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    • December 21, 2016
    • February 10, 2018
    • 120 sessions
    • Community Closet


    Our thrift store is in the basement of the Parish House (the addition onto the main church which also houses the office, chapel and library). To access the Closet, please use the driveway off School St. that is immediately east of the Bellows Falls Middle School and directly across the street from the United Church of Bellows Falls. The church owns this driveway for access to the Closet.

    Operated completely by volunteers, all the proceeds support local community nonprofits such as South Eastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA), The Greater Falls United Network (GFUN), Parks Place, Our Place, the Community Supper, and the Community Christmas Fund. 

    Volunteers and donations of clothing and housewares are always welcome. The Closet is open from 9 am until 1 pm, Wednesday and Saturday. Volunteers may show up during this hours and we prefer donations are brought during these times also, but you may call the church at 802-463-3100 if you have questions or need any help.



    • December 25, 2016
    • December 31, 2017
    • 54 sessions
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church


    Sunday worship service at 8:00 am at St. Mary's Altar. This is a quiet service; there is no music.

    • December 25, 2016
    • December 31, 2017
    • 54 sessions
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church


    Our main Sunday service at 10 am with music and Eucharist.

    • August 31, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • September 03, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Retreat House & Chapel

    PULSE TOOLS FOR THE TOTAL MUSICIAN 
    oin Grammy-Award-winning master drummer Glen Velez, 
    vocal phenomenon LOIRE, and acclaimed cellist Eugene
    Friesen  for a rare opportunity to expand your rhythmic
    awareness and project new dimensions of energy into
    your performance. 

    Frame drummers, instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome to join this special guided process of discovery into the 
    inner world of flowing time and creative collaboration.

    Glen and LOIRE's innovative approach uses stepping, gesture and rhythm vocals as the basic tools for exploring pulse flow and time awareness. We then apply this knowledge to our instruments or voice in coached ensemble settings. 

    This innovative approach uses body movement, drum language and vocal improvisation as the basic tools for exploring pulse flow and time awareness. Frame drums and shakers - essential shamanic instruments - help guide our sonic adventures. (Glen Velez Signature Series drums and shakers will be provided.) 

    Eugene Friesen, author of “Improvisation for Classical Musicians,” is known for catalyzing improvisation in group settings.  Participants in “Your Rhythm, Your Life” will apply new-found rhythmic skills in ensemble settings that encourage free play, listening, responding and discussion. 


    FACULTY:

    LOIRE (Lori Cotler)

    "… jaw-dropping dexterity with her acrobatic vocalizing and rapid-fire articulation” (Chicago Classical Review). 

    LOIRE (aka Lori Cotler) has garnered an international reputation as one of the most captivating performers of our time. Using exotic rhythms as her muse, she executes with the human voice phrases that do not seem possible in their rhythmic speed and clarity. Loire's emotionally-charged melodic inventions and evocative percussion-driven interpretations of jazz standards and original compositions are informed by raw melismatic improvisations, jazz-scat and pop stylings, along with lightning-fast South Indian drum language. 

    After earning a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, followed by a Master’s degree in Music Therapy from New York University, she became a professor of Music Therapy and Voice at the New School (2001-2006) and worked extensively in the clinical field. In addition to conducting regular master classes at The Juilliard School in New York City, LOIRE's unique teaching method is being embraced at prestigious conservatories and universities throughout the world. She has performed in Taiwan, Mexico, Israel, Brazil, and throughout Europe and the United States. Her live performances have been broadcast on Spanish National Radio 4, German Public Radio, Italian National Radio 3, Radio Freistadt (Austria), DRS (Swiss-German national radio), WNYC and National Public Radio in the US. 

    LOIRE is a core member of TA KA DI MI project led by Grammy-winning master percussionist and composer Glen Velez.  She has been receiving rave reviews for her leading role as anchorwoman in the THE NEWS: a reality opera composed by the renowned avant-pop Dutch composer JacobTV. In September 2013 she will be performing a 'Peace' edition of THE NEWS in Rotterdam for the new King of Holland and will be on tour with the Nationale ReisOpera company in 2013-14. LOIRE's signature vocal style can be heard on a wide variety of recordings, film scores, television commercials and CD collaborations with world-class musicians and composers. She is currently in the studio recording her first solo album LOIRE: a voice unchained, to be released Autumn 2013. For more info, visit: www.loricotler.com  


    Glen Velez

    "A galaxy of timbres and inflections ... remarkable rhythmic fireworks" (The New York Times). 

    A four-time Grammy Award winner, Glen Velez is the founding father of the modern Frame Drum movement and is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences world-wide. During his illustrious career, Velez has single-handedly popularized this ancient drum for the modern world. His virtuosic combinations of hand movements and finger techniques, along with his original compositional style - which incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing) - has opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe.  

    Velez is the first percussionist to gain international recognition as a successful solo artist using frame drums. In 1989 Velez’s undeniable mastery caught the attention of twentieth century composer John Cage, who Composed a piece especially for him, titled 'Improvisation for One-Sided Drum with or without Jingles.' 

    His most recent work, presented as the Glen Velez TA KA DI MI Project, features the virtuosic rhythm vocalist LOIRE (Lori Cotler) and other guest artists. Velez is also a core member of TRIO GLOBO featuring Eugene Friesen and Howard Levy. 

    Velez is an adjunct professor at the Mannes School of Music in New York City and conducts regular master classes at The Juilliard School and Tanglewood Summer Music Program. REMO and Cooperman Drum Co. created an exclusive line of Glen Velez Signature Series Frame Drums, as well as Glen Velez Signature Series Shakers by Anklang Co. of Germany. For more info, visit: www.glenvelez.com


    Eugene Friesen

    "Friesen uses the cello as a biting, crunching rhythm instrument." (The Miami Herald)

    Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, and teacher. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, he has been featured on recordings and in concerts all over the world with the multiple Grammy Award-winning Paul Winter Consort, with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez), and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families. 

    A pioneer in the teaching of improvisation to classically trained musicians, Eugene has led workshops throughout North America, Brazil and Europe. His book, Improvisation for Classically Trained Musicians (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard) co-authored by Wendy Friesen, was released in June of 2012. 

    Recent compositions include Glory, for choir, soloists and orchestra premiered at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in June of ’12, Low 5’spremiered by the Rembrandt Chamber Players of Chicago, The Soul of the White Ant premiered by Los Angeles' Pacific Serenades in 2013.

    He is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  More information on Eugene can be found online at: www.eugenefriesenmusic.com 


    • September 01, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church


    LOIRE, vocals 
    Glen Velez, drums
    Eugene Friesen, cello

    LOIRE (aka Lori Cotler) has garnered an international reputation as one of the most captivating performers of our time. Using exotic rhythms as her muse, she executes with the human voice phrases that do not seem possible in their rhythmic speed and clarity. Loire's emotionally-charged melodic inventions and evocative percussion-driven interpretations of jazz standards and original compositions are informed by raw melismatic improvisations, jazz-scat and pop stylings, along with lightning-fast South Indian drum language. 


    A four-time Grammy Award winner, Glen Velezis the founding father of the modern Frame Drum movement and is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences world-wide. During his illustrious career, Velez has single-handedly popularized this ancient drum for the modern world. His virtuosic combinations of hand movements and finger techniques, along with his original compositional style - which incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing) - has opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe.  


    Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, and teacher. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, he has been featured on recordings and in concerts all over the world with the multiple Grammy Award-winning Paul Winter Consort, with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez), and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families. 



    • September 09, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Currier Hall

    Architecture and Illusion I, a drawing class

    A little study of one and two point perspective can help a lot to make your drawings of urban or rural buildings look three dimensional. This class includes linear perspective instruction plus practice drawing buildings around town from observation, weather permitting. If the weather does not cooperate, we will work on interiors. It is not necessary to take the first class in order to benefit from the second.

    Cost:  Tuition for this class is $55. Save $10 if you sign up at least one week in advance. This Early Bird discount will be automatically applied when you select the number of tickets you would like.

    Jean Cannon, noted painter and new resident of Bellows Falls, offers drawing classes this fall.  Jean has taught art to all ages in the public schools, at Community College of Vermont, Burlington City Arts, the Shelburne Craft School and the Fleming Museum. To get an idea of her work, please visit her website: www.jeancannon.com


    • September 10, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Immanuel Episcopal Church


    North Sea Gas: Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan

    Over thirty-five years and stronger than ever!! "North Sea Gas" is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe!


    They have released 19 albums with "Fire in the Glen" being the most recent and are constantly adding new material to their shows. Their prior album, "The Fire and the Passion of Scotland" won the 2013 Album of the Year award from Celtic Radio in the U.S. as well as first place in the "Jigs and Reels" category for the set of tunes on the album. All of their previous albums continue to be very popular with fans all over the world evidenced by the Scottish Music Industry Association awarding FOUR awards in October 2014 for: "Dark Island" (gold); "Lochanside" (silver); "Glencoe Massacre"(silver); "Edinburgh Toon"(silver).

    Their show, and their albums, consist of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material put together in a style all their own. This proves popular during their regular tours of Scotland, America, Canada, Germany, Austria, Estonia, Turkey, and many other destinations both in and outside of their home in Scotland. Every year there are appearances on TV and Radio on both sides of the Atlantic including "Late Night Saturday," "Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour" (one of the biggest radio shows of its kind in the USA), and "Song of the Mountains" shown on select PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) TV stations in the U.S.

    In the past the band recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million, played in Istanbul, Turkey for the British Consulate, and recently had the honor of performing at the famous Rosslyn Chapel.

    In addition to regular tours abroad, they have taken their show to theatres, arts centres and community halls around Scotland. Touring and seeing their native land is something the band really enjoys.

    We could say more but put simply "North Sea Gas" are a highly entertaining Scottish folk band who have an ever-growing fan base ranging through all age groups thus giving the "Gas" shows a wonderful atmosphere and universal appeal.

    For more info, visit their website HERE.


    HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT "NORTH SEA GAS".....

    "The band displays an attachment and a reverence for their roots from the very start. The music feels genuine, unpretentious and spontaneous, with a fondness for storytelling and beautiful harmonies."(Celtic Radio - Boston) http://www.celticradio.net

    "No airs and graces just fantastic music"...
    EdinburghGuide.com (Edin/Festival) 

    ".....they inherit the mantle vacated by The Corries and The McCalmans with tight vocal harmonies and well-chosen material.....provide a solid well-honed sound vocally strong and musically complimentary.....most commendable about North Sea Gas is their ability to balance up tempo material with quieter more thoughtful moments and treat each with commitment and professionalism. "Fire in the Glen" is an excellent showcase for their talents and shows them taking the Scottish ballad group mantle with fire and grace." 
    John O'Regan Freelance Music Journalist, Broadcaster, Lecturer Limrick, Ireland

    Dave Gilfillan

    Dave Gilfillan, founding member of North Sea Gas, is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland where his interest in music started at an early age. He first learned how to play the guitar as a teenager and frequented folk clubs where he was fortunate to have met many early pioneers of the folk music scene in Scotland. He plays guitar, banjo, mandola, bodhran, foot drum, harmonica and whistle. Dave has built up a reputation for rousing sing-along vocals and big heartfelt ballads. Add to that a sense of on-stage fun and tongue-in-check humor and you can see why his brand of folk music has taken him, and North Sea Gas, all over the world. For him, to sing on stage seemed a natural thing do to.


    Ronnie MacDonald


    Ronnie McDonald, is originally from Glasgow, Scotland, lived in Australia for many years, but now lives in Edinburgh. "Mac," as he's also known, has been invovled with music and in bands most of his life. He joined the band in 2002. He plays guitar and bouzouki and sings both lead and harmony vocals.




    Grant Simpson


    Grant Simpson, originally from Lossiemouth in the northeast of Scotland but now also living in Edinburgh, has been playing fiddle since he was a very young child. He is the youngest member of North Sea Gas, joining them in 2006. Besides playing fiddle he also sings harmony vocals, the occasional solo, and plays guitar, bouzouki and mandola.


    • September 16, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Bellows Falls Tangle and Doodle Safari

    This is both a design and drawing class that will focus on finding and learning to draw patterns from our everyday environments. Take a short walk from Currier Hall to Main St in Bellows Falls with us and learn to find and see patterns and shapes that might become interesting designs to draw. Bring your sketchbook and phone/camera and record interesting patterns in nature, architecture and store windows. We'll then return to Currier Hall to view and break down found patterns into simple drawing steps and record these in our sketchbooks. This is a fun way to learn to notice patterns in the world, and begin to draw your own tangles and doodles...

    COST: Reguar tuition for this half-day workshop is $45. Save $10 on Early Bird tuition which is available up to one week in advance and automatically applied when you choose your ticket(s).
     

    Sadelle Wiltshire is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth facilitator, a textile/jewelry/mixed media artist and a Certified Zentangle® Teacher from Putney, Vermont. She has taught a wide variety of workshops across the US and as far as the UK. Sadelle’s art work is influenced by her Quaker faith and she enjoys creating, practicing and teaching with a view towards mindfulness and contemplation. She can be found online at www.tanglevermont.com and www.thetangledlabyrinth.com


    • September 17, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Undercroft


    • September 22, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • September 24, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Stone Church Center


    In all the world's religions, there are mystical traditions that offer rich legacies of spiritual practice both old and new. In this retreat, we will explore a myriad of practices, such as chanting , walking meditation and centering prayer, that open the heart and awaken the soul. Practical, applied spirituality nurtures receptiveness to the presence of God or our true selves and helps us see the miraculous in the everyday,  

     In this spacious retreat, we will explore:

    • Christian Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer
    • Buddhist Mindfulness and Meditation
    • Worship and Ritual
    • Walking the Labyrinth
    • Prayer Beads
    • Sacred Song and Chant
    • Somatic Breathing
    • The Eucharist

    While the retreat will be led by Robert Bowler (Beau), Director of Stone Church Center, various Guest Faculty will share their understandings based on many years of experience in particular practices.

    Our time together will be enhanced by contemplative morning and evening prayer, optional spiritual direction, informal discussion and personal time as well as the main group sessions. 


    SCHEDULE

    When you first look at the schedule, it may seem very full. However, please note, that for several of the sessions there are two options, and if you are not interested in a particular session, you should feel to take the time to go for a walk, read and even take a nap! A retreat is a time to refresh and find new inspiration. All the sessions are resources to assist you in that goal. 

    There are some options with extra costs on the registration form. There is a small charge for the materials for making your own prayer beads during the Saturday afternoon session. And, if you wish to participate in the Breath of the Heart workshop Sunday at 9:00 am, there is a fee for that. However, you can also choose to have a more leisurely Sunday morning with the option of attending the Sunday Eucharist worship service in the church at 10 am.



    FACULTY

    Robert Bowler or "Beau" is the Director of Stone Church Center. He majored in Religious Studies at Reed College, earned an M.Div. degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.


      

    Liz Rogers will lead us in Sacred Song and Chant and serve as our Chaplain, sitting in on our sessions and available for private counsel throughout the retreat. She is a psychotherapist specializing in the ways spirituality increases mental and emotional health. She is also a singer/songwriter and, as a child, sang for the Metropolitan Opera. 



    The Rev. Bruce MacDuffie is a retired Episcopal priest associated with Immanuel Episcopal Church. Bruce spent much of his ministry serving churches comprised of Native Americans in North Dakota, other Midwestern Episcopal Dioceses and most recently he served parishes in upstate New York. In retirement, he is active in our area, presiding and preaching at Sunday services and guiding local congregations

    Manny Mansbach teaches Insight (Vipassana) Meditation with Vermont Insight Meditation Center in Brattleboro, VT,  in Bellows Falls, VT and elsewhere in New England, and offers counseling and consultation for individuals, couples and organizations. For his entire adult life, Manny has been keenly interested in nurturing and facilitating the connections between transformative inner work such as meditation and therapy, relational practices based in skillful communication, development of wholesome community, and nonviolent social transformation.

    Sadelle Wiltshire, who will lead the session on Walking the Labyrinth, is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth facilitator, a textile/jewelry/mixed media artist and a Certified Zentangle® Teacher from Putney, Vermont. She has taught a wide variety of workshops across the US and as far as the UK. Sadelle’s art work is influenced by her Quaker faith and she enjoys creating, practicing and teaching with a view towards mindfulness and contemplation.

    Nancy Tusinski will teach the session on Prayer Beads and offer private Spiritual Direction during the retreat. She received her formal training as a Spiritual Director with the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation in Lino Lakes, MN. She also has a BS in Adult Learning and Development and is a librarian in a small Vermont town. 



    Kaiilama Morris will lead the Sunday Morning session on Somatic Breath Practice. She is a lifetime seeker and supporter of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being. Her interest in a variety of spiritual studies and experiences. Her first connecting breathing experience was so profound and astounding that six months later she began training to facilitate others in breath practice.


    COSTS

    PLEASE NOTE: The Base cost of $275 is for Regular Tuition and all meals, Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Pay 20% less than that with Early Bird pricing if you register by September 15. There are also further discounts for Friends and Sponsors. You will find the various housing and commuter and other options once you begin the registration process. Call for scholarship information. 


    MEALS

    Breakfast is self-serve with the breakfast foods available in the kitchen. Lunches and dinners are catered buffet style. Our caterers are skilled at accommodating various dietary needs. Please make a note of your dietary and any other needs on the registration form.


    ACCOMMODATIONS 

    The Retreat House accommodations are comfortable but basic and therefore relatively inexpensive. If you wish to stay at a local Bed and Breakfast, please choose the commuter option. You would then have breakfast at the B&B and lunches and dinners in the Retreat House. We have negotiated special prices at a local B&B: 

    The Harvest Barn Inn ($10 off going rate per night). 
    Ask for the Stone Church Arts rate.


    • September 30, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Architecture and Illusion I, a drawing class

    A little study of one and two point perspective can help a lot to make your drawings of urban or rural buildings look three dimensional. This class includes linear perspective instruction plus practice drawing buildings around town from observation, weather permitting. If the weather does not cooperate, we will work on interiors. It is not necessary to take the first class in order to benefit from the second.

    Cost:  Tuition for this class is $55. Save $10 if you sign up at least one week in advance. This Early Bird discount will be automatically applied when you select the number of tickets you would like.

    Jean Cannon, noted painter and new resident of Bellows Falls, offers drawing classes this fall.  Jean has taught art to all ages in the public schools, at Community College of Vermont, Burlington City Arts, the Shelburne Craft School and the Fleming Museum. To get an idea of her work, please visit her website: www.jeancannon.com


    • September 30, 2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Woodwinds without Borders, Gary Stroutsos, world flute master

    Gary Stroutsos, world flute master, will take us on a journey around the world, from China to Cuba to the Native American West. Woodwinds Without Borders will showcase the music that Gary has explored and mastered throughout his long career as a professional musician.

    While of Greek, Italian, and Lebanese, Stroutsos is acknowledged to have made a distinctive contribution to the preservation of American Indian music and culture, and plays with some of the finest American Indian artists working today, including collaborating with Navajo flute maker Paul Thompson, a work which expresses the enduring legacy of the American Indian flute and its recent revitalization into today’s society.

    In a recent interview about his work, Stroutsos comments: “I have had a unique career of recording flute music inspired by travels and really awesome masters.  My passion is to share with listeners the cultural legacies which my teachers have shared with me, particularly my journey with my friend and mentor, the Navajo flute maker Paul Thompson.  We brought to life traditional love songs learnt from American Indians, and recorded these flute songs live inside Canyon de Chelly, the spiritual ancestral lands of the Navajo.  I continue to discover more of the wealth of flute traditions, these time-honored traditions which span many generations: this history is the real mystery of the flute, both haunting and enduring.  Bringing music to life for new listeners is part of my vision of my own work, because music touches the soul, making it our true universal means of communication.”

    In over twenty releases, Stroutsos has created a body of work which  expresses a passion for sound travelling: music without borders.

    TICKETS: Advance Concert Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $45 for reserved seats, up front. At the door, prices increase by $5 to $25 general admission and $20 for seniors.



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