Submitted by Sara Colgan
During the past 25 years the Green Mountain Union High School stage has been host to singers, dancers, drummers, actors, magicians, and musicians from many corners of the country and world. The Green Mountain Festival Series originated with the belief that the arts bring a unique and exhilarating quality to our lives.
It began in 1985 when a group of local residents recognized a need in our community for live entertainment during winter months. These six volunteers worked diligently to engage performers and find a donated site at the local high school. Area businesses and individuals got behind the mission of the organization: to provide quality entertainment at affordable prices. In 1990 an Arts in Education Committee was formed to support direct artistic experiences for students in the Windsor Southwest Supervisory School District. Since that time hundreds of students have enjoyed arts workshops, residencies and live district-wide performances.
For this 25th anniversary occasion, all of the season performances will feature alumni from the local community. In celebration of this important year, the GMFS is also offering a special ticket price of $10 ($12 at the door) for most of the shows.
GMFS, President Kathleen Willis said "it just felt right to showcase the talent that resulted from the programs offered in our local schools. I can't think of a better way to celebrate our 25th season than welcoming alumni back to our stage. We are also thrilled to offer a special $10 anniversary price to almost all of our shows."
The first show of the season is A Haunted Night featuring storytelling with Joseph A. Citro and a tribute to Houdini by magicians Scott Morley and Britni Orcutt. The show will take place on Saturday, October 24th starting at 7:30pm.
Saturday, November 21st at 6:30pm a Reunion Night of Music will rock the halls of the Green Mountain Union High School Auditorium. Make sure to get there early to see Brendon Thomas, Rusty Belle, Dylan Duncan and Ida Mae Specker. Sam Lloyd Jr. will also make a special appearance.
Sam and Barbara Lloyd will perform A.R. Gurney's Love Letters on Saturday, February 6th beginning at 7:30pm. This Valentine's Event will also feature dance by Ashley Hensel-Browning.
World renowned conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn will return to the GMFS stage on Saturday, March 6th at 7:30pm. The 25th Anniversary Auction will also take place the same evening.
The Green Mountain Festival Series wishes to thank all our generous sponsors whose donations make this concert series possible. A special thanks to Newsbank, Nancy and George Malin, Singleton's Store, Biben's Home Center, Chester Rotary Club, Dakin & Benelli, P.C. and F.L.T. Grand Lodge of Vermont Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
All shows will be at the Green Mountain Union High School is Chester, Vermont. Tickets can be purchased at the following ticket outlets – Village Square Books in Bellows Falls, Misty Valley Books in Chester, Green Mountain Pharmacy in Londonderry, Blue Sky Trading Post in Ludlow, Northshire Books in Manchester, or 56 Main Street Restaurant in Springfield. You may also call 802-875-4473 or visit www.greenmountainfestivalseries.com.