Lawrence children at the Hall flanked by Katherine Paterson and book
Lawrence children at the Old Labor Hall flanked by Katherine Paterson and her book

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

Wednesday, May 1

For Primo Maggio 2019, the Socialist Labor Party Hall continues the tradition of Primo Maggio commemorations begun by the founders of the Hall with the combination of food, fun, and education favored in the early days of the Hall.

Come and celebrate.  Join in the wearing of traditional red carnations (provided) and in the singing the Internationale in the spirit of the founders of the Hall.

BHS board members doing food prep for Primo Maggio
BHS board member volunteers, Nick Sivret and Carolyn Shapiro, doing food prep for Primo Maggio

5:00 pm Social Hour (cash bar)

6:00 pm Traditional Italian Dinner

Antipasti, minestrone soup, lasagna, green salad, ice cream, coffee and tea.

As a special treat this year, we will be serving bread baked in the wood fired oven in the Rise Up Bakery in the newly restored historic Union Cooperative Store bakery building.

Wine or beer available at the cash bar

7:00 pm Bread and Roses, Too

Katherine Paterson will talk about her YA novel, Bread and Roses, Too, which was the Vermont Humanities Council choice for Vermont Reads 2018 and brought school children and adults from all over the state to visit the Old Labor Hall. The book was inspired by the picture of the children of the Lawrence textile strikers on the front steps of the Hall.

Katherine Paterson has won numerous awards for her children’s and YA books including the National Book Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award, the Newbery Medal  the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, Phoenix Award. Many of these pretigious awards were won more than once.

Here Katherine Paterson talks about the importance of historic fiction:

Her life time achievement for contributions to children’s literature and literacy has been recognized internationally with mutiple awards:

    • E. B. White Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, 2019
    • Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, 2013
    • NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature
    • Astrid Lindgren Award for Lifetime Achievement 2006
    • Literary Light, Boston Public Library 2000
    • Living Legend, Library of Congress 2000
    • Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Writing 1998
    • Lion of the New York Public Library 1998
    • Education Press Friend of Education Award 1993
    • Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature, Tulsa Public Library 1993
    • New England Book Award 1992
    • US Nominee Hans Christian Andersen Award 1989–90
    • Regina Medal, Catholic Library Association 1988
    • Children’s Literature Award, Keene State College 1987
    • Kerlan Award, University of Minnesota 1983
    • The University of Southern Mississippi Medallion 1983
    • Scott O’Dell Award for Children’s Literature 1982
    • US Nominee Hans Christian Andersen Award 1979–80
    • The Union Medal, Union Theological Seminary (New York)

Tickets $25 can be purchased at the door.

For more information or to make reservations by phone, text, or email:

  • email
  • text 802-331-0013  (Please include your name in the message since only your phone number appears in the message as we receive it.)
  • phone 802-479-5600
Primo Maggio Diner 2017
Enjoying the 2017 Primo Maggio Dinner