Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Big Read Is about More than Books

While reading and discussing our chosen title of “The Grapes of Wrath” is at the heart of The Big Read, Ridgefield’s celebration of this initiative is not just about books and reading. We have worked to put together a varied schedule of programs in other disciplines and media that will bring our community together to explore the themes that are key to Steinbeck’s book and the times in which it is set. For example, there are art exhibits at the Library and at The Aldrich and concerts presented by the Library and the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra. One special event is taking place on Thursday, September 30th at 7:30 PM at the Ridgefield Playhouse, when actor/singer/scholar Will Kaufman will present a multi-media presentation entitled “Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travellin’”. To encourage attendance at this unusual and inspiring Big Read event, the Playhouse is offering exclusive $10 ticket pricing for anyone who shows their Library card and a “Grapes of Wrath” wine-tasting at 6:30 PM compliments of Mélangé Fine Wines and Spirits. This event is hosted by The Playhouse and The Acoustic Celebration, and a portion of the proceeds will go to The Woody Guthrie Foundation. See you there!

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