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SARAH KING IS a singer-songwriter from Ripton.
What does it take to “make it” in the music industry? That’s the 64-million-dollar question that everyone wants to know. Sarah King, a singer-songwriter who lives up in Ripton, got a step closer to figuring it out over the course of developing her latest album, “The Hour,” which the public gets to see tomorrow. “What I learned is that it doesn’t matter how good I can sing, people want to relate to something,” she said in an interview earlier this month. In this album, that “something” that King refers to stems from the dark and unbridled corners of our lives. And for the first time King isn’t...

LOOK FOR HENRY Luther Sheldon, founder of Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, hiding at five Addison County Sugar houses on Saturday, March 20. Image courtesy of the collection of Henry Sheldon Museum
The Sheldon Museum invites you to take a sweet mystery tour on Saturday, March 20, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and find museum founder Henry Sheldon at five Addison County sugarhouses. At each sugarhouse, look for a full-size image of Henry and take a picture with him. Then share your photos with the Sheldon Museum.   The tour will take you to Middlebury, Cornwall, Lincoln and Ferrisburgh. Maple products will be offered for sale at each sugar house. Each sugar house will welcome visitors following COVID-19 guidelines. Masks are required. Parking is available at each site.   Registration is $10/...

CMS Front Row broadcast of “Vivaldi Explosion” will air March 21, at 7:30 p.m., on the Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ Digital Stage. Photo / Tristan Cook
Experience the peerless artistry of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), with this extraordinary HD concert, featuring archival CMS video recordings of some of Vivaldi’s most beloved concertos and sonatas. In Vivaldi Explosion, an extraordinary assemblage of musicians grace the stage, including Israeli mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital. The broadcast includes a Q & A hosted by Middlebury friends — and chamber music power couple — David Finckel and Wu Han.   The Vivaldi Explosion program is presented by the Middlebury Performing Arts Series virtual spring season. The concert will...
The Vermont Arts Council is now accepting applications for its next round of Artist Development Grants. The deadline for this current round is May 10. Artist Development Grants support artists at all stages of their careers. Grants can fund activities that enhance mastery of an artist’s craft or skills and activities that increase the viability of an artist’s business. New this year: Grants can also support teaching artists in developing the skills necessary to provide instruction in K-12 schools remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Funding may also support aspects of the creation of new work...
(Avid Reader Press) The story of Elena and Mauro, Colombians by birth and allegiance, and their family, children born in both Bogotá and the United States, is the story of emigration and immigration, of belonging and not belonging, of longing and loss. As a young couple, after their first daughter is born, they flee the relentless devastation wrought by a decades-long civil conflict and the insecurity of their existence in their home country, a majestic country, rich with myths and impossible tall mountains. When they arrive in the United States, they are on visas, when they stay, they become...
Bald Mountain Theater, in Rochester, presents a streamed performance, Saturday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m., of new stories created by our ensemble and special guests. Just the kind of stories you would expect from Bald Mountain: irreverent, intense and fun. The wine-taster who sings to his dog, a song about the fickleness of princes, the mushroom witch, a tree takes revenge on humans, a mature Gretel heads back to Fairytale Central Casting, and the Land of Unfinished Sentences where …  Writers and Performers include: Amy Braun, Robert Melik Finkle, Dana Yeaton, Katie Reich, Erica Furgiuele,...
Pruning trees and shrubs, cutting back ornamental grasses, and checking perennials for frost heaving are some of the gardening tips for this month. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, and sooner or later the buds of trees and shrubs will start growing. Best to finish pruning just in case winter suddenly releases its grip. Remove dead, diseased and rubbing branches, and do any thinning needed to open up a tree canopy to more air and sunlight. Cut broken branches back to a main branch or the trunk rather than leaving stubs. Wound sealer generally isn’t necessary. Wait to prune spring-...
Dear Homeward Bound, I am so excited! It feels like spring is just around the corner and my dog is as eager as I am to get out and start taking walks again … all those smells! I am worried though because I’ve had some bad experiences when my dog and I have met other people with dogs and those dogs are not on a leash. The people always say “Oh, he’s friendly” but it is still stressful for me because my dog is afraid of other dogs and we both get anxious when an unleashed dog comes around. What can I do to prevent loose dogs from stressing out me and my dog when we are out on a walk? Curious  ...
How do you anticipate the market to change once pandemic restrictions are lifted? Well let me get out my crystal ball! To answer your question about how I think the real estate market will change once COVID restrictions are lifted: I believe this will continue to take time and will make transacting real estate much easier and smoother with far fewer delays caused by all of the other professionals involved in a transaction, town clerks, zoning administrators, attorneys, appraisers, banks and lending institutions, etc. I believe with the new knowledge of being able to work from home, floor...

ALEXANDER WOLFF STANDS in front of his cow-barn-turned-studio at his home in Cornwall. This is where Wolff, who retired from a 36-year career with Sports Illustrated, most recently wrote “Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home,” which was published this month. PHOTO / CLARA WOLFF
After 36 years as a staff writer for the weekly magazine Sports Illustrated, Alexander Wolff was pretty accustomed to the break-neck pace of journalism. “You’re on this treadmill that just keeps going,” he said during an interview from his home studio in Cornwall last week. “I would go in and out of this artificial world as a sports journalist. I was given the time and the space and the travel budget to do really ambitious work.” Wolff was filing his stories in what we now see as a hay-day for journalism. He covered “Olympics, soccer’s World Cup, the World Series, every Grand Slam tennis...

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