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Sunday, December 7th
1:00 - 2:00 p.m

American Voices: An Hour with Robert Frost and Maxine Kumin
A Poetry Discussion led by Jim Kelleher

These two pastoral poets were rooted in rural New Hampshire but expressed political opinions in their lyric and narrative poems. Frost connected to ordinary people by using common speech; and Kumin too practiced a clear style. Kumin met Frost at Bread Loaf but was more influenced by W. H. Auden, and in turn Kumin mentored numerous younger poets, many women, including recent U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. 

We will read and review a small packet of their poems, available at the event, and in advance at the main desk of the library for those who register early. Attendees may want to first borrow and read these poets’ selected poems from the library, or review their own personal copies for pleasure. Audience participation is encouraged. 

I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I shan’t be gone long. - You come too.
- R. Frost

Jim Kelleher teaches literature and composition at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. He has published books with Antrim House, Quarry (2008) and Mick (2011). His work has appeared in Yankee, The Christian Science Monitor, The Country and Abroad, and other publications. Jim is a poet who works as a carpenter and public school teacher. Space is limited. Registration is required.
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Tuesday, December 9th & Wednesday, December 10th
7:00 -8:30 p.m

Miracle on 34th Street: The Radio Play
with Peter Tavino & Friends

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Ring in the holidays with Peter Tavino and Friends as they perform a staged radio performance of Miracle on 34th Street. The 1947 film, directed by George Seaton, was based on a story by Valentine Davis and starred Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. Lux Radio Theatre presented the radio play in 1948, featuring the original cast. 

In the story, Doris Walker, a no-nonsense Macy’s executive, desperately searches for a new store Santa. She hires “Kris Kringle” who insists that he is the real Santa Claus and proves immensely popular. However, when a conflict with the store’s incompetent psychologist erupts, Kris finds himself held at Bellevue where, in despair, he deliberately fails a mental exam. All seems lost until Doris’ friend, Fred Gailey, reassures Kris of his worth and agrees to represent him in the fight to secure his release. To achieve that, Fred arranges a court hearing in which he argues that Kris is sane because he is in fact Santa Claus. 

This production stars Heather Twyeffort as Doris Walker, Emma Blanchard as Susan Walker, Ron Budny as Kris Kringle and Andrew Flint as Fred Gailey. Supporting cast includes: Father Tucker, The Honorable Charles Gill, Frank Vanoni, Bill Savoia, Pete Tavino, Jordan Andersen, and Jackie Zdanis. Justyn Zitnay will be performing the music with sound effects by Pete Tavino. Space is limited. Registration is required.

 

 

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