I’m Speaking at the Creative Living Lecture Series in Woodstock, IL on January 19th!

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The Woodstock Opera House! Photo: Wikipedia.
The Woodstock Opera House! Do you see me inside, waiting for you? See? Look closer… (Just kidding! I’m not there, yet!) Photo: Wikipedia.

 

My bag is being packed for my trip to Berlin and I said I was going to tell you about some of the mail that has started to come in, but I realize that I need to do this first!

This year, I have the distinct pleasure of speaking this year for the kinda-sorta legendary Creative Living Lecture Series in Woodstock, Illinois. I’ll be there next week, January 19th. There are 400 seats in the theater and I have learned that they are almost sold out for the show! But there are still tickets left to come see me next Thursday, so if you can make it, get yourself a ticket and let’s hang out. Here’s where you can get the ticket online, or you can call or go here:

WOODSTOCK OPERA HOUSE BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
Phone: (815) 338-5300
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM,
Friday and Saturday, 10:00 PM – 6:00 P.M. and 2 hours before performances.
(Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted.)

The phenomenal Creative Living Lecture Series has been running since 1964 and is organized by the Woodstock Fine Arts Association. Reading through the history of that group is to read the story of incredibly passionate, dedicated people who had a vision for their town and also for the historic opera house where the series takes place alongside lots of other terrific productions throughout the year. The opera house is on the historic register and guess who performed there once? My husband across time and space: Paul Newman! Did you know that I am actually single because I am and have always been and will always be married to the most perfect man who ever lived on the Earth, Paul Newman? Orson Welles also performed at the Woodstock Opera House but I am not married to him. Just Paul Newman.

Creative Living has featured incredible speakers over the years, including: Dr. Temple Grandin, Maya Angelou, Billy Collins, Charlie Trotter, Beverly Sills, Martha Stewart, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Rick Steves, Studs Terkel, Joseph Epstein (one of my favorite writers!), Ann Patchett (one of my mom’s favorite writers!), Rick Bayless, Bill Kurtis, Gene Siskel, and so many other people that are amazing that I can’t believe I’m going to be a part of such a neat event. I get to breathe that air, man! Wow.

My talk is about my journey in quilting and I will also speak about the history of the American quilt and about designing fabric. I’ll have quilts to show, of course, and there will be books for sale that I will happily autograph.

Come to Woodstock! I can’t wait to be there and see you.

5 Responses

  1. Susan
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    Dear Mrs. Paul Newman,
    I love your husband.
    But I love you too.
    Quandary.
    But one I can live with…

  2. Vicky Davis
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    You are one lucky duck to be speaking there and they are fortunate to have you. Will mom be able to join you? Vicky

  3. Barbara
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    Mary, you are a pleasure to read, and watch, and I wish, to know. I would love to be sitting in one of the seats at the Woodstock Opera House during your talk. I’ll wait to hear all about. Have fun, and be safe in Berlin.

  4. Marsha Portnoy
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    Everyone on the Creative Living committee is basking in the afterglow of your amazing presentation yesterday and accepting congratulations for finding you/bringing you to Woodstock. My only regret: that I couldn’t go to lunch afterward and meet you personally. Thanks so much for the sparkle and sunshine you brought to us on such a gloomy day. ~ Marsha Portnoy

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