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Toe-Tapping!! at the GOODRICH!

By camilla @ 3:59 pm

Country musicdancingGoodrich Memorial Library invites you to a Valentine Celebration featuring the toe-tapping music of the Friends & Drifters on Friday February 17th at 7:00 PM.

Friends & Drifters Valentine’s Day Celebration
Join us for an evening of music and refreshments in a cozy cafe-style setting. Donation upon entry would be much appreciated. (All profits benefit the Goodrich Memorial Library.)


By camilla @ 9:57 am
Every year about this time, we expect an invitation from Byron Carr for the ARTIST’S GETAWAY WEEKEND AT THE BARTLETT INN in the WHITE MTS. of New Hampshire. If you have visited the White Mts., then you know how very beautiful they are….for painters (or photographers) the area is a treasure. If you have never visited the White Mts. then click below for wonderful photos of the many painting locations  and you owe yourself an ART-cation!  We love it and so will you!
May 18-21, 2017
This is not a workshop, just for painting. 
For photos of a few of the many painting locations in the area,
The Bartlett Inn is the best location I have found to have a long weekend for artists to roam the countryside and paint on location.  Nick and Miriam are great artist friendly hosts for the four days.  It is centrally located to most of the White Mountains and their varied scenery.  Expansive mountain views, rocks and waterfalls, ponds and streams, farms and fields, and the Conway Rail Station are a short drive away. 
All skill levels are invited.  Artists from around New England and even some from NY City have gathered here twice a year for 10 years.  After Nick and Miriam prepare a great breakfast we are off to paint.  There is no other schedule because dealing with artists is like herding cats.  Some paint in groups, some alone.  I do a demonstration painting for those interested.  Sat. evening we have pizza delivered and check out all our paintings.
Price varies per room but all are special rates for artists.

Restrictions: Subject to availability. Price includes 3 nights accommodation, yummy country breakfast daily and Friday/Saturday Art Sessions as per above.
For more information:          1 603 746 3370


Get ready to enter!

By camilla @ 10:37 am

scholarships logoThe Wooden Horse Arts Guild Arts Education Committee announces the Spring Scholarship Round for the Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund. Applications for the Spring round of up to $500.00 will be accepted beginning March 1st, 2017. The round will be closed to applicants on May 1st., 2017.



Art isn’t just a throw-away class and neither is the study of crafts…they are  subjects that can lead to a meaningful career for creative students, whether a highschooler or a Mom who has the ability to take on a project and wants to go further. If you have talent, and the ability to express a passion for your medium of choice in each project you take on, well, you’re doing something you love. Might as well get a little financial aid to help you along!

The Wooden Horse Arts Guild offers their Camilla Mead Arts Education scholarships to help with funds for drawing to painting to photography to design, and even  music and literary arts. Our scholarships are specific to those who live in Vermont and are ages 16 through those older adults who want to continue their artistic talent.

Activities supported by the fund include, but are not limited to, workshops, private or group classes, performance, instrument rental or purchase and acquisition of art supplies.   Applications and all information are at:  You will also see the recipients of some of our scholarships.











By camilla @ 7:28 pm

20150214_0272-collector's fair 20150214_0277 resizedThe Collectors’ Fair, the ULTIMATE SHOW AND TELL, will once again be held at the Orleans Elementary School gym in Orleans, VT on Sunday, Feb. 12 – 9 am to 2 pm!

Free Admission – Lunch and Snacks!  Come and see:  Your favorite insulators, glass works, cards, antiques, Star Wars. vintage Lionel TRAINS ……You’ll have a great time and be sure to bring the kids! They’ll love to run the trains.

Organized by the Old Stone House Museum and happily sponsored by Parkview Garage and E.M. Brown & Son.

See you There!20150214_0231trains-collector-small


The Trains! Whimsical sculptures and drawings by Newport’s Manfred Rieder

By camilla @ 9:11 am

If you like trains and everything about them, don’t miss this showing!

Most of Manfred’s sculptures are based on rail plates that are 70 to 90 years old and were collected in the Eastern Townships and in the Newport to Richford area. “My little pieces have been created in memory of those who rode on them over a very long time.” Don’t miss the opening party!manfredposter


Enotes: January 2017- Masterworks from VSO

By camilla @ 9:01 am
SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2017                                              violin on music
Poetry and music join forces as we showcase our remarkable concertmaster, and delve into Beethoven’s penultimate symphony. The opening piece is by American composer Christopher Theofanidis (“theo-fun-nee-dees) (b.1967), who based Dreamtime Ancestors on the Australian aboriginal idea that everyone is connected through our “dreamtime ancestors” of the past, present, and future.
The VSO concertmaster, Katherine Winterstein, will take us through her interpretation of American composer Samuel Barber’s iconic violin concerto. Katherine performs on a remarkable and historic instrument, made in 1774, over a hundred years before Beethoven was even born. The program closes with Beethoven’s relentlessly cheerful eighth symphony, a masterpiece that often gets overshadowed by the more famous seventh and ninth symphonies.
This is a program not to miss! More information?


Don’t Forget the dates!

By camilla @ 11:51 am

The invitation, in its entirety!  If you are a photographer, you will love this!

 NEK Camera Club:

Join us for a three day photography workshop with internationally traveled photographer Neal Parent.
January 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2017 We will be beginning our guided photo-tour at Lake Memphremagog Waterfront in Newport, Vermont.

Lodging is available at the Derby Four Seasons Inn and Suite
Or Google: Newport City Motel, Newport VT. Contact info. 802-334-6558
(Lodging is not included in workshop fees)

Neal will 0come to us from Belfast ME and guide us in taking those unique and special photos that are part of everyday living in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
Please visit his website to catch a glimpse of his recent tours.
and check out his gallery as well.
You will also find Neal on Facebook.

We are excited about his plan to join us here in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The Kingdom was identified as National Geographic Geo-Tourism Landmark. You can check out this website for more information on the NEK.

While weather may be a factor in some of our plans it also will offer us great opportunities at the end of January. Some of our stops will include the local culture such as a photo shoot inside Currier’s Quality Market where we find a local country store that includes everything one needs as well as a 948 pound moose along with many other wildlife that have been preserved and are on display.

We hope to spend a bit of time out on South Bay with the ice fishing shanties and capture an essence of more than a hobby but an economic way of winter life.…/31324807/ice-fishing-for-a-good-cause

The ice castle on Lake Memphremagog will be another photo op.

St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in Newport is a history lesson in visuals.

You will feel like you are inside a corner of Versailles, France.
Built in 1903 ….The pews and kneelers are original, but have been renovated and refurbished. All of the paintings on the walls and ceilings were done by a local artist, a Mr. N. O. Rochon, who obtained permission to recreate the works of French artist Tissaud.

A visit to the Haskell Free Library on the Canadian Border will provide an architectural opportunity as well. Inside the library you can take each other’s pictures with one foot in the USA and the other in Canada.

These are highlights and not all of what we will see and capture.

Sleigh ride, fiddling, country dinner, and more.

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For your Calendar: For the kids!!!

By camilla @ 2:29 pm






If you have children ages 5 thru 8 years old, Put this on your Calendar!

.  The MAC Center for the Arts in partnership with ACT 1, the Northeast Kingdom’s Premiere Theater Academy, is thrilled to announce plans for 2017.

Here’s only a thumbnail…………

 Saturday, January 21, 2017 will debut Once Upon a Time: Peter Pan for 5 to 8 year olds’, a half day of theater learning and fun.

Once Upon a Time: Peter Pan will teach participants about learning music and movement for the stage in addition to creating costume pieces and decorating the space to reflect Neverland as they imagine it. Character work will be a major theme throughout the afternoon as the students learn the roles of “Lost Boys” and “Pirates” bringing their unique personalities to the performance as an ensemble.

Local middle school performers will act as “Show Captains” borrowed from the term “Dance Captains” in the theater business and will lead the little ones through their show.

Cost for the afternoon is $25 for one participant and $40 for a pair. Registration includes water, materials and an ACT 1 t-shirt in addition to professional training. All are welcome, no experience required- just love of creativity is what your child needs to have a memorable afternoon.

To register for the January 21st event, please stop by or call the MAC Center for the Arts. All questions regarding the day of the event should be directed to ACT 1 at or Lynn Leimer at

Visit or call 802-334-1966.

A message from Ken Michelli and orchestra!

By camilla @ 2:03 pm
for lunch and musicI hope all of you have a wonderful 2017!  The new year will begin the orchestras 6th concert season.  During the last six years, we have experienced much growth and expansion.  Even with the growth and expansion, we still have openings for string instruments.  Please help us to spread the word about our need for more strings.  They are a very critical part of the orchestra.  I appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming spring concerts beginning with the Orchestra Members Recital on Sunday, March 26th at 3:00 pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Newport.  If you have missed any of our past concerts, please go to our website at
Ken Michelli (Music Director, Executive Director)
Newport Area Community Orchestra


An NEK Photographic opportunity!

By camilla @ 5:39 pm


Casey Boyle, notifies of a wonderful NEK Photographic opportunity!1-neal-by-liann-lech


Casey has arranged for Internationally traveled photographer, Neal Parent, to come to the NEK January 27, 28 and 29th, 2017 for three full days of a guided photo-tour -roughly 8 hour days.  On average 5 of photo-shooting and 3 of photo-processing after each days shoot. The cost for his workshop for is only $300! 

January 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2017 We will be beginning our guided photo-tour  at Lake Memphremagog Waterfront in Newport, Vermont.

Neal will come to us from Belfast ME and guide us in taking those unique and special photos that are part of everyday living in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

Please visit Neal’s website to catch a glimpse of his recent tours.  and check out his gallery as well. 

We are excited about his plan to join us here in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  The Kingdom was identified as National Geographic Geo-Tourism Landmark. You can check out this website for more information on the NEK.

While weather may be a factor in some of our plans it also will offer us great opportunities for inside photo-shooting of the Northeast Kingdom, such as: Currier’s Quality Market, St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, and Haskell Free Library on the Canadian Border .

More of what we will see and capture in this three days:  Sleigh ride, fiddling, country dinner, and more.

For complete information, including lodging, contact

Casey Boyle-Eldridge at  Subject line: January workshop

photo of Neal Parent by Liann Lech
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