Arts & Leisure

LINDA RADTKE WILL present an evening of historical Vermont music, costume included, at the Salisbury Meeting House on Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m.
SALISBURY — On Friday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m., the 40th annual Salisbury Summer Performance Series (at the Salisbury Congregational Meetinghouse), in collaboration with the Salisbury Historical Society and the Vermont Council on the Humanities, will sponsor an evening of historic Vermont song performed by Linda Radtke and pianist Arthur Zorn. Classically trained, Radtke, host of the Choral Hour on Vermont Public Radio, is a member of Counterpoint, the Oriana Singers, and Vermont Symphony’s Ah!Capella.  Her program brings Vermont history to life with performance and commentary about songs found...

'THE DOG DOC' will be the opening night film at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival in August.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival announces its opening and closing night films for this year’s fifth annual event, Aug. 22-25 in Middlebury. In addition, MNFF is introducing a late night screening at the festival. MNFF has selected an inspiring documentary, “The Dog Doc,” as the opening night film, screening on Aug. 22, 7 p.m., at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. “The Dog Doc” tells the story of Dr. Marty Goldstein, a maverick veterinarian, and his dedicated team of DVMs at Smith Ridge Veterinary Center, as they create a mecca for pets and their owners looking for hope and...

Himesh Patel stars in “Yesterday” (2019).
Yesterday— Running Time: 1:56 — Rating: PG-13 Any summary of “Yesterday” would miss its magic.  Don’t look for the good, the mediocre or the bad in this one. Just try watching and waiting for it to wrap you in its arms. That takes about five minutes. In its entire length there is nothing by the scriptwriter or any actor that trips the whole, and the whole is not a story so much as it is a fairy tale. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) and his dear friend Ellie (Lily James) have a friendship that borders on more but is rooted in her being his manager while she isn’t working at her job as a school...
(Milkweed Editions) “Late Migrations” is, on the surface, a collection of essays. Astute observations and vignettes of natural surroundings, place and wildlife, that set the scene for anecdotes of family, ancestry and heredity. There's remembrance and recognition in the passages; they are precious and inclusive simultaneously. Tales relayed by the author's grandmother are studded with relics of dialect that lodge the stories firmly in time. These stories paint a portrait of a family, a child’s view of a family at first, and then a shift in point of view, as the observer becomes an adult....
BRANDON — A research professor in Brandon has taken a skill he developed as a scientist and used it to pivot into writing works of fiction. Gary Meffe is releasing a book that captures the feel of life in rural Vermont so well you would think he was a lifelong Vermonter. “I learned concise writing as a scientist and I feel I came in with good basic tools based on 30 years of writing professionally,” Meffe said. “I had never really dreamed of being a novelist, but I realized long ago that I do like writing.” The New Jersey native said he was looking through a bookshelf one day and saw the...

JOANN WHANG IS one of the faculty members at Point CounterPoint who will perform in their annual concert at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Donations appreciated.
MIDDLEBURY — The professional musicians who teach at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp on Lake Dunmore hail from prestigious music institutions and from many parts of the world. PCP Faculty changes every two weeks with each new session of campers.  The performance on Friday, July 12, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury will feature Ari Streisfeld, Anne Lanzilotti, David Kaplan, Joann Whang, Jessica Tong, Romina Monsanto and Isabel Ong. This year’s musical program includes Three Madrigals from Book VI by Carlo Gesualdo, arr. Ari Streisfeld, Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor Op. 66...

JOSEPH BATTELL, DETAIL, crystoleum photograph Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum
MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday, July 13, at noon, Sheldon archivist, Eva Garcelon-Hart, will discuss a recently-discovered unique photographic portrait of Joseph Battell as part of the Henry Sheldon Museum’s Hidden Treasure Series. Battell (1839-1915) was a local philanthropist, Morgan horse breeder and person behind many landmarks of Middlebury architecture. The crystoleum photograph, sometimes called an American ivorytype, was recently conserved and is now on view for the first time, just for the month of July.  Free with museum admission.  The talk is presented in conjunction with Battell...
BRANDON — A sci-fi adventure hailed as the first feature film to depict realistic space travel will be screened next month at Brandon Town Hall in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. “Woman in the Moon” (1929), directed by German filmmaker Fritz Lang (‘Metropolis,’ 1927), will be shown with live music on Saturday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square, Route 7, Brandon, Vt. The presentation will include live music performed by silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis. “We felt it was worth marking this important milestone by sampling visions of space travel before the...
FERRISBURGH — What happens when four generations of one family live out their lives in the same house? Many things transpire, of course, including the accumulation of a lot of stuff. In the case of Rokeby Museum, from 1793 to 1961 four generations of the Robinson family lived in the historic home that is now one of the center pieces of this National Historic Landmark designated for its well-documented Underground Railroad history. The Museum’s 2019 special exhibit, opens July 14 and runs through October 27, featuring a unique gallery exhibition inviting visitors to meet each generation of...

ANDY AND BINGBING Li opened Yogurt City in Middlebury four years ago. This summer they’re offering a Taiwanese specialty drink that’s all the rage these days — bubble tea. It’s a sweet concoction of a variety of flavors punctuated with tapioca balls. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — It’s Fourth of July – time for parades, barbecues, fireworks. Of course, nothing goes better with this trio than a refreshing sweet treat. But, instead of a classic creemee, why not try something a little different this year? Something that’s sweet, milky, has a variety of flavors and the thrill of slurping one jelly ball after the next through probably the widest straw you’ve ever seen. What is this magical concoction? Bubble tea, a tea-based drink typically mixed with milk or fruits, sugar, and topped off with tapioca balls. The drink, first created in Taiwan in the mid-1980s,...


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