Haskell Free Library and Opera House
The Haskell Free Library works to provide materials and services to meet the educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs of the community. We provide materials and services in both English and French languages.
The Library and Opera House are uniquely located on the US/Canadian border so that you can literally stand in 2 countries at once. Tours of the Haskell Opera House are available from May 1st through October 31st during regular library hours.
A schedule of performances is listed on thier website. Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the Haskell Free Library and at the Woodknot Bookshop, 137 Main Street, Newport VT. Reservations for most performances may be made by calling the Haskell Box Office at 819-876-2020. QNEK Productions of Newport, VT is the resident theater company of the Haskell Opera House. For their ticket and reservation information please call 802-334-2216 or visit their webpage at www.qnek.com.
This organization is also part of a Geotourism Initiative. Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, located in northeastern Vermont, has long embraced the ideals that comprise National Geographic's geotourism programs. Geotourism, as defined by the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations is "tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place. It's a destination where you can have an authentic travel experience without harming the place." Jonathan Tourtellot, director of the Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations, describes the NEK as "the real Vermont...This is rural America at its most nostalgic, enlivened by a vibrant cultural arts community and the wonderful Vermont scenery. There are scenic back roads to drive, quaint little towns to explore, wonderful hiking in the summer and great skiing in the winter." To ensure the development of a geotourism program that is true to the Kingdom, a Geotourism Alliance was established to help steward the formation of this program. Today, this Alliance is comprised of over 20 member organizations who provide input and support as the Northeast Kingdom Geotourism Program evolves.