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VFC Exhibits :: Hitting the Mat

Hitting the Mat

By day, the men and women of Slam All-Star Wrestling are carpenters, roofers and office workers, but by night they are a brotherhood of giants, heroes and villains. A misfit bunch clad in spandex, feather boas and studded leather, the members of this small professional wrestling community entertain screaming crowds once a month on a humble stage at the Moose Lodge in St. Albans, VT.

Hitting the Mat, an exhibit by photojournalist Emily McManamy, weaves together vivid photographs and audio interviews with ambient soundscapes and a looping film clips, offering a diverse invitation to join the crowd, enter the ring, or even sneak behind-the-scenes of this high-energy, physical and performance-based brand of wrestling. Bold personas and spectacular public moments are counterbalanced by quieter, more intimate ones—thanks in no small part to McManamy’s abilities as a storyteller and the relationships she built over time to become a trusted, albeit temporary, insider.

Hitting the Mat will be on display through October 4th, 2014. Join us for a special Exhibit Reception event on August 8 from 5:00pm-8:00pm.


VFC Events :: Deb Flander's 16th Annual Calais Concert

Hitting the Mat

On Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm, the 16th Annual Calais Concert will be presenting Música Folklórica: Folk Music of South America Meets Folk Music of North America. This year, the concert will feature the Alturas Duo at the Old West Church in Calais, Vermont. Tickets will be $15 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Vermont Folklife Center.

This year’s concert will showcase the South American folk music of The Alturas Duo, featuring Scott Hill and Carlos Boltes. The duo was formed with the idea of playing South American folk and classical music by bringing together the unusual combination of the viola, charango and guitar. They create passionate music that moves with ease between Baroque and South American rhythms. The name Alturas (Spanish for “heights”) is derived from the poem “Alturas de Machu Picchu” by Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda.

For 16 years, The Calais Concert has been organized by singer Deb Flanders in honor of her great-aunt Helen Hartness Flanders, one of the pioneers of folk music history in the United States. Helen Hartness Flanders, a native of Vermont, was an internationally recognized ballad collector and authority on folk music found in New England and in the British Isles. Today, 4,500 of her field recordings are housed at the Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College. This collection is consulted frequently by folklorists and musicians locally, nationally, and internationally.

For more info call (802) 233-1015 or visit


VFC Programs :: Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

Applications are now available for the 2014-2015 cycle of the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program!

Details available here :: link


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