Wake Up and Smell the Poetry

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Wake Up and Smell the Poetry Monday, 7:00 PM Thursday, 4:30 AM Thursday, 12:00 PM Friday. 5:00 PM


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HCAM News Re: Wake Up!

This series is for the merging of minds and souls of poets, musicians and other performing artists... as well as those simply coming to listen. We provide a forum for a variety of talented writers and performing artists to share their words and get people awakened and excited about the diversity of voices, perspectives and insights expressed through the art form of poetry, song and spoken word.

This program is offered jointly by myself a host/ producer and by HCAM Station Manager Jim Cozzens. Admission is free but there is a passing of the hat for the features. There are very talented poets and musicians on board for this coming season. You can sign up for reserved seating and open mic below. Open mic slots are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. (More info)

Cheryl Perreault

At our last event of the 2014 season we will be featuring Chronicle reporter/author Ted Reinstein, poet Dan Zampino and singer-songwriter/ethno-musician Lloyd Thayer. We will also have a small display of artwork by two of the features: sculptures by Dan Zampino and paintings by Lloyd Thayer.

A limited open mic for poetry, story and song will follow and a fun ringing out of the 2014 year!

The public is welcome and admission is free. Doors open at 10:00 am, program begins at 10:30. Free hot coffee & scones. Advance rsvp suggested to save a seat and/or sign up for open mic.

After, a post Wake-up gathering will take place just 5 minutes away at Water Fresh Farm 151 Hayden Rowe in Hopkinton where the "green room" (a working hydroponic garden) will be reserved for those interested in a little "farm-fresh ala carte lunch" and conversation around 1:00.

Hope to see you there for this last program of the year!
   your host, Cheryl Perreault

                        Contact Us

Ted Reinstein
Ted Reinstein has been a reporter, producer and anchor for WCVB-TV Channel 5’s “Chronicle,” the nation’s longest running locally-produced nightly newsmagazine, since 1995. He also provides reports and commentary on Sunday mornings during WCVB’s “On The Record,” a program that addresses political issues of the week. Since 2004, he has written a weekly opinion column, “And Another Thing,” which appears on WCVB.com. He also sits on WCVB’s editorial board, where he is a contributor.
In 1995, Ted hosted the premiere season of the Discovery Channel's “Popular Mechanics” show. Out of the studio, he has explored Hawaii's volcanoes, the caves of Puerto Rico and the islands of Tahiti as host for the Travel Channel's photo/adventure series, “FreezeFrame.” In 2002, he was part of a Chronicle team that received a prestigious National DuPont-Columbia Award for Chronicle’s coverage of Boston’s Big Dig project. In 2010, he was one of five national finalists in the Washington Post’s “Great American Pundit” opinion-writing Competition.
His first book, New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories, was released in May, 2013 by Globe-Pequot Press. The book recounts many of Ted’s favorite people and stories from his travels around New England. National Geographic Traveler named it one of its “Best Picks.” New England Notebook is now in its second-printing, and Ted is currently at work on his second book for Globe Pequot Press, about some of New England’s most famous feuds.
Ted also maintains a longtime interest in theatre, and is the co-author of the play, "Yom Kippur in Da Nang," which premiered in Boston in 1992 and has had subsequent productions in Ohio and Washington, D.C. He has also written several shorter plays for Boston’s annual Theater Marathon.
A native of the Boston suburb of Winthrop, Ted received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brandeis University. An avid skier and hiker, Ted has also penned political cartoons. He resides just west of Boston with his wife and two daughters.
Dan Zampino
Since my 20’s, I have been an artist, a psychiatric counselor, a lawyer, working the trenches, a poet at times, and a performer, among other things. My life has been painfully ordinary, and at times unexpectedly unusual – where I wrestled alongside psychiatric patients and their demons, or found myself trying to outwit a legal argument before a judge, or discovered my art to be arousing enough to stir controversy that would land television reporters (Fox News) in my living room; or where Angela, my wife and travel partner, and I would traverse multiple continents, trying to learn who we were.
My inspiration as a poet comes, amid a myriad of sources, from ordinary experience, from politics and war (which I tend to oppose), from love and the pursuit of justice, and from endless quarrels I always seem to have with the universe; but also from travel, from having suffered through a near death experience (twenty years ago), and from a determination never to get too comfortable with my life.
Lloyd Thayer
Lloyd Thayer puts the ‘multi’ in multi-instrumentalist, playing a mind boggling assortment of stringed intsruments including but not limited to: Dobro and Weissenborn lap steel guitars, Turkish Oud, Saz and Cumbus, Indian Chaturangui and Mohan Veena, Ragmakamtar, Ukulele and more. A recovering street performer and determined songwriter, his indoor shows combine a mixture of American folk and blues with elements of Indian, Arabic, Turkish, and Southeast Asian musical ideas, often all in the course of the same song. Greyhound lover, fog collector, and used string archivist, in his free time he memorizes the works of Bo Carter and plays the harmonica while driving in search of rare birds, instruments, or teachings, whatever comes first.....

Upcoming programs:

  • TBA

More Information on our program:
This venue welcomes participating artists from near and far as well as the general public who are interested in seeing this unique, monthly event honoring the art of poetry, song and spoken word. Admission is free and all are welcome. Most of our programs are available for viewing here.

Features Information:
Guest features for this program are selected based on their talent as both a writer and in their ability to deliver poetry, stories and songs as well as thematic content, diversity of style, audience appeal and genuine interest and ability to connect with the audience (both in studio and on air). We receive many inquiries regarding eligibility of feature spots and although most features are selected based on advance program topics and themes, interested applicants are welcome to email feature press kit and inquiries or to HCAM Studios, 77 Main Street, Hopkinton Ma 01748. (directions)

Open Mic Information:
HCAM Studios offers a supportive and professional setting for open mic where contributing writers and artists can share their words of poetry, song or story while being filmed before a live audience. There is a limited sign-up and a limit of four minutes per open mic contribution. Please bring material suitable for sharing on public television and sign a release form if you would like to be considered for inclusion on the televised program. Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance as open mic spots can be limited with attending audience ranging from 20-50 each month.

People come from near and far sharing poetry, spoken word and songs, some for the first time and some who are seasoned writers/performers. Regardless of experience, those who have performed at the open mic in the last three seasons have traditionally offered their best for this friendly and professional setting. This has resulted in a showcasing of a very special blend of impressive talents within each month's program so that most performances are included in either the monthly "Wake up..." series or the "All Open Mic" program.

If you are interested in reserving an open mic spot or simply in reserving a seat to watch as audience, please sign up above.