Twelfth Night Gathering


The C.S. Lewis Foundation cordially invites you to join us for our Twelfth Night gathering on January 23, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We’ll be joining together for food and fellowship at our offices at the Christian Community College / Emmaus Church building at 1849 Wabash Ave, Redlands, CA 92374

We have something special planned for entertainment. We’ll be featuring talented actor Phil Crowley performing in David Payne’s production of An Evening with CS Lewis (see below for details about the performance and the artist).

In addition to the fellowship and music, we will offer a report on the Foundation’s accomplishments in 2015 and the promise and challenges of 2016.

We’ll be serving light refreshments. There is no cost to attend. We’ll be taking an offering in support of the mission & work of the Foundation.

Enjoy the company of friends, old and new!

We hope to see you there!


Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 From 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Christian Community College / Emmaus Church building at 1849 Wabash Ave, Redlands, CA 92374



Let us know by Monday, January 18th if you’ll be attending and how many guests you’ll bring.  Email Karen Anacker at

Dress Code

 Please dress casually, based on the weather.


The Christian Community College / Emmaus Church building has a parking lot. There is no cost to park.


1849 Wabash Ave, Redlands, CA 92374.  For Google Maps Directions, click here.

The easiest option, if you are coming from the west, south, or north, is

  1. Make your way to where the 210 and 10 freeways meet in Redlands, CA. (since many of you will likely be heading east on the 10, you’ll get on the 210 W for less than a mile).
  2. Exit the 210 Freeway, at San Bernardino Avenue in Redlands.
  3. Make a Left to head East on San Bernardino Ave. (this works for whichever direction you exit the fwy). You’ll be on San Bernardino Ave. for several miles.
  4. Make a Left on Wabash Avenue (head North)
  5. The building entrance is on the left before you reach the end of the road at Sessums Avenue. The sign will say Community Christian College.
  6. We’ll have signs / people posted at the building to help you find your way.

An Evening With C.S. Lewis

Philip-Crowley-as-LewisThe year is 1963 and CS Lewis, the famous British author, is hosting a group of American writers at his home near Oxford. They are about to experience a captivating evening with a man whose engaging conversation and spontaneous humor made him one of the great raconteurs of his day.

Seated in his living room and in front of a warm fire he recalls the people and events that inspired his thought and shaped his life; of his friendship with J R R Tolkien; why he nearly abandoned the Narnia Chronicles; how he came to embrace Christianity and of the American woman who turned his life upside down.

Described by critics as “Extraordinary!” “A Must See!” An Evening with CS Lewis has proved again and again to be an enthralling theatrical experience and one which has led many thousands to discover (or rediscover) the continuing impact of a man who died over 50 years ago and whose collected works made him one of the literary giants of the 20th Century.

About the Artist

Since his college years when he read The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity, Phil Crowley’s appreciation for C.S. Lewis, his life and his life’s work, has continued to grow. Phil has traveled to many of the locales where Lewis lived and lectured, and to where the author enjoyed deep friendships and spirited debate with literary colleagues including J.R.R. Tolkien.

Today, Phil Crowley is a much sought-after voice actor and may be heard on commercials and documentary narrations. Most prominently, he is the announcer on ABC’s weekly hit entrepreneurial series, Shark Tank, produced by Mark Burnett.

On stage Phil has starred in such wide-ranging dramatic works as The Philadelphia Story, A Christmas Carol, Days of Wine and Roses, Teahouse of the August Moon, and The Miracle Worker. He performed the role of Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha and most recently portrayed Nat Miller, the pivotal father character in Ah, Wilderness! by Eugene O’Neill.

In addition to the depth of his acting gifts, Phil is an accomplished musician – a singer, instrumentalist, composer and orchestral conductor. He is married to Ann, another fan of Lewis and student of his writings. The Crowleys make their home in La Cañada, California.