Swamp Lily                                                                         Play opens Friday March 31st

If you haven’t yet purchased your ticket for Swamp Lily, the play opening Friday, March 31st in the UUCA Underground Theatre, go to the PACT (Performing Arts Coordinating Team) table Sunday, March 19th, or Sunday, March 26th, and PACT volunteers will be happy to sell you one (or two or three…) for $10 each.  There are 3 opportunities to see the play: Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 2nd at 2 pm. This play, written by Georgia playwright Donald Hutto and directed by UUCA congregant Carol Welter, is a simple love story that begins during World War II and continues to the present day.  And, just in case you don’t make it to the PACT table, tickets are also available online .  If you have any questions about the play, contact Carol Welter at welterdelis@gmail.com.

April 8, Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word, Featured Poets Shawna Floyd and Carol Welter

Shawna Floyd is a poet and writer who has burst into song. Or maybe she is a frustrated poet and writer who has burst into song. She has studied writing within and without the hallowed halls of academia. If you ask her, both ways have their use. A lover of language and a sniffer of book pages since she was a little cornrowed girl, it’s no wonder that she has turned out as she has. One day (and hopefully soon) she will make a tee shirt that reads “Black women writers to the rescue!” for she wouldn’t be here without them. To Shawna, being an artist means she is whole. She won’t just live the half-life assigned to her. She chooses her life’s dimensions every time she makes space to write and sing and create. And when she puts her art and her life to the work of justice and love, she is without bind or bounds.

Carol Welter has been a performer all of her life, ever the chatterbox, telling stories, making others laugh, playing on stage variations of the Monster or Lover. She says: “I love Spoken Word. There is something to be said, so I write, I write to be heard, to rid myself of the constant chatter in my head, to share my views, more so to discover who I really am.” Her passion for the arts has taken into directing theater, spending her free time writing poetry, and breaking out into song at the dinner table and the grocery aisle. Born in the United Kingdom, she spent her formative years in London, attending the Shakespearean Conservatory for training in classical theatre in studies that included Moliere, Chinese Opera, Greek Theater, and the legendary traveling troupes commedia dell’arte. She is the creator, driving force, and host for the Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word series. Her appearance at the April event will include an interpretive lyrical dance performed to drum beats.

May 13, Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word, Featured Poet Katherine Nash

Katherine Rogers Nash received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University. She has professionally performed major roles in several operas as well as a wide range of solo oratorio work, frequent weddings, funerals, and recitals. She has been invited by colleges, churches, and public schools to teach vocal technique, teaching at both LaGrange College and Indiana University, and was employed as a staff soloist, section leader, and singing teacher at First Christian Church of Atlanta for 15 years. Kathy composes protest songs, including the lyrics, which will be featured in her Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word appearance.