Our first Hoffapalooza, held Saturday, July 23, 2011 was conceived as an opportunity to show off the wide variety of programs that go on at the Hoffman Center, and to show them off all at once. In a six-hour timespan we had hundreds of people come through the building. A frequent comment, even from full-locals, was, “I had no idea there was this much going on.” It was great to hear that. It meant we were successful.
Staged reading of Churchill speeches on November 14
The Hoffman Center in Manzanita will present an evening of readings from the speeches of Winston Churchill, Sunday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
Most of the addresses were made to the British and American people between 1938 and 1941, when the balance of power in the world was threatened by Nazi Germany. Churchill’s father was British, his mother American, and in his talks he called on both peoples to respond to the threat.
Readers will be Dave Bell, Lynn Hadley, Stewart Martin, Peter Nunn, Ahna Ortiz, Margaret Page and Richard Speer.
“Many feel these are the words that saved western civilization. They are surely among the most honored and respected in the history of the English language,” said director Richard Speer. “I hope that all will take from the readings an appreciation of the heroism and courage of the man who made them and the people who first heard and then responded to them.”
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, famed politician, statesman and orator, served as Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1940 to 1945, and from 1951 to 1955. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. Ten years later, he became the first person named an Honorary Citizen of the United States.
Admission to the event will cost $10 and tickets will be sold at the door.