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S P OT L I G H T The Hot Club of San Francisco, Holiday House Tour, and the Messiah Sing, all part of Woodstock’s Wassail Weekend, December 12 to 14, 2014. Pentangle is collaborating with Jarvis Green at ArtisTree in a production of Fiddler on the Roof, which opens February 7. “I’m not an artist or even especially creative, but I’m a huge aficionado!” Alita says. She recalls how her mother took them on art excursions to New York or Boston. “Every year we saw something—American Ballet Theatre, Rent, A Chorus Line, Cats, the Boston Symphony. We’d go to the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. ‘Go see culture’—that was our April vacation when we were kids.” She has some ideas for trying to do this closer to home. “Whenever we bring an artist to town, I’d like to create an opportunity for them to interact with the kids—kids learning from artists, and artists learning from kids. If we book an act, how might we involve young adults and children? How do we—and how do they—get the most out of it?” At the time of Pentangle’s 30th anniversary, former board member Fiona McElwain said, “I’ve always thought Pentangle was a terrific organization. Let’s face it, in this area, we don’t have much diversity, and Pentangle brings wonderful ethnic dance and music. It’s an organization that is near and dear to me.” Advisory board member Alison Clarkson agrees. “The first event I saw at Pentangle was La Bottine Souriante. It was a heart-stopping, fast, fabulous performance,” says Alison, who also served on Pentangle’s board for years. “I want to continue to bring in great performances that people up here might not otherwise see,” Alita says. “I’d like the anniversary to raise awareness—to revisit the history and celebrate the future. I’d like to tap into all the people who’ve made Pentangle what it is—staff, volunteers, board members, area artists, and musicians.” 6 8 F I N D WO O D S TO C K M AGA Z I N E AT W W W. WO O D S TO C K M AGA Z I N E . C O M

Woodstock Magazine - Winter 2014  

Read about the four oldest Vermont ski areas, Danforth Pewter, creating objects from metal and clay and more in the Winter 2014 edition of W...