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Articles by Carol Simmons

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  • Villagers stitch together aid

    Anna Haller, lower right, created this rainbow-colored quilt for the newly formalized Village Assistance Network to raffle this fall. VAN continues the work of the informal $10 Club started by Chrissy Cruz to meet emergency financial needs in the village. Pictured around the quilt are the group’s board members, clockwise from left: Lindsay Burke, Kate Anderson, Wendy Ricks, Jane Nipper and Cruz. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    Where do we turn when life throws a financial challenge at us that we can’t handle on our own?

  • New plays, familiar faces on stage

    Miriam Eckenrode Saari (second from the left) directs cast members (from left) Coltin Pitstick, Anna Carlson and Bomani Moyenda in rehearsal for the allegorical play “Catch the Next Bus,” to be presented as part of the annual 10-Minute Plays Festival, which opens this weekend, Oct. 16–17, and continues next weekend, Oct. 23–24, at First Presbyterian Church. “Catch the Next Bus” will be featured during the festival’s second weekend. (photo by Carol Simmons)

    “If you’ve been in town for over a year, then you’ll know someone” participating in this year’s Ten-Minute Play Festival, says Ali Thomas, a co-producer with Miriam Eckenrode Saari of the latest local short-play showcase.

  • Big Lens zooms in on village

    The experimental dance film “Anesthesiaphobia” by Liz Yong Lowe was filmed almost entirely inside the Antioch Foundry Theater in the summer of 2014. The film is part of the biggest Big Lens Film Festival Wright State University film students have held in several years. Most of the films, created in Yellow Springs or by local residents, will screen at a gala Friday, Oct. 16, at the Dayton Art Institute. (Submitted Photo)

    Like its sibling arts of theater and literature, film counts setting — a sense of place —- as a significant building block.

  • Oddball theater in the ‘wyld’

    Actors Jonathan Crocker and Douglas Mumaw, best known in this area for their Theatre in the Mudde at the Ohio Renaissance Festival, will perform a lesser known show next week at the Antioch College Amphitheatre. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, they present “Meet the Wyld Man!,” at 12:30 and 7 p.m. with percussionist Jimi Torrey. (Submitted photo by Furball Studios)

    Many villagers have come to know thespians Jonathan Crocker and Douglas Mumaw over the past two decades, either through their temporary residence in town each fall, or by their alter-egos at the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg.

  • Food or flute?

    Antioch School students Antonio Chaiten, left, and Lucy Dennis participated in a two-day workshop on how to make pennywhistles out of carrots. (photo by Carol Simmons)

    Two “Meet the Wyld Man!” shows take place Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 12:30 and 7 p.m. at the Antioch College Amphitheatre.

  • Gospel, blues turn out on the town

    The Lionel Young Band, a blues band from Colorado featuring Lionel Young on electric violin, will perform at the AACW Blues, Jazz & Gospel Fest next weekend, Sept. 24–26. (submitted photo by Gretchen Troop)

    Following a year’s hiatus, the AACW Blues, Jazz & Gospel Fest is set to make a grand comeback next weekend, Sept. 24–26.

  • Antioch University reaches out digitally

    Michael Burns is finishing his undergraduate degree in creative writing through Antioch University Connected from his home near Phoenix, Ariz., Burns was drawn to Antioch for its legacy of social justice. (Submitted Photo)

    First there was Antioch College. Then came Antioch University and its satellite campuses. Now AU Connected has joined the Antioch universe.

  • Listen for stories of freedom


    While the American Civil War continued to rage unabated, President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 1, 1863, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

  • A play on timeless politics

    In a scene from “Inherit the Wind,” Shannon Lewis, as the mayor of Hillsboro and Rob Campbell, as Rev. Jeremiah Brown welcome Matthew Harrison Brady, the well-known Populist jurist and three-time presidential candidate played by Dave Nickel, with much fanfare. The Yellow Springs Theatre Association production opens Friday, June 5, at Mills Lawn auditorium and plays through this weekend and next. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    The Yellow Springs Theater Company is completing its first season with a production of “Inherit the Wind,” which has been a stage favorite since it debuted in 1955.

  • Mills Lawn School students on task with four sides

    Mills Lawn third-grade students studied quadrilaterals in math class this year by getting outside and identifying four-sided shapes in the community. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

    One of the challenges for teachers of mathematics is helping students see the relevancy of seemingly abstract concepts in their daily lives. “When will I ever use this?” is an oft-muttered refrain.