Please join us for this celebration of spring and poetry by and for Vermonters!
PoemTown Randolph/2014 brings a joyous celebration of the written and spoken word to Randolph throughout the entire month of April.
Five significant poetry events will be held in Randolph during April—National Poetry Month—and more than 100 poems, by Vermonters of all ages, will be posted on business windows all month long throughout all five Randolph villages. Please come visit, stroll down our streets, read the poems, and enjoy all that Randolph has to offer.
The five scheduled poetry events are as follows:
April 3 (Thursday): Sydney Lea, Vermont Poet Laureate, The Three Bean Café, Pleasant Street in Randolph. Café dinner (BYOB): 5:30. Lea's reading: 6:30 p.m.
April 10 (Thursday): Pamela Harrison, of Norwich, author of five books of poems, and Samn Stockwell, of Montpelier winner of the National Poetry Series. One Main Tap & Grill, Corner of Main Street & Merchants' Row. 7 p.m.
April 15 (Tuesday): Open Mike at The White River Craft Center. Supper available. Readings limited to two poems per poet. Dinner: 6:00. Open mike: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
April 21 (Monday): PoJazz: Poet Tony Whedon, slam poet Geof Hewitt, and "flash fiction" writers Angela Palm and Jessica Hendry Nelson reading to a live jazz quartet from Burlington. Members of the public are invited to bring a poem to share aloud, as well. The Black Krim Tavern, Merchants' Row. Open bar and snacks. 7:00 p.m.
May 1 (Thursday): "Powerful Poems and Decadent Desserts," Poets whose poems were posted all month in Randolph will read from their works. Esther Mash Room, Chandler Center for the Arts. 7:00 p.m.
Randolph's month of poetry activities has been made possible through generous grants from the Vermont Humanities Council, Northfield Savings Bank, and other area businesses. Additional support came from Chandler Center for the Arts. Additionally, the month's activities exist thanks to a hard-working team of volunteers and the many
Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC) is a not-for-profit community-based organization established in 1993.
RACDC has a three fold mission:
- To preserve and develop affordable and elderly housing for low and middle income residents in the towns of Randolph, Braintree and Brookfield.
- To work to attract and retain businesses that will help area residents to work locally and to obtain higher wages
- To build community alliances to support downtown and village center revitalization in downtown Randolph and in the village centers of Randolph, Braintree and Brookfield.
RACDC's programs include:
- Development of rental and for-sale affordable housing and elderly housing
- Management of Joslyn House, a shared living facility for seniors
- Housing and Business Revolving Loan Fund
- Economic development support to the Town of Randolph
- Management of Randolph's designated downtown program
- Housing and economic development support to Braintree and Brookfield