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Franklin and Grand Isle

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April 10 — Book Discussion: Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey. Part of the How They Lived series. Great biographies are as much social histories as they are stories about individual lives. These celebrated works illuminate historical eras and professional pursuits long gone by. Led by Cheryl Heneveld. Hosted by the Fairfax Community Library. Fairfax Community Library, 75 Hunt St, 6:30 pm. Annette Hansen, (802) 849-2420.

April 15 — Book Discussion: March by Geraldine Brooks. Part of the Retellings series. These novels all re-imagine classics works of fiction, retelling them from a different character's persepective. Led by Judith Yarnall. Hosted by the Enosburgh Public Library. Enosburg Falls, Enosburgh Public Library, 241 Main St, 6:30 pm. Maria Harris, (802) 933-2328.

May 13 — The Vermont Civil War Songbook. Dressed in period costume, singer/researcher Linda Radtke shares songs from Vermont during the Civil War period, with engaging commentary and letters from Vermont soldiers. Seldom-heard songs from the Vermont Historical Society include the comic but poignant "Grafted into the Army," "Yankee Robinson at Bull Run," "Neath the Pines of Vermont" (in which a soldier returns home to die), a satirical song about Jefferson Davis, and sentimental ballads from Vermont during the period. Linda Radtke is joined by pianist Arthur Zorn in this program for all audiences that brings the Civil War period in Vermont to life through music and letters. Hosted by the Fairfax Community Library. Fairfax Community Library, 75 Hunt St, 6:30 pm. Annette Hansen, (802) 849-2420.

May 18 — Lincoln and Vermont. Beginning with Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, and continuing through to the consecration of the National Soldiers Cemetery at Gettysburg, historian Howard Coffin traces how Lincoln’s leadership of the Federal war effort and his political canniness shaped the relationship between the president and Vermont, a state Lincoln admired though never visited. Hosted by the Swanton Historical Society. Swanton, Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, 29 Tabor Rd, 2:00 pm. Rebecca Rupp, (802) 868-2879.

May 20 — Book Discussion: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Part of the Retellings series. These novels all re-imagine classics works of fiction, retelling them from a different character's persepective. Led by Cheryl Heneveld. Hosted by the Enosburgh Public Library. Enosburg Falls, Enosburgh Public Library, 241 Main St, 6:30 pm. Maria Harris, (802) 933-2328.

May 26 — The Changing Music Scene of the 1940s. Catamount Arts’ Martin Bryan takes a look at the popular music scene of the 1940s—how it was affected by war, the musicians’ union, and the war’s aftermath—and how music styles evolved from the beginning of the decade to its end. Bryan’s talk includes selections from original 78 rpm recordings, ranging from Big Band swing to wartime music, from popular Broadway musicals to bebop, and more. Americans marched off to war and returned to a changed society; Bryan documents that time through its music. Hosted by the Enosburg Historical Society. Enosburg Falls, United Methodist Church, Parlor, 245 Church St, 7:00 pm. Janice Geraw, (802) 933-2102.

June 8 — Mad Matt the Democrat. In this talk, Vincent Feeney discusses Matthew Lyon— indentured servant, Green Mountain Boy, son-in-law to Thomas Chittenden, land speculator, entrepreneur, and one of the most colorful characters in Vermont's early years. Perhaps best remembered for his imprisonment under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and subsequent re-election while in jail, his life not only exemplified the promise of possibility in the then-new United States, but also reflected the political tensions of the times. Hosted by the Swanton Historical Society. Swanton, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 38 Grand Ave, 2:00 pm. Rebecca Rupp, (802) 868-2879.

June 17 — Book Discussion: Finn by John Clinch. Part of the Retellings series. These novels all re-imagine classics works of fiction, retelling them from a different character's persepective. Led by Cheryl Heneveld. Hosted by the Enosburgh Public Library. Enosburg Falls, Enosburgh Public Library, 241 Main St, 6:30 pm. Maria Harris, (802) 933-2328.

August 25 — Beatrix Potter Revisited. Using books, props, and bibliography, Helene Lang presents the life of Beatrix Potter, highlighting her artistic talent, her writing ability where every word is appropriate and perfectly arranged, and finally, her years as a countrywoman raising Herdwick sheep. The presentation takes her from her Victorian childhood, through the years of her little books, to her final thirty years of farming in England's Lake District. Hosted by the Enosburg Historical Society. Enosburg Falls, West Enosburg United Methodist Church, 1725 Tyler Branch Rd, 7:00 pm. Shirley Duso, (802) 933-4394.

September 17 — The Vermont Civil War Songbook. Dressed in period costume, singer/researcher Linda Radtke shares songs from Vermont during the Civil War period, with engaging commentary and letters from Vermont soldiers. Seldom-heard songs from the Vermont Historical Society include the comic but poignant "Grafted into the Army," "Yankee Robinson at Bull Run," "Neath the Pines of Vermont" (in which a soldier returns home to die), a satirical song about Jefferson Davis, and sentimental ballads from Vermont during the period. Linda Radtke is joined by pianist Arthur Zorn in this program for all audiences that brings the Civil War period in Vermont to life through music and letters. Hosted by the St. Albans Historical Society and Museum. St. Albans Historical Museum, Bliss Auditorium, 9 Church St, 7:00 pm. Cindy Rutkowski, (802) 524-6897.

September 19 — Vermont and the Civil War. From Cedar Creek to Gettysburg, Vermonters were central to the Union cause. Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin addresses the Vermont contribution to the Civil War. Hosted by the St. Albans Historical Society and Museum. St. Albans Historical Museum, 9 Church St, 7:00 pm. Cindy Rutkowski, (802) 524-6897.

Grand Isle

May 7 — Book Discussion: Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education by Michael Pollan. Part of the Farms and Gardens series. Vermonters know as well as anyone the rich metaphors inherent in farming and gardening. These authors dig deep to explore the philosophical roots, family dynamics, and personal enrichment associated with tending and growing. Led by Linda Bland. Hosted by the South Hero Community Library. South Hero Community Library, 75 South St, 6:00 pm. Carolyn Brennan, (802) 372-6209.

May 21 — Book Discussion: A Country Year by Sue Hubbell. Part of the Farms and Gardens series. Vermonters know as well as anyone the rich metaphors inherent in farming and gardening. These authors dig deep to explore the philosophical roots, family dynamics, and personal enrichment associated with tending and growing. Led by Linda Bland. Hosted by the South Hero Community Library. South Hero Community Library, 75 South St, 6:00 pm. Carolyn Brennan, (802) 372-6209.

June 11 — Book Discussion: My Garden (Book) by Jamaica Kincaid. Part of the Farms and Gardens series. Vermonters know as well as anyone the rich metaphors inherent in farming and gardening. These authors dig deep to explore the philosophical roots, family dynamics, and personal enrichment associated with tending and growing. Led by Linda Bland. Hosted by the South Hero Community Library. South Hero Community Library, 75 South St, 6:00 pm. Carolyn Brennan, (802) 372-6209.

June 19 — Book Discussion: Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie. Part of the A Mysterious Lens on American Culture series. In these mysteries, mayhem and murder play out against a cultural/ethnic backdrop—illuminating more than simply whodunnit. Led by William Tortolano. Hosted by the North Hero Public Library. North Hero Public Library, 3195 Us Route 2, 7:00 pm. Judy Poquette, (802) 372-5458.

June 25 — Book Discussion: Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and Its Family by Jane Brox. Part of the Farms and Gardens series. Vermonters know as well as anyone the rich metaphors inherent in farming and gardening. These authors dig deep to explore the philosophical roots, family dynamics, and personal enrichment associated with tending and growing. Led by Linda Bland. Hosted by the South Hero Community Library. South Hero Community Library, 75 South St, 6:00 pm. Carolyn Brennan, (802) 372-6209.

July 10 — Book Discussion: Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman. Part of the A Mysterious Lens on American Culture series. In these mysteries, mayhem and murder play out against a cultural/ethnic backdrop—illuminating more than simply whodunnit. Led by William Tortolano. Hosted by the North Hero Public Library. North Hero Public Library, 3195 Us Route 2, 7:00 pm. Judy Poquette, (802) 372-5458.

July 31 — Book Discussion: Blanche Cleans Up by Barbara Neely. Part of the A Mysterious Lens on American Culture series. In these mysteries, mayhem and murder play out against a cultural/ethnic backdrop—illuminating more than simply whodunnit. Led by William Tortolano. Hosted by the North Hero Public Library. North Hero Public Library, 3195 Us Route 2, 7:00 pm. Judy Poquette, (802) 372-5458.

August 21 — Book Discussion: Blood of the Prodigal by P. L. Gaus. Part of the A Mysterious Lens on American Culture series. In these mysteries, mayhem and murder play out against a cultural/ethnic backdrop—illuminating more than simply whodunnit. Led by William Tortolano. Hosted by the North Hero Public Library. North Hero Public Library, 3195 Us Route 2, 7:00 pm. Judy Poquette, (802) 372-5458.

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