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Friday, April 11
 

7:00pm

Keynote Address
“A Shadow or a Friend - How Words Travel With Us All the Way”, Awarding-winning poet/author Naomi Shihab Nye talks and reads from her work at Ira Allen Chapel, followed by reception and book signing. 

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Naomi Shihab Nye / Award-winning Poet and Educator

"Poems that sparkle with human insight, encouragement and heart." Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 37 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her... Read More →


Friday April 11, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ira Allen Chapel 26 University Place
 
Saturday, April 12
 

8:00am

Medicine Wheel

“Medicine Wheel: Opening & Closing Full Circle”: Come open and close our Full Circle weekend by building a Medicine Wheel with stones, edging it with flower petals and consecrating with words of life and season is a vision full of joy. The Medicine Wheel will actas a touchstone throughout the weekend, serve as a place to celebrate the mystery and magic of the Full Circle gathering, and be a way to honor the invisible and the sacred. In the end, everything but the stones will just blow away. Making medicine wheels is an ancient practice indigenous to North America to celebrate the cycles of life. The medicine wheel is a powerfulway to look at the human life cycle and the strengths that appear at each stage of the journey.While details of the practice vary, use of the wheel to connect people to the directions, cycles of seasons, day and night, and plant and animal life is universal. Led by Alicia Daniels and two Native American elders.


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Alicia Daniel

Walking through the forest without knowing how to read the landscape is like walking through a library without knowing how to read a book. Places record their histories in rock formations and soil horizons, in tree rings and cut stumps, in stonewalls and cellar holes. For the past 25 years, Alicia Daniel has guided students as they solve forest mysteries. Student record their findings in maps, field notes and sketches. Through her teaching Alicia... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 8:00am - 9:00am
Courtyard (MSL Battery St. Entrance) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

8:00am

HANDS Art Exhibit & Fundraiser: "HANDS as Part of the Full Circle"

An exhibit of decorated wooden hands will adorn the walls at August First Bakery for the month of April as part of Full Circle and also as a fundraiser for HANDS, a local nonprofit which strives to provide food for older Vermonters.



Saturday April 12, 2014 8:00am - 3:00pm
August First Bakery & Café 149 S Champlain St, Burlington, VT 05401

8:00am

Aging Beauty

A series of gigantic acrylic portraits by Seattle artist Kate Tesch that deals with the universal human condition of aging. This is the first east coast show of her work. Opens April 4th at Gallery, Main Street Landing.


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Kate Tesch / Artist

"Paintings that reveal the universal process of aging." Kate Tesch is a Seattle based artist currently experimenting with three-dimensional painting techniques. The textural quality of her painting reflects her background in ceramics and sculpture. Her show “Aging Beauty”, a series of gigantic acrylic works, deals with the universal human condition of aging. Kate’s work has been sold throughout the west coast and her... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
Gallery (MSL 2nd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

8:00am

Love Born

Sculpture exhibit by Melinda White-Bronson depicting human figures at different stages of life. From the 10 foot tall “We Are the Angels: We Are the Mortal People” created from paper mache, leaves, wood and burlap to the series of tiny “Bronze Babies”, this exhibit brings archetypal images alive.

 


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Melinda White-Bronson

Melinda White-Bronson was raised as the child of a doctor father and nurse mother who involved the children in their work.  From Illinois the family moved to Kampala, Uganda, East Africa.  MWB was exposed to a rich mix of influences; to dignity, beauty and love without material wealth, and sometimes without health.  Her work has been called fearless in its embrace of both life and death.  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross said she did not... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
Gallery (MSL 2nd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

8:00am

Portals of the Star Goddess

This installation by artist Maggie Cahoon depicts four archetypical phases of a woman’s life. Each free-standing altar, with a 3-dimensional figure emerging from the surface of the piece, embodies a particular stage of a woman’s beauty. Constructed from fabric, polymer.


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Maggie Cahoon / Artist

"Art dedicated to the creative force in all of us." A New Hampshire fiber collage artist and painter, Maggie Cahoon began forty years ago as a handweaver,. She is currently working with fiber collage, painting and 3-dimensional figure sculpting. Love of color, of natural forms, of harmonious design has informed her life-long journey of creative expression. Her work has been shown all over the northeast, and is in private collections across the... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 8:00am - 9:30pm
Atrium (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

8:55am

Cabot Cheese & King Arthur Flour Bread Sampling
Stop by for samples of King Arthur Flour whole grain baguette paired with a variety of Cabot cheeses.

Saturday April 12, 2014 8:55am - 2:55pm
Union Station 1 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Awakening
“Awakening: Turning 60 from Pink to Turquoise”, a motivational talk on fitness, perseverance, health and happiness by Carol Blattspieler, an orthopedic nurse practitioner who competes in Iron Man competitions. Her first book “I Awaken” will be published in April 2014.

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Carol Blattspieler / Endurance Athlete, Educator

Carol is an accomplished Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner, Radiologic Technologist, Endurance Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Author of to soon to be released memoir, I Awaken, Professor at UVM and Mother to two beautiful children. Raised in the Midwest, Carol packed all of her belongings into one small car and headed east when she was 20 years young. Her life continues to revolve around opportunities and seeking the positive in all that... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Great Room (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Welcome Address

Welcome Address by Susan Wehry, Commissioner of Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living.


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Susan Wehry M.D. / VT Commissioner, Psychiatrist

"Common sense medicine informed by science" Susan Wehry, M.D. is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist and advocate for seniors and persons with disabilities, who has educated physicians, nurses, medical students, ombudsmen, policymakers and direct care workers from Alaska to Louisiana. A popular speaker, Susan keynoted the 2003 and 2006 Annual Meeting of National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, and the 2009 Pioneer Network... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Film House (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

"Savvy Seniors" Skits

The Community of Vermont Elders (COVE) presents a series of short educational skits about healthcare fraud, investment fraud, drug diversion, medication management, and other aging issues dealing with exploitation and abuse.


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Community of Vermont Elders (COVE) / Actors

"Advocating a safe harbor for elders." Savvy Senior Skits about healthcare fraud, investment fraud, drug diversion, medication management, and other aging issues particularly around exploitation and abuse. Educational skits are 3 – 5 minutes each.  



Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Black Box Theater (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Living Reinvention: Writing workshop facilitated by Sarah W. Bartlett

Writing workshop facilitated by Sarah W. Bartlett of Women Writing for (a) Change - Vermont. We don’t so much find ourselves as create ourselves. Today, many of us feel compelled to re-invent ourselves in response to changes in the world, our work or family.  When we share our stories of re-creation with one another, we unlock doors to better understanding and communication and see new possibilities for ourselves, one another and our communities. This workshop explores the theme of re-inventing self at different stages of life.  Simple writing prompts will guide us to explore how place, time, and context impact our choices; and how the roles we choose (or discard!) shape us. We will share our writing and discuss themes that arise within the group.


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Sarah W. Bartlett

Sarah attributes her deepening feminine spirituality to the life-transforming power of telling stories within a mirroring community of women.  She plays with words as poet and essayist, reveling in possibility and publication; and as facilitator-midwife to the emerging voices of women at all stages of life celebrating empowerment and change through Women Writing for (a) Change - Vermont. Websites: author, sarahwbartlett.com; business... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 10:45am
Board Room (MSL 2nd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Vermont Senior Games
Interested in sports and physical fitness?  Visit the Vermont Senior Games Association exhibits and interactive demos at Memorial Auditorium. The Senior Games has something to offer you -  an opportunity to compete in one of over 20 State Championship Sports or participate in MOVE for Well Being, a non-competitive program. Stop by and see what we are all about – we are regular people who want to help you start or continue life-long activity in an atmosphere of fun, fitness and fellowship.  See you on Saturday!

Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
Memorial Auditorium 250 Main St, Burlington, VT

9:00am

Friendly Computer Instruction with Technology For Tomorrow

“Technology for Tomorrow”: Do you have questions about how to use FaceBook or Skype to keep up with family and friends? Are there aspects of technology you find confusing or frustrating? Learn more about how to use computer technology for fun, communication and creativity in your life. Twenty students from Tech4Tomorrow will provide free sessions (on laptops provided) to answer questions, improve your computer skills, and increase your pleasure connecting online. Have fun learning from the experts!


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Technology for Tomorrow

Nirali Desai is a sophomore at South Burlington High School that brings a charismatic nature to fuel all of her public relations work. She spearheads the workshop coordination, volunteer communication and social outreach and growth. Her compassionate nature draws her to the organization, and also the growth of her community has kept her intrigued in her work. Additionally, outside of T4T she takes leadership roles in a multitude of school... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
Burlington City Arts Lorraine B. Good Room (2nd Floor) 135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Resource Fair

Cabot Cheese / King Arthur Flour Cooking Demo



Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 3:00pm
Union Station 1 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Aliceheimer’s

In “Aliceheimer’s,” a series of multimedia works, Dana Walrath tells the story of life with her mother, Alice, before and during dementia. Capturing the parallel realities characteristic of life with dementia, these pieces find healing, laughter, and magic in their changing relationship.


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Dana Walrath / Artist, Writer, Anthropologist

"Advancing ideas about what world culture can teach us about aging." Always interested in edges, margins, and connections, Dana Walrath weaves many distinct threads through her work in graphic medicine. After years of using stories to teach medical students at University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, she spent last year as a Fulbright Scholar at American University of Armenia’s School of Public Health and at the Institute of... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Union Station 1 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Finding Center: Paper and Fabric Work by Deidre Scherer
“Finding Center: Paper and Fabric Work by Deidre Scherer” focuses on the universal issues of age and mortality - and on seeing these transitions as a natural part of life, worthy of reflection. Her work visually promotes an open dialogue about aging by circumventing verbal boundaries.

Opens April 4th at SEABA Gallery and runs through April 30th.

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Deidre Scherer / Artist

"Visually promoting an open dialogue about aging as a natural part of life." Pioneering in her medium of thread-on-fabric, Scherer’s work has been shown in over two hundred exhibitions worldwide including solos at The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Maltwood Art Museum in Victoria, BC. Her pieces are reproduced on publications such as Syracuse Cultural Workers’ An Elder’s Pledge and the renowned cover of When I... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
SEABA Gallery 404 Pine St, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Lasting Impressions: The Lives We Touch / Burlington Health & Rehab by Revera

A large canvas painted over the course of several months by patients and staff at Full Circle sponsor Burlington Health & Rehab.



Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Union Station 1 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Wake Up to Dying Project

Before I Die I Want To…

What do you want to do before you die?  Finish that novel?  Say “I love you” more often?  Travel the world?

“Before I die” is a global art project started by New Orleans artist Candy Chang.  Massive chalkboards are appearing all over the world, asking the simple question, “What do you want to do before you die?”  The Wake Up to Dying Project and Burlington City Arts are bringing this project to Burlington for the first time, and we want to hear from you!  Join us on April 12 and 13 at Burlington City Arts, 135 Church Street, and share your aspirations!

www.wakeuptodyingproject.org  


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Wake Up to Dying Project

The Wake Up to Dying Project is an awareness and action campaign that encourages people to think and to talk about dying. We do this by recording and sharing audio stories about death, dying, and life. Our goal is to bring these stories, along with related art and hands-on opportunities, to communities across Vermont in a creative traveling exhibit. We believe that we can use story to help people be more prepared to face this shared human... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Burlington City Arts Alleyway (next to City Hall) 135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Ticket Sales & Check In / Sponsor Tables / Festival Info

Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Lake Lobby (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

One Degree of Separation — Portraits by Todd R. Lockwood
This series chronicles Todd’s exploration into universal humanity through photographic portraiture, combining traditional film photography with modern digital printing to achieve a unique level of photographic hyper-reality. The subjects in this series are all people he knows, some for decades, and this shared history opens an emotional window for the viewer.

Exhibit open for the month of April at City Hall Gallery, opening Thursday, April 3rd.

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Todd Lockwood

Todd R. Lockwood is a fine art photographer and fiction writer based in Burlington.  His One Degree of Separation series chronicles his exploration into universal humanity through photographic portraiture.  Lockwood began shooting portraits in 1966 in Lake Placid, New York as a teenager and later studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology.  His work combines traditional film photography with modern digital printing to... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 9:00am - 9:30pm
City Hall Gallery 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT

9:30am

"Sharing Stories thru Simple Self-Portrait Puppets" Workshop Jude Bond
Limited Capacity seats available

Sharing Stories Through Simple Self-Portrait Puppets”: Recommended for: Grandparents, Parents and Children (ages 4-12). Join teaching artist Jude Bond (The Project Lady) in a creatively stimulating and supportive environment for an easy and fun activity. Create a selfportrait puppet and use your whimsical creation to share a story about your life with your workshop partner (an intergenerational family member).
GOOD FOR FAMILIES 
w/CHILDREN

Limit: 16 


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Jude Bond

Jude Bond is a practicing artist and has been teaching art to all ages (from 2-92) for over 30 years in a variety of settings. She also has a background in preschool and elementary classroom teaching, where she incorporated art into all aspects of the curriculum.  Jude is currently the Early Arts Coordinator for Burlington City Arts, a position she has held since 1994.  In this capacity she visits early childhood classrooms with her bag... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 9:30am - 11:00am
Burlington City Arts Workshop Studio (3rd Floor) 135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

10:00am

Introduction to Facing Our Age

This art installation by Kali Quinn asks, “What things do you associate with being your age?” The collection of festival-goers’ responses to this question creates the journey and invites further participation from each new audience. GOOD FOR FAMILIES w/CHILDREN


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Kali Quinn / Performer, Designer

"A facilitator of discovery, story-telling and play." Based in Providence, RI where she teaches Clown, Mask, and Devising for the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program, Kalie works and plays as a teacher, movement designer, director, and performer, clown, violinist, and stilt-walker. Kali has taught, directed and performed at universities and in theater ensemble groups across the country and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Network of Ensemble... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Atrium (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

10:00am

“Finding Center”, Talk and slide show

“Finding Center”, Talk and slide show by artist Deidre Scherer.   Her exhibit “Finding Center:Paper and Fabric Work by Deidre Scherer” opens at the SEABA Gallery on Friday, April 4th and runs through April 30th.


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Deidre Scherer / Artist

"Visually promoting an open dialogue about aging as a natural part of life." Pioneering in her medium of thread-on-fabric, Scherer’s work has been shown in over two hundred exhibitions worldwide including solos at The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Maltwood Art Museum in Victoria, BC. Her pieces are reproduced on publications such as Syracuse Cultural Workers’ An Elder’s Pledge and the renowned cover of When I... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Black Box Theater (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

10:00am

“Life Thresholds”, a talk by David Oldfield

A talk by David Oldfield, Director of The Midway Center for Creative Imagination in Washington, DC, about the “thresholds” of life when profound transformation can realign our lives and allow our most creative potentialities to unfold.


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David Oldfield / Creative Professional

"Bringing the miracles of creativity to everyday life." David Oldfield, Director of The Midway Center for Creative Imagination in Washington, DC., speaks extensively on such diverse topics as the ancient origins of leadership, harnessing intuition, and discovering and refining one’s genius. He calls upon cutting-edge techniques of breakthrough learning and the age-old wisdom of mythology, folklore, and ritual to reveal both the emerging... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
City Hall Contois Auditorium 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT

10:00am

Told Poetry: Listening for Keeps, a workshop by poet Verandah Porche

How often loved ones have passed without transmitting their wisdom? Told Poetry is a gentle practice for turning talk into text and connection, for gathering rich language that would otherwise be lost. In this relaxed two-hour workshop, participants will create a safe space to explore their own poetic imagery. They will read examples, walk through the steps with Verandah, then take turns as narrator and scribe. No experience necessary and no way to do it wrong!


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Verandah Porche / Poet, Storyteller, Writer

"Listening for the Told Poem" Verandah Porche has developed a practice, “told poetry” or “shared narrative” to allow those who need a scribe to create and share personal literature. She has conducted residencies with patients, staff and volunteers at hospitals, rehabs, nursing homes, senior centers, and in peoples' homes, around New England. She provides training to chaplains, hospice volunteers, nurses, caregivers, and... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Great Room (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

10:00am

Gen Silent

Documentary, 63 minutes, 2011, Produced and Directed by Stu Maddux

Gen Silent chronicles the lives of six LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) seniors as they struggle to survive a care system hostile to their lifestyles. Afraid to ask for help and lacking people in their lives to care for them, many die prematurely. Gen Silent brings these issues into the open for the first time. As we journey through the challenges these men and women face, we discover reasons for hope as a small but growing group of impassioned professionals attempt to wake up the long-term healthcare industries to their plight.

This screening will be followed by discussion led by Jean Sienkewicz, Coordinator/ Program Advocate from RU12?



Saturday April 12, 2014 10:00am - 11:45am
Film House (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

10:00am

Music by Full Circle Recorders

Full Circle is a group of five friends who have been making music together, in various combinations, since 1978. The women of Full Circle make music with recorders, hammered dulcimer, harp, guitar, percussion and voices. Their extensive repertoire includes Celtic songs and dances, folk music from around the world, and music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance


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Full Circle Recorders / Music Ensemble

"Lively tunes that will set your toes to tapping" Full Circle is a group of five friends who have been making music together, in various combinations, since 1978. The women of Full Circle make music with recorders, hammered dulcimer, harp, guitar, percussion and voices.  Their extensive repertoire includes Celtic songs and dances, folk music from around the world, music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and songs, dances and carols... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Union Station 1 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401

10:00am

Book Sales

Poetry and Prose of Naomi Shihab Nye, Carol Blattspieler, Christine Moriarty, David Oldfield, Verandah Porche, Joan Price, Deidre Scherer & Dana Walrath



Saturday April 12, 2014 10:00am - 8:00pm
Phoenix Books 191 Bank St, Burlington, VT

10:00am

"Facing Our Age" Interactive Art Exhibit
This art installation by Kali Quinn asks, “What things do you associate with being your age?” The collection of festival-goers’ responses to this question creates the journey and invites further participation from each new audience. GOOD FOR FAMILIES w/CHILDREN

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avatar for Kali Quinn / Performer, Designer

Kali Quinn / Performer, Designer

"A facilitator of discovery, story-telling and play." Based in Providence, RI where she teaches Clown, Mask, and Devising for the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program, Kalie works and plays as a teacher, movement designer, director, and performer, clown, violinist, and stilt-walker. Kali has taught, directed and performed at universities and in theater ensemble groups across the country and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Network of Ensemble... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 10:00am - 9:30pm
Atrium (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

11:00am

"Sharing Family Stories" Recille Hamrell

“Celebrating Sharing Family Stories”

Sharing family stories is a powerful, valuable communication and teaching tool. Join Recille Hamrell, storyteller/educator, assisted by DennisMcSorley, actor/storyteller, as they lead you on a journey to learn the benefits of sharing yourown family stories. You’ll be entertained, instructed on how to frame a story for telling, and will walk away with your own personal family story that will captivate and engage. In this participatory workshop, Recille will provide story prompts, guidelines for creating a narrativeto share aloud, and a list of resources. Come to this workshop to laugh and learn.


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Recille Hamrell

Recille Hamrell is a stroyteller and teacher who loves to help people access their life experiences and share them with the world.  She runs the Story Sharing Circle at Williston's Dorothy Alling Library; and the Unitarian Universalist Church in Burlington hosts her Share Moments Open Mike.  In January 2014, Recille won the top cash prize at Extempo 2014 Tell Off and was the audience's choice for Extempo Tell Off Audience Award.



Saturday April 12, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
City Hall Contois Auditorium 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT

11:00am

"Long Gone”

“Long Gone” intricately blends dance and storytelling to celebrate heartfelt, funny and irreverent memories of those long gone. Weaving movement and spoken word, choreographers Lida Winfield and Ellen Smith Ahern explore how our dead continue to live and evolve through memory and imagination. Passionate about making dance an open dialogue between performers and audiences, Ellen and Lida’s work finds beauty and humor in this challenging topic that connects us all.


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Ellen Smith Ahern

Ellen Smith Ahern grew up dancing in Illinois. At Middlebury College, she studied with Penny Campbell, Amy Chavasse, Andrea Olsen and Peter Schmitz. She has worked with many artists, including Jane Comfort & Company, Kate Elias, Polly Motley, El Circo Contemporaneo, Tiffany Rhynard’s Big APE, David Appel, and her duet partner, Lida Winfield.  Smith Ahern has toured throughout Mexico, Cuba, Qatar, Europe and the US. With grant... Read More →
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Lida Winfield / Dancer, Storyteller

"Dances that tell stories, explore limits, and celebrate beauty." Full Circle Festival is proud to premiere a new intergenerational dance choreographed by Lida Winfield that speaks to the art and heart of aging as well as Long Gone, a collaborative piece with Ellen Ahearn Smith, that uses dance and text to explore memory, identity and the many ways in which the people we’ve lost go on living. | | Lida’s work is interdisciplinary... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
FlynnSpace 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT ‎

11:00am

It's Never Too Late to Create

Fear and early life experiences can manifest in blocks to our creativity. Join author, life coach and therapist Pam Blair as she takes you through fun and inspiring exercises designed to release and expand your creativity no matter your age, fears or resistance!


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Pam Blair

Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D. is the co-author of the award-winning, best-selling classic on grief, I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye.  She is also the author of two books for women, The Next Fifty Years: A Guide for Women at Midlife and Beyond, and Getting Older, Better.  She has been seen as an expert on CBS TV, is a motivational speaker and is best known for her innovative workshops and seminars.  She lives in Shelburne, VT... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Board Room (MSL 2nd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

11:30am

Blue Gardenias with Tom Cleary

A Vermont jazz vocal trio that delivers a highly entertaining and tuneful romp through a variety of genres. Singers Juliet McVicker, Taryn Noelle, and Amber deLaurentis are accompanied by Vermont jazz legend Tom Cleary on the piano. Their repertoire shimmers with dead-on three part harmonies straight out of the American jazz, country and rock songbook.


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Blue Gardenias with Tom Cleary / Jazz Quartet

"Songs of every size and shape." Blue Gardenias a Vermont jazz vocal trio that delivers a highly entertaining and tuneful romp through a variety of genres. Accompanied by Vermont jazz legend Tom Cleary on the piano, their repertoire shimmers with dead-on three part harmonies straight out of the American jazz, country and rock songbook. | | Tom Cleary is a pianist, composer and instructor and has performed with artists including Lester Bowie... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 11:30am - 12:15pm
Black Box Theater (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

11:30am

Cabot & King Arthur Flour / Baking and Cooking Demo
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Cabot and King Arthur Flour to gain valuable tips and tricks for home baking and cooking.  Our talented staff will guide you through making bread sticks, pretzels and delicious Tomato Cheddar soup during this one-hour presentation.  Get free recipes, yummy samples and even a chance to go home with a door prize while learning how to incoporate healthier food choices when cooking at home.  Plus opportunities to get your hands in some dough!

Space limited to 30 attendees.  Sign up at Burlington City Arts ticket office beginning at 8:30am Saturday April 12. 

Saturday April 12, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm
Burlington City Arts (2nd Floor West Gallery & Kitchen)

12:00pm

Close Harmony

Documentary, 30 minutes, 1981, Produced and Directed by Nigel Noble

Close Harmony
won an Academy Award in 1981 for Documentary Short Subject. This superb and moving film follows the story of a senior citizen chorus and an elementary school chorus who practice for a combined concert, and in the process, dissolve many stereotypes about each other, and form a bond that results in a memorable performance. 

 



Saturday April 12, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Film House (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

12:00pm

One Degree of Separation
A fine art photographer and fiction writer, Todd R. Lockwood’s series chronicles his exploration into universal humanity through photographic portraits. His subjects are all people he knows - some he has known for decades - and this shared history opens an emotional window for the viewer.

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Todd Lockwood

Todd R. Lockwood is a fine art photographer and fiction writer based in Burlington.  His One Degree of Separation series chronicles his exploration into universal humanity through photographic portraiture.  Lockwood began shooting portraits in 1966 in Lake Placid, New York as a teenager and later studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology.  His work combines traditional film photography with modern digital printing to... Read More →


Saturday April 12, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
City Hall Gallery 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT

12:00pm

The Wisdom of the Wilderness: Women's Stories of Growth and Transition

Workshop led by Fran Weinbaum. What does the natural world have to teach us about being Elder Women? In this workshop we will listen to stories of women who have taken their greatest hopes and deepest fears "to the mountain" in a wilderness quest offered and supported by other women in the community -- and who returned with gifts of the heart for their families, community, work in the world, and the Earth.

Presenters will invite participants to practice asking for and listening to the wisdom of nature. Ideas about how to begin a similar Circle in your community will be shared. Fran will be joined by other Central Vermont women who have been participants, guides, sisters and supporters for women's wilderness quests.


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Fran Weinbaum / Life Transition Coach

"Exploring what the natural world teaches us." Fran Weinbaum has been guiding wilderness rites of passage and retreats since 1996 and is committed to the weaving of soulful community. She has found that the essence of each teaching has been to listen “with the ears of your heart” to all that is speaking within and around you. Fran trusts that the power, the beauty, and the authenticity of going out on the land and listening will... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Great Room (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

12:45pm

The Way We Get By

Documentary, 87 minutes, 2009, Produced & Directed By Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly

A deeply moving film about life and how to live it. Beginning as an idiosyncratic story about three troop greeters - senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq - the film quickly turns into an unsettling and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality. The film carefully builds stories of heartbreak and redemption, reminding us how our culture casts our elders, and too often our soldiers, aside. Regardless of our politics, "The Way We Get By" celebrates three unsung heroes who share their love with strangers who need and deserve it.

 

 



Saturday April 12, 2014 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Film House (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

1:00pm

Fitness Workshops / Burlington Health & Rehab by Revera
Brief introductions to the benefits of Pilates and Tai Chi.


Saturday April 12, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Memorial Auditorium 250 Main St, Burlington, VT

1:00pm

“Harold” by Theodore Herstand

A warm, humorous, and poignant one-person play that takesplace in a lecture hall of a small private college in the Midwest. Professor Emeritus HaroldMiller, back at the college for a brief visit, finds himself pressed into service as a last minutesubstitute for a lecture on Chaucer, a subject he has never taught. In this awkward situation, welearn nothing about Chaucer, but quite a bit about Harold . . . and ourselves. Q & A withTheodore Herstand after performance.


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Theodore Herstand / Playwright, Actor

"Plays that teach about life and ourselves" Theodore Herstand began his theatre career as an actor playing numerous child, juvenile and young adult roles at the Cleveland Play House throughout a decade. During this period, he also played featured and leading roles on local, regional, and national radio dramas, and appeared on stage, in film, and on television in New York City. He then pursued studies of theatre in acting, directing, playwriting... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Black Box Theater (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

1:00pm

“Life Reimagined”, online program introduced by AARP.

When you find yourself wondering “What’s next?”, Life Reimagined empowers you with guidance, tools, and connections to plan your next move. An introduction to this step-by-step approach that will help you discover possibilities, prepare for change, and make your goals real – whether focused on work, health, relationships, or finally pursuing your passion. Life Reimagined is for anyone who wants to make a positive change in their life. Participants engage in personal reflection and meaningful conversation.


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Natalie Tucker

Natalie Tucker is a social worker by trade, project manager by profession, and an actor by passion. She has worked with AARP for 18 years and is currently the Integrations Manager for Life Reimagined to help people find their “what’s next”.  In her spare time, (like she has any!) she’s a Helen Hayes judge for theatreWashington, an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, football mom to her sons’ two... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Board Room (MSL 2nd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

1:00pm

"Laugh 'Till You Die" Tom Murphy

What does a physical comedian do when he reaches the autumn of his life, sustains an injury and realizes the arthritis is here to stay?...He writes a show about it!  Accident-prone and dangerously funny, Tom Murphy kicks the art of solo-performance into overdrive. His relentless brand of soul searching repartee and sublime slapstick captivates audiences and leaves them crying “uncle”. This is a fun show for children and the entire family!


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Tom Murphy / Comedian

"Laugh till you Die" Tom Murphy was born and raised in Pennsylvania and after college moved to Vermont to pursue a career as a professional acrobatic skier. During his illustrious stint as a professional athlete Mr. Murphy was sidetracked by the smell of grease paint and bright foot lights.  | | After his conversion he co-founded two international touring comedy troupes: Mountain Mime and Klown Shoes. He shared his talent as a teacher in... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
City Hall Contois Auditorium 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT

1:00pm

"Honor an Age or Stage in 3D Wire Workshop" Melinda White-Bronson
Limited Capacity seats available

Honor an Age or Stage in 3D”: Which stage of life would you like to depict in a wire figure? Sculptor Melinda White-Bronson will lead a workshop in which each participant will create a small figurative sculpture. Open to anyone from 3 to 103 years old. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult who is willing to assist or collaborate. GOOD FOR FAMILIES w/CHILDREN

Limit: 20 participants

 


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Melinda White-Bronson

Melinda White-Bronson was raised as the child of a doctor father and nurse mother who involved the children in their work.  From Illinois the family moved to Kampala, Uganda, East Africa.  MWB was exposed to a rich mix of influences; to dignity, beauty and love without material wealth, and sometimes without health.  Her work has been called fearless in its embrace of both life and death.  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross said she did not... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Burlington City Arts Workshop Studio (3rd Floor) 135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

1:00pm

Simple & Shining: Maintaining Dialogue with Ourselves and One Another through Regular Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

“Simple & Shining: Maintaining Dialogue with Ourselves and One Another through Regular Writing”: Join keynote speaker Naomi Shihab Nye for a two hour writing workshop open to everyone, whether you have years of writing experience or only the mildest, gentle interest in the topic. “We are all beginners” Naomi says. “We are all word-users, walking the long path of babble, hungry for meaning. Please bring writing utensils and notebook. Expect an exchange ofpoems and thoughts relating to poems, accessible suggestions, hopeful considerations, a few anecdotes, and brief quiet time to write, as well as voluntary sharing from members of the group. No critiquing. You are welcome to bring a poem written by someone else or by yourself which has helped you on the way. We will feel much closer to many things we care about, and one another, at the end of this session than we did at beginning- that is my pledge.”



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Naomi Shihab Nye / Award-winning Poet and Educator

"Poems that sparkle with human insight, encouragement and heart." Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent 37 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Burlington City Arts Lorraine B. Good Room (2nd Floor) 135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

1:30pm

Cabot & King Arthur Flour / Baking and Cooking Demo
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Cabot and King Arthur Flour to gain valuable tips and tricks for home baking and cooking. Our talented staff will guide you through making bread sticks, pretzels, and delicious Tomato Cheddar soup during this one-hour presentation. Get free recipes, yummy samples, and even a chance to go home with a door prize while learning how to incorporate healthier food choices when cooking at home.  Plus opportunities to get your hands in some dough!

Space limited to 30 attendees.  Sign up at Burlington City Arts ticket office beginning at 8:30am Saturday April 12. 

Saturday April 12, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Burlington City Arts (2nd Floor West Gallery & Kitchen)

2:00pm

Line Dancing

Senior Line Dancing: The Heineberg Highsteppers are a line dance troupe of women who have reached the elegant ages between early 60’s - late 80‘s. Come watch and also join in the fun, dancing to music from the 40’s through the present. Led by director Donna Zeo, steps are derived from ballroom and square dance -- with the motto: “Fun first, feet second!”


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Heineberg High Steppers / Line Dancers

"Dancing keeps you young." A local dance group that performs at senior centers and events to music that is lively and fun. The High Steppers often perform with the Jenni Johnson Band and at many of the local senior centers and senior events.



Saturday April 12, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Memorial Auditorium 250 Main St, Burlington, VT

2:00pm

How the Heck Do I Date at This Age? Workshop by expert Joan Price

You’re ready to connect for dating, sex, love, companionship – but dating as a senior feels awkward and downright weird. What are the guidelines? How do you navigate online dating and avoid the pitfalls that send potential dates running in the other direction? When do you bring up safe sex, your personal sexual issues, or sex at all? Whether you’re widowed, divorced, or a longtime single, you’ll find this interactive workshop illuminating and fun, and you’ll get to find out how other single seniors meet and mate. All genders and orientations welcome; sense of humor helpful.


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Joan Price / Writer, Educator

"Celebrate the joys of ageless sexuality" Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She has been called other things by the media: "senior sexpert," "the beautiful face of senior sex," and—her favorite—"wrinkly sex kitten." Formerly a health and fitness writer, she switched topics in 2005 to senior sex with her spicy memoir, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty, to celebrate the joys... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Great Room (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

2:30pm

The Gambling Man

Documentary, 23 minutes, 2013, Produced & Directed By Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly.

Albert (Alby) Hurwit has heard music in his head all his life. But when he failed a piano sight-reading test in college, he believed his dream of doing anything musical was over. Instead he became a medical doctor. After almost five decades, he decided to retire from his successful practice, buy a roomful of computers and keyboards and teach himself to translate the music he heard inside. At the age of 70, Alby began composing a symphony. His music was the story of his Jewish family persecuted in Europe, fleeing to America in search of the American Dream -- an immigrant’s story of hope despite almost insurmountable obstacles. His music won the prestigious 2009 American Composer Competition. Now Alby is working on the next chapter of his life, proving you’re never too old to dream.

 



Saturday April 12, 2014 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Film House (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

2:30pm

Four Questions Every Saver Must Ask Today - Greg Ghodsi
4 Questions Every Saver Must Ask Today
  • Do I have enough income for my lifestyle?
  • How do I create secure income streams?
  • How do I make my money outlive me?
  • What happens to me if interest rates rise?

Join Greg Ghodsi, financial consultant with 360 Wealth Management. for this straight forward session will show you various ways to fund your full circle lifestyle. Over past five years, income levels have dropped 50% for many savers. Historically low interest rates have elevated the risk to all savers. After this session, you will be able to clearly understand the risks to your income stream and ways to protect your portfolio when interest rates rise.


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Greg Ghodsi

In 2007 Ghodsi moved to Raymond James, to form 360 Wealth Management Group. This group coordinates wealth management procedures with family attorneys and CPAs to attempt to achieve the goals of their clients.   This comprehensive approach has brought Ghodsi many satisfied clients, as well as accolades from the financial services industry. In July 2008, he was selected one of the 20 Rising Stars of Wealth Management from Institutional... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Board Room (MSL 2nd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

2:30pm

Overture to a Thursday Morning

Lila smokes, listens to Talking Heads and wants to be a violin rock star, until unwanted discoveries shove her toward the truth about her own birth. In this solo work, virtuosic performer Kali Quinn takes on the buried struggles of three generations of women in a suspenseful and inspiring journey.

Q & A with Kali after performance.


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Kali Quinn / Performer, Designer

"A facilitator of discovery, story-telling and play." Based in Providence, RI where she teaches Clown, Mask, and Devising for the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program, Kalie works and plays as a teacher, movement designer, director, and performer, clown, violinist, and stilt-walker. Kali has taught, directed and performed at universities and in theater ensemble groups across the country and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Network of Ensemble... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Black Box Theater (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

3:00pm

Family Drum & Dancing Jeh Kulu

“Family Drumming & Dancing with Jeh Kulu”: Bring your kids and grandkids and have some fun learning West African drumming and dancing with Jeh Kulu! GOOD FOR FAMILIES w/CHILDREN


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Jeh Kulu

Founded in 1993, Jeh Kulu brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to honor the joyous traditions of West Africa with a vision to raise cultural awareness, create a sense of community, and... have fun! Jeh Kulu is comprised of 20+ talented artists who share traditional rhythms and dances from the countries of Guinea, Senegal and Mali, West Africa. | | Jeh Kulu is comprised of several well-known Master Artists from Guinea, West... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Memorial Auditorium 250 Main St, Burlington, VT

3:00pm

NIA Movement Demo- Brenda Black

NIA Demonstration: The certified Nia Instructors from South End Studio in Burlington will be leading a 30 minute interactive Nia demo for bodies of all ages! Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all ages, shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit.  Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Through this joyful and playful movement practice, our bodies can reap immediate and profound benefits at any age and throughout the aging process. The practice of Nia fosters strong, flexible, agile, mobile and stable bodies and is easily adapted to individual needs and abilities. Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live. GOOD FOR FAMILIES w/CHILDREN


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Brenda Black

Brenda Black has a long history of appreciating bodies in motion. She danced as a child both formally and through opportunities of creative play. She has taken that love of how bodies move into her practice as a licensed physical therapist since 1986. She has been certified and has taught Nia since 2004 and is a Nia Black Belt instructor. She encourages individuals to connect to awareness, both in the dance of Nia and as they dance through... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 3:00pm - 3:45pm
City Hall Contois Auditorium 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT

3:00pm

"Laughing Through Life" - Josie Leavitt
Limited Capacity seats available

A stand up comedy workshop with Josie Leavitt, founder of the Vermont Comedy Divas. In this two hour workshop, participants will learn the basics of stand up, write their own material and present their work. A safe space allows for fun exploration of what makes a joke funny. Josie will consult with each participant to help edit material. Anyone who wants to share their writing can tell their jokes. This is a fun, fast-paced workshop guaranteed to make you laugh! LIMIT: 25 participants


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Josie Leavitt

Josie Leavitt got her start in New York City, playing clubs like Caroline’s and Stand-Up New. Since moving to Vermont, Josie has performed all over the country and her two one-woman shows, Piece of Cake and Horrified But Laughing were sold-out successes.  Her comedic stories treat very personal, adult themes in an accessible, universal way. She has performed benefits for the Humane Society, Partners in Adventure, RU12, WBON, and... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Great Room (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

3:15pm

"Life Model" & "Let's Face It"

Life Model 

Documentary, 10 minutes, 2010, Directed by Lori Petchers
A poetic look into the world of an aging nude figure model and the beautiful artwork she inspires.

Let’s Face It: Women Explore Their Aging Faces 

Documentary, 26 minutes, 2002, Filmmakers: Wendy Oser, Joan Levinson, and Beverley Spencer

A funny and poignant discussion among a group of women friends, ages 45 to 60, about aging, their features and the pressures of a society that tells them not to look their age. "Women have wrinkles, men have character lines," says one. Yet men are the fastest growing demographic seeking plastic surgery. The film won an award for “Most Inspiring Film” at the Santa Cruz Film Festival.

 These two screenings will be followed by discussion led by Patricia Fontaine.

 



Saturday April 12, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Burlington City Arts Lorraine B. Good Room (2nd Floor) 135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

3:15pm

Angel’s Perch

Drama Feature, 96 minutes, 2013, Directed by Charles Haines, Produced by Kimberly Dilts

When his grandmother Polly is found wandering outside one morning, Jack, a successful architect, must travel back to his tiny hometown in the mountains of West Virginia to deal with her worsening Alzheimer’s. But what was intended to be a quick, under-the-radar trip becomes complicated when no nursing home will take Polly. Torn between the career opportunity of a lifetime, caring for his last living relative and running from his own painful memories, Jack’s carefully constructed life begins to unravel and he struggles to hide his secret from them all. Set almost entirely in the small, historic logging town of Cass, WV, Angel’s Perch examines the delicate relationship between past and present, memory and loss. 



Saturday April 12, 2014 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Film House (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

3:30pm

Cabot & King Arthur Flour / Baking and Cooking Demo
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Cabot and King Arthur Flour to gain valuable tips and tricks for home baking and cooking. Our talented staff will guide you through making bread sticks, pretzels, and delicious Tomato Cheddar soup during this one-hour presentation. Get free recipes, yummy samples, and even a chance to go home with a door prize while learning how to incorporate healthier food choices when cooking at home.  Plus opportunities to get your hands in some dough!

Space limited to 30 attendees.  Sign up at Burlington City Arts ticket office beginning at 8:30am on Saturday April 12. 

Saturday April 12, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Burlington City Arts (2nd Floor West Gallery & Kitchen)

4:00pm

Family Decisions

Talk by Sarah Lemnah of Champlain Valley Agency on Aging. For many seniors the aging process is dictated by fear. Seniors are worried about their independence, safety, health, resources, loneliness, lack of voice, and changing relationships with their children. Learning to acknowledge and face these fears is a journey toward a successful aging process and quality of life. Sarah’s talk will be helpful to both elders and the generation assuming care for their parents.


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Sarah Lemnah / Educator

"Facing our fears." | Sarah Lemnah is the Communications and Development Director at the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging. Her experience also includes writing the “60 Plus” column for the Burlington Free Press and as the on-air host for “Aging Matters”.



Saturday April 12, 2014 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Board Room (MSL 2nd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

4:00pm

Jenni Johnson & The Junketeers

Jenni Johnson and the Junketeers: Singing jazz, blues and funk, Jenni’s full, smooth voice offers an ideal format for the collection of American jazz classics, blues, swing and funk music for which she is known and loved throughout Vermont and beyond.


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Jenni Johnson & The Junketeers / Musician

"Jazz, blues and funk dance party." | Singing jazz, blues and funk, Jenni combines her formal education with her passion for teaching fitness, coaching vocal-performance and performing music. She has performed around the world in places such as Yaroslavl and Rostov in Russia, Paris, France and Montreal, Canada and is a regular presence around the state of Vermont. Her full, smooth voice offers an ideal format for the collection of American jazz... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
City Hall Contois Auditorium 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT

4:30pm

An Ordinary Life

Documentary 30 minutes, 2011, Directed by Patricia Sommers

Dot Fisher- Smith is a mystical masterful artist, war resister, environmental activist, community presence, and jailbird. 

"...brings back a huge time of the late 60s, protest, acid, back to the land, finding a spiritual path - so many millions did this same thing. It's exactly how I got here and have been happy since." - John Darling, Southern Oregon Journalist

 



Saturday April 12, 2014 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Burlington City Arts Lorraine B. Good Room (2nd Floor) 135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

5:00pm

Memory Palace

Play by Maura Campbell, commissioned by the VNA. Memory, death,legacy and wrinkles are the themes in this story of three sisters who deal with their mother'ssenility and death. During the ten-year span of the story, they alternately laugh, cry, andcondemn each other, but ultimately they learn that phases of life are not endurance tests, butopportunities for deeper love and understanding.


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Maura Campbell / Playwright

"Exploring human relationships with insight and humor." Maura Campbell has written and directed more than 25 plays for academic, extra-curricular, amateur and professional theater companies as well as private readings. She has written a number of plays for children and high school students. Her work has been performed in New York, Vermont, Virginia, Florida and abroad.  | | The VNA has commissioned Maura to write a play for Full Circle... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Black Box Theater (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

7:30pm

Vermont Comedy Divas

Founder of the Vermont Comedy Divas, Josie Leavitt, and three members of the country's only all-female touring stand-up comedy troupe bring hilarity to our perspectives on aging in an evening comedy show!

 


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Vermont Comedy Divas / Comedy troupe

"Laughing makes you younger" The Vermont Comedy Divas were founded by Josie Leavitt in 2006 as way to showcase female comics. Since then, the Divas have performed all over New England for a myriad of groups and organizations. The Divas are the nation’s only all-female touring comedy troupe.  | | Josie Leavitt got her start in New York City, playing clubs like Caroline’s and Stand-Up New. As stand-comedy teacher, Josie has... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
City Hall Contois Auditorium 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT

7:30pm

"Dawn to Dusk" Intergenerational Dance Lida Winfield

“Dawn to Dusk”: World premiere of choreographer Lida Winfield’s intergenerational dance, commissioned especially for Full Circle. “Dawn to Dusk” explores the gifts, challenges and transition of aging with a sense of beauty, dignity, awkwardness and humor. Through dance, theater, music and story with performers who range in age from under two to mid seventies, we get to travel through time all the while catching glimpses of where we have been and where we are going. “Dawn to Dusk” will be accompanied by live music by Arthur Brooks and Ensemble V.


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Lida Winfield / Dancer, Storyteller

"Dances that tell stories, explore limits, and celebrate beauty." Full Circle Festival is proud to premiere a new intergenerational dance choreographed by Lida Winfield that speaks to the art and heart of aging as well as Long Gone, a collaborative piece with Ellen Ahearn Smith, that uses dance and text to explore memory, identity and the many ways in which the people we’ve lost go on living. | | Lida’s work is interdisciplinary... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm
FlynnSpace 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT ‎

7:30pm

Full Circle Storytelling Night

What is your “Wake Up to Dying” moment? Come join us for an evening of first-person true stories told live on stage. Listen to eight local storytellers share their human experiences through tales that are practical, emotional, spiritual, funny, interesting, sweet, difficult, and curious. Hosted by Jen Dole and offered by The Wake Up to Dying Project. Live Better!


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Wake Up to Dying Project

The Wake Up to Dying Project is an awareness and action campaign that encourages people to think and to talk about dying. We do this by recording and sharing audio stories about death, dying, and life. Our goal is to bring these stories, along with related art and hands-on opportunities, to communities across Vermont in a creative traveling exhibit. We believe that we can use story to help people be more prepared to face this shared human... Read More →



Saturday April 12, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Film House (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401
 
Sunday, April 13
 

8:55am

Cabot Cheese & King Arthur Flour Bread Sampling
Stop by for samples of King Arthur Flour sour dough bread paired with a variety of Cabot cheeses.  

Sunday April 13, 2014 8:55am - 3:25pm
Atrium (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Yoga with Martha Whitney
Celebrate yourself with a gentle, enlivening yoga practice. Enjoy the pleasure of movement and breath in this morning class designed for every body and level of experience. Martha has been studying yoga and body-mind therapy for 22 years: her mindful and welcoming yoga environment fosters enhanced self-acceptance and well-being.

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Martha Whitney / Yoga instructor

"Fostering embodied well-being." Martha has been studying yoga and body-mind therapy since 1986. She has been in private practice and teaching yoga in Burlington since 1992. She is a certified Hakomi Therapist, Somatic Experience Practitioner, Resonant Kinesiologist, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist and a Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Her in-depth training in anatomy, movement and breath allows her to artfully guide postures that access body ease and... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 9:00am - 10:45am
Great Room (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Aging Beauty
A series of gigantic acrylic portraits by Seattle artist Kate Tesch that deals with the universal human condition of aging. This is the first east coast show of her work. Opens April 4th at Gallery, Main Street Landing.

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Kate Tesch / Artist

"Paintings that reveal the universal process of aging." Kate Tesch is a Seattle based artist currently experimenting with three-dimensional painting techniques. The textural quality of her painting reflects her background in ceramics and sculpture. Her show “Aging Beauty”, a series of gigantic acrylic works, deals with the universal human condition of aging. Kate’s work has been sold throughout the west coast and her... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Gallery (MSL 2nd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Aliceheimer’s
Dana Walrath’s award-winning graphic memoir series of limited edition hand embroidered prints of her original collage drawings. Twenty five pieces of art will be available for purchase along with a book that pairs these images with the essays they inspired.

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Dana Walrath / Artist, Writer, Anthropologist

"Advancing ideas about what world culture can teach us about aging." Always interested in edges, margins, and connections, Dana Walrath weaves many distinct threads through her work in graphic medicine. After years of using stories to teach medical students at University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, she spent last year as a Fulbright Scholar at American University of Armenia’s School of Public Health and at the Institute of... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Union Station 1 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Finding Center: Paper and Fabric Work by Deidre Scherer

“Finding Center: Paper and Fabric Work by Deidre Scherer” focuses on the universal issues ofage and mortality - and on seeing these transitions as a natural part of life, worthy of reflection. Her work visually promotes an open dialogue about aging by circumventing verbal boundaries.

Opens April 4th at SEABA Gallery and runs through April 30th.


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Deidre Scherer / Artist

"Visually promoting an open dialogue about aging as a natural part of life." Pioneering in her medium of thread-on-fabric, Scherer’s work has been shown in over two hundred exhibitions worldwide including solos at The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Maltwood Art Museum in Victoria, BC. Her pieces are reproduced on publications such as Syracuse Cultural Workers’ An Elder’s Pledge and the renowned cover of When I... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
SEABA Gallery 404 Pine St, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Kali Quinn Interactive Art Exhibit "Facing Our Age"
This art installation by Kali Quinn asks, “What things do you associate with being your age?” The collection of festival-goers’ responses to this question creates the journey and invites further participation from each new audience. GOOD FOR FAMILIES w/CHILDREN

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Kali Quinn / Performer, Designer

"A facilitator of discovery, story-telling and play." Based in Providence, RI where she teaches Clown, Mask, and Devising for the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program, Kalie works and plays as a teacher, movement designer, director, and performer, clown, violinist, and stilt-walker. Kali has taught, directed and performed at universities and in theater ensemble groups across the country and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Network of Ensemble... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Atrium (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Lasting Impressions: The Lives We Touch / Burlington Health & Rehab by Revera
“Lasting Impressions: The Lives We Touch”: a large canvas painted over the course of several
months by patients and staff at Full Circle sponsor Burlington Health & Rehab.


Sunday April 13, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Union Station 1 Main St, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Love Born
Sculpture exhibit by Melinda White-Bronson depicting human figures at different stages of life. From the 10 foot tall “We Are the Angels: We Are the Mortal People” created from paper mache, leaves, wood and burlap to the series of tiny “Bronze Babies”, this exhibit brings archetypal images alive.

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Melinda White-Bronson

Melinda White-Bronson was raised as the child of a doctor father and nurse mother who involved the children in their work.  From Illinois the family moved to Kampala, Uganda, East Africa.  MWB was exposed to a rich mix of influences; to dignity, beauty and love without material wealth, and sometimes without health.  Her work has been called fearless in its embrace of both life and death.  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross said she did not... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Gallery (MSL 2nd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Melinda White-Bronson Sculpture
“Love Born”, sculpture exhibit by Melinda White-Bronson depicting human figures at different
stages of life. From the 10 foot tall “We Are the Angels: We Are the Mortal People” created
from paper mache, leaves, wood and burlap to the series of tiny “Bronze Babies”, this exhibit
brings archetypal images alive.

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Melinda White-Bronson

Melinda White-Bronson was raised as the child of a doctor father and nurse mother who involved the children in their work.  From Illinois the family moved to Kampala, Uganda, East Africa.  MWB was exposed to a rich mix of influences; to dignity, beauty and love without material wealth, and sometimes without health.  Her work has been called fearless in its embrace of both life and death.  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross said she did not... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Board Room Lobby (MSL 2nd Floor)

9:00am

Wake Up to Dying Project

Before I Die I Want To…

What do you want to do before you die?  Finish that novel?  Say “I love you” more often?  Travel the world?

“Before I die” is a global art project started by New Orleans artist Candy Chang.  Massive chalkboards are appearing all over the world, asking the simple question, “What do you want to do before you die?”  The Wake Up to Dying Project and Burlington City Arts are bringing this project to Burlington for the first time, and we want to hear from you!  Join us on April 12 and 13 at Burlington City Arts, 135 Church Street, and share your aspirations!



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Wake Up to Dying Project

The Wake Up to Dying Project is an awareness and action campaign that encourages people to think and to talk about dying. We do this by recording and sharing audio stories about death, dying, and life. Our goal is to bring these stories, along with related art and hands-on opportunities, to communities across Vermont in a creative traveling exhibit. We believe that we can use story to help people be more prepared to face this shared human... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Burlington City Arts Alleyway (next to City Hall) 135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Ticket Sales & Check In / Sponsor Tables / Festival Info

Sunday April 13, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Lake Lobby (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

9:00am

Maggie Cahoon Art Exhibit "Portals of the Star Goddess"
This installation by artist Maggie Cahoon depicts four archetypical phases of a woman’s life. Each free-standing altar, with a 3-dimensional figure emerging from the surface of the piece, embodies a particular stage of a woman’s beauty. Constructed from fabric, polymer clay and natural objects, these pieces sing with the eternal spirit of the Star Goddess.

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Maggie Cahoon / Artist

"Art dedicated to the creative force in all of us." A New Hampshire fiber collage artist and painter, Maggie Cahoon began forty years ago as a handweaver,. She is currently working with fiber collage, painting and 3-dimensional figure sculpting. Love of color, of natural forms, of harmonious design has informed her life-long journey of creative expression. Her work has been shown all over the northeast, and is in private collections across the... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 9:00am - 9:30pm
Atrium (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

10:00am

The Senator and the Artist: Documentary

World premiere: this footage has never been shown publicly.

On Sunday, September 9, 2001, world-renowned artist Richard Schmid painted a portrait of Senator James Jeffords before a live audience at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont. Both in their mid-sixties at the time, Schmid and Jeffords shared a lively conversation during the portrait process, talking with humor and hindsight about their lives and careers.



Sunday April 13, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
Burlington City Arts Lorraine B. Good Room (2nd Floor) 135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

10:00am

Elderhood and Aging: Exploring Cycles of Life & Rhythms of Nature
Join Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees and Matt Kolan for a conversation about aging, elderhood, mentorship, & rites of passage. Kaylynn and Matt have been exploring these subjects through their work together and their own intergenerational relationship. They will begin this session with some insights from their experiences before inviting comments/questions/insights from session participants. Be prepared for a wide-ranging and participatory conversation.

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Kaylynn Two Trees / Educator

Working at the crossroads of cultures and ideas. Kaylynn Sullivan TwoTrees works at the crossroads of cultures, ideas, ideology and the unknown with a focus on using the tension of difference as a generative resource for positive visioning and change. Over the course of the past 35 years TwoTrees has continued to develop and evolve the Seven Directions Practice® with the input and guidance of many indigenous elders. Practice for Living... Read More →
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Matt Kolan / Educator

"Working at the crossroads of cultures and ideas." Matt Kolan's work is about strengthening, renewing, remembering, and restoring relationships. As a faculty member in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at UVM, Matt teaches courses on diversity, power and privilege, ecology and natural history, systems thinking, problem-solving, and educational design. His research focuses on transformational learning and practices that work with... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Board Room (MSL 2nd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

10:00am

Money and Memory: Financial Planning for the Senior Set
Baby Boomers and their parents are aging and reaching a stage "BeyondRetirement." Join Christine Moriarty to learn about this new category of life. How to attend to changing needs? This question will be addressed as well as planning for the stages of aging. Information on the specifics concerns associated with dementia, Alzheimer's, long term care and assisted living will be provided as well as resources for dealing with financial facts and communication issues.

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Christine Moriarty / Financial Educator

"Money and Memory – Financial Planning for the Senior Set" Christine Moriarty is a Certified Financial Planner with a background in accounting and small business management. Since 1994, she has owned and operated MoneyPeace, a financial education firm dedicated to teaching others about their finances. She combines a strong foundation in the mechanics of money management with a compassionate understanding of the emotional underpinnings of... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Black Box Theater (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

10:00am

Age of Champions

Documentary, 54 minutes, 2013, Directed by Christopher Rufo, Produced by Keith Ochwat

This award-winning documentary follows five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film follows a 100 year-old tennis champion, an 86 year-old pole-vaulter, and a team of rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they discover the power of the human spirit and triumph over the limitations of age.  

This screening will be followed by discussion led by Vermont Senior Games.



Sunday April 13, 2014 10:00am - 11:45am
Film House (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

11:00am

Aliceheimer's
Talk by medical anthropologist Dana Walrath. Through stories from her award winning graphic memoir series, Dana speaks about the power of graphic narratives to heal and support people living with dementia. Drawing on concepts from medical anthropology, she offers an alternative view about a degenerative disease usually described only in terms of loss and frustration. Aliceheimer’s offers lightness, humor, and various practical approaches families can use as their loved ones gradually enter an altered reality. Dana describes how individuals with dementia retain humor, intelligence, and compassion long after loss of memory and reversion to childhood.

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Dana Walrath / Artist, Writer, Anthropologist

"Advancing ideas about what world culture can teach us about aging." Always interested in edges, margins, and connections, Dana Walrath weaves many distinct threads through her work in graphic medicine. After years of using stories to teach medical students at University of Vermont’s College of Medicine, she spent last year as a Fulbright Scholar at American University of Armenia’s School of Public Health and at the Institute of... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Burlington City Arts Lorraine B. Good Room (2nd Floor) 135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

11:00am

Sex and Aging: Myth Busting
The 5 Biggest Myths about Sex and Aging”.

Author Joan Price shatters the myths and shares the most common questions that boomers, seniors, and elders ask about sex. And she’ll answer those questions, too -- in the candid, upbeat manner that led the media to dub her “senior sexpert."

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Joan Price / Writer, Educator

"Celebrate the joys of ageless sexuality" Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She has been called other things by the media: "senior sexpert," "the beautiful face of senior sex," and—her favorite—"wrinkly sex kitten." Formerly a health and fitness writer, she switched topics in 2005 to senior sex with her spicy memoir, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty, to celebrate the joys... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Black Box Theater (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

11:00am

Vamping
In her remarkable one-woman show, “Vamping”, Kali Quinn transforms into characters ranging from age five to ninety-one. In this emotional journey from 2007 to 1917,the show inquires: “Who are you if can’t remember who you have been?” Quinn creates aunique and riveting theatrical experience that carries the audience back in time through theaging mind. Audiences and critics have described “Vamping” as “inspiring, beautiful, stunning,funny, moving and magical”.

Q & A with Kali after performance.

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Kali Quinn / Performer, Designer

"A facilitator of discovery, story-telling and play." Based in Providence, RI where she teaches Clown, Mask, and Devising for the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program, Kalie works and plays as a teacher, movement designer, director, and performer, clown, violinist, and stilt-walker. Kali has taught, directed and performed at universities and in theater ensemble groups across the country and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Network of Ensemble... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
FlynnSpace 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT ‎

11:00am

Grandmother Council

Grandmother Council is a simple practice -- useful to both men and women -- for connecting with eight facets of mature wisdom. Any group can use this guided journey and the power of ritual to reflect on both personal & community concerns and receive guidance for our work in the world. 


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Lynne Hadley / Life Coach

"Guided journey and ritual to reflect and receive." Lynne has been a movement educator for over twenty years, trained in meditative/ecstatic and healing traditions, as well as somatic/therapeutic movement practices. Lynne works with families as well as private groups, businesses, organizations, and learning communities, offering on-site trainings/retreats and presentations. Fascinated by the depth and accuracy of our organic intelligence, she... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Great Room (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

11:00am

Book Sales
Poetry and Prose of Naomi Shihab Nye, Carol Blattspieler, Christine Moriarty, David Oldfield, Verandah Porche, Joan Price, Deidre Scherer & Dana Walrath


Sunday April 13, 2014 11:00am - 5:00pm
Phoenix Books 191 Bank St, Burlington, VT

12:00pm

There is a Bridge

Documentary, 55 minutes, 2007, Produced by Michael Verde, Directed by Ted Kay

This groundbreaking documentary challenges conventional notions of people with Alzheimer's as "unreachable" and the disease as "the first of two deaths”. Hosted by Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate, There Is a Bridge offers a radically different perspective on Alzheimer's disease – that in the midst of all that is lost with dementia, much awaits to be found. The film explores the deep, complex nature of human solidarity by weaving together mental health, psychology, art, philosophy and education to highlight individuals and path- breaking programs for elders affected by Alzheimer's disease. 

This screening will be followed by discussion led by staff from the Vermont Alzheimer's Association.



Sunday April 13, 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Film House (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

1:00pm

Paneurhythmy
Movement workshop with Rupa Cousins. Paneurhythmy is a simple circle dance from Bulgaria, created by Peter Deunov a mystic from the early 20th century. In this healing practice, intention and movement unite to support integration and evolution of the body, mind and spirit. Paneurhythmy practice promotes joy in the dancer and in the circle. People of any age and any belief system can participate -- Rupa’s teacher danced until almost 90!

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Rupa Cousins / Movement Instructor

"Uniting intention and movement." Rupa Cousins has been teaching Paneurhythmy for over 18 years, dancing twice weekly in Brattleboro, Vermont from spring to fall. She has taught the dance in Bosnia, Macedonia and Turkey, at Rowe Conference Center, and with her late teacher Ernestina Staleva, at Omega Institute. She also enjoys working at Thompson House a Senior Assisted Living Center in Brattleboro. Rupa also teaches the Alexander Technique... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Burlington City Arts Lorraine B. Good Room (2nd Floor) 135 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401

1:00pm

Panel: Culture and Aging

We are three New Americans, who have come from widely disparate countries to make Vermont our home.  Through words, pictures, and video, we’ll share the ways that each of our own imbedded traditions demonstrates respect for elders, describe the vital roles that elders play in our cultures, and  tell you stories.  We’ll describe how we bridge the cultural divide between the hard-won experience of our older generation and the quicker adjustment to the American way of our younger generation.  From Bhutan, Burma, and Burundi, we’re honored to share the comfort of our age-old wisdom and the pulsating momentum of our eagerness to learn new ways.



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Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program

Three panelists from other cultures discuss how appreciation of elders gives younger people the energy they need to find their own strength. Having been in this country for a few years, panelists will share their cultures’ perspectives on retirement communities, tell stories illustrating wisdom, social acumen, and the imperative of respect.                      Noel Mukiza came to... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Black Box Theater (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

1:00pm

Panel Discussion: Aging and Growing: Creative Choices for the Second Half of Life
Panel discussion about options for creative aging: study, travel, volunteering, artistic development, activism.

- Gary Eley, Vermont Senior Games, Move for Well Being
- Miriam Black, Road Scholars
- Paula Fives-Taylor, Microbiologist ->Hospice Volunteer
- David Blistein, Owner Ad Agency ->Author, Scriptwriter
- Roddy Cleary, Minister Emerita, Unitarian Universalist Church
- Moderator, Jennifer Larsen, Higher Ed. Organizer, Vermont State Employees' Association


Sunday April 13, 2014 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Board Room (MSL 2nd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

1:00pm

Life Mapping
Our stories are maps of our lives. The Map of Your Life is an invitation to depict this story in images, to draw your entire life path, from birth to death. How you view your future is an integral part of the experience. When such creative depictions are shared, we are able to appreciate both the private paths we each have taken, and the common ground we share.

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David Oldfield / Creative Professional

"Bringing the miracles of creativity to everyday life." David Oldfield, Director of The Midway Center for Creative Imagination in Washington, DC., speaks extensively on such diverse topics as the ancient origins of leadership, harnessing intuition, and discovering and refining one’s genius. He calls upon cutting-edge techniques of breakthrough learning and the age-old wisdom of mythology, folklore, and ritual to reveal both the emerging... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Great Room (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

2:15pm

Holding Our Own: Embracing the End of Life

Documentary 57 minutes, 2007, Produced and directed by Camilla Rockwell

In a powerful yet tender treatment of life’s final passage, Holding Our Own challenges our cultural denial of aging and dying. The film features the work of Full Circle artist Deidre Scherer and Brattleboro’s Hallowell hospice chorus who share their creative gifts with those nearing the end of life. Ira Byock, M.D., author of Dying Well, speaks directly to issues we all will face. The film’s gentle and even celebratory approach can be shared with family and friends of all ages.

This screening will be followed by an introduction to the VNA’s hospice chorus, the Noyana Singers, who have been offering songs to the dying and their families throughout Chittenden & Grand Isle Counties since 2007.



Sunday April 13, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Film House (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

3:00pm

Dawn to Dusk
World premiere of choreographer Lida Winfield’s intergenerational dance, commissioned especially for Full Circle. “Dawn to Dusk” explores the gifts, challenges and transition of aging with a sense of beauty, dignity, awkwardness and humor. Through dance, theater, music and story with performers who range in age from under two to mid seventies, we get to travel through time all the while catching glimpses of where we have been and where we are going. “Dawn to Dusk” will be accompanied by live music by Arthur Brooks and Ensemble V.

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Lida Winfield / Dancer, Storyteller

"Dances that tell stories, explore limits, and celebrate beauty." Full Circle Festival is proud to premiere a new intergenerational dance choreographed by Lida Winfield that speaks to the art and heart of aging as well as Long Gone, a collaborative piece with Ellen Ahearn Smith, that uses dance and text to explore memory, identity and the many ways in which the people we’ve lost go on living. | | Lida’s work is interdisciplinary... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
FlynnSpace 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT ‎

3:00pm

Memory Palace
Play by Maura Campbell, commissioned by the VNA.

Memory, death, legacy and wrinkles are the themes in this story of three sisters who deal with their mother's senility and death. During the ten-year span of the story, they alternately laugh, cry, and condemn each other, but ultimately they learn that phases of life are not endurance tests, but opportunities for deeper love and understanding.

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Maura Campbell / Playwright

"Exploring human relationships with insight and humor." Maura Campbell has written and directed more than 25 plays for academic, extra-curricular, amateur and professional theater companies as well as private readings. She has written a number of plays for children and high school students. Her work has been performed in New York, Vermont, Virginia, Florida and abroad.  | | The VNA has commissioned Maura to write a play for Full Circle... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Black Box Theater (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

3:00pm

Panel Discussion: Where Will We Live?
Panel discussion about residential options for our later years: home w/outside assistance, co-housing, senior residential community, home share, nursing home.
- Patrice Thabault, Home Instead Senior Care
- Fiona Patterson, Co-housing
- Kirby Dunn, HomeShare
- Erin Knox, Senior Residences
- Paul Kervick, Living Well


Sunday April 13, 2014 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Board Room (MSL 2nd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

3:00pm

Connecting Generations with Stories
In this fun, interactive session led by founder Geoffrey Gevalt and teacher Kathy Folley of the Young Writer’s Project, participants are encouraged to bring someone of a different generation. (If you don’t have one to bring, not to worry, we will pair you up!) We’ll help you draw out of each other a series of stories until you find one that really strikes your fancy. Then you’ll write it and share it with your other-generational counterpart, make a revision or two and, if you like, present to the group. YWP will curate the stories, and, with participants’ permission, the very best will be shared with larger audiences. Don’t miss this fun, illuminating session that will help you polish your skills with interviewing, listening, writing and more.

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Young Writers Project

Geoff was a journalist for 33 years at several daily newspapers in New England and Ohio, a weekly business newspaper in Boston, a financial magazine in New York City and the Associated Press in Baltimore. Most recently he was managing editor of The Burlington Free Press, Vermont's largest daily. Geoff has won numerous awards as a writer and editor and served for two years as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes in Beat Reporting. His specialty was... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Great Room (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

3:15pm

Noyana Singers
Following the film screening of Holding Our Own: Embracing the End of Life, the VNA’s hospice chorus will sing a brief sampling of the musical repertoire they offer to those who are dying and their families throughout Chittenden & Grande Isle Counties. Their music includes upbeat favorites, folk music, songs from other countries, hymns and chants.

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Noyana / Singers

"Music can open hearts and quiet fears." The Noyana Singers are trained hospice volunteers and singers who offer songs of comfort at the bedsides of those who are nearing the end of life. Music can open hearts, quiet fears and provide a sacred space - one of reverence for the patient and his/her family. | | Noyana sings hymns, folk music, old-time tunes, songs from various cultures and ancient sacred rounds.   



Sunday April 13, 2014 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Film House (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

4:00pm

Social Band
Social Band, a unique Burlington-based choral group, combines poetry with
stunning harmonies to create a musical reflection on the cycle of life, from birth to death – and
everything in between. Social Band draws upon a variety of compatible choral traditions to
create their thoughtful, inspiring and fun-loving musical journeys – vocal music that awakens
the mind, stirs the soul and lifts the heart!

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Social Band / Singers

"Vocal music that awakens the mind, stirs the soul and lifts the heart!" Featuring a powerful, full sound and joyful, well-crafted performances, Social Band brings warmth and vitality to its broad repertoire of both traditional and newly composed music.  | | Director Amity Baker deftly strikes a balance between raw exuberance and a finely polished sound, leading the group in performances that feed listeners’ hearts and heads. This... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Film House (MSL 3rd Floor) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

5:00pm

Medicine Wheel

“Medicine Wheel: Opening & Closing Full Circle”: Come open and close our Full Circle weekend by building a Medicine Wheel with stones, edging it with flower petals and consecrating with words of life and season is a vision full of joy. The Medicine Wheel will act as a touchstone throughout the weekend, serve as a place to celebrate the mystery and magic of the Full Circle gathering, and be a way to honor the invisible and the sacred. In the end, everything but the stones will just blow away. Making medicine wheels is an ancient practice indigenous to North America to celebrate the cycles of life. The medicine wheel is a powerful way to look at the human life cycle and the strengths that appear at each stage of the journey. While details of the practice vary, use of the wheel to connect people to the directions, cycles of seasons, day and night, and plant and animal life is universal. Led by Alicia Daniels and two Native American elders.


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Alicia Daniel

Walking through the forest without knowing how to read the landscape is like walking through a library without knowing how to read a book. Places record their histories in rock formations and soil horizons, in tree rings and cut stumps, in stonewalls and cellar holes. For the past 25 years, Alicia Daniel has guided students as they solve forest mysteries. Student record their findings in maps, field notes and sketches. Through her teaching Alicia... Read More →



Sunday April 13, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard (MSL Battery St. Entrance) 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401