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Taylor and Bologna perform to benefit Barnard General Store

BARNARD-The Barnard Community Trust is holding a 'meet and greet' Saturday, October 14 at the Barnard Town Hall from 4-6 p.m. to promote the Pentangle sponsored production of "If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You" starring Emmy Award winners Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna, Dec. 16. A percentage of ticket sales will go to benefit the Barnard General Store.

Taylor and Bologna have spent summers in Barnard for over 30 years, and have been long time advocates for the General Store and the town itself.

"We absolutely love Barnard," says Taylor, "it is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been to, and we feel it is just as amazing of a place as Rome or Paris… Honestly, I'd pick Barnard as the prettiest of the three."

Taylor, 79 years old, is still very busy in show business. Aside from starring with Fran Dresher on the TV series "Happily Divided" which is heading into its second season this year, she will be performing a one woman off Broadway show based on her book My Life on a Diet.

"This play is a great example of how the Barnard General Store affected my life. I ate their ice cream all the time!" joked Taylor, who says that even though she and husband Joe Bologna live and work in Beverly Hills, they are "phony" when living on the west coast and "real" when they visit Barnard.

The General Store, which closed this past May, has been leased by the Preservation Trust of Vermont to the Barnard Community Trust (BCT) for a period of six months in an attempt to raise $500,000 for purchase of the property. Since June of this year, the BCT has been offering morning coffee and baked goods for donation to supplement their fundraising process. Thus far, BCT has successfully raised over $280,000; more than half of their $500,000 goal.

Last month, the BCT issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to welcome individuals who are looking to start a business and are interested in doing so at the Barnard General Store. All letters of interest must be submitted to the BCT by November 1. For more information visit www.friendsofbgs.com.