Tipp Talk-January 18

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From GregEnslen.com:  http://www.gregenslen.com/tipp-talk-january-18/

Events, activities and other hometown items going on in and around Tipp City, Ohio by Greg Enslen

Arts Council Gala on January 28

The Tipp City Area Arts Council will be holding a gala on January 28 at the Crystal Room at Club 55 in Troy, Ohio.  Called “Cocktails and the Arts,” this event will be held from 6 to 11pm and will feature a silent auction of donations from local artists—I was proud to donate a copy of “Tipp Talk 2010” for the silent auction, and we’re planning to attend, so if you win it, say “hi!”  It’s already signed.   Also included in the silent auction will be items from Ann Luken, Cindy Plummer, Rodney Veal, Mary Kilpatrick, Barbara Bailey and Mike Jackson.

There will also be a live painting demonstration by painter Keith Thue—he was one of the participating artists at the event that kicked off the “Windows on Tippecanoe” event several years ago.

All of the food at the gala will be “cocktail” inspired and coordinated by Susan Langley, Samantha’s mom.  I can’t wait to see what recipes and concoctions she comes up with!

Tickets are $40 for Arts Council members and $45 for non-members—and it’s such an important community organization, I’d suggest you simply sign up for membership and save that $5. Tickets can be purchased at Tipp Monroe Community Services or by emailing [email protected]

Ginghamsburg Church Hosts Family Flick

The folks out at Ginghamsburg Church are hosting a Family Flick Night on January 20, when they’ll present the family animated movie “Rio.” Admission is free, but they ask that you help support their New Path Food Pantry by bring a canned food item as a donation for each person in your group.  If you have questions, please see the church website at www.ginghamsburg.orgor call Kelly Flora at 667-1069, extension 260.

Main Street Preschool Open House

The great folks over at Main Street Preschool are taking signups and registrations for the 2012-2013 school year for current preschool families, members of the United Methodist Church, and the general public.  Classes will fill quickly, so early registration is encouraged –this is absolutely true, as this year it came down to the wire for us to get little Katie in.  Main Street Preschool is expanding their afternoon program to 3 days a week next year.

On Sunday, January 29, the staff of Main Street Preschool will welcome visitors to its Open House, being held from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.  Drop in and take the opportunity to meet the teachers to learn about their unique programs, tour the classrooms, and sign up.  If you have questions, feel free to call Suzanne Collins, the Preschool Director, at 937.669.4707 or check out their website at www.mainstreetpreschool.com.

Companion Site for “The 9/11 Machine”

My book “The 9/11 Machine,” has been out for a few months now, and I’m getting questions about certain plot points in the book. In the course of writing a fiction book I stumbled across quite a few true things that I wanted to work into the book, but it’s difficult in fiction books to clearly delineate what is true and what is fiction, such as in the last Dan Brown book, “The Lost Symbol,” where he takes great pains to use real-world locations and objects to add credence to his fictional tale.

My book is a work of speculative fiction, but I decided to set up a companion website to explore some of the major plot points and offer expanded background information about the book and the characters and locations.  Located at 911machine.gregenslen.com,  the website also cover the background of the book, excerpts, some of the praise that I’ve received, and information on where buyers can locate the book.  There are also updates on real-world happenings related to the book.  Enjoy!

Tipp City TV

Ever wish you could watch TV shows dedicated to Tipp City, or enjoy old episodes of the Get Social Show?  At TippCityTV.com, I’ve created what is essentially a 24-hour TV station dedicated to Tipp City. I uploaded a smattering of Tipp City videos and other segments.  I’ve also included some old movies and TV shows, and added pages for up-to-date news and weather.

Speaking of TV

There is some really good TV coming back in mid-January, including a few shows that I’m very excited about:

  • Royal Pains (January 18) – this show about a concierge doctor and his practice in the sunny Hamptons is the perfect anti-dote for cold weather.  Hank Lawson and his brother Evan run the kind of doctor’s practice that used to be common—he makes house calls! Of course, his clients can afford it, but Hank still manages to run into some crazy diagnoses.  Check out the show for the gorgeous locations shots and stay for the characters, especially Divia, Hank’s physician assistant.
  • American Idol (January 18) – Last year was interesting, with Simon gone and two new faces in Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler joining Randy Jackson in the “let’s find a star” juggernaut show.  This is the 11th season, so it will be interesting to see if they can keep the audience that tuned in last year, expecting a train wreck, only to find a panel of judges that jelled surprisingly fast.  Now if they could only find an actual American Idol – it’s been a long time since they found an outstanding singer.  And isn’t that what the show is supposed to be about?
  • Smash (February 6) – starring Debra Messing, Angelica Huston and American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee, this tune-filled drama explores the harried launch of a Broadway show and the players involved, each fighting for a moment in the spotlight.  I don’t usually enjoy musicals but this looks good—I love behind-the-scenes shows.
  • The River (February 7) – ABC is taking a crack at the horror/suspense crowd with this thriller about a famous explorer who goes missing in the Amazon.  His wife and son set out with a documentary crew to find the explorer, but everything is not as it seems along the dark river.  It’s supposed to be scary and suspenseful, which I like, as opposed to gory and bloody (I’m talking to you, Walking Dead – come on!), which I do not like.  Check out the trailer on ABC.com and get some sleep now…while you still can.

Tipp Roller Mill Children’s Theater

Harriet Bergman and her local children’s theater troupe will present “The Glass Slipper” this spring and is currently holding auditions.  “The Glass Slipper” is a retelling of the famous Cinderella story, but with new characters and twists on the timeless classic.

Rehearsals begin January 23 from 6:30 to 7:30 and they are looking to cast 20 area children.  For more information, please visit the website for Ham It Up! Productions at www.hamitup.org.

Check In With Me

Hear something interesting for “Tipp Talk?” Visit my website at www.gregenslen.com and drop me a line using the “Contact Me” page. And don’t worry—I won’t quote you unless you want me to!

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Mike McDermott is publisher of several web news properties, including this one. Long time resident, and local business owner, Mike McDermott lives in the downtown and fiercely defends Tipp City's honor at home and abroad.

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