Martin County Library System Press Releases

May 21, 2014

Poetry series begins May 27, continues June 10 and 17 with IRSC Literature Professor at Blake Library

For immediate release: May 21, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-320-3205

Stuart, FL – Beginning Tuesday May 27 and continuing on Tuesdays June 10 and 17 from 2 to 3:30 pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, IRSC Literature Professor Dr. Roderick Hofer will present a three-part poetry lecture series. A schedule follows:

May 27, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm
POETRY: ITS FORMS
Dr. Hofer will cover imagery, the line, the stanza, and tonal patterns. He will also touch on the modes–narrative, lyric, and elegiac. Selected individual poems will illustrate these conditions and their effects.

June 10, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm
POETRY: ITS HISTORY
This presentation will begin with the Anglo-Saxon period and then move through the Middle English, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romantic, Modern, and Contemporary periods. Selected works works will illustrate the general thematic tendencies and formal variety of each period.

June 17, Tuesday, 2-3:30pm
POETRY: ITS VALUE
Dr. Hofer will present on what poetry reveals about language, the imagination, and the human impulse toward design.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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April 23, 2014

2013 Best Florida Fiction winner Mary E. Dawson to discuss one of FL’s most beautiful roads May 3

For immediate release: April 23, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Palm City, FL – Come and explore the Martin Grade through photos and stories with award-winning author Mary E. Dawson, Saturday May 3 from 2 to 3pm at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City.

The Martin Grade in western Martin County was recently named one of Florida’s most beautiful roads. Discover its history; what you can do along the way, what makes the Grade’s magnificent tree canopy unique, and how designating it a Florida Scenic Highway can protect the trees and the “Martin County difference.”

Mary E. Dawson is the author of two prize-winning novels, “The River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian, and the Amazon Queen,” which is now available at Amazon.com and “Code Name Nanette,” which is in production. “The River Way Home” is a tale of old Florida for young and old alike. Rich in historical detail, it draws the reader deep into the beauty and mystery of Florida’s unique environment to experience her characters’ exploration of friendship, loss, and possibility.

A former professional photographer, editor for NASA, community activist, elected official, and attorney, Mary searched from New Orleans, to Seattle, to Houston, and Miami, before she found the place she calls home – a small remnant of Florida’s last frontier, which she shares with friends, family, and a black-and-tan hound that wandered out of the Allapattah Flats one sunny afternoon.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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Book signing with acclaimed local author Carol Matthews Rey at Elisabeth Lahti Library May 3

For immediate release: April 23, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Indiantown, FL – Saturday May 3 from 1 to 4pm at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown, Martin County’s very own Carol Matthews Rey will be meeting-and-greeting fans for a book signing of her latest publication, Images of America: Indiantown. Come and enjoy the “old Florida” atmosphere for a reception and book signing. There will be music, refreshments, and lots of fun. Meet local residents mentioned in the book, make new friends and reconnect with old ones.

About the book:
Indiantown is named after the Seminole Indians who settled there in the early 1800s. Though the city is small in population and size, it boasts a rich and colorful history that includes connections to English royalty and the filming of Hollywood movies, and it is the birthplace of the only female Seminole tribal leader, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper. In 1924, railroad tycoon Solomon Davies Warfield built an extension of the Seaboard Air Line Railway from Coleman, Florida, to West Palm Beach, with a stop in Indiantown. Warfield envisioned Indiantown as the southern hub of the Seaboard rail line and planned a model city. He died in 1927 before his dreams were realized. Today, however, Indiantown boasts a thriving citrus and boating industry, is home to one of North America’s largest winter thoroughbred training facilities, and houses the world’s first hybrid solar energy plant.

About the author:
Before creating this book, author Carol Matthews Rey—Martin County’s 2007 Teacher of the Year—worked with colleagues and students on several Indiantown history projects, with the assistance of the Elisabeth Lahti Library archives in Indiantown, and conducted interviews with many longtime community members. Inspired by her connection and love for the community and its residents, Rey tells the story of this small but interesting town. Carol Matthews Rey’s last publication was Iris Wall, Cracker Cowgirl, released in 2012.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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April 21, 2014

Final Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society concert of the season at Elisabeth Lahti Library April 26

For immediate release: April 21, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Indiantown, FL – Saturday April 26 at Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave, Indiantown at 3pm, the Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Orchestra will present a free concert of classical guitar selections, running the gambit from Renaissance to Modern and serious to folksy arrangements. No tickets or reservations are needed.

The volunteer amateur orchestra is composed of many of the area’s teachers as well as students and has been playing together for two years in the community, performing at libraries and area nursing homes. Conductor Jamie Thomas has been with the orchestra for the past year.

Current orchestra members are Rowdy Carlton, Joette Giorgis, Ed DePool, Al Orlando, Bill Rice, Jay Harris, Sarah Coleman, Ann Ashworth, Jane Helsing, Freeman Sherrill, Bob Swinton, BJ Panong, Connor Shann and Jan Wissmuller.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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April 14, 2014

The Florida Suite (Screening at Blake Library April 19) — Trailer 2: Harvest

The Florida Suite is a poetic documentary that tells the story of Andrew Graham, a retired lawyer who lives in a log cabin in the middle of his 13 acre citrus grove, located near the shores of the Indian River, Florida. There, living with three friendly dogs, he tends his fruit and takes care of his 90 year old mother, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The film is structured to, and takes its name from, Frederick Delius’ Florida Suite, a beautiful four-movement tone poem.

The ultimate goal of this production is to help modern audiences connect (or reconnect) with a way of life whose rhythms are synchronized with nature. To realize the inherent dignity of caring for the things and people you love. To understand that aging and slowing down allows for a revelation of life’s greater truths. And to honor the musical genius of Frederick Delius, who crossed the Atlantic 120+ years ago and was moved to learn the art of composition so that he could honor the life that captivated him in a Florida orange grove.

The Florida Suite will strike a chord for all those who recognize the beauty of life lived close to the land.

Captivating, poetic documentary on orange grove life to screen at Blake Library April 19

For immediate release: April 14, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

 

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A screening for Jeff Thompson’s beautiful and reflective documentary The Florida Suite will be held in the John F. Armstrong Wing at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart, on Saturday April 19 at 2pm. This screening will be help in partnership with Journey Stories.

Andrew Graham was a successful and respected, no-nonsense trial lawyer who argued a handful of high-profile cases at the Florida Supreme Court, that is until he gave it all up when he purchased a hundred-year-old citrus grove on 12 unspoiled acres in Scottsmoor, FL.

The Florida Suite, named after a late-1800s composition by Frederick Delius, which he arranged in tribute to “the people of Florida,” pairs the lush and sensitive composition with the story of Andrew Graham as he lives in a log cabin in the heart of his grove with his 90-year-old-mother, and a trio of friendly dogs. The film invites the viewer in for a peek at a man’s life as he struggles to raise and protect his fruit, while taking care of his mother (who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease).

Film, history, and music enthusiasts alike will be enchanted by The Florida Suite, with its exquisite score and cinematography, as well as a setting untouched by modern times.

Jeff Thompson was born in Melbourne, Florida, and is a graduate of Satellite High School, Brevard Community College and the University of Central Florida. After earning a BA in English, he completed his studies with a Masters degree in Library Science at Florida State University. A 14-year veteran of the Brevard County Library system, Jeff worked as a Library Director and Regional Library Director before his recent appointment to Library Services Director. Thompson is an amateur filmmaker in his spare time, and has recently completed his most ambitious work to date, entitled the The Florida Suite, a documentary three years in the making.

For more information, call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any library location, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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