The annual Just so Stories interpretation and performances by Jackson Gillman will be offered during the last week of March, 2017. This event has been a sell out for local elementary schools for years. Teachers grab the open slots and it generally fills in less than 3 days. There are 3 performances a day, each with approximately 22, 4th to 6th graders accompanied by their teachers. Some teachers teach their students about Rudyard Kipling and his Just so Story style, asking each student to think about their own story. After attending the performance in the Loggia at Naulakha, the students are often asked to create and publish their own Just So Story. We are lucky to have two binders full of the works from these aspiring writers. The evening of the 27th is a special event offered to adults who watch the same performance but get a thorough tour of the entire house and an intermission when they are served coffee/tea and delicious sweets.
Second Annual Rudyard Kipling Young Writers Award
2016 marked The Landmark Trust USA’s 25th anniversary and to commemorate, we launched the Rudyard Kipling Young Writers Award. Last year, there were 92 submissions from area elementary schools and the finalists and honorable mentions received their recognition at a public ceremony in the Latchis main theatre. We are repeating this again this year challenging 4th thru 6th graders of Windham County, VT, to be creative. They need not follow Kipling’s style. This year the categories include fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. In light of national issues, we are encouraging works reflecting diversity, equity, and fairness. Submissions are due April 28th and the award ceremony will be held May 20th again in the Latchis Main theatre. If interested contact The Landmark Trust USA for details.
In the near future, The Landmark Trust USA is planning to offer several Open House events when all five properties will be open to the public.