As the capital of Vermont, Montpelier (pronounced mont-peel-yer) is the site of the Vermont State House, seat of the legislative branch of Vermont government. By population, it is the smallest state capital in the United States. Montpelier is also home to the Vermont History Museum and Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Montpelier is located in a picturesque valley along the Winooski River in Central Vermont and is very accessible by car, train, and air. Located on the I-89 Interstate, Montpelier can be reached from both Boston and Montreal in less than 3 hours.
Industry in Montpelier, Vermont
Since the city's establishment as capital in 1805, the primary business in Montpelier has been government, and by the mid-nineteenth century government and life and fire insurance. Today, Montpelier is home to the New England Culinary Institute, the annual Green Mountain Film Festival, and the headquarters of several insurance companies. The majority of businesses in the downtown area are locally owned.
An annual local vernacular culture phenomenon, the Valentine Bandit, a tradition of covering downtown storefronts and public buildings with red hearts each February 14, began in Montpelier in the 1990s.
All are invited to participate in reading "Proof" by David Auburn. Scripts will be provided and parts will be chosen at random. Anyone who chooses to listen rather than read is most welcome. Please email any questions you may have to Nancy Schulz: SaddleShoes2@gmail.com. "Proof" by David Auburn premiered on Broadway in October 2000. It received national attention, earning the Drama Desk Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Tony Award for Best Play. Catherine inherited her late father’s mathematical brilliance, but is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness. She spent years caring for her now-deceased father, and upon his death, and feels left alone to pick up the pieces of her life without him.
Massive change is underway in the fields of science, art, and religion. At first, Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity is Near) and Rudolf Steiner would seem to be polar opposites. Andrew Linnell, former CTO of OmegaBand and a 42-year veteran of the computer industry will explore how similar yet different these two views of the future are. We'll cover the dramatic changes foretold by Spiritual Science for the coming Post-Atlantean ages. Rudolf Steiner spoke similarly to modern concerns on job loss, social chaos, and merger with machines, e.g. the "welding together of Mankind with machines will be a great and important problem for the rest of the earth-evolution." The Wrong and Right Use of Esoteric Knowledge, Lecture 3, 25Nov1917. The content of this lecture will draw on works of Rudolf Steiner and spiritual science. One need not be well versed in Anthroposophy to follow this talk. Ages 17 and above are welcome. Speaker: Andrew Linnell is a graduate of the University of Michigan (MSE '73) and Emerson College, England ('79). He is a member of the Anthroposophical Society since 1979, steward of the Boston Branch, and founder of MysTech which seeks to develop mechanical occultism. He is author of two children’s books and is busy writing a book series entitled The Role of Technology in Human Evolution.