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WEYBRIDGE AUTHOR CHRIS Bohjalian recently published “Hour of the Witch” — a historical thriller that follows a young Puritan woman as she not only fights to escape an abusive husband, but also the mortal snares of witchcraft. Photo / Victoria Blewer
Looking for a summer novel? Lucky for us, Weybridge author Chris Bohjalian published “Hour of the Witch” just last month. But don’t expect this book to last more than a week on your bed stand — five bucks says you’ll be up into the wee hours of the morning, devouring every detail of this gripping historical thriller. (I know, I was!) Set in 1662 Boston, we meet 24-year-old Mary Deerfield and quickly learn the power and cruelty of her husband, Thomas Deerfield. “When Thomas, prone to drunken rage, drives a three-tined fork into the back of Mary’s hand, she resolves that she must divorce him to...

“THE LAKE BEYOND #2” by Hannah Bureau.
Are you ready for art receptions again? Yes! Edgewater Gallery at the Falls will be hosting their first in-person exhibit reception since the pandemic put a stop to in-person gatherings. The local gallery will host the reception on Friday, June 4, from 5-7 p.m., to announce the opening of Hannah Bureau’s new work, on view June 1-July 31. This event is free and open to the public; registration preferred by calling 802-458-0098 or email info@edgewatergallery-vt.com. Cocktails and light refreshments will be served in the gallery and on the deck overlooking the falls. Bureau achieves a balance of...
(Riverhead Books) Sammie and Monika’s marriage is not unusual. They’ve assumed roles, chosen at first, but, as time has passed, those roles, and how they have come to define them, are now limiting, causing resentments. Sammie has slipped into the main caregiver, mother role, of Samson, named after Sammie, their son. Samson is presented as a troubled boy, emotionless, perhaps tending towards sociopathic, but the thing is, it’s Sammie who is doing the telling, and Sammie is the epitome of unreliable narrators. She’s so unreliable, she doesn’t even believe the things she says herself. Take the “...
Rokeby Museum officially opened their seasonal exhibit for the summer on May 30. “A Modern Artist: The Commercial Art of Rachael Robinson Elmer,” explores the career of Rachael Robinson Elmer (1878-1919) and her early 20th-century success as a professional illustrator. Exhibiting artistic talent at an early age, Elmer was first trained by her parents and then, as a teenager, enrolled in a correspondence course to further her skills. She studied at Goddard College and at the Art Students League of New York. During that time, she began her career as an illustrator, producing drawings for her...

VERGENNES RESIDENT DOUGLAS Hartwell joins the world’s largest community saxophone orchestra to open Burlington’s Discover Jazz Festival (June 4-13).
Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, produced by the Flynn in association with Burlington City Arts, and presented by New England Federal Credit Union, begins on June 4, at 6 p.m., with an eccentric and joyful kick-off event at the Burlington waterfront: 50 Saxophones, a gathering of area saxophonists that is open to all ages, backgrounds and experience levels. Dubbed “the world’s largest community saxophone orchestra,” this will be an opportunity for all our communities to join together and make some noise after a year of isolation. The Flynn put out a call for saxophonists to participate in...

ILLUSTRATION BY ADELAIDE Murphy Tyrol
This spring, as you walk outside, keep an ear open for two distinctive bird songs: zee zee zee zee zo zee or zee zee zo zo zee. If you hear them, you’ve identified a black-throated green warbler (Setophaga virens), a bird that is often heard but rarely seen. The first song is a male attempting to communicate with the female of the species. The latter song, also sung by the male, is driven by territorial clashes. Both are regular sounds in forested areas of northern New England, especially where coniferous trees make up a large part of the mix. This species of warbler is among the most common...
ADDISON — The following real estate sales were recorded in Addison in 2020 and the first four months of 2021: 2020: • Jan. 21: James Shaw and Anita Bamert to Judith Sutter, home at 6724 Route 125, $289,000. • Jan. 23: Donald Freda to John Oliva, home at 9 Oven Bay Road, $214,700. • Jan. 23: Donald Freda to John Oliva, home at 392 Tri-Town Road, $287,800. • Jan. 28: Garrett Holler to Derek and Lisa Campbell, home at 6303 Goodrich Corner Road, $172,000. • Jan. 29: Ronald Dessureault to William Peil, home at 155 Nortontown Road, $385,000. • Feb. 28: Avi Decter to Jeffrey Nottonson, camp on 20.4...

TERRY RACICH IS the new gallery manager at Art on Main, Bristol’s downtown gallery. Art on Main plans to open six days a week beginning in June and Racich hopes to usher in a bustling summer season. Independent photo/Steve James
Terry Racich joined the board of Bristol’s Art on Main gallery a year ago — “just at the time we had to close because of COVID,” she said in an interview last month. That’s when things were bleak and getting bleaker.  “It came to the point where we needed to let go of the director (Martine Bisagni), who we had just hired,” Racich explained. “So a couple of us board members took over the gallery until we could figure out what we were doing.” Art on Main, it turns out, weathered the storm fairly well.  “We are happy to report that with the assistance of two PPP forgivable loans under the CARES...
Garden ~ April, 2020 By Arlene Iris Distler   Tugging at weeds on my knees the daylily bed, soil level, about to aim my trowel at a clump of pointed spears cradle of gold and pink trumpets-to-be, when a toad, cameoed to the hilt wearing a knobby tilth of dark ochre leaped into sight. “Oh!” I exhaled, then admiring words flowed at the fellow now still as a clay garden figure. Grateful my trowel had missed him, grateful for this life at my feet.   Arlene Distler is a writer and poet based in southern Vermont. After a decade of going “back to the land” in the town of Readsboro, she now lives and...

SEE DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS in the groundbreaking action/adventure “The Mark of Zorro” (1920), to be shown on Saturday, June 5, at 7 p.m., at the Brandon Town Hall and Community Center. All are welcome to this family-friendly event. Admission is free, with free will donations accepted in support of ongoing Town Hall renovations. For more info, visit brandontownhall.com.
BRANDON — First the seats, then the season. The Friends of the Brandon Town Hall have announced the 2021 silent film series with the hope that the pandemic will continue to level off and patrons will be welcomed back inside. The first film —  “The Mark of Zorro” (1920) — was schedule to kick off the season on May 15, but has been shifted to Saturday, June 5. The announcement came just two weeks after the hall purchased new chairs for the venue, developments that signal a hope that small gatherings indoors will still be allowed this spring and summer as the country tries to push through the...

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