Arts & Leisure

(William Morrow & Company) Paulette Jiles has somehow outdone herself, crafting another wholly original story, rooted in its historical time and space, directly following the end of America’s Civil War. Simon Boudlin is a fine fiddler, a skill that he parlays to his every advantage. He lands in the regimental band during his short stint as a conscript in the Confederate Army, and after they surrender, he gathers up a small band and together they tour southwest Texas, earning just enough to keep them fed and in clean shirts. At one performance, Simon chances upon Doris Dillon, an Irish...
Click on the PDF below for a printable version of our latest coloring contest. Send your entry to Addison Independent, 58 Maple Street, Middlebury, VT 05753 Or take a photo of your picture and email it — with your name, age and mailing address — to Entries must be in by Thursday, April 30, at 5 p.m. Two winners from each age group will win gift certificates to local businesses. All contestants will receive a prize, which will be given when and if entries are picked up. Winners will be announced in the May 7 edition of the Addison Independent. 

CINDY SADLER, A well-known mezzo soprano, will be starring in “Falstaff” with Social Distance Opera — a new initiative started by Brandon’s Barn Opera founder and tenor Josh Collier.
BRANDON — “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” That quote by Pablo Picasso on the importance of the arts to any society seems as relevant today as it ever has, the dust of everyday life growing exponentially during an unprecedented global pandemic. Two people in Brandon have decided to reject that notion and promote new digital performance outlets for artists as live events are postponed worldwide, from the season at the Brandon Town Hall to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The level of creativity seems only outmatched by the need to connect in a time of great physical...
The new reality of self-isolating and social distancing is difficult, but it’s a great opportunity to expose yourself to something new. What do you do when you’re self- isolating and have already gone through all your binge-worthy shows? What can keep you from checking your Instagram feed or the latest CDC reports? How about podcasts? You can listen to them while you do something else — clean the house, shovel snow, paint a picture, cook a meal, and be entertained at the same time. Here are 10 podcasts, old and new, that my family has been turning to lately. Check them out to make sure they...

WATCH 'KON-TIKI' (1950) with the Middlebury Community Classic Film Club online using Kanopy on April 14, at 6 p.m. A discussion will be held via email following the film. For more info on how to get a Kanopy account email
MIDDLEBURY — We are living through a unique and singularly trying time in our history that is playing itself out in its own way for each of us. Yet more than ever we share a need to find stories that entertain us while also showing us strength of character. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Middlebury Community Classic Film Club decided not to postpone its films, but rather take the spring screening series online. “Of course, it may be a while until we can meet again at the Ilsley Library’s Community Room for a movie, but it seemed that simply postponing our get together and leaving...

WEYBRIDGE RESIDENTS CHARITY Bryant and Sylvia Drake lived together as a couple for 44 years.
MIDDLEBURY — In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote, the Henry Sheldon Museum’s Stewart-Swift Research Center has been planning an exhibit of a selection of women who demonstrated the determination, persistence, and open minds needed to change Addison County in the past. The Revolutionary War, women’s education, and preserving the state’s history all called forth those qualities, well documented in the Research Center of the Museum, which was shaped by more than one of these women. Since the museum is closed for now, the Sheldon...

WORLD COLLAGE DAY 2020 poster by Australian-Colombian artist Emma Anna
While we all practice our safe social distancing there’s no reason to shy away from art, especially when you can view galleries (near and far) online. Here’s a round up of local galleries’ digital options. Deborah Holmes, Bristol Commission a piece from Deborah Holmes or take a tour of her home-gallery. Get in touch by visiting her website, emailing or call (802) 453-8511. You can also follow her on Facebook @DeborahHolmes. Edgewater Galleries, Middlebury Edgewater plans to stick to its spring schedule with its April (or possibly April and May shows) exhibited...

SHAWN O’NEIL AND his beloved dog My Lady
What do you get when you cross a dog and a calculator? A friend you can count on.   Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.   Every family had a favorite pet, be it a dog, cat, bird or lizard. I had several pets throughout my life. However, the pet that is the dearest to my heart is My Lady. I had My Lady as a boy. She was gorgeous. She had one blue eye and one brown eye. She had long soft brown hair. Lady was the runt of a litter of a dozen pups. Generally, runts were harassed. She was no exception at first. She was the smartest pup, however. Lady...
(Algonquin Books) At long last, the wait is over because readers who loved “In the Time of the Butterflies” and “How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents” finally have a new novel by Middlebury’s own Julia Alvarez. Antonia Vega is a retired professor of literature living in a small Vermont college town, a sister to a gaggle of women, and newly widowed. She is drawn into a situation involving an undocumented, pregnant, young woman and the farm workers next door. It is Antonia’s voice that carries the novel, unspooling a ceaseless interior monologue shot through with poem fragments, literary...
Consolation   Don’t expect my friend Karl Lindholm to be sitting next to you at the end of a close basketball game. The clock winding down   to red, double zeros. Don’t be surprised if you find him, across the gym, near the free nosebleed seats, chatting and pacing   nonchalantly. As if it doesn’t matter who wins, which it does. As if a game’s all in good fun, Which might be true, if it wasn’t   our team who’s playing. Trying to win a W, beat the brains out of a team whose bus is starting to warm-up   in the parking lot. If my mother were here, she’d say my friend Karl had “spilkes,”...


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