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Libraries Closed April 18

The Cobb County Public Library System will be closed April 18 for the Good Friday holiday.  Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, April 19.

For a list of all holiday observances, please their website.

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Experience the excitement of Xplosion!


Pope High School band will performing XPLOSION, a spectacularly unique and extraordinary musical performance show on Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9 at 7pm in the Pope High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  Purchase tickets at


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Polk Street Players announce cast for “At First Sight”

polk street players logo

The Polk Street Players company is thrilled to announce the cast for the May production of “At First Sight” by Anne Pie, directed by Lane Teilhaber.
The wonderful ensemble includes Barbara Rudy (Julia), Colleen Kilts (Fay), Drew Bennett (Curtis), Shelley Barnett (Vera), Greg Fitzgerald (Phillip), Pat Perera (Senator Feldman) and Mary Nimsgern (reporter).
This hilarious romantic comedy shows that romantic events can happen to the young at heart as well as to the merely young! It lights up the Stellar Cellar stage May 9-24 and also marks  Polk Street Players landmark 35th anniversary.
Lots of laughing and celebrating will ensue so join the fun! Call the box office for reservations at 770/218-9669 or visit


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Georgia Ensemble Theatre Rounds Out 21st Season with Lerner & Loewe’s Magical Musical Camelot

“Guenevere solo," performed by Jennifer Alice Acker

Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET), North Fulton’s only professional theatre company, will end its twenty-first season with the musical blockbuster that is Camelot, with book and lyrics by Alan J. Lerner, and music by Frederick Loewe. Georgia Ensemble Theatre audiences will be treated to this story and fabulous music by an extremely gifted ensemble of outstanding Atlanta artists. This long-loved show is now poised to touch in new ways a generation that was around when it opened on Broadway in the early 60s, and an entirely new generation as well. GET Artistic Director Robert F. Farley directs this production. Camelot runs April 10-27, 2014, at the Theatre’s home, the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest Street, Roswell, GA. The production is generously sponsored by The Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Georgia Ensemble Theatre brings Atlanta the wildly popular Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Camelot. King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Lancelot, Merlyn, and the Knights of the Round Table are on their mythic quest for right and honor and justice. Along the way, they find love, broken hearts, intrigue and betrayal. Featuring many of Broadway’s most well-loved songs, including “The Lusty Month of May,” “How to Handle a Woman,” “I Loved You Once in Silence,” “If Ever I Would Leave You” “What Do the Simple Folk Do?” and of course “Camelot.” “Camelot’s message of honor and justice will hopefully speak to us today as never before,” says director Robert Farley. “The planning and staging of this production has been pure joy from start to finish. And we certainly couldn’t have done it without the stellar support of our longtime partner, the Kimberly-Clark Corporation.”

Camelot features the first-rate ensemble cast of Chris Kayser (in his first Atlanta performance since his final appearance as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Alliance Theatre) as Merlyn/Pellinore, Bryant Smith (Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre) as Arthur, Jennifer Acker (Othello, Titus Andronicus, Atlanta Shakespeare Company) as Guenevere, Jeremy Wood (Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America at GET) as Lancelot, Kyle Brumley (Equus at Actor’s Express, The Navigator at 7 Stages) as Mordred, Ethan Rincon as Tom of Warwick, Steve Hudson (The Great Gatsby, The Man Who Came to Dinner at GET) as Sir Dinadan, Chase Crandell (Hello Dolly! at GET) as Sir Lionel, Jonathon Horne (Hamlet at Atlanta Shakespeare Company) as Sir Sagramore, Tucker Weinman (Hello, Dolly! at GET), Sims Lamason (Kiss of the Spider Woman at Aurora Theatre) as Nimue, and Alana Cheshire, Olivia Sloan, Tara Chiusano and Lyndsay Ricketson round out this terrific ensemble.

Ticket prices for Camelot range from $28 to $39 (Senior/Student discounts available for select performances). “Recession-Buster” perimeter tickets may also be purchased for $15 based on availability. Tickets are available now online at, or by calling the Box Office at 770-641-1260.


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Get ‘Booked for Lunch’ with June Hall McCash


The Cobb Library Foundation Presents award winning author June Hall McCash on April 23, 2014 at the Marietta Country Club. Registration opens at 11am, program runs 11:30 to 1pm.

Imagine being a passenger on the Titanic. You’ve lived a full life, rich with love, privilege and philanthropy. When the announcement is made for women and children to make their way to the life boats, would you go or would you choose to stay by the side of your husband, your partner, your love? That’s a decision that Ida Straus had to make. Award winning author June Hall McCash tells the story of one such couple in A Titanic Love Story: Ida and Isidor Straus which takes us on the journey of a Jewish immigrant’s beginnings in Georgia, where anti-semitism drove him north to New York City. In New York, he met and married Ida and became one of the founders of Macy’s department store. Together, they were known for their generosity throughout their community and beyond.

While June Hall McCash may be best known for her novels such as Plum Orchard and Almost To Eden, A Titanic Love Story is a return to her non-fiction roots. As the author of The Jekyll Island Club: Southern Haven for America’s Millionaires, The Jekyll Island Cottage Colony and Jekyll Island’s Early Years, McCash is regarded as an expert in the coastal history of Jekyll Island, Brunswick, Cumberland Island and the Georgia coast.

Join Cobb Library Foundation on Wednesday, April 23rd, and get Booked For Lunch with June Hall McCash at the Marietta Country Club. Hear her discuss her characters, her inspirations, and her love of Jekyll Island.

Tickets for April’s Booked for Lunch are $25 per person, with proceeds going to continue the mission of the Cobb Library Foundation. Click HERE to purchase tickets.


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Patsy Cline Comes to Out of Box Theatre


The musical “Always…Patsy Cline” has enjoyed great success all over the United States, including a successful run off-Broadway. It has been one of the most produced musicals in America according to American Theatre Magazine. Most usually it runs in 500+ seat theaters, but the new production at Out of Box Theatre will bring Patsy and her friend, Louise, up-close and personal in their intimate space at the Artisan Resource Center in Marietta.

Written by Ted Swindley, “Always…Patsy Cline” is based on the true story of Louise Seger, a fan of 1960s country singer Patsy Cline. Louise gets the chance to meet Cline when the singer comes to her hometown of Houston for a show. The two become fast friends and continue to keep in touch through letters until Clines’s tragic death. The musical features many of Patsy Cline’s original hits, including “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “I Fall to Pieces.”

Out of Box Artistic Director Carolyn Choe directs this production and tells of the benefit of seeing the show in a smaller space, “Patsy actually spent time with the real Louise in her house and the thrill for Louise was the special closeness and personal time she shared with Patsy. The audience will get to experience that themselves first-hand at Out of Box.”

Amy Shaw, will play the role of Patsy Cline and Choe, along with directing, plays the role of Louise Seger. Annie Cook brings her years of experience to her role as Musical Director and on-stage keyboard player with the band. The many costumes are created by Sharon Zinger, while the wigs are done by George Deavours. The stage has been turned into both Louise’s kitchen and a honky-tonk by award-wining Scenic Designer Christopher Dills and Lighting Designer Jonathan Liles.

Always…Patsy Cline” runs April 11-27, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 3 PM. Out of Box Theatre is located in the Artisan Resource Center at 585 Cobb Pkwy S, Marietta, 30060. Tickets are $22-$30 and can be purchased online at or by calling 678-653-4605.


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Register for the 10th Annual Michael O’Neal Summer Singers


The Michael O’Neal Summer Singers is a non-auditioned summer chorus open to all interested singers. No audition is required, but previous choral experience is strongly recommended. Participation requirements include rehearsal attendance for at least five of the six scheduled rehearsals, as well as the dress rehearsal and performance; and a participation fee of $60 per singer which will include scores and audio rehearsal material.

Requiem by John Rutter, with chamber orchestra and Sherri Seiden, Soprano.
As one of the most prolific composers of the last 35 years, John Rutter has established himself in the forefront of choral composers both in the U.S.A and in his native England. Requiem was Rutter’s first composition written without being commissioned, and has wide appeal to both singers and audiences while preserving a affirming spiritual context centered around themes of light and consolation.

All rehearsals will be at Roswell UMC on selected Monday evenings at 7 – 9:30 p.m. The Saturday dress rehearsal and Sunday performance will also be at Roswell UMC.
Monday, June 16
Monday, June 30
Monday, July 14
Monday, July 28
Monday, August 4
Monday, August 11
Saturday, August 16 Dress rehearsal 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 17 Performance at 3:00 p.m. (call time 2:00 p.m.)

Members will need to provide their own black folder and concert dress – tuxes or black suits with black bow tie for men and long-sleeved black outfits for women (can be dresses, skirts and blouses, or slacks and blouses; skirts/dresses must be tea-length or longer).

Click here to register and pay online.


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Calling all Toastmasters

The President’s Club Toastmasters of East Cobb is hosting several entertaining meetings in April aimed to improve your communication, presentation and networking skills.

Meetings are held on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesdays of each month from 7-9 pm. The regular meeting place is the East Cobb Government Service Center, 4400 Lower Roswell Road.

For more information, click HERE to visit the Toastmaster website.

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Beloved musical coming to Anderson Theatre in April


The sun will come out at Jennie T. Anderson Theatre when the legendary musical “Annie” returns to delight a new generation of theatergoers. The winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Annie” will make its debut in a brand new production by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre April 4-20.

Little orphan Annie charms, despite a next-to-nothing start in the 1930s New York City. The play’s score includes the optimistic anthem “Tomorrow,” plus “Maybe,” “Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and “NYC.” Anderson Theatre is located inside the Cobb Civic Center at 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta. For more information, or to buy tickets, visit


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Landscapes and Seascapes Come Second Nature to East Cobb Artist


Ginny Lane

Employed at a local hospital by day, Ginny Lane holds a highly technical position as a combination nurse/teacher, instructing other nurses and doctors how to chart their electronic records. Her avocation as an artist, however, comes second nature to her in more than one manner of speaking when she employs the creative side of her brain with equal expertise.

First, her talent is in her DNA: with her mother being a sculptor, and a sister, cousin and uncle as fellow painters, the East Cobb resident and her family have also been preceded by earlier generations of artists. Furthermore, spending summers growing up, and to this day, at the family vacation home along the heavily wooded, picturesque coast of Maine, provided the perfect backdrop and inspiration for Ginny to not only experience nature, but to embrace it fully. Thus, the bulk of her work focuses on the flora and fauna within the evergreen landscape of the Pine Tree State, as well as on its crustaceans, lobster pots, sailboats and rocky seacoast.

In Maine she has received recognition as a member of the Maine Coastal Art Alliance and has exhibited for a second year in 2013 in the juried Southwest Harbor Fine Arts Festival. She has her paintings on display and teaches classes at Waterfront Fine Arts Gallery in Bernard, Maine. When Ginny, her husband, Jim, and their three children moved to the South to live in East Cobb in 1991, she immediately took to the local art scene with equal élan.

“I’ve met many great artists in East Cobb. Networking and painting together with them has been very inspiring to me, as well,” says Ginny.

Her credentials here in metro Atlanta are well documented, as she has achieved the highly competitive distinction as an “Emerging Artist” at the Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery for the maximum two-year time frame. In addition, she has studied for 14 years under the tutelage of well-known Atlanta artist, Karen Bradshaw. Ginny is also a member of the Roswell Arts Alliance and a former member of the Atlanta Art Center.

Since teaching comes naturally to her and, together with her associate and friend, Mary Jane Huegel, she loves the opportunity to teach formal still life and landscapes lessons in oils and acrylics at her home studio. Ginny also offers an “open studio” option where participants paint their own subject matter.

Because many of her students catch the passion that Ginny exudes in her painting, they tend to continuously attend her courses week after week, month after month (except in the summer). They want to develop their skills, offer each other honest critiquing and get to know one another, to the point where class openings occur only occasionally.

Not only does Ginny offer workshops and classes, but like many artists do, she continues to attend those of others, such as at the Sandy Springs Art School, where participants can learn from each other and enjoy the camaraderie.

Ginny says, “I’m looking forward to participating in the ’Marietta Great Paint Out’ coming soon in late March through early April, where artists paint plein air(outdoors). It’s a juried exposition and anyone can buy any of the works, which will be on display at the Marietta Museum of Art.”

On the other hand, if you’re heading to New England late this summer, you may want to consider her Maine Art Workshop at their home in Seal Cove. Attendees will get to learn new strokes, techniques and styles, plus Ginny’s husband, a former restaurateur, promises to prepare succulent lobster and clambake dinners. Ginny adds, “There’ll also a little time to enjoy Mother Nature with sailing, hiking and kayaking—all great subject matter for burgeoning artists.”

When asked what drives her to paint, she easily responds, “Nature inspires me to paint, and I want to capture that essence on a canvas so I can then share it with others. The natural beauty of East Cobb and north Georgia provides an infinite number of landscape opportunities. I feel blessed to have a practically endless choice of scenery options all around me.” Some of her collection may be seen at You may also contact her at for an appointment to visit her studio.

(Reprinted from the March 2014 issue of EAST COBBER. Written By John Tabellione.)


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