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(1) Ron Peyton: Great jokes!   Couldn’t open news bloopers. Thanks for the laughs!   

Response: Thanks, Ron, for letting me know.  The links seem to be working for me now. Try again:

 and also:

 Note to others: Do continue to share your feedback via email. And if you also notice if something doesn’t work or if there is some error, glaring typo, etc., let me know that too. Much obliged!

(2) Carole Biro: Whether You’re A Runner Or A Weightlifter, You Need To Know About This Yoga Flow





Section 12A, NC events

(1) SIGNIFICANT OTHER at Henderson Community Theatre

24 hours before his wedding, Joe’s ex reappears, shedding light on their past. He deliberates between life with his fiancé and regaining what was lost.

General Admission: $16

7:30 PM Fridays & Saturdays and 2:00 PM Sundays

Join us for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a drink of choice an hour before each Second Stage show!

For tickets, please click:

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(2) “An All Jazz Affair – Great Songs Written by the Masters” with Sidney Barnes and Richard Shulman. Featured songs sung by Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole at Isis Music Hall.

For tickets and to make a dinner reservation please call us between noon and 4PM daily at 828.575.2737

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Quintessential Backstage Musical ‘42nd Street’ Comes to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre July 14 to 23

West Windsor, N.J. – Prepare to tap your feet along with M & M Stage Productions as they present the enduring and endearing classic “42nd Street” at Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times are Fridays, July 14 and 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, July 15 and 22 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, July 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening performance on July 14.

The entertainment quotient doesn’t get higher than in this show that combines crowd-pleasing tap dances, popular musical theater songs, and show-stopping ensemble production numbers. Peggy Sawyer, a small town girl with big time talent, arrives in New York with hopes to be on Broadway and lands a spot in the chorus line of a new musical, “Pretty Lady.” When lead actress Dorothy Brock twists her ankle right before opening night, Peggy is picked to take her place. Says “Pretty Lady” director Julian Marsh, “You’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!” Delightfully corny, with romance and hilarious wisecracks throughout, “42nd Street” is a part of musical theater history that never gets old.

The musical score includes some of the greats: “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

The cast stars Michael Marrero of Hamilton as Billy Lawlor; Haley Schmalbach of Palmyra as Peggy Sawyer; Elio Lleo of Ewing as Julian Marsh; Jen Gursky of Lebanon as Dorothy Brock; Carolyn Anzuini of Bordentown as Maggie Jones; Matthew Cassidy Morrisville, Pa., as Bert Barry; Tara Wagner of Hamilton as Ann Reilly; Fred Gropper of Yardley, Pa., as Pat Denning; Ron SanGiovanni of Burlington as Abner Dillon; Shan Williams II of Trenton as Andy Lee; Sarah Webster of Morrisville, Pa., as Phyllis Dale; Erin Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Lorraine Flemming; Chris Schmalbach of Palmyra as Mac; and Joe Stockette of Langhorne, Pa., as Oscar.

The ensemble features Kathryn Aylesworth of Cherry Hill, Robbie Angarone of Hamilton Square, Lexi Baldachino of Millstone Township, Zachary Benedetti of Ewing, MaryRose Brendel of Cranbury, Reise Bridgers of Hamilton, Sean Conway of Hamilton, Nicholas Eldridge of Hamilton, Maddie Keelan of Hamilton, Nick Kianka of Hamilton, Matt Krauss of Yardley, Pa., Marley Madding of New Hope, Pa., Marina McLaughlin of Columbus, Elizabeth Miller of Yardley, Pa., Isabella Papaccio of Hamilton, Christina Pullen of New Egypt, Allison Reed of Yardville, Harrison Smith of Cherry Hill, Danielle Standifer of Hamilton, Joseph Wojtkowski of Manalapan, Julianna Zannikos of Doylestown, Pa., and Sam Zdanowicz of Hamilton.

The production team includes Producers Mike Almstedt and Mike DiIorio; Director Mike DiIorio; Musical Director Pam Sharples; Choreographer Laura Ghaffor, Lighting Director Chris Ghaffor, Sound Design Eric Collins and Costumer Louisa Murey.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

(2) Michael Hennessee: Dear Friends, here is the Book Group lineup for Fall 2017.

We meet in the Rollins Center Room 114 at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, from 7:30 TO 9:00 P.M.  All are welcome to join us on the second Thursday of each month to share your thoughts and questions about any or all of the selections. For snow or bad weather information, call 215-968‑8000. On the radio, the College code for snow closing is 2760. For more information, call 215-968-8164 or send email to:

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Sep 14: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

From Amazon:  From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

Oct 12:  House of Names  by Colm Toibin

From Kirkus Review:  “Clytemnestra, narrating in the first person, is a captivating and terrifying figure, heartbroken and ruthless in her lust for power… Tóibín captures the way that corruption breeds resentment and how resentment almost unstoppably breeds violence. The original myths established these characters as the gods’ playthings, but Tóibín reframes this version in a ‘time when the gods are fading’ the better to lay the blame for our human failures plainly on ourselves.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Nov 9:   Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

From Review: When Nadia and Saeed fall in love in a distant unnamed city, they are just like any other young couple. But soon bullets begin to fly, fighter jets streak the sky, and curfews fall. As the spell of violence spreads, they flee their country, leaving behind their loved ones. Early in Exit West, the author Mohsin Hamid explains that geography is destiny, and in the case of his two young lovers, geography dictates that they must leave. Hamid offers up a fantastical device to deliver his refugees to places: they pass through magic doors. Rather than unmooring the story from reality, this device, as well as a few other fantastical touches, makes the book more poignant and focused, pointing our attention to the emotions of exile rather than the mechanics. Surrounded by other refugees, Nadia and Saeed try to establish their places in the world, putting up different responses to their circumstances. The result is a novel that is personal, not pedantic, an intimate human story about an experience shared by countless people of the world, one that most Americans just witness on television. —Chris Schluep

Dec 14:  The Sellout by Paul Beatty

From Booklist: “Beatty, author of the deservedly highly praised The White Boy Shuffle (1996), here outdoes himself and possibly everybody else in a send-up of race, popular culture, and politics in today’s America . . . Beatty hits on all cylinders in a darkly funny, dead-on-target, elegantly written satire . . . [The Sellout] is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and, in the way of the great ones, profoundly thought provoking. A major contribution.” ―Mark Levin, Booklist (starred review)

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(1) 50 Side Jobs to Help You Make an Extra $500 or More This Month

(2) Amy Joy Suben:

(3) Swim Lessons Won’t Keep Your Toddler From Drowning




(7) Lisa Zaglin: It’s a longshot, but there’s still a chance of winning the playground for our preschoolers. If anybody has an opportunity, please vote daily on any email addresses you have between now and June 30th. Our school is in second place. Just go to the following link and select Saint Andrew School – Newtown, PA 18940. There’s no cost to you, no junk email, just the satisfaction of knowing you helped us to win the contest and won’t be getting bugged about it this time next year. Thanks to those of you whom I know have voted and those who continue to vote. To vote, please click:





(12) David Weiner:  I love the joke about legalizing drugs!  

(13) Laresa Griffin:  I love the Blessings Bag! What a great idea. Thanks, Blaine!

(14) Conor Rae: Just finished reading this weeks edition of your newsletter. Great job. Hope you and Cynthia are having a blast! Just come home safely and soon…You are missed!

(15) Dan Becker: Recently returned from a relative’s 10th 60th birthday party. I may have to start measuring mine that way.

(16) Mike Martinelli: BEATRIZ AT DINNER ***

Two of the best performances so far this year by Selma Hayek a massage therapist/holistic healer who clashes with a wealthy real estate tycoon played by John Lithgow.(Definately written with Trump in mind)
When Beatriz makes a house call to Kathy, (played by Connie Britton from Nasheville fame) and ends up being invited to a big business dinner party after herold clunky volkswagon dies. Beatriz immediatly classes with the cocky Doug (John Lithgow) the fur really flies.
The film very much shows the reality of the rich wealthy snobs that are walking around and running this country. A big reality for decades.
If anything about the film that I didn’t like was the ending, until I thought about the point the film maker is trying to get across.
Definitely worth the price of a movie ticket and not a wait for red box release.

(17) Debbie Hancock with two jobs in the PA/NJ area:

Direct Hire Sr. Claims Specialist Position Available in King of Prussia $60 k to 75k /yr. Must have 2 years of General Liability Experience Call 610-629-0088 if interested. Tell them Debbie Hancock referred you.
Customer Service Representatives Needed! Immediate Direct Hire position in Cherry Hill, NJ $35,000/year + $2,500 bonus available . Property + Casualty License is a plus call 610.629.0088 Tell them Debbie Hancock referred you.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Jeff Messer: 24 hours before his wedding, Joe’s ex reappears, shedding light on their past. He deliberates between life with his fiancé and regaining what was lost.

General Admission: $16

7:30 PM Fridays & Saturdays and 2:00 PM Sundays

Join us for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a drink of choice an hour before each Second Stage show!

At Hendersonville Community Theatre through July 9. For tickets, please click:

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(2) Michel Louzon: From 11:00 am until 9:00 pm on Tuesday, July 18, Arms Around ASD will be the beneficiary of Iannucci’s legendary 10% Tuesdays. All you have to do is round up everyone you know and their neighbor, head over to Iannucci’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant at 1981 Hendersonville Road and “manga”. But eat like you mean it because Arms Around ASD will receive 10% of the day’s proceeds.

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(3) Paula Hanke:  We will be doing a special concert on Saturday, July 15 at Isis to honor Linda Ronstadt’s 71st Birthday! We hope you all can celebrate with us! Reserve your seats:

(4) T.J. Shimeld: Magician Zeke Powerz to Read Minds
For The Vanishing Wheelchair Charity

“Magic & Mind Reading Mysteries,” featuring Zeke Powerz, is coming to Asheville this summer! Award-winning magician Zeke Powerz from Blairsville, Georgia will read thoughts, palms, cards, and the future on July 23 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. The event is geared for adults and teenagers and the $10 ticket price will help support the work of The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity for people with disabilities.

Zeke is a full-time mentalist who teaches leadership workshops during the day and provides entertainment at night: all based around developing your own intuition or “sixth sense” at both private parties and corporate events. Zeke’s demonstrations blur the line between science and superstition. A member of The International Séance Project, The International Brotherhood of Magicians, and a regular performer at the East Coast Spirit Sessions, Zeke will demonstrate all forms of psychic phenomena July 23rd at St. Mary’s for “entertainment and fundraising purposes only” to benefit The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc.

The Vanishing Wheelchair is a non-profit which works with people with disabilities to help them find their passion in life through the arts. It has used the proceeds from the events it hosts to launch “All Things Possible” to teach skills in performing, painting, photography, music, crafts, writing, and wood working to people with disabilities. These workshops are available to other non-profits to share with their clientele and are conducted at its Little Theatre at 175 Weaverville Highway, or on location. Eventually the non-profit wishes to expand to establish a universally accessible hands-on museum for children to explore the arts and sciences at which people with disabilities can work and continue to learn these skills.

During the 3 p.m. fundraiser, Zeke speaks openly about the events that changed his life, from being struck by lightning at 9, being homeless as a teenager and spending 20+ years as a corporate trainer and leader. “The magic is inside each of us, it is all about figuring out how to unleash it. Ricky Boone (co-founder of The Vanishing Wheelchair, local magician, and Asheville magic shop owner) is one of the best examples of not letting anything stop you from achieving greatness.” Ricky will bring his own brand of comedy and magic as a special guest performer on July 23.

Tickets are $10 each and all funds raised will go to a great cause. To purchase tickets or for more information visit, contact Magic Central, 175 Weaverville Highway, Suite L, Asheville, North Carolina 28804, or call 828-645-2941.

Zeke Powerz’s official Web site: has recently had a facelift and is now easier than ever to navigate. Besides his Web site, you can book Zeke directly on any of the “Big 3” social media platforms of Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

(5) Dr.  Michael Trayford: Post-Concussion Syndrome Solutions
Tuesday, June 27, from 6-7:30 p.m.
Apex Brain Center Drive, Suite 80, Asheville, NC

Blow to the head, whiplash injury? Persistent headaches, dizziness, visual or auditory sensitivities, struggles with memory and attention, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, and more that just won’t go away? The “wait and see” approach to concussion management does NOT work in most cases, and many suffer needlessly for months to years. In this program, Dr. Michael Trayford will discuss proven assessment and treatment strategies that can help those with the lingering effects of concussion. ‘Build a Better Brain, and Live a Better Life’. Q&A will follow. Refreshments will be provided. You must be registered to attend as seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

To register, click here if you’re on Facebook: or  if you’r’e not on Facebook, call 828.708.5274.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) At Princeton Yoga:

Taking your Yoga Practice to the next Level.
Learn how with this FREE INTRO
Have you been touched by the spirit and essence of yoga? Do you feel you would like to share the gifts you have received from your practice with others? Or are you drawn to simply go deeper into yoga? Then this yoga teacher training is for you!
Prana Yoga Teacher Training (200 hour)
Directed by Jeff Migdow, MD, with Marisa Bonfanti
2017/2018 Training: Runs from October 14, 2017 through June 10, 2018

In this 200 hr Yoga Alliance certified Prana Yoga Teacher Training, you will learn how to practice and teach yoga as a profound science that unites movement, breath, sound, concentration, meditation and prayer. Approached in this way, yogic practice becomes a deeply potent healing and transformational path. This training will enable you to become a teacher of yoga at its essence and greatly expand the depth, power of your own practice and the healing experiences of your students. This training also includes Usui Reiki I certification. Learn More

(2) At Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College:

June 23 – July 2

William Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure

An unflinching look at the confusion between lust and love, and goodness and self-righteousness, Shakespeare ’70 explores who sins the most among a congregation of murderers, pimps, politicians, whores, nuns, and nobles. Shakespeare’s electrifying exploration of the arrogance of power hovers tantalizingly between comedy and tragedy.

Tickets: $18 adults; $16 seniors; $14 students, children, vets, alumni

(3) At Actors’ Net of Bucks County:

The Threepenny Opera
Musical by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein.
July 14 – 30, 2017

The notorious outlaw Macheath (“Mack the Knife”) is back in town, marrying the daughter of the beggar king. This tale of love, death, corruption and betrayal plays out to the tune of an unforgettable score.

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(3) 94-year-old woman makes history in S.D. Half Marathon

(4) Marleen Allen VarnerGet a lifetime senior pass from the National Park service before the cost soars. Before August 1sst any US citizen 62 or older can buy a lifetime senior pass fo $10. The cost of that pass starting August 1 will be $80. Pass allows entrance to more than 400 national parks. Purchase at a park for the $10, but my mail or on line it costs an additional $10. To obtain, please click:



(7) Padma Dyvine: Procrastination: A Scientific Guide on How to Stop Procrastinating

(8) Kristin Pedemonti: I’m turning 50. I can’t believe it either! To celebrate I’m volunteering in Nepal. I’m invited to bring my literacy project to Kathmandu, collaborate with Nexxus Artivists and share mental health stories to break stigma.

I’m also trekking to Mt Everest Base Camp as an official fundraiser for Teach for Nepal. Yes, it’s legit! 😉

My birthday isn’t until September, but I’m asking for your support early in 1 of 2 ways.

1. Donate to my go fund me, the first 3K raised goes to Teach for Nepal to support their good works and gets me on their trek. $0 goes to me personally. This trek is officially organized by them!

Donate here:

2. Do you like encouragement? Me too! Send me a message here on Facebook or via with encouraging words to help me complete the trek.

Remember, those mountains we are carrying we are only meant to climb.

Here’s to climbing the mountain!

Hugs from my heart to yours!


Section 12A, NC events


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Note: I saw the above. (See next issue for pictures and more information). And I got a big kick out of it. You will, too.

(2) Brevard Little Theatre is proud to present the Tony Award winning musical comedy, Urinetown. Don’t get fooled by the title, this musical parody is pure fun! If you liked Fiddler, Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables and West Side Story, then you’re going to love Urinetown. It’s all those and more rolled into one. This side-splitting send-up to the Broadway musical combines humor with a beautiful score of songs that range from the classic ballad to big dance numbers to soul-lifting gospel.

Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. A terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must pay a fee to use public amenities, regulated by a single, malevolent company. Amid the most impoverished people who frequent the filthy Amenity Number 9 in the worst part of town, a hero decides he’s had enough and plots a revolution to lead them all to urinary freedom!

The show opens Thursday, June 22nd and runs for a total of 8 performances over two weekends. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows are at 7:30 while Sunday matinees are at 3 pm. Call 884-2587 for reservations or visit 
for more details. Come join the revolution!

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) At Actors’ Net of Bucks County: The Threepenny Opera
Musical by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein.
July 14 – 30, 2017

The notorious outlaw Macheath (“Mack the Knife”) is back in town, marrying the daughter of the beggar king. This tale of love, death, corruption and betrayal plays out to the tune of an unforgettable score.

(2) At Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College:

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

       Tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $16 students/children

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(1) Marlisa Mills: This Is the Only Thing You Should Do If a Tick Lands on You




(5) Michael Dequina: Please help save my home. To find out how, please click:–14


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Hillary Bolter:

(2) Salley Williamson: The Color of Dance: Collaborative Performances by ACDT and OHAC

You don’t want to miss this collaborative dance performance at the BeBe Theatre on June 8, 9, and 10! Show times are 7:00 PM on Thursday and Friday and 3:00 PM on Saturday with $10.00 admission. Please contact the Bebe Theatre Box Office for advance tickets: 828-254-2621.

The Color of Dance, a collaboration with Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (ACDT) to create and perform a new work of dance starring both Open Hearts Art Center (OHAC) participants and ACDT dancers, was supported by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The artistic premise of the project is that local audiences benefit and learn from exposure to people with developmental and physical disabilities—in local arts and everyday life. People with developmental disabilities are traditionally segregated in schools and communities at a very young age, but new studies, mental health practices, and education formats are demonstrating that this is detrimental, not only to people with disabilities, but to society as a whole.

OHAC and ACDT are in the process of 30 weeks of one hour rehearsals to collaboratively develop and refine the concept and the performance. Throughout the collaboration, ACDT artists are learning to develop new ways to teach people with disabilities and to work more comfortably and collaboratively with OHAC participants. In turn, OHAC participants benefit from the wealth of experience and artistry of ACDT staff, and learn to express and value themselves in new ways.

OHAC is a community based nonprofit, providing opportunities for differently abled adults to express themselves through the arts. The program is committed to improving the quality of life for artists with disabilities and to recognizing these individuals and what they have to offer as a contribution. OHAC is a safe, loving community that is focused on supporting the individual needs and goals of people living with disabilities

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Note: I’ve already seen the above. It is excellent! (More details next week.)


Section 12B, PA/NJ events

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(2) Edie Weinstein:

Hard to believe that nearly three years has passed since the day that everything changed.

 On June 12, 2014, I was on my way home from the gym after a ‘normal’ workout and a little more than an hour later, I was lying in the OR of Doylestown Hospital as a stent was inserted in a fully occluded artery.

My life BHA (Before Heart Attack) looks so different from 
how it is AHA (After Heart Attack)
One of the things I do to keep myself going is offering FREE Hugs any and everywhere I can. Hugs are heart healthy since they bring people together across all kinds of divides, they help folks feel a sense of love and belonging, they feed skin hunger, which is as vital as food hunger. they reduce pain and depression and numerous other benefits.
To celebrate this milestone, I am inviting folks to join me to participate in a Free Hugs stroll from Headhouse Square, around South Street to

Penns Landing in Phildelphia.

I will be there from 10-12 on Saturday June 10th.

My friend Flora Zanfrisco contacted me and asked about filming it. She is the co-owner with Rene Harris of Freedom Films Productions.

Naturally, I was delighted!

Soooo, if you want to be a Hugmobster Armed with Love, please come on out with your open heart and open arms! Friends are welcome as we take it to the streets of The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.
If you can’t be there, hug somebody wherever you are!
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(2) A Smarter Way to Clean Your Home

(3) Carol Seufert: Unique Obituary Of 22-Year-Old Has Reached Millions. Its Powerful Message Is Heart-Wrenching.

(4) High levels of exercise linked to nine years of less aging at the cellular level





(9) Walela Dobroski: Domestic Violence and Pet Safety


Section 12A, NC event

(1) Maureen Simon: The Maureen Project

Artist Featuring Photography ~ Mixed Media ~ Encaustics
Soul-Stirring Collection of Images

Friday, June 2nd • Jubilee Community Church • Asheville, NC

From 5-8 p.m.

For more information, please click:

(2) Craig Klawuhn:

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(3) Don Tally: Love Makes a Home: The Life of Rebecca Boone
focuses on the life of Rebecca Boone, wife of frontiersman Daniel Boone.

Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m.
White Horse Black Mountain
105 Montreat Rd., Black Mountain, NC

Rebecca shares her own homespun wisdom and meaningful memories as she chops wood, cooks stew, and does her mending on a winter evening in 1811.
The trail-blazing midwife didn’t get the luxury of a home she could keep, but her adventures made up for what went missing. She walked through Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Kentucky before she found her final rest in Missouri. She raised ten biological children and adopted six more after her child-bearing years had ended. As she weaves linen, she recalls how her husband, legendary American frontiersman Daniel Boone, spent as many as two years at a time lost in the woods. The courageous hunter also managed to lose all the family’s money and land about as fast as he earned it, and it was up to Rebecca to take care of the family and teach them all to hunt and forage so they would have food and shelter, too.
She had little bitterness and no guile. Blessed with a supportive family and an indomitable spirit, Rebecca revels in an evening alone as she recalls her most intriguing secrets.

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Gayle Crist:



                MORRISVILLE, PA –J.B. Priestley’s atmospheric thriller An Inspector Calls grips The Heritage Center Theatre stage in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, in June.

James Cordingley of Lawrenceville, New Jersey directs this classic mystery.  A wealthy British family is celebrating the daughter’s engagement when the party is disrupted by a police inspector who is investigating a suicide.  The inspector reveals each person at the table shares responsibility for the death!

Mort Paterson of Philadelphia portrays Inspector Goole, whose relentless interrogation exposes shocking secrets about the family members’ misdeeds.  Real life husband and wife George Hartpence and Carol Thompson of New Hope, Pennsylvania play the parents — Arthur and Sybil Birling.  He has been climbing twin ladders of success, as a businessman and politician, proving himself to be as ruthless as he is cunning – aided and abetted by his scheming wife.

Tammy Goldberg of Buckingham, Pennsylvania plays the daughter, Sheila Birling.  Tim Swain of New York appears as her fiancé, Gerald Croft – the son of a magnate even more powerful than Birling.  Tom Smith of Morrisville is cast as Eric Birling, whose hard-drinking lifestyle led him to a scandal uncovered by the inspector.  Hana Christenson of Pennington, New Jersey rounds out the cast as Edna the Maid, also doing double duty as the show’s stage manager.

An Inspector Calls is a spell-binding evening of theatre,” according to director Cordingley.  “There is an ‘other worldly quality’ to Inspector Goole.  His penetrating interrogation technique leaves those being questioned no room for evasion.  It is as if each and every person in the household is living through their own Judgement Day.”

The production team includes Joanne Cordingley of Lawrenceville as assistant director. Lighting design is by Andrena Wishnie of Morrisville.  Costume design is by Ruth Schanbacher of Yardley, Pennsylvania.

Performing weekends June 2 – 18, An Inspector Calls is being staged at The Heritage Center Theatre, 635 N. Delmorr Avenue (Route 32), Morrisville – near the Calhoun Street Bridge.  Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.  A complimentary wine and cheese party follows opening night.  The second Friday of the run, June 9, is Talk Back Night – when audience members may remain to discuss the show with the cast and production team.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (62+), $15 for WHYY card members and students (high school and college) and $10 for children age 12 and younger. 

For reservations or information, phone 215-295-3694 or email your ticket request to

(3) Kitty Getlik: Award-winning Maurer Productions OnStage Brings ‘The Glass Menagerie’ to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre June 9 to 18

West Windsor, N.J. – Love, dreams, desire, and longing tug at the heart in Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” coming to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. Presented by the Perry Award-winning Maurer Productions OnStage (MPO), dates and show times for this 1944 stage classic are: Fridays, June 9 and 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, June 10 and 17 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, June 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor Campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follow the opening night performance on June 9.

Memories and hopes as fragile as glass balance precariously when a frustrated mother, a daughter lost in her imagination and a son intent on rebellion share the stage in this MPO production. The show is directed by Judi Parrish, who observes, “The Glass Menagerie is one of the greatest stories and one of the saddest autobiographies in American literature. The actors are not just playing ‘characters,’ but are bringing to life people from an era long past.”

The cast stars Roberto Gianni Forero of Edison as Tom; Laurie Hardy of Hamilton as Amanda; Jessica Braynor of Lawrenceville as Laura; and Malik Ibn Abdul Khaaliq of King of Prussia, Pa. as Jim, the Gentleman Caller.

In addition to Parrish, who is both director and sound designer, the production team includes Producers Diana Maurer and John Maurer, Set Designer John Maurer, and Lighting Designer M. Kitty Getlik. The stage manager is Vicky Kaiser; costumes are by Sally Page Sohor; and hair and makeup is by Erin Leder.

Tickets for “The Glass Menagerie” are $18 for adults; $16 for seniors; and $14 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking available next to the theater.

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BLAINESWORLD #1077 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2



(3) Jason Istvan: Wonderful reading as always!  Definitely a highlight of my day when the new BLAINESWORLD comes in.  I hope the radio show is seeing similar success and reactions!

(4) Mike Yow: Savage Kingdoms: Reforged
A full-color re-imagining of the popular indie sword-and-sorcery tabletop RPG, Savage Kingdoms, set in a dark and gritty fantasy world.

Note: To join me in supporting Mike’s latest effort, please click:



(7) 50 Side Jobs to Help You Make an Extra $500 or More This Month



Section 12A, NC events

(1) Ash Devine: Blues Legend Andy Cohen with Ash Devine in Concert at the Flood
Flood Gallery Fine Art Center
2160 U.S. 70, Swannanoa, NC

Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a special and rare evening with the legendary Blues Guitarist and Folk Lorist Andy Cohen and americana folk singer Ash Devine and Andy Cohen. The two will play in collaboration and solo a variety of folk songs, old country blues, original music and lively stories.

Andy Cohen grew up in a house with a piano and a lot of Dixieland Jazz records, amplified after a while by a cornet that his dad got him. At about fifteen, he got bitten by the Folk Music bug, and soon got to hear records by Big Bill Broonzy and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, both of which reminded him of the music he grew up to. At sixteen, he saw Reverend Gary Davis, and his course was set. He knew he had it in him to follow, study, perform and promote the music of the southeast quadrant, America’s great musical fountainhead. Although he’s done other things, a certain amount of writing and physical labor from dishwashing and railroading to archeology, playing the old tunes is what he does best.

Ash Devine’s music is dedicated to healing, connection and singing together. Expect to hear original americana-etherial-folk songs to activate your heart, to learn a few songs for singing and to connect at Asheville’s new epicenter of art, The Flood Gallery.

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(2) Ricky Boone: Magic, Mirth & Meaning Show
Friday, May 26 at 7 p.m.

The Vanishing Wheelchair Little Theatre
Town And Country Square 175 Weaverville Hwy, Woodfin, North Carolina

A Variety Fundraiser Show for the Non-Profit The Vanishing Wheelchair INC. For more info about this Non-Profit go to:

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Section 12B, PA/NJ event

Journey Under the Sea for Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre May 26 to June 4

West Windsor, N.J. – An underwater spectacular is coming to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC’s) Kelsey Theatre. The Yardley Players present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Fridays, May 26 and June 2 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 27 and June 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, May 28 and June 4 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 May 26.

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story, this fishy fairytale features beloved characters including the spirited mermaid Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder the Fish, Scuttle the Seagull, Sebastian the Crab, and the Evil Sea Witch, Ursula, of course! Ariel makes a scary bargain with the Sea Witch that allows her to visit the land above the sea, but a showdown looms ahead. The show boasts music by Academy Award winner Alan Menken featuring such family favorites as “Under the Sea,” Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

Starring in “The Little Mermaid” are Rachael Shadle of Hatfield, Pa., as Ariel; Tristan Takacs of Hamilton as Prince Eric; Gabrielle Affleck of Philadelphia, Pa., as Ursula, the Evil Sea Witch; James LeGette of Levittown, Pa., as Sebastian; Nicholas Kianka of Hamilton as Grimsby; Liz Wurtz of Levittown, Pa., as Scuttle; Dylan Katz of West Windsor as Flounder; Pat Parton of Hamilton as King Triton; Fady Zaher of Hamilton as Chef Louis; Vincent Martinez of Toms River as Flotsam; Tylir Brown of Hamilton as Jetsam; and Dan Mucha of Yardville in the dual roles of Pilot and Chef.

Featured as the princess sisters are Stephanie Borcsik of Hamilton, Kristin Kraus of Levittown, Pa., Marina McLaughlin of Columbus, Heather Parton of Hamilton, Rachel Siegel of Robbinsville, and Erin Wurtz of Levittown, Pa.

The ensemble includes Robbie Angarone of Hamilton, Grace Axelson of Princeton, Emma Behrens of East Windsor, Nicholas Benedetti  and Zachary Benedetti  of Ewing, Hayden Clark of Lawrenceville, Shealyn Davis of Newtown, Pa., Ashley Gafgen and Shannon Gafgen of Newfield, Sydney Gilmore of Yardley, Pa., Makenna Katz of West Windsor, Leslie Kraus of Levittown, Pa., Jillian Lee of Hamilton Square, Connor McDowell of Levittown, Pa., Daniel Montero of Ewing, Peyton Nolan of Yardville, Marysa Pratico of Hamilton, Jeffrey Rosenthal of Dayton, Shreya Savur and Abby Scatena of Robbinsville, Danielle Slaboda of Hamilton, Troy Vallery of Yardville, and Kaitlyn Young of Robbinsville.

The production team includes Producer Kristy Davis, Director Marge Swider, Music Director Pat Masterson, Choreographer Laura Murey Ghaffoor and Stage Manager Jill Katz. The set design is by James Kenna; lighting design is by M. Kitty Getlik; and costumes are by Louisa Murey.

Tickets for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” are $20 for all and 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.

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BLAINESWORLD #1076 (Please send any comments to:

Section 2, part 2




(3) Katie Larkin: Drink This Alkaline Water to Fight Digestive Problems, Muscle Cramps, Fatigue, and Even Cancer!

(4) Yoga for Everyone

(5) Barbara Gurwood: Red Skeleton’s recipe for a perfect marriage

(6) Heather Costello: 4 simple exercises to get the perfect belly in just four weeks


(8) Bob Harris: Seriously I love BLAINESWORLD, and I am as lucky as they get.So, no matter WHO you pick [as the winner of Contest #9], or even WHOM you pick, I am a lucky reader already!… If I win the book, it will be good for all the people I chew up each week. You could consider this your contribution to improving life as we know it in corporate America! … Cheers !!! And thanks for a great eyeball ride every week!!!


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Craig Klawuhn:

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(2) Jennifer Russ: ON GOLDEN POND, directed by Jeff Messer

On Golden Pond is a 1979 play by Ernest Thompson. The plot focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. The story takes place one year when they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé Billy Ray and his son Billy Ray Jr. The play explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage.

Show days and times:
Saturday, May 13th, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 14th, 3:00pm
Friday, May 19th, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 20th, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 21st, 3:00pm
Friday, May 26th, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 27th, 7:30pm

Ticket Prices:
$20 for Adults
$18 for Seniors (60+), Students (18+ with ID), or Military (active or retired)
$10 for Children (under 17)

Special Events:
Opening Night Party:
Saturday, May 13th

Post Show Discussions:
Sunday, May 14th
Sunday, May 21st

Chelsea | Jen Russ
Charlie | Steve Elderbrock
Norman | Michael Lilly
Billy | Turner Weinmeister
Bill | Steve Elderbrock
Ethel | Alesa Bryant

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Section 12B, PA/NJ events

(1) Rob Lieberman: CURVY WIDOW runs at the George Street Playhouse through May 21. For a review of the show, please click:

Note: I had the pleasure of seeing this fun, tuneful musical when it had its world premiere in Asheville. It was a lot of fun, and I think you’ll also like it.

(2) Bonnie Kaye:

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