Editor of the Reformer:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of In-Sight Photography Project, I would like to extend our organization’s deepest thanks to all the wonderful photographers who contributed to making In-Sight Photography Project’s Annual Silent Auction an enormous success again this year. Our silent auction is In-Sight’s single largest fundraising event, raising nearly $25,000 again this year. The auction enables In-Sight to fulfill our mission of providing photography classes to youths 11-18 regardless of their ability to pay. Our students learn everything from film developing to digital photography to animation in classes led by staff and by a terrific corps of volunteer professional photographers. In the process, our students learn about themselves and express their creative spirit. They also find their place in community and, through our Exposures Program, connect through photography with youths in other communities, including Lakota youths on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

None of this would be possible without the generous support of photographers and photography collectors who donate prints for our auction. Their generosity in donating many of their finest prints for bidding in the auction is exceptional. This year more than two hundred photographers and collectors contributed a superb selection of fine photographs that were eagerly bid on both on-site at the Vermont Photography Center’s gallery next door to In-Sight and on-line.


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In-Sight is also deeply appreciative of those who helped support In-Sight by purchasing prints. Our board also owes deep gratitude to our tireless staff, Teta Hilsdon, executive director, Zach Stephens, programming director, Ryan Stratton, administrative assistant, and Victoria Davis (Americorps), who spent countless hours working to make the auction successful.

Thank you all for your generous support!

Jon Mack, Board President

In-Sight Photography Project

Brattleboro, Nov. 18 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

On Saturday, November 2nd, Brattleboro Area Hospice (BAH) presented their Cherished Goods Auction at the VFW hall. A whole host of people came out to support this annual fundraiser and bid on a wide range of goods in both the silent and the live auction (which was ably done thanks to Kit Martin).

Like our addition last year of artistically done chairs, the interest at our auction this year were specially selected refurbished, hand-painted, and otherwise embellished mirrors complementing the many terrific items donated by our league of Hospice friends. We thank all those who donated goods available for bidding and especially the local artists who produced the very creative mirrors: sisters Kris McDermet and Lynn Hoef; Ron Karpius; Janet Picard and Jacqueline Perry, mother and daughter painters; Marta Bernbaum; Sharon Myers; Ron Demers; Lauri Richardson; Jen Wiechers; and Walter Slowinski.

Brattleboro Area Hospice is grateful to Brattleboro Savings & Loan for its Platinum sponsorship of the Cherished Goods Auction, and to the Gold sponsor, Cornerstone Risk Management. In addition, we thank the following Silver sponsors: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital; Brattleboro Retreat; Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Entergy Vermont Yankee; Family Legacy Partners; New Chapter, Inc.; Pine Heights at Brattleboro; Potter Stewart, Jr. Law Offices; The Bunbury Company / Windham Foundation; and Thompson House. Hospice also thanks the Bronze sponsors including BAYADA Home Health Care; Brattleboro Ford Subaru; Brattleboro Pharmacy; Brown and Roberts Ace Hardware; Edward Jones Investments; Eternal Blessings Cremation Service, LLC; Green River Data Analysis, LLC; Greg Moschetti and Connie Baxter; Holton Home, Inc.; Little House Rug Hooking & Braiding; Lynn C. Rush CPA, PC; Members 1st Credit Union; Park Place Financial Advisors; People’s United Bank; River Valley Credit Union; Southern Vermont Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine; and Wells Fargo Advisors. Without these generous and community-minded organizations, this event would not have been possible, so Brattleboro Area Hospice and the Auction Committee thank them whole-heartedly.

Also, we cannot forget all the local merchants who donated items and services to the silent auction - their generosity is deeply appreciated. We ask that the readers support our area merchants who give so much to our community. Please shop locally and don’t forget to stop by Experienced Goods where you can find many bargains and hidden treasures, all just in time for the holidays.

In addition to the donors, artists and sponsors, I want to thank a hearty committee of volunteers (and their friends and relatives ‘the-evening-of’) who pulled this event together for much of the past half-year. A lot of innovative thinking coupled with hours of time, hard work, and elbow grease helped make this event the success it was. And last, but definitely not least, we all want to thank the many attendees whose generosity made the event the success it was. We raised more than $30,000, and all proceeds directly support the hospice care and bereavement services that are provided completely free of charge in our community by Brattleboro Area Hospice.

For more information about Hospice services, call 802-257-0775, or check out the website at BrattleboroHospice.org.

Ann Fielder, Chair and BAH Board President

Brattleboro, Nov. 19

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Editor of the Reformer:

Vermont Theatre Company would like to extend a great thanks to the community for supporting the first major production of the company’s 30th anniversary season. "The Maids," a French absurdist play from the mid 20th century by Jean Genet, was a brave embarkation for a year full of exciting and thought-provoking VTC productions.

We would like to thank Josh Moyse for his thoughtful and challenging artistic direction on this production. And thanks to a small but strong cast of three actors - Jon Mack, Tyler Latulippe Hasleton, and Xoe Perra - for commanding the stage while donning domineering and vulnerable feminine personas with courage and grace.

Barry Stockwell and the Hooker Dunham Theatre have always been incredibly accommodating, and it was inspiring to be surrounded by the activity of the Young Shakespeare Players, who also inhabit the theater.

No production would be complete without the creativity and effort of the technical theatre designers and crew -- Alistair Follansbee, James Gelter, and Ben Lieberson. This crew created the world of an absurdist dollhouse on the Hooker Dunham stage, sweeping audiences into an atmosphere of dangerous frills, which made the conclusion of the play stunningly effective.

Life’s Little Luxuries was the sponsor for this event, and we would like to thank Stephanie for her enthusiasm and support for this production.

As a small budget company that has survived 30 years without a space of its own, we rely heavily on donors, volunteers, the board of trustees, supportive local businesses, and dedicated audiences. This model of operation is what defines us as a truly community-based theater. Thank you, Brattleboro community, for keeping us going all these years. Here’s to many more!

Join us for our next production, "Nuts," also downtown at the Hooker Dunham, in January.

Jessica Callahan Gelter, president,
Vermont Theatre Company, Nov. 20