Arts & Leisure

12/26/2019
(Trinity University Press) When Vermont writer Leath Tonino headed out west for college, a friend predicted, “the west will swallow you.” Luckily for us, Tonino hasn’t forgotten his Vermont roots, and in his writing, his strong sense of self and place has only developed with his wanderings. In these collected essays, he explores California, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and... “Hither and Yon.” His infectious enthusiasm for this earth, on display in “The Animal One Thousand Miles Long: Seven Lengths of Vermont and Other Adventures” published in 2018, spills out in every paragraph...
12/26/2019
Start 2020 with The Grift The Grift is excited to be back at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater for New Year’s Eve. The doors open on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. The band’s sound defies easy categorization, blending booty-shaking grooves and improvisation with radio-friendly hooks, witty lyrics, and tight vocal harmonies. Grift shows are energetic and original, with band members swapping instruments and occasionally playing two at a time. Their deep catalog of original music blends roots-rock and pop and jam. The Grift was formed by two Middlebury College grads Clint Bierman and Jeff Vallone in...

TOWN HALL THEATER welcomes Mairi And Nathan Harris Grewar on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 7:30 p.m., for “A Night at the Theater,” where the duo will play piano duet arrangements of some of their favorite music from the world of ballet and opera.
12/23/2019
(Note: Since there will not be a Monday edition of the Addison Independent on Monday, Dec. 30, some of the events in this week’s column are being published one week early. Check the dates carefully.) “A Night at the Theater,” featuring Mairi and Nathan Harris Grewar, will come to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 7:30 p.m. When we want to get swept away by passion, drama, fantasy and magic we go to the theater. Drawing on their experience at opera companies across Europe, London based pianists Mairi and Nathan Harris Grewar present “A Night at the Theater,” piano duet...
12/23/2019
Moira loves to hike in the woods with me, jumping over sticks on command. I have set up a stick course for her in the woods that we navigate each day. She can jump over and back and even sideways. Anything for a Greenie! Not bad for an 11-year-old Norwegian Elkhound who clearly loves to eat as naturally as possible. Her diet is of raw meats, fruits and cooked veggies with added supplements. She also looks forward to chewing big beef knuckle bones whenever I can find them locally. Mary Mester Ripton

PAULINE KAEL IN What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018)
12/23/2019
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael — Running Time: 1:38 The new documentary about film critic Pauline Kael is a pile of contradictions that paint an intriguing portrait of the world’s most famous movie critic. “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael” is a beautifully crafted look at the smart woman who wrote 12 books along with columns for The New Yorker. Did a given movie work? Movie lovers heard her answers to that one as she scorched or loved the plots, filming, and acting of movies during the 1960s and ’70s. The word “controversial” is nearly always part of any description of this...
12/23/2019
(Islandport Press) Vermont writer and wilderness professional Sam Brakeley (he’s an EMT, former ski patroller, search and rescue team member, trail builder, etc.) doesn’t actually ski with Henry Knox. In fact, it’s been almost 250 years since General Knox traversed the winter lands between Fort Ticonderoga and Boston to deliver artillery to the revolutionary forces fighting the British in a pivotal period in the Revolutionary War. Brakeley, faced with a pivotal moment in his own life, wanted an experience akin to that treacherous, lengthy winter journey, so he set out to ski the Catamount...

SARAH ASHE MAKES light sculptures using reed and thin paper from her home studio in Middlebury. She is also a painter and sculptor. See her work at Edgewater Gallery in town. Independent photo/Steve James
12/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Welcome to the darkest week of the year. For some the solstice is a time of celebration; the time when we turn the corner and every day gets a little brighter until the summer solstice rolls around. For others, this week is just, well, dark. Yeah, “dark” is definitely accurate. Here in Addison County we’ll only get 8 hours and 53 minutes of daylight on Dec. 21. So let’s brighten things up a bit, shall we? Meet Sarah Ashe. She’s a Middlebury artist who creates light sculptures, as well as other paintings, sculptures, masks and more. “I got into lights a long time ago,” said the...

MARION SULLIVAN'S CHRISTMAS sandwich cookies
12/19/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — This past Saturday, the annual line began to form outside of the Champlain Valley Christian Reformed Church in Vergennes. What for? Why the cookie sale of course. This was the 25th year that the Champlain Valley Christian School put on this fundraiser. All cookies are homemade by families and friends including Julia Gosliga of Addison and Marion Sullivan of Vergennes — you’ll find their recipes below. MARION SULLIVAN, VERGENNES CHRISTMAS SANDWICH COOKIES “I have made these raspberry-filled shortbread cookies for years to sell at the Christmas Cookie Sale at the Christian...

ASHLEY WOLFF ILLUSTRATED a book version of the classic Raffi song, "Baby Beluga."
12/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — This past Friday afternoon, author and illustrator Ashley Wolff gave a talk to a group at the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury about the “Tale of Two Books.” With over 70 children’s books to her name, Wolff wanted to talk about the “one book that got away” and how that led to her later success. “The book was called ‘Poncho Claus,’” Wolff said, remembering back to the early 1980s when Penguin Books asked her to illustrate the book. “It was a Tex-Mex version of ‘The Night Before Christmas.’” She took the assignment and got to researching. “I had some questions about the usage...

KATIE TRAUTZ WILL perform music from her new CD “Passage” with Mike Roberts, Julia Wayne and Tyler Bolles at the Ripton Community Coffee House on Saturday, Jan. 4.
12/19/2019
RIPTON — The holiday season is rolling right along, with it’s merry energy and brightness during these dark winter days. However, it won’t be long before it’s January and we all remember just how long Vermont winters are. But before you despair, mark your calendars for Katie Trautz’s CD release show at the Ripton Community Coffee House on Saturday, Jan. 4. During this show, Trautz will perform music from her new album “Passage” with Mike Roberts (electric guitar), Julia Wayne (harmonies) and Tyler Bolles (bass). “Passage” is Trautz’ second solo album, but this one is distinctly her own —...

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