Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Red Sox Three Championship Trophies Visit Windsor VT

The trio of World Series trophies won by the Boston Red Sox made a pit stop in Vermont this weekend during a Windsor-based antique car show. Locally-owned Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community hosted its 14th Annual Antique Car Show this past Sunday featuring tours of the facility’s latest wing and, of course, the three championship trophies won by the Red Sox.
“We are a very big Red Sox fan family,” said Patricia Horn, who co-owns the facility with her mother Mary Louise Sayles. Horn is the latest in a multi-generational line of Red Sox fans.

"We advertise on Red Sox radio (KOOL 93.9 out of Woodstock) so they contacted us about giving us a chance to have the three trophies for viewing and pictures.

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Construction crews broke ground on a snowy February day on a $10 million upgrade to offer more residential and memory care units after Cedar Hill received approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for its insured mortgage. Once completed, the expansion will triple the physical space and resident capacity through the construction of a 20-patient memory care unit and another 20 independent, assisted-living apartments.

Sayles, a registered nurse herself, founded the facility in 1988 and has gone on to receive the Bronze Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

In addition to the facility tours, Cedar Hill hosted variety of activities during the classic car show; including music and old-fashioned root beer floats. But the largest turnout was for the Sox trophies.

Red Sox World Series Trophies
And Antique Car Show
Cedar Hill Continuing Care Community
Windsor VT June 22, 2104
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Zack's Place Theater Guild Presents The Original Musical "A Horse Shoe In Time"

Yoh Theatre, Woodstock Union High School
Woodstock VT June 17, 2014

On Tuesday Zack's Place Theater Guild performed its third musical, "A Horse Shoe in Time The Musical." The play was written and directed by Holly Levison and performed at the Yoh Theatre at the Woodstock Union High School.
The folks of Zack's Place are cleaning out their new building and find an old toolbox and horseshoe, they all magically disappear. Covering this phenomenal story, the ZBS broadcasting reporters also disappear while examining the toolbox.

The cast journeys back to 1850s Woodstock and must find a way to return to current day Woodstock. They also meet up with Justin Morgan and his horse who have time traveled forward. The Zack's Place Theater Guild created the story, selected the music and choreographed all the dances.

Zack's Place Theater Guild
A Horse Shoe In Time, The Musical
Yoh Theatre, Woodstock VT
June 17, 2014
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Little Shop of Horrors Takes Over Barnard Town Hall

Barnard Vermont
June 21, 2014

BarnArts transformed the Barnard Town Hall into a skid row florist shop for their performance of "Little Shop of Horrors." The play opened this past weekend with more performances scheduled June 27-29, evening shows at 7:30, Sunday Matinee at 2 pm.

Garrett Inman gave a stellar performance as Seymour Krelborn, a down-and-out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he stumbles across a new breed of plant that he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush.
This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination! 

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this charmingly tongue-in-cheek comedy has been produced worldwide to incredible success thanks to Howard Ashman and Alan Menken who are the creative geniuses behind the pop/rock musical.
The fully staged production features local principals Garrett Inman as Seymour and Molly Ziegler as Audrey. Three singers from Manhattan play the Street Urchins, Adewonu Ogunfowora as Crystal, Daejane Lettman as Chiffon, Tesia Kwarteng as Ronnette. The cast also includes locals Jay Lambert as Mr. Mushnik, Neal Cronce as Audrey II, William Sawyer as Orin Scrivello/Bernstein/Skip Snip, Elyse Deneige as Mrs. Luce, Abbie Levison as Customer/Patricia Martin, and Corey Armstrong as Puppeteer.

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Little Shop of Horrors
Presented by BarnArts
Barnard Town Hall
Barnard VT June 21, 2014
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Good Music Rolling Through Lebanon Opera House!

Lebanon NH
June 2014

The nights of June have been steaming with some very HOT music provided by Lebanon Opera House.
On Friday the 13th, rather than being an unlucky day, a huge crowd of Upper Valley Folk Rock enthusiasts filled the opera house and were lucky to hear the legendary Patty Griffin perform.
Griffin grew up in Maine but has spent time in Florida and Boston. She played many of the coffee houses in Boston in the early 90's and cut a demo, which finally reached A&M records. "Living With Ghosts" was released. She followed this up with 'Flaming Red" in 1998. Her acoustic album "1,000 Kisses" followed four years later. Her latest release "American Kid" dropped last year and debuted at 36 on the Billboard Top 2000!

Opening for Griffin was Parker Millsap. An Oklahoma native brought up in the Pentecostal Church, which has since departed from. He is a very talented 20 year old and after hearing him perform songs from his self titled album, I am now a follower. On stage with him were high school buddy Michael Rose on bass and fiddle player Daniel Foulks.

This past Tuesday evening,  Hot Tuna returned to the Opera house for their seventh performance in this historic building.
Jack Cassady and Jorma Kaukonen played a 90 minute set. Back in the sixties, the two helped create the unique sound that was The Jefferson Airplane. The audience of loyal fans reflected these "hippie days" in their attitudes and attire.

The music legend Leon Russell took the stage after Hot Tuna and had folks rocking in the aisles.
Born in southwest Oklahoma in 1942, he started playing piano at the age of 4. He was tickling the ivories at the age of 14 in many Tulsa nightclubs. After high school Leon's band The Starlighters toured with Jerry Lee Lewis. He left Tulsa at the age of 17 and headed to L.A. where he became of the best sessions musicians in Hollywood. He recently released an album with Elton John "The Union", which was one of the best received album ever by Rolling Stone magazine.

June is not over yet for the Opera House shows!  Next up is Grammy Award winner Lucinda Williams (with Special Guest Kenneth Brian Band) is returning to Lebanon NH next Tuesday. See the Preview By David Corriveau, Valley News Staff Writer in the Valley News on stands today!
Her 1988 self titled album has been re-released for its 25th Anniversary. The album has been out of print for 10 years. The package includes a remastered album along with a bonus disk containing an unreleased 1989 concert in Eindhoven, Netherlands, never before seen photos, and two new sets of liner notes. Should be a stellar show! Tickets are still on sale for the June 25th Wednesday night performance, TICKETS.

The full schedule of upcoming shows for Lebanon Opera house may be found HERE.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Reading Vt Graduates Five On Friday

On Thursday evening the Reading Elementary School gradated its 6th Grade Class of 2014. The children leaving the elementary school for middle school are: Samuel Mitchell, Hayley Mullins, Nevaeh Sullivan, Abigail Merseal, and Nicholas Bishop. reading truely believes "It Takes a Village to Raise A Child" as most of the community filled the school all purpose room for the celebration.

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Reading Elementary School
Reading VT June 12, 2014
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Woodstock Vt Elementary Students Tour the Town's Sculptures with Charlet Davenport

June 4, 2014
Woodstock Vermont

Charlet Davenport, local artist and director of Sculpture Fest, took each grade on a tour of the sculptures located at Norman Williams Public Library, the Woodstock History Center and the Blue Horse Inn.

The tour began at the Library where a sculpture garden has been created especially for the young library patrons. Jamie Townsend (left in picture above), from Springfield VT, created some whimsical pieces with wood. Townsend told the students most of the wood he uses, he and his four young children find on their woods walks. He owns a saw mill and works in various medium including painting-his murals are on a few buildings in downtown Springfield. His works may also bee seen at the King Farm on Prosper Road in Woodstock; he was the featured Sculpture Fest Artist of 2013.
The groups then moved on to the Woodstock History Center (Dana House) where a piece by Paul Machalaba, a Woodstock High School graduate, has been recently installed. Machalaba is new to sculpture but has created a brilliant metal piece called "Anello di Belleza." Machalaba told the students he first experienced welding in a metal shop class at Woodstock Union High School. He later became a licensed welder and plasma cutter which led to his enthusiasm for creating abstract artwork.

The final stop was a viewing at the Blue Horse Inn where Herb Ferris' enormous maple structure was viewed. Ferris spoke to the children about balance and got them to feel balance through a few bodywork movements. He told the children that the maple used in this piece was a result of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. He saw the trees bending after the flood and was inspired to created this particular sculpture. Ferris' works has been a part of Sculpture Fest for more than a decade.
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Charlet Davenport Leads a Walking Tour of Sculptures
Woodstock VT  June 4, 2014
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Reading Vermont's Top Readers Get a Cool Ride to School

To honor the top readers at the Reading Elementary School's Annual Read-A-Thon, the best readers in each grade got to ride to school in a fire truck.

The whole school came out to congratulate them.

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Reading Elementary School
Reading VT June 4, 2014
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Shows Coming to Lebanon Opera House and Front Porch Music Series

Lebanon Opera House
All Upcoming LOH Shows:

June 2014
This Week!!
Patty Griffin
Friday June 13, 2014 7:30 pm Get Tickets HERE
Lebanon Opera House Lebanon NH
Presented by Lebanon Opera House

Next Week!
Acoustic Hot Tuna & Leon Russell
Tuesday June 17, 2014 7:30 pm Get Tickets HERE
Lebanon Opera House Lebanon NH
Presented by Lebanon Opera House

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Lucinda Williams 
Wednesday June 25, 2014 7:30 PM Get Tickets HERE 

Check out this collaboration with the Lebanon Opera House and Lebanon Recreation and Parks for another night of great music by up and coming artists in Lebanon’s own Colburn Park! Performances are Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Rain location is TBA. Enjoy shopping & music at the Lebanon Farmers’ Market (4-7pm) just before the Front Porch Concerts start! This series is underwritten by Byrne Foundation and includes sponsors such as Residence Inn Marriott, Granite State College, The Point Radio Station and more.

July 3 - The Patrick Fitzsimmons Band, Singer/Songwriter

July 10 - PossumHaw, Bluegrass/Folk

July 17 - Momentum Theater Troupe, Juliet & Her Romeo

July 24 - The DEFiBULATORs, Country/Rock

July 31 - Dueling Pianos

August 7 - Jesse Dee, Soul Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist

August 14 - AJ Edwards & The List, Pop/Rock

August 21 - The Point Independent Radio Station - TBA

2nd Annual Upper Valley Battle of the Bands
When: August 28, 2014
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Colburn Park
Rain Location: Lebanon Opera House

Great prizes to be announced!

Interested in competing in the battle?
Click here for a registration form.
(Register by July 3, 2014)
Questions please e-mail

August 2014
Saturday August 23, 2014 7:30 pm.  Get Tickets HERE.

September 2014
Sunday September 14, 2014  7:30 pm. Get Tickets HERE.

Looks like a great summer of Music in Lebanon NH!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Second Annul Daniel L. Cady Day in Brownsville VT

Mary L. Blood Memorial Library
West Windsor, Vermont
June 1, 2014

Daniel L. Cady came to life in West Windsor on Sunday afternoon. Local historian and living history portray-er, Adam Boyce read from some of Cady's poems.

Daniel L. Cady, a locally-raised scholar, attorney and poet was once known far and wide for his "sentimental dialect verse" of life in rural Vermont. Cady published a four book series entitled "Rhymes of Vermont Rural Life" that were released between 1919 and 1934 and caused him to be named "The Unique Poet" of New England.
Audience member were asked to share some of their favorite Cady poems and anecdotes from the collection of Cady books (all available at Mary L. Blood Memorial Library.) A light picnic followed then folks hiked up to the Cady Mausoleum.
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Second Annual Daniel L. Cady Day
Co-Sponsored by the Mary L. Blood Memorial Library
and the West Windsor Historical Society
Brownsville VT  June 1, 2014
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Paws for the Cause 2014-Benefit Dinner and Auction for Lucy Mac

Have you ever traded a dog biscuit for a glass of wine? Well you could have Thursday night at the 10th Annual Paws for the Cause Benefit Dinner and Auction for the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society. The event was held at Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm and what a perfect fit for the event. As the cocktail hour and Silent Auction item bidding began the sun began setting and the hills around the farm were glowing. Walking up to collect your bidding bone (paddle) and dog biscuit, you are greeted by an amazing Adirondack Guide Boat built locally in North Pomfret Vermont.
After collecting your bidding bone and biscuit you entered the tent filled with wonderful music provided by local band Sensible Shoes and table upon table of Silent and Live Auction prizes. Take your biscuit to the bar and trade it for a glass of wine, a local beer or a soda. Then off to the tables to start entering your Silent Auction Bids.
Auctioneer Kathy Kingston called last call on bidding on Silent Auction items at 7:15 and guests took their seats for dinner and the Live Auction to begin. Also added this year was a fun event called Heads and Tails. Patrons were asked to purchase a beaded necklace to allow them to participate in a game that combined quick guessing and chance. You could place your hands on your Head or your Tail and a coin was flipped. If you guessed correctly you could continue to the next round.
As dinner was served, the Live Auction began and bidding was fierce. The evening wound down with one person at each table becoming an "auctioneer" to auction off the table centerpieces. Folks collected up their goodies and proceeded to the check out table.
The event raised over $50,000 for Lucy Mac to allow them to continue to offer the Lucy Mac Kid's Camp, their low cost spay and neuter clinics, their canine obedience classes and canine agility classes. In addition, funds will be used towards new programs that will help create a more humane community, like this year's "Fund A Need"-Lucy Mackenzie's MacReadiness Program. This program will allow behavior assessment of the animals and an individual behavior modification program will be developed so ultimately, each animal's stay at the shelter will be reduced. And these animals will make a move to a forever home more quickly .

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10th Annual Lucy Mackenzie Benefit Dinner and Auction
Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm
Quechee VT May 29, 2014
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