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The Civic Standard presents the first performance in their “Take a Chance Series”, which features world-class touring performers in intimate and unlikely local venues. David Dondero will present a solo concert at the East Hardwick Grange on Friday, May 19th at 7pm. The evening will include Bryce Clifford on the piano as the opening act, and the Civic will provide delightful refreshments. The event is “pay what you want” but reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited:

David Dondero, an American troubadour, has been touring for thirty years and his music has taken him around the world multiple times. His style and ongoing narratives are hard to fit into a particular genre. The music is inspired by heartbreak, hopefulness, everyday work and his never ending tour of life. Dondero’s lyrics are influenced by the angst of Black Flag, the wanderlust of Bruce Springsteen, the sentimentality of Paul Simon and the politics of Woody Guthrie. David was listed by NPR as one of the top ten greatest living songwriters. He has recorded ten albums and his 11th is slated to come out on Fluff and Gravy Records this summer. 



On the last Thursday of each month at the Village Restaurant from 6-8pm, hosted by a rotating roster of locals. Lynn is generously opening the door just to host this weekly community game, and will be offering a limited menu of burgers, wings and appetizers. This is a first come, first serve event, with room for roughly ten teams.



All are welcome the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30- 7pm at the Civic. During our time together, we will read some published haiku and review suggested guidelines for writing haiku. Feel free to bring a piece you are currently working on to share with the group. Hardwick Haiku strives to be a supportive and fun environment. No previous haiku experience is needed to join. This event is hosted by Mark Scott in collaboration with the Civic Standard. Soup and snacks will be provided.



With a vision to revive community fiddling and a regional old-time music repertoire, all are welcome to join us on the last Wednesday of the month for an old-time jam session at the Civic! All players of string band-style instruments - fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, and mandolin - are encouraged to attend. Repertoire will be based on southern and northern old-time fiddle tunes. All levels of proficiency are welcome. (As per session etiquette, if you are an absolute beginner, please play on the periphery.) The session is free of charge, but donations are welcome. Snacks and beverages will be provided, and listeners are welcome to attend. 



Every third Monday at 7pm. This group class is for beginners and up! Thanks to the generous support of Dana Robinson and Cabot Arts this class is free, though donations are always gratefully accepted.  Get in touch with any questions.

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