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Memories of a New Year’s Day to be Recalled Again [RESCHEDULED – January 18]

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memories of a new year“Memories of a New Year’s Day” has been rescheduled after extremely cold weather forced cancellation of its earlier date. It will now take place on Thursday January 18 at 7:00 p.m.

This novel walking tour through historic Corn Hill uses readings and songs to tell of the adventures and misadventures of several ten-year-old boys who visited open houses in what was then known as the Old Third Ward on January 1st 1881.

For many decades, blue-blooded families greeted each New Year with “prodigious cordiality,” particularly those with daughters of a marketable age. Romance was in the air as young swains visited each historic home to bask in those feminine smiles. Our young boys were too young to be looking for love. They were eager to sample the astonishing food served at each stop, especially an intriguing dessert known as a charlotte russe.

This free performance starts from the Ralph Avery Mall, at the intersection of Frederick Douglas and Adams Streets. The cast includes Ira Srole, Kevin Petrichick, Katrina Grbesic, and Sally Millick. Rumors of a secret cast member are true. Corn Hill historian Jim DeVinney provides narration. DeVinney is an Emmy-winning writer of historic documentaries for PBS. His films have won numerous awards including an Oscar nomination.