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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HOPE Jeanne Montross accepts a big check from the Town Hall Theater’s Holiday Jukebox fundraiser. The event raised $2,690 for Addison County Food Shelf at HOPE. Debby Anderson created the giant check. Photo / Cindi Duff
Holiday Jukebox raised $2,690 for Addison County Food Shelf at HOPE Everyone faced challenges in 2020, and Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater is no exception. Closed to the public since March, the staff has had to literally think outside of the box. The happy result has been a series of online events that have exceeded everyone’s expectations. “We resisted going online at first,” said THT artistic director Douglas Anderson,” but once we took the leap we realized that online videos can reach a very large audience — in fact, they can reach across the country, and around the world.”  THT’s recent...

Photo by Elisabeth Waller
Antonius Block, a local musical duo, recently released their first single, and plan to debut their album Blue Over Grey on Jan. 8 through all the major online streaming platforms. Rob M. Shaw graduated from Middlebury College in 2016; he is a multi-instrumentalist, salsa dancer, and did all of the production and mixing from his home studio in Somerville, Mass. After graduating from Middlebury College, Shaw lived in North Ferrisburgh for two years, then rerouted to Somerville via San Francisco and Tahoe.  A. Jay Dubberly of Vergennes, is the lyricist and emcee of Antonius Block. Dubberly is a...
New England Musicians Relief Fund (NEMRF) has launched a new fundraising drive and hopes to distribute $300,000 to musicians in need. NEMRF was created in 2020 to help musicians dealing with the financial strain that the pandemic has put on the entertainment industry. Any musician in New England and New York’s Upper Hudson Valley facing financial difficulties can apply for a grant at NEMRF.org/apply. “Eight months in, push is coming to shove. For some of us, it is already ‘game over.’ For others, it is a struggle to redefine what we do. For all of us, it is a question of who we are and what...
(Algonquin Books) It was just too good to be true. Charlie Boykin, a boy whose life had been marked by misfortune — his father gone before he was born, his young mother estranged from her family working nights to support the family, a social life in high school that consists of just one friend — is now suddenly enrolled in the prestigious and moneyed private school on the right side of Nashville, Yeatman. He is, tucked under the wing of the headmaster, welcomed into the revered and moneyed friend set that includes golden boy, Arch Creigh, with whom he quickly forms a close bond. Seduced by...

WHO WAS THE woman behind the bright colors, the big brows, and the floral crowns? Take a journey through the life of a true icon, discover her art, and uncover the truth behind her often turbulent life on January 13.
One of the most popular series at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater has been Great Art Wednesdays, which features filmed tours of major art exhibitions from around the world. The pandemic has put a temporary halt to any events inside of the theater, but THT has put together a new round films for the spring season, this time available to be streamed directly into homes. “This series has been a really enjoyable part of our educational mission,” said THT artistic director Douglas Anderson. “The films are absolutely gorgeous, and the camera moves in to give you close-up views of the art, the kind of...

ELSIE LYNN PARINI
Arts+Leisure celebrated it’s fourth full year in 2020. Twelve months, 52 issues, over 700 pages, all dedicated to arts and events going on in Addison County — in spite of COVID-19. They say hindsight is 20-20, so what do we have to say now looking back at a year like no other? We’ll stick to the positives: In 2020, we had the opportunity to highlight the work of more than 46 local artists, actors, musicians and craftspeople; see over 36 exhibits; 12 film events; suggest 93 don’t-miss events happening right here in Addison County; learn nine valuable gardening lessons from our own Master...
(Algonquin Young Readers) Badger, a rock scientist without steady rock work, but most assuredly on the precipice of an Important Rock Discovery, lives in his Aunt Lulu’s brownstone, offered as a place for him to live, “until-you-get-back-on-your-feet” Aunt Lulu said, three years ago. And while Badger is aware of the many letters from Aunt Lulu that are piling up in the mail pail, he is most decidedly unaware that they contain advance notice of a new roommate, one who will undoubtedly wreak havoc on his most-settled routine. Skunk. Skunk, who also refers to the most gracious and generous owner...
This Saturday, Jan. 2, Lissa Schneckenburger and Corey DiMario of Low Lily and Crooked Still will perform a Ripton Community Coffee House livestream concert from their home in Southern Vermont. Free admission. All donations benefit the artists.  Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Schneckenburger grew up with music. She began playing fiddle at the age of six, inspired by her parent’s interest in folk music. In 2001, she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation. She has been performing and teaching music around the...
The organizers at the Vergennes Opera House planned to celebrate the 15th year of presenting Broadway Direct in a fun and unusual way. Like so many other things this year, Broadway Direct looks a little different but it is just as wonderful as ever with the talent and creativity of our performers Bill Carmichael (Bill Walsh), Elisa Van Duyne, Jonny Barden and Caitlin Walsh, accompanied by the expert pianist Scott Nicholas. Together, and under the direction of Sue Walsh, they will bring this annual performance to life — safely! The first video, which is available now (visit VergennesOperaHouse...

THE SCULPTURE
Downtown Middlebury is all decked out in holiday spirit, but have you noticed the sculpture in the window of the National Bank of Middlebury?  “It’s not a wreath, it’s not lights and it’s not a tree,” said sculptor Daniel Houghton, who is Animation Studio Producer at Middlebury College. “But it seems right at home in a holiday window.” Anyone know what it is? Why it’s a miniature diorama of a gigantic otter-monster attacking the Town Hall Theater, of course.  The fantastical sculpture, “Attack on the Town Hall Theater,” was conceptualized and then constructed by Houghton (plus a few other...

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