Arts & Leisure

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will be visiting Vergennes during its 2021 summer season, coming together for musical celebration at the Vergennes City Park on Aug. 24, at 5:30 p.m. This free performance is part of a series of small-format concerts held statewide this summer, themed by location: Breweries, Homes & Gardens, and Town Gazebos & Bandstands. Attendees in Vergennes can expect to experience festive music featuring American music from several traditions. This free, one-hour concert features marches by John Philip Sousa, a medley of familiar songs from the Gay ’90s (that’...
On Thursday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m., the 41st annual Salisbury Summer Performance Series will close with a chamber concert by the faculty ensemble of the Point Counterpoint Music Camp’s “Prelude” summer session under Music Director Julia Cash. They will be performing Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two Cellos;” Zoltan Kodaly’s “Serenade;” and Florence Price’s “Piano Quintet.” Because of the need to utilize the piano, this concert will occur indoors. We request that you wear a mask and will have masks available at the door for those who do not have face coverings. The Summer Performance Series...
The 7th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is screening the world premieres of 13 films at this year’s festival, which begins on Aug. 25. These premieres include 11 short films and two feature-length films. The short films having their global debut at MNFF7 are: “BBQ&A with Billy Day,” directed by Olga Sanchez-Saltveit; “Clearing,” directed by Karen Kaeja; “Dear Dublin,” directed by Evelyn Gustafson; “Election Day,” directed by Nicole Doerges; “Mother’s Day,” directed by Jeanine Frost; “Requiems: El Paso and Beyond,” directed by Robin Behn; “Selfie #VoodooChallenge,” directed by...

TO CREATE A pleasing spatial layout, consider both the shapes of the flower beds (the positive space) as well as the shape of the lawn (the negative space) and how they balance one another. Photo by Dick Conrad
As I discussed in my last article — where I talked about the “ages and stages” of a garden — our gardens are living creations that slowly evolve with the passage of time. Surely, one of the delights for every gardener is when our initial creation — or perhaps one that we inherited from a previous gardener — achieves a bountiful and satisfying feeling of maturity. Dick and I have been creating our Goshen garden for over 20 years, and today it has definitely reached adulthood. Slowly but surely those little plants I brought home from the nursery as babies have achieved the “grows to” size that...

Volunteers serve pie at the annual Pie & Ice Cream Social at Rokeby Museum a few years back. This Ferrisburgh staple is back on the table this year. Don’t miss the 36th annual event on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 1-4 p.m.
Are you a lover of all things pie? Yes. (Come on, who isn’t.)  Peach, apple, rhubarb, pecan, mince, all the berries you can imagine… pie. Yum. Well, we’re all in luck, because a spread of at least 54 pies, baked by over 20 volunteers, will be open to the public to come an enjoy during Rokeby Museum’s annual Pie & Ice Cream Social this Sunday, Aug. 15, from 1-4 p.m. “This will be the 36th year the museum has hosted this event,” said Lindsay Houpt-Varner, who took over as director of Rokeby Museum in the fall of 2020. “The first pie social was held in 1985. It’s a community staple.”...

JOE PESCI, LEFT, Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro star in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic “Goodfellas,” which screened at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival summer series last week.
It’s the anti-“Godfather” from frame one. The credits rush by with the sound of a car zooming. Three men in a car cruise down an empty road in the heat of the night, the passengers fast asleep. The driver looks exhausted, a little sweaty, handsome but not silent-movie-actor-handsome in the vein of Al Pacino as Michael Corleone. Their suits are elegant, but they’re also crumpled, worn-down. Despite the late hour, the lighting is simple. It’s just a tad red, unlike the shadows that flood the screen at the beginning Coppola’s “The Godfather.” Then there’s a “bump” from the car’s trunk. The two...
This is Rosco, he is almost 7 years old. He lives as the man of the house with his two girls, Halle and Michelle, in Lincoln. Rosco loves to sleep, but when he is not sleeping you can find him sun bathing in the window or eating, which he also enjoys. One routine Rosco has is when he wakes up — anywhere from 3-5 a.m. — he goes and wakes up our mom, Michelle, to feed him his canned food. Once he is fed he is happy again and goes back to bed with Halle. When Covid happened it really benefited Rosco because his best friend Halle did online school and he got to be with her all day. If you were to...

Henry Sheldon
MIDDLEBURY — The public is invited to join in the festivities at the Sheldon Museum to celebrate the 200th birthday of museum founder Henry Sheldon on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Henry’s Birthday Bash will be fun for all ages and will take place both outside — the Sheldon’s garden and Cannon Park — and inside — in the museum at 1 Park St. across from Ilsley Library. Park Street will be closed to allow for lots of open space. The event is free and open to the public. Middlebury portrait painter Katie Runde will demonstrate her exquisite sidewalk chalk drawing skills and encourage...
Water plays a significant role in the health of our landscapes in more ways than meets the eye. Stormwater is water that collects on the surface during and after a rainstorm or from melting snow. Depending on the permeability and slope of the surface it hits, stormwater can slowly infiltrate into the earth or wash over impermeable surfaces picking up oils, debris and pollutants along the way. Without sustainable mitigation strategies in place, this warm, polluted water can end up in our local rivers, ponds and lakes, adding silt and pollution directly into our beautiful natural resources,...

Harvan Agustriansyah
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is right around the corner, Aug. 25-29. And new at this year’s festival is the AICEF Prize for Cross Cultural Filmmaking — an exciting new partnership with Indonesia’s highly regarded Bali International Film Festival. The AICEF Prize will be presented to a pair of first- or second-time feature filmmakers whose work robustly embraces cross-cultural themes either in the narrative or documentary genre. One filmmaker has been selected by the Bali International Film Festival (Balinale) to present their work at the 7th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival...

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