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News from the Little City's own Theater.

September is a wildly busy month at the Vergennes Opera House and, in fact, throughout the little city! Great opportunities to get involved and to have your voice heard. 
Check out the offerings below and be sure to have your calendar open and ready to populate. Lots of opportunities for fun and for community building. 
Jason BaconBut first, a tribute.
by Gerianne Smart, President, Friends of the Vergennes Opera House

Jason Bacon, a founding Board Member of the Vergennes Opera House, and enthusiastic supporter of the arts and the Vergennes-wide community, passed away on July 14. He lived a long and blessed life alongside his wife Nina (also a former VOH Board Member) and his three boys, Jason, Mathew and Ben.

I offer these words of remembrance, and honor, for this dear man who, along with his wife Nina, had such a profound impact on the revitalization and renewed vitality of the little city of Vergennes. 

 


I had the enormous privilege of meeting and getting to know both Jason and Nina through my involvement with the Vergennes Opera House restoration back in 1993. 

The initial restoration effort was a struggling one and one that needed strong leadership and people with vision. Jason, as well as Nina, had that vision solidly in their sights.

Jason brought a valuable world-view of the power of the arts and, if and when there was doubt, he was there to bring us all back to our focus. His strong, deliberate, yet affable way of delivering direction was important and welcome. And when it was time for fun and celebration, he was there too, reminding us that hard work pays off and it should be celebrated. What I learned from Jason is the value of relationships. He taught me that fostering strong relationships, with respect and a bit of humor was important. 

The last time I visited Jason was at the ARCH room at Porter Medical Center. My friend and I sat and chatted with Nina for about an hour, during which time Jason was asleep in the other room. We did not want to disturb him, but I so wanted to talk with him for what would be the last time. This was partially selfish but mostly it was because I loved his spirit so much and respected him even more.

As my friend and I we were preparing to leave I took it upon myself to go to Jason’s bedside. I gently called his name…and to my surprise and joy, he turned over to look at me…his eyes bright, his smile even brighter and he said, “Gerianne! Hello!”

“Hi, my friend”, I said.

And, the very next thing he said was: “So, Grace is going to American University this fall. You must be so proud.”

So, the conversation went on about my daughter. About how fast she has grown. About how he remembers her as a little baby. How time has passed so quickly. And somehow I felt he was proud of me for how Grace has matured, and that was a gift to my soul. No sadness in his voice. No regrets. Nothing about himself or how he was feeling. He only focused outward, on me, on my child and her future.

Finally, I asked him if he was scared.

“No”, he said, quietly but quickly. And then he smiled a sincere, wide, bright smile that settled my unease and sent me a gentle jolt of peace.

Jason was ready, having lived a good life, a full life, and a life where he never “settled” for being an observer. His active participation and generosity of spirit, mind, and financial gifts, have affected a myriad of non-profit organizations throughout Vermont and especially in our own little city of Vergennes.

We are all better for Jason, and Nina, for choosing to be a part of our lives here in this corner of the world.

Thank you Nina for sharing Jason with us. Thank Jason for all that you have shared with us.

Sunset BBQ, Saturday, September 8, 6-9pm

Don't miss out! Several "experiences" are still available!

Squeeze a little bit more of summer out of this month by going to the Sunset BBQ on Saturday, September 8. This is a BBQ for 60 people and at this point there are just about a dozen seats left! Buy tix NOW here.

The BBQ is part of the 2018 Carnevale Vergennes event where 100% of the proceeds continue to benefit these three non profits: Vergennes Opera House, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes and the Vergennes Partnership. 

Here are a few more experiences for you to take advantage of...
Girls' Night Out in the Back Barn, aka GNIBB, October 12, 1 left ($75)
Mystery at the Carriage House: Once Upon a Murder!, Nov. 3, 2 left ($45)
Mystery at the Carriage House: Ho Ho Homicide, Dec. 1, Just 1 left! ($45)


THANKS AGAIN TO OUR CARNEVALE VERGENNES SPONSORS! Amanda Bodell & Jeffry Glassberg, Schaefer Family, Jackman Fuels, Lizbeth & Timothy Ryan, Jeff & Andrew Fritz, RPM Performance Motorcars, Vergennes Animal Hospital, Ed and Bev Biello, Peter & Liz Markowski, Gary Lange Law Office, Footes Insurance, Garry Simpson Family, H.J. LeBoeuf & Sons Contractors and Builders, Everywear for Everybody, National Bank of Middlebury, Bob & Deb Hartenstein, REY architecture + interiors, WVTK Radio, Dennis and Vicki Hopper, Lynne & Renny Perry, Julie & Don Peddie, Orchard Cove Photography, Vergennes Laundry, Provisionary and Bar Antidote.

How Do You Feel About Local Development?

A Public Forum hosted by the Vergennes Planning Commission
Thursday, September 13, 7:00pm at the Vergennes Opera House

Arial shot of Vergennes
The City of Vergennes' Planning Commission is considering land use zoning and policy changes to the Municipal Development Plan (the Plan), as part of its required renewal by September 2019. The changes may affect how you live, work, shop or play in the City.

A Public Forum hosted by the Vergennes Planning Commission will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Vergennes Opera House, to hear your ideas and concerns. All are welcome and  encouraged to attend!

Delicious refreshments and fabulous door prizes have been generously provided by 3 Squares Café, Daily Chocolate, Hired Hand Brewing Co, and Shacksbury Cider.

For more information and updates throughout the Plan's renewal process, please visit this website. The Plan is available electronically online and in hardcopy in the City Clerk's Office. Please provide your comments, questions, complaints, new ideas or suggestions at the Public Forum or via email to: vergennesplan@gmail.com.

Eat on the Green 2018

A culinary celebration on the City Green, Sunday, September 16, 2018, noon to 6pm

HUNGRY? We've got you covered!
LOCAL EATS, BREWS & TUNES:
This incredible day-long event is truly a community celebration! Last year was the first Eat on the Green (EOG) and it was a tremendous success. Proceeds of the event benefit FOUR area non-profits: Bixby Library, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, Vergennes Partnership and the Vergennes Opera House.

Everything takes place on the City Green in Vergennes with the Opera House available in case of rain.
Lots of local food, music, craft beverages and fun with your friends and neighbors. Learn more on their website here or on their facebook page here....

Route 22A Truck Study

Wednesday, September 26, 7-9pm at the Vergennes Opera House.


Please make your opinion known at the 22A Truck Study held by VTrans, Addison County Regional Planning Commission and Stantec at the Vergennes Opera House on Wednesday, September 26, 7pm. The meeting is to review the project’s goals, present existing conditions data and to hear community interests. More information is available here

Upcoming Shows

Tickets now available online.

Vermont Blues Jam at the Vergennes Opera House

Our season opening concert features some of the best Vermont musicians to ever accumulate on a single stage for one night! The Unknown Blues Band joins forces with Downtown Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen, and special guest Dave Keller, for an unforgettable night of amazing music! This concert will surely satisfy your appetite for epic Vermont-style blues!

Doors and cash bar (Bar Antidote) open at 6:30pm. There will be some seating available as well as an area for dancing. The balcony will be open. 

$15 in advance online or at LuLu’s Ice Cream on Main Street in Vergennes (just look for the giant ice cream cone) and $20 at the door.

Show sponsors: Ed & Beverly Biello, Mike & Lynn Donnelly, Bob & Jenny Florence, Lynne & Renny Perry, Gerianne Smart & Derek Cohen, and WhistlePig Farm

Season Sponsors: Amanda Bodell & Jeffry Glassberg, Jackman Fuels, Lizbeth & Timothy Ryan, RPM: Restoration Performance Motorcars, The Schaefer Family, Vergennes Animal Hospital, H.J. LeBoeuf & Sons Contractors & Builders

Patti Casey and The Wicked Fine Players
Saturday, November 10, 7:30pm

We are thrilled to bring Patti Casey, a local native of Vergennes, and her new group, the Wicked Fine Players, to the Vergennes Opera House stage. The group features members of the much loved Bluegrass Gospel Project and together they offer up some mighty fine music!

This homecoming concert is a "must attend" event!

Doors and cash bar open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

Show Sponsors: Shacksbury Cider, Gaines Insurance, Mike and Lynn Donnelly, and Deb and Bob Hartenstein

Season Sponsors: Amanda Bodell & Jeffry Glassberg, Jackman Fuels, Lizbeth & Timothy Ryan, RPM: Restoration Performance Motorcars, The Schaefer Family, Vergennes Animal Hospital, H.J. LeBoeuf & Sons Contractors & Builders

Boys & Girls Club Challenge a SUCCESS!

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes
YOU DID IT...and how!!! 

The Roberta and Philip Puschel Boys & Girls Club challenge of matching, dollar for dollar, donations up to their gift of $87,500 by August 31 was not only matched, but surpassed by $30,000!!!

What is even more amazing is that the Puschel's are going to match the total amount raised, close to $118,000. This means that a total of $236,000 will go toward the purchasing price of the new Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes' headquarters at 20 Armory Lane.  

The generosity of this community never ceases to amaze!

Vergennes Opera House southside view looking eastHolly Weber Joins the Vergennes Opera House Board
At the August board meeting of the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House, the Board voted to unanimously accept Holly Weber, a resident of Ferrisburgh, to the Vergennes Opera House Board of Directors. 

Holly and her husband and children have lived in the Vergennes area since 1993 and have seen many changes to the little city since then.

Holly is probably best known for starting the school rummage sale to benefit Ferrisburgh Central School and then for VUHS when her children advanced to that school.

Holly has exactly the kind of fundraising and community building skills that will be invaluable to our organization. Welcome to the team HOLLY!


Who's Who on the Vergennes Opera House Board?
President: Gerianne Smart (Waltham)
Vice President: Jim Lanpher (Vergennes)
Treasurer: Susan Schaefer (New Haven)
Secretary: Susan Nelson (Addison)
Board of Directors: Kristin Benton (Vergennes), Jim Biggart (Addison), Kate Coburn (Vergennes), Wendy Erikson (Ferrisburgh), Cindy LeBeau (Vergennes), Geoff Nelson (Addison), Lynne Perry (Vergennes), Allison Rimmer (Vergennes), Holly Weber (Ferrisburgh)
City Council Liaison: Lynn Donnelly (Vergennes)

The Vergennes Opera House is managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. We meet every fourth Tuesday of the month and we hold our annual meeting in January. Interested in getting involved? Email us your interest to info@vergennesoperahouse.org or call 877-6737 and leave a message. We are always looking for more volunteers to join in on the fun!

Calendar at a glance...September

Upcoming events at the Vergennes Opera House (subject to change)

9/8 - Sunset BBQ, a few tix left! Buy now here.
9/13 - Planning Commission Forum, 7-9pm at the Vergennes Opera House
9/16 - Eat on the Green More info here.
9/21 - Private event/United Way of Addison County
9/26 - 22A Truck Route Study, 7pm at the Vergennes Opera House
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