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Out & About: Exhibit shows off Weathersfield student photos

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 7/29/2020 9:54:02 PM
Modified: 7/29/2020 9:53:58 PM

WEATHERSFIELD — When the pandemic hit, students at Weathersfield School reached for their cameras.

Under the guide of art teacher Shelly Jarvis, students were encouraged to go outside and take photographs. Beginning Saturday, their work will be on display at Main Street Gallery in Windsor in an exhibit titled “Through Their Eyes: Weathersfield students explore the world around them.”

It will be up through Aug. 15.

“I really like photography,” said Addison Chase, 11, a rising seventh grader at Weathersfield School. “I like that it’s a way to preserve memories and beauty.”

She is entering two photographs into the art show: one of cherry blossoms in her front yard and another of the moon.

“Anything that’s not perfect in nature” is Chase’s favorite photography subject. “In my cherry blossom photo you can see little bugs on the petals so it’s not perfect.”

During remote learning, Jarvis was aware that students were spending quite a bit of time in front of screens. She would discuss different artists and photographers with them, then encourage them to apply those lessons offline.

“I would send theme outside and say, ‘Go take photos,’ and the photos I was getting back were absolutely beautiful,” Jarvis said.

When she was around 13, Jarvis’ uncle encouraged her to submit pieces to an art show in Hanover, and she remembered the joy of sharing her work with others.

“It was so uplifting for me so I wanted that same type of uplift for my students here,” she said.

That’s something Chase is looking forward to.

“It feels special because at first I was only giving my photos to my family members and when I heard about this I was really excited because I get to show the public my photos,” she said.

Here’s a look at other Upper Valley-based events that are coming up over the next few days.


■Visit the Etna Library to take part in a poetry walk, which is open daily from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. through Sept. 13. Follow the poetry signs from Etna Library parking lot, through Hayes Farm Park, up to the Nan and Allen King Bird Sanctuary. Brochure guides are provided outside the Etna Library door (parking lot side). Poems are selected for both children and adults. Co-sponsored by the Hanover Conservancy.


■Grab a cooking pot and wooden spoon, make a rice or bean shaker in a plastic bottle, or make another musical instrument before joining a Zoom musical story hour at 10 a.m. being hosted by the Bradford Public Library. Email for link.

■Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and watch Sonic the Hedgehog from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Lyman Point Park, 167 Main St., White River Junction. Social distance guidelines available at

■Get your tickets for a 7:30 p.m. online performance of Cloudburst by Thom Fitzgerald, which is part of the Chandler Center for the Arts annual Vermont Pride Theater Festival. Talk follows viewing. Tickets are $10.


■Grantham will hold its town wide yard sale from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., with maps available at Town Hall, 300 Route 10. Visit for more information.

■The Enfield Mascoma Lions Club is hosting a snack drive for the Friends of Mascoma Foundation from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Huse Park, off Route 4 in Enfield. Fruit cups, applesauce cups, granola bars, cheese and cracker packs, trail mix, pretzels or popcorn bags, Goldfish packs, fruit leathers, and veggie straws would be particularly welcome. Email for more information.

■The Ascutney, West Weathersfield, Windsor, Hartland, Proctorsville and North Walpole Fire departments will be on hand from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for the annual touch-a-truck event at Ascutney Village Farmers Market, 5855 Route 5 in Ascutney. Masks encouraged. More information at

■Billings Farm & Museum’s Tractor Days runs from Saturday-Monday. Saturday features tractor rides from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The tractor parade will take place at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Sunday, and there will be a “Slow Race” at 1 p.m. 69 Old River Road, Woodstock. $4-$16, children 2 and under free. Masks required for visitors older than 2.

■Professional psychics and mediums will give 15-minute readings for $25, plus henna artists and reiki masters, vendors and barbecue will all be part of the Psychic Fair & Holistic Market from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Crystal Moon Shop located at 502 Route 4 in Enfield. Face masks requested. Proceeds benefit A Sacred Place nonprofit organization.

■Get your tickets for a 7:30 p.m. online performance of Immediate Family by Paul Oakley Stovall, which is part of the Chandler Center for the Arts annual Vermont Pride Theater Festival. Talk follows viewing. Tickets are $10.


■Celebrate public access to the Connecticut River during “Trails + Trucks at River Park” from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 173 N. Main St., West Lebanon. Grab a bite to eat from a food truck before exploring the trails in the park. Masks required. Event will take place every Sunday in August.

Farmers markets

■Woodstock: Wednesday, 3-6 p.m., Woodstock Green, Route 4. Masks encouraged.

■Lebanon: 3-7 p.m., Thursdays, Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St. Masks required.

■Royalton: 3-6 p.m., Thursdays, Town Green, South Windsor Street, South Royalton. Facebook: “Royalton Farmers Market.”

■Chelsea: 3-6 p.m., Fridays, North Common, Route 110 and Route 113. Masks encouraged.

■Hartland: 4-7 p.m., Fridays, Hartland Public Library, 153 Route 5. Order online Monday-Wednesday and pick up Friday. Masks required.

■Newport: 3-6 p.m., Fridays, Town Common, North Main St. Masks encouraged. Facebook: “Newport Farmers Market.”

■Norwich: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, 281 Route 5. Masks encouraged.

■Randolph: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturdays, 44 S. Main St. Masks required.

■Canaan: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays, Town Common, Route 4/Route 118. Masks encouraged. Facebook: “Canaan Farmers and Artisans’ Market.”


■American Precision Museum: Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 196 Main St., Windsor. $5-$10, $20 for family, children 6 and under free. Masks required.

■Bradford (Vt.) Historical Society Museum: Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon, third floor of the Bradford Academy Building at 172 N. Main St. New exhibit: “What’s Cooking, Washing and Sewing?” Masks requested. 802-222-4423, 802-222-9621,

■Billings Farm & Museum: Open Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 69 Old River Road, Woodstock. $4-$16, children 2 and under free. Masks required for visitors older than 2.

■Hartford Historical Society: Open Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and by appointment, 1461 Maple St., Hartford Village. Volunteers needed for oral history project. 802-296-3132 or

■Montshire Museum of Science: Open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1 Montshire Road, Norwich. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Masks required for visitors over age 3. $11-$14 through July; $15-$18 through Labor Day.

■Vermont Institute of Natural Science: Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 149 Natures Way, Quechee. $5-$10, children 3 and under free. Masks required.

Editor’s note: Submit Upper-Valley based events to the Valley Calendar at

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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