The Amalgamates of
Tufts University

Three Arty Fundraisers Add Sparkle
to Mud Season

Our region is rich in cultural resources, and the many arts organizations in our midst have learned that it takes a lot of effort to generate adequate financial resources to stay alive and well. In addition to annual mail campaigns for renewing memberships and soliciting year-end contributions, most nonprofit arts groups also engage in more creative ways to coax additional funds from the area's limited population. The Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, for example, has just hosted its third annual Fat Tuesday fun- and fundraiser. The Latchis Project has been presenting a series of successful musical events (Paul Winter was a smash hit!). The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is already working towards one of the most ambitious annual fundraisers, its annual 4th of July concert and picnic that features an outdoor concert by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

We're encouraging your participation in three fundraisers scheduled during March. Two of them support organizations with an art focus, and the third offers art and cinema to support a worthy cause. The last, a benefit for the Women's Crisis Center, kicks off on Gallery Walk night each year, at the Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery. The theater serves as home base for the annual Women's Film Festival, while the gallery space hosts a collection of artwork by girls and women using a variety of forms and media. The art is all for sale through a silent auction process that begins during Gallery Walk and continues through Sunday, March 21 (the finale of the film festival), though the exhibit will remain on the walls through March 30. For additional information, contact the Hooker-Dunham at (802) 254-9276, or visit the festival's Web site at

Moving to the events that support art organizations, the first is another to benefit the BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM & ART CENTER and is scheduled for the evening after Gallery Walk. On Saturday, March 6, at 7:30 pm, the public is invited to a concert of a cappella singing by three of New England's top collegiate groups -- The Jabberwocks, 20 men from Brown University; Quasimodal, a coed group of 15 students from Wesleyan University; and The Amalgamates from Tufts University, one of the premier coed groups in the U.S. -- and three groups from Windham County. Local singers include the groups Big Sky, the BUHS Madrigals, and Marlboro College's 5 O'Clock Belles. Tickets for this event are $12 for adults, $8 for children, and may be purchased in advance at the Latchis Theater, the Book Cellar, and Collected Works in Brattleboro. If not sold out, tickets will be available at the door. CDs recorded by the visiting groups will be available for sale at the concert. Three BUHS graduates are performing members of the visiting college groups. Sam Carmichael (Brown '07) is with the Jabberwocks, John Wesley (Wesleyan '06) sings with Quasimodal, and Sean Ryan (Tufts '07) performs with The Amalgamates, pictured at right.

The final fundraising event this month is the River Gallery School's Annual Auction gala, which will take place at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center on Saturday, March 27. This nonprofit art school has been providing visual arts instruction to the community since 1976, and over 100 children and adults attend classes in their Main Street studios each week. The auction helps raise funds to maintain and extend programming to all interested individuals. The event begins at 5 pm with a Silent Auction, gourmet buffet refreshments, and a cash bar. The Main Auction begins at 7 pm, with offerings ranging from antiques to an African Safari, from housewares to professional consultations, as well as gift certificates for dinners, goods and services. Many area artists have donated paintings, prints, sculpture, and crafts of all descriptions. Antiques Roadshow host Colleen Fesko, from the Skinner Auction House in Boston, will be the evening's auctioneer. Admission is $15. Some items offered in the auction are available for previewing during March in the River Gallery. For more information or tickets, call (802) 257-1577, e-mail, or visit

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