51 Main has had a rollicking summer! Many wonderful musicians have performed, a new chef came on board and is cooking up great desserts and light refreshments, and townspeople as well as tourists have been coming to enjoy the experience. We had a “grand opening” for the town on July 12th that included music from the Alex Levin jazz trio, a group in residence at the Bread Loaf School of English, as well as a set by Atlantic Crossing—the place was packed! The language school students also used the space for Japanese Karaoke, Italian pop-opera, a Hebrew sing along and readings in Arabic and Spanish. While these evenings were performed in-language, townspeople came and enjoyed.
Old Stone Mill is also beginning to take shape. The call for students to participate in the “review board” brought a response of over sixty applications. Six students were selected, and they will serve with three faculty/staff to review requests for space, to oversee the programs, and to promote the building as a place to develop creative and innovative projects. Applications for reserving the spaces will be sent out within the next few weeks. On September 7th, between 2 and 4 PM, Old Stone Mill will have an open house with dessert samples from 51 Main. All are welcome.
Barbara Doyle-Wilch, Director of Cultural Activities, and Liz Robinson ’84, Director of the Innovation and Creativity Project, share an office on the top floor of the Old Stone Mill building. They invite students, faculty and staff and community members to either email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a tour, or just drop by and check out the space!