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These events all took place in our Essex store.

Poker Hill Arts Exhibit Reception (Essex)

Join us to celebrate the work of young artists from Poker Hill Arts!  This event is free and open to the public, and everyone is invited.  Music will be provided by Full Circle.

Poker Hill Arts is an after school art program and summer day camp conceived and run by Chris Gluck in Underhill, Vermont. Each school day, about 20 energetic, fun-loving kids, ages 5-12, come pouring off the bus at Chris's home studio for an afternoon of art or crafts. After some outdoor time and a snack, they usually have a calming, centering activity, such as yoga. Then comes the project of the day, which might include drawing, painting, sculpting, engineering, and/or crafting. When finished with the day's project, the children have the opportunity to draw in their sketchbooks or choose from other creative activities with their friends.

Full Circle is a group of five women who play a mixture of medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, and folk music on recorders, tin whistle, harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, percussion and voices.

EAL Winter Art Show (Essex)

Please visit to enjoy over two dozen local artists' works of art. This show, an artist's choice exhibit, will run through the end of February.

All of the artwork is original work, and a variety of mediums are represented.

The featured artists are members of the Essex Art League, whose goal is to support the appreciation and creation of regional artwork. Members meet monthly to share ideas and information, create and implement programs, and participate in show venues.

Michael Hastings (Essex)

Michael HastingsMichael Hastings will visit Phoenix to speak about his new book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan.

General Stanley McChrystal, the innovative, forward-thinking commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was living large. He was better known to some as Big Stan, M4, Stan, and his loyal staff liked to call him a "rock star." During a spring 2010 trip across Europe to garner additional allied help for the war effort, McChrystal was accompanied by journalist Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone. For days, Hastings looked on as McChrystal and his staff let off steam, partying and openly bashing the Obama administration for what they saw as a lack of leadership. When Hastings's piece appeared a few months later, it set off a political firestorm: McChrystal was ordered to Washington, where he was fired unceremoniously.

In The Operators, Hastings picks up where his Rolling Stone coup ended. He gives us a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stakes maneuvers and often bitter bureaucratic infighting. Hastings takes us on patrol missions in the Afghan hinterlands, to late-night bull sessions of senior military advisers, to hotel bars where spies and expensive hookers participate in nation-building gone awry. And as he weighs the merits and failings of old-school generals and the so-called COINdinistas-the counterintelligence experts-Hastings draws back the curtain on a hellish complexity and, he fears, an unwinnable war.

Michael Hastings is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. He regularly covers international affairs for the magazine, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. In 2011, he received the George Polk Award in journalism for his Rolling Stone story “The Runaway General.” His work has appeared in Newsweek, GQ, Men’s Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and a number of other publications. In 2010, Hastings was named one of The Huffington Post’s Game Changers of the year. His GQ story “Obama’s War” was selected for Best American Political Writing 2009. The author also of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story, Hastings lives in Vermont.

I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416560982
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - February 16th, 2010


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