Elsie Lynn Parini


JEFF PIDGEON, FAR left, holds his 25th anniversary award with a couple of his colleagues, Mark VanDewettering and Mark Adams, at Pixar Animation Studios in California._ Courtesy of Jeff Pidgeon
03/05/2020
For as long as Jeff Pidgeon can remember he drew. Constantly. “My goal was to be able to make a living doing it,” said the 1983 Vergennes Union High School graduate in a recent interview. Um, check. This animation artist now lives in California’s San Francisco Bay area, close to the Pixar studio in Emeryville — where he’s worked since the early ’90s. His work has been recognized in Academy Award-winning films such as “WALL-E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” and, at the Oscars just last month, for “Toy Story 4.” “It’s always a huge thrill to have your work recognized in such a prominent way,” Pidgeon...

KAITLIN BUERGE, A 2013 graduate of Middlebury College, worked with Rebekah Irwin, the director and curator of special collections and archives at Middlebury, to curate the exhibit “Under the Covers: The Hidden Art of Endpapers,” on view through May at the Davis Family Library. Pictured here, Irwin holds a copy of Dr Seuss’s “The Lorax” with illustrations by Seuss himself, and Buerge holds “The Republican Court” by Rufus W. Griswold, New York: 1855. Independent photo/Steve James
02/27/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Daylight Savings Time is only a little more than a week away — get ready to spring forward. Spring… ha! It sure doesn’t feel like springtime yet. In fact, many of us may still be hunkering down under our covers during these chilly nights. While you’re under there, consider a new exhibit at the Middlebury College library called “Under the Covers: The Hidden Art of Endpapers.” This new, visual treat in the atrium and lower level of the Davis Family Library, showcases the sheets of paper that were pasted onto a book’s inside covers. The exhibit will be on view through May. Endpapers...

MARIA PADIAN, A 1983 graduate of Middlebury College and resident of Maine, will return to town for a reading and book-signing-event at The Vermont Book Shop next Thursday. Her latest novel, “How to Build a Heart,” was published in January of this year.
02/20/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Sometimes (especially when interviewing an author) it’s best to let someone describe their own story. Maria Padian — born in New York City, raised in “rural” New Jersey — now lives in Brunswick, Maine, where she writes, and texts her grown kids, who have gone off to college, jobs, etc. Padian is coming to The Vermont Book Shop on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m., to read from her fifth and latest novel “How to Build a Heart.” The event is free and open to all. A book signing will follow. Padian grew up with her nose stuck in a book, and was the first in her family to attend college....

NICK MAYER OF Lincoln, uses pencil and watercolors to build up the life-like qualities of his paintings. He also does less scientific illustrations through his side-company, Predator Fly Gear. Independent photo/Steve James
02/06/2020
LINCOLN — There’s something fishy about a scientist who’s also an artist, isn’t there? Especially when he’s a marine biologist. Well, that’s exactly what Nick Mayer is. He’s a bona fide science guy, with undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from Brown University to prove it. And two studios, one in Bristol and the other in his Lincoln home, where he creates his pencil and watercolor, lifelike illustrations of aquatic life. So which is he? Scientist or artist? The short answer is both. “I use my biology background to inform my artwork, for sure,” he said during a recent interview. “...

AGING DIVA SARAH Bernhardt, played by Carol Reed of Leicester, confronts her younger acting rival Eleonora Duse, played by Bettina Matthias of Weybridge. Independent photo/Steve James
01/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Wouldn’t it be great if you could stave off the winter doldrums this year? Um, yes! Instead of letting the cold, dark and grey weather of mid-winter get you down, mark your calendars to go to “The Ladies of the Camellias” presented by Middlebury Community Players on Feb. 6-9 at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. “This hilarious farce imagines a meeting in Paris, 1897, between the most famous and temperamental divas of the age, Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse,” reads MCP’s synopsis of the play. “The two actresses are scheduled to perform back-to-back productions of the play ‘...

RUSTY DEWEES WILL return to the Vergennes Opera House on Saturday Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m., to perform an evening of humor, storytelling and music. PHOTO / PAUL ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY
01/23/2020
VERGENNES — A lot of us know “The Logger” — or at least we know of him. He stands at 6-feet 4-inches, weighs in at 195, has red hair, blue eyes, rarely wears sleeves and struts his blue-collar-Vermonter persona around the state with pride. This comedian, musician, actor and all-around entertainer has done a masterful job dialing in his brand; complete with merch like hoodies, caps, duct tape wallets and even undies. He tapped into the beginning of his success with “The Logger” act back in the 1990s and has been riding that wave for 23 years. DeWees will return to where it all began — the...

SARAH KING AND her husband Travis stand on top of a mountain in the Adirondacks for their second wedding. The couple met while backpacking in New York. PHOTO / MOUNTAINAIREGATHERINGS.COM
01/16/2020
Sarah King knew she had something good when she met a guy (on day three) out hiking in the woods. “It was May and I wanted to go backpacking but none of my friends would go with me,” the Ripton singer/songwriter remembered. “I was living in New York at the time and was sitting my friend’s dog, so the dog and I went out to Harriman State Park for a four day loop. One day the dog starts barking at this guy walking toward us, and I was like ‘oh, he seems nice… oooh, real nice!’” The couple ended up hitting it off, exchanging numbers and then off over the hill the man went. “I got out of the...
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — November marked the first of a storytelling series launched by Middlebury UndergrounD and Bundle. The Nov. 1 event “Memorable Dishes” focused a curated open-mic night on tales of food and flavor, and local storytellers had quite the appetite to get up and share. “We are happy to report it was a packed house and a powerful evening featuring a range of high-quality storytelling,” said Lisa Mitchell, cofounder of MUD. “For our next installment, we invite the community to tell their tales profiling many types of love.” On Friday, Jan. 24, from 5:30-7 p.m., MUD and Bundle invite...

TOM ADELMAN OF Weybridge, released a new CD “Updated Just Now” under the name Camden Joy on Jan. 1. Independent photo/Steve James
01/09/2020
WEYBRIDGE — Typically when we meet someone new, we have a brief interaction with them and part, assuming a basic understanding of who they are, what they do and perhaps a few commonalities we share. It’s not a bad assumption — perhaps one we’re all accustomed to living in a rural community where most of us know a little too much about one another anyway — for better or worse. Meeting Tom Adelman last week was nothing of this sort. He came into the office to offer a new CD he released on the first day of the New Year. “A review would be great,” he said unassumingly. But there was something...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE'S ASSISTANT Professor of Theater Michole Biancosino and Associate Professor of Theater Claudio Medeiros are spearheading a new theater series beginning in January presented by the Middlebury College Department of Theater. The 21st Century Theater Festival has plans to bring five performances with two playwright residencies to Middlebury. All of the performances are open to the public.
01/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — When it’s snowy, cold and dark, it’s easy to hunker down in your cozy routines and hibernate. Middlebury College’s Associate Professor of Theater Claudio Medeiros and Assistant Professor of Theater Michole Biancosino are fighting that hibernation urge. How? They’re gearing up for the launch of a new theater series, presented by the Middlebury College Department of Theater, called the 21st Century Theater Festival. “This is a theater series dedicated to bringing new works by diverse theater artists from New York City and Chicago to Middlebury,” Biancosino said. The 21st Century...

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