Ceres rising

MONTPELIER — For those of you who missed the ceremony and celebration of the 3.0 return of Agriculture, the statue atop the golden dome in the Capital City last week, there’s a good opportunity to still get a bird’s eye view of the proceedings.

Thanks to a drone video shot by the Agency of Agriculture (who else, right, given the statue’s original name, although the colloquially became known as Ceres, after the Roman goddess of agriculture, seeds and fertility?) there are spectacular aerial views of the statue being hoisted into place by crane.

Treading the boards

MONTPELIER — Montpelier High School’s Masque fall theater production, “Once On This Island,” a beautiful story of love, persistence and desire that makes bold statements about class divisions, will be held in the school’s Smile Auditorium, Dec. 6, 7 and 8, at 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and students.

Capital band seeks director

MONTPELIER — The Capital City Band is looking for a new director.

CCB is a traditional town band with a 150-year history, playing free outdoor concerts on the State House lawn every Wednesday evening, 7 to 8 p.m., throughout the summer.

The band also plays during Montpelier’s Independence Day celebration and at other special events, including an annual service concert at a local residential care facility.

Musicians include adults, teens and pre-teens with a wide range of experience, brought together by the enthusiasm to share music with neighbors, friends, family and the public.

The band is seeking a director for the 2019 concert season. In addition to conducting summer concerts from June through August, the director will also select programs and hold one or two rehearsals a month, January to June.

Applicants should email band manager Erika Mitchell at em63@cornell.edu.

Film appreciation series

The fifth season of Rick Winston’s Film Appreciation Seminar series starts Saturday.

The monthly series will be held on the second Saturday of the month in December, January and February, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the home of Barbara Weedon at 262 Adamant Road in Adamant. Her home is the first home on the right, north of the Adamant Co-op.

The cost for the series in Adamant is $40 per session or $100 for all three sessions.

The series will also be presented at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center on Barre Street on the second Monday of month in December, January and February, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The cost for the series in Montpelier is also $40 per session or $100 for all three, and half-price for senior center members.

The first session will explore the older Hollywood classics with teams such as George Cukor and Katherine Hepburn. The session will also include Federico Fellini’s work with Marcello Mastroianni, Akira Kurosawa’s films with Toshiro Mifune, and others.

The February session will focus on contemporary American films, such as several collaborations between Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro.

“Thanks to many film clips and excerpts of interviews with many of these actors and directors, we’ll get insights into what makes a harmonious working relationship, how a director builds trust, how an actor can become an alter ego or muse for a director, and how creative disagreements have led to memorable performances,” Winston said.

To reserve a space or for more information, call Winston at 454-7103 or email winsrick@sover.net.

Century man

PLAINFIELD — Cabot resident Charlie Bothfeld turns 100 on December 13 and the Twinfield Valley Senior Center in Plainfield is throwing a birthday bash for him with cake and ice cream on Dec. 14, at 1 p.m.

Rita Copeland, the center’s executive director tells us Charlie is still as fit as a fiddle, remains mobile and still drives. He also continues to farm in Cabot and brings vegetables, fruits and berries to the senior center to be served at lunches for seniors.

The current issue of the Cabot Chronicle has a brief mention that the Bothfelds held their annual family reunion in August. The entry included a photograph of family members that shows Charlie is in good company. Pictured with him were his sister, Mary, 95, and brothers, Walter, 92, and Clark, 89.

A World War II U.S. Army veteran, Bothfelds recently traveled to the nation’s capital to be honored, tour war memorials on The Mall and visit Arlington Cemetery.

People who attend the birthday celebration at TVSC are asked to bring a card for his mailbox or mail it to TVSC, P.O. Box 152, East Montpelier, VT 05651 or his home address, 364 Coits Pond Road, Cabot, VT 05647.

For those who wish to have lunch as well at TVSC before the birthday celebration, the center asks for a donation of $6 per person, $5 for seniors 60 and older. If you plan to have lunch, please call 223-3322 so the center can plan accordingly.

PoemCity 2019

MONTPELIER — A call for submissions for PoemCity 2019 has come from the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in the Capital City.

Submissions will be accepted through February 4.

Selected poems will be displayed in shop windows throughout downtown Montpelier during the month of April.

In addition to the text display, PoemCity features poetry and art installations, poetry-related workshops and readings.

For full details of the application process and for students of Vermont College of Fine Arts, visit www.poem-city.org or contact Rachel Senechal, KHL program and development coordinator at 223-3338.

On the rise

BARRE — We wanted to give you early warning of the upcoming grand celebration of the reopening of the Rise Up Bakery next to the Old Labor Hall in Barre on December 15.

The opening will mark, to the day, the 105th anniversary of the Barre Historical Society’s Union Cooperative Bakery which featured a brick oven. The bakery operated for 30 years before industrialized bread baking closed its doors. The brick oven was taken out and the building used for storage by nearby granite companies.

In 2004 the Barre Historical Society bought the building and in 2012 a campaign was started to revive the bakery.

The renovation of the bakery had a focus of including teens in the project. Students through YouthBuild, the Central Vermont Career Center in Barre and the U-32 technology class have helped repair the building and constructed furniture for the bakery. The bakery will become a baking and historical educational center and will house a small commercial bakery with opportunities for youth apprentices.

The celebrations will begin at 4 p.m. and include a ribbon-cutting, slide show, special recognitions, tours of the bakery, finger food and fresh bread from the oven, and live music and dancing with Colin McCaffrey, Doug Reid and Don Schabner.

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