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White River Junction: It’s not so bad, and in fact, it’s the place to be this weekend

One little village, one big weekend.

Some highlights:

At the Center for Cartoon Studies’ Colodny Building tonight, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., cartoon school alum D.W. will be on hand to introduce the new Irene Anthology Exhibit (see photo, above) and answer the public’s questions.

What is the Irene Anthology, you ask? Via CCS: “Spanning six issues, three years, and all seven continents, the Irene Anthology defies all limitations. Editors and founders of Irene Andy Warner ‘12, D.W. ‘12, and Dakota McFadzean ‘12 brought together over 50 contributors to create one of the most ambitiously eclectic anthologies in CCS history. Original pages from Irene will be on display in the CCS Gallery from October 7 to December 1.”

Across town at the Main Street Museum, it’s Hocus Pocus, a spooky First Friday dance party including tarot card, crystal ball and palm readings; a photo booth; bonfire and ghost stories, and more! The party starts at 8 p.m.

Tomorrow night, Revolution is hosting its semi-annual fashion show and JAG Productions is hosting a pregame party (to benefit its ongoing fundraiser to sustain black theater in the Upper Valley), both of which Amanda hyped earlier this week.

Model Jessica Mesa, of White River Junction, Vt., shows a piece by designer Keeny Paige at the fashion show held at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction, Vt., on April 4, 2015. The show featured the work of four local fashion designers, including Paige, who is Colleen McCleary of Canaan, N.H. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

If you haven’t experienced a Rev fashion show yet, read all about the history of the event in our 2015 story in Enterprise, the Valley News’ monthly business magazine. Plus, Seven Days weighs in on the show in its latest issue, highlighting one of the show’s great strengths: its diversity.

“The upcycled clothing shop’s annual Tip Top Couture Fashion Extravaganza … includes just about anyone who wants to get onstage,” Sadie Williams writes in 7D. “The models are young or old, thin or full-bodied, male- or female-presenting.”

For more things to do in the Upper Valley — beyond White River and/or beyond this weekend — check out the Valley Calendar at calendar.vnews.com, and be sure to join our new public Facebook group, Things to Do in the Upper Valley.

WRJ through the eyes of an artist visiting the Center for Cartoon Studies

Sketch of my morning commute. #whiteriverjunction #vermont #centerforcartoonstudies #sketchbook

A post shared by Lisa Chu (@drlisachu) on

Lisa Chu arrived in White River Junction by train a few days ago for a graphic novel workshop, according to her Instagram feed. This reminds me of a neat little segment I heard on The New Yorker Radio Hour recently, when it aired on VPR: Cartoonist Liana Finck Rides the Train to Nowhere: