Arts & Leisure

THE KIDS AT Ferrisburgh Central School were mesmerized by artist in residence Troy Wunderle, who taught different circus skills and brought them to the brink of joyful chaos with his humor one second and serious direction the next. Independent photos/Steve James
Ferrisburgh Central School kicked off 2020 with a two-week residency with circus artist Troy Wunderle of Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures. The kids were mesmerized by Wunderle, who has performed with Circus Smirkus. He taught different circus skills and brought the youngsters to the brink of joyful chaos with his humor one second and serious direction the next. The residency culminated in a performance at the Vergennes Union Middle School gym this past Thursday. Addison Independent photographer Steve James caught a rehearsal of the big performance and took these photos. Click here to watch a...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE ACTORS Michael Koutelos, Madison Middleton and Charlotte Katz rehearse for the Town Hall Theater/ Middlebury College Music Department production of “The Light in the Piazza.” The musical will take the THT stage on Jan. 24-27.
Stephen Sondheim called it “dazzling.” The New York Times called it “the most intensely romantic score of any Broadway musical since West Side Story.” Adam Guettel’s Tony Award-winning musical, “The Light in the Piazza,” comes to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, as the 15th Winter Term production, the annual collaboration between THT and the Middlebury College Department of Music. Douglas Anderson directs. Additional performances will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, and Monday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Jan. 26. The musical follows...
Hello! My name is Nieve. I am a sweet girl and 14 years old. I was a sled dog before I was adopted. My best friend was my sister Chili, but she died this past summer. I love getting treats, especially turkey! I love going on walks and being snuggled by my family. You might see me walking around town. I love seeing other dogs because I am very friendly! I am very furry and love being petted. My ears are the softest part of me. Kaisa and Maëlle Remsen Middlebury

ADAM SANDLER IN “Uncut Gems” (2019)
Uncut Gems — Running Time: 2:15 — Rating: R It is my great pleasure today to write a review of the worst movie I have ever seen. This will be a special challenge because the actors, the directing, and even the premise are all good. Here’s the problem. For the first half hour, we watch Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) as he runs through streets, buildings and underground tunnels. Yes, the photography is good, and no, we learn little about who he is or what he is doing. At long last, a box containing rare opals embedded in a rock arrives. From this point forward, that small rock is the trigger for...
(Flatiron Books) Hailed in the book world as the most anticipated book of 2020, “American Dirt” has already won accolades from multiple esteemed writers and critics: Stephen King, Tara Conklin, and more. Hannah Beckerman of The Guardian says “it is hard to imagine there will be a more urgent or politically relevant novel this year.” This work of fiction seeks to put individual faces to the faceless numbers of migrants coming to the United States from Central America. Lydia and her son Luca seek asylum. They survived a cartel attack that killed her entire extended and immediate family; her...

Checking stored seeds, stored summer bulbs and roots crops, and proper care for moth orchids are some of the gardening activities for this month. This month is a good time to take stock of any seeds you’ve saved from previous seasons, perhaps even collected from your own flowers.  Keep in mind that many new flowers are hybrids, which don’t come “true” from their seeds.  They are produced by crossing specific parents, perhaps ones only the seed companies know or have.  Other flowers are grown from cuttings, rather than from seeds. Do a germination test on any stored seeds to see how viable...
Two chipmunks vie for seeds on our front lawn. One lives directly underneath the bird feeder. Another hails from the far side of the house, address unknown. The chipmunks appear identical to me: same size, same stripes. Same interests, namely seed hoarding, aggressive chittering, jumping into the bushes and back out again, and brazen stiff-tailed standoffs with the dog. However, some aspects of these chipmunks’ behavior are probably distinctive. Experiments have demonstrated that a chipmunk’s choosiness about what food they collect, how fully they stuff their cheek pouches, and even how...
The following real estate sales were recorded in Vergennes between July and December of 2019:  June 24: Kevin and Aleta Racine to U.S. Bank Trust, home at 2 Booska Court, $302,012.08.  July 1: Jason Gavin to Kenneth Kadar, home at 7 Maple Manor, $235,000.  July 8: Legere Trust to Michael and Susan Reid-St. John, home at 9 Short St., $265,000.  July 12: John and Elisabeth Degraaf to Kera Hurlburt, condo unit 1B at Country Commons, $189,000.  July 12: Kera Hurlburt to Parakutty and Archana Emayavaran, home at 16 Thomas Circle, $240,000.  July 15: Tina Charbonneau to Amanda Plankey and...

SARAH KING AND her husband Travis stand on top of a mountain in the Adirondacks for their second wedding. The couple met while backpacking in New York. PHOTO / MOUNTAINAIREGATHERINGS.COM
Sarah King knew she had something good when she met a guy (on day three) out hiking in the woods. “It was May and I wanted to go backpacking but none of my friends would go with me,” the Ripton singer/songwriter remembered. “I was living in New York at the time and was sitting my friend’s dog, so the dog and I went out to Harriman State Park for a four day loop. One day the dog starts barking at this guy walking toward us, and I was like ‘oh, he seems nice… oooh, real nice!’” The couple ended up hitting it off, exchanging numbers and then off over the hill the man went. “I got out of the...

THE HELIAND CONSORT — Katie Oprea on oboe, Cynthia Huard on piano and Betsy Leblanc on clarinet — will perform with Jim Stapleton and Diana Bigelow at the WalkOver gallery on Saturday, Jan 18, at 8 p.m.
BRISTOL — The WalkOver concert room in Bristol will launch its 2020 Cabin Fever Series, on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m., with three extraordinary classical musicians. Cynthia Huard on piano, Katie Oprea on oboe and Betsy LeBlanc on clarinet (this trio is also known as the Heliand Consort), will be joined by two thespians: Jim Stapleton and Diana Bigelow.  Together, these artists will present a unique evening of music and literature.  In a program entitled “Kindred Spirits: The Letters and Music of Brahms and the Schumanns,” the fascinating, intriguing and complex story of the friendship and...


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