Norman Rockwell and The Arlington Artists Exhibit
Jun
30
to Aug 18

Norman Rockwell and The Arlington Artists Exhibit

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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.

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ROCKWELL MODELS REUNION
Jul
7
11:00 AM11:00

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. 

The location for this year's reunion carries extra significance as selected by the reunion organizers. Arlington’s high school burned to the ground in November of 1940. In January of 1941, an emergency town meeting was held to debate whether or not to re-build what stands today as Arlington Memorial High School. Rockwell attended the Town Hall meeting and witnessed his neighbor standing up and exercising his Freedom of Speech. He was inspired to create the first of his four iconic Four Freedoms paintings. 

A presentation by local art historian Don Trachte, Jr. is scheduled to take place at the high school's MACK Performing Arts Center from 11:00am-12:30pm. In keeping with tradition, The Arlington Lions Club will again prepare a fundraising barbecue luncheon at the high school immediately following the models reunion presentation from 12:30pm-2:00pm. This event is open to the public and subject to limited seating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

VICTORY GARDENS PAST & PRESENT

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.

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CHALLENGES 4 FREEDOM℠ Exhibition
Jul
13
to Aug 5

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

 

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ROCKWELL STORIES
Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

ROCKWELL STORIES

As part of the lineup for the 1st Annual 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL, Manchester Community Library's Summer Wednesdays Series presents a special presentation 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.  If you are a Rockwell enthusiast, this is a rare event that you won't want to miss! 

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CREATE 4 FREEDOM℠ Reception
Jul
19
4:00 PM16:00

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. 

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RING 4 FREEDOM℠
Jul
20
4:00 PM16:00

RING 4 FREEDOM℠

A full weekend of FESTIVAL events between Manchester, Arlington, and Bennington commences at 4:00pm Eastern 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.

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FLAGS 4 FREEDOM℠
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

FLAGS 4 FREEDOM℠

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 the Civil War

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PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell
Jul
20
to Jul 21

PERFECT PICTURE - The Musical. Inspired by the life of Norman Rockwell

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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. 

The Opening night performance is on Friday, July 20th at 7:30pm. 

Additional performances of PERFECT PICTURE will take place on Saturday, July 21st, at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM℠
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM℠

At 12:00 noon, Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Fear are celebrated with a patriotic and inspiring ceremony at The Factory Point Town Green in Manchester; paying tribute to military service men and women who currently fight for, veterans who have fought for, and war heroes who have fallen, fighting for our FREEDOM.  The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM℠ ceremony will include speeches and readings.

The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL℠ Anthem, Stand Up Proud, will be performed as a part of the ceremony.

 (Additional components to be confirmed include a military brass band and an official military fly over)  CREATE 4 FREEDOM℠ Art and Poetry Winners will be publicly recognized for their work.    There is no cost to attend this event.

The TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM℠ continues to the South, for the 65th Annual Arlington Fire Company Carnival.   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 fire company, taking place on both Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, 2018 at the Arlington Rec Park. The afternoon following the TRIBUTE 4 FREEDOM℠ ceremony includes a Chili Cook Off followed by evening fireworks at the Carnival.   

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ARLINGTON 4 FREEDOM℠
Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

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. 

  

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PRAY 4 FREEDOM℠
Jul
22
1:00 PM13:00

PRAY 4 FREEDOM℠

The 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL℠ returns home to close the weekend events with an Interfaith ceremony at the original Norman Rockwell 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 Interfaith leaders in their commitment to Grateful Hearts, community food cupboards and local food banks by encouraging the attending community 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. 

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PRICE FOR FREEDOM film screening
Jul
22
3:00 PM15:00

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 show at 3:00pm in the Hunter Room. 

Due to limited seating, general admission is encouraged in advance by reserving your seat. As there is no charge for admission, donations to support THE MILL will be accepted at the door

 

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CREATE 4 FREEDOM℠ Contest
Jan
6
to Apr 30

CREATE 4 FREEDOM℠ Contest

Marking the 77th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s historic Four Freedoms Speech, the 4 FREEDOMS FESTIVAL℠ and THE MILL launched their first festival initiative, supporting arts education for today’s youth.  The CREATE Contest, in partnership with Southern Vermont Arts Center, encourages 9-11 grade students to choose one of the 4 Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, 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.

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