PRIME Happenings- September
Sept. 6-15, "The English Channel" at Suffolk University, Boston. The C. Walsh Theatre will present the world premiere of Robert Brustein's play "The English Channel," directed by Wesley Savick from Sept. 6-15. The year is 1593. The plague has closed the Elizabethan playhouses and William Shakespeare is taking refuge in the Mermaid Tavern, writing sonnets. The playwright is tangled up in sexual, artistic, and political intrigue. The content of this play is not recommended for children. All seats are general admission. Tickets are $30 and $15 for students and seniors with identification. Box Office: Theatre Mania 866-811-4111 or Theatermania.com. The C. Walsh Theatre is located at 55 Temple St. on Beacon Hill, behind the State House near Cambridge Street and the Charles Street, Park Street, and Government Center T Stations. Parking is available in the Center Plaza Parking Garage and the Boston Common Parking Garage.
Sept. 7-8 and 14-15, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Holyoke Catholic High School Performing Arts Club will be presenting its annual fall musical, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Sept. 7-8 and 14-15, 7:30 p.m., in the Elms College, Veritas Auditorium. Tickets: adults $12, seniors and students $8. Call Barbara at 536-8567 for advance ticket sales. Tickets will be available at the door.
Sept 8, Charlie King and Karen Brandow in Concert. The concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society Meeting house, 245 Porter Lake Dr., Springfield; $12 at the door. For information/reservations call 562-3990; website: uNiCoffeehouse. org.
Sept. 8 and 15, Community-Wide Tag Sales. Rockridge Retirement Community, a not-for-profit campus offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Residential Care and the Gardens Neighborhood for Memory Support, will hold two consecutive weekends of community-wide tag sales from 8 a.m-1 p.m. on Sept. 8 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sept. 15. Both events will be held on the front lawn of the Rockridge Campus, located at 25 and 37 Coles Meadow Road.
Sept. 9, Members Day at the National Yiddish Book Center. The National Yiddish Book Center, located at the campus of Hampshire College, 1021 West St., Amherst, will hold its fifth annual Members Day Sept. 9 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. All day: screenings of "A Bridge of Books;" 11:15 a.m., update on Book Center programs and new building expansion; 11:45 a.m., a look at the future of Yiddish education at the Book Center; 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., guided tours of Yiddish Book Repository and Yiddish Writers Garden; 2:30 p.m. concert by Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird with Michael Winograd on clarinet. For more info call 256-4900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.yiddishbookcenter.org.
Sept. 9, Dozynki-Polish Harvest Festival. St. Joseph's Polish National Catholic Church in Westfield will hold its annual Dozynki-Polish Harvest Festival on Sept. 9 from noon-5 p.m. at the parish social center and parish grounds, Main Street and Clinton Avenue, Westfield. The Harvest Wreath, which will be blessed during the 8 a.m. Mass that morning, will be brought to the festival with the procession starting at 2 p.m. The Dozynki program highlighted by members of the parish dressed in Polish costumes and singing beautiful folk songs, will follow. The St. Joseph's Dozynki Dancers will perform traditional Polish folk dances as well. The Leo Murawski Orchestra will accompany the fun-filled hour as well as provide music for your dancing pleasure from 1-2 p.m. as well as from 3-5 p.m. Our 2007 program will also include games for children and youth as well as the adults. New games, surprises will be added to this year's format.
Sept. 10, 11, Irish Language Classes. The Irish Cultural Center at Elms College will offer weekly Introductory Irish Language classes beginning Sept. 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. through the Elms Continuing Education Dept. For those who already have an introductory knowledge of Irish, Irish Language study group beginning Sept. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. To register for either course, call the Elms College registrar's office at 265-2314. Cost is $150; $100 for Cairde members of the Irish Cultural Center.
Sept. 14, "Gypsy". The Exit Seven Players of Ludlow announce "Gypsy" will be presented on Sept. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. All performances will be held at the Exit Seven Theater located at 37 Chestnut St., Ludlow. Ticket prices at the theater are $15/preferred seating (first three to four rows of the theater), $12/reserved seating and $10/senior and children (12 and under). To make your reservations, visit www.exit7players.com or call 583-4301.
Sept. 15, Party for Breast Cancer Relief, presented by Cummins Northeast to benefit The Rays of Hope, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. at the Waterfront Tavern, Holyoke. Live music by Total Recall. Taco bar buffet and raffle. Tickets: $15. Call Tricia or Kerry at 737-2659 for info.
Sept. 15, Home Sewing Exchange. Bargains in home sewing supplies and inspiration for fall sewing projects will be found at the 16th Annual Home Sewing Exchange, sponsored by the Florence Congregational Church Ladies' Group at the Florence Congregational Church, 130 Pine St., Florence from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Doughnuts and coffee will be available. Lunch will be served, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A bake sale will be included with lots of goodies.
Sept 16, Alan Newhouse, editor of A Living Lens. The National Yiddish Book Center, located on the campus of Hampshire College, 1021 West St., Amherst, will present Alana Newhouse, editor of A Living Lens: Photographs of Jewish Life from the Pages of the Forward, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6. Never before seen photographs include the classic images one has learned to associate with the Forward-Lower East Side pushcarts, Yiddish theater, and labor rallies along with many surprises. A book signing will follow the presentation. For more info call 256-4900, email email@example.com, or visit our website at www.yiddishbookcenter.org.
Sept 29, St. Francis of Assisi Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the church, corner of Ellington (Rte. 30) and Pleasant Valley, South Windsor. Free admission and parking; over 100 artisans; face painting and sand art for children; raffles, bake sale, food concession. Donations of canned goods will be accepted for the South Windsor Food Bank.
Sept. 30, Octoberfest. Sacred Heart Church on Chestnut Street will be holding an Oktoberfest on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the church. This year the festival offers German music and entertainment, children's games, baking contests, and raffles. Call the rectory at 732-3721 for more details.
Nov. 9-11, 32nd Annual Roman Catholic Charismatic Retreat with Fr. Benedict Groeschel at Holy Family Retreat house, West Hartford, Connecticut. Cost: $175 early bird (before Sept. 30) must be paid in full by Sept. 30; $185 regular ($50 deposit to hold space) must be paid in full by Oct. 15. If you choose to room alone, add $10 to the above cost. Cost includes room and four meals three Saturday, one Sunday. For further info call the Retreat Hot Line at 547-0118.