2016 Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, October 23rd

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: Pond Village Church, Brookfield, Vermont

What:  The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer by Adam Boyce. A potluck supper will follow the program and annual meeting.

Charles Ross Taggart (Charles Ross Taggart as “The Old Country Fiddler,” c. 1920.)

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1871, Charles Ross Taggart grew up in Topsham, Vermont, living in Newbury, Vermont for many years. Starting in 1895, he became a musical humorist, performing in various lyceum and Chautauqua circuits all over North America for more than 40 years, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua bureau of Chicago, Illinois. Taggart made at least 40 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies and appeared in a 1923 Phono-Film “talkie” 4 years before Al Jolson starred in “The Jazz Singer.”

Adam Boyce as Charles Ross Taggart (Adam Boyce as Charles Ross Taggart’s “Old Country Fiddler.”)

Living history presenter Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed.

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

About the Presenter

Adam Boyce

Adam Boyce, a noted fiddler in his own right and lifelong student of history, has been giving presentations in Vermont and New Hampshire since 2002 through the Humanities.

He has been involved with nearly every aspect of traditional New England dancing and music history, starting in 1991, when he began to learn how to dance, fiddle, play the piano and call for dances.

Adam has also been a regular on fiddle contest circuits, including being a judge, piano accompanist, as well as competitor, and has placed in nearly every New England state.

A composer of over 100 fiddle tunes, you can also find him listed as a Juried Artist with the Vermont Arts Council.

A life-long Vermonter, Adam lives in West Windsor.

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The Old Country Fiddler

Flyer - Old Country Fiddler

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New Exhibit at the Marvin Newton House

Water for Industry display

Ice Harvesting display

Folk Shop display

Buxton Boot Dryer display

Buxton Boot Dryer 2nd display

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2016 Marvin Newton House Open Sunday Afternoons

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

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Vermont History Expo 2016

Come see the Brookfield Historical Society’s exhibit on the Brookfield Floating Bridge at the Vermont History Expo on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the Tunbridge World’s Fairgrounds. For more information on the Vermont History Expo visit the website at http://vermonthistory.org/community/vermont-history-expo.

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Save the Snow Roller!

Flyer - Save the Snow Roller

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2016 Ice Out!

The official ice out time and date is March 31 at 4:02 pm.

Thank you all for participating in the annual raffle.

Dunkin has been rescued and will be back next year.

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Dunkin Lives!

Poster 2013 vertical

Dunkin has been positioned on the Sunset Lake ice this past Sunday. He is ready to record when the ice “goes out,” which 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.  Tickets also available online in a PDF file format: 2016 Single Ice-Out Tickets or 2016 3-Way Ice-Out Tickets.

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Screening and Potluck: “DamNation”

Mark the Date: March 20 in Brookfield- Screening and Potluck: “DamNation”

There are over 80,000 dams, 3 feet or higher in the US according to the US Army Corps of Engineers. And many “deadbeat” dams, no longer serving any utility or purpose, need to be removed as an effective way to restore entire watershed ecosystems, revive wild and sustainable fisheries and associated jobs, protect coastal beaches and wetlands, and improve water quality. “DamNation” is an award winning, riveting film that sheds light on America’s dams and their impact on river health.

Here in Vermont our dams may not be considered big but they are plentiful–there are over 1,000 dams on Vermont’s waterways. An estimated 200 of these are considered “deadbeat” dams. The Brookfield Historical Society has a strong interest in also understanding the history of the use of dams by industries in our town and county and is sponsoring this event as part of our preparation for this summer’s Vermont History Expo in Tunbridge themed about water in our state. The Nature Conservancy and its partners are working to remove “deadbeat” dams from Vermont’s waterways and NC representatives will be on hand for after-screening discussion. The screening, followed by discussion, will start at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 20th, with a Brookfield Historical Society hosted potluck at 5:00 PM. All are invited to this free BHS event at the Pond Village Church, 49 Ridge Road in Brookfield, Vermont.

2016 Ice-Out Poster

For more information about DamNation, visit the film’s website at http://damnationfilm.com/ .

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13th Annual Ice-Out Contest

2016 Ice-Out Poster

2016 Single Ice-Out Tickets in PDF file format.

2016 3-Way Ice-Out Tickets in PDF file format.

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