This biographical novel is a fictionalized historical account of the birth of Mary Wollstonecraft’s daughter and the days immediately following. Wollstonecraft was courageous, with a sensibility and mind well ahead of her time, and this well-researched and well-written novel reveals her intelligence and essence. A highly-regarded feminist philosopher in the 1700s, she authored the groundbreaking “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” and succeeded in living an independent life, living by the pen, as they say. She believed all women deserved the same education as men. The...
BEAUTIFUL PEONIES AT Cady’s Falls Botanical Garden in Morrisville.
Photo by Dick Conrad
Peonies surely deserve the title of “June Garden Queens!”
With huge blooms, often measuring six inches and more across, in colors from the deepest crimson to creamy white — and even some that are buttery yellow — peonies are a delight to behold.
Peonies are long-lived perennials which are best planted in late August or early September. But June is the perfect time to see them in bloom and consider which of the hundreds of cultivars available you might want to add to your own garden.
June is also when some azaleas and rhododendrons are still in bloom, so again this is a great opportunity to...
Dear Homeward Bound,
I received a flyer in my mailbox today advertising pet health insurance — I didn’t even know there was such a thing! Is it a good idea or is it just a scam to make money? I get so many of those that I don’t know what to believe anymore.
It is hard to know what to believe these days, isn’t it? Luckily most pet insurance offers are viable but, like any insurance coverage, the devil is in the details and you’ll want to read the fine print.
There are three basic types of pet insurance coverage: accident, illness and wellness, and it is important to...
PANTON — The following real estate sales were recorded in Panton in 2020 and in the first four months of 2021:
• Jan. 6: Jody Pierce, Ashley Goodrich and Benjamin Field to Reece and Katelyn Jaring, home at 844 Panton Road, $120,000.
• Jan. 17: Eben and Heidi Markowski to Erle Labounty and Eliza La Rocca, home at 280 Adams Ferry Road, $285,000.
• Jan. 20: Smith Family Trust to Christopher and Krista Diego, home at 1650 Lake Road, $220,000.
• March 20: Patrick Cooke Estate to Vorsteveld Farm LLP, 54 acres on Route 22A, $205,000.
• June 26: Corinna Butler to William and Diane Robin, home...
FRANCOIS CLEMMONS AND Joanna Colwell came up with the idea to offer singing meditation classes at Colwell’s yoga studio in Middlebury. Every Wednesday through June and July, Clemmons will sing for anyone who wants to come, sit, listen and meditate in their own way at Otter Creek Yoga. COVID immunization required and donations welcome.
Independent photo/Steve James
The weather is marvelous, parties are being planned and large-scale events are happening again this summer. We have arrived at the beautiful and freeing unfolding of post-pandemic life. And yet, there’s pain, sadness, anxiety and uncertainty that lingers amid these happier times. It’s not so easy to jump back into life as we knew it before COVID took hold — things are different now.
If you’re feeling like your spirit needs a little lift, you’re in luck. Joanna Colwell, who’s been the director of Otter Creek Yoga in Middlebury for more than 25 years, just opened up the studio last week for a...
PERFORMERS, PICTURED FROM left, Quinn Bernegger, Cree Carrico, Heather Jones and Blake Jennings rehearse for the Opera Company of Middlebury’s digital performance of Bernstein’s comic operetta “Candide.” The show will be available from June 15-30 on OCM’s YouTube Channel.
Photo / Erica Furgiuele
The Opera Company of Middlebury proudly presents an imaginative retelling of Bernstein’s comic operetta “Candide,” streaming online June 15-30. Although the production contains traditional theatrical elements, it also embraces the magic of 21st century technology. Using drones, green screen imagery, rear projections, and other cinematic techniques, the Opera Company of Middlebury is exploring the boundaries of opera’s potential.
All performing arts were impacted during COVID 19, and OCM was no exception. Rather than dwelling on the impossibility of live performance, the company’s creative...
By every measure, Dave Cartwright was a hero and a legend in his small Pacific Northwest town — star quarterback of the Vigilante Falls high school football team, and a Marine, veteran of three tours in the Middle East. But Dave may have lost part of himself in service to this country, in his mind, in service to the greed that fueled the conflicts, and a return to life proved very difficult. When an unimaginable tragedy strikes, Dave decides, in the yawning face of a lack of meaning in his world, to pull up stakes, take his young daughter Bella off-grid, to a cave nine miles...
The Lemon Fair Sculpture Park is gearing up to to celebrate the many new pieces in the park including Susan Teare’s art installation, “Find Your Own Space,” on June 18, from 5 p.m. to sunset, with a rain date of June 20.
The site-specific installation was created by the artist, Teare, in collaboration with her son, Kirk, and is one of the newest pieces at the open-air sculpture park in Shoreham. Susan is an artist based in Essex Junction. Kirk is a rising senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is studying environmental, product, and lighting design.
The Lemon Fair Sculpture Park...
WALTHAM — The following real estate sales were recorded in the town of Waltham in 2020 and in the first four months of 2021:
• Jan. 10: Farnsworth Trust to Joris De Boer and Anja Wurm, 109 acres with farm buildings on Route 7, $395,000.
• Jan. 17: Barbara Fitz-Gerald Trust to James Amblo, home at 48 Plank Road, $75,000.
• March 30: Ilona Dunn Estate to Henry and Georgette Kandzior, home at 681 Maple Street, $279,000.
• May 7: Maureen McLaughlin and Gary Gaines to Wesley Court and Erin Anderson, home at 190 Monroe Way, $420,000.
• Aug. 4: Kayhart Farms Inc. to Brent and Diana Newton, 15....
WEYBRIDGE AUTHOR CHRIS Bohjalian recently published “Hour of the Witch” — a historical thriller that follows a young Puritan woman as she not only fights to escape an abusive husband, but also the mortal snares of witchcraft.
Photo / Victoria Blewer
Looking for a summer novel? Lucky for us, Weybridge author Chris Bohjalian published “Hour of the Witch” just last month. But don’t expect this book to last more than a week on your bed stand — five bucks says you’ll be up into the wee hours of the morning, devouring every detail of this gripping historical thriller. (I know, I was!)
Set in 1662 Boston, we meet 24-year-old Mary Deerfield and quickly learn the power and cruelty of her husband, Thomas Deerfield.
“When Thomas, prone to drunken rage, drives a three-tined fork into the back of Mary’s hand, she resolves that she must divorce him to...