Award-winning poet to speak at GC

Award-winning poet Tiana Clark will read and speak about her poetry beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 in Goshen College Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall, as the featured artist for the college’s annual King Celebration, in collaboration with the S.A. Yoder Lecture Series. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Clark will be joined by students who will perform poetry, prose and music during the coffeehouse performance.

Clark is the author of the chapbook “Equilibrium” (Bull City Press, 2016), which was chosen by Afaa Michael Weaver for the Frost Place Chapbook Competition, and the full-length poetry collection “I Can’t Talk About the Tree Without the Blood” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. Her poetry and prose have appeared widely in magazines and journals such as the New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, New England Review and Best New Poets 2015.


Olympia owner to share history

Kare Anderson, fourth-generation owner of The Olympia Candy Kitchen, will share the history of the Olympia, the evolution of its products and available services at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the John and Polly Jennings Auditorium at Greencroft Goshen Community Center, 1820 Greencroft Blvd.

Admission is free, and no registration is required.

In its original downtown Goshen location since 1912, The Olympia has been nearly unchanged for more than 105 years, according to a release. For more information, call Linford Martin at 574-536-8244, or visit life-learn.org.


Arts Council meetup will feature artist Mishler

Local artist and educator John Mishler will be the featured speaker at the Mayor’s Arts Council’s artist meetup from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in The Hershberger Gallery at Goshen College Music Center, 1700 S. Main St.

Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend.

Mishler will share insights on making a living with creative work in Goshen. The process of large commissioned work will also be discussed. Light snacks and refreshments will be offered, courtesy of Goshen College.


Oakwood polar plunge to benefit fire department

Oakwood Resort will host its Fire and Ice Polar Plunge fundraiser at noon Jan. 26, with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Turkey Creek Fire Department.

Participation costs $15 per person or $50 for a team of six. Prizes will be awarded for Best Team Costume and Best Individual Costume. Those interested in the event may pick up registration forms at the front desk of the resort. Payment may be made by cash or checks made payable to the Turkey Creek Fire Department.

Beginning at 11 a.m., chili and grilled cheese sandwiches will be the lunch features at the onsite restaurant and bar, The Pier & Back Porch. The full lunch menu will also be available along with drink specials. Following the plunge, SoulShot featuring John Kirkwood will perform from 1-4 p.m.

Fore more information, or to contribute sponsorship, contact Jill Garris, marketing and sales manager at Oakwood Resort, at 574-457-7100.

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