Congrats to Northern Stage for winning two Telly Awards, which honor outstanding local/regional cable television, video and film productions. The White River Junction company snagged a top prize in the Education category for its video of "Project Playwright," a literacy program for fifth- and sixth-graders. Northern Stage also took a Bronze for The "O" Myths, the film of a production based on Ovid's Metamorphoses that took place on the Dartmouth College Green last summer. Both entries were filmed and edited by filmmaker/Dartmouth prof Peter Ciardelli and NS producing director Catherine Doherty . . . Catalyst Theatre is putting on an important "one act" this weekend: a Mega Tag Sale in Essex Junction at the corner of Maple and Elm streets (Rt. 117). The fundraiser is part of a larger community-wide yard sale, notes Director Veronica Lopez, who says her section will include costumes, masks, puppets and more - "lotsa items that creative folks use to spiff up their habitats, offices, classrooms, backyards, children's rooms, etc.," she enthuses. Check it out Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Remember, the early bird gets the, er, theatrical prop.
Can you put the history of Vermont on film? An ambitious undertaking, no doubt, but the impressive team behind Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie is giving it a go. The group of 20 filmmakers led by Norwich's Nora Jacobson is compiling everything from archival footage of a lost Vermont with billboards to a recent interview with the late Grace Paley. They're currently seeking funding to finish the film in time for the 2009 quadricentennial of Samuel de Champlain's arrival. For info, call 223-6933, or see the trailer for yourself at www.thevermontmovie.com.