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Good Ones, Bad Ones – When will it be the Last One?
Aaron is a "blind date virgin," while Casey has been on more than her fair share. When the two are set up by a mutual friend, sparks fly—or do they? The night unfolds over the course of this couple's hilarious first date, and it's not without its share of surprises in the form of imaginary visits from Aaron's ex-girlfriend, Casey's uptight sister, the pair's protective parents and even their future son! Google background checks, awkward pauses and bailouts are all there during this unforgettable first encounter between two romantics, who just might be perfect for each other. Or not.
March 31, April 1, 7, & 8, 2017 ~ 8 PM
April 2 & 9, 2017 ~ 3 PM
book by Austin Winsberg and music
and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner
Goshen Players, Inc. will present the musical comedy “First Date” with book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner at Old Goshen Town Hall at 2 North Street, at the Rotary junction of Routes 4 and 63, Goshen, CT for six performances over two weekends starting March 31st, 2017.
We’ve all had them. Good ones, bad ones, disastrous ones, confusing ones. First dates. There is nothing like them in the world!
“What does she think of me? Did he really mean what he just said? Why in the world did I wear this? I must be missing something – no one is this nice. I wonder what my mother would think of her.”
Join Casey and Aaron as Goshen Players, Inc. presents the musical comedy “First Date” with book by Austin Winsberg and music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. This hilarious, real-time blind date experience runs the gamut from thrills to chills as this couple learns not only about one another but also themselves.
An incredibly talented cast of seven actors bring the 22 characters of the piece to life. In addition to Aaron and Casey experiencing their evening together, we meet protective friends, meddling grandparents, neurotic ex-girlfriends, uptight siblings and even one nightmare of an imaginary child, amongst others.
Incredible music and a hilarious script are responsible for this upbeat and fast-paced musical never missing a moment of fun.
So bring your best date to “FIRST DATE” Old Goshen Town Hall at 2 North Street, at the Rotary junction of Routes 4 and 63, Goshen, CT for six performances over two weekends starting March 31, 2017.
This production is directed by Dan Checovetes of Southington with music direction by Jim Luurtsema of Torrington. Assisting Checovetes and Luurtsema is John Ozerhoski, also of Torrington. The production is presented by special arrangement with Rogers & Hammerstein Theatricals.
First Date” will be presented on March 31, April 1, 7 and 8 at 8:00 p.m. and April 2 and 9 at 3:00 p.m. All tickets for the cabaret style seating are reserved and cost $25. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at 860.491.9988 and leaving a message for call back. Early reservations are recommended as Cabaret Seating is limited!

Paintings by Marcey Hladik and Joyce Lawton
Oliver Wolcott Library
Jamie Gagarin Community Room and Gallery
Exhibit: March 2- April 28, 2017
Marcey Hladik is a native of Litchfield who started painting as an adult, taking her first lessons in oil painting from her mother-in-law, Edith Hladik, an accomplished artist and teacher. Since her retirement, Marcey has spent more time engaging her creativity through the use of acrylic and, most recently, watercolor paint, attending classes with Rose Petruzzi and Betsy Rogers Knox. Painting fills one facet of Marcey’s desire to “craft,” and her other means of being creative is through knitting - both mediums incorporating color in expression.

Torrington native Joyce Lawton is a self-taught artist who began painting at a very early age. Watercolors and acrylics are her forte. She is well known in the area for her paintings of birds, animals, landscapes, seascapes, children and homes.

In addition, she creates custom ceramic tile paintings for backsplashes and showers. Joyce also enjoys teaching acrylic painting. She has shown her work at local venues including Charlotte Hungerford Hospital.

Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery
"Sacred Moments"
by Ashby Carlisle and Lisa Bell
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center
This joint exhibit features the combined works of New London artist, Ashby Carlisle and New Hartford artist, Lisa Bell. The exhibit includes the three-dimensional landscapes created by Carlisle along with the strong, visceral fields of color in the illuminated manuscripts crafted by Bell.
Carlisle-The Tease of Spring #1
Ashby Carlisle uses a welding torch, a kiln and a laser printer to create pieces that are wholly inspired by the natural world. Her works utilize these “implements” to craft her impressionist style structural mixed media landscapes.  Her work has been exhibited in private collections and galleries throughout  New England. Past exhibits and awards include: 72nd Connecticut Artists Exhibition, The Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT (Awarded Second Place); John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT (Awarded the Whitney Center Prize) and Golden Thread Gallery in West Hartford.  (

Bell- Psalm 1
Lisa Bell uses traditional scripts and color symbolism taken from liturgy, music and Scripture to fashion the painted illuminations she creates. Non-traditional materials are also used in her work. A graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn she has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the region. Her solo exhibits include St. Philip’s Church, Harlem and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in NYC. Group exhibits include Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, St. John’s Episcopal Church, West Hartford and the National Arts Club in NYC.  (

The public is invited to the Artist’s Lecture by Ms. Carlisle and Ms. Bell at 3:30 pm on January 21.  Music at the reception will be provided by Matt McCauley on double bass and Thomasina Levy on dulcimer.

The exhibit runs through April 8, 2017.  
The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery hours are:  
Monday – Saturday, 10 am-4 pm.

     For further information call (860) 567-3163