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Special Film Show -“One Town at a Time” – a Vermont Tradition

Mike Leonard

Sunday, September 8 at 7:00 pm

How well do you know the state of Vermont?

For 65 years the 251 Club has challenged  "the native born and those born elsewhere but with Vermont in them" to visit every town in the state—all 251 towns. After all those decades, the monumental endeavor has been memorialized in a film by director Mike Leonard, who not only talked the talk, but walked the walk—twice!   

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Learned Bakers — Jules & Helen Rabin at the Bakery

Helen & Jules Rabin and their bread
Sunday, August 11, 2019 1:00 to 4:00 pm 
Rise Up Bakery, 48 Granite St, Barre, VT    

Legendary bakers, Jules and Helen Rabin will be treating friends of the Bakery to the story of their nearly 50 year love affair with wood-fired bread baking.

Jules will give the history and Helen will demonstrate how its done. Smell the bread baking and eat it when its done.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please do not come unless you have a confirmed registration. The event is currently booked up. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please email bakery@oldlaborhall.org.

Admission is by donation for the benefit of the Bakery (suggested donation of $15-$20, low income or student $10).

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La Soirée Sucrée 2019 – New this Year a Tourtière Competition, Too

Pastries and audience colage

Thursday, July 25, 5:30 - 8:30 pm 

This year again, as part of the Barre Heritage Festival, the Old Labor Hall is celebrating Barre's French Canadian heritage with Soirée Sucrée 2019 in honor of the Barre Historical Society's late president Chet Briggs.

This year in addition to the dessert contest, we have added a savory, the famous French Canadian tourtière. Time to test your culinary skills.

The evening, the perfect combination of sweet eats and sweet sounds, is divided into three exciting components—all for one low price.
►French Tourtière and Dessert Competition
►French Dessert Tasting
►French-Canadian music by Michèle Choinière

Adults - $15 at the door, $12 in advance. Children under 12 - $6 (Attendance limited to 100.)

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Inner Fire District Concert

Picture of the Inner Fire District Band

Monday, July 15 at 7:00 pm 

Inner Fire District was founded in Burlington, Vermont in 2006. The band performs a genre-defying music combining Yiddish and Balkan folk, intricate original compositions, old revolutionary songs, and whatever else tickles their fancy.

Since the band members are currently scattered around Vermont, Louisiana, New York, and Pennsylvania, we are honored that they have chosen the Hall for one of their occasional reunion appearances.

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Inaugural Baking Workshop: Foccacia with Randy George

Randy George and focaccia
Sunday, July 7, 2019 1:00 to 5:00 pm 
Rise Up Bakery, 48 Granite St, Barre, VT

The historic Union Cooperative Store bakery building, lovingly restored as the Rise Up Bakery, is hosting its inaugural baking workshop. This is your opportunity to learn to bake the classic Italian focaccia in a genuine wood-fired oven.

The workshop will be led by Randy George, founder of central Vermont's Red Hen Bakery.

The cost for the workshop is $75 per person and only 12 spaces are available.

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“For the Love of Pete” – Concert and Singalong celebrating the late Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday

Pete Seeger 90th birthday card

Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 pm

The Primo Maggio festivities continue with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the world famous folksinger, the late Pete Seeger.

The concert and sing-along features Anything Goes, the duo of long-time central Vermont musicians Ben Koenig and Mark Greenberg, who will play Pete's favorites, both the songs he wrote and the ones he loved. Get ready to sing out!

Tickets are available in advance online or at the door:  $12 or $10 for seniors, students, and union members.

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Global Labor Film Festival 2019 —”The Organizer”

Poster and still from "The Organizer"

Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 pm

Continuing our Primo Maggio celebrations with the 2019 Global Labor Film Festival, film historian Rick Winston will present “The Organizer” staring Marcello Mastroianni as a labor activist involved in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century textile factory strike in Turin, Italy.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments available.

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Primo Maggio 2019 – Traditional Italian Dinner with novel history for old hands (and Young Adults)

Lawrence children at the Hall flanked by Katherine Paterson and book

Wednesday, May 1

5:00 pm Social Hour (cash bar)
6:00 pm Traditional Italian Dinner
7:00 pm Bread and Roses, Too Katherine Paterson, award-winning children's author, talks about her young adult historical novel inspired by the picture of children of the 1912 Lawrence textile strikers on the steps of the Old Labor Hall. The book was selected by the Vermont Humanities Council for Vermont Reads 2018.

Tickets: $25 at the door

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Bread & Puppet Theater presents “Diagonal Man: Theory & Praxis”

Bread & Puppet Diagonal Man poster and puppet

Sunday, April 14 at 5:00 pm 

Performance followed by Bread and Puppet's famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli and the Old Labor Hall's delicious soup. 

Bread & Puppet Theater returns to The Old Labor Hall with a performance of Diagonal Man: Theory & Praxis.

The bewildering, beguiling, and downright funny implications of diagonality will spring to life when the internationally-acclaimed Bread & Puppet Theater enthralls us with its annual performance, featuring song, dance, magic, and stunning cardboard and paper maché puppets.

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