Upcoming events: Artist studio open house, movies, music, books and workshops

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View Barre Pinske's Twig and Resin countertop and the work of other local artists at a studio open house

View Barre Pinske’s twig and resin countertop and the work of other local artists at his studio open house

Pinske to unveil twig and resin countertop at open house

Artist Barre Pinske invites the public to view his latest commission, a twig and resin countertop at an open house from 2 to 8 p.m., on Saturday, June 13 at his studio located at 50 First St. in Chester. The piece is a custom-designed kitchen center island consisting of an assemblage of sliced tree branch pieces, cast spalted maple tiles, custom wooden cut outs of objects including stars and hearts, with a large spalted maple sun as a center piece.

The countertop itself was created in an upper floor studio that is only accessible by stairs but a slide show of the process will be shown on the lower level gallery, which is handicapped accessible. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

There will be a demonstration of Pinske’s 20-ton, 3-axis CNC milling machine acquired in part with an economic development loan from the town of Chester. People will be able to see the machine creating rough outs of Pinske’s art work. Pinske hopes that by implementing manufacturing processes to his wooden bear company he will be able to expand to a light industrial level, creating stable, good paying jobs. He intends to have machines do the rough outs and artists do the detail, ensuring a handmade look.

Visitors may also view the works of other artists on exhibit in the gallery. Exhibited pieces include glass paper weights and vibrant drinking glasses blown by Joe Nicholson, high design sculptures with a flair toward modernism by Joseph Lupiani and rustic chainsaw carvings by Rich Koons. Items on display are available for purchase.


June 12: Movie night at Grounded4LIFE

Grounded4LIFE presents the film Finding Normal on Friday, June 12. The film is story of a young woman, Dr. Lisa Leland, played by Full House’s Candice Cameron Bure, who has a run in with the law in Normal, La., while traveling.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7 p.m. The coffee bar and refreshments will be ready when you arrive. Grounded4LIFE is downstairs at the First Baptist Church at 162 Main St., Chester. The program is free.

Check out the Grounded4Life Facebook page or contact John Nunnikhoven at john4ns@fastmail.fm. The official trailer can be seen at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBJajC-crsQ.

Area libraries

Natural builder Liz Johndrow  discusses her work in Nicaragua

Natural builder Liz Johndrow discusses her work in Nicaragua

June 18: Builder discusses construction in Nicaragua

Join natural builder Liz Johndrow at Putney Public Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday June 18 for a presentation about her work training Nicaraguan women and youth in traditional building practices. The event is free and open to the public at the library located at 55 Main St. in Putney.

Johndrow will speak about how Nicaraguans, especially women and youth, are being trained to build and preserve earthen homes using modern adaptations and improvements, such as seismically smart design/build techniques that lead to healthier and safer housing. Some of these students take their new skills and earn money, sharing their knowledge and empowering more people in their rural pueblos to take housing security into their own hands and share the benefits of earthen homes.

June 17: Herbal strategies for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases

On Wednesday, June 17 at 6 p.m., the Rockingham Library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls presents master herbalist Cindy Hebbard.

Hebbard will share her knowledge of how healing foods, safe herbal remedies and supportive lifestyle practices can provide both immediate and long-term relief from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other related disorders. Learn easy, inexpensive ways to increase memory, agility and cognitive function. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 802-463-4270, email anne@rockinghamlibrary.org, log on to rockinghamlibrary.org or stop by the library.

Wilder Library summer programs

The Wilder Memorial Library located at 24 Lawrence Hill Road in Weston is presenting various programs and events to encourage, entertain and inform all members of the family this summer.

Summer-long reading treasure hunt

Youths 18 and under are encouraged to sign up for the summer’s incentive-based treasure hunt reading program. The more they read this June through September, the more they’ll plunder. There are playhouse tickets, movie tickets, farmer’s market tokens, ice cream, and more waiting to be captured. Call 802-824-4307 or visit wildermemoriallibrary.org for complete guidelines.

July morning programs

The library will present free children’s programing at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays or Thurdays in July. A new storyteller, musician, artist or magician will explore their “Every Hero Has a Story” theme every week. Wednesday, July 1 is master storyteller Peter Burns; Wednesday, July 8 is magician Tom Joyce;Wednesday, July 15 is musical uo Taradiddle; Thursday, July 23 is musician Stephen Coronella;, and Thursday, July 30 is artist Brendan Taffee.

Vermont movie

On Friday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. join the library for the screening and discussion of the final chapter of “Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie.

Part Six of this series on Vermont’s history and culture is titled “People’s Power” and addresses contemporary tensions over energy, independence, the environment and the state’s future.

The library requests those interested RSVP because space is limited. Call 802-824-4307 to reserve a spot or visit wildermemoriallibrary.org to learn more about any of these offerings.


June 12: Jackson Gore free Friday night series returns

Okemo Mountain Resort kicks off summer with the return of the Jackson Gore Summer Music Series presented by Vermont Properties and Development Inc. Starting on June 12, free concerts are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. most Friday nights throughout the summer. Local favorite Rick Redington & The Luv will be this season’s first musical guest.

Okemo and Jackson Hole offers entertainment all summer

Okemo and Jackson Hole offers summer-long entertainment.

Admission is free and the grounds open at 5 p.m. Families are welcome and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the concerts will move under cover. Dining options include burgers, hot dogs and other summertime favorites, plus beer and wine is available for purchase. Full-service dining with an al fresco seating in the courtyard is offered at Jackson Gore’s Coleman Brook Tavern.

The concert schedule continues as follows:


19: Blue Fox and the Rockin’ Daddys
26: Chris Mckay and the Toneshifters


3: Studio Two – The Beatles Tribute
17: Blind Owl Band
24: The North and South Dakotas
31: The Chris Kleeman Band


14: Satin and Steel
21: The Tony Lee Thomas Band
28: Adam Payne and 2ADAM12

Okemo’s Adventure Zone stays open late on Friday nights for concertgoers who like a little activity with their music, including: bungee trampoline jumping; miniature golf; disc golf; a climbing pinnacle; zip-line tours; Segway Personal Transport tours; and the Amp Energy Big Air Bag. Each of Okemo’s Adventure Zone features is priced individually or visitors can purchase an Adventure Zone Day Pass wristband. Special Twilight wristbands are available.

For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort, visit okemo.com or call 802-228-1600.

The Junkman connects his rhythms to pertinent environmental messages in Manchester.

The Junkman connects his rhythms to pertinent environmental messages in Manchester.

June 13: Jam with  Junkman in June

In collaboration with the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the Junkman  will hold three free Junkjams  from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, June 13, 20, and 27 at the Factory Point Town Green, on Depot Street, across from the Polo outlet in Manchester. Grammy nominated percussionist and composer Don Knaack, better know as The Junkman uses recycled materials as his musical medium.

Open to all regardless of age or musical experience, the Junkjams are similar to drum circles but utilize recycled materials instead of drums.

Sticks and recycled materials will be provided, but The Junkman urges those attending to BYOJ: Bring Your Own Junk. No glass objects but any other material will work fine. The “instrument” should be small enough to hold with one hand while you strike it with the other to produce a good yet interesting sound. Bring a lunch, jam for a long- or short-time, and enjoy playing with a world-class percussionist before his major summer engagements begin.

For more info email tsexton@svac.org or call Southern Vermont Arts Center at 802-345-6943, or visit www.svac.org.

Support groups

June 18: Caregiver support group

A Caregiver Support Group is available to help enhance the lives of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Presented by Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter, the Caregivers Support Group meets the third Wednesday of every month, 5–6:30 p.m. at Springfield Hospital Library, Level D, 25 Ridgewood Road in Springfield.

Facilitated by Janet Beauchain from Springfield Area Adult Day Services and Erin Wells from Springfield Health and Rehabilitation, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. They help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. The groups encourage caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia.

For more information, please call 800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/Vermont.

– Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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