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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Old Graveyard - Pelham, Massachusetts

Formerly part of Prescott, where some of Daniel Shays' men plotted rebellion in the years following the American Revolution.   The building is the Pelham Historical Society, once a Congregational church built in 1840, restored and serves as a museum, open in the summer months.

The old graveyard headstones stand sentinel during those sweet, balmy days when sunshine warms Pelham Hill...and on dark, chilly, Halloween nights.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Customs House - Salem, Massachusetts

Built in 1819, the Customs House in Salem, Massachusetts was once employed author, and Salem native, Nathaniel Hawthorne, who worked here from 1846 until 1849, when he was fired.  It was a politically appointed job, and his being a Democrat apparently did him no good when the Whigs took over in Washington, but Mr. Hawthorne was really more keen on writing.  During his off-time, he wrote, and at this period most probably he had started his novel The Scarlet Letter.

Mr. Hawthorne was not the first writer to work a crummy day job while he wrote at night and dreamed of better things.  He wouldn't be the last.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Fair Lady - Piano Bar at the Ocean State Theatre Company - Rhode Island

 Mike Daniels, photo courtesy of the Ocean State Theatre Company

A recent notice from the Ocean State Theatre Company of Rhode Island:


WARWICK, RI – Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), which recently opened its third season in its new state-of-the-art theatre in Warwick, is proud to announce the kick off of this season’s Piano Bar Series. “I Could Have Sung All Night!” will be held following select Friday and Saturday evening performances of the company’s current production, My Fair Lady.

“The Piano Bar Series has become very popular with both audiences and performers,” said Amiee Turner, Producing Artistic Director of Ocean State Theatre Company. “Not only does it extend the evening for those who aren’t quite ready to go home, but it also provides an opportunity for the actors to ‘try-out’ new songs and showcase a different side of themselves, which may not have been revealed during the main stage performance.”

Following select Friday and Saturday evening performances, the theatre’s lobby will be transformed into an intimate performance space, at which patrons will be entertained by cast members, OSTC alumni, and staff members, while enjoying beverages and late night appetizers, which will be available for purchase from the theatre’s lobby bar.

“I Could Have Sung All Night!” will be hosted by Mike Daniels, who audiences will remember from his portrayal of Snetsky in OSTC’s Inaugural Season production of Fools, as well as his appearances in Children’s Festival productions of  How I Became a Pirate, The Fabulous Fable Factory, and Schoolhouse Rock Live! Musical accompaniment will be provided by the musical director for My Fair Lady, Esther Zabinski.

“I Could Have Sung All Night!” will be presented following Friday and Saturday evening performances of My Fair Lady on October 3, 4, 10 and 11. Attendance at the performance preceding the piano bar is not required. The lobby doors will open for the piano bar at 10:15 pm. The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Admission is free, but seating is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (401) 921-6800.

Tickets for all productions being presented as part of Ocean State Theatre Company’s 2014-15 Season are on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from 12 noon – 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 12 noon – 4:00 pm, and up until curtain on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800.

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