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Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR)


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PO Box 117
Clifford, VA 24533

Tel: 434/989-3215
Fax: 434/946-0925
http://www.amherstglebeartsresponse.org

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston at the Third Annual Pierce Street Harlem Renaissance Festival: Soulful Sunday

Poet Anne Spencer was herself a poet of the Harlem Renaissance and hosted many famous African American poets, writers, musicians and politicians when they came through Lynchburg, Virginia. Her house and garden are now on the National Register of Historic Places, and the Harlem Renaissance Festival takes place on the block where she lived and in her house and garden. Actress Royal Shiree will host the Festival Stage in the role of Zora Neale Hurston this year and will refer visitors to AGAR's BIG READ table where AGAR volunteers will give out free copies of "Their Eyes Are Watching God" and a children's companion book, "Lies and Other Tall Tales" collected by Ms. Hurston and adapted and illustrated by Christopher Myers. AGAR will also give out copies of BIG READ book "Their Eyes Were Watching God," Reader's Guides, children's companion book copies, bookmarks, digital material BIG READ information, and flyers on future BIG READ events for the fall. The event will begin with the official unveiling of two new historic markers on Pierce Street between Twelfth Street and Fourteenth Street. Following will be food for sale, "three minute sermons" and musical performances at the festival grounds behind the "old store" at 1301 Pierce Street.

Event Location: Pierce Street near Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum, 1301 Pierce Street, Lynchburg, VA 24501

Date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 7:00pm

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THE BIG READ: Zora Neale Hurston "Their Eyes Were Watching God" Kickoff

Emmy-winning writer, scholar and performer Evelyn Moore. Ed.M. Harvard University will deliver the Keynote Lecture at the Kickoff event for THE BIG READ: Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Ms. Moore won an Emmy Award in writing for the National SEED Project: “The Bridge” (www.nationalseedproject.org - Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity, a project operating out of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College.) She is on the adjunct faculty of Lesley College in Cambridge, MA, where she teaches about Multicultural Education, Drama and Integrated Arts. Ms. Moore is active in Boston in theatre and television, and is a leader in diversity training and gender equality. She acted in the PBS national telecast of "The American Experience: Africans in America." For the Boston Science Museum, she wrote a play, "For Those of Us Who Dream," about the life of Mae Jamison, the first female African-American Astronaut. She served as a contributing writer to the Blueprints for Teaching and Learning About the Harlem Renaissance. Following the Keynote Address, The Library will then screen Oprah Winfrey Presents A Harpo Films Production, Halle Berry "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (2005) based on the novel by Zora Neale Hurston, written for television by Suzan-Lori Parks and Misan Sagay and Bobby Smith, Jr. The film is shown through arrangement with Movie Licensing USA, a division of Swank Motion Pictures, who represent the studio that owns this film and can issue a One-Time Showing License to screen this movie in the library.

Event Location: Amherst County Public Library / Madison Heights Branch, 200 River James Shopping Center, Madison Heights, VA 24572

Date: Thu, Sep 18, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

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Zora Neale Hurston, The Harlem Renaissance and Cecilia Smith Jazz Premiere: A Panel Discussion and Concert

The evening event will begin with a panel discussion of the Harlem Renaissance movement and the works of writers, composers and visual artists. Speakers will be Shaun Spencer-Hester, President of the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum in Lynchburg, Cecilia Smith, New York composer and jazz vibraphonist, and Leanne Zalewski, PhD, assistant professor of Art at Randolph College. The second half of the evening will be a concert led by Composer and vibraphonist Cecilia Smith from New York, who will perform pieces from the Harlem Renaissance period as well as a world premiere of a piece she is writing improvised around words of Zora Neale Hurston. Performing music from the Harlem Renaissance Period with Ms. Smith, as well as the premiere, will be the Lew Taylor Trio from Lynchburg, VA, and students from the Amherechos show chorus and several members of the band from Amherst County High School.

Event Location: Amherst County Public Library / Amherst Branch, 382 South Main Street, Amherst, VA 24521

Date: Mon, Sep 22, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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"Hurston and Spencer: A Poetic Tale of Two Renaissance Women" at Anne Spencer Museum

Actress and playwright Royal Shiree will premiere a one-act play, commissioned by AGAR for this BIG READ project, about the lives, works, and relationship of Harlem Renaissance Poet Anne Spencer and novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. The play will be performed on the stage of the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum, in the garden. In Case of rain, the play will be performed in the House. The play is receiving its premiere in the afternoon of the Museum's fall "Open House." The open house will be from 10 AM to 4 pm. The play will begin at 2:00 pm. A discussion of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and Mrs. Spencer and Ms. Hurston will follow. AGAR will have a "BIG READ" table at the event and will advertise BIG READ upcoming events and book discussions, as well as distributing free books of "Their Eyes Were Watching God," a few BIG READ Reader's Guides, information about BIG READ digital materials on the novel, and bookmarks.

Event Location: Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum Stage, 1313 Pierce Street, Lynchburg, VA 24502

Date: Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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BIG READ at the Clifford Ruritan Sorghum Festival

The annual Clifford Sorghum Festival features traditional rural events including the Virginia State Jousting Championships, Sorghum grinding and Cooking, Apple-Butter cooking, Brunswick Stew, crafts, blues, bluegrass, and Native American dance. This Year AGAR will have a table for THE BIG READ: "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and will give out copies of that book and a children's companion book of folktales collected by Zora Neale Hurston. AGAR will also give out BIG READ Reader's Guides for "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and bookmarks,

Event Location: Clifford Ruritan Center Grounds, Fletcher's Level Road, Clifford, VA 24533

Date: Sat, Oct 4, 2014 – Sun, Oct 5, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

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"Hurston and Spencer: A Poetic Tale of Two Renaissance Women" at Amherst Museum

Actress and playwright Royal Shiree will perform a one-act play about the lives, works, and relationship of Harlem Renaissance Poet Anne Spencer and novelist, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. The play, commissioned by AGAR, will be performed on the lawn of the old one-room Tyler schoolhouse in front of the Hamble Building of the Amherst County Historical Museum. In case of rain the performance will take place in the Hamble Center building. A discussion about "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and Ms. Hurston and Mrs. Spencer will follow. AGAR will have a "BIG READ" table at the event and will advertise BIG READ upcoming events and book discussions, as well as distributing free books of "Their Eyes Were Watching God," a few BIG READ Reader's Guides, BIG READ bookmarks and information from THE BIG READ about materials available digitally. Charge for this event is $10/adults and $2 for students.

Event Location: Amherst County Museum and Historical Society, 154 South Main Street, Amherst, VA 24521

Date: Sun, Oct 12, 2014
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

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BIG READ at James River State Park Annual Fall Festival

James River State Park's Annual Fall Festival hosts families who are camping at the State Park as well as visitors from Gladstone and neighboring communities. AGAR will have a "BIG READ" table with an actress dressed as Zora Neale Hurston and AGAR volunteers who will be available to talk about Zora Neale Hurston, the Harlem Renaissance and Ms. Hurston's work. The table will give out BIG READ book Ms. Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and companion book for children "Lies and Other Tall Tales," stories collected by Ms. Hurston, adapted and illustrated by Christopher Myers. The event will include readings and discussions of "Lies and Other Tall Tales" for children and their families at the table. AGAR will also make available BIG READ information about their digital materials on this book, bookmarks and Reader's Guides, and schedules of upcoming AGAR BIG READ activities.

Event Location: James River State Park Visitor Center Lawn, 104 Green Hill, Gladstone, VA 24553

Date: Sat, Oct 18, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

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BIG READ to children: Folk Tales Collected by Zora Neale Hurston

AGAR staff and Maxine Gasser Youth Librarian will read and discuss with children aged 5 to 12 two companion books for THE BIG READ "The Three Witches" collected by Zora Neale Hurston, adapted by Joyce Carol Thomas, and Illustrated by Faith Ringgold as well as "Lies and Other Tall Tales" collected by Zora Neale Hurston and adapted and illustrated by Christopher Myers. Children will be offered copies of "Lies and Other Tall Tales" and BIG READ bookmarks to take home.

Event Location: Amherst County Public Library / Madison Heights Branch, 200 River James Shopping Center, Madison Heights, VA 24595

Date: Sat, Nov 8, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

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Reading and Discussing Zora Neale Hurston Folktale Books for Children

AGAR staff and Maxine Gasser Youth Librarian will read and discuss with children aged 5 to 12 two companion books for THE BIG READ "The Three Witches" collected by Zora Neale Hurston, adapted by Joyce Carol Thomas and Illustrated by Faith Ringgold, as well as "Lies and Other Tall Tales" collected by Zora Neale Hurston and adapted and illustrated by Christopher Myers. Children will be offered copies of "Lies and Other Tall Tales" and BIG READ bookmarks to take home.

Event Location: Amherst County Public Library / Amherst Branch, 382 South Main Street, Amherst , VA 24521

Date: Sat, Nov 15, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

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