Wed, Jan 4, 2012 04:21 PM
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.
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 www.rutlandherald.com/irenebook. Net
proceeds will benefit victims of Irene.
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 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!
Column: vtkag @aol.com, www.killingtonartsguild.org