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In-Sight Photography Project
still has openings in fall classes

BRATTLEBORO -- The In-Sight Photography Project still has openings for the fall classes for youth ages 11-18. In-Sight provides all materials for every class including camera, film, paper, chemicals and more. Participants are welcome to use materials they already have, but are not expected to bring anything at all.

For information, contact Insight at 802-251-9960 or e-mail Zachary Stephens, programming director at

All classes are offered on a sliding scale fee. No interested youth will be turned away for lack of ability to pay.

The Fall schedule is:

Monday, 6 to 8 p.m., Intro to B&W.

Tuesday, 4 to 6 p.m., Exposures Online Exchange.

Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m., Intro to Digital.

Wednesday 6 to 8 p.m., Intermediate Film.

Thursday 6 to 8 p.m., Advanced Photography.

Northfield Drive-In starts
online fundraising campaign

NORTHFIELD, Mass. -- The Northfield Drive-In has just launched a Kickstarter Campaign to raise $40,000.

All theaters are being forced to make the conversion to digital projection equipment since the film industry determined that they would no longer produce 35mm film prints of box office films after this year. "This will be an enormous expense for us, especially given the fact that we are only a seasonal business," owner Mitchell Shakour has said. He estimates $150,000 is needed for the conversion to digital projectors.

Northfield has opted to use Kickstarter -- an online community that provides tools to raise funds for creative projects via a crowd funding website -- as the drive-in’s flagship fundraising tool. People can pledge to back projects in exchange for a tangible reward or one-of-a-kind experience.

If the Northfield Drive-In doesn’t reach the $40,000 goal before the Kickstarter project ends on Nov. 12, none of those who pledge will be charged anything, and the Northfield Drive-in gets nothing.

Raising more than their goal isn’t a problem with Kickstarter, however. Any extra money pledged will also find its way to the Northfield Drive-In, and the owner says it would go toward much needed improvements to the playground, bathrooms, and snack bar.

"Many people have asked us why we waited so long to launch a Kickstarter campaign," says Shakour. "We ran into a few unexpected delays, and we were also holding out hopes of winning one of the nine digital projectors that were given away by Honda’s Project Drive-In. But once the nine winning drive-ins were announced, we decided our next best option was to put all our hopes into the Kickstarter."

Built in 1948, during the height of the drive-in era, the Northfield Drive-In is the last surviving drive-in theater in western Massachusetts, and one of the oldest of the 358 drive-ins still left in the country.

For a direct link to the Kickstarter Campaign, or information on how to donate using more traditional methods, visit, or search for the Northfield Drive-In on Kickstarter using the keyword "Northfield.".

Those who would prefer to donate directly to the effort can mail donations to Northfield Drive-In Digital Fund, P.O. Box 487, Keene, NH 03431.

The River Artisans celebrate
a grand opening

SAXTONS RIVER -- The River Artisans (formerly the Jelly Bean Tree Crafts cooperative) announce the official Grand Opening of their new location at 26B Main St., Saxtons River on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. Member artists will be at the store during the event to tell their stories, discuss their work, and some will be demonstrating their craft. There will be light refreshments.

"Visitors to our new space in the center of the village have all exclaimed at the spaciousness of the shop and of the fine quality of the merchandise. Our members are constantly bringing in new things, and the display changes monthly. We are starting a series of classes and workshops which will be held in a classroom area in the back of the shop and we hope folks will stop in to learn about our exciting programs and other events." says Joan Lester, co-op president.

The River Artisans is a cooperative organization dedicated to promoting local artists and craftsmen and the store gives members a place to market their goods. Founded in 1975 as the Jelly Bean Tree, it has helped hundreds of artists to establish themselves in the crafts market.The group always welcomes new artists and application forms are available in the shop.

For more information, e-mail, visit their site at, or call 802-869-2099. Become The River Artisans’ friend at for current news and up-coming events.


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