Read It Wednesday: The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien brought hobbits into the world with the book The Hobbit. Following the adventures of Bilbo Baggins who ends up leaving his home in the Shire to help some dwarfs get back home. Even though, he is timid at first with the support of Gandalf the Grey, a wizard, he manages to find that he is more capable, as are hobbits, to accomplish anything.

TV Tuesday: Sabrina The Teenage Witch

"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (Sabrina, la bruja adolescente) || TV Series 1996–2003:

Sabrina the Teenage Witch was and still is one of my favorite shows. Starring Melissa Joan Hart in the prized role as a young witch who is sent to live with her aunts to start her training as a witch. Along the way she wins hearts, cast spells that tend to go awry, and find loyal friends. However, she tends to get in trouble with her cat Salem Saberhagen, a former witch sentenced to be a black cat for trying to take over the world. With Salem by her side, life is not short of what Sabrina can conjure up.

Music Monday: Mumford and Sons

Mumford And Sons - Babel LP:

Mumford and  Sons has grown to be one of my favorite bands in the past few years. Using multiple instruments this rock band from London will change the way you listen to music. Doing songs based on experiences that everyone can relate to, there is nothing short of stopping them from going on to becoming a legendary band.

Photo Friday

I know this Photo Friday is coming a little late seeing as I have been having some computer problems. Never the less, here is the photo that I have chosen for today.img_0604

The reflection of the tree in this photo reminds me that you cannot hide from who you are on in the inside. You cannot hide what a mirror reflects to what you see in the morning. When you do wrong, the mirror knows it. Reflections, just like this tree in the lake, is something that cannot hide who you really are.

A Strong Grassroots Campaign for the Garde

 

Related image       On Saturday February 3rd, I returned to the Garde Arts Center to see the movie Manchester by the Sea. While watching this moving movie about a man looking for redemption and finding it in his recently orphaned nephew made me think about how the Garde has moved many people in the New London, Connecticut community. In the lobby there are advertisements for Adopt a Grandparent and a binder filled with letters from local schools who had come and visited the Garde for a School Time Performance.

After seeing all of this it is no wonder that members of the community contacted the Garde Arts Center to tell them they want to start a campaign to keep the marquee lights on. This night there were two ladies who were running the table which contained two water jugs with money already donated from members of community with a poster board with some names on cards on them.

When the doors opened some patrons who had been at the Garde the night before noticed their names were not on there, they were informed that their card had been brought down to New London Main Street and put on display there. New London Main Street is just one of their many sponsors who came to the Garde about keeping the lights on. “Sponsors for this project are: Atlantic Broadband, Neff Productions, Blueprints Unlimited, and New London Main Street,” marketing director Jeanne Sigel tells me. She told me while touching on the fact that they came to them. “They came to us saying we want to keep the marquee lights on. This is a grassroots campaign that they started. They came to us for the marquee lights,” she responded enthusiastically.

As I made my way around the theater there were many patrons who were donating again to “Keep Lights on Campaign” with writing their name on cards saying “Marquee are red, lights are blue, I love the Garde, how about you?” Then the lights flickered signaling the time to go inside the theater with patrons finishing writing their names on cards for the Garde to be added to the poster board.

When I entered the theater Steve Sigel, the Executive Director, welcomed guests to the historic movie palace by touching on the grassroots campaign that was started by the community for the Garde to keep the lights on. He welcomed New London Mayor Michael Passero who was in the audience as well as telling people Tom Bombria, whose photographs are on display for sale in the lobby, was visiting as well. After thanking the sponsor, Atlantic Broadband, the lights dimmed and previews for “Jackie” and “Fences” played as they are the coming to the Garde.

Then the movie started, by the end many were moved to tears as they gathered in the mezzanine for a social held afterwards by Atlantic Broadband. This time, I noticed the audience was very friendly to one another as the movie had inspired them that much. Many were hugging each other and making new friends as they talked about the greatness of the movie. After viewing this it is no wonder the Garde Arts Center of New London, Connecticut was able to get a grassroots campaign. A place where people go to see movies, plays, musicals, and so much more has been able to inspire a community like this. Then there are going to be local members of the community who are going to step with a grassroots campaign like “Keep the Marquee Lights On” at the Garde.

Theater Thursday: Our Town

Videotaped at the Booth Theater on January 28th through February 2nd of 2003, this adaptation of Thornton Wilder's classic play features Paul Newman making his first Broadway appearance since 1965. Th

A small town where everyone knows each other in the early 1900’s is the basis of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Taking place in the fictional town of Grovers Corners in New Hampshire we are introduced to all the characters by the Stage Manager who serves as narrator. We meet two families the Webb’s and the Gibb’s. Eventually, the families are bound when Emily Webb marries George Gibbs. Through out tragedy and love the town of Grovers Corners is sure to leave a mark on your heart.

Read-It Wednesday: Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights, my favorite classic.. "Whatever our souls are made of; him and mine are the same.":

Wuthering Heights is one of the most tragic love stories we know today. Written by Emily Bronte we are introduced to Heathcliff and his love for Catherine Earnshaw. Sadly, the story starts after Catherine has died with her having married another man. Love stories don’t always end the way we want to. Wuthering Heights is one of those books where you cheer for the hero for love only for him to find tragedy in the end.

TV Tuesdays: I Love Lucy

Amazon.com: I Love Lucy: The Complete Series: I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, Vivian Vance: Movies & TV $104.32:

I Love Lucy is, probably, one of my favorite shows of all time. Following Lucy Ricardo with her comedic adventures to get into show business as well as driving her husband Rick up a wall. With her best friend Ethel Mertz as her reluctant cohort from time to time and her husband the miserly Fred Mertz there is nothing that stops Lucy. From the chocolate factory down the street to stomping on grapes in Italy to make wine to auditioning as a vitavetavegimin girl Lucy keeps you laughing.

I Love Lucy is not only known for it’s comedic adventures, this is also a ground breaking show. I Love Lucy was the first television show to feature a women who was with child through her pregnancy. Up until this show, it was a censored and taboo subject. Even TV executives were worried about what people would think of it. Even though they had to censor what Lucy was saying about being pregnant, the show survived paving the way for future shows. Lucille Ball was able to pave the way for women in comedy, the future of television, and the rerun. Yes, the rerun was invented during this time as well. I Love Lucy is a true show where the fun never stops.

Music Monday: Adele

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Adele is one of the most beloved artists of today. The winner of multiple Grammy Awards she managed to win the hearts of people every where when she dedicated her Album of the Year Award to Beyonce. To me, Adele, is the perfect combination of talent, humility, and grace all in one. Adele is one to idolize for many recording artists to come.

Photo Friday

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Yup, the white stuff called snow is back again. Yesterday, there was a snow storm that came with thunder, ice, and heavy snow. By heavy snow, I mean snow that was hard to shovel due to ice below and the fact there was a foot. Snow is fun to play in, but the clean up can be a bit of a pain. Especially, when you have to wait until the thunder and lighting has stopped. Thunder snow, who would have thunk it.