Healing Gardens & Hamlet!

Exciting Things To Do In & Around Vershire this Weekend

The Vershire Women's Wellness Circle is expanding the Healing Gardens Tour in this second annual summer celebration.  Last year there were five gardens to visit, and this year not only are there two additional sites, but six of the seven are entirely new locations.

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You can still buy your tickets at VerShare's Church-Orr House, 6946 Vt. Rte. 113, on Saturday morning after 10:00 at the advance sales rate, if you get there before noon.  This will also be the location to pick up your map of the tour.  Come early, shop at the Made In Vershire Shop, and enjoy a book at the Vershire Community Library before setting off on the tour.

As perfect timing would have it, the Healing Gardens Tour will be immediately followed by a performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet, including roles by Vershire's own Tovahn Vitols and Benjamin Hooke.  The following press release that appeared on the Vershire list serv sums it up nicely.

The centuries melt away as local actors bring fresh faces to some of history's most famous lines

"Hamlet:  Ghosts! Revenge! Ennui! Comedy! The summer blockbuster with brains!

"Performances July 21st at 6 p.m. and July 22nd at 5 p.m. at The Tunbridge School on Route 110. Rain location is at the Chelsea Town Hall. Tickets are by donation with all proceeds going to support our scholarship program.

"Note: the bridge on 110 south of Chelsea will be closed. The official detour is crazy long. The best route from 113 is probably to go up Densmore Road and down Jenkins Brook Rd. Or from South Vershire going through Strafford might be a good idea.

"'Get Thee To The Funnery' has been providing theatre immersion in Chelsea since 2001. In only two weeks of working together, youth ages 12-18 perform an energetic production of one of Shakespeare's plays - captivating, heartfelt, funny, all without sets or shoes!

"Director Kailie Larkin says 'Each year audience members come up to us after the show sharing how they secretly never liked, or 'got,' Shakespeare until they came to see our actors perform.  The actors' energy and heart are infectious.  They bring so much humanity to each other and to these characters and really strive to understand the motivations behind the decisions and wrestle with the gray areas.  They truly strive to own the language and share it so that every audience, whether on their first or
fortieth play, can understand and enjoy the incredible genius and beauty of these words.'

"Actor Benjamin Hooke says of Hamlet 'It's like the Lion King but with more onstage violence.'"

Sneak on over behind the Tunbridge Elementary School - or to the Chelsea Town Hall in case of rain!

I have been to nearly every one of the Shakespeare plays The Funnery has performed in the last 14 years, and each one has been exceptional.  It's a perfect combination of idyllic setting and young talent blended with the timeless classic educational entertainment of The Bard brought to modern audiences with just the right interpretation for our times and our community.

So far, the weather forecast is even shaping up to offer a perfect day and evening for these two quintessential summer activities, for nearly the first nice long stretch of warm, dry weather all season - surely an auspicious sign!

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