Thursday June 20, 2013

June 20

Neil Gaiman’s final book tour stops in Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- On Thursday, June 20, at 6 p.m., Northshire Bookstore Saratoga presents: "OFF THE SHELF: Authors in Conversation with Joe Donahue" with Neil Gaiman presenting "The Ocean at the End of the Lane." Tickets on sale now.

From one of the world’s most beloved storytellers -- No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman -- comes his first adult novel in eight years. Wondrous and imaginative, and at times deeply scary, "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" captures the very essence of childhood fear and uncertainty. In a clash of memory and reality, it is a pitched fever dream of a novel, and could very well be Gaiman’s most accomplished work to date. "Poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening, impeccably rendered, it’s a fable that reminds us how our lives are shaped by childhood experiences, what we gain from them and the price we pay." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Ticket prices are $35, which includes admission for one and one copy of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane;" and $45, which includes admission for two and one copy of "The Ocean at the End of the Lane." Tickets can be purchased at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester or online at www.northshire.com and are selling quickly.

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


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June 22

Visit Historic Deerfield with the Bennington Museum

BENNINGTON -- Join members of the Shaftsbury Historical Society and Bennington Museum on June 22 for a visit to Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Enjoy a guided tour of "The Street" and two additional house tours, plus plenty of time on your own to explore. Ticket price is $60 including lunch and $30 without lunch.

Tickets are available at the Bennington Museum, Bennington and the Chocolate Barn on Route 7A in Shaftsbury.

The bus departs from the Bennington Station on Depot Street in Bennington at 8 a.m. sharp. You will arrive in Historic Deerfield at 9:30 a.m. and have a guided tour of "The Street" plus two additional houses. Lunch is at 1 p.m. and followed by free time to explore on your own. The bus departs for Bennington at 3 p.m. arriving at the Bennington Station at 4:30 p.m.

The Bennington Museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but closed on Wednesday. Visit www.benningtonmuseum.org for information on exhibits, events and programs.

June 23

’Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost’ begin June 23 in Shaftsbury

SHAFTSBURY -- Robert Frost comes to life in Shaftsbury on June 23 in the person of John Dennis Anderson, who will kick off this year’s "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series in the little red barn on the grounds of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum.

Anderson has titled his talk "The Sound of Sense: A Literary Conversation with Robert Frost."

He will be presenting the poet "barding around," as Frost liked to put it, reading and talking about his poetry. It will include answering the audience’s questions first as Frost and than as a scholar who has researched Frost’s poetry and performance.

The program will begin at 2 p.m. The programs are offered free of charge and reservations are not required. Both the museum and the Little Red Barn are handicap accessible.

For directions or more information, call the museum at 802-447-6200. The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is located at 121 Vermont Route 7A in South Shaftsbury. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The website address is: www.frostfriends.org

June 25

Play reading series opens with ‘The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois’

DORSET -- Dorset Theatre Festival continues its longstanding commitment to new play development with an exciting new work by award-winning playwright Adam Rapp.

"It is exciting that we have begun to attract such a sophisticated and engaged audience for our Reading Series. The Q & A with the writer and actors directly after the reading has become one of our hottest tickets," said Ashley Connell, DTF’s New Play Reading Coordinator.

"The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois" is a tense, emotional drama of reunion between a father and daughter whose lives have been irrevocably shifted by tragedy. The performance will be June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse. Tickets are $12.

For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.dorsettheatrefestival.org or call 802-867-2223.

June 28

Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams speaks at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Friday, June 28, at 7 p.m. -- From her modest beginnings to becoming the tenth woman -- and third American woman -- to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Jody Williams takes the reader through the ups and downs of her life.

Williams describes her Catholic roots, her first step on a long road to standing up to bullies with the defense of her deaf brother Stephen, her transformation from good girl to college hippie at the University of Vermont, and her protest of the war in Vietnam. She relates how, in 1981, she began her lifelong dedication to global activism as she battled to stop the U.S.-backed war in El Salvador.

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

July 2

Red June performs at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Hailing from Asheville, N.C., Red June is well underway to becoming a southern favorite, akin to the Appalachian heirloom apple from which they glean their name. The band recently released their second studio album, "Beauty Will Come," to high acclaim and have performed at dozens of shows and festivals across the country. They perform at the Clark Art institute on July 2 at 6 p.m. Band members include Will Straughan on dobro, guitar, and vocals; John Cloyd Miller on mandolin, guitar, and vocals; and Natalya Weinstein on fiddle and vocals. Their dynamic sound features striking three-part harmonies, tasteful instrumental work, and soulful songwriting that seamlessly blends bluegrass, old-time, country, and American roots music.

July 3

Grafton Music Festival: The 23rd annual Vermont Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. (gates at 5:30 p.m.)

GRAFTON -- The VSO will perform under the stars at Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center followed by a spectacular fireworks display. This year, Broadway star Sara Jean Ford joins the VSO for hits from the Great American Songbook. Local concessions available. This is a wonderful family event where concert-goers picnic before the concert on the lawn. VSO Tickets now available at FlynnTix.org, BrattleboroTix.com, at Grafton Village Cheese retail stores (Grafton & Brattleboro), Grafton Grocery Market, Misty Valley Books in Chester and Village Booksellers in Bellows Falls. Rain location: Bellows Falls Opera House.

July 5

Grafton Music Festival: Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils, 7-9 p.m.

GRAFTON -- Samirah’s live performance repertoire runs the gamut from deep blues to jazz smooth as silk. She has often been compared to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and Etta James. Like many jazz and blues artists, Samirah dedicates time to perpetuating indigenous American music. She was a long time participant in the Blues Schoolhouse program sponsored by the International House of Blues Foundation.

July 6

Grafton Music Festival: Grafton Ponds Bear Hill 5k/10k at Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center

GRAFTON -- Start the day with a 5k or a 10k on the Grafton Ponds trail, with its start and finish at the Grafton Inn. The race is primarily trail running on the Grafton Ponds Trails with some roads. The race benefits Grafton Cares. Register at Active.com; cost is $20 for the 5k, $30 for the 10k, kids fun run is free. 8:30 a.m. kids fun run; 9 a.m. start.

Food concessions and kids activities, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., behind the Grafton Inn.

Grafton Music Festival: Starline Rhythm Boys, 2-4 p.m

GRAFTON -- Danny Coyne, Billy Bratcher and Al Lemery make up the Starline Rhythm Boys, a rocking honky-tonk rockabilly band from Vermont with an amazing following.

Compaq Big Band with vocalist Rebecca Holtz, 6 to 8 p.m.

The Compaq Big Band showcases the power of 15 horns, a cookin’ rhythm section, a great feature vocalist, and terrific instrumental soloists. The concert will feature vocalist Rebecca Holtz, a young talented songstress with a powerful voice and great stage presence.

July 9

Beatles tribute band Across the Pond perform at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Relive the music of the British Invasion with Across the Pond, a popular Beatles tribute band that strives to capture the exuberance of a Beatles live show, including later songs the Beatles recorded but never performed in concert. They perform at the Clark Art institute on July 9 at 6 p.m. Across the Pond was formed by singer-songwriter Marc Clayton, a musician based in the Saratoga/Glens Falls area whose passion for the Beatles goes back to his childhood attendance at the vigil for John Lennon in December 1980. Clayton is joined by Jonathan Newell, Joe Tucker, and Tim Wozniuk, all veteran musicians with deep roots in the music of the Fab Four. Since early 2009, the band has played numerous concerts at outdoor venues.

July 11

Next Stage and Apron Theater present ‘Wit’

PUTNEY -- The Apron Theater Company and the Next Stage Arts Project present Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Wit," directed by Hallie Flower. "Wit" opens Thursday, July 11, at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, and runs through Sunday July 14, and Thursday July 18, through Saturday July 20. Evening performances are at 8 p.m. The Sunday, July 14 performance is a 2 p.m. matinee.

Tickets are $10, general admission. Reservations are welcome at: 802-387-0071. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.nextstagearts.org

July 16

Bennington favorites Funk in the Trunk rock the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Based in Bennington, Funk in the Trunk is a multicultural celebration of motown, soul, and funk music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The band’s members include John Carson on guitar, Nathan Meunier on drums, Joe Wiley on bass, and Nicki Skipper on keyboards and vocals. Vocal accompaniment singers, affectionately known as "The Golden Assets," include Kim Turner, Kiah Morris, and Linda Allard. They perform at the Clark Art institute on July 16 at 6 p.m.

July 23

Latin-fusion group Incendio performs at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Latin guitar world fusion group Incendio combines a unique alchemy of composition, technique, and performance, intertwining seductive melodies with explosive improvisatory journeys. In the seven critically acclaimed CDs released by the band, the bold, romantic Spanish guitar is at the heart of every track, its timeless sound recast in powerful modern arrangements. Incendio, renowned for their onstage energy and fretboard wizardry, performs more than 150 shows throughout the United States every year. They perform at the Clark Art institute on July 23 at 6 p.m.

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.

Aug. 24

Farm to Table Dinner at Bennington Museum

BENNINGTON -- Bringing farm-fresh goodness to the table, the Farm to Table Dinner is a Tuscan-inspired, elegantly casual, seven-course tasting dinner hosted by Bennington Museum and held in the Paresky Wing of the museum. The dinner incorporates vegetables, fruits, cheeses, cider, honey, meats and more from farms in Bennington County and the surrounding area. Each course is paired with a wonderful wine specifically chosen for that course. Meet the chefs, listen to the live music accompanying your meal, and go home with a special gift for each couple selected just for this evening. With only 100 tickets available to this event, you are invited to get your tickets today by calling the Bennington Museum at 802-447-1571. Tickets are $75 per person with all the proceeds benefiting Bennington County Meals on Wheels Program and Bennington Museum. All major credit cards are accepted.

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