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Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Montpelier, VT

TheVer­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is pleased to an­nounce a new ex­hibit at the Ver­mont History Mu­seum open­ing on Novem­ber 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Blue Rib­bons & Bur­lesque: The Coun­try-Fair Pho­tog­ra­phy of Charles Fish will fea­ture the pho­tog­ra­pher’s talk about the evo­lu­tion of the coun­try fair at 2:00 pm.

The black and white pho­to­graphs of Charles Fish cap­ture na­ture and nur­ture, the­atri­cal il­lu­sion, the pur­suit of ex­cel­lence, and even the guilty plea­sures of fair food,” said Amanda Gustin, VHS pub­lic pro­grams co­or­di­na­tor. “This re­mark­able ex­hibit will be in­cluded with the ad­mis­sion fee to the mu­seum un­til July, 2016.”

nearly 40 years, Charles Fish has been a keen ob­server and pho­tog­ra­pher of coun­try fairs, pri­mar­ily in Ver­mont. His black and white im­ages cap- ture the vary­ing per­son­al­i­ties of fair­go­ers and work­ers, the thrilling car­ni­val rides, the blue-rib­bon live­stock and race­horses, and even the power of nov­elty and the erotic. Fish writes in his book of the same name, “They (coun­try fairs) were rich with im­ages and won­ders at a time when en­ter­tain­ment was more re­strained, the panorama of the wide world less bru­tally re­vealed.” The ex­hibit will fea­ture pho­tog­ra­phy along­side com­men­tary and re­flec­tion about the history and cul­ture of coun­try fairs.

in­for­ma­tion about the Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and this ex­hibit can be found at ver­mon­this­tory.org.

The black and white pho­tog­ra­phy of Charles Fish will be on ex­hibit at the Ver­mont History Mu­seum in Montpelier start­ing Novem­ber 21 at 1:00 pm.

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