October 15, 2014
Westerly, RI - Travel back in time on Thursday, November 13, 2014 in support of Literacy Volunteers of Washington County as acclaimed Chautauqua performer, Betty Jean Steinshouer revives the spirits of two great women in history, Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
Lindbergh, wife of legendary aviator Charles Lindbergh, was the first woman to receive a first class glider pilot's license. ^She was also an acclaimed author whose books and articles spanned the genres of poetry to non-fiction, touching upon topics as diverse as youth and age; love and marriage; peace, solitude and contentment, as well as the role of women in the 20th century.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings achieved great fame with her best known work, The Yearling, for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. The young adult novel was later adapted to film. Rawlings had a great love of rural Florida where she lived and wrote for many years. Much of her work detailed the culture and geography of this area and Rawlings' acclaimed writings brought fame to the region.
Betty Jean Steinshouer has toured 43 states since 1988 with her Chautauqua portrayals of great women authors, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Willa Cather, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Gertrude Stein, and Sarah Orne Jewett. She has spent years of ongoing research on each author to perfect her performance and to transport her audience to another place in time.
Beer and wine tasting, among other treats, will be provided by The Malted Barley and new local bookseller Bank Square Books will be on hand to help kick off your holiday shopping!
Tickets can be purchased by secure server at LiteracyWashingtonCounty.org or by cash at the door. The Armory will open at 4:30 pm for ticket pick up.
DATE: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014
TIME: 5 - 8 PM
LOCATION: THE WESTERLY ARMORY, 41 RAILROAD AVENUE, WESTERLY, RI 02891
Proceeds to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Washington County.
What People Are Saying About Betty Jean Steinshouer:
"Passion, knowledge, competence - first rate."
“Very simply: It nourished my soul & my mind. I was mesmerized!”
“First rate - as always Betty Jean was a font of information
and entertainment. She is very gifted.”
“Wonderful - knowledge is enriching.”
"She was the best I've ever listened to."
"Rawlings to perfection - excellent - riveting - fantastic."
"I learned more about these authors than I learned in college."
"Willa Cather - excellent, funny, beautiful speech."
"It flowed beautifully - very enlighteing & educational. Q & A was fabulous.
She inspired me to go back and re-read many works. Superb actress, lecturer, researcher"
"I've seen her several times and she only gets better!"
"Delightful presentations of these famous women - authentic performances due to outstanding research.
The acting was very well done. Loved her sense of humor."
^Plunket, Robert. "The lives they lived: Anne Morrow Lindbergh, b. 1906; The Heroine." The New York Times, December 30, 2001. Retrieved: November 19, 2012