Elsie Lynn Parini


ARTIST WILL KASSO Condry will be a featured speaker at the Middlebury Art Museum’s Annual Meeting, which is free and open to all via Zoom this Sunday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. The evening will also highlight the work of 10 students in the studio art and architecture programs. Photo / Alexa Herrera Condry
The Middlebury College Art Museum has friends. Good friends, too. They throw two parties every year, take trips together, buy gifts and have been supporting the museum for 51 years. These, of course, are the Friends of the Art Museum, or FOAM — “an association of alumni, community members, faculty, staff, and students of the college who, through their annual dues, support the acquisition program and the educational mission of the museum.” Typically the Friends pay dues, which fund the purchase of artworks for the museum’s permanent collection. They vote on which works to acquire at the annual...
The West Cornwall Backyard Concert Series (WCBCS) sprung up last summer, and it’s back again. The first concert kicks off the 2021 season on May 16 with Carol Reed performing at 14 Audet Road in Cornwall — yes, the Whittemore family’s backyard — on a temporary stage.  Reed will bring her phenomenal vocal abilities and acoustic guitar skills to the WCBCS. She’ll be performing many of the old favorites and a few you may have forgotten. Her set includes works from Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, Patsy Cline, Fats Waller, Paul Simon and others. Sitting in with Reed for Sunday’s concert is the Best She...

A MOTHER HUMPBACK Whale with her calf in the waters off of Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Humpbacks in this region spend summers feeding in Antarctica, then migrate to the South Pacific to places like the Cook Islands where they have their calves and spend time in the warm, protected waters here. Calves spend approximately one year with their moms, during which time they learn many of the things they will need to survive. PHOTO / BRIAN SKERRY
Some jobs are just cooler than others. No offense, but it’s true. Let’s look at Andy Mitchell for example. For over 20 years, this two-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer, director, producer, writer and storyteller has documented anything and everything he can. From rock stars to great white sharks, natural disasters to Buddhist monks, music, reality, science, Sasquatch, dolphins, dingoes, diamonds, gorillas, celebrities, insects, Jesus... and countless things in between. He has over 100 credits for National Geographic, Wild, Discovery, Animal Planet, Netflix, Smithsonian, POV, PBS, the...

MARK ERELLI WILL perform for the Ripton Community Coffee House virtual stage on May 1, at 7:30 p.m., to celebrate RCCH’s 26th anniversary. Photo by Anthony Mulcahy
The Ripton Community Coffee House is looking forward to celebrating it’s 26th season with a virtual performance by Mark Erelli on May 1, at 7:30 p.m.  For 25 years, musicians performed for a max capacity of 175 locals packed into the Ripton Community House every month from September through June. But when the pandemic closed the doors last spring, RCCH (like so many others) pivoted to virtual performances by musicians from their own homes or stages. “When we were just getting started we weren’t doing anything other than having musicians put up an RCCH poster in the background and say that...

Meg Madden’s mushroom interest has blossomed on Instagram. This Middlebury artist has found a new niche with mushroom photography. Follow @megmaddendesign on Instagram to see what she's finding in the woods.
When the pandemic locked it all down last March, Meg Madden and her almost 10-year-old daughter, Daisy, started going out into Battell Woods behind their house in Middlebury.  “We got to see the entire forest wake up, species by species,” said Madden, an artist and photographer who recently joined the Independent as a part-time advertising administrator. “I was out there every day.” What did Madden find? Mushrooms. “I started taking pictures and putting them on Instagram last summer and all of a sudden started getting a lot of interest,” she said, adding that by December she had about 1,000...

MOIRA SMILEY WILL perform for The Walter Sessions April show on Friday, April 23, at 7 p.m. This monthly online music series is recorded live from the Burnham Hall in Lincoln and broadcast through NEATV. All shows are free, with any donations benefiting the performers. PHOTO / MICHAEL WILSON
Take two: the Walter Sessions are on! This may sound familiar… because it is. The new online music series broadcast from Burnham Hall in Lincoln was slated to kick-off in late March, but had to call a Mulligan after one-too-many technical difficulties. All the glitches are fixed — co-founder and musician Nate Gusakov even tested it out himself with a last-minute performance on April 2.  In collaboration with Josiah Jackson and Shawn Kimball from Northeast Addison Television (NEATV to you and me), Gusakov is excited to finally kick off these monthly sessions.  “Although the series is just in...

ZENO MOUNTAIN FARM'S “Best Summer Ever” was filmed in Lincoln, Bristol and Mount Abraham Union High School. Here is a scene from the musical that closed down Main Street in Bristol for a whole night.
Springtime feels good, and it’s about to feel even better. Zeno Mountain Farm (a foundation in Lincoln that champions lifelong friendship and opportunity for people with disabilities and other marginalized communities) is prepping to release its first feature length movie (shot in Lincoln and Bristol) to the public in late April. “Best Summer Ever” — a fresh and exhilarating take on the beloved teen musical genre — premiered last month at the annual South by Southwest festival to rave reviews. The Hollywood Reporter called it “irresistibly likable.” USA Today ranked the musical number six in...

MATT BONNER WROTE and produced “Daylight” — a song and video featuring 20 local musicians. “Daylight” premiered during Porter Auxiliary’s recent online event “Laughter Is The Best Medicine” and is now on YouTube for everyone to see.
Can you feel it? Spring is tugging us outside, begging us to shed our hats, mitts, coats and — oh, heavens — maybe even our masks. After a year of carefully considering COVID precautions, the promise of vaccines and the nicer weather have many of us grasping for the light at the end of the tunnel.  Matt Bonner — a musician, writer, producer and entrepreneur from Cornwall — has been feeling this way since the New Year when he wrote “Daylight,” a song envisioning “coming back together, hope and connection and daylight.” He recently coordinated with 20 other local musicians to produce a music...

Photo courtesy of Caspian Oyster Depot
Hopefully you’ve had the pleasure of ordering and enjoying the fresh fish that’s being delivered to Bristol’s Main Street every week. Wait, what? Fresh fish in our beloved, alas land-locked, Vermont? Yes. But there’s a catch. Justin and Sophie Wright — the married duo who opened Caspian Oyster Depot as a pop-up fish and local provisions market at Tandem in late December — are going to pause their business on April 16. Why? Well, first, the couple is expecting the arrival of their baby in early May, and second, Tandem needs the space back for their busy summer season. “It’s been a lot of fun...

YOUNG TRADITION VERMONT typically travels the world each spring to showcase nine months worth of learning. This year the 20-member teen Touring Group has been prerecording and producing a series of videos to share with master artists and other youth organizations in Ireland, Cape Breton, Quebec, England, New Brunswick and beyond. The tour will start on Town Hall Theater’s YouTube and Facebook Live platforms on Saturday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Links to the premiere are at townhalltheater.org.
Around here, if you’re a teen interested in traditional music and dance chances are you are well aware of Young Tradition Vermont. Participants in YTV programs learn from and are supported by artist leaders, visiting and guest master musicians and dancers/dance leaders, in addition to musical exchanges with master artists, young musicians and dancers while on performance tours. Coming up on Saturday, April 3, at 7 p.m., the Young Tradition Touring Group will perform a 45-60 minute online concert via Town Hall Theater’s YouTube and Facebook Live platforms. Featured will be the 20 teen members...

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