Arts & Leisure


CLINT BIERMAN
07/06/2020
If you are from Vermont, and particularly Addison County, it is likely you’re familiar with The Grift and the members of this homegrown band: Clint Bierman, Peter Day, Jeff Vallone and Andrew Moroz.  Bierman and Day, leaders of the band, told the Independent they’ve been staying active lately, despite the lack of live performance opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To try to make up for the lost concerts, and to share the fruits of their creative labors, Day and, more recently, Bierman have turned to Patreon. The content generation and hosting website enables them to connect with...
07/02/2020
In early May, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History invited people to share their personal stories, pictures, and video clips of how they are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Students from Brandon answered the call. Neshobe Elementary School art teacher John Brodowski reached out to the Sheldon and provide some background and some student work. What follows is some of the students' work. During the spring of 2020 students at Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon participated in distance learning, including the students involved in art classes. Since the school building was closed due...

MUSICIAN MATTHEW EVAN Taylor, shown in his Middlebury College office, responded to the unrest over racial inequality by recording a series of jazz improvisations, distributing the work on Bandcamp.com, and contributing the proceeds to Black Lives Matters charities. Independent file photo/Steve James
07/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to attending some small-scale rallies around the state, Middlebury College Assistant Professor of Music Matthew Evan Taylor felt like he needed to respond in his own way to the Black Lives Matter protests that have sprung up over the past month. So Taylor released the seven-track digital album “Say Their Names” to the online music site Bandcamp on June 6.  “‘Say Their Names’ is a collection of improvisations that I did using wind instruments and a loop station (a device with guitar pedals that help you record and playback a sound or a snippet of music),” Taylor said...

'SO YOU WANT to Talk About Race," by Ijeoma Oluo
07/02/2020
There is nothing new under the sun, the saying goes. It’s all been done before. In the case of racial inequality in the United States, the death of a Black man in police custody has happened so many times that people became apathetic — until George Floyd.  Books by Black authors and books on race have been flying out of bookstores since Floyd’s death rocked the nation. With the support of the American Booksellers Association and the New England Independent Booksellers Association, local bookstore owners are sharing and publicizing lists of titles by Black authors and promoting books from...
07/02/2020
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories and photos by Neshobe Elementary School students in reaction to their spring spent distance learning. Braeden James Waldie — 6th grade I am in sixth grade and would normally be caught up in field trips, parades, and graduation right now. I had looked forward to traveling to Montreal (going to another country for the first time) and raised money to make the trip. I am sad not to be able to go. When school first closed because of COVID-19 I felt like I was on vacation. Then I missed my friends and began to feel isolated. My mom suggested I...
07/02/2020
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories and photos by Neshobe Elementary School students in reaction to their spring spent distance learning. Solon Jude Berry-Barrett — Age 9 Because of social distancing I had to do school time at home. The school didn’t want us to catch the coronavirus from each other then give it to our families and teachers. Normally I would get to school at 7:30 a.m. every day and visit with the sixth-grade class before going to my third-grade class. But at home my Google Meet school is only three days each week at 9 a.m. I don’t visit with anyone before it...
07/02/2020
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories and photos by Neshobe Elementary School students in reaction to their spring spent distance learning. Rylee Hall — Age 8 Since I have been staying home all the time I have a lot of free time and it was really boring. Before the coronavirus I was always busy participating in sports and other activities. Once everyone started staying at home, I went from having a busy schedule with a lot of things to do all the time to having nothing to do anymore. One day I started to use my free time to take online art classes. The classes are really fun and...
07/02/2020
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories and photos by Neshobe Elementary School students in reaction to their spring spent distance learning. Jordan Hemple — Grade 4 I have been in a quarantine so I have been doing school work from home. I have been spending more time with my puppy, Georgia. We have been doing a lot together. We have been playing after I finish up my schoolwork. While I have been doing my schoolwork Georgia has been sleeping. I have been spending a lot of time with her. We go on car rides. We play together. We go for walks together. We play in the yard. We have...
07/02/2020
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories and photos by Neshobe Elementary School students in reaction to their spring spent distance learning. Jacob Therrien — Age 7   My name is Jacob. I am 7 years old. During this time in my life I have been going to ponds, hiking at Otter Valley and Hawk Hill. I spend my time with my brother who is 4 and my parents. We walk our dog a lot and spend time outside. It has been a little sad not being at school, however it’s OK. I am spending lots of time with my family.
07/02/2020
Editor’s note: This is part of a series of stories and photos by Neshobe Elementary School students in reaction to their spring spent distance learning. Sienna Many   What has changed for me is without a desk at school we had to come up with a new workspace. We split the dining room table in half. Half for eating, and half for schoolwork. It’s changed my daily routine. I have four subjects versus 12 in a normal school day. But I do like staying home because we have a lot of fun as a family but I can’t wait to get back to school.

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