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Participation grows

One of the first goals set by the Killington Arts Guild at its organizational meeting at the Grist Mill (now the Foundry) was to support arts of every kind everywhere. Today the presence of members is felt in Killington, in Vermont and spreads over a wide area. Our artists and writers are contributing to the creative texture of our state and beyond.

Five KAG members participated in the 18th Annual Green Mountain Writers Conference in Tinmouth, recently. 30 plus writers attended, some from as far away as Hawaii and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Participants are allowed 15 minutes to read and discuss their work. Marguerite Jill Dye presented her book in progress on walking and painting along the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain. Betty A. Little read the opening pages of her new book, "Letters from Korea" based on love letters she received from Airman John J. Little, who was for most of one year part of the Target Section of the 67 Rec. Tech Sq. at Kimpo Airbase. Green Mountain writers gave the work high marks and urged the author to keep writing. Ann Day returned to the conference to give some of her humorous poetry. She always contributes useful comments to other writers and adds to the lively discussions in workshops. Day and Little were among the longest attending participants.

Patsy Zedar hung her photographs and paintings on the conference wall, took pictures of activities and attendees and received compliments for her talents in the kitchen. She showed her work in the Wayne County (PA) Arts Alliance Art Studio Tour this summer and in October at the Wayne County Public Library.

In some ways GMW's is a conversation that never seems to end between instructors and participants, and between participants themselves. It starts with a friend saying "hello." The KAG artists and writers always make big contributions.

The Poetry Society of Vermont is holding its first regional meeting to read and discuss poetry at the Gables in Rutland - "PSOV Reads" on Sat. Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lauren Wilder and Ars Poetica, Donna Martin, and members of the Friday Night program in Chittenden, and Mary Crowley and the Chaffee writers are among the local poets invited to attend. Betty A. Little is coordinating the program, call 786-9920 or visit killingtonartsguild.org.