Ann Maggs chooses 'to be the one'

Date: 1/21/2009

HOLYOKE-- On Jan. 23 at 6 p.m., Ann Maggs will perform the one-woman play "I Choose to Be the One: The Adventures of Belle Skinner." Explore the glamorous and exciting world of Belle Skinner.

From her youth in Holyoke to travels so far-reaching areas of the world, founding of the Skinner Memorial Coffee House, and her restoration of an entire French village, Skinner was one of the most forceful and intriguing women of the early 20th century. Much of the monologue in this performance is taking directly from Skinner's letters and manuscripts. Maggs combines her talents as an experienced singer and actress with detailed research of Skinner's papers. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable evening that explores

Skinner's inner life as well as her astounding public accolades. First performance is sold out. Second show, performance only, admission $15. Reservations required. Space is limited.

Wistariahurst Museum is dedicated to preserving Holyoke's history and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wistariahurst is the former home of William Skinner, a prominent silk manufacturer. The museum is open to the guided tours every Saturday, Sunday and Monday from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information or a schedule of other upcoming events, visit or call 322-5660.