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Virtual “Moth Storytelling:” Connection and community – why I choose Vermont

Thursday, May 27 at 7 p.m.— VIRTUAL — Susanne Schmidt, comedic storyteller and producer of “The Moth StorySlam” in Burlington, is hosting a live evening of virtual stories from an outstanding line-up of Vermonters on Thursday, May 27, from 7-8 p.m. These deeply personal stories will share the common theme of “Connection and Community – Why I Choose Vermont.”

The show is being produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development following its two-day Summit on the Future of Vermont where Vermonters will consider The Vermont Proposition to address the state’s most pressing issues. The storytellers will share their connection to the Green Mountain state, the reasons they choose to make Vermont home, and their vision for the future.

Storytellers will include:

  • Judy Dow – nationally known activist, basket weaver and teacher of traditional Abenaki culture and native practices (Essex Junction)
  • Kevin Gallagher – Moth GrandSLAM winner, seasoned storyteller, coach and performer who is also a clinical mental health counselor (Burlington)
  • Mark Snelling – president of the Snelling Center and business owner/leader (Starksboro)
  • Rene Pellerin – “Rene the Unstoppable” a sought-after storyteller and Coordinator for the VT Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing who has dedicated his professional life to the deaf community (Waterbury Center)

Full details for the statewide summit and how to watch the live “Moth” storytelling event for free are at Contact VCRD at for more information.

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