Save the Date for Deep Change – September 16-17

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Sat., and Sun., Sept. 16-17 at Briggs Opera House and Newberry Market, White River Junction. Calling all visionaries, activists, change makers, leaders, artists, clergy, practitioners, people of hope and action to the newest chapter in the story about sustainability. The Center for Transformational Practice and Our Children, Climate, Faith launch “Deep Change: Healing Ourselves. Healing Our World,” an experimental two-day conference on being, story change and a love-based response to the varied ecological and cultural crises of the 21st century. Renowned spiritual teacher, Jeannie Zandi and Methodist Minister, Reverend Jonathan Bliss, lead participants through an experiential journey from story change to pure being, and examine the roles these play in the creation of healthy social structures. Through workshops, discussion, performance and prayer, the conference explores deeper levels of personal and societal transformation and their relationship to our needed social transitions in these times. Co-sponsored by Creative Lives, BALE and the Universalist Society of Strafford. Website and registration coming soon; meanwhile, for info, click HERE.

Vermont Pride Theater Returns – July 21-30

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Now in its seventh summer season, Vermont Pride Theater presents its Summer Pride Festival with a medical drama, a madcap comedy, and a full evening of LGBTQ playlets…with the chance to discuss these issues in post-performance talkbacks. There’s also the opportunity in receptions to mingle with the actors, directors, and talkback resource persons. Vermont Pride Theater presents two performances each, all at Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, of Love Alone (July 23 and 28), Family Holiday (July 21 and 29), and Out of the Closet(July 22 and 30). Advance-priced individual tickets and the Pride 3-Pass are available online by calling 802-728-6464 or click HERE.

Stories That Weave Together a Community – July 25th

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“A Woven Thread: Stories by and for the People of the Royalton Community,” is an evening of spontaneous storytelling told by community members. Similar in format to public radio’s “Moth Radio Hour,” the theme for June’s gathering is “the great outdoors.” Co-sponsored by the Vermont Law School and BALE (Building A Local Economy) in an effort to bring community together with stories and insights into the similarities and differences that make us all human. Got a great story to tell of some memorable adventure? Something that happened to you on vacation in the woods or the water? Come take the plunge at this month’s session at the Vermont Law School back lawn (if raining, in the Map Room), South Royalton on Tuesday, July 25 from 6-8 PM. The program is free and light refreshments will be served. For more info, contact Chris Wood HERE.

Localize It! Save the date: October 21-22

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BALE (Building A Local Economy) is pleased to help bring “Localize It: What Resilience Looks Like,” a two-day convening, to the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont on Oct. 21-22. The aim of the conference is to elevate the visibility and viability of the emerging localization movement in New England. The goal is linking the many strands of this movement – local food, decentralized renewable energy, place-based knowledge and education, localized paths to health and wellness, local money, banking, art, culture and more – together with the many efforts to promote social and environmental justice.
Shifting away from globalized corporate capitalism towards diverse localized economies can help address most of our most pressing problems – from climate change and resource depletion to the erosion of democracy and the widening gap between rich and poor. Our intention is that participants will leave the conference more aware of those connections and more knowledgeable about the inspiring localizing efforts already underway across this region.  Keynote speakers include:

We are now seeking friends and supporters to help us put this important gathering on. We need places for participants to stay (as much as possible, we will put friends from afar in people’s homes) on Sat., Oct 21. If you can help, please contact Chris Wood HERE.

This conference is co-sponsored by Local Futures, Vermonters for a New Economy, Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, New Economy Law Center at Vermont Law School, New England Resilience and Transition Network, and BALE. For more info, click HERE.


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Breach, 60″ X 85″, tempera and gesso on paper

curated by Dian Parker
July 17—September 30, 2017
Opening Reception and Artist Talk, August 5, 4-6 pm

Large paintings on paper, some measuring 60” x 85”, represent Patrick Dunfey’s latest work, created in 2017. The paintings are made on hot press watercolor paper using tempera and pigmented gesso. This dynamic new work in flat planes of saturated color alters perspective, exposing water and wood in unusual relationships. Shredded trees along a rushing stream, a lone dock on a still lake, a cabin door with a thin stream of light— in this expanded scale these dominant images might jar long-forgotten memories; mysterious evocations. Also included in this exhibition are small, framed paintings on linen.
A New Hampshire native, Dunfey received his BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1981. He has lived in Hanover, NH since 1985, and is Head of Exhibitions Design and Planning at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth.
Patrick Dunfey’s artwork has been shown in museum and gallery exhibitions nationwide. His work is in the permanent collections of the Ackland Museum of Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME; Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; Luria Library, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA; and Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY.

White River Gallery @ BALE
35 S. Windsor St., South Royalton, VT 05068
by appointment contact:

FableFest – July 8th

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FableFest Saturday, July 8, Barnard, VT
A Family-Friendly Mini-Festival Celebrating our Local Creative Economy from 2-10 pm at Feast and Field Market. 1544 Royalton Turnpike

4:30 PM: Square Dance Called by Pete Winne
5:00 PM: Haywire with guests Spencer Lewis and Bow Thayer
6:00 PM: Tumbling Bones’ Jake Hoffman, Peter Winne & Kafari
7:15 PM: Say Darling with Celia Woodsmith & Chris Hersh
8:30 PM: Bow Thayer & Band

Not only does FableFest feature an all-star line up of musicians, but it also offers an afternoon of arts activities, workshops & presentations for all ages. For early bird, rain or shine, tickets visit here.

2:00 PM: Doors Open
Please arrive promptly so you don’t miss the Art Walk!
2:30 PM: Guided Sculpture Exhibition Art Walk
2:45 PM: Harmony Sing-Along & Workshop with Tumbling Bones
3:30 PM: Heartwood Farm’s Will Langdon Demonstrates Primitive Skills Fire Starting Technique
3:30 – 4:30 PM: Self-Guided Sculpture Exhibition Art Walk
Accompanied by Spencer Lewis’ ethereal looping fiddle & guitar!
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Kids Art Activities led by Sable Project Artists & more…
Kids Activities led by Local Phys-Ed Teacher Greg Labella
3:30 PM
Presentation on Dorothy Thompson & Sinclair Lewis,
led by Documentary Filmmaker Teo Zagar
4:00 PM
Reading of The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro by Frederick Douglass,
led by JAG Productions’ Jarvis Green
Daily UV posting : More details on the schedule
Facebook invite: RSVP and invite friends.

Clearing the Field: Workshop in Imaginative Practice, June 17th

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Clearing the Field:
Workshop in Imaginative Practice

This 3-hour workshop, led by Dr. Cleo Kearns, Rev. Gregory Wilson and Helen Wilson, offers ways to deepen and clear your personal field, both in terms of your inner life and your external situation. The work of many spiritual traditions includes letting go of feelings, memories, unwanted behaviors, and self-criticisms. Bring an artist pad of any size, coloring markers, colored pencils or chalk. Bring comfortable clothes – we have chairs or you may want to bring cushions or a blanket and sit on the floor. The Commons @ BALE, South Royalton on Sat., June 17 from 10 AM-1 PM. For more info, contact Gregory Wilson HERE.