Robert Frost Stone House opens for season

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SHAFTSBURY — The Robert Frost Stone House Museum has re-opened for its second season under Bennington College's stewardship. During May, the museum will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Entrance to the grounds and trails is free. For museum admission rates and summertime hours, visit the website.

The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is celebrating its second season with several activities in May:

From May 9 through June 1, Sophia Gasparro '19 will exhibit "(Im)Possibilities of Landscape," an installation of exciting pieces from the Bennington College art collection in the Frost House galleries. An opening reception will be held on May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition is included with the regular museum admission; Bennington College student admission is free.

"(Im)Possibilities of Landscape" explores representations of landscape, domesticity and sense of place. This project provides accessibility to Bennington's unique collection of art, as selected pieces, like Wallace Putnam's 1959 "Horse and Cart" and Charles Burchfield's 1915 studies for paintings, diverge from characteristic representations of Bennington's collection. This show continues the shared history between Frost and Bennington College, which dates back to the 1930s.

On May 15 at 3 p.m., join Bennington College's longtime biology faculty member Dr. Kerry Woods as he leads a popular nature walk through the Frost House grounds in the spirit of Robert Frost's "botanizing walks" with friends. This event is free and open to the public; comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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On May 16 at 6 p.m., Bennington College faculty member and award-winning poet Anna Maria Hong will give a poetry reading. This event is free and open to the public.

Hong's first poetry collection Age of Glass won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center's 2017 First Book Poetry Competition. Her second poetry collection, Fablesque, won Tupelo Press's Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming in 2019.

On May 23 at 5:30 p.m., Sydney Lea will give a poetry reading and talk. This event is free and open to the public.

Lea was poet laureate of Vermont from 2011-2015 and founded the New England Review. Lea has received fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations and has taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan and Middlebury colleges. His stories, poems, essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times and over fifty anthologies.

About the Robert Frost Stone House Museum

American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963) purchased the Stone House, built c. 1769, in 1920. It was there that he wrote one of his most famous poems "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" in June 1922, and where he was living when he won his first Pulitzer. The Frost House was officially acquired by Bennington College on December 1, 2017, thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of Robert Frost.


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