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News from the Little City's own Theater.

November 2021

Dear Friends,

It was great to see so many of you at the Unknown Blues Band's sold out show last month! it was amazing and a great way to kick-off our grand re-opening. We are also so grateful to be part of a community who cares so much for each other - you wore masks and brought proof of vaccination - so we could make sure everyone stayed safe and healthy. We also learned some lessons about livestreaming that we will put to use for our second show of the season, Downtown Bob Stannard & Those Dangerous Bluesmen, which has SOLD OUT ! (Livestream available thanks to Ned and Lauren Pike.)  

We are all so excited to welcome Bob Stannard and his special guests (which are substantial and many) for his farewell show tonight. 

The season is just getting started! More information below about what is coming up in YOUR Vergennes Opera House.

As we have previously announced, we have updated our safety guidelines which you can review on our events page here: Vergennes Opera House 2021-2022 Safety Protocols They include presenting proof of COVID vaccination and the wearing of a mask. If you or someone you know has yet to be vaccinated (and they are eligible), please go to HealthVermont.gov/myvaccine find a vaccination clinic nearest to you.

 
SOLD OUT but you can Livestream It!
We are thrilled to be presenting the talent, energy and joy of
Downtown Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen on Saturday, November 6, 7:30pm.

 
We are pleased to welcome back Downtown Bob Stannard to our stage for what will be his final performance as he retires from stage productions. Like a circus ringmaster, Bob creates an atmosphere of fun and surprises, and with the help of the wickedly talented Dangerous Bluesmen, delivers an unforgettable night of amazing Vermont-style blues. He has a very impressive list of guest artists coming to perform including Nick Charyk, the grandson of Arlo Guthrie for the opening act, and  Grammy nominated vocalist Gina Coleman. 

Doors and cash bar hosted by Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewing, open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Livestreaming tickets available for just $10 here: Bob Stannard Livestream 
SPECIAL THANKS to Ned and Lauren Pike for making the livestream available for everyone to enjoy, no matter where you are!

A HUGE thank you to our 2021-2020 SEASON SPONSORS and SHOW SPONSORS!
SHOW SPONSOR: Bob and Jenny Florence
LIVESTREAM SPONSOR: Ned & Lauren Piek
SEASON SPONSORS: ​​Ed & Beverly Biello, Amanda Bodell & Jeffry Glassberg, Mike & Lynn Donnelly, Bob & Deb Hartenstein, Connie & Bill Houston, Jackman Fuels, H.J. LeBoeuf & Sons Contractors & Builders, Susan & Geoff Nelson, Ned & Lauren Pike, Philip & Roberta Puschel, RPM: Restoration & Performance Motorcars, Lizbeth & Timothy Ryan, Schaefer Family, Vergennes Animal Hospital, Mike & Maggie Catillaz, Otter Creek Awnings, Casella Waste Management, and In Memory of Garry Simpson. 
The Price of Safety - a new documentary by a local filmmaker
Join us for the Vergennes premiere of our film at the Vergennes Opera House. The filmmakers are asking for a $10 suggested donation per ticket with the proceeds benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes. There will be a Q&A afterward with the filmmakers and a special guest Professor Stephanie Seguino, author of the report "Trends in Racial Disparities in Vermont Traffic Stops - 2014-2019".

Tickets available online here: The Price of Safety
The 16th Annual Broadway Direct is gearing up to be another memorable evening with the return of our professional performers LIVE on stage. Last year we presented five videos to get us through the "pandemic months" while the opera house was closed (links to the videos can be found at the top of our events page here), but this year it is 'game on!'

Bill Carmichael (Walsh) has enlisted the help of some familiar past performers, Elisa Van Duyne and Kathrine Markey, to bring this show to life. And, as per usual, there will be a few local student performers as well. More details to come but while you wait, DON'T WAIT to buy your tickets as this show always sells out.

Tickets are available here: Broadway Direct #16  Doors and cash bar open at 6:30pm. 
Calendar at a Glance
What's happening? Check it out here...(subject to change)

November 6 - Downtown Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen – Farewell Tour "How Can I Miss You if You Won't Go Away" and Bob's last concert. Live streaming option made possible by Nike and Lauren Pike. 
November 20 - The Price of Safety film screening. 
December 3 - Broadway Direct – a fan favorite, in its 16th year.
January 29, 2022 - Rusty DeWees comedian, musician and storyteller
February 12, 2022 - Winter Thaw LC Jazz Free Community Concert
March 2022 - To Be Announced
VOLUNTEER WITH US!
Vergennes Opera House Board Member Steve Sawyer is our volunteer coordinator. If you are interested in helping out, please email us at info@vergennesoperahouse.org and let us know. There's plenty to do - greet people, sell tickets, help backstage and in the green room, place posters all around, organize the box office - whatever your talent, we can put it to good use and have fun in the process! We have plenty of information on our website if you want to get involved - as a financial sponsor, as a volunteer or as a patron of the arts

NEW THIS YEAR! If you volunteer for a show, you will receive a ticket to another show of your choice (or the show you are ushering, if you want to invite a guest)!
Hungry?
Don't worry, here is a nice list for you (put together by our friends at the Vergennes Partnership) to quickly access information about the many incredible offerings located in the little city area. Dining in Vergennes is just click away! Click on any image below to access each restaurant's website.  

3 Squares Cafe  Ardelia's at Basin Harbor Bar Antidote  Big Barn Coffeehouse 
Black Sheep Bistro  Daily Chocolate  Hired Hand Brewing  Live Young Kitchen 
LuLu Ice Cream  Park Squeeze  The Red Mill at Basin Harbor  Rockers Pizzeria
Shacksbury   Shuen Lee  Vergennes Laundry
Announcing Our 2021-2022 Season Sponsors

​​Ed & Beverly Biello, Amanda Bodell & Jeffry Glassberg, Mike & Lynn Donnelly, Bob & Deb Hartenstein, Connie & Bill Houston, Jackman Fuels, H.J. LeBoeuf & Sons Contractors & Builders, Susan & Geoff Nelson, Ned & Lauren Pike, Philip & Roberta Puschel, RPM: Restoration & Performance Motorcars, Lizbeth & Timothy Ryan, Schaefer Family, Vergennes Animal Hospital, Mike & Maggie Catillaz, Otter Creek Awnings, Casella Waste Management, and In Memory of Garry Simpson. 

THANK YOU!

The Vergennes Opera House newsletter is written by board members of the all-volunteer organization Friends of the Vergennes Opera House. Subscribe here: VOH Monthly e-Newsletter
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