NEWBURGH - The Mount Saint Mary College community will come together to read aloud the novel “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles on Feb. 1, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center Atrium.
The public can attend this free reading, which will cover all 200-plus pages of the book. Refreshments inspired by the book will be served all day.
The reading of “News of the World” will begin with Dr. David Kennett, Mount Saint Mary College president. Volunteers will pass the torch periodically until the entire book is completed.
Organizers estimate that the reading will last until about 4:30 p.m., but that will depend on the reading styles of the volunteers.
In this historical fiction novel set in the late 1800s, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is tasked with delivering a young orphan named Johanna to her relatives. Their 400-mile journey proves difficult and dangerous: Johanna has forgotten the English language and tries to escape at every opportunity. But soon, the two begin to trust each other. Upon completing their journey, Captain Kidd is faced with a tough choice: give Johanna to her reluctant relatives, or kidnap her and raise her as his own.
“It seems fitting to stage a read-aloud of a novel where the spoken word figures so prominently,” said Barbara Petruzzelli, director of The Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center and one of the event’s coordinators.
The college is located at 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh. More info at msmc.edu
'Price is Right' coming to Kingston
KINGSTON - Tickets go on sale Jan. 26 for a live stage show version of the popular TV show "The Price is Right" that will be held 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at UPAC.
The interactive stage show gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and “Come On Down” to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car. Audience members will play classic games just like on television’s longest running and most popular game show, from "Plinko" to "The Big Wheel" and even the "Showcase."
Tickets: $45-$75, available at the UPAC Box Office, 601 Broadway, Kingston, 339-6088; Bardavon Box Office, 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, 473-2072 or Ticketmaster.
Skynyrd tour coming to Bethel Woods
BETHEL - Hear this Lynyrd Skynyrd fans: Tickets for the group's final visit to Bethel Woods, scheduled for July 21, go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 2 at BethelWoodsCenter.org, the Bethel Woods Box Office, LiveNation.com, Tickemaster.com.
The Southern rock icons embark on their final "Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour," this summer.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will be joined on stage by numerous friends throughout the tour, including but not limited to: Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band, Bad Company, Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Blackberry Smoke and Blackfoot.
Citi cardmembers can purchase tickets beginning 10 a.m. Jan. 30 until 10 a.m. Feb. 1 through citiprivatepass.com.
-compiled by Beth Kalet