Mount Vernon - Imagine seeing a photo of a Civil War soldier and them hearing a story about how the soldier’s mother gave him a statue of a guardian angel to protect him during the war. She told him to protect the statue and the statue would protect him from being killed. As fate would have it, the statue fell from a table during an enemy attack and cracked. The soldier went into battle, was severely injured, had an arm amputated but survived. A month later he came and knocked on his mother’s door with his remaining arm and told his mother that the angel didn’t protect him. At this point the master storyteller, Jim Bowsher, shows the audience the angel the soldier gave back to his mother and it is missing the same arm the soldier had amputated. Bowsher tells us that the angel couldn’t protect that arm.
Mount Vernon Chautauqua/Lyceum goers enjoy the yearly visit from this amazing collector of objects that he tells the amazing histories of, including the head ornament from the car James Dean drove when he died, part of the Berlin wall, a piece of wood Abraham Lincoln held, bullets used in a battle George Washington participated in, a bill of lading for a slave, and on and on.
IF you have not experienced the enthusiasm of Jim Bowsher, make your way to ThePlace@TheWoodward [111 S. Main Street in downtown Mount Vernon, Ohio], on Thursday October 30. Doors open to this first floor theater at 6 PM and with no opening act, Jim with start his program at 7 PM sharp. This program is brought to you by the fine folks in Elixir [Chris Petee, Gerry Rensel and Mike Petee] with assistance for rent and programs from the Ariel Foundation and Rolls-Royce Charities/Civics Fund. Your cost is by donation, with all monies going to the presenters, in this case, Jim Bowsher.
For information on this program and upcoming programs visit: www.elixirpresents.com, www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call 740-392-6012. The schedule 2015, the 9th season of this, the only year round Chautauqua in the United States, is in the planning stages and should be ready soon.