Arts & Leisure

Eryn Diehl of Cornwall, Eliza and Emma Doucet and Lily James, all of Bristol, and Mark Gross of Middlebury, will be making their debut performance with Shelburne Players in the spring virtual fantasy “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realm.” The production opens Thursday, May 20, and runs May 21 and May 22, live-streamed at 7 p.m. Designed specifically for online performances, this joyous romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons &...

Will Kasso Condry of Juniper Creative Arts in Brandon applies paint to the project at the Addison County Parent Child Center earlier this month. The artist and his wife, Jennifer Herrera Condry, advised and helped PCC participants design and create the mural that now graces the center’s house in Middlebury. Independent photos/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Women at the Addison County Parent Child Center pooled their artistic visions to produce a mural celebrating racial equality. The painting that graces a stairwell at the Middlebury center features a mother and baby at the center of the natural world, surrounded by flowers and butterflies. It is part of a larger racial equity initiative allowing the PCC to benefit from a $10,000 grant from the Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation.The grant bolstered education materials and curriculum for the PCC’s Learning Together Program. “The PCC mural project  is an opportunity to center Black...

ARTIST WILL KASSO Condry will be a featured speaker at the Middlebury Art Museum’s Annual Meeting, which is free and open to all via Zoom this Sunday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. The evening will also highlight the work of 10 students in the studio art and architecture programs. Photo / Alexa Herrera Condry
The Middlebury College Art Museum has friends. Good friends, too. They throw two parties every year, take trips together, buy gifts and have been supporting the museum for 51 years. These, of course, are the Friends of the Art Museum, or FOAM — “an association of alumni, community members, faculty, staff, and students of the college who, through their annual dues, support the acquisition program and the educational mission of the museum.” Typically the Friends pay dues, which fund the purchase of artworks for the museum’s permanent collection. They vote on which works to acquire at the annual...

'FAMILY,' BY SUSANNE Strater
Northern Daughters is excited to present “Poppy Garden,” a solo exhibit of new work from Susanne Strater. The exhibition is on view by appointment at the gallery’s 221 Main Street location in Vergennes through June 30. Like the garden Strater sat beside when making this body of work, you really have to see these artworks in person to take in all they have to offer. The foundation of each piece is a pen and ink drawing of a garden filled with poppies, and Strater’s quiet observation of their lifecycle. From there, she has built a world through collage that allows the viewer to savor the layers...
(Custom House) Mary Jane — a 14-year-old girl in 1970s Baltimore, sheltered from the seismic cultural shift the country has taken by her strict, conformist parents — has been hired as the summer nanny for Izzy, the young daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Cone, a job her mother, tireless devotee to proper etiquette, deems respectable. When Dr. Cone confides to Mary Jane he will be treating, and housing, a mega-famous rock star (recovering addict) and his possibly-even-more famous wife, in their home for the summer as well, it’s just the first of many facts about the Cone household Mary Jane will have...

'SHOW UP, KIDS' is an improv show for kids and adults.
Town Hall Theater (THT) is getting ready to launch its inaugural outdoor season, featuring live music, comedy, plays, talks, films, food trucks and more. Performances will pop up around THT, at Middlebury’s Marble Works District, Woodchuck Cider, Swift House, and other carefully curated locations across Addison and Chittenden Counties. In addition to THT-produced programming, we are thrilled to partner with resident companies, including the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival and Middlebury Acting Company on their debut outdoor film and theatre offerings.   “Town Hall Theater has a sensational...
The West Cornwall Backyard Concert Series (WCBCS) sprung up last summer, and it’s back again. The first concert kicks off the 2021 season on May 16 with Carol Reed performing at 14 Audet Road in Cornwall — yes, the Whittemore family’s backyard — on a temporary stage.  Reed will bring her phenomenal vocal abilities and acoustic guitar skills to the WCBCS. She’ll be performing many of the old favorites and a few you may have forgotten. Her set includes works from Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, Fats Waller, Paul Simon and others. Sitting in with Reed for Sunday’s concert is the Best She...
Lulu is a sweet black cat who is 11 years old and loves bouncy balls. She enjoys sunbeams, visitors, yarn, and cell phone chargers. She also enjoys small bug hunting and sleeping on pillows. She hates dogs, and is afraid of thunder and lightning. She loves a good game of hide and seek, but usually, just hide. She is a food-loving cat, who also enjoys munching on a bonsai tree. A few of her favorite places to hide are behind the computer and in the closet. She also enjoys stealing people’s seats, and their privacy. She is sensitive to how people hold and pet her, but she loves a good snuggle....

A TIGER SWALLOWTAIL butterfly feasting on the nectar it finds in Judith’s Meyer Lilacs. Photo by Dick Conrad
The Merry Month of May O the month of May, the merry month of May,     So frolic, so gay, and so green, so green, so green! O, and then did I unto my true love say:     “Sweet Peg, thou shalt be my summer's queen!” Thomas Decker (1572-1632)   For me the beginning of May signals the midpoint through that wonderful season of renewal that we call “spring.” And this year, as so often happens, April was a playful tease. First we had a continuous spell of hot dry weather when everyone rushed outdoors to get a head start on their gardens. Then the mood dramatically changed. In mid-month the skies...
Feeling like taking a trip? But… not too far?  Head up to the Community Church in Stowe where Middlebury pianist Diana Fanning will be giving a live, in-person concert on May 19. She’s playing for a noon-time concert series at the local church, which is free and open to fully-vaccinated attendees only. Social distancing, masks, proof of COVID vaccinations and reservations are required.  ABOUT THE ARTIST Fanning has toured extensively as a solo performer and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, the Czech Republic, Canada and Germany.  In...

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