The Lehrer Report: Jan. 19, 2024

Published: 01-17-2024 7:09 PM

A friend told me that the days begin to lengthen after Dec. 28. It’s about a minute a day. Therefore, we have about 15 more minutes of daylight so far, more if you reading this column on Saturday.


Bravo to all the cast, crew and volunteers who put together a splendid show —  “Seussical” — at Bowker Auditorium last week. My Orchard Valley neighbor, Bob Gustafsen, plays the Cat in the Hat and he is super! The show continues this weekend. Word to the wise — get a ticket.


Good news: Girl Scout cookies are now on sale. Check Glendale Road in Orchard Valley. A Scout leader who lives on the street puts up a sign on the lawn on how to get the cookies. Ringing the bell with cash in hand helps.

Scouts also have tables at supermarkets and the mall.


Bruce Penniman of Amherst sent me an email describing the year’s worth of programs to celebrate South Congregational Church’s 200th anniversary this year. A coffee house is first up with popular Valley musicians Jerry and Kara Noble, who will perform Sunday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. at the church.

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“They will share a mix of singer-songwriter titles from the famous to the obscure, with a sprinkling of toe-tapping traditional jazz classics from such artists as Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson,” he wrote.

Admission is free; however, donations will be appreciated. Reservations are required due to limited seating, which is why he suggested I put in this notice early. For reservations call 253-2977 or email

He wrote that the year will include an Arts and Social Justice Series with music, guest speakers, and book groups.


Dr. Shalini Bahl of Amherst has written a book,” Return to Mindfullness.” A celebration of the book launch and reading will be held at the Old Mill District General Store on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


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