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Ciabatta Workshop a Success!

On August 30, Rise Up Bakery offered a making Classic Italian Ciabatta workshop.  Participants learned from master baker Jim Haas how to make the dough, form it, and bake it. The workshop was full, and everyone was respectful of covid-19 requirements.   At the end of the workshop the participants were full of smiles and …

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Primo Maggio 2020—Thomas C. Davis: A Life in Vermont

Primo Maggio invitation with Tom Davis

Friday, May 1 beginning at 12:01 AM right here! 
Barre’s historic Socialist Labor Party Hall (The Old Labor Hall) may be closed due to Covid-19, but the Barre Historical Society will still celebrate Primo Maggio 2020 (May Day) with the launching of its first oral history project on the website.

To enjoy virtual Primo Maggio 2020, all you need is a glass of wine or grappa and a plate of antipasti and a computer, tablet, or smartphone to sit back and enjoy the history of Barre, Vermont, and the nation as it was lived.

“Thomas C. Davis: A Life in Vermont” is a tribute to the Barre-born former Vermont Secretary of Human Services, long-time public servant, and BHS board member, who died in 2017.

You can choose from 18 audio segments on topics ranging from family history, to reminiscences of Barre, baseball, politicians, and public service.

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Bakery Open—Fresh Bread for You at Last!

Jim Haas, resident baker in the restored Bakery

UPDATE: The Bakery Window has extended its hours it is now open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12:30 to 6:00 pm
How can bread be both fresh and historic? If you buy it directly from the "Rise Up Bakery" window at the historic Union Cooperative Store bakery building—now restored as a modern wood fired bakery.

You can now purchase bread right from the wood fired oven.

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“If Stone Could Speak” – Vermont PBS Broadcast

If Stone Could Speak DVD cover with shot of crew filming

February 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm, is the first Vermont PBS broadcast of the documentary If Stone Could Speak/Se la pietra sapesse parlare

The film had its world premiere at the Socialist Labor Party Hall on Monday, April 30, 2007, as part of the annual Primo Maggio celebration. It tells the story of the Italian granite workers who make Barre, Vermont, the "Granite Capital of the World".

For more information and the schedule of additional broadcast times:

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Scott Skinner Dies — Former Board Member and Volunteer

Scott Skinner in front of the Old Labor Hall

Scott Skinner, former board member and long time Barre Historical Society volunteer died on December 18, 2018. For many years, he served on the Board as the Secretary, and as Chair of the Bricks and Mortar Committee, essentially the building manager, general contractor, and minder.

He brought several major and complex projects to completion, including the Fire Code compliance and the FEMA flood. mitigation project.

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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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The Bakery rises up!

Bakery building before and after restoration 2017

The first phase of the restoration of the Union Cooperative Store bakery building is nearing completion. If all goes well, on Labor Day weekend, the doors of this historic building will reopen with a grand celebration as the “Rise Up Bakery”.

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Bread and Puppet Theater’s Basic Bye-Bye Show

Hand waving Basic Bye Bye

Sunday, March 18

Performance at 5:00 pm 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  brand new play, The Basic Bye-bye Show, a manifesto on transformation, inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts, birch branches lost during an ice storm, and the daily news.

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