Arts & Leisure

04/09/2020
(Algonquin Books) At long last, the wait is over because readers who loved “In the Time of the Butterflies” and “How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents” finally have a new novel by Middlebury’s own Julia Alvarez. Antonia Vega is a retired professor of literature living in a small Vermont college town, a sister to a gaggle of women, and newly widowed. She is drawn into a situation involving an undocumented, pregnant, young woman and the farm workers next door. It is Antonia’s voice that carries the novel, unspooling a ceaseless interior monologue shot through with poem fragments, literary...
04/08/2020
Consolation   Don’t expect my friend Karl Lindholm to be sitting next to you at the end of a close basketball game. The clock winding down   to red, double zeros. Don’t be surprised if you find him, across the gym, near the free nosebleed seats, chatting and pacing   nonchalantly. As if it doesn’t matter who wins, which it does. As if a game’s all in good fun, Which might be true, if it wasn’t   our team who’s playing. Trying to win a W, beat the brains out of a team whose bus is starting to warm-up   in the parking lot. If my mother were here, she’d say my friend Karl had “spilkes,”...

JUDITH GIUSTO HAS worked in fiber arts for 25 years, but these days she’s turning more to her interest in jewelry making. She will be one of the many artists featured at Town Hall Theater’s “A Toast to the Arts” fundraising event that’s been rescheduled for May 21 (though that’s subject to change). Independent photo/Steve James
04/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — For the second year in a row, Town Hall Theater is planning “A Toast to the Arts” — a fundraising party that celebrates 27 of Vermont’s visual artists and gives guests the opportunity to buy art and support the local theater. This year’s event was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 16, but due to the coronavirus has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 21, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  While we’re all furiously washing our hands and trying to stay healthy, we can still get excited for this upcoming exhibit and sale that will showcase artists’ carefully curated works in paint, pastel,...

STUDIO PLACE ARTS in Barre is one of the galleries offering a virtual experience through Vermont Art Online — a new digital collective of art, history and science institutions across the state. The Rokeby Museum and the Middlebury College Museum of Art are two Addison County institutions participating currently.
04/02/2020
VERMONT — Vermont Art Online is a new website that lets families, students, educators, and the public enjoy Vermont’s museums and galleries from the comfort and safety of their own homes. VermontArtOnline.org launched last Wednesday, March 25. Visitors can explore virtual galleries at art, history and science institutions across the state, interact with spaces and exhibitions, click on objects for deeper exploration, and link to museum websites for more information and educational resources. The website was created by Sarah Briggs and Sarah Laursen of Middlebury College Museum of Art (MCMA),...

CHIONODOXA IS ONE of the earliest flowers of spring — as their clear blue flowers push up through last year’s decaying leaves. Photo by Dick Conrad
04/02/2020
Spring comes slowly in Vermont and it always seems a tad fickle. Just this morning, as I write this during the last week of March, I once again donned my snowshoes and took a solitary walk in the woods accompanied by Ingrid, my ever-faithful canine companion.  And even in April, after a string of warm days has lulled us into complacency, we may still wake up one morning to find a frost-covered garden.  But, ever so gradually, the natural world awakens and all around us we see and hear those unmistakable signs of spring. And, before long, the first flowers to greet the new season — snowdrops,...
04/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — While many of our family, friends and neighbors are at work on the front lines — healthcare workers, supermarket employees, emergency responders — a whole lot of us are at home, often with family members, working (or not) and waiting anxiously for something to change. The Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury believes that a pathway through anxiety, fear and uncertainty lies in the act of listening as much as it does in the act of telling one’s story.  So they’ve launched a new audio endeavor. Listening in Place focuses on two responses to the COVID-19 emergency: the creation of...
04/02/2020
(Dial Press) Glennon Doyle’s new memoir may break you open. From the opening chapter’s description of her child’s reaction to a caged cheetah to the astounding moment when she first saw the love of her life, the pace is unrelenting. Doyle’s an uncompromising narrator; she doesn’t let herself get away with anything. Honesty in this form is bracingly refreshing. There is an element of spirituality (she sometimes retreats to a God closet to hear the voice in her head speak more clearly) that could be off-putting to some, but the benefits of reading this funny, heartfelt, passionate tribute to...
04/02/2020
Fifty years ago this week people in Addison County had things on their minds other than COVID-19. Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the April 2, 1970, edition of the Addison Independent: • Forty census-takers, headed by Robert Herrick of Middlebury and Ruth James of Orwell, took to the field to collect U.S. census data for Addison County. • Four local men were arrested and charged with burgling several fishing camps and breaking into the New Haven town shed. • More than 200 people filled the Congregational Church of Middlebury for the funeral service of Dr. Howard I. Slocum, a...

A PAINTING BY Bristol's Deborah Holmes
04/02/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — While we all practice our safe social distancing there’s no reason to shy away from art, especially when you can view galleries (near and far) online. Here’s a round up of local galleries digital options. Edgewater Galleries, Middlebury Edgewater plans to stick to its spring schedule with its April (or possibly April and May shows) exhibited entirely online. Going up now is “Sight Seeing,” a group show with Elizabeth Hoag, Kathryn Milillo, and Julia Purinton. Coming in May is “Perspectives,” a  group show with Jane Davies, Jon Olsen, and Alexis Serio. By June, the gallery...
04/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s humane society, deals with pets of all kinds, and pets in all kinds of circumstances. The Middlebury agency has developed a program called “Pets in Crisis” to provide short-term boarding and free basic medical care for companion animals of people facing temporary homelessness. Through this program, Homeward Bound assists owners by enrolling their pets for two weeks (or more as negotiated) while they focus on their personal needs and regain stability. In most cases, when the time of crisis or emergency settles, the pets are reunited with their...

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