Friday, October 14, 2011

I Vermont NY

photo by Maverick Inman

"I Vermont NY" was born out of the heartache from the damage from Tropical Storm Irene on Vermont, the homestate of New York City residents and Blue Man Group co-workers Zea Barker and Isaac Littlejohn Eddy

Zea called Amanda Palmer, Isaac called the Brooklyn Bowl, Blue Man Group and Cabot Creamery donated funds to cover overhead and the work began to create a beautiful night to raise funds for Vermont.

Ed Koren, of VT and the New Yorker fame, designed a beautiful poster for the night {above}

Deep Mountain Maple set up a farmers market style stand inside the club. The silent auction quickly filled with donated items: Burton donated three snowboards and gear, Darkcloud hand-screened unique t-shirts and original art, Jennifer Kahn donated "Repairing Vermont" pendents, many artists donated prints and Vermont's Center for Cartoon Studies brought a box of comics, books and original art.

Isaac's animated piece about Liberty Hill Farm in Vermont posted on leading up to the benefit:

The coup de grace came when Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary agreed to come do a few songs with Amanda Palmer in support of the cause.
photo @Vnend

The night was a great success and nearly $10,000 has been distributed to two VT funds: Vermont Disaster Relief Fund and Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund

Huge thanks go out to the performers who donated their time, the artists who donated auction items, the companies who donated their goods, the wonderful people at the Brooklyn Bowl, the scores of Blue Man Group NY employees who came out to make this night run smoothly and the hundreds of folks who came out to celebrate with us.

Photos from
The Herald of Randolph VT
Seven Days article

The Blue Men had a duet with Amanda Palmer covering a rawkus version of the Clash's Should I Stay or Should I Go.

Vermont sustained nearly 1 billion dollars in damage from the storm. Winter is on its way and damaged roads need to be able to carry home heating fuel trucks and snowplows, home repairs need to be completed, extremely far-reaching debris needs to be cleaned up. You can help by donating to the above funds, lending a hand daily details for how at VTResponse and by making plans to visit the beautiful state this fall and winter as gorgeous foliage becomes incredible skiing and boarding.

benefit site

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