40th Anniversary Shirts with Tour Dates

Now in stock: The 40th Anniversary shirts with tour dates printed on the back that the band had in Europe. These 100% cotton shirts have original artwork by Prairie Prince on the front and tour dates from Jul 25 to Nov 1 on the back. We have these in Large, X-Large, and XX-Large.
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September 2015 Book Recommendations

THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY by Irving Stone
A historical novel about Michelangelo.

MY MOTHER/MYSELF by Nancy Friday
A study of mothers and daughters.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
A Pulitzer Prize winning novel of race, rape, and redemption in 1930s Alabama.

The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou
Six of the seven masterful memoirs, from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, to A Sung Flung Up To Heaven.

 

September 2015 Book Recommendations

Move Over, Eames: Reissued Furniture Classics Are Stealing the Spotlight

Trading Places – Reissues that can sub in for overused greats.

A More-Startling Sofa” Smilow Furniture WFS488 Rail Back Sofa
Also back in production is this 1950 couch (top) by Mel Smilow, designer and co-owner of the Smilow-Thielle chain of midcentury furniture, which closed in 1981. It has the enduring appeal of the Florence Knoll sofa (inset, bottom) yet feels less predictable. Smilow Furniture WFS488 Rail Back Sofa, $12,600, Suite NY, 212-421-3300

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Reissued Furniture Classics Are Stealing the Spotlight

 

“Reissues are not a new phenomenon—the Italian company Cassina began reviving Le Corbusier pieces in 1964. But the market for them has exploded in the last few years. It’s good news for people who want a classic piece but have neither the time nor desire to scour antiques sales or stalk 1stdibs for a rare example of Hans Wegner’s Papa Bear chair. Even better, these new-old pieces give you a wider range of options than the list of acceptably iconic pieces that, while great, are verging on being overused.”

A More-Startling Sofa” Smilow Furniture WFS488 Rail Back Sofa
Also back in production is this 1950 couch (top) by Mel Smilow, designer and co-owner of the Smilow-Thielle chain of midcentury furniture, which closed in 1981. It has the enduring appeal of the Florence Knoll sofa (inset, bottom) yet feels less predictable. Smilow Furniture WFS488 Rail Back Sofa, $12,600, Suite NY, 212-421-3300

 

Protests against ‘misleading’ history test revisions grow

History education advocate joins the academic protest

The College Board, the company that sets the standards for college entry testing, has come under fire for a controversial new history exam framework that treats the subject as “a fungible description of America’s past.”

Teachers, professors, college presidents and other educators have voiced their objections by signing an open letter that severely criticizes the Board. The letter states that the new “Advanced Placement Examination shortchanges students by imposing on them an arid, fragmentary, and misleading account of American history.”

History advocate David Bruce Smith, co-founder of the Grateful American Book Prize, was quick to add his name to the prestigious list of individuals who signed the letter. “History is not theoretical; it is unchallengeable and unassailable. It is all about events and personalities that are real and that shaped our national heritage. And, it is our duty to describe those events and those individuals in an accurate, factual and unbiased manner,” he said.

Smith noted that the country’s “historical literacy” is at a low point. The Nation’s Report Card, recently issued by the Education Department’s National Assessment of Educational Progress, showed how lacking in knowledge of America’s history is among today’s students. “The College Board is not helping to remedy the situation by creating the criteria for a history exam that is misleading, inaccurate and flat,” he said.

The academic protest against the Board’s new testing standard is an objection to what the educators described as a “new framework so populated with examples of American history as the conflict between social groups, and so inattentive to the sources of national unity and cohesion, that it is hard to see how students will gain any coherent idea of what those sources might be. This does them, and us, an immense disservice.”

 

Protests against ‘misleading’ history test revisions grow

2015 Chestertown Jazz Festival

The wildly popular Chestertown Jazz Festival returns September 12, 2015 to Wilmer Park for another fabulous year of excellent jazz by the Chester River as the Sultana sails in the background. Local food, wine, and beer available for sale. Tented seating is available near the stage, or bring a blanket and chairs to sit on the grass.

Purchase your Early Bird discounted tickets now, prior to August 1st! Early Bird tickets are only $20. Admission after August 1st and at the gate is $25 for adults, $15 for students, and children under age 12 are free. Follow signs for parking. Please, no dogs or outside coolers.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Advanced ticket sales until July 31- $25
General Admission – $30 (after July 31)
Student Admission – $15
Blues at the Garfield/Jazz Fest Combo ticket – $50

Presented by the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre. Produced by Dr. Melvin S. Rapelyea and the Jazz Festival Committee: Colin Dickson, Andy Goddard, Sue Matthews, Marian Niskey, Emeritus Member, Robert Ortiz, Leslie Raimond, and Ford Schumann.

Sponsors: Special thanks to the Chestertown Jazz Festival sponsors, including The Hedgelawn Foundation, The Kent County Arts Council, and the numerous individual and corporate underwriters and those who have donated in-kind support to help revive the Chestertown Jazz Festival.

 

Classic 3 Door Credenza Can Be Customized

Smilow Furniture creates classic contemporary and authentic mid century designs by Mel Smilow. Our furniture is custom-made allowing for great flexibility and can be customized in many ways.

Our Classic 3 Door Credenza is a perfect example of how we can retain great attention to its fine details and customize a piece, while maintaining  the original designs integrity. Each of the versions of this classic credenza highlight the design’s clean simple lines, great proportions and attention to detail that create a variety of different and beautiful customized looks.

All of our credenzas are offered with the finest quality and attention to fine detail. Offered with legs, finished front and back or with french cleat to hang on a wall. Dimensions, wood types, shelves, doors, drawers and configurations are customizable as well.|

Take a look at a few of the many variations available below.

Our classic Credenza in Natural Solid Walnut

Classic 3 Door Credenza Can Be Customized
Classic 3 Door Credenza Can Be Customized

Our classic credenza in walnut with customizable colored catalyzed lacquer case.
The linen color matched to a Benjamin Moore paint sample.

Classic 3 Door Credenza Can Be Customized
Classic 3 Door Credenza Can Be Customized
Classic 3 Door Credenza Can Be Customized

Our Classic Credenza in Walnut with Ebonized walnut case.

Classic 3 Door Credenza Can Be Customized
Classic 3 Door Credenza Can Be Customized
Classic 3 Door Credenza Can Be Customized