Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7pm
For millennia, the Kalaallit (Greenlandic) people not only survived but thrived in a land of cold winter darkness and summer midnight sun, a place where the natural world was both spectacularly beautiful and unforgivingly harsh. Survival required that practical knowledge and skills be integrated with a rich inner life so that, within each person, each family and each community, both the seen and the unseen were woven intricately together in the ceremony of life.
Calais resident Jane English has for nine years studied with Angaangaq, a Greenlandic elder who has visited Montpelier several times. She has participated in ceremonies in Greenland four times, two in summer and two in winter.
This evening event will include a slide-show of photographs of Greenland, combined with an interactive introduction to the traditional teachings of the far north from Greenland.
Water Fest is a community celebration of water through the arts; education on the properties, mysteries, and power of water; as well as, exploring ways to protect this essential element.
Thursdays, September 1, 8, 22 and 29, 7–9pm
September 1 at 7:00pm: Tribute to Jackie Brookner, Environmental Artist
A screening of two of Brookner’s films, The Fargo Project (TED Talk) and Of Earth and Cotton, to be hosted by Jackie’s partner, Terry Iacuzzo, and friends.
Jackie Brookner (1945 – May 15, 2015) was an ecological artist, writer, and educator. Author of Urban Rain, she worked with ecologists, design professionals, engineers, communities, and policy-makers on water remediation/public art projects for parks, wetlands, rivers, and urban storm water runoff. In these projects, local resources become the focal point of community collaboration and collective creative agency. Brookner lived in New York City and worked and lectured internationally. Jackie’s partner, Terry Iacuzzo, author of Small Mediums at Large, has been a practicing psychic in NYC for 40 years.
Congratulations to Dennis Mastriano, a library patron from Berlin, who was the raffle winner of the Weber Gas Grill. He is looking forward to grilling some great food for his family and friends!
Haskell Free Library
Pick up your passport and visit Vermont's amazing public libraries!
This summer from June first to September first, over one hundred Vermont public and academic libraries will be handing out passports in the second annual Passport to Vermont Libraries program, encouraging patrons to visit some of Vermont's unique, beautiful and creative libraries:
Local libraries will offer passport stamps and small prizes. Three patrons statewide (adult, young adult, child) will receive Vermont Library Ambassador awards for visiting the most libraries. New this year is a special award for the librarian who visits the most Vermont libraries.
Patrons are encouraged to post pictures and stories on the VLAs facebook page.
One very interesting library to visit is Haskell Free Library which is in Derby Line and Canada. Notice the black line in the photo which is the international boundary!
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