Poetry Night Presents Holiday Classics


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Dr Andy Jones and Davis Deputy Mayor Lucas Frerichs will perform Christmas favorites as part of a fundraiser for the Yolo Food Bank at the Natsoulas Gallery (521 First St. in Davis) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 16.

The Poetry Night Reading Series proudly features Jones, Davis Poet Laureate Emeritus, and Frerichs as they perform two holiday classics: “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas (1952) and “A Visit from St. Nicholas “(also known as” The Night Before Christmas “) by Clement Clarke Moore (1823).

Andy Jones. Courtesy photo

Jones has taught writing, creative writing, and literature classes at UC Davis since 1990, and has hosted the Davis Nighttime Poetry Reading Series since 2007. His poetry books include “Split Stock,” “Where’s Jukie? ” and “In the almond orchard: coming home after the war”. Radio talk show host, emcee and storyteller, Dr Andy performed stories on four separate occasions for Stories on Stage, Davis

Frerichs has served on Davis City Council since 2012 and currently serves as Deputy Mayor. It is a leading regional voice for smart growth, multimodal transport, public safety, economic development and environmental sustainability.

With 15 years of experience in the halls of the State Capitol, Lucas currently works as Associate Director of State Policy for The Nature Conservancy, where he is responsible for advocating for the environment before the Legislature of the State of California and many state agencies. Lucas is said to keep the holiday spirit in his heart all year round.

‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’ is a nostalgic, anecdotal first-person story about a favorite memory of poet and playwright Dylan Thomas. “A Visit from St. Nicholas” is one of the most popular and memorable poems written in English, the one that helped establish the status of Santa Claus in the 19th century. Children of all ages are encouraged to attend this special event.

This event will serve as a fundraiser for Yolo Food Bank, a favorite charity of Dr. Andy, who believes we all deserve to be well fed during the holidays and throughout the year. Following a dramatic escalation of services in response to the growing demand for food aid throughout the pandemic, Yolo Food Bank is now engaging in initiatives and collaborations focused on greater food equity, including both more nutritious and culturally appropriate foods that lead to better health outcomes and an improved overall quality of life for all residents of Yolo County. Yolo Food Bank Executive Director Michael Bisch will be on hand to share inspiring details. Please make a generous donation, either before, during or after this special event.

There will be an open mic after the performers showcased, and some of these performances may not be suitable for children. Open mic performances will be limited to four minutes or two elements, whichever is shorter. If you play the flute, you can read for five minutes instead of four. Please hide your vaccines before entering the gallery.

The Poetry Night Reading Series, which takes place the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7 p.m., is generously supported by residents and poets of the Sacramento Valley, as well as John Natsoulas and the staff of the John Natsoulas Gallery. See Dr Andy’s new weekly newsletter (free) at https://andyjones.substack.com

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