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July 20th, 2015
STOWE — Keewaydin Farm in Stowe has been named the 2015 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year.
The award is presented annually to an outstanding dairy operation by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association (VDIA) in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program. This year’s winners, Les and Claire Pike, operate a 141-head registered Jersey farm with their children, Dan and Suzi Pike. The farm has been in the family since 1921.
MONTPELIER — Members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, in conjunction with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, have organized Vermont Open Farm Week to enable members of the public to go straight to the source of their favorite Vermont food. Open Farm Week will take place across the state on Aug. 3-9.
MIDDLEBURY — The NER Vermont Reading Series, which since 2011 has presented 65 writers in its quarterly series for Vermont writers and audiences, is opening its borders to writers from near and far. This first event in the newly expanded series presents Chicago-based novelist Rebecca Makkai, New Yorker Michael Coffey, and Shelburne poet Penelope Cray on Wednesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café, 24 Merchants Row, Middlebury. Books will be provided by Vermont Book Shop and available for signing.
MIDDLEBURY — At their annual meeting this spring the Middlebury College Friends of the Art Museum recognized 18 students with awards in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the visual arts. Class of 2015 Middlebury College students Krista Duke and Robert Seltzer, nominated by faculty members, were recognized at the Friends’ Annual Dinner in May.
ITHACA, N.Y. — Sophia Abdul Sater, an integrated marketing communications major in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, presented her work of the summer semester course — a series of photographs depicting her experience studying abroad in Italy — to faculty, staff and classmates mingling at the Umbra Art Show. Abdul Sater is a 2014 graduate of Middlebury Union High School.
Middlebury Actors Workshop, a small professional ensemble in residence at Town Hall Theater, announces its 15th anniversary summer production of “Greater Tuna,” starring founding members Steve Small and Harry McEnerny. The production opens on Thursday, at 8 p.m. in A.R.T.’s Black Box Theater at the Patricia Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. in Middlebury. Performances will repeat on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be additional performances next week.