‘Fireside Chats’ series will discuss topics of local history, geography

SAXTONS RIVER — Main Street Arts and the Saxtons River Historical Society again join forces for a series of Tuesday hourlong fireside chats highlighting the area's rich history.

The series begins Jan. 7, at 5:30 p.m., at the Saxtons River Inn and Restaurant with a screening of the brief video “As the River Flows,” a journey through Rockingham from prehistoric times to the present day. Discussion and sharing follow, with input from local history buffs.

The series' second installment, Jan. 14, discusses the history of maple sugaring, with sugar-makers Richard Stickney, Tom Burns, and Barton McGrath.

The series concludes Jan. 21 with the history of painted curtains and early Vermont vaudeville by Chris Hadsel, project director of Curtains Without Borders and director of the project to restore Vermont's painted curtains, including those at Main Street Arts.

The series is free, though donations are welcome. Guests are invited to bring their own memories and memorabilia to share in this informal setting.

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