Thursday August 15, 2013

Aug. 15

MMF Dances into an evening of chamber with an Eastern flair

MANCHESTER -- Manchester Music Festival’s Aug. 15 concert, Piazzola and a Balkan Bash, the sixth of its seven-concert Panoramas summer series, promises a lively evening of piano and strings with offerings with an from the 19th and 20th centuries. Joining the Vermont ensemble will be a highly acclaimed group of musicians: pianist Di Wu, violinist Stefan Milenkovich, cellist Caroline Stinson and Rocco Anthony Jerry, bayan.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.mmfvt.org or call 802-362-1956. Jay Craven, Howard Frank Mosher and Jessica Hect benefit reception at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Award-winning Vermont director Jay Craven will present his new film, Northern Borders, at a special screening at Village Picture Shows in Manchester, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15. The screening comes as part of the film’s summer 100 Town Tour. Craven, who is featured in July’s Orion Magazine for his place-based film work, will introduce the picture and lead a post-film discussion.

Additional special guests for the Manchester screening include writer Howard Frank Mosher and Tony Award-nominated actress Jessica Hecht ("Sideways," "Seinfeld") who plays bank robber Liz Kittredge James in "Northern Borders.


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" Craven, Mosher, and Hecht will appear at a special 6 p.m. benefit reception

Tickets are available the day of the event at the door: 6 p.m.: Benefit Reception at the Northshire Bookstore: $20 donation includes film ticket. At 7:30 p.m. screening at Village Picture Shows - $12/Adult, $10/over 65, $6/under 18

For more information go to KingdomCounty.org or call 802-357-4616.

Aug. 16

A Night of Ragtime and Boogie-Woogie at Arkell Pavilion

MANCHESTER -- Tickets for a guaranteed crowd-pleasing musical event at Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Arkell Pavilion are now on sale to the general public. Bob Milne: A Night of Ragtime and Boogie Woogie will be Friday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Declared a "national treasure" by the Library of Congress, Milne’s concert tours have taken him around the world and in front of Presidents and Royalty. Audiences rave over his infectious energy and wall-to-wall, toe-tapping music. Get ready to be wowed by this consummate showman’s virtuosic piano playing. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. You can order tickets online at www.svac.org

Come early and enjoy terrace dining at Café Mamie before the show. Chef Mariah MacFarlane offers artfully prepared and locally grown fare with a full cocktail service in a lovely setting. Come and enjoy a wonderful evening in a beautiful mountain setting.

The Southern Vermont Arts Center is located at West Road, Manchester, on a 100-acre campus overlooking the Battenkill Valley. Home of the Southern Vermont Artists, the Center is dedicated to making both the visual and performing arts an integral part of the life of its community and the region. For further information call 802-362-1405 or go to www.svac.org/calendar

Pirates and Fairies: Craft activities for kids at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Children 12 and under are invited to come for a slew of summer crafting fun. Get your face painted like a pirate, or a fairy, or anything you want. We’ll be making eye patches, pirate hats, and getting crafty with flowers on Friday, Aug. 16, at 4 p.m.

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

Aug. 17

Samite performs at the Bennington Center for the Arts

BENNINGTON -- Born and raised in Uganda, Samite became one of East Africa’s most acclaimed flutist before he was forced to flee to Kenya and eventually the US. Today his smooth vocals accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes mesmerize audiences throughout the world and we are proud to introduce him to Bennington. He performs at the Bennington Center for the Arts on Saturday, Aug.17, at 8 p.m. Ticket prices: $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

August Dulcimer Daze returns to Memorial Hall

WIlMINGTON -- On Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. MHCA favorite, August Dulcimer Daze returns, featuring this traditional folk instrument and talented performers. Call Folk Craft Music (802-368-7437) for information about companion weekend workshops. General admission: $15/person; $10 student through high school. An MHCA (formerly Memorial Hall Center for the Arts) presentation. Information: 802-464-8411. www.memhall.org.

No Shrinkin’ Way comes to Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Join Stacy Gates for our continuing series, Create with Bogate: No Shrinkin’ Way! Shrink plastic has come a long way since the Shrinky Dinks of the 1970s. After drawing on a this thin, plastic film, it is cooked briefly, emerging thick and rigid at about 40 percent of its original size. Plastic comes in different colors and some can go through an inkjet printer. Discover the different looks and objects you can make from this simple material.

Stacy Gates, owner of Create with Bogate is on a personal mission to help people find or rekindle their creativity by making things & working with their hands. She offers art and craft classes; group projects; studio rental; & retail supplies. For details go to: www.bogate.wordpress.com, or Create with Bogate on Facebook.

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

Joseph Elis presents at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- A distinctive portrait of the crescendo moment in American history from the Pulitzer-winning American historian, Joseph Ellis. The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding. Revolutionary Summer tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.

Revolutionary Summer tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling.

For more information call 802-362-2200 or 1-800-437-3700.

Aug. 18

Ben Z. Rose presents ‘John Stark: Maverick General’ at the Bennington Museum

CL John Stark Statue at the Bennington Battle Monument

On Sunday, Aug.18, at 2 p.m., the Bennington Historical Society presents "John Stark: Maverick General," a presentation given by Ben Z. Rose, author of the book of the same name. This program will be held in the Ada Paresky Education Center located on the second floor of the Bennington Museum. It is free and open to the public.

Coinciding with Bennington Battle Day Weekend, it seems fitting that the Bennington Historical Society program is about John Stark, arguably one of the two heroes of the Battle of Bennington. Born in New Hampshire in 1728, Stark is compared by Rose to American World War II General George Patton: "he was not always an easy person to get along with but his men were loyal to him." Stark, along with his militia, were noted as heroes of the Battle of Bunker Hill, as they filled the gap in the colonists’ lines and held off the British. Stark was commissioned a brigadier general by New Hampshire, and later commissioned to that rank by the Continental Congress for the Continental Army under George Washington. After his involvement in the battles at Trenton, Bennington, and Saratoga, he was brevetted to the rank of major general. Stark is credited with coining the phrase "Live Free or Die, death is not the worst of evils."

Aug. 20

Dover Quartet to perform at the Clark

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Dover Quartet, a talented young chamber ensemble, will perform at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. This will be the third concert in the Clark’s annual chamber music series, which showcases some of the nation’s best chamber ensembles in the Clark’s acoustically optimized auditorium. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for members, and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.clarkart.edu, by calling 413-458-0524, or by visiting the Museum Shop.

Before the performance, a fixed-price dinner will be offered in the Clark Café at 6 p.m. A variety of appetizers, entrées, and desserts is available for $29 per person (tax, beverage, and gratuity not included). Reservations are required; please call 413-458-0524.

This program is made possible in part by the Massachusetts

Final installment of 2013 New Play Series at Dorset opens

DORSET -- On Tuesday Aug. 20, Dorset Theatre Festival is excited to present the final installment of Dorset’s New Play Reading Series: "Rest" by Samuel D. Hunter, winner of the 2013 Drama Desk Special Award for Playwriting and the Lucille Lortel award for Best New Play. "Rest" is directed by Davis McCallum, whose work on Hunter’s play "A Bright New Boise" earned him a Drama Desk Nomination. Featuring a stellar cast, the play tells the story of a few residents and employees of a rest home in Idaho on the eve of the facility’s closing, snowed in and facing a terrible tragedy. The resulting interactions ask questions of generational tension, mental illness, religion and the meaning of love.

"Presenting this phenomenal play is a wonderful way to end the series. A commission for the award winning South Coast Rep in California," says Artistic Director Dina Janis.

The New Play Series reading of Rest by Samuel D. Hunter is on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road. For tickets call the box office at 802-867-2223 or online at dorsettheatrefestival.org.

Sullivan & White in concert at the Manchester Town Green

MANCHESTER -- The Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series will feature Sullivan & White on Tuesday. Aug. 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Manchester Town Green.

Berkshire Bank, "America’s Most Exciting Bank", is the sponsor of the Concert series again this year! The Town of Manchester, Orvis and Long Trail School are all supporting sponsors this year. Concerts are free and open to the public. Please plan on bringing a chair, and come out and enjoy great music! For more information, please call the Chamber at 802-362-6313.

Aug. 22

George Howe Colt presents ‘Brothers’ at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- Bestselling author, George Howe Colt presents "Brothers," Thursday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m.

George Howe Colt’s The Big House is, as the New Yorker said, "full of surprises and contains more than seems possible: a family memoir, a brief history of the Cape, an investigation of nostalgia, a study of class, and a meditation on the privileges and burdens of the past." Colt’s new book, "Brothers," is an equally idiosyncratic and masterful blend of memoir and history featuring both the author’s three brothers and iconic brothers in history -- the Booths, the Van Goghs, the Kelloggs, the Marx Brothers, and the Thoreaus.

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

Aug. 23

’Free Fun Friday’ at the Clark offers free admission and family activities

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Friday, Aug. 23, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute offers free admission all day, as well as a host of family activities, as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s seasonal Free Fun Fridays.

A wandering puppeteer, face painting, a movie showing, and a variety of games like giant Twister, sack races, musical chairs, lawn chess, and hula hoops are just some of the activities to be held throughout the day. Families can also build fairy houses along the Nan and Howard Paths. All activities are free of charge.

From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., visitors can purchase a variety of grilled fare. The popular gourmet food truck "How We Roll," recently featured on the Kelly and Michael Show, will sell an assortment of family-friendly dishes.

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.

Brenda Wineapple reads from ‘Estatic Nation’ at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- An epic tale by award-winning author Brenda Wineapple, Ecstatic Nation lyrically and with true originality captures the optimism, the failures, and the tragic exuberance of a renewed Republic, Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m.

Dazzling in scope, "Ecstatic Nation" illuminates one of the most dramatic and momentous chapters in America’s past, when the country dreamed big, craved new lands and new freedom, and was bitterly divided over its great moral wrong: slavery. With a canvas of extraordinary characters, such as P. T. Barnum, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, and L. C. Q. Lamar, "Ecstatic Nation" brilliantly balances cultural and political history.

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

Aug. 25

Professor John Elder presents ‘Robert Frost and the Forest’ at the Stone House Museum

SHAFTSBURY -- "Robert Frost and the Forest" will be the subject of Professor John Elder’s talk at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, at the Little Red Barn on the grounds of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury. Drawing on his 37 years of experience teaching in English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and the Bread Loaf School of English, Elder will do close readings of selected Frost poems to highlight Frost’s skill as a naturalist and the way in which his ecological insights shaped his poems.

This third program in the 2013 "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series, sponsored by the Friends of Robert Frost, should appeal to environmentalists as well as poetry lovers. Among the poems to be discussed are "In Hardwood Groves," Nothing Gold Can Stay," "Spring Pools," and excerpts from "Directive."

The programs in the "Sunday Afternoons with Robert Frost" series 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. For more information visit www.frostfriends.org.

Free lecture at the Clark examines Windlow Homer’s French influences

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Erica Hirshler, the Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, delivers the free lecture "North Atlantic Drift: Winslow Homer and French Painting" at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. Hirshler discusses Winslow Homer’s works in the context of nineteenth-century America’s taste for French art and a simultaneous desire for a style of art that could truly be called "American."

Hirshler argues that while Homer is often cast as a fiercely individual painter who developed his own style, he was measurably influenced by the European art community, particularly painters of the French Barbizon School, including Camille Corot and Jean-François Millet.

Aug. 29

’Love Letters’ at the Park-McCullough House

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Back by popular demand Aug. 29, the Anniversary Celebration to commemorate the courtship and marriage of Lizzie Park and John McCullough.

Guests will be treated to a delightful reading of "Love Letters written by Lizzie and John" and read by great-grandson Allen McCullough and his wife Randolyn Zinn, both professional actors. Prior to the reading enjoy a tasting buffet and adult beverages from the cash bar provided by Pangaea Restaurant. Call for reservations 802-442-5441, $35 per person.

Michael Paterniti presents ‘The Telling Room’ at Northshire Bookstore

MANCHESTER -- A summer evening with author Michael Paterniti as he presents The TellingRoom. Equal parts mystery and memoir, travelogue and history, The Telling Room is an astonishing work of literary nonfiction by one of our most accomplished storytellers. A moving exploration of happiness, friendship, and betrayal.

From 6 to 7 p.m. there is a reception, wine and cheese from Consider Bardwell: Meet author Michael Paterniti and sample selections of Consider Bardwell Farm’s locally produced, award winning handmade cheeses.

From 7 to 8 p.m. -- Reading and audience discussion.

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

Aug. 31

A cappella group The Tribunes perform at Memorial Hall

WILMINGTON -- The Tribunes are a legendary five-man a cappella group specializing in the performance of vocal music from the 1950s and 1960s. The group was originally formed in 1957 and disbanded in the early 1960s. In 1997, The Tribunes were reestablished and are comprised of Mike Cuomo, Shelly Wengrovsky, Les Levine, Johnny Costello and Bert Archilla. Each member is also part of a current top oldies act performing throughout the U.S. and abroad. An incredible evening of Doo Wop, and more, as it was and still is, with five men on stage on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

See thetribunes.net for a preview. Main Floor seating: general admission: $26/adult; $17/student through high school. Balcony seating general admission: $21/adult; $14 student through high school. An MHCA (formerly Memorial Hall Center for the Arts) presentation. Information: 802-464-8411. www.memhall.org.

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