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   LUNCH Soup to Nuts Timeline (1995 - 1996)

1995   =======================================

December 9 - The first LUNCH Holiday Show, "The X-Mas" files presents many of the younger LUNCH kids in their first solo singing and acting roles. $3,000 is distributed for holiday food baskets.

• December 31 - Three of the key Chapin Show performers, Bill Pere, Nancy Tucker and Les Julian, again team up to provide a night of family entertainment at First Night Mystic. Les's recording  "Color Outside the Lines" ,receives a Parents Choice Award and an American Library Association Award.  . It contains the song "Donkey in a Ditch", co-written with Bill Pere, which Parents Choice Magazine called "The best children's song about a moral dilemma ever written".

1996  =======================================

• January 9-11 -- Bill presents his program on using music to understand computers, math and science at the Pfizer Science and Math Jamboree at Connecticut College

March 2 - A group of LUNCH kids staff an information table at the Hometown Fair at the Crystal Mall, letting the public know about the various LUNCH events

March 4 - Bill presents his workshop on lyric writing at a meeting of the Connecticut Songwriters Association.

March 10 - The Simsbury Public Library invites the public to bring a can of food as the admission to Bill's family show. Boxes of canned goods are collected and subsequently distributed to soup kitchens.

• March 30 - Bill and a group of LUNCH Kids present the Keynote program for the second Young Writers Conference at Ridgefield High School. These very talented kids show 300 third through fifth graders that the power of words is more effective than violence.

• Apr 15 Bill receives the annual Award for Significant Contribution to Education Through Music from the Connecticut Songwriters Association.

• April 17- The LUNCH kids are invited to join Bill at Williams School in New London for a presentation.

• May 1 Bill is named one of 43 recipients of the Community Service Award from the 60,000 member international Arts Council Cooperative.

• May 3 - Bill is the Artist in Residence for the day at Sayles Elementary School in Baltic, CT.

• May 10 - A class of grades 4-6 from the Ledyard Center School comes to the recording studio to make their contribution to the new CD currently under production.

• May 16 Cindy Barry, Director of Stonington Youth Services, invites Bill and Dave Coxe to be a guest on her radio talk show, Family Matters on WERI, Westerly.

• May 18 Thirteen LUNCH Kids join Bill to provide the opening act for the Steve Chapin Band at a benefit concert in Mystic. On behalf of the kids, Jackie Schwenk presents Steve with a $1,000 donation from LUNCH to World Hunger Year.

• May 30 A front page article in the Norwich Bulletin's regional section features Kara Watts, Julie Michael, Michelle Lane, Caitlin Reiter, and Amanda Carpenter as they talk about the fun and rewarding aspects of community service through music with LUNCH

• June 21 It's a Music, Math and Science presentation, as written up in the New York Times, to give the kids at Fitch Middle School a memorable end-of-the-year program.

• June 23 A group of kids from the Noank Baptist Church comes to the studio for a recording session. Returning for her second time is Jennifer Kanyok, along with several first time participants. Daniel Desjardin, a fan of the LUNCH recordings for many years, gets a chance to participate in one.

• June 26 As State Troubadour, Bill is asked to write and perform a song for the ceremony unveiling the John Mason statue in its new location in Windsor.

• June 29 Les Julian, Nancy Tucker, and other LUNCH performers put on a concert at the Connecticut Store in Waterbury to celebrate the new display of recordings by CSA artists. All the LUNCH recordings are available at the store.

• July 11 Connecticut Commission on the Arts invites Bill to present a workshop for teachers on using the Arts in Multi-discipline Education.

• July 7-13 Fifty kids , Grades 3-6 work with Bill at Camp Wightman to learn songs from the LUNCH CD's and to present a show for parents and friends. Helping out as performers and music camp assistants were Kara Watts, Michelle Lane, Caitlin Reiter, Dave Coxe, Julie Michael, and Clare Rogers

Aug 18 The first New Haven Pound Pals Festival to help homeless animals sees Kathleen Boyle, Shauna-Beth Mandelburg, Jenell & Lacrisha Evans, Kara Watts, Michelle Lane, Caitlin Reiter, and Dave Coxe perform with Bill and the band "State of Being". Kay joins the group for the first time.

Aug 30 - Bill presents a program on integrating the arts and sciences to a group of teachers from the Stamford school district.

• October 29 Kathleen Boyle, Michelle Lane and Dave Coxe appear with Bill Pere and Tom Callinan on TV Channel 3 morning news at 6 am. That same night,  The entire LUNCH ensemble performs at the Garde Arts Center in New London with all of the Connecticut State Troubadours.

Nov 9 -- LUNCH has a table at the Mission Mall, sponsored by the Quaker Hill Baptist Church and raises more than $300.

Dec 7-- The second LUNCH Holiday Show was presented in Mystic, with more than 20 kids joining Bill to put on "A ChristMess Carol", raising $3,000.

Dec 14-- LUNCH joined more than a dozen songwriters and performers from around the state to put on a Christmas Showcase at the Connecticut Store in Waterbury to benefit the St. Vincent dePaul Homeless Shelter.

Dec 27-- Bill addresses the Stonington/North Stonington Rotary Club about LUNCH

Dec 31-- First Night, Mystic. Les Julian and Nancy Tucker join Bill and the LUNCH Bunch in ringing in the new year.


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