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May 7, 2020 Volume 19, Issue 15

A new draw in community theater: Goshen Theatre Project, page 4

Food For Thought: Easy Peasy Pickup, page 24

All About...: National Mental Health Awareness Month, page 7

Review: Baseball at the box office, page 26


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May 7, 2020 Cover story: Goshen Theatre Project . . . . . . . . . 4 Religious directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 All About . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 What’s on hold/adjusted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 What’s to eat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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ON THE COVER: Bennett English, right, as Jean Valjean, in the Goshen Theatre Project’s production of “Les Miserables School Edition,” which scored 13 Arts For Life nominations, including a special recognition award for English for Best Youth Musical Performance. (Photo credit P.K. Photography|For The Edge)

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Natalie Cochran as Eponine in “Les Miserables School Edition.” Cochran is nominated for Arts For Life’s 2020 Best Performance Awards for Supporting Actress in a Youth Production. (Photo credit P.K. Photography|For The Edge)


On the Edge of the Weekend • Thursday, May 7, 2020 • 5 McKendree College’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, which Pattison described as “amazing” and “great to work with.” They also have performed at the Roxana Nazarene Community Theater. “Les Mis” had approximately 51 performers and 12 people on the technology side and behind the scenes. “This show was a huge draw, we almost sold out every night,” Pattison said. “I want to give special recognition to Blake Churchill, who stage managed ‘Les Mis,’ and was really the force who kept everyone sane — both cast and crew — throughout the process.” The performers in “Les Mis” were age 8 to 18 and in technology/behind the scenes from age 45-70. The age range depends on the production. For example, there were different stipulations applied to Goshen Theatre Project’s production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” also on stage last year, for performers age 16 and younger. In general, Goshen Theatre Project encompasses performers from age 7-80. “The Little Mermaid Jr.” received five AFL noms. The Goshen Theatre Project will compete for Best Youth Production with Riverbend Theatre, based in Alton, with its production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” held at Alton High School. Arts For Life’s 21st annual Best Performance Awards will premiere at 2

p.m. Sunday, June 14, as a live interactive viewing event on the Arts For Life Facebook page, rather than live, where it was previously scheduled at the Skip Viragh Center for the Performing Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis. This year’s Best Performance gathering has been canceled and re-imagined because of the current coronavirus pandemic. The awards show will have been prerecorded. In addition to the Best Performance Awards Facebook Watch Party, the video will be on the Arts For Life YouTube channel as a live event, and then will remain for later viewings. Subscribers to the channel will get a reminder for the event. In all, Arts For Life will announce winners in 33 categories and reveal the annual youth scholarship awardees during the June 14 Facebook Live presentation. There also will be several special presentations. Secondly, the Goshen Theatre Project recently found a permanent home. Less than two weeks ago, the nonprofit community theater organization closed on its new base, at 114 W. Main St., in Collinsville, situated centrally among the towns from where the Goshen Theatre Project draws.

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Stay on track — even grow — while social distancing during coronavirus pandemic

By Vicki Bennington For All About… ALTON — Individuals react in different ways to being alone or after spending a lot of time with one or only a few other people. Some might be busting to get out, talk, engage in conversations, while others might retreat into themselves, which, particularly, in most cases, is not a good thing. Just the sound of the phrase “social distancing” sounds scary, even though the practice’s purpose is to reduce people’s chances of spreading COVID-19, of which can add to the stress and overall feeling of isolation, especially during an existential dilemma. For senior citizens, especially those who live alone, social isolation can become a very lonely time. Shopping for groceries and other essentials is strongly recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be kept to a minimum — for all ages, including children, who can carry the virus and never show COVID-19 symptoms or get sick. You’ve been told to “stay home” — something that maybe, once in a while, you have longed to hear, especially if you’ve been getting up at the crack of dawn every day, taking kids to activities, caring for elderly love ones — but now, in practice, it seems different. So, what are you going to do all day? For many, productivity will continue in job roles, using computers, cellular telephones, hand-held devices, video conferencing, etc. For others, it can be impossible to carry on work from home, depending on the nature of employment. Ball State University professor Jagdish Khubchandani, of health science, recommended ways to counterbalance the effects of social distancing, also known as “sheltering (and working) in place.” “Social distancing (during the novel coronavirus pandemic) can be tough on people,” he stated in a news release, “and disrupt the social

and economic fibers of our society. “Given the existing crisis of isolation in societies — with probably the loneliest young generation that we have today — social distancing can also take a personal health toll on people, causing psychological problems, among many others.” Khubchandani suggests ways to stay on track, including the following: • Maintain a routine. As much as possible, try not to disrupt the sleep-wake cycle, maintaining regular work hours and daily activities. • Make this time of social distancing a positive, by focusing on personal health, reassessing work, available training, diet patterns, physical activity levels and health habits. • Carve time to cook. Add more fruits, vegetable, vitamins and proteins to your diet (most U.S. adults do not consume enough fruits and vegetables). Eat two to three meals a day. • Take a walk or exercise at home. Definitely go out into nature as much as possible. Only one-half of U.S. adults, today, get enough exercise. • Do not let anxiety or being restricted to home lead to overindulging. Get at least 7 hours of sleep, but don’t oversleep, according to specialists. • Seek help, via telephone call or online, if social distancing is causing anxiety and depression due to isolation, disruption of routines and fear because of the pandemic. If you or someone you know is struggling, there are ways to get help without in-person contact. • Think forward and try to make the best use of technology to finish work, attend meetings and engage with co-workers with the same frequency that is required during active office hours. The good news — working from home can make people more productive and feel happier. • Reassess skills and training. Think of an online course, certification, training or new language to learn, one you might have been put-

ting off. • Spring clean! Clear clutter and gather nonjunk household items to donate. Household clutter can harbor infections, pollutants and create unhygienic spaces. • Based on the American Time Use Survey and leisure-related time-spending patterns worldwide, people tend to spend too much time online. Aside from work and watching national and local news a couple of times a day, most of us are likely over-consuming information. • Reach out to other people and offer help, if and when possible. Social distancing can help reinvest, recreate and reinforce social bonds. Consider providing for and helping those marginalized and/or at risk, such as the elderly, disabled, homeless and those living in shelters. This can be done from a distance, via telephone, online and giving. • Check list of contacts in email and telephone. There are probably people you have not talked to in a while. Take the time to check on them and reconnect. This also will strengthen connectivity, socialization, mental health and engagement in current and personal affairs. • Be kind to others. You never know who is struggling and how you can make a difference. • Engage in alternative activities to keep an active mind and body. Listen to music, sing, dance, go biking, do yoga, meditate, take virtual tours of museums and places of interest, sketch, paint, read, solve puzzles, play board games, try new recipes, learn about other cultures, etc. • Do not totally isolate (physical distancing, known as “social distancing,” should not become social isolation). Don’t be afraid, don’t panic and continue communicating with other people. Just the term “social distancing” brings up a lot of questions: What is it, exactly? Can I have friends over? Can I have one friend over? Can I walk to my neighbor’s house? Can I go out in my yard, walk around the block? Current social distancing guidelines, per the CDC and state government includes standing six to 10 feet away from other people and abstaining from gathering in a crowd of more than 10. These guidelines refer to people who have not tested for or tested negative for COVID-19 and do not have a fever, of which is concerning at 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more. The CDC recommends social distancing to the entire U.S. population and especially to people age 60 and older and/or who suffer from asthma, heart disease, diabetes or other underlying health conditions, all of which puts those people at greater risk of a severe reaction if they contract the novel coronavirus. Overall, it’s recommended for all people in the U.S. to practice social distancing and erring on the side of caution.

What about going to the grocery store? Some stores, including Target and Schnucks, have instituted specific early shopping hours for senior citizens and the elderly, as well as those who are more vulnerable, to visit the store when it is freshly cleaned and serving less people. If you order food delivered and pay online when you call in your order, you can instruct the delivery be left at a safe spot outside your home, such as a porch. If it all seems like too much to handle, the CDC released guidelines for mental health and coping with social distancing, including anxiety surrounding the novel coronavirus pandemic, in general. A few key points include: • Response to the pandemic can depend on your background, things that make you different from other people and the community in which you live. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations so a friend, family member or colleague probably will respond differently than you do. • Higher-risk individuals who contract COVID-19, including elderly and people managing chronic illnesses, might respond more strongly to stress caused by a public health crisis. Other segments of people who might respond more strongly are children and teens; health care providers; first responders; and, those who have mental health conditions, including problems with substance use. • Take care of yourself while coping with stress. Helping others cope, such as friends and family, can alleviate stress for you and them, as well as make your community stronger. • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Call your health care provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. For parents/guardians: In part, children and teens react in response to what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers remain calm and confident, they can provide the best support for children. Being prepared by knowing the facts about COVID-19 can be more reassuring when discussing the pandemic, especially for children, who may never have heard the word pandemic. Take time to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic with your child or teen. Answer questions and share facts in a way they can understand. Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand. For more CDC recommendations and information, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.


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How to recognize and manage your anxiety during the COVID-19 crisis

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ALTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly challenging, and you may find yourself feeling a bit uneasy. Perhaps you’re having difficulty sleeping, struggling to focus, having more frequent negative thoughts, or finding yourself more easily angered. These are all symptoms of anxiety and could stem from the fear, lifestyle changes and general unknowns associated with COVID-19. “The first thing that we all should realize is that a certain level of anxiety is natural and actually helps us in our dayto-day life,” said Centerstone’s Janette Heath, vice president of clinical excellence. “So it is important for everyone to be aware and mindful of when anxiety turns from beneficial stress, also called eustress, to distress.” Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses among adults in the United States, affecting nearly 40 million Americans every year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Anxiety can manifest differently from person to person and can vary widely in terms of severity, but there are some generally accepted methods to help you reduce the negative symptoms that generally occur: 1. Focus on what’s within your control: Remember that there are some things you cannot change, so focus your thoughts and actions on things you can control instead. For example, many people have been ordered by local and state governments to shelter in place at home and you cannot change when that will end. But you can take steps to make your home environment more comforting or more functional for your new temporary routine. 2. Make self-care a priority: When it comes to anxiety, it’s critical that you get the proper nutrition, a full night’s sleep, and plenty of exercise. These things can go a long way in diminishing symptoms of anxiety. 3. Cut down on alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine: Now that many coffee shops and bars are closed, it could be time to try to call it quits on your alcohol, tobacco, and/ or caffeine intake. Research shows these substances can all have negative effects on your emotional wellbeing and contribute to feelings of anxiety.

4. Recognize triggers: It’s important to recognize what might be contributing to your anxiety. What are your triggers or fears? Once you recognize these, you can work on addressing them. 5. Avoid consuming too much news: You may not realize it, but taking in too much negative news can lead to increased feelings of fear, worry, and anxiety. It’s perfectly fine to stay informed, but just be careful not to overdo it. 6. Do self-checks: Take time to check-in with yourself just like you would with a friend or family member. Are you feeling anxious? Do you need to take a minute to just breathe? Activities like journaling or practicing mindfulness can help you check in with yourself and improve your emotional wellbeing. 7. Reach out for help: It is OK to ask for help! Centerstone remains fully operational and continuing to serve our clients and communities. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure at this time, most appointments are being conducted

via telehealth. Call Centerstone at 1-877HOPE123 (877-467-3123) or go to centerstoneconnect.org. Centerstone is located at 2615 Edwards St., in Alton. Centerstone is a nonprofit health care organization dedicated to delivering care that changes people’s lives. It provides mental health and substance use treatment, education and support to communities in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. Additionally, it offers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities life skills development, employment and housing services. Centerstone’s Research Institute improves behavioral health care through research and technology, and Centerstone’s Foundation secures philanthropic resources to support its work. Visit www.centerstone.org or call 618462-2331 for more information. Heath

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Risk factors that can compromise mental wellness

At the dawn of a new year, much is made about the popularity of resolutions focusing on improving physical fitness. While it’s important to be physically fit, a new year also marks a great time to examine one’s mental wellness. The World Health Organization defines mental wellness as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her society.” Men and women who are mentally unwell may find it difficult if not impossible to achieve their other goals, including those pertaining to their physical fitness. No one is immune to mental health problems, which the American Mental Wellness Association notes are never the result of a single risk factor. Many people whose mental wellness has been compromised are dealing with a variety of risk factors. The AMWA breaks down those risk factors into four categories: biophysical, psychological, social, and spiritual. Learning these risk factors can help people learn more about themselves and might even compel them to seek help before their mental wellness is compromised.

Social • Being abused or neglected as a child • Being in an abusive relationship or friendship • Having few friends or few healthy relationships • Recent loss, either by death, divorce or other means • Bullying; both victims of bullying and perpetrators can be at risk for mental health problems • Growing up, or currently living, in poverty • Poor social skills, poor communication skills • Discrimination • Lack of access to support services Spiritual • Perception of being irredeemable or inherently flawed beyond repair

• Perception of insignificance • Conflicting thoughts or doubts surrounding deep religious beliefs

The good news for people who think their mental wellness has been compromised is that various treatments are available. Talk therapy or speaking with a peer who has had similar life experiences can help some people as they confront problems regarding their mental wellness. Information about additional treatments, including specialized therapies, is available at www.americanwellness.org. Fitness goals are popular New Year’s resolutions. But the start of a new year also marks a great time to consider one’s mental wellness.

Biophysical • Family history of mental health problems • Complications during pregnancy or birth • Personal history of traumatic brain injury • Chronic medical conditions, such as cancer or diabetes. Hypothyroidism or other brain-related illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, also can compromise mental wellness • Use of alcohol or drugs • Poor nutrition • Lack of sleep Psychological • Stressful life situations, such as financial problems or breaking the law • Traumatic life experiences, such as rape or serving in the armed forces • Low self-esteem, perceived incompetence and/or a negative view of life • Poor academic achievement

How parents can diminish their stress

Juggling responsibilities to work and family can sometimes make parents feel a little overwhelmed. That feeling of being stretched thin can contribute to stress, which many parents acknowledge is part of their daily lives. Stress isn’t always caused by life-changing events. In fact, a recent study of 2,000 parents in the United Kingdom found that the daily worries of bed time, getting homework finished, weekly food shopping, and meal times were parents’ biggest stress triggers. The research, conducted by BPme, a new app that allows customers to pay for their fuel without leaving their car, said the average parent felt stressed six times a day. Data from a 2015 Pew Research Study indicates 15 percent of American parents say their job as a parent is tiring all the time, while an additional 18 percent say parenting is tiring most of the time. Ten percent indicated being a parent is

stressful all of the time, while 15 percent said it is most of the time. The younger the age of the children at home, the more stress many parents say they face. It is well documented that stress can have various negative physical and psychological symptoms, which put stress sufferers’ overall health at risk. Parents can curtail stress by instituting some lifestyle changes and employing other management techniques. • Don’t take work stress home. It’s easy to bring home work-related problems, which can then combine with issues at home. Try to talk to a coworker or a spouse before leaving work to diffuse tricky situations so they can be left at work. • Increase quality family time. Take a break from the extracurricular activities, volunteer responsibilities and the other tasks that pull families in different directions. Slow

down and schedule fun activities that foster parent-child relationships, such as game nights or family movie nights. • Seek professional help. Parents who are having difficulty coping can enlist the services of trained mental health professionals, advises Psychology Today. These therapists can offer helpful strategies for coping with life’s challenges. • Stick to a routine. Keeping kids on routine schedules enables parents to know which moments of the day they can get a break to rest and recharge. • Ask for help. Do not be a martyr or attempt to be a superhero. Parents who need help should reach out for assistance, especially if it’s to tame stress. Doing so is in the best interest of the entire family. Stress is something many parents face, but it can be overcome.


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Preventive care involves safeguarding mental health as well

Preventive care is often looked at through the needs people need to do to protect their physical well-being. For example, a healthy diet and routine exercise, while beneficial to mental health, are often viewed as lifestyle choices that can make people feel better physically. But taking steps to protect one’s mental health also is vital to a long, productive life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes that positive mental health and mental wellness can have a profoundly positive impact on a person’s life. Positive mental health can help people realize their full potential, cope with the stresses of life and make meaningful contributions to their communities.

What can I do to protect my mental health? Learning to recognize the early warning signs of mental health problems can help prevent such problems from escalating and compel people to seek help. The DHHS advises anyone feeling these signs or recognizing these signs in others to seek help for themselves or their loved ones: • Eating or sleeping too much or too little • Pulling away from people and usual activities • Having low or no energy • Feeling numb or as if nothing matters • Unexplained aches and pains • Feeling helpless or hopeless • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared • Yelling or fighting with family and friends • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships • Persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true • Thinking of harming yourself or others • An inability to perform daily tasks, such as taking care of your children or getting to work or school Taking steps to protect one’s mental wellness is a vital component of preventive care. More information about mental health is available at www. mentalhealth.gov.


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How puzzles may benefit brain health

Many people enjoy the challenges posed by puzzles such as crosswords, word finds and Sudoku, among others. Some even wonder if puzzles are more than simple fun and something that can actually benefit the brain. The idea that there’s a correlation between exercising the brain through puzzles and improving its function, much in the way that lifting weights can strengthen the muscles of the body, seems reasonable. Studies are ongoing, and the reviews are mixed. A 1999 study examining crosswords that was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found no evidence to suggest crossword puzzles reduced age-related declines in cognition. However, research published a year later in Psychology of Aging suggested that crosswords, when done by older subjects, seemed to partially attenuate the negative effects of age on memory and perceptual speed tasks. Data published in USA Today indicates that solving puzzles may help reinforce existing connections between brain cells and the generation of new relationships. This may improve mental speed and thought processes. Doing jigsaw puzzles could help with shortterm memory, namely remembering shapes and colors, and visualizing the larger, finished picture. Researcher Keith Wesnes, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Exeter in England, studied the impact of crosswords on attention, reasoning, and memory. Wesnes found a direct relationship between solving puzzles and the accuracy of varying ranges of functions, including reasoning, attention and memory recall. Puzzles can keep the brain active. Tangible results not withstanding, one can reason that engaging regularly with word-based puzzles can improve vocabularly fluency and keep people in tune with turns of phrase and even current events. Puzzles also may assist with thinking creatively and employing reason to solve problems. Achieving success with puzzles may pave the way for tackling larger challenges by thinking outside of the box. Even though studies are ongoing, there is some belief that doing puzzles can slow decline in memory among healthy individuals as well as those who have been diagnosed with dementia. A 2014 trial funded by the National Institutes of Health found that the benefits of cognitive training for older adults can last as long as 10 years. The researchers recommended that older adults try any cognitively stimulating activity, such as solving crossword puzzles and playing cards. Puzzles are stimulating and fun and can be social when shared with others. These are factors that can stimulate the brain and may even help it to maintain optimal function.


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What’s on hold/adjusted … Some updates may have occurred since On The Edge of The Weekend’s deadline for this issue. • The Buck Road Cemetery Association’s annual Memorial Day Service at 2 p.m., May 17, has been canceled. Questions call association president Michael C. Kovarik at 618-6565640. • Madison County Urban League 43rd Annual “Educate! Empower! Thrive!” dinner rescheduled to Thursday, June 18. • Madison County Health Department temporarily suspending all walk-in clinic services. • For updates about the Madison County Historical Society’s programs, visit its Facebook page and website. • Madison County Catholic Charities March 21 “Help on the Move” fundraiser is rescheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at Bluff City Grill in Alton. • MustacheMarch4PD — MustacheMay4PD — is rescheduled for 7 p.m. May 16, at Bluff City Grill, Alton. Tickets already purchased will be honored at event; some tickets still available. Visit MustacheMarch4PD website. • All RiverBend Growth Association events canceled until further notice. Call 618-4672280. • Elsah Spring Festival scheduled April 25-26 is postponed to Oct. 3-4. • Schnucks stores have designate 6-7 a.m. daily as shopping time exclusively for people 60 and older and immune-compromised individuals. Others asked to wait until 7 a.m. to shop. • Most Schnucks now open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Oakwood Schnucks, 1721 Homer Adams Parkway, is permanently closed. • Schnucks deliveries and curbside pickup have generally moved toward the end of the current day or into the next day. Customers can request specific hour windows. • Schnucks in-store retail pharmacies are open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Seniors and those with underlying health conditions can visit the pharmacy 6-7 a.m. • Target store hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. • Walmart hours are 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Delivery is available from many locations. • Dierberg’s hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. with 8-9 a.m. daily designated for senior citizens and immune-compromised individuals. • Sam’s Club Glen Carbon hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tire and battery center hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Pre-scheduled club pickup orders available for pickup starting at 7 a.m. No

change to optical, pharmacy and fuel hours. • Collinsville Cribbage Club at the Camelot Bowling Alley is suspended meeting until further notice. Call 618-288-7910 or 618-9781664. • Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center at Grafton is closed; food service is suspended. • Green Tree Inn of Elsah is closed. • Bethalto fish frys are canceled. • Arts For Life Theater Mask Awards, St. Louis, rescheduled for July, and Best Performance Awards now will be presented virtually. Visit www.artsforlife.org for details and subscribe to its YouTube channel or like its Facebook page to watch the pre-recorded awards ceremony. • The 30th annual Women of Distinction celebration by the YWCA of Alton at Lewis and Clark Community College has been rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 17. • Paint with Christy all studio classes suspended at 112 W. Market St., Troy. • Stridin’ and Survivin’ Spring Vendor Fair at the Edwardsville KC Hall is postponed. Call 618-830-0339. • The Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville has suspended all shows. Postponed shows will be rescheduled. Updates will be made by email, Facebook and www.wildeytheatre. com. • Best of Maryville Art Contest and Show is postponed. • The Edwardsville Public Library is closed concurrently with school closings but offering limited, modified services through roadside pickup. For updates call 618-692-7556. • The Glen Carbon Centennial Library has canceled all programs until further notice. • The Edwardsville Children’s Museum is closed and all programs canceled or postponed. Follow the museum’s Facebook and Instagram for updates. • The Metro East Humane Society Trivia is rescheduled for 7 p.m. May 29 at the Collinsville VFW. • The 10th St. Louis Teen Talent Competition finals at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, is postponed. • “The Bachelor Live on Stage” at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, is postponed. Tickets will honored for new dates. • “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at the Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, is postponed. Tickets will be honored for new dates. • “Millet and Modern Art: Van Gogh to Dalí” exhibition at Saint Louis Art Museum closed. MetroTix will refund ticket holders. The list will be constantly updated. To submit a cancellation, email news@thetelegraph.com.

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and as in good of shape as it is,” Pattison said. “Long-term plans are to put a theater in there. Our immediate goal is to use the space for rehearsals this summer.” The organization wants to grow from providing not only advancement in acting skills, but also educational opportunities in technology, sound, lighting, set construction, dance audition workshops and a Theater Mom 101 class, which would include anything and everything about getting into theater in the first place, Pattison explained. “We draw from Edwardsville, Mascoutah, Troy, Roxana, Staunton, Highland, all over the Metro East, St. Louis,” she said. “We have a really wide range, which is great because the young performers get to make new friends, and it’s neat how they support each other because they’re all from different schools.” Typically the Goshen Theatre Project holds classes and workshops throughout the year. It gains revenue through donors, grants, supporters and shows. It concluded its fifth season last year. The Goshen Theatre Project was founded in 2014 by a group of public school educators and also some parents, including Pattison’s mother, Terry Pattison, also of Troy, who is president of the board. Its first production was “Shrek The Musical” in 2015 performed at The Wildey Theatre, in Edwardsville, for which the community theater is named since it started here. Terry Pattison designs all the sets and costumes, including for “Les Mis” and “The Little Mermaid Jr.,” but her degree is in biology with a minor in scientific illustration. “She was a theater mom, and branched out doing sets and costumes,” Halli Pattison recalled. Though the pair studied different fields, they have a love of theater. Halli graduated from Saint Louis University with a double bachelor’s degree in theater and The cast of the Goshen Theatre Project’s production of “Les Miserables School Edition,” which scored 13 anthropology and a double minor in education and theology. Arts For Life nominations. Its production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” scored five nominations. (Photo see GOSHEN THEATRE PROJECT, Page 23 credit P.K. Photography|For The Edge)

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Madeline Cohill as Little Cosette in “Les Miserables School Edition.” Cohill is nominated for Arts For Life’s 2020 Best Performance Awards for Supporting Actress in a Youth Production. She also is nominated as Supporting Actress in a Youth Production for her role as Flounder in Disney’s “Little Mermaid Jr.” (Photo credit P.K. Photography|For The Edge)

Bennett English as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables School Edition.” English will receive a specia recognition award for Best Youth Musical Performance for “Les Miserables School Edition.” (Photo credit P.K. Photography|For The Edge)


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Goshen Theatre Project positioned for awards sweep

By Jill Moon jill.moon@hearst.com

ST. LOUIS — Like so many other organizations, the region’s Arts For Life (AFL) has gone virtual for now. Art’s For Life’s 21st annual Best Performance Awards, which honors musicals and youth productions, will premiere at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 14, as a live interactive viewing event on the AFL Facebook page, rather than live at the Skip Viragh Center for the Performing Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis. This year’s Best Performance gathering has been canceled and re-imagined because of the current coronavirus pandemic. Arts For Life’s Theatre Mask Awards, which honors non-musical plays, its brunch ceremony is still scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18 (rescheduled from April 4), at Christian Hospital’s Atrium Conference Center. But it’s possible the AFL Board of Directors will have to make it virtual, depending on the current public health situation, the nonprofit organization said. The 2020 Best Performance Awards will honor excellence in community and youth musical theater productions presented last year. The awards show will have been pre-recorded. In addition to the Best Performance Awards Facebook Watch Party, the video will be on the AFL YouTube channel as a live event, and then will remain for later viewings. Subscribers to the channel will get a reminder for the event. Alton Little Theater garnered nominations for AFL’s Best Performance Awards for actors Margery Handy for Best Actress in a Comedic Role for “The Wizard of Oz” and Andrew Richards for Best Actor in a Non-Singing Role (in a musical). Alton Little Theater Executive Director Lee Cox received a nomination for Outstanding Costume Design of a Play for “The Wizard of Oz,” and also a lighting design nomination, along with Dennis Stephenson, for the same production.

Among youth groups, the Goshen Theatre Project, based in Edwardsville, scored 18 nominations — 13 for “Les Miserables School Edition,” for Best Youth Production, and five noms for “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” Bennett English, who played Jean Valjean, will receive a special award for Best Youth Musical Performance. Also for Best Youth Production, nominees include “The Drowsy Chaperone,” held at Alton High School, from Riverbend Theatre. In all, Arts For Life will announce winners in 33 categories and reveal the annual youth scholarship awardees. There also will be several special presentations. The Lifetime Achievement Award will not be presented this year. The organization honors community theater and youth productions in the bi-state region, involving 25 theater companies from the Metro East counties of Madison, Monroe and St. Clair, the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, Missouri. Arts For Life will honor Jennifer Kerner with a Special Achievement Award for her advocacy on inclusion and helping to make the live theater experience accessible to all individuals. Kerner, a local singer and actress, works to help place people with developmental disabilities in jobs. She has guided local theater companies in providing sensory-friendly performances and worked to create comfortable environments for those on the autism spectrum and those with sensory processing disorders. The Arts For Life board made the difficult decision to cancel the annual gathering for Best Performance Awards and transition to a streamed format, AFL President Mary McCreight said. She emphasized that the board will continue to base its decisions upon the best information currently available in the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and continue to share information promptly and transparently, mindful of the need for communities to receive timely

updates. “While we are disappointed that we cannot produce the regular in-person ceremony that so many people look forward to attending, we hope that moving to a stream-based format will still provide an opportunity for our local arts community to come together online and celebrate the many outstanding achievements of the previous year,” McCreight said. In a March 16 emergency notification, McCreight announced suspension all public activities of the AFL organization, effective until at least May 1. At the most recent regularly scheduled meeting, held via teleconference April 18, the board voted to extend the suspension through July 31, with the following exception: • The board has not yet taken a final decision regarding the fifth annual Theatre Mask Awards ceremony set to honor achievements in nonmusical plays. The brunch ceremony had already been rescheduled from April 4 to July 18 at the Atrium Banquet Center on the Christian Hospital campus in St. Louis. Stay tuned for announcements regarding any potential changes that might further affect the timing and/or location of this upcoming event. Alton Little Theater’s Arts For Life Theatre Mask Awards nominations include “On Golden Pond” and “And Then There Were None” for Outstanding Drama; Outstanding Direction noms for the two productions went to Gary Wilson and Brant McCance, respectively. “On Golden Pond” also was nominated for Outstanding Small Ensemble. “A Twisted Christmas Carol” was nominated for Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Small Ensemble, and Kim Hillman for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy for her performance in “A Twisted Christmas Carol.” Diana Kay received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for “Glitter Girls.” Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play nomi-

nations went to Shea Maples for “And Then There Were None” and to Cox for “A Twisted Christmas Carol.” Also, Alton Little Theater will receive a special recognition award for community outreach and for 17 years of producing Vintage Voices, taking theater outside the walls of Alton Little Theater’s Showplace Theater. June Elliott and Cox will be honored for their commitment. In all, Alton Little Theater garnered more than a dozen nominations for multiple 2019 productions through Arts For Life. Fifteen theater groups and 10 youth-only groups participate in the Best Performance Awards, which has honored musical theater since 1999. Arts For Life was founded in 1994, by Lucinda Guyrci, as a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the healing power of the arts through its work with youth, the under-served and the community. This year, judges scored 46 shows — 19 large ensembles, three small and 24 youth — from 27 participating groups, featuring 939 roles. For 2019, there are 154 individual nominations from 22 groups, and 36% are first-time nominees. For those who have purchased Best Performance Awards tickets, Arts For Life will contact individuals about refund options, such as treating the purchase amount as a tax-deductible donation. “We appreciate your support,” McCreight said. ”I am incredibly grateful to all of our constituencies — the board, judges, participating groups, audience members and donors — for their commitment to AFL and their engagement and unwavering support of our local theater community during these uncertain times.” To see a list of the nominees, visit www.artsforlife.org. Follow Arts For Life at Facebook. com/artsforlifestlouis, Twitter @arts_for_life and YouTube.


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• Special recognition award for Best Youth Musical Performance: Bennett English, Jean Valjean, “Les Miserables School Edition”

Nominations:

• Best Overall Youth Musical Production: “Les Miserables School Edition“ • Best Direction of a Youth Musical: Halli Pattison, “Les Miserables School Edition” • Best Music Direction of a Youth Musical: Brad Hofeditz, “Les Miserables School Edition” • Best Youth Lighting Design: Halli Pattison, “Little Mermaid Jr.” • Best Youth Lighting Design: Blake Churchill and Halli Pattison, “Les Miserables School Edition” • Best Youth Set Design: Terry Pattison, “Little Mermaid Jr.” • Best Youth Set Design: Terry Pattison, “Les Miserables School Edition” • Best Youth Costume Design: Terry Pattison, “Little Mermaid Jr.” • Best Youth Costume Design: Terry Pattison, “Les Miserables School Edition” • Leading Actor in a Youth Production: Nevan Bickel as Javert, “Les Miserables School Edition” • Leading Actress in a Youth Production: Teagan Short, Ursula, “Little Mermaid Jr.” • Leading Actress in a Youth Production: Abigail Ankrom, Fantine, “Les Miserables School Edition” • Supporting Actor in a Youth Production: Barrett Larkin, Thenardier, “Les Miserables School Edition” • Supporting Actor in a Youth Production: Vincent Garavalia, Enjolras, “Les Miserables School Edition” • Supporting Actress in a Youth Production: Madeline Cohill, Flounder, “Little Mermaid Jr.” • Supporting Actress in a Youth Production: Madeline Cohill, Little Cosette, “Les Miserables School Edition” • Supporting Actress in a Youth Production: Natalie Cochran, Eponine, “Les Miserables School Edition” • Supporting Actress in a Youth Production: Holly Burchett, Mme. Thenardier, “Les Miserables School Edition”

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age 5-10, and “Peter Pan Jr.,” for age 10-15. The company held auditions in early spring before the the World Health Orga-

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“But I’ve been doing theater all my life,” she said. She started acting at church, then through school, including university, then community theater. “I’m mainly an actor, acting professionally,” said Pattison, who just got her first big job in January with the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. She also is a part of the Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble, based in St. Louis. “It’s a really cool company run by women to support women in the arts,” she explained. Pattison, who directed “Les Mis,” serves on the Goshen Theatre Project’s board, overseeing all of its media, including website and social media.

The Goshen Theatre Project’s Halli Pattison, 23, of Troy, a board member and a professional actress. Pattison is nominated for multiple Arts For Life’s 2020 Best Performance Awards, including: Best Direction of a Youth Musical for “Les Miserables School Edition” and Best Youth Lighting Design for “Little Mermaid Jr.” and, along with Blake Churchill, for “Les Miserables School Edition.” (For The Edge)

The Goshen Theatre Project’s Terry Pattison, of Troy, president of the board, who designs its sets and costumes. Pattison is nominated for multiple Arts For Life’s 2020 Best Performance Awards, including: Best Youth Set Design for Disney’s “Little Mermaid Jr.” and for “Les Miserables School Edition” and Best Youth Costume Design for “The Little Mermaid Jr.” and for “Les Miserables School Edition.” (For The Edge)

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Food for Thought …with Vicki Bennington

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ALTON — The Old Bakery Beer Company has gained a reputation for being a destination venue, as well as serving great food and craft beer. While during these days of COVID-19, the dining area is closed, that doesn’t mean you can’t still imbibe in all the great dishes and brews everyone has come to love. Adapting like many restaurants around the area, the state, and in fact, the nation, Old Bakery has figured out a way to make curbside pickup a smooth transition for its customers. I’ve written about this establishment before, recalling its prior life as Colonial Bakery, when I (and many other Madison County residents and tourists) drove down Landmarks Boulevard in Alton, relishing the smell of baking bread. The bakery eventually closed, and the building sat empty for years before it was purchased and repurposed by James Rogalsky and Lauren Pattan, who brought previously honed brewing skills to the

operation when it opened in 2015. Since then, the business and its food and brew offerings have continued to grow, and the entertainment and atmosphere has made it a hot spot in the area for residents and tourists alike. The curbside menu is still extensive, and Wednesday through Saturday, the chef prepares a special entrée each day, so there’s always a surprise to add to your choices. The snacks menu offers smoked chicken wings, pretzels with beer cheese and house-made cucumber pickles. Chili is offered every day, and a soup of the day expands choices for a warming cup or bowl. Salads, signature sandwiches, seasonal tacos and a choice of burgers add variety. For me, my side was the house salad, with greens, carrot, radish, rosemary, thyme, croutons and the crowning touch — the Dijon vinaigrette dressing — is worth placing an order, all on its own. My main meal was the bacon jam burger, with certified Angus beef, white cheddar (hold the cheddar for me), topped with beer bacon jam. I love the flavor of the beer bacon jam. Pickles, lettuce and a good-looking tomato on the side,

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Four-pack Old Bakery Beer, Citrus Wheat (Vicki Bennington | For The Edge) and I have to say, it was very good. I’ve ordered it multiple times, when I dined in and now, via curbside. My husband ordered “The Murray,” a signature sandwich that I heard was named after a family member, of sourdough bread, stacked with smoked turkey, ham, bacon and cheddar, with honey mustard on the side. He went with the original Zapp’s potato chips on the side. We decided to get a four-pack of cans of the Citrus Wheat to accompany our meal. It was offered that evening for $6.99 with a $10 food purchase. Old Bakery’s flagship beer and best seller, it’s brewed with lemon peel, orange peel, chamomile and coriander. Of course, there is a range of other beers and ales to choose from, many of which are distributed throughout Illinois and the St. Louis area. According to the menu, you can also order growlers (glass jug), or even a keg, if you want, depending on the beer you select. We have not yet tried the family meals, but most are described as serving four to six people, and are cold when picked up, so you can reheat them when you are ready. The selections vary and may include items, like, a half pan of stuffed shells or “Vegan for 2,” which included a quart of creamy garlic potato and green soup and a large strawberry salad. The ease of the curbside service was a big plus. Rather than pulling into the parking lot, we were asked to pull onto the street on the other side of the building, and call when we arrived. Our order was ready, and quickly brought to the car, and since we paid (and tipped) over the phone, it was a fast and easy pickup. If you’ve been there before, or if you haven’t, make a note to stop by when our world gets back to normal, for the interior

Bacon jam burger and house salad (Vicki Bennington | For The Edge)

Fresh grocery items. (Vicki Bennington | For The Edge)

sights, as well as the food and beer. The giant vats used for the beer are interesting and fun to look at. And the entire establishment is about as green as they come, as in “green” sustainability practices that extends to the cooking, the decorating using reclaimed materials, operations and microbrewing. That extends to their list of grocery


On the Edge of the Weekend • Thursday, May 7, 2020 • 25 items that are now offered, and we decided to try a few of those, too, like, a dozen fresh farm eggs from Rustic Roots Farm in Brighton, a loaf of sourdough bread from Fazio’s Bakery, 2% milk from Rolling Lawns Farm and a local veggie box from Rustic Roots, which included a bunch of radishes, rainbow chard, a kale and collard blend, and a red onion. The next day, we had a wonderful omelet for breakfast using the fresh eggs, and I made a great salad the following night utilizing all of the veggies. There’s a long list of grocery items available that continues to grow, and Old Bakery uses local farms and items from the Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market, when available. For now, Old Bakery’s hours are 1-6 p.m., Sunday through Tuesday (which includes beer, wine, groceries and family meals, but no hot food), and noon-8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, when you can order hot food in addition to the aforementioned items. Order online at www. oldbakeryberr.com or call 618-463-1470 for curbside service. In this column, Vicki Bennington shares her love of food and all that involves, from special dishes at local and regional restaurants, to chef conversations, new trends and fads, and things to try at home. Contact her at vbennington@ sbcglobal.net with comments, ideas, questions or suggestions.

“The Murray” with original Zapp’s potato chips. (Vicki Bennington | For The Edge)

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By Robert D. Grubaugh Contributing columnist For The Edge Oh, this pandemic. I’ve now gone 39 days without going to the movies. The last time that happened I was a sophomore in high school and the year on the calendar started with a 19. But I persevere and the routine of my carefully, comfortably constructed entertainment life continues, otherwise the same. There’s still “Jeopardy!” in the afternoon and Seth Meyers’ late night talk show. Many of the network series still have active episodes coming out and I’ll enjoy those until baseball gets back. Yes, baseball. That’s what I’m really suffering without right now. When my mother recently reminded me that, “There’s no crying in baseball,” I countered the quote from “A League of Their Own,” said by the great Tom Hanks in his role in the movie. Turns out there is crying in the absence of baseball. So here’s what you can do about it. First of all, God bless the folks at KMOX who decided the time was

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perfect to replay the last three months of the 2011 season. Every evening (and Sunday afternoon) you can hear Mike Shannon and John Rooney rebroadcast each game from the day the St. Louis Cardinals were 10 and a half games back, with a month to play until they took down the Texas Rangers in Game 7, the night after the greatest game ever played. If you remember how good Albert Pujols once was, you’ll love it. If you have forgotten that David Freese had more than just that one great night in his postseason, you’ll flip. If you haven’t thought about Adron Chambers, Jake Westbrook or Gerald Laird in a decade, the stroll down memory lane will be invigorating. But hurry up! The whole thing will conclude on May 11. And if you’re not a Cardinal fan (you poor fool), there’s “Tim Kurkjian’s Baseball Fix” every morning at ESPN. com. In it, the longtime sportswriter tells great stories from his legendary career. They’re always sincere and relatable, but not in a way that everyone could presume for their own lives. Sure, maybe we feel like Frank Robin-

son at times, much as he would have during the Baltimore Orioles 21-game losing streak to start the 1988 season, but we wouldn’t expect a call from the president (Reagan) to help get ourselves right. Or you can hear about a players-only footie pajama party on the infield at Wrigley Field. Or Wade Boggs’ obviously effective hitting superstitions. Kurkjian’s seen it all, or he heard it from a guy who saw it. Some of the stories can’t possibly be true, but no sports’ history is more accurately recorded than that of our national pastime and that includes the anecdotes as much as the statistics. Lest you forget, this is a space for the movies. I”ll share with you a few things about my three favorite ballyard flicks. There are some that are better, but there are none that are more appropriate for a quarantine at home: “The Sandlot” (1993) — Scott Smalls (Tom Guiry) is the new kid in town and struggling to fit in when his parents relocated him in 1962. Then he meets a ragtag bunch of kids and a team is born. The Babe, the Beast and James

Earl Jones cap a great tale for the whole family that has spawned deep love and many great catchphrases in the years since. “You’re killin’ me, Smalls,” but I love ya for it. “A League of Their Own” (1992) — This movie is one that’s entertaining and educational. While Madonna, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Lori Petty are hilariously depicting the AllAmerican Girls Professional Baseball League in film, the AAGPBL was a real thing. From 1943-1954, women played the games that men fighting in the war, at first, couldn’t. And they did a fine job. Their exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the highlights in Cooperstown. “Field of Dreams” (1989) — There’s nothing about Kevin Costner’s best baseball-themed movie that I can say that doesn’t choke me up a little. It’s great for fathers and sons. It’s nostalgic and uplifting. It has dreams and magic and mystery all carved out in a little cornfield in Iowa. And that’s the power of baseball. It’ll be back soon, have faith. We’ll get through this.

In this Oct. 28, 2011, photo, the St. Louis Cardinals’ David Freese holds up the MVP trophy after Game 7 of the World Series against the Texas Rangers in St. Louis. Freese is retiring at age 36 after a 10-year career. (Associated Press)

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Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys’ wins Pulitzer Prize

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NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead became the rare author to receive Pulitzers for consecutive books when his novel about a brutal Florida reform school during the Jim Crow era, “The Nickel Boys,” was awarded the fiction prize Monday. Three years ago, he won for his Civil War era novel “The Underground Railroad.” Pulitzer judges praised “The Nickel Boys” as “a spare and devastating exploration of abuse” that is “ultimately a powerful tale of human perseverance, dignity and redemption.” Whitehead, 50, is known for his experimental narratives and immersion in American history and folklore. His previous works include “John Henry Days” and “The Intuitionist.” In a statement issued through his publisher, Doubleday, Whitehead said the news of his winning Monday was “pretty nuts!” “Obviously I’m very honored and I hope that it raises awareness of the real life model for the novel — The Dozier School for Boys — so that the victims and their stories are not forgotten,” he said. William Faulkner and John Updike are among the previous fiction writers to win more than one Pulitzer, but not for books that immediately followed the other. Several of the works honored in the arts Monday explored race in American culture, including the music winner, Anthony Davis’ opera “The Central Park Five.” It tells of the wrongful conviction of five black and Latino teenagers for the 1989 assault on a white female jogger in Central Park. Five adult singers depicted the group as boys and men in Davis’ opera. The Pulitzer board called the opera “a courageous operatic work, marked by powerful vocal writing and sensitive orchestration, that skillfully transforms a notorious example of contemporary injustice into something empathetic and hopeful.” Michael R. Jackson’s “A Strange Loop,” a musical about a man trying to write a musical, won for drama. Jackson, who wrote the music, story and lyrics, centers on an overweight, overwhelmed “ball of black confusion” trying to navigate multiple worlds — white, black and gay — as well as his family’s religion.

“No one cares about a writer who is struggling to write,” sings the anxietyridden lead character, Usher. T h e P u l i t z e r b o a rd c a l l e d i t a “meditation on universal human fears and insecurities.” The play was seen off-Broadway in 2019 at Playwrights Horizons. Musicals rarely claim the Pulitzer, with only “Next to Normal” and “Hamilton” winning since 2010. “Thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey to such an incredible honor. I’m sure I’ll have more to say once I’ve caught my breath and looked at all these text messages and emails but for now, THANK YOU,” Jackson tweeted.

W. Caleb McDaniel won in history for “Sweet Taste of Liberty,” in which she chronicles how a former enslaved person, Henrietta Wood, successfully sued the Kentucky law enforcement officer who contrived to sell her back into bondage after she had obtained her freedom. Benjamin Moser ’s “Sontag: Her Life and Work,” about the late Susan Sontag, won for biography. There were two winners in general nonfiction: Greg Grandin’s “The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America” and Ann Boyer’s’ “The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care.”

In poetry, the winner was Jericho Brown’s “The Tradition,” a meditation on life during a time of mass shootings and police violence. Judges called it “A collection of masterful lyrics that combine delicacy with historical urgency in their loving evocation of bodies vulnerable to hostility and violence.” The initial Pulitzer ceremony, which had been scheduled for April 20, was pushed to give Pulitzer Board members more time to evaluate the finalists because of the pandemic. ______ AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu and Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy contributed to this report.


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2 Miles North of I-270 on Hwy. 159

2 Miles North of I-270 on Hwy. 159

2 Miles North of I-270 on Hwy. 159

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