Monday January 7, 2013

Editor of the Reformer:

The planning committee for the Brattleboro Community Annual Thanksgiving Dinner would like to thank all the individuals, farms and businesses that donated time, energy, food, and other resources for this year’s dinner. Taking place on Thanksgiving Day at the River Garden in Brattleboro, the event was once again a success. We estimate we fed 600 people, thanks to the generosity of area businesses. These include (in no particular order):

Harlow Farm; Basin Farm; Adivasi, Mocha Joe’s; the Vermont Country Deli; Rentals Plus; the Brattleboro Masons Lodge; Building a Better Brattleboro; Comcast; Cherry Hill Farm; Vermont Bread Company; Dwight Miller Farms; Walmart; Brattleboro Books; Brattleboro Co-op; Grafton Village Cheese; Experienced Goods; Hannaford; Price Chopper; Windham Flowers; Howard’s Printing; WTSA; C&S Wholesale Grocers; United Foods; Brown & Roberts; and Champlain Orchards. (Our apologies if we’ve forgotten anyone.)

Finally, we would also like to thank the many volunteers who help us every year, preparing meals, serving, setting up the dining room, washing dishes, delivering meals to shut-ins, and playing music. We can’t do it without you all! See you next year.

Katherine Barratt, Ian Bigelow,

Ray Branagan, Lindsay Cobb,

Mark Schultz, Peter Wiles,

Brattleboro, Dec. 14 ***

Editor of the Reformer:

Community theater is a very unique experience. For about six weeks a dozen or more adults who have full-time jobs and families make putting on a show one of their primary goals.


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They skip dinners, they brave all sorts of terrible weather conditions, they sacrifice their precious time and even some of their own financial resources just so that they can create a theatrical entertainment for the enjoyment of others, many of whom are complete strangers. Why would they do this? Are they crazy? It’s hard to explain what makes the community theater actors and directors and technicians do what they do, but our community can be grateful that they continue to do it.

One such recent community theatre endeavor was The Vermont Theatre Company’s production of Ken Ludwig’s farce, "Moon Over Buffalo." This production played for two weekends last month at the Dummerston Grange to most appreciative audiences. Under the inspiring direction of Michelle Page and her talented designers and actors, sets were built, costumes were altered, tickets were sold, and characters were brought to life.

Special thanks goes to a phenomenal cast including Jim Bombicino, Carlton Smith, Sue Rowell, Nell Curley, Ian Mahoney, Amanda Rink, James Gelter, and Bruce Holloway for their boundless energy and enthusiasm. Kudos to stage manager Brenda Seitz and her assistant Kate Maisner for making the lights light, the sounds sound, and the smoke smoke as well as making sure that the doors slammed and the props were all in place. Fortunately fight choreographer Jodi Clark made sure that Cyrano didn’t stab anyone by mistake, and technical director Mike Shedd guaranteed that what was supposed to be seen, could be, and what was not to be seen remained hidden. Set designer James Gelter created the perfect set for a wild farce (several slamming doors a requirement) that was collectively constructed with the help of Mark Brown, Randy and Nora Bright, Ben Stockman and Mike Jerald, and Yvonne Page designed a beautiful and eye-catching poster.

Costumer Rebecka Marchese made sure that everyone was appropriately dressed, regardless of whether they were relaxing in the on-stage green room, or performing in "Cyrano" or "Private Lives," or both, as the case turned out to be. And finally the Evening Star Grange #154 once again opened their doors to VTC and graciously allowed us to take over their building to transform it, this time, into the Erlanger Theatre of 1953 Buffalo, New York.

For those who shared in the hilarity and craziness of "Moon Over Buffalo," the reward was surely a most enjoyable evening of entertainment. For those who missed this production, perhaps they will want to see community theater in action at our next production, "Woman in Black", a classic ghost story-thriller being directed by Jessica Gelter and performed at the Hooker-Dunham Theatre in Brattleboro, Jan. 18-27. More information is available at 802-258-1344 or vermonttheatrecompany.com.

Bob Kramsky, producer

Brattleboro, Dec. 17

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Editor of the Reformer:

The family of Elaine C. Twiss would like to express its deep appreciation for the outpouring of sympathy shown to us after her death. The many phone calls, cards, and visits from friends and family far and wide offering to help in some way, deliver us food, offer condolences, or simply, to just listen has been heartwarming.

We were profoundly touched to see how our mother’s/wife’s sweet and gentle nature affected so many.

A special thank you to the group from the Vermont State Police, Pastor Doug LaPlant and his wife MaryLou, The Whitingham Ladies Benevolent Society, and Covey, Allen & Shea Funeral Home.

To those of you who spoke and shared a story: Sandra, Gwen, Sherry, Megan and Terry -- we will long remember your kind words.

If we’ve forgotten anyone, please forgive us -- it was not our

intent.

The kindness and generosity we’ve experienced in recent weeks is something we are sincerely grateful for. Thank you all.

Harry Y. Twiss Jr., Mike and Nancy Russell and family, Lynn Twiss & Steve Martineau and family, Peter Twiss and family, Dec. 31