A blog about movies and the Sturbridge area, including The Brookfields, Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Wales, and Spencer as well as adjacent towns.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Celtic New Year – An Evening of Celtic Chamber Music

Halloween is the folk new year of the Celt, or so they say.  No expert, I'll defer to others.  Of course, you don't have to have the history perfect to enjoy good music.  A couple of virtuosi, Samantha Gillogly & Tim Maurice will be of help.  Here is the notice for an event they will play at.


Celtic New Year – An Evening of Celtic Chamber Music

Friday, November 2nd, 2012 from 7-8pm

Celebrate autumn and the Celtic New Year with an evening of Celtic Chamber Music.  New England-based violin/piano duo Samantha Gillogly & Tim Maurice perform a crossover genre combining the haunting, dynamic melodies of the Celtic tradition with the grace and lyricism of Classical-style chamber music.  At once contemplative, uplifting, and energetic, this concert is a conversation between violin and piano through the rich landscape of the Celtic spirit.  (CD signing and refreshments to follow performance.)
Tickets are $5 for this acoustic performance.


Location: The Arts Center - 111 Main St., Southbridge, MA

Monday, October 8, 2012

Socks for Siberia is hosting “An Evening with Natasha Borzilova”

I am passing this on from Michelle and Wally  If you don't know what Socks for Siberia is, you may want to check out the website linked below:

Hello Family, Friends & Supporters!

HELP us sell out our next event! ONLY 16 tickets left! We’re hoping to have Natasha play to a full room!

Because we have to finalize attendance numbers in the next few days – there will be no tickets available at the door.

We are very excited to report that we received an offer from longtime “Socks For Siberia” supporter and singer/songwriter Natasha Borzilova and Hadley Music Group in Nashville, Tennessee to perform a private concert to raise some money for our Mission, as she will be in this area in October for two other scheduled performances.  Natasha is the former lead vocalist for the band “Bering Strait” who came to the United States from Russia in 1996. The band achieved prominence in 2003 after releasing their first album “Bering Strait” being nominated for a Grammy Award and featured in a segment on the news program “60 Minutes.”  In 2005 they released their second album “Pages.” Unfortunately, the band dissolved in 2006. Natasha then decided to pursue a solo career and has sustained national recognition for the release of three albums, “Cheap Escape,” “Balancing Act,” and most recently “Out of My Hands.”

“With her newest CD, Out Of My Hands, Natasha Borzilova solidifies her place among the brightest and most talented singer/songwriters of her generation. The eleven songs that comprise this work explore relationships and life stories in a deeply personal yet peaceful perspective and it comes off exceedingly well. Natasha has always had one of the finest voices and musically fresh approaches of anyone in this genre. Out of My Hands shows that she is as capable as anyone of crafting lyrics to match her other exceptional talents. This CD is certain to become a classic. -Craig Huegel/The Monday Morning Show, WMNF,Tampa, Florida”

So, to compliment both Natasha and those of you who want to enjoy a very special evening of music, storytelling, and fellowship with Natasha, (and help raise some money for the children we support!) we have put together an event and venue for all attending to be able to truly enjoy her talents and performance.

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, at the Leicester Country Club, 1430 Main Street, Leicester, Mass. 01524, come and join us for “An Evening with Natasha Borzilova” 

Cocktails at 5:30pm (cash bar) with an International and Domestic cheese display with Swedish Meatballs; followed by an Elegant Dinner Buffet at 6:15pm including mixed greens with house dressing, pasta salad with fresh vegetables, chicken piccata, filet of sole stuffed with baby spinach, shrimp and lemon sauce, and Chef’s selected vegetable, rice and potato. Fresh strawberry shortcake for dessert served with tea and coffee

Natasha will then play two 45 minute sets starting at 7:15pm, with a break in between to meet with the audience and will have her cd’s available for purchase and autographs.

Individual tickets are $50.00 each and a table of eight persons can be purchased for $375.00. This price includes dinner, concert, and donation. To order tickets - email  socksforsiberia@charter.net
; or call 508-637-1248. Advance payment will be required and can be made by mailing a personal check or money order made payable to Socks For Siberia, 122 Long Hill Road, Brookfield, MA 01506 or you may pay by PayPal or credit card through our website at www.socksforsiberia.org  and note the event date 10/13/2012 and tickets will then be mailed to you, or they can be picked up at the door on the night of the event.

Please visit Natasha’s website www.natashaborzilova.com  and Amazon.com for more information about her and listen to some music samples.

Please feel free to call or email us for more information.

Hope to see you there!

Michele & Wally Connor
Socks For Siberia

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sturbridge Times Magazine is out, Shameless Self-Promotion-October edition

It is well and truly Fall as we begin October.  Last year, the tenth month was a diaster.  Here's hoping for lovely foliage and no freak storms.

Before I promote my own screed, I want to note it is time to vote about something important.  The ballot for THE THIRD ANNUAL STURBRIDGE TIMES READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS THE BEST OF GREATER STURBRIDGE DECIDED BY THE READERS OF THE STURBRIDGE TIMES MAGAZINE is on Page 8.  So fill out the ballot and have your voice heard.  You have to december 31st so there is enough time to be thoughtful.

The Sturbridge Times Magazine is out and I have some offerings to tout in as shameless a manner as I am capable.

On Page 5, Is a discussion of the golden years, that may not be so golden considering the economy.  To that end, in 2011 congress ordained National Save For Retirement Week.  Jeff Burdick took some time to look at the problem with me.  See what the retirement landscape looks like.

There is a new restaurant in Sturbridge.  find out the truth about Veritas on Page 16.

My column on Page 24 was like shooting fish in a barrel.  The two political conventions were circuses.

My work is published with my pen name, Richard Morchoe.  So I hope you will look for that moniker in the articles.

I'm not the only one who writes for the Sturbridge Times Magazine.  There are many other articles for your reading pleasure.  So look for it on a newstand.  If you don't find one, you can download a pdf at http://sturbridgetimes.com
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