Arts & Leisure

SALISBURY — On Friday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m., the 40th annual Salisbury Summer Performance Series (at the Salisbury Congregational Meetinghouse) will present a chamber concert by the faculty ensemble of the Point Counterpoint Music Camp under Music Director Randy Hiller. These talented young professionals staffing the camp’s late summer session hail from leading musical programs ranging from the Manhattan School of Music and the Boston Conservatory to London’s Guildhall. Their performance venues have included Tanglewood, Carnegie Recital Hall, Miami’s New World Symphony, the Barbican, Warsaw,...

A PERFORMANCE BY Bread & Puppet.
  Ira Carp, Peter and Alka’s grandson, is circus master.   MIDDLEBURY — The circus is coming! The circus is coming! Bread and Puppet Theater’s Diagonal Life Circus, that is. Where? Why, right here to Middlebury’s Marble Works District on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Diagonal Life explores the bewildering, beguiling, and downright funny possibilities and implications of diagonality with the help of state-of-the-art paper-maché weaponry and the riotous Bread & Puppet Brass Band. This event continues Bread & Puppet’s longstanding embrace of the puppet circus, an annual...

PINK TALKING FISH will headline during the new Bear North festival in Fayston.
FAYSTON — Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Pink Talking Fish will join a host of other musicians, brewers and artists on the slopes of Mt. Ellen, at Bear North, a new festival in Fayston, on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3. “We are hoping for the best kind of sensory overload,” said Meg Schultz, Bear North Event Coordinator. “Folks should plan on a fun weekend full of music, beer, art and community.” Bear North is the newest event from Schultz, who owns Meg’s Events, and is known for her work on SIPtemebest, the Waterbury Arts Fest and more. “I’ve wanted to bring a weekend festival to the Mad River...

PHLOX 'MISS LINGARD' and “Rosalind” make a nice picture among the daylilies and bee balm in Judith’s garden in Goshen. Photo by Dick Conrad
This Sunday, Aug. 4, from 1-4 p.m., Judith and Dick will open their garden at 423 Goshen Ripton Road in Goshen to interested readers (weather permitting). If you have questions email Judith at [email protected] The “dog days” of summer are here. And often, by this point in the season, people tell me that their flowers are fading and their gardens have a bit of a tired look. Yes, it is true that our lilacs, peonies and iris are but a distant memory, and the early salvia and catmint have gone to seed.  But there are many lovely flowers to take their place in July and August, a time when...

ARTIST SALLY J. SMITH, of Westport, N.Y., shows one of the fairy houses she makes from bark,moss and other materials during a fairy tea cup workshop on July 21 at the Sheldon Museum. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — We all know fairies are real, but where do they live? Why, in tiny fairy houses, of course. Who builds these homes? Well on Sunday, July 21, a group of local kids (and their parents) showed up at the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury to help build Tea Cup Fairy Houses with artist Sally J. Smith of Westport, N.Y. She showed participants a few of her amazing fairy houses (now on view at the Sheldon) and shared some of her tips for creating fairy houses. “It was such fun to share my creative process with the kids and the adults who brought them to the workshop,” Smith said. “The kids...
Upcoming movies at the Red Barn Aug. 2:  Cabaret (1972) starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York Aug. 9:  Little Shop of Horrors Aug. 16:  Mamma Mia! Aug. 23:  Blindspotting   BRISTOL — The Inn at Baldwin Creek & Mary’s Restaurant in Bristol kicked off their summer movie series, “Musicals through the Decades,” on Friday, July 26 with “Singin’ in the Rain.” The series will continue for the next four consecutive Friday nights — that’s through Aug. 23 — at 7:15 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy dinner before the show. Arrive by 6 p.m. to receive a 10 percent discount on your food with reserved...

FIDDLER JAKE BRILLHART and singer-songwriter Alex Smith make a welcome return to Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Fiddler Jake Brillhart and singer-songwriter Alex Smith make a welcome return to Brandon Music on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. This talented duo have toured extensively for the past six years performing Brillhart’s Cape Breton-influenced fiddle tunes and Smith’s finely crafted folk ballads. The result is a show that is both energetic and contemplative, and one that has captivated audiences from Iowa to Maine. Sarah Craig, at Caffe Lena calls Smith “a natural storyteller.” He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today’s most pressing...

'STORM BOY' WILL screen at the Middlebury Marquis on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m., during the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Kids and Family Day.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will once again hold Kids and Family Day on Wednesday, Aug. 21 — the day before the festival officially begins. MNFF will partner with the Marquis Theatre in Middlebury for this day of films and fun. MNFF will offer three outstanding family friendly films from all over the world, with screenings at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Marquis. First up, “Storm Boy,” a stirring Australian drama based on the book of the same name.  Screening next, “Liyana,” an award winning film from Swaziland that beautifully combines drama and documentary. ...

“Moments,” a painting by Brenda Myrick
BRISTOL — Bristol’s Brenda Myrick has a new show coming to town. On Saturday, Aug. 3, Myrick will open her exhibit “WINGS” at Bristol Cliffs Cafe on Main Street with an opening reception from 5-8 p.m. The exhibit features new works by Myrick in acrylic and oil. This is a new direction for Myrick — watercolors were her primary medium for more than three decades prior to her new exploration into oils. Nate Gusakov will perform his acoustic fiddle music during the opening from 6-7 p.m. There will be beer, wine and food available for purchase. Come check it out.
SALISBURY — On Friday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m., the 40th annual Salisbury Summer Performance Series (at the Salisbury Congregational Meetinghouse) will host a performance by Addison County favorites Deb Brisson and the Hayburners. Behind Brisson’s powerfully expressive singing, the band combines original songs with favorites by Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne, Keb Mo, Ryan Adams and many more. Brisson is joined by Mark Pelletier on guitar and vocals, Carl Boss on bass and vocals, John Wallace on drums, and Doug Wilhelm on harmonica, congas and percussion. The band’s repertoire, arranged and...


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