Saturday, May 30, 2020

TRAVEL THROUGH BOOKS, MOVIES

Stories Escapes

If you’re dreaming about your next adventure, mapping, planning and pinning the places you want to discover … Or looking for some inspiration to raise your sights higher, we’ve got some stories to spark your wanderlust. A good read or great movie can not only draw you in to a great escape, it can transport you to a different time and place, opening up the world and all its treasures.
Here are just a few of our picks to stir your sense of adventure and help you envision your own journey back to travel. (Thank you to Globus Travel)


BOOKS


Outlander

Circ

Four Seasons In Rome

SCOTLAND

GREECE

ROME

Outlander

Circe

Four Seasons in Rome

Diana Gabaldon

Madeline Miller

Anthony Doerr

Paris

Peru

Savannah

PARIS

PERU

SAVANNAH

A Moveable

Feast

Turn Right at

Machu Picchu

Midnight in the

Garden of Good & Evil

Ernest Hemingway

Mark Adams

John Berendt


MOVIES


Under The Tuscan Sun

ITALY

"Under the Tuscan Sun"

Into The Wild

ALASKA

“Into the Wild”

Under The Tuscan Sun

SPAIN

"The Way"

Into The Wild

PARIS

“Midnight in Paris”


A "BIG" Announcement from The York!

Live Panel SHOW! (and Tell):

DESPERATE MEASURES

WHEN: Monday, June 1, 7:10 PM
WHERE:
Zoom

Join us for our fifth Virtual Company Reunion in our Live Panel Series, with a discussion of The York's 2017 hit musical DESPERATE MEASURES.

York's James Morgan, and theatre historian Charles Wright will moderate a live panel discussion with creators David Friedman and Peter Kellogg, director Bill Castellino, along with original cast members including Lauren Molina, Nick Wyman, Gary Marachek, and more!

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR FREE RESERVATION
A Zoom link will be sent with your reservation confirmation.

D&R Greenway Remembers Preservationist/Philanthropist Betty Wold Johnson with Short Video

On May 5, New Jersey lost preservationist and philanthropist Betty Wold Johnson, at 99 fruitful years of age. D&R Greenway President and CEO, Linda Mead (left, with Betsy Wold Johnson), warmly remembers many facets of the land trust’s enthusiastic supporter: “Betty Wold Johnson’s heart was always in the land and community of Hopewell, where she lived on land she permanently preserved with D&R Greenway.” On the other side of the borough, “Her partnership was key to the success of our campaign to save the land that had been the site of the St. Michaels Orphanage, now the 415 acre St. Michaels Farm Preserve. Betty saw this open land as key to conserving the bucolic character of this special community.”

D&R Greenway announces a short video, found on its website, drgreenway.org, featuring Betty Wold Johnson filmed in her Hopewell home speaking about why it’s important to save land now.

Linda Mead remembers her professional friendship with Mrs. Johnson, focusing on how she came to permanently preserve the 800 acres she had assembled on the northwest edge of the village of Hopewell. D&R Greenway held a legal education program on land preservation at its Johnson Education Center, and Mead invited Mrs. Johnson to attend. At over 90 years of age she listened closely and then turned to Mead and said, “Let’s get busy.” A few weeks later, Mead was invited on a tour of Mrs. Johnson’s land.

“On a sunny fall day in 2013, Betty Wold Johnson drove her golf cart up a hill built in a wide, open field on her Hopewell land. At that time, she was 92 years young. It was just she and I circling to the summit, where two swings were too inviting to resist. We swung side-by-side, looking out over land where General George Washington and the Continental Army once encamped. The conversation we had while overlooking this historic land was revolutionary. Within months, Betty donated a conservation easement on her 800+ acres of land, ensuring it would remain forever as she loved it.”

With Mrs. Johnson’s commitment and crucial support, today a total of 1,200 acres of preserved land brackets Hopewell Borough. D&R Greenway invites the public to celebrate the legacy of Betty Wold Johnson by walking on lands she helped preserve, especially at St. Michaels Farm Preserve on Princeton Avenue in Hopewell. Mrs. Johnson was the first to donate to the creation of the David Knights Bridge over Bedens Brook, which leads from the Preserve’s iconic red barn to the Charles Evans Overlook with high, idyllic views of the historic town. Mrs. Johnson joined D&R Greenway and friends from the community on the day that the new bridge was dedicated.

Land for Life is a phrase used by D&R Greenway to describe its mission of preserving and caring for land. Ensuring clean water, local farms and conservation lands to create a quality of life for the people and wildlife of the region was a goal held in common with Mrs. Johnson. Mead shares, “Recently, as D&R Greenway faced the reality of dwindling public funding to preserve land, Betty’s substantial gift enabled the first transaction of our Land for Life Revolving Land Fund. Fifty-two threatened acres were purchased and permanently protected with an agricultural easement. This property was recently sold to a family who now farms the land. The Fund has been replenished to ensure preservation of further properties. Betty's gifts continue to give, again and again.”

Johnson’s support ranged from McCarter Theatre to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; from the Hun School to Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. Most recently, she supported the Princeton Area Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund to help regional nonprofits supporting residents with food, shelter, and other services during this crisis.

Linda Mead says of her: “Betty was the best she could be, and expected no less from the organizations and people she supported. She cared about the causes and those who did the work. Our staff still remembers a crisp fall day when Betty and her ‘right hand’ Kyle VanArsdale made a surprise visit to our ca. 1900 barn, which had belonged to her father-in-law General Robert Wood Johnson. They arrived bearing a wooden crate filled with the first apples of the season, to share with all the staff.”

Speaking of the Johnson Education Center, now D&R Greenway’s home, Mead says that, “Betty smiled when I showed her the finished RWJ Auditorium that she named. She took one look at the yellow chairs, and told me she was so glad that we chose those because they were a ‘happy color’.”

“Betty’s lifetime gifts to this region will live on forever,” declares Mead, who continues. “Betty will always be First Lady of Land Preservation. We are all the better for her having been among us.” Mead gives the nod for this title to pro Football Hall-of-Famer Curtis Martin. Speaking for the New York Jets, --owned by Johnson’s sons--, he reveals: “We called her ‘The First Lady of the Jets.’ If you look at everything [Betty Wold Johnson] did for others, you could write a book on her from a philanthropic standpoint. She had such a charitable heart and a charitable way about her.”

To see and hear Betty Wold Johnson speak about the Johnson Education Center and the importance of saving land in New Jersey, go to www.drgreenway.org.

D&R GREENWAY LAND TRUST IS IN ITS 31ST YEAR of preserving and stewarding natural lands, farmlands and open spaces throughout central and southern New Jersey. These properties remain protected and ecologically healthy in perpetuity. D&R Greenway thus continues to nurture a healthier and more diverse environment for people and wild species in seven counties.

Accredited by the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, D&R Greenway’s mission is to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future. Since its founding in 1989, D&R Greenway has permanently preserved 21,000 acres, including 36 miles of public trails.

The Johnson Education Center, a circa-1900 restored barn at One Preservation Place, Princeton, is D&R Greenway’s home. Through educational programs, nature art exhibits and related lectures, and gallery rental to outside organizations, D&R Greenway continually inspires greater public commitment to safeguarding land. www.drgreenway.org, One Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540 609.924.4646

Tickets for the “7th Inning Stretch: From the Dugout” now on sale

MST: Mile Square Theatre

The first game of baseball played at Elysian Fields

7th Inning Stretch: From the Dugout

Tickets are now on sale for the virtual 7th Inning Stretch: From the Dugout!

Get ready to enjoy the Stretch right from your own home in MST's first ever virtual event! We've brought in celebrity guests alongside a variety of local artists to change up your at-home viewing routine.

At a time when baseball stadiums (and theaters) are empty, we hope you enjoy our virtual ode to America’s favorite pastime; born right here in Hoboken!

Now in its 17th year, The 7th Inning Stretch is a Hoboken tradition. Every year, we commission 7 new 10-minute plays about baseball. While baseball is the setting for each piece, the plays are always about so much more. At a time when baseball stadiums (and theaters) are empty, we hope you enjoy our virtual ode to America’s favorite pastime; born right here in Hoboken!

Since we’re coming at you virtually “from the dugout,” we’ve changed up the style of the show with a roster of new work and celebrity guests. Instead of 7 10-minute plays, the Stretch will consist of a variety of sketches, short plays, musical acts and more! Grab a giant pretzel or some Crackerjacks and get into the baseball spirit with us for the first ever virtual 7th Inning Stretch.

Special guests include:

  • Matt Bittner (Present Laughter on Broadway)
  • Michael Emerson (Person of Interest)
  • Joseph Gallo (MST’s My Italy Story, Long Gone Daddy)
  • Gary Kroeger (SNL)
  • Ellen Lancaster (The Visit on Broadway)
  • Matilda Lawler (The Net Will Appear @ MST, The Ferryman on Broadway)
  • Matt Lawler (Circle Mirror Transformation @ MST, ABC’s “The Family”)
  • Thomas Lennon (Reno 911)
  • Raymond McAnally (Daily Fiber, “Modern Family”)
  • Ames McNamara (ABC’s “The Conners”)
  • Adam Ottavino (New York Yankees)
  • Barbara Pitts McAdams (MST’s Vanya and Sonia, Tectonic Theatre’s Laramie Project)
  • Catherine Porter (Next to Normal on Broadway) and Jim Vallance (Summer of ’69, What About Love)
  • Kevin Short (Metropolitan Opera’s Porgy and Bess)

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ARB/PBS Offers Ballet Class for Children with Disabilities

Our founder, Audrée Estey, believed that dance should be available to everyone.

That’s why we created a ballet class for children with disabilities, inspired by a girl who happens to be named Audrey too.

“Ballet has profound meaning for many people, but especially for anyone who communicates primarily through movement. For these special individuals like Audrey, who may be cognitively impaired and/or physically disabled, movement means everything.” — Lisa Lacroce Patterson, Audrey’s mother

Did you know that Audrey’s Class was recently featured in Pointe Magazine? Read the full article HERE.

Audrey’s Class

WHEN: Mondays from 3:00-3:45 pm
WHERE:
through Zoom 

Current students, please contact: princetonballetschool@arballet.org

New students who are interested in a free trial class, please contact Aydmara Cabrera, School Director: acabrera@arballet.org

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First Week of Princeton Festival’s Free “Virtually Yours” Online Season Offers “Do Re Mi,” Chamber Music, Organ Recital, “Madama Butterfly”

Virtually Yours: Week 1

WHEN: June 1-7
WHERE: HERE
ADMISSION: free

Virtually Yours, the free online performing arts series from The Princeton Festival, will offer a song from The Sound of Music featuring Festival artists, a podcast interview, a talk on opera, two recordings of concerts from 2013 and 2019, and a streamed video of its hit 2018 production of Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly during its first week.

“We invite all of our valued patrons, along with those who have never experienced one of our live performances, to enjoy the variety of a typical Festival season in this online format,” said Richard Tang Yuk, Executive and Artistic Director. “And there’s more to come in the following three weeks.”

Most events will be available through the Festival’s website or its Facebook page from the day they launch through the end of June. As indicated in the schedule below, however, two performances will be streamed only once, at a specific time.

  • Monday, June 1: Princeton Festival artists sing “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music
  • Tuesday, June 2: “Signature Artists Showcase.” A Festival artist performs from his or her home. Artist TBA.
  • Wednesday, June 3: Podcast interview with conductor, producer, composer, and scholar Carmen-Helena Téllez on “Women in Music.”
  • Thursday, June 4: “Why We Love Opera,” lecture by performer and musicologist Tim Urban
  • Friday, June 4, at 1 pm: Concordia Chamber Players 2019 Festival concert, featuring music of Beethoven, Kodály, and Mendelssohn. Available on WWFM radio and the www.wwfm.org website. This concert will be streamed only once.
  • Saturday, June 6. Organ recital by Matt Middleton from the 2013 season, featuring music by Lizst, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Wagner, and others.
  • Sunday, June 7, at 1 pm. Video stream of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly from the Festival’s highly praised 2018 production. This opera will be streamed only once.

More details on these events, plus a full list of “Virtually Yours” events in the remaining three weeks of the season, may be viewed at https://princetonfestival.org/virtually-yours/.

About The Princeton Festival

The Princeton Festival is a multi-genre festival of the performing arts. Its June 2020 public performance season was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. In its place the Festival is offering free online access to archived performances from past seasons as well as other performing arts events, several of which have been created especially for this “Virtually Yours” series.

For information visit www.princetonfestival.org or call 609.759.1979.

MPAC: Exciting Shows Rescheduled For 2020-2021 Season—Tickets On Sale Now

We here at MPAC are committed to opening our doors as soon as it is safe to do so, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the theatre for great concerts, amazing musicals and fun family events.

Below you can check out 2020-2021 season shows currently on sale. Many of these performances are rescheduled from the spring, and great seats are still available. Stay tuned for new show announcements next week!
We understand you may have questions about next season. We will be following guidelines provided by the government and local health officials when they are available. But now’s the time when you can purchase the best seats without worry with our flexible COVID-19 ticket policy. Visit this page for FAQs and ticketing information.

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Virtually join in on the festivities worldwide

FROM VANTAGE TRAVEL:

Join in on celebrations, virtually

The Armchair Traveler

Travel from the comfort of your living room!

Every season brings new reasons to celebrate, such as spring tidings in India for the Holi festival, summers full of competition with traditional games in Mongolia, and the wintry landscapes that bring inspiration for holiday celebrations in Antarctica. This week, join in on the festivities of the colorful, vibrant, and awe-inspiring holidays and festivals that are revered across the globe.


Ring in spring with an onboard Holi Festival in India

Ring in spring with an onboard Holi Festival in India

See the rainbow of Holi, the Festival of Colors, which marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated all across India during this time of year.

Feel the thrill of the Mongolian Naadam Festival

Feel the thrill of the Mongolian Naadam Festival

Cheer on local favorites as you observe Mongolia's traditional sporting games that celebrate culture and athletic prowess

Spend the holiday season on the White Continent

Spend the holiday season on the White Continent

Celebrate your own holiday traditions while spending Christmas and New Year's discovering wildlife and winter wonderlands throughout South Georgia and Antarctica


JUNE EVENTS @ THE WEST ORANGE PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Dear West Orange Public Library Family,

It is almost June and we are still in a virtual world. As you may have heard the Governor is allowing curbside services for non-essential businesses. Unfortunately, that does not include libraries. We are looking forward to reopening in a limited capacity during Phase 2 of Governor Murphy’s plan which can be found here.

Our librarians, nonetheless, are working on an exciting series of programs and experiences for our Summer Reading Program-themed “Imagine Your Story,” including StoryWalks® in collaboration with the West Orange Recreation Department, and working with teachers from the West Orange School District. The librarians of West Orange Public Library are doing a great job preparing for summer reading to keep your mind engaged during this trying time. Please see below and stay tuned!

Sincerely,

David Cubie, West Orange Public Library Director

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Adults

Fitness with Lisy Espindola LCSW

Monday, June 1, at 5:45 PM via Zoom

email: ref@westorangelibrary.org for login information, subject: Fitness

Fitness for the community: bilingual class including cardio, strength, coordination, balance, flexibility and stretching. This class is a whole body workout to keep you strong and healthy. Class is for any age and any level of fitness. For this class you will need a mat and a pair of weights.

Virtual Author Visit with Barbara Linn Probst

Tuesday, June 2, at 7:00 PM via Zoom

email: ref@westorangelibrary.org for login information, subject: Probst

Probst will be discussing her debut book QUEEN OF THE OWLS (2020). It's the powerful story of a woman’s search for wholeness, framed around the art and life of iconic American painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Recipient of numerous accolades and endorsements, QUEEN OF THE OWLS was selected as one of the 20 most anticipated books of 2020 by Working Mother and one of the best Spring fiction books by Parade Magazine. It won the Bronze Medal for popular fiction from the Independent Publishers Association and was short-listed for the $2500 Eric Hoffer Grand Prize.

Maintaining Good Mental Health in 2020

Thursday, June 4, at 1:00 PM via Zoom

email: ref@westorangelibrary.org for login information, subject: Main St.

Main Street Counseling is offering this open session to talk about the stresses and hardships that you might have encountered or discovered during this time of uncertainty. Trained professionals will be available to listen and offer advice on during this difficult time.

Yoga—Lisy Espindola LCSW 

Saturday, June 6, at 8:45 PM

email: ref@westorangelibrary.org for login information, subject: Yoga

Yoga for the community: bilingual yoga flow for beginners and intermediate students of all ages. We’ll work on the breath or pranayama and the different poses or asanas. Modifications will be given when needed. This class will be relaxing and restorative, but we’ll still work hard trying to obtain correct form and alignment in the different poses. This is an excellent class for anyone that would like to start or advance in their practice. For this class you will need a mat, one strap and two blocks (blocks can be replaced by books or pillows and straps by belts or scarfs).

Cope Center: Mindfulness Parenting

Sunday, June 7, at 1:30 PM via Zoom

email:ref@westorangelibrary.org for login information, subject: Cope 

We believe that mindfulness is key to successful parenting. With the pandemic, I believe it is essential to survival! We are all feeling so many things right now—anxiety, grief, anger, fear, boredom—that it is easy to be overwhelmed. In order to manage, the first thing we need to do is to be mindful of what we are feeling so that we can act appropriately. Learning to be mindful as parents, and practicing mindful parenting, is only part of the equation. We also have to be able to teach our children how to be mindful, since this will help them deal with all of the changes that have occurred in their lives as well. Giving them (and us) space in which to process the grief, anger and fear we are all feeling will go a long way toward helping us all get through this time.

Virtual Author Visit with Eileen Sanchez

Tuesday, June 9, at 7:00 PM via Zoom

email: ref@westorangelibrary.org for login information, subject: Sanchez

Sanchez is a retired teacher with 40 years of experience in public education. She will be discussing her debut book FREEDOM LESSONS (2019). She draws on her own remarkable experience as a young, white teacher in the Jim Crow South during desegregation, to write her immersive work of fiction inspired by those events. The result is an unusually authentic exploration of a snapshot in history through the eyes of characters that are relatable and unmistakably human—living lives and navigating relationships against the backdrop of extreme societal upheaval. According to Kirkus Reviews - "An intermittently potent illustration of the formidable obstacles to equality that remained―and persist―post-Brown v. Board of Education.”

Virtual Author Visit with Deborah Burns

Tuesday, June 16, at 7:00 PM via Zoom

email: ref@westorangelibrary.org for login information, subject: Burns

Burns will be discussing her SATURDAY'S CHILD (2019), a memoir about growing up with an unconventional mother. Hailed as a must-read for every daughter who’s ever wondered where her mother ends and she begins, and by Kirkus Reviews as “Devilishly sharp … a masterful balance of psychological excavation and sumptuous description,” this award-winning debut has been recommended by The Hollywood Reporter to be a movie or series.

The Origins of Baseball: Inventing the National Pastime by Sam Bernstein

Wednesday, June 17, at 2:00 PM via Zoom

email: ref@westorangelibrary.org for login information, subject: Baseball 

This presentation will explore the ways that baseball evolved from bat and ball games in the 19th Century to the game we play today. How baseball became the “National Pastime” and how the myth of Abner Doubleday as the “inventor” of baseball persisted into the mid-20th Century will be part of the discussion.

Virtual Author Visit with Lucy Tan

Tuesday, June 23, at 7:00 PM via Zoom

email: ref@westorangelibrary.org for login information, subject: Tan

Tan will be discussing her debut novel WHAT WE WERE PROMISED. This book is our originally scheduled book discussion club choice for the month of June. From a silk-producing village in rural China, up the corporate ladder in suburban America, and back again to the post-Maoist nouveaux riches of modern Shanghai, What We Were Promised explores the question of what we owe to our country, our families, and ourselves. According to Library Journa, "A novel of class, culture, and expectations; readers who enjoyed works like Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians will likely find Tan's surprising and down-to-earth tale an entertaining read."


Youth

Did you know? Summer Reading has gone "virtual." Sign up to track books you've read, earn badges, explore games, and more at http://westorangelibrary.readsquared.com/ or download the Readsquared App. Summer reading continues in July with special guests including a magician, performance from "Turtle Dance Music," wacky science demonstrations, and surprise visitors.

Comic Book and Drawing Club

Wednesday, June 10, at 7:00 PM

email youth@westorangelibrary.org for login information

Join your friends and create together in real-time.

Special Edition Book Club: Speaking of Stories & Yakety Yak Joint Zoom-in

Tuesday, June 16, at 4:30 PM

email: youth@westorangelibrary.org for login information

Ukrainian Canadian children's writer Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, writes about war from a children's perspective (Stolen Girl, Enough, Don't Tell the Nazis and soon to be released in the United States, Trapped in Hitler's Web). She will join us to talk about her books and answer questions. Please note, you are welcomed to attend the event even if you are not a member of our book clubs. (grades 2 - 6).

Speaking of Stories and Yakety Yak will continue to meet on Zoom in July and August.

SUMMER READING KICK OFF with Jester Jim!

Monday, June 22, at 6:00 PM

email: youth@westorangelibrary.org for login information

School is over, Summer is here! Welcome back Jester Jim as he juggles for West Orange. https://www.jesterjim.com

Ongoing Youth Events

Super Science

Mondays, 4:30 PM, on Facebook Live

Demos of interactive science experiments you can try at home!

Picture Book Read-Aloud

Tuesdays/Thursdays, 11:00 AM, via Facebook Live

Listen to new picture books read by Miss Olga twice a week and keep a lookout for some surprise guests! (children of all ages)

PJ Story Time

Saturdays, 8:30AM, via Facebook Live

Stay in bed (or not), bring a cuddly and listen to stories.


Teen Events

Teen Advisory Group

Wednesday, June 3, at 7:00 PM

email: teens@westorangelibrary.org for login information

Earn community service hours from home by logging in to our virtual Teen Advisory Group Meeting. We'll talk about ideas to help think of cool things the library can offer this summer. Let your voice be heard and help your local library!

Open Mic Night

Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00 PM

email: teens@westorangelibrary.org for login information

Let your talents shine! Express yourself through spoken word, singing, poetry, and more—invite your friends!

Teen Gameshow

Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 PM

email: teens@westorangelibrary.org for login information

Teen Gameshow! How well do you know your friends? Log in and team up. Can you guess how they will answer different hilarious questions? Can they guess for you?

Ongoing Teen Event

Dungeons and Dragons: a teen club

Fridays at 3:15 PM

7th- 12th graders can join- beginners welcome. Email teens@westorangelibrary.org for more information and for the details on the Dungeons and Dragons online server.


***If you need to apply for a card, have lost your card, or work in West Orange, click here to apply online. This form will give you immediate access to eBCCLS. For additional online resources email woracirc@bccls.org.***

NEWS FROM THE BROOK ARTS CENTER

As always, the health and safety of our patrons, cast, crew, and volunteers are our top priority. In complying with the restrictions applied by the state and local government we closed our curtain in March to help halt the spread of COVID-19. All shows scheduled from March through August have been rescheduled. Ticket holders have been contacted and tickets are on sale for all rescheduled dates.

These are challenging times and as a nonprofit all-volunteer organization, we rely entirely on our ticket sales and contributions from our loyal donors. We are thankful for everyone who has helped us to restore this historic gem! 

We look ahead to getting back to work on our restoration projects and to continue to provide affordable quality entertainment to NJ communities.   We appreciate your support during these uncertain times and hope you will join us as we open our curtain to an amazing new season!

Our team is hard at work implementing a variety of new safety initiatives to welcome our guests back to an entertaining and safe environment. We will share more details closer to our reopening. 

We are anticipating offering our Summer Theatre Arts programs this summer. If you have any questions or concerns you can reach out to our Box Office at 732-469-7700 (please leave a message) or email us at brookartscenternj@gmail.com

Stay safe, be well, and we will see you soon!

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27  - 8 PM

Our Amazing December line up and the start of our 2021 season will be announced shortly. 

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