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Shop the Putney Craft Tour Collection: 19 Artisans…3 Days
Glass blowers, Potters, Jewelers, Weavers, Painters, Woodworkers –
even Artisan Cheesemakers, and Winemakers
November 27 – Sunday, November 29
Countdown begins today!
Crafters will open their virtual studio doors, offering video demonstrations, personal shopping experiences and studio visits via Zoom. Some artists are scheduling in person studio visits or virtual video chats by appointment.
Shops open: Fri, Nov 27 at 10:00 a.m. sharp through Sun, Nov 29 at 5:00 p.m.
In the meantime, shoppers are free to browse the site and discover more about Vermont’s most accomplished artisans. Visit the site to find specials and deals from each individual artisan and sign up to win a $100 gift certificate sponsored by the tour.
Next Stage Arts Project and the Putney Historical Society present “Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance,” a virtual lecture by scholar of traditional music and dance, Phil Jamison, on Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 pm.
The southern Appalachian square dance is a hybrid dance form that developed in the American South during the nineteenth century, and like the Appalachian musical traditions, these dances reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the region. In this Zoom event, Phil examines the multicultural roots and historical development of these dances and identifies the components of earlier European, African, and Native American dance forms that combined to make them uniquely American. He will also discuss African-American and native American musicians and callers who at one time were present in New England. These include African-American musician and barber John Putnam (1825–1895), who was active as a fiddler and dance prompter in Greenfield, MA during the nineteenth century.
Phil Jamison is nationally known as a dance caller, old-time musician, flatfoot dancer, and scholar of traditional Appalachian dance. A 2017 inductee to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, he has called dances, performed, and taught at music festivals and dance events throughout the U.S. and overseas since the early 1970s, including forty years as a member of the Green Grass Cloggers. Over the last thirty years, Jamison has done extensive research in the area of Appalachian dance, and his book Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance(University of Illinois Press, 2015) tells the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia. He has given numerous presentations on Appalachian dance – from the Smithsonian Institution to Beijing, China – and he teaches Appalachian music and dance at Warren Wilson College, in Asheville, North Carolina, where for twenty-five years, he served as coordinator of the Old-Time Music and Dance Week at the Swannanoa Gathering.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Putney Historical Society. Advance tickets are $10 for the Zoom presentation or $22 for the Zoom plus a 2021 Putney Historical Society calendar. For more information and to register for the Zoom, visit www.nextstagearts.org.
“Print Town: Brattleboro’s Legacy of Words,” published by the Vermont Historical Society with an introduction by Tom Bodett, will launch Wednesday, December 9, 2020 with a Zoom event from 7 to 8 pm. Limited first edition copies of the book may be ordered in advance for a $40 donation via the Project website. Proceeds from the sale will help fund ongoing work related to the book, including a planned collection of oral histories from printers and publishers to be added to the Brattleboro Words Trail. Get the book, and register for the book launch at: http://brattleborowords.org
This event marks the Brattleboro Words Project culmination of its three-year, National Endowment for the Humanities-backed community effort celebrating the greater Brattleboro area’s unique and long-standing love affair with words.
The much-anticipated Brattleboro Words Trail, community-created, audio-based tours aggregating the unique cultural heritage of the area in an unprecedented way, will go live on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 with a Zoom event from 7:00 to 8:30 pm hosted by Project leaders. The public is invited to join the online launch to learn about using the Trail and to hear favorite stories from some of the scores of writers, scholars, producers and community members who’ve brought the Trail to life. Register for this event at the Project website at: http://brattleborowords.org
The Trail will be available on a new app platform, providing GPS-integration and downloadable audio, for Android and Apple users. A new, interactive companion website will provide additional information and features. A companion ‘rack map’ will be available for free at the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, tourism kiosks and other locations.
Once launched, people will be able to hear audio stories from the Trail via their smart phone anywhere, including on-site locations and while viewing “Our Storied Landscape: Revealing the Brattleboro Words Trail,” at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. The exhibit is open Wednesdays thru Sundays 10:00 to 4:00 pm through February 14, 2021.
This event marks the culmination of the Brattleboro Words Project mark the three-year, National Endowment for the Humanities-backed community effort celebrating the greater Brattleboro area’s unique and long-standing love affair with words.