On August 27, 2011 from 10am - 1pm join VFC folklorists Brent Björkman and Andy Kolovos in Middlebury to record your thoughts and memories. If you choose, your recording will become a part of the VFC Archive.
To schedule an interview slot, please contact the Vermont Folklife Center at (802) 388-4964.
Wind Energy in Vermont: Its History and Its Future.
On Thursday, August 25th at 7:00 pm David Blittersdorf will speak on Wind Energy in Vermont: Its History and Its Future. This is the final program in the Vermont Folklife Center’s summer series that highlights past experience as a platform for future action. This series has been organized in conjunction with the exhibition Visions of Place: The Photography of John Miller, Peter Miller, and Richard Brown. Blittersdorf will speak at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society on Duane Court in Middlebury. This event is free and open to the public.
David Blittersdorf grew up in Pittsford, Vermont, within sight of Grandpa’s Knob where in 1941 engineer Palmer Putnam erected the world’s first large-scale utility connected wind turbine. David took inspiration from the stories he heard about Putnam and his turbine, and this childhood fascination with wind energy became the foundation for his life’s work to further the viability of wind energy as a practical alternative to fossil and nuclear fuels.
In 1982, when the wind energy industry was in its infancy, David founded NRG Systems, a pioneering manufacturer of wind measurement systems. David later founded Earth Turbines to pursue his passion for designing a reliable, durable, small-scale wind turbine. More recently Earth Turbines introduced the AllSun Tracker and added solar energy systems to the company’s product portfolio, from which a new company emerged called AllEarth Renewables.
In his talk David will survey the history of wind energy in the US, with a particular emphasis on the leadership role that Vermont has played—and continues to play—in the development of this industry. David will also offer an overview of the status of the industry today and his vision for its future direction.
For more information about this program contact the Vermont Folklife Center at (802) 388-4964 or visit our Web site at www.vermontfolklifecenter.org.
Sunday August 21, 2001 at 4:00pm Deb Flanders presents her 13th Annual Calais Concert at the Old West Church in Calais, VT. The Calais Concerts, organized by singer Deb Flanders, have highlighted traditional music of New England for the past decade, in honor of Deb’s great-aunt Helen Hartness Flanders, one of the pioneers of folk music history in the U.S.
This year features a Boston-based band Long Time Courting performing rich vocal arrangements and high energy dance tunes with Sarah Blair on fiddle/vocals, Liz Simmons on guitar/vocals and Shannon Heaton on flute/vocal. The Nashua Telegraph says, “Long Time Courting infuses traditional ballads, jigs, and reels with fresh life and energy and vocal harmonies that are nothing short of sublime.”
A portion of the proceeds will benifit the Vermont Folklife Center. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at the door or in advance from the Flynn Ticket box office at www.flynntix.org or call 802-863-5966.
Join us Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 12:00 at the Isley Public Library in Middlebury, VT for the first New England screening of the new documentary film, Grounds for Resistance. The filmmaker, Lisa Gilman—a folklorist and professor at the University of Oregon—will introduce the film and lead the discussion that follows. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Inspired by the Vietnam-era G.I. coffeehouse movement, in 2008 a group of young American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars opened Coffee Strong 300 meters from Joint Lewis-McChord military base in Washington state. This non-profit café is a space where soldiers, veterans, and military families discuss politics and the impact of war. It also provides G.I. counseling, as well as resources for those struggling with combat stress, military sexual trauma, difficulties with veteran benefits, or legal mazes. At the center of this documentary are the veterans who run Coffee Strong. The film explores their decisions to join the military, memories of deployment, relationships with one another, and how their efforts to make a more peaceful and just world help them cope with their own experiences of war.