Thursday, May 19, 2016


May 1 to May 10 - COLORADO, where we are restoring a curtain at Westminster, giving talks, working with new conservators, and documenting curtains in a dozen sites, including the 1896 Leadville Opera House.  This visit is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

May 20/21 - DENMARK, MAINE, where there is a 1903 grand drape by L.L. Graham of Brooklyn, NY, that will be installed at Centennial Hall.  The curtain will be conserved and displayed as a wall hanging, due to the loss of its stage.  There will be a talk by Chris Hadsel at 7:00pm on Saturday.

May 24 - READING TOWN HALL, VT, where conservator Suki Fredericks will work with Chris Hadsel and local volunteers to turn the country scene back to front....because there is a wonderful 1976 folk art scene of Reading painted on the back side.  All the blocks of color look like Merimekko fabric of that time.

June 1 - NORTHAMPTON, MA, where conservator MJ Davis, Robert Brier the rigger, and Chris Hadsel will visit the Academy of Music to ponder how to manage a huge opera house curtain that needs conservation.

June 26-30 - REHOBETH, MA, where there is a 1920's curtain in the Carpenter Museum to be conserved.

August 8-18 - NORTHAMPTON, MA, conserve their 1917 grand drape by Maurice Tuttle.  Big job.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

"SUSPENDED WORLDS" Book Signing Events

August 1 at 3:00pm
The Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT
Book Launch Party!
The Garden Scene from Moretown will be on display.
There will be a talk and slide show at 5:00pm.
Light Refreshments and Cash Bar

Co-Sponsored by Phoenix Books, Burlington and Essex

August 8 at 2:00pm
Vermont Historical Society, Barre, VT
Talk and Signing
The curtains from Bakersfield Town Hall and the former Berlin Grange, both in storage at VHS


August 14 at 4:00pm
Garland Grange, Garland, Maine
Talk and Grange Supper


August 15, 3:00pm
Cambridge Valley Grange
Cambridge, Maine
Talk and Signing

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August 16, 10:00am to Noon and 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Old Stone House Museum, Brownington, Vermont
Old Stone House Days Festival
The Grange curtain will be on display at the Old Grange Hall.

August 25 at 7:00pm
Hardwick Town House, Hardwick, Vermont
Talk and book signing
Sponsored by Galaxy Books, Hardwick, VT
and Jeudevine Library, Hardwick, VT
and the Vermont Council on the Humanities, Montpelier, VT


September 12 - 17 in Oglesby, Illinois
Chris Hadsel and MJ Davis will fly to Illinois to restore a curtain at the Illinois Valley Community College.  This curtain will be displayed as a hanging in the new arts center.

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September 21 at 7:00pm
Union Hall, South Tamworth, Maine
Talk and book signing


October 3 at 7:00pm
Hyde Park Opera House during the intermission of their show
"Curtains".  Signed books will also be available at the other performances of this show.  Buy your tickets now!

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October 4 at 3:00pm
Johnson Town Hall, Johnson, Vermont
293 Lower Main Street, Johnson, VT
Talk and book signing
Refreshments afterward at the new home of the Johnson Historical Society
Sponsored by the Johnson Historical Society
Co-sponsored by Ebenezer Books, Johnson, VT
2 Lower Main Street, Johnson, VT  802-635-7472


October 9 at 7:00pm
Norwich Bookstore, Norwich, Vermont
291 Main Street, Norwich, Vermont
Talk and book signing
Free, but reservations are recommended or 802-649-1114
Co-sponsored by the Norwich Historical Society


October 17 approximately 2:00pm
Middlebury Town Hall Theater
In conjunction with the HD film of the opera "Otello"


October 24, 6:00pm talk and 7:00pm signing
Northshire Books, Manchester, Vermont


November 8, Main Street Arts, Saxtons River, Vermont
In conjunction with the presentation of "5 Seasons Suite" by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra
and Main Street Arts.  A new set of curtains will be presented at this time.
Co-sponsored by Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, VT

November 12, Hopkinton, NH Town Hall  6:00pm.
Come see three curtains on the walls of the town hall.  Slide show and book signing
and Refreshments!

November 14, Toadstool Books, Peterborough
11:00am talk and book signing
And a first look at a curtain just discovered in Peterborough.  

November 21, Reading, VT, Town Hall
6:00pm, lectures and book signing
Come hear Peter Miller, scenic artist, talk about the wonderful set of Reading curtains.  Peter wrote the chapter "The Art of Scenic Art" in the book "Suspended Worlds".  There will also be entertainment and refreshments.