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Burt Visotzky on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Margo Martindale on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Joy Phelan-Pinto & Dennis Pinto on Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m.

George Potts on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Frank Way on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Ron Marasco on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m.



Press Release 6/22/19

(Kent, Connecticut) – Because large gatherings are not allowed or advisable for the foreseeable future, and since the Library is unable to hold it’s annual benefit party, the KML’s benefit committee is launching the Masters of Kent Summer Series to celebrate, share and thank you with some of the diverse talent in our town.

This series is our way of thanking you for pitching in and donating to our matching gift campaign. We are offering 6 fabulous programs, all FREE, from some of our local luminaries, that showcase the variety of interesting and talented people we have here. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the great town of Kent! We are fortunate to have so many generous supporters who have helped us raise the funds necessary to meet our budget for the year. Of course, we are always happy to receive any donations you feel compelled to share and we are so grateful to all the Friends of the Kent Memorial Library.

The Library is truly a treasure to the town of Kent and its patrons. We seek to entertain, engage and involve our members in the exciting presentations planned for the summer series. Topics include theatre, food, music, religion, travel, and more.

Join us and others for these live online events.

Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m.
The Pope, the Shaykh, and a Rabbi go into the KML: What’s New in Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue presented by Rabbi Burton Visotzky

Kent resident Rabbi Burt Visotzky will report on the developments in dialogue among Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, and other major religious groups — and how dialogue and interfaith cooperation help to advance development and bring an end to violence and poverty.

Burt Visotzky serves as director of the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Jewish Theological Seminary in NY. In that role, he engages international leaders in Interreligious Dialogue. He will report on developments in Interfaith engagement from his perspective as a member of the United Nations MultiFaith Advisory Council, and as a member of the board of governors of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations. In the past year he has attended such consultations at the Vatican and in Abu Dhabi.

Wednesday, July 15 at 7:00 p.m.
“With Time Comes Appreciation” A Visit with actress Margo Martindale

The Emmy-winning and Tony-nominated actress Margo Martindale, star of Justified, The Americans and the current Hulu series Mrs. America, is one of the busiest, best loved and most artistically skillful actresses working today. She is also a citizen of Kent and a very fun person to spend time with.

Her always indelible performances run an astonishing range of characters that draw on Margo’s unique intuition and understanding of the human heart. And talent like that doesn’t just happen overnight. As she said in her acceptance speech when she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, “With time comes appreciation.”

In an interview with Theater Professor and author Ron Marasco, we will hear about the life and love and learning that has, over time, made Margo Martindale both a world-class talent and a joy to bump into at the IGA.

Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m.
The Ultimate African Safari: A Conversation with Dennis Pinto and Joy Phelan-Pinto, proprietors of award-winning Micato Safaris

Forbes magazine calls Micato Safaris “the Rolls-Royce of the safari world,” and the Library invites you to join a conversation with the owners of Micato to hear why the splendor of Africa’s rolling savannahs should be next on your bucket list. With its breathtaking wildlife and awe-inspiring beauty, a safari has always been high on everyone’s list, but even more so today given the splendid isolation of a continent that has been remarkably untouched by COVID-19. Dennis Pinto was raised in Kenya and his parents, who live in Nairobi overseeing the company, invite every safari guest to their home to share a meal. Dennis and Joy will take us on an incredible journey throughout the great game parks of East and Southern Africa, sharing their favorite insider safari places and experiences.

Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Song Stories (NOT Story Songs) with songwriter George Potts

George Potts has been singing & playing music throughout Litchfield County for over 4 decades. After leaving a full-time music career in Chicago and relocating to Kent in June of 1976, he served for many years as the bassist for his father-in-law Dolph Traymon’s group, The Fife ’n Drum Trio. Since the late 90s, George has most often been seen as a member of the popular area quartet, the Joint Chiefs. The group enjoys a reputation for “tight harmonies and loose attitude.” Join us as Kent’s own tells the stories behind some of the songs he has written, providing insight into what sparked his writing and the adventures he has had along the way: finding the right word, stretching a rhyme and breaking supposed rules.

RESCHEDULED Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Building A Brand: How frank. food Came to Life presented by Frank Way

Before Kent Restaurant owner Frank Way opened frank. food company, he had a successful career as an executive creative director focusing primarily on brands and brand building. He cut his teeth at Calvin Klein’s in-house agency as an art director back when Mark Walburg was better known as Marky Mark and Kate Moss was a scrawny beauty from London. He went on to found his own agency, then spent time producing Martha Stewart’s TV show, and worked with TATTOO Brand Consulting. Prior to opening his shop, Frank was an Executive Creative Director at Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm. Having always possessed a passion for entertaining and cooking, he opened frank. food company incorporating the skills he’d acquired throughout a career of maintaining, building and nurturing brands. He’s pretty pleased with the results.

RESCHEDULED Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Advice to a Public Speaker (Which nowadays is everyone!) A Lecture/Discussion with Ron Marasco, Ph.D.

Dr. Ron Marasco is the author of five books including Notes to an Actor, which was named by the American Library Association “An Outstanding Academic Book of 2008.” He has coached public speakers of all ages and professions with real-world practical pointers that he feels are not taught enough in schools. “Students spend years sweating over those dreary five-paragraph, ‘topic sentence’ essays that no one ever uses in real life,” Ron says, “but they are sent into the world with almost zero know-how about what they may be doing wrong as a speaker.”

In these hyper-communicative times—when careers are made or sunk by the ability to express oneself to an audience with authenticity and ease—a little advice to a public speaker can go a long way. So join Ron for a lively exploration of the Do’s and Don’t’s of being at your best in any presentation you ever give. (Even via Zoom®!)

The series will be presented Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. The events are free and open to the public. You must register to receive the zoom links online. Click here for more information or to register.