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Langhorne Council for the Arts hosting First Friday, Summer Speakers Series

Listen to jazz on June 2; hear from artists, poets and more through August

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The Langhorne Council for the Arts announced that its hosting its first-ever First Friday with a jazz event on June 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Johnson Hall Coffee House in Hulmeville. Enjoy music from two local musicians — guitarist Larry Tamanini and drummer Gregg Mervine — who are reuniting after many years.

Additionally, LCA announced the 11th year for its popular Summer Speakers Series, with presentations held at the Anna Mary Williamson Library/Museum (headquarters of the Historic Langhorne Association), on the corner of W. Maple and Hill avenues, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

June 27, “The Griot’s Blues: The Life and Art of William H. Smith.” Hawk Smith will share the inspiring story of his father, Langhorne painter and sculptor William H. Smith, whose artwork has been exhibited around the world. A modern-day griot (African storyteller), Smith was also a teacher and prolific writer.

July 11, “Under Glass: A Victorian Obsession.” Art historian and educator John Whitenight will reveal the Victorian-era fascination with artwork created from wool, wax, shells, hair and even taxidermy, all displayed under glass domes.

July 25, “My Watercolor Life.” Join Lower Makefield artist Keith Mountford as he recounts his journey from growing up in England to becoming a self-taught watercolor painter in Bucks County.

Aug. 8, “Restoring Cornell Mansion.” Former Langhorne resident Linda Manzo has found the perfect outlet for her passions in historic restoration and all things Victorian. She will share photos and tell stories of her breathtaking restoration of Cornell Manor in Holland.

Aug. 22, “Bread and Fumes.” In her recent book of poetry Bread and Fumes, Lynn Fanok writes of her Ukrainian culture, her father’s traumatic experience as a WWII Nazi labor camp survivor, and the challenges of a family faced with the history of war. Fanok will discuss how these experiences formed the impetus for writing this moving poetry collection.

Light refreshments will be served. LCA requests a $5 per person donation at the door to support its scholarship funds and other events that enrich the community.

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