Arts & Leisure


JIM ANDREWS OF the Salisbury Conservation Commission is one of the leading volunteers behind the creation of the new Pitch Pine recreation trail off Plains Road in Salisbury. Independent photo/Steve James
SALISBURY — What’s your go-to walking path? Most of us have at least one, whether it be around your neighborhood — checking out new home renovations and gardens — or a walk in your favorite woods. Addison County is chock full of beautiful trails that we can choose from, and the Salisbury Conservation Commission recently added one more to the list.  The Pitch Pine Trail off Plains Road in Salisbury made its debut quietly in the middle of last year, but the project had been in the works long before that thanks to the steady efforts of the Salisbury Conservation Commission’s volunteer members...
The Bread Loaf Section of the Green Mountain Club (GMC) will hold its 46th Annual Meeting on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 21. This will be an online Zoom meeting and is open to the public. The business portion of the meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. with local section reports and a report by GMC’s Executive Director and Middlebury native Mike DeBonis. After voting in a new slate of officers, the meeting will adjourn at about 7:15 p.m., immediately followed by a special presentation on an especially timely topic: “Finding adventures close to home.” Guest presenter Leath Tonino, a Ferrisburgh...
CORNWALL — Romy Munkres from Cornwall, was selected as the 2019/2020 Young Tradition Vermont Youth Commission artist for the year. Romy, a 2020 graduate of Middlebury Union High School, was the winner of the Young Tradition Vermont annual contest and was the 2019/2020 Youth Artist Leader for the YTV Touring Group. She was in charge of scheduling and organizing rehearsals and working with Mark Sustic (YTV Executive Director).  As the selected Youth Commission artist, Munkres recruited a group that included brother Ben Munkres and friends Abi Sandy, Hadley Stockwell and Fern Tamagini-O’Donnell...
Della Doodle (the fabulous poodle) in Brandon, waits patiently in the corner of her yard for people to walk by - before pouncing with happy barks.  It is entertaining to her to surprise passers-by! Monica McEnerny Brandon    

ILLUSTRATION BY ADELAIDE Tyrol
As winter approaches and snow coats the ground, the tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) will again become a ubiquitous backyard visitor. Familiar to even the most casual observers of nature, titmice readily come to feeders, especially those filled with sunflower seeds. Like many other birds that spend winters here, they seem to relish any cold-weather handouts, and I welcome their presence in my yard. A smallish gray bird with a distinctive crest, both the male and female tufted titmouse have dark eyes, a white belly, and rust-colored flanks. When titmice are out of sight, they can be...

BELLA MINA, A 10-year-old Beagle weighing 22 pounds, was adopted Jan. 5 at 11:42 a.m. by Catherine Wilson of Bristol.
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound is excited to announce the first animal adopted in 2021.  Bella Mina, a 10 year-old Beagle, weighing 22 pounds, was adopted Jan. 5 at 11:42 a.m. by Catherine Wilson of Bristol.  Bella was a “foster fail” by Wilson who fell in love with her at first sight. Bella was originally bought at a Pet Store in Queensbury, N.Y., as a puppy. She had lived with her previous owners up until recently when they passed away. The family could not keep her in their living situation, so they surrendered her to us, knowing she would find her forever home. The adoption of Bella...
(Ecco Press) In a nation split by irreconcilable differences, one woman, rigid and unyielding in her determination, imprinted with a legacy of familial misconduct, takes on the task of single-handedly rescuing her new family from the violent outlaw who seeks to destroy them. Brooke, who has carefully kept her infamous last name secret from her partner and the father of her two children, has largely put her fractious past and her family, the Hollands, behind her. Brooke’s recollection of a widely-circulated photograph, with her as a toddler, posing in the back of a pickup truck filled with...

PIANIST GLORIA CHIEN will perform a free, virtual concert for the Middlebury Performing Arts Series on Friday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Photo / Pilvax Oberyn Studio
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Performing Arts Series opens its winter 2021 virtual season with pianist Gloria Chien — an equally acclaimed performer, concert presenter and educator. She will perform works by Field, Liszt and Mendelssohn in a free, virtual concert broadcast on Friday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Chien is no stranger to Middlebury audiences, having previously appeared on the Mahaney Arts Center stage with Sophie Shao and Friends, and as part of our virtual programming last fall. She is also Co-Artistic Director of Vermont’s Lake Champlain Music Festival. About the Artist Taiwanese-born...

VERMONT ARTIST KATIE Runde was one of the interview subjects on Karen Kevra's podcast, Muse Mentors.
Alright, everyone, it’s time to shake off 2020 and jump into 2021 with ambition. But it’s cold and COVID’s still out there… yeah, yeah, yeah, we know. But try this on for size — you can motivate by simply plugging in your new AirPods and listening to Capital City Concert’s podcast “Muse Mentors,” hosted by Cornwall’s Karen Kevra.  Most of us know Kevra as the founder of Captital City Concerts and a professional flutist. But when the pandemic hit and public gatherings came to a screeching halt, Kevra was faced with two options: “We could stagnate or reinvent ourselves.”  She decided to start...
The Vermont Folklife Center and the Pride Center of Vermont announce the opening of “Pride 1983,” a new online exhibit. Through interviews with organizers, photographs and scanned images of historic documents “Pride 1983” explores the origins and lasting legacies of Vermont’s first Pride March on June 25, 1983 in Burlington. View the virtual exhibit at vtfolklife.org/pride-1983. On June 25, 1983, the First Lesbian and Gay Pride March in Vermont took place in Burlington, 14 years after the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. From the very beginning, the Pride events in Vermont were a...

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