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 Sherlock Holmes Radio Play at Library


            Actors from the East Haddam Stage Company will present “Adventure of the Speckled Band” featuring detective Sherlock Holmes on Tuesday October 21 @ 7 PM. at the Plainville Public Library.  Step back in time and become part of the “studio audience”. The play is sponsored by the Plainville Historical Society and the Library.


The production is William Gillette's actual 1930 radio script of one of the first Sherlock Holmes dramas ever broadcast via radio.  This 'sketch' as Gillette called it was originally written by Edith Meiser but extensively edited by Gillette himself. He knew Sherlock like no other actor at that time, having created and played the detective for many years on stages all over the world. He would go on to do at least two other radio broadcasts portraying England's most famous sleuth (1933 and 1935). Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Speckled Band was originally broadcast in NY City on October 20th 1930. This mystery drama production features 4 actors portraying 7 characters, and of course it includes sound effects! With an introduction by EHSCO’s Producing Artistic Director, Kandie Carle, the presentation runs one hour, including Q &A with the audience.

The program is free, call the Plainville Public Library at 860-793-1446 for more information.


 Writers Group Forms at the Library


            A group for aspiring writers will be formed at the Plainville Public Library, led by Chuck Radda, a retired Plainville High School teacher and author. Radda also recently started a publishing company, “Lefora”, with two friends.  The writing group will meet for 5 consecutive Mondays at the library starting on October 27 and going through November 24. It will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. There is a $10.00 fee to attend all 5 sessions.  The fee is payable on registration for the group.


            The purpose of the course is not instruct people how to write, but instead to work with those who want to polish the skills they already have and provide an atmosphere for them to do so.  As such there will not be lessons so much as there will be writing practices that will then be shared with the group in a non-judgmental, comfortable setting.  Since all writing is creative writing, there will be no limitations: fiction, memoir, poetry – any genre short of a research assignment for another course … unless you are willing to share your grade with the rest of the group.   The course is limited to college age writers and older.


            To register for the group, visit the library at 56 E. Main St., Plainville.  For more details call the library at 860-793-1446


Author Joins Book Discussion


            Local author, Matthew Dicks will join the Friends of the Plainville Public Library Book Group when they discuss his book, “Unexpectedly Milo” on Tuesday October 28 @ 7 PM. at the library.  


Stumbling on a video confession detailing a decade-old missing-persons cold case, the neurotic Milo embarks on a madcap journey to solve the mystery, which enables unexpected personal revelations. 


The program is free and open to the public.  Extra copies of the book are available at the library.



"Four Hands" Piano Concert at the Library


            Musicians from the New Britain Symphony will give a “Four Hands” piano concert on Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the library. 

            The lecture – demonstration will include mostly original works by the great composers for four hands piano, including the Carnival of the Animals by Saint Seans.  Piano four hands is a term for a specific kind of  duet for a single piano with two players.  The program was provided by the New Britain Symphony Education Committee and designed to bring musical education to adults and children.













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