‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at playhouse; film, art at VTica; plein air painting in Westminister; backcountry retreat for women; & Cavendish calendar winners

James Lloyd Reynolds will play Atticus Finch in Weston Playhouse's To Kill a Mockingbird, which opens this week./ Photo by Stuart Duke

James Lloyd Reynolds will play Atticus Finch in Weston Playhouse’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which opens this week. Photo by Stuart Duke

Aug. 29: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ opens at Weston Playhouse

The Weston Playhouse stage will offer it final production of the season, To Kill a Mockingbird, Aug. 29 through Sept. 7, at its main stage, 12 Park St., in Weston.
This is the story of the small town lawyer, Atticus Finch, who dares to defend a black man accused of raping a white girl in 1935’s Alabama. The story is seen through the eyes of Atticus’s daughter Scout.
James Lloyd Reynolds plays Atticus Finch. The supporting cast includes Weston and Broadway veterans Ron Crawford, Christopher Donahue, Thursday Farrar, Susan Haefner, Barbara Lloyd, Munson Hicks, Elizabeth Morton and Amy Van Nostrand.
The company also includes three young Vermonters in the important roles of Scout, Dill and Jem. The young actors are Kelsey McCullough of Rutland Town, Isaac Freitas-Eagan of Guilford and Andrew Foster of Putney.
Performances run Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. Also onstage is the one-act, one-man show This Blessed Plot continuing at the Rod and Gun Club through Sept. 1. Tickets for both shows can be purchased at the playhouse box office, by telephone at (802) 824-5288, or online at westonplayhouse.org.

September: Film, art exhibits at VTica

VTica, 15 Depot St. in Chester, continues its current show, Journey into Process, through Sunday, Sept. 8. The exhibit includes the works of five outstanding regional artists exhibiting their ink brush work, etchings, acrylics, oils and works on paper. Those artists are Carol Cannon, Jane Davies, Tom Merwin, Helen O’Donnell, Carolyn Shattuck with Matt Merwin’s experimental documentary Drawing Water Project, chronicling the painting process and its connection to nature.
At 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, VTica’s Movie Night will feature Quartet, based on Ronald Harwood’s stage play of the same name. Quartet is a comic film about redefining old age and growing old with hope, demonstrating how art illuminates life and the human spirit remains undimmed even as the brightest stars start to fade. It was directed by Dustin Hoffman.
VTica will be closed from Sept. 9 through 18 for next show’s installation.
The This is Water exhibit will open to the public Sept. 19 through Oct. 20. The opening and artist reception will take place 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.
This is Water, curated by Mia Feroleto, will feature works by Eric Aho, Bruce Blanchette, Katherine Bradford, Glenn Goldberg, Antonietta Grassi, Karen Gunderson, Don Nice, Lucio Pozzi, Amelia Toelke, Doug Trump, Laura Jane Walker and Kylie Wolgamott.
This exhibition focuses on water as medium and as subject matter. The works illustrate water in our daily lives and the countless ways it manifests itself.
The movie night, gallery exhibits, the This is Water opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. Parking is available at People’s United Bank or Chester Hardware nearby on Main Street.
For more information, call (802) 875-1018 or email info@vtica.org.

Sept. 8: Plein Air painting event

Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association is invites professional and budding artists to its Plein Air painting event held from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Ledge Road Brook on the Pinnacle in Westminster. The Ledge Brook area is part of the Pinnacle Association’s newest long section in its almost 20-mile trail system that runs from Athens to Grafton.

Participants are asked to meet at Ledge Road trailhead parking area, off Route 35, Grafton. Ledge Road Brook and its surrounding terrain offer abundant possibilities for each artist. Artists and supplies will be driven up the mountain to an area of the artists’ choosing. Approximately two hours later, everyone will be brought back to the parking area.

Pre-registration is required. To register or to learn more about the event, please contact Camilla Roberts at 802-869-1388 or email camil@vermontel.net. Upon registration, detailed directions will be provided.

The Pinnacle is the highest and most scenic peak (+/-1683 feet) in Westminster. It is located on the Windmill Ridge, straddling the Brookline/Westminster line. The view from the Pinnacle overlooks Hedgehog Gulf in Brookline and westward to Mount Snow and Stratton Mountain, more than 20 miles away.

Sept. 27: Women’s backcountry retreat

Women's camp

Women’s weekend retreat offers outdoor education, food and fun.

Vermont Outdoors Woman is sponsoring a women’s weekend retreat in Canaan, VT, Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29. Participants will stay at Jackson’s Lodge & Log Cabins on Lake Wallace, 213 Jackson Lodge Road, Canaan.
More than 35 classes will be offered including yoga, birding, mountain biking, firearms including muzzleloader, handgun, rifle and shotgun, marksmanship and safety, fly fishing, wild edibles amd more. Between classes there will be time to explore or relax on the sandy beach. Each day ends with an evening campfire.
There will be a moose BBQ, healthy, meals and baked goods (including gluten free), raffles for thousands of dollars worth of gear, vacations and gifts and motivational speaker, April Lemay, Native of Canaan, VT, owner of April’s Maple, principal with Deloitte & Touche LLP and leader of the National Asset Management Services group.
Cost for the weekend program is $349 and is sponsored in part by Jackson’s Lodge, Vermont Fish & Wildlife, Vermont Outdoor Guide Association and Waitsfield Telecom. Discounts are available for those who drive in each day, mother/daughter teams, military families and girlfriend groups of three or more.
Campers may also save money by bringing their RV. Four RV hookups with power & water are available. VOW is looking for members, volunteers, organizers, grant writers, fundraisers and business advisers. For more information, to join, sponsor events or volunteer, contact VOW by emailing vow@voga.org. Visiting www.facebook.com/vermontoutdoorswoman or by calling toll free 800-425-8747.

2014 Cavendish calendar winners announced

King of the Roost by Jim Fisher won Best in Show.

King of the Roost by Jim Fisher will appear in the 2014 CCCA calendar.

The voting has ended and the results are in. The Cavendish Community and Conservation Association announces its winners and selections for its 2014 calendar selections from its annual CCCA Calendar Photography Contest.  Entrants submitted photos this past spring and they were displayed at numerous venues around town.  Cavendish residents cast their ballots for the best photos and here are the results.

  • Winner of the Best in Show award is Tim O’Donoghue for Out For a Morning Cruise
  • Winners of the Judge’s Awards are Jim Fisher for King of the Roost; Lydia Churchill for Shelter and Emery Benoit for Summer Girl

The 2014 calendar selections are:
January: Red Barn by Hans Schrag; February: Winter Morning by Julia Ravlin; March: Out For A Morning Cruise by Tim O’Donoghue; April: Shelter by Lydia Churchill; May: Sexy Sadie by Gail Verheyen; June:  Kiss of Spring by Kam McIntyre; July: Ready For My Walk by Sandra Russo; August: K” by Jim Fisher; September: Monarch at Mums by Martha Mott; October: View From Stevens Road by Jillian Palmer; November: Looking For Love by Peter LaBelle; December: Jewel in The Snow by Winston Churchill.

Each year CCCA accepts photographs for the contest in late spring.  Voting takes place in early summer and selections are made about July 4th.  Details are set out in a press release and on the web site.  But no one should wait for the announced dates to start taking pictures.  Get out that camera and snap away, the next contest will be here before you know it.

The 2014 calendars will go on sale in November.  For additional information, please call Sandra Russo at (802) 226-7398.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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