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Online with Zoom – Book Club

Facilitator, Barbara McKay
Wednesday, August 19th
1 pm - 2 pm

Summer Diversion – Short Stories Let’s try something new this time – Interesting short stories that are sure to stimulate interesting conversations. Please click on the links below to download the short stories or they can be read online as well. Please register online and a Zoom link will be sent on Tuesday, August 18th.



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First Thursday – Open Mic

Hosts - Nancy McMillan & Cindy Eastman
Thursday, September 3rd
7 pm - 9 pm

Online with Zoom In the tradition of The Moth, Arts Escape invites writers to share their work in our first monthly open mic. Bring your work-in-progress-either fiction or non-fiction-or something new you’re trying out. It promises to be an evening of fun, support and community! Reservations are required and participants are limited to 20. Please […]



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Lecture – The Influence of Religion on American Society

Professor, Alfred Hunt
Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13th
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Online with Zoom The United States is the most religiously diverse country in the world.  We will consider the role that religion (Judaism, Islam, and Christianity) has played in our national life, including its influence on politics, education and morality.  Topics include: early religious foundations in western civilization, religion and the Founding Fathers, the re-emergence […]



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Conversations@the Loft on Zoom

Guest Speaker, Margaret Gibson
Thursday, September 17th
1 pm - 2:30 pm

Connecticut Poet Laureate, Author, Professor Emerita, Margaret Gibson “Margaret Gibson has created a voice and an art that connect the sensuous experience of the physical world with the inner life,” Pattiann Rogers has written.  Nationally and internationally acclaimed, Margaret Gibson poetry is characterized by an uncommon diversity.  The voice may be predominantly lyrical and meditative, […]



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An Afternoon with Author, F.Scott Fitzgerald

Actor, J.T. Turner
Wednesday, November 18th
2 pm - 3 pm

Online through Zoom Award-winning actor and playwright, J.T. Turner returns to Arts Escape in his original & engaging one-man show, “Fitzgerald and Gatsby.” J.T. Turner appears as F. Scott Fitzgerald to discuss the author’s life, times, and work, with specific focus on The Great Gatsby. Participants can get involved through brief readings and questions during […]



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An Afternoon with Author, F.Scott Fitzgerald

Actor, J.T. Turner
Wednesday, November 18th
2 pm - 3 pm

Award-winning actor and playwright, J.T. Turner returns to Arts Escape in his original & engaging one-man show, “Fitzgerald and Gatsby.” J.T. Turner appears as F. Scott Fitzgerald to discuss the author’s life, times, and work, with specific focus on The Great Gatsby. Participants can get involved through brief readings and questions during the hour long […]



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