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The Flagpole Radio Café

   is a lively variety show presented by Flagpole Productions™
in association with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission

Flagpole Radio Café  Press Release


October 21, 2009


Newtown, CT - the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is pleased to announce that the Newtown Savings Bank has made a grant of $500 in support of The Flagpole Radio Café. The gift reflects the quality of the program as well as the generosity of one of Newtown’s most respected businesses.

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission Chairperson Jennifer Johnston remarked, “The Newtown Savings Bank has a history of supporting worthy endeavors in our town and we are happy to be part of this tradition. We are very grateful for their generosity.  This gift will sustain the show and help us celebrate the arts in Newtown."

The Flagpole Radio Café is an ongoing variety show produced by Newtown residents Jim Allyn, Martin Blanco and Barbara Gaines, in conjunction with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.  The next presentation will be Saturday, October 24 at 7pm in the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown.  Singer, musician Katie Wilson backed up by the celebrated acoustic string band Hoe will be the guest artists. Ticket prices for this performance are $15. Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here. There will also be performances on December 5, February 6, March 13 and May 22. If further information is needed, please call 203-364-0898.


For those not acquainted with The Flagpole Radio Café, it is an engaging variety show created by Jim Allyn, Martin Blanco and Barbara Gaines in conjunction with the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. It features music by Jim Allyn and the Flagpole Radio Café Orchestra, a dynamic ensemble created for the show, and radio style comedy sketches by the hyperbolically named Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre. The Flagpole Radio Cafe is hosted by musician and radio personality Chris Teskey, who also broadcasts the show on his celebrated program on WPKN radio. Each show features a musical guest artist such as Peter Yarrow, Vanesse Thomas, Phil Bowler and Yale’s internationally acclaimed male choir The Whiffenpoofs.