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As (many of) you know, I rarely say "no" to any church, library, historical society, chowder and marching society, etc. that asks for my services as speaker or performer or both. But last winter I said "yes" to the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church of a shoreline town. Wrote the date in my calendar and promptly forgot about it. Luckily, I had a recent call, not from the woman who made the initial contact, but from a man. ("Long story," he said. "Don't ask"). Seems the date was changed from the fourth to the second Tuesday of May--but nobody told me. OK--didn't take too much re-arranging. He asked for a bio, I sent it. He told me "figure about 20 minutes."
Just now I looked at their website--there was my bio just as I had sent it, including being a member of Klezmenschen, traditional Klezmer band--and the presentation time? 45 minutes, followed by Q&A! OK again, I always have plenty of material.

Then I began reading my way around the site, as one does, and discovered that this was the church that has become notorious in Connecticut for its pro-Palestinian AND anti-Israel stance. Even though the former minister--famous for writing inflammatory letters to the editor of Jewish newspapers--is now "Emeritus," the articles and links on the website made it clear that his opinions still prevail. Oh well, it's not like I'm doing the Yiddish theater or the Three Stooges and Jewish tradition programs. I'm set to present the condensed version of "Live from the Stage Door Canteen--Songs of the World War II Homefront." Still, conversation could get sticky--and I'm not known for my patience and diplomacy.
We'll see.
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