By Trina Bianchi
The Charlotte Grange is proud to host Pete Sutherland and Oliver Scanlon of Pete’s Posse on Sunday, March 8 at 4:00 p.m. Pete and Oliver will present “Fiddlers of the New Generation,” a showcase of their current students. When not touring, recording, or composing, Pete and Oliver are passionate music educators and this event brings them together along with their current students to make music that bridges generations. This is a fabulous opportunity for families to introduce their kids to possibilities in the world of music and for folks to support the next generation of performers. There is no formal admission to this event, but a $10.00 per person or $20.00 per family donation is suggested.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with music! March’s Acoustic Open Mic evening will be Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Kick the mid-winter blues by coming to our third regular acoustic Open Mic evening in 2020. Did you make a New Year’s resolution to take your music outside your home and perform? Here’s your golden opportunity! Any type of acoustic music, poetry or storytelling is welcome! Each performer is allowed two songs or 8 minutes. We have developed an informal, friendly and very supportive atmosphere and we always have songs or tunes where everyone can join in playing and/or singing! Make 2020 the year you, as a budding performer, dip your toe into the water and perform in a safe and friendly environment for the first time or to further hone your skills in public! Hot cider is served. If you would like to perform, please sign up in advance by emailing Mike Walker or on our Facebook page. Don’t play or sing, but want to support some musicians and listen to and enjoy some great music? Come to the Grange Hall and be entertained! No admission, but donations appreciated. All donations go toward keeping the Hall open for these events during the winter.
The Buck Hollers from Georgia, Vermont will be playing at the Grange Hall on Sunday, March 22 at 4:00 p.m. This fun-loving, crowd-pleasing group features a tremendous variety of covers and originals with tight rockin’ rhythms, soulful ballads, sweet harmonies, head-turning a capellas, witty lyrics and great comedy! This is a fabulous opportunity for the entire family to enjoy some great music in our historic Grange Hall. No admission, but a $10.00 donation is suggested.
We have received a grant from Historic Preservation of Vermont to repair/restore the interior of the big 8 schoolhouse windows on the first floor and to repair/restore/rehabilitate the two main entry doors. While the grant will cover 50% of the cost to do these restorations, as a Grange we need to raise the entire amount necessary to do the work prior to being able to receive the monies of the grant so we are now looking to our community to help us. The estimated repairs are $12,500 and we have started a Building Fund which currently has just over $1,400, all of which has come from totally unsolicited donations from various community members. We thank each of you for these donations! Our mailing address is P.O. Box 54, Charlotte, Vermont 05445 if you would like to contribute towards this project. Every little bit helps us get closer to our goal. Our Grange Hall holds a lot of history for many families in Charlotte; our goal is to be able to rehabilitate and restore it so that it can be used by families for generations to come. If you would like more information please contact Margaret Woodruff at or Trina Bianchi. Thank you in advance for your support!