Events & Classes


The Gawler Family will be here on Saturday, July 16th to share their delightful brand of fun, poignant, harmonies and fiddle tunes.  Ellen Gawler grew up here on Ames Hill, and it is a delight to have her bring her family come to fill our living room.

Concert starts at 7:30, suggested donation of $15-20 at the door.  Seating is limited, so email for a reservation.  Here is what they have to say:
The Gawler Family Band
Gawler Family 4
      A fun-loving, folk-singing, fiddle-playing family of five!
John and Ellen Gawler and their daughters Molly, Edith, and Elsie bring you an assortment of old and new sounds from many folk traditions. They accompany interwoven family harmonies with fiddles, banjo, cello, guitar and song.
Whether they are crooning a poignant ballad or delivering a rollicking fiddle tune, their unique arrangements are especially engaging and often go along with anecdotes of historical or humorous content.
Although the Gawlers may be best known for their extensive collection of dance tunes in the Scots-Irish and French Canadian traditions, their repertoire may include a gutsy ‘ Sweet Honey in the Rock’ a capella worksong or an amusing ode to everyday life.
With their infectious spirit and sparkling musicianship, and with the CDs Golden Thread, Honey Dreams, and Home Again, Home Again to their credit, the Gawlers have earned a beloved place in the delighted hearts of varied audiences across the Northeast.




Birdie Busch, one of our favorite songstress’s and people–wild and ernest and true

with Briars of North America…

AND a rare duet set from Zara Bode and Stefan Amidon of The Sweetback Sisters.

Could it get any better than this??


$15 at the door**

**RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: please send a message to to reserve a spot (seating very limited)


We offer small workshops, classes and events throughout the year that foster environmental and cultural sustainability. Please check back here for updated listings.

Scheduled Events:

SummerWProjectSUMMER WRITING PROJECT. Do you have a writing project you’ve been dreaming about bringing into fruition? A novel, collection of essays, collection of poems, memoir, or covey of short stories? In this weekly adult writing group we’ll gather in the MacArthur House and work together to outline and discuss our literary goals and get supportive feedback on our work. We’ll spend our time discussing our project with a supportive group of peers and sharing pieces of our writing in a traditional (yet kind) workshop structure. Tea & snacks will be provided. Wine is welcome.

Writers with all levels of writing experience are encouraged to participate. All genres of creative writing are welcome–fiction, memoir, poetry, essays. This group will be a safe place to give your literary aspirations wings!

6 week session

Facilitator: Robin MacArthur

Thursdays in July 16-Aug 20 , 3-5 PM

Cost: $200-$300, sliding scale (if this is a financial hardship, be in touch and let us know).

There is limited enrollment for this workshop: sign up ASAP to reserve a spot, by emailing Robin at macarthur.robin (at) . Please make checks payable to “Vermont Wilderness School” and write “Wildwood Arts” in the memo line. Mail checks to Wildwood Arts, PO Box 472, Marlboro, VT 05344.  

Robin has an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been teaching writing, in various settings, for ten years. She is the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology (Green Writers Press), and her own work has been published in Orion Magazine, Shenandoah, Alaska Quarterly, Hunger Mountain and on NPR. You can read more about Robin and find links to her work here.

Past Events: 

House Concert with Tony Barrand and Keith Murphy, November, 2014.

House Concert with Gordon Bok an Carol Rohl, September, 2014.


Tyler and Avah Gibbons in MacArthur House T-shirts, preparing to park cars for our first house concert!


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