MCL Plans Sneak Preview and Discussion of Vermont PBS Show

Manchester Community Library and Vermont PBS will host a Sneak Preview and Discussion of ‘Hamilton’s America’ on Thursday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m. ‘Hamilton’s America’ will showcase the making of the hit Broadway musical, following creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and his team.The project will feature interviews with key thinkers and artists, plus scenes from ‘Hamilton,’ including never-before-seen footage. Burr and Burton Academy’s John Graf, chair of the Social Studies Department, and Jim Raposa director of BBA Theater and Dance, will lead the discussion. The event is free and open to the public. It will take place at Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Avenue, Manchester Center. A reception will follow the screening and discussion. For more information, call the Library at 802-362-2607.

Drawing for Van Hook Oil Painting

The Friends of the Cambridge Library will be holding a drawing on Saturday, October 15, at 12 noon, for an oil painting generously donated by George Van Hook, titled ‘Farm Lane in Autumn.’ Tickets are still available at the Library to enter the drawing. The are $2 each; three for $5, or seven for $10. Van Hook’s style follows in the tradition of the impressionists. Inspired by both a love of nature fostered by long hours painting en plein air, Van Hook paints with gusto and passion, bringing a freshness and immediacy to the rural scenes where he lives in upstate New York.  His work has been widely exhibited for over 35 years in the US, Europe and Japan. For more information, call 518-677-2443 or stop by the library, located at 21 West Main Street in Cambridge, N.Y.

Historical Political Cartoons on View in Rutland

The Chaffee Art Center is currently showing historical cartoons from the Amity Art Foundation and contemporary cartoons by Steve Halford, on view through November 5. Amity Art Foundation is sponsoring the exhibit, which features the collection of John Stewart, founder and director. The cartoons by Bill Crawford and William Newton Canfield were originally published in the Newark News and the Newark Star Ledger from the 1940s to the 70s, and were syndicated in more than 700 newspapers. They capture the political issues of yesterday which mirror many of those still facing us today. They depict historical political heavyweights such as Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Robert Taft, Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller.

Steve Halford’s political cartoon posters focus on the environment and Vermont politics, offering insight into some of the problems we face regionally, including forest use, energy consumption and resource rights. Steve lives a politically active life here in Vermont and is a long-standing Chaffee Juried Artist Member.

Thanks to area demand for more opportunity to view, and the artist’s approval, ‘Eye on Nature: Photographs by Steve Costello,’ will remain up as a separate exhibit on the second floor of the Art Center until November 5.

Chaffee Art Center is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is located at 16 South Main Street in Rutland. Call 802-775-0356 or visit