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  • July 2019

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    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #1 Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    The edible wild foraging season is upon us. Golden Chanterelle mushrooms will be a focus of our 1st workshop this year. Safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process will all be discussed. Ian Vair, local wild mushroom expert and chef, will be leading the group. “This is a very serious subject of study with much fun and camaraderie along the way.” Come join us for a wonderful afternoon filled with knowledge and adventure!

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    The Weekly Roundtable (Tues. Mornings) *SOLD OUT* Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Time: 9:30 am-11:00 am Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    This weekly discussion group will consider the broader issues that underlie current events. A moderator proposes topics, may suggest relevant readings, and guides the discussion. Come hear what others are thinking and voice your own opinion. Limited to 15 participants. Moderated by Steven Sinding.

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    Where’s Teddy When We Need Him? Clues from the Progressive Era to Address Today’s Problems Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Some observers are comparing the U.S. today to the Gilded Age at the end of the 19th century, a time during which a relatively small number of financiers and entrepreneurs amassed enormous fortunes and the gap between the haves and have-nots became a yawning chasm. The Progressive Movement arose slowly during the last decade of that century and then gained national momentum during the years between Theodore Roosevelt's ascendancy to the Presidency and the election of Warren G. Harding as President in 1920. A central aim of the Progressive Movement was to address the excesses of the Gilded Age and to bring a greater sense of equity to national life.

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    The GMALL Debate 2019 Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Long Trail School Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The GMALL Debate 2019: “The motion before this meeting is that THE PRESENT CONSTITUTION IS OBSOLETE AND SHOULD BE REPLACED.”

  • August 2019

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    The Bandana Gala Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm *NEW start time!*- Location: The Celebration Barn at the Inn at Manchester Fee: $150

    Please join us for our Annual Fundraising Event - The Bandana Gala!

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    Summertime Tomato Favorites Date: Monday, August 5, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Mystic Cafe Fee: $45

    Join us for an evening of summer meal preparation and enjoyment. Chef Sabi will teach class participants how to combine fresh ingredients to make favorite summer courses including gazpacho soup, panzanella salad, and summer pasta with tomatoes and burrata. After each course is completed, participants will be able to enjoy each dish. A suitable wine will be served. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

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    The Double-Edged American Dream Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The American Dream is a long-running and inspiring national-greatness myth. It posits boundless resources, freedoms and successes. Until recently the myth largely kept its overall promise, though not always and not for all. But in the 1970s, a lost war in Vietnam and an overwhelmed domestic economy launched persistent wage stagnation for many Americans. Still, despite widespread dissatisfactions, the sky’s-the-limit Dream remains a national ethos, often luring us into costly lost wars abroad and infrastructure neglect at home. Many who feel left behind blame others rather than reexamining the Dream’s (and America’s) inherent limitations.

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    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #2 Date: Sunday, August 11, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    August in Vermont is very special. A tremendous flush of wild edible mushrooms awaits us in the forest. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, will be leading the workshop once again. Black Trumpets, Chanterelles and various Boletus mushrooms will be a focus. “August in Vermont is absolutely a garden of fungal beauty.” Ian will begin the workshop with a discussion on safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Many varieties of mushrooms will be found however only a few species will be collected for culinary or medicinal uses. Join the group for an experience filled with knowledge, wonder and excitement!

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    The Arctic Ocean and the North Pole Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    In 1999, Dave Golibersuch was one of eleven adventurers who reenacted polar explorers Robert Peary and Matthew Henson’s 1906 “final dash” to the Pole. For twelve days, 250 miles were traversed over the frozen ocean by ski and dogsled. This talk will recount this life altering journey during which physical, mental and emotional challenges were confronted. Then we will take a look at what has happened to the Arctic Ocean in the twenty years since then. We’ll ponder possible futures for the Arctic at large involving commercial, shipping, and military activities. And finally, the question “Who owns the Arctic?” will be addressed.

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    New England Clam Bake Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Zide Residence, Peru Fee: $75

    Enjoy a traditional New England Clam Bake with fresh clams, mussels, lobster, and sausage. Fresh steamed corn and red skin potatoes will accompany the meal. Look forward to sampling deviled eggs and garden salad. Chef Ian will also bring his popular iced Chaga tea for refreshments. Wine and beer will also be served during the seated dinner following the instruction. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

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    Bridge Brush-up Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019 Time: 9:30 am-11:30 am Location: Equinox Village Fee: $80

    This four-session comprehensive bridge brush-up will cover the most important parts of bidding, declarer play and defense.

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    Indigo Dyed Shibori Tea Towels Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019 Time: 3:00 pm-6:00 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $55

    Learn how to dye with indigo in the Shibori manner. Shibori is a Japanese style of resist dyeing that involves twisting, tying, binding, folding, stitching and other manipulation of fabric. We will demonstrate a number of classic techniques and guide you to create your own unique designs. Materials are provided, but you may also bring two additional small items to dye or you may purchase additional towels or napkins for $5 each from the instructor.

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    Sending Humans to Mars Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    NASA and SpaceX are hard at work designing rockets and spacecraft that will one day take humans to Mars. What will it actually take to get there? What sort of dangers might people face? And, is putting humans on Mars in the next ten years a realistic goal? Come explore outer space and get answers to these questions and more.

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    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #3 Date: Sunday, August 25, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    The wild edible mushroom season is in full swing. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, will be leading the workshop. Boletus, Black Trumpets, Puffballs and Hedgehog mushrooms will all be on the list of potential finds. “August is my favorite month in Vermont due to the vast quantity of edible mushrooms in the forest. As always, Ian begins his workshops with a lecture discussing tact and informative skills. Safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the entire identification process will all be covered. Join the fun and engage your senses with an afternoon of learning, excitement and adventure!

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    Understanding the Venezuelan Crisis Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    Venezuela’s political and economic conditions have deteriorated significantly over the last few years. The crisis has caused very difficult humanitarian conditions and has driven millions across borders to adjacent countries, amplifying the consequences for domestic domain. What is the context of the crisis? How did matters get so bad? What are the implications for the hemisphere? And what solutions can be applied? These are some of the questions that will be addressed.

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    Summer Pottery Workshop Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Time: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Rowland Center Fee: $180

    This ceramics workshop is designed to acquaint students with the forming and processing of clay from its raw state to the finished product, develop skills with three hand-building techniques and the wheel, understand basic glaze application, and firing techniques. Students draw from personal experiences to develop creativity and expressive content in projects. All projects made in class will be kiln fired. Materials include a 25 lb. bag of clay, and glazes . This workshop is open to all levels. Class size is limited.

  • September 2019

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    Igniting Creativity: A Four-Week Workshop on Writing Poetry Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019 Time: 1:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    Many of us have the idea that poetry is some abstract, inaccessible craft reserved for those in obscure academic circles. As this workshop will reveal, however, beautiful and moving poetry can emerge from the details of everyday life. Each week, we will work from examples and prompts that invite us to turn the so-called ordinary objects, images and memories of our lives into fuel for extraordinary art that reaches out and touches others. We will work together in a safe, non-judgmental space, sharing our writing and encouraging each other to uncover those essential, mindful moments we might otherwise have ignored. All skill levels are welcome; you just need a pen, paper and an open mind!

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    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #4 Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    As the wild edible mushroom season progresses, the types of fungus to be found become more interesting. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, leads the workshop. Chicken of the Woods, Hedgehogs, Boletus and Honey mushrooms will all be available to discover. “Honey Mushrooms have been proven to be both the world's largest and oldest organism.” Ian will begin the adventure with a discussion involving safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Join the group as we gain knowledge, skills, friends and mushrooms along the way!

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    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #5 Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    One month to go! The Vermont wild edible mushroom season is soon coming to an end. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, leads this year’s 5th mushroom foraging expedition. Hen of the Woods, Giant Puffballs, Oysters, Blewits and Lions Mane mushrooms will all be on the list of possible finds. “Pound for pound my best yielding months are always September and October.” Ian will begin the foraging adventure with a discussion focusing on safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Join our workshop to gain knowledge, skills, friends and a memorable experience!

  • October 2019

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    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #6 Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    This year’s last and possibly greatest mushroom foraging event. Hen of the Woods, Oysters, Blewits and Bears Head Tooth mushrooms will all be on the agenda. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, leads the workshop with high hopes of abundant finds. The experience will begin with education about safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Culinary and medicinal applications will also be discussed. “The culinary possibilities using wild mushrooms is endless.” Join our last foraging adventure of 2019. Let’s finish the season with a giant yield of gourmet wild edible mushrooms!

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    Fall Pottery Porkshop Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Time: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Rowland Center Fee: $180

    This ceramics workshop is designed to acquaint students with the forming and processing of clay from its raw state to the finished product, develop skills with three hand-building techniques and the wheel, understand basic glaze application, and firing techniques. Students draw from personal experiences to develop creativity and expressive content in projects. All projects made in class will be kiln fired. Materials include a 25 lb. bag of clay, and glazes . This workshop is open to all levels. Class size is limited.