Arts & Leisure

FAMILY CAR TRIP, 1938 Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum
MIDDLEBURY — The Sheldon Museum has organized a creative way to learn about local history while COVID-19 restrictions are keeping its doors closed. The museum has set up a Road Trip Scavenger Hunt to take place on Sunday, Oct. 18. Participants will drive through different parts of Addison County, while following clues to locate approximately 10 landmarks along the route. The hunt is appropriate for all ages, young and young at heart. There are two routes to choose from: Route 1 travels from East Middlebury to Vergennes; Route 2 goes from Orwell to Middlebury. Each route will take...
Join the Grift and Town Hall Theater for a live music experience that celebrates fall, while supporting the arts and artists before the long winter. This daytime, distanced, danceable show debuts music from Clint Bierman and Peter Day’s new band Treetop Mansion, and their recently released, critically acclaimed album, “Up Till Morning.” The event will also feature Leon Campos and Ryan Clausen, two new performers with the Grift. Gates open at 2 p.m. outdoors at Woodchuck Cider and music begins at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and benefit the Grift and THT.  Originally this show was scheduled for...

CLARINETIST DAVID SHIFRIN will perform a free, virtual concert for the Middlebury Performing Arts Series on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ fall 2020 virtual season. Photo / Tristan Cook
The Middlebury Performing Arts Series kicks off a suite of concerts with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) with a free, virtual performance by clarinetist David Shifrin on Friday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Shifrin will perform works by Mozart, Bassi and Duke Ellington. (Audiences may be interested to learn that Duke Ellington performed on Middlebury’s Performing Arts Series back in 1960.) This dynamic program also features violinists Danbi Um and Bella Hristova, violist Mark Holloway, cellist Dmitri Atapine and pianist Gloria Chien. This concert is presented as part of CMS: Front...

IF A HARD frost is forecast, you can harvest your pumpkins, even if they haven’t fully changed color as they will continue to ripen off the vine. (photo: Bonnie Kirn Donahue)
Fall brings many great things that come in beautiful shades of orange, yellow, red and brown. Pumpkins and winter squash are among the most wonderful of these. Fall’s fluctuating temperatures and the threat of frost bring challenges to growing these in your garden. Here are some ideas to keep in mind for a great crop this year. Pumpkins and winter squash generally are ready to pick when they have fully changed color, and the skin is tough. A common test is to scratch the skin with your fingernail. If the skin is soft and breaks, it is not ready to pick. If it is hard, the fruit can be...
(William Morrow & Company) Okeham, England: a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business. Tabitha grew up here, and now has returned to her hometown, renovating a neglected house she had grown attached to as a child. However one gray day, a day Tabitha can scarcely remember, the builder who is helping with the project, makes a grisly discovery in the back shed—a dead body. Tabitha is arrested and processed with such haste, it’s not until she’s in lockup that the enormity of her situation dawns on her. Who did kill Stuart Lees? Was it Tabitha? Will her past heap suspicion on...

DOUGLAS ANDERSON, ARTISTIC director for Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater, displays a new sign he devised as a way to encourage folks to be safe and buy take-out food from local merchants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sign, a variation on a famous World War II poster, has been distributed free to many Middlebury businesses and is one of several community outreach efforts recently undertaken by THT. Photo courtesy Douglas Anderson
MIDDLEBURY — It was 1939, the beginning of World War II. Anticipating a series of bloody air raids orchestrated by the Third Reich, the British government sought basic ways to inspire its people to persevere through the carnage that would come. The Ministry of Information designed a series of motivational posters, including a crimson-red version, festooned with the royal crown insignia, bearing the slogan, “Keep Calm and Carry On.” Fast-forward 81 years, and the world finds itself dealing with another monumental crisis — the COVID-19 pandemic. And Town Hall Theater Artistic Director Douglas...

THE SPHINX VIRTUOSI will perform “This Is America” on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ fall 2020 virtual season. The digital concert is free and open to all. Photo / Kevin Kennedy
MIDDLEBURY — Mahaney Arts Center hosts ensemble on the Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ digital stage. The Middlebury Performing Arts Series presents a free concert by the Sphinx Virtuosi on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m., online on the Mahaney Arts Center’s digital stage. This self-conducted ensemble is comprised of 18 top Black and Latinx classical soloists. Their national tour includes annual stops at Carnegie Hall and Miami’s New World Center, bringing fresh, diverse programming to leading venues around the country. They engage in immersive outreach to bring classical music to communities...

THIS CLUMP OF hardy buttery yellow hardy mums in Judith’s blueberry bed reflects the colors of the season. Photo by Dick Conrad
Autumn is surely Vermont’s most beloved season.  For me, the early morning view across the misty valley to nearby Mount Moosalamoo, alive with the colors of fall — reds, yellows and oranges — is a sight I will treasure all winter.  And, as I walk through the autumnal forests, all around I see lots of little birds busily seeking out nourishment — seeds, fruit and insects — in anticipation of their upcoming journeys to warmer wintering grounds. My garden too seems perfectly in tune with the season. The blueberry bushes and Miss Kim lilacs have turned a glorious bronze, and the serviceberry...
(Tin House Books) As a young woman whose world is subsumed by the onset of World War I, Georgie Hyde-Lees, in a bid to salvage a sliver of independence, takes a position tending injured officers in a temporary hospital in London while in her free time, she is socializing with her best friend Dorothy, daughter of the novelist Olivia Shakespear and soon-to-be-wife of the expat poet Ezra Pound, and surreptitiously growing closer with the object of her most devoted attention, the renowned Irish poet, W. B. Yeats, known as Willy to their compatriots. Willy invites Georgie into the underground...

“JOHN LEWIS: GOOD Trouble” will be available to watch courtesy of the Hirschfield International Film Series on Saturday, Oct. 3.
The Hirschfield International Film Series will screen “John Lewis: Good Trouble” on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m. Registration is required and there is a 24-hour window to watch this free film from your own home since Middlebury College is still closed to visitors. Register at “John Lewis: Good Trouble,” directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (“Trapped, “Gideon’s Army”), chronicles the life and career of the legendary civil rights activist and Democratic Representative from Georgia. Using interviews and rare archival footage, This film...


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