Arts & Leisure

MUSIC STUDENTS MET and took lessons on Zoom at Leicester’s Camp Point CounterPoint this summer, and many hope to attend the camp on the shores of Lake Dunmore in person next summer.
LEICESTER — Anyone who’s used to spending time on Lake Dunmore during past summers may have noticed that the lake sounds a little quieter this year. The classical music typically emanating from the Camp Point CounterPoint (PCP) music school, a staple of the lake since 1963, is no longer being played — at least not in-person. But Jenny Beck, PCP co-owner and director since 2008, and her faculty and staff are still finding ways to deliver an online music camp experience that’s just as committed to being musically rigorous and socially gratifying.  The idea for an online music camp was floated...
University of Vermont Extension 4-H is sponsoring an Edible Art Contest this summer to inspire kids, 8 to 18, to get creative with their food. There is no fee to enter and enrollment in 4-H is not required. Participants may enter all five categories, though only one entry is permitted per category. Entries will be evaluated on artistry, individuality and creativity, with feedback provided. The winners in each category will receive special recognition. Participants must take a photo of their entry and email it to by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 10. Each entry must be...

THE VOCAL ENSEMBLE I Fagiolini will sing a program titled “Monteverdi – The Ache of Love” on Aug. 8 as part of the online music festival Live from London.
If your heart is hungry for live music of the vocal variety, New Haven resident George Jaeger is passing on news of an opportunity to hear some. “My English son-in-law Robin Tyson,” wrote Jaeger, “a graduate of the King’s College Choir and for years a countertenor with the King’s Singers, has more recently been managing choirs, conductors and other musical performers. It all came to a screeching halt when the virus broke out.” During a drought in live entertainment, this choir member is hoping to reach audiences online during a virtual music festival. “Necessity being the mother of invention...

BASIL IS ONE of the gems of a summer garden. There are steps you can take to ensure a good harvest. Photo by Bonnie Kirn Donahue
If you planted basil in your garden, there are a few things you can do now to ensure a good harvest. Basil is sensitive to drought, so you will need to water it often for a better crop. You can tell if the soil is dry by using a trowel or your fingers to dig down 1-2 inches into the soil. If it’s dry, it’s time to water. Try to water in the early morning for the best results. Watering in the evening is okay, too, although water sitting on leaves overnight may encourage fungal disease. Avoid watering during the day, unless you have no choice, as the heat of the sun will evaporate much of the...

There was a sucking sound as my rubber boot sank into the deep black muck. Naturalist Jon Binhammer and I were standing in the middle of a hardwood swamp in central Vermont.  Above us, dainty red flowers clung to the still-bare branches of red maple trees and fat black buds encircled the stems of black ash. Though the trees in the surrounding uplands had leafed out, the swamp was cooler, and these trees had not yet unfurled their leaves. Bright yellow blooms of marsh marigold covered the swamp’s floor, growing out of mud and pools of water. Speckled alder shrubs, named for their spotted stems...
Northeast Addison Television (NEAT) in Bristol has announced the lineup for its Studio2 Summer Covid Music Series. The series airs live every Friday evening at 7 p.m. on Comcast Cable channel 1080. Performances can also be live-streamed on the NEAT website, where they will be archived for future viewing. Lincoln musician Nate Gusakov kicked the series off on July 17, and Bristol Irish drum player Reagh Greenleaf Jr. kept the show rolling on July 24. The following artists have also been scheduled for the coming weeks: •  July 31: Jim and Anna Lienau. •  Aug. 7: Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette...
(William Morrow & Company) To the Métis people of Canada and the far north reaches of the midwestern United States, a Rogarou is a shapeshifting werewolf-like creature that roamed the roads at night, “the threat from a hundred stories told by those old enough to remember the tales...He was a dog, a man, a wolf.” Tales of his presence kept young girls off the roads at night and ensured young boys never talked back to their parents. Out of this world, a husband has disappeared, gone now for over a year, and his wife, his love, Joan of Arcand, looks for him in every ditch — never stops...

MEMBERS OF THE local band Exoerro, formerly known as Squig Heart, take a breather outside their Starksboro rehearsal and recording space. The quartet has evolved in part from regular participation in the Rock It Science music camps hosted by Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Pictured rom left are Starksboro guitarist and singer Evan Jennison, Middlebury bassist Kai Pasciak, Monkton guitarist Chris Wolak and Lincoln drummer Preston Connell. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
STARKSBORO — In 2017, after participating in Town Hall Theater’s Rock-It Science music camp, Starksboro guitarist Evan Jennison (then 13) and Lincoln drummer Preston Connell (then 12) decided to form a band together. They began jamming in a small corner of Jennison’s unfinished basement and were soon joined by Middlebury bass player Kai Pasciak (now 17) and Orwell guitarist Declan Anderson (now 15). They called themselves Squig Heart. Since then they’ve continued to attend Rock-It Science sessions, honed their chops, written loads of songs, played a series of increasingly high-profile gigs...

DANIEL AND SIX-year-old Joni arrange kindling in the firepit under a vibrant rainbow at our lean-to site at Bomoseen State Park this month. We were thankful to have the lean-to for shelter during the big thunderstorm that passed through earlier that afternoon. Independent photo/Megan James
This story first appeard on At the beginning of the month my family went camping — twice. I had never camped with my children before. I loved camping as a kid, but the idea of sleeping in a tent with a baby or toddler seemed … unpleasant. Then the pandemic happened. Everything was canceled or closed. Suddenly camping seemed like the perfect (only) thing to do to make summer feel special. And now that my kids are 6 and 3, we’re all feeling a little more flexible about sleep. So, inspired by a friend who has been camping with her two young kids almost every week this summer, we...

EMPLOYEES FROM ATHLETIC Brewing Co. regularly improve outdoor recreation areas as part of their corporate mission. Recently the company, founded by a Middlebury College grad, committed to work on the Long Trail in Vermont.
A big donation to the Green Mountain Club by a company founded by 2005 Middlebury College graduate Bill Shufelt will help the club maintain the historic Long Trail. Athletic Brewing Company recently joined the list of Green Mountain Club corporate sponsors with a $15,000 donation and a commitment to support maintenance of the trail that stretches 272 miles from the Massachusetts border to the Quebec border. The Long Trail, established in 1910, is the country’s oldest long-distance hiking trail. The donation will also help shore up the Long Trail Patrol, the crew that maintains damaged and...


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