Jack Levine of Beacon Falls is the next featured presenter for the 2ND ACT series at the Palace Theater’s Poli Club on March 3 at 6:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Palace Theater’s Box Office, 100 East Main Street, Waterbury, online at palacetheaterct.org or by calling 203.346.2000.

PHOTO ID/ CREDIT: Jack Levine, Contributed

The event includes a light supper with a cash bar available. Sponsors are the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ UCONN Waterbury, PEAK Physical Therapy and the Village at East Farms. Tickets are $25) and can be purchased online at http://www.palacetheaterct.org, by phone at 203-346-2000, or in person at the Box Office, 100 East Main St, Waterbury. OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Center and AARP members can enjoy a discount and pay$20., but must purchase by phone or in-person.

Levine is really LAUGHING OUT LOUD because he’s having the time of his life! He has truly reinvented himself in his 2ND ACT. AUTHOR, ACTOR, STANDUP COMEDIAN, IMPROV PERFORMER are now all titles that can be applied to Levine’s resume. Fearful of being bored in retirement he decided the key element in his life at this stage of his life had to include fun. So, when he finally retired as Chief Financial Officer of a School District at age 72, he decided to give his right brain a workout and dove into the performing arts and found the journey to be awesome. Jack will use standup comedy, improv, comedy sketches, personal storytelling, acting, and audience participation to entertain as he offers insights and inspiration to his audience to try something new, creative and fun in their own 2ND ACT.

About 2ND ACT
2ND ACT is a storytelling series created in 2018 by the Palace Theater’s Marketing & PR Officer, Sheree Marcucci and features ordinary people sharing the extraordinary things they are doing in the 2ND (half) ACT of their lives! Inspirational, experiential and comical, these after-50 life stories will ignite your own imagination to join the growing community of 2ND ACTers!

About the Palace Theater

The Palace’s primary purpose is to revitalize the Greater Waterbury community through the presentation of the performing arts and educational initiatives in collaboration with area cultural and educational institutions. Its mission is to preserve and operate the historic Palace Theater as a performing arts center and community gathering place that provides a focal point of cultural activity and educational outreach for diverse audiences.

For more information, visit: http://www.palacetheaterct.org.

Richter Association for the Arts 2020 Season

Richter Association for the Arts is opening its spring season with a roar for the new roaring 20s. Join us at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury for the Roarin’ Ramblers, a six-piece band to perform a Dixieland jazz style concert.

For decades, each member of the Ramblers has played in various incarnations of Dixieland/Roarin’ 20’s-style jazz bands, until coming together, this year, to form The Roarin’ Ramblers. Considered the cream-of-the-crop, in Fairfield County for this style of music, the band is looking forward to recreating the music that 100 years ago brought a recovering nation a new hope and spirit.

Bill Crow and Roger Post are considered to be one of the best swinging rhythm sections in the area and you may have heard them during Pizzeria Lauretano’s great Sunday-evening jazz series. They have also played together on the original Broadway production of “42nd St.” during the 1980s. With the addition of Gim Burton’s driving banjo rhythms, you won’t be able to stop tapping your feet – dancing in the aisles might be witnessed, as well.

Hearing the melodies and improvisations of Nick, Lewis, and Craig, on the horns, will have you fondly remembering those songs of days gone by, which brought a smile to your face, and had you singing along when no one was listening.

The Richter Arts Board invites you to come dressed for the 20s. Bring back the 1920 “roaring 20s” or show us the trend for the new “2020 roaring 20s”. What are this year’s looks, styles, and unique fashion? It is time for some Roaring FUN! Let’s dance our way into the new season.

Doors open at 2 p.m. Admission is free and donations are welcome. General parking is in the nearby golf course parking lot. Look for the shuttle service provided between the house and the parking lot, or take a leisurely walk to the house. Handicap parking available directly at the House. For further information, visit the Richter Arts website at www.richterarts.org.

Richter Arts is partially funded by the Danbury Cultural Commission.

February the month of Love and the Magic of Courting Flutes @ Institute for American Indian Studies February 15, 2020

February is often called the month of love – a time for Valentine’s Day and, the time to remember and emphasize the importance of love in our lives. In Native American culture the mind, the spirit, the love of one’s roots, the love of nature, and of others is ingrained culturally. Stories are one way of communicating the love of nature and of life and courting flutes are another way of expressing feelings of love and the appreciation of the beauty of nature.

The Institute of American Indian Studies on 38 Curtis Road in Washington has organized a program on the magic of courting flutes that allows visitors to delve into traditional Native American Music. It is a wonderful way to top off Valentine’s Day week. On Saturday, February 15, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Ojibway artist, and musician Allan Madahbee will explain the cultural significance and the hauntingly beautiful sound of the Native American courting flute. The legend of the courting flute will be told highlighting these beautifully made instruments that are deeply rooted in the traditions of Eastern Woodland indigenous peoples. Participants will see and hear a variety of courting flutes and will have the chance to examine them as they listen to their soothing sound. Courting flutes are available in our gift shop and there will be a limited selection of courting flutes available for purchase on the day of this event. If you already own a flute, feel free to bring it along!

About Allan Madahbee

Today, makers of Native American Flutes like Ojibway artist and musician AllanMadahbee craft their personal style and sound into their creations. Madahbee began to research the Chippewa flute culture and was influenced and mentored by Joseph Firecrow of the Cheyenne Nation. “We became friends and he provided guidance and feedback and explained some of his methods of flute making. With his passing last year, we have all lost a great Native American flute maker and musician. I am proud to continue our flute making traditions.” The sound of the courting flute that is usually made of cedar has an uncommon scale for Western music and is entrancing.

Born on the shores of Lake Huron, Allan Madahbee is a member of the Ojibway (Chippewa) Nation that has pursued the traditional arts and crafts of his ancestors. He has been making Native American flutes for about ten years. “I had always thought they were a product of the Southwest Indian tribes, but a book that I found that was written during the 1800s about Chippewa culture, had a passage about the Chippewa flutes, along with pictures. This made me realize that they were indeed a part of my Chippewa culture. Knowing that my ancestors constructed these flutes for hundreds of years has inspired me to continue this tradition. Also, the haunting sound from these mystical instruments is a large part of my inspiration.”

Along with constructing Woodland flutes, beaded moccasins, woodcarvings, Native American regalia, and rock sculptures, Madahbee always returns to his artistic roots in paintings and weavings. Mainly self-taught, Madahbee attended school with fellow Ojibway artists Blake Debassige and James Simon – two well known Anishnawbe artists that are respected and have their paintings displayed around the world.

Space is limited and reservations are suggested. To make sure you get a spot call the Institute for American IndianStudies at (860) 868-0518 or email general@iaismuseum.org to reserve your spot. The program is included in the price of admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 children; IAIS Members free.

About The Institute for American Indian Studies
Located on 15 acres of woodland acres the Institute For American Indian Studies preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. They have the 16th c. Algonquian Village, Award-Winning Wigwam Escape, and a museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT.

Two Programs @ White Memorial Foundation in February

White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield is hosting two very interesting programs this week that is sure to chase away the winter blues. The first program takes place on February 11 from 9 am – 11 am with a focus on instinctive birding. Join birder Kristi Dranginis (founder of Bird Mentor: http://www.BirdMentor.com) on the second Tuesday of each month for a golden opportunity to dive deep into the practice of Instinctive Birding. Winter is a wonderful time to participate in this nearly lost art. Learn to interpret the subtle signs and voices of the birds while also becoming more proficient with your bird ID skills.

You will begin observing the unfolding story of the landscape with a bird sit. Please bring something to sit on (camp chair, cushion, etc) and a blanket to keep you warm if you like. Minty hot cocoa will be provided, so bring your mug. We’ll then transition inside where we’ll warm up and peel away the layers of the mysteries that presented themselves to us during our sit. The sessions will average about 2 hours, but feel free to head out whenever you need to. Open to all experience levels. Dress for the weather! Will take place snow or shine! Head on over to www.birdmentor.com/birdwalk

The second program takes place on February 15 and begins at 2 p.m. Participants will meet Lavender the Virginia Opossum and her friends Pam and Bill Lefferts from Ferncroft Wildlife Rehabilitation in Woodstock! There is a wonderfully interesting reason why the Lefferts chose this day for their program celebrating this most misunderstood mammal! Learn fascinating fun facts about North America’s only marsupial during a one-hour presentation that will also address the rescue center’s work in wildlife rehabilitation and how you can make your backyard into a wildlife sanctuary.

And, if you have children ages 12 and under, February 16-22 is museum children free week when accompanied by an adult.

Let the Good Times Roll at The Carousel Museum! Feb. 22!

The New England Carousel Museum will be in full New Orleans style celebration mode during our 30th annual Mardi Gras party on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 7:30 PM – midnight. Come join us for an evening of fun and frolicking with great music, good food, bourbon, and beads.

The Big Easy evening features music and dancing by Nate Evans of Hartford Ballroom along with a 50/50 raffle and live entertainment that will include face painters, temporary tattoos, bourbon and wine tastings in the Speakeasy, beads and doubloons, and a catered dinner! This is a BYOB event. Attendees are encouraged to wear an optional mask or come in full costume. Masks are available to purchase in the museum gift shop.

The evening’s festivities will culminate in the crowning of a king and queen of the ball.

Interested in more information or donating to our Silent Auction? Please call Cassandra Lavoie @ 860-585-5411 x 103 or manager@thecarouselmuseum.org

Human Dog Sled Race Just One Highlight of the Salisbury JumpFest Friday, Feb. 7-Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020

Are you up for some quirky winter fun? Get a group of your friends together to enter JumpFest’s Human Dogsled Race! This unusual winter event is part of the 94th annual Ski Jumping Championships in Salisbury, Connecticut taking place on Friday, February 7, Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 9.

The human dogsled team consists of six people, five pulling, and one rider. It is so much fun to watch these colorful sleds and costumed teams race against one another! The teams compete in timed, two teamed races, and the two fastest times in the men, women, and mixed categories run a second race. Trophies are awarded to the three fastest teams in each category. There is also a people’s choice trophy for the most unusual sled and costumes.

The Human Dogsled Competition takes place on Friday, February 7 around 9 p.m. after the ski jumps for the evening are over. The registration fee is only $25 (paid on February 7 at the event) and all human dogsled participants get into Jumpfest free! For detailed information http://www.jumpfest.org. To download the registration form click here.
The registration fee helps SWSA, a non-profit volunteer organization to continue to foster the sport of ski jumping and the Eastern National Ski Jumping Championship.

Festival Schedule
JumpFest kicks off on Friday, February 7 at 6 p.m. with Target Jumping beginning at 7 p.m. Target Jumping is followed by the infamously fun Human Dog Sled Race, a crowd favorite that begins between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Teams of six participate, five pulling the sled and one riding. The sleds and costumes, of course, boggle the imagination! Trophies are awarded for the best in men’s women’s, mixed categories. Competitors navigate a .3-mile course through the snow. It’s all in fun, and teams can get very creative with both their costumes and sleds. Two large bonfires and warm food and beverages are available.

On Saturday, February 8, things warm up with a Junior Meet that is followed by the practice of participating jumpers from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. The main competition begins at 1 p.m. It is thrilling to watch these Olympians in the making defy gravity and soar through the air with runs of up to 200 feet. Another tradition is the Snow Ball Dance taking place at the White Hart Inn with entertainment by the Steve Dunn Band. This is the perfect time to mingle with fellow sports lovers, bid at the silent auction, and take a chance on a raffle ticket that benefits the Salisbury Winter Sports Associations (SWSA) programs. The admission to the Snow Ball Dance is $15. The highly anticipated Eastern U.S. Ski Jumping Championships on Sunday, February 9 begins with practice at 11 a.m.; the competition begins at 1 pm. At this event, there are often Olympic hopefuls that display the tremendous coordination, skill, and grace that have what it takes to soar so far and so high with a smooth and successful landing. Make ski jumping history and be there to see if the Salisbury record is broken – perhaps a new contender for the Olympics! Even the most sedentary spectators will appreciate the extraordinary coordination and skill required to make this jump! Judging from past history, some of the competitors here will go on to the Olympics.

Coffee, hot chocolate, wine, beer, hot toddies and food will be available at all events. As this is an outdoor event, and it is winter, please dress warm – don’t forget your cowbell and cellphone for great photo opportunities! On Friday, February 7, the event ticket booth opens at 6 p.m. and admission is $15; on Saturday, February 8, the event opens at 10 a.m. and tickets are $15, on February 9 the event opens at 11 a.m. and tickets are $15. The Snow Ball Dance is $15 at the door. The Human Dog Sled Race entry is $25 on Friday, February 7 with the downloaded pdf.

About Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA)

It all began in 1926 when a gentleman named John Satre (Say-tree) showed off the sport he had learned in his native Norway with the unlikely feat of jumping from the roof of a shed while wearing skis. To everyone’s surprise, instead of crashing Satre soared through the air and glided to earth. It looked like fun and by the next summer, several neighbors had gotten together to begin building a proper takeoff and ski run. A former cow pasture became the landing area. On January 29, 1927, the club, the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) held its first competition with a crowd of more than 200 spectators. This all-volunteer group has hosted several National Championships and, today continues to maintain Satre Hill, introduces young and old to the sport of ski jumping, and organizes the competitions.