Stephen Butz, author of “Shays’ Settlement in Vermont a Story of Revolt and Archaeology”, will discuss his research into Shays” Rebellion and his surprising findings. There will be a book signing. Stephen is heading up the first formal archaeological excavations of Shay’s settlement in Sandgate. Come hear about the local connection Bridgewater has with Daniel Shays
POEMJAZZ WITH ROBERT PINSKY
AT THE TOWN HALL THEATER
Robert Pinsky will be performing PoemJazz with his trio of musicians.
“In jazz, as in poetry,” says 3-time US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, “there is always that play between what’s regular and what’s wild. That has always appealed to me.” Pinsky’s innovative dialogue between poetry and music, PoemJazz intertwines language and instrument, emphasizing the physical and melodic qualities of voice, as well as the way jazz improvisation can sometimes seem to speak. The result is an organic new whole of sound and sense. A book and CD signing follows.
Opening for PoemJazz will be local troubadours Los Lorcas. In the spirit of Federico Garcia Lorca—gifted musician, legendary poet/playwright and ebullient performer—poets Partridge Boswell and Peter Money, along with guitarist Nat Williams, fuse poetry and music in a passionate and surprising mash-up. Los Lorcas blurs boundaries between spoken word and song, weaving poetry with Andalusian ballads, blues, rock, folk, reggae, hip hop, Americana and jazz in pursuit of the cante jondo (deep song) Lorca so ardently championed.”
Leslie Askwith’s “Thunderstruck Fiddle” explores the intimate journals of teen-aged Charles Morris Cobb, a sensitive boy who was a hill-farmer, fiddler, and writer who was committed to telling nothing but the truth, with impassioned detailed accounts of life in 1850s Woodstock, Vermont.
Rick Winston’s “Red Scare in the Green Mountains Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1940-1960” is illustrated with archival news headlines and photos. His parents (NYC schoolteachers) were affected during the McCarthy years, and he has a long-standing interest in that era.
Geza Tatrallyay’s “Twisted” trilogy of international crime thrillers draws on broad research and his own experiences to explore difficult issues between a “rogue” Russia and the West in the context of plots full of suspense and intrigue.