MANCHESTER - Get a glimpse back to a time when village halls hosted the likes of traveling troupes, opera companies and vaudeville singers. Take an interesting tour of vintage stage scenery on Sunday, May 4 at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Christine Hadsel, Director of "Curtains Without Borders" will give a free artist talk to accompany her photographic exhibit which will be on display at SVAC's Yester House.

Curtains Without Borders is a conservation project dedicated to documenting and preserving historic painted curtains created between 1890 and 1940. It began as a project of the Vermont Museum & Gallery Alliance to find and assess the condition of painted scenery from community venues and opera houses. As a statewide collection of public art, the curtains gained recognition as one of "America's Treasures" from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Curtains Without Borders has cleaned, mended, and attentively painted 160 pieces of scenery, most of which have been reinstalled on their original home stages.

The talk is free and open to the public, Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. Call 362-1405 for more information or visit www.svac.org. The photographic exhibit will be on display May 3 through June 8.