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      The All Arts Council proudly presents Jimmy Buffett in his first Vermont concert, a benefit to create a new museum in Franklin County. The concert will be held Saturday, April 1, in the Franklin County Performing Arts Center at the Field Days site in Highgate.
      Jimmy Buffett sings the stories of ships and sailors, of women and children, of friendship and love, of life and death, of Guernseys and sea planes and losing airborne gunfights with the DEA.

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      Most parrotheads know that Jimmy Buffett was born and raised about as far south as you can go without getting your feet wet, on the Northern edge of the Caribbean. He was immersed in the culture of the early French explorers and the mysterious waters of the bayous and bays. What many people don't know is his lifelong interest in dairy products. Just off a hidden garden in the French Quarter is the secretive Bob Robert's Schoolboy Farm where he milks 150 Guernseys. He makes 20,000 pounds of rich brie each year.
      Buffett promises to sing his newest release, Desdemona's Building a Dairy Barn live in Highgate.
      The concert will cap the April 1-2 Mud Festival that includes the auction of the Non-Objective Holstein Mobile, a world renowned work by Alexander Calder, and the grand opening of the northern wing of the Guggenheim Museum.

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      Because a single secure space limits access for County residents, Guggenheim North will be housed in a specially designed, 70-foot trailer home outfitted to carry a 41-piece collection to schools, libraries, and town halls around the County. Frank Lloyd Wright conceived this portable museum in the shape of a cow in 1952, but the technology was not available at the time to complete the project.
      Harper Company built the Holstein-shaped trailer. "When the Guggenheim first suggested this project, we nearly turned them down," said Dick Harper, "but the Wright design (and a substantial deposit check) convinced us." The trailer has softly rounded sides, a tower display area in the "head," plus large "horns" and an "udder" for added storage. The structure is a high strength Kevlar shell with continuous longitudinal frames and widely spaced verticals for better art exhibition. Local artist Natalie LaRocque-Bouchard painted the black and white color scheme on the fake fur exterior.
      "This groundbreaking institution sees a promising future in Franklin County," said Guggenheim Director Thomas Krens.

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      The Guggenheim Museum already holds a unique place in the history of museums. Established by philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim it began with the then radical new forms of art developed by Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian. The Guggenheim also has major holdings of Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Robert Delaunay, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and many other artists of the 20th century, all maintained in a "temple of spirit," a curving, continuous space designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
      The Guggenheim established its first sister institution in Venice with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal. The directors have added the Guggenheim Museum SoHo in downtown Manhattan, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, and an enhanced presence on the World Wide Web. The Guggenheim Virtual Museum offers an "architectural paradigm" with its viewport to the different Guggenheim Museums around the world. "Emerging from the fusion of information, space, art, commerce, and architecture, the Virtual Museum will become the first important building of the next millennium."

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      "We hope to raise an additional $200,000," said AAC Treasurer Tim Stetson. "That money will help underscore Franklin County's pre-eminence in the production of walnut syrup and prime beef."
      Other April First Mud Festival activities will include the kinetic sculpture race through a special pavement, water and earth course laid out on the Field Days site. Free-for-all mud fights are expected. There will be an exhibit of Franklin County art as the new Guggenheim North brings the educational resources of the museum into the heart of Enosburg Falls. The Guggenheim Museum, in partnership with 15 elementary schools, the Public Libraries of Franklin County, CCV, and the All Arts Council, expands the range of educational and cultural activities available throughout the county.

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      "We completed necessary upgrades to airport security Tuesday evening," said Highgate Town Administrator Ray Tanguay. Buffet will land his beloved DC-3, The Pride of Margaritaville, at the airport Saturday afternoon.

After reading this enticement, you may think that your favorite arts council has breathed a few too many oily paint fumes. Rest assured that
it is (about) April 1, and you have been fooled.

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A small closing note: People regularly asked me about tickets in the week or so before this event and still tell me how sorry they are to have missed it.

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