Arts & Leisure

MARIA PADIAN, A 1983 graduate of Middlebury College and resident of Maine, will return to town for a reading and book-signing-event at The Vermont Book Shop next Thursday. Her latest novel, “How to Build a Heart,” was published in January of this year.
MIDDLEBURY — Sometimes (especially when interviewing an author) it’s best to let someone describe their own story. Maria Padian — born in New York City, raised in “rural” New Jersey — now lives in Brunswick, Maine, where she writes, and texts her grown kids, who have gone off to college, jobs, etc. Padian is coming to The Vermont Book Shop on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m., to read from her fifth and latest novel “How to Build a Heart.” The event is free and open to all. A book signing will follow. Padian grew up with her nose stuck in a book, and was the first in her family to attend college....

REVELERS ENJOY LAST year's Carnevale Vergennes.
VERGENNES — The time is here for the seventh year to get your glam on in Vergennes! We’re talking, of course about the annual Carnevale Vergennes, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 29, starting at 7:30 p.m. This year the organizers are excited to announce the theme: “Fashion is Art and You are the Canvas.” The event, which benefits three area non-profits, Vergennes Opera House, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, and the Vergennes Partnership, has raised well over $100,000 net in just six short years.  Each year, organizers pick a theme that helps attendees choose costumes and...

A SMALL CRABAPPLE provides a resting place for the chickadee on his way to the nearby bird feeder. Photo by Dick Conrad
GOSHEN — Feb. 2 — Groundhog Day — has come and gone, meaning that we have passed the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. And certainly the days are noticeably longer — a sure sign that spring is on its way. Actually in South Carolina, where my son and daughter-in-law live, spring seems to have arrived already. They love sending me pictures of camellias blooming in their front garden and leafy veggies growing in their community garden plot. Here in Vermont I also have camellias blooming — but these are tucked up inside my heated greenhouse. And, although this...

KEITH MURPHY AND Yann Falquet will perform an evening of new music on Saturday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m., at the Walkover Gallery on Main St., in Bristol.
BRISTOL — Keith Murphy and Yann Falquet will bring a new sound to Bristol’s Walkover Gallery, at 15 Main St., on Saturday, Feb. 22. Together they’ll collaborate to create a fresh take on traditional songs during the Cabin Fever Series’ 8 p.m. performance. The duo will use open-tuned guitars, along with mandolin and mandola, for an exciting mix of tunes. Falquet and Murphy are both masters of contemporary traditional guitar, representing the compelling textures, harmonies and rhythms that this instrument has brought to traditional songs and instrumentals since the Celtic music revival in the...

PAUL LEWIS, RIGHT, returns to Middlebury for a four-hand piano concert at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Fellow award-winning pianist Steven Osborne will join him.
The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series will host pianist Paul Lewis’ 22nd appearance at the Mahaney Arts Center, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. For this special concert, Lewis will be joined in Robison Hall by internationally acclaimed pianist Steven Osborne, who has also won audience hearts in three previous Middlebury recitals. In this tour-de-force collaborative concert — one of only three U.S. stops on their international duet tour — Lewis and Osborne unite at the keyboard for a four-hand piano program of Fauré’s “Dolly Suite,” Poulenc’s “Sonata for Piano Duet” Debussy’s “Six...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its MNFF Selects film screening series on Sunday, Feb. 23, with the compelling historical drama “Harriet,” starring Cynthia Erivo, nominated for an Academy Award for her stunning portrayal of the heroic Harriet Tubman.  The film will screen at 2 p.m., at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.  Presenting a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects offers its audiences  a diverse and entertaining array of films.  All the movies will screen at THT.  The fifth film in the...
(Scout Press) You’ll instantly fall in love with the narrator of this book, Zelda, and get completely caught up in her enthusiasm for everything Viking. She is also enthusiastic about rules and she finds a simple set of tenets to live by, like “strange people are not appreciated in her home” and “tomatoes must go in the middle of the sandwich and not get the bread wet.” These rules go a long way toward keeping everything in order and in place, and as a 21-year-old young woman with a cognitive disability eager to fend for herself, order is very important to Zelda. What you likely won’t love...
WALTHAM — The following real estate sales were recorded in Waltham in the final six months of 2019: •  July 25: Town & Country Homes to Rebecca Tarte, new mobile home on leased land at 137 High Manor Park, $48,015. •  Aug. 7: Kesner Trust to Charles and Ava Eller, home on 24.28 acres at 2027 Maple St., $450,000. •  Sept. 27: Jonathan and Patti Apgar to Cory Paquin and Christine Czachor, home on 10.24 acres at 828 Route 7, $340,000. •  Sept. 30: Kolanko Trust to The Barking Lot LLC, commercial property on 1.15 acres at 1111 Route 7, $80,000. •  Nov. 22: Monica Ringer estate to Leslie...
PANTON — The following real estate sales were recorded in the second half of 2019: •  July 9: Robert and Lauren Meyer to Thomas and Kirsten Dunn, home on 14.07 acres at 119 Ruffled Grouse Lane, $628,000. •  Sept. 19: Betsy and Juan Carlos Felix to David Martini and Jane Rice, home at 480 Staton Drive on 1.35 acres, $961,000. •  Oct. 2: Williamson Family Trust to Scott and Olga Clark, home on 10.5 acres at 5181 Jersey St., $299,900. •  Oct. 16: Robert and Joan DeGraaf to Scuttleship Farm LLC, multi-family property at 81 Basin Harbor Road on 120 acres, $703,000. •  Oct. 25: Shepard Trust to...

PICTURED FROM LEFT to right: Laura Mack, of lu•lu ice cream parlor, Eliza Benton of Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewing Co., Dickie Austin of The Black Sheep and Park Squeeze, Matt Birong of Three Squares, Andrea Cousineau of Black Sheep and Park Squeeze, and Ian Huizenga of Bar Antidote and Hired Hand Brewing. Independent photo / Steve James
VERGENNES — On any given day, Vergennes’ downtown is a postcard-perfect Vermont city. Community members and visitors peruse the shops for locally-made gifts, gather in City Park, and eat in one of the many restaurants. The weekends often feature special events organized by community members themselves or by the local non-profit organization The Vergennes Partnership. Vergennes’ Main Street is a charming center, but it is also a striking illustration of the vitality of the city. “[The Vergennes Partnership is] so good at putting things on that make for a rich community life and make people...


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