Lincoln Library


MARY BARNETT SPEARHEADED the mini art gallery project at the Lincoln Library back in August. As a member of the Five Town Friends of the Arts and retired school counselor, Barnett hopes this mini free gallery will spark interest in the arts. Independent photo/Steve James
They say “it’s the small things in life”… Hmmm. If you need some help figuring out what that idiom means, go check out the porch of the Lincoln Library where you’ll find a box — ahem, a gallery — of small things with the sole purpose of providing a place for people to bring and share joy. “The whole idea is: Let’s just have some fun!” said Mary Barnett, who volunteers at the library every week, and launched the mini-gallery project in August. “If you’re inspired to put something in, put something in. And if you really love something there, take it.” To get things going, Barnett reached out to...

MARY ROWELL, MARY Jane Austin and Frances Rowell play a socially distanced classical music concert in South Burlington last month on the “Chamber Wagon,” a portable stage that Fran Rowell designed.
Spring 2020 was pretty depressing for critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning violinist Mary Rowell. “I went from being the star, the performer up on stage, to being a non-essential worker,” she told the Independent. “And we were really non-essential.” When the pandemic brought the performing arts to a grinding halt, Rowell, who lives in the Northeast Kingdom town of Craftsbury and performs regularly in Addison County, found herself suddenly unemployed. She managed to collaborate here and there on music, recording and video projects, but performing live music was out of the question. So she...

LINCOLN COMMUNITY MEMBERS parade down the town’s main road on Saturday, Feb. 1, as part of Lincoln’s annual Hill Country Holiday. This year’s event marked the 20th anniversary of Lincoln’s new library. Three library directors — Wendy McIntosh, Linda Norton and Debi Gray — follow the banner. Photo/Megan Hannah
LINCOLN — Lincoln regularly celebrates Hill Country Holiday on the first weekend in February. This year’s event, presented by Lincoln Sports, was themed “Love Your Library.” The theme was chosen in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Lincoln Library, built to replace the one destroyed by a flood in 1998. The Lincoln Co-op Pre-School and Lincoln Little League also participated in the events. The Saturday event started with a parade of folks from the pre-school, and library, Lincoln Sports and the fire department. This year all three past and present library directors were present: Linda...

LINCOLN RESIDENTS MARIA Teixeira, left, and her partner, Travis Herben, gathered a few toys no longer used by their children, 9-year-old Ezaias, right, Micaiah, 7, and Simeon, 1, to exchange at the upcoming Toy Swap at the Lincoln Library. Teixeira and other volunteers organized the swap to bring new life to old toys. Independent photo/John S. McCright
LINCOLN — So profound is the depth of imagination kids summon when they play with toys that it has inspired a special category of storytelling in our culture. From “The Nutcracker” to “The Velveteen Rabbit” to “Toy Story,” we find hope in the notion that our playthings could live separate lives, struggling like we do, fighting our battles, keeping it real when the “real world” intervenes. Integral to many of these stories is the letting go, the heart-wrenching moment when children outgrow their toys and leave them behind forever. It’s nobody’s fault. Children grow up. But the magic is forever...

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