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Sage City Six to Perform Benefit for Lions Club of Bennington

Sage City Six BandThe Laumeister Art Center at Southern Vermont College and the Lions Club of Bennington present the Sage City Six in Concert Friday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m.

The Sage City Six is a traditional Dixieland jazz band that plays ‘New Orleans Style” jazz. New Orleans Jazz was pioneered by groups like the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, King Oliver (who gave Louis Armstrong his start), Sidney Bechet, Jack Teagarden, Bix Beiderbecke, and many others in and around New Orleans, Chicago, and New York in the early part of the 20th century. The band was formed in North Bennington, Vt. (at one time known as Sage City) in 1955, by Bob and Helen Woodworth and has been playing dixieland music ever since. The band was managed for many years by Dr. Ron Woodworth (son of Bob and Helen) and is currently managed by Bill Cottrell. A traditional Dixieland Band consists of trumpet, clarinet, trombone, bass, piano, banjo, and drums. The June 1 concert features Bill Cottrell, trumpet and sax; Bob Kingsbury, clarinet; Woody Strobeck, trombone; Matt Edwards, piano; David Cuite, string bass; and Jeff McRae, drums.

Opening for the Sage City Six is the Ukulele String Ensemble. The ensemble plays a variety of music including popular American and Irish sing-a-long songs, folk tunes, rhythm and blues, and oldie R&R favorites and have special Christmas, Patriotic, and Irish music programs. The Ensemble performs at area nursing homes, the Senior Cafe, community organizations, and at special downtown Bennington events such as the Mayfest Craft Festival, First Fridays, Fallapalozza, Small Business Hometown Holiday, and the Bennington Arts Weekend.

The Bennington Lions Club was chartered in 1939 and presently serves the residents of Bennington, Pownal, and Woodford. The main work of the Bennington Lions is in the area of Sight and Hearing by providing assistance with hearing evaluations, the purchase of hearing aids, vision exams, and the purchase of eyeglasses. Over the years, the Bennington Lions have served the community in a number of ways including hosting the Tri-State Music Festival, purchasing equipment for the hospital, and providing family fun activities such as carnivals and circuses. They continue to serve with projects such as the Annual Christmas Party for the Visually Handicapped and Hearing Impaired. They host a special Veterans Night Dinner for Veterans, donations for scholarships, donations to area programs who provide food to the needy, and donations to area nursing homes activity funds. They started and continue to support the Bennington Lions Hearing Center located in the Molly Stark Elementary School.

Admission to the concert is $15 per adult or $25 for two. Admission for children and students is $5 each. For more information, call 802-442-7158 or visit artcenter.svc.edu.

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The Laumeister Art Center is a comprehensive art center featuring multiple galleries, permanent Native American exhibits, a Covered Bridge Museum, art studios, and a 315-seat proscenium theater. Located within 30 minutes of Troy, N.Y.; Williamstown, Mass.; and Manchester, Vt., and just two miles West on Route 9 from Bennington’s scenic Main Street, the Laumeister Art Center is in an ideal location that makes it easy for New England residents and visitors to explore and enjoy the natural and cultural arts in Southern Vermont. On December 11, 2017, Southern Vermont College accepted the donation of the center, offered by Bruce Laumeister and Elizabeth Small. Southern Vermont College goal is to maintain the center as a locus of the arts community.

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