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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


Photo Fun !

By camilla @ 1:10 pm

the-long-and-winding-sidewalk-maxamerican-wheel-joemotionless-movement-ambianaThe Photo Fun 2016 is almost at the end…one more month of Challenges – December!  I am browsing today, getting ready to send to the judges, so here are some from the Photo Fun Kids….



The beauty of Alabama

By camilla @ 4:49 pm

Wooden Horse Arts Guild member, Georgia Higley, of Lowell, VT. sends this lovely watercolor from Alabama “Fish River”. I think I would like to visit there. More about Georgia at



#StartWithaSmile at

By camilla @ 11:18 am


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When you shop at Amazon will donate to www.woodenhorseartsincorporated

If you are a Shopper, especially an Amazon Shopper, don’t forget that Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to WOODEN HORSE ARTS GUILD INCORPORATED

Your donation through   will support the Arts Education Fund of the Wooden Horse Arts Guild


Arts Education Scholarship!

By camilla @ 7:19 pm

Wooden Horse_small-USE THIS The Wooden Horse Arts Guild Arts Education Committee announced the Fall Scholarship Round for the Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund. Applications of up to $500.00 are now being accepted.  The round will be closed to applicants on November 30, 2016.

One of the ways the Guild fulfills its 501(c)3 mission is through the Scholarship Fund. The fund is named for a founding member and current president who continues to be dedicated to supporting creative development in the arts. We encourage and recognize artistic excellence in the literary, visual and performing arts and to date have given 14 scholarships in these fields. See the Spring 2016 winners at

The fund provides cash awards to enable Vermont residents ages 16 and over to enhance their growth and education in the arts and is supported by donations from members, the general public and fund raising events conducted by the Wooden Horse Arts Guild.

The Guild welcomes donations to help continue this important work and expand scholarship monies for Vermonters interested in continuing their artistic development. Donations to the fund are fully deductible under section 170 of the 501c3 code and may be sent to WHAG Scholarships, P.O. Box 502  North Troy, VT. 05859.  Donations can also be made through PayPal or by our yearly 50-50 raffle.  (Call 802-988-4300 for raffle tickets – $5/6 – $10/15 – $20/30)

Complete information about the Camilla Mead Arts Education Scholarship Fund, the recipients and applications are at Request an application by writing to Wooden Horse Arts Guild, Inc., P.O. Box 502, North Troy, VT. 05859




Love Birds???

By camilla @ 7:01 am

The WHAG’s newest member. Art Wolff, will help to create in us, the love of wildlife.  We may never see a Boreal Owl (in real life).  Here is Art’s- sculpted in Tupelo Gum.  We welcome Art and look forward to seeing many more of his carvings.



Let’s see what the Photo Fun kids are doing!

By camilla @ 12:33 pm



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Looks like this is the season for Baseball and soccer! FUN!















Newport Area Community Orchestra

By camilla @ 3:00 pm

newportareacommunityorchestra145x85Here’s an update from Ken Michelli, leader of the Community Orchestra.  We’re all getting anxious for their music!

The NACO’s fall concert season is almost underway.   Rehearsals began on Tuesday, September 13th and will culminate with the fall concert on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the United Church in Newport.  We also are having a chamber program at St. Mark’s Episcopal church on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm featuring our woodwind quintet, followed by our Orchestra Members Recital featuring soloists from the orchestra on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm.  On December 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm, members from the orchestra and the community will be featured on a special Christmas program at St. Mark’s.  Please add these dates to your calendars.  We would love to see you there!    We’ll keep you posted!
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