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OBERON THE OWL lives at the NorthWoods Stewardship Center in Island Pond. On Sept. 25, from 3-4 p.m., the curious of all ages can learn about him and his fellow owls in this free, kid-friendly webinar sponsored by the Vermont Land Trust. Photo courtesy of NorthWoods Stewardship Center

TRAVEL TO ORWELL for a harvest sale that includes pumpkins, gourds, books, and other harvest goodies on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Orwell Free Library.

Thursday, Sept. 24

Sewing lab in Middlebury. Thursday, Sept. 24, 5-9 p.m., The Makery at Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Join Faith and Wendy  at the Sewing LAB. Use the lab’s sewing machines, tools and tables for your projects. Get questions answered and learn new skills. All levels are welcome. Pre-registration required. Instructions for arriving and working safely included in confirmation email. Limit 4 participants. Fee sliding scale: free, $5 Drop-In or Membership Card. Register at makeryatpahcc.org/event-3957359.

The Makery mentor recruiting night in Middlebury. Thursday, Sept. 24, 6-7:30 p.m., Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Mentors monitor equipment operation, safety practices and are primarily in place to answer questions and support members as they work in the Labs. You don’t need to be an expert to be a Mentor, just versed in the skill requirements of a Lab and a good communicator of your knowledge. Seeking people willing to volunteer on Thursdays from 5-9 p.m. at least 10 nights per year. Free. Pre-registration required at makeryatpahcc.org/event-3961077.

 

Friday, Sept. 25

Whooo is Oberon the Owl? online (in partnership with Northwoods Stewardship Center). Sept. 25, 3-4 p.m. Owls are special birds with lots of unique characteristics, and NorthWoods Stewardship Center happens to have one living on the property. This free, kid-friendly webinar is perfect for anyone interested in owls, from elementary age to adulthood. If you are under 18, please register with the help and permission of a parent or guardian. Free and open to the public. Register vlt.org/events for a Zoom link and email confirmation.

“Song Without A Name” (Canción sin nombre) virtual screening. Saturday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m. In Peru, at the height of the political crisis of the 1980’s, Georgina is a young woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets Pedro Campos, a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation. Based on a true story. Free. For how to view go to middlebury.edu/academics/fmmc/hirschfield/2020-2021.

Outdoor movie showing in Vergennes. Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30 (or sunset) -9 p.m. Visit tinyurl.com/Bixby-outdoor-9-25 to see what is showing. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, takeout from local restaurants or picnic dinners and bug spray. Wear your masks and keep 6 feet between your group and other movie goers. Free Do not park in the parking lot. Please park at the bank lot, in front or walk over. Rain Date: Saturday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 (or sunset) -9 p.m.

Imani Winds virtual performance. Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. Celebrating 20 years of music making, the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds have led both a revolution and the evolution of the wind quintet. Their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations, and commitment to education have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Though their playlist embraces traditional chamber music repertoire, they also reach forward into the 21st century, expanding the wind quintet repertoire by commissioning music from new voices that reflect both historical events and present times. Free.

 

Saturday, Sept. 26

Harvest season sale in Orwell. Saturday, Sept. 26, 10-1 p.m., Orwell Free Library. 473 Main St. Pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, and books (weather permitting) will be for sale to benefit the Orwell Free Library. Call 802-948-2041 or visit OrwellFreeLibrary.org for more info.

Addison County Persons of Color Plus (AC POC+) Lawn Party in Bridport. Saturday, Sept. 26, 12-4 p.m., Késin Gardens, 932 Forrest Rd. A safely distanced lawn party and socializing with fellow Addison County folks of color, hosted by Lacewing. Gather together to create an intentional space where to share or listen to our stories, support each other, learn from each other, and create connection. For self-identified POC plus family members. Kids welcome, there will be special activities for them. Come and go whenever it works for you. BYO masks, drinks, snacks, games, blanket/lawn chairs and follow state guidelines. Outdoor composting toilet and hand washing station provided. Rain date Saturday, Oct. 3. Parking is on the road (please do not block intersections). More info at addisonctypoc@gmail.com and facebook.com/groups/addisonctypoc.

“Song Without A Name” (Canción sin nombre) virtual screening. Saturday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m. In Peru, at the height of the political crisis of the 1980’s, Georgina is a young woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets Pedro Campos, a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation. Based on a true story. Free. For how to view go to middlebury.edu/academics/fmmc/hirschfield/2020-2021.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 29

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Vergennes. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saint Peters Parish Hall, 85 South Maple Sr. Strict safety guidelines and COVID-19 protocols in place. Pre-register at redcross.org/local/me-nh-vt.html.

Outdoor yoga in Orwell. Tuesday,Sept. 29, 4- 5:15 p.m. Orwell Free Library. 473 Main St. Local instructor Lisa Limoge leads the class behind the library. Beginners welcome. Free. Dress for the fall chill. Bring a blanket and mat, if you have one. 

 

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Teen/Tween Graphic Novel Book Club in Vergennes. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. Join us for a graphic novel discussion of “Goldie Vance, Volume 1,” written by Hope Larson with illustrations by Brittney Williams. Come with ideas for activities, from writing your own story lines to drawing your own comics. Graphic novels will be available to Bixby Library cardholders as an ebook on hoopla. Register at bit.ly/32OV47A. More info contact Laura Fetterolf at laura.fetterolf@bixbylibrary.org.

Backyard Invasives — Nasty Neighbors (Part 2 in a series) online. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7-8 p.m. Vermont is at its best right now. The Vermont Land trust has launched a series of online events to celebrate. Meadows are coming alive, gardens and farm stands are full of produce, and hillsides are just beginning to burst with color. Join our experts in ecology and wildlife for workshops, virtual walks, and ways to connect to all that nature holds this fall. For the seasoned and novice alike. Free and open to the public. Register vlt.org/events for a Zoom link and email confirmation.

“My Brigadista Year: A Democratic Ideal Amidst a Movement” online. Wednesday, Sept 30, 7 p.m. 1961 was dubbed “The Year of Education” by the Cuban government of Fidel Castro, who sent literacy brigades out into the countryside to construct schools and teach illiterate citizens. Join us for a conversation between Katherine Paterson and Vermont Humanities Executive Director Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup about her trips to Cuba and what compelled her to write “My Brigadista Year.” Free. Held on the Vermont Humanities Council digital programs portion of our website, our Facebook page, and our YouTube channel. The talk is part of our Fall Conference 2020.

 

Thursday, Oct. 1

The Vermont Land Trust Annual Meeting online. “The Ground we Share: Access, Equity and Justice on the Land.” Thursday, Oct. 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Register vlt.org/events for a Zoom link and email confirmation.

Sewing Lab in Middlebury. Thursday, Oct. 1, 5-9 p.m., Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Use The Makery’s sewing machines, tools and tables for your projects. Get your questions answered and learn new skills from our kind and talented mentors Faith and Wendy. All levels are welcome from never used a sewing machine to advanced pattern making. Pre-registration is required. Instructions for arriving and working safely included in confirmation email. Limit of 4. Choose Free, $5 Drop-In Fee or Membership Card. Register at makeryatpahcc.org/event-3976601.

 

Friday, Oct. 2

Virtual coffee with a conservationist. Thursday, Oct. 2, 9-10 a.m., via Zoom. VLT’s Liza Walker and Caitlin Cusack share info about the land trust and answer your questions about conservation and conservation easements. Join Vermont Coverts and Vermont Woodlands Association for this chat if you are considering conserving your land with a land trust or currently have an easement on your property. Register at vlt.org/event/coffee-with-conservationist.

Knights in Italy walk-up spaghetti dinner in Bristol. Friday, Oct. 2, 4-5:30 p.m. St. Ambrose Parish, 11 School St. The St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus will have a table set up outside of the church on the park side. Menu includes spaghetti with sauce, garlic bread, salad and dessert. Walk-up, place your order, and your meal(s) will be brought out, packaged up for you to bring home. All proceeds will go toward furthering the Knights’ mission of aiding the community in a variety of ways from Coats for Kids to the Special Olympics. $10 adults/$5 children 12 and under/ $25 family.

Sphinx Virtuosi: This Is America virtual performance. Friday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalst One of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras, this self-conducted ensemble is comprised of 18 top Black and Latinx classical soloists. Bringing fresh, diverse programming to leading venues around the country, the musicians engage in immersive outreach to bring classical music to communities nationwide, including students of all ages. Free.

 

Saturday, Oct. 3

History and Current Management of Dead Creek WMA in Addison. Saturday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-noon, Dead Creek WMA, 966 Route 17. Join biologist and WMA Manager Amy Alfieri for a walking and driving tour of the Dead Creek WMA, where discussion will include how and why the area was developed and its current management strategies and goals.  Be sure to bring your binoculars to spot the migrating waterfowl that visit the WMA.

Heather Pierson in concert online. Saturday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. The Ripton Community Coffee House will host an online concert featuring Heather Pierson and invites everyone to enjoy the music from their own comfortable, socially distanced living room. Pierson is a pianist, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano, and poignant folk. Find links to the concert at rrch.org. Free, but viewers can find ways to donate their “entrance fee” directly to the musicians, if they so choose. Normal in-house rates are $10 general/$15–20 generous donation. More info at 802-388-9782 or rcch.org.

 

Thursday, Oct. 8

Sewing Lab in Middlebury. Thursday, Oct. 8, 5-9 p.m., Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Use The Makery’s sewing machines, tools and tables for your projects. Get your questions answered and learn new skills from our kind and talented mentors Faith and Wendy. All levels are welcome from never used a sewing machine to advanced pattern making. Pre-registration is required. Instructions for arriving and working safely included in confirmation email. Limit of 4. Choose Free, $5 Drop-In Fee or Membership Card. Register at makeryatpahcc.org/event-3976605.

Chaplin virtual screening and discussion. Thursday, Oct. 8, Zoom discussion at 7:30 p.m. The Middlebury Classic Film Club virtual series for fall 2020: Being True to Ourselves in a Turbulent World begins with the 1993 film “Chaplin.” Charlie Chaplin is best known as immortal Little Tramp with the Derby hat, oversized shoes and walking stick who took over the world of silent films for decades. But there was so much more to this film genius and his own journey of self-discovery that sheds light on all of us. Available on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. More info at  info@ilsleypubliclibrary.org. To register for Zoom discussion call (802) 388-4095 and leave a message.

 

Friday, Oct. 9

David Shifrin, clarinet, virtual performance. Friday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. The Middlebury Performing Arts Series presents Avery Fisher Prize-winning clarinetist David Shifrin, one of only two wind players to have been awarded the prestigious prize since the award's inception in 1974. Shifrin is in constant demand worldwide as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber music collaborator. In this virtual concert, he’ll perform works by Mozart, Bassi, and Duke Ellington. Free.

 

Saturday, Oct. 10

Outdoor Fall craft fair in Brandon. Saturday, Oct. 10, Estabrook Park, 670 Grove St. More than 50 vendors and food trucks will be there. Come out and have some Fall fun.

Trade Winds Farm fall open house in Shoreham. Saturday, Oct. 10, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 884 Route 74 E. Come for apancake breakfast (outdoor seating only) from 8 a.m.-noon, Horse and wagon rides from noon-2 p.m., sugar on snow, maple cotton candy, and a sugarbush maze. Bring your own container and choose from six grades of maple syrup to fill it.

Curbside chicken and biscuit dinner in Bristol. Saturday, Oct. 10, 4 p.m ‘til the food runs out, Libanus Lodge, 2 Elm St. Meal includes Chicken and biscuit, mashed potatoes, creamy pineapple coleslaw and apple crisp. Reservations are encouraged to ensure you will definitely get your meal, but walk-ins will be accommodated as much as possible. Call 453-4877 to make a reservation. All proceeds will go towards building repairs, including earlier-than-expected need for a new roof. Cost is $10.

Benefit take-out fish dinner in Vergennes. Saturday, Oct. 10, 5-7 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 South Maple St. The St. Peter’s Knights of Columbus are raising money to support its migrant workers program. Menu includes baked beer-battered Haddock, zesty fries, coleslaw, mixed vegetables and chocolate chip brownie. Cost $10 adult/$5 child six and under. To reserve your meal call St. Peter’s office at 802-877-2367

 

Thursday, Oct. 15

Sewing Lab in Middlebury. Thursday, Oct. 15, 5-9 p.m., Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Use The Makery’s sewing machines, tools and tables for your projects. Get your questions answered and learn new skills from our kind and talented mentors Faith and Wendy. All levels are welcome from never used a sewing machine to advanced pattern making. Pre-registration is required. Instructions for arriving and working safely included in confirmation email. Limit of 4. Choose Free, $5 Drop-In Fee or Membership Card. Register at makeryatpahcc.org/event-3976609.

Tool Training in Middlebury. Thursday, Oct 15, 5-9 p.m., Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Tool Training is back as The Makery reopens the Woodworking Lab. Tool Training is a one night prerequisite for new participants to use our Woodworking Lab. Participants are requested to arrive wearing short sleeves, long pants, closed toed shoes and have long hair tied back. Pre-registration required at makeryatpahcc.org/event-3957312. Instructions for arriving and working safely included in confirmation email. Limit 6. Choose Free, $5 Drop-In Fee or Membership Card. Register at makeryatpahcc.org/event-3957312.

 

Friday, Oct. 16

Michael Brown, piano, virtual performance. Friday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. Described as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” by the New York Times, pianist Michael Brown is the winner of both Lincoln Center’s 2018 Emerging Artist Award and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant. In this online performance, Brown will play works by Barber and Mendelssohn, plus one of his own compositions. Free.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 21

“The Reporter: A Preview of the Vermont International Film Festival 2020” online. Wednesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Vermont Humanities digital channels. In partnership with the Vermont International Film Festival (VTIFF), a preview of the Vermont International Film Festival 2020, which features 12 films focused on the importance of journalism to democracy. Free. Held on the Vermont Humanities Council Digital programs portion of its website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

 

Thursday, Oct. 22

Sewing Lab in Middlebury. Thursday, Oct. 22, 5-9 p.m., Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Use The Makery’s sewing machines, tools and tables for your projects. Get your questions answered and learn new skills from our kind and talented mentors Faith and Wendy. All levels are welcome from never used a sewing machine to advanced pattern making. Pre-registration is required. Instructions for arriving and working safely included in confirmation email. Limit of 4. Choose Free, $5 Drop-In Fee or Membership Card. Register at makeryatpahcc.org/event-3976613.

 

Friday, Oct. 23

Arnaud Sussmann, violin, virtual performance. Friday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura, and profound musicianship. Sussmann will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Chausson’s Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet. Free.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 28

“Getting it Right: Reseach and Diligence in Reporting” online. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Vermont Humanities Digital Channels. Author and longtime Vermont journalist Yvonne Daley interviews David Moats, her former colleague from the Rutland Herald, about Moats’ series of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorials on the divisive issues arising from civil unions for same-sex couples, and about the importance of research and depth in journalism. Found on Vermont Humanities Council Digital Programs portion of its website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

 

Friday, Oct. 30

Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung, pianos, virtual performance. Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. The real-life marriage of concert pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung — with their abundant artistic chemistry, passion, and stunning virtuosity — has led to one of the most appealing and impressive piano duos of our time. Bax and Chung will perform Mozart’s K. 449 and the Middlebury premiere of Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with a supremely talented group of collaborative musicians. Free.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 4

“Say Their Names, A Personal Story of Artistic Activism” online. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., Vermont Humanities Digital Channels. In May 2020, Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor began a composition in response to the escalating uprising in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery. Including selections from his recorded work, Dr. Taylor will discuss his journey towards using music as an avenue for advocacy and activism. Found on Vermont Humanities Council Digital Programs portion of its website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

 

Thursday, Nov. 5

La Strada virtual screening and discussion. Thursday, Nov. 5, Zoom discussion 7:30 p.m. The Middlebury Classic Film Club virtual series for fall 2020 continues with the story of Gelsomina, a young woman who is sold by her mother to Zampanò, a man who makes his living by showing off his brutish strength to small crowds in post war Italy. Available on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. More info at  info@ilsleypubliclibrary.org. To register for Zoom discussion call (802) 388-4095 and leave a message.

 

Friday, Nov. 6

Gilbert Kalish, Piano, virtual performance. Friday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. The profound influence of pianist Gilbert Kalish as an educator and pianist has established him as a major figure in American music-making, receiving the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for his significant and lasting contribution to the chamber music field. Kalish will be performing works by Crumb, Schubert, and Brahms. Free.

 

Friday, Nov. 13

“The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media” online. Friday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Vermont Humanities Digital Channels. How did we go from journalism as a trusted form of information to an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts”? Presidential historian Harold Holzer examines the tension between chief executives and their chief critics, from George Washington to the present. Found on Vermont Humanities Council Digital Programs portion of its website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

Jupiter Quartet virtual performance. Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, Liz’s brother-in-law). Now enjoying their 17th year together, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. Free.

 

Thursday, Dec. 3

“Albert Nobbs” virtual screening and discussion. Thursday, Dec. 3., Zoom discussion 7:30 p.m. The Middlebury Classic Film Club virtual series for fall 2020 continues with the story of Albert Nobbs, a woman in 19th-century Ireland who dresses as a man in order to escape the oppression women of that era faced. Available on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. More info at info@ilsleypubliclibrary.org. To register for Zoom discussion call (802) 388-4095 and leave a message.

 

Thursday, Dec. 17 Moonlight virtual screening and discussion. Thursday, Dec. 17, Zoom discussion 7:30 p.m. The Middlebury Classic Film Club virtual series for fall 2020 wraps up with the story of Chiron as he moves through childhood, teenage years and young adulthood. At each stage Chiron is challenged by hardship and yet supported by key people in his life. Available on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. More info at  info@ilsleypubliclibrary.org. To register for Zoom discussion call (802) 388-4095 and leave a message.

 

 

Ongoing

Weatherization Wednesdays via Zoom. Noon. Button Up Vermont is offering weekly sessions to via Zoom and Facebook live. Each week a new topic will be covered. Get your questions answered. Register at buttonupvermont.org/events

Al-Anon meetings. For a list of online meetings visit vermontalanonalateen.org. Middlebury hosts one Sundays nights 7:15 p.m. In-person meetings Wednesdays 1:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society. Bring a mask and chair. If you’d like to speak to an Al-Anon member, call our answering service (866-972-5266) and an Al-Anon member will call you back. 

 

 

 

EXHIBITS

Brandon Artists Guild. 7 Center St. Brandon. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. On exhibit: “A Space Within,” ceramics by Dasha Kalisz. Through Nov. 1.

Edgewater on the Green. 6 Merchants Row, Middlebury. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. 802-989-7419. On exhibit: “Elements: Deconstructed,” Sept.1- Sept 30; “Autumn Solos on the Green,” Oct. 1-31.

Edgewater on the Falls. 1 Mill St., Middlebury. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. 802-989-7419. On exhibit: “Cut It Out: Solo Exhibition Featuring Besty Siverman,” Sept. 1-30; “Autumn Solos at the Falls,” Oct. 1-31.

Northern Daughters Gallery, 221 Main St., Vergennes. “Internal Flight,” new paintings by Pamela Smith. On exhibit through Nov. 15. Open by appointment, 877-2173.

 

 

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