February Festival of Theatre at UUFDC

Do not miss these three opportunities to see theatrical performances at the UUFDC in February. No treacherous drive all the way to Sturgeon Bay is required and you’ll be home before dark. Rogue Theater presents plays on both Saturday, February 7 (Policy) and Sunday, February 15 (Murder by the Book). Bill and Renee Bauernfeind present their production (No Exit) on Saturday, February 21.

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New UU Study Group

Beginning Monday, April 13, and continuing for five consecutive Mondays, Gwynne Schultz and Dick Smythe will lead a small group discussion focused on selected essays and topics from the book Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. This powerful book brings together the testimony of eighty-eight theologians and religious leaders, naturalists, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, activists, and writers to present a compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibility to our planet. Attendees will be limited to eighteen and each session will run from 9:30 am to 11am.  Each person will be expected to purchase a copy of the book, read several designated chapters before each class, and come prepared to discuss comments and ideas suggested by the readings and highlighted by Gwynne and Dick.

If you would like to participate please notify Pat Crow by phone or email by February 15.  If more than eighteen signify an interest we will still limit the class to the first eighteen to “sign up” but we will consider options to try and accommodate the others.  If fewer than eighteen people indicate an interest we will open the class to others outside the UUFDC community.

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Dickinson Poetry Series Features Student Poets from Gibraltar High School

UUFDCIn the first year of the Emily Dickinson Poetry Series, 2009-2010, a Gibraltar student was a featured reader. The reading was such a success that we knew we should encourage more student readers. We established one reading each year just for students and the successes have continued. The audiences have been moved by the depth and poignancy of the student poems.

Lauren Bremer, an English teacher at Gibraltar, teaches, coaches, and inspires the students’ poetry. This year, the sixth in the series, twelve students have already asked to read and Mrs. Bremer says there might be more. Students are still coming to her asking if there is still time to be included. Those already scheduled are: Seniors – Chris Anderson, Makenna Ash, Evan Board, Ben Bruns, Kendra Geitner, Libby Glade, Kailey House, and Lillian McDonald and Juniors – Madalyn Gray, Connor MacDonald, Olivia Potter, and Anna Snell. Several of the seniors have read previously in the series and the juniors insure that the tradition will continue.

So, mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 11 to join in a stimulating evening. The featured readers begin at 7 pm followed by an open mic. A post-reading reception provides an opportunity to discuss the poetry.

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Movies That Matter: Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff

Wisconsin’s Mining Standoff

On March 11, 2013, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation that rewrote the state’s iron mining laws, paving the way for Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) to dig a 4-mile open-pit iron mine in the pristine woods of the Penokee mountain range. The plan provoked a standoff between GTAC and its supporters seeking mining jobs, and the residents, Native American tribes and political leaders intent on protecting their communities and water from contamination. This half-hour documentary for Al Jazeera America’s series “Fault Lines” tells the story of how GTAC and its allies wielded money and power to influence the law, and goes behind the scenes with the burgeoning movement to resist the mine.

Don’t miss this documentary and discussion on Tuesday, February 17 at 4:30 pm.

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In the UU Gallery: Washington Island Artists

Washington Island’s pristine land and water vistas offer endless subjects to inspire artists. The Washington Island Art Association (WIAA) will exhibit works during January and February at the UUFDC. The exhibit opens Jan 4th and closes on the last Sunday in February.

Jeanne Cauldwell

Jeanne Cauldwell

The WIAA was formed in the early 1960’s by a group of artists who gathered on Washington Island at Martha Stelter’s Holiday Inn to paint and make art. The WIAA has continued to grow in popularity and today sponsors numerous classes, open workshops, and art shows. It is a non-profit group dedicated to the idea of bringing exceptional workshops to its members. Membership is open to beginners, amateurs and professional artists.

Participating artists are members of the WIAA and include Bob Anderson, Bruce Boeck, Julia Bresnahan, Jeanne Cauldwell, Karen DeNoto, Gary Hanks, Irene Hoeff Kuiper, Steve Lynch, Cathy Meader, Gretchen Misselt, Jane Miller, Betty Proper, Kathy Sorensen, Martha Wagner, Joel Wish, Pat Wright, Judy Yamamoto, and Margaret Young.

The WIAA is working with the Washington Island Art and Nature Center (ANC) on a fundraising campaign for the ANC called the “50th Anniversary Canvas Quilt Project”.  WIAA is inviting all artists with a love for Washington Island and the ANC to create one or more 8 x 10 canvases and donate them for our “Canvas Quilt”.  Canvases can be done in many media, including but not limited to: painting, drawing, collage, mixed media, weaving, fiber, basketry, stitchery, quilting, ceramic, etc. These will be displayed together to form one large quilt for the opening of the ANC in June and be up for most of the summer. Patrons will purchase a winning ticket and will win one of the randomly numbered canvasses at a gala 50th Anniversary celebration later in the summer.

For more information about the WIAA please go on our website www.washingtonislandarts.com or contact Cathy Meader at rcmeader@att.net

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