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Social visits on ice — Lake Paran on January 25, 2020.

The Village of North Bennington’s 2020 annual meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 17 at the Village School, starting at 7:30 p.m. The Village’s annual report is available for download here. Along with the usual business, voters will be asked to decide whether to increase support of Paran Recreations by $2,000; appropriate $500 to support the Bennington County Choral Society; and adopt a “climate solutions” resolution.

NBOSS now taking applications for 2020 sculpture show. Applications are due March 17 to participate in the 23rd annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show. Large-scale works will be sited throughout the village from June 20 through November 2. Last year 40 artists shared their work. For an application or more information, contact Joe Chirchirillo at jrc373@comcast.net.

The Strip Show” at The Left Bank. Conceived of as a show of nudes, collages and comic strips, the show features the work of: Ebay, Berta Burr, Caleb Coulter, Elsie Campbell, Emily Gold, Paul Katz, Henry Klein, Tom Longtin, Madalyn Olson, Dave Ortega, Leslie Park, Eve Pearce, Rhonda Ratray, Daisy Rockwell, Meghan Rudinski, Paul Stitelman, Kate Whitehall, Greg Winterhalter and more!

“While to strip is to lay bare and to remove layers the word evokes both removing and remaining. The Strip Show takes inspiration from the many different interpretations of the word ‘Strip.'”

These revealing artworks will be on view until March 30. Gallery hours are Mondays 1-6 pm, Fridays 4-8 pm, and by appointment (contact rhondaratray@gmail.com). The Left Bank Gallery, 5 Bank St. North Bennington. More about the current show and schedule here (outside link). More about the Left Bank project here.

Notes on the newly redesigned website of The Fund for North Bennington, Inc. This website was completely redesigned this past winter, and updated with lots of new content. The site is now fully accessible to mobile devices. There is much fresh material in the photo galleries, particularly those showing parades and historic streetscapes. There are new stories from Burton Bromley of village life around 1900, and of working at the Cushman factory for 56 years. An historic series of detailed maps (the Sanborn maps) of the village from a century ago is now available courtesy of the Library of Congress. And there are many new contemporary photos of North Bennington.