Arts & Leisure

THE TICKET CELEBRATING the winner of the 1840 presidential election carries a wealth of political history.
Currently we live in one of the most politically divisive times in American history. However, the past is full of politically charged moments that still resonate with us today as documented by the Sheldon Museum’s archival collections.  TICKETS TO THE PAST Henry L. Sheldon collected materials related to national and local politics including tickets, ballots, invitations, posters and other paraphernalia that now illuminate and facilitate our understanding of political symbols, slogans and fraught moments of national history.  The Election of 1840 The ticket celebrating the winner of the 1840...
(Counterpoint Press) Now in paperback, “The Revisioners” is award-winning author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s second novel, and a national bestseller. It is a lively, expansive and deeply moving book composed of three timelines and focused on two women, Josephine and Ava. Josephine’s narrative occupies two time periods in her life: in 1885 she is living out her days as a slave on a Mississippi plantation, possessed of a singular ability to manifest what she “sees” as a route to freedom, while in 1924, she is widowed, an elderly matriarch continuing to help guide her family who now have the...
BRANDON — “Chasing Echoes” is Phil Henry’s first studio album in five years. Come hear the new release at the Jack McKernon Drive-in at Estabrook Field in Brandon on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette will open for Henry.  The new album features 16 new recordings, largely built around his performing band, Phil Henry and the News Feed. Although the compositions are still drafted in Henry’s folk and storytelling foundation, this recording showcases the dynamic energy of his live ensemble. Over 20 guest artists from around the country round out the project.  A celebration...
The Hirschfield International Film Series will screen “Night Shot” on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. Registration is required and there is a 24-hour window to watch this free film from your own home since Middlebury College is still closed to visitors. Register at Night Shot (Visión nocturna) Eight years after being raped on a beach near Santiago, a young filmmaker arms a kaleidoscope with dozens of video diaries, showing the wounds of the abuse, the re-victimizing legal proceedings and the friendship that accompanies it. In a voyage from...

THE PLAY, WRITTEN by Mat Smart, profiles the 45-year friendship of suffragette Susan B. Anthony and escaped slave turned civil rights leader Frederick Douglass.
CHARLOTTE — Middlebury College Professors Michole Biancosino and Claudio Medeiros and Town Hall Theater (THT) present a play reading of “The Agitators” outdoors at Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte on October for 17 and 18. The play, written by Mat Smart, profiles the 45-year friendship of suffragette Susan B. Anthony and escaped slave turned civil rights leader Frederick Douglass. “Do you believe this can ever be a country for all?” Susan B. Anthony asks Frederick Douglass on the day they first meet. This question is a focal point of “The Agitators,” a play that explores the shared dreams,...

RECENT UVM GRADUATE Alexa Herrera Condry, Will and Jennifer’s daughter, is a videographer and photographer who often serves as a model for her parents’ murals, including this one at American Flatbread restaurant in Middlebury. The mural is titled, “Nourishment.” Photo by Jennifer Herrera Condry
BRANDON — Sometimes, if they’re lucky, when two people come together the gifts they each bring complement and strengthen the bond they form. At a time when race and activism are socio-cultural touchstones in the United States, Jennifer Herrera Condry and Will Kasso Condry are working to spread understanding and community through public art. The husband and wife art duo moved to Brandon two years ago and formed their business, Juniper Creative, which paints large, public murals. During the recent years’ social unrest, they have been traveling throughout the region working on murals...

FAMILY CAR TRIP, 1938 Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum
MIDDLEBURY — The Sheldon Museum has organized a creative way to learn about local history while COVID-19 restrictions are keeping its doors closed. The museum has set up a Road Trip Scavenger Hunt to take place on Sunday, Oct. 18. Participants will drive through different parts of Addison County, while following clues to locate approximately 10 landmarks along the route. The hunt is appropriate for all ages, young and young at heart. There are two routes to choose from: Route 1 travels from East Middlebury to Vergennes; Route 2 goes from Orwell to Middlebury. Each route will take...
Join the Grift and Town Hall Theater for a live music experience that celebrates fall, while supporting the arts and artists before the long winter. This daytime, distanced, danceable show debuts music from Clint Bierman and Peter Day’s new band Treetop Mansion, and their recently released, critically acclaimed album, “Up Till Morning.” The event will also feature Leon Campos and Ryan Clausen, two new performers with the Grift. Gates open at 2 p.m. outdoors at Woodchuck Cider and music begins at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and benefit the Grift and THT.  Originally this show was scheduled for...

CLARINETIST DAVID SHIFRIN will perform a free, virtual concert for the Middlebury Performing Arts Series on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ fall 2020 virtual season. Photo / Tristan Cook
The Middlebury Performing Arts Series kicks off a suite of concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) with a free, virtual performance by clarinetist David Shifrin on Friday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Shifrin will perform works by Mozart, Bassi and Duke Ellington. (Audiences may be interested to learn that Duke Ellington performed on Middlebury’s Performing Arts Series back in 1960.) This dynamic program also features violinists Danbi Um and Bella Hristova, violist Mark Holloway, cellist Dmitri Atapine and pianist Gloria Chien. This concert is presented as part of CMS: Front...

IF A HARD frost is forecast, you can harvest your pumpkins, even if they haven’t fully changed color as they will continue to ripen off the vine. (photo: Bonnie Kirn Donahue)
Fall brings many great things that come in beautiful shades of orange, yellow, red and brown. Pumpkins and winter squash are among the most wonderful of these. Fall’s fluctuating temperatures and the threat of frost bring challenges to growing these in your garden. Here are some ideas to keep in mind for a great crop this year. Pumpkins and winter squash generally are ready to pick when they have fully changed color, and the skin is tough. A common test is to scratch the skin with your fingernail. If the skin is soft and breaks, it is not ready to pick. If it is hard, the fruit can be...


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