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A Christmas Stocking: Four Tales from Christmases Past (in-person)

Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us for a dramatic in-person performance by Michèle LaRue!

Professional actress Michèle LaRue brings to life a trio of vintage holiday stories about love, joy, and giving: The Gift of the Magi, O. Henry’s well-loved favorite (1906); The Christmas Sing in Our Village, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (1898); Their Dear Little Ghost, by Elia W. Peattie (1898). . . and a surprise from Louisa May Alcott.

The Christmas Sing in Our Village is a lighthearted, gossipy tale of small-town New England anticipation, celebration, and romantic intrigue. Their Dear Little Ghost tenderly tells the story of a child who enchanted her family in life and returns to bring comfort at Christmastime. In The Gift of the Magi, struggling young newlyweds search doggedly for two perfect presents . . . astonishing each other and themselves, and discovering the true spirit of giving. That surprise from Alcott begins the program.

“I love performing these enchanting TALES,” Michèle declares. “Their authors expected them to be read aloud: they were family entertainment long before the radio, and they entrance today’s audiences. We still crave to simply listen to a tale well told.”

Michèle LaRue delights in literature of America’s Gilded Age, which she began performing in the parlors and on the porches of Victorian Cape May, New Jersey, for the historically minded East Lynne Theater Company. For 25 years she has toured nationally with her rich collection of  TALES WELL TOLD. Rave reviews from nearly 500 sponsors include, “What you have to offer is priceless” (Pennsylvania); “You could hear a pin drop!” (Kentucky); “Spellbound!” (Seattle); “Perfection,” and “Best Christmas present ever!” (New York City).  A Chicago native, Michèle returned to her ancestors’ East Coast . . . oh . . . ages ago. She is a longtime member of both actors’ unions: Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. As a writer and editor, she has collaborated on many notable theatre books and periodicals. Learn more at http://michelelarue.com   

Please register so we can set the community room up with appropriate spacing.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library.


Saturday, December 9, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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AFPL Adult Programs
860-673-9712 ext 4
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281 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001 United States
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