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Writers for Recovery Opens for Dwight and Nicole!

Gary Miller

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Saturday night, Writers for Recovery had the honor of opening for a performance by Dwight and Nicole at the Flying Stage in Barre. If you haven't heard about the Flying Stage, you will. The brainchild of Diana Levine, it lowers from the ceiling of Barre's ReSource recycled goods store to transform the joint into a dynamite venue for music and other creative arts.

Writers representing three Vermont communities gave readings on the Flying Stage. Patty Garvey and Caitlin Ferland came down from Burlington, along with Stan Worthley and Sarah Ferland, who came to cheer them on. Angala Devoid and Nancy Bassett came down from St. J. with WFR Executive Director Bess O'Brien. And Pat Murray and Kurtis Thompson represented the home town of Barre.

The deep and personal readings by our fellow Vermonters in recovery is a sign of sunlight invading the dark recesses of addiction in our communities.

                                                                      —Dian Kahn, on Front Porch Forum

After we did our part, we settled in for an incredible show by Dwight and Nicole. From down-home Muddy Waters blues to soul, jazz, and pop, they simply thrilled us all. And on their tune "On Top of the World," they had some awesome backup vocals, courtesy the Trojans Singers from Twinfield School. 

The Flying Stage might be new, but it's already becoming the kind of venue that can transform a community. Thanks, Diana Levine, Fred Wilber, and everyone at the Flying Stage for creating such an amazing night of entertainment—and for bringing Writers for Recovery along for the ride!