I wonder how many of you will read this, either because I said "good news" and some of you only seem to want to hear bad news, or because I said "The Arts." Although the arts have become a very real part of our town's persona in the last few years, lots of you seem to purposefully ignore the fact.
At any rate, first I'm going to announce the great news about Theatre Horizon. Remember how their plays had garnered 9 nominations for Barrymore Awards and that they were up against productions by longer established professional theaters from all over the Delaware Valley, like People's Light, the Arden, and the Wilma?
Well, the results are in. Theatre Horizon's I Am My Own Wife won both the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award and also Best Leading Actor in a play (Charlie DelMarcelle).
http://www.theatrehorizon.org/shows/thesyringatree.html. Don't forget, if you're a Norristown resident, you can get in FREE (subject to availability). Tickets can be reserved by calling the Box Office at 610-283-2230.
I was very happy, also, to see paintings by Frank Batson
in the display case. I met Mr. Batson at a fair in upper Montgomery
County last September. He painted a whole series of scenes of Norristown
in the 1960s, which are wonderful. He's sort of the Norman Rockwell of
N-town and deserves the recognition. I hope to see him in person at
future Arts Hill Fests.
Municipal Administrator Crandall Jones
said people have been asking for a Community Art Center. While something
like that is likely in the future, Council saw no reason not to use
Municipal Hall for the purpose now. He and Bill Caldwell said they
envision more art events, and possibly even film festivals in Council
Chambers. By coincidence, I met 2 other published authors from
Norristown this past week. If I can round up more, maybe we can do a
book festival at Muni Hall, too.
I love the idea of Municipal
Hall doubling as our community arts center. It was built by the
taxpayers, after all, and how much nicer for residents to be able to go
enjoy the arts there instead of only associating the place with
government, or with negative experiences like paying a fine. This way
the hall becomes a real part of the community. Something to be proud of.