Published in the Bennington Banner on Dec. 19, 2013
Original article: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/news/ci_24753892/sit-down-tune-up-and-join-local-music
NORTH BENNINGTON — The Vermont Arts Exchange becomes a different place on the second Tuesday of each month.
During the day, the VAE is an inclusive, constructive space dedicated to creation and appreciation of almost every type of art. Fueled by the energy and passion of director Matthew Perry, the building and its staff spend their days helping Vermonters discover the fulfillment of expression.
While this mission certainly remains intact, on certain Tuesday evenings the old textile mill turns from a classroom for young artists to a clubhouse for Bennington County’s modest but dedicated band of acoustic musicians.
Originally organized after the first Lake Paran Bluegrass Festival in July 2010, the jam has welcomed a rotating lineup of guitarists, fiddle players, bass players, mandolin players, and even some accordion, banjo and dobro players. Group …