Artist Statement by Lois Eby

Since the early 80s I have been drawn to the empty, yet evocative spaces of Asian ink paintings, to the energies and emotions of African American improvised music, and to the creative possibilities of Western abstraction.   Seeking ways to combine open spaces, rhythmic vitality, and color, over the years I have sought to develop my own visual language.  When I improvise with line and color, watching energies, emotions and rhythms come into being,  I keep an eye on the empty space out of which they, like us, arise.  Creating these paintings, I feel myself alive in the mysterious experience of being human, and I hope others viewing my work can experience the joy and mystery of that experience, with all its suffering and all its unknowns, as well.  

This exhibit at Highland Center for the Arts includes works from about 20 years ago to the present, works which show the various ways in which I have explored and developed these themes.

Artist Statement by Judith Wrend

My sculpture is about feeling and emotion, relationships, and states of being.  Shapes, lines and openings repeat and reinvent themselves in a progressive continuity.  Within each sculpture I explore relationships of light, space, color and reflection.

Sited outdoors, a sculpture forms a relationship with its surrounding landscape and with the changing wind and light.  Wands sway and turn, shadows move.  Reflections and ghost images appear within the sculpture as the light changes.

Whether sited indoors or outside, sculptures invite us to take a closer look at the inhabited space, at relationships, balance, and movement.  Ultimately they ask the viewer to stop thinking, stop looking for meaning, and join the dance.

Artist Statement by Lois Eby

Since the early 80s I have been drawn to the empty, yet evocative spaces of Asian ink paintings, to the energies and emotions of African American improvised music, and to the creative possibilities of Western abstraction.   Seeking ways to combine open spaces, rhythmic vitality, and color, over the years I have sought to develop my own visual language.  When I improvise with line and color, watching energies, emotions and rhythms come into being,  I keep an eye on the empty space out of which they, like us, arise.  Creating these paintings, I feel myself alive in the mysterious experience of being human, and I hope others viewing my work can experience the joy and mystery of that experience, with all its suffering and all its unknowns, as well.  

This exhibit at Highland Center for the Arts includes works from about 20 years ago to the present, works which show the various ways in which I have explored and developed these themes.

Artist Statement by Judith Wrend

My sculpture is about feeling and emotion, relationships, and states of being.  Shapes, lines and openings repeat and reinvent themselves in a progressive continuity.  Within each sculpture I explore relationships of light, space, color and reflection.

Sited outdoors, a sculpture forms a relationship with its surrounding landscape and with the changing wind and light.  Wands sway and turn, shadows move.  Reflections and ghost images appear within the sculpture as the light changes.

Whether sited indoors or outside, sculptures invite us to take a closer look at the inhabited space, at relationships, balance, and movement.  Ultimately they ask the viewer to stop thinking, stop looking for meaning, and join the dance.

Logan Chaput, baritone, is a native of the Northeast Kingdom, hailing from Newport Center, Vermont. He is a recent graduate of Ithaca College’s School of Music where he studied voice under the tutelage of Dr. Jennifer Kay and Dr. Brad Hougham. During his time in New York, he performed with the Ithaca College Opera Company, the Ithaca College Choir, the Ithaca College Madrigal Singers, the Ithaca College Chorus, and the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, making appearances at a variety of venues across the east coast. Most recently, he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City alongside the Grammy award-winning Fisk Jubilee Singers.

As an educator, Logan spent time working at the Idyllwild Arts Academy summer program in southern California where he helped prepare young musicians for performances at the Disney Concert Hall. Additionally, he served as a faculty instructor at Exploration Summer Programs, in the Bronx, NYC, and will serve as the organization’s programming manager starting in June of this upcoming summer. Through Ithaca College, he has also taught music to students at the schools of Belle Sherman Elementary, South Hill Elementary, and Vestal High.

Chaput attributes much of his success to the strong musical foundation he was able to build during his time growing up in Vermont. His earliest understanding of and exposure to music were provided by Dr. Sara Doncaster of Coventry, Vermont who was his elementary school music teacher and private piano teacher. He later went on to study voice with Lynn Leimer of Newport, Vermont, and Victoria Cole of Franconia, New Hampshire. At North Country High School, he was a member of both vocal and instrumental ensembles under the direction of Danielle Carrier and Bill Prue, participated in musicals, state and regional choral festivals, and was the recipient of the Quincy Jones Overall Musician award. Outside of the classroom, he sang with Northsong, performed at the MAC Center for the Arts and Fourth Friday’s Music Jams, and took part in numerous QNEK productions.

As an emerging scholar, Chaput graduated with summa cum laude honors and accumulated over twenty scholarships, awards, and grants during his time in college, including the Presser Foundation’s National Undergraduate Musician Award. His research has centered around the geographic luck of classical music’s most notable musicians and bringing choral classroom pedagogy into the United States’ common core curriculum. This fall, he will be attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a master’s degree in leadership and organizational performance.

Proceeds from ticket sales support youth theatre and arts programming. 

With the health of our community in mind, patrons are expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and will be asked to show proof of vaccination, either with an original vaccination card, photocopy of the card, cell phone photograph, or verifiable health info PDA app. Alternately, attendees can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) performed within 72 hours of the show.

PRE-PERFORMANCE PICNIC 

Enjoy a delicious picnic dinner before the show! Order your picnic in advance when you purchase your tickets online. Dinner will be available for pickup starting at 5 PM to be enjoyed on the patio or lawn. A limited number of meals will be available for on-site purchase.

Pulled Pork Wrap – $14
Slow roasted pulled pork in a tangy BBQ sauce with cheddar cheese, crispy onion rings, and a Cajun aioli served with a bag of kettle cooked chips and a side of our fresh cucumber salad

Mac & Cheese – $13
Tender pasta in a creamy sauce of blended cheeses, hearty baked beans with bacon, and a side of fresh cucumber salad

Yellow Coconut Curry (V, GF) – $13
Chickpeas, cauliflower, and bell peppers in a richly seasoned curry sauce served over jasmine rice with a side of fresh cucumber salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad – $12
Grilled chicken, summer veggies, feta cheese, and fresh basil in a Mediterranean-inspired vinaigrette served with a bag of kettle cooked chips and a side of cucumber salad

Back Roads Readings was created to bring esteemed poets and writers, both local and regional, to read their work to people in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Readings are followed by a book signing and reception, and are held outside in a tent with socially distanced seating.

Dan Chiasson is a poet, critic and journalist and teaches at Wellesley College. He is the author of five books of poetry: The Math Campers (Knopf, 2020), Bicentennial (Knopf, 2014), Where’s the Moon, There’s the Moon (Knopf, 2010), Natural History (Knopf, 2005) and The Afterlife of Objects (University of Chicago Press, 2002). A widely published literary critic, Chiasson was the poetry editor of The Paris Review and is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. His next non-fiction project is Bernie for Burlington: A Biography of his Rise in a Changing Vermont, 1968-1991 (Pantheon, 2025.)

Toussaint St. Negritude is the former Poet Laureate of Belfast, Maine. Originally from San Francisco, he has lived broadly across the African Diaspora, from the sacred mountains of Haiti to the Coltrane District of North Philadelphia. A self-taught bass clarinetist, he is the leader of the band Jaguar Stereo, a free-form ensemble of his own poetry and improvisational jazz. Toussaint St. Negritude’s poetry was described by Gwendolyn Brooks as “Full of Sweet Sounds and Surprises.” His works, poetry and performances, have been widely published & recorded for over 40 years.

Back Roads Readings was created to bring esteemed poets and writers, both local and regional, to read their work to people in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Readings are followed by a book signing and reception, and are held outside in a tent with socially distanced seating.

Brad Kessler is a critically acclaimed novelist whose early work includes a novel, Lick Creek, (Scribners, 2000), The Woodcutter’s Christmas (Council Oak Books, 2001),and several award-winning children’s books. He won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in Fiction for his 2006 novel, Birds in Fall (Scribners), a Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an NEA Fellowship, as well as a Whiting Writers Award. He is an educator and farmer and the author of a memoir, Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese (Scribners, 2009.) His most recent novel is North (Overlook Press), published in 2021.

Jay Parini is a poet, novelist, critic and biographer who teaches at Middlebury College. His numerous books, include New and Collected Poems 1975 – 2015 (Beacon Press, 2016), The Way of Jesus: Living a Spiritual and Ethical Life (Beacon, 2018), The Damascus Road: A Novel of Saint Paul (Doubleday, 2019) and biographies of Frost, Faulkner, Steinbeck and Vidal.  Borges and Me: An Encounter (Doubleday, 2020) is his memoir of a trip in 1970 through the Highlands of Scotland with Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine literary fabulist. His novel about Leo Tolstoy, The Last Station (Henry Holt, 1990), was made into an Academy Award-nominated film with Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer in 2010.

Back Roads Readings was created to bring esteemed poets and writers, both local and regional, to read their work to people in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Readings are followed by a book signing and reception, and are held outside in a tent with socially distanced seating.

Bianca Stone is a poet, visual artist and small press publisher. Her poetry collections include: The Mobius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018), and Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Octopus Books / Tin House, 2014). Her illustrations appeared in the children’s book A Little Called Pauline, with text by Gertrude Stein, (Penny Candy Books, 2020) and in a special edition of Anne Carson’s Antigonick. Her latest poetry collection is What is Otherwise Infinite (Tin House, 2022) She teaches poetry and hosts a podcast as Creative Director at the Ruth Stone House in Goshen, Vermont.

Sharon Olds is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Arias (Knopf, 2019), Odes (Knopf, 2016) and Stag’s Leap (Knopf, 2012), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize, and The Father (Knopf,1992). The Unswept Room (Knopf, 2002,) was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her newest collection, Balladz (Knopf) is forthcoming in 2022. Sharon Olds received the Wallace Stevens Award for outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry from the Academy of American Poets in 2016, and in 2022, the Poetry Society of America awarded her the Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry.

Fluff up your wings, mix your fairy dust, and flit on over to HCA for an afternoon of merriment! Learn to fly on a lyra, get lost in a fairy adventure with marionettes, enjoy live music, flutter along the fairy trail with dozens of fairy houses, and make potions, crowns, houses, and wands. Dress as a fairy and join us for this whimsical afternoon of crafts, performances, and activities for all ages, featuring NECCA and No Strings Marionette Company. 

Fairy Picnic Boxes
Complete your magical fairy experience with a sweet picnic box! Your box will include an assortment of multicolored vanilla French macarons, Linzer cookies with local raspberry jam, glazed lemon poppyseed fairy cakes, rainbow confetti sandwich cookies with strawberry and buttercream filling, soft-baked dark chocolate cookies with chocolate chips, homemade tie-dyed bubble gum marshmallows.

Picnic box for two $12
Picnic box for four $22

Join us on the patio for an afternoon of high tea and scrummy treats from our favorite British baking show. Our Star Baker, Lydia, will create exquisite nosh that is sure to leave you chuffed! Delight in the posh decadence of Bakewell tart featuring a shortcrust pastry, frangipane, and fresh jam; enjoy Victoria sponge with layers of goodness, jam, and buttercream; sample glazed Chelsea buns with currants and mixed spices; nibble English biscuits, both savory and sweet. Come in and taste other traditional British pastries and showstoppers fit for the gingham altar. This combination of bits n’ bobs is worth every calorie – and a handshake or two from Paul!

This event is outdoors. Check back here or on social media on the day for final notice for rain calls.

Thank you to Jasper Hill Farm for sponsoring this event.

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Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in a glorious musical exploring personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love, giving the audience a theatrical experience filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit.

Click here to learn more.

Thank you to Stout Tent for sponsoring this event.

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This event is indoors. With the health of our community in mind, patrons are expected to be vaccinated against COVID -19 and will be asked to show proof of vaccination, either with an original vaccination card, photocopy of the card, cell phone photograph, or verifiable health info PDA app.

Alternately, attendees can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) performed within 72 hours of the show. Masks are required.

PERFORMANCE & A PICNIC 

Enjoy a delicious picnic dinner before the show! Order your meal in advance when you purchase your tickets online and dinner will be ready for pickup starting at 5 PM. A limited number of meals will be available for on-site purchase. We suggest bringing lawn chairs or a picnic blanket if you are able, but patio tables may be used on a first come, first serve basis. Plan enough time to eat before the show starts at 7:00 PM. 

Shrimp Stir Fry Bowl (GF) – $14
Tender shrimp, bell peppers, snow peas, bok choy, and onions in a savory Asian-inspired sauce served over jasmine rice with a side of our fresh cucumber salad

BBQ Chicken Skewer – $13
Grilled chicken smothered in our housemade BBQ sauce and served on a skewer with creamy cheddar mac & cheese and a side of fresh cucumber salad

Hummus Wrap (V) – $10
Housemade hummus and a rainbow of summer veggies dressed with a zesty vinaigrette in a flour tortilla wrap with a bag of kettle cooked potato chips and a side of fresh cucumber salad

Brat and Beans (GF) – $11
German-style bratwurst served on a skewer with a side of mustard, hearty baked beans with bacon, and fresh cucumber salad

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in a glorious musical exploring personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love, giving the audience a theatrical experience filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit.

Click here to learn more.

Thank you to Stout Tent for sponsoring this event.

Outlined White Maroon Back @10x

This event is indoors. With the health of our community in mind, patrons are expected to be vaccinated against COVID -19 and will be asked to show proof of vaccination, either with an original vaccination card, photocopy of the card, cell phone photograph, or verifiable health info PDA app.

Alternately, attendees can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) performed within 72 hours of the show. Masks are required.

PERFORMANCE & A PICNIC 

Enjoy a delicious picnic dinner before the show! Order your meal in advance when you purchase your tickets online and dinner will be ready for pickup starting at 5 PM. A limited number of meals will be available for on-site purchase. We suggest bringing lawn chairs or a picnic blanket if you are able, but patio tables may be used on a first come, first serve basis. Plan enough time to eat before the show starts at 7:00 PM. 

Pulled Pork Wrap – $14
Slow roasted pulled pork in a tangy BBQ sauce with cheddar cheese, crispy onion rings, and a Cajun aioli served with a bag of kettle cooked chips and a side of our fresh cucumber salad

Mac & Cheese – $13
Tender pasta in a creamy sauce of blended cheeses, hearty baked beans with bacon, and a side of fresh cucumber salad

Yellow Coconut Curry (V, GF) – $13
Chickpeas, cauliflower, and bell peppers in a richly seasoned curry sauce served over jasmine rice with a side of fresh cucumber salad

Mediterranean Pasta Salad – $12
Grilled chicken, summer veggies, feta cheese, and fresh basil in a Mediterranean-inspired vinaigrette served with a bag of kettle cooked chips and a side of cucumber salad