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We thought it might be a nice break from local politics to write about something people of every political persuasion can enjoy.

We are of course referring to the long-awaited Harvard Friends of the Arts 2010-2011 season calendar. We are a little late getting everything pinned down (such that we have already presented two fabulous concerts) but you know how herding cats can be.

Saturday, Dec. 18: Harvard Radio Theatre of the Air will recreate the 1939 broadcast of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol.

Saturday, Jan. 22: Nationally renowned bluesman Guy Davis

Saturday, Feb. 12: Special Valentine’s Weekend jazz concert with the Will Patton Quartet

Saturday, March 19: The 3rd annual Harvard Town Talent Show, a perennial favorite featuring enormous talent from a tiny town!

April: Back by popular demand before starting her European tour: Bobbi Carrey and friends

As always, we owe heartfelt thanks to our steadfast volunteers: Bob Eiland, Joan Eliyesil, Judy Wong, Ken Nygren, Di Hall, Larry Hayes, Maureen Remeika, Bill Cordner and Mark Hastings, without whose tireless efforts these performances could not take place.

If you were not at our September and October concerts (The Bluegrass Gospel Project or Susie Burke and David Surette), you really missed two amazing performances. Don’t miss the rest of the shows!

HFOA is a subcommittee of the Friends of the Harvard Public Library. The mission/vision of the HFOA is to encourage, stimulate and promote high quality, diverse, professional and amateur creative talents that will enhance the quality of life of our community. We want to create a central gathering place and community resource where people support the transformative power of artistic expression.

Our events would not be possible without the support of the Harvard Library Trustees and the HPL Staff.

We hope you will come out and enjoy these great programs!

SUSAN AND CHRIS FRECHETTE

co-presidents, Friends of the Harvard Public Library