Arts & Leisure


'MILKING TIME AT Mose Farm,' oil on canvas by Hannah Sessions.
Northern Daughters is excited to present “Rooted,” a solo exhibit of new work from Hannah Sessions. The exhibition is on view by appointment at the gallery’s 221 Main Street location in Vergennes through April 30. NoDa also offers multi-faceted digital tours so you can have a personalized gallery viewing experience from home. In addition to being a professional artist, Hannah Sessions owns a farm and cheese business (Blue Ledge Farm) with her husband Greg Bernhardt, in Salisbury. The animals and barns that she paints are not only lovely specimens and interesting compositions, but her friends...
(Scribner Book Company) Meet Vera, the oldest living survivor of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake — one of the worst and deadliest earthquakes in the history of the United States — who, having managed to escape her collapsed home with her sister, witnessed so much of her city destroyed, by the quake and by the resulting devastating fires. With a lens crystallized by crisis, the days immediately following the quake are chronicled here, and Vera, headstrong with a sharp tongue, found herself more alive after the quake than at any previous time in her life, and vowed, in her scrappy, ambitious...
Caffe Lena — recognized as the longest continuously operating folk music venue in the United States — is proud to partner with the Ripton Community Coffee House in Ripton to co-present a virtual concert with Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys on Friday, March 12. The Ripton Community Coffee House has been bringing music and joy to Vermont since 1995 and shares the same community-driven ideals as Caffe Lena (located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) as well as presents many of the same voices on their stage, including Jim Gaudet. Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys are both old-timey and timeless. On one...
The Climate Action Film Festival (CAFF) by SunCommon is hosting its final nights of programming Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12, ending a two-week run of short films, feature films and panel discussions from around the world. This film festival came to the Marquis in Middlebury for its debut last year, but due to COVID has launched this year’s festival online. The second annual Climate Action Film Festival (CAFF) by SunCommon is a celebration of films with a focus on solutions to the climate crisis. It is the first festival of its kind to exclusively feature storytelling around...

ABENAKI CHEF JESSEE Lawyer will join Vermont Wild Kitchen March 18.
Since spring of 2020, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has partnered with the Vermont Farm to Plate Network to host the Vermont Wild Kitchen, a Facebook Live cooking show taking place on the third Thursday of each month. March’s episode will feature Abenaki Chef Jessee Lawyer who will prepare traditional Abenaki ingredients with a modern twist. Some wild and local ingredients Lawyer plans on using include deer shank, bear fat, garlic, sumac and more. “We’re so grateful for Chef Jessee to join us in the Vermont Wild Kitchen to demonstrate how to create a seasonal meal showcasing Native...

'ROTATION' BY CHARLIE Bluett, 36” x 36,” is one of the paintings on view at Edgewater Gallery on the Green.
New works are now on view at the two Edgewater galleries in downtown Middlebury featuring photography, watercolors and abstract paintings. A third exhibit through the local gallery will be on view in Warren at the Pitcher Inn. There Rory Jackson will show a series of winter paintings. Here are the details: “A Survey of our Collections,” featuring photographer Victoria Blewer and new work from watercolorist Robert O’Brien. On view Feb. 1-March 31. Edgewater Gallery at the Falls, One Mill St., Middlebury.  “All Around Us,” a solo exhibition of abstract paintings by new Edgewater artist Charlie...

SEEDLINGS WILL DO best when grown under quality, energy-efficient, full-spectrum light that's evenly distributed over the growing area. Photo / Beret Halverson
With the lengthening daylight and the many seed catalogs arriving in your mailbox, it's hard to ignore the promise of spring. Are you planning to grow your own vegetable and flower transplants this year? You may find that shopping for grow lights for indoor gardening can be mind boggling. When navigating the numerous options in lighting products, you may encounter confusing terminology. Don't let this intimidate you. When choosing a grow light system for your indoor garden, you only need to understand a few basic principles. Once seeds have germinated and the first "true leaves" emerge, light...

JEFF OLSON
I’m looking to buy a home but everything is snatched up so quickly! What should I do?   As my wife would say, “You snooze you lose!”  This is a very tough market for buyers and my heart goes out to you. Housing inventory is extremely low thanks in large part to rock-bottom mortgage rates, meaning there are many more people qualified to buy a house, and many more people now able to buy “more” house than they might have been able to just a few years ago. Plus, we’ve had three to four years in a row of robust activity, further reducing the number of houses available. My advice to you: first,...

Rebecca Freedner was the owner of Heartfire Henna, a successful henna studio in Vergennes, before she began her new career as an Intuitive Transformational Coach. Independent photo/Steve James
With the first day of spring just a couple weeks away, change is on the horizon. Sure the changing of the seasons is nice, but sometimes change — especially changing one’s perspective — can be really difficult.   Rebecca Freedner has made it her business to help people shift their perspectives and discover their best lives through intuitive transformational coaching. What is intuitive transformational coaching? Glad you asked.  “Ultimately, I read energy,” said Freedner, who closed her successful henna studio in Vergennes in 2017 to pursue this new career. “I read between the lines.” In a...

JOHN F. KENNEDY
American Association of University Women (AAUW) is sponsoring a Zoom webinar screening of the documentary “JFK: The Last Speech” on Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. This screening is free and open to the public. Executive produced by Middlebury native Neil Bicknell (Amherst ’64) and his wife Judy Bicknell, and directed by Boston filmmaker Bestor Cram, “JFK: the Last Speech” recently won the Best Documentary Award at the New Jersey Film Festival. Middlebury College Professor Jay Parini is among the film’s narrators. On Oct. 26, 1963, only weeks before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy...

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