Congratulations to Melanie Gillman on their recent DINKy Award! Gillman is the artist behind Pockets, which won for best mini comic, and As the Crow Flies, a story about a queer teenager who finds herself stranded at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp. Check it out!
TONIGHT, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
JAGfest, a weekend performing arts festival of new works all celebrating the talents of African-American playwrights and performing artists, kicks off tonight at 7:30 in White River Junction and runs all weekend.
ALSO ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
SATURDAY DURING THE DAY
Enfield is The Place To Be!
- Beginning at noon, the Mascoma Sailing Club and the Enfield Village Association will host a “Winter WingDing” at Mascoma Lakeside Park. The event is free and goes to 4 p.m.
- Also taking place in Enfield will be the annual Snowshoe Festival at the Enfield Shaker Museum. The event — held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — features guided snowshoe tours and opportunities to explore trails at one’s own pace. There will also be sled dog rides, lunch and a bonfire (with toasted marshmallows of course).
We already told ya about the whole thing with the flannel and the world record attempt and the basketball.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
There’s also The Pilgrims playing a show at the Windsor Station. (You may remember they have a fun new video.) They’re joined by Faux in Love and it all starts at 9:30 p.m.
JAGfest and the Newport Winter Festival continue. And also, what a busy weekend. Maybe take a nap?
I Am Jazz is the story of Jazz Jennings, a transgender teenage activist and youth ambassador for the Human Rights Commission. All across the country on Thursday, communities participated in I Am Jazz readings — including several in the Claremont/Newport area organized by Rural Outright.
According to a nifty map on the HRC website, the readings in the Claremont/Newport area were among three that were officially organized in the Twin States. (The other two were in Essex Junction, Vt., and Gorham, N.H.)
Matt Mooshian is the chairman of Rural Outright, a program of TLC Family Resource Center in Claremont. Its mission is to support and advocacy for rural LGBTQIA* Granite Staters and their allies. Here’s what Matt had to say about the event:
I Am Jazz Day is actually a national event put on by the Human Rights Campaign’s Welcoming Schools Committee. We were planning to observe the day ourselves and contacted Claremont School District about hosting an event — they were very excited and wanted to partner with us to launch a new series: Understanding Diversity & Inclusion Through Children’s Literature. We used I Am Jazz as our first reading to launch the series and it was a great success! We had nearly 100 people from Claremont and Newport. We hosted seven readings across the two communities. We also learned the Newport Headstart had a reading for students & parents. It was truly a great day!
The readings started at noon and continued through 6:30 p.m., and a copy of the book was donated at each location, which, in addition to RVCC and TLC, included Maple Avenue Elementary School, the Fiske Free Library and Richards Free Library.
Check out Rural Outright’s full photo album on the group’s Facebook page.
And, in case you missed I Am Jazz Day yourself, you can actually watch a video of Jennings reading the book online:
Outside of the Upper Valley, auditions will also be held Dec. 8 in Montpelier and Dec. 9 in Burlington!
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More from Vermont Pride Theater about the play:
On Saturday January 27th Vermont Pride Festival at Chandler will present Paul Lucas’ groundbreaking play Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women in a staged reading, to benefit GLAD’s transgender-rights project across New England. Included in the production will be original cast member Bianca Leigh, reprising her role as Tatiana. The one-act production will be followed by a talkback including Mr. Lucas and the ensemble and a reception to meet and greet the playwright and the actors.
Brother and sister Gabe Wyman, 11, and Tanira Roman, 17, of Claremont, #NH, struggle to light candles for a #transgender day of remembrance vigil on Monday night in Claremont. Rural Outright held the #vigil that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck @hauck45) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #vnewsuv #trans #LGBTQ #claremontnh #memory #candle #603