The Birds’ Songs Sound

“Never sweeter than now, after the long silence of winter, do the birds’ songs sound, and never in all the round of the year is there a better time to see them than when the gray haze of the branches is the only hiding for their gay wedding garments.”

from In New England Fields and Woods by Rowland Evans Robinson, 1899

The Birds’ Songs Sound

May 4th, 3-5PM

A Spring Fundraiser for Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum

Rokeby Museum invites you to The Birds’ Songs Sound a Spring Fundraiser for Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum on May 4th, 2019, 3PM-5PM.

The Birds’ Songs Sound celebrates Spring at Rokeby Museum with a festive tasting. Please join us as we sample Vermont artisan cheese, Stone Soup, and a selection of canapes and appetizers from Sugarsnap, all of which is paired with a variety of wines from Shelburne Vineyard. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the house and historic site.

A program of art, music and readings will accompany the event. Guests will be treated to a special preview of “Rokeby Through the Lens”, an exhibition of Rokeby-inspired photography, the highlight of which is a thirty-foot photograph of the site by Stephen Schaub that exemplifies how contemporary artists can draw out new views and perspectives. Two members of the Middlebury Actors Workshop will perform readings of Rokeby texts.


If you cannot attend, please consider making a contribution to support Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum.


Call 802-877-3406 or send an EMAIL.

About Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum
Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum is an ambitious two-year project designed to engage artists and the public with Rokeby Museum archives, objects, buildings, and land. Project activities will demonstrate how contemporary art can pick up the unfinished work of history and foster civic engagement in social, economic, and environmental justice issues. In 2019, Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum will present two exhibitions, introduce an artist membership program, conduct a symposium about the relationship between art and history, and host an artist lab designed to support the development of an artist’s practice. Artists will be invited to make art at or about Rokeby Museum and their work will be shared online and at a festival in August. Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum is a collaboration with Kasini House.

About Rokeby Museum
From 1793 to 1961, Rokeby was home to four generations of Robinsons — a remarkable family of Quakers, farmers, abolitionists, artists, and authors. Today, the Robinson family’s home is a National Historic Landmark, designated for its exceptional Underground Railroad history. Rokeby is among the best-documented Underground Railroad sites in the county, one the National Park Service has described as “unrivaled among known sites for its historical integrity and the poignancy of the stories it tells.” Telling those stories is at the center of the Museum’s mission, which is to “connect visitors with the human experience of the Underground Railroad and with the lives of the Robinsons, who lived on and farmed this land for nearly 200 years.” The Museum is located on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.

About Sugarsnap
Sugarsnap is a farm to table, full service catering company in Vermont. They we grow much of their own produce and herbs on a 3-acre farm in Burlington’s Intervale and purchase products produced by many local farmers and producers.

About Shelburne Vineyard
From vine to glass, Shelburne Vineyard makes the finest quality wine from northern varietal grapes. With a lush Vermont landscape as its backdrop, their state of the art winery and tasting room sits nestled among the vines. Shelburne Vineyard invites you to visit, try their award winning wines and experience a taste of Vermont. “As pioneers in Vermont wine making, we take pride in our stewardship of the land by committing to sustainable agriculture and responsible vineyard practices. Stroll our vineyards, pack a picnic and sip a glass of wine on the patio. Enjoy what Vermont has to offer.”

About Middlebury Actors Workshop
Originally started in 2001 as an experiment in a communally run theater company, and now under the Artistic Direction of Melissa Lourie, the Middlebury Actors Workshop produces plays, provides skilled actors, directors and designers with a chance to work; and engages, challenges and educates their audience. Since 2008, they have been the resident professional theater company at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. They are now presenting three MainStage plays and three Cutting Edge Staged Readings each year.