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VFC News: In Memoriam, Harold Luce (1918-2014)

Harold Luce, Photo by John Gilbert Fox

Photo by Jon Gilbert Fox

We are saddened to report the passing of master Yankee fiddler and dance caller, Harold Luce of Chelsea, VT on August 13, 2014.

Harold served as a Master in the Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program from its beginnings in 1991 through the early 2000s. In 2003 he received the Vermont Governor's Heritage Award.

A biography of Harold by his friend, Adam Boyce, as well as selections from a 2007 recording session are avalable here :: link

 


VFC Events :: Strength of the Storm Screening

To mark the third anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene, on Thursday, August 28th at 7:00pm the Vermont Folklife Center will host a free screening of Strength of the Storm by Vermont filmmaker, Rob Koier.

Strength of the Storm is a 40-minute documentary that tells the story of the residents of a mobile home park in Berlin, Vermont, who are brought together to fight against issues of economic discrimination after losing their homes to Tropical Storm Irene. The film weaves together footage of the flood with interviews with members of Weston Mobile Home Park, and it follows their recovery process from one week after the flood to nine months later.

Visit the film Website at Strength of the Storm to learn more about the film and watch the trailer. For additional information about the Vermont Folklife Center screening call 802-388-4964.

 


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.

 



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