Windsor Park Stories
Windsor Park Stories to Begin Third Season
Windsor Park Stories, the series about ordinary people who have done extraordinary things, will begin its third season on January 23, 2000, with the first of a two-part episode about State Representative Kevin Blaum.
According to Tony Mussari and Kitch Loftus-Mussari, the producers of Windsor Park Stories,
these segments will present many aspects of the popular local legislator which are unknown to the public. According to Blaum, "I answered questions I have never been asked before."
The first episode titled, "Just A Kid from East End," will focus on Blaum's childhood, family and education in the East End section of Wilkes-Barre. Part Two, "Arena Yes," will focus on Mr. Blaum's work to build the Northeastern Pennsylvania Arena and Convention Center.
Shot in the relaxed atmosphere of Windsor Park, Mussari and Blaum have been friends for twenty-five years, and the closeness of that friendship clearly comes through in the interview.
This is the third season for Windsor Park Stories, which airs on WVIA TV on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.
"This will be a very special season," said Mussari. "We definitely will have an international dimension to the series this year. There are guests from Australia, Ireland and Poland, and their stories are rich and inspirational."
Other guests include: Atty. Joseph Peters, the President's High Intensity Drug Enforcement Officer; Fr Joseph Girzone, author of the Joshua series; Sister Dorothy Ederer, author of the inspirational book, Colors of the Spirit; Sue Hand, Northeastern Pennsylvania's premier artist, who tells the story of her Millennium collection and her painting for the Back Mountain Library Auction.
Several interviews will focus on Ireland with stories from teachers, playwrights, and the ever-popular John and Peg McKeown who administer the Irish Teachers Program.
The Mussaris, who teach at King's College, will interview Fr. Thomas O'Hara about his inauguration as the eighth president of the college and the first person from NE Pennsylvania to be selected for that position.
Perhaps the most challenging segment in the series is entitled Legacy. It focuses on St. Mary's Homecoming and Picnic in Mocanaqua. This project which is being done as a Local Legacy Project for the Library of Congress is a joint undertaking of Philip Yacuboski, Ed Zaborowski, Sue Hand, Frank Evina and the parishioners of St. Mary's Church. It will be part of the documentation submitted to the Library of Congress in the spring in celebration of the 200th birthday of the Library of Congress.
In addition to the regular weekly programs, there will be a number of segments with musical themes. One focuses on Ballet Northeast and Kristen Degnan's determination to keep it alive. Others will focus on the music of Ireland with segments featuring the Butler School of Irish Dancers and a special program on the music of Ireland performed by the students of Deirdre O'Brien Vaughn of County Clare, Ireland.
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