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Irene Anniversary Events

In the days surrounding the first anniversary of Irene on August 28th, 2012, commemorative events were held throughout Vermont.  The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund compiled a list of these events to show Vermont's continued recovery through our local communities and statewide efforts.

 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

  • 7pm, Irene: One Year Later: A Progress Report, St. Andrews Church Hall, 109 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT - The "Good Night Irene" book tour slide show will be accompanied by talks by Mame McKee of ReBuild Waterbury and a representative from the Children's Literary Foundation, publisher of Waterbury's disaster book "When the River Rose."

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

  • 7pm, Good Night Irene Book Tour, Brooks Library, Brattleboro, VT - The three authors (Craig Brandon, Nicole Garman and Michael Ryan) of the new book "Good Night Irene", about the tropical storm of August 28, 2011, are touring Vermont showing a collection of their 250 photos and information from the 300 people they interviewed in three states.  They will also invite local people to share their stories about the storm.  For more information please contact: craig@craigbrandon.com

 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

 

  • 2pm - 6pm, Mendon Town Picnic, Mendon Recreation Field - Join the Town of Mendon in a town-wide celebration of the first anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene to extend thanks to the many volunteers and donors who helped Mendon survive the disaster.  Please consider sponsoring the picnic to ensure that this event can be free for all to attend.  Click Here for Sponsorship Flyer For more information please contact: singiser@myfairpoint.net

 

  • Annual Jamaica History Day, Jamaica, VT - Please join the Town of Jamaica for a walking tour, town-wide potluck and Story Circles by the Vermont Humanities to commemorate the first anniversary of Irene.  For more information please contact: dkameden@svcable.net

 

Sunday August 26, 2012

  • 8am, Hurricane Irene Anniversary Trail Ride to Benefit VT Disaster Relief, 198 Route 100, Stockbridge, VT - In celebration of survival and the amazing job of rebuilding the state.  The ride will feature 100 miles of some of the best riding in Central VT.  It will also feature two optional single tracks that will challenge the best riders.  A pre-entry free of $25 will be used to purchase an "I am Vermont Strong" license plate.  Please attach the plate to the front of your bike to show that we, the OHM community, care and appreciate the hard work of so many people.  Sign up starts at 8am, leave anytime after 9am. For more information please contact: dmitch65@verizon.net or call (978) 660-7912

 

  • 10am, One Year Anniversary Worship Service, Winooski Street Bridge, Waterbury, VT - To commemorate the one year anniversary of the flooding of Waterbury by the waters out of Irene, you are invited to a worship service on the Winooski Street Bridge.  Gather for an hour of silence, prayer, music and reflections on making peace with Irene and honoring the struggles and grief the storm caused.  We'll move, as we have, from Tragedy to Transformation.  No matter who you are or what you believe, you are welcome to join. For more information please contact: peter@waterburyucc.org

 

  • 3pm - 7pm, After Irene Floodgates Art Project, 3 Elm Street, Waterbury, VT - A year after Tropical Storm Irene flooded vast swaths of Vermont including Waterbury and the surrounding communities, a collective artistic reflection has come together and is ready to be shared with the public.  This project came together this spring as local artists and community organizers through Revitalizing Waterbury decided to make available literal blank slates for people to transform into individual works of art.  Three month later, more than 250 entries have been submitted with images created using a wide variety of media - paint, collage, photographs, print and more.  Artists range in age from preschool and elementary school children in Waterbury, Moretown and the Mad River Valley to elderly residents working together at the local senior center and many in between.  The works are unique to each person's point of view and experience but they share a common theme of the storm, the flood and its aftermath.  Special supporters of this project include Revitalizing Waterbury and the Episcopal Church of Vermont.  For more information please contact: sarahlee@revitalizingwaterbury.org

 

  • Noon, Rock River Revival Parade, South Newfane, VT - One year after Tropical Storm Irene battered this small Vermont village, residents are hosting a parade to raise money for the South Newfane/Williamstown Fire Department and celebrate the community spirit that prevailed in the storm's aftermath. The parade will travel along Dover Road, one of the hardest hit thoroughfares in Windham County, starting in South Newfane and ending at the grange in Williamsville.  Brattleboro-based Top of the Hill Grill will host a barbeque lunch at the Williamsville grange immediately following the parade.  For more information please contact: chris@rockriver-studio.com

 

  • 12:30pm - 6pm, Pittsfield's Town Shut Down potluck picnic, Town Center, Pittsfield, VT - This event is to reconnect, reflect and celebrate Pittsfield's incredible community strength that came in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.  The event will start at 12:30pm with an informational meeting at the Federated Chruch (which occurred many of the days following Irene).  Throughout the day there will be music, kid's activities, food, and an open house of the newly renovated Town Office and Library.  At 6pm, the gathering will return to the church for Pittsfield's movie premier of "Flood Bound- the flood story of Pittsfield, VT" created by Pittsfield's own Marion Abrams.  No rain date!  Rain location - Firehouse.  Bring a side dish and lawn chair.  Fridge space is limited at the Town Hall basement, please bring a cooler.  For more information please contact Erica: hurdof3@hotmail.com

 

  • 2pm - 5pm, Riverside Mobile Home Park Community Barbeque, Woodstock, VT - Riverside Mobile Home Park is celebrating Irene Recovery with a community gathering and barbeque.  It's exciting to see this park's recovery - the new mobile homes and the many that have improved insulation, skirting and landscaping.

 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

  • 4pm, Bartonsville Covered Bridge Commemoration Event, Rockingham, VT - The Town of Rockingham and the Bartonsville Bridge Citizen Committee will a special anniversary event to commemorate the loss of the Bartonsville Covered Bridge and to celebrate the rebuilding of the new covered bridge.  Event should start at 4pm at the bridge location and a community pot-luck dinner may follow.  For more information please contact: manager@rockbf.org

 

  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Woodstock Community Dinner, on the Woodstock Green, Woodstock, VT - Join a free community dinner in Woodstock to mark the first anniversary of Irene.  The community is celebrating their recovery thus far with a sitdown dinner for 600-800, served family style with fabulous food and music.  Afterwards, at 7:30 the Woodstock Historical Society is hosting a post Irene photo presentation, "Views of Irene: A Year Later" in the Town Hall Theater.

 

  • 6:30pm, Candelight Vigil, Brattleboro Common, Brattleboro, VT - The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association and Southeastern Vermont Long Term Recovery Committee, along with town officials, will take part in a candlelight vigil on the Brattleboro Common to remember the storm, give thanks for help received and progress made, and seek strength for continued recovery.  All are invited to participate.  For more information please contact: debholm@gmail.com

 

 

  • 7pm, Statewide Bell Ringing, churches, schools, and Town Halls throughout the State will ring bells for one minute as a show of unity and our Vermont Strong spirit, please encourage your town to participate.

 

 

  • 7pm, Singin' in the Rain: Latchis Free Screening to Benefit Tropical Storm Irene Recovery Group, Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, VT -  Nearly a year after Tropical Storm Irene's floodwaters wreaked havoc across Windham County, hundreds of residents are still recovering.  They're repairing damage to their homes, cleaning debris from their properties, dealing with mold and contaminated wells, and otherwise continuing to adapt to life altered by Irene.  Please join this free showing of the classic Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor comedy and make a donation to the South Eastern Vermont Long Term Recovery Committee.  For more information please contact: info@latchisarts.org or (802) 254-1109

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

 

  • 5pm - 7pm, Hancock Community Potluck & Music, Hancock Fire Station, Route 100, Hancock, VT - The Town of Hancock will be commemorating the anniverary of Irene with a Community Potluck.  Join as a community to celebrate resiliency at the one year mark after Tropical Storm Irene.  Tables, chairs, plates, napkins, silverware and water will be provided.  All are invited including neighboring towns.  Please call Jill Jesso-White for more information: (802) 767-4128

 

  • 5pm - 8pm, After Irene Floodgates Art Project, 3 Elm Street, Waterbury, VT - A year after Tropical Storm Irene flooded vast swaths of Vermont including Waterbury and the surrounding communities, a collective artistic reflection has come together and is ready to be shared with the public.  This project came together this spring as local artists and community organizers through Revitalizing Waterbury decided to make available literal blank slates for people to transform into individual works of art.  Three month later, more than 250 entries have been submitted with images created using a wide variety of media - paint, collage, photographs, print and more.  Artists range in age from preschool and elementary school children in Waterbury, Moretown and the Mad River Valley to elderly residents working together at the local senior center and many in between.  The works are unique to each person's point of view and experience but they share a common theme of the storm, the flood and its aftermath.  Special supporters of this project include Revitalizing Waterbury and the Episcopal Church of Vermont.  For more information please contact: sarahlee@revitalizingwaterbury.org

 

  • 5pm - 9pm, Killington Island Luau, Charity's Restaurant, 2194 Killington Road, Killington, VT - Come celebrate the progress Killington has made since Hurricane Irene and raise funds for those still in need.  $10 door donation and money raised from raffles will go the The Killington Community Fund which helps our local families in need.  DJ Dave Dance Party, Lawn Games and BBQ.  Festive Island Attire Encouraged.  Lots of great raffle prizes to be won.  For more information please contact:  djdavehoff@gmail.com

 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • noon - 3pm, After Irene Floodgates Art Project, 3 Elm Street, Waterbury, VT - A year after Tropical Storm Irene flooded vast swaths of Vermont including Waterbury and the surrounding communities, a collective artistic reflection has come together and is ready to be shared with the public.  This project came together this spring as local artists and community organizers through Revitalizing Waterbury decided to make available literal blank slates for people to transform into individual works of art.  Three month later, more than 250 entries have been submitted with images created using a wide variety of media - paint, collage, photographs, print and more.  Artists range in age from preschool and elementary school children in Waterbury, Moretown and the Mad River Valley to elderly residents working together at the local senior center and many in between.  The works are unique to each person's point of view and experience but they share a common theme of the storm, the flood and its aftermath.  Special supporters of this project include Revitalizing Waterbury and the Episcopal Church of Vermont.  For more information please contact: sarahlee@revitalizingwaterbury.org

 

Monday, September 3, 2012

  • Irene: One Year Stronger driving tour, Killington, VT - Please join Discover Killington on a self guided driving tour in conjunction with the Killington Classic Motorcycle Touring Rally.  The route will take visitors from Killington Resort to Bridgewater, up north and through Pittsfield, then down Route 100 on the last section of road to be reopened after Irene.  Guided handouts will be available and will offer before and after photos of the region as well as QR codes, allowing guests to scan the code with their smartphones and view, as they stand in the newly rebuilt areas, photos and information about the stop in the days after hurricane Irene.  For more information please contact: suziedundas@killingtontown.com

 

Wednesday, September 4, 2012

  • 7pm, Good Night Irene Book Tour, Mark Skinner Library, Manchester, VT - The three authors (Craig Brandon, Nicole Garman and Michael Ryan) of the new book "Good Night Irene", about the tropical storm of August 28, 2011, are touring Vermont showing a collection of their 250 photos and information from the 300 people they interviewed in three states.  They will also invite local people to share their stories about the storm.  For more information please contact: craig@craigbrandon.com

 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

  • noon - 3pm, After Irene Floodgates Art Project, 3 Elm Street, Waterbury, VT - A year after Tropical Storm Irene flooded vast swaths of Vermont including Waterbury and the surrounding communities, a collective artistic reflection has come together and is ready to be shared with the public.  This project came together this spring as local artists and community organizers through Revitalizing Waterbury decided to make available literal blank slates for people to transform into individual works of art.  Three month later, more than 250 entries have been submitted with images created using a wide variety of media - paint, collage, photographs, print and more.  Artists range in age from preschool and elementary school children in Waterbury, Moretown and the Mad River Valley to elderly residents working together at the local senior center and many in between.  The works are unique to each person's point of view and experience but they share a common theme of the storm, the flood and its aftermath.  Special supporters of this project include Revitalizing Waterbury and the Episcopal Church of Vermont.  For more information please contact: sarahlee@revitalizingwaterbury.org

 

  • 3pm - 10pm, Vermont Strong: Celebrating Resiliency, Bridge Street Block Party, Waitsfield, VT - Join the Mad River Valley at this rocking fun block party on Bridge Street in Waitsfield.  The event will feature local food, local music (five bands in the line up!), recovery info/actions, kids' activities from 3-6pm, and much more.  Attendees will be invited to sign an action pledge for our planet, which will be presented to our Vermont Representatives and Governor. For more information please contact: mkeough@madriver.com

 

  • 8pm - 11pm, Swingin' at the Garden, River Garden, Brattleboro, VT - The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce -- with the support of over 70 of its members -- invite you to "Swingin' at the Garden," a community dance party to benefit the Greater Brattleboro businesses still recovering from Tropical Storm Irene.  Come to the River Garden in the heart of downtown Brattleboro (at the intersection of Main/Rt 5 and High/Rt 9 Streets) and dance from 8 o'clock to 11 to the swinging sounds of the Keene Jazz Orchestra, the region's preeminent jazz and swing musicmakers under the baton of the famed Scott Mullett and featuring the Vermont Jazz Center's Eugene Uman.  Cash bar and delicious refreshments complements of a variety of Chamber member caterers.  There is a suggested donation of $20 per person at the door or by check payable to BACC and mailed to BACC, 180 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.  No one will be turned away.  For more information please contact: jerry@BrattleboroChamber.org or (802) 254-4564

 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • 4pm - 7pm, After Irene Floodgates Art Project, Special Community Reception, 3 Elm Street, Waterbury, VT - A year after Tropical Storm Irene flooded vast swaths of Vermont including Waterbury and the surrounding communities, a collective artistic reflection has come together and is ready to be shared with the public.  This project came together this spring as local artists and community organizers through Revitalizing Waterbury decided to make available literal blank slates for people to transform into individual works of art.  Three month later, more than 250 entries have been submitted with images created using a wide variety of media - paint, collage, photographs, print and more.  Artists range in age from preschool and elementary school children in Waterbury, Moretown and the Mad River Valley to elderly residents working together at the local senior center and many in between.  The works are unique to each person's point of view and experience but they share a common theme of the storm, the flood and its aftermath.  Special supporters of this project include Revitalizing Waterbury and the Episcopal Church of Vermont.  For more information please contact: sarahlee@revitalizingwaterbury.org

 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

  • noon - 3pm, After Irene Floodgates Art Project, 3 Elm Street, Waterbury, VT - A year after Tropical Storm Irene flooded vast swaths of Vermont including Waterbury and the surrounding communities, a collective artistic reflection has come together and is ready to be shared with the public.  This project came together this spring as local artists and community organizers through Revitalizing Waterbury decided to make available literal blank slates for people to transform into individual works of art.  Three month later, more than 250 entries have been submitted with images created using a wide variety of media - paint, collage, photographs, print and more.  Artists range in age from preschool and elementary school children in Waterbury, Moretown and the Mad River Valley to elderly residents working together at the local senior center and many in between.  The works are unique to each person's point of view and experience but they share a common theme of the storm, the flood and its aftermath.  Special supporters of this project include Revitalizing Waterbury and the Episcopal Church of Vermont.  For more information please contact: sarahlee@revitalizingwaterbury.org

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • 5pm - 8pm, After Irene Floodgates Art Project, 3 Elm Street, Waterbury, VT - A year after Tropical Storm Irene flooded vast swaths of Vermont including Waterbury and the surrounding communities, a collective artistic reflection has come together and is ready to be shared with the public.  This project came together this spring as local artists and community organizers through Revitalizing Waterbury decided to make available literal blank slates for people to transform into individual works of art.  Three month later, more than 250 entries have been submitted with images created using a wide variety of media - paint, collage, photographs, print and more.  Artists range in age from preschool and elementary school children in Waterbury, Moretown and the Mad River Valley to elderly residents working together at the local senior center and many in between.  The works are unique to each person's point of view and experience but they share a common theme of the storm, the flood and its aftermath.  Special supporters of this project include Revitalizing Waterbury and the Episcopal Church of Vermont.  For more information please contact: sarahlee@revitalizingwaterbury.org

 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • noon - 3pm, After Irene Floodgates Art Project, 3 Elm Street, Waterbury, VT - A year after Tropical Storm Irene flooded vast swaths of Vermont including Waterbury and the surrounding communities, a collective artistic reflection has come together and is ready to be shared with the public.  This project came together this spring as local artists and community organizers through Revitalizing Waterbury decided to make available literal blank slates for people to transform into individual works of art.  Three month later, more than 250 entries have been submitted with images created using a wide variety of media - paint, collage, photographs, print and more.  Artists range in age from preschool and elementary school children in Waterbury, Moretown and the Mad River Valley to elderly residents working together at the local senior center and many in between.  The works are unique to each person's point of view and experience but they share a common theme of the storm, the flood and its aftermath.  Special supporters of this project include Revitalizing Waterbury and the Episcopal Church of Vermont.  For more information please contact: sarahlee@revitalizingwaterbury.org