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FOUR OF THE Robinsons were artists. Ann Stevens Robinson did landscapes and still-life paintings, and her husband, Rowland Evans Robinson, was a successful illustrator for agriculture and sporting periodicals. Their two daughters, Rachael Robinson Elmer and Mary Robinson Perkins, were also both artists; Rachael's work is pictured here.
FERRISBURGH — Did you come out to the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh for the annual Pie and Ice Cream social last Sunday? Not only were guests treated to fanciful, homemade sweets, but they also enjoyed perusing the history museum’s exhibits. Chances are, folks were surprised to see so much contemporary art. After all, “Rokeby’s current board and staff are committed to connecting the history of Robinson family members to current scholarship and — in the case of the abolitionist Robinsons — to contemporary issues of social justice,” said Vergennes resident and museum director Catherine Brooks....

MIDDLEBURY NEW FILMMAKERS Festival starts today with guest actors and director Paul Schrader.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival starts today (Aug. 22) and runs through Sunday, Aug. 25.  The festival features first- and second-time filmmakers. We show their work and host them on stage and at events where they mingle with audience members, celebrate each other’s craft and hear from industry pros who discuss distribution strategies and more.  More than 50 filmmakers will join us this year.  Three well-known actors will participate in a special Saturday morning coffee conversation at the Middlebury Inn, 8:30 a.m.  Actor Bruce Greenwood is best known for his performances...

LEO RONDEAU WILL play with Lowell Thompson and “Big Night” Friends at Hatch 31 in Bristol on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m.
BRISTOL — Leo Rondeau deals in stories — candid, honest and plainspoken. And like all great story tellers, he examines life in all its twinges, sorrows, victories and joys. Here him tell his tales at Hatch 31 in Bristol on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m., where he’ll play with with Lowell Thompson and “Big Night” Friends. Or if you want to see him play out of town, check out the Lampshop in Burlington, on Aug. 26, 9:30 p.m., and Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte, on Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. As a child of the rural American west and owning lineage within the Chippewa Indian tribe, Rondeau’s narrative finds...

MEG WALKER'S 'GHOST Barn” will be on view at the Rokeby Museum’s exhibit “Structures” opening on Saturday.
FERRISBURGH — Structures define our world. Some of us live among skyscrapers, row houses, condominiums. In Vermont, many of us live among houses and barns. Rokeby Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Ferrisburgh, is a collection of houses, barns, and outbuildings that served a variety of ends. The exhibition, “Structures,” temporarily repurposes these historic spaces as platforms for contemporary art and asks the viewer to contemplate the role that structures play in shaping our experience of the world and how structures can inform and shape the experience of others. The exhibition is...

“BE NATURAL: THE Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” will play Aug. 25, at 1 p.m., in Dana Auditorium, during the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival.
MIDDLEBURY — When Alice Guy-Blaché completed her first film in 1896 Paris, she was not only the first female filmmaker, but one of the first directors ever to make a narrative film. “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” follows her rise from Gaumont secretary to her appointment as head of production a year later, and her subsequent illustrious 20-year career in France and in the United States, as the founder of her own studio and as writer, director, and/or producer of 1,000 films — after which she was veritably erased from history. Until now… Directed by Pamela B. Green, the...

KIMBERLY TOWNSEND WILL perform a solo show of her emotive and captivating songs at Brandon Music on Friday, Aug. 23.
BRANDON — Kimberly Townsend will bring her powerful voice and penetrating lyrics to Brandon Music on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. A relatively new artist, and definitely a rising star,  Townsend is already being hailed as “the real deal.” The New York City-based sing/songwriter’s lyric-driven, emotive songs captivate, challenge, inspire, and console. Her sound is a blend of folk, indie pop, and soul, often compared to Sara Bareilles, Trevor Hall and Brandi Carlile. Through a uniquely powerful songwriting lens and strong, expansive vocals, she offers an earthy, visceral, intimate spin on...
MONKTON The following arm’s-length real estate sales were recorded in Monkton between Oct. 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019: •  Oct. 2: Frederick Rotax to Miranda E. Fisk, home on 46.67 acres at 40 Cemetery Road, $300,000. •  Oct. 9: Nancy P. Zylstra to Ethan H. Swift, home on 10.03 acres at 475 East View Road, $348,000. •  Oct. 12: Kassie V. Deary to Alyse Wanke, home on 2 acres at 29 Hardscrabble Road, $261,000. •  Oct. 16: Corinne Hayes to Kevin Lambert, home on 2.59 acres at 230 Twin Ridge Road, $425,000. •  Oct. 25: Michael Alderman to Miles Lindsay, home on 17.1 acres at 2432 Monkton Road...

RISING STAR KIMBERLY Townsend performs at Brandon Music on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is dedicated to the work of first- and second-time filmmakers. The exciting 5th annual MNFF kicks off with a Vermont Film Showcase at 10 a.m. this Thursday, Aug. 22, in Middlebury with films shown at Town Hall Theater (68 S. Pleasant Street), as well as both screens at the Marquis Theater (65 Main Street). Another group of films will show at the same locations at 1:30 p.m. A special Opening Night Party will take place at THT with a welcome at 6:30 p.m., a film, “The Dog Doc,” at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with director Cindy Meehl and Dr. Jacqueline...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival-goers can look forward to many special events this year; including a special cinematic presentation with the VSO, a Saturday Film Symposium, signature festival parties, as well as a new film event, “Late Night at the Marquis.” VSO LIVE For the third consecutive year, MNFF, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center will partner to present a special live music cinematic event.  This singular event, unique to MNFF in the film-fest world, will feature the world premiere of last year’s VSO Award Winner Jeremy...

MIDDLEBURY — Next Friday, Aug. 23, an artist market will pop-up at Bundle on Main Street in Middlebury. The market will showcase the beautiful works of local artists, including Kristine Andrews (basketry), Kathy Clarke (pottery), Sean Dye (pastels), Danielle Gori-Montanelli (felt work), Catherine Manegold (pottery), Jane Ploughman (handbound books), Su Shannon (pottery), John Vincent (letterpress printer) and others. All proceeds will benefit Middlebury Studio School. Of special interest, Mary Lower, an accomplished artist, will be offering portraits in the open space next to Town Hall...


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