Arts Calendar: Arts Festival
The 40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green–a free, family-friendly music series supported by community donations–will be held during the week of July 8 through 14, 2018, under the big white tent on the Village Green, Middlebury, VT. “Brown Bag” family-friendly programs are presented from Noon until 1 p.m. weekdays with evening musical performances from 7 until 8:30 p.m. on Sunday and 7 until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The Festival is a 2018 Vermont Chamber of Commerce “Top 10 Summer Event” and proud participant in Vermont Arts 2018. Events are held rain or shine. Free admission; donations welcomed. Info: www.festivalonthegreen.org, 802-462-3555.
|Time:||7/8/18 7:00pm - 7/14/18 10:00pm|
|Location:||under a tent on the Village Green, Middlebury|
The New York Times features the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL as one of 15 summer favorites! Read more here: http://bit.ly/NYT15SummerFestivals
This summer, Vermonters take the lead in honoring The Four Freedoms when THE MILL hosts the first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL℠. Inspired by his Arlington neighbors, Norman Rockwell captured the essence of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear in simple everyday scenes. The FESTIVAL not only celebrates the 75th anniversary of the famous oil series’ original printing in The Saturday Evening Post, but also recognizes the current relevance of these 4 essential human rights in 2018.
THE STORY: In 1942, illustrators enjoyed celebrity status – and Norman Rockwell was a superstar. He was too old to enlist, but still wanted to do his part, so he volunteered his services to The War Department to paint a series of posters inspired by F.D.R.’s Four Freedoms Speech. Despite his fame, Rockwell was flat-out rejected. They told him: “In the last war, we used illustrators like you. This time around, we want fine arts men. You know… real artists.” Using this episode as a framework, the musical PERFECT PICTURE explores Rockwell’s life, loves, insecurities, and resilience.
4-Time TONY AWARD Nominee, Randy Skinner (Broadway’s 42nd Street, Dames at Sea, State Fair, White Christmas) directs and choreographs the musical, which juxtaposes the extraordinary story of Rockwell’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist and his life, which was anything but a perfect picture.
TONY and EMMY AWARD Winner Lillias White (Cy Coleman’s The Life, Dreamgirls, Sesame Street) stars as “Amy the Wild Woman” who taught Rockwell his creed: “Don’t show life the way it really is, but how folks want it to be.”
The cast also includes OLIVIER AWARD Nominee Scarlett Strallen (Mary Poppins, Travesties); Sara Esty (An American in Paris, Beast in the Jungle); Danny Gardner (Dames at Sea); and Jeremy Benton (Cagney, 42nd Street). Additional cast members to be announced shortly.
Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters” (Gail C. Bluestone & Eileen Bluestone Sherman). Musical Direction by Timothy Graphenreed (The Wiz). Musical Arrangements by Sam Willmott with additional Dance Arrangements by Rob Berman. Scenic Design by William
This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.
CREATE 4 FREEDOM℠ Contest
Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
The location for this year's reunion carries extra significance as selected by the reunion organizers. Arlington’s high school burned to the ground in November of 1940. In January of 1941, an emergency town meeting was held to debate whether or not to re-build what stands today as Arlington Memorial High School. Rockwell attended the Town Hall meeting and witnessed his neighbor standing up and exercising his Freedom of Speech. He was inspired to create the first of his four iconic Four Freedoms paintings.
A presentation by local art historian Don Trachte, Jr. is scheduled to take place at the high school's MACK Performing Arts Center from 11:00am-12:30pm. In keeping with tradition, The Arlington Lions Club will again prepare a fundraising barbecue luncheon at the high school immediately following the models reunion presentation from 12:30pm-2:00pm. This event is open to the public and subject to limited seating.
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
Friday, July 13, 2018
Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
Given Norman Rockwell’s long association with The Boy Scouts of America, Boy Scout Troops from Arlington and neighboring towns are partnering with the FESTIVAL to place over 2,000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
The Carnival is the largest fundraiser of the year for the local fire company. Venue: Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, 2018 at the Arlington Recreational Park.
Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm
Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.
|Time:||7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm|
|Location:||Southern Vermont, Manchester|