Arts & Leisure


AFTER WEEDING YOUR perennial bed, carefully dig out the plants and place on a tarp in a shady spot, keeping them well watered until time to replant. Photo / Bonnie Kirn Donahue
09/17/2020
As I look out at my perennial garden this time of year, it looks...tired. The Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-eyed Susan) is at its prime, but just about everything else has gone past. The weeds were difficult to contend with this year, even with proper mulching in the spring. Even my showstopper plants seemed to struggle. Although disappointing, these observations remind us that perennial gardens are not static. We carefully select plants, develop planting plans and cherish each plant we purchase or start from seed, expecting the plants to behave the way the plant tag describes. While this may...
09/17/2020
The powerful historical drama “Selma” chronicles the Montgomery voting rights marches with Dr. Martin Luther King, John Lewis and other important leaders of the 1960s Civil Rights movement. This film will be screened Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Paramount Theatre Drive-in at the Vermont State Fairgrounds on Route 7 South in Rutland. The free screening is a collaboration between the Rutland Chapter of the NAACP, which is presenting the film with the Paramount Theatre, and Green Mountain Power (GMP) which is sponsoring the event through a corporate charitable fund. “The film demonstrates the...
09/17/2020
(Ecco Press) Lillian and Madison first met at a fancy girls’ school; they had vastly different backgrounds yet they forged an unlikely bond that was severely tested right from the start. We meet them again about 10 years later when Madison, married to a senator from Tennessee, offers Lillian, holed up in her mother’s attic working two dead-end jobs, an interesting opportunity — to be governess to her two step-children, the senator’s from his first marriage. The twins, Bessie and Roland, are 10 years old and they have the unsettling ability to occasionally burst into flames. Lillian is...
09/17/2020
Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh will host notable Vermont historians on Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. to present a double-lecture program “Exposing the Challenges: A Closer Look at Women’s Suffrage.” The event will take place outdoors with safe seating for 50; in the case of rain, the event will be held indoors for 25 people in-person with video recording available the next day. Reservations can be made by calling (802) 877-3406, or emailing admin@rokeby.org. “Social and political movements are complex beasts, to say the very least,” said museum director Catherine Brooks. “During the decades-long struggle...

'UNITY,' BY PAMELA Smith — Acrylic on Masonite — 12” x 15”.
09/17/2020
Northern Daughters presents “Internal Flight,” a solo exhibit of new work from Pamela Smith. The exhibition is on view by appointment at the gallery’s 221 Main Street location in Vergennes through Nov. 15. NoDa also offers multi-faceted digital tours so you can have a personalized gallery viewing experience from home. Anyone familiar with Smith’s work will recognize the pieces as hers, with each protagonist set amidst a composition of birds, birdlike beings and flowers. Working with a limited palette has softened and enriched the colorful paintings, and builds a common ground among the works...

MICHELE HERNANDEZ BAYLISS and her daughter, Alexia, completed visits to all 251 Vermont municipalities this summer. Here they display a state map, created by Weybridge neighbor Aiden Cole, that includes photos of all the individual town welcome signs they photographed during their odyssey. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELE HERNANDEZ BAYLISS
09/10/2020
Everyone likes a good road trip. You pile into the old station wagon and let the good times roll. The odometer clocks your miles, but there’s no measuring stick for great memories Well, there’s “road trips,” and then there are road trips. Michele Hernandez Bayliss and her daughter, Alexia, certainly experienced the latter, during a summer-long odyssey that was equal parts scavenger hunt, wanderlust and togetherness — all safely logged within the confines of the beautiful Green Mountain State. The extra payoff for what they’re calling their “Pandemic Peregrinations” — that is, visits to all...
09/10/2020
A number of years ago, several literary-minded beekeepers got together to discuss how they might write the history of beekeeping in Vermont. Fast forward to 2020, and “The Land of Milk & Honey: A History of Beekeeping in Vermont” is now available. “Land of Milk and Honey” co-author and experienced beekeeper Ross Conrad will speak about this fascinating history at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m., outdoors (or indoors with social distancing and masks required.) Conrad will present an overview of the history of Vermont beekeeping with a special emphasis on Addison...

'BOYS STATE' IS the first offering in this year’s Hirschfield International Film Series at Middlebury College. The film will screen virtually on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. This year’s series will be a strictly virtual event.
09/10/2020
As with its music performances, Middlebury College’s Hirschfield International Film Series is adapting to COVID-19 with a virtual film series this year. The series will offer extraordinary foreign and independent films, streamed online most Saturdays via Virtual Cinema Starting on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m., with the film “Boys State.”  “Boys State” is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual program in which 1,000 Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government. The 2020 Sundance Film Festival...
09/10/2020
Taken         for the pickers   The apples are used to those men, their hands, their songs. Used to rolling down   their arms into baskets. Into crates. Carted off to the cold, storage house.   This month most of them will drop on their own accord. Twist off their stems   because of the wind. The yellow jackets won’t know what to do with   so many of them. Some days one is enough to drill into. To lose   a stinger. Sunday nights the apples will miss listening to the men singing   their hymns. We’ll miss going to church for their hymn sing. Later, standing around a fire of fruit wood with...

“EAST MEETS WEST,” photo by Andrew J. Russell. Also called “the Champagne Photo.” May 10, 1869. Taken to commemorate the completion of the transcontinental railroad.
09/10/2020
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Opera Company of Middlebury has suspended its fall production of “Candide,” opting instead for a new online production. For the health and wellbeing of all concerned, OCM has rescheduled its live production of “Candide” for fall 2021. Instead, OCM will debut a short opera this November that speaks to the current conversation about race in America. Written by noted composer Michael Ching, “Completing the Picture” uses the story of Chinese workers who completed the transcontinental railroad to explore questions of immigration, exclusion and who gets their...

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