From the Director, Robert Bowler (Beau)

 

 


 

       

       Stone Church Center
         

 

Sound & Spirit        September 2017

 


 

Season XIII Brings Exciting, Rich, Diverse Talent

Here we go. The Stone Church Arts concert season XIII is here. And while we are booking more music for 2018, we are excited about the talent and the diversity coming up.



We begin with our kick-off concert on Sunday, September 10. From Edinburgh, Scotland, "North Sea Gas" (Ronnie MacDonald, Grant Simpson and Dave Gilfillan) has been performing and recording for over thirty-five years and are stronger than ever! "North Sea Gas" is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. 


 

On Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 pm, Gary Stroutsos, world flute master, will take us on a journey around the world, from China to Cuba to the Native American West. Woodwinds Without Borders will showcase the music that Gary has explored and mastered throughout his long career as a professional musician.


Here is a full list of the concerts currently scheduled. Click on the links for more information on any of the concerts.



Spiritual Practices Retreat

September 22 - 24, 2017 

 
 

In this spacious retreat, seven faculty will teach the spiritual practices that inspire their lives. We will explore Christian Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer; Budhist Mindfulness and Meditation; Walking the Labyrinth; Worship and Ritual; Prayer Beads; Sacred Song and Chant; Somatic Breathing Practice, and the Eucharist. Our time together will be enhanced by contemplative morning and evening prayer, optional spiritual direction, informal discussion and personal time as well as the main group sessions.

 

 


Art Classes


We offer more classes beginning in September. Jean Cannon has joined Sadelle Wiltshire and Cindy Bowler on the art faculty. Try out an art class and expand your creative horizons.


Architecture & Illusion,

a drawing class
9:30 am - 12:30 pm, September 9 & 30
A little study of one and two point perspective can help a lot to make your drawings of urban or rural buildings look three dimensional. This class includes linear perspective instruction plus practice drawing buildings around town from observation, weather permitting. 

Bellows Falls Tangle Safari
10 am - 1 pm, Saturday, September 16

This design and drawing class will focus on finding and learning to draw patterns from our everyday environments. Take a short walk from Currier Hall to the Main Square in Bellows Falls to find and see patterns and shapes that might become interesting designs to draw. Bring your sketchbook and phone/ camera and record interesting patterns in nature, architecture and store windows. We'll then return to Currier Hall to view and break down found patterns into simple drawing steps and record these in our sketchbooks.


 



Renting our Facilities for your Group's Event 

           

Many of our programs are residential, and we offer simple, but comfortable accommodations in our Retreat House and Currier Hall. Tasty meals are catered by friendly, smiling staff. 
We also make our retreat house space and conference rooms in Currier Hall available for groups to use for their events and to individuals for personal retreats. To see when our facilities are available, check our Calendar. Please call or email to book. 

 


As we Embark on the 2017 - 18 Season

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
 

 

What’s in a Name?

 

Stone Church Arts was founded in 2004. When we started Immanuel Retreat Center in 2013, it seemed natural to combine this new program with Stone Church Arts, for the retreat center was already housing participants in Eugene Friesen's summer music workshops.
 

However, after a few years, “Stone Church Arts and Immanuel Retreat Center”, as a name for the overall program, became rather cumbersome. Recently, the Vestry of Immanuel Episcopal Church agreed to the overall name of “Stone Church Center” while retaining the two separate names for the two overlapping aspects of the program.
 

 

New Ticketing Software

 

For over three years, Stone Church Center has used Wild Apricot membership software for its website and events management. However, we have more events than members and the ticketing/registration process was often far from ideal. If you wanted to purchase a general admission and a senior ticket, for example, you had to go through the whole process twice, and then you probably had to pay for each ticket separately, too. This proved frustrating to many people.
 

So, after a lot of research, we found Vendini ticketing solution. The advantage is that purchasing tickets is a true shopping cart experience. You can buy a mixture of ticket types at them same time. And before you pay, you may continue shopping, perhaps adding tickets for another concert or a workshop to your cart.


I have already received feedback, however, that the website was better with Wild Apricot, and I agree, but the ticketing (registration) process is far superior and this was the whole reason for the switch. Hopefully, their website template will improve in time.
 

Another advantage is the fun, mobile app Walletini, available for Android phones and iPhone. If you download Walletini, you can see many of the events in our area: those on Rockingham Arts and Museum Project ticketing, Main Street Arts events, as well as those of Stone Church Center. You can also purchase and store tickets on your phone and present them on your phone at the door. 

 

Stone Church Arts Season XIII Begins

 

We already have 16 concerts planned for our 13th season from September 2017 through May 2018, and we are likely to add a few more for next year.
 

For our big kick-off concert we present “North Sea Gas” at 4 pm on Sunday, September 10th in the main church. Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three-part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment.
 

Then, at 7:30 pm, on Saturday, September 30, Gary Stroutsos, world flute master, returns to perform once again in the Chapel. He will take us on a journey around the world, from China to Cuba to the Native American West. Woodwinds Without Borders will showcase the music that Gary has explored and mastered throughout his long career as a professional musician.

 

Feedback? Suggestions? Questions?

 

Please email us with any feedback/suggestions at sca@sover.net or by calling 802-460-0110. I would love to hear from you .