COMEDIAN AND PEIRCING artist Pierre Vachon playfully pours hand sanitizer on his head while showing off his tattoos for his upcoming COVID Calendar. The Middlebury entertainer is finding new creative outlets since public gatherings went away when COVID-19 showed up. Photo by Season Violet
MIDDLEBURY — Over the years, modern day Renaissance man Pierre Vachon has worn many different hats. The Burlington native has been known as a professional wrestler, a stand-up comedian, a piercing artist, an event producer at the Marquis Theater in Middlebury, and a DJ with Big Guys Entertainment, which he started with his friend Vinny Herbert. But, when most in-person entertainment was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vachon found himself scrambling for a place to exercise his imagination … and to earn a paycheck. Well, the Middlebury resident is doing what he does best: getting...

SHORTAGES OF PLASMA and blood have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help by donating blood at the Brandon American Legion on Monday, Aug. 7, from noon to 5 p.m.
What’s Vermont to you? The Vermont Natural Resources Council has organized Visualize Vermont, an art contest for kids and teens. VNRC invites Vermont youth to submit original artwork for a chance to win prizes and appear in their 2020 year-end brochure. Age categories: 8 and under, 9-12, 13-17. Deadline is Aug. 30, 2020. More info and submission form at or contact Colin Keegan at   It’s barbecue season. Two area Fire departments, Cornwall and Ferrisburgh are upholding their summer barbecue traditions with a twist. Both events will be set up as drive-...

ERIN DAIGLE PAINTED the Black Sheep Bistro and 11 other of her favorite businesses in Vergennes during her free time this past summer and fall. She is turning them into a calendar.
VERGENNES — This past summer Erin Daigle painted oil paintings, plein-air, of 12 Vergennes businesses, and the paintings are being put together in a 2020 calendar called “Vibrant Vergennes.” The paintings are of Vergennes storefronts and restaurants. Each month of the calendar includes a brief statement from each business letting people know a little about them.  Daigle will host an opening reception this Friday, Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m. at Kennedy Brothers on North Main Street, where the original paintings will be on display until the end of February.  The Franklin County native was living in...

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