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Achievements: Jumping higher

When I was little we had a game called "Jumping over the Bar."  It wasn't a real competition. You tried to jump over the bar, and then tried again, until you could jump higher. While we don't literally play this game after childhood, the metaphor is still applicable. Here are some of people associated with the Killington Arts Guild who jumped higher in 2011.

Yvonne Daley

Daley was promoting her book, Olivia Boulevard, and teaching a memoirs class at The Gables at East Mountain for residents and KAG members when Irene struck. She began writing columns about the storm for the Rutland Herald.  The columns became a book, "A Mighty Storm: Stories of Resilience After Irene." Mary T. Holland's piece, "Red Things," written for the memoir class, appears in the book, and Ann Wallen's escape from her house, which was in this column, is retold. 

"A Mighty Storm" is full of on-the-spot photographs and recounts what happened to the people in Vermont in their own words. Daley, the Herald and Northshire Bookstore published the book and it is available at Annie's Bookstore in Rutland and Northshire Bookstore in Manchester or at Net  proceeds will benefit victims of Irene.

Jill Dye

Dye fulfilled the dream she had shared with her  mother, the poet Marguerite Locks Dye, to hold  Killington Salons  at the Killington Dream Sky Lodge, now owned by Jill and Duane Finger.  KAG sponsored three salons,  open to the public without charge. They included:  1) Yvonne Daley discussing "Olivia Boulevard" and San Francisco, California which inspired it; 2) intellectual Sydney Gluck of New York City, president of Shalom Aleichem, talking about the importance of Socialism; 3) "Spreading Messages through Music" with Melissa Maravell and other musicians. The salons were enthusiastically received.

Saskia Hagen Groom

Hagen Groom works with the Children's Theater in Rutland Vt. She has directed talented young people performing difficult plays for the pleasure of a wide public for some time. The Children's Theater kicked off the beginning of their tenth year at the Paramount with their most recent performance of "Miracle on 34th Street."

Charles Edgar

Charles Edgar was a faithful member of the KAG audience.  He said that Ann Wallen invited him to programs at the Sherburne Memorial Library in Killington. He liked the refreshments but stayed for the programs and came back often - especially for the poetry. Charlie always said, "I go to the programs, I really ought to become a KAG member. After his death, his sister Elizabeth found many scraps of poetry in his house. She said, "I didn't know he had an interest in poetry." We will miss you Charlie!

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