Legendary Barnard Street Dance Is This Saturday
by Cloe Powell, Barnard News
(photos by Linda Treash from last year’s Street Dance)
The Barnard Street Dance will be held this Saturday, Aug. 10 on the shore of the Barnard General Store beachfront. This annual tradition was begun by Kim Furlong and Carolyn Dicicco, former owners of the Barnard General Store, relying on the support of people in the community to make it a success.
This May, the Store opened under new ownership and a community group has worked hard to keep this event alive this year. With the recently reopened store now in full service, the event serves as a celebration of the successful efforts of the Barnard Community Trust to bring back Barnard’s beloved commercial center, and their placement of Joe Minerva and Jillian Bradley as new operators of the business.
Though the store’s doors are open, the task of raising money is still not done, and a mortgage remains to be paid off by the year’s end. Any money raised beyond the cost of the event will be split between the BCT and Barnard’s Helping Hands Organization, which works to help our neighbors in need.
Tax-deductable donations can be made through the BCT for the event, and members of the trust will be available to answer questions, sign-up new members, and renew memberships if you haven’t yet done so for this year.
Festivities will run from 1 – 11p.m. While the event ideally takes place in the street, the Town Hall has been reserved as a rain location, and given this summer’s weather, that can’t be a bad idea.
Musical acts include the blue-grass, group Haywire, Automatic Rooster, and the headliner is Bow Thayer and Perfect Train-wreck. From 1:30-3:30 activities for kids will be facilitated by Greg Labella, the children’s gym teacher at the Barnard Academy and other local schools.
For the past four years, local artist Linda Treash has organized a community art project, and this year’s project will be a sculpture made with flower made from plastic bottles. They are collecting clear and colored plastic bottles, which will be cut into blooms.
Last year’s community project was a fish, fashioned by local blacksmith Greg Clasby using old horseshoes. Wooden shingles were decorated by community members to make up the fin, and tail, and this beautiful sculpture still sits on display at the lake-front.
Food will be available from the Barnard General Store, and local vendors will set up with their crafts. The Street Dance is a family friendly, alcohol free event, and organizers ask attendees to be safe and respectful as they enjoy this community event.
This past week at the Clark Commons, we were joined by The Five Corners String Quartet, hailing from all over Vermont. Their performances of Bottesini’s Gran Quintetto, Dvorak’s very difficult Opus 77 and an original piece by Paul Perley of Berlin, were beautifully done.
If you’d like another chance to catch them, they’ll be touring, and stopping in Bethel on Saturday Aug. 23 at the Bethel Town Hall at 7:30. This week at Clark Commons we’ll be joined by Rafe Wolman, and friends with some old timey fiddle music, and Randy and Lisa Robar of Kiss the Cow Farm, will offer a “meet the baby animals” visit to the barn.
Tickets are now available for purchase for Fable Theatre’s production of Crimes of the Heart by visiting fabletheatre.com. The first fifty tickets are entered into a raffle to win dinner for two at Pane e Salute in Woodstock.
Tickets are also available now for BarnArts production of Grease, featuring much young local talent, Aug. 16 at 2 p.m., and Aug. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets you may call 802-332-6020 or visit BarnArts.org
From Teo Zagar “The newly formed Barnard Energy Commit-tee, chaired by Joann Ference and vice-chaired by Teo Zagar, has been meeting once a month at the Barnard Town Offices to come up with viable solutions for individual, family and town energy efficiency projects.
The first goal is to swap out all of the town streetlights with LEDs, which will reduce energy use and save the town money. The next meeting of the BEC takes place at the Barnard Town Offices in the basement of the Town Hall on Tuesday the 20th of August at 7 p.m.”
I’m off next week for a tour of the West with Italian tourists – my “Spaghetti Western” Adventure. I am prepared to be amazed at the sights, and anticipate that travelling in the desert in August will make me grateful for my home, and even for the rain.