REALM CONNECT – Another Way to Give
This is a link to the recorded service, if you (and we!) are not able to access it via Facebook:
The video is posted on the homepage of Immanuel’s website, so you can find it there, as well: www.iccucc.org.
Here is a simple worship bulletin you can use to follow along with the service, if you wish:
If you haven’t already signed up with Immanuel Church Administrator Sue Fisher to join Sunday’s coffee hour, please contact Immanuel’s Associate Minister Rev. Isaac Lawson at email@example.com to join in. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We look forward to the day when we will once again gather in our beautiful sanctuary to worship together. We are pleased to share with you a letter which is part of a document from the conference ministers, “Guidance for Phasing Forward to In-Person Gatherings.” Please note the Conference’s conclusion at the end of the letter pertaining to in person worship being suspended through “at least” the end of the summer. The part of the letter you’re receiving in this e-mail does not include the recommended phases, which is a detailed guide to resuming in-person gatherings. We encourage you to read these phases in the complete document by going to the Southern New England Conference website, www.sneucc.org . There’s a new section, Phasing Forward. Additionally, there is also a video which can be viewed on Facebook.
The Worship Committee (Ashley Rogers, Arthur Rooks, Andrew Strother)
Deacon Charron Stoddart, Chair
Patricia Hollis, Moderator
Guidance for Phasing Forward to In-Person Gatherings
Updated version – May 20, 2020
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” ~ Jeremiah 29:7
This is a time unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. This is a challenging time for all of us. We have had moments of creative ingenuity and moments of overwhelming exhaustion.
We entered it in chaos, we plan to move through it with intention. We’re not reopening. Because we never closed. We have engaged ministry in new ways. We will move forward in new ways.
First, there is no way to ensure the overall safety of our congregations and communities until there is a trusted vaccine.
Second, in person worship in sanctuaries is one of the types of gatherings that is most likely to spread the infection.
In an enclosed room over a length of time the airborne viral particles can reach every corner. 6-foot or 12-foot physical distancing will not prevent this.
Speaking, praying and singing aloud propels the virus even further than just breathing.
Using masks limits but does not prevent the transmission of the disease.
Common surfaces abound.
We know that people can be carriers of the virus without any symptoms.
Third, we don’t know everything about this disease and its impact on all ages. New information is coming out daily. This makes it hard to predict trends, safety measures, and phases.
Fourth, our congregations are comprised of the populations most vulnerable to Covid-19.
Fifth, an outbreak in our churches impacts our communities and the capacity of our health care system.
We have been reviewing dozens of documents and websites on next steps for places of worship. This document is an integration and distilling of those resources tailored for our churches. We are presenting a phasing forward approach beginning with our current Base Phase and moving through 4 phases that are tied to local conditions and the guidance of local government and health care professionals.
There is no one date that can be universally applied across our Conference to every church and every community. Things differ; local regulations, building size and condition, age of congregation, size of congregation, health care capacity in community, rate and incidence of spread in community.
The way forward won’t be linear. There is the possibility of new spikes in infection that may return us to Stay Home Stay Safe requirements.
Based on these phases and the current trends we believe in person worship in buildings will need to be suspended through at least the end of the summer.
Marilyn Kendrix Don Remick Kent Siladi
Faith Congregational Church, a vibrant, inclusive Christian community working for social justice through service to God, each other and our neighbors.
Welcome to the Faith Congregational Church website. You will find exciting videos, articles, and information designed to lift your spirit and feed your desire for helpful information. Faith Church is a diverse worship community, an inclusive, justice-minded and unapologetic about our faith and our witness. We celebrate diversity, we celebrate community and we celebrate Jesus Christ. It’s that simple, but be clear that there is so much more.
We invite you to explore the many ways we seek to be a faithful church in these challenging days. Ask us your questions, we like questions. Our church may be old, in fact, it is the oldest predominately black church in the city of Hartford, but our thinking is not old at all. We are affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the first mainline church in America to speak out against slavery, the first mainline church to ordain a woman and the first church to ordain a gay person into ministry in our nation. We stand on the side of justice because we want to always seek to be on the right side of history and besides that to do what we believe Jesus our elder brother and head of the church commands.
If you are in the Greater Hartford area, come worship with us. Whoever you are, you are very welcome at Faith. Now explore the website fully, come back to it often and know that we seek your prayers as we go forward in faith.
Who We Are – Where We Are Going – What We Believe!
We Celebrate Diversity
We are a church that welcomes all! No matter who you are and where you may be on life’s journey, you are welcome at Faith Congregational Church. We work toward celebrating; whomever God sends we will seek to embrace.
We Celebrate Community
We are a church faith community that embraces the wider community and seeks to serve in ways we can. Faith Church is a place where the community can come to talk, to work, to grow. We will be part of the solution, seeking to address community concerns. We will work for justice, not just us.
We Celebrate Jesus
We will celebrate the presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. We will never apologize for our love of Jesus Christ but will celebrate the faith of others and even those with no faith. For us, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We will invite others to know Jesus and will share the love of Christ whenever and wherever we can.
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DO YOU KNOW YOUR personal HISTORY? AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY RESOURCES
- Family Search
- Black Past lists of links
- Family History Daily 10 free resources
- Genealogy Bank
- Christine’s African American Genealogy Website
- The Root
- Cyndi’s List
- Heritage Quest Research Library
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Want to go to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture?
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Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released monthly. Advance timed entry passes for individuals are released on the first Wednesday of each month. Passes go very quickly when released.
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Museums & Historical Sites
Are you aware of the series “1619” in the NY Times? According to the NYT, “The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.” Read, watch and listen HERE.
What Do We Believe?
We believe in God:
Who created and is creating, who has come to us
To reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by his spirit.
We trust him.
Jesus calls us to be his church:
To celebrate his presence, to live and serve others,
To seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus,
Crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
(from United Church of Canada)
@ UCC News
Church leaders urge education, caution and common sense as U.S. coronavirus cases increase
Here are a number of precautionary measures the UCC Human Resources Department shared with staff in the national offices.
• Stay home if you are feeling sick.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
• Disinfect surfaces used regularly.
• Use hand sanitizer.
• Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
• Practice these precautionary measures at home and pass this information along to family and friends.
If you have traveled internationally during the last 14 days, feel sick with fever or cough, or have difficulty breathing the CDC has several recommendations:
• Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
• Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
• Avoid contact with others.
• Do not travel while sick.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
Bookmark these resources for developing information:
- CDC COVID-19 updates.
- CDC New travel alerts.
- World Health Organization updates.
- WHO Preparedness resources.
- Coronavirus resources from the UCC.
- Ohio Department of Health information.
- FEMA, general disaster guidance for Houses of Worship.
Should Churches Return to Worship in Their Sanctuaries?
A Pastoral letter from the Leadership of the Wider United Church of Christ
As the country debates how, when, and under what circumstances life might return to normal, leaders in every setting of the church are deliberating about returning to their sanctuaries for worship.
As leaders in the United Church of Christ, we want to send a clear and strong message to congregations who are considering going back to meeting in person: We urge you to wait until ALL safety concerns have been addressed. We want to offer what guidance we can about issues you should consider in your deliberations.
We are sure that, like us, you have been inundated with materials about the COVID-19 virus. Some of it seems to be contradictory at times. Much of it is being and has been politicized. Discerning fact from fiction can be tricky. We would like to share with you the resources that we have found helpful in our own deliberations, as well as any wisdom we have that could be useful to you.
Among the most impactful articles we have seen is “The Risks—Know Them—Avoid Them,” by Erin Bromage. The article talks in great detail about how the virus is spread and mentions in particular how church life which we experience as normal could prove to be a threat to our worshipers. We strongly encourage you to read this as a part of your decision-making process. Here is the link to that article.
Of all the things we could say, we lead with this principle: Please make every decision based on how it will affect the most vulnerable among you. Many of us will be able to attend services and activities as fully healthy, low-risk individuals. Others, though, will come out of a deep love for and obligation to their church, deciding to take a risk in order to be back with their church family. We urge you to keep that in mind as you process your decisions.
Conference leaders have sent guidance to their churches about the process of deciding how and when to return. We, as national and regional leaders are encouraging churches to consult their Conference website for materials relevant to their setting for ministry.
In a recent email, the Rev. Nigel Uden, Moderator of the United Reformed Church (United Kingdom), offered his prayerful support. In it, he wrote about a deacon of the church in Coventry. That deacon was trying to persuade a young pastor to serve that church in the decade that followed not only the Second World War, but the utter annihilation of the city of Coventry at the hands of the Germans. Their precious church was laid bare. What the deacon said to the young pastor convinced him to come and serve: “There is nothing in this church that cannot be changed as long as the Gospel is preached and the Kingdom of God extended.”
Those words have proven to be quite precious and prescient. They have reminded us that when the world forces change upon us, and with it the tremendous burden of grief and loss, our task remains but this: preach the Gospel and extend the Kindom. No matter what we decide in the coming days, even if it means sheltering in place a while longer, the gospel will be preached and the realm of God will grow through our efforts.
In the words of Julian of Norwich, written from her cell at the church in Norwich that was built as her own shelter in the time of the Plague: “All shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of thing shall be well.”
The Council of Conference Ministers United Church of Christ
The National Officers of the United Church of Christ
The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer
General Minister and President
The Rev. Traci Blackmon
Associate General Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries
The Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson
Associate General Minister, Wider Church Ministries
History? Of Course…
The Amistad was and is many things:
- It was a Cuban coasting schooner,
- It was a famous court case,
- It was an historic event that shaped the nation and the United Church of Christ,
- It is a contemporary floating museum,
- It is a special Sunday in the United Church of Christ,
- It is an inspiration.
In 1839, a group of enslaved Africans broke free while being transported around the island of Cuba aboard the coasting schooner Amistad. They attempted to sail the small vessel back to Africa, but where captured by the US Revenue Brig Washington off the coast of Long Island, charged with mutiny, and threatened with return to slavery.
Connecticut Congregationalists formed the Amistad Committee, which organized a legal defene, eased the captives confinement during the lengthy court case, and eventually funded their return to Africa after winning a favorable decision from the US Supreme Court. [Faith Church’s ancestor congregation played an important role in the entire event, raising money to assist in the defense, and sent 2 missionaries to accompany the former captives back to Africa.]
The Amistad Committee became a seed for wider advocacy for the abolition of slavery in the United States. In 1846, Lewis Tappan, an Amistad Committee leader, founded the American Missionary Association, the first abolitionist organization with integrated leadership. After the Civil War, the AMA went on to found schools, churches, libraries and universities for the newly freed African Americans of the South.
Freedom Schooner Amistad
In 2000, a two-year building project sponsored in part by the UCC climaxed in the launch of the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a reconstruction similar to the schooner of 1839, as a floating museum about the Amistad Incident and the history of slavery. Homeported in New Haven, Connecticut, she sails the Atlantic coast on her mission of education and reconciliation. The non-profit organization Amistad America operates the schooner.
The UCC commemorates the 1839 struggle for freedom, the Amistad Committee, and the American Missionary Association’s heritage on Amistad Sunday, typically held the second Sunday in March.
Go to an annotated bibliography of Amistad videos available through the Ruth Dudley Resource Center
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Trinity Health Of New England and Charter Oak Health Center are bringing free COVID-19 testing out into the local Hartford community. As part of a joint venture with Charter Oak Health Center free COVID-19 testing is being made available at 19 different locations, three days per week, from May 26 through July 8.
Patients are welcome to walk up to a testing location, no appointment necessary, and receive a free COVID-19 test. The mobile testing program is available for all ages, 6 months and older. Each mobile test site will be staffed by individuals from Charter Oak and Saint Francis Hospital, a member of Trinity Health Of New England.
The mobile test program will run 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. as follows (weather permitting, subject to change):
- Tuesday June 2, 2020 | Arroyo Community Center – 30 Pope Park Drive, Hartford, CT
- Wednesday June 3, 2020 | Collin /Bennet Building – 1229 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT
- Thursday June 4, 2020 | Chelsea Place Care Center – 25 Lorraine Street, Hartford, CT
- Tuesday June 9, 2020 | Trinity Hill Care Center – 151 Hillside Avenue, Hartford, CT
- Wednesday June 10, 2020 | Riverside Health & Rehab Center – 745 Main Street, East Hartford, CT
- Thursday June 11, 2020 | Citadel of Love – 167 Barbour Street, Hartford, CT
- Tuesday June 16, 2020 | Mt. Olive – 20 Battles Street, Hartford, CT
- Wednesday June 17, 2020 | Phillips CME – 2500/2550 Main Street, Hartford, CT
- Thursday June 18, 2020 | Union – 1921 Main Street, Hartford, CT
- Tuesday June 23, 2020 | Keeney Park – Greenfield/Woodland Street Entrance, Hartford, CT
- Wednesday June 24, 2020 | The Artists’ Collective – 1200 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT
- Thursday June 25, 2020 | Sarah J. Rawson School – 260 Holcomb Street, Hartford, CT
- Tuesday June 30, 2020 | Blue Hills Avenue (Family Worship Center COGOP) – 650 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford, CT
- Wednesday July 1, 2020 | Parkville Community School – 47 New Park Avenue, Hartford
- Thursday July 2, 2020 | Urban League of Greater Hartford – 140 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT
- Tuesday July 8, 2020 | Windsor Shopping Center – 530 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT
Bloomfield, CT is a bi-weekly FoodShare site. Anyone age 16+ can come to the Senior Center every other Tuesday beginning May 19, June 2, 16 and 30 and beyond. The truck arrives at 12:45 pm. People begin to arrive at noon, they get a number, wait in the Carmen Arace parking lot, then are called to drive through to get food which will be placed in your trunk or back seat. So many people are struggling to make it. This is just another opportunity to get help. No names or questions are asked.
Attention: Self Employed, Independent Contractors
Labor Department Launches New System Today For Self-Employed
To Apply For Federal Unemployment Benefits
April 30, 2020
WETHERSFIELD – Today, the Connecticut Department of Labor began accepting claim applications for the self-employed, many who are eligible to collect unemployment insurance benefits under the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.
“Our agency is proud of the work it has accomplished in order to serve the self-employed – individuals who have not been to apply for unemployment benefits in the past, but are now facing workplace situations never seen prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said State Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby. “The new online ReEmployCT system meets mandated integrity requirements while providing a federally-required two-step application process.
Federal guidelines require that self-employed individuals, including independent contractors and “gig” workers, first apply through the Connecticut unemployment system located on www.filectui.com. Applicants must receive a determination notice in the mail from the Connecticut Department of Labor before they can apply on the newly-designed Pandemic Unemployment Assistance online system that will also be located at www.filect.com.
Self-employed individuals will follow this two-step application process:
Step 1) Beginning April 30:
- File a regular state claim application with the Connecticut Department of Labor at filectui.com, using the BLUE button to file.
Note: Self-employed individuals who already filed a claim application through this system SHOULD NOT file again. The agency has these original claims and a duplicate is not needed.
Before the supermarket boom, there were neighborhood markets where most people did their grocery shopping. They served as a junction for the exchange of ideas and gossip in much the same way as barbershops and beauty salons still do today. It was typical for owners of these markets to live in the neighborhood. They were part of the community and often took an active interest in what best served its needs. The Family Stone is set in the memory of these institutions long gone from most of the American economic landscape.It is the year following the long, hot summer in America. Abraham and Winona Stone are the owners of Willie’s Market, a corner grocer in an urban community known as East Liberty, a Mecca where people within the community can catch up on the latest gossip regarding their uncommon neighbors. Theresa Peoples, a beautician during the week, a nude dancer on the weekends. Reverend Embry Wilshire, a man on a quest to redeem every sinner’s soul, his own being his most challenging. Jessie Wilkerson, philosopher, a learned man of unknown origin and past. These characters, and more, round out the stories of this neighborhood cast in The Family Stone.
So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo
A current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today’s racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Editor at Large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions readers don’t dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.
Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. Her messages are passionate but finely tuned, and crystalize ideas that would otherwise be vague by empowering them with aha-moment clarity. Her writing brings to mind voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay, and Jessica Valenti in Full Frontal Feminism, and a young Gloria Naylor, particularly in Naylor’s seminal essay “The Meaning of a Word.
Complex Puzzle is a Coming to Age Historical Fiction of a trusting black girl growing up in a family of 7 children to a single Mom. Her mother, having experienced may hardships, feels Kimberly is a target to those who have negative intensions. Kimberly’s mother, The Queen as she calls her, is hard on the youngster as she tries to prevent the streets from absorbing her. It’s evident that Kimberly fails to understand the hardships faced by blacks in the late 1960’s so The Queen tries in the only way she knows to get Kim to toughen up. Kimberly, being a teenager, fights her mother, as she believes she is not loved. At the same time her eyes open to the racial problems in Baltimore city and the country.
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City of Hartford Job Opportunities
The City of Hartford is currently hiring:
- Family, Children, Youth & Recreation – Life Guard (Seasonal)
- Public Works – Maintainer
- Public Works – Management Services Officer
- Family, Children, Youth & Recreation – Recreation Assistant
Click here to learn more and apply:
Summer Learning, Summer Meals & Resources 2020
Summer Learning Opportunities, Enrichment, and the Superintendent’s Reading Challenge Visit www.hartfordschools.org/SummerEnrichment to discover Summer Enrichment Opportunities registration, Summer Reading Lists for all ages, and registration for the our Summer Reading Challenge for grades K-12! Summer Youth Programs in Greater Hartford Click here to explore the 2020 CT Youth (Summer) Directory. Summer is a wonderful time for students to participate in …
Hartford Public Schools
Dear HPS Students and Families, This evening, Governor Lamont and Education Commissioner Cardona announced that they are recommending that schools will reopen full time in the Fall. Their decision was based on the current outlook of COVID-19 in the state of Connecticut. However, safely reopening schools will require significant health and safety measures to be implemented. We expect detailed guidance …
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Absentee Ballot Application for the August 11, 2020, Primary
Hartford residents will begin receiving Absentee Ballot Applications from the Secretary of State’s Office. Applications will be sent only to registered active Democrats and Republicans voters, for the August primary only. If you wish to receive a ballot, please complete the application and return it in the self-addressed stamped envelope provided. If you do not receive an application by July 15th, and wish to receive an applications, contact the Town Clerk or call at 860-757-9750.
The City of Hartford polling places will be open on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, for anyone who chooses to vote in person. All polling places will follow strict guidelines for COVID-19 to ensure that any voter that appears can participate in the democratic process in the safest possible way. Link is attached if you need to check your voting location.
Census 2020 -Overall Timeline
Counting every person living in the United States is a massive undertaking, and efforts begin years in advance. Here’s a look at some of the key dates along the way:
- April 1: This is Census Day, a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline. We use this day to determine who is counted and where in the 2020 Census. When you respond, you’ll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home. You can respond before or after that date. We encourage you to respond as soon as you can.
- April 29 – May 1: The Census Bureau will count people who are experiencing homelessness over these three days. As part of this process, the Census Bureau counts people in shelters, at soup kitchens and mobile food vans, on the streets, and at nonsheltered, outdoor locations such as tent encampments.
- April 16 – June 19: Census takers will work with administrators at colleges, senior centers, prisons, and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted.
- May 27 – August 14: Census takers will interview homes that haven’t responded to the 2020 Census to help make sure everyone is counted.
- December: The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress as required by law.
- March 31: By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to the states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.
Monday, July 13th, the Hartford Court of Common Council will hold a virtual Public Comment and City Council Meeting via the WebEx platform.
WHO: Hartford Court of Common Council
WHAT: Public Comment and City Council Meeting
WHEN: Monday, July 13th, 6:00pm – Public Comment
7:00pm – City Council Meeting
WHERE: Hartford Public Access Television, www.hpatv.org or channel 96 for Comcast/Xfinity customers
To sign up to speak please reach out to David Grant (860) 757-9738, email@example.com. The deadline to register is 5:30 pm, Monday, July 13th. Once signed up, participants will be given a conference number and are asked to call in by 5:40pm to receive further instructions. Public Comment will begin promptly at 6:00pm with the City Council meeting taking place shortly after.
Assessors Office – Important Revaluation Data Mailer
The assessor’s office has begun the 2021 real estate revaluation process with a mailing to residential real estate owners requesting verification of the physical descriptions of their properties. Please review the information on the mailer and return it to the assessor’s office in the envelope provided with any corrections that you believe necessary or none if you believe the general description to be accurate.
The information will be used as the foundation for an October, 2021 city-wide reassessment. Revaluations, mandated by Connecticut State Statute, must be conducted every five years. They are required to re-align real estate assessments with current market values and correct any assessment inequalities that may have developed since the previous revaluation in 2016.
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Office of Sustainability – Single-use PLASTIC BAG Ban Effective December 15, 2019 for 8,000 sq ft establishments in phase 1.
Like Jazz? Want to Keep Up With What’s Happening?
You can add the Hartford Jazz Society’s events to your calendar automatically HERE.
The Hartford Jazz Society announces that due to COVID-19, The Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz Series will not be presented in 2020.
Live in Hartford? Get Your Free Tickets Today!
Hartford residents who are Hartford Public Library cardholders can now reserve up to 2 free tickets to plays at Hartford Stage as part of our new partnership. Each of the seven branches of Hartford Public Library will have a two-ticket pass per eligible show. Patrons can check online to see where passes are available, but they must ask for them in person at any of the seven Library locations. Once you have reserved the tickets at a Library branch, you must confirm the seats by calling the box office at Hartford Stage, 860-527-5151.
The Complete History of Comedy [Abridged]
Rescheduled: October 1-11, 2020
Written and Directed by Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor
From the highbrow to lowbrow, and everything in between, The Reduced Shakespeare Company in THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (abridged) covers comedy through the ages. Enjoy fast and furious funny from such sources as Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Molière to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and Drunk History.
Rescheduled: October 22-November 15, 2020
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Melia Bensussen
Ah, Wilderness! takes place in a picturesque Connecticut town at the turn of the 20th century and paints a nostalgic portrait of small-town values, teenage growing pains, and young love. The warm-hearted play centers on teenaged Richard Miller, an aspiring poet who falls in love with the “girl-next-door.” His love letters and ensuing adventures lead his parents to recall their own romance and youth. Bensussen’s production of O’Neill’s only comedy promises to be a joyous ode to Americana and the celebration of family, infused with period-appropriate live music.
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