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VFC Events :: Call for Entries: Love Chocolate & Love Stories

Love Chocolate and Love Stories

The Vermont Folklife Center announces the 3rd annual Love Chocolate, Love Stories event, which will take place at our headquarters at 88 Main Street in Middlebury on Friday, February 12th.

Love Chocolate, Love Stories will include a day-long competition/showcase of chocolate confections, baked goods, and desserts—modeled on our annual gingerbread competition—beginning at 10:00 AM. At 4:00 join us for a presentation by UVM folklorist, Wolfgang Mieder titled, "'Loves Me, Loves Me Not ...' Origin, Tradition, and Survival of the Daisy Oracle of Love," followed by a tasting session from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

The competition includes professional and amateur categories for non-baked goods (chocolate drops, truffles, mousse, etc), and baked goods (brownies, cakes, pies, etc). The “professional” category is open to restaurants, bakeries, candy shops, and chocolatiers. The “amateur” category invites submissions from household cooks and bakers of all ages!

Download your registration form here, stop by VFC in person, or call 802-388-4964. Please read the forms carefully for deadlines and contest rules. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Entries will be judged both on visual and taste appeal.

Registration forms are due by Monday, February 8th. Your chocolate creations must be delivered on Thursday, February 11th, from 9:00 AM to 6 PM

Be sure to come join the fun on Friday, February 12th, beginning at 10:00 AM for Love Chocolate, Love Stories at the Vermont Folklife Center in celebration of Valentine’s Day!

Download the registration form here :: link


VFC Exhibits :: Shedding Light on the Working Forest

Portrait of a Forest: Men and Machine

Shedding Light on the Working Forest features the collaboration of painter Kathleen Kolb and poet Verandah Porche in a traveling exhibition that brings together Kolb’s forest-related paintings with new “told poetry” created in partnership with Porche

Shedding Light on the Working Forest celebrates the forest landscape and those who have honed their skills and made a living there. The exhibition project is founded on the artistic friendship of a painter and a poet who are committed to subjects that have been largely overlooked by others in the arts. In this exhibition Kolb and Porche react as humanists—with open minds, sensitivity, and a bit of awe—as they peer into the working forest.

Most of the visual work in the show is on loan from various collectors, and so affords a unique opportunity to see this body of work in one place. The majority of the work for this project by both Kolb and Porche is set in Addison County, Vermont. While local people may easily recognize landmarks and neighbors, the themes are common throughout the northern forest.

Kathleen Kolb evokes what is solid, luminous, yet ephemeral in the scenes she gathers and painstakingly paints. She talks about a moment of “emotional ignition” kindling a work of art. As a writing partner, Verandah Porche befriends, questions, and listens to unearth and preserve the poetry embedded in lived experience. She calls this process “finding the verse in conversation.”

Shedding Light on the Working Forest will be on display in Middlebury January 15th through April 30th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace is ADA accessible on the first floor of the Vermont Folklife Center headquarters building at 88 Main Street in Middlebury.

Please join the Vermont Folklife Center for the opening of the exhibit “Shedding Light on the Working Forest,” Friday, January 15th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Vision & Voice Gallery in Middlebury.

Exhibit sponsored by Main Street Landing, Vermont Community Foundation, Northfield Savings Bank, Blittersdorf Foundation and Cabot Creamery.


VFC News :: VFC Founder, Jane Beck in Seven Days!

Jane Beck, photo by Caleb Kenna. Seven Days

VFC Founder, Jane C. Beck is featured in Seven Days!

Learn more about Jane and her life's work with Daisy Turner here :: link

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Photo by Caleb Kenna.



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