Granby Parents for a Safe Graduation announced the winners of the 2017 art competition. The first place entry will be used to design the invitation for the Granby Memorial High School’s safe graduation party. The winning design is featured on a complementary grad night t-shirt that all seniors receive. The grad night party is free to all graduating seniors and will be held this year on June 19 at the Farmington Valley YMCA in Granby.
Last November, Granby resident Lori Catlin Garcia contacted local art teachers seeking help with winter decorations and other art projects for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where she is the facilities creative manager. Several local students, teachers and artists stepped forward to share their talents.
Granby Memorial Middle School presents Alice In Wonderland on Friday, May 19, at 6 p.m. at the Granby Memorial Middle School Cafeteria. Admission is free. Come join them as Alice takes her adventures down the rabbit hole into a world of fantasy and fun! The show is appropriate for all ages, so grab the kids and come along for the adventure!
The Granby Artists Association announces a new spring show of members’ artwork at the Simsbury Public Library in the downstairs program room and display case from May 2 to 30. Above, Sally Sargent Markey’s painting of the Farmington River will be among those displayed.
By Tim Nolan, High School Reporter
Imagine Render is a nonprofit organization that strives to “create positive and lasting change through the arts, education and projects that build community.” Its main project is Empty Bowls. Empty Bowls has become an international effort to raise funds and awareness towards the fight against hunger. This spring will be the 27th edition of the event, and its outreach has continued to spread each year. Seven years ago, that outreach extended to Granby Memorial High School.
Empty Bowls at GMHS began as an independent project run exclusively by the high school students. The event was a way for students to showcase their artistic talents while supporting the hungry of the community. In more recent editions, students have been given the opportunity to share their musical talents as well. All proceeds from the event are donated to the Granby Food Bank. The Hartland Food Bank and Waste Not, Want Not Community Kitchen have received contributions in the past as well.
By Eileen Longhi
Do you enjoy books about horses? Would you like to learn more about the Korean War, often referred to as the “forgotten war?” A special horse and the war come together at the Lunch for the Mind March program. The Civic Engagement Education Team welcomes author Janet Barrett’s discussion of the fascinating story: They Called Her Reckless: A True Story of War, Love and One Extraordinary Horse at the Granby Senior Center on Wednesday, March 15, at 12:30 p.m.
The story begins in Oct. 1952 when a Marine lieutenant decided his unit needed a horse to help carry heavy shells from ammo dumps to their firing positions. Reckless became a hero and legend in March 1953 carrying more than 9,000 shells in 51 trips over three days and also getting slightly wounded. Barrett’s book reveals, “Reckless was an extrovert whose antics delighted the war-weary Marines, such as her stealing food, Goebel beer and mess hall chow and, when she could snatch one, cigarettes from her admirers.” Her unofficial epitaph has become, “She was no horse—She was a Marine!”
When Barrett first heard the story of Reckless, she knew she would write the book. She has been fascinated by horses all her life and for 25 years she rode, owned and cared for them. At one time she had a company, Horses for Courses, which booked horses for print and TV ads. Barrett has also written about health, sports and education as well as written for TV, radio and the public relations field. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Communications. Copies of the book about this amazing warhorse will be for sale after the program. Please register by calling 860-844-5352. Cost is $5. Bring your own lunch. Beverage and dessert provided.
Hear ye, hear ye! Come one, come all to the ball! Don’t sit in your own little corner in your own little room! Nothing is impossible! Your carriage awaits so if you want to find the glass slipper come to Granby Memorial High School Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 18, at 3 and 7 p.m. or Sunday, March 19, at 3 p.m. to see the MAGIC! The GMHS drama club is proud to present this wonderful musical rendition of everyone’s favorite fairy tale!
Patron seating will be available for purchase at Granby Pharmacy the first week in March. Patron seating is $25 a ticket and seating is in the first six rows. Also, the 3 p.m. Saturday show is $10 for everyone. Come enjoy the show at a discount and bring the whole family! For more details, support the GMHS drama club by liking us on Facebook (GMHS Drama Club); follow us on Twitter @GMHS_drama, and our new Instagram @gmhsdrama. Remember the magic is in you!
The Prince is Giving a Ball! Hear ye, hear ye! Come one, come all to the ball! Don’t sit in your own little corner in your own little room! Nothing is impossible! Your carriage awaits and if you want to find the glass slipper come to Granby Memorial High School Auditorium Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m.; Saturday March 18 at 3 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 19 at 3 p.m. and see the MAGIC! For more details support the GMHS drama club by liking it on Facebook (GMHS Drama Club) and follow it on Twitter for more @GMHS_drama, and its new Instagram @gmhsdrama
Remember the magic is in you!
By Peggy Shaw
Good Company Theater is excited to present its next production, James and the Giant Peach. Adapted for the stage from Roald Dahl’s children’s classic of the same name, the play is directed by Christopher Bushey. Musical director Rick Handville has incorporated several new wonderful and whimsical songs by Denny Moon.
James Henry Trotter, played by Jake Scotto, is a young boy who lives with his parents in England. On James’ birthday they plan to go to New York City and visit the Empire State building, but circumstances change. Expect some major surprises as James escapes the house of his wicked, greedy aunts, Sponge and Spiker, and rides off in a magical giant peach with new friends: a grasshopper (Steve O’Brien); a spider (Becky Sears); a lady bug (Jacqueline Lasry); a centipede (Enrico DiGiacomo); a mysterious, magical old man (Cliff Gibson); and an earthworm (Bob King). The cast also includes a chorus of young teens who will take on various roles.
The show will take place at South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook Street on March 3, at 7 p.m.; March 4, at 2 and 7 p.m.; and March 5, at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available soon at goodcompanytheaterct.org and at Granby Pharmacy as well as at the door.