Vol. 15, No. 25 – Sept 7 – Sept 20, 2022 – Ojai News & Events

The Ojai Valley Museum is holding a raffle for a beautiful quilt made by the Ojai Community Quilters. Tickets are on sale now with the winner drawn on October 15, Ojai Day. Tickets are available at the museum or contact the museum to purchase. All proceeds benefit programs at the museum.

The “Grandmother’s Garden” quilt has a special history. Heidi DiCapua started the quilt with blue pieced medallion flowers with red centers. Unfortunately, she passed away before finishing the medallions. Her husband Peter donated the flowers to the Ojai Community Quilters. Heidi belonged to the group for many years.

Glenda King, Sheryl McArthur, Ann Scanlin, and Jane Weirick took on the task of completing the 49 large and 36 smaller flowers and turning them into a queen-sized quilt. It was then machine quilted by Susan Leech. Making this quilt was a labor of love for the group. They dedicated the quilt to the memory of their long-time friend Heidi, and her beautiful detailed work.Photographs don’t do the quilt justice. See it in person at the Ojai Valley Museum.

The Ojai Valley Museum is located at 130 W. Ojai Avenue in Ojai. Free parking is available behind the museum, enter from Blanche Street. The Museum is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm and until 7 pm on the 3rd Friday of the month. Suggested admission is $5 per adult,$1 for children 5-18. Facemasks are encouraged inside the museum.

Kara Lakes is the ideal person to continue Performances To Grow On.

In Kara Lakes, Brian and The Ojai Storytelling Festival have found the ideal person to continue Performances To Grow On in the spirit Brian intended. Kara has been a teacher in the Ojai Valley for over 20 years, bringing creative music and storytelling techniques to her students. Kara looks forward to expanding accessibility to low income, hearing impaired, and special needs communities, with help from local organizers. To that end, Kara will continue expanding access to the art of storytelling.

Purchase tickets for the 21st annual Storytelling Festival, October 27th-30th, 2022 and find out about other events by visiting /www.ojaistoryfest.org

Ojai ACT Artistic Director Tracey Williams Sutton pulled some magic out of her hat with the announcement of the company’s 2023 season of plays. Opening the season in January 2023 will be Becky’s New Car, by Steven Dietz. Becky is a middle-aged woman in a middle-aged marriage with humdrum job and a humdrum adult son living at home. Then she meets a mixed-up millionaire who makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Or can she? The audience are her new best friends on this quirky adventure so prepare yourself to listen. It’s definitely worth the ride.

Red by John Logan, directed by Aileen Marie Scott will open in March.

For the summer musical, Artistic Director Williams Sutton will direct Nunsense, the original musical in Dan Goggin‘s successful franchise. It seems there’s been a tiny mix up in the kitchen and the sisters need money. Fast. Don’t miss their raucous fundraising attempts next June.

The mood shifts to the dark side in September with the production of the classic 1929 mystery, Rope by Patrick Hamilton.

For the holiday season OACT will offer the majestic musical, Scrooge, directed by Gai Laing Jones, with book, music, and lyrics by Leslie Bricuse. Adapted from the film—also written by Bricuse—this colorful rendition of the Dickens’ classic brings 19th century London alive again.

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