19th Waterbury Arts Fest set for Friday-Saturday

After a 2020 hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Waterbury Arts Fest returns this weekend with a Friday night block party and Saturday arts market and entertainment.

The event is the main annual fundraiser for the economic development nonprofit, Revitalizing Waterbury. Usually held in July, organizers chose a later date this year aiming for fewer restrictions on gatherings due to the pandemic.

Lower Stowe Street and Bidwell Lane will be closed for the festivities that kick off Friday at 5 p.m. and go until 9:30 p.m. The Block Party and street dance will feature music by Brett Hughes with Jane Evans opening. The Reservoir Restaurant will run the beer garden and several food vendors will be on site. Attendees Friday who make a donation on entry will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of two prize boxes filled with over a dozen local items valued at more than $100 each.

Nearly 100 artist and vendor booths will be set up for the arts market and food court on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Stowe Street and Bidwell Lane. A kids tent will have children’s art activities. MakerSphere will continue its latest public-participation art project, “Facing the Pandemic,” a hands-on project that invites community members to use a COVID-19 face mask as a canvas to draw or write on about their pandemic experiences. Masks will be displayed at Arts Fest.

A silent auction on Saturday will benefit Revitalizing Waterbury with items up for bid donated by exhibiting artists including jewelry, blown glass, pottery, paintings and more. Entertainment on Saturday will include Green Mountain Performing Arts dancers, locals Fiona & Emmitt, Cooie Sings, and Soulstice.

More details are online at WaterburyArtsFest.com and makerspherevt.com

American Legion ceremony to mark 9/11 anniversaryTwenty years after the terror attacks on America, citizens of Waterbury will come together in a commemoration ceremony to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The Waterbury American Legion Post No. 59 will honor those who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the airline flight takeovers, as well as the American military service personnel who have died in the war against terrorism while other service members continue to fight.

On Saturday, American Legion posts across America will engage in their communities to ensure that the innocent victims from that day will never be forgotten. “We must not forget all of those who gave their lives for this great country,” Post Commander Wayne Goulet said. “Everyone in Waterbury and surrounding communities is invited to join together in this uniting ceremony.”

Scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, in front of the American Legion post on Stowe Street, the ceremony will begin with recognition of emergency-service personnel and those who continue to serve their country in the armed forces.

“This ceremony will not only honor those who have died, but also those who live and continue to fight for the freedom of this great nation,” Goulet said. “As a nation united, we must remain committed to supporting the men and women of our armed forces as they serve with honor and courage.”

Let’s Make a Deal Lawn Sale returns to Duxbury SaturdayFall is in the air and the season of craft sales, garage sales and such is upon us. On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Duxbury Historical Society sets up at the town offices and garage for its annual Let’s Make A Deal Lawn Sale.

Members donate a wide assortment of items including housewares, tools, linens, kitchen gadgets, books, games, arts and crafts, etc. One section offers fresh homemade baked goods and food items. In addition to sweets, the selection often includes some savory items like baked beans.

Shawnee Perry, who helps organize the event, explains that the sale lives up to its name. “The buyer makes a ‘pile’ and we figure it out together what the pricing should be. Great deals to be had, that’s for sure!” Perry said.

The sale is a fundraiser for the organization. Hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Duxbury Town Office & Highway Garage on Route 100.

Organizers ask attendees to be mindful of COVID-19 safety practices. Hand sanitizer will be available for use at the sale.

Mary Harris Girls Youth Soccer Day is Oct. 3Harwood Girls Soccer will host the annual Mary Harris Youth Day on Sunday, Oct. 3, starting at 10 a.m. at Mad River Park in Waitsfield. All K-8 girls youth soccer players in the Harwood Union School District are invited to attend to run drills and practice games with the high school varsity and junior varsity players.

The annual event has been ongoing for years as a way for the high school program to connect with younger players. It was renamed in 2017 for Mary Harris, a former Harwood soccer player who died in a car crash on Interstate 89 in 2016 along with four other local teens.

Harwood Coach Mike Vasseur wants families to know special t-shirts and sweatshirts are available for order to support Mad River Soccer in presenting this event. Orders are open through Sept. 14. The website link for apparel is lovelikemary.itemorder.com.

Stowe Theatre Guild welcomes back theatre-goers with play on Hedy LamarrThis weekend, Stowe Theatre Guild Presents its first live show since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York City performer Heather Massie wrote “HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr” as the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Grange Hall Cultural Center in Waterbury in 2016. Since then, she’s toured the world with this unique one-woman production. Now she returns to Vermont to present the award-winning play that celebrates women in science through theatre.

Billed as “a true story of Hollywood glamour and scientific genius,” the show tells the story of 1930s-1950s movie star Hedy Lamarr who was also an accomplished scientist and inventor. Lamarr’s contributions to science included wireless communications technology used in torpedo systems during World War II and still key to today’s cell phone, WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth devices.

“The show’s mission is to inspire audiences to find ways to make the world a better place, to encourage young women in science and technology, and to establish Hedy Lamarr as a role model for intelligence, ingenuity, and invention,” explains writer and performer Massie, who studied astrophysics before turning to the theatre. She plays more than 30 characters in Hedy’s story including Jimmy Stewart and Bette Davis. Learn more about the show online at HeatherMassie.com/HEDY.

Performances are Saturday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 12, at 2:30 p.m. at the Stowe Theatre, 67 Main St. Tickets: $20 adults; $18 students with i.d.; $14 seniors 65+ and children 12 and under. Stowe Theatre Guild requires all patrons, volunteers, cast, and crew to be fully vaccinated unless under the age of 12 or medically ineligible (as determined by a physician). Cast members remove masks when performing. More details and tickets are online at stowetheatre.com/2021.

Mad River Chorale rehearsals postponed

Due to the unpredictable COVID-19 situation, the Mad River Chorale has postponed the start of rehearsals for the fall/holiday 2021 season while the conductor and board of directors work on ways to make the singers’ time together as safe as possible.

The tentative plan is to start on Monday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in the chorus room at Harwood Union High School. Full vaccination will be required with no exceptions. Rehearsal time, usually two hours, may be shortened and masks may be required.

Conductor Mary Jane Austin expects the traditional holiday concerts to go on as originally announced on Saturday evening, Dec. 11, in Waterbury and Sunday late afternoon, Dec. 12, in Waitsfield.

The program has not yet been finalized, but will include many holiday favorites although possibly not the usual audience sing-along. New chorale members are always welcomed as long as they can sing with their voice section and are willing to spend some time practicing outside of rehearsal. Dues are charged but scholarships are available. For further information, please visit madriverchorale.net or call 802-496-4781.

New pastor joins Stowe Community ChurchFollowing a year-long search, Stowe Community Church welcomed the Rev. Daniel Gary Haugh to serve as its new pastor as of Sept. 1.

Rev. Haugh previously served as Associate Minister at Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, since 2015. Prior to that he served as Associate Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at the American Church in Paris, France, from 2011 to 2015.

During his time at Round Hill, Rev. Haugh successfully developed a youth ministry program, increased the church membership, and strengthened partnerships between the church and community organizations. Round Hill Community Church, like Stowe Community Church, is a non-denominational congregation with close ties to the United Church of Christ.

While serving the American Church in Paris, Rev. Haugh was responsible for youth ministry and young adult programs and led service trips to Africa, India and throughout Europe. He later led service trips to the Sioux Tribe Reservation and the Holy Land while with Round Hill.

Rev. Haugh is a 2002 graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Theology. He graduated from Alliance Theological Seminary in New York City in 2008 with a Master of Divinity in Church Development; he was ordained in 2006.

The Haugh family moved to Stowe this summer. Lauretta Haugh is a special education teacher and their twin sons, Jack and Blake, are third-graders at Stowe Elementary School. Rev. Haugh replaces Rev. Peter Hammond, who served as interim pastor for the past year, ending his service in Stowe last month.

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