Communities / Feb. 16, 2017 9:58am EST

Chloe Powell – 802-999-3391

This Saturday, BarnArts introduces community contra dances and potlucks. Beginning at 6 p.m. at the town hall, join with a dish and be ready to dance to the music of the Old Sam Peabody Band, with fiddlers Katy Botsford and Steve Hoffman, cellist Suzanne Long of Luna Bleu Farm, Peter Collier on keys, Kim Heath on mandolin and fiddle, and Tim Traver on accordion and mandolin. Delia Clark will call the dances, so no experience is necessary. The moves are all clearly explained and there are always some seasoned pros in the mix to help out “newbies” like myself.

The next chance to dance in Barnard will be at BarnArts 5th annual Masquerade Jazz and Funk Winter Carnival on Saturday, March 4, offering music from 5-11 p.m., a full taco bar, and mask-making station. This year’s headliner is VT Shakedown, an Afro-beat band out of Brattleboro, and the opening acts include some local favorites, including Sonny Saul, Bill Martin and Peter Michelinie, Artistree-o, the WUHS Jazz Funk Band, and TOAST. Ticket sales are at

I’ve been busy this winter booking bands for the Art on the Farm summer music series at Feast and Field Farmers Market. For the past two years, BarnArts has served as the fiscal sponsor for this series, and this year, will officially take on the music series as a BarnArts program, with me as a contracted employee continuing to coordinate the program.

On Friday, March 17, we’ll present a Saint Patrick’s Day dance party with Patrick Ross’ Hot Flannel, as a warm-up for the 2017 Art on the Farm music series. I’ll be announcing our 2017 calendar that evening, and the launch of the fundraising campaign. Patrick Ross has been my fiddle teacher and is one of the best players around.

Registration is already open for BarnArts Summer Youth Theatre Program. This summer’s camp will run from July 17-August 6, and will present the popular play “Lion King.” Camp hours are from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. For more info, contact Linda Treash at Camp Red Clover will soon announce the calendar, and will have some expanded offerings this season.

Scholarships are available for BarnArts summer camp, thanks to the successful fundraising at the Race Around the Lake, a new annual event. The race is a great family friendly event, and a healthy activity for all ages. There is a 5K option, which meanders in the trails behind the Silver Lake State Park, and a 10K option, which takes participants in the wooded trails as well as further afield on the back roads. There’s also a fun race for kids during the post-run lunch and after party. To register, visit They are currently seeking sponsors for the 2017 race. Again, contact Linda for more info.

A meeting is scheduled to discuss the upcoming Act 46 vote on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Barnard Town Hall, hosted by the Act 46 Committee. We’ll be voting on this important issue affecting the future of our school on Town Meeting Day, so come on down to get informed.

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