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The City listens at May 19 Parking Meeting

May 21, 2010

The Fremont Chamber hosted a panel from The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the City of Seattle Police Department in Parking Enforcement for the May 19, 2010 monthly meeting. Headlining the speaker was Director of SDOT, Peter Hahn. Accompanying Mr. Hahn from SDOT were Mike Estey and Mary Catherine Snyder. Director of Parking Enforcement William Edwards was joined by George Murray, Supervisor for parking in the Fremont area at the meeting.

The meeting focused on parking issues in Fremont; the main thrust of the discussion was on the parking pay station kiosks that have been in Fremont for almost a year now. The Chamber has taken a hard stand that the pay stations are not working for Fremont businesses and should be removed.

The Meeting started with networking and some pointed discussions between the City and individual Fremont business owners. The formal presentation began at 8:15 am with introduction by Marko Tubic, president of the Fremont Chamber. Peter Hahn led the discussion with  his refreshing frankness about transit and how he “does not have a philosophy” as much as he serves at the pleasure of the Mayor and is trying to make transportation of all sorts in Seattle better. The biggest issue he sees is the lack of maintenance that has been hurting the City for years. He feels the City’s resources should be spent on bringing what we have back to good as a top priority. He noted that he got the message from talking with people earlier that pay stations are not liked and that Fremont does not support a road diet on Nickerson. Overall Mr. Hahn kept his comments short to allow more time for questions.

Mary Catherine Snyder followed with a short presentation of statistics, where it was noted that Fremont has the lowest hour pay rate in the City of $1.50 per hour and that Fremont’s paid spaces have the highest occupancy rate in neighborhoods of 47% (Ballard is 34%, Greenlake 41%, University District 35%)… to the City this is apparently good. They do not see a less that 50% utilization as a problem and something that needs to be changed. There was discussion about statistics and their accuracy, especially given the wide range of many of the City’s study areas.

Director William Edwards then spoke about the focus of parking enforcement and the need for balance between too much “hard” enforcement and not enough. The policy of the department is to create turn over and move people when they have been parked too long, without being overly rigid and ticketing people when they are a few minutes over time. He was concerned to hear of aggressive behavior on the part of his officers, and he would like to hear details of instances where officers are rude to drivers.

The floor was then open to questions.

Many excellent questions and discussions ensued.

Here is a summary, made by Peter Hahn of the points made:

1. Remove vegetation obscuring parking signs – immediate action.

2.  Address the lack of clarity in parking signs – we’ll start looking at this.

3.  Reduce the times in which parking is taken away by contractors who are “planning” to do work, but have not yet started – we’ll be looking at this.

4.  Potentially re-examine the RPZ and the inhibiting impact on important events and festivals – we’ll look for ways this can be re-opened.

5.  Remove the kiosks.

6.  NO to Nickerson road diet.

The Fremont Chamber is putting together a Transportation Committee to discuss parking, road diets, bus routes and more. If you are interested in joining the group please contact Jessica at 206-632-1500 or director@fremont.com

You are welcome to join the Fremont Chamber for our monthly meetings, on the third Wednesday of each month. Our themes for the meetings change each month. Upcoming meetings include:

Picnic in the Park on June 16, noon, Speed Networking in Gasworks with a Turkish Picnic lunch by Sureyya.

Marketing for small business, July 21, 5p – 7p at Om Culture, a panel discussion of how to best use online tools and networking to grow your business

The Art, And A Gallery, Of The Walk

March 31, 2010
Too Much Fun On The Art Walk by Melanie Masson

In the 3rd Floor 'gallery' of the Space building during the First Friday Art Walk - photo by Melanie Masson

Last fall, when Renaun Hochstein moved into the Space Building (at 600 North 36th Street), her predecessor in the office space, LaRae Lobdell told her about the Fremont First Friday Art Walk. Lobdell, who had organized the event for three years, held shows in her space and reportedly asked Hochstein, ‘Hey, I do this, would you be interested?’ When Lobdell described it as a great way to get involved and meet people in the neighborhood, Hochstein agreed.

Will Dieterle, who also recently leased an office in the building, wanted to participate as well – and agreed to help Hochstein find artists and share host duties. They collaborate on their shows, and have learned to curate art from doing it.

How to Choose Art

Dieterle selects some pieces based on message, he explained. For March, the show’s theme was “entropy” and the transition of order into chaos. He wants to avoid repetitive messages, or choices of art styles. “I tend to know a lot of photographers,” he admitted, but he works “to get representations of many styles.”

Hochstein described her approach to finding works as a social endeavor. “I’ve gotten them by paying attention to what is out there,” she explained. She attends gallery shows, graduate shows and exhibitions. When she likes the work she’ll set herself to getting contact information for the artists. “It starts to take on its own…one leads to another,” she explained.

The display space they use self-selects certain kinds of works. In the third floor hallway of the Space building viewers “can’t stand back,” Dieterle admitted, so they “can’t do large scale frescoes.” The building wasn’t built to display art and “the way pieces are lit can be important,” Dieterle acknowledged, so they “pick art that has a liveliness to itself.” With awe, Hochstein mentioned the lessons she’s learned from the artists, and “how artists choose to hang their work.”

“I’m new to it,” she admitted. Neither she nor Dieterle have practical experience as curators, or in gallery work, but they’ve successfully jumped into the Art Walk, with gusto and the strong desire to support art, artists and community.

And Then Comes The Day Job

“What I like about the Space Building,” Dieterle admitted, “is it’s surrounded by lots of businesses.” He particularly enjoys its “fantastic central location,” and the other tenants, and “the diversity of talents and people makes for an exciting community.” Dieterle has a design business, doing websites and branding, but his current passion is art inspired. Notebleu.com, a website, will host a Seattle arts calendar of events – as well as serving as an arts community building tool. The ultimate goal, Dieterle explained, is to “make it more compelling for people to go out and experience art.”

Hochstein chose to locate in the Space because of the “good energy” there. She has worked in advertising agencies, and studied graphic design at the University of Washington. Upon her return to Seattle she decided to launch her own freelance graphic design business, called Renaun Design. She enjoys the building, “the community is nice,” she said, and how it is “perfectly ideal” for art. The Art Walk helps her network and be social. “By being a host, it forces you out there,” she explained, “you interact with people you never would have otherwise.”

For their next show, on April 2, Dieterle and Hochstein will have cellists from the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and paintings by Shano Mulhall. To come see, and hear, the art, stop by the Space building (at 600 North 36th) and if the door isn’t open – ring the intercom for either Suite 329 or Notebleu. See you there!

For their next show, on April 2, Dieterle and Hochstein will have cellists from the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and paintings by Shano Mulhall. To come see, and hear, the art, stop by the Space building (at 600 North 36th) and if the door isn’t open – ring the intercom for either Suite 329 or Notebleu. See you there!

©2010 Kirby Lindsay.  This column is protected by intellectual property laws, including U.S. copyright laws.  Reproduction, adaptation or distribution without permission is prohibited.             www.fremocentrist.com

Suprise Sale at Seattle Tilth – This Saturday! (March 26)

March 26, 2010

Did you know about the surprise sale this weekend? Now you do! Spread the word…

HALF OFF Bare Root Fruit Trees, Shrubs and Veggie Starts Come to Seattle Tilth’s Second Chance Edible Plant Sale this Saturday, March 26, 2010.  Bare root fruit trees, fruiting vines and cane fruit need good homes.  These plants are left over from our sale on March 20 and are available on a first come, first served basis on Saturday only.

Also available are an assortment of perennial herbs and cool season veggie crops that are ready to plant. Prices are discounted 40-60%! You can get bare root trees such as apples, plums, cherry, Asian and European pears for $10; caneberries, cranberries, quince, kiwis, and grapes are $10; organic veggie starts are $1.50 and herbs are $2.

If you missed our new spring sale last weekend or still need more plants, this is your chance.

Seattle Tilth’s Second Chance Edible Plant Sale

Sat., March 27, 2-4 p.m.

4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle 98103

Behind the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford

Visit our website for a full list of plants and prices.

All proceeds support Seattle Tilth’s educational mission.

About Seattle Tilth:  Begun in 1978, Seattle Tilth is a regional organization with learning gardens in north, central and south Seattle, and in the City of Issaquah, offering classes and programs that serve adults and children throughout King County. Seattle Tilth’s mission is to inspire and educate people to garden organically, conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community.

A Note on Communication with the Fremont Neighborhood Council

March 25, 2010
The Fremont Neighborhood Council now has four ways for you to contact us and provide input:

1. Attend monthly meetings at History House, 790 N 34th @ 7:00 pm on the fourth Monday of each month (except April when the Annual meeting will be at Fremont Baptist Church and December, when no meeting is scheduled.)

2. Visit our website  for information and send us email at fnc@scn.org

3. Provide comments at out blog at http://fremontneighborhood.wordpress.com

4. Become a fan of Fremont Neighborhood Council at www.facebook.com
 
Our goal is to have 2-way communication between the Neighborhood Council and the residents of Fremont.   We look forward to seeing you at upcoming meetings, especially the Annual meeting on April 26, 2010,  and hearing from you via email, blog, or FaceBook as noted above.

Juggling With Moisture

March 24, 2010
Fyodor Karamazov Manipulates Objects at 2007 Moisture Festival

Tim Furst a.k.a. Fyodor Karamazov and the cigar boxes at the 2007 Moisture Festival - photo by John Cornicello

The title ‘producer’ of the Moisture Festival requires the ability to juggle many hats, but not always literally.  This year, Tim Furst, one of the five founding producers, booked over 100 acts for 36 Comedy/Varietè shows.  He also does lighting design, and will oversee the lighting during the Festival.  He did take a break from one duty.  “I will not be performing this year,” Furst reported.

Furst spent “twenty odd years” with the Flying Karamazov Brothers, before he retired.  He still performs solo, in his persona as Fyodor Karamazov, and fill-in with the troupe, now based in New York, in an emergency.  It can take 6 months to train a new, replacement “brother.”  Yet, he said he doesn’t miss the travel or regular performances.  “I like spending more time at home,” in Fremont, he admitted, “and having dinner with friends.”

Behind The Stage

He also keeps busy with Moisture – or it keeps him busy.  Furst met the other Festival producers – Ron Bailey, Maque daVis, Simon Neale and Sandy Palmer – through Fremont, and Oregon Country Fair.  He described the 40-year-old summertime festival as a place vaudevillians gathered and exchanged ideas, talents and tricks each year, but “it has become less and less a gathering place.”  The event doesn’t cover transportation, so only performers already on the West Coast attend.  Performers aren’t paid so they won’t give up a lucrative gig to attend.  Today, performers that once depended upon this gathering to stay connected can use electronic means – whether on the West Coast, East Coast or in Europe.

“One of the goals of Moisture Festival, as far as I was concerned,” he explained, “was to get together, hang out, see what others were doing, collaborate…”  The social happens, but the producers also have experimented with the formula, according to Furst.  At Moisture, “all performers get a share,” he explained, like a performer’s cooperative, and this way, “you don’t have to negotiate with every single act.”  Also, the Festival funds travel expenses, and makes sure no one loses money by coming.

Furst also described some more subtle ways, they make the Festival attractive.  “If you feed the performers they are happy,” he explained, “even if you don’t pay them a lot.”  Festival volunteers put out food, and organize dinners – with food donated by friends of the Festival including Peter Glick of Roxy’s Diner and Tom Bennett – that provide opportunities to gather.  Also, friends of the Festival open their homes so performers can stay in spare bedrooms, apartments or a sailboat.

Not On the Stage

For their 5th Anniversary, Festival producers invited back all the acts that had appeared so far.  According to Furst, out of 125 invites, 123 returned.  In this, the 7th year, the warm response continues – from acts they know and acts they don’t.  As a result, they “ask those who performed for several years to take a year off,” Furst explained, and this is “self-imposed exile.”

Furst originally learned to juggle during coffee breaks, to pass the time.  As Fyodor Karamazov, he does what he called ‘object manipulation,’ a form of juggling.  “Juggling is a broad term,” he explained, and when used, “most people think of toss juggling.”

Furst manipulates cigar boxes or “meteors,” two objects connected by a rope (of Chinese origin).  In Moisture shows, his meteors have been light wands, although he can do fire or bowls of water.  He explained, when juggling with moisture, “if you do it smoothly the water stays in the bowls.  If you make the slightest error, you get very wet.”

©2010 Kirby Lindsay.  This column is protected by intellectual property laws, including U.S. copyright laws.  Reproduction, adaptation or distribution without permission is prohibited.   www.fremocentrist.com 

SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY HOSTS ‘BIKES FOR BOOKS’ READING PROGRAM

March 23, 2010

Starting April 1, 2010, children are invited to read books for a chance to win a bike, according to a press release from the Seattle Public Library system.

The Seattle Public Library will host the “Bikes for Books” reading program, which runs from Thursday, April 1 through Thursday, June 3.   A celebration and prize drawing will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Fremont Branch Library, at 731 N. 35th St.

“Bikes for Books” is open to children in first through third grade. Participants are allowed to enter their names for the drawing once for every three books they read between April 1 and June 3. Each entry will require a short oral book report to a librarian. One girl and one boy each will win a bike, helmet and lock.  Winners must be present to collect their prizes.  All participants will receive certificates of accomplishment.

“Bikes for Books” is sponsored by the Masonic Doric Lodge No. 92 in Fremont.  The goal of the program is to inspire children to read.

For more information, call the Fremont Branch at 206-684-4084.

Moisture Spreads Farther Afield – Thanks To Fremont!

March 20, 2010

RB strums his stuff in 2007

Ron Bailey as a performer for Moisture Fest 2007 - photo by John Cornicello

Moisture Festival

(MF) can be very difficult to describe.  In its 7th year, the Comedy/Varietè show, with vaudevillian aspects, inspires delight and excitement in those who’ve experienced it, and bewilderment in those who say, “Moisture what?” 

In November 2009, Festival organizers published a book of Moisture (available at Fremont Place Books) with a sample of the ump-teen-illion incredible images taken by their three official photographers – Michelle Bates, John Cornicello and Mark Gardiner.  At a January Fremont Chamber of Commerce meeting, Ron Bailey, MF Development Director and Founder, explained that the book works well to explain the show to the uninitiated.

Still, the best way to find out why fans get gleeful as Moisture nears is to attend a show.  In 2010 Moisture has moved into more venues, with over 100 dancers, jugglers, musicians, magicians, strippers, singers, comics, clowns, contortionists, aerialists, bubble blowers, and general miscellaneous performers.  Haven’t gotten tickets to Moisture yet?  What could you possibly be waiting for?

A Venue Near You

For the first time, Moisture Festival will travel to Open Space for Arts & Community (18870 103rd Ave SW) on Vashon Island and the Georgetown Ballroom (5623 Airport Way S).  “Both of those places have large artists’ communities,” Bailey explained, and in Georgetown, “the neighborhood business district found enough sponsors to support the event.”  Bailey also stated, at the January Fremont Chamber Board meeting, that the model set by members of the Fremont business district is one that other communities have followed.

On March 26 & 27 Moisture will stage three Varietè shows on Vashon, with tickets available to purchase on-line, and through Vashon’s Books By The Way.  On April 2 & 3, the last weekend of the Festival, Moisture moves to Georgetown for three Varietè shows.

Fremont remains home for a majority of Moisture.  From March 18 – April 4, Hale’s Palladium (4301 Leary Way NW) will convert into a boisterous Big Top.  Since 2005, Mike Hale has generously made his one-time keg storehouse available – and Moisture organizers have repaid this generosity by steadily improving the space.

According to Bailey, the Festival offers “the best of both worlds – the funky Hale’s Palladium and the classy ACT.”  For, in addition to the old-world circus charm of the Palladium, since 2007 ACT – A Contemporary Theatre (7th & Union), in Downtown Seattle, has welcomed Moisture Festival’s Liberty Burlesque.  “It’s kind of cool for the artists to be in a real theater,” Bailey commented.

The Festival kicked-off their 2010 season at the Falls Theater at ACT on March 11, with Varietè and Burlesque shows.  Liberty Burlesque returns there on April 1, 2 & 3 (tickets available through the ACT box office.)

When a Show Becomes More 

Additionally, Moisture Festival has collaborated with the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) for three select screenings.  At the SIFF Cinema (321 Mercer Street) at Seattle Center, Moisture Festival will host the West Coast premiere of the documentary “Dirty Martini & The New Burlesque” on March 29.  Director, Gary Beeber, and his subject, Miss Dirty Martini, will be on hand for the show.  They will also offer the ventriloquists’ documentary, “I’m No Dummy” on March 30 and “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” on March 31, each with a special live Festival performance.  Tickets can be purchased through the SIFF Box Office.

Also, every year the Festival schedules special fundraising shows.  This year they will raise money, on March 19 at 10:30p.m., for recording the fantastic final CD from now-disbanded Circus Contraption, (expect a few special Circus guests!)  On March 20, at 3 p.m. at Hale’s, proceeds go to a scholarship fund for SANCA (School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts), Seattle’s own non-profit circus school.  The annual “Aerlift” aerial fundraiser, presented by The Aerial Army of Love takes flight Wednesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m.  Finally, 15% of proceeds from the 3 p.m. show on March 27 at Open Space goes to Vashon Youth & Family Services.

For those new to Moisture, never before have there been so many great opportunities to get the habit.  For those who already familiar with this marvelous mayhem, do not delay!  Tickets go quickly, and then the chance for Moisture is gone for another year…

©2010 Kirby Lindsay.  This column is protected by intellectual property laws, including U.S. copyright laws.  Reproduction, adaptation or distribution without permission is prohibited.  www.fremocentrist.com

Fremont Fair Transistion Report for March 2010

March 18, 2010
Jessica Power Points at The Ballroom, Feb 2010

Jessica Vets led a community discussion on the 2010 Fremont Fair in February - photo by K. Lindsay

Sign-ups for vendors, and non-profits, is going swimmingly.  If you want a booth at the 2010 Fremont Street Fair, contact Sean Hunter at 206/632-1555 x0, today!

Quality entertainment is also being sought.  If you think you know of some, or have some, contact the Bold Hat Productions office at 206/633-0422.

The Fremont Fair will be the most community orientated its been in years – but only if you get involved.  Contact JessicaVets, at 206/632-1500 or director@fremont.com, if you want to be a part of this exciting event!

No Quiet on the Chamber Front

March 17, 2010
Marko & Pat Get Silly w/GS Cookies Feb '10

FCC Pres Marko Tubic & Board Member Pat Carr feed one another some of the scrumptious Girl Scout cookies served at the February Chamber meeting - photo by K. Lindsay

The most recent Fremont Chamber of Commerce (FCC) Board of Directors meeting, held February 24th, covered a wealth of information, and confirmed, for anyone that still needed convincing, that there is a whole lot going on in this community. 

So Many Things To Do

The meeting began with a surprisingly brief report on the Fremont Street Fair, now the responsibility of the Chamber, until Phil Megenhardt, of Bold Hat Productions (the company actually producing the Fair for the FCC) arrived late.  He filled in details, including the possibility of FairRewards kiosks being located throughout the fairgrounds.  The 2010 Fair now a web site, poster art, entertainment and vendor sign ups.

During his report, Megenhardt also mentioned other Fremont events Bold Hat will produce this year including Hop Scotch (April 24 & 25) and a geocaching event for Groundspeak on July 4th.  He also initiated a discussion on capacity methods and mediation for the Chamber fundraiser, Fremont Oktoberfest (September 24 – 26).

Discussion of upcoming events brought up others, with first being the Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk on July 3rd.  Suzie Burke mentioned the upcoming 10th Anniversary celebration of the Rotary Club of Fremont, to be held at Theo Chocolate.  Anne Helmholtz invited all to the Literacy Source breakfast on May 5 at Seattle Pacific University.  Also, Solid Ground will hold their luncheon on May 21stFremont Abbey Arts Center will hold an event, still to-be-determined, in the Fremont Village (Upper Fremont) on May 1, and a fundraiser for the arts program at B.F. Day Elementary School on April 24th

Yet More Ways To Make Trouble

The Marketing/Membership committee seeks volunteers for the new FCC Ambassador Program.  This program encourages Chamber members to get out in the neighborhood for distribution of information on Chamber programs, the neighborhood, and the volunteer’s own business, or cause.  FCC President (and Edward Jones representative) Marko Tubic, who has done this in the past, has raved about how connected it made him feel to our community.

Following a report by FCC Executive Director Jessica Vets on the previous month’s activities (“we’ve had more meetings than ever before,” she stated,) the Board discussed hiring a work/study student to assist Vets.  The Board agreed, having seen how, in only her second year, Vets has seriously built up the Chamber, and Fremont’s activity level.

Jon Hegeman gave a Troll Report that had nothing to do with the sculpture.  He has encountered a comic, costumed performance troupe, Big Nazo that includes mountain trolls.  Hegeman would like to contract with the “absolutely mesmerizing” Rhode Island based company to create Fremont’s own troupe of articulated, troll costumes.  “Fremont culture needs to be reanimated,” Hegeman stated, and this troupe, “has Rock Star possibilities.” 

The meeting ended with a request from the Chamber web master (Pat Carr) for testimonials for the web site, and from a Chamber blogger (yours truly) for everyone to check out the blog.  While electronic monitoring of the Chamber may fill-in blanks, the best way to learn what is going on is to attend an FCC Board meeting.  Held on the last Wednesday of each month (next one on March 31st) at 8 a.m. at History House (760 North 34th St), the meetings are open to the public and everyone, awake, is welcome!

©2010 Kirby Lindsay.  This column is protected by intellectual property laws, including U.S. copyright laws.  Reproduction, adaptation or distribution without permission is prohibited.  www.fremocentrist.com

Dance…And So Much More

March 15, 2010
Karin Stevens Dancing

Karin Stevens dances in 2009 - photo by Rob Kunkle

On March 19 & 20, at 7:30p.m., Karin Stevens Dance presents a spring performance in the Great Hall of the Fremont Abbey Arts Center (4272 Fremont Avenue North.)  The show includes six new dances choreographed by Karin Stevens and performed by the members of her company.  Stevens has also chosen to showcase the considerable talents of several other artists, many of whom she met through the Abbey, and her work there as Dance Curator. 

Islamic Baroque?

Craig van den Bosch is Art Curator for the Abbey, and has been collaborating with Stevens, and her dancers, on a large project since last fall.  Inspired by the Islamic Muqarnes Domes and geometry, the dance performed will be set to a piece of re-imagined music by composer Antonio Vivaldi.

van den Bosch reworked the music.  “I’m trying to create the same feel and time frame for the dancers to follow,” with a visual dialogue.  van den Bosch has wanted to create this with previous works, in electronic composition, painting and sculpture, but has been unable until now.  As he said, “what has been eluding me is the dance component.”

Stevens has incorporated Islamic geometric patterns – triangle, square, hexagon and numbers 3, 4, 6 – into the floor patterns and the shapes of the bodies of her dancers.  “It’s pretty complex and complicated,” Stevens acknowledged.  Yet, as van den Bosch stated, “I’m excited to bring this collaboration together.” 

Improvised Dance & Music?

Stevens also met Mack Grout through the Abbey, although Grout described their first encounters as a need to “accommodate each other.”  Stevens’ dance company and Grout’s piano lessons used the same rehearsal space.  Grout, a musician, teaches music and plays jazz professionally around the Seattle area; “to make it these days you have to do all these different things.”

“It felt so natural to do music for people dancing,” he said about two original pieces he wrote for this show.  One took inspiration from chorale music while the other has “open, free chord changes.”  A jazz trio – Grout on piano, Brad Gibson on drums and Devon Lowe on bass – will perform the pieces live, along with interludes between each dance.

The show closes with a piece entirely improvised, by both the dancers and musicians.  “It’s really just fun,” Grout admitted.  At the trio “thought we would need all these cues, but it works best when we think of [the dancers] as part of the band.”  In rehearsal, they’ve done a few test improvisations and as Grout enthused, “it’s completely different every time!” 

All At The Arts Center

The show also features the 1st Cello Suite in G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed live by cellist (and Abbey public relations manager) Emily Ann Peterson, an original compostition – And You Shall Renew the Face of the Ground – by local composer Dave Chapaitis, and Tabula Rasa Part 1 by Arvo Part.

“The artistic work is exhilarating,” Stevens stated about putting the show together, but it’s “a lot of balls to juggle.”  As Dance Curator, “the delight is in the relationships at the Abbey,” she admitted, but challenges remain, like trying to devise a riser system for the Great Hall.  For this performance, though, Stevens won’t perform – due to the advanced state of her pregnancy.  She still keeps going, she admitted, “I don’t know what I’d do without my husband these days.”

Tickets to the shows, either on March 19 or 20, will be available for purchase at the door – and start at $15 for general admission, $12 for those under 25 years old, and $7 for those under 12.  With only two shows, it is much safer to order tickets in advance from Brown Paper Tickets.  “I’m super excited about it,” Grout advised, “and I think people will enjoy it!”

-by Kirby Lindsay, for Fremocentrist.com

 ©2010 Kirby Lindsay.  This column is protected by intellectual property laws, including U.S. copyright laws.  Reproduction, adaptation or distribution without permission is prohibited.  www.fremocentrist.com