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Saturday, May 26, 2018
May
26
2018

Mayfest Arts and Crafts Festival

Mayfest Arts and Crafts Festival Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

Downtown Bennington transforms into a festival of arts, crafts, activities, food, & entertainment. In 2018 there will be over 120 crafters and artisans from throughout New England featuring handmade crafts of wood, pottery, glass, metal, fabric, jewelry, and more. As always, School Street will be lined with ethnic treats including Indian, German, Thai, and American. You’ll also find favorites such as fried dough, gourmet seafood, wood fired pizza, BBQ, blooming onions, ice cream, and more!

Mayfest isn’t just for adults though; there are lots of kid’s activities, contests, and games. A dunking booth, the 4-H shooting range, the Trustco Bank bouncy house, face painting, and more also add to the fun.

Downtown Bennington may be host to over 120 vendors during Mayfest, but the best part is that it also boasts over 45 great shops as well. The Village Chocolate Shoppe, Bennington Bookshop, Jay’s Art Shop and Frame Gallery, and South Street Café just to name a few. Downtown Bennington is also home to over 15 restaurants.

Time: 5/26/18 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Downtown Bennington, Bennington
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Jun
16
2018

Pocock Rocks Music Festival & Street Fair

Pocock Rocks Music Festival & Street Fair
Description:

In its 9th year, the Pocock Rocks Music Festival & Street Fair celebrates Bristol, Vermont as a great place to shop, dine, live, work, and visit.

The event will feature live musical performances from six well-known and loved regional bands, and host over 30 vendors from microbrews, hard ciders, and spirits, to specialty foods, gifts, and crafts.

There will also be the SunCommon Bouncy House, Vermont National Guard activities, and, of course, Bristol’s own incredible restaurants and shops.

This year’s musical lineup includes The Starline Rhythm Boys, The Eames Brothers Band, Steady Betty, The Welterweights, Tim Brick, and Bread and Bones. An after party at Hatch 31 will feature an encore performance by The Welterweights.

Pocock Rocks is a signature event from Bristol CORE, and is sponsored by Vermont Federal Credit Union, Heritage Automotive Group, SunCommon, The Addison Independent, 99.9 The Buzz, and Neat Repeats.

For more information, call (802) 760-6076 or visit facebook.com/pocockrocks

Time: 6/16/18 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Downtown Bristol, Bristol
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Jun
30
2018

Middlebury Chamber Music Festival Concert

Middlebury Chamber Music Festival Concert
Description:

Middlebury Chamber Music Festival visiting artists Arturo Delmoni, violin and Peter Sanders, cello will perform a concert of chamber music on Saturday June 30, 2018 at 7 o’clock at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalists Church in Middlebury, VT. Delmoni and Sanders will play a program of duets as well as a string quartet with violinist Emily Sunderman and violist Elizabeth Reid and virtuosic solo pieces accompanied by pianist Cynthia Huard. The program will include works by Haydn, Alessandro Rolla, Ravel and Tchaikovsky.

Arturo Delmoni, violin, is one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. His remarkably distinctive playing embodies the romantic warmth that is the special province of the great virtuosi of the golden age of violin playing. Yo-Yo Ma describes Delmoni as “an enormously gifted musician and an impeccable violinist. His playing style is unique, and his gorgeous sound is reminiscent of that of great violinists from a bygone era.” Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the NY Philharmonic, says, “Delmoni’s playing always goes right to the heart, and his charisma is irresistible.” Delmoni’s stylish, elegant interpretations of classical masterpieces have earned him critical acclaim in the United States and abroad. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote “It’s hard to imagine how the violin could be much better played than Delmoni did – he plays with astonishing speed, lightness, fluency and sweetness of tone.” Alan Heatherington of the American Record Guide wrote “The growing discography of Arturo Delmoni testifies to a musician who must possess an artistic soul of exceptional beauty. Each new issue reveals additional aspects of a winsome musical personality and verifies an impression of great warmth and geniality.” Delmoni made his debut at Carnegie Hall at age 14 playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Little Orchestra Society under Thomas Scherman. Since then he has been a soloist with the St. Louis, Dallas, Spokane, Jupiter, El Paso, Glendale and Tucson Symphony Orchestras; the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston; the California Chamber Symphony; the New York City Ballet Orchestra; the Rhode Island, Brooklyn, Boston, Omaha and Kansas City Philharmonics; and the Boston Pops. He has appeared as a recitalist throughout the United States and in Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Hong Kong. As a chamber musician, Delmoni has performed with illustrious colleagues such as Pinchas Zukerman, Elmar Oliveira, Emanuel Ax, Nathaniel Rosen, Jon Kimura Parker, Jeffrey Kahane and Dudley Moore. Songs My Mother Taught Me, Delmoni’s recording of romantic miniatures, received extraordinary reviews from prominent critics. Audiophiles and audio critics generally regard his recording of unaccompanied violin music of Ysaÿe, Kreisler and Bach as a reference for the sound of a solo violin. Delmoni’s duo recital recording with cellist Nathaniel Rosen, entitled “Music for a Glass Bead Game” was nominated for an AFIM Indie Award, received a Golden Ear award, and was on Fanfare’s “Best of the Year” list. Arturo Delmoni plays a JB Guadagnini, 1780, and a viola from the same period.

Pianist, Cynthia Huard has appeared as a featured soloist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Aston Magna Early Music Festival, and in recital as a pianist and harpsichordist throughout the United States and in Europe. As Artistic Director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society’s summer series, she has performed with Lark Quartet, Johannes Quartet, cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and with chamber players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, National Symphony, and the Colorado, Utah, and Vermont Symphony Orchestras. Her recent premieres include music by Jorge Martin, Nico Muhly, Padma Newsome, and commissions from Erik Nielsen and Thomas L. Read. Ms. Huard holds advanced degrees from Indiana University and The Akademie of Music in Graz, Austria. She teaches piano and chamber music at Middlebury College.

Violist Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician in Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus). She performs with the groups ARIOSO, the Northern Third Piano Quartet and in a viola-piano duo with the pianist Alison Cerutti. In Northern New England Ms. Reid has been featured on concert series as a soloist with the vocal group Counterpoint and various concert series as a chamber musician and soloist, including Cathedral Arts Burlington, Paine Mountain Arts, Chamber Works at Dartmouth College, Norwich University Concerts and the Barre Opera House. She has also performed live on Vermont Public Radio in various performances, including the Rebecca Clarke Sonata with Alison Cerutti in June 2015. She appeared as soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony in 2017, performing Martinu’s Rhapsody-Concerto. Ms. Reid is currently principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra. She is also a member of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and has played with Vermont Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Soloists, Burlington Ensemble, Green Mountain Opera, Handel Society of Dartmouth, Music-COMP, Vermont Virtuosi, TURNmusic and Capital City Concerts. She has a passionate interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the United States. She was the premiere performer of Jorge Martin’s solo viola work “Don’t Know Yet”, Erik Nielsen’s Sonata for Viola and Piano and Little Suite for Solo Viola, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz’s Solo Sonata, Jacob Morton-Black’s “Romance”, and Lydia Busler-Blais’ “The Scree Dragon”. Recently she performed a solo viola show at ArtsRiot in Burlington, Vermont, including electronic works of American, Canadian, and Finnish composers. Ms. Reid studied improvisation and chamber music at the Time of Music Festival in Viitasaari, Finland in 2016. A native of Canada, Ms. Reid studied viola performance at Western University in London, Ontario and at the Glenn Gould Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Peter Sanders, cello, is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Sanders has been a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra since 1999 (for which he has served as Acting Principal), performs with the Riverside Symphony, the Stamford Symphony and has performed and recorded as a guest artist with the Perspectives Ensemble. He has toured Southeast Asia twice with the New York Symphonic Ensemble and as concerto soloist with the group performed in concerts in Taipei and Singapore. He is Artistic Director of the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, which had its inaugural season in 1993. Mr. Sanders was a winner of the 1998 Artists International award as a member of the Hollaender Ensemble and is currently a member of the Ariadne Trio. He has participated in many summer festivals including the Colorado Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Crested Butte Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival (faculty position), CVCMF, Lancaster Festival, Ohio (where he was principal cello from 1992-98), Windham Chamber Music Festival, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, the Park City & SLC Autumn Classics Music Festival and the Moab Music Festival. As a studio musician Mr. Sanders has recorded for a variety of popular artists including Pat Metheny, Jewel, Kathie Lee Gifford, Andy Bey and Carlinhos Brown. He can be heard on the Delos, Muse, Bridge, RCA Victor-Red Seal, New World, On the Lamb and KOCH International Classics labels. Radio and television broadcasts include WQXR, APM’s “Performance Today”, PBS and Vermont Public Radio.

Violinist, Emily Sunderman has directed the Middlebury Chamber Music Festival since founding it with members of The Addison string quartet 2013! She teaches violin and coaches chamber music at the Middlebury Community Music School. She studied music performance and Pedagogy at Hartt School of Music and Ithaca College and privately with Arturo Delmoni. In addition to teaching students of all ages, Emily maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, helps out at Twig Farm, a goat dairy and artisan cheese making business she and her husband Michael Lee started in 2003 and is the proud mother of Carter!

Time: 6/30/18 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalists Church, Middlebury
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Jul
1
2018

Middlebury Chamber Music Festival Concert

Middlebury Chamber Music Festival Concert
Description:

Middlebury Chamber Music Festival visiting artists Olivia Hajioff, Marc Ramirez, Miho Weber and Jon Weber will perform a concert of duets and string quartets on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 7 o’clock at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalists Church in Middlebury, VT.

Olivia Haijoff and Marc Ramirez often perform and work together as the award-winning violin and viola duo Marcolivia performing music of many styles and periods, including Folk Music, Jazz and Salon/Virtuoso works. The Marcolivia Duo appears frequently on NPR’s “Performance Today” and “Front Row Washington”. They are regular guest artists at the Tokyo College of Music, Japan, and have performed for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cosmos Club, and annually at the Phillips Collection (where they are featured on several CDs of Series Highlights and Distinguished Performers). Other venues include the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Merkin Hall and Symphony Space, NYC. Marcolivia regularly adjudicate, perform, and give masterclasses for events organized by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Marcolivia also perform double concertos regularly with many of the DC area regional orchestras, including Alexandria and Fairfax Symphonies. In 2015, they were invited to perform as soloists with the National Gallery of Art Orchestra and St Petersburg State Orchestra at the National Gallery of Art.

Marcolivia performed at Chamber Music America’s 25th Anniversary Concert in NYC, alongside groups such as the Juilliard Quartet, and were the only chamber music finalists in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2000. The duo is on the roster of the Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center and the Virginia Commission For The Arts Touring Roster. In 2011, Marcolivia were invited to be founding members of the Phillips Camerata, based at the Phillips Collection and the National Gallery of Art. The Camerata gives several performances annually at both galleries – many of which have been broadcast. During the summers, Marcolivia perform in Japan, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica and England at various music festivals. They have also taken part in US festivals such as Garth Newel, Blue Mountain, Las Vegas, and Shenandoah Performs. Marcolivia teaches privately in Vienna, VA.

Olivia Hajioff and Marc Ramirez enjoy successful individual solo and chamber music careers: Ms. Hajioff, a Fulbright scholar, received a BBC Young Musician of the Year Award and was also a prize winner in the European Violin competition. In her native England she has performed chamber music at the Dartington International Festival with David Owen Norris and Stephen Kovacevich. She has also performed with Edgar Meyer, Awadagin Pratt and Led Zeppelin. She has concertized throughout Europe and the U.S. notably in London’s Wigmore Hall, the South Bank, Cheltenham Festival, Paderewski Hall in Switzerland, and the Kennedy Center. Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet) described her as a “compelling performer”.

Mr. Ramirez has concertized throughout Europe and North America, performing at such halls as the Tretyakov Museum in Moscow, Carnegie Recital Hall, and the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. His recitals have been broadcast on many radio stations, including those in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Among his awards are First Prizes in the Henryk Szeryng Competition, the Parisot-Friedman International Competition, and the Cavallaro International Competition for a two-year Fellowship to Yale University. From 1983-1986,he was invited by Henryk Szeryng to study and tour with him, visiting many European cities. The Washington Post has described his playing as “intensely beautiful”.

Jonathan Weber maintains a versatile musical career in multiple genres as a violinist, violist, conductor and composer. A graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) and classically trained under violinist Daniel Phillips, Mr. Weber has collaborated in the chamber music field with artists including Daniel Phillips and Timothy Eddy of the Orion String Quartet, Tara Helen O’Connor of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Windscape, oboe virtuosos Ronald Roseman and Randall Wolfgang, and the Bach Aria Group. Mr. Weber has also made solo and ensemble appearances with symphony orchestras both in the United States and abroad.

Branching into alternate musical genres such as jazz, hip-hop, country, and rock, Mr. Weber has performed with artists including Billy Joel, Roger Daltrey, Peter Gabriel, Josh Groban, Taylor Swift, Idina Menzel, Sarah McLachlan, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Savion Glover, Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, Eryka Badu, Corey Glover, the Roots, the Irish Tenors, the Trans Siberian Orchestra, the Mahavishnu Project, and fusion band DBR & The Mission (Opus 3 Artists) for which he has received critical acclaim. As an active New York freelancer, Mr. Weber performs regularly in the Broadway circuit and has appeared as violinist with the vintage jazz band, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. CD credits include Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium, Jay-Z: Kingdom Come, Albert Hammond Jr.: Como Te Llama, and Boardwalk Empire Volume 3: Music from the HBO series. Mr. Weber has also participated in television and film score collaborations with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto and Steven Van Zandt.

Journeying into the cinematic medium, Mr. Weber has appeared as an on-screen musician in films such as Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006), Sex and the City 2 (2010), Billy Joel: The Last Play at Shea (2010), the HBO Miniseries: “Mildred Pierce” (2011) and Annie (2014). He has also made television appearances performing on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Rachel Ray Show, The View, Christmas: Live at Rockefeller Center” and PBS programs: Great Performances and Soundstage, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he made his televised conducting debut in 2014, performing in collaboration with comedian Dana Carvey and The Roots. In 2012, Mr. Weber appeared as guest conductor for the 2012 NMEA All County Music Festival performing in concert at the Tilles Center at C.W. Post, LI University. Jonathan Weber has been a faculty member at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music [Pre-College Division of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY)] since the year 2000, where he serves as music director of the pre-college orchestras, head of the chamber music department, director of the CPSM Summer Chamber Music Festival, and member of the violin and viola faculty. In addition, Mr. Weber is a recurring faculty member at the University of Buffalo Summer Strings Workshop where he has served as orchestral conductor, chamber music coach, and jazz/rock improvisation instructor. Mr. Weber is also a member of the strings faculty at the the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

“Full of Herculean power” (Time Out), cellist Miho Weber continues to excite audiences with her thought-provoking performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In New York, she regularly performs at Bargemusic, Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and the United Nations. Miho’s recent chamber music projects have included the InterPlay duo and collaborations with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in the Memling Ensemble. She has performed with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Paragon Orchestra, and String Orchestra of New York City throughout the United States as principal cello. Her popular engagements have included a performance with Imagine Dragonson Saturday Night Live and Josh Groban at the US Open. Miho has held residencies at the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Centre, Schleswig-Holstein, and many others. She is the director of the strings and chamber music after school program at NEST+m, a specially gifted and talented public school in New York City and is a chamber music coach for the New York Youth Symphony. Miho is the founding director of InterPlay Chamber Music, an educational organization with the unique mission to create an inspiring learning environment for chamber musicians of all ages. During the summer, Miho also teaches at the New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta.

Time: 7/1/18 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalists Church, Middlebury
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Jul
7
2018
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Jul
22
2018

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

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 very place that inspired Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has given birth to a creative movement uniting the generations through the arts and humanities” said THE MILL’s founder Dr. Joshua Sherman.

The first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Official Schedule of Events follows. As more details are announced in the coming months, updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website:
https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the finalists will have their work exhibited at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in July 2018 and the winners will have their works published by Mountain Media. Deadline for Submissions is April 30, 2018

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont. 2018 commemorates the 75th anniversary of Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in The Saturday Evening Post. 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 neighbors standing up and exercising their 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. These events are open to the public and subject to limited seating.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This coincides with the Museum's exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont on view June 30 through November 4, 2018.

Wednesday, July 18
ROCKWELL STORIES
Join us for a special evening celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his every day life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. Rockwell Stories is open to the public and takes place in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:00pm
CREATE 4 FREEDOM Reception
The Reception at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, will celebrate the finalists of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest; with the students’ work proudly displayed. Compositions and poetry finalists will also be presented to reception guests. The reception is a special celebration. CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest finalists and their families are anticipated to attend. The reception, open to all ages, takes place from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Yester House galleries.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. RING 4 FREEDOM encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the RING 4 FREEDOM in their towns with short videos reflecting FREEDOM; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Friday July 20, 2018, 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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 Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.

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.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity” with selected readings and a performance of The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Anthem, Stand Up Proud. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work. There is no cost to attend this event.

The night prior to the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM, a special flag ceremony will take place at the Factory Point Town Green, adorning the space for Saturday’s event. 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 2000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers, since WWI.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Arlington Fire Department’s history and connection to The Four Freedoms dates back to November 9, 1940, fighting the fire that burned the original Arlington School to the ground. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm PRAY 4 FREEDOM
The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL closes the weekend’s events with an Interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional inter-faith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. 


Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Inspiration for the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL:
In June 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued their Atlantic Charter, in which they described four essential human rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
At home, in Arlington, Vermont, the legendary artist Norman Rockwell was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. His wife suggested he “paint the ideas, not the words.” One night, Rockwell attended an Arlington Town Meeting. One of his neighbors (a very likeable farmer) stood up and spoke. Everybody in the room disagreed with the man’s opinion, but no one interrupted. After all, in America, everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech. Norman was, once again, inspired! He decided to illustrate “The Four Freedoms” in everyday American scenes, using his Vermont neighbors as his models.

The Saturday Evening Post published “The Four Freedoms,” and long before the term was used, the images went “viral”. The four paintings became iconic images. By 1943, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Allied Forces were struggling across the Atlantic. Because of the images’ popularity, the Treasury Department asked Rockwell to go on tour with his original “Four Freedoms” paintings and sell war-bonds.

At a time when the war was going against the Allies, those pictures raised $133 million dollars (The equivalent of $1.7 billion today.) That influx of cash changed the course of the war – and history. And it was all because a Vermont farmer stood up and spoke at a town meeting!

About THE MILL:
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Sunday, July 8, 2018
Jul
8
2018
– THRU –
Jul
14
2018

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green
Description:

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
Jul
7
2018
– THRU –
Jul
22
2018

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

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 very place that inspired Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has given birth to a creative movement uniting the generations through the arts and humanities” said THE MILL’s founder Dr. Joshua Sherman.

The first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Official Schedule of Events follows. As more details are announced in the coming months, updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website:
https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the finalists will have their work exhibited at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in July 2018 and the winners will have their works published by Mountain Media. Deadline for Submissions is April 30, 2018

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont. 2018 commemorates the 75th anniversary of Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in The Saturday Evening Post. 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 neighbors standing up and exercising their 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. These events are open to the public and subject to limited seating.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This coincides with the Museum's exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont on view June 30 through November 4, 2018.

Wednesday, July 18
ROCKWELL STORIES
Join us for a special evening celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his every day life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. Rockwell Stories is open to the public and takes place in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:00pm
CREATE 4 FREEDOM Reception
The Reception at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, will celebrate the finalists of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest; with the students’ work proudly displayed. Compositions and poetry finalists will also be presented to reception guests. The reception is a special celebration. CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest finalists and their families are anticipated to attend. The reception, open to all ages, takes place from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Yester House galleries.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. RING 4 FREEDOM encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the RING 4 FREEDOM in their towns with short videos reflecting FREEDOM; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Friday July 20, 2018, 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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 Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.

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.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity” with selected readings and a performance of The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Anthem, Stand Up Proud. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work. There is no cost to attend this event.

The night prior to the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM, a special flag ceremony will take place at the Factory Point Town Green, adorning the space for Saturday’s event. 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 2000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers, since WWI.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Arlington Fire Department’s history and connection to The Four Freedoms dates back to November 9, 1940, fighting the fire that burned the original Arlington School to the ground. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm PRAY 4 FREEDOM
The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL closes the weekend’s events with an Interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional inter-faith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. 


Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Inspiration for the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL:
In June 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued their Atlantic Charter, in which they described four essential human rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
At home, in Arlington, Vermont, the legendary artist Norman Rockwell was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. His wife suggested he “paint the ideas, not the words.” One night, Rockwell attended an Arlington Town Meeting. One of his neighbors (a very likeable farmer) stood up and spoke. Everybody in the room disagreed with the man’s opinion, but no one interrupted. After all, in America, everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech. Norman was, once again, inspired! He decided to illustrate “The Four Freedoms” in everyday American scenes, using his Vermont neighbors as his models.

The Saturday Evening Post published “The Four Freedoms,” and long before the term was used, the images went “viral”. The four paintings became iconic images. By 1943, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Allied Forces were struggling across the Atlantic. Because of the images’ popularity, the Treasury Department asked Rockwell to go on tour with his original “Four Freedoms” paintings and sell war-bonds.

At a time when the war was going against the Allies, those pictures raised $133 million dollars (The equivalent of $1.7 billion today.) That influx of cash changed the course of the war – and history. And it was all because a Vermont farmer stood up and spoke at a town meeting!

About THE MILL:
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Monday, July 9, 2018
Jul
8
2018
– THRU –
Jul
14
2018

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green
Description:

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
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Jul
8
2018
– THRU –
Jul
14
2018

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green
Description:

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
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Jul
8
2018
– THRU –
Jul
14
2018

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green
Description:

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
Jul
7
2018
– THRU –
Jul
22
2018

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

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 very place that inspired Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has given birth to a creative movement uniting the generations through the arts and humanities” said THE MILL’s founder Dr. Joshua Sherman.

The first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Official Schedule of Events follows. As more details are announced in the coming months, updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website:
https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the finalists will have their work exhibited at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in July 2018 and the winners will have their works published by Mountain Media. Deadline for Submissions is April 30, 2018

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont. 2018 commemorates the 75th anniversary of Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in The Saturday Evening Post. 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 neighbors standing up and exercising their 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. These events are open to the public and subject to limited seating.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This coincides with the Museum's exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont on view June 30 through November 4, 2018.

Wednesday, July 18
ROCKWELL STORIES
Join us for a special evening celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his every day life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. Rockwell Stories is open to the public and takes place in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:00pm
CREATE 4 FREEDOM Reception
The Reception at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, will celebrate the finalists of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest; with the students’ work proudly displayed. Compositions and poetry finalists will also be presented to reception guests. The reception is a special celebration. CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest finalists and their families are anticipated to attend. The reception, open to all ages, takes place from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Yester House galleries.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. RING 4 FREEDOM encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the RING 4 FREEDOM in their towns with short videos reflecting FREEDOM; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Friday July 20, 2018, 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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 Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.

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.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity” with selected readings and a performance of The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Anthem, Stand Up Proud. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work. There is no cost to attend this event.

The night prior to the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM, a special flag ceremony will take place at the Factory Point Town Green, adorning the space for Saturday’s event. 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 2000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers, since WWI.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Arlington Fire Department’s history and connection to The Four Freedoms dates back to November 9, 1940, fighting the fire that burned the original Arlington School to the ground. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm PRAY 4 FREEDOM
The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL closes the weekend’s events with an Interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional inter-faith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. 


Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Inspiration for the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL:
In June 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued their Atlantic Charter, in which they described four essential human rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
At home, in Arlington, Vermont, the legendary artist Norman Rockwell was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. His wife suggested he “paint the ideas, not the words.” One night, Rockwell attended an Arlington Town Meeting. One of his neighbors (a very likeable farmer) stood up and spoke. Everybody in the room disagreed with the man’s opinion, but no one interrupted. After all, in America, everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech. Norman was, once again, inspired! He decided to illustrate “The Four Freedoms” in everyday American scenes, using his Vermont neighbors as his models.

The Saturday Evening Post published “The Four Freedoms,” and long before the term was used, the images went “viral”. The four paintings became iconic images. By 1943, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Allied Forces were struggling across the Atlantic. Because of the images’ popularity, the Treasury Department asked Rockwell to go on tour with his original “Four Freedoms” paintings and sell war-bonds.

At a time when the war was going against the Allies, those pictures raised $133 million dollars (The equivalent of $1.7 billion today.) That influx of cash changed the course of the war – and history. And it was all because a Vermont farmer stood up and spoke at a town meeting!

About THE MILL:
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Jul
8
2018
– THRU –
Jul
14
2018

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green
Description:

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
Jul
7
2018
– THRU –
Jul
22
2018

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

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 very place that inspired Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has given birth to a creative movement uniting the generations through the arts and humanities” said THE MILL’s founder Dr. Joshua Sherman.

The first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Official Schedule of Events follows. As more details are announced in the coming months, updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website:
https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the finalists will have their work exhibited at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in July 2018 and the winners will have their works published by Mountain Media. Deadline for Submissions is April 30, 2018

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont. 2018 commemorates the 75th anniversary of Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in The Saturday Evening Post. 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 neighbors standing up and exercising their 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. These events are open to the public and subject to limited seating.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This coincides with the Museum's exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont on view June 30 through November 4, 2018.

Wednesday, July 18
ROCKWELL STORIES
Join us for a special evening celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his every day life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. Rockwell Stories is open to the public and takes place in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:00pm
CREATE 4 FREEDOM Reception
The Reception at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, will celebrate the finalists of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest; with the students’ work proudly displayed. Compositions and poetry finalists will also be presented to reception guests. The reception is a special celebration. CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest finalists and their families are anticipated to attend. The reception, open to all ages, takes place from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Yester House galleries.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. RING 4 FREEDOM encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the RING 4 FREEDOM in their towns with short videos reflecting FREEDOM; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Friday July 20, 2018, 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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 Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.

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.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity” with selected readings and a performance of The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Anthem, Stand Up Proud. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work. There is no cost to attend this event.

The night prior to the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM, a special flag ceremony will take place at the Factory Point Town Green, adorning the space for Saturday’s event. 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 2000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers, since WWI.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Arlington Fire Department’s history and connection to The Four Freedoms dates back to November 9, 1940, fighting the fire that burned the original Arlington School to the ground. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm PRAY 4 FREEDOM
The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL closes the weekend’s events with an Interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional inter-faith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. 


Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Inspiration for the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL:
In June 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued their Atlantic Charter, in which they described four essential human rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
At home, in Arlington, Vermont, the legendary artist Norman Rockwell was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. His wife suggested he “paint the ideas, not the words.” One night, Rockwell attended an Arlington Town Meeting. One of his neighbors (a very likeable farmer) stood up and spoke. Everybody in the room disagreed with the man’s opinion, but no one interrupted. After all, in America, everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech. Norman was, once again, inspired! He decided to illustrate “The Four Freedoms” in everyday American scenes, using his Vermont neighbors as his models.

The Saturday Evening Post published “The Four Freedoms,” and long before the term was used, the images went “viral”. The four paintings became iconic images. By 1943, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Allied Forces were struggling across the Atlantic. Because of the images’ popularity, the Treasury Department asked Rockwell to go on tour with his original “Four Freedoms” paintings and sell war-bonds.

At a time when the war was going against the Allies, those pictures raised $133 million dollars (The equivalent of $1.7 billion today.) That influx of cash changed the course of the war – and history. And it was all because a Vermont farmer stood up and spoke at a town meeting!

About THE MILL:
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Friday, July 13, 2018
Jul
8
2018
– THRU –
Jul
14
2018

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green
Description:

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
Jul
7
2018
– THRU –
Jul
22
2018

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

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 very place that inspired Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has given birth to a creative movement uniting the generations through the arts and humanities” said THE MILL’s founder Dr. Joshua Sherman.

The first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Official Schedule of Events follows. As more details are announced in the coming months, updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website:
https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the finalists will have their work exhibited at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in July 2018 and the winners will have their works published by Mountain Media. Deadline for Submissions is April 30, 2018

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont. 2018 commemorates the 75th anniversary of Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in The Saturday Evening Post. 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 neighbors standing up and exercising their 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. These events are open to the public and subject to limited seating.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This coincides with the Museum's exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont on view June 30 through November 4, 2018.

Wednesday, July 18
ROCKWELL STORIES
Join us for a special evening celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his every day life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. Rockwell Stories is open to the public and takes place in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:00pm
CREATE 4 FREEDOM Reception
The Reception at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, will celebrate the finalists of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest; with the students’ work proudly displayed. Compositions and poetry finalists will also be presented to reception guests. The reception is a special celebration. CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest finalists and their families are anticipated to attend. The reception, open to all ages, takes place from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Yester House galleries.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. RING 4 FREEDOM encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the RING 4 FREEDOM in their towns with short videos reflecting FREEDOM; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Friday July 20, 2018, 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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 Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.

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.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity” with selected readings and a performance of The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Anthem, Stand Up Proud. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work. There is no cost to attend this event.

The night prior to the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM, a special flag ceremony will take place at the Factory Point Town Green, adorning the space for Saturday’s event. 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 2000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers, since WWI.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Arlington Fire Department’s history and connection to The Four Freedoms dates back to November 9, 1940, fighting the fire that burned the original Arlington School to the ground. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm PRAY 4 FREEDOM
The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL closes the weekend’s events with an Interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional inter-faith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. 


Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Inspiration for the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL:
In June 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued their Atlantic Charter, in which they described four essential human rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
At home, in Arlington, Vermont, the legendary artist Norman Rockwell was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. His wife suggested he “paint the ideas, not the words.” One night, Rockwell attended an Arlington Town Meeting. One of his neighbors (a very likeable farmer) stood up and spoke. Everybody in the room disagreed with the man’s opinion, but no one interrupted. After all, in America, everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech. Norman was, once again, inspired! He decided to illustrate “The Four Freedoms” in everyday American scenes, using his Vermont neighbors as his models.

The Saturday Evening Post published “The Four Freedoms,” and long before the term was used, the images went “viral”. The four paintings became iconic images. By 1943, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Allied Forces were struggling across the Atlantic. Because of the images’ popularity, the Treasury Department asked Rockwell to go on tour with his original “Four Freedoms” paintings and sell war-bonds.

At a time when the war was going against the Allies, those pictures raised $133 million dollars (The equivalent of $1.7 billion today.) That influx of cash changed the course of the war – and history. And it was all because a Vermont farmer stood up and spoke at a town meeting!

About THE MILL:
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Jul
8
2018
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Jul
14
2018

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green

40th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green
Description:

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
Jul
7
2018
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Jul
22
2018

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

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 very place that inspired Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has given birth to a creative movement uniting the generations through the arts and humanities” said THE MILL’s founder Dr. Joshua Sherman.

The first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Official Schedule of Events follows. As more details are announced in the coming months, updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website:
https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the finalists will have their work exhibited at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in July 2018 and the winners will have their works published by Mountain Media. Deadline for Submissions is April 30, 2018

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont. 2018 commemorates the 75th anniversary of Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in The Saturday Evening Post. 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 neighbors standing up and exercising their 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. These events are open to the public and subject to limited seating.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This coincides with the Museum's exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont on view June 30 through November 4, 2018.

Wednesday, July 18
ROCKWELL STORIES
Join us for a special evening celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his every day life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. Rockwell Stories is open to the public and takes place in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:00pm
CREATE 4 FREEDOM Reception
The Reception at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, will celebrate the finalists of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest; with the students’ work proudly displayed. Compositions and poetry finalists will also be presented to reception guests. The reception is a special celebration. CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest finalists and their families are anticipated to attend. The reception, open to all ages, takes place from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Yester House galleries.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. RING 4 FREEDOM encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the RING 4 FREEDOM in their towns with short videos reflecting FREEDOM; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Friday July 20, 2018, 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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 Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.

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.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity” with selected readings and a performance of The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Anthem, Stand Up Proud. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work. There is no cost to attend this event.

The night prior to the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM, a special flag ceremony will take place at the Factory Point Town Green, adorning the space for Saturday’s event. 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 2000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers, since WWI.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Arlington Fire Department’s history and connection to The Four Freedoms dates back to November 9, 1940, fighting the fire that burned the original Arlington School to the ground. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm PRAY 4 FREEDOM
The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL closes the weekend’s events with an Interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional inter-faith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. 


Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Inspiration for the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL:
In June 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued their Atlantic Charter, in which they described four essential human rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
At home, in Arlington, Vermont, the legendary artist Norman Rockwell was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. His wife suggested he “paint the ideas, not the words.” One night, Rockwell attended an Arlington Town Meeting. One of his neighbors (a very likeable farmer) stood up and spoke. Everybody in the room disagreed with the man’s opinion, but no one interrupted. After all, in America, everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech. Norman was, once again, inspired! He decided to illustrate “The Four Freedoms” in everyday American scenes, using his Vermont neighbors as his models.

The Saturday Evening Post published “The Four Freedoms,” and long before the term was used, the images went “viral”. The four paintings became iconic images. By 1943, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Allied Forces were struggling across the Atlantic. Because of the images’ popularity, the Treasury Department asked Rockwell to go on tour with his original “Four Freedoms” paintings and sell war-bonds.

At a time when the war was going against the Allies, those pictures raised $133 million dollars (The equivalent of $1.7 billion today.) That influx of cash changed the course of the war – and history. And it was all because a Vermont farmer stood up and spoke at a town meeting!

About THE MILL:
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Jul
7
2018
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Jul
22
2018

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

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 very place that inspired Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has given birth to a creative movement uniting the generations through the arts and humanities” said THE MILL’s founder Dr. Joshua Sherman.

The first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Official Schedule of Events follows. As more details are announced in the coming months, updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website:
https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the finalists will have their work exhibited at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in July 2018 and the winners will have their works published by Mountain Media. Deadline for Submissions is April 30, 2018

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont. 2018 commemorates the 75th anniversary of Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in The Saturday Evening Post. 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 neighbors standing up and exercising their 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. These events are open to the public and subject to limited seating.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This coincides with the Museum's exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont on view June 30 through November 4, 2018.

Wednesday, July 18
ROCKWELL STORIES
Join us for a special evening celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his every day life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. Rockwell Stories is open to the public and takes place in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:00pm
CREATE 4 FREEDOM Reception
The Reception at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, will celebrate the finalists of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest; with the students’ work proudly displayed. Compositions and poetry finalists will also be presented to reception guests. The reception is a special celebration. CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest finalists and their families are anticipated to attend. The reception, open to all ages, takes place from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Yester House galleries.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. RING 4 FREEDOM encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the RING 4 FREEDOM in their towns with short videos reflecting FREEDOM; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Friday July 20, 2018, 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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 Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.

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.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity” with selected readings and a performance of The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Anthem, Stand Up Proud. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work. There is no cost to attend this event.

The night prior to the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM, a special flag ceremony will take place at the Factory Point Town Green, adorning the space for Saturday’s event. 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 2000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers, since WWI.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Arlington Fire Department’s history and connection to The Four Freedoms dates back to November 9, 1940, fighting the fire that burned the original Arlington School to the ground. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm PRAY 4 FREEDOM
The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL closes the weekend’s events with an Interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional inter-faith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. 


Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Inspiration for the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL:
In June 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued their Atlantic Charter, in which they described four essential human rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
At home, in Arlington, Vermont, the legendary artist Norman Rockwell was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. His wife suggested he “paint the ideas, not the words.” One night, Rockwell attended an Arlington Town Meeting. One of his neighbors (a very likeable farmer) stood up and spoke. Everybody in the room disagreed with the man’s opinion, but no one interrupted. After all, in America, everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech. Norman was, once again, inspired! He decided to illustrate “The Four Freedoms” in everyday American scenes, using his Vermont neighbors as his models.

The Saturday Evening Post published “The Four Freedoms,” and long before the term was used, the images went “viral”. The four paintings became iconic images. By 1943, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Allied Forces were struggling across the Atlantic. Because of the images’ popularity, the Treasury Department asked Rockwell to go on tour with his original “Four Freedoms” paintings and sell war-bonds.

At a time when the war was going against the Allies, those pictures raised $133 million dollars (The equivalent of $1.7 billion today.) That influx of cash changed the course of the war – and history. And it was all because a Vermont farmer stood up and spoke at a town meeting!

About THE MILL:
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Jul
7
2018
– THRU –
Jul
22
2018

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

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 very place that inspired Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has given birth to a creative movement uniting the generations through the arts and humanities” said THE MILL’s founder Dr. Joshua Sherman.

The first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Official Schedule of Events follows. As more details are announced in the coming months, updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website:
https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the finalists will have their work exhibited at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in July 2018 and the winners will have their works published by Mountain Media. Deadline for Submissions is April 30, 2018

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont. 2018 commemorates the 75th anniversary of Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in The Saturday Evening Post. 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 neighbors standing up and exercising their 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. These events are open to the public and subject to limited seating.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This coincides with the Museum's exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont on view June 30 through November 4, 2018.

Wednesday, July 18
ROCKWELL STORIES
Join us for a special evening celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his every day life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. Rockwell Stories is open to the public and takes place in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:00pm
CREATE 4 FREEDOM Reception
The Reception at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, will celebrate the finalists of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest; with the students’ work proudly displayed. Compositions and poetry finalists will also be presented to reception guests. The reception is a special celebration. CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest finalists and their families are anticipated to attend. The reception, open to all ages, takes place from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Yester House galleries.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. RING 4 FREEDOM encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the RING 4 FREEDOM in their towns with short videos reflecting FREEDOM; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Friday July 20, 2018, 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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 Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.

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.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity” with selected readings and a performance of The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Anthem, Stand Up Proud. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work. There is no cost to attend this event.

The night prior to the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM, a special flag ceremony will take place at the Factory Point Town Green, adorning the space for Saturday’s event. 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 2000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers, since WWI.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Arlington Fire Department’s history and connection to The Four Freedoms dates back to November 9, 1940, fighting the fire that burned the original Arlington School to the ground. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm PRAY 4 FREEDOM
The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL closes the weekend’s events with an Interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional inter-faith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. 


Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Inspiration for the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL:
In June 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued their Atlantic Charter, in which they described four essential human rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
At home, in Arlington, Vermont, the legendary artist Norman Rockwell was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. His wife suggested he “paint the ideas, not the words.” One night, Rockwell attended an Arlington Town Meeting. One of his neighbors (a very likeable farmer) stood up and spoke. Everybody in the room disagreed with the man’s opinion, but no one interrupted. After all, in America, everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech. Norman was, once again, inspired! He decided to illustrate “The Four Freedoms” in everyday American scenes, using his Vermont neighbors as his models.

The Saturday Evening Post published “The Four Freedoms,” and long before the term was used, the images went “viral”. The four paintings became iconic images. By 1943, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Allied Forces were struggling across the Atlantic. Because of the images’ popularity, the Treasury Department asked Rockwell to go on tour with his original “Four Freedoms” paintings and sell war-bonds.

At a time when the war was going against the Allies, those pictures raised $133 million dollars (The equivalent of $1.7 billion today.) That influx of cash changed the course of the war – and history. And it was all because a Vermont farmer stood up and spoke at a town meeting!

About THE MILL:
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Jul
7
2018
– THRU –
Jul
22
2018

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

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 very place that inspired Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has given birth to a creative movement uniting the generations through the arts and humanities” said THE MILL’s founder Dr. Joshua Sherman.

The first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Official Schedule of Events follows. As more details are announced in the coming months, updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website:
https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the finalists will have their work exhibited at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in July 2018 and the winners will have their works published by Mountain Media. Deadline for Submissions is April 30, 2018

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont. 2018 commemorates the 75th anniversary of Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in The Saturday Evening Post. 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 neighbors standing up and exercising their 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. These events are open to the public and subject to limited seating.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This coincides with the Museum's exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont on view June 30 through November 4, 2018.

Wednesday, July 18
ROCKWELL STORIES
Join us for a special evening celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his every day life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. Rockwell Stories is open to the public and takes place in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:00pm
CREATE 4 FREEDOM Reception
The Reception at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, will celebrate the finalists of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest; with the students’ work proudly displayed. Compositions and poetry finalists will also be presented to reception guests. The reception is a special celebration. CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest finalists and their families are anticipated to attend. The reception, open to all ages, takes place from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Yester House galleries.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. RING 4 FREEDOM encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the RING 4 FREEDOM in their towns with short videos reflecting FREEDOM; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Friday July 20, 2018, 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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 Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.

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.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity” with selected readings and a performance of The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Anthem, Stand Up Proud. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work. There is no cost to attend this event.

The night prior to the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM, a special flag ceremony will take place at the Factory Point Town Green, adorning the space for Saturday’s event. 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 2000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers, since WWI.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Arlington Fire Department’s history and connection to The Four Freedoms dates back to November 9, 1940, fighting the fire that burned the original Arlington School to the ground. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm PRAY 4 FREEDOM
The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL closes the weekend’s events with an Interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional inter-faith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. 


Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Inspiration for the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL:
In June 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued their Atlantic Charter, in which they described four essential human rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
At home, in Arlington, Vermont, the legendary artist Norman Rockwell was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. His wife suggested he “paint the ideas, not the words.” One night, Rockwell attended an Arlington Town Meeting. One of his neighbors (a very likeable farmer) stood up and spoke. Everybody in the room disagreed with the man’s opinion, but no one interrupted. After all, in America, everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech. Norman was, once again, inspired! He decided to illustrate “The Four Freedoms” in everyday American scenes, using his Vermont neighbors as his models.

The Saturday Evening Post published “The Four Freedoms,” and long before the term was used, the images went “viral”. The four paintings became iconic images. By 1943, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Allied Forces were struggling across the Atlantic. Because of the images’ popularity, the Treasury Department asked Rockwell to go on tour with his original “Four Freedoms” paintings and sell war-bonds.

At a time when the war was going against the Allies, those pictures raised $133 million dollars (The equivalent of $1.7 billion today.) That influx of cash changed the course of the war – and history. And it was all because a Vermont farmer stood up and spoke at a town meeting!

About THE MILL:
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Friday, July 20, 2018
Jul
7
2018
– THRU –
Jul
22
2018

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

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 very place that inspired Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has given birth to a creative movement uniting the generations through the arts and humanities” said THE MILL’s founder Dr. Joshua Sherman.

The first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Official Schedule of Events follows. As more details are announced in the coming months, updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website:
https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the finalists will have their work exhibited at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in July 2018 and the winners will have their works published by Mountain Media. Deadline for Submissions is April 30, 2018

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont. 2018 commemorates the 75th anniversary of Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in The Saturday Evening Post. 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 neighbors standing up and exercising their 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. These events are open to the public and subject to limited seating.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This coincides with the Museum's exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont on view June 30 through November 4, 2018.

Wednesday, July 18
ROCKWELL STORIES
Join us for a special evening celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his every day life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. Rockwell Stories is open to the public and takes place in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:00pm
CREATE 4 FREEDOM Reception
The Reception at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, will celebrate the finalists of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest; with the students’ work proudly displayed. Compositions and poetry finalists will also be presented to reception guests. The reception is a special celebration. CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest finalists and their families are anticipated to attend. The reception, open to all ages, takes place from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Yester House galleries.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. RING 4 FREEDOM encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the RING 4 FREEDOM in their towns with short videos reflecting FREEDOM; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Friday July 20, 2018, 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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 Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.

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.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity” with selected readings and a performance of The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Anthem, Stand Up Proud. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work. There is no cost to attend this event.

The night prior to the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM, a special flag ceremony will take place at the Factory Point Town Green, adorning the space for Saturday’s event. 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 2000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers, since WWI.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Arlington Fire Department’s history and connection to The Four Freedoms dates back to November 9, 1940, fighting the fire that burned the original Arlington School to the ground. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm PRAY 4 FREEDOM
The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL closes the weekend’s events with an Interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional inter-faith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. 


Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Inspiration for the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL:
In June 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued their Atlantic Charter, in which they described four essential human rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
At home, in Arlington, Vermont, the legendary artist Norman Rockwell was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. His wife suggested he “paint the ideas, not the words.” One night, Rockwell attended an Arlington Town Meeting. One of his neighbors (a very likeable farmer) stood up and spoke. Everybody in the room disagreed with the man’s opinion, but no one interrupted. After all, in America, everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech. Norman was, once again, inspired! He decided to illustrate “The Four Freedoms” in everyday American scenes, using his Vermont neighbors as his models.

The Saturday Evening Post published “The Four Freedoms,” and long before the term was used, the images went “viral”. The four paintings became iconic images. By 1943, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Allied Forces were struggling across the Atlantic. Because of the images’ popularity, the Treasury Department asked Rockwell to go on tour with his original “Four Freedoms” paintings and sell war-bonds.

At a time when the war was going against the Allies, those pictures raised $133 million dollars (The equivalent of $1.7 billion today.) That influx of cash changed the course of the war – and history. And it was all because a Vermont farmer stood up and spoke at a town meeting!

About THE MILL:
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Jul
7
2018
– THRU –
Jul
22
2018

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

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 very place that inspired Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has given birth to a creative movement uniting the generations through the arts and humanities” said THE MILL’s founder Dr. Joshua Sherman.

The first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Official Schedule of Events follows. As more details are announced in the coming months, updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website:
https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the finalists will have their work exhibited at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in July 2018 and the winners will have their works published by Mountain Media. Deadline for Submissions is April 30, 2018

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont. 2018 commemorates the 75th anniversary of Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in The Saturday Evening Post. 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 neighbors standing up and exercising their 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. These events are open to the public and subject to limited seating.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This coincides with the Museum's exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont on view June 30 through November 4, 2018.

Wednesday, July 18
ROCKWELL STORIES
Join us for a special evening celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his every day life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. Rockwell Stories is open to the public and takes place in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:00pm
CREATE 4 FREEDOM Reception
The Reception at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, will celebrate the finalists of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest; with the students’ work proudly displayed. Compositions and poetry finalists will also be presented to reception guests. The reception is a special celebration. CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest finalists and their families are anticipated to attend. The reception, open to all ages, takes place from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Yester House galleries.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. RING 4 FREEDOM encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the RING 4 FREEDOM in their towns with short videos reflecting FREEDOM; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Friday July 20, 2018, 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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 Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.

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.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity” with selected readings and a performance of The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Anthem, Stand Up Proud. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work. There is no cost to attend this event.

The night prior to the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM, a special flag ceremony will take place at the Factory Point Town Green, adorning the space for Saturday’s event. 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 2000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers, since WWI.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Arlington Fire Department’s history and connection to The Four Freedoms dates back to November 9, 1940, fighting the fire that burned the original Arlington School to the ground. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm PRAY 4 FREEDOM
The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL closes the weekend’s events with an Interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional inter-faith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. 


Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Inspiration for the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL:
In June 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued their Atlantic Charter, in which they described four essential human rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
At home, in Arlington, Vermont, the legendary artist Norman Rockwell was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. His wife suggested he “paint the ideas, not the words.” One night, Rockwell attended an Arlington Town Meeting. One of his neighbors (a very likeable farmer) stood up and spoke. Everybody in the room disagreed with the man’s opinion, but no one interrupted. After all, in America, everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech. Norman was, once again, inspired! He decided to illustrate “The Four Freedoms” in everyday American scenes, using his Vermont neighbors as his models.

The Saturday Evening Post published “The Four Freedoms,” and long before the term was used, the images went “viral”. The four paintings became iconic images. By 1943, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Allied Forces were struggling across the Atlantic. Because of the images’ popularity, the Treasury Department asked Rockwell to go on tour with his original “Four Freedoms” paintings and sell war-bonds.

At a time when the war was going against the Allies, those pictures raised $133 million dollars (The equivalent of $1.7 billion today.) That influx of cash changed the course of the war – and history. And it was all because a Vermont farmer stood up and spoke at a town meeting!

About THE MILL:
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Sunday, July 22, 2018
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4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL

4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Vermont Arts 2018
Description:

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 very place that inspired Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings has given birth to a creative movement uniting the generations through the arts and humanities” said THE MILL’s founder Dr. Joshua Sherman.

The first annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Official Schedule of Events follows. As more details are announced in the coming months, updates will be shared on the FESTIVAL’s official website:
https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest
January 6, 2018 marked the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. In honor of that historic declaration, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, focused on arts education and engaging today’s youth. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9th – 11th grade students to choose one of The Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018. In addition to a cash prize, the finalists will have their work exhibited at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in July 2018 and the winners will have their works published by Mountain Media. Deadline for Submissions is April 30, 2018

Saturday, July 7. 2018, 11:00am
THE ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Norman Rockwell's "kid" models are no longer kids, but their mischievous humor and charm are more present than ever. This special gathering will take place at Arlington Memorial High School from 11:00am-2:00pm. The models will share stories of their time in Rockwell's studio and reflect on their youth in Arlington, Vermont. 2018 commemorates the 75th anniversary of Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings in The Saturday Evening Post. 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 neighbors standing up and exercising their 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. These events are open to the public and subject to limited seating.

Saturday, July 7, 2018
NORMAN ROCKWELL AND THE ARLINGTON ARTISTS
Arlington was home for many well-known painters, musicians and writers during the 20th century. Among the most famous was Norman Rockwell. Collectively, Rockwell, Mead Schaeffer, John Atherton, George Hughes and Gene Pelham painted more than 275 Saturday Evening Post covers and illustrations. This exhibit chronicles the work of these artists and the community they created – acting as their own critics and models while becoming close friends. Exhibit dates are June 30 through August 18, 2018 at The Canfield Gallery at the Martha Canfield Memorial Library in Arlington, Vermont.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7:00 pm
VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
The Bennington Garden Club welcomes regional farms to speak to both avid and amateur gardeners. This special FESTIVAL event highlights Freedom from Want; supporting the practice of growing one’s own food and supporting Vermont's farm-to-table heritage. The Club will revisit the purpose of Victory Gardens in American history and the advantages of growing a modern day Victory Garden. This speaking engagement takes place at The Bennington Museum at 7:00pm in the Paresky Education Center.

Friday, July 13, 2018
CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM Exhibition
Author, innovator, and educator Dorothy Canfield Fisher stated “The Vermont tradition grapples energetically with the basic problem of human conduct... how to reconcile the needs of the group... with the craving for individual freedom.” Inspired by this quote, world-renowned illustration expert, Roger Reed, will curate a special “pop-up” exhibition at The Bennington Museum focusing on the delicate balance of individual liberty and community responsibility. The exhibition will feature works by the Arlington illustrators (Rockwell, Atherton, Pelham, Schaeffer, and Hughes) as well as other celebrated artists. The exhibition concludes on Sunday, August 5, 2018. This coincides with the Museum's exhibition Crash to Creativity: The New Deal in Vermont on view June 30 through November 4, 2018.

Wednesday, July 18
ROCKWELL STORIES
Join us for a special evening celebrating iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell through storytelling. Rockwell was known for depicting scenes of his every day life in Vermont, and in many cases, he called upon his neighbors to model for him. Local models come together to share their personal first-hand stories of working with Rockwell in his Arlington studio. Art Historian and Rockwell model, Don Trachte, Jr. will facilitate this session, including stories and images. Rockwell Stories is open to the public and takes place in the Hunter Room at the Manchester Community Library.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 4:00pm
CREATE 4 FREEDOM Reception
The Reception at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont, will celebrate the finalists of the CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest; with the students’ work proudly displayed. Compositions and poetry finalists will also be presented to reception guests. The reception is a special celebration. CREATE 4 FREEDOM Contest finalists and their families are anticipated to attend. The reception, open to all ages, takes place from 4:00pm-6:00pm in The Yester House galleries.

Friday July 20, 2018, 4:00pm
RING 4 FREEDOM
A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm EST with the first ever state-wide RING 4 FREEDOM. Town and Church Bells will ring across the state of Vermont for 4 minutes to recognize and remember The Four Freedoms. RING 4 FREEDOM encourages Vermonters and visitors to record the RING 4 FREEDOM in their towns with short videos reflecting FREEDOM; using the FESTIVAL’s official hashtag #4freedomsfestival.

Friday July 20, 2018, 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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 Norman’s quest to create the iconic 4 Freedoms suite (which ultimately helped win World War II) with a portrait of the artist.

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.” Book by Eileen Bluestone Sherman with Music & Lyrics by the EMMY AWARD Winning “Bluestone Sisters.” This is a co-production between Joshua Sherman Productions and THE MILL.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion. The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place at SVAC on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 12:00 noon
TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM
At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear will be celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester. The community will pay tribute to the brave men and women currently serving in our military, the veterans who have fought for our country, and the war heroes who have fallen fighting for our FREEDOM.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM ceremony will celebrate Vermont’s Motto of “Freedom and Unity” with selected readings and a performance of The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL Anthem, Stand Up Proud. The CREATE 4 FREEDOM Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work. There is no cost to attend this event.

The night prior to the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM, a special flag ceremony will take place at the Factory Point Town Green, adorning the space for Saturday’s event. 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 2000 American flags, lining the perimeter of the Factory Point Town Green. Flag placement will take place with a Taps bugle call; the number of flags placed will represent the number of fallen Vermonter soldiers, since WWI.


Saturday, July 21, 2018
ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM
For those seeking a festive outdoor celebration, don’t miss a chance to celebrate our local heroes with the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival. Enjoy a Chili cook off and evening fireworks!

The Arlington Fire Department’s history and connection to The Four Freedoms dates back to November 9, 1940, fighting the fire that burned the original Arlington School to the ground. 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.

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:00pm and 7:30pm
PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell.
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.

PERFECT PICTURE will be presented at Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)’s Arkell Pavilion on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. Ticket Sales open May 1st. Please visit the FESTIVAL website with questions or inquiries here: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1:00pm PRAY 4 FREEDOM
The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL closes the weekend’s events with an Interfaith ceremony at Norman Rockwell’s home and studio in West Arlington at 1:00pm. The event brings together spiritual and religious leaders, with a non-denominational focus on Freedom of Worship. FESTIVAL organizers join regional inter-faith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks, by encouraging all participants to donate food, upholding Freedom from Want.

Grateful Hearts, an all-volunteer not for profit gleans produce from local farms and culled produce from grocery shelves to create meals that nourish and energize the hungry in our greater community. Meals are distributed through school backpack programs and local Community Food Cupboards. The interfaith community, concerned citizens, farmers, local businesses and not-for-profit organizations have come together to support the Grateful Hearts mission to provide local food for local hunger. In 2017, Grateful Hearts produced over 30,000 meals from food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Sunday, July 22, 2018, 3:00 pm
PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
THE MILL is pleased to announce a special screening of the film, Price for Freedom, produced by Arlington resident and TONY AWARD nominee Roger Cooper at the Manchester Community Library. 


Price for Freedom was awarded Best Picture at the prestigious Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2017. Based on the true story and best-selling novel by Dr. Marc Benhuri, Price for Freedom depicts his attempt to counter oppression after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The film will be shown at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat on the FESTIVAL’s official website: https://www.themillvt.com/4freedomsfestival/
As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door.

Inspiration for the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL:
In June 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued their Atlantic Charter, in which they described four essential human rights: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.
At home, in Arlington, Vermont, the legendary artist Norman Rockwell was inspired. Rockwell was too old to enlist, but he wanted to make a statement in pictures why Americans were sending their boys to war. His wife suggested he “paint the ideas, not the words.” One night, Rockwell attended an Arlington Town Meeting. One of his neighbors (a very likeable farmer) stood up and spoke. Everybody in the room disagreed with the man’s opinion, but no one interrupted. After all, in America, everyone has the right to Freedom of Speech. Norman was, once again, inspired! He decided to illustrate “The Four Freedoms” in everyday American scenes, using his Vermont neighbors as his models.

The Saturday Evening Post published “The Four Freedoms,” and long before the term was used, the images went “viral”. The four paintings became iconic images. By 1943, the U.S. Treasury was broke, and the Allied Forces were struggling across the Atlantic. Because of the images’ popularity, the Treasury Department asked Rockwell to go on tour with his original “Four Freedoms” paintings and sell war-bonds.

At a time when the war was going against the Allies, those pictures raised $133 million dollars (The equivalent of $1.7 billion today.) That influx of cash changed the course of the war – and history. And it was all because a Vermont farmer stood up and spoke at a town meeting!

About THE MILL:
Just 3 hours from both Manhattan and Boston, THE MILL is a hub for collaboration, arts education, project development, and production. Housed in Remember Baker’s original 1764 Gristmill in East Arlington, Vermont, THE MILL, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded on the belief that connectivity, creativity, mentoring, and collaboration - among both individuals and organizations - can lead to extraordinary achievement.

The building’s original purpose was to refine wheat into coarse grain (grist) and then into flour. THE MILL’s newest purpose is to encourage rising artists to refine their skills. At the same time, THE MILL offers established artists the freedom to re-define their message.

Once a meeting place for the Revolutionaries of Vermont, THE MILL is now a space for both young and established creatives to collaborate and develop revolutionary ideas in the arts and humanities!

Time: 7/7/18 11:00am - 7/22/18 2:00pm
Location: Southern Vermont, Manchester
Thursday, August 16, 2018
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Stowe Tango Music Festival

Stowe Tango Music Festival
Description:

A fun event for music, dance, and culture enthusiasts of all ages! The Stowe Tango Music Festival is the United States' premier tango music festival, noted both for its high level of musical training, and its unique series of public performances.

Now in it's 6th year, the Festival includes a full weekend of events for those who want to learn about Argentine culture, try Tango, or just watch and listen to amazing music. Many Festival events are family-friendly and free to the public.

Highlights include:
- Workshops, Milongas (dance parties), and the sell-out Festival Concert
- Festival Orchestra – a 25+ piece tango orchestra comprised of an extraordinary group of selected students from all over the globe, and world-class artists including guest tango legends from Argentina.
- Famous Tango Dance Performers and Teachers
- Guest Tango Music Legends from Argentina
- The Tango Trail: including events at Stowe businesses
- And, the Che Bandoneon International Competition

Location: several venues, Stowe
Friday, August 17, 2018
Aug
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2018
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Aug
19
2018

Stowe Tango Music Festival

Stowe Tango Music Festival
Description:

A fun event for music, dance, and culture enthusiasts of all ages! The Stowe Tango Music Festival is the United States' premier tango music festival, noted both for its high level of musical training, and its unique series of public performances.

Now in it's 6th year, the Festival includes a full weekend of events for those who want to learn about Argentine culture, try Tango, or just watch and listen to amazing music. Many Festival events are family-friendly and free to the public.

Highlights include:
- Workshops, Milongas (dance parties), and the sell-out Festival Concert
- Festival Orchestra – a 25+ piece tango orchestra comprised of an extraordinary group of selected students from all over the globe, and world-class artists including guest tango legends from Argentina.
- Famous Tango Dance Performers and Teachers
- Guest Tango Music Legends from Argentina
- The Tango Trail: including events at Stowe businesses
- And, the Che Bandoneon International Competition

Location: several venues, Stowe