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.

  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Front.cowboy
    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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