Thursday July 25, 2013

July 25

Manchester’s Own Children’s Book Author Come to Mark Skinner Library

MANCHESTER -- Come to the Mark Skinner Library on Thursday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. when Manchester’sown Gordon McClellan, author of such delightful children’s picture books as "Don’t Give the Dog Sugar with His Tea!" and "The Great Ben Roar" will read from his stories. This family Summer Reading Program event is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied and supervised by adult caregivers. For more information call the library at 802-362-2607. July 26

Chris Bohjalian reads from his new novel at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Critically acclaimed author Chris Bohjalian will read from his new novel, "The Light in the Ruins," on Friday, July 26, 7 p.m.

From the New York Times best-selling author of "Midwives" and "The Sandcastle Girls" comes a spellbinding novel of love, despair, and revenge -- set in war-ravaged Tuscany.Set against an exquisitely rendered Italian countryside, "The Light in the Ruins" unveils a breathtaking story of moral paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious ways of the heart.

For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com.

July 27

Mike Lupica, author of ‘True Legend’ comes to Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Mike Lupica -- author of "Heat," "Batboy," "Summer Ball," "Travel Team," and "Million Dollar Throw" -- will be at the Northshire to read from and sign True Legend on Saturday, July 27 at 3 p.


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For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com.

The Clark’s Stone Hill Center celebrates fifth anniversary

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- A special milestone at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute -- the fifth anniversary of the opening of Stone Hill Center -- will be celebrated on Saturday, July 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission to Stone Hill Center is free all day, and a host of children’s activities is offered. Classic summer picnic food is available for purchase, and the day culminates with free cake and ice cream served at 3:30 p.m.

Puppeteer Gordon Holley of The Puppet Brigade will be on hand all afternoon with his larger-than-life puppets and interactive storytelling, and children will also have the opportunity to build a fairy house or a gnome home at craft stations set along the Nan and Howard Paths. Families are encouraged to explore the hands-on Kidspace exhibition Lions and Tigers and Museums, Oh My!

Stone Hill Center opened in 2008 as part of the Clark’s extensive campus expansion program. Perched atop Stone Hill with commanding views of the Taconic Range and the Green Mountains, the building contains exhibition and studio space as well as the Williamstown Art Conservation Center. Designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the building is a work of art in its own right, featuring several of the architect’s signature elements, including a "seven wall"--an exterior wall shaped like the number seven. Ando also designed the Clark’s new Visitor, Exhibition, and Conference Center, which is scheduled to open in July 2014.

July 28

Music from Salem Listening Club at Hubbard Hall: ‘Rossini’s Barber of Seville’ with Peter Subers and Mark Buckholtz

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Opera -- it’s not all ladies screaming in horned helmets and armored breastplates, you know. Or do you? Opera can be wildly funny, charming, and gorgeously human too. In anticipation of Hubbard Hall Opera Theater’s August production of "The Barber of Seville", Music from Salem gives us Peter Subers and Mark Buckholtz, who will lead us in a musical discussion of Rossini’s great and hilarious work that is one of the world’s most beloved operas. Special guests -- singers from the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater! No musical background necessary, just come and enjoy.

Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. on July 28 at 2 p.m. $10. Pay at door, or make reservations at www.hubbardhall.org or 518-677-2495

Sunday afternoon concerts in the park in Cambridge continue

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- On July 28, at 2 p.m. enjoy the music of John Kribs and friends

Concert number 3 in our summer series brings John Kribs and friends to the gazebo. Kribs is a musician’s musician. playing a variety of stringed instruments with an eclectic range of musical styles. He is known for his bands The Racquette River Rounders, Johnny and the Triumphs. In addition to his solo performances, John has played with the McKrells and others in many of the famous venues of the area, including Café Lena and The Parting Glass in Saratoga, N.Y.

Please bring your chairs and blankets, snacks and cold drinks will be provided by a local not-for-profit organization.

In the event of rain or a terrible forecast we will be moving the concert to the Railroad Passenger Depot on Broad Street, signs will be posted at the gazebo if we’ve moved the concert.

Our next concert is scheduled for August 4: the Roadside Blues Band.

For information visit www.cambridgeny.gov, the Village of Cambridge Facebook page or contact by phone 518-677-2622.

July 30

International folk artists The Jammin’ Divas perform at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Jammin’ Divas perform stunning renditions of traditional and contemporary original folk music and elements of improvisation from multiple cultures. Band members Aoife Clancy (Ireland), Becky Chace (United States), Kath Buckell (Australia), Hadar Noiberg (Israel), and Craig Akin (United States) blend stunning three-part harmonies bedded against the plush melodic landscape of the flute and double bass. The Jammin’ Divas draw the audience into an experience that transcends the history of three continents by sharing songs and stories of how each country culturally influences and enriches one another. They perform at the Clark Art institute on July 30 at 6 p.m.

July 31

Where’s Waldo grand prize drawing at Northshire

MANCHESTER -- Come celebrate our month-long Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt with a grand finale party for kids (and adults) of all ages on Wednesday, July 31, at 11 a.m.

Where’s Waldo? In Manchester of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting twenty different local businesses throughout our community this July. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons and more! Find Waldo is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

Collecting store stamps or signatures at twenty or more businesses will entitle diligent seekers to entry in a grand prize drawing July 31, with the top prize being a 6-volume deluxe set of Waldo books.

For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com.

Aug. 1

Music from Salem Free Open Rehearsal

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Music from Salem announces a free Open Rehearsal on Thursday August 1 at 4 p.m. at the Brown Farm, 154 Priest Road in Salem N.Y. The Open Rehearsal offers a chance to observe the process of shaping the upcoming weekend Hubbard Hall concert "Four Hands, Luminous Work", featuring chamber music by Chausson, Clarke, and works for piano four-hands. Informal, free and open to the public. For directions call 518-854-7246

David Gumpert discusses food at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- On Thursday, August 1, at 7 p.m., a discussion about an issue that affects us all with author David Gumbert: "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat."

Do Americans have the right to privately obtain the foods of our choice from farmers, neighbors, and local producers, in the same way our grandparents and great grandparents used to do? Yes, say a growing number of people increasingly afraid that the mass-produced food sold at supermarkets is excessively processed, tainted with antibiotic residues and hormones, and lacking in important nutrients. Public-health and agriculture regulators, however, say no: Americans have no inherent right to eat what they want. Out of the intensity of this unprecedented crackdown, and the creative and spirited opposition that is rising to meet it, a new rallying cry for food rights is emerging.

For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com.

Aug. 2

Ivy Pochoda presents ‘Visitation Street’ at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Ivy Pochoda presents "Visitation Street" on Friday, August 2, at 7 p.m.

Summer in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an isolated blue-collar neighborhood where hipster gourmet supermarkets push against tired housing projects and the East River opens into the bay. Bored and listless, fifteen-year-olds June and Val are looking for fun. Forget the boys, the bottles, the coded whistles. Val wants to do something wild and a little crazy: take a raft out onto the bay. But on the water during the humid night, the girls disappear. Only Val survives, washing ashore in the weeds, bruised and unconscious. Ivy Pochoda combines intensely vivid prose with breathtaking psychological insight to explore a cast of solitary souls, pulled by family, love, betrayal, and hope, who yearn for a chance to break free.

For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com.

Aug. 3

Hubbard Hall Opera Singers to perform at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass -- On Saturday, August 3 at 7 p.m., singers from the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater based in Cambridge, New York will travel to the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute to perform selections from Gioachino Rossini’s comic opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). Tickets are $18 ($15 members). To purchase tickets, visit clarkart.edu or call 413-458-2303.

The Hubbard Hall Opera Theater is a non-profit arts center that showcases a variety of arts productions in a historic 1878 opera house. Seeking to build rural audiences for opera with affordable, high-quality productions, Hubbard Hall’s resident opera troupe combines experienced performers with young artists in order to help perfect the younger singers’ techniques.

Music from Salem Concert at Hubbard Hall: ‘Four Hands, Luminous Works’

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- On Saturday, August 3 at 8 p.m. Hubbard Hall will present Music from Salem’s third summer season concert "Four Hands, Luminous Works", titled for part of the program that involves two pianists on one piano. Music for piano four-hands is as much fun to watch as it is to listen to -- the closeness of two players navigating their hand crossings and sharing their musical impulses can be as beautiful as a choreographed pas de deux. This concert offers a fascinating group of transcriptions by celebrated composers for piano duet, as well as Bach organ preludes transcribed for cello and piano by Kodaly. The program also features a meltingly melodious Dumka by Rebecca Clarke and Chausson’s romantic piano quartet. Performing this summer for the first time with MfS is violinist Lydia Forbes, of the Da Ponte string quartet, and acclaimed pianist Alissa Leiser, along with Marc Ryser, a director of Music by the Sea. Wonderful cellist Scott Kluksdahl returns, as does artistic director and violist Lila Brown.

The August 3 concert will take place at 8 p.m. at historic Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY. Admission is pay what you can, so everyone can attend! ($20 suggested) For advance tickets: www.hubbardhall.org or 518-677-2495.

Cinema and discussion at Bennington Free Library

BENNINGTON -- On Saturday, Aug. 3 Bennington Banner columnist Alden Graves will host a discussion and screening of a 1940s classic movie. Graves’ talk will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the film will follow, beginning approximately at noon. This event is part of the library’s Groundbreaking Reads Adult Summer Reading Program. The movie is free and open to the public. Guests may bring a lunch; the library will provide popcorn, drinks, and dessert. The Bennington Free Library is located at 101 Silver St. in Bennington, and the library is wheelchair accessible. For more information call the library: 802-442-9051

Aug. 8

Music from Salem Free open rehearsal

CAMBRDIGE, N.Y. -- Music from Salem announces a free Open Rehearsal on Thursday Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Brown Farm, 154 Priest Road in Salem, N.Y. The Open Rehearsal offers a chance to observe the process of shaping the upcoming weekend Hubbard Hall concert "Magic in Pairs", featuring chamber music for strings by Arensky and Brahms. Informal, free and open to the public. Don’t miss this rare and interesting opportunity! For directions: 518-854-7246

Aug. 9

Mystery reading group forming at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- The Northshire Bookstore is delighted to announce the formation of a new reading group - Classic Mystery Reading Group. The first session is set for Friday, Aug. 9 in the bookstore ConferenceRoom. The group will meet the second Friday of every other month.

This group developed from the enthusiastic Mystery and Thriller Reading Group, which concentrates on contemporary novels. Members expressed an interest in tracing the development of the mystery/thriller novel from its origins to the present, which is the intent of the new group. We will select books by chronology or by theme: the first session will emphasize the earliest mystery writers, such as Edgar Allan Poe and Wilkie Collins (exact titles have not been chosen yet). At other meetings we might discuss themes, such as the origins of the private detective, early police procedurals, the development of the female detective, differences between American and international mystery writers, the earliest spy novels - and the influence of early writers, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, on the genre.The group will select themes and titles, depending on their interests and availability of the books. We will most likely read two or three books for each session, as the group will meet every other month.

For further information and to enroll, contact Louise Jones at ljones@northshire.com

For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com.

Aug. 10

A writing workshop and reading with award-winning Vermont children’s authors, Linda Urban and Jo Knowles

MANCHESTER -- Join Linda Urban and Jo for a morning of writing and sharing. Through interactive exercises we’ll explore what makes a fantastic first page and how to "show not tell" to create an active and engaging scene. Writers of all experiences ages 10 and up welcome. Following the workshop, please join us for a reading with both authors. 9:30 to 11 a.m. -- Workshop, ages 10 and up (grownups welcome, too).

At 11:30 a.m. -- A joint reading with both authors, followed by Q and A and a signing.

Reservations required, admission $5 per attendee, admission receipt good as voucher toward any book written by workshop leaders. Stop by the store or call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700 to purchase you ticket and reserve your spot.

For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700, or visit www.northshire.com

Aug. 11

Music from Salem Concert at Hubbard Hall: ‘Magic in Pairs’

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- On Sunday, Aug.11 at 2 p.m. Hubbard Hall will present Music from Salem’s last summer season concert "Magic in Pairs." This program celebrates luscious music for strings featuring two cellos -- Brahms’ G major sextet and Arensky’s quartet -- played on cellos made by Matteo Gofriller (1685-1735), the Stradivarius of cello makers and the founder of the Venetian school of luthiers. These two beautiful instruments have distinguished histories: one was owned by Hermann Busch, the cellist of the Busch string quartet, founding members of the Marlboro Music Festival. Matthias Naegele, a frequent Music from Salem guest artist, has this cello directly from Busch. The other was owned by the well-known 19th-century cellist and composer Carlo Alfredo Piatti, and now belongs to Jonathan Miller, member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and director of the Boston Artists Ensemble, making his Music from Salem debut this summer. Returning to MfS after many years is Bayla Keyes, professor at Boston University, violinist of Triple Helix piano trio (with MfS’ Rhonda Rider) and former member of the Muir string quartet. The concert also features artistic director and violist Lila Brown, and two gifted conservatory students playing alongside their teachers, violist John Batchelder and violinist Christina Adams.

The Aug.11 concert will take place at 2 p.m. at historic (and air-conditioned) Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, N.Y. Admission is pay what you can, so everyone can attend! ($20 suggested) For advance tickets: www.hubbardhall.org or 518-677-2495.

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