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Upcoming Dates

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Cal Performances (University of California)
Artistic Literacy Think Tank
Berkeley, CA

This is the coolest (non-performance) gig ever for Carol - two more days of intense brain-focusing with the phenomenal Sabrina Klein and other incredibly smart people to think about the concept/phrase "Artistic Literacy" and...try to come up with something useful...!  This is our second round of think-tanking....  Am I lucky or what?!?

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Stewarts Creek High School
My Father's War - 1:00 PM
301 Red Hawk Parkway
Smyrna, TN 37167

We were contacted by Elizabeth Hicks, the Librarian at Stewarts Creek. They bring in someone every year from the Tennessee Arts Commission's Teaching Artist Roster - and this year they chose My Father's War.  We can't wait!

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The 510th Fighter Squadron Association Reunion
My Father's War
Somewhere in Las Vegas....

In August of 2016 we performed My Father's War for the 510th Fighter Squadron Reunion at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, in the National Museum of the United States Air Force. It was an incredibly powerful experience. We cannot wait to share Dad's story again with these phenomenal people. More details as we get closer to the first of March, 2018.

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Annual Meeting of the Woodward Library Society
My Father's War
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN

Dewey Browder, whom we met at the Clarksville Writers Conference in June, 2017, invited us to share My Father's War at the Annual Meeting in 2018. More details as we receive them - we are so pleased to be performing for this event!

Past Dates

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

NECAT
Pre-Production Class

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

NECAT (Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television)
TV Pre-Production Class - 6:30-9:30 PM
Nashville State Community College Campus, 120 White Bridge Road, #46
Nashville, TN 37209

TV Pre-Production classes are required to qualify as Producers with NECAT.

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Four churches in and around Panama City
My Father's War
Florida

Performances at four churches in and around Panama City, thanks to Pat Luna and Margaret Fleming, who saw My Father's War at the Outside Inn Reunion in Sewanee (The University of the South) in June of 2017.  Dates are from November 7th through November 13th. DETAILS TO COME. 

 

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

My Father's War - 7:00 pm
3100 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37013
USA
6152273876
Price: Free

All donations will be presented to Room In The Inn to support their wonderful work with homeless veterans. 

Friday, October 20th, 2017

My Father's War - 7:00 pm
3100 Murfreesboro Road
Nashville, TN 37013
USA
6152273876
Price: Free

All donations will be presented to Room In The Inn to support their work with homeless veterans. 

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Private Party
My Father's War
Nashville, TN
United States

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

NECAT
TV Production Class

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Military Officers of America
My Father's War - Private Performance
Hermitage (Nashville), TN

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

NECAT
TV Production Class

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

NECAT (Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television)
TV Production Class - 6:00-9:30
Nashville State Community College Campus, 120 White Bridge Road, #46
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

We are taking classes at NECAT so that we may become Producers with NECAT. Then we will be able to record events for broadcast. These events, connected with performances of My Father's War. will include interviews with audience members and excerpts of participants work from Creative Writing and Performing Workshops.

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Outside Inn Coffee House 2nd Annual Reunion
My Father's War - 7:00 pm
Sewanee, TN
Price: Included in Reunion Events

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Brigadier General Wendell H Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home
My Father's War - 3:00 pm
Clarksville
TN
Price: Donated Performance

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

13th Annual Clarksville Writers Conference
My Father's War - 9:00 am, 10:30 memoir writing workshop
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN
Price: Included with conference attendance

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Kshanti's Garden
My Father's War - 2:00 pm

A donated show for wonderful folks.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

NECAT
My Father's War and Workshop - 2:00 pm

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

NECAT (Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television)
My Father's War
Nashville State Technical College, White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN

NECAT chose My Father's War - performances, workshops, and residencies - to feature in a 30-minute segment of their new series, OUR NASHVILLE.  Today we did interviews with Robert and me, and dear friend Nan Gurley.

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
My Father's War - 7:00 pm
3100 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville (Antioch), TN

Friday, March 31st, 2017

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
My Father's War - 7:00 pm
3100 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
My Father's War - 2:00 pm
3100 Murfreesboro PIke
Nashville, TN

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
My Father's War - 7:00 pm
3100 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN

Friday, March 24th, 2017

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
My Father's War - 7:00 pm
3100 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

Charles and Myrtles Coffee House
My Father's War - 8:00
McBrien Road
Chattanooga, TN
Price: $10.00

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

My Father's War - TBD
5728 Highway 58
Harrison, TN 37341-9409
USA
(423) 344-1447
Price: Free

The grant for this visit to Central High School is provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission. The teacher and I wrote it together - what a wonderful thing.  More information to come...!

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Veterans Recovery Center
My Father's War, Creative Writing Residency - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
260 Glenis Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
USA
Price: Free

This was the final meeting of the Residency that started with the performance on October 21st. We met every Friday, excepting holidays. Veterans choose which offerings at the Veterans Recovery Center in which they wish to participate. Our group ranged from 15 to 2 participants, but all returned at least three times.  At the last meeting, we found out why folks didn't come every Friday - the work was too intense. They said they just needed more recovery time or decompression time in between the writing sessions. We talked about alternative formats with the veterans and then with some of the staff. Early in 2017, we're going to start a residency (with a performance of My Father's War, as always, seguing into discussion and a short time for writing). We'll meet the following week for the first full writing workshop. After that, we'll meet only once a month - BUT, between gatherings, Robert and I will send weekly reminders about what happened at the most recent meeting, then include a writing "prompt" for the current week. That way, we hope to maintain continuity and contact without overwhelming anyone - including us. We can't wait to see how it works. We are so grateful to the staff of the Veterans Recovery Center in Murfreesboro for giving us the opportunity to pilot these workhops. We are all very excited about the possibilities moving forward.

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

James H. Quillen VA Medical Center
My Father's War - 6:00 PM
2203 McKinley Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
USA
Price: Free

We so love performing in VAs, for the veterans, their families, and for the staff and administration. There are always significant moments and meetings at these events. At this performance was a Vietnam veteran (two tours) in a wheelchair who sat very still and looked down for most of the performance. After the discussion, in which his wife participated, Robert went up to introduce himself. This veteran took Robert's hand in both of his and held it to his face, weeping, and repeating, "Thank you, thank you, thank you...."  We are doing what we are supposed to be doing.

Friday, November 11th, 2016

The Rose Center
My Father's War - 7:00 PM
442 W 2nd N ST
Morristown, TN 37814
USA
423-581-4330
Price: $10.00, free for veterans

Our dear friends, Henry and Cindy Selby, owners of Board and Staff Consulting, produced the performance in Morristown for us. Since we had a paid gig, we, as always, looked for the closest veterans facility for which to do a free performance. The local chapter of the DAR provided a lovely selection of refreshments (including some really wonderful cookies) for a reception following the performance and discussion. Board and Staff also arranged a performance the next night at the VA in Johnson City.

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Veterans Recovery Center
My Father's War - 1:00 PM
260 Glenis Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
USA
Price: free

This was the performance that kicked off our first long-term residency in a VA facility. The response was dynamic, heartbreaking, and uplifting - and the mental health professionals immediately saw how my fathers story works with veterans who are having trouble with reintegration. It was a very potent beginning for the weekly creative writing workshops that followed. Thank you again to Sherry Walker for introducing and promoting our work to the enormous VA in Murfreesboro, TN. This performance specifically was for the veterans and staff at the Veterans Recovery Center.

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

My Father's War - 10:30 am
222 Belle Meade Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37205
United States
615-297-5356
Price: free

We were part of a regular senior lunch event and were welcomed whole-heartedly. As always, wonderful stories, both during the dicussion and afterwards.

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

First United Church, UCC
My Father's War - 7:00
4099 Owl Hollow Road
Belivdere, TN 37306
931-967-0181
Price: Love Offering

The community of Belvidere, between Winchester and Huntland in Middle Tennessee, sent 22 young men to serve in WWII. Miraculously, every one of them made it home. This is something the community has never taken for granted.  We are all pleased to be sharing Dad's story with them.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building, Middle Tennessee State Univeristy
My Father's War - 10:00 am
615 Champion Way
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
615-898-2300

Parking Pass is required!  You may print a Visitor Pass at https://mtsu.t2hosted.com.  Permits are $2.00 per day.

This will be our fourth performance at MTSU, including the event sponsored on Veterans' Day by VSA Arts Tennessee in 2009. As part of a larger celebration, we performed about 20 minutes of stories from Dad's memoir with a couple of songs for emotional/musical context. The audience response to this taste of his story told us that we had to create My Father's War. Thank you, MTSU and Lori Kissinger (Executive Director of VSA Tennessee) for the spark that started it all.

Friday, August 26th, 2016

My Father's War with Creative Writing Workshop - 11:00 AM
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
USA
Price: Free

Sherry Walker, PhD, LCSW, TVHA/PTSD, put together a performance, discussion, and short writing workshop for mental health professionals from several different programs of the Veterans Administration's Alvin C. York (Murfreesboro, TN) campus. These eight professionals took an extended lunch break in order to participate. After performance and workshop, we asked them how My Father's War might fit into their current programming. They were on fire with ideas. This resulted in our first weeks-long residency (at the Veterans Recover Center) later in the fall - and other performances, workshops, and residencies are in the works for 2017. Thank you, Sherry, for your ongoing friendship and support! This was a huge breakthrough for our mission of healing and reintegration for veterans.

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Lakeside Chautauqua
My Father's War - Write Your Own Story - 10:30
Lakeside, OH 43440
419-798-4461

In this workshop, participants will reflect briefly on how My Father's War affected them as one person's real-life story. Then we will continue through a creative writing process of freewriting and distillation through which they will identify main themes or events in their own lives around which to organize their own memoirs.  They will also create some beatifully crafted lines to inspire them on their way.

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Hoover Auditorium, Lakeside Chautauqua
My Father's War - 8:15
236 Walnut Avenue
Lakeside, OH 43440
419-798-4461
Price: Please call Lakeside

We were told from the first that My Father's War was perfect for "chautauqua" style events and have already performed at The Monteagle Assembly in TN.  We are thrilled to be part of Lakeside's season and to offer the guests a memoir-writing workshop the following day.  We're also looking forward to two days on the shore of Lake Erie!

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

National Museum of the United States Air Force
My Father's War - Private Performance
1100 Spaatz Street
Dayton, OH 45431

The 510th Squadron - also known as The Buzzards (BUZZARDS RULE!) - was my father's squadron. It still exists today, currently based in Aviano, Italy. The 510th Squadron Association membership includes all those who have served in that squadron from WWII through the present and their families. They found us on Facebook almost two years ago and invited us to be a part of their biannual reunion. We will perform after the dinner on Saturday night. We are honored and humbled for the opportunity to reflect their story through my father, Herschel Ponder's, words and the music that goes with them. 

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Brentwood Baptist Church
My Father's War - 5:30 (supper)
7777 Concord Road
Brentwood, TN 37027
615-324-6100
Price: Love Offering

This performance is part of Brentwood Baptist Church's Senior Adult/Congregational Care ministry, but our friends of all ages also are welcome. If you would like to attend, PLEASE let us know by emailing ponderanew@aol.com or calling 615-227-3876 so we can put you on the list of guests. 

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The University of the South
The Outside Inn Reunion - 6:15 pm
Convocation Hall
Sewanee, TN 37375

This reunion, for which I performed some of my Appalachian Roots repertoire, was organized by Henry and Cindy Selby - and wildly successful. About 130 alumnae and friends gathered to celebrate the music and the life of a student-run coffee house started on campus in 1971, our freshman year.  Robert heard me sing for the first time there. It was a euphoric two-day gathering with over five hours of concert music both Friday and Saturday nights and impromptu rehearsals and gatherings throughout. Grounded in music and people who love it, the time was sweetly nostalgic and, for many, both affirming and cathartic. Interestingly, conversations were more about our lives' journeys and the present than the past that brought us together. Henry and Cindy are already planning for next year - and we've all offered to help!

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Richland Place
My Father's War - 6:00 pm
500 Elmington Avenue
Nashville, TN 37205
615-269-4200
Price: No Admission

We were welcomed so graciously by an enthusiastic audience and caring staff. There were three WWII veterans including a B-17 crew member, commander of a landing craft from the Normandy Invasion, and one who served in the Pacific Theater - as well as veterans from other wars and many who kept the home fires burning. The general discussion was both beautiful and deeply moving and, as always, individuals and small groups continued to share with us afterwards. 

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Richard Winn Academy
My Father's War, with voice workshop for Mary Jeffcoat's acting class - performance at 1:00 pm, workshop at 3:00 pm
1796 Old Chester Road
Winnsboro, SC 29180
803-635-5494
Price: No admission, students and faculty only

The quality of the students' attention and responses during both performance and discussion affirmed yet again how well My Father's War captures middle and high school students. With only a short time to spend with the Drama Club, we focused on how actors use their voices, opening up the myriad of choices available to them. It was appropriate since My Father's War is storytelling with music in readers theater format - and our voices are our primary tools.  Thank you, Head of School, Henry Selby (whom we met as students at The University of the South, Sewanee, TN in the early 1970s) for inviting us to share with Richard Winn.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Francis Marion University, Fine Arts Building
My Father's War - Creative Writing Workshop - 2:00
Price: Students only

The students were wonderful - engaged and productive throughout our time together.  I took them through a simple creative writing process - gathering information in freewriting, discussion, choosing a theme, then crafting a short poem distilled from the freewriting. It is a simple process that has very complex results, grounded in their observations about and responses to My Fathers War, as well as their own experiences, opinions, and insights into the effects of war on individuals.  Several students stayed to talk afterwards, but one young woman's comment affected us deeply. Beaming, she said that she wrote non-fiction and essays very well and that her teachers had been encouraging her to branch out into creative writing. She said that she had tried and couldn't find a way to start, but, "I can DO THIS!" We had given her more than we had imagined. It was one of those golden moments for teacher and student, co-learners together.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

My Father's War - 7:30
4822 East Palmetto St.
Florence, SC 29506
843-661-1265
Price: No admission and open to the public

D. Keith Best, Chairman Department of Fine Arts and professor of Theatre Arts, invited us.  He and the initimable Joe Sallenger made this a wonderful experience in a lovely space. We met Keith working many summers at Unto These Hills, Cherokee, NC in the 1980s (?). Theatre family is the best.  

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

4th Story Theater, West End United Methodist Church
My Father's War - 7:00 pm
2200 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
615-321-8500
Price: $10.00

Please note: our second January show was snowed out, so Kirk and Marty and Martha replaced it with four shows in March. We're so glad they liked the performance and discussions so much.  We also performed on March 5th, 9th, and 12th.  Audiences were outstanding.

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Centennial Medical Center, Dr. Craig Morrison presiding
Carol's Hip Replacement!!!

Greatly appreciated - terrific medical team. Mobility is not to be taken for granted.

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

My Father's War - 2:00 pm
2200 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
615-321-8500
Price: $10.00

This is a wonderfully appointed black box theater run by Kirk McNeill, Marty Gilbert, and Martha Pilcher - three most talented, skilled, dedicated, and kind people. Pure joy to both perform and attend events here. Middle Tennesseans - discover this place!!

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

The International Storytelling Center
My Father's War - 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
100 West Main Street
Jonesborough, TN 37659
423-753-2171
Price: $15.00

For storytellers, this is the top of the mountain!  We are so honored to be doing two performances in their Special Features series. Jonesborough is in East Tennessee, between Greeneville and Johnson City, near the North Carolina and Virginia borders.  If you're in the area, please join us. 

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Deerfield Retirement Community
My Father's War - 7:15
1617 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
828-274-1531
Price: Free

Friday, November 6th, 2015

The Webb School of Bell Buckle, the Follin Chapel
My Father's War - Residency,public performance - TBD
319 Webb Road E.
Bell Buckle, TN 37020
931-389-9322
Price: TBD

November 2-6, we will be doing a week-long residency at Webb - we're very excited.  We will perform My Father's War on Tuesday for the school (students, faculty, staff). We'll provide workshops in creative writing, bringing history to life, and theater skills - at the request of individual faculty during the week. On Friday at 7:00, we'll perform My Father's War again for the whole community.  Our residency coincides with The Moving Wall (www.themovingwall.org) installation in Bell Buckle. This is the traveling, half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. We look forward to connecting the experiences in our activities. One of the students is also using the opportunity to make a documentary for her Independent Study in film making.  What a great week!

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Morningside of Franklin, Assisted Living
My Father's War - 2:00
Price: Donations

This is a private performance in the home of new friends.  We are happy to come to your home, too!

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Remembering WWII, Linden, TN
My Father's War - 1:00 pm
Linden, TN 37096
USA
Please call us at 615-227-3876 with any questions.
Price: Donations

This is our first performance with a WWII reenactment group and we're really excited.  Come to Linden for the day - there are many activities and events suitable for the whole family.  

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Garrison United Methodist Church
My Father's War - 6:30 pm
5790 Garrison Road
Franklin, TN 37064
USA
Please call us at 615-227-3876 if you have questions.
Price: Donations

Pastor Marty Bell, who ministers to three churches in the Leiper's Fork, TN, area, is inviting all three congregations to Garrison United Methodist Church. It will be the 60-minute version. All are welcome!

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), The Tom H. Jackson Building (JACK on the map)
My Father's War - 4:00 pm
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
USA
Please call us at 615-227-3876 if you have questions.
Price: Free

The Tom H. Jackson Building looks like a house and is behind the Voorhies Engineering Technology Building on the MTSU campus.  The event is sponsored by VSA Arts Tennessee, Lori Kissinger, Executive Director. Writer Corp, a group of veterans who meet regularly with faculty adviser, Matthew Brown, to write together, will be there for performance, discussion, and writing workshop.  

Lori provided the opportunity for the first iteration of My Father's War when she asked us to come up with 20 minutes to be part of a longer Veterans Day event at MTSU in 2009.  Thank you, Lori!

All are welcome on the 21st!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Cairo Community Club
My Father's War - Hot dogs at 6:00, show around 7:00 pm
Pick Inn, 550 Zieglers Fort Road
Gallatin, TN 37066
Price: Free

We are looking forward to performing the 40-minute show and sharing the discussion with the Club.  

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

My Father's War - 7:00
2303 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37204
615-460-1161
Price: Donations

Art and Soul is inviting 20 people with Operation Stand Down to attend. Please join us in what will be a meaningful discussion after the 60-minute performance.

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

My Father's War and Creative Writing Workshop - 2:00 PM
8109 Concord Road
Brentwood, TN 37027
615-371-0090
Price: Free

After the 60-minute version of My Father's War, we will lead a one-to-one/half hour creative writing workshop focused on audience response the Lt. Ponder's story and their own experiences.

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

My Father's War and Creative Writing Workshop - 9:00-11:45
Austin Peay State University, Morgan University Center, 610 College Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
931-551-8870
Price: Two-day conference, $245. One day of workshops, $110

We will perform the 40-minute version of My Father's War, then lead a creative writing workshop (that includes the post-show discussion) that will focus on audience response to Lt. Ponder's story and on writing - poetry, memoir - from personal experience. We will also explore how homing in on your own memoir.  Note: THIS WAS WONDERFUL. Writers of any kind - including just journaling - would love this event.  See you next year.

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Gordon Jewish Community Center
My Father's War - 12:45 PM
801 Percy Warner Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37205
615-356-7170
Price: Free

The B'nai B'rith Maimonides Lodge #46 arranged for this performance as part of the Memorial Day celebration.  The stories shared ranged from hilarious to horrific and the fellowship was wonderful. Thank you to Elaine Parker and Jean Roseman from B'nai B'rith and Meryl Kraft from the GJCC.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Hopkinsville Christian County Public Library
Freedom Isn't Free - My Father's War opened the event - 10:00
1101 Bethel Street
Hopkinvsille, KY 42240
USA
270-887-4263
Price: Free Memorial Day Event

We were proud to be part of this first iteration of Freedom Isn't Free.  In addition to My Father's War, which opened the event, veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and more recent conflicts including active military - and with a special focus on "those who keep the home fires burning" - came prepared to tell their stories.  Some also spoke - and sang - spontaneously.  It was a deeply moving event.  Thank you to Michael and Ellen Freeland for making it happen.

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Private Party
My Father's War
Leiper's Fork, TN

Private Fundraiser

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Private Party
My Father's War
Hickman County, TN

Private Fundraiser

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Charles George VA Medical Center
My Father's War - formerly Ponder Anew - 7:00
1100 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805
828-298-7911
Price: free

This is one of our FREE shows for veterans - we don't even pass the hat. It is our honor to serve them for a change. We look forward to the same intense experience we had last time. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal
Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 7:00 PM
1216 Sneed Road West
Franklin, TN 37069
615-377-9144
Price: donations/Love offering

This group was incredibly intense. Again, we got to work with no sound system, so there was nothing mediating between us and them - we were one.  They also loved the memoir books and Carol's CDs.  

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
Ponder Anew: A WWII Warior's Story - noon
525 New Shackle Island Road
Hendersonville, TN 37075
615-822-4531
Price: free - donations/Love Offering

What a wonderful, diverse crowd - and lunch in the bargain.  Over 60 folks came out in some icky weather, discussion with story sharing was very deep.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Vietnam Veterans of America at the First Baptist Church
Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 5:45
435 Madison Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
931-645-2431
Price: free

Lt. General Hugh Smith engaged us to do excerpts from Ponder Anew, including songs, for the audience as they came in. People were very engaged, in spite of the "pre-show" status of the performance. 203 folks got to hear about 1/4 of the show - and wanted more.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Coronada Condominiums
Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 7:00 PM
250 Chimney Hill
Nashville, TN 37221
615-662-6705
Price: suggested donation of $15

Arranged by our good friends, John and Becky Knowles, this was part of the community's monthly entertainment series. Veterans and spouses in attendance with wonderful sharing. Very intimate venue.

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Art Center of Cannon County
Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 2:00 PM
1424 John Bragg Highway
Woodbury, TN 37190
615-563-2787
Price: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children

This was a wonderful performance venue - no sound system needed, a nice audience of over 40 folks who told significant stories afterwards. As always there were many veterans in the audience.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Vietnam Veterans of America Town Hall
Town Hall for Veterans with PTSD, TBI's - 6:00 pm
First Baptist Church
Hendersonville
Price: free

This was the first VVA Town Hall we attended.  Lt. General Hugh Smith invited us to come learn and to network and offer our services. These Town Hall meetings are specifically for veterans and family members affected by PTSD, TBI's, and other unseen wounds of war.

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 6:00
3135 Trenton Road
Clarksville, TN 37040
USA
931-647-7768
Price: Love Offering

When Chaplain Clayton Gregory first got in touch with us through our website, he wrote that, "... he was in the planning stages in trying to bring programs that have an impact on our Soldiers and families. I was at your presentation at First Baptist last year and feel that this is a great program that would have a great impact on our active and retired veterans in our community." We can bring Ponder Anew to your church or place of worship - no fee, just love offerings or donations.

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

THE 7TH ANNUAL HEROES’ FUND CELEBRATION, Dinner and Dance
6189 Muhlhauser Road
West Chester, OH 45069
Contact: Foundation of West Chester/Liberty (513) 874-5450
Price: $70/person, sponsorship opportunities are available

At this event, we are honored to be contributing an excerpt from Ponder Anew and short report on the performance/workshops from November 13th and 14th. For more information, go to The Heroes Fund.

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story with workshop - 7:00-9:00 PM
1528 Race Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Price: Free

Sponsored by The Heroes' Fund (serving Butler, Hamilton, and Warren Counties in Ohio), this one-hour performance followed by a one-hour workshop is free and open to the public. The writing workshop is based on your personal response to Ponder Anew. No previous experience is needed.

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story with workshop - 7:00-9:00 PM
300 E. Silver St.
Lebanon, 0H 45036
USA
Price: Free

Sponsored by The Heroes' Fund (serving Butler, Hamilton, and Warren Counties in Ohio), this one-hour performance followed by a one-hour workshop is free and open to the public. The writing workshop is based on your personal response to Ponder Anew. No previous experience is needed.

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 6:00 PM
Nashville, TN
Price: Free

This show is open only to those who are being treated or work at the Nashville VA Medical Center.

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

First Evangelical Lutheran Church
Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 2:00 PM
113 8th Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
USA
615-256-7580
Price: Love Offering

Our good friend, Mark Beall, facilitated this performance and we are most grateful. We can bring Ponder Anew to your church or place of worship - no fee, just love offerings or donations. 

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 10:00 AM
Building 107 in the auditorium
Murfreesboro, TN
Price: Free

This show is open only to those living, being treated, or working on the campus.

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

The Grandaddy of Mid-South Fiddlers Conventions
Athens State University
Athens, Alabama

Oh, friends.  This is the best.  I have the privilege of being a judge at this Fiddlers Convention - a few years now - it is more fun than puppies and deeply feeds my soul.  Robert's, too.  And then there are the corn dogs and funnel cakes....

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 2:00 PM
630 Garnertown Road
Sewanee, TN 37375
USA
931-598-0203
Price: FREE

IONA: Art Sanctuary is the studio of Edward Carlos in Sewanee, TN. The studio doubles as a gallery, and each fall season is the site for numerous literary readings and art exhibits by other artists. The name comes from Iona Isle, Inner Hebrides, Scotland. We are honored that Carlos included us in his season this year! 

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Room In the Inn
Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 10:30 AM
Nashville, TN
USA
Price: FREE

Room In the Inn's mission: To provide programs that emphasize human development and recovery through education, self-help and work centered in community and long-term support for those who call the streets of Nashville home. Ponder Anew is being incorporated into a new initiative for veterans, although all whom Room in the Inn serves are welcome. We will be doing two performances, twice a year, for Room In the Inn. This performance is not open to the public.

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Charles and Myrtles Coffee House
Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 8:00 PM
105 McBrien Road
Chattanooga, TN 37411
USA
423-892-4960
Price: $10.00 suggested donation

Charles and Myrtles is terrific, a destination venue for many singer/writer/musicians on the road. I've played there several times over the years and it's always lovely. -Carol

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 6:30 PM
Nashville, TN
USA
615-251-9791
Price: FREE

Room In the Inn's mission: To provide programs that emphasize human development and recovery through education, self-help and work centered in community and long-term support for those who call the streets of Nashville home. Ponder Anew is being incorporated into a new initiative for veterans, although all whom Room in the Inn serves are welcome. We will be doing two performances, twice a year, for Room In the Inn. This performance is not open to the public.

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Givens Estates
Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 7:00
2360 Sweeten Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28803
USA
828-271-6937
Price: FREE

It is most appropriate that we should perform Ponder Anew on September 11th, now Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.  

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Summit Hills Senior Living Communities
Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 7:30
110 Summit Hills Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29307
USA
864-208-8963
Price: FREE

We are delighted to be at Summit Hills, part of our initiative to provide FREE shows for organizations whose clients include veterans.

 

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Ponder Anew: A WWII Warrior's Story - 7:00 PM
Piedmont, AL
Price: Free

Come one, come all!

Introductory Video

 

 

Praise for My Father's War

"My Father's War engages the heart and mind with humor, beauty, and a deep humanity. It is healing and cathartic for veterans and community members."  Pamela Mumby Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practioner

                      

 "My Father's War has an integrity in which we can honor our veterans and find the healing from war that is too little offered in our culture."  Todd Donatelli Dean at The Cathedral of All Souls Episcopal Church, Asheville, NC

We donate services to veterans

Please help us to donate performances, workshops, and residencies to Veterans Administration facilities and other veterans organizations. Just go to the website below to make a tax-deductible contribution. 

We sincerely appreciate your support.

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