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Monday, June 19, 2017

Mrs. Bellamy's Proper Parlors - Bellamy House - Chicopee, Massachusetts


Join the Chicopee Historical Society this coming Wednesday, June 21st at the historic Bellamy House, home of 19th century author Edward Bellamy for a special presentation of "Mrs. Bellamy's Proper Parlors":


The presentation starts at 7 p.m., 91-93 Church Street, Chicopee, Mass.



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Mt. Tom Theatre - Holyoke, Mass. - Talk in West Springfield

I will be speaking on my book Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain - 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts on Wednesday, June 7th at 6 p.m. at the West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park Street, West Springfield, Mass.


The book covers the history of live theatre on Mt. Tom from 1895 to 1965.  For some seventy years live theatre created magic on the mountain above the city, from vaudeville, operetta, WPA-sponsored shows in the Great Depression, and its heyday from 1941 to 1962 with a resident repertory company called The Valley Players.  In the early 1960s, two new incarnations: The Casino-in-the-Park, and finally, the Mt. Tom Playhouse with touring packaged shows featuring well-known stars from television and movies.  Many stars of stage and screen, and many newcomers who would one day become stars, performed over several decades on Mt. Tom.  Through interviews, newspaper reviews, and nearly 250 photographs, relive their performances, and go backstage for personal experiences that were both comic and tragic, and enjoy again the excitement of opening night.

The book is currently available in paperback from the printer, CreateSpace here, and from Amazon in paperback and eBook.  You can also contact me by email or my website to obtain a paperback copy. 


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