onStage at Connecticut College presents ‘TEA FOR THREE’

NEW LONDON, Conn. – onStage at Connecticut College presents “TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty,” a behind-the-scenes look at three influential U.S. First Ladies, on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center.

One actress portrays all three women in the show: Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. Elaine Bromka came up with the idea for “TEA FOR THREE” while she was starring as eight First Ladies opposite Rich Little in the PBS and stage show “The Presidents.” Audience members will recognize the Emmy-winning Bromka from numerous appearances on film, television and the stage, including “Girls,” “E.R.,” “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order,” “Playing for Time,” “The Rose Tattoo,” “Macbeth” and “Uncle Buck.”

In an interview about “TEA FOR THREE,” which she co-wrote with Eric H. Weinberger, Bromka said, “These were women of intelligence and grit who suddenly found themselves in a fishbowl. I realized I wanted to tell the story from their point of view.”

The result is a heartwarming look at the evolving role of women during challenging, dynamic moments in history. And it is for those reasons that Director of Arts Programming Rob Richter ’82 deliberately slated the “TEA FOR THREE” performance to follow the midterm elections.

“The heavy-handed campaigning that goes on during election season can make us forget that, despite outward signs in some cases, politicians and their families are human,” he said. “Elaine Bromka’s skills as an actress, plus a great script, humanizes these three iconic women who have what Pat Nixon called ‘the hardest unpaid job in the world.’”

Tickets are $18, $16 for seniors and $9 for students. For tickets and information, call 860-439-2787 or visit onstage.conncoll.edu.

ABOUT CONNECTICUT COLLEGE

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college’s 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. For more information, visit www.connecticutcollege.edu.

Internationally Acclaimed Oboist and Educator Andrea Gullickson Will Perform at Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic, CT — Internationally acclaimed oboist and educator Andrea Gullickson will perform in Webb Hall 110 at Eastern Connecticut State University at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Gullickson received her bachelor’s degree in music from Michigan State University in 1981 and later earned her master’s degree in music from Northwestern University. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa in 1993.

Gullickson has released three solo albums, the most recent of which is titled, “Oboe Celebrations: Music to Lift the Spirits and Set the Imagination Dancing.” She is also one of two founding members of what is considered to be one of the world’s most well-known reed ensembles, “WiZARDS! A Double Reed Consort” along with Mark Weiger. She is a native of North Dakota and has performed with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, one of the longest running symphonies in American history, and has played in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall.

In addition to her passion for the oboe, Gullickson is a professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and was the former chair of the Department of Music at Butler University.

Tickets for this event are available are free for all students. They will also be made available to the public for $10; reserve by calling (860) 465-0036 or e-mailing tickets@easternct.edu.

Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp, Live at the Warner Theatre

Torrington, CT – Join us at the Warner Theatre Saturday, November 15 at 8 pm, for an evening of classic hits from the 50’s and 60’s with Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp, Live!

Pop, Rock & Doo Wopp, Live! stars Bobby Rydell, one of the most popular rock and roll teen idols of the 50’s and 60’s known for his hits, “Wild One,” “Volare,” and “We Got Love,” and popular 60’s group Jay and the Americans with memorable songs like, “This Magic Moment,” “Come a Little Bit Closer,” and “Walkin’ In The Rain.” Special guests include Charlie Thomas’s Drifters (“Under The Boardwalk” and “Up On The Roof”) and Emil Stucchio & The Classics (“Till Then”). A limited number of VIP tickets is available and includes a post meet and greet with the stars. All artists feature original members. Presented by Praia Entertainment Group.
Tickets are $34-75 and are available by calling the Warner Theatre Box Office at (860) 489-7180 or online at www.warnertheatre.org

About the Warner
THE WARNER THEATRE

Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace (1,772 seats), the Warner Theatre was described then as “Connecticut’s Most Beautiful Theatre.” Damaged extensively in a flood, the Warner was slated for demolition in the early 1980s until the non-profit Northwest Connecticut Association for the Arts (NCAA) was founded and purchased the theatre. The Warner reopened as a performing arts center in 1983, and restoration of the main lobbies and auditorium was completed in November 2002. In 2008, the new 50,000 square foot Carole and Ray Neag Performing Arts Center, which houses a 300 seat studio theatre, 200 seat restaurant and expansive school for the arts, was completed. Today, the Warner is in operation year-round with more than 160 performances and 100,000 patrons passing through its doors each season. Over 10,000 students, pre K-adult, participate in arts education programs and classes. Together, with the support of the community, the Warner has raised close to $17 million to revitalize its facilities. NCAA’s mission is to preserve the Warner Theatre as an historic landmark, enhance its reputation as a center of artistic excellence and a focal point of community involvement, and satisfy the diverse cultural needs of the region. To learn more about the Warner Theatre, visit our website: www.warnertheatre.org.

Canadian front moves into North Carolina for Surf to Sound Challenge

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Jessica Rando and Larry Cain of Canada return to North Carolina October 31 through November 2 to defend their women’s and men’s elite division championships in the Surf to Sound Challenge. Rando and Cain are world-class competitors in a variety of paddle sports, including the increasingly popular sport of standup paddleboard.

Jessica Rando, born in the greater Toronto area and raised on the shores of Lake Ontario, adopted an outdoor enthusiast lifestyle with encouragement from her parents and sister. In high school, she launched a 10-year career highlighted by national and international gold medals in sprint canoe, and three world championships in dragon boat.

After retiring from sprint canoe, 31-year-old Jessica Rando is now a major player in standup paddleboard. In 2014, Rando won first-place elite female in Pickering’s Canada Cup SUP Race, Ottawa’s Ultimate SUP Challenge, Toronto’s Icebreaker, and all races she entered on the Ontario SUP Series circuit.

“What I love most about SUP is that where there is water, you can paddle. Whitewater, surf, open-ocean, flatwater – all can be tackled on a standup paddleboard,” said Rando in a recent interview with NC Press Release. North Carolina’s Surf to Sound Challenge “offers a bit of an extension on summer and the race season … it keeps my race skills fresh. I also love the variety of conditions that the course offers.”

Click here for photo gallery and complete interview with Jessica Rando

Larry Cain, also a Torontonian, participated in three Summer Olympics, winning gold and silver medals in the sprint canoe competition. An inductee into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, he is working with Canada’s high-performance paddle team leading up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Winner of Canada’s SUP Cup in 2014, Cain has captured the men’s elite division championship in North Carolina’s Surf to Sound Challenge for the past three years.

This year’s three-day family weekend starts on Halloween, offering SUP clinics by Rando and Cain, a beginner course for standup paddle surfers, storytelling and s’mores for kids, and SUP races for every skill level on four unique race courses, a total of 20 miles, covering open-ocean and inland waters – that circumvent the beach strand and picturesque marsh islands.

Now in its fourth year, the 2014 North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge christens its new 9-mile, advanced, long-distance course, called the Blockade Runner Flatwater Championship, in honor of the host hotel. Sandwiched between beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and Banks Channel, Blockade Runner Beach Resort is headquarters for four major East Coast SUP events each year, culminating with November’s Surf to Sound Challenge.

Downtime during the weekend features the east coast premiere of filmmaker Brent Deal’s H2MexicO, named 2014 Movie of the Year by SUP The Mag.

North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge is presented by Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club, organizers of the Carolina Cup.

Who Do You Know at this 1947 Hope High School Dance?

Hope High School Dance – May 1, 1947

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Help The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society identify the young men and women depicted in these wonderful photographs. They may have aged in appearance, but their energy and vitality transcend time. Please examine each face and contact us by phone or email by Thursday, October 30th, 2014

The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society
Please contact Ray Rickman:
rickman@rickmangroup.com
401-421-060

Contact us to be entered to win a prize

West Hartford Art League

Join Us
Wednesday, November 12

Matisse: The Cut-Outs
at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street.

Depart West Hartford Art League parking lot: 8:15 a.m.
Museum entrance: 11:50 a.m.
Depart NYC: 4 p.m.

Please note:
There will be a short amount of free time before
entrance to the Museum at 11:50.
Museum entrance is timed. We must enter as a group.

Lunch is on your own.
MoMA features a variety of dining options
including The Modern, a fine-dining restaurant
that holds one Michelin star and three stars from The New York Times,
and a pair of cafés, Cafe 2 and Terrace 5.

Group will meet up again at 4 p.m. for departure
at a specified location to be determined.

$65 Fee includes museum admission.
Limit: 50 people.

Please call Tina at (860) 231-8019 to reserve your space.
Payment is required at the time of your reservation.
We accept Master Card, Visa or Discover.

No refunds once a reservation is made.

SEASON OPENING Fri. Oct. 17, 7:30pm BEETHOVEN TCHAIKOVSKY HAYDN Kathleen Schiano

 

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REMINDER:
Fall Gala Dinner Celebration Fundraiser
We also hope that you will join us on October 10th at 7 p.m.
at the Country Club of Farmington for the Fall Gala Dinner,
a festive celebration of the Virtuosi’s 2014-2015 season.
Please RSVP by contacting us  us at info@thevirtuosi.org,
or by phone at (860) 351 3135.

Season Founder’s Package
$5000 Includes 16 Gala tickets, and:
full-page advertisements in all 2014/15 Virtuosi publications,
on-line logo(s) listings on web page and all e-mail blasts,
10 complimentary tickets to all ticketed events.

Season Sponsor’s Package
$3000 Includes 10 Gala tickets, and:
half-page advertisements in all 2014/15 Virtuosi publications,
on-line logo(s) listings on web page and all e-mail blasts,
5 complimentary tickets to all ticketed events.

Patron Tickets
$1,000 – Includes 6 Gala tickets
$ 500 – Includes 4 Gala tickets
$ 300 – Includes 2 Gala tickets

Single Tickets
$125 single / $225 couple
Questions and RSVP to:

info@thevirtuosi.org | Phone: (860) 351 3135

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Pancakes with the Penguins and Encounter Programs Appeal to All Ages

The Columbus Day Holiday Weekend is a great time to visit Mystic, CT and the popular Mystic Aquarium. With the special Mystic Pass Plus Card this historical and educational family trip is now even more affordable.
Each card includes one free admission to Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, plus a free fountain drink at the Aquarium’s Penguins Café, a free planetarium show at Mystic Seaport, and a free fountain drink at Pequot Café at Mashantucket Pequot Museum.  There are even significant discounts on hotels, restaurants and shopping,
The card is valid until March 31 and can be purchased at http://www.mystic.org/events-discounts/mystic-pass_http://www.mystic.org/events-discounts/mystic-pass.  Prices range from $66.00 for Adults (Ages 18 -64),  $56.00 for Senior (65+), $41.00 for Youth Admission (Ages 6 – 17),  and $20.00 for Children (Ages 3 -5).
The famed Mystic Aquarium, home to New England’s only Beluga Whale Exhibit, will host a “Pancakes with Penguins” breakfast on Columbus Day, Monday, October 13. Join the South African Penguins and special mascot “Petey the Penguin” for a buffet-style breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Breakfast includes pancakes with assorted toppings, scrambled eggs, sausages and various beverages.  Reserve now at http://www.mysticaquarium.org/visit/calendar/details/406-pancakes-with-penguins
Experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with a Beluga Whale or a Penguin as a participant in Mystic Aquarium’s distinctive Encounter Programs.  The Aquarium is a pioneer in offering guests a unique, interactive experience that fosters a deeper appreciation for animals at the Aquarium and in the wild.  Penguin Encounters are held on October 12 and 13 and Beluga Encounters take place October 10 -13.  http://www.mysticaquarium.org/animals-and-exhibits/encounter-programs.  Some restrictions may apply.  Prices for the Encounter Programs are in addition to admission to the Aquarium.
Visitors to the Aquarium can also enjoy the captivating “Titanic – 12,450 Below” exhibit and the entertaining sea lion shows.
After experiencing all the excitement of the Mystic Aquarium, be sure to savor the exquisite scenery and leaf peeping on your way to historic Downtown Mystic and the Mystic Seaport.  While at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center visit the 185-foot, stone-and-glass tower that provides sweeping views of the region. For the more adventurous types, walk along the Pequot Hiking Trails for breathtaking views of the fall foliage.
Make this Columbus Day Weekend a Mystic experience the family will never forget.
About Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium is a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 3,000 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including beluga whales. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Sea Research is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration.

SEASON OPENING Fri. Oct. 17, 7:30pm BEETHOVEN TCHAIKOVSKY HAYDN Kathleen Schiano – cello

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REMINDER:
Fall Gala Dinner Celebration Fundraiser
Join them on October 10th at 7 p.m.
at the Country Club of Farmington for the Fall Gala Dinner,
a festive celebration of the Virtuosi’s 2014-2015 season.
Please RSVP by contacting us  us at info@thevirtuosi.org,
or by phone at (860) 351 3135.

Season Founder’s Package
$5000 Includes 16 Gala tickets, and:
full-page advertisements in all 2014/15 Virtuosi publications,
on-line logo(s) listings on web page and all e-mail blasts,
10 complimentary tickets to all ticketed events.

Season Sponsor’s Package
$3000 Includes 10 Gala tickets, and:
half-page advertisements in all 2014/15 Virtuosi publications,
on-line logo(s) listings on web page and all e-mail blasts,
5 complimentary tickets to all ticketed events.

Patron Tickets
$1,000 – Includes 6 Gala tickets
$ 500 – Includes 4 Gala tickets
$ 300 – Includes 2 Gala tickets

Single Tickets
$125 single / $225 couple
Questions and RSVP to:

info@thevirtuosi.org | Phone: (860) 351 3135