville PA.









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