League Announces 'Lunch With Legends' Cast
In celebration of Women's History Month, the League of Women Voters of Moore County is presenting its second annual "Lunch With Legends: An Afternoon With Historic Women" Thursday, March 11, at Whispering Pines Country Club.
"Last year's fundraiser was so wildly successful that we're producing a new program for 2010 and moving to a larger venue to accommodate all the people," says League President Jo Nicholas.
"Lunch With Legends" features live portrayals of three great women in America's history. The "special guests" at this year's luncheon will be Harriet Tubman, portrayed by Wilma Laney, of Aberdeen; Alice Paul, played by Linda Tableman, of Seven Lakes; and Margaret Chase Smith, performed by Carolyn Mealing, also from Seven Lakes.
Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but went on to become a major force in the Underground Railroad, eventually became a scout for the Union Army, and even led an armed expedition of the Union Navy that saved more than 700 imperiled slaves.
Alice Paul was a powerful driving force behind the American Women's Suffrage Movement and was the subject of the feature film, "Iron-Jawed Angels." And Senator Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to serve in both houses of the United States Congress and the first person with enough nerve to stand up and speak out on the Senate floor against the insanity of Joseph McCarthy's misguided communist witch hunts.
The actors portraying the legends are dressed in authentic period costumes and provide an in-character presence during lunch and social hour. But more importantly, during the program they deliver the moving and often emotional words actually written and spoken by the women whose parts they are playing.
Local musician, singer and producer Tom Bernett will once again act as master of ceremonies, narrate the program and provide a patriotic musical finale.
"'Lunch With Legends' offers the opportunity to support the League of Women Voters' vitally important nonpartisan voter education efforts here in Moore County, while enjoying a deluxe three-course luncheon and experiencing a truly fascinating presentation," says Nicholas.
Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served at noon. A cash bar and valet parking will be available. Tickets are $30 per person. Group reservations are available and encouraged.
For tickets and information, call Ginger Finney at (910) 673-1330.
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