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Stanstead College presents comedy This Must Be the Place

in Arts and Entertainment/Quebec/Stanstead

STANSTEAD — The public is invited to attend “This Must Be the Place,” a comedy by American playwright Monk Ferris, being presented by Stanstead College on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free for all shows.

Directed by teacher Nicki Campbell, the production features performances by Stanstead College students:

Rosemarie Ladouceur (Magog, Que.), Phil Martel (Laval, Que.), Nicolas Del Rio Weinberg (Mexico City), Mackenzy St-Pierre (Ogden, Que.), Abby Murray (Stanstead, Que.), Sage Lovejoy (Coventry, Vt.), Bodie Nobes (St-Thérèse, Que.), Ali Barlow (Newport, Vt.) and Helen Yudo (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Que.).

Come out and enjoy this whirlwind comedy in Pierce Hall on the campus of Stanstead College.

NEK native to lead private journaling workshop in Newport

NEWPORT — This week Sunshine Silver Lining Vision Consulting, a media, management, and networking consulting company based out of Newport, announced their premiere workshop series “Tea and Tales.”

This series of writing and reading workshops will highlight both Vermont writers and authors as well as a variety of writing styles from journalling to memoir, along with poetry and screenwriting.

This spring, Tea and Tales will kick off with several workshops at The Work Commons in Newport, facilitated by Northeast Kingdom Native Ilene Elliott.

Private journaling is powerful and worthwhile. The added dynamic and energy of writing in a group can provide validation, encouragement, support, and new insight.

Participants of Elliott’s workshops and retreats will be introduced to handwritten journaling strategies and techniques that can be incorporated into their daily lives.

There will be several workshops:

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

All workshops will be held at The Work Commons in Newport.

Sessions include facilitation and refreshments. Organizers of the workshops say you only need to bring a journal and an open mind.

A life-long Vermonter, Ilene was born, raised, and lived most of her life in the Northeast Kingdom. In 2016 she relocated to central Vermont.

For almost 30 years she has nurtured her own journaling practice while facilitating journaling workshops and retreats for others.

Elliott describes journaling as a tool for self-awareness and self-discovery, a way to grow in relationship with self and stir the pot of creativity.

Pricing for Tea and Tales is a sliding scale from $15 to $30 a session and can be paid by cash, check or in person with a credit or debit card.

Participants are asked to pre-register by contacting or calling or texting 917-945-6250 as space is limited.

Vermont Folklife Exhibition “Portraits in Action” coming to the MAC Center

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts will host a special exhibition from Vermont Folklife entitled “Portraits in Action.”

The opening reception will take place on April 12, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the lower gallery on Main Street, in Newport.

The exhibition presents 25 Vermont pioneers in renewable energy, environmental conservation, and land planning in photography and text, and runs through May 18, 2019.  

The event is free and open to the public.

For over a decade, the Vermont Folklife Center has been exploring the roots of the environmental movement and renewable energy in Vermont, documenting an evolving course of action that extends from the mid-1960’s to the present.

Since this arc of activity has occurred within living memory, it has been possible to seek out and speak with the very people whose work has been an engine of change.

Seventy-two interviews later, “Portraits in Action” presents twenty-five Vermont pioneers in renewable energy, environmental conservation, and land use planning.

This diverse cross-section is intended to be suggestive rather than comprehensive, recognizing that there are many more whose work has also made a difference.

The exhibit pairs portrait photography and interview audio as a way for visitors to thoughtfully connect with each person featured.

Image and audio are linked to personal statements written in response to the question:

“What will bring us to the next level in meeting the energy and environmental challenges we are facing today?”

In our current political environment, consensus on the defining issues of our era continues to elude us.

“Portraits in Action” offers the opportunity to spend time with a group of people who have been thinking hard about many of these issues over the course of their working lifetimes.  

For more information, visit, or call 802-334-1966.

Courtesy photo from Vt Folklife: Archival photo of Don Mayer (center) pictured with Mr. & Mrs. Eldy Schragg, who were responsible for teaching him about the Jacob’s Wind Generators. Photo courtesy of Don Mayer.

MAC Center to host “Junque and Trunk” sale fundraiser event April 6

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts is getting ready for their 3rd Annual “Junque and Trunk Sale.”

The event will take place on April 6 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the downstairs gallery of the center.

This indoor yard sale categorizes items as “junque,” for 99 cents and “trunk,” for larger items priced to sell.

The fundraiser’s profits will go toward installing a handicap bathroom and lift to the lower gallery.

For more information, visit their website, or call 334-1966.

Memoir and poetry workshop coming to the MAC Center March 16

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts will be holding a writing workshop, Saturday, March 16, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The workshop is called “The Power of the Personal Metaphor: A Memoir and Poetry Workshop.”

Come discover how personal metaphors inspire the creation of poetry and memoir.

Whether your interest is in writing poetry or prose, this workshop will delve into the ways metaphor and figurative language work to express the power of our individual experiences and emotions.

In the workshop, the group will use short writing exercises and spend some extended writing time to explore, develop and extend metaphors into poetry or prose.

This workshop will also be relevant for visual artists who use metaphorical imagery in their work.

The workshop will conclude with volunteers sharing their work.

The workshop is limited to 15 participants, ages 14 years and older.

Pre-registration is suggested by March 13.

Registration forms can be found online or by stopping in at the MAC Center for the Arts.

For more information, call 802-334-1966, or visit the website

You can also email

Newport Winter Festival coming February 2

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — This year’s Winter Festival will kick off at Newport’s Gardner Memorial Park on Saturday, February 2.

Come celebrate timeless Vermont traditions like snowmobiling, ice skating, broomball, and bonfires.

Guy Fortin Broomball Tournament

With broomball skills, smooth line changes and athletic ability optional, this casual tournament has become a favorite Winter Festival activity for residents and visitors alike.

No skates or skills required, the emphasis is placed on camaraderie and old fashioned winter fun.

Players can recruit family members, colleagues, and neighbors to assemble a team and put for an effort to win the coveted championship t-shirts and bragging rights.

Cost is $10 per person to support Winter Festival fireworks.

Sign-up with a full team of 6-10 or sign-up individually as a “free agent,” and organizers will put you on a team.

Registration is due by January 28th.

Fire & Ice Radar Runs

The roar of high-speed engines resonates from Lake Memphremagog during the radar runs outside the Eastside Restaurant during Winter Festival.

This one-day competition showcases local riders competing for speed down a thousand-foot track on the lake.

With categories for all ages, some of the fastest sleds have traveled over 130 miles per hour.

Winners from a variety of age divisions take home trophies and celebrate with an after-race banquet at 4:00 p.m. inside the restaurant.

Registration at 9:00 a.m., runs begin at 11:00 a.m.

Family Events & Fireworks at Gardner Park

As the tournaments and the day’s festivities wind down, families are invited to gather at the park at 5:00 p.m. for the Winter Festival finale.

Finish the evening with free ice skating, a bonfire, and a spectacular firework display over the bay on Lake Memphremagog at 7:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the hysterical Hoagie’s pizza eating contest and Chuck-a-Puck 50/50 fundraiser too to benefit the Gardner Park Playground and Splashpad Project.

Admission to the park is free, but donations are appreciated to support the event.

Nothing chases the frostbite blues away like heartwarming time spent with family and friends. Whether you’re participating in a tournament or simply watching, you’re going to love this winter wonderland weekend.

Now Playing Newport music series grand finale this Saturday

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT –Now Playing Newport, the local Vermont concert series that has delighted audiences in the Northeast Kingdom over the past five years, will be presenting its final production on Saturday.

The show will take place January 12, at 7:00 p.m. at the United Church of Newport on Third Street.

This grand finale is in concert with the MAC Center for the Arts performing Liberated Libretto: A Frolic with Gilbert and Sullivan.

Anita Morin, Sally Rivard, Allen Cubit, Ron St John III and Lynn Leimer with Janice Luce on piano, will showcase the humor and history of the dynamic Gilbert and Sullivan duo with favorites such as Modern Major General from Pirates of Penzance, Three Little Maids from the MIKADO and When I Got Out of Doors from Patience.

The revue captures the satire as well as the musicality that made the operettas famous.

All proceeds will benefit the MAC’s ADA upgrade to their venue. Tickets for the event are available at the door.

The Now Playing Newport series will be staging no future shows.

Series Director Jim McKimm says closing out the series was a long thought decision.

He thanks all series partners over the years, those who attended the programs, as well as St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and the United Church of Newport.

Photo by Tanya Mueller.

Shape note sing and potluck in Derby Line January 5

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/News

DERBY LINE — A group of singers from Vermont and Quebec gathers every month to sing shape note or sacred harp music at the Unitarian Universalist Church Hall in Derby Line.

The group sings from the songbook The Sacred Harp, and the sing is followed by a potluck.

An upcoming sing will occur at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, with the potluck at 5 p.m.

Shape note music is sung without instruments in four-part harmony, without a leader and with the singers sitting in a square with the four parts facing each other.

Traditionally, this was the music taught by itinerant singing school teachers traveling around small New England towns in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The tradition then moved south and has seen a resurgence in recent years across the country.

Notes are written in shapes as well as on a staff to assist those unfamiliar with reading music.

The lyrics are often related to early Protestant religions.

Often heard at Village Harmony concerts in the area, it’s great fun to sing and organizers say that newcomers are always welcome and encouraged to come.

VSO’s Brass Quintet and Counterpoint Chorus to visit Newport December 21

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — The Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s (VSO) Brass Quintet is teaming up with Counterpoint Chorus for another year of celebrating the holiday season with traditional favorites, a carol singalong, and more.

The pairing will present an evening of festive music and jubilee to Newport on December 21.

The event will take place at the United Church of Newport.

The ensemble will feature the Vermont premiere of Nancy Tillman’s beloved children’s book, “On the Night You Were Born,” by Vermont composer Travis Ramsey — as well as a world premiere composition by Burlington High School freshman Nancy Widyawati, entitled “Snowfall.”

A violist in the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Widyawati has been composing music through the Music-COMP program for three years.

For more information and tickets, please visit

Borderline Players to hold auditions for 2019 spring, summer shows in Derby Line

DERBY LINE — After a highly successful debut season, Borderline Players will hold auditions for its spring and summer productions on Friday, January 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m and Saturday, January 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the First Universalist Parish Hall in Derby Line.

The first show of the season will be All Together Now, an original comedy written and directed by border humorist Ross Murray.

It’s Labour Day, 1973. In Holland, Vermont, a rock festival is set to begin, while at the Haskell Free Library, rumors begin to fly that the former Fab Four will be meeting there.

But when a mysterious stranger and confused American tourists turn things upside down at the world’s only international library, soon no one knows whether they’re coming or going.

Roles for All Together Now are available for 5 males, 4 females and one small role for a child (5-10).

Two male roles and one female role are for actors age 18-30.

Another male role is ideal for a francophone male (40-60) who can perform in English.

Performances are May 10-12 and 17-19.

The summer production will be the popular Abba musical Mamma Mia.

On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes her father giving her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is! Her mother refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands.

She secretly invites her three possible fathers to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him.

But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought.

This production will be directed by Mary Hoadley and features multiple principal and feature roles along with ensemble roles for men and women age 16+.

Singing and dancing men especially sought. Performances will run August 9-11 and 16-18.

A fall production, scheduled for October 18-20 and 25-26, is yet to be finalized.

Play and character details are available at

To book an audition time and receive audition script sides, contact Borderline Players at

Drop-ins are also welcome.

Evergreen Centerpiece Family Workshop at MAC Center for the Arts

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Thinking about decorating for the holidays? Wondering how to make new memories and fun-lore to pass down to generations? The Mac Center for the Arts in Newport is offering the perfect unique experience to satisfy both.

On December 15, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., the MAC is welcoming everyone to come and celebrate the holidays by creating a beautiful seasonal centerpiece made of local evergreens and festive materials. 

This is an activity for family members, friends, and neighbors, so come with a parent or uncle, child or best friend. 
Instructor Nancy Nash will conduct the workshop at the MAC’s lower gallery.

This annual event is usually a sell-out, so early registration is suggested. 

The workshop is limited to 25 participants and has a nominal fee of $5.00 per participant to cover supplies.
After you have finished creating your masterpiece, take time to browse through the upstairs gallery and select from an astonishing array of extraordinary pieces of arts and crafts, music and books, jewelry and furniture.

The distinctive collection is matchless and supports shopping locally.
For more information, visit, call 802-334-1966, stop by the MAC and pick up a registration form, or email

MAC Center for the Arts announces final exhibit for 2018 “WINTER!”

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts is getting ready to present their final exhibit for 2018.

The show, titled “WINTER!” opens November 16, with a reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the lower gallery.

The exhibit is free and open to the public and will run through January 19, 2019. The gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

The exclusive show, being curated by Victoria Mathiesen and Andrea Strobach, includes 2D MAC member artwork as well as a departure from the norm in that the show will be exhibiting Winter themed work from private collections.

The winter wonderland will be celebrated with photographs, paintings, prints, cards, and more adorning the downstairs gallery space.

A special performance, SHOWFLAKES, will highlight the whimsey of the snowscapes on December 14, and just like the weather, a flurry of anticipation is in the forecast for this original musical comedy revue.

MAC Center for the Art is located at 158 Main Street, in Newport.

For more information, visit the website, or call 802-334-1966.

MAC Center for the Arts hosting Halloween mask making workshop

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts will be hosting a Halloween mask making workshop on Saturday, October 20.

The workshop will kick off at 10:00 a.m. and take place in the downstairs gallery.

Come out to have fun and create your own special disguise.

The workshop is open to students ages 9 – 14 years of age and is limited to 15 participants.

Pre-registration is recommended, with a small fee of $5.00 per participant going to cover supplies.

the MAC Center is located at 158 Main Street, in Newport

For more information, visit or call 802-334-1966.

Northern Third Quartet to perform in Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — The Northern Third Quartet will appear in concert at the United Church of Newport, on Sunday, October 14.

Members of the quartet include violinist Sofia Hirsch, violist Elizabeth Reid, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti.

The quartet performs throughout Vermont.

They have recently been featured on Vermont Public Radio, performing works of students from the Music-COMP program.

Founded in 2013, the quartet is noted for its strength of ensemble playing and emotive musicality, offering audiences a showcase of Vermont’s remarkable talent.

The program will consist of Fauré c minor piano quartet and the world premiere of Erik Nielsen’s piano quartet.

The program begins at 3:00 p.m. and there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

For more information, visit

Agatha Christie’s classic The Mousetrap opening at the Haskell October 12

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Newport/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — One of the most popular plays of all time, the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery, The Mousetrap, will be showing at the Haskell Opera House October 12-14 and 19-21.

This Borderline Players production of The Mousetrap is directed by Thomas Perry, who most recently directed the troupe’s sold-out summer production of Little Shop of Horrors.

The cast includes Marianna Barrett, Jim Cross, Leanne Harple, Sue Kuzma, Shannon Quinn, Jessi Sackett, Jim Young, and John Young.

First produced in London’s West End in 1952, this “whodunnit” has been running continuously ever since, making it the longest running show in history.

A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer.

The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage.

Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone.

Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when a second murder occurs.

To get to the rationale of the murderer’s pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.

This production of The Mousetrap is underwritten by North Country Hospital.

Showtimes are Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m., with a second matinee Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $12 for students (under 17) and $12 for seniors (55+).

They are on sale in Newport, at the MAC Center and Madam Archetype’s Panoply, and in Stanstead at the Colby-Curtis Museum.

You can also get tickets online at, or at the Haskell box office one hour before the show.

Jed’s Maple Fall Open House October 6-8

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby/News/Northeast Kingdom

DERBY — Jed’s Maple Products of Derby will be hosting their 6th Annual Fall Open House October 6-8 this year.

Celebrate the flavors of Fall throughout the holiday weekend.

They will be open from10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. all three days.

This family event is free and includes wood-fired maple pizza, maple specialty food sampling and tours of the family maple museum.

There will be samples of seasonal products available for tasting.

Jed’s Maple Products is a certified organic sugarmaker. They use high-pressure steam in their evaporator rather than wood or oil.

The maple museum is housed in the sugarhouse that owner Steve grew up sugaring in and allows visitors to take a step back in time to explore the local area’s maple history.

Jed’s Maple is also a proud participant in Audubon’s Bird Friendly Maple Program.

They will be sharing information throughout the weekend about how they help the migratory songbirds that nest in their woods during the spring and summer months.

Jed’s Maple Products is located at 259 Derby Pond Road.

Fall Foliage Festival kicking off this weekend in Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Newport’s Fall Foliage Festival is getting ready to kick off this weekend.

The Scarecrow Contest starts on Saturday with many businesses and organizations showing whimsical scarecrows throughout downtown as they compete for prizes. Individuals are also displaying their scarecrows along the Main Street fence.

In addition, an estimated 1000 international runners will be coming across the border and into Newport this weekend to raise funds for children’s programs in both the Quebec Province and in the Newport area, in the Relais Lac Memphremagog.

On Sunday, the Newport Rotary Duck Regatta takes place in Gardner Park, raising funds for local charities and civic needs.

Next weekend, from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Main Street will be filled with Chili Fest contestants and those wanting to sample some of the best chili north, and south of the border.

There will also be strolling musicians, courtesy of a donation from Community National Bank and RDI.

The Antique and Classic Car, Truck, Motorcycle, and Tractor Parade kicks off in Gardner Park at noon and winds its way down the Causeway and Main Street to the Newport Gateway Center where awards will be handed out in several categories.

Newport Parks and Recreation will be hosting the annual Downtown Photo Contest and Sidewalk Art Show on Main Street. The MAC Center is also hosting a Newport themed art show.

Cookie decorating for children will be held at Main Street’s Jocelyn and Cinta’s Bakery.

International crafters will fill the Hebard Building patio area with everything from stoneware and wooden crafts to natural products and arts of all kinds.

Le Belvedere Restaurant is hosting an outdoor Vermont Brews Beer Garden with bluegrass music lakeside from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Music continues from 3 to 5:30 as the classic hits band “The Hitmen” perform everyone’s rock favorites for a big party on the deck at the East Side Restaurant for the benefit of MSTF bike trails expansion.

There will also be a “human scarecrow” contest on the deck, with lots of prizes and fun.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra fall tour coming to Derby Line, Greensboro

DERBY LINE — Kicking off the start to another colorful Vermont autumn, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will be traveling across the state beginning Sept. 27 to celebrate the many sounds and sights of the season.

The ​Made in Vermont Statewide Tour​ will reach six communities throughout the state, sharing well-loved classics as well as an original, unconventional collaboration with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival.

The tour will reach Orleans County with a visit to the Haskell Opera House on September 30, and the Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro, on October 7.

The Made in Vermont Statewide Tour will surprise and delight attendees this fall as the VSO welcomes trumpets, timpani, and film to the stage.

Following another successful year of collaboration with the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, a world premiere composition by the VSO’s Matthew LaRocca will accompany filmmaker Robin Starbuck’s “How We See Water,” making for an unforgettable multisensory experience.

Internationally-renowned violinist Soovin Kim will both conduct the orchestra ensemble and lead listeners through Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1, opening each of the tour’s performances.

Kim is noted as an active recording artist who is dedicated to the Vermont arts community, having spent 5 years playing in the Vermont Youth Orchestra and founding the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival.

MAC Center for the Arts fall exhibition to celebrate Newport 

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — As part of the city’s centennial year, MAC Center for the Arts will hallmark the fete with a new exhibition called NEWPORT!

The show will open Friday, September 14, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with a reception in the Lower Gallery. 

This exhibit will feature work by MAC members, as well as Plein Air artists.

Donna Walsh has organized “paint-outs” for Plein Air throughout the summer in the greater Newport area, and their creative interpretations will be highlighted in this exhibition.  

In addition, some of the iconic images of vintage Newport will be on display to mark this historical 100-year anniversary.

The exhibit will run through Saturday, October 27, and the opening is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or call 802-334-1966.

Little Shop of Horrors opens at the Haskell August 10

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Newport/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — If you like your musicals with a little bite, then you won’t want to miss Borderline Players’ production of Little Shop of Horrors, playing at the Haskell Opera House August 10-12 and 17-19.

Based on the 1960 low-budget film of the same name, Little Shop was written by Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken, debuting off-off-Broadway in 1982 and quickly becoming a popular staple of American musical theatre.

In 1987, a film version was produced of the musical starring Rick Moranis.

The comedy tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop.

Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst…

This Borderline Players production is directed by Thomas Perry.

In keeping with the international theatre and the international company, the cast consists of a cast of American and Canadian talent, including Shelly Bourgeois as Audrey, Allen Cubit as Seymour, Ron St. John III as Orin, Tristan Slicer as Mr. Mushnik, Sonia Patenaude as Audrey II, and Maggie Anderson, Emmie Wilkie and Jessi Sackett as Chiffon, Crystal and Ronnette.

Rounding out the cast are Nicki Campbell, Debbie Bishop and Addie Poginy.

In the band are Mark Violette, keyboard; Gideon Yellin, guitar; Lloyd White, bass; and Alex Lepanto, drums.

Showtimes are Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Sunday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., with a second matinee Sunday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets (at par) are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and are available at the MAC Center for the Arts and Madame Archetypes Panoply in Newport and the Colby-Curtis Museum in Stanstead.

Tickets also available at the door.

You can also purchase tickets online at in US funds.

MAC Center ready for 8th Annual Art in Bloom

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — The Eighth Annual Art in Bloom will open on Friday, August 10 at the MAC Center for the Arts, with a reception from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

The opening is a ticketed event benefiting the Four Seasons Garden Club and MAC Center for the Arts.

The annual fundraiser, where nature meets art, can also be viewed on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 and 12, and is free to the public.

This year’s event includes a silent auction supported by Spates the Florist, Derby Village Inn and a variety of exemplary artists from MAC including Dianne Laplante, Patty Oliver-Smith, Janice and Ben Luce, Manfred Rieder, Victoria Mathiesen and William Peck.

Of note, William Peck’s distinctive walking sticks were recently featured on WCAX’s Made in Vermont.

A summertime favorite, Art in Bloom boasts over 20 floral arrangements that glean their inspiration from the extraordinary artwork currently on display in the MAC Gallery.

Interpretation and unique creativity provide this festival not only with a splendid array of visual delights but a fete of fragrance.

Come enjoy this sensory enchantment on both levels of the gallery with the Art in Bloom in the main gallery August 10-12, and the summer exhibition, Wooden Horse Arts Guild’s 6th Annual Photo Fun Challenge Exhibit in the lower gallery, continuing thru September 8.

For tickets or more information, call 802-334-1966, or visit or

You can purchase your tickets directly at the MAC Center for the Arts, located at 158 Main Street, Newport.

MAC Center announces another children’s theatrical workshop August 4th

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts has announced the second in a series of theatrical workshops in 2018 with the premiere Children’s Theatre Academy – ACT 1.

On August 4, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. the workshop “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” tailored for ages 6-12 years old, will be held in the lower gallery at the MAC in Newport.

Yankee Doodle Dandy will explore the history of the song as it tells the 21st-century folktale of why the feather stuck in Yankee Doodle’s hat and why it’s called “macaroni.”

The original script with music under the direction of Sunny Naughton and Lynn Leimer, will have young people hone their acting and singing skills, and learn Americana choreography with show captain, Micaela Ortiz.

The culminating event will feature a full performance at 4:00 p.m. for friends and family.

Each participant will receive a certificate of participation. Additionally, ACT 1 tee-shirts are available for sale.

All are welcome, no experience required other than a love of creativity and fun.

Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is July 31.

Cost is $25 per student or $40 for 2 siblings/friends.

Scholarships are available upon request.

The theatre workshop is limited to 15 participants and is a first come, first serve basis.

Visit the MAC Center for the Arts to pick-up a registration form or go to the website,

For more information, please call 802-334-1966.

All questions regarding the day of the event should be directed to ACT 1, Lynn Leimer at

NCUHS grads set to jazz up Friday Night Shuffle in Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts is presenting a unique musical duo this Friday during the second installment of the Downtown Friday Night Shuffle in Newport.

Come out to hear Saigelyn Green and Phoenix Malanga, and enjoy their dynamic musical stylings from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Green is a senior at the University of Southern Maine in the Music Education program.

She graduated from NCUHS in 2015 and most recently had a composition featured in the 50th Anniversary Concert.

Many community members have heard Green perform with Northsong and a variety of other music showcases throughout the greater Newport area.

Phoenix Malanga graduated from NCUHS in 2017.

He is a consummate guitarist and well known for the variety of bands he has played in throughout the Northeast Kingdom.

Malanga will be a music major at Bennington College this fall.

MAC Center for the Arts awards scholarships to graduating seniors

in Arts and Entertainment/Irasburg/Newport

NEWPORT — Two local graduating students were recently awarded scholarships from the MAC Center for the Arts.

Logan Chaput of Newport Center, a 2018 graduate from North Country Union High School, was a recipient of the MAC Scholarship.

Chaput will be matriculating to Ithaca College with a major in Music Education and Voice.

Celeste Piette of Irasburg, a 2018 graduate from Lake Region Union High School, was also a recipient.

Piette will matriculate to the University of Vermont with a major in Theatre and Communications.

Photo (l to r) Lynn Leimer, Vice President of the MAC, Logan Chaput, 2018 NCUHS graduate, Celeste Piette, 2018 LRUHS graduate, Isobel Marks, President, MAC Center for the Arts.

Liberated Libretto: A Frolic with Gilbert and Sullivan July 6 at the Goodrich Library

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Goodrich Memorial Library will present Liberated Libretto: A Frolic with Gilbert and Sullivan as the finale performance in their CHAUTAUQUA series in celebration of the Newport Centennial.

The MAC Center for the Arts is bringing this force of talent July 6, at 7 p.m. in the upstairs auditorium at the Goodrich.

Anita Morin, Sally Rivard, Allen Cubit, Ron St John III and Lynn Leimer with Janice Luce on piano showcase the humor and history of the dynamic G&S duo with favorites such as Modern Major General from Pirates of Penzance, Three Little Maids from the MIKADO and When I Got Out of Doors from Patience.

The revue captures the satire as well as the musicality that made the operettas famous.

For those curious about the Chautauqua terminology, it was an adult education movement in the United States highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries which originated on the shores of the Chautauqua Lake, NY.

Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s.

The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers, and specialists of the day.

Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.”

Music was important to Chautauqua. Opera became a part of the Chautauqua experience in 1926 when the American Opera Company (AOC), an outgrowth of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, began touring the country.

Under the direction of Russian tenor Vladimir Rosing, the AOC presented five operas in one week at the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

By 1929, a permanent Chautauqua Opera company had been established.

So, in keeping with that genre, Liberated Libretto will affectionately honor the creativity and uniqueness of Gilbert and Sullivan.

This festooned revue, directed and choreographed by Lynn Leimer, showcases not only the vocal talents of the ensemble, but their propensity for comedy.

Join this acclaimed sextet at the Goodrich concluding the week-long Centennial events and enjoy the legendary music of Gilbert and Sullivan.

There will even be a special guest appearance you won’t want to miss.

The performance is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited.

VIDEO: Celebrating Howard Frank Mosher in Irasburg

in Arts and Entertainment/Irasburg/News/Northeast Kingdom

On Saturday, the Leach Public Library hosted an Open House honoring the publication of “Points North,” by Howard Frank Mosher, in the town where Mosher and his wife Phillis made their home for 40 years.

Phillis Mosher gave an informal talk of recollections of the Mosher family’s life in Irasburg.

The beloved Irasburg author died in January 2017.

“Points North” was published in January 2018.

Swing into Spring with the VSO benefit party at Spates the Florist

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The North Country Friends of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s annual benefit party “Swing into Spring” will be hosted at Spates the Florist and Garden Center in Newport on May 24, from 6:15 – 8:15 p.m.

The event will offer live entertainment by the Maple Leaf Seven, a traditional jazz group also specializing in swing and dance styles from St. Johnsbury.

Attendees will have the chance to socialize with friends while strolling through Spates’ greenhouses to take advantage of exquisite plants at special VSO discounts.

The cost is $35 per person and includes gourmet appetizers and two complimentary beverage choice of beer, wine or soda.

Tickets are available in advance at Spates the Florist, Memphremagog Arts Collaborative, or at

All proceeds support the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and its SymphonyKids outreach program.

Last season, SymphonyKids programs reached over 3,500 students in the North Country with 34 presentations serving 28 different schools in 25 different communities.

Fiber arts exhibition opens Friday at the MAC

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts is getting ready to present “A common Thread – Stitches and Stories from Fiber Artists Near and Far.”

The opening reception will be this Friday, May 11, from 5-7 p.m. in the lower gallery.

The event is free and open to the public.

The exclusive showcase of fiber arts will be a cornucopia of visual delights, demonstrating a wide range of accomplishment and skill.

The exhibition includes works in weaving, felting, surface design, knitting, art quilts and art to wear, and will be on display from May 11 – July 28.

Some of the remarkable artists that will have work on display include Donna Jean Safford, Andrea Strobach, Bonnie Nash, Carolyn Ferrara, Pat Lipinski, Pixie Durand, Sharon Diner, Michelle Marsh, Kelly Doyle, Pippa Drew as well as artists from Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild.

This contemporary fiber show is full of examples that blur the lines between fine art and fine craft, updating or innovating traditional practices and materials or by incorporating other disciplines into fiber.

For more information, please stop in during regular hours at the MAC, or visit their website at

Borderline Players presents dark comedy Fuddy Meers at the Haskell starting May 11

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby Line/Stanstead

DERBY LINE — Borderline Players, a new theater company registered in Vermont and Quebec, will present Fuddy Meers at the Haskell Opera House stage for four performances on May 11, 12 and 13.

Written by American playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, Fuddy Meers tells the story of an amnesiac, Claire, who starts each morning with no memory, her husband and teenage son having to fill her in daily about her life.

When she is kidnapped, Claire – and the audience – must piece together the ensuing mayhem.

The original Broadway production was described by The New York Times as a “dark, sweet and thoroughly engaging comedy.”

Performance times are Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are only $15 and available by calling the Haskell Opera House box office at 819-876-2471, ext. 205 or 819-873-3022, ext. 205.

You can also grab tickets at:, through Catamount Arts, or at the door.

Please note that this play contains adult language and themes and is not recommended for young children.

The Borderline Players’ production of Fuddy Meers is directed by Kim Prangley, a veteran of QNEK productions during the company’s 25-year run as the Haskell as the resident theater company, a tradition that continues in 2018 with the debut of the new community-based company.

Prangley also takes on the role of Claire, accompanied by local actors from both sides of the border including Calvin Longe, Ross Murray, Chris Planetta, Mark Rumery, Pamela Frohn and Susan Neumann.

Set design is by Bradleigh Stockwell.

MAC to of­fer mem­oir work­shop April 28

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — A mem­oir work­shop, draw­ing on the mem­o­ries and sto­ries be­hind pho­tographs of life events, places, fam­ily, friends, or other sig­nif­i­cant peo­ple through prose nar­ra­tives or po­etry, will be of­fered next Sat­ur­day at the MAC Cen­ter for the Arts, in the Lower Gallery.

The workshop takes place on April 28, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Lo­cal au­thors Patty Oliver-Smith and Peggy Sap­phire will men­tor this work­shop, guid­ing the writ­ers to use pho­tographs as the records of per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence.

Through a se­ries of writ­ing ex­er­cises ex­plor­ing and re­flect­ing on sen­sory im­ages, metaphors, and the con­text of the pho­tos, writ­ers will be draw­ing on their mem­o­ries and sto­ries to pro­duce a piece of writ­ing in ei­ther a prose nar­ra­tive or a poem.

Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired by April 22. Class size is lim­ited to 15 par­tic­i­pants with a fee of $10.

Pa­per and pen will be pro­vided, but participants should feel free to bring their own jour­nal and fa­vorite writ­ing im­ple­ment.

The MAC is lo­cated at 158 Main Street in New­port.

For more in­for­ma­tion, stop by the MAC, call 334-1966, or visit the web­site at www.mac­cen­ter­fort­

Lake Region senior to per­form ben­e­fit recital in Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Soprano Emma Strange will be performing her senior recital as a fund-raiser for David’s House at the Newport United Church in Newport. The concert will take place on Saturday, May 5, at 4 p.m.

Emma, who is a se­nior at Lake Re­gion Union High School, has studied clas­si­cal singing for al­most six years, and this will be her fi­nal recital be­fore head­ing to a mu­sic con­ser­va­tory in Au­gust.

David’s House provides a home-away-from-home and support for families with children receiving treatment through the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Hav­ing stayed at David’s House sev­eral times when she was six, Emma wanted to give back to this won­der­ful place that sup­ports chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.

She will be singing a va­ri­ety of mu­sic from Mozart to Broad­way, and will be ac­com­pa­nied by Mark Vi­o­lette on pi­ano and Amos Hamil­ton on clar­inet.

Her voice teacher is Vic­to­ria Cole of Fran­co­nia, New Hamp­shire.

Ad­mis­sion is by do­na­tion and checks can be made payable to “David’s House.”

“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Week­end” coming to Island Pond

in Arts and Entertainment/Island Pond/News

ISLAND POND — The Is­land Pond Re­newal Com­mit­tee has or­ga­nized an event they’re calling “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Week­end.” The week­end full of events will take place in down­town Is­land Pond from April 27 to 29.

Events in­clude a din­ner tour, spa ser­vices, paint-’n’-sips, wine tast­ing, and a male re­vue show.

The Ver­mont Com­edy Di­vas will head­line the Fri­day night en­ter­tain­ment while the Men in Mo­tion male re­vue will be the high­light of Sat­ur­day evening.

When the re­newal com­mit­tee looked at the town events cal­en­dar it dis­cov­ered a big gap be­tween the busy win­ter snow­mo­bile sea­son and the be­gin­ning of the pop­u­lar sum­mer events like Fri­day Night Live. Out of this dis­cus­sion the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Week­end was born.

The com­mit­tee has joined with down­town busi­nesses like the Es­sex House, K.T. Ray’s, and Hobo’s Café.

Head­lin­ing Fri­day night’s en­ter­tain­ment will be the Ver­mont Com­edy Di­vas, an­chored by founder Josie Leav­itt.

Leav­itt is the win­ner of the Seven Daysies award for best comic in Ver­mont three times.

The only all-fe­male, tour­ing stand-up com­edy troupe in the United States will ap­pear at the Amer­i­can Le­gion, Brighton Post #80 stage.

Fri­day night will end with karaoke at the Es­sex House fea­tur­ing town fa­vorite, the JCH Duo.

Sat­ur­day starts off with a be­gin­ner tai chi class hosted by Doug Niles, Brighton recre­ation di­rec­tor, fol­lowed by an in­vig­o­rat­ing dance work­out in­structed by Abby Ch­eney.

The pam­per­ing starts at the Lake­front Inn and Mo­tel with a chair mas­sage by one of four li­censed providers.

Participants will also learn about new tech­niques and prod­ucts with a Fresh Faces class by Mary Kay con­sul­tant Mi­randa Cur­rier.

Par­tic­i­pants can try out a set of Color Street nails as part of their man­i­cure pro­vided by Bobbi-Jo Le­tourneau.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. visitors can en­joy a tarot read­ing with Bryant Wheeler-Bowen.

A light, el­e­gant snack will be pro­vided by Jesse’s Lit­tle Kitchen.

The Hearth and Home Coun­try Store will host a wine tast­ing with six spe­cially se­lected va­ri­eties. Two paint-’n’-sip classes will be held dur­ing the af­ter­noon, one on can­vas and one us­ing barn board.

Lo­cal restau­rants will of­fer themed en­trées to set the mood for the evening’s en­ter­tain­ment.

Sat­ur­day night will be head­lined by New Eng­land’s top male re­vue show, Men In Mo­tion.

The shows are ex­pertly de­signed, chore­o­graphed, and cre­ated events with one goal in mind — plea­sur­ing women with the per­fect girls’ night out.

Men in Mo­tion shows are not the type of shows to just sit and watch, each per­for­mance is a fully in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

The men dance on table­tops, make their way through the crowd, and even se­lect a few lucky ladies to join in the fun on stage.

Jesse’s Lit­tle Kitchen will be open late af­ter the show to ac­com­mo­date late night hunger and the Es­sex House will host an af­ter-the-show gath­er­ing for those who aren’t ready to call it a night.

Sun­day will start with a cham­pagne brunch at K.T. Ray’s on the Pond fol­lowed by re­tail ther­apy ses­sions at Si­mon the Tan­ner and The Hearth and Home Coun­try Store.

The week­end winds up with farewell lun­cheon spe­cials at all the town restau­rants.

Tick­ets may be pur­chased at tick­ets.visi­tis­land­, or in per­son at The Hearth and Home Coun­try Store in Is­land Pond.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at MAC’s Vermont Poetry Festival

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — If you are a Vermont poet or poetry lover, come out of your winter cocoon for a National Poetry Month tribute to Vermont poets, past and present, well-known or unknown.

The event takes place at the MAC Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 21, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Downstairs Gallery.

This special event is free and open to the public.

Participants will read their poems or a favorite from among the many Vermont poets, such as Robert Frost.

Poets and readers will have up to 10 minutes to read.

For more information visit the MAC online at or to register to read call 802-334-1966.

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