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Annual Meeting Featuring "Ladies First: A One-Woman Portrayal of First Ladies"

Thursday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room

“Ladies First” is a one-woman dramatic presentation exploring the lives of six of America’s First Ladies: Mary Lincoln, Rachel Jackson, Julia Tyler, Jacqueline Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Abigail Adams. Robin Lane gives an entertaining yet accurate portrayal of the the first wives as they really were: thoughtful, caring human beings, whose lives were profoundly affected by their husbands’ calling.

The public is invited to attend both the meeting and the program. All are welcome; refreshment will be served following the program.

Friday Night Flicks Presents: Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein movie posterFriday, October 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

This completely hilarious horror spoof by the master of parody pulls out all the stops. The film is replete with stellar performances by Gene Wilder, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, and Peter Boyle. Shot in black and white, complete with Transylvanian fog and spooky laboratories, Young Frankenstein proves that low humor, double entendres, and really cheesy accents can add up to high comic art. Rated: PG.

Midnight Tales of Enchantment

Saturday, October 16th at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room

Professional storyteller and puppeteer, Marilyn O’Connor Miller, will present a series of stories in which something magical happens exactly at midnight.

Using puppets, masks, mime and music, she will weave folk and fairy tales from many lands to delight children and adults alike. Following the performance there will be a meeting of the CT Guild of Puppetry, open to the public, for those who wish to learn more about puppetry as an art form, a craft, and an educational tool. This program is co-sponsored by the CT Guild of Puppetry and the Wallingford Pubic Library.

Free tickets for this performance are available in the Children’s Library.

Cinema Club Presents: The Secret in Their Eyes

Monday, October 18th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

The Secret in Their Eyes movie posterThe Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos), an Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, is part cold-case mystery, part long-lost love story, and part thriller set both in the present and in 1970s Argentina, under the tight control of its infamous military dictatorship. Director Juan José Campanella manages to tread easily across these genres with a story that's gripping, a little outlandish, and compelling--if full of a growing sense of dread. Rated: R.

Discussion to follow movie. Refreshments will be served.

Friday Night Flicks Presents: The Karate Kid

Karate Kid movie posterFriday, October 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

Twelve-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying, but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully and kung fu prodigy, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life. Rated: PG-13.

Author Event: Vin Femia - Patriot Pride

Wednesday, October 13th at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room

Get the inside scoop on players who have played significant roles in Patriot history, including Troy Brown, Drew Bledsoe, Upton Bell, Steve Grogan and more!

Patriot Pride: The 50 Year Rise of the New England Patriots As Seen Through a Fan’s Eyes, describes how for most of its history, the Patriots didn't fit the usual mold of an NFL team. Most teams played in enormous venues such as the Superdome, the Astrodome, or the Meadowlands. The Patriots bounced from college field to college field in Massachusetts, and even played a home game in Birmingham, Alabama before settling in the small town of Foxboro, MA.

Patriot Pride also describes how the team overcame the crushing defeat of the Super Bowl in February 2008 and the devastating loss due to injury of Tom Brady in September 2008, and the efforts by the team to return to glory again in 2009.

Vin has been a life-long sports fan, having spent many hours listening to games on the radio and watching on TV while growing up in Connecticut. He has an excellent memory, which is not always the best attribute for a long-suffering Boston fan. Friends and fans often call on him to answer questions or provide background information on the game. Fans will have the opportunity to ask questions and purchase a signed copy of the book at the conclusion of the presentation. Vin donates a portion of all proceeds from the sale of Patriot Pride to the ALS Association and the International Medical Equipment Collaborative.

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