The Coastal Arts Guild will be participating in Make Music Day Stratford 2019 on Friday, June 21. Make Music Day is an international event that puts musicians and bands together with venues for free performances.
Last year, eight venues and 100 artists performed throughout Make Music Day. We would like to grow it this year and get more publicity for the event and the Coastal Arts Guild of CT.
There will be many volunteer opportunities available leading up to the day of the event. If you would like to help, fill out our volunteer interest form below and we’ll be in touch.
We’re looking for creative and artistic people to create a fun vibe for Make Music Day Stratford 2019!
Last year’s event was a lot of fun. Performers included harmonica and ukulele lessons for kids to string quartet performances and an organ demonstration and recital by Dr. Joe Utterback.
Member organization Stratford Sister Cities Chorus announces tickets are now on sale for its annual event
“25 Seasons of Love”
with guest appearances by
the Messiah Baptist Church Choir
the Stratford High Select Choir
Sunday, June 12th, 4 p.m.
Flood Middle School
For Tickets, call 203-380-6777, mailbox 1234
In other chorus news…
34 delegates represented our town at Reunion 2016 hosted in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Our Home Stay Hosts were wonderful to us, as you were in the summer of 2014 when you did the hosting. It was an awesome good time. If you are a Facebook person, you can see photos in two places: 1) Stratfords of the World Reunion UK 2016 or 2) Stratford Sister Cities Chorus You will recognize many of our global Stratford neighbors in the pictures, maybe even your homestay.
NOTE: The next Reunion of the Stratfords of the World will take place in September of 2018 in Victoria, Australia. Care to join us? Drop a line saying you would like to be kept in the loop.
Would you like to see your name in the June 12th concert program? We have a “FAN” page; you can be one for a $10 donation. Respond stating the name you would like printed on the fan page and follow up with a check payable and mailed to: Sister Cities Chorus c/o 401 Hilltop Drive, Stratford 06614. Please respond by May 27. You can mail the check later.
Stratfords of the World/Sister Cities will march in the Memorial Day Parade, so please join us as we strut our colors down Main Street on May 30. Our unit will gather on the north side of Christ Church at 11:45 a.m. Wear any combination of red, white and blue clothing.
Look for us on June 4 at the Main Street Festival. Stop by our exhibit to say hi and see the new Stratfords of the World logo coffee mugs we had made to take to the UK and to promote our organization locally. The mugs will be available for purchase.
The Friendship Garden at Boothe Memorial Park has been replanted with great help from garden designer Anne Lees of “Fleur de Lees” and many SOW volunteers who enjoyed getting down and dirty for the cause. Check it out as it fills in over the next month.
Brian Jennings is a sculptor and composer who has lived and worked in Stratford his entire life. Born in 1937, he started playing piano in the late 1940s and has several of his compositions listed in the Library of Congress, including “Refrains of Childhood Not Forgotten.” He has recorded two CDs, “Reverie” and “Reflections.”
In the last decade, he has taken up sculpture after taking classes at the Creative Arts Workshop. He works primarily in marble, in the neoclassical style. He’s lived at his home on Academy Hill since 1971.
CAGCT: Why did you choose to sculpt images of your family?
BJ: I don’t know. I suppose I know them better than anyone else. And I love little children. My mother didn’t like this image of herself. It made her look older than she was. It wasn’t very complimentary. It was really more a commentary on aging. She does have more wrinkles here than she deserves.
CAGCT: What did you do before you took up art full-time?
BJ: I worked for Oronoque Orchards for 21 years. I made the pie dough, which they shipped all around the country. They wanted me to be a manager, you know, to do things like figure out how much shortening to order and such, but I said no. I was too creative for that. It was hard work too.
CAGCT: What are you working on right now?
BJ: I’ve got my typing that is keeping me busy. I’ve been writing like a fiend. I write in dialogues – you know, Platonic dialogues? It’s on any subject I happen to think of – death, God, time – but all in dialogues. I’ve got hundreds of pages of it.
CAGCT: Your family is all musical. Your father, George Lawyer Jennings, played the cello for the New Haven Symphony, and your grandmother, Katherine Jennings, played the trombone and the piano. Your sons record and teach music at the Acoustic Refuge in Easton. Now you’ve been working on writing and sculpting these past few years. Do you feel these creative outlets are all linked for you?
BJ: I don’t know if they are linked. They are all parts of my nature, I suppose.
CAGCT: You lost your wife, Barbara Jennings, a painter, several years back. You still have many of her paintings. Do want to keep her works, or share them, perhaps sell them?
BJ: I did give away some of them. I didn’t like to surrender any of them, even the ones on the walls. Here you can see these still have price tags on them.
CAGCT: You’ve got quite an extensive set of gym equipment in your basement. What is the story?
BJ: When I was five years old, I had a ruptured appendix. I almost died. I can still see an image of myself taken away in the front yard on a stretcher. It’s always stuck with me. I think ever since then, since my recovery, I got interested in keeping fit.
I’m a great believer in inversion. I read somewhere once that the creatures that live the longest lives are the ones that have their heads lower than their bodies. So on any given day you might come by and I’ll be hanging around upside down.
Picasso said: ‘Youth has no age.’ And I believe that. Whoever said it was a good for you to age is wrong. I see these guys who retire and they sit around and get a big stomach. The older you are the more interests you need.
I did it naturally. The day is not long enough for everything I want to do. So many people are bored. I am never bored. — Brian Jennings’ phone number is probably listed in the White Pages. Or you may be lucky to meet him in person at a Guild meeting. He is not online (except here).