Auditions May 20 & 24 for Guilford Plays

Guilford Center Stage announces open auditions for its October premiere of To Their Appointed End: the One-Act Plays of Jean Stewart McLean.  There will be two sessions of auditions: Saturday, May 20, from 10 am to Noon, and Wednesday, May 24, from 6 to 8 pm, at Broad Brook Grange in Guilford.  William Stearns directs the production.

There are a number of roles for men and women from about age 20 and up.  No reservation is needed, and auditioners may arrive anytime during the 2-hour session.  Those trying out may prepare or bring a dramatic reading, or a passage from a play of their choosing, of about one minute in length.   Director Stearns will also have passages from the one-acts available for those who wish to try some dialogue.  Stage helpers are welcome, also.

The production, running October 6-8, will be the fifth production of Guilford Center Stage, which produces two shows each year, and just concluded its spring premiere of Guilford playwright Michael Nethercott’s Our Enemy’s Cup.   The project was founded by Broad Brook Grange in 2015 to use the small proscenium stage at the 1896 Grange.  Plays with a connection to Guilford and to the region have been the focus of the program.

Jean Stewart McLean (1917-1963) was the mother of Guilford Center Stage co-founder Don McLean.  In addition to short fiction, she wrote four one-act plays in the late 1940’s and early 50’s, none of which has previously been staged.  The plays range from a short drama to a pair of comedies, and are being presented in commemoration of the centenary of the playwright’s birth.

For more information call 802-257-1961 or e-mail <inscapevt@myfairpoint.net>.

Mothers Day Brunch at Grange

Broad Brook Grange will present its 21st annual Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 14, from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The proceeds from the event support maintenance of the historic building.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelettes, any style, made to order.  Also on the menu are  pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup.  Other treats include home-baked coffee cakes and other baked goods, fresh fruit salad, and bread for toasting.  A selection of juices will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.

The Grange hall serves as a community center for Guilford, hosting meetings, General Election polling, The Guilford Food Pantry every Thursday, Green-Up Day, and the theater project, Guilford Center Stage.  The organization also provides an annual scholarship to a college-bound Guilford student — to be given at BUHS Senior Awards Night this week — and a dictionary to every 3rd grader at Guilford Central School.

No reservations are necessary for the meal, which is priced at $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, and $5 for ages 2-12. Kids under two are free.

This event is the first of two brunches for 2017, with the Father’s Day event to follow in June. Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Road, 4 miles west of the Guilford Country Store.  For more information, call (802) 257-1961.

Guilford Center Stage Play is May 5-7

Guilford Center Stage opens its third season with Our Enemy’s Cup, the premiere of a full-length play by Guilford playwright, Michael Nethercott, who also directs the production.   The play will be given three performances, with shows on Friday and Saturday, May 5 & 6, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, May 7, at 2:00 pm, upstairs at Broad Brook Grange.

General Admission tickets are $10, available in advance at: http://bpt.me/2792718  or  1-800-838-3006, or at the door.

Our Enemy’s Cup is the recipient of the Vermont Playwrights Award, the Clauder Competition (Best Vermont Play) and the Nor’easter Play Writing Competition.  The play is a study of betrayal, loyalty and accountability set in occupied France during the Second World War. In the wake of a compromised Resistance action, the citizens of a small town are forced to judge one of their own, and, in doing so, make a fateful decision.

The cast, from seven area towns, includes both actors who have appeared in previous Guilford productions, and newcomers.   The players are: Marvin Shedd, Richard Epstein, Beverly Miller, William Stearns, Julie Holland, Cris Parker-Jennings, Jan van Oene, Josh Cunningham, Joel Kaemmerlen, Jeremy West, and Elias Burgess.

Guilford Center Stage is a project of Broad Brook Grange, begun in 2015 to make greater use of the building’s 19th century stage.  Its particular goal is to present “place-based” plays, which have regional or local connections.  The theater is up a flight of stairs.  Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Rd., just under 4 miles west of the Guilford Country Store.

Square Dance at Grange Apr 8

Guilford Center Stage opens its third season at Broad Brook Grange, not with a play, but with a square dance, on Saturday, April 8, at 7 pm.  The event is a benefit for the Grange’s resident theater company, and features Bob Livingston, caller, with the Falltown String Band.    Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under,  and maximum for a family is $25.  The dance and all performances are up a flight of stairs.

Square dances were a tradition at grange halls throughout the region, and were important social occasions throughout much of the past century at Broad Brook Grange, with its stage for the band and large dance floor.

In addition to continuing a long Grange tradition, and serving as a fundraiser, the dance is presented by Guilford Center Stage to showcase the Falltown String Band, from nearby Bernardston, Mass.  Two of the band’s members are Marvin and Sue Shedd, who have acted in — or stage managed — all three Center Stage productions to date.  A usual line-up includes mandolin, guitar, stand-up bass, flute, fiddle and keyboard.

The band was formed in 1987 and has played throughout the tri-state area, and in Connecticut.  In addition to square dances, they perform in schools, historical societies, nursing homes, and at funerals, weddings, fairs and festivals.  They currently play a monthly gig at The Rendezvous in Turners Falls, Cameron’s Winery in Northfield, and frequently at the United Church in Bernardston.

Their repertoire includes John Fogerty, old pop standards such as My Blue Heaven, bluegrass and country tunes, and pieces by Irish harpist Turlogh O’Carolan.

Caller Bob Livingston, from Middletown, Conn. was honored in 2010 with a Local Legend Award by the Square Dance Foundation of New England.  He has been promoting square dancing, both traditional and modern western, for 48 consecutive years.  He has called dances in Toronto, and throughout four New England states.  He was caller when the Falltown String Band was formed in 1987, and frequently appears with the band.  He has called the distinctively New England genre, Eastern Squares, French Canadian Quadrilles, the Virginia Reel, and dances called to American fiddle tunes.  He has taught beginners, including middle school students.  Livingston is particularly known for using singing calls.

The 2017 Guilford Center Stage season, which continues upstairs at Broad Brook Grange, features the premiere of a full-length play, Our Enemy’s Cup, by Guilford playwright Michael Nethercott, on May 5-7.   The fall production is the first performance of the one act plays by Jean Stewart McLean.  Also this season there will be a summer theater camp for 5-8th graders.

For information about the season, visit online brownpapertickets.com and search for Guilford Center Stage.  Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Road, 4 miles west of the Country Store.

Guilford Election Results

Town & School District Meeting March 7, 2017
Unofficial Results of Australian Balloting

(Posted as a convenience to those wishing to know results as soon as possible.
Official tally is provided by the Town Clerk to the Vt. Sec. of State.
Write-ins were low & not reported here.)

* = elected

SELECTBOARD – 3 years:
Richard Clark 139
*Verandah Porche 209

SELECTBOARD – 2 years
Nathanael K. Matthiesen 136
*Richard M. Wizansky 191

LISTER – 3 years
*Lisa Barry 322

Town Agent – 1 year
*Patricia Beu 323

TOWN CLERK – 3 years
*Penny Marine 344

TREASURER – 3 years
*Penny Marine 338

SCHOOL DIRECTOR – 3 years
*Emily Hartz 311

SCHOOL DIRECTOR – 1 year, two positions
*Beth Bristol 313
*Angela Johnson 247

AUDITOR – 3 years
*Neil Quinn 329

School District Special Article on School Heating System:

*In favor of bond issue 288
Opposed to bond issue 59

posted by Don McLean, Board of Civil Authority

Sugar on Snow Supper at Grange Mar 4

Broad Brook Grange’s annual Sugar on Snow Supper will be held Saturday, March 4, at the Grange hall in Guilford Center.  The meal features ham, baked beans, deviled eggs, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, pickles, homemade donuts, and Guilford maple sugar on Guilford snow.

There will be three seatings: at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00 pm.  At each seating, a half-gallon of Guilford maple syrup will be raffled.

This longtime annual fundraiser helps support the many activities of the Grange, which serves as a town community resource, hosting pre-town meeting, Green Up Day, Independence activities, the Food Pantry, and a community Thanksgiving dinner, and provides Christmas stockings for seniors, free dictionaries for every Guilford 3rd grader, and a college scholarship.  The newest program at the Grange is Guilford Center Stage.  In addition, the building is used for private rentals, town and community meetings, and is the polling place for General Elections.

Tickets for the supper are: $12 for adults; $5 for children ages 5-12, and $2 for kids age 4 and under.  Reservations for a particular seating are recommended, as the supper usually sells out in advance.  A waiting list will also be kept, and those with reservations who cannot make it are asked to phone their cancellation.  There are usually a few unreserved seats left for the 7 pm seating, for those who show up without a reservation.  Reservations made be made by calling Thayer at 802/257-5359.

The Grange hall is located on Guilford Center Road, four miles west of the Guilford Country Store.

Guilford Pre-Town Meeting Feb 23

 

Broad Brook Grange will hold its annual Pre-Town Meeting on Thursday, February 23, 7:00 pm at the Grange hall.

This is the only opportunity for voters to hear details of the articles which will be presented at the Town and School District Meetings, and to meet and discuss issues with the selectboard and school board all in one evening, in advance of Town Meeting.

In addition, candidates for town and school board offices are urged to attend to introduce themselves to the voters.  State law prevents any “campaigning” by candidates at Town Meeting, when an Australian ballot is used, as in this instance.  So this is the only time before the vote for the public to meet and hear the candidates all at once.

Those interested in declaring as a write-in candidate should take this sole opportunity to appear before a group of voters.

Town Meeting itself will be held, as usual, on the first Tuesday of March, which this year is March 7, commencing at 10 am in the gym of the Central School.

Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Rd., 4 miles west of the Country Store.   Refreshments will conclude the evening.