Picturing New York in a tiny Midwest town 10.20.2010

Written by David Green.

It’s an extravaganza of all things New York.

Stair Public Library will become a forum for art, music, history, literature, culinary arts and fun Saturday, Nov. 13, when the “Picturing New York...in a tiny Midwest town” project kicks off.

The project is presented in conjunction with Picturing America, a National Endowment for the Humanities initiative which promotes American history through art, and is funded by a grant from the American Library Association.

Included in the day’s events are several New York games to be played during National Gaming Day activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a visit from New York City author Ned Vizzini who will speak at 2 p.m. about his book, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” being turned into a movie which is now in theaters; the grand opening at 6 p.m. of the “New York, New York Art Show” featuring art posters from the Picturing America collection and art created by Morenci students; a variety of New York-inspired refreshments; and the Paul Keller Trio in a special jazz concert from 4 to 6 p.m.

 Paul Keller Trio

The Paul Keller Trio’s participation in this event will enhance the visual images with jazz music and standard American popular songs associated with New York.

Selections will include Rogers and Hart’s “I’ll Take Manhattan,” Vernon Duke’s “Autumn in New York,” George M. Cohan’s “Give My Regards to Broadway,” Irving Berlin’s “How About You,” Benny Goodman’s “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” Harry Warren’s “Lullabye of Broadway” and “Forty Second Street,” Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the ‘A’ Train” and the 1890s popular song “The Sidewalks of New York.”

String bassist Paul Keller has strong ties to Morenci. Paul’s father Rev. Ron L. Keller and his mother Patricia (Reppert) Keller both graduated from Morenci High School in the 1950s. Paul’s grandmother Twila Knoblauch still resides in Morenci.

The Paul Keller Trio includes pianist Duncan McMillan and guitarist Ralph Tope. Keller is well known for his work with Canadian singer/pianist Diana Krall with whom he has traveled the world and recorded several CDs.

For more information about Paul Keller, his jazz bands, his recordings, and his performance schedule, visit www.pkorecords.com. Keller’s CDs will be available for sale at the concert.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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