This weekend saw our bi-annual Gala, which was hosted at the beautiful Marble House Project this year. We’re also excited to be hosting our new play readings there. The Marble House Project is a new collaborative partner for us this season, and I’m so excited about it. It’s a stunning place, and it’s an organization that really seems to understand the intersection of art, environmentalism and Vermont. As a strong advocate for all of these things, I am thrilled to have another amazing group of people working towards these goals, just around the corner from the Festival!
Our work with the Marble House actually started last season with our 2014 reading series production of Theresa Rebeck’s Zealot starring Alfre Woodard and Reg Rogers. We rehearsed the piece in the Marble House main building, in a beautiful room that used to be a swimming pool. Things at the Project have only gotten more exciting since then.
Our gala this year, conceived and planned by our lovely board chair Megan Thorn, was called “Summer Swing” and featured whiskey tasting (by Whistlepig whiskey) as well as auctions (live and silent) and some excellent fiddle playing and square dance calling by Cliff Brodeur and the Square One Band.
It was a gorgeous evening, and some of our favorite patrons and supporters showed up to enjoy it with us (in their best country finery!). It is always such a pleasure to spend an evening at the Marble House, and as an artist, it always touches my heart to see how generous people can be when it comes to supporting art in their communities. It makes a huge difference to every arts organization, to have a community that supports them and the work they do. It’s just one more way in which we at the Festival are blessed to be here in Southern Vermont.