Legacy Putney

May 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – May 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Next Stage
15 Kimball Hill
Putney, VT 05346

Next Stage Arts Project is proud to announce Legacy Putney, a collaborative celebration of Putney history, arts, and culture, with events May 3-13, 2018. ALL events are free and open to the public.
Legacy Putney is a 10-day festival that will feature stories, developed with support in listening and storytelling from the international company Narativ, and a range of works by and about cultural figures and groups in our local history through the present, that have shaped who we are today. These will be shared in a range of formats that are a hallmark of Next Stage; literary, film, music, theater, dance, culinary and visual arts.
After Putney’s General Store (a gathering place for the community) had a catastrophic fire — not once but twice — in 2008, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and a subsequent national recession, the village economy was severely threatened. Out of these devastating circumstances, the greater community came together to rebuild, revitalize and renew its town. Next Stage Arts Project was born out of the passion and perseverance of a community wanting a resource space to gather and celebrate. It would transform its historic center church, that had been serving as a traditional meeting place for generations, into what is now the cornerstone of the greater community for music, theater, spoken word, film, educational programming, monthly community suppers, and many other events and celebrations.
With Legacy Putney, Next Stage, in collaboration with the Town of Putney, The Putney Historical Society, Yellow Barn, Sandglass Theater, Vermont Folk Life Center, Twilight Music, Vermont Humanities Council and area artists, schools and businesses, is telling the story of our community, and further building our legacy. Who are the people behind this remarkable revival; what are our historical roots, traditions, family stories, influences, triumphs, and struggles?
Legacy Putney is funded by a National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant, the Fresh Sound Foundation, and the Harmon Foundation.

Legacy Putney schedule of events:
May 3
7pm Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor Vermont Humanities Council Speaker at Putney Public Library
May 4
7pm An Evening of Putney Stories with Mud by Sandglass Theater
May 5
8pm Yellow Barn Tribute to David & Janet Wells & concert by Enrico Elisi
May 6
4-6:30pm Butterfly Swing Band T Dance (with instruction)
May 7
10am All School/Community Sing at The Putney School
7pm Putney Art Stories by Putney Central School students in collaboration with the Vermont Folk Life Center
Bake sale to benefit the Putney Foodshelf
May 8
7pm Speaker William Hosley — Reading Places: Art, Architecture, and Gravestones in Early Vermont by Putney Historical Society/Vermont Humanities Council
May 9
7pm Indigenous Voice from the Land with traditional food
May 10
7pm The Vermont Movie; # 3 with special guest filmmaker Nora Jacobson
Plus Putney Historical Society short films
May 11
5:30–7pm Community Supper
7–9pm The Stockwell Brothers & Friends Concert
May 12
4–6pm Traditional Family Recipe Tastings Contra Dance
6–9pm Putney All-Star Contra Dance
May 13
5–7pm Thaw art show closing reception and 6pm reading with Evie Lovett & Diana Whitney
Next Stage Gallery Art Show Thaw featuring work by Evie Lovett
Photographic Exhibition by Putney Historical Society
Food collection for Putney Foodshelf

Putney businesses and restaurants will also welcome audiences with food and other services throughout the festival!
The newly-renovated Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT in the village center. The landmarked building was constructed in 1841 and is now fully accessible with an elevator and hearing assist system, excellent sound and sightlines, and supremely comfortable seating, as well as a commercial grade kitchen and art gallery. Next Stage has been recognized nationally, including receiving awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace America.