Wednesday, the Boyle County Public Library’s Friends of the Library and the Community Arts Center will co-host this month’s Lunch with the Arts guest, Liz Orndorff. The program is set for 4 p.m. in the library. The local playwright traveled to Danville’s sister city of Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, as part of an artist exchange facilitated by the Danville Sister Cities Commission.
Orndorff explains the purpose of her trip was “to experience the life of the people of Carrickfergus and to exchange ideas and activities with artists and schoolchildren of Northern Ireland.” This exchange involved visits with local school groups who participated in drama workshops and visits to Maghaberry Prison to work with inmates. Orndorff’s trip was an unforgettable and life-changing experience, one she will share candidly at this month’s presentation.
Her presentation will stem from her collection of colorful photographs of Carrickfergus, Belfast, and the Antrim coast, as well as what she calls “an extensive display of all things Irish. Guests can expect to hear about Carrickfergus and Belfast, their history and geography, special wonders such as the Titanic Museum, and about my work in the schools of Carrickfergus.”
For anyone who has wondered more about Carrickfergus, this is the place and time to learn, especially about its significance as Danville’s sister city. Orndorff explains, “going to Carrickfergus was like going home — there is a special connection between Danville and the people of Northern Ireland since so many Kentucky families originated there.”
Some highlights Orndorff can be expected to touch on Wednesday include her visits to Carrickfergus Castle and St. Nicholas Church, both built in the 12th century; attending the theater with the Belfast’s mayor; and visiting President Andrew Jackson’s family home.
IF YOU GO
Lunch with the Arts
with Friends of the
Library: Liz Orndorff
4-5 p.m. Wednesday
Boyle County Public Library
Presents: “Wild West!”
Through March 30
Community Arts Center
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
1-5 p.m. Sunday
Complete exhibit info available at www.communityartscenter.net
Tango and Rumba
Thursdays, Feb. 21-March 21
6-7 p.m.: Tango
7-8 p.m.: Rumba
Register online at www.communityartscenter.net
“Beyond the Blue
7:30 p.m. March 2
4:30 p.m. March 3
Program will offer a glimpse into what pioneer life was like.
Cost: $5 at the door; limited seating
Starry Night Studio:
7-9 p.m. March 5
Community Arts Center
Register at www.community artscenter.net