Martin County Library System Press Releases

April 23, 2014

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 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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December 18, 2013

2014 Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series kicks off January 4 at Cummings Library with Mel Torme tribute

For immediate release:  December 18, 2013
Contact:  Susan Opasik,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863  

          
The jazz ensemble Jonathan Cummings and Friends will present a tribute to the legendary jazz singer Mel Tormé at 2:00 pm Saturday, January 4 at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Avenue, Palm City, as part of a four-part concert series underwritten by Elisabeth Lahti.

The Donahue Room will fill with the smooth sounds of crooner Cummings, who, along with his experience as a backup singer for Barry Manilow, brings with him trumpeter Mark Green, drummer Claudio Berardi, alto saxophonist Bob Sagnella, bass guitarist Randy Ward and Bud Skiles on keyboard.

Free tickets are required and available for pickup only at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library beginning Tuesday, December 31. Please note the library will be closed January 1.

The next concert in the Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series will be countertenor Terry Barber and Friends on February 1, followed by The Rowdy Micks on March 1 and Paraguayan harpist Marcos Vega with guitarist Clark Hower on April 12.

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

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December 17, 2013

The Barefoot Movement live in concert January 11 at Robert Morgade Library

For immediate release: December 11, 2013
Contact: Samuel McKee, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205

The Barefoot Movement, an Americana/folk quartet from Tennessee, will perform Saturday, January 11 at 3:00 p.m. at the Robert Morgade Library, 5851 SE Community Dr, Stuart FL 34997, as a part of the Journey Stories Concert Series. No tickets or reservations required.

Performing original and traditional old-time string music, the quartet consists of singer and fiddler Noah Wall, guitarist Quentin Acres, mandolinist Tommy Norris and bassist Hasee Ciaccio. Lyrics are written by Wall and are largely based on her personal experiences. The group’s debut album “Footwork” was released in June 2011. 2013 brings the release of a new album, cross country touring, and all manners of shoeless excitement.
The Barefoot Movement’s unique name evolved from Wall’s penchant to remove her shoes during shows, which conveys their down-home feel and relaxed atmosphere. They have extensively traveled the east coast, performing with or opening for artists like Ricky Skaggs, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale and Dale Ann Bradley. With extensive praise for their original music and style, The Barefoot Movement will be a concert to remember.

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

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December 5, 2013

Stuart Community Concert Band to ring in the holidays with two concerts at Blake Library Dec. 14

For immediate release: December 4, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863

The Stuart Community Concert Band will hold holiday concerts at 11:00 am and at 2:00 pm Saturday, December 14 in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.

The public is invited to share in the holiday spirit and enjoy seasonal favorites performed by this well-loved ensemble. Seating is limited. You must have a ticket to see either performance.

Free tickets will be distributed beginning Monday, December 9, between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm in the Blake Library lobby and will be available thereafter at the Blake Circulation desk. Limit of two per person, please.

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

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December 2, 2013

Treasure Coast Classical Children’s Choir brings song and dance to Blake Library with holiday concert Dec. 13

A holiday concert, “Children of the Arts: Passing on the Legacy of Classical Expression,” will be held on Friday, December 13 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.

Featured performers are:

• Treasure Coast Classical Children’s Choir (Tc4)

• Redeemer Lutheran Handbell Choir

• Amazing Grace School of Dance

Admission is free. No tickets are required.

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

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November 14, 2013

Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society concert series continues Nov. 16 at Hobe Sound Public Library

For immediate release: November 13, 2013
Contact: Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, 772-463-2863

The second in a four-part series of concerts held September 2013 through April 2014 in partnership with the Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society and the Martin County Library System takes place Saturday, November 16 at 3:00 pm at the Hobe Sound Public Library, 10595 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound. The one-hour concert is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

The November 16 performer Jan Wissmuller will focus on the music of Fernando Sor (1778-1839). Sor, described by at least one contemporary as the “Beethoven of the guitar,” was among the greatest composers for the instrument during its first great period.

Jan Wissmuller came to Florida in 2010 by way of New England and California. He studied music at MIT, the University of Toronto and Harvard University and has taught music theory and composition at Boston University. He was an active member of the Ventura County Classical Guitar Society and is the current Secretary for the Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society.

The Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Concert Series continues January 11 at the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, and April 26 at the Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Avenue, Indiantown.

The Treasure Coast Classical Guitar Society is a community for classical guitar enthusiasts to promote appreciation of the classical guitar, provide opportunities for guitarists of all levels to meet and play together, and sponsor professional concerts. For more information, visit http://www.tccgs.org.

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

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February 6, 2013

Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series continues Feb. 16 with jazz trio

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:         
DATE: FEBRUARY 6, 2013       
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403           
 
                 

WHO:         Sponsored by the Library Foundation of Martin County, in support of the Martin County Library System
   
WHAT:      Chautauqua South: Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series: Jim van Voorheis Trio

The second music event in the six-part Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series takes place 2:00 p.m. February 16 at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library in Palm City. Free tickets are required.

Jim van Voorheis will play piano and keyboard accompanied by friends on bass and drums for an entertaining and educational afternoon of jazz favorites.

WHEN:      Saturday, February 16, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:   Peter & Julie Cummings Library, Donahue Room, 2551 SW Matheson Avenue, Palm City

HOW:   Free tickets are required and are available beginning February 12 for pickup only at the Peter & Julie Cummings Library. Phone reservations will not be accepted.

For more information 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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February 1, 2013

Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher to perform at two libraries Feb. 6

Chautauqua South

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:       
DATE:  FEBRUARY 1, 2013             
CONTACT:  MCLS PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403

        
WHO:  Friends of the Martin County Library System, Inc. 

WHAT:  Peter Fletcher Classical Guitar Concert
  
Award-winning guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform classical guitar pieces from Bach to Spanish composers at two Martin County libraries Wednesday, February 6:  2:00 p.m. at the Blake Library in Stuart and 6:30 p.m. at the Elisabeth Lahti Library in Indiantown.

In 1980 classical guitarist Jose Tomas, Andres Segovia’s teaching assistant in Spain, held a week long master class in Atlanta, GA. Peter Fletcher was the youngest student to perform in the class, playing music by Bach and Carcassi.

In December, 1983, he made his formal debut at the age of  fifteen under the auspices of The Brasstown Concert Association in North Carolina. Wrote the critic of The Cherokee Scout, “He has technical facility but what one remembers about his playing is the nuances, the poetical phrasing, dynamic and tonal changes, his harmonics, his cadences.”

Fletcher furthered his studies in Master Classes with David Leisner, David Russell, Oscar Ghiglia and Pepe Romero. He received the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music under Nicholas Goluses, and was twice the recipient of an Eastman Graduate Award.

Come see him before he performs at Carnegie Hall!

WHEN and WHERE:

 1) Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2:00 p.m. Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart
2)  Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m. Elisabeth Lahti Library, 15200 SW Adams Ave., Indiantown

HOW:  Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

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

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