March Newsletter

Leap Year! A friendly reminder that time marches on for all of us.

Let's see, am I supposed to set my clock ahead one hour, set it back one hour or say a "decade" of the rosary to honor the Virgin Mary? Hmm, I may have that confused! I get these calendar rules and religious regulations mixed up in my mind! Mathew, Luke and John, all the rest have 28? Is that how it goes?

I guess part of the creative process is retaining the ability to discern between the

absurd and the concrete reality we spend most of our time in.

Forgive me, I am just finishing reading the remainder of our ONE ACT PLAYS for our JUICE BOX COMPETITION and have had my brain tested and challenged to the max. THE LITERARY TERRAIN WE COVER!!!! OMG!!!! Being an evaluator is indeed a challenge! Please consider joining us next year.

That said, watch for more information about the competition coming as we get closer to the performance dates of the top ten winners.

- Rick

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CLASSIC MOVIE night is Tuesday, March 19, at 7:00 PM. This month’s feature is OF MICE AND MEN, the 1939 classic starring Lon Chaney, Jr. & Burgess Meredith…. and popcorn – YUM !!  Please join us! It’s always a fun evening. And it’s free!!!

AFRICAN PRESENTATIONS: Director Karin Cockram has recently returned from her second trip to the African country of Kenya. She shares her experiences during her series of four presentations on Wednesday, March 6, with an illustrated talk on the education system in Kenya. On March 13, she will focus on the medical system; March 20, the country’s government. She’ll close the series on March 27, with stories of individuals she’s met. Each presentation will be held at LSCFTA from 2-3 PM. The theater now displays several photos from her African travels.

INNOVATION STUDIO: The calendar for May includes some new classes such as “Video Rig and Set Design for Podcasting” “Easy Video Edits Using Adobe Premiere Rush” and “Photographing

Hummingbirds.” Remember that as little as a $35 membership gains you access to classes and equipment. What a deal! We invite you to explore our website for more information about the offerings of our studio.

BRENDA ENO ART GALLERY: The March 1 area school student show opening brought many students, teachers and family members. Also, March 2 & 9 brought several more groups of visitors during Saturday gallery hours. The show is a stunning display of student talent and a tribute to the teachers who inspire it. Westfield, Ripley, Brocton and Chautauqua Lake are the schools represented. This wonderful exhibit is open for viewing on Saturdays during March from 11 – 3 during our regular hours or by appointment.

WRITERS’ GROUP: Mary Ellen says that so far she has received two submissions for the LSCFTA Annual Anthology Contest. Go to for entry details. The writers now have their own tab. Programming in the future will include “How to Publish Using KDP,” for writers who have books they may want to publish. Wow! The writers are loving their very own haven in Room 102 on the main floor. For more information on how to join the Writers group contact us at (716)224-2135 or send an email to Utilizing the Innovation Studio, with the assistance of Jackie Phillips and Randall Burt, published authors and members of the writers group, Mary Ellen Humphrey, Shannon Reber Seachrist and Sue Landrigan have launched a podcast called “Lit Chicks” which can be accessed through YouTube.

MURAL PROJECT: Since our first mural project is so successful, the committee continues consultation re: the next building we hope to beautify. Please consider donating for future projects, as we continue community beautification.

DANCING WITH BREAST CANCER and ANCESTRAL VOICES: Tina reported that both productions have been fully cast with ANCESTRAL VOICES performances scheduled for May 17, 18 & 19.  DANCING WITH BREAST CANCER will be performed August 16, 17 & 18.

GRAPE INDUSTRY FILM: Libby continues her research for this project, the presentation of which will premier during Grape Festival Weekend in September and coincide with our gallery’s juried show of grape related art.

JUICE BOX ONE ACT COMPETITION 2024: 128 submissions from several countries are being evaluated by the reading team. With many excellent scripts, we will have no difficulty filling the performance slots of our contest for the projected performance dates of July 26, 27 & 28, 2024. We have put out a call for auditions on Saturday, June 1, 5-9 PM. It is Tina Rausa’s hope to cast our Juice Box ONE AT COMPETITION as well as finding actors appropriate to future productions.

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MAIA A’BRAMS HORVATH:  In 2023, a generous anonymous donor gifted us with Maia A’Brams Horvath’s painting, “Much Love to You All.” We are happy to recognize this gift with a reception honoring Ms. Horvath, who grew up in Westfield. Stay tuned for details.

Almost Spring - and things are happening! We thank all of our many supporters & friends for keeping us as a priority. We cannot do this without you! If you’ve not yet renewed your membership for 2024, please go to our website  to see how to do so.

See you at the theater!!