To the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) in downtown Bellows Falls, VT.
Robert McBride

Revitalizing the community by developing awareness of the arts, creating vitality in the community with the arts, and demonstrating that the arts favorably impact the local economy.

Art Makes a Difference is our theme.

Discover the many events and projects happening in the greater Rockingham, Vermont community...and beyond here on our website. The arts in our community have grown exponentially, contributing to the revitalization of our community.

Perhaps you have your own ideas that you would like to see put into action. Whether you are a doer, a contributor, a supporter, a visitor...or just an observer, it's hard to deny that...art makes a difference!

Robert McBride, founding director

On Wednesday July 29 at 7:30 PM at the Bellows Falls Opera House there will be a preview of View From Table Rock followed by a question and answer session with the director, Lyle Sorensen

Guided by two antique Bird's Eye View lithographs depicting Bellows Falls, Vt. in the 1800s, videographer Lyle Sorensen explores the past and present in his documentary. In this film we learn how most Bird's Eye Views were created and how a unique rock formation overlooking Bellows Falls offered artists a vantage point that hikers still visit today.

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With Table Rock acting as an anchor point, local citizens share their knowledge of the days of the navigational canal, the prosperous mill era and the creation of magnificent homes and civic buildings. We learn what the lithographs depicted over 100 years ago, what has disappeared, and what remains.

Sorensen encourages viewers to be curious about their own local history. "My film is not a strict retelling of the Bellows Falls story, but rather it offers a wider look at using artifacts from the past to examine what is around us today and to be curious. I want my viewers to enjoy history and to explore whatever appeals to them."

The showing of the 30 minute film will be followed by a panel of folks who participated and an audience Q&A session.

View From Table Rock, presented by the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) is part of the Bellows Falls Opera House's classic movie night. Two raffle prizes: a hike for six to Table Rock and a tour for six of the Adam's Grist Mill will benefit the Rockingham Free Public Library and the Bellows Falls Historical Society. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Library, Village Square Booksellers and Windham Antiques all in Bellows Falls.

We gratefully acknowledge the underwriters: Joy Wah Restaurant, Green Mountain Marina, Abenaque Car Wash, CT River Watershed Council, National Endowmnent for the Arts , the VT Arts Council and Bellows Falls Hstorical Society, celebrating 50 years!

For more info and accessibility questions contact: RAMP 802-463-3252 ramp@sover.net

For several years, RAMP has hosted quarterly Artists Town Meetings. Artists, artisans and local food growers are all encouraged to attend. The focus of the quarterly meetings is to bring creative people together in order to share ideas and food. "The more we know each other and can identify ourselves as a constituency the more strength and credibility we gain." McBride explains." There is an ever-growing community of working artists and local growers in our midst, all of whom are contributing greatly to the cultural and economic vitality of our communities. One of RAMP's many roles is to be an advocate for these artists. In order to be effective in that role, RAMP creates and participates in opportunities to hear from local artists and assist them in making community connections that benefit us all."

McBride says that RAMP is committed to collaborating and co-hosting four Artists Town Meetings throughout the year. The meetings are informal, and open to all and include a pot luck. One of the items for discussion will be Open Studio Weekend hosted by the VT State Crafts Council, what role are artists and the arts playing in the development of downtown Bellows Falls and how can we support our local growers. The Open Studio weekend offers an excellent opportunity for artists to share their work potential customers and the general public.. Chris Sherwin, Jeanette Staley, Clare Adams and RAMP will be hosting this Artists Town Meeting, Thursday, July 2, 6-8 pm. at 33 Bridge Street in downtown Bellows Falls. The site is wheelchair accessible. Please call RAMP at 802-463-3252 to make arrangements. RAMP thanks The Vermont Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Sovernet and Chroma and the Windham Fdn for helping to make these meetings possible.

Interested participants are asked to RSVP by e-mailing: ramp@sover.net, with "Artists Town Meeting RSVP" in the subject line, or by calling 802-463-3252 ###

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