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VFC Events: Love Chocolate, Love Stories

Unexpected Journeys: Life, Illness and Loss January 16, 2015-May 9, 2015.

Join the Vermont Folklife Center on Friday, February 13th, for a celebration of love and chocolate!

Love Chocolate, Love Stories is a day-long event featuring chocolate candy, chocolate desserts, and the opportunity to share your own personal stories about romance, courtship, and love. The event will include a showcase of chocolate confections, baked goods, and desserts—modeled on our annual gingerbread competition—beginning at 10:00 AM, followed by a tasting session and story sharing from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Love Chocolate is both a tasting opportunity and a friendly competition. We invite candy makers, bakers, and chocolate dessert enthusiasts at all levels to join the competition. Prizes will be offered in both professional (i.e. chocolatiers, bakeries, restaurants, and candy shops) and amateur categories. The deadline for entries is Monday, February 9th.

Love Stories is an opportunity to share your love story with others or record your story for posterity. From 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM you can reserve a time for a recording session in our studio –with your loved on or on your own—and we will present you with your personal Love Story on CD or as an MP3 file.  Then from 5:30 to 6:30 PM we will host a Valentine’s story sharing session in our gallery organized in partnership with the Middlebury storytelling group, StoryMatters.

Registration forms are due by Monday, February 9th. Your chocolate creations can be delivered on Thursday, February 12, from 9:00 AM to 6 PM.

Download registration forms here or call 802-388-4964.

Be sure to come join the fun on Friday, February 13th, beginning at 10:00 AM for Love Chocolate, Love Stories at the Vermont Folklife Center in celebration of Valentine’s Day!


VFC Exhibits: Unexpected Journeys: Life, Illness and Loss

Unexpected Journeys: Life, Illness and Loss January 16, 2015-May 9, 2015.

From January 16, 2015—May 9, 2015 the Vision and Voice Gallery at the Vermont Folklife Center will present Unexpected Journeys: Life, Illness and Loss.

With advances in medical techniques and increased life expectancies, many people are living longer with progressively degenerative diseases, while others are taking on the role of giving end-of-life care to someone they love. What does it mean to live with a terminal illness, or to become a caregiver for a family member?

Unexpected Journeys offers a thoughtful contemplation of these questions, pairing stunning view camera portraits with written interview excerpts and audio from women with metastatic cancer, and family caregivers, who have lived these journeys firsthand.

Photographer, Susan Alancraig, studied photography with Neil Rappaport, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. For Alancraig one of the appeals of view camera portraiture is that the equipment, because of its size, conveys the message "you are important." She sees both the photographic and interview processes as vehicles for listening deeply to the experiences of others. The material for this exhibit grew out of Alancraig's graduate work at School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Please join the Vermont Folklife Center on Saturday, January 24th, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM for an exhibit reception.


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