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October 19 - October 26, 2023

Presented By: Umbrella

An evening local storytellers offering insights into recovery and resilience.

Thursday, October 19, 6:00 pm
Goodrich Memorial Library
202 Main St.
Newport, VT

Thursday, October 26, 6:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
1171 Main St.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Admission: Free

Umbrella is offering a new event series for Domestic Violence Awareness Month called Stories of Hope & Healing. The October events will be intimate evenings of storytelling with a focus on people’s personal stories of hope and healing. “It is our goal to offer a free community event that centers the real lives and experiences of community members, leaving audience members inspired by the stories shared,” stated Executive Director, Amanda Cochrane. Stories will center on hope and healing and offer insight into recovery and resilience.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker and theatre producer Bess O’Brien will emcee the events and will also be supporting selected writer-performers during the lead-up. “I am thrilled to be working with Umbrella to raise the voices of folks in our community who want to share their stories of struggle and resilience. These voices are critical to understanding each other and our mutual experiences.” Umbrella is also partnering with Catamount Arts on these upcoming events as they will provide production and ticketing.

Community members with a story to tell are invited to participate in this event by submitting their work by email to by September 22, 2023. Writers are encouraged to be creative and interpret the theme in ways that speak to them. Submission details can be found here.

The event will feature local community members sharing their prepared stories on the theme of resilience and recovery at two events – one on October 19, 2023 at the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport and the other on October 26, 2023 at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury. Both events will begin at 6:00 PM.