Elsie Lynn Parini

MAYA BRECKENRIDGE, RIGHT, scares Chance Koenig during a rehearsal of “HONK!, JR.,” the upcoming Middlebury Community Players Foundations musical production that will take the Town Hall Theater’s stage Nov. 7-10. The 25-member cast of kids are all from Addison County. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Being different takes courage, and in a world comfortable with conformity “different,” unfortunately, often means facing harsh bullies. Hans Christian Andersen illustrated this first in his classic 1843 fairy tale “The Ugly Duckling,” where a homely little bird suffers abuse from all around him until he matures into a beautiful swan. The story of personal transformation in the face of adversity will be re-hatched by the Middlebury Community Players, with “HONK!, JR.,” Nov. 7-10 on the Town Hall Theater stage in Middlebury. This children’s musical adaptation of the Ugly Duckling...

KELLY HICKEY, MANAGER of Bundle, and Lisa Mitchell, co-founder of Middlebury UndergrounD, are partnerting to host “Memorable Dishes” — an evening of tasty tales at 51 Main Street in Middlebury on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30-7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come, listen and, if inspired, share their own stories. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Food, oh, glorious food! It’s an amazing catalyst. Sure, sometimes it’s the same boring cabbage salad you bring to work five days a week, but other times, food can excite our senses, spur conversation and connect us to people and places around the world. And that’s worth biting into. Lisa Mitchell, co-founder of Middlebury UndergrounD (MUD) and Kelly Hickey, manager of Bundle, thought so too. So they partnered and are co-hosting a pop-up event called “Memorable Dishes” on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5:30-7 p.m., at 51 Main Street in downtown Middlebury. Memorable Dishes is a free,...

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MIDDLEBURY — The Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra will presenting its Fall Concert Series on Saturday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury and Sunday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m., at Grace Congregational Church in Rutland. “The concert features four American composers, with hints of jazz,” said Matt LaRocca, artistic director and conductor for the CPO. On the program will be “Rodeo” by Aaron Copland and “Wood Notes” by William Grant Still. The program will also feature a piece written by Vermont composer Erik Nielsen called “Matt’s Tune.”  No, not Matt LaRocca, but rather this...

WEYBRIDGE AUTHOR DOUG Wilhelm stands with a local man in Herat, Afghanistan, in 2007. The fort behind them was built by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. and is known as the Citadel of Alexander. Wilhelm will give a talk and reading of his latest book, “Street of Storytellers” at the CVUUS in Middlebury on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. Courtesy photo
WEYBRIDGE — As a young adult novelist, Doug Wilhelm knows that if you don’t pull the reader in right away, “you're done.” Nothing is different about the way he starts his 17th and newest book, “Street of Storytellers,” which he’ll share in a discussion and reading at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. The book opens into the strange and intriguing world of Peshawar, a crossroads city in Pakistan’s North West Frontier. This is where 15-year-old Luke and his father have just arrived. Their relationship is strained by a recent divorce and his father...

SARA GRANSTROM, LEFT, Sophie Pickens, center, and Justine Jackson, right, are reviving Marrowbone — a celebration of storytelling through poems, music and dance, performed in the woods of Lincoln. This year the performances will be held Oct. 12 and 13, beginning at 1 p.m. COURTESY PHOTO
LINCOLN — Marrowbone is a celebration of story and storytelling performed outside in the blaze of Lincon’s autumn woods. Perhaps you remember it? This annual tradition was conceived, produced and directed for about 20 years by Marianne Lust; but she hung up the reins in 2009. Since then, those woods have belonged only to the birds and the bears, and a few good caretakers keeping the path open in case Marrowbone would someday be revived. Well, that “someday” is here. Three childhood friends are rekindling the production for the first time in nearly a decade. Sara Granstrom, Justine Jackson and...

SUSAN GINGRAS IS the featured quilter this year for the biennial Milk & Honey Quilters’ Guild show that will take place on Oct. 12 and 13 at the Middlebury Recreation Center.
MIDDLEBURY — Coming up on Oct. 12 and 13, the Milk & Honey Quilters’ Guild will host their annual show at the Middlebury Recreation Center on Creek Road. Guests are invited to come marvel at more than 90 quilts made by members of this Addison County group. Each year the Guild picks a featured quilter, who gets their own space to exhibit as many quilts as they can fit. This year, Susan Gingras of Weybridge was selected for the spotlight. “They picked me when I wasn’t there,” laughed Gingras, referring to one of the monthly meetings the Milk & Honey Guild holds for its members. “I’ll be...

STARKSBORO'S MIKE BLAKESLEE has been a historical reenactor for decades. These days you can find him reenacting the life of a Chaplain during the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, like in this photo, taken earlier this year, at “Soldiers atop the Mount,” at Mount Independence, in Orwell. Courtesy Photo
STARKSBORO — On those days when your computer freezes, your cell phone endlessly beeps, buzzes and dings with updates from your social media feeds and you can’t figure out what diet to follow, it’s easy to wish you lived in a simpler time. Well, that’s part of the appeal of being a historic reenactor — where you say goodbye to the 21st century and fully immerse into the days of the Civil, Revolutionary or French and Indian wars. Sure it sounds refreshing, but who actually does this? Starksboro’s Mike Blakeslee for one, and, it turns out, a whole lot of other enthusiasts.  “I do it because I...

THE THIRD ANNUAL Eat on the Green Food and Music Festival will take place on the Vergennes City Green this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 3-9 p.m. Festival goers will enjoy food and drink from local vendors, local music and games. Proceeds benefit four Vergennes nonprofits.
VERGENNES — For the third year, the green in Vergennes will become a bustling hub of grub, games, music and more on Saturday, Sept. 21. From 3-9 p.m., the annual Eat on the Green Food and Music Festival will take over the Little City’s park with delicious dishes, desserts and brews served up by Vergennes-area eateries.  “This event is so fun because you can literally eat your way through Vergennes,” said city resident Laura Mack, who’s also the owner of lu·lus ice cream on Main Street.  lu.lus will have scoops available at Saturday’s event, plus Mack might throw in fantastic pastries for good...

BRISTOL'S MOIRA SMILEY will bring her folk music to Tourterelle in New Haven for an Epic Little Folk Fest on Friday, Sept. 20. INSPIRE PHOTO ART (TONYA LESLEY)
NEW HAVEN — The name says it all: Epic Little Folk Fest. This one-night festival of folk music, food and friends is coming to Tourterelle in New Haven on Sept. 20 — and, yes, it’s going to be, well, epic. Mark your calendars now. Moira Smiley and the beloved Nordic folk band SVER (pronounced “Sfeer” — which means “grand” by the way) will headline the evening with energizing folk and traditional tunes. Smiley’s plaintive, powerful voice will weave between the fiery, inventive forces of SVER’s fiddles (including the special Norwegian hardanger fiddle), accordion, guitar, and drums. Alternating...

FRANCOIS CLEMMONS WEARS a King coat from Nigeria while showing off his impressive closets at his Middlebury home. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
VERMONT — Governor Phil Scott today announced François Scarborough Clemmons as the recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Clemmons, who lives in Middlebury, is a nationally renowned actor, singer, playwright and author. He is best known for his role as Officer Clemmons on the children’s television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Clemmons is also a Grammy-winning opera singer and founder of the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble. He appeared in the 2018 documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" which told the story of Fred Rogers, who was a dear friend and mentor to...


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