The room at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls, Vermont, is in an ADA-compliant creative economy incubator operated by The Island Corporation. Stage 33 Live doesn’t own the real estate, or act as its agent.
If you haven’t been here before, 33 Bridge Street is a couple blocks toward the river from the intersection of Flat Iron Exchange coffeehouse and Popolo restaurant, which is the only intersection in downtown Bellows Falls… and it’s a T so there’s no way to take a wrong turn. Brick building on the right after the post office and over the short bridge. Look for the giant sheep-head logos in the corner windows; that’s the community radio station, WOOL-FM. We’ll also have a sign out front. The most reliable parking is in the free lot on the left — across the street from us, next to the canal.
The building also has a couple glassblowers, a couple painters, a photographer, a soapmaker, and other fine artists and craftspeople. Fragrance allergy note: a little scent may waft if the small-batch, cold-process artisan soapmaker is in production. We’ve never noticed it, but one time an MCS sufferer mentioned that they caught a whiff of a little something.
Stage 33 Live is an independent, unaffiliated, unfunded, local nonprofit powered by the best parts of post-industrial small-town rural New England come-together and can-do Yankee bootstrap ingenuity and hard work. We provide entertainment, education, and inspiration to both the live and downstream audiences, and a foot in the door to new perfomers and a big fuzzy welcome mat to established ones. We boost local pride by doing what we do, and show an ever-wider audience that Bellows Falls and its general vicinity is an embracing and engaging destination for art and intellect.
We hope to eventually be able to provide at least one paid position in our community. While Bellows Falls is rich in culture and nature (we love this place), it has the lowest per capita and median household income of any incorporated village in southern Vermont. The poverty rate tops 25%. But these same local people have rallied to support the project with time and muscle, experience, small donations of money and materials, and more.
For the time being we rely entirely on donations to cover the costs of existing and improving. We don’t want to be one of those organizations that relies forever and entirely on largesse and philanthropy, but for now that’s how it is. When the documentation becomes widely available on regional broadcast outlets, underwriting will become a pragmatic decision for businesses and foundations to make.
We believe that what we’re doing is important and worthy. If you think what we’re doing is important and worthy too, we’ll be so grateful for your support.
Freewill donations can be made online via PayPal (you don’t need a PayPal account).
Or cash or checks payable to “Stage 33 Live” can be dropped off at any Stage 33 Live event, or checks mailed to our administrative address: Stage 33 Live; 8-A Atkinson St; Bellows Falls VT 05101.
Stage 33 Live Ltd’s nonprofit EIN is 82-2349941.