Celebrate art, craft, music, film, food, and activism of the 1960s at the Chaffee Art Center

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RUTLAND — The Chaffee Art Center in collaboration with author Yvonne Daley will be celebrating the art, craft, music, film, food, and activism of the 1960s with a new exhibit, “Going Up the Country.”

The opening reception will be held Sept. 20 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

There is no charge for admittance.

Come listen to Bruce White as he plays music from the playlist included in Daley’s latest book, Going Up the Country: When the Hippies, Dreamers, Freaks and Radicals Moved to Vermont.

Besides the former Back Home Café’s famous carrot cake, there will be finger food, punch, and wine provided by Putney Mountain Winery, the Chaffee’s official wine sponsor.

The exhibit, on display from Sept. 20 – Nov. 1.

Planned events include:

Sept. 20: 5 – 7 pm: Reception, introduction by Yvonne Daley, music by Bruce White

Sept. 27: 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Artist and film-maker John Douglas discusses his early career and shows clips from his films made during the Vietnam War (with the late Vermont State Poet Grace Paley) and the black freedom movement in Mississippi

Oct. 4: 6: 30 – 8:30 pm: Senator Dick McCormack, D-Windsor on guitar, including his iconic song, “When the Hippies Moved Next Door;” Chris Anderson discusses the former Whipple Hollow Cannery in West Rutland; Andy Snyder discusses the early days of the Rutland County Farmers’ market.

Oct 18: 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Victoria Arthur, Paul Sgalia, Steve Spensley of the Saltash Serenaders entertain and filmmaker Jay Craven will discuss his peace work during the Vietnam War and show his film on Vermont folk artist Gayleen Aiken

Oct. 25: 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Music, spoken word and poetry with Verandah Porche and Patty Carpenter; slideshow and discussion with Vermont artist Kathleen Kolb about art and nature.