On Saturday, April 2, the Vermont Archive Movie Project (VAMP) and the Ruth Stone House invite you to a benefit event in support of both organizations, which will provide a multimedia look at the life and work of poet Ruth Stone.
Starting at 6 p.m., join a reception at the Jackson Gallery at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, featuring typographic artwork from the Ruth Stone House and information about their mission and activities. Artwork, books and media will be available for purchase from the Vermont Folk Life Center, filmmaker Nora Jacobson and the Ruth Stone House.
At 7 p.m., enjoy the powerful documentary “Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Mind,” directed by Nora Jacobson of Off the Grid Productions.
Stone was a promising young poet, living an idyllic life with her beloved husband Walter Stone, poet and teacher when he died suddenly by suicide in 1959. Already a published poet with a book titled “In An Iridescent Time” at the At the time of Walter’s death, Ruth found a way to continue writing while raising her three young daughters and teaching at various universities around the country as a traveling poet. Jacobson’s film “Ruth Stone’s Vast Library of the Female Spirit” tells the story of Stone’s heroic life as a poet, mother and teacher in an hour and 17 minute feature film that leaves its viewers inspired, enlightened, entertained and uplifted. A visually stunning film, too, this film captures the rural grit of Stone’s heroic career, leaving no doubt as to why she became both a Vermont and national treasure.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with Jacobson, Bianca Stone and Chard DeNiord.
Tickets are $25 and are available at townhalltheater.org, by calling 802-382-9222 or at the door.