Published Friday, December 07, 2012

Arts & Entertainment Briefs: Abel pens new poetry collection

From Staff Reports

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Coweta resident L. Ward Abel has a new collection of poetry — “American Bruise” from Parallel Press of Madison, Wisc. The “bruises” in Abel’s poems are those left on the American landscape and history, especially the rural settings populated by men like Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman. His poetry explores the back roads and rivers of the nation and what has been left there to decay.

Abel was born in 1959 in Atlanta, composer and performer of music, and a retired lawyer. Abel’s work appears in many print and online publications. He is also the author of “Peach Box and Verge,” “Torn Sky Bleeding Blue,” and the forthcoming “Cousins over Colder Fields.”

• U.S. Air Force Reserve Band giving free concert

The Band of the United States Air Force Reserve will be in concert at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Thursday at 7 p.m. This is a free concert. Those wishing to attend must come by the Centre, located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road, and pick up tickets in advance. Tickets are available now. For details, call 770-254-2787.

The Band of the United States Air Force Reserve is the oldest band, active or reserve, assigned to the Air Force, having continued from its formation in 1941 to the present without a break in service. The band was formed Oct. 1, 1941, at Mitchell Field, New York, as the First Air Force Band.

Since moving to Robins AFB, the Band of the US Air Force Reserve has continued to entertain heads of state, other political and military leaders, and countless American and foreign citizens, including the crews of the “Nautilus” atomic submarine and the Apollo 8,9 and 10 moon flights. Among their key appearances at international events have been Hemisfair ‘68, the inaugural parade for the U.S. Virgin Islands first elected governor in 1971, the Detroit International Air Show, the change of command and retreat ceremonies in conjunction with the 1979 signing of the Panama Canal treaties, the 1982 World’s Fair, the first foreign military unit to march through Red Square in Moscow, Russia, in 1992, and the only foreign military unit to perform in the 50th Celebration of VE Day Parade in St Petersburg, Russia, in 1995.

Most recently the band was the lead off unit in the internationally televised Rose Bowl Parade for the 50th Anniversary of the Air Force.

For more information on the concert, visit www.thecentreonline.net .

• Christmas Art Camp offered

The Young Artists of Newnan and Coweta will have the fourth annual Christmas Art Camp Dec. 11-13 from 4-6 p.m.

The “‘S’ is for Santa & Snowmen” camp will be held at the Art House (Harriet Alexander Art Center) on Hospital Road.

Students will enjoy art projects and create both Santas and snowmen with three projects to take home. Instructors are Bette Hickman and Teri Lewis. There is a fee of $49 which includes supplies.

For more information email youngartistsnewnan@yahoo.com or call Lewis at 678-877-1899.

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