It’s too bad 2008 calendars are hard to come by this early in the year.

Members of the Starry Night Theatre Inc. announced the 2007-08 season lineup at a recent meeting, and there is more than one reason you’ll want to get a head start on your plans for 2008.

The season will open Oct. 4-21 with the Tony Award-winning thriller “Child’s Play” by Robert Marasco. Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” has been adapted by Starry Night Theatre’s L. Don Swartz and will return Nov. 29 through Dec. 16.

“Picnic,” William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama about a drifter’s short stay in a Kansas town, will be on stage Feb. 14 through March 2.

Swartz’ show, “The Lottie and Bernice Show,” will be on stage May 1-18. This world premiere comedy tells the story of two grumpy old women who take over a Buffalo AM talk show.

“Hello, Dolly,” the musical sensation based on Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” will take stage July 31 through Aug. 17, 2008.

Starry Night Theatre Inc. is the owner and operator of the Ghostlight Theatre, 170 Schenck St., North Tonawanda. If you haven’t been to a production here, mark your calendar for at least one of these performances — just as soon as you can get one.

Subscription packages at a reduced membership rate are available for a limited time. Visit for more information.


The Carnegie Art Center, located at 240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda, will present Art Camp Day, a free annual outdoor visual and performing arts festival for families from noon to 4 p.m. June 16.

Children can work with professional artists and learn about drawing, painting, portraiture, mixed media creation and dance. Activities will include drawing a chalk mural, learning a new choreographed dance piece, experimenting with different kinds of paint and assembling a unique collage art work.

Children also can make their own life-size portraits inspired by “Framing Faces, Finding Families: The Heart Gallery of Western New York,” a portrait exhibition of local foster care children awaiting adoption.

For more information, contact the Carnegie Art Center at 694-4400, ext. 303, or at, or visit


The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas Post 264 recently announced its 2007 summer concert schedule.

All concerts are free and open to the public. Events are as follows:

• 2:30 p.m. June 24 at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheatre in Chautauqua

• 7 p.m. June 28 in the Quaker Arts Pavilion in Orchard Park. Rain site is Orchard Park Middle School.

• 8 p.m. July 1 at Outwater Park in Lockport

• 7:30 p.m. July 4 at Artpark in Lewiston

• 7:30 p.m. July 10 at Bassett Park in Amherst. Rain site is Transit Middle School.

• 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at Brighton Park Arena in the Town of Tonawanda

• 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at Niawanda Park in the City of Tonawanda

• 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at Clarence Town Park


Just Buffalo Literary Center will present Slammin Words, a free summer workshop series for youth ages 12-18. The series takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, June 30 through Aug. 18.

Taught by Tysheka “Spoken” Long, participating teens will learn to write, create and practice slam poems; meet national slam artists and perform in a poetry slam. Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry, putting dual emphasis on writing and performance.

To sign up for Slammin Words, call Locust Street Art at 852-4562 or Just Buffalo Literary Center at 832-5400. The series is free but registration is required. All Slammin Words workshops take place at Locus Street Art, 130 Locust St., Buffalo.

Contact editor Laura Wahler at 693-1000, ext. 116.

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