Thursday, March 31, 2011
Why? Because Ibsen (1828-1906) dared write about the foibles, the mores, the morality of everyday people as well as the divisiveness of the government and the church. In the space of 25 years (1867-1892), he wrote 12 plays, 7 of which are considered to be among the finest of the 19th Century (including "Peer Gynt", "A Doll's House", and "Ghosts.") In reaction to the savage reviews for "Ghost" in 1881, a year later he produced "An Enemy of the People", a play set in a small Norwegian town that has just begun to win fame and wealth as a result of its medicinal spring waters. Unfortunately, resident physician Dr. Thomas Stockmann discovers that the water is actually poisoned. When he tries to tell the townspeople, the Mayor, who happens to be his brother, does his best to discredit the good doctor. The Mayor scares the people into believing he would have to tax them heavily to repair the damage caused by the original error in designing the mechanisms that bring the water to town. The play, adapted by Arthur Miller during the McCarthy era, criticizes short-sighted politicians, the media, and the mob mentality.
Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings (4/1, 2, 8, and 9) at 7:30 p.m. on the OP Main Stage, 128 Washington Street. Call 860-347-6143 for tickets. For more information, go to www.oddfellows.org.
Renowned for its medicinal waters, a small Norwegian coastal town is enjoying the fruit of its economic boom. When Dr. Thomas Stockman discovers the waters are in fact poisoned by waste products from industry, his attempts to alert the unknowing public are met with tremendous force and resistance from those in power. Written in 1882, the drama is as relevant today as it was when first performed to a shocked Victorian audience...as the continual struggles between the environment and economy play out in our own backyard.
The production opened Thursday night to a warm house of family and friends. Here are a couple of shots from photographer Ofer Levy.
March 31, April 1-2, 8-9
All performances at 7:30pm
Ticket Reservations: 860-347-6143
Proceeds support production of "Once. Again. Now. A Reflection & Celebration", which will present 35 professional & emerging artists from the Greater Hartford area in 2 nights of eclectic dance & music that embraces Community & Collaboration, 4/22 & 4/23 at The Charter Oak Cultural Center.
Becoming Joaquin, written and performed by Astor del Valle, is a one-person play about the experience of being a transgendered Latino. Astor believes her play offers an excellent opportunity to bring together diverse groups to spark meaningful discourse about identity and foster understanding of the transgender experience; Becoming Joaquin is a don't-miss event. Read more about Janis’ experiences at our blog.
Instructor: Janis Astor del Valle
April 2 | 1-3pm
Regular Price: $30; Member: $24
Delve in to writing your own show. A playwright, instructor, and performer, Astor focuses on the writing and performative processes involved in creating an experience-based piece.
Call 860-685-7871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Anyone who is a registered Republican in the City can run for office on the Republican ticket. Committee Chair Matthew Scarrozzo says interested individuals should contact him at 860-795-5055.
Rachael's sermon is based on the Gospel of John, chapter 9, the story of Jesus healing a man who was born blind and the criticism Jesus receives from the Pharisees.
Celebration Singers Offertory Anthem: Climbin' Up The Mountain. Senior Choir Communion Anthem — Death Shall Not Destroy My Comfort Hymns: “My Hope Is Based On Nothing Less”; “Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken”; and a hymn with an Urdu (Pakistani) melody, “Jesus the Christ Says.”
Second Hour—Taking First Church On The Road As part of First Church outreach, we'll discuss ways to get ourselves and our spiritual life and message out into the community. Our Congo Bongo Committee (for attraction and growth) proposes a collaborative "Salon" with The Buttonwood Tree. Come hear more and add your input and support to develop this vision.
The sign would replace a current sign adjacent to the Country Club Road exit sign on I91.
Lesser said, “This proposal is based on listening to victims of domestic violence, prosecutors, and judges and I believe this will have a real impact on reducing the incidence of domestic violence in our towns.”
The bill implements the recommendations of a bipartisan legislative task force to formulate Connecticut’s response to domestic violence. Lesser praised Durham Second Selectman John Szewczyk, who ran against Lesser in the 2010 election, for his testimony in the public hearing, “I was impressed with John’s testimony and appreciate his support for these reforms.”
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Fun is one of those things that just can't be measured. But it certainly can be felt. And Fun was abundantly evident at the First Church Annual Award-Winning Auction last Sunday!
Highlights included a return of a winsome three-some, auctioneer Greg (Bluelocks) Brooks, and his crack team Curt Weybright, and Chuck Bates (holdng paddle--all shown in photo at left); the angelic Sara Crabtree (far left), whose Dad Steve was this year's Auction Chair; countless bidders and donors; and Super-Chefs MaryLou Brady and Debbie Purvis (see photo below).
Auction items included numerous trips and getaways; hand-crafted items and special-order knits; culinary delights of every description, including MaryLou's world-famous lasagne; and many other things.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The State acquired 17.4 acres of open space on the banks of the Connecticut River in Haddam for $1.4M. The deed for the land reads in part, “hereinafter described premises, being located on the Connecticut River, a prime natural feature of the Connecticut landscape, has high priority recreation, fishery, and conservation value, and is consistent with the state comprehensive plan for outdoor recreation and the state plan of conservation and development and should be retained in its natural scenic or open condition as park or public open space.”
The developers of the Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, a banquet facility, wish to trade 87 acres of land bordering the Cockaponset State Forest for this preserved open space. Their forest land was purchased for $428,000.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
The shrubby Japanese summersweet (Clethra barbinervis) will justify its name come August, but right now it offers up its thin peeling bark, a chalky white that looks eerie as the afternoon sun fades.
Much too close together for good gardening standards (mine is the garden of a whimsical experimenter) is a pair of American elms that I grew from seed. Elms have distinctive rough leaves, like a three-day stubble. Rougher still, the dark gray bark conjures up snakeskin.
Chief Sanitarian Sal Nesci explained that the Health Department would only enforce the livestock ordinance when there was a complaint, "We don't proactively go out to look for these issues."
When asked about the definition of a farm, Nesci said that anybody who kept livestock would be considered a farm, as long as it was done in a manner "consistent with best management practices," and as long as there was no danger to public health.
More than 200 people danced the night away while raising money for Oddfellows Playhouse at the Mayor's Ball on Saturday night.
By the way, the local blosphere was well-represented at the Ball - that's Cathy Branch-Stebbins, on the right, getting a photo of the P&W sponsors and Oddfellows leadership for Patch.com.
Sometimes it was both old and new - Tina (seated below) looked familiar to me, and we quickly figured out that we had been in Lamaze classes together just about 19 years ago. Small world.
Bobbye Knoll of the North End Action Team (and mother of expert juggler Evan Knoll) with Oddfellows Artistic Director Jeffrey Allen
Frank Kuan from Wesleyan, Lisa and Bob Santangelo (the sole attending Democratic councilman), and Mike DiPiro from Guilmartin, DiPiro, Sokolowski CPA. (That's my prankster spouse, who should know better, making bunny ears in the background.)
Middletown Mayor Seb Giuliano with Meriden Mayor Mike Rohde, who attended with his wife Nancy.
Melissa (right) and I tried to recruit Allison to write for the Eye....although readers are nice too.
Oddfellows Board President Mike Sciola and partner Frank Kuan.
A close-up of the Oddfellows-inspired centerpiece created by Tschudin Chocolates of Main Street, Middletown.