Arts & Leisure

09/03/2020
September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. Pain comes in many forms: arthritis, cancer, post surgery, acute injuries, and chronic injuries. Acute pain is obvious and distressing and hard to miss. Think of a broken leg or an injury from falling down the stairs. Chronic pain can be subtle — some may just think their pet is getting old. However, while old age is not a disease, pain is and can be treated. There are many options to treat the various causes of pain in animals including pain medications, physical rehabilitation and integrative medicine options — acupuncture and chiropractic. Common...
09/02/2020
Harvest season is upon us! Support local and check out these orchards around Addison County! Douglas Orchards & Cider Mill Douglas Orchards & Cider Mill is located in Shoreham, Vermont. Douglas Orchards will be opening on September 5th for pick-your-own, as well as ready-picked apples and fresh cider from the farmstand, offering different varieties as they ripen! Please click here for the website, or call 897-5043 for more information. Champlain Orchards Champlain Orchards is located in Shoreham, Vermont. Pick-your-own is daily from 9 am to 4 pm, with varying varieties. Check...

STONE RESTORATION EXPERT Francis Miller stands on a mechanical lift to reach 40 feet up to the top of the Silas Wright Monument on Weybridge Hill last week as he sprays a biocide onto the marble to clean the 170-year-old memorial. Marsha Rooney and her mother, Millicent Rooney, worked for years to get the monument cleaned and restored. Independent photo/Alexa Lapiner
08/27/2020
WEYBRIDGE — Exactly 170 years ago today, on Aug. 27, 1850, a gathering of Vermont and national luminaries spoke to between 4,000 and 6,000 spectators assembled on Weybridge Hill. Marsha Rooney, who grew up nearby but now resides in Washington state, has studied the event and reason for the unusually large crowd in rural Vermont a decade before the Civil War. In talking about it she wonders aloud about all the wagons and carts needed to bring the throng to this country setting. “Imagine all of these carriages, all the colors, and the ex-president speaking,” Rooney says, her voice filled with...

BOATERS ON LAKE Dunmore in a postcard. Courtesy of the Sheldon Musem
08/27/2020
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. Even as COVID-19 alters our plans and pervades our thoughts, Vermonters continue to be surrounded by natural beauty, finding refuge in long walks on the Trails Around Middlebury or a swim in one of Vermont’s picturesque lakes. Already in the 19th century, tourists flocked to Addison County,...

SINGER LINDA RADTKE and pianist Ernest Drown will perform Vermont songs from the sheet music collection at the Vermont History Center on Aug. 30, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., on the Vergennes green. Free.
08/27/2020
VERGENNES — Round out your summer with an entertaining and enlightening program of Vermont songs on Aug. 30, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., on the Vergennes green. From the 1798 “The Green Mountain Farmer” to the 1923 campaign song “Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge,” singer Linda Radtke, accompanied by pianist Ernest Drown, will sing and talk about Vermont songs from the sheet music collection at the Vermont History Center. Of special local interest, the program will include Vergennes resident Edwina Flint’s contest winner, “Visit Vermont,” Pauline Arnold’s 1959 “Champlain Festival Song,” and other songs...

VERMONT STATE POLICE dog Vincent, a Belgian Malinois, keeps an eye on his partner, Cpl. Justin Busby, while hanging out in an interview room in the New Haven barracks during a 2016 media interview. After a career in law enforcement, Vincent died recently in retirement. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
08/27/2020
Retired Vermont State Police K-9 Vincent Busby (aka Vinnie, Vince or Vincent the Invincible) died Aug. 11, 2020, after delighting his family and keeping the public safe for 13 years. Whether he was patrolling with Cpl. Justin Busby and catching “bad guys,” entertaining children at Camp Whiskers and Wags, mooching in the Addison County Home Health and Hospice office or relaxing with his family, Vinnie was a beautiful, brilliant, lovely dog.  Vinnie and Cpl. Busby were assigned to the New Haven barracks and were well known to many in Addison County. They were certified in patrol together in...

“BENNINGTON LUNG 2020” by Dasha Kalisz, ceramic
08/27/2020
BRANDON — The Brandon Artists Guild (the BAG) is open for business and featuring a new exhibit by ceramic artist-member Dasha Kalisz. “A Space Within,” runs from Aug. 28-Oct. 9.  The exhibit opens with a free reception to meet the artist on Friday, Sept. 4, from 5-8 p.m. COVID protocols will be followed. Gallery hours are Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Other hours by chance. Native Vermonter Kalisz finds the emotional center of her pieces by combining wheel-thrown forms with traditional and nontraditional surface methods. Her “Lung” series breathes new life into ceramic sculpture in a style...

A MIX OF Phlox, Black-Eyed Susans and other perennials grace Judith’s fall garden in Goshen. Photo by Dick Conrad
08/27/2020
GOSHEN — It’s hard to believe that we are entering the final chapter of the garden for this year. But there is still activity to watch and plenty of flowers to enjoy. Every summer, for a scant three months, a profusion of tiny hummingbirds birds whirr around our Vermont gardens — and they never cease to amaze and amuse us humans.  But now, as a sure sign of the changing season, after a week of frenzied activity around our feeders, our resident humming birds are leaving on their momentous journeys to their wintering grounds in Central America. All of a sudden the garden seems eerily quiet. But...
08/27/2020
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux) In his new book, subtitled “A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl,” ornithologist, field scientist, conservationist and author Jonathan Slaght will take you on a journey to the remote forests of eastern Russia to find, track and ultimately protect the enormous (six-foot wingspan, two-feet in height) and elusive Blakiston’s fish owl. Follow along as Slaught and his team bushwhack, climb trees to find nests and scout for tracks in the snow on river banks. The owls depend on very large trees to nest, and their habitat is often prime logging territory, so it...

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