Hardwick Vermont is a town in Caledonia County, east of Morrisville and west of St Johnsbury, in the beautiful and scenic Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, an area that National Geographic selected as part of their geotourism program for sustainable destinations. The town contains the incorporated village of Hardwick and the unincorporated villages of East Hardwick and Mackville. Hardwick is a commercial center for the region's farming population.
The predominant business following the Civil War was granite quarrying and Hardwick became known as the "Building Granite Center of the World." By 1906, 1200 people were employed in the industry. Buildings around the country made with Hardwick granite include the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Chicago City Hall, Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous city halls and custom houses.
Some notable people from Hardwick include: writer Catherine Cate Coblentz; lawyer & author Dorman Bridgman Eaton; Governor of Vermont Lee E. Emerson; author & jogging enthusiast Jim Fixx; congressman Thomas J. D. Fuller; and politician David H. Nichols.
On October 20, performers of all kinds will take the stage at the majestic Hardwick Town House. In a Vermont-style tribute to popular game shows, “Who Wants To Be a Vaudevillianaire?” will be a light-hearted evening of comedy, magic, music and mayhem. Hosted by Vermont Vaudeville’s core ensemble, the event will feature talented and funny local performers, the VV house band, and NEK “Celebrity” Judges. The grand-prize winner, or “Vaudevillianaire”, will be invited to perform in Vermont Vaudeville’s 10-year anniversary production the following weekend, October 25-27. Brent McCoy, a Hardwick native who co-founded Vermont Vaudeville in 2009, says that the local, open-call format is a natural progression from the troupe’s grassroots beginnings. “We started by performing for our friends, families, and neighbors. They kept coming back, and our productions kept growing. Now, a decade later, it’s time to invite them to take the stage.” So, anyone with a piece of stagecraft: a song, a joke, a heartfelt story, or a trick, is invited to join. Applications for “Who Wants to Be A Vaudevillianaire” are open to the public until October 6 at www.VermontVaudeville.com. Vermont Vaudeville has a legacy of “laugh till your face hurts” productions, and Vaudevillianaire will be no exception. Recently awarded a Seven Daysies for “Vermont’s Best Comedy Troupe", their semi-annual productions have become must-see events in the region. McCoy hopes that the enthusiasm of Vermont Vaudeville’s loyal fan base will spill over into this new project, and that it will entice hidden talent out of the woodwork. “You never know who’s out there, who’s got something brilliant to share”, he says. “It might be your punning uncle, your niece who loves card tricks, or your teenager with a dazzling voice. We want to create a supportive opportunity for anyone interested in performing.” Anyone and everyone with a diamond-in-the-rough talent, a wacky idea, or a little piece of theater, is encouraged to apply. “Who Wants To Be a Vaudevillianaire” starts at 7:30 sharp on Saturday, October 20. Admission will be by suggested donation of $10 at the door. More information at www.vermontvaudeville.com
Vermont Vaudeville Presents: 10 Years Later Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, October 25-27 Hardwick Town House, 127 Church Street, Hardwick, VT Admission: $15 Adults, $8 Kids 12 and Under Online Tickets and Information: www.vermontvaudeville.com
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