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Platt Thanks All For Successful Appeal & Event

February 11, 2007

The building committee’s recent annual appeal has been a great success. We thank all of you who generously make us a part of your annual giving and we are delighted that so many new folks have joined our list of supporters. In a recent meeting we set priorities for the upcoming year. They are to:

  1. identify and secure financial commitments from major donors in our area,
  2. explore all options for grant funding, and
  3. continue to host a variety of community events aimed at both fund raising and “fun-raising.”

Our most recent community event called “Broadway, Bubbles and Bon Bons” was held on Sunday, February 4. Guests were treated to a lovely afternoon of outstanding music performed by Broadway vocalist Bill Carmichael, and accompanied by pianist Chuck Miller and bassist Andy Smith. The concert of jazz and Broadway tunes held in the comfort and intimacy of the Shoreham Inn was made especially enjoyable by the abundance of chocolate desserts and bubbly Champagne. We’d like to extend special thanks not only to the musicians, but to Molly and Dominic, Chris Murphy, Shannon Bohler-Small and Champlain Chocolates who all helped to bringing this event to life.

Please help support the Platt Memorial Library’s expansion and renovation efforts by attending our bake sale to be held in conjunction with the annual book sale and our second annual plant sale, both to be held later this spring. Anyone interested in helping with the building project should stop by the library and talk with Renee or Brie.

[J.Stevens, Platt Memorial Library Building Committee]


Movies at The Platt

February 11, 2007

Young Adult Book/Movie Group (for 6th–9th graders)

We are getting ready for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by re-reading the series and watching the movies together. Pick up a copy of the book at the Library to read for the discussions, then enjoy the movies!

Thursday, February 155–7:30PM: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling.

Thursday, March 155–7:30PM: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling.

Contact Renee or Brie at the Library for more info or visit the Library’s website.

It’s Bluegrass for Newton Academy

February 11, 2007

The Newton Academy Restoration Committee is continuing its efforts to raise money for the repair and restoration of Newton Academy, the old Shoreham High School. The next events will include bluegrass music, refreshments and an art raffle.

Big Spike Bluegrass will perform at the Shoreham Elementary School on Saturday March 24th at 7:30 p.m. Bill Gaston on banjo, Kirk Lord on bass, Pete Langdell on guitar, Freeman Corey, Jr. (home-grown in Benson) on fiddle and Neil Rossi on Mandolin will keep your toes tapping. Big Spike feels that it’s not enough to just do their signature close harmony and impressive instrumental work to keep an audience interested. They feel strongly that it’s important to bring a sense of humor and enthusiasm to their music. As mandolinist Rossi says, “With as much practicing as we do, we still never think of this as work when we get up on stage. We’re having too much fun up there.”

Not to be outdone, Snake Mountain Bluegrass will perform at the Shoreham Elementary School on Friday April 20th at 7:30 p.m. You’ll recognize the familiar faces of Mike Connor (Shoreham) on banjo, Gregg Humphrey on guitar, Mike Boise on bass and Earle Provin on mandolin, guitar and national steel guitar. The great harmonies, old favorites, original tunes and the flying fingers of this band will keep you glued to your spot and begging for more. The fun begins the moment they step on stage and by the end of the performance the audience will wish the evening didn’t have to end.

Both Big Spike Bluegrass and Snake Mountain Bluegrass perform locally and regionally at clubs and festivals. The Newton Academy Restoration Committee is pleased to be able to present this level of entertainment to our community as a sample of the kinds of events we can hope to sponsor at Newton Academy in the future.

The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. on concert nights. Ticket prices are $10.00 each for adults and $6.00 each for students of all ages. Raffle tickets will be on sale for the art auction starting on March 24th. The raffle prizes which include a Reed Prescott, III print, a Doris Brisson painting and several original nature scene oil paintings, ready for framing, will be on exhibit. Shoreham hats, T-shirts and Newton Academy T-shirts will also be available for sale.

[Sue Peden, Newton Academy Restoration Committee]

Bubbles, Broadway, & Bon Bons!—A benefit event for the Library Building Fund

January 26, 2007

On Sunday, February 4, the Shoreham Inn is hosting a benefit for the Platt Memorial Library Building Fund. Join us from 4 to 6PM for champagne, a chocolate buffet, and a great selection of Broadway music presented by Bill Carmichael Walsh with Chuck Miller and Andy Smith, all for just $20!

Bill Carmichael Walsh has appeared in a number of Broadway and New York productions including Les Misérables, Cats, Peter Pan, Forbidden Broadway (original cast), La Bohème, and Mamma Mia!. Los Angeles and national tours include Ragtime (USA premiere), City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, Forever Plaid and Phantom of the Opera. Most recently, he performed in A Christmas Carol at the Boston’s North Shore Music Theatre. Bill and his wife, Sue, own and operate the Emerson Guest House in Vergennnes.

Many thanks go to Bill, Chris Murphy, and our generous Innkeepers, Molly & Dominic Francis for sponsoring this delectable benefit!

Jamaican Hymn Sing—September 24

September 11, 2006

The Congregational Church once again hosts the Annual Jamaican Hymn Sing at 7:30 PM on September 24. There will be a free-will offering, with proceeds from the Hymn Sing going to churches in Jamaica. For further info, contact Gail Wood, 7-5140. [post from G.Wood]

The Sound of Music at the Congregational Church—September 10

September 4, 2006

Shoreham Congregational Church—Sound of Music at 7:00 PM. Tickets available at the door. Cost $5.00 (maximum family cost $15; children under 5 are free). This is a fund raiser for the Congregational Churches in Shoreham, Bridport, and Orwell. All of cast members (except the nuns) are children from the three churches. For further info, contact Gail Wood, 7-5140.[post from G. Wood, Music Director]

Shoreham Festival—Saturday, September 2

August 27, 2006

The Festival is almost here! Events begin at 9 AM and conclude with fireworks some time after 8:30 PM. The full schedule and other details are on the Festival’s page. Some quick notes follow:

  • Tag Sale items should be left at the Firehouse on Friday. Saleable items only, please! Tag sale runs from 9 to 1; prices are $2 per bag of goods, $4 per box—all proceeds benefit the Fireworks Fund.
  • Parade is at 2:00; stage behind Seedway at 1:00. Everyone is welcome to march (or drive) in the parade, so don’t be shy!
  • The Classic Car and Motorcycle shows will be near the school; register on-site. Join the parade!
  • Contests and games are ongoing around the Common all day
  • Cake-eating contest at 2:30
  • The Platt Library is celebrating its 100th birthday with a birthday cake judging at 4:00—all cakes will find their way to the Selectboard Supper at 4:30. Check out the Library’s page for details on their Book Sale, face painting, henna tattooing, and to register your cake for the judging.
  • Selectboard Supper—4:30 at the Firehouse. Tickets will be available at the door ($10/adult; $5/5-12 yrs; under 5, no charge); The menu is spit-roasted beef, with pot-luck side dishes and desserts (plus those birthday cakes!). Everyone is encouraged to bring a bit of pot-luck, whatever’s your favorite that would be good with roast beef. Contact Denise Gibeault if you need inspiration or to find out specifics. All proceeds go to the Fireworks Fund.

If you want to lend a hand, contact Heidi, we can always use help getting folks parked, or cleaning up after the supper.

The Town Website Has A New Address:

July 11, 2006

Short and simple! Any previously bookmarked pages should be removed from your browser’s favorites/bookmarks and re-bookmarked. You’ll have a bit of time to get this done as the old address (URL) will redirect to the new site for a month or so. The website has a few minor design changes and some navigation changes—if you come across things that don’t work as you suspect they should, please drop an email to the webmaster.

Gazebo Plans Temporarily On Hold

July 1, 2006

Shoreham’s Gazebo Committe has finalized plans to move the structure up the hill to a spot between the Masonic Hall and the Congregational Church. The Selectboard has reviewed the site, the plans, the finances, given the ‘go ahead,’ and then… the rains came.

Work was expected to get underway the first week of June, but… Now, in addition to waiting for things to dry out, there may be some lag-time while contractors who are volunteering their equipment and labor catch up on their own work which has also been held up by the rain. The project will still happen, just a bit behind schedule. Hopes are to have it wrapped up by Festival day, September 2.

Additional details can be found in the Selectboard Minutes of April 10 and 24, 2006, in the Downloadable Documents section of the town website.

Festival Plans Are Rolling Along! Deadline approaches

June 22, 2006

The plans for the Shoreham Festival are coming along wonderfully. Full day activities are planned. Thank you, Hannah and Keith Farrell for taking this on to make it a full day of fun. The Platt Library is on-board with some great ideas, and we're still looking for input from other local groups about what they want to do. Deadline to get event/booth-space requests in is June 30! After June 30, we should have a complete itinerary of events.

There will be a parade at 2pm—everyone and anyone who wants to march down (or up?) the road is welcome! I you have a car or a cart or a buggy or a wheelbarrow you want to deck out and parade through town, here's your chance. No advance notice is needed to be in the parade, just watch for notice of where and when to get staged as the day approaches.

Despite the weather (!) we did raise $120 for the fireworks fund at the town lawn sales! We'll be holding another flea market sale at the Festival and will be taking donations for items the week prior. Watch for notices.

Also, still looking for a few more volunteers to help at the Festival— mainly for pick up and to help run some games. If you can help at all, please let me know—call, or use the signup form.

Finally, if your group wants booth space, there's a place to indicate it on the signup form. We need to know so space can be coordinated. [Heidi Lanpher]