Arts & Leisure


“AND THE BEET Goes On” by Ashley Wolff — gouache on panel.
To celebrate summer’s bounty, the Brandon Artists Guild (BAG) presents “Feast for the Eyes” — a new, all-member, all-media art show. The exhibit opens with a free reception on July 9, from 5-7 p.m., and will run through Aug. 29. “Everyone’s hungry,” declares fabric artist and BAG board member Judith Reilly. “After such an uncertain year, we’re hungry to do things, to see things. Beautiful things. That’s what ‘Feast for the Eyes’ is all about. And our artists are craving the opportunity to create new art to show the world.” Catering to their creative impulses, BAG artists will present a...
The American Kennel Club (AKC), the world’s largest dog registry and leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, announced the 2021 AKC Trick Dog National Competition earlier this week. The event will once again be virtual allowing trick dogs everywhere to enter. New to this years’ competition is a juniors division. “We are so happy to bring this event back this year,” said Mary Burch, Ph.D., AKC Family Dog Director. “It’s such an enjoyable competition. The talent we see from these dogs and handlers is truly amazing, and we’re thrilled to open it up to juniors. We look forward to all of...

WINSLOW "WIN" COLWELL has turned his talents as a specialty kite maker to lanterns. He recently began crafting these geodesic lanterns by intricately folding paper (sometimes printed with images or pierced, and assembling the paper on a wooden base with an LED light. Colwell who is moving from East Middlebury to Ripton this week, plans to keep folding and creating these luminescent sculptures and selling them along with his kites at the Brandon Artist’s Guild and Sweet Cecily in Middlebury. Independent photo/Steve James
Are you ever tempted to take all the papers piling up in random corners of your house and just toss ’em? Ah that feeling of a good recycling cleanse can be so liberating. But hang on, because you never know what gems may be hiding in all that paperwork.  Take Winslow (Win, for short) Colwell, for example. He was sorting through paperwork several years ago and guess what he found? “I found instructions that I’d written out about how to fold a paper lantern sitting in some dark corner of my house,” Colwell said. He had used those instructions a decade ago or so, when he taught guests at a...

'ON THE HILLSIDE,' a painting by Hannah Bureau
Two new shows are up at the Edgewater Galleries in Middlebury. Edgewater Gallery on the Green, 6 Merchant’s Row, will feature the group show “Studies to Studio,” with new work from painters Timothy Horn, William Hoyt and Rory Jackson. On view July 2-Aug. 31. This exhibition traces the evolution of paintings that start as studies and are finished in the studio. All three painters will be participating in Plein Air 2021, Aug. 19-21. Edgewater Gallery at the Falls, 1 Mill Street, is hosting “Field of View,” a solo exhibition featuring the work of Hannah Bureau through July 31.  For more info...
Are you ready to boogie and have some fun? Good. Us too! Music series are back and the annual Music at the Riverbend is no exception. Pack a lawn chair or a blanket and head out to the green behind the Brandon Inn, where musicians will play under the new pavilion by the Neshohe River every Wednesday in July and August, at 7 p.m.  Music at the Riverbend 2021 brings another great line-up of some new and some familiar bands including The Larkspurs, Christine Malcolm & The Beautiful People, Will Patton Ensemble, The Revenants, Blues Without Borders, Tim Guiles & Friends, Enerjazz, and...
(Grand Central Publishing) It would clearly give away too much, but imagine for a second if this book title was “Seven Steamy Days in June” and you would have a very good idea of how this is going to go. Geneviève, pronounced John-vee-EV, now Eva, and Shane Hall, collided in high school; she was the new girl, the weird girl, a freak, and he was a loner, antisocial, an outsider. Mutual confessions of otherness, revelations of their true selves, in an uncustomary vulnerable fashion combined with an “incident” at school, forged a quick, and passionate, bond between them. They shared a blissful,...
Salisbury’s Ice Cream Social is back for the 46th year with this annual Fourth of July tradition. The 2021 version will be held at the Salisbury Church from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. However, since the church is replacing its heating system, the lower level social space and kitchen will not be available. Not to worry. The event is simply moving outdoors to a tent on the Meetinghouse lawn. Stop by to enjoy generous servings of ice cream and toppings for sundaes and cones under festive holiday decorations, and the opportunities to eat, meet and visit with friends. Prices by donation, with proceeds...
On Friday evening, July 9, at 7:30 p.m., the Salisbury Congregational Church will welcome back the award-winning, Nashville-based Americana/Folk duo the Twangtown Paramours. The husband and wife team of songwriter-instrumentalist Mike Lewis and vocalist MaryBeth Zamer have toured nationally with their Nashville/Austin mix of songs that are alternately poetic, socially conscious, and funny. Their annual swings through Vermont, revived after a year of song-writing and virtual performance from home, have included the Spruce Peak Arts Center at Stowe, Killington, Woodstock, Brandon Music, and...

INNKEEPER SHARI BROWN and her children Britta and Ollie Clark are hosting regular Pizza by the Pond gatherings on several Thursdays and Fridays throughout July, August and September at Blueberry Hill Inn in Goshen. Photos by Angelo Lynn and Katherine Lazarus
GOSHEN — Among families, sweethearts, friends and staff that make up the intimate outdoor scene at Blueberrry Hill’s Pizza by the Pond this Thursday night was Rip Mason. In a friendly chat over a few slices on June 25, I discover that Mason had driven a few minutes down Goshen Road with BYOB Budweiser bottles in tow from a summer home. “It’s always been an incredibly friendly, warm, welcoming place to come,” said Mason, of the inn and the team of owners who run it. “Just getting over the last year is remarkable. And of course, Tony Clark is a legend in New England innkeeping, and Shari [Brown...

Chickens provide a good source of fertilizer for gardens and lawns as poultry litter, when properly composted, is a beneficial soil amendment, improving overall soil health and water-holding capacity. Photo / Joyce Amsden
If you raise chickens, then you know that while they are laying baskets of farm fresh eggs and amusing you with their antics, they are also generating a lot of manure. Coop litter contains manure, feathers, undigested food and bedding material. A single chicken can produce as much as 130 pounds of litter per year. Fortunately, poultry litter is a beneficial soil amendment for vegetable gardens, flowerbeds and lawns. It improves soil structure, water-holding capacity, nutrient availability, biological activity and overall soil nutrition. However, raw chicken manure contains levels of nitrogen...

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