Classic yachts are his passion
Marine artist John Mecray will talk about his varied experiences on Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jamestown library.
Mecray will share stories and images of the people, events, and classic racing yachts that have influenced his remarkable career in his presentation. In his more than 30 years as an artist, Mecray has painted the world's most famous yachts.
Mecray helped found the International Yacht Restoration School and the Museum of Yachting in Newport, and he continues to work closely with them, as well as the Mystic Seaport Museum and the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Mecray's knowledge and love of sailing is evident in his ability to detail dramatic moments in yachting history.
A limited number of Coronet posters designed for IYRS by John Mecray will be available free to those attending this library event.
This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Vacation week tree program at library
The RI Tree Council will sponsor a program on Johnny Appleseed at the Jamestown library on Friday, April 21, at 2 p.m.
The program will last approximately 90 minutes, starting with a welcome by a member of RI Tree Council, and a brief talk on the history of Arbor Day, and what the RI Tree Council has been doing to "recanopy" Rhode Island.
The main feature of the program will be performed by storyteller Marc Levitt, playing Johnny Appleseed. "Gentle Hero" is a 45-minute, 12-character performance that details the life of this hero in American folklore. With humor, music, and costuming, Levitt brings alive the real John Chapman without losing his mythical elements.
The program is recommended for anyone age 6 and up.
Registration is not required for this free program, which will take place in the meeting hall at 26 North Main Road. For more information about this program and others, call 423-7280.
Library Friends to host Trinity's director
The Friends of the Jamestown Library have announced that their speaker for their annual meeting will be the artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company, Curt Columbus. The program will be held on Wednesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the library. A short business meeting will precede the program and the friends wish to extend an invitation to the entire community to meet Columbus.
Columbus joined Trinity Rep as artistic director in January 2006. He was the associate artistic director of Steppenwolf Theater Company from 2000-2005, where his translations of "Cherry Orchard" and "Uncle Vanya" were presented in the Upstairs Theatre. Other Steppenwolf credits include translating "Maria Arndt" and directing "The House of Lily," "Division Street: America," and "Our Town." He was also the artistic director of Chicago Park District's Theater on the Lake and an artistic associate at Victory Gardens Theater since 19902006.