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June 15, 2013

New series offers SMArt fun

SHELBURNE — The search for fun/educational family activities stops at SMArt at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont.

“Our first program begins on (Wednesday) June 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.,” said Karen Petersen, director of education and public programs at the Shelburne Museum.

“It’s a concert by the Left Eye Jump Blues Band, some really fantastic area musicians, including Paul Asbell, who played with Big Joe Burrell and played with folks in Chicago. It’s sort of kicking off summer vacation for families with a barbecue-and-blues evening. There will be a special barbecue menu here at The Café as well as a blues show.”

SMArt is a spin-off and expansion of Sunsets at Shelburne Museum.

“We offered evening programming on Thursdays for eight weeks from late June to mid-August,” Petersen said. “With the opening of the new building (the Center for Arts and Education) on Aug. 18, we have sort of evolved that program so we’re going to be offering monthly programs throughout the calendar year. In July, we will have a very family-friendly program (called) Through the Looking Glass, where we will celebrate whimsy and color and scale through exploring ‘Alice in Wonderland.’”

Mini Golf Mania returns on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

“We turn the grounds into a miniature-golf course. It’s a great family-friendly evening. It’s a good date-night, too, but for kids of all ages,” Petersen said.

”We will begin, starting in September, utilizing the Center for Arts and Education as a home for a lot of our SMArt programming throughout the fall and winter. Our first offering in the center will be a three-part film series. So we will be offering monthly films in September, October and November. Those films and connected activities ... are really relating to the inaugural exhibition in the center celebrating color, pattern, whimsy and scale.”

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