Special Presentations and Events
Gary Wittner and Gideon Forbes
in Concert at Bearnstow
Guitarist and songwriter Gary Wittner, presented a concert at Bearnstow as early as 2002, as well as almost every summer throughout the 2010s. He was joined from 2017 to 2019 by saxophonist Gideon Forbes. The concerts have always been a highpoint of the summer season. See their concert information.
The Maine Audubon Annual Loon Count
Every third Saturday in July, Bearnstow has participated in the state-wide Loon Count. Our volunteers use Bearnstows canoes and kayaks, leaving at 7:00 a.m. sharp, and follow an assigned course on the lake. On a map provided by the Maine Audubon Society, we have charted the time, location, and number of loons observed. The route always finishes at 7:30 a.m. The results are reported to the Maine Audubon Society.
See the Maine Loon Project.
Bearnstow volunteers launch their canoes on Saturday, July 18, 2019.
Global Water Dances, established in 2011, coordinates groups and organizations all over the world to dance for safe water. Bearnstow participated in the event twice, in 2011 and in 2015. The 2011 event, forced indoors because of heavy rain, was performed by Bearnstow’s Artist Residents in the Main Hall. The 2015 event enjoyed much better weather and was performed in Parker Pond at the mouth of Uncle Daniels Brook. The event included Day Campers, Aritist Residents, and local interested Mount Vernon residents. As can be seen from the photos, both were definitely uplifting events. Read more about Global Water Dances.
Rain Washes out Bridge from Uncle Daniels Brook
On the afternoon of Friday, August 9, 2014. as the Claire Porter Workshop was preparing for the evening showing of the weeks dances, the skies opened up over Bearnstow, and the normally peaceful Daniels Brook that laces Bearnstows forest became a torrent, washing out the log bridge. (The logs washed down to the mouth of the brook to the edge of Parker Pond where they became lodged in rocks and were recovered later.)
An extension ladder covered with planks was set in place to serve as a temporary bridge, enabling dedicated dance afficionados to make their way over the water to Bearnstow’s Maine Hall for the evenings performance.
Back in summer 2005 an evening thunderstorm delivered a strong lightening strike to a 140-foot Kings Pine, located just in front of the Lodge. This was some time after Ruth had gone to bed. Obviously, the strike woke her up, and she woke up to a dark house. She looked out toward Main Hall where the lights were still on; the Artist Residents and students were still working. She made her way down the narrow stairs and out across the clearing to the Hall. Of course, the dancers there had seen the blinding flash and heard the deafening thunder clap. Later upon her return Ruth discovered her broken bedroom window with shards of glass spread over the room.
The morning revealed more extensive damage: the wiring in the Lodge had been totally burnt and required replacing. The tree’s bark had been striped down in large patches. But it was still alive and for awhile seemed to do well. But after a few years it was clear it was dying. It had begun to lean toward the Lodge and now posed a hazard. It was time for the mighty Kings Pine to come down. See the videos of A Tree Comes Down at Bearnstow
The Philadelphia-based Almanac Dance Circus Theatre presented
Saturday, August 1, 2015, Union Hall, Vienna, Maine
Choreographed and performed by
Nick Gillette, Ben Grinberg, Lauren Harries, and Adam Kerbel
Two members of the cast were Artist Residents at Bearnstow,
Adam Kerbel (2013) and Ben Grinberg (2014)
Glass as Performative Practice
A Video and Lecture by Alexander Rosenberg, July 1, 2016
Alex Rosenberg is an artist, educator, and writer based between Philadelphia and New York. He holds a BFA in Glass with a concentration in Creative Writing from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Visual Arts Program. See details of his presentation and his website: alexanderrosenberg.net/.
Celebrating the Culture of Mexico through Dance
A Concert of Mexican Folklorico, directed by Jonathan Trejo and Kareli Montoya
August 26, 2017 and August 25, 2018, Union Hall, Vienna, Maine
January 20, 2018, in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Twelve of our former Resident Artists came together to present their own work in a special concert on January 20, 2018, at the Green Street Studios in Cambridge, Massachusetts. See 3spicedance.weebly.com, their special website devoted to this project. (The planned March concert in New York City was cancelled due to the pandemic.)
Left: a slide show of some of the works performed
Nitzia Vieyra taught classes in Bachata in summer 2018
Bachata is a style of social dance originating from the Dominican Republic.
It has now become popular world wide.
The Annual Classical Pop Concert and Fireworks
Held on or very near the Fourth of July each summer at the Mount Vernon Community Center, the concert is a highpoint of the season. It features young alumni musicians from NPRs From the Top. The Concert Director is Gerald Slavet, a long-time neighbor and friend of Bearnstow, who is the From the Top Founder and former Co-CEO. For background on Mount Vernons Independence Day pops concert, see Mess with a Classic.