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WEYBRIDGE — Like most events these days, Victoria Blewer’s upcoming exhibit at the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery has been postponed indefinitely. The Weybridge artist was excited to hang her work in Montpelier.  “It’s a huge space,” said Blewer, describing the gallery. “Since it’s so large, I was planning to take advantage of the space and show some of my photos that I’ve been taking of grain elevators all these years… that are never going to see the light of day.” She was also planning to have her newer collage and encaustic work on display; and, of course, a good representation of her hand-...

TOWN HALL THEATER'S online video series, The Quarantine Sessions, featured Josh Collier, tenor and star of the Opera Company of Middlebury.
Because we could all use some light right now, Town Hall Theater is launching The Quarantine Sessions. Every day this week and beyond, the Middlebury theater will feature a THT star performer, resident company or staff member in a series of short videos for your viewing pleasure.  “We’re keeping the arts alive in our homes — and delivering it to you,” THT’s Facebook post said on Monday.  Episode 1 featured THT founder and artistic director Douglas Anderson, accentuating the positive on his ukulele.  “The idea took off right away,” Anderson said in a phone interview, explaining that he...
W. W. Norton & Company I was lucky enough to hear Pam Houston read when she was on a book tour for “Contents May Have Shifted,” a novel she described as, when asked how much of it was autobiographical, 90% Pam. “Deep Creek,” her new memoir about the life she created on her 120-acre homestead in the mountains of Colorado, is 100% Pam. First published in January of last year, “Deep Creek” is now out in paperback, so feel free to fold over corners on pages you want to revisit. I found a lot of them. In learning how to care for this land, she recalls how the people in the small town of Creede...
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater in Middlebury has canceled performances for the foreseeable future, with the hopes of restarting shows at some point. One show that will definitely not happen as scheduled is the Opera Company of Middlebury production of “The Maid of Orleans,” which was schedule for early June. The company on Thursday announced that it has been postponed until next season. “Keeping our patrons, singers, and staff safe is our top priority during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic,” OCM officials said in a press release. This postponement is very disappointing, the officials said...

KEEPING GROW LIGHTS about 1-2 inches above plants will encourage growth and help produce healthy seedlings. Photo/Gordon Clark
Yes, it’s that time of year. For those who haven’t tried it before, starting your own seeds indoors is time consuming (as opposed to buying starts at the nursery), but it offers great benefits including money saved, virtually limitless choice of varieties and the joy of watching live things sprout while the landscape outside is still covered in snow. Here are some tips that will help produce the most successful seed starts possible. When to start: Smaller, generally cold-weather plants (lettuces, greens and brassicas) should be started about 4 weeks before you plan to put them outside. Larger...

Photo by Buzz Kuhns
BRISTOL — Students and staff preparing for Mount Abraham Union High School’s spring musical, “The Addams Family,” were in the final push of preparations, when something truly scary — coronavirus — stepped in and forced cancelation of the show.  The musical was due to run March 26-28, but instead everyone — actors and crew alike — dismantled the set on Saturday, March 14. The actors took some time to have a last run-through of the show.  Shown, clockwise from top left, are sign painters Olivia Campbell, Abby Johnson, Lily Roberts and senior Rosemary Thurber (described as a major driving force...

Sometimes it pays to be an insomniac. One frigid winter night, I climbed out of my restless bed and slipped outside to stand under a sky littered with stars and take in the complete silence of darkness. Suddenly, a ruckus broke out along the edge of the pond near my home. A series of high-pitched yips echoed from the shore. A wild yapping answered from closer to my own yard.   I had seen their tracks the last few weeks, traversing the meadow, crossing onto the frozen pond and up along the trail into the forest. I had smelled their skunk-ish markings along the high hummocks of the path and...

THIS IS WHERE Judith began her pruning session — a very messy Ninebark and an out-of-control honeysuckle.
Right now I have my usual case of cabin fever, which hits most of us at this time of year. Even with a healthy dose of winter snowshoeing, by the time March rolls around I always find myself yearning to get out in the garden.  According to Wikipedia cabin fever is: “A claustrophobic reaction, manifested as extreme irritability and restlessness, that takes place when a person or group ends up in an isolated or solitary location, or stuck indoors in confined quarters for an extended period of time.” When experiencing cabin fever, a person may tend to sleep, to have a distrust of anyone they are...
STARKSBORO — The following arm’s-length real estate sales were recorded in Starksboro between July 1, 2019, and Jan. 31, 2020: •  July 2: Miles A. MacArthur to Ashley Little, mobile home at 106 Birch Lane, $10,000. •  July 3: Brendan Moore to William O. Snell, home on 1.53 acres at 1430 Jerusalem Road, $345,000. •  July 8: Estate of Donald Carl Dolliver Jr. to Deborah Devolder, home on 10 acres at 1027 Big Hollow Road, $233,750. •  July 19: Marjorie Porter to Nickolas O. Bissonnette, 1.75 acres at 1818 Robert Young Road, $30,000. •  July 30: Ronald A. Orvis to Daniel W. Marsh II, 5.63 acres...

ARTIST AND ANGLER Courtney Allenson is showing her artwork in an exhibit at the Jackson Gallery in Middlebury through April 12. The gallery is open until further notice.
For Courtney Allenson, making art really isn’t an option — it’s something she has to do.  “There’s not a day in my life that I don’t make things,” she said during a recent interview. “Whether that’s knitting, making quilts, kids clothes, canvas bags, or prints.”  Not to mention the crafts she might make in one of the many creative classes she leads at The Residence at Otter Creek in Middlebury, where she is the Senior Reflections and Engagement Director.  “Basically, I do all the fun stuff,” she said, naming a few, “like art, music, exercise, parties and events… The Reflections art group we...


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