Friday, January 8, 2016

Salon offers prize-winning performers

The Dan Pels Poetry Show, known as an area “Best Bet” for entertainment, will feature prize-winning poet Robert E. Blenheim, founder and President of the popular Live Poets Society, and Mary Rogers-Grantham, a Visiting Professor at Flagler College and resident of Palm Coast. Jazz singer Lorale will entertain and provide dance music.

The event, made possible in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County and Mike L. Mullins Construction, is hosted by Parisian-born poet Dan Pels, who starts the show off with jokes, bi-lingual poems and conversation. Lorale, whom reviewers say has “a singing style that evokes Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald,” performs two sets between poetry readings.

Bob Blenheim, also a past-president of the Florida State Poets Association, is well known for his monthly poetry workshops which meet the first Wednesday each month, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at City Island, Daytona Beach Regional Library. Bob has won numerous awards for his poetry, both free verse and poetic forms.

Mary Rogers-Grantham is an Arkansas native, poet, and award-winning educator. Her poetry collections include It’s Okay: Poetic Memoirs; Clear Velvet; Under a Daylight Moon, and Rotating Reflections: A Poetry Trio. She is already working on a new poetry collection, When the Sun Sails.

The evening, sponsored by the Creative Happiness Institute, is open to the public, free. Pels’ show is held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wine-Me, 204 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach. A wide selection of the world’s wines are offered, starting at $4 per glass. For more information about the Dan Pels Poetry Show, call 386-846-7966. To contact the store, call 386-871-7769.

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