October 2015 Newsletter
Martha Canfield Library E-news
Welcome to the October edition of the Martha Canfield Library's e-newsletter. If you have any suggestions, you can email them to our hotmail account or leave them in our suggestion jar on the front desk.
Auction and Dessert Gala
Our second Auction and Dessert Gala will be held Sunday, October 18 from 2:00 to 5:00. Come and enjoy desserts and live music while bidding on many items in both our silent and live auctions. Some of the items up for bid include: Steiff bears, Harry Potter books, tickets to the famous Rockettes, season tickets to the Dorset Theater Festival, paintings and gift certificates. This is a fund-raising event and all proceeds benefit the Library. Tickets are $10.00 per person and can be purchased at the Library, Martha's Book House, the Bank of Bennington, Berkshire Bank or at the door.
Autumn Colors will be the theme at October's weekly Tuesday morning story time from 10:00 to 11:00. Young children will explore the colors brown, orange, yellow and red through storytelling and related crafts. A light snack is also provided. Come and join the fun!
On Sunday, October 4 at 2:00, UVM historian Vince Feeney will talk about Mad Matt the Democrat. Matthew Lyon, indentured servant, Green Mountain Boy, son-in-law to Thomas Chittenden, land speculator and entrepreneur, was one of the most colorful characters in Vermont's early years. He was perhaps best remembered for his imprisonment under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and his subsequent re-election to Congress while in jail. His life not only exemplified the promise of our new nation, but also reflected the political tensions of the times. This free program is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.
On Sunday, October 25, at 2:00, archaeologist Steve Butz will talk about the Shays' Settlement Project. The project is the first formal study of the ruins of a fortified 18th century settlement located in the mountains of southern Vermont. The settlement was founded by Captain Daniel Shays and his fellow refugees after they fled from Massachusetts following the uprising he led in 1787. Incredibly, this piece of lost American history lay hidden and untouched for over 200 years.
Cambridge, NY, artist Mark Tougias, well-known to many area lovers and collectors of his luminous landscape oil paintings, will be the featured artist during October. The exhibition can be seen from October 2 to October 31 during library hours. A "Meet the Artist" reception will be held in the gallery on Saturday, October 3, from 3:00 to 5:00.
Tougias, a fulltime, mainly self-taught artist, has traveled extensively throughout Europe and America for over twenty-five years, and his work has been strongly influenced by the French Barbizon painters, the Pennsylvania New Hope School and the California Impressionists, to name a few. Mark is interested in the poetic and spiritual qualities of a place, sunlight and shadow and muted tonal qualities. He paints "en plein air" and in the studio. He has exhibited in more than forty galleries and he has had more than thirty one-man shows. A portion of his sales in The Canfield Gallery show will go to support the Library. Be sure to stop in and see his wonderful paintings.
Book Sale at Martha's Book House
Check out our Columbus Day Weekend Special. ALL books will be 1/2 price!!! Two large rooms are stacked with books on every imaginable subject: biographies, non-fiction, sports, romances, fiction in both hardcover and paperback, government, history, religion, cooking, the list goes on and on. Each book was carefully selected and is in great condition. Please stop in and look around in our newly remodeled Book House. We know you'll find something you like.
Extended hours for the Columbus Day weekend, Friday, October 9 through Monday, October 12, will be 10:00 to 4:00 each day. Martha's Book House is located in the Arlington Community House on Route 7A, across from St. James Church.