We created this page to recognize, with buckets of gratitude, our past presenters who so generously donated their valuable time and extraordinary knowledge. This will also give you an idea of the types of subject matter we've had thus far, if you're thinking of doing a presentation. And we've provided links, where possible, to learn more about these remarkable people in our community.
A great way to tap into knowledge and
know-how lurking in your community
"Empower Yourself at Home: Handling Common Power Tools"
Trevor Tait teaches kids about design and construction and runs the Design Technology Department at Twinfield Union High School in Marshfield, Vermont. Someone needs to do a documentary one day about Trevor's canoe-building program for Twinfield students. Beginning in January for the past several years, they start with a pile of cut logs, they learn to build beautifully finished modern canoes and paddles from scratch, and then they embark on a week-long class trip/canoeing adventure that spring. in his Town Braintap workshop, Trevor covered the anatomy, handling skills and tips for using common home power tools: a boatload of info for DIY-ers. (Spring 2014)
"An Introduction to Enneagram Theory"
Jeanne Haskell is Certified Enneagram Instructor, consultant and life coach (and also a co-creator of Town Braintap.) She revealed how Enneagram Theory and its personality charting tools can offer fresh approaches for solving problems that are blocking growth and creativity, at any age. You might, for example, recharge a sluggish creative drive or overcome a difficult relationship. She explained how over time, as you continue Enneagram work, you may discover who you really are and what else you might want to be or do. (Spring 2014)
Jeanne's website: http://jeannehaskell.com/
"Creating the Children's Picture Book: An Introduction"
Leda Schubert is the winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding non-fiction from the National Council of teachers of English. She was a core faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Her published books include Here Comes Darrell (illustrated by Mary Azarian) and Ballet of the Elephants. Leda presented an advice-packed agenda, covering the art of creating the children's picture book, explaining how text and imagery combine in 32 pages to produce a unique whole, and dissecting some of her favorite books by other successful authors. A bonanza of solid, authoritative information for budding authors. (Spring 2014)
Leda's website: http://www.ledaschubert.com/
"Song Lyrics and the Imagery Behind Them"
Internationally acclaimed recording artist Anais Mitchell has been called "first and foremost a storyteller." One reviewer called her work "a perfect example of how art, and the power of a song, can transform the merely anecdotal into something almost mythic." Her Album Child Ballads took Best traditional Song at the BBC Folk Awards. Young Man in America made many "best lists," including those of NPR and the Wall Street Journal. She gave us her thoughts on how songwriting pairs poetry with melody, and melds inspiration with structural theory. Like having a backstage pass to schmooze with the artist, only way better. Anais is a literary as well as a musical force to be reckoned with. And, yep, she brought her guitar. (Spring 2014)
Anais's website: http://anaismitchell.com/