Educational, Cultural and Social Programming for Everyone


9 Route 39 Sherman CT 06784 US

Big Frank is a traditional electric and acoustic blues musician known for his powerful vocals and bottleneck slide style. He has been a fixture in the NYC Tri-State blues scene for decades. While listening to Rock and Roll as a teenager, Frank's ear was attracted to the blues elements evident in many of those tunes. His love of traditional blues and curiosity drove him to become a subject matter expert about its history. His playing style reflects his affinity for these traditional roots.

Over the years, Big Frank has opened for such acts as Little Charlie and the Nightcats, Bo Diddley Jr. and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, to name a few. His playing has been featured on KFFA's renowned 'King Biscuit Flour Hour' where legendary disc jockey Sonny Payne referred to Frank's style as 'The closest thing I've heard to Hound Dog Taylor.' He has performed with blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Moose Walker and has been inducted into the New York and the New Jersey Blues Halls of Fame.

The Healers consist of the long serving crack rhythm section Margey Peters on Bass and Bill Rankin on Drums. Rounding out the quartet is Mike Smith on amplified and acoustic harp.

Well known for their high energy live show that feature some of the most authentic oaf the American Blues experience.


Twelfth Night

Saturday, August 11 |7:00 PM

Sunday, August 12th |1:00 PM

Directed by Robin Frome

Viola is shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria and she comes ashore with the help of a Captain. She has lost contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, who she believes to be drowned. With the aid of the Captain, she disguises herself as a young man under the name Cesario, and enters the service of Duke Orsino. Duke Orsino has convinced himself that he is in love with Olivia, who is mourning the recent deaths of her father and brother. She refuses to see entertainments, be in the company of men, or accept love or marriage proposals from anyone, the Duke included, until seven years have passed. Duke Orsino then uses 'Cesario' as an intermediary to profess his passionate love before Olivia. Olivia, however, falls in love with 'Cesario', setting her at odds with her professed duty. In the meantime, Viola has fallen in love with the Duke Orsino, creating a love triangle among Duke Orsino, Olivia and Viola: Viola loves Duke Orsino, Duke Orsino loves Olivia, and Olivia loves Viola disguised as Cesario.

Please be reminded that pre-registration for all programs is highly recommended to assist us in planning and staffing the program (before the deadline date is okay too!)

The refreshments are BYOB picnic style for general seating at provided tables.

Big Frank and The Healers

An Evening  of Blues

Saturday, July 21st 7:30PM

Tickets: $20 Members | $25 Non-members




Directed by Beth Bonnabeau

Tickets: $15 Students| $25 Members| $30 Non-Members
The refreshments are BYOB picnic style for general seating .

“America & Me!”
Walt Whitman’s Musings on His 67th Birthday
Written & Presented by William Kinsolving

Sunday, July 22 at 2:00PM

FREE | Suggested $10 Donation Welcome

 The presentation runs 80 minutes with no intermission.

We do ask that you call if you plan on attending before Thursday, July 19th

Walt Whitman – The acknowledged “Father of American Poetry,” Whitman released poems from their imposed “European straitjackets” of form, rhyme and metrics with his revolutionary free-verse. A self-educated child of struggle and poverty, he lived a life of vast contrasts, radical realities, heroic devotions, and profound frustrations. Having proclaimed himself to be “America’s Bard,” he expected to save the nation from its oncoming destruction with the clarifying principles espoused in his self-published (and self-reviewed) masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. Distracted from this resolve only by his selfless work in hospitals during the Civil War, by President Lincoln’s assassination, and by periods of indulgent loafing that masked his destructive self-doubt, he always rallied himself to capture once again the attention of the American public to his book, to its purpose, and to the ever-lasting genius of his poetry.

William Kinsolving - After a questionable academic career at Stanford (I mean, how practical is a double major in Drama and Far Eastern Theology?), Kinsolving fled to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to play Richard II. He then attended The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art for finish. Returning to New York, he appeared as an actor under- off- and on Broadway, as well as a saloon singer in outré Greenwich Village nightclubs. Returning to the West, he won the Best Actor of the Year award from the San Francisco Chronicle for his performance at the Berkeley Rep. Transitioning to a second career, Kinsolving wrote his first play with 83 roles. He was awarded a Ford Foundation Playwriting Grant. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada produced the play, with every actor south of the Arctic Circle. This led him into the maws of Hollywood, writing and doctoring some fifty screenplays. He finally escaped to write and have published five novels, including a couple of best sellers. For more than you might need to know about him, see:

Hot off the Grill
Cooking Class with Chef Marianne DeSilva

Friday, June 29th 6PM-9PM

Welcome Chef Marianne back, this time outside on our patio, as she shares her grill for this exciting “Hot Off The Grill” cooking experience.  This hands-on “Grilling Adventure” will attract global-grillers from far and wide, those cooks that enjoy dabbling in food creation, the novice cook, foodies and gourmands, as well as couples seeking weekly “date night!”

In preparation for July 4th weekend, join in the fun as we grill the perfect salmon and create delicious “Grilled Salmon Skewers w/Garlic, Dijon and Lemon Slices.”  Alongside our entrée, we’ll prepare “Balsamic Grilled Vegetables” including; Zucchini, Red/Yellow Bell Peppers and Sweet White Onions.  Accompanied by a side salad of “Baby Romaine Grilled Hearts topped with Campari Tomatoes and dressed with an Avocado-Lime Dressing, and end our “epicurean experience” on a “sweet note” with “Grilled Peaches and Maple Syrup.” 
If all of the above isn’t enough for you, keep in mind with this experience comes, complete cooking instruction by a 25-yr. experienced chef, inclusive recipes, a plethora of “great tips and ideas” and the best for last, our labor of love – getting to savor the entire meal!  

There is limited space for this class so please register early.

IN Celebration of Israel's

70th Independence Day

The JCC in Sherman is proud to present Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

Saturday, June 23rd 7:00 PM


This program is sponsored by David Marks, Susi Leiter,

and Rochelle & Maks Etingin

About the film: Ben-Gurion, Epilogue is an hour-long interview of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister It is 1968, and he is 82 years old, five years before his death. He lives in his secluded home in the desert, removed from all political discourse, allowing him a hindsight perspective on the Zionist enterprise. His introspective soul searching provides a surprising vision for today’s crucial decisions and the future of Israel.

The film will be screened and followed by a talk with Professor Hanna Yablonka.  Appetizers will be served.

Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st.

Join us for an afternoon of live music from great local musicians! Be sure to check out all the great venues and musicians that are playing all across CT that day

Live Music from:

1:30PM - 2:15PM: Trevor Hampson
3:30PM - 4:30PM: Lumos

Thursday, June 21st

1:15PM | FREE