This week’s show is shaping up to be a multiple-guest format like we haven’t done before. And it’s still not done sifting down. Excitin’!
Amie Walter will be in the studio to talk about a local fundraiser against elephant poaching in Africa — a safari-style social at the Windham Antique Center followed by a screening of the movie Out Of Africa starring Redford and Streep at the Bellows Falls Opera House, coming up on April 24. You can do one or the other or both, and the funds go to two outstanding organizations fighting this problem: the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Around 7:30 we’ll be getting a call from Jocie Adams, who’ll be giving a concert with her band Arc Iris at the Windham Ballroom on Saturday, April 5. Jocie was in the critically acclaimed band Low Anthem during their breakout years, then in 2013 chose to shift her focus to Arc Iris… an eclectic and compelling doozy, pulling together ’70s pop, folk, country, cabaret, jazz, and classical music. Jocie is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and former NASA researcher.
Late in the show we may be getting a call (or may not; she’s on a tight schedule and is going to try to carve out the time) from Anne Macksoud, the filmmaker behind The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community which will be screening at Stone Church Arts on Friday, April 4. “Climate change is here. Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. The film includes interviews with activists Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Roger Payne, Herschelle Milford, Quincy Saul, and more.”
Word is that we’re going to have another Bellows Falls doer with us in the studio this week. Some people talk about how to “turn the village around” — to lift it up, make it a destination and a better place to live. Well, here’s another hard-workin’, smart guy that goes beyond chatter and actually gets things accomplished.
Michael Bruno is the driving force behind The Windham Antique Center in the Bellows Falls square, and the reason for the improvements to the Edward Arms Block at the gateway to downtown that you may have been noticing. And there’s more that isn’t immediately apparent.
A striking thing about the activities of our guests lately is the powerful synergy between the care for community they live in and their personal passions. These things combine as a rising tide that lifts all of our boats, and a pathway to personal and civic sustainability alike.
Oh. Guests. It’s been a little while, hasn’t it?
What with the station’s broadcast being interrupted for a couple-three weeks during the upgrade process (WOOL is getting many excellent comments from listeners — tune us in at 91.5 FM!), the very public training of our new permanent cohost (Drew Pelletier, who can be found just about every day at The Valley Cafe in downtown Bellows Falls — stop in and say hi!), and three-quarters of real-life’s million little details rearing up all at once, Monsters & Hamsters took a brief hiatus from its mission of doing that thing it does.
Well, we’re back! (And we can say that without any hint of nosism now. Stuff just keeps getting better.)
Barring anything getting in the way between now and then, we’re going to have Tony Elliott in the studio with us this week, which is going to be awesome. A WOOL founder and former show host, a Sovernet founder, a Windham Development Group founder, some kind of muckety-muck with Woodstone Windows, consummate geek (meant with great respect), the guy’s got tentacles in so many places — sort of like the Cthulhu of Bellows Falls, but in a good way.
(The Lovecraft lovers perk up. Just for you:
“…that strange letter of reassurance and invitation which must have marked so prodigious a transition in the whole nightmare drama of the lonely hills… It was postmarked Bellows Falls.”
Check this out if you haven’t already.)
tldr: WOOL 91.5; new host Drew; the royal we; Tony “Cthulhu” Elliott; Lovecraft in Vermont.
Jenn McNary called the show last night with a powerful tale of hope. You can be part of it! Give the segment a listen, and point your web browser at www.theracetoyes.org to add your name to the petition urging the FDA to approve a proven treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Lives are at stake. For real.
During this episode, Drew was totally abandoned by Mark, who was in a WOOL board meeting during the entire show. What was supposed to be his third and final training session instead turned into his first unassisted engagement — Drew Solo, deftly piloting the WOOLlennium Falcon against the insidious Death Star forces of mediocrity.
The board meeting finally broke up right when the show was ending. Drew, still wearing his game face, stuck around and did the written test. Aced it. Dude’s an inside member of the Black Sheep Radio Rebel Alliance. He knows the secret handshake.
It was a proud moment for Monsters & Hamsters.
Here’s the segment with Nick Pelton, Instrumental Music Teacher at Bellows Falls Union High School, discussing Music In Our Schools Month, the grand upcoming production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Friday March 14th 7pm, and Saturday March 15 2pm & 7pm), the big BFUHS Spring Concert (Thursday April 3 at 7pm), and the ascendancy of music programs at the school. All good!
We’ve got Nick Pelton with us this week, Instrumental Music Teacher at Bellows Falls Union High School. There’s a BFUHS music department advocacy campaign going on that he’ll clue us in about, as well as an upcoming fundraiser and concert for the nationally recognized Music In Our Schools Month… plus whatever else is on his mind.
This school band trumpet player – first chair, natch – is looking forward to it! I was more like a geek who happened to be in band rather than a band geek, though. In any case, arts education is important stuff, and there’s a whole lot of trophies behind him in that picture.
I was going to throw our new permanent cohost Drew into the deep end this week, but it looks like that’s going to get put off until next time. That’s another show you’re not going to want to miss.
Wednesday, 7PM EST, streaming from www.wool.fm (still waiting for the FCC’s thumbs-up to get back on the airwaves).