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Student art BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Bennington Museum's annual Student Art Show, exhibiting the work of area public and private school students from southwestern Vermont, eastern New York and western Massachusetts, will open on Sunday, Jan. 11 in the Paul Paresky Museum Court. Displays of two- and three-dimensional works in a wide variety of media by students from kindergarten through grade 12 will be on exhibit until Friday, Feb. 6. A free opening reception will be held on Jan. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Ada Paresky Education Center for students, teachers, family and friends. Light refreshments will be served. On Sunday, Jan. 25, in conjunction with the art show, a free “Young Musicians Concert” will take place in the Education Center from 1 to 3 p.m., featuring performances by the Bennington Children’s Chorus and students from the Bennington Music School and the North Bennington Graded School string program. Those attending will also have the opportunity to view the student art. The Bennington Museum, 75 Main St. (Route 9, 1 mile west of the intersection of Routes 7 and 9 in downtown Bennington), is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is charged; museum members and children under twelve are free. Information: www.benningtonmuseum.org or (802) 447-1571. Frost talk POWNAL, Vt. — Local author and retired professor Lea Newman will discuss the work of Robert Frost on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Solomon Wright Public Library. Newman, author of “Robert Frost: the People, Places and Stories behind his New England Poetry,” will focus on several poems to illustrate and illuminate Frost’s work, which “talks about the world in terms of New England,” according to Newman. She will also discuss how Frost’s insight in describing in poetic form the Yankee mannerisms, events and attitudes of his “neighbors” and New England life give the readers clues about his personality and intentions in writing specific poems. The presentation is funded by the library and the Freeman Grant fund. Information 802-823-5400. Snowshoe benefit BENNINGTON, Vt. — Nature’s Closet, at the Four Corners, will host a Snowshoe Play-Day on Sunday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Park McCullough House to benefit The Turning Point Club of Bennington. The outing will offer an opportunity to try a pair of Dion snowshoes and outerwear from Patagonia while snowshoeing the One-Mile Loop. Snowshoes will be available, and hot cider, cocoa and baked goods will be provided free of charge, compliments of Dion. Patagonia products, as well as other prizes from local merchants, will be offered as raffle prizes. Raffle tickets may be purchased at Nature’s Closet, Power’s Market and the Turning Point Club. Tickets are $1 each or 10 for $5. The Turning Point Club is a grassroots, nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that works to assist people who are in recovery. Headmasters featured ARLINGTON, Vt. — The headmasters of Burr and Burton Academy and Long Trail School will be the guests on Don Keelan’s “Q & A Live” on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 7:15 p.m. on community access Channel 15. Chuck Scranton of Burr and Burton and Dave Wilson, founder of Long Trail, appeared on the show in January 2003. This year’s appearance will enable viewers to question Scranton about Burr and Burton’s $10 million capital fund drive, as well as the school’s $1,100 tuition increase for academic year 2004-05. Wilson will speak about current programs being offered at Long Trail School and how he sees the future for the school he and his wife founded over 25 years ago. The headmasters will also speak about the controversial No Child Left Behind law, special education, future prospects of independent schools and testing. Channel 15 is available in communities from Arlington north to Bondville. Information: Greater Northshire Access TV, 802-362-7070. French group BENNINGTON, Vt. — “Francophones” are invited to gather on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the South Street Café, 105 South St. The café will remain open for those attending the meeting. All levels of proficiency are invited to help form a regular French conversation group for informal language practice and the sharing of culture. At least one native speaker is expected to attend to lend encouragement. Information: Tordis Ilg Isselhardt, 802-442-3204. MANCHESTER, Vt. — The Hildene 2004 winter History Series will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 13, with a slide show and discussion led by Tom Visser, head of the historic preservation program at the University of Vermont. Visser will focus on the evolution of the Vermont barn vernacular and the way that evolution reflects the history of Vermont agriculture. Copies of his book, “A Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings,” will be available for purchase. Each session in the series, to be held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month from January through May in the new “event space” at Northshire Bookstore, will include a 45-minute presentation with 30 minutes for questions and discussion. The new Spiral Press Café will be open before the event, and parking is available at the rear of the bookstore. The Hildene history talks are designed to introduce people to the basic facts and issues of each evening’s topic. Subsequent talks, in scheduled order, include University of Vermont Professor Melanie Gustafson speaking on “The Humanity of Theodore Roosevelt: The Poignant Side of a Strenuous Life;” Chairman of the Jefferson Legacy Foundation Sydney “Chip” Stokes’ presentation about the third president; UVM Professor Dona Brown exploring the history of Vermont tourism and Samuel Hand, retired chairman of the UVM history department discussing the new “Vermont Encyclopedia.” In addition to the second Tuesday sessions, there will be two Saturday sessions — one with Hildene curator Brian Knight giving a sneak preview of the museum’s exhibit “Vermont and the North Shire in the Civil War,” and another with Mark Stoler, current chairman of the UVM history department, leading a discussion on “World War II; Myth vs. Reality.” The dates and location of are still to be scheduled. All events are free to the public. The Hildene Winter History Series is cosponsored by the Northshire Bookstore, the University of Vermont, Vermont Humanities Council and Hildene. Information: Hildene, 802-362-1788 or info@hildene.org.

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