About Our Guest Speaker - Damian McNicholl
About the Aouthor
Please join New Hope Celebrates History for the second lecture in its “Artists & Authors Speaker Series” with author Damian McNicholl on Thursday, December 17th. At 7:00 PM. The event will be a live broadcast on Facebook and YouTube.
Damian is an acclaimed author and former attorney. His first novel, A Son Called Gabriel published in 2017 was an American Booksellers Association Book Sense Pick and a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year awards.
A story about coming-of-age and coming-out in Northern Ireland, the New York Times said, “Gabriel’s first-person narrative has an endearing frankness and intimate charm.”
A Bucks County resident, he has appeared on CBS, WYBE Public Television, and National Public Radio in addition to interviews in print media here and in the UK. Damian will discuss growing up gay in Northern Ireland during the Irish Troubles, his moving to America in the 90s, and the overwhelming acceptance of legal same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland but not in Northern Ireland until recently.
The event is free to attend, but donations are accepted to continue New Hope Celebrates History’s mission of preserving history for the LGBTQ+ community and providing programming like this.
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Your donations are gratefully accepted, as the organization depends on private funding to bring these events to the public. Future episodes in the series will include authors and artists relevant to the LGBTQ+ community but chosen for their interest to all. More to come.
About Our First Guest Speaker - Bob Egan
Thanks Bob Egan and Michael Traupman for a fantastic Livestream Broadcast. Originally aired on Thursday, Oct 22 @ 7:00 pm click a link below to watch on Facebook or YouTube.
About Bob Egan, the performer and his organization Bob Egan Entertainment provides top entertainers and musicians for a multitude of events. As a performer, Bob is known for regular appearances in the tri-state area. He is famous for discovering and nurturing local vocalists, many through his Open-Mic Nights at venues such as New Hope’s Bowman’s Tavern and Philadelphia Pa.; in NJ at The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, The Clinton House, McLoone’s in Sea Bright, as well as in Asbury Park at The Asbury Hotel, Asbury Ocean Club and Moonstruck and Morris County, NJ as well as Provincetown. MA.
Bob Egan has brought stars to his audiences such as Margaret Whiting, Carol Lawrence, Larry Kert, Andrea McArdle, Karen Akers, Barbara Feldon, Roslyn Kind, Maureen McGovern, Ann Hampton Callaway, Lainie Kazan, Sam Harris, Kenny Rankin, and many more. Running for 21 years, the Cabaret also offered a place for up-and-coming talent to be seen, many who went on to do Broadway shows and TV.
Bob’s lively piano bar and “Open Mic” performances have become popular at venues in Asbury Park, Atlantic City, New Hope, Philadelphia, Morris County, NJ, and Provincetown, MA
“Odette’s – An incredible era of music, piano, cabaret, and a family of friends”, Bob Egan.
On Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 7 PM New Hope Celebrates History committee (NHCH) will present its first Livestream event “Artists & Authors” speakers’ series, “Odette’s – An incredible era of music, piano, cabaret, and a family of friends,” featuring the Cabaret at Odette’s founder and musical director of the venue for 19 years, pianist and impresario Bob Egan. It is a 45-minute Livestream event and is free to everyone on Facebook & YouTube Live
The newly constructed River House at Odette’s scheduled to officially open Monday, September 28, 2020. Egan will muse the audience through the life of Broadway and film actress Odette Myrtil, who performed internationally before settling in New Hope as manager of the Playhouse Inn.
She then went on to open “Chez Odette” in 1961. Using vignettes of tunes from a variety of eras, Egan will talk about the illustrious popularity the venue gained with celebrities, guests, and locals alike. NHC History will supplement the presentation with relevant photos.
Built alongside the Delaware River and adjacent to the D&R Canal, Odette’s Restaurant and the Cabaret at Odette’s enjoyed tremendous popularity until it succumbed to extensive water damage in 2006 after three consecutive floods. The glamorous history it accrued during its six decades of fine food and renowned entertainment is a story that needs to be told, and Egan will tell it!
While the 200-year-old original structure has been moved to dry ground not far away and refurbished, the new structure will attempt to recreate the diverse and welcoming atmosphere of the good old days. to w
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About Our New Speaker Series
For almost a century, New Hope and the surrounding region have attracted creative people; not only as a place of rural retreat and recreation but as a diverse and welcoming community in which to live and work.
While best known for its painters, this arts community includes authors, musicians, and other artists as well. These individuals, among whom the LGBTQ+ community is well represented, often have stories of their life and work that would interest a diverse audience.
Our Program Goals
At this time of social distancing, this project seeks to bring these stories to that wide audience available online via Live Stream. All our speakers will be available on our YouTube channel for future viewing. Our Speaker Series will serve to inform and further New Hope Celebrates History’s educational goals.
New Hope Celebrates, Inc. (NHC), is a nonprofit organization established in 2003 – focused on highlighting the history and cultural nuances of New Hope, PA while stimulating the retail, hospitality, and professional community. NHC is comprised of an Executive Board that drives activities and events that serve the diverse LGBTQ+ populace through the creation and promotion of marketing opportunities, educational activities, and cultural events. Like our annual PRIDE celebration held in May and NHC History Exhibits and Out in New Hope Events – most notably the Annual High Heel Drag Race on Mechanic Street in October.