Saturday, October 28th, 2017 -

Over the River and Through the Woods

By Joe DiPietro       

October 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Garner Performing Arts Center

Price: $14.00 including tax

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in New Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for-marketing executive- would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them and the news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. His grandparents cannot imagine why he would leave them for a job in Seattle. The grandparents do their level best to keep him in New Jersey, including bringing to dinner the lovely-and single- Caitlin O’Hara- as bait. We won’t give away the ending here.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Christmas Tour of Governor’s Mansion - Meet at the Governor’s Mansion, 200 N Blount St., Raleigh at 9:45 am for tour of the decorated rooms of the mansion. Admission is free, but we are asked to bring toys and books for Toys for Tots. Lunch will be at Big Ed’s about a half mile down the street from the mansion. Parking will probably cost around $5.


Saturday, February 3, 2018 - You Can’t Take it With You at Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W Garner Rd, Garner, at 2 pm. Cost $12. You Can’t Take It With You, winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize is a classic American stage comedy that deftly blends elements of farce, slapstick, whimsical humor, social commentary, and romance, together with a generous dash of good-natured optimism about the human condition. First staged in December, 1936, at the time when the United States was only beginning to recover from the bleakest days of the Great Depression, You Can’t Take It With You was the third play written by the team of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart the most successful collaborators in the history of American theater.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - Church Basement Ladies at Temple Theatre, 220 Carthage St., Sanford, at 2 pm. Cost $22. Church Basement Ladies has been playing to sellout crowds for 29 months in Minneapolis. The church basement kitchen throughout much of America is often the heart and soul of any church. In Church Basement Ladies, we meet the pastor, three main kitchen cooks and one daughter who run the kitchen and care for the congregation by preparing and serving the food. Like any great kitchen, problems are solved here as well. We see the four women handle a Lutefisk Dinner, a funeral, an Easter Fund Raiser, and, of course, a wedding. The stave off potential disasters, have fun, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the pastor on due course. This musical comedy based on recipes, food, and change in the church is funny, heartwarming, and down to earth. It will bring back memories of many people you know from churches everywhere.

Monday - Friday, April 9 - 13, 2018 - Virginia Beach, Historic Norfolk and Colonial Williamsburg - Diamond Tours Bus Trip, $559 per person, double occupancy, includes 4 nights in Virginia Beach, 8 meals, Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Guided tour and day at Colonial Williamsburg, Dinner Cruise with dancing on the Spirit of Norfolk, Admission to the Nauticus and Battleship Wisconsin, Virginia Beach Aquarium and Marine Science Center, and Visit to Yankee Candle Village. Deposit of $75 per person guarantees a space on this trip. Final Payment due in January.

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - The Dixie Swim Club - at Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W Garner Rd, Garner, at 2 pm. Cost $12. Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and "perfect" life, and continues to be the group's leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of "teamwork," rally 'round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. The Dixie Swim Club is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 Church St., Kenly, NC. Meet at the museum entrance at 10 am. Cost $7 per person. Come visit and step back in time to a turn-of-the-century homestead, including a restored house and detached kitchen, smokehouse, log tobacco barn, and even an outhouse. The 6,000 square foot museum features both permanent and rotating exhibits on farm life, southern medicine, domestic skills, rural social life, and artifacts. Take a trip back in time to a simpler way of life. Lunch at Cracker Barrel, Springfield.


Sunday, June 10, 2018 - Don’t Dress for Dinner - Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh at 3 pm. Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, while his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a Cordon Bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof. What could possibly go wrong? Well… Suppose Robert turns up, not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers and consequently determined that Jacqueline will not leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook must pretend to be the mistress, and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi is confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

October 20, 2018 - Dearly Departed - Garner Performing Arts Center, 742 W Garner Rd, Garner, at 2 pm. Cost $12. In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you." Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.

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