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One Town at a Time Film Screening – Q&A
June 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
In the summer of 2006, between semesters at college, director Mike Leonard took on the challenge of visiting every town in the state of Vermont by joining the 251 Club – a unique organization dedicated to exploring The Green Mountain State. With his two best friends in tow, he interviewed locals and visited some of Vermont’s most celebrated places. After living outside Vermont for over a decade, Mike moved back home and decided to revisit the 251 Club – returning to some of the same places and re-interviewing some of the same people he met 12 years ago. He witnessed how Vermont has changed, how it has stayed the same, and, ultimately, how a humble wayfarer’s club shaped his identity forever. One Town at a Time is a documentary sharing this experience and invites others to hop in for a ride around Vermont’s 251 towns and cities. The film will be screened in St. Albans at the Saint Albans Museum on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 as part of a summer tour. The program will begin at 6:30pm and is open to the public (admission is free; $10 suggested donation). A Q&A discussion with Leonard will follow.
One Town at a Time is a coming-of-age story that combines retro footage from 2006 with contemporary footage to fully reflect on Vermont’s changing cultural and physical landscape. It is firmly rooted in the community spirit that makes Vermont’s towns so special, including diverse voices from across the state such as Former Governor Jim Douglas and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder, Jerry Greenfield. In addition to the director’s experience, you will hear from 251 Club members of all kinds and, after listening to their stories of traveling through Vermont, you’ll want to start exploring as well.
The Saint Albans Museum, founded in 1966, is a non-profit community heritage center with a mission to preserve and share the history of St. Albans, Franklin County, and northwestern Vermont through historical exhibitions, educational programs, arts/cultural performances, and special events for all ages and interests.
Special thanks to SAM’s 2019 program series sponsor: Peoples Trust Co.