Hildene to honor Darby Bradley on Sunday
MANCHESTER -- This year’s recipient of the Hildene Award is well known conservationist and past president of the Vermont Land Trust, Darby Bradley. The Hildene Award is given to Vermonters who have made extraordinary contributions in the areas of land conservation or historic preservation. The inaugural award was bestowed on Sen. James Jeffords in 2004 for his work helping to preserve the Civil War battlefields upon which Vermonters fought. Those who are honored have lived Hildene’s mission of Values into Action.
Darby Bradley will be feted by family, friends and colleagues at a luncheon in his honor at Hildene on Sunday, July 15 at noon. Bradley has dedicated more than 30 years of his life to conserving Vermont’s forest and farmland. In the words of Hildene Executive Director, Seth Bongartz, "Bradley’s conservation legacy runs as deep as any Vermonter who has ever lived and it is an honor for us to honor him. Darby will retire next year and Hildene believes it is the right time to both recognize his lifelong achievements and provide a time and place for the public to show their gratitude for his work."
Beginning this year, the Hildene Award, given annually to deserving Vermonters selected by Hildene’s Board of Trustees, includes a $10,000 prize that will go to a community project of the recipient’s choosing. Bradley will announce his project
This celebration is open to the public. If you wish to attend the luncheon, the cost is $30 per person, $20 for Hildene members and volunteers and includes admission to Hildene for the day. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, contact Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or email@example.com. Pikes Falls Chamber Music Fest at Jamaica
JAMAICA -- Jamaica Town Hall will play host to the introduction of Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival, with events on Aug. 1-3. The Musicians of Pikes Falls include some of the best instrumentalists in the country, including New York City Ballet concertmaster Kurt Nikkanen.
Evening concerts are Wednesday, Aug. 1 and Friday, Aug. 3, starting at 7 p.m., with pre-concert lectures starting at 6 p.m., and post-concert receptions. Events on Thursday, Aug. 2, are a children’s art/music collaboration from noon to 3 p.m., and a community potluck at 6. The potluck will feature Jesse Lepkoff and the Serenata do Bossa performing Bossa Nova music.
Featured works include Pikes Falls composer-in-residence Joe Hallman "The Vermont" for violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, flute, clarinet, and horn.
Admission is free of charge, but donations are welcome. A portion of the donations will be contributed to the Stratton Foundation to benefit Hurricane Irene relief efforts. For information visit pikesfallschambermusicfestival.com.