Arts & Leisure


THE SAND GARDEN at Asticou evokes coastal islands in a shimmering sea. Photo by Dick Conrad
07/01/2019
Every summer crowds of visitors flock to Maine’s Mount Desert Island to hike the beautiful windswept hills of Acadia National Park and enjoy the bustling seaside town of Bar Harbor. But few are aware that, only 10 miles along the coast from Bar Harbor in the little village of Northeast Harbor, a trio of exquisite hidden gardens, now owned and maintained by the Land and Garden Preserve, await your discovery. Two of these gardens, Asticou and Thuya, just two miles apart, were created in a one frenetic year by Charles Savage, a native of Northeast Harbor using the plants from the nearby property...

BUZZ ALDRIN IN the documentary “Apollo 11” (2019).
07/01/2019
Apollo 11 — Running Time: 1:33 — Rating: G Watching an American crew landing on the moon 50 years ago stirred a complex mix of emotions in those of us who were alive and watching on our relatively new TV sets. We earthlings watched in deep curiosity as three men undertook a mission that riveted our world back then in 1969. That perfect white ball of a moon had been a mystery for all the centuries we earthlings had loved its glow and suddenly we were watching three modern astronauts shuffle through moon sand. The fact that three capable men were chosen to fly to the moon on the wings of the...
07/01/2019
(Balzer + Bray) It’s easy to slip into the “summer at the lake” mood created by Sarah Dessen, the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, and see what unfolds. Emma, known as Saylor to her late mom, unexpectedly finds herself at her mom’s family establishment on the lake for three weeks. And while everyone seems to know her and her story, she only feels a vague sense of familiarity, but yet also comfort. She encounters the dueling contingents of wealthy yacht club people and locals, i.e. her family and the other families who run the businesses that support the...

LOCAL POETS KARI Hansen, left, Linda Shere, right, and Ray Hudson, back, stand with Theresa Harris, front, who is the director of the Edgewater Gallery. These three poets are among those in the Spring Street Poets group who were inspired by art at the Middlebury galleries. A new exhibit, “The Language of Art,” will open at both Edgewater locations on April 5, featuring paintings paired with poems. Independent photo/Steve James
04/02/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Few words in the English language look and feel as diametrically opposed to their definitions as ekphrasis. It derives from Greek and sounds very much as if it belongs among the terminology that that language has shaped for the medical profession. What ekphrasis describes, however, is a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a work of art. Poets love this stuff. So do artists. Which is why Theresa Harris, director of Middlebury’s Edgewater Galleries, has brought together poets and visual artists for a new show. “The Language of Art” opens April 5 at both of Edgewater’s...
04/02/2019
Pee Wee is an 8-year-old pony owned by Ellie Visser and her family. She loves to eat anything she can get ahold of — including pumpkins, acorn squash and candy canes. She loves to pull a cart and spends many summer days giving rides around our field. She is showed by Ellie and her siblings at horse shows and gymkhanas during the summer. Pee Wee also enjoys sightseeing and visiting places like Goodies’s for ice cream in the summer. She recently visited a local Tractor Supply Company as part of Paper Clover Days for 4H. Her favorite part was sniffing around inside of the store at all the pet...

Tao Zhao stars in “Ash is Purest White” (2018).
04/02/2019
Ash is Purest White— Running Time: 2:16 — Rating: R Do go to “Ash is the Purest White.” Let’s look at the tough part of this new film that is earning excellent reviews from the pros. The Chinese language pulls our eyes to the running translations at the bottom of the screen. That means we miss some important facial expressions and quick behavioral actions that are key to the culture and dialogue of this very good movie. Aside from those hurdles we see some grand acting by Tao Zhao as Qiao and Fan Liao as Bin. As we watch their tale unfold, we are given several parts of China as Qiao makes her...
04/02/2019
(Globe Pequot Press) When nocturnal hijinks (and, by the way, a fantastic hair-raising start to a rollicking read) land two cousins, heirs to a merchant shipping company, in hot water, the uncle to Joseph Carlo and father to Suchet, decides a stint serving on the ship will give them the needed “encouragement” to become more serious about their futures. What seems like a successful idea to achieve just that is ambushed by unanticipated and disastrous events, the boys are forced to grow up even faster. No longer the favored members of a happy extended family, their ability to endure life on the...
04/02/2019
Just recently, I traveled to Napa for a culinary medicine conference. Culinary medicine is a relatively new field that integrates scientific principles related to nutrition, behavior and medicine. In the clinical realm, this is the practice of supporting patients to use nutrition and cooking habits to restore and maintain health. Healthcare providers, researchers, and chefs shared their knowledge and passion surrounding health and food in an inspiring week. It was also a delicious week, as we cooked together and noshed on culinary delights morning, noon and night. The timing of this...

LEWIS FRANCO AND the Missing Cats will swing Burnham Hall, 52 River Road, Lincoln, on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the latest Ripton Community Coffe3 House performance. Photo courtesy Ripton Community Coffee House
04/02/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — The Ripton Community Coffee House is going on the road again to present Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats in concert on Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Burnham Hall in Lincoln. The concert is moved from its usual venue due to ongoing repairs at the Ripton Community House.  An acoustic jazz combo, Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats perform originals as well as gypsy swing and jive swing tunes from the 1930s and 1940s, featuring close three-part vocal rhythm harmonies and thrilling improvisation. The line-up for this concert includes Franco on guitar and vocals, Will Patton...

BRENDA MYRICK, A watercolor artist in Bristol, breaks into new mediums. Her Tibetan Terrier Maizie keeps her company at her home studio. Independent photo/Elsie Lynn Parini
01/08/2019
BRISTOL — When you’ve been doing something for more than 30 years, chances are you’ve experienced some changes. Brenda Myrick knows the feeling. In fact, she’s in the middle of a shift right now. “I’m at the point where I’m ready to stop painting watercolors the way I used to,” explained Myrick, who primarily painted commissioned portraits of loved ones — people, and pets, too. Her style was classic. Myrick painted layer, upon layer with thoughtful color and strokes to build an image with an intense realism that feels like it’s caught in a dream. “I think watercolors are the hardest medium,”...

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