VFC Events: Día de los Muertos
On November 1, 2014 from 2:00pm-9:00pm the Vermont Folklife Center will host our third annual Middlebury celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in our upstairs gallery. The event will feature homemade Mexican food, a Día de los Muertos altar constructed by Spanish professor and former IBM engineer, Mario Martinez, and a performance by the Burlington-based brass band, Brass Balagan.
Altar construction for this year’s celebration will begin at noon on Saturday, November 1. Visitors are welcome to watch the altar construction and ask questions. From 2:00pm-4:00pm all are encouraged to bring mementos or pictures of their loved ones—people or pets—to decorate the altar. At 4:00pm attendees are invited to share stories about a loved one lost, in Spanish or English, bringing them to life with your words. And from 5:00pm-8:00pm we will host a reception featuring homemade Mexican food and live music. Images of previous years’ Día de los Muertos altar are available here and here.
We host Día de los Muertos annually to provide the local Mexican farm worker community with an opportunity to maintain vital ties to their living cultural traditions. In addition, this annual event allows Vermonters to learn more about the cultural practices of migrant farm workers from Mexico living in Vermont, and serves as an opportunity for cross-cultural exchange.
The 2014 Día de los Muertos celebration is a partnership between the Vermont Folklife Center, the Addison County Farmworker Coalition, Middlebury College Juntos and the UVM Extension Huertas Project. Support for the event has been provided by Monument Farms Dairy, Neat Repeats, Bourdeau Brothers, Phoenix Feeds and Nutrion, Misty Knoll Farms, City Market, the Middlebury Natural Food Coop and Hannaford.
The 2014 Día de los Muertos celebration is free and open to the public. Donations to defray costs are appreciated.
VFC Exhibits: Greening Vermont: A Culture of Environmental Advocacy
We are pleased to present Greening Vermont: A Culture of Environmental Advocacy, an exhibit that takes the visitor for a review of trends in the Vermont environmental movement since 1965—and asks us to explore the future.
Inspired by Courtney’s book Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State the exhibit features audio excerpts from interviews with environmental leaders and photographic portraits of prominent figures in the movement that are complemented by contributions from Middlebury College Environmental Studies Seniors working with local community partners from around the state on issues as varied as water quality, land use, energy, biodiversity, and climate change.
The exhibit will be on display from October 10, 2014 through January 10, 2015.
This diverse collection of exhibit content has been brought together by a host of collaborators including Jon Isham, Becky Gould, Cat Ashcraft and Molly Costanza-Robinson, Middlebury College Coordinator for Community-Based Environmental Studies, Diane Munroe as well as Mason Singer of Laughing Bear Associates, Vic Guadagno of Bright Blue EcoMedia and Greg Sharrow and Ned Castle of the Vermont Folklife Center.
In conjunction with the exhibit on November 13, 2014 from 5:00pm-7:00pm we will host a panel discussion moderated by Courtney that explores how the trend of Vermont's move toward increased localized food production has spread to other fronts, such as the economy, energy production and direct grassroots political action.
The Vision and Voice Gallery and Workspace is supported through the generosity of our Exhibit Program Stewards: Northfield Savings Bank, Cabot of Vermont, the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Blittersdorf Foundation.
VFC News: In Memoriam, Harold Luce (1918-2014)
|Photo by Jon Gilbert Fox|
We are saddened to report the passing of master Yankee fiddler and dance caller, Harold Luce of Chelsea, VT on August 13, 2014.
Harold served as a Master in the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program from its beginnings in 1991 through the early 2000s. In 2003 he received the Vermont Governor's Heritage Award.
A biography of Harold by his friend, Adam Boyce, as well as selections from a 2007 recording session are avalable here :: link
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