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 One Town at a Time by director Mike Leonard, who not only talked the talk, but walked the walk—twice!
In 2006, during a summer between semesters at college, Mike took on the challenge. With his two best friends in tow, he met with locals and visited some of Vermont’s most celebrated nooks and crannies.
After living outside Vermont for over a decade, Mike moved back home and has chosen to revisit the 251 Club—returning to some of the same places and re-interviewing some of the same people he met 12 years ago—to learn about how Vermont has changed, how it has stayed the same, and how a humble wayfarer’s club has shaped his identity forever.
One Town at a Time is a coming-of-age story that is firmly rooted in the community spirit that makes Vermont’s towns so special, including diverse voices from across the state such as former Governor Jim Douglas and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Jerry Greenfield. You will hear from 251 Club members of all kinds and, after listening to their stories of traveling through Vermont, you’ll want to start exploring as well.
Start your 251 town journey in the City of Barre by viewing this film in one of its preeminent landmarks, the Old Labor Hall.
Mike will briefly introduce the film and then lead a Q&A session after the showing.
Suggested donation $5.
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