Arts & Leisure

A VISITOR TO Addison County improved her stay with a daily bike to buy the newspapers — six at a time. The daily ritual strengthened her love for reading stories in the papers and brought her unexpectedly closer to Vermont and its people. Photo by Caroline A. Koster
At 8:30 a.m., I mount my rusty Schwinn 7-speed for a month-long morning ritual of “getting the papers.” I pedal the gravel lane from our “camp” near Long Point in Ferrisburgh, rented on Lake Champlain for my son’s Middlebury College quarantine. I pass dairy cows and sunflowers to reach Jolley’s Mobil station on the Ethan Allen Highway. I pile six newspapers on the counter, and a glazed cruller. “You’re gonna need coffee,” jokes Sue, the clerk. Departing Brooklyn after five pandemic months of sirens, cheers, protests, police helicopters and constant fear, I suspended our papers. I’d manage on...

THE MEGYESI GARDEN has been a labor of love since the couple purchased the house in 1964.
It’s been a different year. In a time of little interaction with others, gardens have provided beauty for both Vermont families and visitors from out of state. Judges of the Middlebury Garden Club’s Best of Gardens as viewed from the roadside have struggled with selecting the clear winners.  Beverly and Louis Megyesi, 4 Lower Plains Road For the residential awards, two gardens stand out. A garden in East Middlebury reveals hard work, high standards and constant commitment for improvement. Beverly and Louis Megyesi moved to their home at 4 Lower Plains Road in 1964. The property was bare of...

“Welcome #1” by Zorn and Catchapaw – Fused glass
The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) has expanded its hours. The gallery is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Sunday hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Mondays. The BAG is located at 7 Center Street, Brandon. The gallery’s current ceramic exhibit, “A Space Within,” runs through Nov. 1.  Native Vermonter Dasha Kalisz finds the emotional center of her pieces by combining wheel-thrown forms with traditional and nontraditional surface methods. Her “Lung” series breathes new life into ceramic sculpture in a style that is whimsical, clinical — and topical. For more info call 802-...

“SONG WITHOUT A Name” will be available to watch courtesy of the Hirschfield International Film Series on Saturday, Sept. 26.
The Hirschfield International Film Series will screen “Song Without A Name (Canción sin nombre)” on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. Registration is required and there is a 24-hour window to watch this film from your own home since Middlebury College is still closed to visitors. Register at This film is set in Peru at the height of the political crisis of the 1980’s. Georgina is a young woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major...

HEATHER PIERSON WILL perform with bassist Shawn Nadeau for an online concert hosted by the Ripton Community Coffee House on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Photo / Tim Shellmer
The Ripton Community Coffee House will host an online concert featuring Heather Pierson on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., and invites everyone to enjoy the music from their own comfortable, socially distanced living room. Pierson is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano and poignant folk. Best known for her virtuosity at the piano and her bell-tone vocals, her songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty and a desire to...
Some of my favorite children’s books describe life cycles as heroic tales of persistence and redemption. Stories such as “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “A Seed is Sleeping,” have brought the miracles of growth and maturation to life for generations of readers. I can’t say, however, that I know of a single children’s book describing the impressive hero’s journey of Nematomorpha, commonly known as horsehair worms. These curious creatures earned their name because they are sometimes found in watering troughs and were once believed to be horsehairs that became animated....
Flyaway — by Kathleen Jennings ( In the district of Inglewell, a fictional locale in the interior of Australia, young Bettina Scott lives with her mother, following a closely prescribed set of daily chores and errands, admonished to never step outside these drawn lines. But when a stranger, a tall man with sandy hair and cold eyes, and then an ugly word painted on their front fence, upset the delicate balance, which feels to have been achieved with great perseverance, Bettina, or Tina, as others in the close knit community pronounce, is propelled into investigating the relationship...

MARY ROWELL, MARY Jane Austin and Frances Rowell play a socially distanced classical music concert in South Burlington last month on the “Chamber Wagon,” a portable stage that Fran Rowell designed.
Spring 2020 was pretty depressing for critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning violinist Mary Rowell. “I went from being the star, the performer up on stage, to being a non-essential worker,” she told the Independent. “And we were really non-essential.” When the pandemic brought the performing arts to a grinding halt, Rowell, who lives in the Northeast Kingdom town of Craftsbury and performs regularly in Addison County, found herself suddenly unemployed. She managed to collaborate here and there on music, recording and video projects, but performing live music was out of the question. So she...

AFTER WEEDING YOUR perennial bed, carefully dig out the plants and place on a tarp in a shady spot, keeping them well watered until time to replant. Photo / Bonnie Kirn Donahue
As I look out at my perennial garden this time of year, it looks...tired. The Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-eyed Susan) is at its prime, but just about everything else has gone past. The weeds were difficult to contend with this year, even with proper mulching in the spring. Even my showstopper plants seemed to struggle. Although disappointing, these observations remind us that perennial gardens are not static. We carefully select plants, develop planting plans and cherish each plant we purchase or start from seed, expecting the plants to behave the way the plant tag describes. While this may...
The powerful historical drama “Selma” chronicles the Montgomery voting rights marches with Dr. Martin Luther King, John Lewis and other important leaders of the 1960s Civil Rights movement. This film will be screened Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Paramount Theatre Drive-in at the Vermont State Fairgrounds on Route 7 South in Rutland. The free screening is a collaboration between the Rutland Chapter of the NAACP, which is presenting the film with the Paramount Theatre, and Green Mountain Power (GMP) which is sponsoring the event through a corporate charitable fund. “The film demonstrates the...


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