Grange Notes by Tim Swartz, Grange President (with everyone’s help) June 26, 2022
Given the July 4th weekend, and the difficulties of getting people to attend summertime meetings, we are not going to have a formal meeting in July. Our August meeting will precede a very special attraction, though–a piano performance on Sunday, August 21st! See below for more info on that.
We will be holding the usual monthly “Kids Trade and Play” clothing swap on July 9th–but organizer Erin Barry has announced that there will not be one in August, as she and the rest of the hard-working volunteers will get a little time off. We hosted over 100 parents and kids at the June 11th KT&P!
This summer will also see a performance by the VT Fiddle Orchestra, which uses the Grange for rehearsals during the cooler months, at the VT State Grange 150th anniversary celebrations–more info on that below, as well.
Also this summer, the Quarry Project will be performed, after many rehearsals at the Grange, starting in 2019, with time off for COVID. See below for info on those performances, and ways that you can be involved as a volunteer, too!
There will continue to be classes, meetings, rehearsals and much more happening at our Grange Hall, of course–check the Events Calendar on the website for specifics: www.capitalcitygrange.org/
Celebrate 150 years of Grange in Vermont!
You may not know that the VT State Grange is holding it’s sesquicentennial this year–it was founded in 1872–well before our own Capital City Grange was chartered in 1914. In a couple of weeks, the State Grange is holding a celebration, at the Vermont Grange Center in Brookfield–and everyone is invited–on the afternoon of July 9th!
The celebration will include music by the VT Fiddle Orchestra, which has rehearsed at our Grange Hall for a number of years, from 12:45 to 1:45. They will be performing on the porch of the Winter Building, shown in the photo above; there will be a tent to provide shade to the audience.
In other buildings at the Grange Center (which is also a summer camp facility that anyone can rent), there will be historical displays, plus a chance to meet and greet VT and other Grangers. Starting at 2:00 there will be introductions of and remarks by “Distinguished Guests”–who are rumored to include National Grange President Betsy Huber. There will also be “Historical Presentations”, so we’ll have a chance to learn about the past history of the Grange in Vermont.
The evening will feature a banquet, followed by activities including s’mores and music by a bonfire (weather permitting of course). I’m sorry to report that the deadline to register for the banquet (at a cost of $12) closed on Saturday 6/25–I’ve been slow getting this Grange Notes together–but you can see if you can be fitted in by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. I was able to get my check off just in time, and would be happy to have other CCG folks join me for the afternoon and/or the dinner! No registration needed for the free afternoon festivities. The Grange Center is located at 308 West St., Brookfield VT 05036.
Not your average theater project!
The Quarry Project is the brainchild of Director and Choreographer Hannah Dennison, who has long stretched the boundaries of dance. It is, of course, much more than a one-person project, utilizing the talents of videographers, photographers, a composer and band director, and an infrastructure designer as well as an ensemble of dancers/actors, among others.
This project will be performed starting on August 5th, on the flooded Wells Lamson Quarry in Websterville, VT. Performers and audience members will be on floating rafts, as I understand. Much more information is available on the Quarry Project 2022 website.
As I mentioned above, there are many opportunities for volunteers to help put on this remarkable event. You can sign up to do everything from assisting at dress rehearsals in July, to helping with audience management and other tasks in August, to disassembling the “theater” following the performances. If you are like many people who come to the Grange Hall and want to get involved, you will be interested to be part of what goes on behind the scenes. Go to the website and click on the “Performance/Volunteers” tab for more info.
Play Every Town–in Berlin, at the Grange, Aug. 21!
If you are a piano player, and want to work against climate change, what do you do about touring? If you are David Feuerzeig, a professor of music at UVM, who has performed around the world, from Dresden in Germany to Bangkok in Thailand, you give up flying, and pledge to only take gigs to which you can drive your electric vehicle (solar-powered charging), or take public transit. And then you decide that the best way to spread good music around, and spread the word about your alternative path is to play a concert (free and open to the public), in every town in Vermont. All 251 of them. He expects it will take him until the end of 2026…
Our Grange Chaplain, Alison Forrest heard about this plan, and immediately recognized that this fits really well with Grange values, and with our wonderful space for music and other performances. We reached out to David and his team, and we now have a date for the “Berlin” performance which is on his list: Sunday, August 21st, at 4:00 PM. It’s on the Grange Calendar too, hope you can put it on yours as well!
We have already notified the Town of Berlin that we are hosting this concert, and will be spreading the word around Central Vermont, as well as through Grange Notes reminders, please tell your friends! More info at the Play Every Town website, of course.
Since you’re coming to the Grange Hall for the concert, please join us for a short Grange meeting beforehand! We will meet in the lower level, starting at 3:00, to go over what’s happening at the Grange, without bothering David as he gets ready upstairs. We’ll adjourn in time to be upstairs to greet guests for the concert.
And since you will want to enthuse about the concert with your friends, please join us for a Community Potluck afterward! Surely you are not surprised that the Grange will take this opportunity to share everyone’s great food, following the performance! Before the performance, you can stash your cold dishes in the refrigerator, plug in your crock-pot if that works to keep food simmering, or pop down discretely to warm something up in the oven. Or bring a bag of chips and some dip, or some ice cream, or cookies, or whatever else you want to share! It’s a great opportunity to meet some new folks (and some old friends).