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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-18-2021

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14 ENTERTAINMENT FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION Chapter House will open Music at the Farm season BURRILLVILLE – Music at the Farm will begin its 2021 season on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m., at Grace Note Farm, 969 Jackson Schoolhouse Road, Pascoag. Opening the series will be a Chapter House historical perfor- mance featuring Sarah Walker, storyteller and soprano, and Peter Walker, baritone and historical instruments. They will present music and sto- ries from Scotland, piping tunes from Gaelic Highlands, songs of poet Robert Burns, and a tale of the Selkies, with bagpipes, small pipes, harp, cittern and whistle. Chapter House was formed in 2018 by Grammy-nominated artists Peter and Sarah Walker, in order to bring old tales to new audiences. Firmly grounded in scholarship and tradition, the duo is dedicated to rediscovering and reinvigorating the connection between song and story. Chapter House has been fea- tured on concert series presented by Gotham Early Music, the Society for Historically Informed Performance, and the Grammy-nominated Skylark Vocal Ensemble. Peter Walker is a critically acclaimed sing- er and award-winning piper who performs with ensembles in the U.S. and abroad. He has lectured on early music at Vassar College and Case Western. Sarah grew up in the Appalachian storytelling tradition, and has performed extensively in her home state of West Virginia and throughout New England. She holds degrees in medieval studies, art his- tory, and library science, and is a children's librarian in Connecticut. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 401-567-0354 or emailing . During the COVID-19 pandemic, the concert will have a very small audience. Attendees will wear masks, and sit 6 feet apart. Chapter House, featuring SARAH and PETER WALKER, will open the Music at the Farm 2021 season on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m., at Grace Note Farm. Valley Talks presents exploration of envi- ronmental legacies of manufacturing WOONSOCKET – Valley Talks, a series of biweekly historical lectures by the Museum of Work & Culture, continues Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. on Zoom. Writers Kerri Arsenault and Rebecca Altman will present "Paper or Plastic? Legacies of Work, Family, Community," a discussion of their work about North American manufactur- ing and the environmental, political, and personal legacies it has left behind. Arsenault grew up in the rural working-class town of Mexico, Maine, where for over 100 years the communi- ty orbited around a paper mill that provided jobs for most people, including three gen- erations of her family, which is the focus of her book, "Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains." Altman's forthcoming book, "The Song of Styrene," con- tains an intimate story about a seemingly un-intimate thing: plastic. Plastics are personal to Rebecca, not only because her father made plastic, but because plastic is so embed- ded in our everyday lives, bodies, even used in life-sav- ing medical devices. The Q & A portion of the program will also feature Johnathan Berard, who is the Rhode Island State Director for Clean Water Action. His advocacy portfolio includes toxics and chemical policy and he has been working for the last five years to strength- en chemical policy in Rhode Island, including passing in 2017 the second-strictest pro- hibition on organohalogens in flame retardants in the U.S. Individuals can register for the talk by visiting https://bit. ly/3s3ysMn .

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