Arts & Leisure

A SOMETIMES MUSICIAN, Jamie Masefield has been a full-time builder of stone walls for 14 years. He is shown here rebuilding a fallen-down old rock wall at Miller Hill Farm in Sudbury on Monday. The farm and garden center’s owner, Nan Jenks-Jay, said Masefield was planning to stack the stones around a tree that had grown up in the former path of the wall. Independent photos/Steve James
SUDBURY — Dry stone walls are a familiar tradition in New England, but who builds and repairs them nowadays?  Jamie Masefield, for one!  The mason from Monkton was working on Monday at rebuilding a stone wall at Miller Hill Farm nursery and gardens off Route 73 in Sudbury. Masefield has been building and repairing stone walls full-time for 14 years. He has become so accomplished in his craft that Masefield is certified by the Dry Stone Wallers Association of Great Britain, where he has worked on similar walls with no mortar in the Lake District and Scotland.  Masefield explains that the...

SMALL GLORIES bring their Canadian Prairie sound to Middlebury’s Festival on-the-Green at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9.
Middlebury’s exciting Festival on-the-Green continues its 41st season on Tuesday, July 9, at noon, when Jon Gailmor, will present a Brown Bag Special musical performance for the whole family. At 7 p.m., The Small Glories, a musical tour-de-force duo planted on the Canadian Prairies, hits the stage with their songs of love, loss and environment, delivered with soaring, interwoven vocals on various combinations of stomping clawhammer banjo, guitar and harmonica. Then, at 8:30 p.m., the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio will perform a wide selection of Americana originals ? folk, jazz, and blues ?...

MATTHEW DICKERSON BATTLES a large rainbow trout in a river in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve. Photo by Deborah Dickerson
ADDISON COUNTY — Do you count yourself an avid Addy Indy reader? Then no doubt you recognize Matthew Dickerson’s name — after all, he’s been writing an outdoor column for the paper for 21 years. You might even know this angler recently published “The Voices of Rivers,” a book about his experiences on rivers in Arcadia and Glacier national parks and watercourses scattered around Alaska. But odds are, a few things might still surprise you about Dickerson. First of all, he’s a professor of computer science at Middlebury College and a scholar of the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings. Yup...

THE SAND GARDEN at Asticou evokes coastal islands in a shimmering sea. Photo by Dick Conrad
Every summer crowds of visitors flock to Maine’s Mount Desert Island to hike the beautiful windswept hills of Acadia National Park and enjoy the bustling seaside town of Bar Harbor. But few are aware that, only 10 miles along the coast from Bar Harbor in the little village of Northeast Harbor, a trio of exquisite hidden gardens, now owned and maintained by the Land and Garden Preserve, await your discovery. Two of these gardens, Asticou and Thuya, just two miles apart, were created in a one frenetic year by Charles Savage, a native of Northeast Harbor using the plants from the nearby property...

BUZZ ALDRIN IN the documentary “Apollo 11” (2019).
Apollo 11 — Running Time: 1:33 — Rating: G Watching an American crew landing on the moon 50 years ago stirred a complex mix of emotions in those of us who were alive and watching on our relatively new TV sets. We earthlings watched in deep curiosity as three men undertook a mission that riveted our world back then in 1969. That perfect white ball of a moon had been a mystery for all the centuries we earthlings had loved its glow and suddenly we were watching three modern astronauts shuffle through moon sand. The fact that three capable men were chosen to fly to the moon on the wings of the...
(Balzer + Bray) It’s easy to slip into the “summer at the lake” mood created by Sarah Dessen, the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, and see what unfolds. Emma, known as Saylor to her late mom, unexpectedly finds herself at her mom’s family establishment on the lake for three weeks. And while everyone seems to know her and her story, she only feels a vague sense of familiarity, but yet also comfort. She encounters the dueling contingents of wealthy yacht club people and locals, i.e. her family and the other families who run the businesses that support the...

LOCAL POETS KARI Hansen, left, Linda Shere, right, and Ray Hudson, back, stand with Theresa Harris, front, who is the director of the Edgewater Gallery. These three poets are among those in the Spring Street Poets group who were inspired by art at the Middlebury galleries. A new exhibit, “The Language of Art,” will open at both Edgewater locations on April 5, featuring paintings paired with poems. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Few words in the English language look and feel as diametrically opposed to their definitions as ekphrasis. It derives from Greek and sounds very much as if it belongs among the terminology that that language has shaped for the medical profession. What ekphrasis describes, however, is a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a work of art. Poets love this stuff. So do artists. Which is why Theresa Harris, director of Middlebury’s Edgewater Galleries, has brought together poets and visual artists for a new show. “The Language of Art” opens April 5 at both of Edgewater’s...
Pee Wee is an 8-year-old pony owned by Ellie Visser and her family. She loves to eat anything she can get ahold of — including pumpkins, acorn squash and candy canes. She loves to pull a cart and spends many summer days giving rides around our field. She is showed by Ellie and her siblings at horse shows and gymkhanas during the summer. Pee Wee also enjoys sightseeing and visiting places like Goodies’s for ice cream in the summer. She recently visited a local Tractor Supply Company as part of Paper Clover Days for 4H. Her favorite part was sniffing around inside of the store at all the pet...

Tao Zhao stars in “Ash is Purest White” (2018).
Ash is Purest White— Running Time: 2:16 — Rating: R Do go to “Ash is the Purest White.” Let’s look at the tough part of this new film that is earning excellent reviews from the pros. The Chinese language pulls our eyes to the running translations at the bottom of the screen. That means we miss some important facial expressions and quick behavioral actions that are key to the culture and dialogue of this very good movie. Aside from those hurdles we see some grand acting by Tao Zhao as Qiao and Fan Liao as Bin. As we watch their tale unfold, we are given several parts of China as Qiao makes her...
(Globe Pequot Press) When nocturnal hijinks (and, by the way, a fantastic hair-raising start to a rollicking read) land two cousins, heirs to a merchant shipping company, in hot water, the uncle to Joseph Carlo and father to Suchet, decides a stint serving on the ship will give them the needed “encouragement” to become more serious about their futures. What seems like a successful idea to achieve just that is ambushed by unanticipated and disastrous events, the boys are forced to grow up even faster. No longer the favored members of a happy extended family, their ability to endure life on the...


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