Sep
14
2:00 PM14:00

2nd Annual Fall Mums and Sweet Treats

Fall is one of the most beautiful times to visit Vermont! As the leaves start changing so do the garden beds at Park-McCullough House. We are asking for your support in the form of mum donations. These flowers will help extend our season for the community, tourism and weddings. 

We will be on the veranda with sweet treats and refreshments from 2pm to 4pm for anyone who stops by with a mum or two. 

Mums in all sizes and colors are greatly appreciated. 

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. Thanks you in advance for your support! 

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Aug
25
4:00 PM16:00

Annual Meeting and Membership Cocktail Party

All Park-McCullough House members are invited to the annual cocktail party and annual meeting. Enjoy a cocktail, served by Thyme Tables catering and learn about how your membership directly benefited Park-McCullough during the 2018 season. 

Please RSVP to 802-442-5441 or info@parkmccullough.org

Not a member but interested in becoming one? Click here. 

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Jul
17
to Jul 28

Living Room Theatre - Lucy's Wedding

Join LRT for their 8th season at Park-McCullough presenting their fourth new play and third by a female playwright. 

LUCY’S WEDDING is a comedy about an American matriarchy gone awry set in the 80s before Google and cell phones. Three sisters, their mother, grandmother, the groom and his brother keep secrets and push filial boundaries in search of what they want for reasons they don’t understand. 

Performing July 17-28 

Reservations: info@lrtvt.org or 802-442-5322

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Jun
30
3:00 PM15:00

Concert: Christopher Lewis

Christopher Lewis in Concert: TITLE COMING SOON.

Christopher Lewis has taught and performed throughout the United States, Italy, and British Columbia. He has given concerts in major venues such as Carnegie, Weill, and Alice Tully Halls (New York); Orchestra Hall (Detroit); Empire State Performing Arts Center (Albany, New York); Southern Vermont Arts Center (Manchester, Vermont); and Bennington Center for the Arts. A prizewinner at the American National Chopin Competition and the New York Leschetizky Society, he has made recordings for the Newport Classics label. He has held faculty positions at New York University as well as several private schools in New York City. He earned his B.A. from SUNY Purchase and has been an instructor at Bennington College since 2010.

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Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

Moonlight in Vermont: Wine Tasting and Auction

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Join us in the Carriage Barn for PAVE’s largest annual fundraiser, a walk-around food & wine tasting and wine & spirits auction. We will serve gourmet foods from area restaurants paired with donor wines and feature an auction of fine wines and craft spirits. Enjoy a memorable evening while supporting an organization that assists victims of domestic violence when they are most vulnerable.

PAVE is celebrating 38 years of providing advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Bennington County, Vermont. Every 97.8 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. This staggering statistic must change and with your donation we can make a difference.

Tickets are $50 each. Call the PAVE office at 442-2370 or visit pavebennington.org to purchase. Act fast as only 150 will be sold.

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Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

Concert: Tony Lu and Christopher Lewis

Tony Lu and Christopher Lewis in Concert: Joy and Reflection, Piano Duet Music of Bach, Gluck, Schubert, and Schumann 

Tony Lu, B.A. from Bennington College with concentrations in Mathematics, History and Piano Performance.  Born in Wuhan, China in 1997, Tony started learning and playing the piano at age 5 and due to his visual impairment, he has always learned music by ear. Tony began to study in the US in 2013 and has performed with various different chamber music groups and orchestras both in high school and college, including Alton Symphony Orchestra and Sage City Symphony. Tony has worked closely and performed with many Bennington College music faculty, including Christopher Lewis, Yoshiko Sato, Joan Forsyth, Nathaniel Parke, Kaori Washiyama, and Allen Shawn, both on and off campus.  Tony also worked as a piano tutor, music history, & analysis lecturer, and accompanist helping students in the music department. Together, Tony is also an active faculty member of Sonata International Piano Camp and Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp in Bennington, VT. In addition to performing, Tony enjoys teaching piano, music history, analysis, classical piano improvisations, as well as chamber music.

Christopher Lewis has taught and performed throughout the United States, Italy, and British Columbia. He has given concerts in major venues such as Carnegie, Weill, and Alice Tully Halls (New York); Orchestra Hall (Detroit); Empire State Performing Arts Center (Albany, New York); Southern Vermont Arts Center (Manchester, Vermont); and Bennington Center for the Arts. A prizewinner at the American National Chopin Competition and the New York Leschetizky Society, he has made recordings for the Newport Classics label. He has held faculty positions at New York University as well as several private schools in New York City. He earned his B.A. from SUNY Purchase and has been an instructor at Bennington College since 2010. Chris was FOMAG’s organist for its 2006 Messiah Sing.


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Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Croquet Season Begins

An exciting time of year at the big house! 

Join us on the veranda for a short start of season meeting and then the first night of play. We will then play for the next 10 Thursday nights, ending on August 16th. For more information on the Park-McCullough League click here.

Cash bar provided.

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Jun
8
3:00 PM15:00

Concert: Tony Lu and Kaori Washiyama

Tony Lu and Kaori Washiyama in Concert: The Early and Late Chamber Music of Schubert and Brahms 

This concert features works by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms. Kaori Washiyama (violin and viola) and Tony Lu (piano) will present both early and late chamber works to show the stylistic and compositional development of the composers. This can give the listeners an opportunity to reflect on their lives through classical music. 

Tony Lu, B.A. from Bennington College with concentrations in Mathematics, History and Piano Performance.  Born in Wuhan, China in 1997, Tony started learning and playing the piano at age 5 and due to his visual impairment, he has always learned music by ear. Tony began to study in the US in 2013 and has performed with various different chamber music groups and orchestras both in high school and college, including Alton Symphony Orchestra and Sage City Symphony. Tony has worked closely and performed with many Bennington College music faculty, including Christopher Lewis, Yoshiko Sato, Joan Forsyth, Nathaniel Parke, Kaori Washiyama, and Allen Shawn, both on and off campus.  Tony also worked as a piano tutor, music history, & analysis lecturer, and accompanist helping students in the music department. Together, Tony is also an active faculty member of Sonata International Piano Camp and Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp in Bennington, VT. In addition to performing, Tony enjoys teaching music history, analysis, classical piano improvisations, as well as chamber music.

Kaori Washiyama is a first-prize winner of the Lipitzer Violin Competition, Italy, and recipient of the Barook Saal Award, Japan. She is currently on the faculty of Bennington College. She has founded and directed a major chamber music series in Kyoto, Japan, performed concerto and recital events in Europe and America, and is co-director of Shulman/Washiyama Advanced Performer’s Seminar, providing guidance and inspiration to gifted students.

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May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Opening Day - FREE ADMISSION

Spring is coming! Park-McCullough House plans to celebrate the opening of the 2019 season with our third annual FREE ADMISSION day!

NEW THIS YEAR, we will be sharing some of the many local and family photos from our archives. Maybe you will see someone you know!

Also NEW THIS YEAR, we will be offering a kids story hour in front of the playhouse! We will move into the mansion if it is raining. Bring kids of all ages to enjoy this treat!

We will also be hosting our 2nd annual BAKE SALE! Lots of local goodies will be sold to support ongoing preservation at the house.

Can't make it on the 26th? No problem, our regular hours begin the very next day. We will be open Fridays 10-2, Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 12-4 through Columbus Day weekend.

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May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Sage City Symphony Brunch Fundraiser

Sage City Symphony presents a COMMUNITY JAZZ BRUNCH benefiting The Kitchen Cupboard Food Pantry, The Village School of North Bennington String Program, and Sage City Symphony.

This event will feature The Leo Yucht Combo.

Saturday, May 18th from 10am to 1pm in the Carriage Barn.

General - $20, Students - $10, Kids unser 12 are free.

To reserve: 802-375-9263 or ralphharp@gmail.com

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May
5
8:00 AM08:00

Zemianek Road Race

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The 41st Annual Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race will be held Sunday, May 5th. Races get underway at 9:30AM with a 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run, with the gun going off at 10AM for a 3.8 mile and 10K race. The Zem-Benn has become a long standing tradition in southern Vermont, with events for all ages and abilities. Age group awards from 12 and under to 90 and over are presented in the 3.8 mile run and 19 and under to 90 and over in 10K event for 1st to 3rd place finishers.  Walkers are encouraged and awards are presented for the top 3 walkers in the 3.8 mile event. 

T-shirts are guaranteed to all participants in the 3.8 and 10K events that register online. A discounted Family Registration category reduces the registration fees for families of 4 or more!  If all the family members are participating in the 3.8 run, use the Family Registration-3.8 mile run when registering.  If family members are splitting up (i.e, 2 in the 3.8 mile run, 1 in the 3.8 walk and 1 in the 10k), register under the Family Registration-different events and list where everyone is participating. If more than four family members are participating, each additional person is only $10. Big savings, so get the whole family involved!  

In 2000, the Bennington Road Race was renamed in honor of longtime Mt. Anthony Union (Bennington, VT) track and field coach Steve Zemianek. Coach "Zem" was a fixture at the race for many years and a number of his former athletes continue to compete each year. Proceeds of the race are donated to the Coach Zem Scholarship, presented to a graduating Mt. Anthony senior who competed in Track and Field or Cross Country running.

Click here to pre register.

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Apr
16
7:30 PM19:30

Concert: Andrew Willis

On April 16, at the Carriage Barn at Park-McCullough House, there will be an extraordinary concert.  Andrew Willis will play three of Bach’s six keyboard partitas on the piano—but this is not just any piano.  Certainly it is not the large black Steinway we are used to seeing at the Carriage Barn. Indeed, it looks more like an Italian harpsichord, but the action is that of a piano: the keyboard activates hammers rather than plectra. Willis will play three of Bach’s keyboard partitas on the baroque fortepiano, a replica of an early eighteenth-century instrument built in Florence in the tradition of Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731), the inventor of the first successful piano action.  Cristofori began building pianos late in the seventeenth century, and was ready to announce his invention to the world by 1711; after his death his assistant and successor, Giovanni Ferrini, continued making pianos in the same tradition. Built by David Sutherland of Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2005, the piano we will hear is very similar to those with which Johann Sebastian Bach was familiar from the 1730s onward.

 

For several decades, pianist Andrew Willis has explored the historical development of keyboard instruments and their performance practice while committing himself to the study, performance, and teaching of the widest possible range of repertoire.  After studies at the Curtis Institute and Temple University, Willis worked with Malcolm Bilson at Cornell University, where he discovered the joy of musical performance realized on historical instruments using practices native to each stylistic era. Willis’s broad range as a performer has produced a varied discography.  As a participant in the first complete recording of the Beethoven sonata cycle on period instruments, his performance of Op. 106 was hailed by The New York Times as “a ‘Hammerklavier’ of rare stature.”  As a modern pianist interested in contemporary repertoire, he commissioned, premiered, and recorded Martin Amlin’s Sonata No. 7 (2000) as part of a program including other works by Amlin, Fine, and Copland.  Equally at home as a collaborative pianist, he has partnered soprano Julianne Baird in recordings of Schubert Lieder and Rossini songs, soprano Georgine Resick in early-Romantic song cycles, flutist Sue Ann Kahn in music of Rochberg, Schickele, Luening, Kraft, and Ibert, and cellist Brent Wissick in music of Chopin, played on a Pleyel grand of the composer’s era.  Most recently, he recorded Bach’s Six Partitas on a replica of an early eighteenth-century Florentine fortepiano with the type of keyboard action familiar to Bach. That recording will be available for purchase at the Carriage Barn concert.

 

A Professor of Music at UNC Greensboro, Willis teaches piano, fortepiano, and harpsichord performance and leads courses on keyboard literature and performance practice. Willis has appeared as soloist with such period-instrument chamber orchestras as the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Apollo Ensemble, the Magnolia Baroque Festival, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony.  Recent recitals have taken place at the National Music Museum, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Strathmore Arts Center, and for early music societies in San Diego, San José, and Los Angeles. A past president of the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, he serves on the Board of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies and was a finals juror of the first Westfield International Fortepiano Competition in 2011.

Tickets by donation.

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Mar
31
3:00 PM15:00

Concert: Bennington Baroque

Handel at Home: Domestic Music in early 18th-century London

Bennington Baroque will present music by George Frideric Handel, as it might have been heard during his lifetime. Using instruments of the period, we will play music composed for performance at home (a harpsichord suite and a trio sonata), but in addition we will recreate domestic versions of arias from the oratorio Samson, first presented at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden on 18 February, 1743. Each year, during Lent, subscribers were promised several performances, introducing a new oratorio and reviving older ones. Samson was performed eight times in February and March; Messiah, also new to Londoners, was heard twice in late March, alongside a few revivals. This pattern, several performances of a new oratorio, increasingly mixed with selected revivals, continued until Handel’s death in April, 1759.

Although each new oratorio was presented several times in its first season, the public must have craved further opportunities to experience Handel’s music, especially at home. It is no surprise that the publisher John Walsh found a ready market for domestic arrangements of Handel’s operas and oratorios, alongside his many prints of original compositions for keyboard or small chamber ensemble. Drawing on Walsh’s published volumes, we present a selection of music heard in English drawing rooms, entitled, “Handel at Home: Domestic Music in early 18thcentury London.” Performers include Kerry Ryer-Parke (soprano), Mathieu Langlois (baroque flute), Emily Hale (baroque violin), André Laurent O’Neil (viola da gamba), and Sandra Mangsen (harpsichord).

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Nov
25
3:00 PM15:00

Concert: Bennington Baroque

On Nov 25, 2018, Bennington Baroque will come together in the Carriage Barn at Park-McCullough House in North Bennington to present a final tribute to François Couperin, organist of the King’s Chapel and harpsichordist for chamber music at the French court. Couperin le grand was born in Paris on November 10, 1668, almost exactly 350 years ago. Late in the seventeenth century, alongside other Parisian musicians, he began to explore “modern” Italian styles in the cantatas and sonatas then circulating in Paris. For musicians of the day, the Italian style stood in marked contrast to the older French styles favored by Louis XIV (d. 1715). Couperin’s interest in juxtaposing and uniting these styles is the focus of our concert, which we hope will let our modern audience appreciate the differences.  The instruments themselves were strongly associated with the two national styles, the violin with the Italian, viol and baroque flute with the French. Emily Hale will represent the Italians in one of Corelli’s virtuosic solo violin sonatas from his Opus 5, published in 1700. André O’Neil will take us to Paris with one of the two suites Couperin published for viola da gamba. Couperin said he favored music that moved him over that which surprised, perhaps more French than Italian, respectively, at least from an eighteenth-century French point of view.   

 

But Couperin wanted the best of both styles in his own compositions.  In 1722 he published Concerts royaux, appended to his third book of harpsichord pieces.  Mathieu Langlois will play the first of the concerts. Couperin notes in the preface to that collection that these pieces were among those played for Louis XIV, at Sunday concerts in the last years of his life.  As the king was a partisan of the older French styles, we should not be surprised if the integration of the two national idioms is subtle rather than blatant. The king was ill: why shock him to death?  Finally we will play Couperin’s extended essay attempting a more secure rapprochement between Italian and French styles:  His Apotheosis, written in memory of the “incomparable Monsieur Lully.”  The narrative titles of its movements portray Apollo’s efforts to persuade Lully and Corelli that a merger of the two styles will bring about perfection in music.  Apollo is successful, and the suite concludes with a sonata, entitled “The Peace of Parnassus” as Corelli and Lully take their places side by side.

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Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

Fall Mums and Sweet Treats

Fall is one of the most beautiful times to visit Vermont! As the leaves start changing so do the garden beds at Park-McCullough House. We are asking for your support in the form of mum donations. These flowers will help extend our season for the community, tourism and weddings. 

We will be on the veranda with sweet treats and refreshments from 2pm to 4pm for anyone who stops by with a mum or two. 

Mums in all sizes and colors are greatly appreciated. 

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. Thanks you in advance for your support! 

Interested in garden events? Check out our Annual Garden Gala

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Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Harvest Barn Dance

The Harvest Barn Dance is scheduled to be held on Friday September 7th 2018 in the beautiful Carriage Barn.. Signature harvest cocktails, ciders, and craft beers will be available at the cash bar along with A HUGE ASSORTMENT of homemade pies! This is a fundraiser that supports the local homeless shelters, so there will be chances to win many amazing basket raffle items, door prizes, PIES and 50/50's! To help make it a party, Acoustic Crush will be performing originals along with covers of our favorite hits!

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. 

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All proceeds benefit Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless

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Sep
1
12:00 PM12:00

Photo Contest Submissions Due

PHOTO CONTEST! We would love to see your photos of Park-McCullough House! 1st place will win a family membership for the 2019 season (including all benefits). Second place will win a free guided tour of the mansion for two!

All rules of participation are listed below.

1. All photos should be posted to the Friends of Park McCullough Facebook group or emailed to info@parkmccullough.org

2. All Work must be your own.

3. Winners will be chosen on September 1st.

4. By submitting you photos you are allowing Park-McCullough to share/post/ use them - photographers will always be credited.

5. All are welcome! You may submit as many photos as you would like until the winners are chosen on September 1st.

We can't wait to see!

 

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Aug
26
4:00 PM16:00

Membership Cocktails and Annual Meeting - Sunday, August 26th

All Park-McCullough House members are invited to the annual cocktail party and annual meeting. Enjoy a cocktail, served by Thyme Tables catering and learn about how your membership directly benefited Park-McCullough during the 2018 season. 

Please RSVP to 802-442-5441 or info@parkmccullough.org

Not a member but interested in becoming one? Click here. 

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Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: Tavo Carbone

Songwriter / Musician Tavo Carbone performs an evening of music and monologues, presenting material from upcoming studio album Narcissyphus. The program will consist of original songs on voice/piano and pre-recorded soundscapes. The evenings’ performance will also feature stories of Carbones’ roots growing up in 1980’s NYC in an Italian/Irish/German/Czec family, immersed in the culturally enriching NYC neighborhoods of West Village, Manhattan and Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. 

Encountering rampant manifestations of racism, sexism, gentrification as experienced through the convoluted lens of an ever-changing environment that advertised consumerism, elitism and individualism; attending public schools in oversized classes and commuting to a high school near an ominously looming Trump Tower. 

We invite all people to attend this evening’s program — irregardless of values, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, political stance, religion or musical taste. CDs of Carbone's previous recordings will be available for sale and all funds will go towards release of new album Narcissyphus (out 9/11/18). A donation of $10 or more and email address grants a free digital download of the record on the day it is released. 

We kindly request there be no intermittent applause during the program. Refreshments provided and tickets are pay-what-you-will. All ages welcome -- However, the presented material will contain discussion of sensitive issues and profanity. 

www.tavocarbone.com

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Aug
2
to Aug 18

Living Room Theatre

Living Room Theatre returns to Park-McCullough for its 7th season with the American premiere of Lucy Caldwell’s version of Chekhov’s THREE SISTERS. Set in Belfast at the end of the Troubles, this version explores family ties, longing, dangerous love and impossible hope with bracing contemporary energy. In a site-specific staging with 12 outstanding actors, the production will use the Carriage Barn at Park-McCullough in new and unusual ways.

August 2, 3, 4, 9, 10,11, 16,17,18 at 7:30
August 5 & 12 at 2pm.                        

Suggested contribution $25

Reserve early at info@lrtvt.org or 802-442-5322

 

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Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Vintage Garden Gala

Join us for a beautiful evening in the gardens of Park-McCullough House. Live music, desserts, silent auction, cash bar, friends and neighbors!

Funds raised from the garden GALA will go directly in to historical preservation, community events and to keep the Park-McCullough House open for visitors.

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