*POSTPONED* NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: Cyrano de Bergerac Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Riley Center for the Arts Fee: $18
James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxanne. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxanne’s world alight?
*POSTPONED* Trees and the Bible: A Talk and Hike Date: Sunday, April 5, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: Equinox Hotel, Battenkill Room Fee: $0.00
Join Rabbi Michael Cohen who teaches at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Bennington College as he leads an exploration and explanation of the varied use of trees in the Bible. Rick LaDue, steward of the Equinox Preservation Trust, will lead an interpretive hike examining our local trees at the base of Mt. Equinox.
*POSTPONED* SuperDuo Beaded Wrap Bracelet Date: Monday, April 6, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm-8:00 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $45
Double the fun in this beading workshop by using the new Superduo two-hole Czech glass beads to create a multiple wrap bracelet. Beautiful in its visual complexity, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the stringing technique is easy for all levels of beading or jewelry making experience levels. Participants will have their choice of three color palettes to choose from to create this stylish and super popular bracelet.
Writing Memoir: The Art and Craft of Remembering via Creative Nonfiction Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: Equinox Terrace Fee: $90
In this writing workshop, we will draw upon sensory memory to coax the writer in all of us out of hiding, recognizing that memory can be a writer’s best friend. Through prompts, readings, and constructive feedback in a safe environment, participants will sharpen their creative expression and explore the forces that have shaped each of us.
It’s What You Think... Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door
Getting along with other human beings is tricky business. We are regularly called on to navigate conflict, disagreement, criticism, blame, self-interest, hurt feelings, and triggered emotions that spark unproductive reactions. In this engaging presentation, Peter will introduce three easy-to-learn mindful practices for using your brain to choose WHAT to think, HOW to think, and WHAT to do, to transform—conflict into connection—stress into confidence—and contempt into trust. Peter’s presentation is conflict resolution—meets neuroscience—meets empathy—meets interpersonal success. It’s a simple, replicable practice of mindful thinking and doing.
Bulgarian Folk Music & Culture Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door
Come explore the traditions and music of Bulgaria and its 1300-year-old history with native violinist Joana Genova. In addition to photos and videos, there will be a live music performance of folk-inspired classical music and a display of pottery, icons and embroidery, as well as samples of food and spices.
(Your-Not-So-Basic) Bird Walk Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am Location: Merck Forest and Farmland Center Fee: $35
The Bird Diva will lead a bird walk, but don’t expect her to play the stereo-typical bird guide. This workshop is about empowering you as a birder and having a darn good time while doing so. We will meet at the Joy Green Visitor Center on the Merck property. Please come dressed to hike, bring a water bottle and binoculars. Space is limited; Pre-registration is required.
The English Country House: Center of the Universe Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door
For centuries the country house has held a unique position in English social life and the history of the nation. Before the 20th century, the families in these power houses ruled Britain. One of their outstanding features were their art collections, but their owners’ true passions were the building and rebuilding of their houses and the laying out of gardens and grounds. These amazing houses may possibly be the aristocracy’s greatest achievement. With this legacy it was virtually inevitable that the British country house would become a launching pad for some of the great achievements of modern times. The story continues today… the newly-rich buy country houses and re-infuse them with life and money, helping to continue the cycle of history.