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Shirley Jackson Day at The Left Bank on June 25

On June 25 the new Left Bank in North Bennington, in cooperation with the Bennington Cultural and Arts Council, will again celebrate the career of local writer Shirley Jackson (1916-1965).

Jackson, a prolific author whose work includes stories, novels, and plays, is best known for her short story "The Lottery," one of the best known tales in modern fiction. The upcoming months will bring a Shirley Jackson revival. A new biography is due to appear as well as a new volume of the author's previously uncollected works. Other projects are under discussion. Prepare for the revival with this evening devoted to Jackson and her work.

The Left Bank, which houses a variety of community programs, occupies the former Merchants Bank building at 5 Bank Street in the center of North Bennington.

Park McCullough House schedule for summer concerts

July 13    Liz Wright (piano), Joana Genova (violin) and Nathaniel Parke (cello)
July 27    Zuill Bailey (cello)
August 3   Music from Salem (music by Schumann, Dohnanyi, Webern & Brahams for clarinet, saxophone, string quartet & piano)
August 10   Music From Salem (string quartets by Glazunov and Mozart, and piano quintets by Faure and Thomas Oboe Lee)

All of these concerts start at 4 p.m. in the Carriage Barn. For more information call 802-442-5411 or visit the PM House web site.

Art Park 2014 opening on July 12 for 17th season

North Bennington's summer outdoor art festival and exhibit will run this year from July 12 through October 25. Curated for the second year by Joe Chirchirillo, the show highlights the work of local and regional artists in the center of the Village. The opening across from the train station on the afternoon of July 12 will again feature music and free food.

The Cherry Orchard at Park-McCullough July 31- August 2, 7-9

Randolyn Zinn and Allen McCullough bring back their special approach to Anton Chekhov with The Cherry Orchard by the Living Room Theatre. Performances at 7 p.m., with matinees at 2 on Saturdays. For reservations call 802-442-5322.

Self-portrait photographic event to return on August 16-17

Jay and Sophie Paris will return to North Bennington for their third self-portrait weekend on August 16-17. The father/daughter team of photographers set up their camera around the Village so that individuals or groups may take their own portraits. Jay and Sophie then work through the night to print and frame a selection of the images for a show in the gallery at Vermont Arts Exchange.

Previous weekends were held in 2000 and 2007. Selections of those images may be viewed here. Sophie and Jay's statement about their work in North Bennington may be viewed here.