Arts & Leisure


Chickens provide a good source of fertilizer for gardens and lawns as poultry litter, when properly composted, is a beneficial soil amendment, improving overall soil health and water-holding capacity. Photo / Joyce Amsden
If you raise chickens, then you know that while they are laying baskets of farm fresh eggs and amusing you with their antics, they are also generating a lot of manure. Coop litter contains manure, feathers, undigested food and bedding material. A single chicken can produce as much as 130 pounds of litter per year. Fortunately, poultry litter is a beneficial soil amendment for vegetable gardens, flowerbeds and lawns. It improves soil structure, water-holding capacity, nutrient availability, biological activity and overall soil nutrition. However, raw chicken manure contains levels of nitrogen...

A WOOD-CARVED scale model of the Trail Around Middlebury shows the nearly 19 miles of official paths, along with such landmarks as the Otter Creek (painted blue) and Chipman Hill (near the center). Manufacturing of the model, which was fabricated and donated to the Middlebury Area Land Trust last month by Treeline Terrains, was made possible with funding from the Middlebury College’s Innovation Hub. Independent photo/William Haig
MIDDLEBURY — There’s something kind of magical about a scale model, whether it’s the Sheldon Museum’s Annual Holiday Train Exhibit or a topographic model of Yosemite National Park or the iconic “Panorama of the City of New York.” They recreate vanished worlds, invent new ones, and invite us to contemplate life on a scale we cannot comprehend from street level. It’s especially thrilling when these miniature landscapes include something familiar: our home, for instance, or a favorite place or even a memory. But we can only get so close. “Please don’t touch,” the signs often say. These tiny...
Older By John Mahoney   He used to be a lector, Today he could not walk the steps to the ambo. He used to work the clubhouse, In exchange for walking the fairways.   The grocery aisle is long. Too long. He couldn't walk it without the cart to lean on. It will take minutes. Frozen dinners and fresh bread, Water at one end Craft beers at the other, His cane astride the cart.   Today he got out. Victory.   John Mahoney is a retired schoolteacher who lives in Burlington but has spent much time in retirement getting to know Addison County. Retirement has afforded him the time (but not always the...
Zeno Mountain Farm will be holding a free screening of their feature length film “Best Summer Ever” on Friday, June 25, at the rec field in Bristol.  Remember this film? It premiered in March at the annual South by Southwest festival to rave reviews and released to the public in April.  The plot follows Sage and Tony who “had the ‘Best Summer Ever’ after falling in love at a dance camp in Vermont,” reads the film’s synopsis. “Not expecting to see each other again until the following summer, Sage, by a twist of fate, arrives unexpectedly at the same high school as Tony. (All filmed at Mount...

MEMBERS OF THE Heliand Consort, featuring bassoonist Rachael Elliott, pianist Cynthia Huard, flutist Berta Frank and oboist Katie Oprea, will join together to offer their first concert in over 16 months on July 1, 7:30 p.m., at the Rochester Federated Church.
The Rochester Chamber Music Society opens their 27th season with an evening concert on Thursday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m., presenting the Heliand Consort. The concert is free and will be held at the Rochester Federated Church. The Vermont-based chamber music ensemble presents chamber music and songs inspired by the natural world. Music of Australian composer and community activist, Padma Newsome, will be featured prominently at the July concert. Newsome’s songs speak to the fragile coastal ecosystem of his hometown of Mallacoota, still healing from the devastating 2019/2020 bush fires. Thursday’s...
SALISBURY — The Salisbury Congregational Church will host the 41st season of the Salisbury Summer Performance Series this summer and welcomes back the Point Counterpoint faculty ensembles. Varying by camp session in terms of music directors and participants, these ensembles give local music appreciators an opportunity to experience chamber music performed by some of the brightest young professional musicians from leading institutions. The Summer Performance Series will run from July 2 through Aug. 26 at the historic, but handicapped accessible, 1838 meetinghouse in Salisbury. The...
(Little Brown and Company) Clint Smith, poet, educator and writer, is the perfect tour guide for this road trip to America’s most racially-charged settings, as he visits, in person, the monuments and landmarks of slavery that exist today. He illuminates the legacy of oppression at “a moment, at an inflection point, in which there is a willingness to more fully grapple with the legacy of slavery and how it shaped the world we live in today.” From Monticello Plantation to Angola Prison, from Juneteenth on Galveston Island to Blandford Cemetery and the Sons of Confederate Veterans; some sites...
Mark your calendars for the Shoreham Strawberry Festival on Thursday, July 1, from 6-8 p.m., at the Gazebo on the Shoreham Town Green. The Shoreham Congregational Church will serve its famous strawberry shortcake with Vermont strawberries and real whipped cream. Romy and Ben Munkres of Cornwall will provide music for this event.  Romy (fiddle, flute and feet) and Ben (piano, accordion, mandolin) have performed as a duo at dances and festivals in Vermont and New Hampshire, including Richmond’s Folk Night and the New World Festival in Randolph. They have both played with the Young Tradition...

Ashley Wolff's studio on Lake Dunmore is one of the many artist studios that will be open to the public this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Vermont Open Studios Weekend.
Ever wonder: “how did they do that?” when looking at a piece of art? Well now’s your chance to get answers. On June 19th and 20th, Addison County artists and several members of the Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) will be answering that question when they invite visitors into their studios for Open Studio Weekend, a bi-annual statewide event sponsored by the Vermont Crafts Council.  Artists will be welcoming the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. See information on all Central Vermont Artists open studios here. In the Brandon village center, the Brandon Artists Guild, a...

Cree Carrigo, as Cunegonde, sings the famous “Glitter and Be Gay” in Opera Company of Middlebury’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.” This performance premiered online on Tuesday, June 15 and will be available on OCM’s YouTube channel until June 30. Photo by Tim Joy
I have just emerged from a screening of Opera Company of Middlebury’s (OCM) brilliant retelling of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.” The signature tune from the overture filling my head, I cannot get over the feeling of giddiness from two hours of sustained laughter and wonderment — an unfamiliar sensation after 15 months of COVID-19 lockdown. It feels like a new world — in this messiest of all possible worlds. This is a beautiful story. First, imagine: A pandemic rages across the land. The OCM board and Artistic Director Douglas B. Anderson, faced with how to continue producing opera at their...

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