Spring/Summer 2018 Community Classes

Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill will is open!

Check below for specifics and PLEASE CONFIRM dates, times and location with instructor / contact person.

SVA Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Scholarships available to all who ask. 

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Flying Ferlow by Michael Seamans

FREESTYLE HIP-HOP  Taught by Cody Ferlow

Mondays, June 11th – July 23rd – new dates*
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Ages 10 and above

Description: Freestyle Hip-Hop will be an open class in which students will be able to learn the various forms of Hip-Hop.  From old school moves to the present day flow, this class will be open to any and all that want to expand their performing arts talent.  Everyone is welcome to this class!

Cody Ferlow is a 23 year old AmeriCorps service member with a passion for the environment and dancing.  He has been dancing for 8 years and has experience in multiple styles.  He studied for 4 years under Professor Laura Shepard during which time he choreographed up to 20 dances in varying styles.  Cody’s favorite dance style is Hip-Hop due to its freedom of movement and expression.

Cost: $10 for SVA members, $12 for non members, and $15 for families that come together.
(Scholarships available to those who ask) 

Location: Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E. Main Street,
Poultney VT, across from Poultney High School

*Contact Cody to confirm dates:

DANCE PROJECTS  Led by Erika Schmidt

Mondays,  June 11 – July 30th* – new dates
7:00 – 8:00 pm 

Description: A workshop for creating dance to include: preparation warm up through body mind centering, improvisation structures and direction toward creating movement vocabulary that becomes solo and/or group choreography.
Pre – registration required. 

*Contact Erika to confirm cost and dates:

Location: Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E. Main Street,
Poultney VT, across from Poultney High School



MASK MAKING Taught by Sarah Elworthy

Tuesdays, April 24th, May 1st, 8th and 15th
Kindergarten-6th grade

Description: In this class we will be discovering the art of mask making.  We will learn about the cultures and stories behind masks.  We will make our own masks using different techniques.  We will enjoy the process of making with papier-mâché,  fabric, paper, and felt.

Cost: $48 materials included (Scholarships available to those who ask)

Contact: Sarah at

Location: Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 East Main Street, Poultney VT (Across from Poultney High School)

To register online for Mask Making click HERE

To pay online for Mask Making click HERE

FAIRIES, GNOMES & THEIR HOMES  Taught by Sarah Elworthy

Please note the new dates for this class

Tuesdays, May 22nd, May 29th, June 5th and June 12th.
Ages 4yrs – 6th grade

Description: In this magical class we will be making our own wooden “peg people” fairies and gnomes.  We will design gnome and fairy habitats and create our own mystical worlds.  We will be using a variety of recycled materials and most importantly our imaginations!

Cost: $48 materials included (Scholarships available to those who ask)

Contact: Sarah at

Location: Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 East Main Street, Poultney VT (Across from Poultney High School)

To register online for Fairies & Gnomes click HERE

To pay online for Fairies & Gnomes click HERE



SLOW FLOW YOGA Taught by Brooke Hughes-Muse, RYT

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm.

Session 1:  6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17
Session 2: 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28
Session 3: 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23

To register online for Session 1 click HERE

Description: Slow Flow Yoga is a meditative flow that practices slowing down by using a slow steady breath, holding postures, transitioning smoothly, and opening gently and mindfully with the ability to move deeper into one’s body and self. Great for all levels. Limited number of mats and props available for use.

Payment options:  You can pay with a credit card online, or pay with cash or a check when you come to class.
If you pay for classes one at a time, the drop-in rate is $11 for SVA members, and $12 for all other community members.
If you pre-pay for a whole session at once, there is a discount.

To pay online for Slow Flow Yoga click HERE

Contact: Brooke Hughes-Muse at

For information on Brooke’s Saturday morning yoga class, in Pawlet, email or visit



script being proofed

Photo by Karen Klami


Date/Time: Please contact Karen Klami – – for the time/dates/location of these sessions. Send her an email and write “SVA Script Writers” in the subject line for a faster answer. 

Description: The SVA Script Writer’s Workshop is an ongoing, weekly workshop for college-aged on up individuals who wish to hone their skills in writing stage plays and screenplays. The format consists of bringing in ideas for a script or works-in-progress at any stage of development, reading them aloud in a roundtable setting, and discussing the ideas/works. This is not a critiquing group, but fellow writers reflecting upon and encouraging their fellow writers in their individual works. Karen Klami will run the workshop by facilitating the discussions and working individually with each writer within the group, at their own level and experience, to develop and hone their craft.  Novices through advanced script writers are welcome.

About Karen: Karen Klami has been teaching in the Castleton University Theatre Department since 2004. Originally from NYC, where she received her MA in Theatre at Hunter College, Karen has been teaching playwrights and screenwriters since the 1990s, has won several awards for her plays and screenplays, and has had several works produced in NYC and Vermont. She presently has six eBooks of her plays, screenplays and poetry available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Cost: A one-time registration fee of $10, plus $5 per class attended.
Contact: Karen, for any questions about the workshop, at 

Complete online Registration HERE

Make payment for one time registration fee HERE


GUITAR CLASSES with Dave Burns

Wednesdays, once a month, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, June 20th, August 1st and 29th, September 26th

Age range: All

Skill range: Beginner through Expert

Suggested Donation: $10, $5 with high school/college ID

Summary: This group guitar class will focus on improving skills and understanding method in a fun and supportive learning environment. Students will learn classic and contemporary songs as introductions to new techniques, concepts, and styles. Anyone interested in learning how to fingerpick, play jazz chords, sweep-pick arpeggios, or become a better player in general is welcome to come. B.Y.O.G.

Location: Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E. main Street, Poultney VT, across from Poultney High School

*Contact: Dave at to confirm the class dates.

Here’s a link to Dave playing guitar:
(Bonus – you get to see photos of his dog Myla too!)



Back at Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill

Date/time: Ongoing every other week on Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm
2018 Summer schedule: June 13th and 27th, July 11th and 25th, August 8th and 22nd, September 5th and 19th

Description: Join us for SVA’s bi-weekly open figure drawing sessions. No instruction is offered, but participants can practice their drawing skills working from the human figure. Ages 18+

Cost: Participants share the costs of the model’s fee, which usually comes to about $8-10 per person. The more people who come to draw, the lower the cost.

Contact: Phil at  or Dick at to confirm dates



ADULT BALLET BARRE and CENTER Taught by Erika Schmidt

Fridays, June 8-August 3
5:00 – 5:50pm

Description: Designed to enhance understanding of ballet foundations: alignment, flexibility, balance and musicality

Cost: $14 for SVA members, $16 for non-members
(Scholarships available to those who ask)

*Contact Erika to confirm dates:

Location: Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E. Main Street,
Poultney VT, across from Poultney High School


Photo: George Bouret


Fridays, June 8 – August 3 – new dates*
5:50 – 7:00 pm

Description: Explores American dance forms and techniques via historical, pop and creative modes.

Cost: $10 for SVA members, $12 for non members, and $15 for families that come together.
(Scholarships available to those who ask)

*Contact Erika to confirm dates:

David Mook

LITERARY OPEN MIC hosted by David Mook, Burnham Holmes and other special guests
Date/time: Ongoing/ Fourth Friday of each month, 7pm– 9pm
Summer: May 25th, June 22nd, July 27th, August 24th

NEXT ONE: Friday, July 27th at SVA Fox Hill, 145 E. Main Street, Poultney (across from Poultney High School)
Description: Poets, Storytellers, Spoken Word Artists in all genres are invited to perform your own original pieces, classics, or other favorites. It’s like having NPR’s “The Moth” story hour here in Poultney. So do come to read or just to be entertained by the spoken word! Free and open to public.
Cost: SVA Membership or Freewill Donation
Contact: David Mook at 802 -884-8052 or


NEW! SATURDAY SESSIONS – See more on the events page by clicking HERE.


MEDITATION CIRCLE Guided by Howard Banow

Date/time: Sunday evenings, the third Sunday of each month, 5:00-6:30pm.
Next meeting, at Fox Hill, on Sunday, June 17th , 5:00pm

Description: The Circle is for those who might wish to get started meditating, to reconnect with lapsed practice, or to bring their own regular spiritual experience into an environment where they can inspire others, find mutual support, and, perhaps, develop new angles of vision. For beginners  the first half hour will be devoted to techniques and understanding for getting started. Overall, there will be the opportunity to use the vibration created by  music to create an atmosphere for sharing the spiritual aspects of meditation with some talk and then a period of sitting together in silence. The circle will close with any questions or experience that participants may choose to share.

Howard Banow has had a long and deep training in meditation and the philosophic tradition of Jainism from India. He was the personal secretary of his Indian guide and music and administrative director of an active meditation center in NYC and has been inspired by many mystical traditions. His is an open way and he hopes together we can create something nourishing as we explore the art of meditation.

Chairs for sitting are available. For those who wish to use the floor, please bring cushions, blankets, mats, etc.

Cost: There is no fee, but a free will donation to SVA is welcome ($5)
Contact: Howard at

Howard Banow 













To find a description of our past classes and events please go to our archive page