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Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR)


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PO Box 117
Clifford, VA 24533

Tel: 434/989-3215
Fax: 434/946-0925
http://www.amherstglebeartsresponse.org

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Poet-Tree: THE BIG READ: Emily Dickinson in Amherst Virginia

This event was suggested by a former BIG READ Grantee to AGAR. Poems by Emily Dickinson were laminated and hung from branches of a large tree by the Jan Osinga Walking Trail that goes around the grounds of the Clifford Ruritan Center. Walkers, other visitors and members were invited to take down and read poems by Emily Dickinson. The Clifford Ruritans held their Sorghum Festival October 5-6 at the site, and the Poet-Tree was visible and available to all attending. Visitors were invited to write a poem responding to Emily Dickinson's poems on the tree, and to leave them in a case hanging on the tree (where Emily Dickinson Poetry books and BIG READ Reader;s Guide were also stored in sealed plastic containers with an invitation to take them free). Emily Dickinson Poetry Books and BIG READ Reader's Guides were distributed free at the Sorghum Festival. The following weekend the Garlic Festival was held nearby, and visitors also stopped by at the Poet-Tree to look at poems.

Event Location: Tree on Walking Trail of the Clifford Ruritan Center, 755 Fletcher's Level Road, Amherst, VA 24521

Date: Sun, Sep 15, 2013 – Tue, Oct 15, 2013

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THE BIG READ: Emily Dickinson Poetry Reading and Discussion Around the Campfire

AGAR volunteers left printed poetry of Emily Dickinson and information about Poetry Foundation online poetry of Emily Dickinson at the Contact Station where campers and cabin-renters enter the James River State Park campground. AGAR left Emily Dickinson poetry books and information about online Dickinson poetry at the Campground Visitors' Center. The Dickinson poetry discussion led by AGAR volunteers was the main event of the weekly Welcome Campfire on September 20, 2013. James River contact was Joanne Absher Park ranger and Volunteer Coordinator, <joanne.absher@dcr.virginia.gov> telephone: 434-933-4355. James River State Park, Department of Conservation and Recreation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Park URL and directions: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/jam.shtml)

Event Location: Campfire at Frog Hollow Amphitheatre at Red Oak Campground, James River State Park, Directions at Contact Station Entrance, 184 Park Road, Gladstone, VA 24553

Date: Fri, Sep 20, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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THE BIG READ: EMILY DICKINSON IN AMHERST, VIRGINIA. KICK-OFF EVENT

Marcia Robertson. PhD, Associate Professor of English at Sweet Briar College gave the keynote lecture about Emily Dickinson and her poetry and conducted an interactive discussion with the audience about the poems. Then, the Amherst County High School chorus, the Amherechos, sang the World Premiere of Salem, Virginia, Composer Aaron Garber's new setting of Emily Dickinson's Poem "To wait an Hour - is long" as well as two previous Garber song settings of Dickinson poems, "' 'Hope' is the thing with feathers" and "If I can stop one heart from breaking." The new song setting was commissioned by Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR) for THE BIG READ: Emily Dickinson in Amherst County, Virginia. The chorus was conducted by Melanie Coleman, choral conductor for Amherst County High School.. 100 copies of books of Emily Dickinson poetry (Franklin Edition) were given out free to those attending the event. The library was completely full, and the audience ranged from children to older adults. The Friends of the Library served refreshments after the lecture and performance were over.

Event Location: Amherst County Public Library/Amherst Branch, 382 South Main Street, Amherst, VA 24521

Date: Tue, Sep 24, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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THE BIG READ: EMILY DICKINSON IN AMHERST, VIRGINIA, PANEL DISCUSSION

Panel Discussion of The Poetry and life of Emily Dickinson at the Madison Heights Branch of the Amherst County Public Library. Each panelist began by reading an Emily Dickinson poem and analyzing that poem. She then added information of her own about Emily's life and poetry, and discussed her own response to Dickinson's poetry. Finally, each poet took questions and discussed with the audience the poem she had read aloud. The panel members came from widely disparate places and opinions, but were extremely knowledgeable and sensitive to each other's and the audience's opinions. Books of Emily Dickinson poems were distributed to all audience members who had not received them previously. Panel Facilitator: Marcia Robertson, PhD, Associate Professor of English (American Literature) at Sweet Briar College. Panel participants: Madison Heights poet and therapist LuAnn Keener-Mikenas, Nelson County poet, teacher and performance artist Lynn Martin, critic and retired professor Nancy Parish, PhD, and Western Massachusetts poet and Publisher for Paris Press, Jan Freeman. Mrs. Keener-Mikenas received the Library of Virginia Poetry Prize for 2013 for her book of poems, "Homeland." Ms. Freeman, a former nominee for the National Book Award Poetry Prize, was the publisher of the Dickinson Biography "Open Me Carefully" for Paris Press. Both panel members and audience members found this lively presentation and discussion to be interesting and exciting, and most stayed after the presentation to talk with panel facilitator, panelists, and each other about Emily Dickinson. Several audience members were repeat attenders from the Kick-off event the previous week, who brought with them copies of the Dickinson Poems (R.W. Franklin Readers' Edition) that they had received on the 24th.. Repeat attenders without exception also brought friends.

Event Location: Amherst County Library / Madison Heights Branch, 200 River James SHopping Center, Madison Heights, VA 24572

Date: Mon, Sep 30, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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James River State Park Fall Festival

Actress in costume as Emily Dickinson attended the James River State Park Annual Fall Festival and handed out Emily Dickinson poems and BIG READ Readers’ Guide pages. The actress, Sally Southall, read Dickinson poems. AGAR had a table, where AGAR staff and volunteers gave out Emily Dickinson poetry books, BIG READ Reader's Guides, and BIG READ bookmarks. AGAR also gave out information about upcoming BIG READ Emily Dickinson events in the area. (Event Contact: Joaane Absher Park ranger and Volunteer Coordinator, <joanne.absher@dcr.virginia.gov> telephone: 434-933-4355. James River State Park, Department of Conservation and Recreation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Park URL and directions: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/jam.shtml)

Event Location: Visitors' Center, 104 Greenhill Drive,, Gladstone, VA 24553

Date: Sat, Oct 19, 2013
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm

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"The Belle of Amherst"

"The Belle of Amherst" is a play about the life and work of Emily Dickinson. It was written by playwright William Luce. This production features Richmond actress/literature teacher Sally Southall, and was directed by New Yorker Bonnie Sue Stein. Six performances took place in the parlor of The Amherst Glebe, an historic house in Amherst, Virginia. The set was carefully assembled to incorporate antique furniture and props belonging to Amherst residents. These included period stereoscope, valentines, footstool, quilts and historic written materials and books. At intermission, Emily Dickinson's black cake recipe was served with tea or cider (both with and without alcohol) to the audience members. Performance and discussion following about Dickinson poetry led by Ms. Southall and Ms. Stein and AGAR producer Lynn Kable, stage manager Xinyu "Liv" Li and Assistant Director Maxim Tumenev. BIG READ Reader's Guides and bookmarks and copies of books of Emily Dickinson poetry were made available to audience members with programs for event. Tickets: $10. Free attendance was made possible for Amherst County High School 11th grade English students by special arrangement with AGAR and the English teachers. Capacity audience for one performance was 25 people in the site specific setting.

Event Location: The Amherst Glebe, 156 Patrick Henry Highway, Amherst, VA 24521

Date: Fri, Nov 8, 2013 – Sat, Nov 9, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Date: Sun, Nov 10, 2013
Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Date: Fri, Nov 15, 2013 – Sat, Nov 16, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Date: Sun, Nov 17, 2013
Time: 3:00pm – 5:30pm

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James River State Park Visitors Center Discussion of Emily Dickinson poetry

Reading of Emily Dickinson poems and discussion by AGAR volunteers and James River State Park Campers, staff and Cabin guests. Flyers about the event were put up in the Visitors' Center and left in each cabin. Emily Dickinson Readers' guides from BIG READ, copies of "Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson" and URL for Dickinson Poems on the Poetry Foundation website were left at the Visitor Center prior to the weekend for visitors to read before the book discussion, and books and readers guides were left at the Visitors Center Desk for visitors to take after the discussion. (Contact: Joanne Absher Park ranger and Volunteer Coordinator, <joanne.absher@dcr.virginia.gov> telephone: 434-933-4355. James River State Park, Department of Conservation and Recreation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Park URL and Directions: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/jam.shtmlJoanne.Absher@dcr.virginia.govhttp://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/jam.shtml

Event Location: Visitors Center at 104 Greenhill, Gladstone,, VA 24553

Date: Sat, Nov 30, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Date: Sat, Dec 28, 2013
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

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Family Intergenerational Discussion of Emily Dickinson Poetry

Intergenerational family discussion group about the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and poetry writing activity. This event was led by Maxine Gasser, Youth Services Librarian. Free and open to the public.

Event Location: Amherst County Public Library, 382 South Main Street (PO Box 370) , Amherst, VA 24521

Date: Tue, Mar 11, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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Discussion of Emily Dickinson and Poets of the United States Civil War Era and Poetry About the Civil War

Co-presentation of the Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. and the Amherst County Museum and Historical Society and the Amherst County Public Library. Readings and discussions of works by American poets including Emily Dickinson, who were writing during the U.S. Civil War Period, and American poets who wrote about the Civil War later periods. Poets of Commonwealth of Virginia were included. Civil War era poets whose works were read and discussed were Emily Dickinson, Cornelia Jordan, Sidney Lanier, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Virginia Bedinger Lucas, Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman., Twentieth and twenty-first century poets who wrote about the Civil War period and whose works were read and discussed were Stephen Vincent Benét and Natasha Trethewey, current US Poet Laureate. Panelists who let the discussion were Marcia Robertson, PhD, Lynn Andrew Hanson, Lynn Martin, Lynn Kable and Judy Faris.

Event Location: Amherst County Museum and Historical Society/Hamble Center, 154 South Main Street, Amherst, VA 24521

Date: Sun, Mar 16, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

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Emily Dickinson discussion around the Campfire

AGAR volunteers led a discussion of Emily Dickinson's poetry at the Weekly Welcome Campground at Frog Hollow in Red Oak Campground at James River State Park. AGAR left Emily Dickinson poetry books and BIG READ Reader's Guides in advance at James River State Park contact station (entrance) and Visitor Center desk, and also handed them to anyone attending.

Event Location: James River State Park - Frog Hollow at Red Oak Campground, Enter at Contact Station 184 Park Road, Gladstone, VA 24553

Date: Fri, May 30, 2014
Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

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Reading, Discussing and Acting Poems of Emily Dickinson, a Children's Summer Reading Program Activity

This event was a workshop of the Amherst County Public Library (ACPL) Children's Summer Reading program, led by Maxine Gasser, Youth Services Director of the ACPL and Denise Cooke, children's creative theatre and dance teacher. Participating children read poems of Emily Dickinson to themselves and out loud, discussed poems and acted them out using words, movement and creative dance. Children received copies of "Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson" and "BIG READ Reader's Guides" to take home. This event was held at the Madison Heights Branch of the Library and publicized as an event of the County Library Summer Reading Program. The Library also gave each participant a present of a children's book, "Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickinson" edited by Frances Schoonmaker Bolin and illustrated by Chi Chung (Publisher: Sterling, New York & London). The very few remaining BIG READ materials for the BIG READ Emily Dickinson in Amherst Virginia project were left at the library for distribution free to the community.

Event Location: Amherst County Public Library / Madison Heights Branch, 200 River James Shopping Center, Madison Heights, VA 24572

Date: Tue, Jun 17, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

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