Arts & Leisure

10/10/2019
VERGENNES — Based on overwhelming audience responses, (and a sold-out show in 2018), the Vergennes Opera House season organizers have brought back the 802 Blues Revue event featuring Downtown Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen and a few special guests.   Like a circus ringmaster, Stannard creates an atmosphere of fun and surprises, and an unforgettable night of amazing Vermont-style blues. Joining Stannard on stage as Those Dangerous Bluesmen are Jeff Salisbury (percussions/vocals), Ernie Belmond (bass guitar/vocals), Bradford Morgan (keys/vocals), Joe Moore (saxophone), and John Falk...

RICHARD RUANE AND Beth Duquette perform original acoustic music with a clear traditional-roots influence, but of it’s own time.
10/10/2019
BRISTOL — The 5 Town Friends of the Arts second pop-up music event will feature Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette on Thursday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., at Vermont Tree Goods on Main Street in Bristol. The show is one hour and admission is by free will donation. Ruane and Duquette are a Vermont-based acoustic duo performing original music with a clear traditional-roots influence, but of it’s own time. They are known for their strong, imaginative vocals and harmonies, often compared to classic sibling harmony duos. Some of their original songs harken back to traditional ballads and jazz tunes from the ’...

JOHN BROWN'S FARMSTEAD, North Elba, NY, carved on tree fungus, 1887. Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum.
10/10/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Can a simple tree fungus be a historical document? On Oct. 16, at 1 p.m., as part of the Sheldon’s monthly exhibit “Hidden Treasure Series,” Archivist Eva Garcelon-Hart and Middlebury College Professor Bill Hart will discuss a unique rendering of the John Brown farmstead in North Elba, N.Y., on a 19th century tree fungus. The fungus along with several stereographic photographs depicting the Brown cemetery grounds were donated to the Sheldon Museum in 1891 and will be on display through the month of October. The carving and the photographs illuminate unexpected chapters of...
10/10/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will debut its MNFF Selects film series on Thursday, Oct. 17, with the screening of the documentary, “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool.” The film will screen at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. MNFF Selects is the rebranded monthly screening series that replaces the MNFF Winter/Spring Screening Series. Offering a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects will take its audiences on an entertaining ride in the months ahead. All the films will screen at Town Hall Theater....

CLARA CARROLL AND Dan Boyd will be among the performers greeting patrons in the woods of Lincoln during the reboot of “Marrowbone,” a celebration of story, this Saturday and Sunday.
10/06/2019
Marrowbone, a celebration of story and storytelling performed outside in the blaze of the autumn woods, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12, and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. in Lincoln.  Audience members are guided on a winding path, stopping for performances of poems, music and dance. At the end of the path all are welcome to gather in the pine wood to listen to stories by the fire. Marrowbone is outside, rain or shine. The first part of the performance involves a quarter mile walk on uneven ground in the woods. Seating is on the ground, so please come prepared. Children are welcome but...

RENEE ZELLWEGER AS Judy Garland in "Judy."
10/06/2019
Judy — Running Time: 1:38 — Rating:  PG-13 “There’s only one of her.”  So says a friend of Judy Garland in the new film “Judy.” That comment summons the complications in the grand new wave of biographical fictions that are flooding our theaters.  Many of them are finely made, as this one is.  What’s more fun than looking under the surface of someone who has charmed much of the world?  For those who are seeing her as a past performer, Judy Garland is just a famous singer.  For those of us who were alive during her time, she is something else.     This movie digs into the culture of her family...
10/06/2019
(St. Martin's Press) Renia’s diary — because that is what you hold in your hands, the diary of a young girl, a teenager, whose childhood was, as Greta Thunberg would say, stolen from her — feels private and due consideration should be accorded when reading it, and yet it is important that this written testimony be read and shared. Miraculously, this long-hidden diary survived the Holocaust but the young woman, an aspiring poet and hardworking student, did not. It has been translated from the original Polish, with notes included by her surviving sister. In descriptive prose, with verses of...

SARA GRANSTROM, LEFT, Sophie Pickens, center, and Justine Jackson, right, are reviving Marrowbone — a celebration of storytelling through poems, music and dance, performed in the woods of Lincoln. This year the performances will be held Oct. 12 and 13, beginning at 1 p.m. COURTESY PHOTO
10/03/2019
LINCOLN — Marrowbone is a celebration of story and storytelling performed outside in the blaze of Lincon’s autumn woods. Perhaps you remember it? This annual tradition was conceived, produced and directed for about 20 years by Marianne Lust; but she hung up the reins in 2009. Since then, those woods have belonged only to the birds and the bears, and a few good caretakers keeping the path open in case Marrowbone would someday be revived. Well, that “someday” is here. Three childhood friends are rekindling the production for the first time in nearly a decade. Sara Granstrom, Justine Jackson and...

SUSAN GINGRAS IS the featured quilter this year for the biennial Milk & Honey Quilters’ Guild show that will take place on Oct. 12 and 13 at the Middlebury Recreation Center.
10/03/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Coming up on Oct. 12 and 13, the Milk & Honey Quilters’ Guild will host their annual show at the Middlebury Recreation Center on Creek Road. Guests are invited to come marvel at more than 90 quilts made by members of this Addison County group. Each year the Guild picks a featured quilter, who gets their own space to exhibit as many quilts as they can fit. This year, Susan Gingras of Weybridge was selected for the spotlight. “They picked me when I wasn’t there,” laughed Gingras, referring to one of the monthly meetings the Milk & Honey Guild holds for its members. “I’ll be...

A TIGER SWALLOWTAIL feasts on lilac flowers. Photo by Dick Conrad
10/03/2019
We all love the flowers we grow in our gardens — an ever-changing palette from spring to fall — and by contrast, the stark beauty of winter.  But birds and butterflies add their own ephemeral magic to our gardens — they are like the icing on the cake.  For me, the opportunity to observe these winged visitors as the seasons pass is an endless source of pleasure and wonder. A few highlights This year the waning weeks of summer were pure delight, as butterflies and hummingbirds savored those last mellow days of the season.  Not long ago I watched a lone Monarch butterfly with a consort of...

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