The Museum of Everyday life presents Banners & Cranks NEK: An Evening of Cantastoria and Cranky Performances.
Witness a millennium-old art form re-imagined as performers from across the country offer up a weekend of contemporary cantastoria and cranky performances in Vermont! Cantastoria is the Italian word for an ancient performance form, which involves pictures, live music and sung narration. Crankies are pictures on a scroll moved by means of a hand-cranked mechanism. This is a living and breathing folk performance practice that has found its own particular place alongside the technology and media of the 21st century! The evening features Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth Laprelle, renowned folk musicians dedicated to the mountain music tradition, bringing a captivating mix of ballads and foot-stomping dance tunes illustrated by hand-sewn crankies and painted banners, all the way from Virginia. Local performers Adam Cook, Modern Times Theater, Clare Dolan and Meredith Holch round out the evening with cantastoria and cranky stories of mayhem, crime, heroism, inspiration, and mischief. Some special surprise guests will also join the performances each night! Thursday March 19th at 7:30pm at Light Club Lamp Shop, 12 North Winooski Ave (next to Radio Bean) in Burlington, and Friday March 20th at 7:30 pm at Parker Pie 161 County Rd in West Glover. All tickets $15 at the door or cheaper if you’re broke, no one turned away. For more information call 802-626-4409.
An energetic and well-bundled-up little crowd enjoyed the festivities at the MOEL on Valentine’s Day, at the opening of “Get Out of This One: Broken and Useless Snow Removal Devices of the Northeast Kingdom” photos below:
Hot chocolate, sweets, other sundries, and a working victrola wooed visitors at the vestibule entrance:
a visitor makes a contribution to the exhibit:
a happy visitor sporting the toothbrush crown:
highlights from the exhibition:
Bring Your Date!
The Museum of Everyday Life announces a brief celebration of futility, in the form of a new exhibit about the rigors of snow removal in wintertime vermont. “Get Out Of This One: Broken Snow Removal Devices of the NEK” a brand new exhibit, will open on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14th. The exhibit, on display in the Raymond Roussel Memorial Vestibule of the Museum of Everyday Life is free and open to the public, but the space is unheated, so wear your long underwear! Those souls brave enough to come opening day between Noon and 4:00pm will receive free hot cocoa and chocolates from the Museum Curator. Come with your date for Valentine’s Day and get a free gift. The exhibit will be open everyday from 8am – 5pm through the end of May, entrance by donation, turn off the lights when you leave. The Museum is located at 3482 Dry Pond Rd in Glover. For more information use the “contact us” button on the navigation bar above and send us a message and we’ll write you right back.
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Hear about our Day of the Dead Celebration on VPR: http://www.tinyurl.com/lqgcx78
Read about our Day of the Dead Celebration on this blog by author Gary Miller: http://bit.ly/1x1ivmu
and check out these photos from the event below:
The Museum of Everyday Life announces
Day of the Dead at the Museum of Everyday Life!
November 2nd , 2014 2pm-7pm
As we sink into winter in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, on the day when we turn our clocks back to welcome in the months of lengthening darkness, as the near leafless trees stretch their skeletal arms towards the darkening sky, the Museum of Everyday Life invites all to celebrate the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead, a holiday that is observed around the world by many cultures. It is a time when friends and family gather to remember, celebrate and pray for ancestors and deceased loved ones.
In the spirit of celebrating ancestors, welcoming winter, and reveling in everyday life’s simple pleasures, the festivities of the day will include a 5K Cross Country Trail Run followed by awards (costumes encouraged, no racing spikes please,) an altar-creation and miniature boat-building workshop, a boat race on the stream, live music, performances, readings, snacks and drinks, and a bonfire.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
2 pm : miniature boat building, altar making, dress up
2:45 : miniature boat race down the brook
3 pm : 5k Cross Country Trail Run followed by awards (costumes encouraged!)
4 pm : Readings and Performances: Author and curator of the Toothbrush and Dental Accessory Archive of Montpelier, Gary Lee Miller, will read from his new collection of short fiction, Museum of the Americas. There will also be performances by animator/filmmaker Meredith Holch, Burlington-based theater artist Emily Anderson, the Museum’s own Clare Dolan, and music by the Infamous Kick the Bucket Brigade and local songstress/printmaker Lila Winstead.
5 pm : Bonfire, revelry
* To participate in the 5K trail run, please arrive early to register. * Race registration suggested donation is $20 for adults, $15 for students and kids, which includes a T-shirt, sugar skull, and treats. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in three age groups (20 and under, 21-45, 45+) and include generous donations by Hill Farmstead Brewery, Cate Hill Orchard in Greensboro, Red Sky Trading in Glover, and some unique awards created by the Museum of Everyday Life staff.
Admission is by donation with all proceeds benefiting the continuing exhibitions and programs at The Museum of Everyday Life. For more information, contact Clare Dolan or Leah Frost at 802 626-4409. The museum is located at 3482 Dry Pond Road (Rt. 16) in Glover, 5 miles south of Glover village.
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS!
The Museum of Everyday Life is soliciting contributions to its upcoming exhibition featuring the Toothbrush, which opens on June 7th, 2014, in Glover, Vermont! For this current toothbrush exhibition, we are accepting all kinds of contributions, including, but not limited to: OBJECTS (interesting toothbrushes, historical toothbrushes, toothbrushes with a history, attractive or unusual toothbrushes); ANECDOTES (toothbrush stories, personal histories involving the toothbrush, little known facts, urban myths); SCHOLARSHIP (papers or meditations on any subject related to the toothbrush, historical research); and ART (objects fabricated from toothbrushes, examples of the toothbrush as decorative element, design innovations in the toothbrush, art objects involving the toothbrush). Be aware that the Museum is a self-service institution and does not always have staff on hand, therefore the safety and security of donated objects cannot be guaranteed, although every effort is made to keep all donations as secure and safe as possible. To donate, or for more information,use the “contact us” link on the toolbar above. Interested in participating in the exhibit installation? Let us know! Intensive installation week will be from May 26th through June 1st, 2014.
ANNOUNCING THE OPENING CELEBRATION OF OUR NEW EXHIBITION–
“Draw the Line and Make Your Point: The Pencil and the 21st Century”
SUNDAY JUNE 2nd, 3:00 – 6:00PM.
The exhibition offers unique ways of looking at the Pencil, including unlikely objects made from pencils, a participatory pencil launcher interactive exhibit, and a display of a smattering of pencils from around the world. A lively visual history recounts the invention and evolution of the pencil, and a display about a unique pencil artist will also be on view, along side many other pencil-related ephemera and oddities. At the opening day celebration June 2nd from 3-6pm, itinerant performer Adam Cook and local vaudville revivalists Rose Friedman and Justin Lander will play live music, and local animator/filmmaker Meredith Holch will present a new paper movie. Pencil themed snacks and beverages will be served.
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE CREATION OF OUR NEW EXHIBIT!
The Museum of Everyday Life is soliciting participation in the creation of its 2013 season featured exhibition about the Pencil. If you make or know about pencil ephemera, pencil collections, articles or literature about pencils, objects made from pencils, pencil – inspired apparel, art made from or with pencils, historic or vintage pencil collections, or anything at all that you think might be relevant PLEASE CONTACT US! (use the contact us link in the menu bar above.) The exhibit installation work period will begin May 1st and continue through the gala opening of the exhibition June 2nd. All are welcome to help with the research, fabrication and installation chores that will be ongoing during this time period. Contact us for more detailed information if you’d like to participate.
Museum of Everyday Life Performance Department’s New Cantastoria “Fire!” performed at Ecosocialist Conference in North Hampton, MA on November 30th, 2012
ANNOUNCING OUR GALA RE-OPENING JUNE 24TH, 2012 FROM 3-6 PM! featuring our new exhibition,“Healing Engine of Emergency–the incredible story of the Safety Pin.”
The title of the exhibition comes from Christorpher Morely’s 1920 essay on the safety pin, and embodies the spirit of the exhibition, which offers unique views of the safety pin, including unlikely objects made from safety pins, a miniature safety pin menagerie, and a special collection of ancient roman fibula (the precursor to the safety pin.) A lively visual history recounts the invention of the modern safety pin, and unique safety pins from around the world will also be on display, along side many other safety pin-related ephemera and oddities. At the opening day celebration itinerant performers the Dolly Wagglers (Adam Cook and Lindsay McCaw) and local vaudville revivalists Rose Friedman and Justin Lander will play live music, and local animator/filmmaker Meredith Holch will present a new paper movie. Join us the 24th! We’re located at 3482 Dry Pond Rd. (Rt. 16) in Glover, a short distance South of the Shadow Lake Rd.
MUSEUM CLOSED DUE TO FIRE UNTIL GRAND RE-OPENING JUNE 24TH, 2012 (see below)
NOW SOLICITING SAFETY PIN REATED ITEMS
We are currently preparing for a new exhibition featuring the safety pin. If you would like to assist us with the preparation of this exhibition by donating materials for display, any safety pin ephemera, odd safety pins, historic safety pins, examples of the safety pin in literature, stories about safety pins saving the day, and of course things made out of safety pins are very very welcome! We also welcome volunteers to assist us with the creation and building of the exhibition. Use the “contact us” link below to let us know how you’d like to donate materials or participate!
On January 4th, 2012, a fire destroyed our living quarters, offices and workshop. Fortunately the barn and exhibition space were spared. As a result, the Museum is temporarily closed, due to re-open again June 24th, 2012. If you would like to assist with the clean-up or rebuild effort, please contact us through the “contact us” link below.