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Poetry Rocks! is a quarterly poetry reading series organized by ACE Artist Member and Vernon Poet Laureate, Pegi Deitz Shea. It is co-sponsored by Arts Center East and the Vernon Arts Commission. In 2017, the then ACE Director, Joan Sonnanburg, approached Pegi about beginning a poetry reading series that would feature Rockville High School’s award-winning poets, early-career poets, and established Connecticut poets. Now in its fourth year, Poetry Rocks! has featured numerous poets, including current CT State Poet Laureate, Margaret Gibson and past CT State Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilkin. Readings are held on Sunday afternoons at Arts Center East.

Dionysus Theatre Company is back on stage at Arts Center East!

DTC is performing Papermaker by Monica Wood October 28-30 and November 4-6.

In Abbott Falls, Maine, 1989, Ernie’s taken a notion. He got it in his head to build an ark. Without his job at the papermill for the last three months and his wife ill at home, Ernie Donohue is building an ark in his backyard. “A man’s gotta do something with his hands. Maybe that’s all there is to it,” Ernie reasons.

Meanwhile, three months battling the union has made Atlantic Paper Company CEO Henry John McCoy weary. He didn’t expect such a fight from these small-town Maine papermakers. Though Henry knows better than to underestimate Irishmen.


We value everyone who lends a hand! Would you like to make a difference in the community? There are many ways your talents and love of the arts can help support Arts Center East:

  • Help in our gallery or gift shop
  • Organize a new event
  • Assist with annual events like the Off-the-Rack Art Sale, Craft Fairs, and Tag Sales
  • Serve on our event set-up/clean-up committee for exhibit receptions
  • Help in the office with data entry and outreach research
  • Apply your professional skills by joining our board of directors

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Alana Peterson at (860) 871-8222 or gallery@artscentereast.org for more information.