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 18, 2014

Learn Martin County local cuisine’s past, present and future at Cummings Library April 26

For immediate release: April 18, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

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Palm City, FL – David Vaina, Board Member of the Slow Food Movement of the Gold & Treasure Coast, will be presenting How We Eat: A History of Local Food in Martin County on Saturday, April 26 at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Ave, Palm City, at 11am. Attendees are sure to leave with a better understanding of the food that has been grown and cooked in this county, from the food of pioneers who settled throughout Martin County to the local foods of present day.

The Slow Food Movement is a global network of over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, they link the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make these pleasures possible.

Their mission as an international grassroots membership organization is good, clean and fair food for all.

David Vaina is an active member of the non-profit community of Martin County, having relocated to the area five years ago, after eight years in the Washington, D.C. area. He has been a board member of the Slow Food Movement of the Gold & Treasure Coast since 2013.

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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March 18, 2014

Seminole history and culture presentations at Elisabeth Lahti Library and Hobe Sound Public Library April 5

For immediate release: March 18, 2014
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, 772-463-3205

Saturday, April 5 at 11 am, at Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Hwy,
Hobe Sound, and 3 pm at Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave,
Indiantown, representatives from the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum will give a presentation on Native American culture and customs, specifically regarding the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Attendees will gain greater sensitivity for the history and struggle of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and how they might better carry the message of our local heritage. This presentation is in partnership with Journey Stories.

Nestled in the heart of the Everglades on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum is home to more than 30,000 unique artifacts, archival items and experiences. There, one can learn about the Seminole people and their rich cultural and historical ties to the Southeast and Florida, as they have made Big Cypress their home for more thousands of years.

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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November 20, 2013

Professor Farley discusses 50th anniversary of JFK assassination at Blake Library Nov. 23

For immediate release:  November 19, 2013
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863  

Indian River State College history professor Robert Farley revisits President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas, on the 50th anniversary on Saturday, November 23 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. The event is free and open to the public.

Conspiracy theories will be touched upon, as well as the Kennedy legacy. A Q&A session will follow the illustrated talk.

To learn more about the Martin County Library System, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call 772-221-1403, or visit the website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

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November 7, 2013

History lecture series continues November 8 at Peter & Julie Cummings Library

For immediate release: November 6, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863

Civil War 150th Anniversary: Chickamauga and Chattanooga is the next illustrated lecture in Josh Liller’s history series. Presented on Friday, November 8 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm, the event will be held in the Donahue Room of the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Road, Palm City.

The Georgia-Tennessee border was the site of two major battles in late 1863: Chickamauga in September and Chattanooga in November. Historian and recent FAU graduate Josh Liller will present a one-hour PowerPoint lecture about the battles and leaders, followed by a question and answer session.

Funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, the presentation event is free and open to the public.

For information about other Martin County Library System events, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call 772-221-1403, or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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April 24, 2013

History lecture series continues at Cummings Library

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For immediate release:  April 24, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  
  

Civil War 150th Anniversary: Fredericksburg & Chancellorsville is the next illustrated lecture in the history series presented by Josh Liller from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 10 at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City. Local historian Liller will discuss two of the most infamous debacles of the Civil War that were separated by less than 6 months and 15 miles. Funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc., the event is free and open to the public.

Josh Liller is a former Martin County reference library assistant and lifelong history aficionado. He is currently working toward an undergraduate degree in history.

For information about other Martin County Library System events, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, call 772-221-1403 or visit the library website at www.library.martin.fl.us.

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February 8, 2013

Butch Harrison entertains and entices audiences to discover Florida’s history

CHAUTAUQUA
SOUTH
 
Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     
DATE:  FEBRUARY 8, 2013
CONTACT: MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403 

                 
Blake Library to host Butch Harrison presentation Florida Cracker Storyteller on Feb. 16

By telling colorful stories about the REAL Florida, Butch Harrison entertains and entices audiences to read and discover the state’s history, dating back to early settler life. Harrison’s presentation Florida Cracker Storyteller will take place on Saturday, February 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Blake Library in the John F. Armstrong Wing. All ages are welcome. Copies of Harrison’s DVD, with public performance rights, will be available.

A part of the Martin County Library System’s Chautauqua South arts and education series, the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. and is free and open to the public. The Blake Library is located at 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart.

For details or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County community library, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us

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October 16, 2012

Professor reveals how history repeats itself at Oct. 29 talk on 1920s Florida real estate boom—and bust

For immediate release:  October 16, 2012                                        
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863   

  
         
IRSC history professor Robert R. Farley will present an illustrated talk, “Florida Land Boom and Bust of the 1920s,” on Monday, October 29 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 S.E. Monterey Road in Stuart. Funded by the Friends of the Martin County Library System, the event is free and open to the public. 

October 29, 1929, better known as “Black Tuesday,” was the day the Wall Street Stock Market crashed, ushering in the Great Depression that would last for 12 years. However, an omen of such hard times forecasted this monumental event: the Florida Land Boom and Bust 1920-1926.The same optimism of “easy profits” of the Roaring Twenties that fueled the stock market bubble was seen in Florida earlier. Both met with a similar fate: foreclosures, bankruptcies and unemployment on an unparalleled scale. History repeated itself 80 years later in the collapse of the Florida real estate market. As George Santayana once wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System, call 772- 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library, or visit the library website at http://www.library.martin.fl.us.

 
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