Vermont Antique Expo & Sale / Essex Spring Craft & Fine Art Shows

Date: 
Saturday, May 7, 2011 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: 
Champlain Valley Expo
City, State: 
Essex Jct., VT
Phone: 
802-878-5545
Source: 
VPT sponsored
Description: 

Treat yourself to springtime shopping at the Vermont Antique Expo and Sale AND the Essex Craft and Fine Art Shows May 7th and 8th.

Browse the displays of crafts, fine art, folk art and gourmet specialties -- and more than 50 antique dealers.

One $7 ticket admits you to BOTH shows at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction.  A portion of each ticket supports VPT.  Find out more at by visiting the Champlain Valley Exposition's website or 802-878-5545. 

Featured Event: 
Yes

Louisa May Alcott's Journals and Yours, a Discussion & Writing Workshop

Date: 
Saturday, April 16, 2011 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: 
Brownell Library
Address: 
6 Lincoln Street
City, State: 
Essex Jct., VT
Phone: 
802-878-6955
Source: 
VPT sponsored
Description: 

The Brownell Library in Essex Jct., Vt., has received a grant to develop screenings, lectures and other activities related to the American Masters program "Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind ‘Little Women.’" 

Louisa May Alcott’s Journals and Yours, a Discussion & Writing Workshop at Brownell Library, Essex Jct., VT. On Saturday, April 16, 2011, from 2 – 4 p.m., seasoned and neophyte journal-writers (or diary-keepers) are invited to discuss Louisa May Alcott’s journals as inspiration for their own and to spend time writing themselves.  Martha A. Penzer, Louisa May Alcott Project Coordinator, facilitates this session.  Readings are available in advance.

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information about this and other events, contact the Brownell Library via email, phone (802) 878-6955 or visit the library's website.

Louisa May Alcott:  The Woman Behind Little Women, a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York’s American Masters, and a biography of the same name written by Harriet Reisen.  Louisa May Alcott programs in libraries are sponsored by the American Library Association Public Programs Office with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Vermont Public Television and Vermont Humanities Council are in concert with Brownell Library.  Brownell Library is also grateful for the support of Friends of Brownell Library and The Brownell Library Foundation.

Featured Event: 
Yes

OJ 401 - extra info

Series: 
Outdoor Journal
Episode #: 
401
Zone: 
Open Area
Header: 
Success
Body: 

The boxes are located in the Dead Creek Wildlife Management area in Addison County. Twice a day for seven weeks a total of 40 volunteers made daily trips to them to monitor and feed the eagles, hiking in a half-mile from the Dead Creek fishing access area to the location. They were careful not to show their faces to the birds when they fed them to make sure the eagles didn't associate humans with food. On June 18, 2004, the first two eagles took flight from the boxes when the doors were finally opened. By July 6, all eight birds had left the boxes. Bald eagles do not nest until they reach sexual maturity at 4 to 6 years of age, so it will take time to determine if the program is a success. But with funding in place for another two years, the Vermont Bald Eagle Restoration Initiative will be continuing its effort to bring America's national symbol back home to Vermont.

Order: 
4

OJ 401 - extra info

Series: 
Outdoor Journal
Episode #: 
401
Zone: 
Open Area
Header: 
Hacking boxes
Body: 

Hacking boxes try to mimic natural nesting habitat as much as possible. They are twenty feet off the ground to keep the birds safe from predators. They're enclosed from above and on three sides to protect them from the elements. And though they are screened in, they're open enough for the birds to watch the landscape below them, to hopefully get them accustomed to their surroundings. The creation of these boxes was a collaborative effort of various organizations and volunteers who donated their time, construction expertise and heavy equipment to get them built and in place by the spring of 2004. Two of the boxes even contain solar powered web cameras so that five of the birds could be monitored on the website of Central Vermont Public Service.

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OJ 401 - extra info

Series: 
Outdoor Journal
Episode #: 
401
Zone: 
Open Area
Header: 
Restoration Projects
Body: 

But an effort is underway to bring nesting bald eagles back to the Green Mountain State. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has coordinated a restoration project involving the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the National Wildlife Federation, Central Vermont Public Service, Outreach for Earth Stewardship, Green Mountain Power Corporation, Audubon Vermont, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. It's an effort that involves bringing six to nine young eagles to Vermont over a three-year period from other states to be sheltered, fed and monitored by volunteers and then released with the hope they will stay and raise their own young nearby. Specially constructed containers called "hacking boxes" were built for the program to raise the eagles in. These boxes have also been used successfully to reintroduce Peregrine Falcon populations.

Order: 
2

OJ 401 - extra info

Series: 
Outdoor Journal
Episode #: 
401
Zone: 
Open Area
Header: 
History
Body: 

Biologists estimate that there were up to 500,000 bald eagles in North America when the first European Settlers began arriving. By 1963, there were only 4,017 nesting pairs left in the contiguous U.S., with most of the birds concentrated in 5 states. Bounties and loss of habitat were initially the causes of the diminishing numbers. But the 1940s saw the introduction of pesticides such as DDT into the bald eagle population. With DDT entering the food chain via waterways, females consuming contaminated fish laid eggs with extremely thin shells that were easily broken. After a few decades, much like the Osprey and the Peregrine Falcon, the national symbol of a nation was nearly driven to extinction by chemicals.

In 1973 the Endangered Species Act was created and the bald eagle was given protection under the new law. It was listed as an endangered species in 43 of the lower 48 states in 1978. Thanks to the banning of DDT, stronger environmental laws, greater public awareness and programs to create and maintain habitat, the bald eagle is making an amazing comeback. Today there are about 7,000 nesting pairs in the continental U.S., and bald eagles now nest in every state in the lower 48 except Vermont.

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Carry It Forward

Date: 
Saturday, May 14, 2011 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 
Briggs Opera House
Address: 
12 North Main Street
City, State: 
White River Jct., VT
Source: 
VPT sponsored
Description: 

This event will serve as the grand finale of the Big Read program. This multi-media theatrical event will include noted performers sharing selections from O’Brien’s book and original works by students and veterans and projections of selected original graphic strips. The event will be produced by Northern Stage and directed by Brooke Ciardelli, supported by a crew of top industry professionals, professional actors, high school students and local veterans. Call 802-296-7000 to reserve your seats today!

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information please go to the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read, visit The Big Read page on Northern Stage's website, e-mail ksillimansmith@northernstage.org or call The Community Engagement Department at 802-291-9009 x 26. 

All Big Read events are free and open to the public.  

Featured Event: 
Yes

Carry It Forward

Date: 
Saturday, May 14, 2011 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: 
Briggs Opera House
Address: 
12 North Main Street
City, State: 
White River Jct., VT
Source: 
VPT sponsored
Description: 

This event will serve as the grand finale of the Big Read program. This multi-media theatrical event will include noted performers sharing selections from O’Brien’s book and original works by students and veterans and projections of selected original graphic strips. The event will be produced by Northern Stage and directed by Brooke Ciardelli, supported by a crew of top industry professionals, professional actors, high school students and local veterans. Call 802-296-7000 to reserve your seats today!  

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information please go to the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read, visit The Big Read page on Northern Stage's website, e-mail ksillimansmith@northernstage.org or call The Community Engagement Department at 802-291-9009 x 26. 

All Big Read events are free and open to the public.

Featured Event: 
Yes

The Big Read Summit

Date: 
Saturday, April 30, 2011 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 
Various Locations
City, State: 
Northfield, VT
Source: 
VPT sponsored
Description: 

The Big Read Summit will be held in Northfield, VT. Sequential art created by students through The Big Read School Series will be displayed at local businesses throughout the town. Three workshops will be held in the community room of Brown Public Library during the day, a cartooning workshop, a play writing workshop and an acting workshop. These workshops are free and open to the public. In the main performance space select student writings will be performed, there will be a lecture by Lea M. Williams, Associate Professor of English at Norwich University and the evening will conclude with a panel discussion on themes of the book. Represented on the panel will be a veteran, a peace studies expert, a scholar in the field of veterans’ affairs, a writer, a performing artist, and a visual artist.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest. For more information please go to the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read, visit The Big Read page on Northern Stage's website, e-mail ksillimansmith@northernstage.org or call The Community Engagement Department at 802-291-9009 x 26. 

All Big Read events are free and open to the public. 

Featured Event: 
Yes

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