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Della Doodle (the fabulous poodle) in Brandon, waits patiently in the corner of her yard for people to walk by - before pouncing with happy barks.  It is entertaining to her to surprise passers-by! Monica McEnerny Brandon    

ILLUSTRATION BY ADELAIDE Tyrol
As winter approaches and snow coats the ground, the tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) will again become a ubiquitous backyard visitor. Familiar to even the most casual observers of nature, titmice readily come to feeders, especially those filled with sunflower seeds. Like many other birds that spend winters here, they seem to relish any cold-weather handouts, and I welcome their presence in my yard. A smallish gray bird with a distinctive crest, both the male and female tufted titmouse have dark eyes, a white belly, and rust-colored flanks. When titmice are out of sight, they can be...

BELLA MINA, A 10-year-old Beagle weighing 22 pounds, was adopted Jan. 5 at 11:42 a.m. by Catherine Wilson of Bristol.
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound is excited to announce the first animal adopted in 2021.  Bella Mina, a 10 year-old Beagle, weighing 22 pounds, was adopted Jan. 5 at 11:42 a.m. by Catherine Wilson of Bristol.  Bella was a “foster fail” by Wilson who fell in love with her at first sight. Bella was originally bought at a Pet Store in Queensbury, N.Y., as a puppy. She had lived with her previous owners up until recently when they passed away. The family could not keep her in their living situation, so they surrendered her to us, knowing she would find her forever home. The adoption of Bella...
(Ecco Press) In a nation split by irreconcilable differences, one woman, rigid and unyielding in her determination, imprinted with a legacy of familial misconduct, takes on the task of single-handedly rescuing her new family from the violent outlaw who seeks to destroy them. Brooke, who has carefully kept her infamous last name secret from her partner and the father of her two children, has largely put her fractious past and her family, the Hollands, behind her. Brooke’s recollection of a widely-circulated photograph, with her as a toddler, posing in the back of a pickup truck filled with...

PIANIST GLORIA CHIEN will perform a free, virtual concert for the Middlebury Performing Arts Series on Friday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Photo / Pilvax Oberyn Studio
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Performing Arts Series opens its winter 2021 virtual season with pianist Gloria Chien — an equally acclaimed performer, concert presenter and educator. She will perform works by Field, Liszt and Mendelssohn in a free, virtual concert broadcast on Friday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Chien is no stranger to Middlebury audiences, having previously appeared on the Mahaney Arts Center stage with Sophie Shao and Friends, and as part of our virtual programming last fall. She is also Co-Artistic Director of Vermont’s Lake Champlain Music Festival. About the Artist Taiwanese-born...

VERMONT ARTIST KATIE Runde was one of the interview subjects on Karen Kevra's podcast, Muse Mentors.
Alright, everyone, it’s time to shake off 2020 and jump into 2021 with ambition. But it’s cold and COVID’s still out there… yeah, yeah, yeah, we know. But try this on for size — you can motivate by simply plugging in your new AirPods and listening to Capital City Concert’s podcast “Muse Mentors,” hosted by Cornwall’s Karen Kevra.  Most of us know Kevra as the founder of Captital City Concerts and a professional flutist. But when the pandemic hit and public gatherings came to a screeching halt, Kevra was faced with two options: “We could stagnate or reinvent ourselves.”  She decided to start...
The Vermont Folklife Center and the Pride Center of Vermont announce the opening of “Pride 1983,” a new online exhibit. Through interviews with organizers, photographs and scanned images of historic documents “Pride 1983” explores the origins and lasting legacies of Vermont’s first Pride March on June 25, 1983 in Burlington. View the virtual exhibit at vtfolklife.org/pride-1983. On June 25, 1983, the First Lesbian and Gay Pride March in Vermont took place in Burlington, 14 years after the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. From the very beginning, the Pride events in Vermont were a...

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HOPE Jeanne Montross accepts a big check from the Town Hall Theater’s Holiday Jukebox fundraiser. The event raised $2,690 for Addison County Food Shelf at HOPE. Debby Anderson created the giant check. Photo / Cindi Duff
Holiday Jukebox raised $2,690 for Addison County Food Shelf at HOPE Everyone faced challenges in 2020, and Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater is no exception. Closed to the public since March, the staff has had to literally think outside of the box. The happy result has been a series of online events that have exceeded everyone’s expectations. “We resisted going online at first,” said THT artistic director Douglas Anderson,” but once we took the leap we realized that online videos can reach a very large audience — in fact, they can reach across the country, and around the world.”  THT’s recent...

Photo by Elisabeth Waller
Antonius Block, a local musical duo, recently released their first single, and plan to debut their album Blue Over Grey on Jan. 8 through all the major online streaming platforms. Rob M. Shaw graduated from Middlebury College in 2016; he is a multi-instrumentalist, salsa dancer, and did all of the production and mixing from his home studio in Somerville, Mass. After graduating from Middlebury College, Shaw lived in North Ferrisburgh for two years, then rerouted to Somerville via San Francisco and Tahoe.  A. Jay Dubberly of Vergennes, is the lyricist and emcee of Antonius Block. Dubberly is a...
New England Musicians Relief Fund (NEMRF) has launched a new fundraising drive and hopes to distribute $300,000 to musicians in need. NEMRF was created in 2020 to help musicians dealing with the financial strain that the pandemic has put on the entertainment industry. Any musician in New England and New York’s Upper Hudson Valley facing financial difficulties can apply for a grant at NEMRF.org/apply. “Eight months in, push is coming to shove. For some of us, it is already ‘game over.’ For others, it is a struggle to redefine what we do. For all of us, it is a question of who we are and what...

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