Monday, June 13, 2016

MAN OF LA MANCHA -- Opens the Weston Playhouse MainStage June 28th

From: Kate Pace

MAN OF LA MANCHA -- Opens the Weston Playhouse MainStage June 28th

Weston, VT. The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company launches its 80th anniversary season with an epic musical adventure. MAN OF LA MANCHA begins performances on JUNE 28 with all of the fanfare one would expect from Vermont’s longest-running professional theatre company. A bold and charismatic cast comes together with a renowned creative team to present Cervantes’ legendary tale on the company’s historic MainStage.

Carried by Mitch Leigh’s iconic score, with favorite songs like “The Impossible Dream” and “Dulcinea,” the musical is a play-within-a-play. Author Miguel de Cervantes stands ready to face trial by the Spanish Inquisition. When robbed of his beloved manuscript, he attempts to prove its merit through a reenactment of its story, enlisting other prisoners to play the characters in his play. And so begins the timeless story of Don Quixote and his quest.

MAN OF LA MANCHA opened in 1965 and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A film version, starring Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren followed in 1972. The show was revived four times on Broadway, making it one of musical theatre’s most enduring works. Weston’s production features a cast that includes top talent from Broadway and the country’s major regional theatres. Geoffrey Wade (Broadway's Crazy For You, Weston's Educating Rita and As You Like It) stars as Cervantes/Don Quixote. He is joined by Marissa McGowan (Broadway’s Les Miserables and Weston's Guys and Dolls), Michael Mendez (Broadway’s Chaplin, Weston's Peter and the Starcatcher) and an ensemble of Weston favorites.

The production is directed by Tim Fort (a Weston Founding Director, whose credits include last year’s season opener, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and such blockbusters as 42nd Street and Les Miserables). Fort describes MAN OF LA MANCHA as “inspirational, exciting, musically beautiful – an impossible dream of a show” and finds it “particularly appropriate to be working with a company of such talented old friends” as the Company celebrates its big anniversary. 

The creative team includes a roster of all-stars from Music Director Daniel Feyer (Musical Director at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater) to Choreographer Angelo Fraboni (whose Broadway appearances include The Full MontyVictor/Victoria, and Cats). Scenic Designer Jim Sandefur (Broadway's Fences and Weston's A Chorus Line), Costume Designer Kirche Leigh Zeile (Weston's Saint-Ex and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), Lighting Designer Travis McHale (12 Weston seasons and Associate Lighting Designer for Broadway's Something Rotten), Sound designer Ed Chapman, and Production Stage Manager Martin Lechner round out the team.

MAN OF LA MANCHA runs June 28 – July 16 at the Weston Playhouse on the Village Green (12 Park Street in Weston). Show Times are Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2 pm, and Sunday at 3 pm. Two hours without intermission. Pre-show dinner is available at the West Town Eatery, located downstairs at the playhouse. The post-show cabaret is well worth the $12 admission, Yankee Magazine’s 2014 Editor’s Choice for “Best Place for a Nightcap.” Reservations for the show, dinner, and cabaret can be made by calling 802-824-5288 or by visiting



- MLM news release (Word)
- Headshot: Geoffrey Wade
- Headshot: Marissa McGowan

Kate Pace | Marketing Consultant 
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
703 Main Street, Weston, VT  05161e:
p: 802-379-3617

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Star Lake dam "leak"

To Town Residents:

I’ve had several calls about the two “leaks” coming through the steel sheet piling on the back side of the Star Lake dam.
These have been present ever since the dam was completed in October.
Here’s what our engineering firm, Dubois & King, told me.

1.  this is not a safety issue; this type of seepage is not uncommon and will not cause a dam failure.

2.  seepage like this generally slows over time as silt plugs the soil pores.
FYI, Jeff Teter and I have timed the flow and over the past several months it appears to be slowing.
3.  When the Vermont Dam Safety Department comes for their annual safety inspection this summer they will review this.

AND enjoy the beach… the raft went in today :)

Ron Unterman

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Minutes of Advisory Council Meeting May 23, 2016

Minutes of Advisory Council Meeting May 23, 2016

Ed Bove called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.  Committee members present: Ed Bove, Peter Berger, Alyson Blodgett, Tom Veysey and Don Eatmon.  Community members who signed in for the meeting: Ted Crawford, Bill McGrath, Don Richardson, Rhonda Rivers,Candace Neary,Lester Lampert, David Johnson, Minga Dana and Peter Smith.
Ed Bove presented a summary of the topics discussed and how they related to land use.  It was noted that the existing Town Plan does a good job of capturing what the  citizens of Mount Holly want.
The largest land use in Mount Holly is residential properties.  Others properties discussed included the Green in Belmont, the former Town Garage site, Transfer Station, Star Lake and Lake Ninevah.
It was noted that Mount Holly had a Flood Hazard plan, a Hazard Mitigation plan, Subdivision Regulations but no zoning.  Are these plans sufficient to protect what we have?  There was a consensus that the Town does not want zoning.   There was a brief discussion of “posting” of land versus “current use”.

At 6:35 the meeting was open to any questions or comments.  There was discussion about the procedure for completing the Town Plan.  Ed Bove circulated a document depicting this process.

The meeting adjourned at 6:45.

Ted Crawford  

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Open Greenhouse Day in Shrewsbury and Plant Sale!

Open Greenhouse Day in Shrewsbury and Plant Sale!

This Sunday, May 29th come visit the many greenhouses of Shrewsbury vegetable farms from 11:30am to 2pm (Alchemy Gardens starts at 10am). Alchemy Gardens, Caravan Gardens, and Evening Song Farm will have open greenhouse hours to meet the farmers, see what's growing, and buy some plants. Come see the bounty of produce being started right here in Shrewsbury!

Alchemy Gardens 10am-2pm
224 Frank Lord Road

Caravan Gardens 11:30am-2pm
Right on Route 103, north of the Ford dealership

Evening Song Farm 11:30am-2pm
680 Shunpike Road

Ryan Wood-Beauchamp
Kara Fitzgerald
Evening Song Farm
48 Nice Road   (If you're driving, use 680 Shunpike road to look up directions)
Cuttingsville VT
(802) 585-7045

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sports Odyssey in Ludlow

Kathleen Leber

Sports Odyssey should be ashamed for their lack of support for the Farmers’ Market.  Exactly how many customers do they usually get between 4-7 pm on fridays???  Actually, if people were allowed to park in their lot for a half hour, they would be much more inclined to stop in Sports Odyssey after visiting the Marked, as they are already parked next to Odyssey’s entrance.  Sports Odyssey:  How about posting signs saying:  Thanks for your support of the Ludlow Farmers’ Market and our local farmers.  Please stop in and see our great sales!    (I’m sure the Farmers’ market would gladly pay for these!)
Frankly, they would get more customers that way!!!!

I would encourage like minded individuals to copy this, and/or send their own thoughts to Sports Odyssey.

As for me, further lack of cooperation on Sports Odyssey’s part will result in my boycotting it, and strongly encouraging others NOT to shop there!! 
Kathy Leber  

Town of Mount Holly Planning Commission Clerk

Town of Mount Holly
Planning Commission Clerk

The Town of Mount Holly seeks to hire a Clerk to assist the Planning Commission to carry out their duties and responsibilities.  This is a part time position, up to approximately 20 hours per month, some evening hours required.  Job duties for the position include:  prepare and post agendas for all Planning Commission meetings as required by the Open Meeting Law; attend and take minutes at all Planning Commission meetings; post minutes as required by the Open Meeting Law; prepare and publish legal notices in the Town’s paper of record and special notices/information in the Chit Chat or other publications as determined by the Planning Commission; review all Planning Commission mail/email; respond to general inquires that do not require Planning Commission attention and forward all other correspondence to the Planning Commission for their action; maintain a filing system for all correspondence, articles, documents, etc. that pertain to the Planning Commission; perform other duties as requested by the Planning Commission.  Pay range is $10-$15 per hour, commensurate with experience.  Interested parties should contact Bill McGrath, Planning Commission Chair, at 802-259-2724 or email at  A resume may be sent to the email address, or the town office at Town of Mount Holly, PO Box 248, Mount Holly, VT   05758.  Equal Opportunity Employer.