Arts & Leisure

09/10/2020
(Knopf Publishing Group) Carl Hiaasen, author of more than 20 novels and long-time columnist based in Florida, is writing at the top of his game in his latest humorous crime caper, a hyper-current murder mystery involving senior Floridians, a massive python, and a presidential fan club, the Potussies. Angie Armstrong, ex-con turned wildlife relocation expert, is hired to discreetly remove an 18-foot unwelcome guest at an extremely posh private club on Palm Beach island, but when the snake becomes the “smoking gun,” a hilariously second-rate clean-up crew is hired, and their inept cover-up...
09/10/2020
Vermont is at its best right now. Meadows are coming alive, gardens and farm stands are full of produce, and hillsides are just beginning to burst with color. Join our experts in ecology and wildlife for workshops, virtual walks, and ways to connect to all that nature holds this fall. For the seasoned and novice alike. All online events are open to the public and free of charge. Register online at vlt.org/events and you will receive a link to the zoom webinar in your email confirmation. For questions, contact Katherine at katherine@vlt.org. Meadows Abloom: Fall Wildflowers and Their...
09/10/2020
The COVID pandemic has affected our lives in many ways, and if you have gone fishing or launched a boat at one of Vermont’s state fishing access areas recently, you may know that they are getting a lot of use this year The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department owns and manages 196 fishing access areas on lakes and rivers throughout the state. They are open 24/7, and their use is regulated with priority to anglers and boaters because the purchase and maintenance of these areas are funded by the sale of fishing licenses, a federal tax on fishing equipment and boating fuels, and motorboat...
09/10/2020
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is providing the following list of certified leashed tracking dog owners who volunteer during the hunting seasons to help hunters locate deer or bear that have been shot during hunting season but not yet recovered.  The leashed tracking dog owners, who provide their services free of charge, must pass an extensive exam administered by Fish and Wildlife in order to be certified and licensed to provide their services.  The full list, which may be updated during hunting seasons, is available on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website...
09/10/2020
For many, it seemed like a heartwarming idea: rescuing a pup from the local shelter to help battle loneliness during the coronavirus quarantine. From the minute the dog came home, they could do no wrong — until, for some owners, shoes were chewed on, socks went missing, carpets were stained, and furniture became glorified dog beds. Sometimes, other unexpected behaviors came through, like pulling on the leash, baring teeth over scraps, or barking Now is a good time for pet owners to find a trainer to help work through issues they and the dog may be experiencing. For starters, consider the type...

MONICA ELLIS, WHO plays bassoon with the award-winning Imani Winds, is looking forward to connecting with an audience in whatever way she can when her quintet performs as the first act in the all-virtual Middlebury Performing Arts Series on Sept. 25.
09/03/2020
If she is being completely honest, bassoonist Monica Ellis has reservations about performing online. “I miss terribly the palpable energy that comes only from live performances with my chamber music mates and from the audiences we serve,” Ellis, a founding member of the chamber music quintet Imani Winds, told the Independent. “However, do I want to stay connected to our fans, supporters, audiences, students and lovers of our music? Absolutely.” And so Ellis is excited to be coming to Middlebury — virtually — with the rest of the Imani Winds this month for a concert and digital residency with...
09/03/2020
August is traditionally vacation month, but many of us will not be traveling this year. The following article explores how Vermonters of the 19th and early 20th centuries travelled to places far and near and is based on the archival collections found in the Sheldon Museum’s Stewart-Swift Research Center. Joseph Battell loved to travel. The wealthy conservationist, philanthropist, lover of Morgan horses, enemy of automobiles, newspaper editor and eccentric owner of the Bread Loaf Inn, was born in 1839 to a prominent Middlebury family. He had life-long health issues that, among other things,...
09/03/2020
(St. Martin's Press) When Kerri Arsenault was growing up in Mexico, Maine, a paper mill town on the banks of the Androscoggin River, she felt lucky and safe; her community, comprised of generations of mill workers, was focused inward, enjoying softball games, enduring the winters — everyone knew everyone else, and they had everything they needed. But then she moved away from her small town, lived in dozens of places as young people do, married a U.S. Coast Guard officer, ensuring many more years of impermanent living situations, but never quite leaving behind the place she called home. During...
09/03/2020
Do you like art? Yes. How about the outdoors? Yup. And conservation of wildlife spaces? Indeed. Great! This is right up your alley then.  The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is celebrating 100 years of Wildlife Management Area (WMA) conservation with an art contest commemorating Vermont’s legacy of wildlife-based recreation and healthy lands and waters. In 1920, Sandbar Wildlife Management Area in Milton became Vermont’s first area conserved specifically for the benefit of fish and wildlife. Over the course of the past 100 years, Vermont has conserved 100 WMAs, protecting more than 130...
09/03/2020
On Sunday, Sept. 6, from 7-9 p.m., Chandler’s New World Festival will stream music both live from Chandler Music Hall’s main stage in Randolph, and premier virtual performances from around the world, as well as include a small, socially-distanced live audience to hear Pete’s Posse, Dan Houghton and Rachel Clemente on the Chandler Music Hall stage. A total of 75 tickets will be sold for the live performance in Chandler. A ticketed virtual option will allow an unlimited number of fans to stream the live performance All the tickets for both the in-person and live-stream options, will be sold...

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