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PoemTown St Johnsbury Events

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[Above] Beth Kanell led a poetry “conversation” with the theme of “Listen” on Thursday, Apr. 14 at Café at Gatto Nero Press.

On Wednesday, Apr. 20 and Apr. 27, there will be noontime readings at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Library staff will read a few poems, then others can read poems in an open mic format. Refreshments are served.

Don’t miss the PoemTown St. Johnsbury poetry slam on Thursday, Apr. 21 at 7pm at Kingdom Taproom in St. Johnsbury. Poets perform original poems and are judged by members of the audience in a raucous, fun competition hosted by Vermont’s Poetry Slam Champion Geof Hewitt. Bring two original poems to compete.

PoemTown St. Johnsbury 2016 Events

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April is filled with PoemTown St. Johnsbury events in celebration of National Poetry Month – see the events listing above.

In addition, The Northeast Storytellers are hosting the following events:
Tues, Apr. 12, 2-3pm: Tribute to Robert Frost – Good Living Senior Center’s Poetry and Tea Hour – Main Street, St. Johnsbury
Sun., Apr. 24, 1-3pm: Haiku Workshop – West Burke Library, Junction of Rtes 5 & 5A
Sat., Apr. 30, 2-4pm: Vermont Maple Syrup History & Stories: Depot Square lawn, St. Johnsbury (World Maple Festival)

November/December Classes for Kids

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BOTANICAL PRINT CARDS, STATIONERY & FRAMED ART

Ages 8-12, parents welcome; ages 6-7 welcome to attend with an adult

Saturday, November 7, 10:00am-noon at Catamount Outback Artspace

Instructor: Dana Karuza-Tulp

Children and their parents/caregivers will preserve the glory of the fall season with botanical prints. Class is limited to 12 participants.

Workshop fee: $12 for first family member; $10 for each additional family member. For information on scholarship availability, please call Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600 x108Registration deadline: November 5

 

DESIGN AND CROCHET A WINTER HAT

Ages 10 and up

Thursdays, Nov. 12-Dec. 17 (excluding Thanksgiving), 4-5:30pm at Catamount Outback Artspace

Instructor: Heidi Lyons

This class offers participants a hands-on interactive experience of designing then making an original crocheted hat, perfect for the coming winter. Parents and other adult caregivers are welcome to participate. Class is limited to 7 students.

Class fee: $60 for 5 weeks per person; bring your own crochet hook (size 6.5mm/K) or purchase one at the first class for $3. Other materials included. For information on scholarship availability, please call Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600, ext. 108Registration deadline: November 9.

 

BOOKS COME ALIVE!

Ages 5-8

Tuesdays, Nov. 17-Dec. 22, 3:30-5:00pm at Catamount Outback Artspace

Instructor: Sha’an Mouliert        

We’ll take the elements of favorite books and make them come alive through creative expression such as theater games and skits, visual art, movement, music, and storytelling. Class is limited to 12 students.

Class fee: $65 for 6 weeks. 10% off for siblings if paying in person at the box office. For information on scholarship availability, please call Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600 x108Registration deadline: November 9

 

CORN HUSK HARVEST DOLLS

Ages 8-12, parents welcome; ages 6-7 welcome to attend with an adult

Saturday, November 21, 10:00am-noon at Catamount Outback Artspace

Instructor: Dana Karuza-Tulp

Students and their parents/caregivers will make harvest dolls from corn husks, sticks, feathers, seeds, and acorn caps. Students will have a choice of step-by-step instruction or using the materials to create a harvest figure from their imaginations. Class is limited to 10 participants.

Workshop fee: $12 for one family member; $10 for each additional family member. For information on scholarship availability, please call Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600 x108Registration deadline: November 13

PAPER MARBLING

Ages 10 and up, parents welcome

Instructor: Bill Tulp

Saturday, December 5, 10:00am-noon at Catamount Outback Artspace

Learn to make colorful marbled paper, a technique from the 1200s. Students will create a variety of unique designs that can be used for cards, stationary, boxes and other items. All materials will be provided.

Workshop fee: $12 for one family member; $10 for each additional family member. For information on scholarship availability, please call Anne Campbell at 802-748-2600, ext. 108Registration deadline: November 23

 

For more information or to register: http://www.catamountarts.org/outreach/classes-for-grades-k8/

And don’t forget: “Midnight in Snow” make-and-take holiday card workshop on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9:30-noon at Catamount Outback Artspace as part of St. Johnsbury’s Victorian Holiday celebration – FREE!

Peter Miller’s Squashed Gallery Opens

Photographer and author Peter Miller has reinvented his Waterbury gallery. Renamed The Squashed Gallery, photographs hang in rough formations on all walls. Miller’s award-winning books are also on display and they are bins of inexpensive prints.

The exhibition includes wine harvest photos taken in Margaux, France and street photography from Paris. Mr. Miller created the images in the 1950’s. On the opposite wall
are large color scenic and black and white portraits made in Vermont.

The Paris photographs were published in his book, The First Time I Saw Paris. The wine harvest photographs have never been published.

The gallery is next to a four bedroom Airbnb that the photographer recently opened in his home. The Airbnb is unique as a library in the Airbnb includes the photographer’s collection of photograph books. On the wall of each bedroom are framed photos from the author’s archive.

“I plan,” said Mr. Miller, “to attract photographers and offer them packages that include lodging and photo tours of my favorite locations.” His photos have been exhibited in New York, Paris and Tokyo and the photographer-author will be signing his latest award-winning book, A Lifetime of Vermont People.

The opening is Friday, October 16, from 5:00 PM at 20 Crossroad, Waterbury, two houses south of Ben & Jerry’s. French wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Out Late with Diana DiGioia

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Smart, sexy, funny and irreverent all describe the songwriting of Diana Di Gioia. Based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and raised here in the Northeast Kingdom, Diana and her band Out Late are delighted to be returning to Catamount Arts on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30pm.

The Cape Cod Times calls her songs “Finely honed narratives with telling details sung with confidence and determination”. Together with family members Keith and Maura Leon and wife Melody Masi, Diana displays “sharp lyrical skills and smart songcraft” in styles from acoustic rock, to blues to folk. Selections from their 2 CD releases can be heard here on their web page (http://www.reverbnation.com/outlatewithdianadigioia).

Several of Di Gioia’s tunes describe the landscape and culture of rural Vermont, including the autobiographical “Family Scrapbook”, which sketches her family’s 1970’s era life in a 200-year-old Sutton farmhouse. Out Late’s first CD garnered praise in the lesbian and gay community, where it was chosen for a featured spot on the nationally-syndicated American Public Radio program “This Way Out”. The band’s second disc, “Either or World”, features eleven tightly-crafted songs, varied in topic and style and written with a diverse audience in mind. At their core, they are heartfelt stories of love, life and authenticity, full of courage and free of inhibitions.

Tickets: $12 Adults, $10 Members

Poetry Slams: Cheering, Hissing, Laughing

For those who think poetry is boring, a poetry slam will surely make you think again. Slams are raucous, competitive (but friendly) events in which poets perform original poetry. They are participatory, with audience members serving as judges, usually with absolutely no experience. They are filled with drama, cheering, hissing, booing, math (someone’s got to tally those scores!), and lots of laughter.

Last night’s poetry slam at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, a PoemTown St. Johnsbury event, was enormously entertaining for everyone involved. Host and slam poet Geof Hewitt set the tone of the evening, which was relaxed, sometimes rowdy, and filled with hilarity. Eight poets competed, performing two poems each, with Bill Biddle named the winner after a third round tie-breaker.

Geof will host a second PoemTown slam on Thursday, April 23 at 7pm at the Kingdom Taproom on Railroad Street in St. Johnsbury. Interested poets should bring 2-3 original poems to perform. Poets can also read (maybe as a practice run for the slam) tomorrow at 6pm at Washburn Tattoo on Railroad Street during a poetry open mic session. Both events are open to all ages, though parents should be aware that poems performed may contain adult language and/or situations.

For more information on either of these events, contact Sam Bainbridge at sbainbridge@catamountarts.org or call Catamount Arts at 802-748-2600, ext. 108.

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