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1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
United States

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Adult Events

Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Two Evenings of Open-Mic Poetry Readings

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Don’t let Poem Town in April sneak up on you! The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Bill Biddle will offer two winter evenings of open-mic readings for poets and poetry. You don’t have to be a poet to come to this event.  Want to hear what other folks are writing, or support a poet-friend?  Then come.  Are you gearing up to submit poems for April Poem Town broadside publication around town?  Come test response to what you’re working on. These open-mic poetry readings will enliven and motivate you, entertain you, refresh friendships, shoot some spring-like warmth into your hibernation cave. Free and handicapped accessible.

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Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Data Privacy

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"I don't do anything wrong, why should I worry about data privacy?" The false equivalency of privacy and doing something bad is heard less and less as years pass in the Information Age.
 
Please join us at the St Johnsbury Athenaeum on Thursday March 7th at 6pm, to hear from Community Tech Support staff Andrew Hatfield about easy steps you can take and tools you can use to improve your data privacy. A brief Q&A session will be held afterwards.

Andrew is available during Tech Support sessions every Thursday from 5-7 pm at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

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Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Data Privacy

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"I don't do anything wrong, why should I worry about data privacy?" The false equivalency of privacy and doing something bad is heard less and less as years pass in the Information Age.

Please join us at the St Johnsbury Athenaeum on Thursday March 7th at 6pm, to hear from Community Tech Support staff Andrew Hatfield about easy steps you can take and tools you can use to improve your data privacy. A brief Q&A session will be held afterwards.

Andrew is available during Tech Support sessions every Thursday from 5-7pm at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening of Open-Mic Poetry Readings

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Don’t let Poem Town in April sneak up on you! The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Bill Biddle will offer two winter evenings of open-mic readings for poets and poetry. You don’t have to be a poet to come to this event.  Want to hear what other folks are writing, or support a poet-friend?  Then come.  Are you gearing up to submit poems for April Poem Town broadside publication around town?  Come test response to what you’re working on. These open-mic poetry readings will enliven and motivate you, entertain you, refresh friendships, shoot some spring-like warmth into your hibernation cave. Free and handicapped accessible.

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Mar
27
6:00 PM18:00

BYOB: Bring Your Own Book Discussion

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Celebrate Women’s History Month. Borrow and read Remarkable Minds: 17 more pioneering women in science & medicine OR a book of your choice about women in science (even picture books count). Join us for lively discussion about these inspirational women.  All ages welcome. Bring your own brown bag dinner or snacks. Drinks will be provided.

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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

1st Wednesdays: Bierstadt’s “Domes of Yosemite,” and the Creation of an American Icon

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Yosemite was more than the first federally protected American landscape; it was an emblem of freedom in the years surrounding the Civil War. Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at Smithsonian American Art Museum, discusses the story behind Bierstadt’s monumental painting, weaving together several historical threads to deepen our appreciation of Yosemite as part of our national identity. 

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Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

A Special Saint Valentines Reading

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In honor of St. Valentine, the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum will host Northeast Storytellers, poetry/prose group, on Saturday, February 9, 1-2:30pm. Welcome to a free public event where members of NE Storytellers and guests will read their love-themed poems and stories. A prize will be awarded for the best reading and Refreshments follow the event! To participate, email: brookequillen@yahoo.com.

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Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

1st Wednesdays: The News about the News

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In today’s political and cultural atmosphere, it is vital the public stays informed and the press does its job. Journalists Cindy Skrzycki and Pulitzer Prize winner David Shribman examine the current media landscape, distinguishing between fake and real news, amateur and professional, slanted and objective.

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Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Trivia Night!

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Do you know a lot of useless facts? Think you’ve got what it takes?

Join us for a Brain Brawling Trivia Night. Bring your own quick-witted team OR we can help you create a Brainiac Squad Brain-Brawling Trivia Night team. For Teens and adults!

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Jan
12
6:30 PM18:30

Coming Home: A documentary film by Bess O'Brien

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Coming Home is a documentary film focused on five people returning back to their Vermont communities from prison. The film focuses on the innovative COSA program (Circle of Support and Accountability) that helps reintegrate folks back into their daily lives. The COSA program is run through Vermont's Community Justice Centers and is part of the restorative justice model.

 Coming Home is a film that takes an intimate and powerful look at this COSA process, the struggles and challenges of folks coming out of prison and the successes of the restorative justice model.

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Dec
12
3:00 PM15:00

The Cooking Circle

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Do you like food? Do you like talking about food? Then this group is for you. Alex McGregor, a local chef, will lead us in a discussion of all things food: ingredients and cooking techniques; stories of food from distant lands; and even gardening and raising animals. We plan on having monthly meetings.

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Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Technology Seminar: Cyber Security 101

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As part of the Arts & Culture Series, the Athenaeum's new Tech Support expert, Andrew Hatfield, explains today's online/internet security threats and how to combat them. Learn how to make your devices and your information safe!

Andrew was raised by a pack of wild PCs, and worked 20 years in the tech field. Now he is here to help tame your tech problems.

Free and handicapped accessible.

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Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Writing From the Outside In: How an Outsider Writes into the Northeast Kingdom

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Author Melanie Finn discusses the development of her latest literary thriller, The underneath, which is set primarily in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Finn is the author of two earlier novels including The Gloaming, a 2016 New York Times Notable Book. Born and raised in Kenya until age 11, she then moved with her family to Connecticut. After working as a freelance journalist and screenwriter for 20 years in six countries, she wrote her first novel, Away From You in 2014. Free and handicapped accessible.

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Oct
22
5:00 PM17:00

Vermont Bench & Bar Listening Tour

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Vermont Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber and Vermont Bar Association President Gary Franklin, joined by Caledonia Unit Presiding Judge Robert Bent and Caledonia County Bar Association President Laura Wilson, Esq., invite you to the Caledonia County Stop on the Vermont Bench and Bar Listening Tour On Monday, October 22 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum 1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury Light Refreshments will be Served Come share your impressions of, and suggestions for, the Vermont state courts and the legal system. The Bench & Bar Listening Tour is part of the Vermont Judiciary’s and Vermont Bar Association’s continual goal to serve the public well.

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Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Arts & Culture Series: Artist Talk and Reception with Andrew Hepburn

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For Years Andrew Hepburn has traveled through Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and parts of Canada--to coastal sites, ponds and streams--photographing images of rocks and water which, though realistic and representational, border on the abstract...and render them strange--something else. Hepburn will make brief remarks about his work, discussing abstracting images from landscapes. "I enjoy the free back-and-forth and welcome comments and reactions to my images."  

Exhibit runs through November in Athenaeum Hall Gallery.

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Oct
10
to Oct 31

Arts & Culture Series: Applied Mindfulness

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Four Wednesdays: October 10, 17, 24 and 31, 7-9 pm

This event is full. We are no longer accepting reservations. If you would like to sign up for the Applied Mindfulness newsletter, go HERE.

Human beings are the greatest natural resource on the planet. If it doesn’t always seem that way, it’s because we need to learn how to work with our minds to fulfill our potential. Mindfulness, the ability to direct and sustain our attention, helps us notice patterns within ourselves. When we practice this inward focus, we begin to see more clearly the patterns unfolding in the world around us. This enables us to harness the power of our inherent resourcefulness so that we can discern and skillfully deliver action to bring benefit whatever our circumstances.

Science has demonstrated that mindfulness practice can improve task performance in many domains, including those requiring focused attention and some types of memory. Meditation also improves emotional regulation, lowers stress, helps us get back on task at hand after being distracted, and enhances compassion and creativity. If you’d like to enjoy these inner advantages but don’t know how to get started, please join us.

This four-week course will include basic mindfulness meditation instruction, as well as exercises illustrating the value of that discipline and discussion about integrating the practice into our daily lives. It will be taught by Carol Hyman, Executive Director of Applied Mindfulness Training, assisted by Reeve Lindbergh, author and board member of Applied Mindfulness Training.

Because this program builds on the content of previous sessions, participants are encouraged to make an effort to attend all four classes if possible.

Free and handicapped accessible.

(For more information, visit http://www.appliedmindfulnesstraining.org/)

 

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Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

1st Wednesdays: Bread and Roses, Too

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Acclaimed children’s book author Katherine Paterson discusses her novel of historical fiction that tells the story of the 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike in the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile mills through the eyes of an Italian-American girl and a runaway boy. This is Vermont Read's book for this year.

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Oct
1
6:00 PM18:00

Vermont Reads: Bread and Roses, Too

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Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson is the Vermont Reads 2018 book. Come join in a lively discussion of the book in an informal setting. Adults and youth are invited to participate. Books are available for checkout at the front circulation desk.

Pizza dinner and beverages provided. Email awestfisher@stjathenaeum.org or call 802-745-1392 to indicate your interest in attending.

 

 

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Aug
18
5:00 PM17:00

Athenaeum Barbecue!

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Join us behind the Athenaeum for a spectacular Barbecue prepared by Big Fatty’s BBQ from White River Junction. $35 per person, and children under 12 are free! Includes pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken, mac & cheese, coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. Beer and soft drinks included. For advance tickets, contact Scott Davis at sdavis@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1393. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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Aug
11
4:00 PM16:00

SOLD OUT! Lee Stetson Performs as John Muir in Front of The Domes, 4 and 7 pm (4 pm show sold out)

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On Saturday, August 11 Lee Stetson will perform two shows, at 4 and 7 pm. Each show is limited to 50 people. Tickets are free, but you must register in advance. Register HERE (Where is asks "What kind of donation are you making?", Click on "Events"), or contact Scott Davis at sdavis@stjathenaeum.org or 802-745-1393. First come, first served, so register early!

Lee Stetson's performances have brought the inspiration, humor, and conservation message of John Muir to many thousands of people.

Since 1983, Lee Stetson has presenting dramatic live enactments of John Muir in Yosemite National Park. During the winter months, Lee Stetson performs live as John Muir on tour throughout the United States and the world. He is often asked to provide Muir "voice overs" for films on Yosemite, national parks, or John Muir, most recently in Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." Lee also was featured on interviews as a Muir expert in the first two episodes of that series.

"An Evening with a Tramp," Lee's original production, has been followed by "Stickeen and Other Fellow Mortals" (beginning in 1986) and "Spirit of John Muir" (since 1990). These are all available on audiotape and CD, and "Evening with a Tramp" is on video.

Lee Stetson is also the compiler and editor of a book, The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir's greatest adventures. For this book, Lee carefully chose death-defying episodes from every stage of Muir's life, prepared short introductions to place each in context, then arranged them chronologically so that the reader can vicariously enjoy Muir's life of adventure.

Visit Stetson’s website HERE.

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Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Arts & Culture Series: Writers and Their Mothers

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Rachel Hadas, Reeve Lindbergh, Patty Oliver-Smith and Gardner McFall will read from Writers and Their Mothers, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2108). The book is a collection of essays about the influence of mothers on their literary offspring.   Ian McEwan, Anthony Thwaite, and Margaret Drabble are  also among the 22 contributors to the collection. The essays evoke both fond and tortured memories of the maternal bond and its influence on the writers.  

“Elegantly assembled and presented, Writers and Their Mothers will appeal to everyone interested in biography, literature, and creativity in general.” -Amazon.com

“What a great project, I just can't believe that no one has done it before.” -Times Literary Supplement podcast, March 8, 2018

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Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Jessica Aiken-Hall: Book Reading and Signing

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Vermont author Jessica Aiken-Hall reads from her memoir The Monster That Ate My Mommy, a disturbing and honest account of her abusive upbringing in rural Vermont.

“This is one of the most moving and brave memoirs I have ever read—on par with The Liar’s Club (Mary Karr) and The Glass Castle (Jeanette Walls).”—Sarah Felix Burns, author of Jackfish, The Vanishing Village

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of her books this night will go to Umbrella, which supports women, families and survivors of interpersonal violence in the Northeast Kingdom.

 

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