Thursday, October 22, 2015

Lunchtime History Lesson… with Music

As Veterans Day 2015 approaches, Lance Ringel and Chuck Muckle find themselves in demand for newly scheduled dramatic readings of Flower of Iowa, Lance’s acclaimed World War I novel. 

Their popular program “Gay in the Great War,” combining a dramatized reading and music, will be presented on Saturday, November 14 at the Loft, the Westchester LGBT community center. The lunchtime event takes place 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

The program is sponsored by Silver Connections, the Loft’s LGBT senior organization. The Loft is located at 252 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605. 

The lunch menu includes salads, sandwiches, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. To reserve a spot in advance, please call Scott Havelka, The Loft’s Director of Programs and Services, at (914) 948-2932 x12.

Lance Ringel will perform dramatized scenes from his novel, which will be alternately funny and touching, accompanied by his spouse, actor-singer Chuck Muckle. Ringel plays reserved British soldier David Pearson and Muckle assays the role of plucky Tommy Flowers, as well as other male and female characters in the novel. Mr. Muckle will also perform several songs made famous during The Great War, including “Over There” and “It’s A Long Way to Tipperary.”

Silver Connections is a senior outreach program providing social, recreational, educational, and cultural activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors 55 years and older. 


Founded in 1983 and incorporated in 1993, The Loft provides a safe gathering place for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and supportive community of New York’s lower Hudson Valley. 

The Loft facilitates a wide range of educational, health, social service, and recreational programs, and advocates for improved services for the LGBT community.