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    The Cultural Presentations are a FREE series made possible with funding 
     from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in cooperation with the Lakeville Arts
     Council. The 2017 events are: 
​                                                       Mr. Vinny's Shadow Puppet Show
 February 23 @ 6PM--All ages

Circus Minimus: The One-Man Circus in-a-suitcase
Wednesday, April 20 at 1PM   

Cocktail Culture: the Mad Men Era
Monday, May 22 at 6:30PM--All ages

The Living History of King Philip's War
Monday, June 5 at 6:30PM--All ages  
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A Victorian Courtship Tea   
 Saturday. June 10 : 11AM-NOON

Illusionist Scott Jameson & Build a Better Library
Thursday, August 10 at 1PM 

Little White House Cabaret (Adults Only)
Monday, November 9 at 7-8PM


        All events are held in the Meeting Room/Great Ponds Gallery at the Lakeville 
  Public Library, 4 Precinct Street, Lakeville unless otherwise noted. 



Mr. Vinny uses an 'old school overhead projector' and homemade hand cut shadow puppets of his own design. Using plenty of help from the audience, Mr. Vinny will make the story of “The 12 Lil’ Pigs and the Big Bad Pineapple” come to life. He paints an image of the whole show in the dark; the kids and Mr. Vinny are talking and watching the shadows on the wall. The audience will also take part in the very popular game what’s that shadow. . . 'the whole thing has a family campfire feel'. Meeting Room/All ages
David Jennings will offer a sophisticated living history presentation on the King Philips War. Attendees will be invited to take a step back in time to learn about the bloodiest war in America's history that took place in New England in 1675. In addition to discussing the battles that happened right in our backyard, Mr. Jennings will have historical artifacts, replicas and weapons from the time period set up for viewing. Attendees will be able to handle the items, so the program will also be "hands-on" and "interactive". The living history presentation will provide both education and entertainment.  Meeting Room/All ages. 

With the onset of Prohibition in 1919, cocktail parties in the home became very popular. Karen Antonowicz will examine the  Cocktail Culture: the Mad Men Era with the fashions of the 1920s through the 1980s, not only in clothing styles, but also in home décor and accessories. Karen’s slides, video clips, and samples of vintage clothing make the era come alive. Meeting Room/All ages

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Invite the One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase to your event and give everyone an opportunity to participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination. From Kevin O’Keefe’s suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini,and Keefer–an innocent trying to runaway and join the circus. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Meeting Room/All ages. 

Mary Jo Maichack, nat'l award-winning singer/storyteller will sing from the Great American Songbook w/a top-flight pianist in a unique cabaret theater experience weaving together professional personal memoir storytelling w/singing. You will experience a repertoire sung by Sinatra, Peters & others composed by some of the greatest American lyricists and composers. Meeting Room/Adults. 




Scott Jameson will present a unique family-oriented magic and juggling performance. This is not a magic show in the classic ‘pull a rabbit out of a hat’ sense. The performance opens with the visually arresting manipulation of two large pieces of silky white fabric and closes with a jaw dropping illusion based on the H.G. Wells book 'The Time Machine'. Extraordinary juggling and audience participation combine with incredible magic, music, and movement to create an exciting theatrical experience. Meeting Room/All ages.

The Gallery of the Lakeville Public Library will host "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed,...." in June of 2017. The exhibit is a display with many items that have been featured in wedding in New England and a across the world. The Victorian Tea would add another aspect to the exhibit by focusing on the history of courtship during the Victorian period.  This exhibit and tea will connect experiences and add information about our ancestor's experience in the Victorian period thanks to Rita Parisi of Waterfall Productions.  Meeting Room/All ages.