13th Annual Ice-Out Contest

2016 Ice-Out Poster

2016 Ice-Out Tickets in PDF file format.

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2015 Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, October 25th

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: Pond Village Church, Brookfield, Vermont

What:  The British Ballad Tradition in New England by Burt Porter. A potluck supper will follow the program and annual meeting.

The traditional British ballads as sung in New England are a rich part of the literary and musical heritage of our region, and yet they are little known today. Although these ancient songs present their often tragic narratives with a great poetic artistry, the texts are inexorably wedded to their melodies and must be heard as music to be fully appreciated. As Robert Frost observed, “The voice and ear are left at a loss what to do with a ballad until supplied with the tune it was written to go with. That might be the definition of a true poem … Unsung, it stays half-lacking.” Burt Porter, a singer and scholar of ballads, presents a program of New England ballads, focusing on Vermont versions with commentary on the history and art of balladry. He accompanies the singing with fiddle and mandolin.

Presentation sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) Speakers Bureau and the Brookfield Historical Society.

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The British Ballad Tradition in New England

Flyer - British Ballad Tradition in New England

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2015 Ice Cream Social

2014 Ice Cream Social flyer

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Free Ice Cream Social & “Old Time” Music

Celebrate high summer at the historic Marvin Newton House on the Ridge Road in Brookfield on Sunday, August 16th, 2-4:00 pm.  The Brookfield Historical Society offers ice cream and gourmet cookies accompanied by lively traditional music performed by the Bear Mountain Jammers, a local music group that has delighted audiences throughout the Northeast since 1978.  Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the Federal Period Newton House and view its exhibits, including a new presentation featuring mannequins dressed in period costumes ranging from the mid-19th  to mid-20th centuries.  FREE/donations accepted. 

For more information about the Bear Mountain Jammers, see the August 6, 2015, issue of The Herald of Randolph or read online.

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2015 Marvin Newton House Open Sunday Afternoons

The Brookfield Historical Society museum, the Marvin Newton House, is open in July and August from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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Dunkin is on the job!

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Gold ole Dunkin has been positioned on the Sunset Lake ice today to be ready to record when the ice “goes out” and determines the winner of the Brookfield Ice-Out Raffle. Buy your tickets ASAP to guess the date and time the ice goes out. $2 per guess or 3 for $5. See any member of the Brookfield Historical Society board for a ticket.  2015 Ice-Out Tickets in PDF file format.

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12th Annual Ice-Out Contest

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2015 Ice-Out Tickets in PDF file format.

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Vermont History Through Song

Flyer - VT History through Song

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2014 Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, October 26th

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: Pond Village Church, Brookfield, Vermont

What:  Vermont History through Songs by Linda Radtka. A potluck supper will follow the program and annual meeting.

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society’s collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume and using the music Vermonters published and sang in their communities, Ms. Radtke takes listeners through our state’s history. The program is suitable for all ages.

For more information about Linda Radtka, visit the Vermont Humanities Council site.

Presentation sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) Speakers Bureau and the Brookfield Historical Society.

Published in: on October 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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