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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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Union Cooperative Store Bakery Building Reopening as “Rise Up Bakery”

Carolyn Shapiro stoking the wood-fired oven in the Bakery

Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 4:00 to 9:00 pm

The Barre Historical Society announces the grand reopening of the Bakery building, exactly 105 years to the day from its first opening.
The restored Bakery building is now ready to bake. The sewer has been connected and the heating and electricity, and all the other amenities have now been installed to complement the wood-fired oven. The Bakery is already to make the baked goods from start to finish—all right on the premises. Let the festivities begin!

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Labor Day 2018 at the Old Labor Hall & Bakery

Collage - Bread & Roses Labor Day 2018 logo with Lawrence Strikers Children and Mark Greenberg

Monday, September 3, 2:30 - 9:00 pm

With the first phase of the restoration of Barre’s former Union Cooperative Store bakery building nearing completion, bread and music will take center stage at this year’s Labor Day celebration at Barre’s historic Old Labor Hall. 

The festivities will be held in conjunction with the Hall’s participation in the statewide Vermont Reads program and the soft opening of the bakery building in its new incarnation as the Rise Up Bakery .

All events are free and open to the public.

Here is the schedule:

2:30 to 4:00  Fun activities for families

4:00 to 5:00 Special Labor Day program celebrating the Bread & Roses Strike and the renovation of the Bakery

5:00 to 5:30  Visit to Rise Up bakery

7:00 pm  Presentation - "Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor"

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