Celebrate Vermont Traditional Arts!
Join us for our Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Reunion Event on Saturday, April 13th from 1PM-5:30PM at Main Street Landing, One Main Street, in Burlington, VT.
The reunion celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the our Apprenticeship Program—supporting the continuation of Vermont’s traditional culture—old and new.
Over 30 past program participants will be on-site for arts and crafts demonstrations in stone carving, basketry, blacksmithing, weaving, flower arranging, and more, as well as a full program of traditional musical and dance performances, throughout the afternoon.
If you’re hungry, there will be local food vendors from Vermont’s New American communities offering an array of traditional dishes.
Entry is free and open to the public—a great event for kids and adults, alike!
Here’s the day’s schedule of events:
- 1:00 Lucian Avery, New England Blacksmithing
- 1:30 Mediha Jusufagic, founder and director, Bosnia Lilies Dance Troupe
- 2:00 George Kurjanowicz and Heather Milne Richie. Barre granite sculpting
- 2:30 Jesse Larocque, Abenaki black ash pounding and finishing
- 3:00 Jeanne Brink, Abenaki brown ash and sweet grass basketmaking
- 3:30 Michiko Oishi and Ikue Suzuki, Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging
- 1:00 Hilari Farrington, Irish button accordion, and Benedict Koehler, Irish Uillean pipes
- 1:30 Beth Telford, Cape Breton fiddling
- 2:00 Aline Niyonzima, leader, Burundian Dance Project
- 2:30 Beny Nduwayo, Burundian song
- 3:00 Kyoko Davis and Michiko Oishi, Japanese koto
- 3:30 Michele Choiniere, Franco American song
Ongoing demonstrations (All afternoon):
- Fred X Brownstein, marble sculpting
- Jerry Carruba, New England blacksmithing
- Ela Kabura, Burundian embroider
- Rose Diamond, New England handweaving
- Jeanne Brink and apprentices Valerie, Megan, and Emily Boles, Abenaki brown ash and sweet grass basketmaking
Special performance from 4:00 to 5:30, Somali Bantu wedding band, Walinja.