Coming Soon:The Cougar Returns to the East
Oct 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Coming Soon:The Cougar Returns to the East @ Fairlee Town Hall

Speaker: Susan Morse of Keeping Track.

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We’ve all heard of sightings, tracks in the snow, even bodies beside the highways, but have our legendary Catamounts really come back to New England? Vermont native and internationally renowned wildlife biologist and tracker Susan Morse brings her stunning photographs and research on North American cougars to Fairlee as the first in FCA’s new series of lectures on the environment and people of the Upper Valley.

Spoiler alert: There is no question about it. Cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, some are even attempting to recolonize their former habitats. Where once it was flatly dismissed as impossibility in the so-called “developed” east, scientists have now documented cougar dispersals and even occupancy if a growing list of eastern states and provinces.

Join us for a magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology in the broad diversity of habitats where Sue has studied them, from Alberta to the Arizona/Mexico border. We will also get the low-down regarding the latest confirmations of cougars in the east, including the recently documented suitability of a substantial amount of wild habitats from Manitoba to Louisiana and Maine to Georgia. If not quite yet, it is only a matter of time!

Sue Morse, the founder and science director of Keeping Track, is highly regarded as an expert in natural history and one of North America’s top wildlife trackers. Since 1977, she has been monitoring wildlife, with an emphasis on documenting the presence and habitat requirements of bobcat, black bear, Canada lynx and cougar. Sue has received numerous awards for both wildlife photography and contributions to our understanding of wildlife. When not in the field conducting research, leading training programs, photographing wildlife, or managing her own forestry consulting business, Sue writes articles and books on her work and has an active schedule of public presentations

The Myth and Reality of Ethan Allen
Nov 12 @ 6:30 pm

A conversation with Christopher Wren about the myth and reality of Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys, the subject of his new book, Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom.

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Christopher S. Wren retired from The New York Times after nearly twenty-nine years as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor. He headed the Times’ news bureaus in Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, Ottawa, and Johannesburg; covered the United Nations; and reported from the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and Canada.

On his retirement he walked from Manhattan to Fairlee,Vermont, a journey chronicled in his book Walking to Vermont: From Times Square into the Green Mountains — a Homeward Adventure

He taught at Princeton University before coming to Dartmouth, where he is visiting professor in its Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

Classicopia – “Jazzical”
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm
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“JAZZICAL” featuring the crossover jazz/classical music of Claude Bolling.  Violinist Tim Schwarz and pianist Daniel Weiser will perform his fantastic Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio as well as some great music by Gershwin, Bernstein, and William Grant Still.

For more information on the performers and the concert, we welcome you to visit Classicopia’s website:

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Jazz Jam Session
Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


INTERPLAY JAZZ AND ARTS in collaboration with FAIRLEE COMMUNITY ARTS is hosting a Jazz Jam Session Thursday, November 21st from 6:30 to 9 pm, in the FAIRLEE TOWN HALL IN FAIRLEE, VT.

Open to all: Instrumentalists, Vocalists and the general public for listening.
A jam session is an opportunity for musicians to get together and try out new tunes or arrangements, new improv or comping techniques and to hear and be inspired by what others are working on. Interplay’s Third Thursday jam sessions are social gatherings that welcome new players and singers into the Interplay family where we can all make music together, learn, and have fun.
*Description: INSTRUMENTALISTS and VOCALISTS, come prepared with a jazz standard tune to play. The jam session is a perfect place to meet and play with other musicians, network and enjoy the hang!
*FREE – It’s an event open to all musicians and appreciators of the arts!
Questions: For directions and more information, please register at the Interplay website.
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Bird Conservation: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
Jan 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Bird Conservation: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

 with Steve Hagenbuch and Margaret Fowle of Audubon Vermont

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Residents of the Upper Valley are privileged to live in one of the richest bird nesting areas in North America. From the peregrine falcons that nest on our Palisades to the tiny warblers that fly thousands of miles from South America each spring, these birds come to our yards, fields, and forests because the climate is right, there is a variety of habitat types, and they can find ample food for their young. But what about us, the people who live here? How do our activities impact the success or failure of their breeding season. How can we be better neighbors and stewards?

Steve Hagenbuch has worked with Audubon in a variety of roles since 1998. Currently he is a conservation biologist with Audubon Vermont’s Forest Bird Initiative. In this position Steve works with private landowners, municipalities, foresters, and land managers to promote management activities that will enhance the habitat value of forestland for priority bird species. He has done extensive work in Fairlee Town Forest and surrounding private lands.

Margaret Fowle is a conservation biologist with Audubon Vermont’s Peregrine Falcon Recovery Program and Champlain Valley Bird Initiative. Prior to coming to Audubon in 2009, Margaret coordinated peregrine and bald eagle recovery efforts in Vermont. Margaret also works with private landowners to promote management activities that enhance grassland and shrubland habitats for priority bird species in the Champlain Valley.

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Screening: “The Dog Doc” & “Don’t Be Nice”
Feb 8 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) is an international film festival in Middlebury, Vermont focusing on first- and second-time filmmakers. Of the hundreds of films submitted to the MNFF, approximately 85 are shown during the festival in late August. From those films, some of the top documentaries are screened in various locations in Vermont the following February.

Fairlee Community Arts is proud to be a 2020 MNFF screening location and to be making use of projection equipment installed in the town hall this past October. Two films will be shown on the same day.

3:00PM film: The Dog Doc – A maverick veterinarian and his dedicated team of doctors create a mecca for pets and their owners looking for hope and a last chance for animal healing. The Dog Doc poses deep questions about treatment, pushing humans to consider the difference between medication and integrative, holistic care. This film offers an immersive view into a seldom seen world, painting a picture of pure dedication and joy.

7:00PM film: Don’t Be Nice – A team of young New York City Slam Poets finds its voice as it competes for the National Championship during the summer of 2016. An emotional and inspiring film that gives insightful commentary on race, gender, identity and sexual politics in America today, Don’t Be Nice is both an absorbing competition doc and a vital writer’s workshop that proves once and for all that winning hearts and minds is the ultimate prize.

(Note: To view trailers of the movies, click on the titles above.)

Admission: $12 for one film or $20 for both films

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