From Seven Days
, Vermont's weekly alternative newspaper:
With an initial $30,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Hadsel launched a preservation project known as "Painted Theater Curtains of Vermont." In the past two years, she's overseen the "stabilization" of 80 theatrical curtains -- of 160 located so far -- in numerous, far-flung Vermont towns, including Albany, Guilford, Hardwick, Barnet and Pawlet. Last week, in stifling heat, the conservation crew was hard at work on three of the four in the old town hall in Huntington.
Some of these old theatre curtains are amazingly beautiful (and, not to over-romanticize, some -- by today's standards, at least, are trite and banal); I'm glad someone's taken on this typically-Vermont project.