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Varnum Memorial Library

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194 Main St
Jeffersonville, VT 05464 United States
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September 2018

The Silent Language of the Soul: The Legacy of Mime Marcel Marceau

September 23
2:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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Twentieth century mime master Marcel Marceau advanced the art of the ancient Greco-Roman mime storytellers, the improvisational actors of the Commedia dell’Arte, and the pantomime of Charlie Chaplin. in this presentation, Circus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin will explore the metaphors of mime technique—what Marceau called “the silent language of the soul”—and discuss Marceau’s particular influence on the world’s cultural history. Read More »

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Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food

September 24
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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The history of what and how we eat encompasses everything from the prehistoric mammoth luau to the medieval banquet to the modern three squares a day. Presented by writer Rebecca Rupp, this talk lets attendees find out about the rocky evolution of table manners, the not-so-welcome invention of the fork, the awful advent of portable soup, and the surprising benefits of family dinners. Read More »

Vermont’s Historic Theater Curtains

September 29
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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Between 1880 and World War II, painted theater curtains were artistic features of most New England villages and towns. Christine Hadsel, director of Curtains Without Borders, provides a glimpse into the world of talented and often sophisticated artists who were part of the rural cultural scene, illustrating the rich cultural history of small-town Vermont before World War I. Read More »

November 2018

Book Discussion: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

November 10
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

In a short 35 years, the Booker has achieved an air of dignity and respect that rivals even the 86-year-old Pulitzer Prize. Graham Swift, who won the Booker in 1996, singled it out as the finest accolade a writer can receive. "It's the one which, if we're completely honest, we most covet." Read More »

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