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For Middlebury filmmaker, swimming with sharks is all in a day's work

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Most of us have a healthy fear of the creatures lurking in the depths of the deep blue sea. And with good reason. We can’t breathe underwater; we can’t out-swim a predator; we don’t have sonar or any cool geo-location tech in our anatomy; and to top it off salt water tastes bad, stings your eyes and it’s often cold. Our squishy, land-loving, air-breathing bodies just aren’t made for the sea.

And I, for one, am quite content to keep my tasty little toes out of the salt water and away from any snapping teeth.

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Middlebury's volunteer-powered music festival returns to the green

Posted on July 6, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Summer is the time for music here in Addison County — well, all over Vermont really. It’s almost hard to go a weekend without finding yourself sprawled out on a blanket, nibbling some fresh strawberries and listening to some sort of live (probably folk) music. Then again, life gets busy; and maybe you haven’t had the chance to kick off those work-shoes, spread your toes in the fresh summer grass and get down with some tunes.

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Salisbury art restorers are 'masters of disguise'

Posted on July 3, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Paintings age. Very slowly.

“Much like people do,” said Randy Smith, an art restorer in Salisbury who’s been in the biz since the early ’70s. “You don’t notice it day to day, but after it’s been a while the varnish yellows, there can be nicotine, smoke or mold stains; the paint can blister or crack; even fire sparks can burn small holes.”

That’s when you call Randy and his wife, Linda Hampton Smith, to help restore the piece to it’s original quality.

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Middlebury diva sings colorful songs of life

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Have you ever met a diva? Well, let me tell you, Middlebury is home to one of the best-dressed and most fabulous divas of all — François Clemmons. Just ask him.

“Liberace and I have never complained,” Clemmons said laughing at the “hardships” of his fashion sense. “It’s all part of being a diva.”

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Foodaroo moves to historic Marble Works for a great third year

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Before you freak out, repeat after me: change is good… change is good… change is good.

So what’s changing? Foodaroo is moving its festivities this year to the Marble Works. For the past two years, the event closed down Merchants Row for an evening of Vermont food, music, activities and fun. But the downtown construction this summer presented a number of challenges, so Lisa and Andy Mitchell (who put on the event with their company Middlebury UndergrounD, or MUD) decided to relocate.

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Lincoln painter turns skills to repurposing found objects

Posted on June 19, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Buttons. “That’s what started it all,” Reed A Prescott III explained a few weeks ago in his studio-shop on Main Street in Bristol. Buttons are what redirected Prescott’s attention from his 20-plus-year career as a landscape painter.

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Josh Panda and others to rock at Bristol music festival and street fair this Saturday

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Take away all the cars on Bristol’s Main Street and you’ve got a wide open space ?perfect for throwing a party. So that’s just what BristolCORE is gonna do ... again. This Saturday, the Pocock Rocks Music Festival & Street Fair will close the main drag, from 3-8 p.m., for the 8th celebration of downtown Bristol.

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Ferrisburgh's Brickyard Enterprises stretches into art scene

Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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FERRISBURGH — She worked on Wall Street in New York City; he was a pilot based out of Newark, N.J. Their lives could have easily kept them in the city and away from the arts scene entirely. But somehow Ann and Mike Poskas ended up buying Ann’s 1875 family home in Ferrisburgh, and now the couple creates custom stretchers and panels for artists. Oh, and they’ll transport fine art too. So, how did that happen?

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Meet the farmers: Hannah Sessions and Greg Bernhardt from Blue Ledge Farm

Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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LEICESTER — After 15 years of making cheese, you might think that Hannah Sessions and Greg Bernhardt are sick of the stuff. But that’s simply untrue. “We still love cheese,” said Bernhardt; Sessions nodded by her husband’s side in a recent interview. “It has to be the greatest food.”

They are true turophiles — cheese lovers. 

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Meet the Chef: V Smiley returns to family farm in New Haven, runs small-batch preserves business

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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At the tender age of 11, V Smiley wanted to be the fashion editor at Vogue.

After graduating with a degree in art history and English from St. Mary's College in Maryland, she wanted to be part of the Los Angeles arts scene.

Now the 31-year-old is back home on the family farm in New Haven with her mom Susan and her partner Amy, making preserves with fruit, honey and aromatics.

Smiley's a dreamer, to the core.

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