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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.

PAMELA POLSTON

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.

MARGOT HARRISON

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Margot Harrison is the Associate Editor at Seven Days; she coordinates literary and film coverage. In 2005, she won the John D. Donoghue award for arts criticism from the Vermont Press Association.

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