The Manchester Public Library and The Little Theatre of Manchester will present a lecture about THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB at the Whiton Branch Library on Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30 pm, moderated by local author and theatre historian David Garnes.

Free and open to the public, this lecture offers an opportunity to learn about LTM’s August production, THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB, providing background information about the play, its production history and the playwright and other artists. The discussion is an informal lecture-style with an opportunity to ask questions following the chat.

Playing August 2 through 18, THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB tells the story of five unforgettable Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. These women set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives, while relying on each other to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, and aging) that life flings their way.

More information about the lecture or THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is available at or by calling the LTM box office at (860) 647-9824.

  • When: Wednesday, August 7th at 6:30 pm
  • Location: The Auditorium at Whiton Branch Library 100 N. Main Street Manchester, CT
  • Cost: This lecture is free of charge and needs no reservations or tickets.

`For more than four seasons, David Garnes has led Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. He is the author of three books: Waitin’ for the Train to Come In: A Novel of World War II; a book of memoir essays, From My Life: Travels and Adventures; and After the War Was Over: Poems of an American Childhood. His essays have appeared in many publications, including America in WWII, The Isherwood Century, Telling Tales Out Of School, Latin Lovers, Stories From The Other Side, Chicken Soup For the Volunteer’s Soul, Liberating Minds, When A Lifemate Dies, A Loving Testimony, Mourning Our Mothers, and various newspapers and academic reference books. Garnes’ forthcoming books are Back to Manhattan: A Life in New York and Morningside Drive, a spin-off to his World War II novel.


The Little Theatre of Manchester (LTM) was founded in 1960 with the purpose of producing community theater. Since 1991, Cheney Hall, the state’s oldest operating theater, has been the theatrical residence of LTM. Today, programming is comprised of five main-stage theatre productions, numerous concerts, special events, and a range of other cultural, business, civic, and private functions serving a growing, annual audience of approximately 12,000.

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