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Tri-State Chess Tournament open to youth and adults
The Evening Optimist Club of
Quincy, Quincy Senior High School and the Quincy Chess Club are
jointly sponsoring the Tri-State Chess Tournament on Sunday, March
23, in the Quincy Senior High School cafeteria, 33rd and Maine in
Quincy. Registration is from noon to 1 p.m. Competition will be
divided into two separate tournaments: Scholastic and Open.
The Scholastic Division is open to any
student enrolled in grades K-12. Students from all schools in the
tri-state area are encouraged to participate. Trophies will be
awarded to winners in levels K-6, K-9 and K-12. Entry forms for the
Scholastic Division can be downloaded from the Quincy Chess Club
The Open Division is nationally
sanctioned and is open to any member of the United States Chess
Federation, regardless of age. Membership forms are available at the
Proceeds from the event will benefit
the programs of the Evening Optimist Club of Quincy.
information about the tournament, call Gary Blickhan at (217)
223-8762. For further information about the Evening Optimist Club of
Quincy, call Howard Dewell at (217) 222-1910.
'The Kiss That Missed'
Kiss That Missed," written and illustrated by David Melling,
Barron's, 2002, 28 pages, ages 2 to adult.
Review by Louella Moreland
If you think all the great fairy tales
of the world have been told, think again! David Melling has recently
released one of the best fairy tale picture books I have seen in a
long time. And who says it is just for kids?
Most of the classic components are
there: a king, a queen, a prince, a knight, a scary wood, dangerous
animals, a quest and of course a dragon. As one of my young story
time friends pointed out last week, the only traditional item
missing is the princess. (We did agree, however, that the prince was
fine on his own.)
The text, although somewhat
traditional, takes on an issue of our current time. One evening as a
very busy king is rushing off to his bath, he blows a hurried kiss
to his son. Here the problem is born. The kiss misses the prince and
vanishes out the window into the night.
Being a good, loving father, he sends a
knight to retrieve the kiss and return it to its rightful place.
From there we follow the kiss and the knight on a funny,
heartwarming trip through the forest. I will not spoil the story by
giving too many details here. You must follow the path of floating
kiss yourself! Just be assured, as in all classic fairy tales, that
goodness floats along with the kiss.
So what makes this new book at the
Lincoln Public Library so different? The pictures of course! Mr.
Melling has filled the pages with color and fun! We are greeted with
rosy-cheeked royalty in situations children can identify with. (The
king wears slippers, a nightcap and carries a rubber ducky to his
bath.) The knight's shining armor gives us a peek at the red heart
underwear he wears beneath it. The forest is delightfully dark and
spooky. The castle is drawn to convey grandeur and coziness. My
favorite, though, is the knight's horse. Throughout the book his
face gives us clues to the feelings that accompany each step of the
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Mr. Melling also treats us to text that
curves with the illustrations, parts of the pictures framed as
though hanging from a wall, double-paged spreads that fill our eyes
with detail everywhere we look, and throughout the story, that
lovely, floating gold kiss!
It has been a delight to see the
reactions of the library staff and children at story time as they
see this book unfold. All ages laugh out loud, predict what might
come next and smile at the antics involved in returning the kiss to
For children, "The Kiss That Missed" is
a wonderful picture book. For adults, it reminds us to slow down a
bit and enjoy the pleasures of childhood. It is a book to share with
someone special, cuddled up close at bedtime with maybe a steaming
cup of hot chocolate to sip as you read!
To check out
this and other great books, come visit us at the Lincoln Public
Library, 725 Pekin St., or call 732-8878.
[Louella Moreland, youth
Public Library District]
Poetry forum workshop seeks Lincoln writers
NORMAL -- The Rhino Poetry
Forum will have a workshop on Sunday, March 16, from 1:30 to 4:30
p.m. in the Community Room at the Normal Public Library. The
workshop will be free to adult or teen poets, beginning or
This month's forum will feature Chicago
performance poet Cin Salach, an accomplished artist whose work has
appeared in magazines, books, radio and television. She will lead
the forum in discussion and critique of her own work, as well as
materials brought in by those attending the workshop.
Lincoln College faculty member Kathleen
Kirk is the co-director of Rhino's magazine and serves as
facilitator for the Rhino Forum at the Normal Public Library. She
said that the poets of Lincoln are most welcome to attend. "As a
creative writing teacher at Lincoln College, I know there are some
great college writers in Lincoln," she said. "I would guess that
there are some wonderful writers in the community as well."
interested in attending should bring 15 copies of one new,
unpublished poem that needs revision. For more information, please
call the Normal Public Library at (309) 452-1757 or visit Rhino's
website at www.rhinopoetry.org.
College press release]
return to Lincoln Cinemas
The Logan County Arts
Association, in conjunction with GKC Cinemas Corporation, has
brought the classic film night series back to the Lincoln Cinemas.
The next set of films is scheduled for every second Thursday through
October, with shows at 7 p.m.
Classic films lined up for the 2003
Tickets are $5.50 for adults and $4.50
for senior citizens and children 12 and under. The tickets are
available at GKC Lincoln Cinemas.
wanting more information may call the Logan County Arts Association
at (217) 735-4422.
[Press release from the
Logan County Arts Association]
LCT 2003 season
Lincoln Community Theatre is
pleased to announce three productions selected for the summer of
Kicking off the 32nd season of live
theater for the Lincoln community will be the hilarious musical "Nuncrackers."
This fun-filled show is a continuation of the antics of the
dauntless, darling nuns of Mount St. Helen's Convent who delighted
Lincoln audiences in the "Nunsense" series several summers ago.
Audience participation, one-liners, a rum-soaked fruitcake, dueling
sugar plum fairies and dear Sister Amnesia will definitely start the
summer theatrical season with humor and fun.
The July production, "Steel Magnolias,"
is one of our best ensemble productions. The familiar, bittersweet
story touches all the emotional peaks and valleys of life in a small
Southern community. From wise-cracking Truvy to unsure Annelle, the
characters in this poignant play promise to touch everyone with both
laughter and tears.
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Ending the season on a patriotic note,
LCT's final production of the summer will be "1776," a stirring, yet
humorous musical featuring a large cast representing our founding
fathers. Humor abounds with fast-paced dialogue involving Ben
Franklin, Henry Lee and other early congressional characters, along
with catchy, patriotic music.
To kick off
the holiday season, Lincoln Community Theatre is offering holiday
gift certificates for season memberships for the summer 2003 season.
Certificates can be mailed directly to the receiver or to the gift
giver. Certificates for adult memberships are $20 each, and those
for children through eighth grade are $12 each. Requests for gift
certificates may be sent to LCT, Box 374, Lincoln, IL 62656. Further
information is available at (217) 732-7542 or by visiting the LCT
[Judy Rader, LCT publicity
Lincoln Community Theatre
Community Theatre's box office, phone
735-2614, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through
Saturday for the summer season. The office is located in the lobby
of the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of
"Dearly Departed" are scheduled for July 12-20, and "The King and I"
will be presented Aug. 2-10. Show times are 2 p.m. on Sundays and 8
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
IL 62656; e-mail: email@example.com.
LDC website at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html.
Pictures from past productions are included.
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