Performance at studioW — all good

The February studioW theater performances are currently being produced for TV viewing. There was a full array of performances that evening hosted by Piece Theatre. The Visual Arts display was equally enchanting with Recycle Art by Karen J Wassmer and Ryk Wilkinson, photography by Steve Walter (his gallery is here). Adam Stone from Boston was the feature Poet.

So if you missed the event, here is a peek at what will soon be in distribution via WPAA-TV.

Piece Welcome

M&Ms in Heaven Play Preview

Social Action Art at studioW

The next event Drama & Drums is Feb 25th at WPAA-TV 28 So. Orchard St. studioW events have packed the house so plan ahead with an RSVP.

The Dec 10 World Premier debut of the parody Rockperetta Zombie Vs. Vampire can be still be viewed on-line at Video-on-Demand at Doors open at 8pm.

Performance Artists interested in becoming part of the studioW experience at WPAA are asked to contact the production volunteers at

2020 Update: Contact wpaatv at

Our Volunteer Team and the WPAA-TV Board…

The 28 So. Orchard location for WPAA-TV needs to have occupancy approval for the 2nd floor before OnTheParadeGround can resume with our Monday programming. Our Team has been part of the volunteer crew designing, renovating, cleaning, and moving all things television.

In June the WPAA-TV Board did adopt a policy for Video On Demand (VOD) that we qualify for~~Locally produced at WPAA-TV; so our original 6 programs will be available as VOD as soon as the technology is deployed. The will include the Special Memorial Edition of the Relay For Life Program and the non-profit PSAs completed June 10.

Remember we are a volunteer crew trying to help the Wallingford Community tell their stories. You can join the Team. Josiah will host again for a brief time when we resume as Paul has Theater commitments in August. So consider being a host, running a camera, collecting images, editing…

More Making A Difference Shows

The On The Parade Ground Volunteer Team producing Community TV has 3 more shows in development. Informing conversations will begin Live Mondays with host Paul Braccioforte at 7:30 PM. Viewer call-ins begin at 7:45 PM (203) 265-6310. Participate.

May 3rd our four guests will share the latest about Relay for Life – how Wallingford participates in an international movement to end cancer. Surviving is making a difference for others.

May 10th representatives of the Gaylord Stroke Survivor Support Group will share how education on stroke prevention is part of what they do as they extend a helping hand to each other.

May 17th local Rotarians, members of the International Service Organization, are preparing to golf to raise funds for local causes. We caught up with some members at the Master’s Manna Grand Opening and will hear about what makes a Rotarian tick.

On The Parade Ground is on Comcast Cable 18, U-verse 99 WPAA Community Building TV and internet streaming on

Replays Schedule-
Monday 9:30-10:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30-8PM
Wednesday: 1:30-2PM
Friday: 4:30-5PM
Saturday: 5-5:30PM
Sunday: 11-11:30AM

We are looking forward to doing stories about Wallingford farms in August. In pursuit of these stories, we already met some 4-H members at the Williams Farm. We captured some pic. B – O- V- I – N- E (yes they were filling out forms)

Contact us at with story ideas or comments.
Keep informed at


Relay for Life is happening next weekend (May 21-22) so we reran their show last week and have added 3 showings to the schedule: Tuesday at 7:30, Thursday at 8:30 and Friday at 4:00. More information on the event: go here.

Some of the OnTheParadeGround crew will be stopping by the evening of May 21st after the Fireworks Dinner and before more renovation work Saturday morning at 28 So. Orchard on the new home for

Last week’s program featuring the facilitators of the Stroke Support Group at Gaylord is scheduled to play Wednesday at 1:30 and Saturday at 5:30. More showings will be planned for June and throughout the year to let folks know that Gaylord Hospital does provide support groups for the community, at no charge.

This week we learn about what it means to be a Rotarian. The pictures suggest teamwork in the service of others. Join us live May 17th at 7:30 On The Parade Ground. Join us by phone at 203-265-6310.

May 18th Update
Our first Make a Difference in the Service of Others Series has concluded.

One post-edit remains to be done (went out in the rain at lunchtime to get a B-roll image). A few small PSAs still to be designed. And then there is the coordination of web viewable downloads with once there is a policy adopted.

Each 30-minute program had a pre-production investment averaging 15 hours, 3 -4 community crew members doing set up Sunday for one to two hours depending on what condition we found the studio in, the shoot 4-5 crew with 1 to 2 hours, then playback support & scheduling another concluding at 9:30 pm. Post-production of the final replay copy another 3-5 hours. So not counting the investment in the product made by the guest the investment is at least 1 hour per minute. Web prep is even more investment.

Local Publicity for our show – more importantly our stories

Article in today’s (4.22.2010) Local & State Section of Record Journal with 2 pics. Samaia and David did a nice job catching the essence of the story and feel of the production process.

Coming Soon: podcast-downloads of the re-edit versions (which are graphic updates or fixes of live shows) and PSAs for play on WPAA Community Building TV.

Six Mondays starting April 5th – Community Connections

The volunteer team is finalizing plans for a 6 week series to begin April 5.
The theme for this mini-series: Making Connection in the Service of Others

The conversations will reveal local stories about non-profit or community organizations connecting & serving people and using new technologies to get the word out. The discussion will make global connections to these local stories (i.e.outreach, one of many, research).

The idea for this series came from a review of the Community Bulletin Board which has included slides about Support Group for more than a decade. Two were for Gaylord: Cancer Survivors and Sleep Apnea. In addition to Gaylord we have reached out to Parents Kids Foundation, Seniors Have Dreams too, Holy Joe’s Cafe, Mid-State, Regency House, Al-anon, Mental Health Association of CT, Relay for Life and CT Celiac Support.

We hope to have the schedule confirmed soon.

A Civic Conversation Program – A Gap Exists

Community Access TV is called vanity TV by some, the electronic soapbox by others and sometimes the ‘church channel’ given the predominance of religion-oriented programming. I like the change Wallingford’s Public Access Channel is trying to make to become WPAA Community Building TV.

The Community Building theme evolved when the organization sought to find and own an in-town building to control long-term expenses. The first location volunteers attempted to purchase was literally OnTheParadeGround and is the inspiration for this program’s concept: a regular program about bringing sunshine to local topics of interest.

This far, absent from locally produced programs is one that features facilitated civic conversation related to Wallingford specific issues. My original post in March 2008 was too optimistic because the community does not understand why they have a community TV station.

So I remind anyone that makes a connection with this blog that this kind of program needs a host and crew that can put the community before their personal interests. It is a show that needs a team of people that can see the potential of community building.

Anyone out there interested in being part of such a team can reach us (no longer active)

I am looking forward to being a guest on this show when I return home.

OtPG Host

While I am away—open invitation to guest host

So do you have a passion for the 1st Amendment, live or play in Wallingford and want to help build the free speech community here, if so send a note to and maybe you can guest host this show while I am in on a faraway island?

I also want to share that I am on this Island with a very welcome map I have due to the generosity of Comcast. C0mcast distributed world maps to local education representatives at Advisory Councils over a year ago. Last month, I was able to secure the last one provided to CACSCC. It will be starting class with me at Manu’a High School on Ta’u Island. The yellow arrows on the map point to Wallingford, CT and Ta’u and Comcast. A World Map was on the wish list for one of last years’ teacher volunteers.

July – Global Volunteers from Wallingford

Between my 9-month volunteer teaching experience in Cape Town, So. Africa and Pago Pago, Samoa for 1 year beginning this July, I have joined the theater collective Royal Pyngwyn as resident playwright/artistic director. It has been a busy two months culminating in the world premiere of my play

Cracked Upon a Time.

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One of the themes explored in that play is … the nature of time’s passing and the certain inevitability of conclusion.

As part of my transition from this theater project and my next placement, I hope to talk with a few volunteers from Wallingford about global volunteering. To chat about how we can make our experience life beyond their conclusions. I think some of our stories may be of interest to others so I would like to roll tape – so to speak – while we chat for this program.

Can you join me? Contact me at I will try to coordinate the particulars after the 30th.