House To Reopen Saturday, May 27th - Free admission

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The house is scheduled to reopen for tours on Friday, May 27th at 10am. FREE ADMISSION for opening day!

North Bennington, Vermont - The Historic Park-McCullough House’s opening day will be May 27th from 10am to 4pm. In celebration, all admission will be free for the day. Come experience one of the most well-preserved mansions in New England. Step back in time to the 1860’s and live a day in the life of the McCullough, and Park families by visiting this iconic Vermont home. Trenor Park was an American lawyer, political figure and business magnate. He found his success in California, upon his return to Vermont he built what is today known as the Park-McCullough Mansion. Visit the house on the 27th to learn how this family has had such a significant impact shaping our community.

For more current information on this event, visit our Facebook event here.

Tavo Carbone and Heather Sommerlad - Saturday, May 27th at 7pm

Tickets are by donation, cash bar provided by Harvest Brewing

Tavo Carbone s a musical storyteller hailing from Brooklyn NY. An alum of Bennington College '07, Carbone has spent over a decade touring and independently releasing his "type of subtle glockenspiel-laden old-timey pop that simultaneously makes you feel like you are both in the past and the future." -Lawrence.com, KS" 

Carbone is overjoyed to be ringing in the summer season of the Park McCullough Carriage Barn Concerts, performing a selection of both old and new songs. Alongside long-time collaborators and fellow Bennington College alum Heather Sommerlad, Michael Chinworth and other friends, the concert repertoire will feature songs from albums 2/3 Skeleton ('07), Forward ('08), Horse's Mouth ('10), Disco Forest ('13) and forthcoming studio album Narcissyphus ('17).

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Heather Sommerlad (HMS) is a multifaceted musician, music educator, and seasoned performer. Her musical training began on the U.S./Mexican border, where she played the violin in public school orchestra. Heather's Mexican heritage, coupled with her training as a classical violinist, led her to draw musical inspiration from groups and composers like Los Tres Ases, Arvo Part, and Maurice Ravel. Heather continued her musical journey with a degree in music performance from Bennington College, where she was exposed to experimental songwriters like Joanna Newsom and The Dirty Projectors. While primarily a composer and performer of her own material, she is also a dedicated member of the electronic trio Old Robes, and a founding member of New York City's Horse's Mouth. Heather has released two full length albums, Her Majesty's Ship (2011) and The Efflorescence of Castles (2014). On March 12th, 2016 she released her third album- second under the Subtle Soup Records banner - the self-produced Hummingbirds and Hearthstones.

“Heather Sommerlad invokes a warm, dreamlike feeling of being drenched in the sun. Her pure voice supported by passing dissonances and infectious rhythms creates raw textures unlike anything else.” — Cellist, Adele Mori

Zemianek Bennington Road Race - Sunday, May 7th at 9:30

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The 39th annual Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race will be held Sunday, May 7th, 2017. The Park-McCullough House has been hosting the event each year, with all enjoying the lovely lawn and facade. The Zem-Benn has become a long standing tradition in southern Vermont with events for all ages and abilities. The kids fun run starts at 9:30 with the 3.8 and 10k starting shortly after at 10:00. These races run through scenic and rural countryside, with some rolling hills. This event is a wonderful community and family experience!!!

Library Community Conversation - Saturday, May 6th at 2pm

What is a library? What does a library do? What would encourage you to visit the McCullough Library more often? How would you describe your relationship with computer technology and the Internet? Speak up and let us know how the McCullough Library can serve you better!

Join the community conversation about the library in the Carriage Barn. Free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend! 

Concert November 20th, 7pm: Michael Chinworth and Heather Sommerlad

Our final concert for 2016 will be an exploration of both vocal and instrumental music. Join us for an evening of new compositions and covers of popular songs!

Michael Chinworth is an instrumentalist and vocalist currently based in North Bennington, VT. He has worked in the world of experimental theater and song in New York and Vermont. As a solo performer, Chinworth explores a wide range of repertoire, finding himself in classical and contemporary art song and popular music. Website.

Heather Sommerlad, aka HMS, is a violinist and songwriter who lives in Guilford, Vermont. Her background in classical music coupled with a childhood spent along the border of Mexico creates the foundation for her inventive compositions, which break from traditional song form. For this performance she'll being joined by Tavo Carbone and Michelle Liechti. Website.

$10. Cash bar provided by JC's Tavern.

Saturday, October 15th, 6pm: Moonlight Merriment

Please join us on Oct 15th from 6-9PM in the Park-McCullough House Carriage Barn for a fundraiser to support The Village School of North Bennington’s Growing Arts Program- Moonlight in Vermont, an evening of big band music, fine foods and good cheer.

The Stardusters Big Band Orchestra will be playing popular music from the 1930’s and 40’s (and more) - Great t dance to, or just enjoy! Pangae’s will be catering, and we have a cash bar, plus a wonderful assortment of items in a silent auction. It’s a full moon night and we’re hoping to be able to dance under the moonlight!

Tickets are only $25 a person and should be purchased in advance at Power’s Market, The Bennington Bookshop, the school office or via The Village School’s Paypal account (accepting most credit cards).

Hope you’ll join us - should be another great North Bennington Evening!

Sunday, September 18th, 4pm: Looking at the Land

In conjunction with the exhibition "Connected Through the Land", the Park-McCullough Association plans to host two lectures given by Jordana Dym, Director of the John B. Moore Documentary Studies program at Skidmore College, and Eileen Scully, professor of History at Bennington College. The two will offer insights into their approaches to historical representation. Jordana Dym will speak about her program "MDOCS", an interdisciplinary center presenting the stories of the human experience in documentary media and technologies: old and new; visual, oral and written; analog and digital. MDOCS invites students, faculty and staff to learn and use the documentary arts for critical inquiry, discovery, civic engagement, and exposition. Eileen Scully will discuss "Public History," a geographically-specific practice of history that is generated for wide audiences, through collaborations with communities, stakeholders, and professional academics.

We're joining forces with the Bennington Historical Society for this discussion, who are listing this as their September meeting. Light refreshments will be served. FREE

 

Saturday, September 17th, 7pm: Bennington Baroque

Mat Langlois, baroque flute, and Sandra Mangsen, harpsichord, will play music from 18th-c. Germany.  Music for flute, harpsichord, or both by Bach, Franz Benda, J. J. Quantz, and J. Stamitz. Quantz and Benda were employed at the court of Frederick the Great, who was an avid flute player. In fact, Quantz had been Frederick’s flute teacher in Dresden, a fact he had to hide from his disapproving father. 

Harpsichord solos from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Hirabayashi’s Sonatina II (2003) complete the program.  Hirabayashi is a Japanese-born composer and harpsichordist who lives in Minneapolis. The Sonatina, which won the Aliénor International Competition for new harpsichord works, borrows some ideas from Bach’s E-Minor Partita.

Saturday, September 17th, 7pm. $Donation. Cash bar provided by JC's Tavern.

August 27th, 4pm: Yoshiko Sato and Christopher Lewis

 

Join us in the carriage barn for an evening of Beethoven!

Last fall, Bennington College professors Christopher Lewis and Yoshiko Sato began playing the complete Beethoven piano sonata series, which will take them through many concerts over a multi-year period.  3 or 4 sonatas are played at each concert until all 32 are done. This will be their 3rd concert of the series.

Saturday, August 27th, 4pm. Pay what you will, $25 suggested donation.

August 17th, 7pm: Ashley Bathgate

On Wednesday, August 17th, Bang on a Can All-Star Ashley Bathgate presents an evening of music for solo cello called Bach Unwound that pairs J.S. Bach's cello suites with a new work written for Bathgate by Sleeping Giant - a young, stylistically diverse composer-collective “rapidly gaining notice for their daring innovations, stylistic range and acute attention to instrumental nuance” (WQXR) . Their new work, entitled ASH is interspersed with movements of the Bach suite. Bach Unwound will incorporate extended performance techniques, live electronics, and external media resulting in a radical deconstruction and re-imagination of the original music.

Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter” (New York Times) and “a glorious cellist” (The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops” (New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer.

Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Bathgate began her cello studies with the late Rudolf Doblin, principal cellist and assistant music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic in the 1950’s. After his passing, she resumed her tutelage with Ann Alton at Skidmore College. From there she continued on to study at Bard College with Luis Garcia-Renart (B.M.) and then at the Yale University School of Music with renowned cellist, Aldo Parisot (M.M. & A.D).

The evening program will be as follows:

Gigue from Suite No. 3 in C Major - J.S. Bach
Small Wonder -  Timo Andres
On Being Wrong - Chris Cerrone
Gavotte #2 from Suite No. 6 in D Major - J.S. Bach
For Ashley - Andrew Norman
Courante from Suite No. 2 in D Minor - J.S. Bach
DaVZ23HzMH0- Ted Hearne
Ley Line - Jacob Cooper
Sarabande from Suite No. 5 in C minor - J.S. Bach
Orison - Robert Honstein

This performance begins at 7pm. $15. Cash bar thanks to JC's Tavern.

August 3rd - 13th: Living Room Theatre

Living Room Theatre is back for their second show this season!
For their august offering, LRT (website) presents an evening of one-act comedies: Playing with Fire written by August Strindberg and Overruled written by George Bernard Shaw. The show is co-directed by Allen McCullough and Randolyn Zinn.

Running Wednesdays thru Saturdays August 3 to 13 at 7pm in the Carriage Barn.

All shows are pay-what-you-will (suggested donation $30)

For reservations: 802-442-5322or email: info@lrtvt.org

Talk-backs post-show Thursday, August 4, Wednesday, August 10 & Thursday, August 11

(seated l to r) Hanley Smith, Lizzie King-Hall (standing l to r) William Connell, Tom Coiner, Ken Fordham - The cast of LRT's production of Playing With Fire & Overruled

July 12th, 7pm: New Morse Code

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New Morse Code arrives in North Bennington on Tuesday, July 12th. 

Omnivorous, rigorous and inventive, Hannah and Michael activate the unexpected range and unique sonic world of cello and percussion to catalyze and champion the compelling works of young composers. They will be performing a work composed by Christopher Stark called The Language of Landscapes, which was created in large part at the Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative in Boscawen, New Hampshire (which Hannah and Michael run). Website

"Collins and Compitello are much more than accomplished instrumentalists. They are, it seems, not just playing for the future of music, but vibrantly living in and shaping it."
                                                    - New Haven Independent

They will also be joined by Piano duo Ensemble 32, Ryan MacEvoy McCullough and Andrew Zhou. Both duos are working with composer Christopher Stark, and have shaped an evening of music around Stark's connections to the New England landscape.

June 19th, 7pm: JJ Beck and Jake Spector

Composer J.J. Beck and reed trio Reeds Amis were set to perform in the Carriage Barn 6/19/16, but a family emergency prompted Reeds Amis to cancel. However, Jake Spector, a classical guitarist from Hartford, CT stepped in last minute to round out the show.

J.J. Beck played his newest compositions - harmonic languages and polyrhythmic structures found in jazz and classical music, while Jake Spector played compositions through the centuries beginning with Bach, ending with some of his own. Their performances were incredibly well received, and offer a taste of what's to come this season!

JJ Beck's latest piano work revolves around his admiration and study of Thelonious Monk, Jason Moran, Brad Mehldau, Jaki Byard, and Keith Jarret. He weaves those inspirations together with an interest in the process of healing - himself and others - by exploring fears and desires. J.J. Beck has been called an " intense, original up-and-coming pianist/composer" with "jazz roots, cinematic scope, classical chops, punk inspiration" (New York Music Daily).

 

 

The Park-McCullough Carriage Barn has been host to excellent classical music since the 1970s. This year's effort is on building upon that tradition by expanding the repertoire presented and bringing a larger world of innovative sound to the space and to Southern VT. The concert series will continue to focus on intimate acoustic performances that make full use of the resonant, wooden carriage barn, but the programming will expand to include Contemporary Classical, New Music, and Jazz performances.

June 8th - 18th: Men of Tortuga

Living Room Theatre has been producing plays in North Bennington since 2012, and this season they are offering two shows, both hosted on our grounds. The first show has already begun: Men of Tortuga

A dark comedy about a group of powerful men plotting an assassination. If only they knew what they were doing. It's quick, smart, philosophical and, at times, like watching an episode of the 3 stooges.

Performances are Wednesday - Saturdays at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $30, with Weds the 15th being pay-what-you-will.

Reservations: (802) 442 5322 or info@lrtvt.org Hope to see you there!
 

 

May 20th, 4pm: Connected Through the Land - opening day!

This spring, Historic Park-McCullough presents a public exhibition about the history of the Hall Farm titled Connected Through the Land. Culling from hundreds of artifacts in the archive, we will present photographs, books, maps, tools and stories about the 640-acre farm. Now in public land conservation, the farm grew vegetables, hay, corn and supported livestock for over 200 years. Most of all, it employed hundreds of citizens in the area - many of whom remained in Bennington. We aim to honor those employees and connect their histories with the contemporary Bennington community.

As a primary source for the exhibition we are compiling oral history about the farm, in partnership with the Skidmore Storytellers institute, the McCullough Free Library, The Fund for North Bennington, and many more. If you are a relative of a former employee (or know one) please don't hesitate to contact us and share your story. As we collect more information, we will build an archive of knowledge and hearsay to be passed on to future generations. We're looking for people from the Harrington, Elwell, Bouplin, Kinney, Morrissey, Niles, Rice, Knapp, Cone, Flanders, Becker families and many others! There are photos and correspondence to share, and much to learn.

This show is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Oral history recording day and exhibition opening - May 20th, 4pm - 6pm

Free house tours from 4-6pm

At 6pm, stay with us for a performance by Adam Tinkle and Kyle Motl (also free)

May 13th, 5-8pm: Southshire School Fundraiser

Southshire Community School welcomes the public to Pastapalooza on May 13, 5-8 PM at the Park McCullough Carriage Barn. Tickets available at the door, $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for children under 2 years.

Now in its thirteenth year, this all-you-can-eat dinner is a fundraiser for this local independent school. Local restaurants and school community members donate signature pasta dishes which are accompanied by a salad for the price of admission. A very popular live dessert auction will feature donated treats. A silent auction will feature goods and services donated by local businesses. Music and a cash bar are also planned.

For more information, please call 802 442 4601