“Bird’s Nest” gallery show at The Left Bank, with opening artists’ reception June 22 from 4-6 pm. This exhibit finds curatorial inspiration from Shirley Jackson’s 1954 novel, The Bird’s Nest, which portrays a young museum curator with multiple personality disorder. The disparate personalities of the main character have the effect of twigs, mud and fluff interwoven like a bird’s nest to form a struggling woman. Artists include Mark Barry, Forest Byrd, Anna Crabtree, Peter Crabtree, Lee Gallagher, Aimee LaPorte, Lodiza Lapore, Caitilin McAdoo, Claudia McNulty, Madalyn Olson, Rob Randall, Rhonda Ratray, Daisy Rockwell, Teru Simon, Jill VanOrden, Lulu Wiley, Ed Wint. The show will run through August 2. More information here.
Fireworks on July 3. See the show starting at dusk from the pavilion and beach on the north side of Lake Paran. Sponsored by Paran Recreations. Admission charged.
Village and town wide tag sale set for July 13 (rain date July 14). Register your sale in advance to be included in a Google Map and printed map. Registration forms can be picked up or dropped off at the John G. McCullough Free Library or Powers Market.
Apollo 11 moon landing rebroadcast party July 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Left Bank. Sixties clothing encouraged! Astronaut food available. A project of the John G. McCullough Free Library.
Vermont Arts Exchange’s 25th anniversary party will take place on Saturday, July 20, starting with a parade at 11:45 a.m. and followed by a party at VAE (across from the Old Railroad Station). There will be live music and food ( BBQ food truck, Powers cookout, Harvest Brewing) vintage cars, a story booth and plenty of art activities.
Historic Park-McCullough events and concerts. The “Big House” in North Bennington posts and regularly updates its summer schedule here. Highlights include a new production by Living Room Theatre July 17-28, the annual garden gala on August 30, and the Third Annual Norh Bennington Block Party on September 7.
Robert Frost Stone House Museum welcomes the community. The Stone House is sponsoring readings, art shows, workshops and community events this spring and summer. See the whole schedule 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.
Nearly 40 percent of the visitors to this site arrive by mobile devices or tablets. The original site — first uploaded in 2008 — was not mobile friendly. The new design should work very well for those of you who rely on your phones — although the photos still look best when seen on a big screen.
We hope to develop this page for sharing news and views about North Bennington. It is not going to be simply an events calendar — more a combination of special listings and a forum for postings about matters of village concern. Please be in touch if you would like to contribute or have suggestions! And please explore this site, even if you have done so many times before. There is a lot to discover here about the Village of North Bennington.