VPR: Fairbanks Museum Turns Road Construction Into Teaching Moments

St. Johnsbury is undergoing quite a bit of construction at the moment, and it’s impacting the Fairbanks Museum – in good ways.

From VPR:

The construction will run right past the Fairbanks Museum, just in time to make travel tough for summer visitors.

But the museum is turning a bane into a benefit.

Adam Kane had just accepted the Director’s job at Fairbanks when he got the bad news. Come spring thaw, the road in front of the historic landmark was to become a construction site where heavy machines would create months of dust, commotion, and traffic jams. At first, Kane was worried about losing visitors.

“But then, you know, as I thought about it and as the staff talked about it, it really became clear that this was just a great opportunity,” Kane said. “We’re a science museum. We teach science, and a construction project, when you boil it down, it allows you to teach. Almost any avenue of science you want to go after is presented in a construction project.”

So Kane rounded up some donors, raising so far almost 80 percent of the $178,000 needed for what the museum is calling “Water Works: The Science Under St. Johnsbury.”

Read/Listen to the entire article on VPR.

This is the best sort of learning that the museum can be doing: showing the very practical elements of physics and hydrology by connecting it to real, tangible things.

St. Johnsbury Gaming Club Founded

Over on Meetup.com, St. Johnsbury gamers gather under the rafters of the St. J Gaming Club to create a game-playing gathering of their own. To set themselves apart from the crowd of other game night Meetup groups, the description specifies:

We will not be playing your typical family or strategy games. Surviving zombie apocalypse scenarios, building and claiming castles, planting and harvesting on your budding farm, and reenacting world war battles are some of the many gaming options. From simple and creative family games, to complex and strategic thematic games, we will play many unique genres.

The first meetup of this august brotherhood is Saturday, November 17th at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. Join the Meetup group to signal your impending arrival and let others know there are board game enthusiasts in the Northeast Kingdom.

[Tip via Bethany Creaser, mistress of the mighty Border Board Games.]

Geek Things for August 22nd

  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Planetarium presentation: Meteors that Changed the World 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Astronomy)

Geek Things for August 19th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Murder Mysteries Live! 2011, 6PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $30; ages 18 and up only; formal or period costume preferred; preregister. (Murder Mystery)
  • Name That Movie!, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk, 8–9PM, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $14. (Ghosts)
  • ‘Rango’, 3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ 11AM, 2PM, Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. $5-10. (Theater)
  • Owl Prowl & Night Ghost Hike, 6:45–8:45PM, Little River State Park, Waterbury. $2-3; call to confirm. (Ghosts)
  • Visiting Artist & Writer Series, 8PM, Lowe Lecture Hall, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. Free. (Arts)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Draft – $15 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Hoopster Gliders and Paper Craft, 11:00am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Open Gaming Convention – http://nescifievents.org/?p=2505, Aug 19 – 21, 2011, Nashua, NH (Conventions)
  • Planetarium presentation: Meteors that Changed the World 11:00 a.m., Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)
  • Public Star Gazing, Castleton State College Observatory, 7:45 to 10:30 PM, Castleton State College, Castleton. (Astronomy)
  • Friday Night Magic — Varying Format, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Friday Night Magic — Standard Constructed, 6:30pm – 10:30pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for August 18th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Basic Bike Maintenance, 5:30–6:30PM, Skirack, Burlington. Free. (Bikes)
  • Mount Mansfield Scale Modelers, 6:30–8:30PM, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. Free. (Modelers)
  • Summer Sci-Fi Film Series – It Came from Outer Space. 7PM, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury. $3. (Movies)
  • Chess Club, 7PM, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington. $2-3. (Chess)
  • Zoom In on Zebra Mussels, 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • ‘Ice Ages, Glaciers and Fossils — Oh My!’ Geological history of Button Bay and the Lake Champlain Basin. 3–3:30PM, Button Bay State Park, Vergennes. Regular park day-use fee, $2-3. (Fossils)
  • Panel Discussion – The role food plays in our lives. 6:30PM, Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, Burlington. Free. (Food)
  • ‘Cinderella’, 7:30PM, Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon. $25-85. (Theater)
  • ‘Ten-Fest’, 8PM, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. $8-10. (Theater)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • Book Talk, 11AM–12PM, Flying Pig Bookstore, Shelburne. Free. (Books)
  • Warmachine / Hordes, 5pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games Gamespace, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Planetarium presentation: KEPLER and the Search for New Worlds 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person. (Science)
  • Color Mixing, 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past. 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)

Geek Things for August 17th

  • Community Garden Workshop, 4:30–6:30PM, St. Johnsbury School, St. Johnsbury. $5 suggested donation; preregistration suggested. (Gardening)
  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • ‘RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer’, 12AM, Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington. $12.50. (Movies)
  • Green Mountain College Morning Speaker Series – “Culture Change in Contemporary China.” 9–10AM, The Station, Poultney. Free. (Talk)
  • Donald H. Wickman – A Very Fine Appearance: The Vermont Civil War Photographs of George Houghton, 7–9PM, River Arts Center, Morrisville. Free. (History)
  • Authors at the Aldrich: David Macaulay. Presentation by the author and illustrator of “The Way Things Work.” 6PM, Aldrich Library, Milne Community Room, Barre. FREE. (Authors)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Who Sank the Boat? 11:00 am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (KidS)
  • Straw Oboes, 3:00 pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (KidS)

Geek Things for August 10th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 8:15PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • ‘Greening Your Home’, 6PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Community Bike Shop, 5–8PM, Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington. Donations accepted. (Bikes)
  • Public Viewing Night. Call for a status report in case of inclement weather. 9–10:30PM, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Astronomy)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’, 12PM, Battery Park, Burlington. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Champ: Unsolved Mystery of the Lake’, 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Pathfinder Society, 6:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Straw Rockets, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Free Tutorial About NOOK Color!, 5:30 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Children’s Storytime: Chinese Folklore!, 10:00am, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
  • Used Book Celebration, 4pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Books)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Mystery of the Bleached Corals, Life in Pixels: using data imaging to explore the world. 1-2pm, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. (Science)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Night at Triple Play, 6:30pm – 10:00pm, Triple Play, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)

 

Geek Things for August 9th

  • Green Drinks, 6–8PM, The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont Ham Radio Club Meeting, 7–9PM, O’Brien Civic Center, South Burlington. Free. (Radio)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – Toy Story 3, 9PM, Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘Champ: Unsolved Mystery of the Lake’ 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Champ)
  • Very Merry Theatre’s Annual Fundraiser – A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical, 5:30PM, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne. $25 suggested donation; seating is limited. (Theater)
  • ‘Sweeney Todd’, 8PM, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid. $22-25. (Theater)
  • Christian Parenti – Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, 7PM, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Presentation, 2:30pm, Camp Agape, Cabot. (Books)
  • Sound Science, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Microscopic Investigations, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • OmniGlobe Presents: Full Force, Life in Pixels: using data imaging to explore the world, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum. St. Johnsbury. (Science)

Geek Things for August 8th

  • Vermont Festival of the Arts. Visit vermontartfest.com for details. 8AM–9PM, Various locations, Mad River Valley. Various prices. (Arts)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The ’40s Musical’, 2PM, Charlotte Community Library, Charlotte. Free. (Theater)
  • ‘Champ: Unsolved Mystery of the Lake’, 12:30PM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Draw Comics!, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘Sweeney Todd’, 8PM, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid. $22-25. (Theater)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • L5R Constructed, 7pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Optical Tops, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Miror, Mirror, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Planetarium presentation 11:00, Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury. $5/person (Astronomy)