7th Annual Holiday Crafter / Vendor Fair, Silent Auction, Luncheon & Bake Sale

7th Annual Holiday Crafter / Vendor Fair, Silent Auction, Luncheon & Bake Sale


Saturday, October 11 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sunday, October 12, 2013 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


St. James Episcopal Church

95 Route 2A, Preston, CT 06365   (860) 889-0150 www.stjamespoquetanuck.ctdiocese.org     sjchurch@snet.net


This annual event features a large variety of handmade crafts from local crafters, items from area vendors, a silent auction which ends at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 12th, bake sale, and a lunch menu of St. James chili, hotdogs, sandwich meal deals. Crafter / vendor space is still available.

  • For crafter or vendor space, please contact Karen Kist at 860-608-3523 or desijaz01@yahoo.com
  • For more information, please contact Jewelly Szocik at 860-892-4041 or the church office at 860-889-0150

Emerson Theater Collaborative announces its production of HOUR FARTHER

Emerson Theater Collaborative announces its production of HOUR FARTHER
Emerson Theatre Collaborative (ETC), in association with Black Stars of the Great White Way – a Chapman Roberts and Richard Allen Center for Art & Culture, announces its production of the play, Hour Farther written by David Horace Greer, directed by Camilla Ross, and starring renowned stage and screen actor and singer, Kirk Taylor. Most recently, Mr. Taylor had the honor of working alongside the late Robin Williams and Mila Kunis in the film, The Angriest Man In Brooklyn directed by Phillip Alden Robinson.
Hour Farther, set outside a rural Kentucky town, is a play about Victor, an adopted-son waiting to meet his biological father for the first time who discovers how dangerous family truth can be. As he waits, Victor takes us on an odyssey with father-figures in his life: his adopted father, mother, and grandfather, as well as his reverend, step-cousin, step-dad, even Superman and Jesus. Hour Farther is an epic play with cosmic and biblical tones told through rural, gospel, and hip hop rhythms that explores themes of love, reconciliation, and redemption.
Said a member of Cincinnati Playwrights’ Initiative reading committee, “HOUR FARTHER reminds me of Stanley Kubrick’s A SPACE ODYSSEY. It is a beautifully constructed epic, yet humorous tale of the past, present, and future.”

Cast: Elijah Manning, Nichelle Rollins, Menelik Nesmith, Kirk Taylor, & Derrick Williams.
On October 2, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. A “Meet and Greet the Cast” will be hosted by Dennis Sirrine of Sirrine Design at Velvet Mill Studios in The Gallery, located at 22 Bayview Avenue, Stonington, CT. Wine and cheese will be served. Free and open to the public.

Hour Farther will be performed October 3 – 4 at 8:00 pm and October 5 at 4:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in Mystic, CT. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door or on line at www.emersontheatercollaborative.org.
In addition, ETC announces a Free Reading of the play in New York City on Monday, October 6, 2014 7:00 pm at Manhattan Plaza, Ellington Room (2nd Floor), 400 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036. All Mystic cast members will participate. RSVPs are required and should be sent to dhgreer3@yahoo.com

Key Dates and Information
What: Emerson Theater Collaborative production of Hour Farther by David Horace Greer.
When: October 3 – 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm and October 5 at 4:00 pm [Meet & Greet the Cast on Oct. 2 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at The Velvet Mill Studios, Stonington, CT 06378]
Where: First United Methodist Church, 23 Willow Street, Mystic, CT 06355
How: Tickets are $30 and $25 for Seniors and Students at the door or visit www.EmersonTheaterCollaborative.org.
What: Emerson Theater Collaborative free reading of Hour Farther by David H. Greer.
When: October 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Where: Manhattan Plaza, Ellington Room (2nd floor.), 400 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036.
How: RSVPs are required and should be sent to dhgreer3@yahoo.com
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Creative team is available for interviews, and photos are available upon request.
Contact: Lisa Giordano, ldgldg7@gmail.com, (860) 861-3743.

SEANCE 101 With Author and Medium Elaine Kuzmeskus


With Author and Medium Elaine Kuzmeskus

on Thursday, October 9


During the month of Halloween, The Mark Twain House & Museum presents Seance 101, a special evening with a focus on Spiritualism, Psychic Photographs, and Seances with nationally recognized medium Elaine Kuzmeskus. This exciting event takes place on Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mark Twain House Visitor’s Center.

Ever wondered if psychic photographs are real? What famous spiritualist produced faces of spirit on film? How did the Victorian conduct their seances?

Author and medium, Elaine Kuzmeskus answers these questions as she explores the fascinating world of physical mediumship and Victorian Seances. Learn more about rare but real physical phenomena, as well as valuable information on: Seances around Victorian Hartford; Connecticut medium who levitated; How to contact spirit through table tipping; Spirit photographs; Electronic voice phenomena; Plus readings for selected members of the audience.

Tickets are $15.00 and are available by calling (860) 280-3130 or by visiting MarkTwainHouse.org and clicking on Events.

This event ties in with our upcoming fall exhibition Spiritualism, Séances & Sam. This exhibition will examine the Victorian era’s fascination with spiritualism and, in particular, the relevant beliefs and experiences of Mark Twain. This exhibit opens on October 10 with a free 5:30 p.m. reception.  For more information about this exhibition, please visit MarkTwainHouse.org and click on The Museum tab and then Special Exhibits.

About Elaine Kuzmeskus

Elaine Kuzmeskus, MS is a nationally recognized Spiritualist medium who is Director of the New England School of Metaphysics in Suffield, CT. She is also the author of three books on mediumship: Connecticut Ghosts, Seance 101, and The Making of a Medium. Her latest book, The Art of Mediumship is a “how to” on developing mediumship. During her career, Elaine Kuzmeskus has conducted the many notable seances including the Official Houdini Seance and was recently featured on the PBS special” Things That Go Bump in the Night.”

The Mark Twain House & Museum (www.marktwainhouse.org ) has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

In addition to providing tours of Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.

The house and museum at 351 Farmington Ave. are open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  For more information, call (860) 247-0998 or visit www.marktwainhouse.org.

Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.

Mystic Seaport Receives $150,000 Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Mystic Seaport Receives $150,000 Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services
Funds Will Support State-of-the-Art Components of New Exhibit on American Whaling

Mystic, Conn. (September 18, 2014)—Mystic Seaport announced today it is the recipient of a $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support  components of the Museum’s new exhibit Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers. The award is part of the Institute’s Museums for America Learning Experiences program.

The new 4,000-square foot exhibit will be an interdisciplinary exploration of America’s historic and contemporary relationship with whales and whaling. Using artifacts and artwork, along with compelling audio-visual elements and immersive displays, the experience will provide insight into commercial whaling’s complex and deep impact on the nation’s economy, culture, and global position. It will also explore whaling’s historic and environmental legacy.

Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers follows the historic 38th Voyage of the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan this past summer. The Morgan, a National Historic Landmark vessel, sailed from Mystic, Conn. to ports across Southern New England and into the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. This was the ship’s first voyage since 1921.

“This exhibit will be the final chapter in the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan,” said Mystic Seaport president Steve White. “Through our continuing series of onboard, onsite, and online public programs, we continue to reinterpret the ship for a 21st-century audience in ways that surprise and intrigue the visitor.”

This grant will fund an introductory video and a large 3D projection globe that will weave together global stories of whales, whaling, and whale research in an inspiring multimedia presentation. The globe will be a striking, luminous orb at the center of the exhibit that will draw visitors into a unique experience.

“These state-of-the-art components will enable us to present the themes of the exhibit in exciting, powerful ways,” said Susan Funk, executive vice president of Mystic Seaport. “They will play a vital role in our mission to encourage the visitor to explore how American perceptions of whales and whaling took dramatic turns over time, and how America’s whaling heritage continues to shape communities and culture today.”

Voyaging in the Wake of the Whalers is scheduled to open in the Museum’s Stillman Building in summer 2015.

Groton SUBVETS Announces October Events Schedule

Groton SUBVETS Announces October Events Schedule

Groton – U.S. Submarine Veterans Groton Base has the following events planned for October.

The very popular monthly Steak N’ Eggs Brunch is October 5 from 10 AM to noon. Regular brunch will be served every other Sunday from 10 AM to noon.

The monthly membership meeting is October 6 at 6:30 PM. All members are encouraged to attend. Persons interested in joining SUBVETS are also welcome to attend. The only requirement for membership is to be designated QUALIFIED in SUBMARINES. Membership is open to active duty United States Navy officers and enlisted personnel as well as all retired and non-career submariners.

The monthly SUBVETS WWII Social and Luncheon is scheduled for October 14 from 11:30 AM at the clubhouse. All WWII Submarine veterans and their guest are welcome.

The annual Submarine CO / XO / COB Dinner is scheduled for October 18 from 6:00 to 8:30 PM.

The monthly SUBVETS Holland Club Luncheon and Social is scheduled for October 21 from 11:30 AM at the clubhouse. The Holland Club is an exclusive group within the SUBVETS organization that recognizes members who reach the milestone of a minimum of 50 years qualified in submarines.

The annual Steamship Round Dinner is scheduled for October 25th. Please call for reservations: (860) 445-5262. Dinner is $15 per person and will be served in two sittings, at 5:45 and 7 PM.

Advanced Paid Reservations are required. 

All events are open to members of U.S. SUBVETS and their guests and will be held at the clubhouse, located at 40 School Street in Groton, CT.

For directions, costs or additional information about SUBVETS Groton or any of the above events,  visit their Web site at http://subvetsgroton.org, or contact Jeff Walsh, SUBVETS Groton Base House Committee Chair, at (860) 449–2103 or by e-mail at house1@subvetsgroton.org.

United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated is a National Veterans Fraternal Organization chartered in 1964 and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)19 entity. With over 13,200 members and 160 chapters nationwide, it is the largest organization of US Navy submarine qualified veterans in the world.

If you’d like additional information, please contact Rich Cheatham, United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated Groton Base Public Affairs Officer at (860) 271-6608 or via email at pao@subvetsgroton.org.


Waterford, CT – The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is now accepting scripts for development during the 2015 National Playwrights Conference. Applicants may submit works to the O’Neill’s Open Submissions Process through Friday, October 17, 2014.

The National Playwrights Conference, which celebrated 50 years of new play development during the summer of 2014, is the founding program of the O’Neill and is led by Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg. The conference supports playwrights during the creation and development of new plays. Authors of selected works will be awarded a residency with a stipend, housing, meals, and transportation to support an intensive rehearsal process and two script-in-hand public readings.

The O’Neill takes its mission for the discovery of new work and artists to heart: approximately 1,000 scripts are submitted for consideration each year. All developed projects in 2014, and seven of eight projects in 2013, 2012, and 2011, were discovered through the Open Submission Process. Submissions are sent to readers across the country and read blindly, allowing volunteer readers to focus on each writer’s voice and story, rather than a recognizable name or previous accomplishment. Each year, additionally, there might be one or two invitations for established writers or collaborations with other institutions; these help launch conversations with the larger national field.

Goldberg, Artistic Director since 2005, noted, “It’s been a remarkable year celebrating our 50th anniversary, and now we look to the future. For our 51st season, I look forward to building on our immense artistic legacy and helping to nurture the most innovative and fearless storytellers of our time.”

During Goldberg’s tenure, more than 50 works have gone on to world premiere productions. The 2014-15 theatrical season will see world premieres of Halley Feiffer’s I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (NPC 2014) at the Atlantic Theater Company, Lost Lake by David Auburn (NPC 2013) at Manhattan Theatre Club, Little Children Dream of God by Jeff Augustin (NPC 2013) at Roundabout Underground, and Lauren Yee’s Samsara (NPC 2013) at Victory Gardens. Additionally, Jennifer Haley’s Susan Smith Blackburn prize-winning The Nether, developed at NPC 2011, will have its New York premiere at MCC Theater.

The National Playwrights Conference was launched in 1964. Playwrights have shaped the Conference from its very inception. When founder George C. White first gathered a prominent group of emerging writers to discuss their needs, the result was the “O’Neill model” – a place where playwrights can focus entirely on the development of their plays in workshop production without the pressures of commercial endeavors. More than 600 plays have evolved through the National Playwrights Conference.

The O’Neill continues to build an endowment to support Open Submissions. Initiated in 2006 with donations made in honor of O’Neill playwright Wendy Wasserstein, interest income helps support the submission and selection process.

Submission Details

– Early submissions are strongly encouraged
- No agent/representation required
– Plays of any length or genre are eligible
– T
he work must remain unproduced through July 31, 2015
- Both electronic and hard copy applications are accepted
The submission fee is $35 USD and covers the cost of the process

The O’Neill will also host three online Q&A sessions about the process on the O’Neill Facebook page: Tuesday Sep. 30th at 1pm, Sunday Oct. 5th at 3pm, and Wednesday Oct. 15th at 6pm.

Visit http://www.theoneill.org/summer-conferences/npc/submission-info for application and guidelines. Please direct any questions about the conference to Anne G. Morgan, Literary Manager at (860) 443-5378 ext. 227 or email litoffice@theoneill.org

About the O’Neill:

Founded in 1964, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014. It is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for American theater. In the bold tradition of its namesake Eugene O’Neill – four-time Pulitzer Prize Winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – the O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and to more than 2,500 emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at other theaters around the world, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, and major regional theaters.

Recipient of a 2010 Tony Award for Regional Theatre and 1979 Tony Award for Theatrical Excellence, O’Neill programs include the National Playwrights Conference, National Music Theater Conference, National Critics Institute, National Puppetry Conference, Cabaret & Performance Conference, and National Theater Institute (NTI). NTI offers intensive theater training programs for academic credit, including the brand-new National Music Theater Institute, the Moscow Art Theatre Semester (MATS), a semester of study abroad, and six-week Theatermakers Summer Intensive.

The O’Neill owns and operates the Monte Cristo Cottage as a museum open to the public. The childhood summer home of Eugene O’Neill, the Cottage is a National Historic Landmark.

Fall Music and Movement Program to Start September 26th

Fall Music and Movement Programto start September 26th

Westerly, RI – The Chorus of Westerly will be offering its second season of Music and Movement classes for early elementary aged children starting on Friday, September 26th. This 8-week program for ages 5 to 7 will take place at Kent Hall on Friday afternoons at 4 pm and will last 45 minutes per session. Children enrolled in the program will be introduced to the fundamentals of music through fun activities, movement, and song. Previous experience in music is not required for children to enroll. The program is directed by Dr. Audrey Cardany, a long-time music educator and head of the Music Education program at the University of RI. Tuition for the program is $90 for the session. A second winter/spring session will also be offered starting in February 2015.

Those interested in registering their son or daughter in the program should visit chorusofwesterly.org/musicandmovement or call the Chorus office 401.596.8663 Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 5 pm.

The Chorus of Westerly, directed by Andrew Howell, is a multi-faceted performing arts organization based in Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded in 1959, the Chorus of Westerly, a fully auditioned ensemble, represents that nation’s only independent intergenerational chorus. This means that the 80 child members of the Chorus (ages 8 to 18) sing alongside the 110 adult members of the ensemble on every performance of the season regardless of work, difficultly, or demands. This is a practice that is rare in the American choral music and makes the Chorus unique among its peers. The Chorus of Westerly’s performance season now includes several ‘Classical’ concert series, a Christmas Pops series, five performances of A Celebration of Twelfth Night, an annual Summer Pops concert in Wilcox Park (with audiences annually of 20,000 to 25,000), and several choral workshop programs and camps. The Chorus, owners and operators of the historic George Kent Performance Hall, also presents annually a Collegiate Concert Series featuring the finest student a cappella concerts in the country, and the Kent Hall Masters Series which features some of the best professional musical ensembles in the world. In addition to its performance offerings at Kent Hall, the Chorus of Westerly recently launched its Community Music Program, a new music education program designed to offer more artistic opportunities to the greater Westerly region. Offerings within the program include a youth orchestra, music and movement classes for young children, vocal classes for adult and teen singers, and music theory classes at Kent Hall. The Chorus has toured internationally three times in its history, twice to Great Britain and once to Italy. The Chorus will engage its fourth international tour in July 2014 to Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. For more information on programs of the Chorus of Westerly or on the George Kent Performance Hall, please visit www.chorusofwesterly.org or call 401.596.8663.