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THE ALMENDROS, FROM left, Naunau Belu, John Wallace, Clint Bierman, Doug Wilhelm, Pete Ryan, Kemi Fuentes-George, Mark Pelletier and Liz Cleveland, will perform on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m., at Riverfront Park in Middlebury. The concert is free and open to all.
What started as a few veteran local musicians getting together in backyards and living rooms to try out one player’s ideas for new songs has led, four years later, to a new group’s new album of original music recorded in Middlebury, to be performed for the first time at the Marble Works on Thursday evening, Sept. 16. Presented by Town Hall Theater and Neighbors Together, the free outdoor show, starting at 6 p.m., will be the debut performance by The Almendros, now a group of seven. It will feature “All Over the Place,” the album they recorded at LionTone Studio on Main Street with East...

THE PERFORMANCE WILL be held under the trees in Fuller's Allée in Brandon.
BRANDON — New Music On The Point and Scrag Mountain Music are joining forces to create “A Murmur in the Trees” — an immersive concert experience performed in nature. The concerts will feature works inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem of the same name. The performances feature the world premiere of a new work for 24 double basses by internationally renowned composer Eve Beglarian, created in collaboration with bassist Robert Black and composer/programmer Matt Sargent. Also on the program is the world premiere of a new song setting of Dickinson’s poem by Evan Premo for soprano and two basses and...

BEFORE MAKING SAUERKRAUT, assemble all the ingredients and equipment needed. Photo by Joyce Amsden
Fermentation has a long tradition as an effective method of food preservation. Eating fermented food provides beneficial bacteria that can help maintain a healthy digestive environment. Many people find sauerkraut a delicious option. I learned the traditional method of fermenting cabbage to make sauerkraut from my mother. It is an easy-to-master method for preserving cabbage from your garden, farmers market or grocery store. I have found that weighing ingredients gives the most consistent results. Metric weights provide more accurate measurement and are available on most digital scales. ...

POTTER STACEY STANHOPE Dundon and colored pencil artist Catherine Palmer will be co-exhibiting at Brandon Artists Guild’s newest show, “Home Grown; Pasture Raised,” which will be on view for the months of September and October. The artists will be at a public opening reception on Friday, Sept. 3, from 5-7 p.m., 7 Center St. in Brandon. INDEPENDENT PHOTO / STEVE JAMES
With a name like “Home Grown; Pasture Raised” it’s no surprise that the new exhibit at the Brandon Artists Guild features farm animals — no, no, don’t get too excited, there won’t actually be sheep stuffing the gallery and chickens flapping in the windows. But you will see all sorts of animals illustrated on the ceramics of Stacey Stanhope Dundon and in Catherine Palmer’s colored pencil drawings. “This exhibit is the culmination of a year and a half of work,” said Palmer, who started focusing more on her art after retiring from teaching eight years ago. “‘Home Grown; Pasture Raised’ covers...

PAUL MILLER'S DOCUMENTARY "Searching for Timbuctoo" will screen at Town Hall Theater on Thursday, Sept. 9.
“Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” a ground-breaking exhibit that unearths the little-known story of black land ownership in Vermont. The exhibit opened on Aug. 22 and runs through October at the Jackson Gallery, located in the lower level of Town Hall Theater. The stories of these North Country settlements are told through a series of panels featuring enlargements of historic photographs and documents that shine a light on this relatively un-examined episode in the local history. And while these settlements have been largely forgotten, the exhibit’s underlying themes of voting rights, land reform and...
(Knopf Publishing Group) If you read “The River” by Peter Heller, you will have a good idea of just what kind of literary territory you are venturing into — polished prose, erudite literary references, realistic characterizations, and high outdoor adventure drama. Buckle up, and step into your waders, for in this scenario, Jack has taken a late-season job as a fly-fishing guide as a very posh western resort situated on a pristine stretch of river. The previous guide left under murky circumstances and almost immediately, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. The dark secrets and rogue...

BOB CROSBY'S ARTWORK will be on view at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury for the month of September.
MIDDLEBURY – The first open show of 72-year-old Bob Crosby’s art went up at the Ilsley Library on Sept. 1 and will be on view through the end of the month. “I’m excited…I want to do something good for people,” Crosby said. His medium is both out of the norm and as accessible as can be. Crosby’s hands are not stained with paint, but with Crayola markers. Originally from Brattleboro, Crosby took his first art class in 1970. Now, the Salisbury artist spends a lot of his time at a desk by a window, drawing and writing. “I feel more pleasure (when drawing and writing),” he said. He starts with the...

INDIE-FOLK DUO Abigail and Shaun Bengson will perform at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.
Town Hall Theater presents “An Evening with The Bengsons,” on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. This in-person musical-theater performance features the married composing and performing powerhouse indie-folk duo, Abigail and Shaun Bengson. Based in New York City and Vermont, The Bengsons have performed across the country and around the world. Their video, “The Keep Going Song” has been viewed over 4 million times, resonating as an anthem of perseverance, through the pandemic and otherwise.  “An Evening with the Bengsons” is an intimate performance of storytelling through song. “The powerful impact...

ARIELLE LEVIOFF AND Michael Haigler
Faculty members of Pianos on the Point, a program for serious adult piano students at Point Counterpoint Camp on Lake Dunmore, will perform a concert of solo and four-hand music at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court in Middlebury, on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Featured pianists are Diana Fanning, Arielle Levioff and Michael Haigler. This performance is sponsored by Point Counterpoint Chamber Music Camp and features works by Debussy, Janáček, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Rodgers and Hammerstein.  Admission is free, donations appreciated.  For more...

ILLUSTRATION BY ADELAIDE Murphy Tyrol
I put the small brown ant I had mounted (but never identified) under a microscope and peered down at it. Two huge, headlight-like eyes stared back at me. That couldn’t be right; ants don’t have eyes that size and shape. I took the specimen to my professor, who initially waved me off with, “It’s an ant.” But after looking at it under magnification he excitedly turned to a guidebook showing several unique species of jumping spider that look uncannily like ants. Ant mimicry is a popular defense against being eaten amongst arthropods, including many spiders. Ants aggressively defend themselves...

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