Mediatech, in association with the Flemington Free Public Library, presents â€œSweet Talks,â€ a series of four Wednesday evenings in July.Â Each evening will begin with live music at 7 pm Â (in the garden if weather permits), followed by a short talk on a variety of topics at 8pm, all accompanied by light refreshments.Â â€œSweet Talksâ€ are free and open to all, although contributions will be gratefully accepted.
July 10: The Five Straws and An Evening With Archie
Music:Â The Five Straws:Â The Five StrawsÂ are a brass quintet comprised of members of theÂ Whitehouse Wind SymphonyÂ of Whitehouse, New Jersey. The group was formed in 2011 and performs at venues in northern New Jersey. The five members are Warren Buckleitner and Karen Stober, trumpets; David Waanders, horn; Christopher Johnson, trombone; and Jonathan Clymer, tuba. The repertoire of the quintet includes popular and classical music written originally for brass quintet as well as pieces for band, symphony, and choir that have been transcribed for brass quintet.Â The group also features original and adapted music written by its trombonist, Chris, who is a professional composer and arranger.
Discussion:Â Archie! Â An evening with Flemington’s local supermarket legendÂ Archie Fagan, who has managed to make trips to the market more fun. Find out more about Archie’s story, ask him a question, or just come and enjoy one of our own area treasures.
July 17:Â The Moore Bros.Â Acoustic Rock andÂ Dick Stothoff on the History of Flemington
Music: The Moore Bros. return for an evening ofÂ acousticÂ rock music.
Discussion: Dick Stothoff on the history of Flemington NJ.
July 24 Jake Hoffman and Chris Crowell on Technology in Education
Music:Â Jake Hoffman, Acoustic Guitar
Discussion:Â Chris Crowell on Technology in Education
July 31: Music and Discussion: Marshall’s Dixieland Jazz Band
Marshall Stalley found new life as a piano player when he retired from Rutgers University in 1982, after a career as a sociologist that spanned 21 years. Two years into his retirement, Stalley attended a group course on jazz piano improvisation proving that you’re never to old to learn.Â Said Stalley in a 1989 issue of theÂ Rutgers Focus, “I played piano before, but hadn’t had any real theory or any real guidance in improvisation.”Â In the group session, he met a piano player who was also a drummer. He then put an ad in the paper and got a clarinetist who knew a banjo player — and before long they had a Dixieland band. Stalley died in 2002, but the band he started played on, with Charlie Huck taking his place at he piano.Â Stalley used to joke, “We only use the music to be sure that we are all in the right key. We find it works better that way.”Â The band continues in this tradition to this day.Â Have a listen!
Discussion:Â — the members of Marshallâ€™s Dixieland Jazz Band
Rod B. Anderson, Clarinet (Princeton)
Warren Buckleitner, Cornet (Flemington)
George Dougherty, Trombone (Lawrenceville)
Charley Huck, Piano (Somerville)
Sam Leiner, Drums (Monroe Twp.)
Inger Milligan, Vocals (Somerset)
Frank Stabile, Banjo (N. Plainfield)
Tom Spain, Tuba (Skillman)