Elsie Lynn Parini


FOUR OF THE Robinsons were artists. Ann Stevens Robinson did landscapes and still-life paintings, and her husband, Rowland Evans Robinson, was a successful illustrator for agriculture and sporting periodicals. Their two daughters, Rachael Robinson Elmer and Mary Robinson Perkins, were also both artists; Rachael's work is pictured here.
08/22/2019
FERRISBURGH — Did you come out to the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh for the annual Pie and Ice Cream social last Sunday? Not only were guests treated to fanciful, homemade sweets, but they also enjoyed perusing the history museum’s exhibits. Chances are, folks were surprised to see so much contemporary art. After all, “Rokeby’s current board and staff are committed to connecting the history of Robinson family members to current scholarship and — in the case of the abolitionist Robinsons — to contemporary issues of social justice,” said Vergennes resident and museum director Catherine Brooks....

Eden Ginsberg and Ethan DeWitt practice one of their songs during rehearsal last week. Ten of the songs in this production are originals from members of this cast. Independent photo/Elsie Lynn Parini
08/15/2019
Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” might not be an obvious choice for Town Hall Theater’s Young Company — a troupe of youthful players ages 12-26 — considering our time’s current attention to oppression and equality. But that didn’t scare off the theater’s Education Director Lindsay Pontius; she took this controversial classic and decided to make it a rock concert. Performances are Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16 and 17, 7 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. “Clint Bierman of The Grift agreed to do a class with me back in February,” she said. “The class was primarily scene study of...

DAWN WAGNER SHOWS off three of the paper hats she’s made for Carnevale. Wagner manages this annual event at the Vergennes Opera House and is hosting a hat-making workshop and tea party at the Sheldon Museum this Sunday. Independent photo/Steve James
08/08/2019
VERGENNES — What do you get when you take a stage manager from New York City, transplant them in Vergennes and give them chickens, and a knack for making cookies, chocolates and costumes? A messy dining room table. That’s what. Dawn Wagner, a self-described “midnight crafter,” knows all about this. “I put the kids to bed and get crafting,” said the mother of two. “I usually start around 8 p.m.” The work she’s doing depends on the season. Right now she’s preparing for the Mad Hatter Tea Party and Hat Workshop at the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, where kids as young as five can create up-cycled...

A PERFORMANCE BY Bread & Puppet.
08/01/2019
  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...

AUTHOR JEREMY HOLT poses among the shelves at Monroe Street Books in Middlebury. ELISABETH WALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY
07/18/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Comics are for kids. They should be light-hearted, fun and simple. Um, nope. Sure, some comics are geared toward the young at heart, but the graphic novel genre is vast and covers topics that are anything but juvenile. “Tell me what you like to read, and I can find it for you in a graphic novel,” said Jeremy Holt, whose eighth publication, “Before Houdini” (art by John Lucas), hits shelves this week. This is a companion novel to his earlier released “After Houdini” (art also done by John Lucas). “‘Before Houdini’ pulls back the curtain on the life of this extraordinary man,” Holt...

GARY MARGOLIS, A poet from Cornwall, has recently published a book of poems inspired in part by his time volunteering in a maximum security prison, where he facilitated poetry and writing workshops for inmates. Independent photo/Steve James
07/16/2019
CORNWALL — When’s the last time you wrote a poem? For some of us, it was a long time ago… like, before Facebook, OMG — back when journals served as outlets for inward, emotional tweens. For others, like Gary Margolis, poetry is a daily practice. Every morning when this poet wakes up in his Cornwall home, he gets up and heads out for an hour’s walk down Sperry and Bordeau roads. “It’s a way for me to get into my body easily,” Margolis said. “It’s meditative. I go out with no expectations of writing.” He opens himself up to what he sees, hears and feels. “It’s about being open to whatever it is...

MATTHEW DICKERSON BATTLES a large rainbow trout in a river in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve. Photo by Deborah Dickerson
07/01/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — Do you count yourself an avid Addy Indy reader? Then no doubt you recognize Matthew Dickerson’s name — after all, he’s been writing an outdoor column for the paper for 21 years. You might even know this angler recently published “The Voices of Rivers,” a book about his experiences on rivers in Arcadia and Glacier national parks and watercourses scattered around Alaska. But odds are, a few things might still surprise you about Dickerson. First of all, he’s a professor of computer science at Middlebury College and a scholar of the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings. Yup...

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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