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  • May 2019

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    Objectivity in the Fake News Era *NEW LOCATION* Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Can you spot fake news? Is journalism increasingly challenged in this so-called post-truth era? This talk will provide ways for listeners to ensure that the news they get is accurate, and for news organizations to safeguard their reporting as fair and correct. It will also explore the role of journalists in being better ethical stewards of the news.

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    BRIDGE: Who Am I and Where Am I? Identity Crisis at the Bridge Table Date: Friday, May 31, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    Yes, there can be a bit of confusion! You need to act in many roles around the bridge table. Different bidding guidelines apply when you’re the Opener, Overcaller, Responder, Advancer, or a most important Balancer. Minimum strength requirements also depend on whether you open 1st and 2nd, 3rd or 4th seats. This course will help you find the right contract at the right level and compete sensibly for good duplicate results. Learn to constantly reevaluate your hand depending on your partner’s and the oppositions’ bids!

  • June 2019

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    Composting 101 Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 Time: 9:00 am-11:00 am Location: Proft Residence, Pawlet Fee: $40

    This two-part workshop will teach the homeowner the basics on how to compost. Starting in the kitchen and following organic scraps all the way to the garden, the dos and don’ts, what ingredients work well, and troubleshooting will be covered. In addition, we will talk about structures and techniques for successful household composting.

  • 04

    How to Deal with North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Challenges Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Arguably, the North Korean nuclear/missile problem is presently one of the most challenging U.S. foreign policy issues, because the nation can directly threaten the U.S. mainland unless the issue is resolved in a peaceful manner. Given this importance, this lecture first addresses North Korea’s motives for nuclear and missile development, then explores how the international community has handled the pressing issue. Based upon this historical analysis, the speaker gives his own ideas of resolving the long-standing, difficult issue.

  • 06

    Pickleball for Beginners – Clinic #1 Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Location: Equinox Tennis Courts Fee: $40

    Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping pong. Players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Come learn this popular and growing sport for the first time or join us for a refresher in this beginner clinic taught by Ivo Ljubibratic. Paddles will be provided.

  • 09

    Superduo Bead Wrap Bracelet Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019 Time: 4:00 pm-6:30 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $45

    Double the fun in this beading workshop by using the new Superduo two-hole Czech glass beads to create a multiple wrap bracelet. Beautiful in its visual complexity, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the stringing technique is easy for all levels of beading or jewelry making experience levels. Participants will have their choice of three color palettes to choose from to create this stylish and super popular bracelet.

  • 11

    Notes from the Field: Sporting Art by Ogden Pleissner Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    What do a pair of Bean boots, a tuxedo, and a deerstalker hat have in common? Join us as we investigate archival treasures that illuminate the hunting and fishing pictures of Ogden Pleissner (1905-1983), an American 20th-century painter who spent many years in southern Vermont. Together we will hike the dusty landscapes of Dubois, Wyoming, float through old-growth forests on the Restigouche River in New Brunswick, Canada, explore the piney lowlands of the exclusive Okeetee Club in Ridgeland, South Carolina, and more.

  • 13

    Children of Immigrants and the Future of the U.S. Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    This presentation will use the U.S. Census Data to trace patterns of social and economic integration among the U.S. born children of immigrants in the 21st century and find out whether they are succeeding and/or assimilating the way children of 20th century immigrants did. This is a crucial question since they must help fill the shoes of retiring Baby Boomers. The success and assimilation of this “new second generation” will significantly influence the character and prosperity of our society going forward. In this way, we will spend the evening glimpsing our country’s future.

  • 15

    Pet Portrait Painting Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019 Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm Location: Long Trail School Art Room Fee: $60

    Calling all animal lovers! Working from a digital photo of your favorite pet’s face, you will learn how to paint an acrylic portrait that you and your four-legged (or two-legged) friend will cherish for years to come. Please send a digital photo of your pet to allewelyn@longtrailschool.org before class. This will be digitally adjusted to make your process of painting easy and fun. Bring a bag lunch.

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    Birds of Summer Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Ahhh, the birds of summer! Who are they, where are they, and what are they up to during the summer? Join Bird Diva, Bridget Butler, for an evening talk about birding during the summer months. We’ll take a look at interesting behaviors, family dynamics and drama, and the transition into fall. This presentation features images from Vermont bird photographers and stories from Bridget’s birding adventures in her backyard and beyond.

  • 19

    Sip & Paint - Beach Time! Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Location: Long Trail School Art Room Fee: $35

    Enjoy wine and cheese while Anharad leads you through the steps of good composition and color theory. There’s guaranteed fun while sipping and painting your colorful masterpiece, featuring a beach time theme with this fun painting by Jan Matsen.

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    Ethan Allen’s Capture of Fort Ticonderoga and the Battle of Bennington Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    This talk will tell the thrilling story of Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys leaving Bennington and traveling north through Manchester to Fort Ticonderoga. The fort was then captured on May 10, 1775 for “America’s First Victory.” Two years later in 1777, British General Burgoyne came south from Canada, recaptured Fort Ticonderoga causing the Americans to evacuate and come through Manchester. On his way to Saratoga, Burgoyne ran out of supplies and sent a contingent to capture the stores at Bennington. The resulting Battles of Bennington and Saratoga resulted in the turning point of the Revolution because the French entered on the American side.

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    Intro to Zero Balancing Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: Equinox Village Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Zero Balancing is a mind body therapy performed through clothing on a massage table. It can reduce pain, increase range of motion, improve sleep, and bring us to deeper states of consciousness (similar to meditation) that facilitate healing. In Zero Balancing, we facilitate the movement of energy through the skeletal system. We often refer to the body (our physical structure) as the “sail” and our energy (that which makes us dynamic and alive) as the “wind”. When these two parts of ourselves are integrated through gentle skilled touch, our energy and structure align. Come learn about this healing modality that brings us into balance from the inside out.

  • 25

    The Treaty of Versailles Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles will be June 28, 2019. This Treaty which concluded the First World War laid the blame for the war squarely on Germany and its allies, imposed very heavy reparations on Germany and established the League of Nations. In retrospect, it is seen by some as a vindictive failure which contributed to the causes of the Second World War twenty years later. The United States Senate refused to ratify the Treaty largely because joining the League of Nations required giving up in part some sovereignty and placed internationalism above nationalism. This is just as pertinent today as it was 100 years ago.

  • 27

    Beethoven Two, Tchaikovsky One: A Pre-Concert Talk Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Beethoven’s Opus 13 piano sonata, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique, was written in 1798, when the composer was 27 years old. It has remained one of his most celebrated compositions. Composer Erik Nielsen will help us explore this piece, along with Beethoven’s Opus 18 #4 string quartet, and Tchaikovsky’s sextet for strings Souvenir de Florence as a prelude to Taconic Music’s June 30th concert. Recorded excerpts from the sonata will be played. In addition, two movements of the Beethoven quartet will be performed by the Indianapolis Quartet, and Ariel Rudiakov (viola) and Thomas Landschoot (cello) will play a movement of Tchaikovsky.

  • July 2019

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    In Conversation with Composer Christopher Theofanidis Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Christopher Theofanidis has had performances by many leading orchestras from around the world, including the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Moscow Soloists, the National, Baltimore, St. Louis, and Detroit Symphonies, among many others. On July 11th, Manchester Music Festival features the world premiere of an original composition by Theofanidis, Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet. MMF’s Artistic Director Adam Neiman will conduct the interview, with Christopher discussing his compositional process and detailing the composition that is premiering.

  • 10

    Needle Felted Landscape Art Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-8:30 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $45

    You are invited to come “paint” with wool and create a beautiful piece of fiber art. Working from a scenic photograph as a reference, participants in this class will learn to use wool roving as if it were paint, and manipulate a special barbed needle to create a small felted landscape. Participants may bring a landscape photograph as inspiration or use one provided by the instructor. This class is perfect for both beginners and more experienced felters.

  • 16

    Once the Guns Fell Silent: Germany between Versailles and Hitler Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The centennial of the Versailles Treaty offers an opportunity to reflect on its legacy. The years between the cessation of fighting in November 1918 and the ascent of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in February 1933 were fraught. As things turned out, developments in Europe did not point to the aspired end of conflict. This was especially so in Germany, where the post-war years signaled a seemingly continuous struggle to make sense of politics, the economy, indeed of normal life. This lecture will concentrate on key years of post-war Germany (1918-1933), serving to provide a broader context and a better understanding of what ensued thereafter.

  • 17

    Summer Barbecue Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Robbins Residence, Dorset Fee: $75

    Join us for a classic summer barbecue where Chef Ian will be covering various techniques for mastering the art of grilling. The menu includes a medley of fresh local vegetables, grilled chicken and beef steaks. Time and temperatures will be discussed to ensure safety and appropriate doneness. The meal will be served with homemade coleslaw, potato and fruit salads. A seated dinner with wine and beer will follow the instruction. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

  • 18

    Pickleball for Beginners - Clinic #2 Date: Thursday, July 18, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Location: Equinox Tennis Courts Fee: $40

    Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping pong. Players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. Come learn this popular and growing sport for the first time or join us for a refresher in this beginner clinic taught by Ivo Ljubibratic. Paddles will be provided.

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    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #1 Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    The edible wild foraging season is upon us. Golden Chanterelle mushrooms will be a focus of our 1st workshop this year. Safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process will all be discussed. Ian Vair, local wild mushroom expert and chef, will be leading the group. “This is a very serious subject of study with much fun and camaraderie along the way.” Come join us for a wonderful afternoon filled with knowledge and adventure!

  • 23

    The Weekly Roundtable (Tues. Mornings) Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Time: 9:30 am-11:00 am Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    This weekly discussion group will consider the broader issues that underlie current events. A moderator proposes topics, may suggest relevant readings, and guides the discussion. Come hear what others are thinking and voice your own opinion. Limited to 15 participants. Moderated by Steven Sinding.

  • 23

    Where’s Teddy When We Need Him? Clues from the Progressive Era to Address Today’s Problems Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Some observers are comparing the U.S. today to the Gilded Age at the end of the 19th century, a time during which a relatively small number of financiers and entrepreneurs amassed enormous fortunes and the gap between the haves and have-nots became a yawning chasm. The Progressive Movement arose slowly during the last decade of that century and then gained national momentum during the years between Theodore Roosevelt's ascendancy to the Presidency and the election of Warren G. Harding as President in 1920. A central aim of the Progressive Movement was to address the excesses of the Gilded Age and to bring a greater sense of equity to national life.

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    The GMALL Debate 2019 Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Long Trail School Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The GMALL Debate 2019: “The motion before this meeting is that THE PRESENT CONSTITUTION IS OBSOLETE AND SHOULD BE REPLACED.”

  • August 2019

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    The Bandana Gala Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 Time: 6:30 pm- Location: The Celebration Barn at the Inn at Manchester Fee: $150

    Please save the date for our Annual Fundraising Event - The Bandana Gala!

  • 06

    The Double-Edged American Dream Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The American Dream is a long-running and inspiring national-greatness myth. It posits boundless resources, freedoms and successes. Until recently the myth largely kept its overall promise, though not always and not for all. But in the 1970s, a lost war in Vietnam and an overwhelmed domestic economy launched persistent wage stagnation for many Americans. Still, despite widespread dissatisfactions, the sky’s-the-limit Dream remains a national ethos, often luring us into costly lost wars abroad and infrastructure neglect at home. Many who feel left behind blame others rather than reexamining the Dream’s (and America’s) inherent limitations.

  • 11

    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #2 Date: Sunday, August 11, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    August in Vermont is very special. A tremendous flush of wild edible mushrooms awaits us in the forest. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, will be leading the workshop once again. Black Trumpets, Chanterelles and various Boletus mushrooms will be a focus. “August in Vermont is absolutely a garden of fungal beauty.” Ian will begin the workshop with a discussion on safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Many varieties of mushrooms will be found however only a few species will be collected for culinary or medicinal uses. Join the group for an experience filled with knowledge, wonder and excitement!

  • 13

    The Arctic Ocean and the North Pole Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    In 1999, Dave Golibersuch was one of eleven adventurers who reenacted polar explorers Robert Peary and Matthew Henson’s 1906 “final dash” to the Pole. For twelve days, 250 miles were traversed over the frozen ocean by ski and dogsled. This talk will recount this life altering journey during which physical, mental and emotional challenges were confronted. Then we will take a look at what has happened to the Arctic Ocean in the twenty years since then. We’ll ponder possible futures for the Arctic at large involving commercial, shipping, and military activities. And finally, the question “Who owns the Arctic?” will be addressed.

  • 14

    New England Clam Bake Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Zide Residence, Peru Fee: $75

    Enjoy a traditional New England Clam Bake with fresh clams, mussels, lobster, and sausage. Fresh steamed corn and red skin potatoes will accompany the meal. Look forward to sampling deviled eggs and garden salad. Chef Ian will also bring his popular iced Chaga tea for refreshments. Wine and beer will also be served during the seated dinner following the instruction. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

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    Indigo Dyed Shibori Tea Towels Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019 Time: 3:00 pm-6:00 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $55

    Learn how to dye with indigo in the Shibori manner. Shibori is a Japanese style of resist dyeing that involves twisting, tying, binding, folding, stitching and other manipulation of fabric. We will demonstrate a number of classic techniques and guide you to create your own unique designs. Materials are provided, but you may also bring two additional small items to dye or you may purchase additional towels or napkins for $5 each from the instructor.

  • 20

    Sending Humans to Mars Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    NASA and SpaceX are hard at work designing rockets and spacecraft that will one day take humans to Mars. What will it actually take to get there? What sort of dangers might people face? And, is putting humans on Mars in the next ten years a realistic goal? Come explore outer space and get answers to these questions and more.

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    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #3 Date: Sunday, August 25, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    The wild edible mushroom season is in full swing. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, will be leading the workshop. Boletus, Black Trumpets, Puffballs and Hedgehog mushrooms will all be on the list of potential finds. “August is my favorite month in Vermont due to the vast quantity of edible mushrooms in the forest. As always, Ian begins his workshops with a lecture discussing tact and informative skills. Safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the entire identification process will all be covered. Join the fun and engage your senses with an afternoon of learning, excitement and adventure!

  • 27

    Understanding the Venezuelan Crisis Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Venezuela’s political and economic conditions have deteriorated significantly over the last few years. The crisis has caused very difficult humanitarian conditions and has driven millions across borders to adjacent countries, amplifying the consequences for domestic domain. What is the context of the crisis? How did matters get so bad? What are the implications for the hemisphere? And what solutions can be applied? These are some of the questions that will be addressed.

  • September 2019

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    Igniting Creativity: A Four-Week Workshop on Writing Poetry Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 Time: 1:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    Many of us have the idea that poetry is some abstract, inaccessible craft reserved for those in obscure academic circles. As this workshop will reveal, however, beautiful and moving poetry can emerge from the details of everyday life. Each week, we will work from examples and prompts that invite us to turn the so-called ordinary objects, images and memories of our lives into fuel for extraordinary art that reaches out and touches others. We will work together in a safe, non-judgmental space, sharing our writing and encouraging each other to uncover those essential, mindful moments we might otherwise have ignored. All skill levels are welcome; you just need a pen, paper and an open mind!

  • 08

    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #4 Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    As the wild edible mushroom season progresses, the types of fungus to be found become more interesting. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, leads the workshop. Chicken of the Woods, Hedgehogs, Boletus and Honey mushrooms will all be available to discover. “Honey Mushrooms have been proven to be both the world's largest and oldest organism.” Ian will begin the adventure with a discussion involving safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Join the group as we gain knowledge, skills, friends and mushrooms along the way!

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    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #5 Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    One month to go! The Vermont wild edible mushroom season is soon coming to an end. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, leads this year’s 5th mushroom foraging expedition. Hen of the Woods, Giant Puffballs, Oysters, Blewits and Lions Mane mushrooms will all be on the list of possible finds. “Pound for pound my best yielding months are always September and October.” Ian will begin the foraging adventure with a discussion focusing on safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Join our workshop to gain knowledge, skills, friends and a memorable experience!

  • October 2019

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    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #6 Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    This year’s last and possibly greatest mushroom foraging event. Hen of the Woods, Oysters, Blewits and Bears Head Tooth mushrooms will all be on the agenda. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, leads the workshop with high hopes of abundant finds. The experience will begin with education about safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Culinary and medicinal applications will also be discussed. “The culinary possibilities using wild mushrooms is endless.” Join our last foraging adventure of 2019. Let’s finish the season with a giant yield of gourmet wild edible mushrooms!