Saturday, February 18, Noon - 1:30. Vermont Folk Life Center.
The artist/workers who created these moving depictions of the grueling physical and emotional journey across the border and into a strange country, will discuss their work and their hopes for the future. Consul General Daniel Hernandez-Joseph from Mexico will also be present to add his perspective. The panel will be moderated by sculptor B Amore, who created the exhibition. Please call 388-4964 for more information.
Starting Over Strong Vermont: An Evening of Story Telling and Community Dinner
Starting Over Strong (S.O.S.) Vermont, a program which serves the communities most impacted by Tropical Storm Irene through promoting resiliency and supporting recovery, is hosting a community dinner and evening of story-telling in partnership with The Vermont Folk Life Center.
Join S.O.S. Vermont Friday evening, February 17, 2012, at the Community Christian Church in Athens, VT, from 6 to 8pm. The Vermont Folk Life Center will facilitate a Story Circle where anyone can join in and share their experience of Tropical Storm Irene. Kids will have their own special activity tables with river rock painting, story time and coloring. A complimentary dinner will be also served. This event is sponsored by The Community Christian Church, 26 Brookline Road, Athens, VT. For more information about this event call 802-365-9799.
The Vermont Folk Life Center believes that healing lies as much in the act of listening as it does in the act of telling one’s story. Each Story Circle gathers community members with different perspectives to share. The underlying belief is that we are all experts in our own experience and the best way to understand an event like Tropical Storm Irene is to gather the experts. Those gathered may hail from the same community, the same neighborhood, but they will each have a different point of view to share. By being part of VT Folk Life Center’s Story Circle, a permanent historical audio record is created for the community. For more information about The VT Folk Life Center go to: www.vermontfolklifecenter.org.
S.O.S. Vermont and The Vermont Folk Life Center will also be hosting a Story Circle event in Wilmington, Vermont on Friday, March 16th. This free event will be at Twin Valley High Library from 7 to 9pm. Share your Tropical Storm Irene story with others. Refreshments and kids activities will be provided as well. Come be a part of a special evening where people together bear witness to the experience of others. For more information call 802-579-7647.
Starting Over Strong Vermont provides free short-term support for individuals, groups, and communities impacted by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.
We join the family of Alice Potter in honoring her long full life, and her passing on February 7th at age 99. In 2010 Alice’s daughter, Marty Dewees, asked us to advise an oral history committee at the Lodge at Otter Creek, of which Alice was a member. Later, we had the opportunity to conduct two life history interviews with Alice, which chronicles her extraordinary life and will be available as part of the Vermont Folklife Center’s archive in perpetuity. Her obituary appeared in the Addison Independent on February 13th.