In Glover: What you never knew about the toothbrush

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Clare Dolan, the guiding intelligence of the Museum of Everyday Life, stands outside of her young institution alongside a giant toothbrush built by Newark artist Martin McGowan.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

Clare Dolan, the guiding intelligence of the Museum of Everyday Life, stands outside of her young institution alongside a giant toothbrush built by Newark artist Martin McGowan. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle June 25, 2014

by Joseph Gresser

GLOVER — The word “everyday” means usual or common. It might seem, then, that the Museum of Everyday Life would be a humdrum collection of boring objects. The selection of themes covered in the museum’s four-year history — matches, safety pins, pencils, and, now, toothbrushes — might do nothing to change that view.

A visit to the museum, though, quickly upends any such preconception. Curator Clare Dolan has filled an old dairy barn with a collection of exhibits that uses dental hygiene alone as a lens through which to view the world.

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Bread and Puppet open house June 8

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The Bread and Puppet Museum in Glover announces its thirty-ninth year with a festive open house on Sunday, June 8, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The official season runs from June 1 to November 1. The Northeast Kingdom Shape Note Singers will greet guests with traditional Sacred Harp songs near the outdoor clay bread oven, followed by the ceremonial waking up of the museum guard and opening of the museum door. On the second floor of the museum, poet and neighbor Burt Porter and Sophia Cannizzaro will fiddle and strum lively country tunes. Elsewhere on the grounds, guest artists from the area — Modern Times Theater, Clare Dolan, Geoff Goodhue and Ben Matchstick — will perform short pieces and music. Throughout the day, slices of sourdough rye bread with aioli will be served.

The second year of the Woodshed Gallery will kick off with an exhibit of paintings by Max Schumann. Mr. Schumann was one of the earliest converts to the theory of “cheap art,” which emerged at Bread and Puppet in the early 1980s. The museum houses countless inanimate creatures of every ilk, and the new reading corner features over- and under-sized artists’ books. In the museum store, visitors will find the 2015 calendar, and the cheap art bus, found across Route 122, will be crammed full of pictures and booklets by puppeteers.

The afternoon ends at 4 p.m. with a new work performed by the Bread and Puppet Theater Company in the Dirt Floor Theater. Following all events, there will be a community volunteer meeting in the backyard, open to all, to discuss this summer’s events and volunteer opportunities.

Bread and Puppet also announces its Vermont tour in May of “Birdcatcher in Hell,” a revival of the historic 1971 show created at Goddard College in Plainfield with members of the original cast.

The Bread and Puppet Museum is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., until November 1.

For more information about the event, the theater, museum, or upcoming tours, go to www.breadandpuppet.org, or call 525-3031. — from Bread and Puppet.

For more things to do, see our Events page.

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