Arts & Leisure

BRISTOL — The following arm’s-length real estate sales were recorded in Bristol between July 1, 2019, and Jan. 31, 2020: •  July 18: The A. Johnson Co. LLC to Masterson’s Development Properties LLC, 71 acres of timberland on Lower Notch Road, $250,000. •  July 19: Johnathan F. Matson to Thomas J. Halpin, home on 11.26 acres at 435 Lower Notch Road, $260,000. •  July 19: U.S. Bank National Association to William Simmons, home on 0.5 acre at 71 East St., $42,500. •  July 26: Donna Kendall to Katherine C. Selby, home on 0.35 acre at 54 West Pleasant St., $172,000. •  July 29: Veterans...

KAITLIN BUERGE, A 2013 graduate of Middlebury College, worked with Rebekah Irwin, the director and curator of special collections and archives at Middlebury, to curate the exhibit “Under the Covers: The Hidden Art of Endpapers,” on view through May at the Davis Family Library. Pictured here, Irwin holds a copy of Dr Seuss’s “The Lorax” with illustrations by Seuss himself, and Buerge holds “The Republican Court” by Rufus W. Griswold, New York: 1855. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Daylight Savings Time is only a little more than a week away — get ready to spring forward. Spring… ha! It sure doesn’t feel like springtime yet. In fact, many of us may still be hunkering down under our covers during these chilly nights. While you’re under there, consider a new exhibit at the Middlebury College library called “Under the Covers: The Hidden Art of Endpapers.” This new, visual treat in the atrium and lower level of the Davis Family Library, showcases the sheets of paper that were pasted onto a book’s inside covers. The exhibit will be on view through May. Endpapers...

MIDDLEBURY — Coming in mid-July, enthusiastic singers will gather from all across Vermont — as well as Quebec, upstate New York, and northern New Hampshire — for a day of celebratory singing. This first-ever Vermont Big Sing event is organized by Moira Smiley in partnership with Bread Loaf School of English’s Centennial Celebration and presented by Middlebury College. Led by exceptional musical artists of several genres and traditions, participants will sing all together from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, and then hold a collaborative concert the same night. The event will take place in...
MIDDLEBURY — Want to know how to turn your clay pots into groceries? Come to the Middlebury Studio School’s new forum series for artists who want to sell their creations, on Friday, Feb. 28, from 6-8 p.m. The evening session is free and open to all. Panelists will include potters Stacey Stanhope, Su Shannon and Barbara Nelson. They will give tips on selling work at craft shows, getting started on Etsy, how to start your own shop and the ins and outs of customer service. For more info about the forum visit or email

L.A. THEATRE WORKS brings the powerful play “SEVEN” to Middlebury College March 3 and 4. Photo / Rich Rose
MIDDLEBURY — The premier radio theatre company, L.A. Theatre Works, will bring its riveting documentary play “SEVEN” to Wright Memorial Theatre on March 3 and 4 as part of the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season. Written by seven female writers, the play is based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles — resistance, death threats, entrenched norms, and pervasive violence — yet later brought heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia. “SEVEN”...
BRANDON — Do you love folk and Americana music? Then you probably know the Michele Fay Band. This energetic and unpretentious group brings forth a comfortable groove of folk, swing and bluegrass-influenced songs, woven seamlessly together. Fay’s heartfelt lyrics are central to the ensemble, as she sings with a crystal clear, authentic voice. See the group life on Saturday, Feb. 29 at Brandon Music. Three band musicians support the singer-songwriter, and add to the charm and sincerity of the group. Kalev Freeman, on fiddle, brings a light-hearted, lilting sound. Michael Santosusso, on upright...

CATRINEL MARION IN in “The Whistlers” (2019)
MIDDLEBURY — This Saturday, Feb. 29, take advantage of the extra Leap-day and go see “The Whistlers” at Dana Auditorium on the Middlebury College campus. This film is part of the Hirschfield International Film Series and is free and open to all. Screenings are at 3 and 8 p.m. In “The Whistlers,” not everything is as it seems for Cristi, a police inspector in Bucharest who plays both sides of the law. Embarking with the beautiful Gilda on a high-stakes heist, both will have to navigate the twists and turns of corruption, treachery and deception. A trip to the Canary Islands to learn a secret...

ACCLAIMED DUO DAVID Finckel and pianist Wu Han will present a program including Beethoven, Debussy, Mendelssohn and Chopin at Middlebury’s Mahaney Arts Center. Photo/Lisa Marie Mazzucco
The Middlebury College Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season continues at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, in Robison Hall at the Mahaney Arts Center (MAC) with a visit from two of its most prolific performers, cellist David Finckel and acclaimed pianist Wu Han, for a program including Beethoven, Debussy, Mendelssohn and Chopin. Dubbed “chamber music’s busy power couple” by The New York Times, Finckel and Han will also perform the world premiere of “Ephemeral Objects,” a new work by Vermont-raised, prize-winning composer Pierre Jalbert, commissioned by the series to mark this special...
(Knopf Publishing Group) “Weather,” at its base, is a book about a university librarian, a mother, a wife and the sister of a brother struggling with addiction, but it soars far above that. How is it possible for Jenny Ofill, author of the critically acclaimed “Dept. of Speculation,” to lift this seemingly mundane, domestic story to such heights? She does it with exquisite prose, precise and deliberate structuring and truly original style. The book itself has six parts; each part has multiple passages and each passage contains multiple fragments. Each fragment addresses a different concern —...

'STAY A LITTLE Longer," by Holly Harrison
MIDDLEBURY — Edgewater Gallery will host a free artist’s talk with Holly Harrison on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5:30-7 p.m., at the Merchant’s Row gallery in Middlebury. During this talk, “Approaching Abstraction: An Artist Talk with Holly Harrison,” Harrison will discuss her mixed-media art. Her work is informed by poetry and by stories from her life. The artist will discuss her path to abstraction and explain the connection between her two most recent bodies of work the “visual poems” and those that include bird imagery. She will broaden the evening’s topic to an explanation of how to connect...


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