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July 2019

Book Discussion: La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl by David Huddle

July 17
7:00 pm
Dover Free Library, East Dover

Part of the Portraits of the Artists series. These books feature fictional interpretations of famous artists. What happens when the visual arts and the literary arts meet? How do fiction writers interpret the lives of famous painters, and the canvases they leave behind? Read More »

Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

July 17
7:00 pm
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Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont’s dynamic duo of kale and Gilfeather turnip. Read More »

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Book Discussion: The Underground Railroad by Raymond Bial

July 18
7:00 pm

This series features recent Pulitzer Prize-winning works that consider the American legacy of racism through four genres. Read More »

Vermont History through Song

July 19
7:30 pm
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Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. Read More »

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VA Women’s Care Center Veterans Book Group

July 24
5:00 pm
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This series is open to all women who have served in the U.S. military. Participants receive free copies of all readings, and a light dinner will be provided at each session. The group is free, but pre-registration is required. Read More »

Book Discussion: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Chessman

July 24
7:00 pm
Dover Free Library, East Dover

Part of the Portraits of the Artists series. These books feature fictional interpretations of famous artists. What happens when the visual arts and the literary arts meet? How do fiction writers interpret the lives of famous painters, and the canvases they leave behind? Read More »

Aaron Copland’s America

July 24
7:00 pm
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Pianist Michael Arnowitt offers a program surveying the music of Aaron Copland, who created what is considered today to be a distinctively American sound in classical music. Copland's landmark compositions from the 1930’s and 1940’s used energetic jazz rhythms and folk song material from different regions of the United States and Mexico, blended into his own classical music writing style. Read More »

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Vermont, 1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 1816

July 24
7:00 pm
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1816 has long been known as the year without summer. Vermonters still call it “1800 and Froze to Death,” a year of frosts every month, dark skies, and mysterious lights that caused a widespread belief that a higher power was displeased. In this talk, historian Howard Coffin includes scores of anecdotes on the dark year of failed crops, scarce food, and religious revival. Read More »

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Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

July 25
6:00 pm
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Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as "farming for intellectuals," with a particular emphasis on his research in Vermont.  Read More »

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Kitchen Tunks and Parlor Songs

July 25
6:30 pm
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In the 1980s, Mark Greenberg interviewed and recorded old-time, grassroots Vermont musicians and produced both a video documentary, The Unbroken Circle (1985), and a CD anthology, Kitchen Tunks and Parlor Songs (2003). In this presentation, he discusses collecting oral histories in Vermont and examines how earlier music survived in the twentieth century and how it was affected by social and technological developments. Read More »

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