Arts & Leisure

ONE OF THE pieces on display is Holly Friesen’s painting “Standing By the River.”
Edgewater Galleries in downtown Middlebury have two new exhibits on view for the month of October.  “Autumn Solos At The Falls,” features painters Philip Frey, Holly Friesen and Ellen Granter. Each artist is presenting a new body of work that will be on view at Edgewater Gallery at the Falls, One Mill Street. “Autumn Solos on the Green,” features solo exhibitions from landscape painters Rory Jackson and Molly Doe Wensberg. Jackson and Wensberg present their unique and lyrical interpretations of rural Vermont and New England. These paintings are on view at Edgewater Gallery on the Green at 6...
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Franklin Film Development Fund has recently completed its inaugural year of grant making. The fund, founded in August 2019, was created to stimulate the production of feature length narrative films through a script submission process. The process is open exclusively and only to MNFF alumni, now totaling 350 filmmakers. The Fund awards $10,000 grants to two MNFF alumni filmmakers each year whose narrative scripts are selected by a panel of judges comprised of industry professionals. The MNFF Franklin Film Development Fund originated with a significant and...

A VISITOR TO Addison County improved her stay with a daily bike to buy the newspapers — six at a time. The daily ritual strengthened her love for reading stories in the papers and brought her unexpectedly closer to Vermont and its people. Photo by Caroline A. Koster
At 8:30 a.m., I mount my rusty Schwinn 7-speed for a month-long morning ritual of “getting the papers.” I pedal the gravel lane from our “camp” near Long Point in Ferrisburgh, rented on Lake Champlain for my son’s Middlebury College quarantine. I pass dairy cows and sunflowers to reach Jolley’s Mobil station on the Ethan Allen Highway. I pile six newspapers on the counter, and a glazed cruller. “You’re gonna need coffee,” jokes Sue, the clerk. Departing Brooklyn after five pandemic months of sirens, cheers, protests, police helicopters and constant fear, I suspended our papers. I’d manage on...

THE MEGYESI GARDEN has been a labor of love since the couple purchased the house in 1964.
It’s been a different year. In a time of little interaction with others, gardens have provided beauty for both Vermont families and visitors from out of state. Judges of the Middlebury Garden Club’s Best of Gardens as viewed from the roadside have struggled with selecting the clear winners.  Beverly and Louis Megyesi, 4 Lower Plains Road For the residential awards, two gardens stand out. A garden in East Middlebury reveals hard work, high standards and constant commitment for improvement. Beverly and Louis Megyesi moved to their home at 4 Lower Plains Road in 1964. The property was bare of...

“Welcome #1” by Zorn and Catchapaw – Fused glass
The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) has expanded its hours. The gallery is now open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Sunday hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Mondays. The BAG is located at 7 Center Street, Brandon. The gallery’s current ceramic exhibit, “A Space Within,” runs through Nov. 1.  Native Vermonter Dasha Kalisz finds the emotional center of her pieces by combining wheel-thrown forms with traditional and nontraditional surface methods. Her “Lung” series breathes new life into ceramic sculpture in a style that is whimsical, clinical — and topical. For more info call 802-...

“SONG WITHOUT A Name” will be available to watch courtesy of the Hirschfield International Film Series on Saturday, Sept. 26.
The Hirschfield International Film Series will screen “Song Without A Name (Canción sin nombre)” on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. Registration is required and there is a 24-hour window to watch this film from your own home since Middlebury College is still closed to visitors. Register at This film is set in Peru at the height of the political crisis of the 1980’s. Georgina is a young woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major...

HEATHER PIERSON WILL perform with bassist Shawn Nadeau for an online concert hosted by the Ripton Community Coffee House on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Photo / Tim Shellmer
The Ripton Community Coffee House will host an online concert featuring Heather Pierson on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., and invites everyone to enjoy the music from their own comfortable, socially distanced living room. Pierson is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano and poignant folk. Best known for her virtuosity at the piano and her bell-tone vocals, her songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty and a desire to...
Some of my favorite children’s books describe life cycles as heroic tales of persistence and redemption. Stories such as “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “A Seed is Sleeping,” have brought the miracles of growth and maturation to life for generations of readers. I can’t say, however, that I know of a single children’s book describing the impressive hero’s journey of Nematomorpha, commonly known as horsehair worms. These curious creatures earned their name because they are sometimes found in watering troughs and were once believed to be horsehairs that became animated....
Flyaway — by Kathleen Jennings ( In the district of Inglewell, a fictional locale in the interior of Australia, young Bettina Scott lives with her mother, following a closely prescribed set of daily chores and errands, admonished to never step outside these drawn lines. But when a stranger, a tall man with sandy hair and cold eyes, and then an ugly word painted on their front fence, upset the delicate balance, which feels to have been achieved with great perseverance, Bettina, or Tina, as others in the close knit community pronounce, is propelled into investigating the relationship...

MARY ROWELL, MARY Jane Austin and Frances Rowell play a socially distanced classical music concert in South Burlington last month on the “Chamber Wagon,” a portable stage that Fran Rowell designed.
Spring 2020 was pretty depressing for critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning violinist Mary Rowell. “I went from being the star, the performer up on stage, to being a non-essential worker,” she told the Independent. “And we were really non-essential.” When the pandemic brought the performing arts to a grinding halt, Rowell, who lives in the Northeast Kingdom town of Craftsbury and performs regularly in Addison County, found herself suddenly unemployed. She managed to collaborate here and there on music, recording and video projects, but performing live music was out of the question. So she...


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