Arts & Entertainment

Find out about local art, theater, music and film going on in Southern Vermont near Golden Stage Inn bed and breakfast. The arts and entertainment scene in Vermont often showcases local artisans and local crafts. Nearby Fletcher Farm Craft School offers courses in everything from digital imaging to weaving a necktie chair seat to introductory silversmithing!


Reasons to Love Vermont in May

It’s a hidden secret that Ludlow, Proctorsville, Cavendish, and other nearby towns in Southern Vermont are great places to spend a bit of springtime.

Vermont Snowdrops, Ludlow VTThat could mean a road trip, a getaway, or a family vacation during spring break.  New England is known for its muddy spring season, which can sometimes be cold… But Southern Vermont is beating mud season with improved roads and cars.  The forsythia, crocuses and daffodils are blooming as robins search the ground for worms.  Fresh spring breezes and blue skies remind us summer is just around the corner.  Behind the occasional dirt and rain, there are tons of reasons to love Vermont in the spring….especially if you are a guest of Golden Stage Inn!

  1. Honey Bee Installation at Golden Stage Inn B&B

  2. See The Spitfire Grill at Northern Stage

  3. Build a Living Willow Structure at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts

  4. Billings Farm & Museums Opens May 1st

  5. “Get the most from your garden” talk with Evening Song Farm

  6. May 24th is Opening Day at President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site

  7. Girls and Guns Weekend at Golden Stage Inn!

 

  • honeybee hive swarm july 2013Honey Bee Installation: the date is not exact, but if you’re interested in seeing honey bees introduced to their new homes, contact the innkeepers for more info!  The honey bees will arrive around the second week of May.  Once the flowers start to open up, you’ll be able to tour the hives (or watch a hive tour from indoors!).  We can’t wait for this year’s honey harvest and another season of backyard beekeeping adventures.
  • The Spitfire Grill is a new musical at Northern Stage, and will be running through May 4th.  Based on a movie and book, the Spitfire Grill tells the uplifting story of small town camaraderie through song and drama.  The musical won the Richard Rogers Award.  Check out the preview below!
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  • Living Willow Structure Class will be taught by Bonnie Gale, who appeared on Martha Stewart in 2010 for the Cultivating Life Show.  The class goes from 9-4 on May 24th and 25th at the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts.  Students will practice making a joint structure on a living fence.  Then, they will make an individual living willow arch to take home!
  • Billings Farm & Museum opens up again in May!  Watch sheep-shearing and herding with Border Collies on May 3 & 4.  Celebrate VT dairy on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24th and 25th.  You’ll sample delicious Vermont cheeses, learn to make ice cream, churn butter, and meet local cheese makers.  Billings Farm is located in Woodstock and is about a half hour drive from our Bed and Breakfast in Ludlow, VT.
  • Gardening Talk with Evening Song Farm will be useful and interesting.  Held at Cavendish Fletcher Community Library, within walking distance of Golden Stage Inn B&B.  Evening Song Farm is a successful CSA operation located near Rutland VT.
  • Explore President Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, opening on Memorial Day weekend!  The Killington Stage Race will be fun to watch, and you can see the new exhibit “The Coolidges, Plymouth, and the Civil War.”
  • And last but not least, experience Girls & Guns Weekend at Golden Stage Inn!  You’ll get two night’s lodging for two people (including delicious breakfasts and treats of course).  Plus, we’ll provide one fully paid for admission the the Women on the Range course, hosted by Black River Valley Rod and Gun Club.  Learn to shoot rifles, shotguns, pistols and bows and arrows with other women.  All adventure-seekers, outdoors enthusiasts, and wannabe hunters will love this unique Vermont Inn special.  See our Girls & Guns Specials Page for further info!
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April Classes at the Vault Gallery, Springfield Vermont

Vault-Art-Gallery-In-Springfield-VTMany of you may be familiar with Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts here in Ludlow Vermont.  But did you know there’s another great gallery nearby Golden Stage Inn?  The VAULT Gallery in Springfield, Vermont is just a 25-minute drive from our bed and breakfast.  The Vault offers programs and workshops for all ages, from half-day workshops to week-long kids’ art camps.  You can also just pop you head in for a quick peek at the local crafts and art featured in the gallery as you stroll through downtown Springfield.  Be warned though, a quick glance may rope you in to admiring the artwork for longer than you expected!  Back in December, I entered the Vault gallery to purchase a Christmas card…I walked out a full hour later after looking at the many unique pieces and having a conversation with the gallery’s volunteers.

Visit Vermont’s VAULT art gallery this spring to explore classes and programs that suit your abilities and interests…

  • April 5th: Felt a Panda with Instructor Sue Carey.  Participants will felt an adorable 6-inch tall panda bear.  Suitable for beginning and intermediate felters, you will walk away with a knowledge of felting techniques, including how to make your felt soft and fuzzy!  Tuition is $25; Materials fee is $25.  This class runs from noon to 4pm.Vacation-Art-Camp-at-VAULT-Gallery-Vermont
  • April 14th & 15th: Vacation Art Camp!  Draw Fantasy Creatures with Christine Mix. Get your child creative over their school break, with elves, dragons, fairies, knights and more. Suitable for children ages 10 and up.  Art class is from 1-3pm at the Parks & Rec Building at 139 Main Street.  Fee is $10 per child; register early for a spot.
  • April 14, 15 & 17: Vacation Art Camp!  Look at Me: Adventures in Creating Portraits with Ginger Maciejowski and Diane Kemble. Suitable for children ages 7+; Fee is $10 per child. Use watercolors, mosaics and colored pencils to make different kinds of portraits! This art class runs from 9:30-11:30 am. 
  • April 19th: Painting Spectacular Flowers in Watercolor with Robert O’Brien. Over the course of the day, you will learn basic flower-painting techniques from a renowned painter.  This painting class is suitable for painters of all abilities, including beginners.  Start with a demonstration by the instructor, followed by a class with hands-on guidance.  Finish the day with a critique and discussion, taking home your own beautiful piece of artwork!  Class fee is $75, and will last from 9:30am to 4pm.

 

Northern Stage presents “Good People”

Now through March 23rd, take a trip to Northern Stage, located in Briggs Opera House at White River Junction, Vermont. Northern Stage is a 45 minute drive north of our Southern Vermont Bed and Breakfast. The show Good People opened on March 5th, and will be playing through March 23rd. This contemporary drama is set in South Boston and, like any good piece of theater, tells of hardship and struggle. A working class woman loses her job and faces real challenges with a warm heart, dancing around the question of what makes a person a good person. The classic American story blends humor with humanity, suspense with social inquiry. See a preview of rehearsal and commentary below! As they say in the video, “Good People” is one of the most produced plays in America this year; it is a treat to have this show running at Northern Stage in Vermont!

The script was written by Pulitzer prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, and the show is directed by Carol Dunne. Tickets are $15-60, with group rates available.
A stunning review of Northern Stage’s “Good People” in the Rutland Herald called the main lead “a fully dynamic perfomance…with flair,” and said the production was the best since 2012. Stay at our Southern Vermont Bed and Breakfast on your way to the play, and make an evening of it with dinner at a nearby restaurant in White River Junction, such as Elixir or Tuckerbox. Coming next to Northern Stage in April…the Spitfire Grill!

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-Sophi Veltrop, Golden Stage Inn Secretary of the Arts

Classes at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts: March 2014

While waiting out this final stretch of winter, make use of your indoor time with classes at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts. Though the snow may keep you inside, you can keep your hands and mind active and create something beautiful and useful. March classes at Fletcher Farm School range across a number of topics, including felting, basketry, weaving and printing. Classes are usually welcoming to every level, so that the “What is felting?!” beginners like me can have just as much fun as experienced print-makers and weavers who are looking for something new. All classes at Fletcher Farm School are from 9 am to 4 pm with a half hour lunch break at noon.

Learn to weave miniature baskets at a Vermont crafts school! There are many classes at Fletcher Farm School to choose from.

March 15-16: Felt a Flying Owl with Sue Carey

Using wool primarily sourced from Vermont sheep, create your own realistic owl (6-8 inch wingspan). Combining the techniques of wet felting and needle felting, beginning and intermediate felters will leave the class with a beautiful ornament. In addition, the class provides you with a felting needle which you may take home for future felt projects, and a valuable source of knowledge and information regarding various needle and wool types.

March 22: Weave Miniature Baskets with Judy Nevin

Adorable baskets can add to your decor or hold small objects at your desk. Carve the handles and rims yourself before weaving together an Aztec-inspired basket an a Cathead Oval basket. I can imagine my ten-year-old self loving these baskets for my stuffed animals and dolls!

March 23: Weave a Landscape with Carolyn Scott

I had no idea you could weave a landscape – or anything framed and picturesque – until reading about the March offerings for classes at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts. Even beginning crafters can design a landscape using simple knotting, embroidery and weaving skills. Ready to hang on the wall the minute you leave!

Weave a gorgeous and strong chair seat using old neckties! Just one of many classes at Fletcher Farm School in VT

March 29-30: Weave a Necktie Chair Seat with Joyce Fuller

That’s right – re-purpose those old neckties into a gorgeous and innovative piece of furniture! Basic sewing skills are required for this class. You will create a strong seat cushion with your own hands, giving new life to both those old neckties and a chair or rocker whose woven or rush seat has been busted. If you need extra ties they will be available for purchase.

 

Solarplate printmaking is one of the classes at Fletcher Farm School offered this March.

March 29-30: Solarplate Printmaking with Roger Hyndman

Transform original images into high-quality etchings. Using the sun’s UV light and no acids at all, you can develop these plates in tap water! The only other tools involved will be your creativity and images and basic tools of the printmaker. Participate in critiques and learn a variety of techniques. Use an Intaglio Press to create limited edition etchings. This class appeals to students of all levels, and artists involved in any media!

Stay at the Golden Stage Inn for your arts and crafts travel weekends, and try out the classes at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts for a uniquely creative way to stay busy this March!

Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Lebanon, NH

I continue to be astounded by the way the world comes to our neck of the woods in Vermont and New Hampshire.  The mountains surrounding our bed and breakfast in Cavendish are known for their impressive hiking, biking and skiing, but they are also constantly celebrated through art.  I realized this last night, as the tour of the Banff Mountain Film Festival passed through Southwestern New Hampshire.  Though it was a bit of a hike to get to Lebanon, NH from the Ludlow and Okemo area, it was completely worthwhile to experience the moutain film of a lifetime.  Well, really, it was many films of a life-time, and they were only a microscopic snapshot of the entire collection shown at the original Banff Film Festival back in October of 2013.  Though the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Whites of New Hampshire are small in size compared to the Himalayas, the tapuis of South America, and the cliffs of Morocco, this was the perfect setting in which to watch mountain-themed films.  The culture of our area is shaped by the mountains just as the mountains and hills have been shaped by time.  Though every range and peak has its own character, people who love the mountains have a deep passion in common.  It was that passion that every theater-goer that night shared as we watched with eyes wide at the dramatic scenes before us.

Below are brief accounts and review of a sampling of mountain films showed in the Lebanon Opera House this past Friday.  Check out the United States Tour to see if the film festival is coming your way in the future…it may just stoke your passion to gain elevation!

  • The first half of the evening’s feature film was Ready to Fly, a documentary profiling the fight to end discrimination against women in the Olympics.  Lindsey Van, a woman ski jumper who can jump farther than most men, led the fight by suing the International Olympic Committee.  If you’ve been following the Olympic Games News for the Sochi Winter Games of 2014, you’ll already know the ending to the story (it’s a happy one with victory for ladies!) but this film is absolutely stunning and will make you think about equality in sports today.
  • A short film called Cascada showed impressive imagery and cinematography.  Kayakers journey to Mexico to tackle waterfalls, but reflect upon their experience with people and wilderness in the process.  The shots are absolutely gorgeous!

  • My favorite piece was The Burn, simply because it did not try to impress…because it did not have to.  The entire mountain film was simply two skiers pounding powder in the back country that had burned down in a wildfire the day before a snowstorm.  Not only was the landscape desolately captivating, but the trees were still glowing with embers from the fire before. Sparks flew off from under the skiers when their skis sank through the powder and hit still-burning wood, red embers reflecting off of ice and snow.

  • Two 20-minute films were shown in the second half.  One, Keeper of the Mountains, told the story of an old woman named Elizabeth Hawley, who has kept records her entire life of the ascents of Mount Everest.  She knows every traverse, camp, and crevasse, but has never and will never climb the mountain herself.  Another impressive lady was profiled in Spice Girl, the story of perhaps the best female trad (traditional) climber of her age.  Her name is Hazel Finlay, and she was the first girl to trad climb an E9 (that’s a very hard thing to do!).  As you watch her make ascents, your palms sweating, she speaks about the experience, saying “It’s a bit scary.”  Amazing.  The first half shows her conquering rock walls with her dad, and the second half chronicles her adventure to Morocco to climb a 12-pitch wall that took from before dawn to far after dark.

Visit Vermont not just for the mountains, but also for the amazing creative work they inspire and celebrate from across the world!

 

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