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Woodstock Fine Arts Association series to feature 'Immigrant Tales' at Opera House

Annie Polland, PhD, director of programs and education, will speak about the New York immigrant experience as part of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association's Creative Living Series at 
10 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock.
Annie Polland, PhD, director of programs and education, will speak about the New York immigrant experience as part of the Woodstock Fine Arts Association's Creative Living Series at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock.

The next program in the Woodstock Fine Arts Association’s Creative Living Series focuses on the immigrant experience in New York.

Two of the tenement buildings on Manhattan’s lower east side are now the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Annie Polland, PhD, director of programs and education, will speak about the newest exhibition featuring families that lived at 103 Orchard St. after World War II, focusing on their fragile existence as they crossed international and cultural borders to become new Americans.

The “Common Ground – Immigrant Tales from Orchard and Delancey Streets” program will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at the Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock.

As for the remaining Creative Living Series lectures, the following line-up has been announced, with each event also beginning at 10 a.m. on the Opera House stage.

• Jan. 18 – Richard Cahan and Michael Williams will present “Richard Nickel: Dangerous Years – Architectural Preservation in Chicago.”

• Feb. 15 – Lindsay Mican Morgan will present “Art Institute’s Thorne Rooms – Tiny Grandeur.”

• March 15 – Mary Skinner will present “Irena Sendler: In the Names of their Mothers – WWII Polish Resistance.”

• April 19 – Melissa Hannon will present “Peace & Paws Dog Rescue: Accent on the Smiles.”

The Creative Living Series is the nation’s oldest nonuniversity-sponsored lecture series. Not only is the series an opportunity to be inspired and entertained by guest lecturers on the historic Woodstock Opera House stage, a question-and-answer period follows, and audience members are invited to come face-to-face with the speaker, organizers say.

The Creative Living experience also includes coffee and conversation in the Stage Left Café, which opens at 9 a.m. on the morning of each presentation. The café is adjacent to the Opera House.

For tickets to Polland’s talk and any Creative Living Series event, contact the Woodstock Opera House at 815-338-5300 or www.woodstockoperahouse.com or visit the Opera House Box Office at 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock.

The Woodstock Fine Arts Association is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization devoted to promoting the arts in McHenry County and preserving the Woodstock Opera House. Since 1961, the group has worked to produce arts programming for all ages, from school children to adults, as well as scholarships to area high school students. The WFAA focuses on four primary programs: Creative Living Series, Children’s Program, Scholarship and Talent Showcase. The WFAA season’s only fundraising event is an annual spring luncheon.

For information on the group, visit www.facebook.com/woodstockfinearts, twitter.com/@artswoodstock, www.instagram.com/woodstockfinearts/ or the association’s website at www.woodstockfinearts.org.

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