MAKING GLUTEN-FREE bread is the topic on Amy Mincher’s workshop offered Thursday, May 28, from 7-8 p.m. by The Makery at Hannaford Career Center’s eMakery classes.

UVM’s Fleming Museum goes online. A new series of videos on the Fleming Museum’s website explores the work and life of American Modernist Wood Gaylor. Join exhibition curator Andrea Rosen and Curator of Education Alice Boone as they discuss the work of the artist set against the backdrop of the New York art scene, 1913-1936. The first three episodes of a five-part series are now online at with new videos added each week.

Also available on the web page are gallery tours, lectures, and performances related to some the Fleming’s most popular exhibitions.

In addition to the Gaylor series, the an online search feature has been added to the website to browse and view over 20,000 objects from the museum’s permanent collection. The online search tool will allow students, teachers, scholars, and art and history lovers to browse or search for artworks and artifacts, and view images and information for objects both on view in the galleries and tucked away in storage.

 The online collections feature is currently in beta mode — the museum encourages users to explore the site and provide us with feedback regarding your online experience. The database can be accessed by visiting the Fleming’s website and selecting the Collections page, where a link will take you to the interactive search experience.

The Bard in Your Yard. Vermont Shakespeare Festival is responding to this crisis of isolation and social distancing with what they do best — spreading joy and connection through performance. There’s a Shakespeare speech or sonnet for almost any occasion, and after 400 years the words are still relevant in today’s world. Shakespeare To You is an opportunity to send a 2-3 minute performance to family, neighbors, or friends via front yard delivery, Zoom, or telephone. It’s kind of like a live telegram. Front yard deliveries are contact-free and follow all medical and physical distancing precautions. Performers will honk a horn or call the recipient from the car to gain attention and then stand a good 12 feet from the door to perform a monologue or sonnet from a short list of favorites. Zoom or telephone performances can be sent to any location in the United States.

Shakespeare To You is free (though donations are welcome), and is a great way to send a unique birthday wish, celebrate a graduation or anniversary, or simply offer a connection to someone who needs a pick-me-up or is experiencing isolation or loneliness during these difficult times. For more information go to the, and click on Shakespeare on his skateboard.

eMakery offerings. The Makery at Hannaford Career Center continues it’s online offerings, including:

Traditional Yoga Flow. Enjoy a traditional comprehensive yoga flow series. Includes standing poses, forward bends, backward bends, spinal twists, upper body/core strength and relaxation poses. Yogiraji, Prem Prakash engages your whole being with his humor and gentle teaching style as he helps students find their yoga. Thursday, May 21, 5-6 p.m. Limit: 30. Sliding scale cost: free, half-fee $3, whole fee $6. Select what you can afford, choices are confidential. Register at

Virtual Sewing Lab. Faith Daya and Wendy Shook are hosting a two-hour drop-in session where you can ask your sewing and project questions, and they’ll do their best to teach, explain, or demonstrate via Zoom. Faith has her favorite facemask pattern ready to share and demo to anyone who is interested. You will find Faith and Wendy’s email addresses in your confirmation email send them your questions ahead of the event so they can prepare to help you. Thursday, May 21, 7-9 p.m. Limit: 30. Sliding scale cost: free, half-fee $3, whole fee $6. Select what you can afford, choices are confidential. Register at

3-D Printing 101. Want to find out more about this new and fast moving method of manufacturing? Interested in how it can help your business? Want a new hobby? Then join Makery mentors Devon Karpak and Shiraz Daya to answer questions about 3-D printing and how you can try it for yourself, from CAD to slicers and more. Thursday, May 28, 5-6 p.m. Limit: 30. Sliding scale cost: free, half-fee $3, whole fee $6. Select what you can afford, choices are confidential. Register at

Gluten Free Baking and Q & A. Amy Mincher, gluten free blogger, will share a favorite gluten free bread recipe that is also fabulous as pizza dough and demonstrate using it in real time. Recipe will be provided in advance so that you can follow along during the class. Amy is also prepared to answer your general gluten-free baking questions. It can be tricky to navigate gluten-free but her fun delivery and years of experience can save you a lot of time and frustration. Thursday, May 28, 7-8 p.m. Limit: 30. Sliding scale cost: free, half-fee $3, whole fee $6. Select what you can afford, choices are confidential. Register at

Donate blood. There is always a need for blood, and these days the need is even greater. The American Red Cross is holding two blood drives in the area: in New Haven on Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Beeman Elementary School on North Street and in Middlebury on Tuesday, May 26, 10-a.m.-3 p.m., at the Middlebury American Legion, 49 Wilson Rd. The process follows the strictest COVID-19 precautionary guidelines.

As a thank-you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, all who come to give blood or platelets May 15-31 will receive a special Red Cross “We’re all in this together” T-shirt, by mail, while supplies last. Donors must have a valid email address on file to claim their T-shirt.

Virtual Vermont History. The Vermont Historical Society continues to highlight virtual and online offerings from local historical societies and museums, including:

•  Tours at 10. This Bennington Museum series takes you behind the scenes for an up-close look at interesting and seldom-seen pieces in the Museum’s collection as well as brief explorations of the galleries and objects on display. The videos, both live and pre-recorded, are available to watch on Facebook every weekday morning at 10 a.m.  at

•  COVID-19 Digital Archive. VHS is collecting photos, anecdotes and creative writing documenting the pandemic. Think like a historian and save those images, journals, poems, and artwork for the benefit of future generations. Upload your content and make it available to the public immediately and researchers in years to come. Explore the archive

Reconnect outside with a scavenger hunt. Gather up the whole family and head outside with Local Motion’s Bike and Walk Smart senses scavenger hunts. Use your senses as you navigate around your neighborhood or local park. With mindfulness cues like “feeling the wind on your face and the sun on your skin” and mini-adventures like “find an interesting rock” or “hear a dog barking,” the scavenger hunt is a much-needed oasis for families who need a change of pace. Make it a whole experience by packing a lunch or snack. Find directions at

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum goes virtual. With the safety of visitors, staff, volunteers, and community in mind, the museum site will not be open as it normally would Instead, the are introducing new programming — both onsite and online — that lets them serve the community and keep everyone safe. Activities include:

•  Free Virtual Lake Adventure Camps: A new virtual learning experience will encourage campers to get outside every day to explore their environment. Campers will receive activity kits in the mail and meet for a physically distanced group gathering each week. Registration opened May 20.

•  Interactive Digital Exhibits: Visit LCMM’s new Digital Museum, including a digital exhibit to open July 1 celebrating our 2020 focus on “Women at the Helm.”

•  Virtual Shipwreck Tours: Tour a shipwreck site in the Vermont Underwater Historic Preserves. New tours will be released weekly throughout the summer.

•           Small outdoor group experiences: New small group experiences will start on site and on the water once the museum has clear guidelines on best practices.Make It Together: Kitchen Karacters

Materials Needed:

•  Items from kitchen drawers—wooden spoons, potato mashers, dinner forks, soup ladles

•  Plastic wrap, aluminum foil, small plastic bags, yarn, paper strips

•  Recipe cards or small pieces of stiff paper (file folder, cereal box panel)

•  Scissors

•  Tape, glue, yarn or string

•  Markers, crayons or colored pencils or pens

•  **Collection of other items for decoration, as you wish

Step 1: Take a look at the items in your kitchen. Turn them upside down/hold them by their handles, for example. These handles become your puppet controller.

Step 2: Weave strips of plastic wrap, foil, paper, yarn etc. through the top holes or loops to form hair. If you make it short, it will stand straight up. If you make it long, and of several strands, you might braid it.

Step 3: Make eyes or other features on the stiff paper; cut out and add to the base, as you decide.

Make a story up for this new creation, or act out a favorite book or story. If you make two puppets, you can have a conversation with your “kitchen karacters” on your own; if someone else is home with you, they can join in making a puppet, or using the extra one you’ve made.

TIP: Use these items with permission, and avoid gluing anything that can’t be removed later to make use of the kitchen gadget, for real.

Join a Craven Conversation. Join MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven for a series of conversations with talented MNFF alumni, live on Zoom, beginning Friday, May 15, at 4 p.m. EDT with Jenifer McShane, the director of “Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops.” The film follows two San Antonio Police Department officers who are diverting people away from jail and into mental health treatment — one 911 call at a time. In the process, they are redefining policing policy and its mandate to “keep people safe.” The film’s relevance and timeliness has only increased in this fraught pandemic environment where mental health challenges and domestic abuse incidents are on the rise.

While MNFF will host this discussion live on Zoom, they will also record and share it on the MNFF website and Facebook page. Questions for the filmmakers are welcome. Want to send one in advance of the event? Contact Phoebe Lewis at, or submit a question during the event using the Zoom “Chat” function.

Go to to enter your email in a secured space. MNFF will send you the Zoom invitation on the morning of Friday, May 15.

Go to a virtual gallery. Balancing Act an innovative exhibition that brings together works from a variety of non-representational artists opens on Ellenbogen Gallery’s Facebook Live on Saturday, May 16, at 3 p.m. It is also visible from the promenade at the gallery, located in the Manchester Shopping Center in Manchester Center. This carefully curated collection focuses on the concept of balance within non-representational, abstract art and explores a multitude of understandings of the word ‘balance’ itself.

Catch an opera at the Met, an Alvin Ailey dance performance, or Jazz from Lincoln Center. Go to Town Hall Theater’s “What’s On?” page on their website for links to nightly Metropolitan Opera streams, Steven Sondhiem’s 90th birthday celebration, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals, full length plays from London’s National Theater, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performances and workshops.

Learn more about electric vehicles. Drive Electric Vermont and Waterbury LEAP are hosting a free webinar about electric vehicles (EVs) on Wednesday, May 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. Vermont’s incentive program offers up to $5,000 for an EV purchase, but that incentive has an uncertain future due to COVID-19 budget issues. That means it’s a great time to save on an electric vehicle while incentive funds remain available.

The webinar will cover the basics about electric cars:

•  What to keep in mind if you’re considering switching over from a gas-powered car.

•  Types of EVs available in Vermont (including some recently introduced models).

•  Different ways to charge, and current availability of charging options.

•  Incentives for buying an EV.

•  You’ll also hear from some Vermonters who’ve made the switch to an EV, including Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt owners.

The webinar is free. Preregistration required at Once registered you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar through a web browser (no software download required).

Attend a virtual fashion show. In response to the pandemic, CVOEO postponed the live show Karibu fashion show to 2021. But Karibu 2020 is not canceled and is going online instead. For the fourth edition of Karibu (Welcome! in Swahili), new American models are invited to compete on a virtual runway for a chance to win cash prizes. Winners will be announced on June 27 based on votes from the community. This benefit event is a fun way to raise funds for our community’s most vulnerable immigrants: asylum seekers. While their application is being processed, they are not allowed to work and cannot access services funded by the government. CVOEO’s Asylum Seekers Assistance Program provides them with emergency funds to purchase essential personal hygiene items, diapers, food, and medicine. CVOEO also helps them navigate the red tape and paperwork. The event website is at or on Facebook at

Experience an online world premiere. Middlebury Acting Company will present the virtual world premiere of “St. Bernard, An Opioid Play,” by Peter Espenshade and directed by Rebecca Strum, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, and Friday, May 29 via live stream.

“St. Bernard, An Opioid Play,” follows the story of Amanda, a young mother struggling to stay clean and get her infant daughter back from Vermont’s Department of Children and Families. While Amanda works hard with a sympathetic nurse and does well, her erstwhile boyfriend, the charismatic Kenny, strays from the path of recovery with his two sidekick friends and gets into all sorts of trouble, imperiling Amanda’s success.

MACo has been working with Recovery Vermont President Peter Espenshade on the development of his script since last fall, and, due to COVID-19, is introducing the play online in two serialized installments. Ultimately, this timely, funny and vital Vermont story will be presented onstage, but for an early look at the project, join the company on YouTube for a live-streamed performance. Each act will last about 45 minutes and will be taped, for viewing at any time.

The performances will be live streamed on MACo’s YouTube Channel:

Classic film series continues. The Middlebury Classic Film club will begin Virtual Series 2: “A Question of Ambition” on Tuesday, May 19, with the 1937 version of “A Star is Born.” This will be the first of four films in the series, one per week.

As with the first virtual series, each film will be available to you on Kanopy. Each Ilsley Library patron has or can have a Kanopy account. Each account provides for six films that may be streamed each month. Because the series covers the months of May and June, participating in this series should not exhaust your Kanopy account for either of these months. Email if you need assistance with Kanopy.

The club has made a schedule of suggested viewing dates and times so that those who wish to can simulate watching each film together as we normally do. After each film, we will there will be a virtual discussion via the club’s email listserv. for the films in this series. The series runs through June 9, and in addition to “A Star is Born,” includes The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), The Battle of Algiers (1966) and The Bicycle Thief (1948)

Grow a pumpkin, win a prize. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H is sponsoring a statewide pumpkin-growing contest for youths, ages 5 to 18. Upon registering, you will receive one or more varieties of “mystery” pumpkin seeds to grow throughout the season. Selected varieties are suitable for a northern climate, may be direct sown and will mature at 140 pounds or less. Although free to participate, and membership in 4-H is not required, you must register by May 25 to receive seeds and a 4-H Pumpkin Challenge record book. Contact Martha Manning, UVM Extension 4-H educator, preferably by e-mail at Or call (802) 827-3913. Include your name, address, e-mail, age and phone number.

Virtual Storytelling Sessions.

The Children’s Literacy Foundation hosts virtual storytelling on Tuesdays at 3 p.m., All are welcome, and CLif encourages everyone to share info on the event with children and families.

You can sign up for the sessions at your story. A highlight of the Sheldon Museum’s weekly e-newsletter update are images of the humorous, unique doll ”The Man,” created by Middlebury artist and Sheldon Member Debbee Smith during her recent days of sheltering in place. Smith’s work is featured in today’s Independent. The museum is inviting  folks to write a story about one or a series of these scenes, or to share personal stories, pictures, video clips of how you are dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Email your stories and other materials to with the subject “Covid-19 Stories.”

Learn some coping strategies. The Vermont Association of Area Agencies on Aging is offering online training sessions to help Vermonters deal with the stress and grief caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first, Navigating Through Grief and Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic, is on Friday, May 8, from 1-3 p.m. The session, which costs $20, is aimed at exploring the complex layers of grief during these difficult in times of uncertainty.

Then on Friday, May 15, at 2:30 p.m., there will be a free Mindfulness Practices for Stress Reduction and Self-Care in Uncertain Times. The training will focus how mindfulness concepts, skills, and practices can helps with stress reduction and self-care during the pandemic.

Register at Email Donations are welcome.

The Lineage Lines Project. Between May 1 and June 19, the Vermont Folklife Center invites teams or individuals to register free of charge to self-guide their Lineage Lines project. The project, which us for all ages, aims to document people’s shared history and perhaps find a glimpse of a shared future. Upon registering, participants will receive a tutorial guide to help them develop their lineage project at their own pace. To support participants, Folklife Center educators will host a series of online workshops in the coming weeks, which are listed on our website. Final projects, large and small, can be submitted to the VFC Archive, a repository of Vermont voices dating back as far as the 1890s. To register and for more information go to or send an email to

Make It Together: Paper Bag Hats. Imagine knights, dinosaurs or aliens romping about the house — get creative with these easy paper hats you can make with your little ones.

Materials Needed:

•  Large paper grocery bag

•  Glue and tape

•  Pompoms, pipe cleaners, shapes cut from magazines or colored papers, other decorations

•  Scissors

•  Crayons, markers, or colored pencils/pens

•  Hole punch (optional)

Step 1: Roll the top of the bag down to your desired size (Height). Pinch and grip the bag as you roll it down, creating the desired circumference size for the head of the person who will wear it. Tape to secure it in place.

Step 2: Decorate the hat. Use crayons, markers and other items that you might glue or tape on.

Step 3: Coil pipe cleaners around a pen or pencil. Glue a pompom or other item at one end. Punch a hole in the hat and bend/tape the other end to the inside to make antennae or other add-ons.

Step 4: Wear your new hat!

TIPS/IDEAS: When you are rolling the top of the bag down, be gentle to avoid rips. Also, use a sandwich or small brown bag to make a hat for stuffed animal or a (cooperative) pet.

Get your baking on (if you can get some flour). The King Arthur Flour website has a wealth of baking skills videos, from creating and feeding a sourdough starter to how to braid challah to flooding cookies. Go to and have fun!

eMakery classes. Hannaford Career Center’s eMakery continues to offer online classes for free or a nominal fee. Join a chair yoga class with Ambika Gibbs on Thursday, May 14, from 5-6 p.m. Chair yoga is a gentle way to practice yoga using a chair, translating traditional yoga practice to a language most bodies will appreciate and understand. Register at

A Follow up Instagram Q & A happens on Thursday, May 14, from 7-8:30 p.m. Now that those who did the Instagram workshop have had practice, this session is designed to answer questions that have come up over the last two weeks. Those who did not attend the April event are welcome as long as they know this is not an overview but a deeper dive into answering questions. Register

Classes have a limit of 30. Costs are $6 whole fee, $3 half fee or free, according to your ability to pay. Register at

Donate Blood. With no known end date to the coronavirus fight, the American Red Cross is encouraging healthy individuals to make appointments to donate blood or platelets to ensure blood remains readily available for patients who still rely on transfusions. The need for blood for trauma patients, children battling cancer, mothers experiencing childbirth complications, patients with sickle cell disease and others continues. Donated blood has a limited shelf life of 42 days for red cells and just five days for platelets, so the supply must constantly be replenished.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions — including social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff — have been implemented to safeguard donors, volunteers and employees.

Healthy individuals who are feeling well are asked to make an appointment to donate this May by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Blood drives are being held in Addison and surrounding counties as follows:

Middlebury: May 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Legion Middlebury, 49 Wilson Rd.

Hinesburg: May 7, 12:30 -6 p.m., United Church of Hinesburg, 10580 Route 116

Pittsford: May 13, noon-5 p.m., Furnace Brook Wesleyan Church, 2190 Route 7.

Beef up STEM studies. FourScienceVT, a museum consortium led by ECHO, Fairbanks, Montshire, and VINS, has been formed to address the disparity of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education of Vermont’s communities during the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic and beyond. Through offerings such as live science broadcasts on Zoom and Facebook, video content with friendly and knowledgeable educators, behind-the-scenes tours of collections, and downloadable resources for families and teachers, the group’s collaborative efforts cover a spectrum of learners. To guide people through the stream of digital and downloadable resources, go to, a curated platform for families and schools to access Vermont-centric STEM interactive curriculum and experiences.

Speak up about deer. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will hold two more public hearings on deer. These electronic public hearings are meant to solicit input on deer on the following dates from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. through the following means:

May 11: Through computer at and conference call: 929-436-2866, meeting ID: 831-6783-8494

May 12: Through computer at and conference call: 929-436-2866, meeting ID: 840-1371-5841

To participate via smartphone or tablet, download the free Zoom Cloud Meeting App and enter the appropriate 9-digit meeting ID.  The conference call number is the same for both meetings, but each meeting has a unique ID number and weblink.  Be sure to use the correct information for the meeting you are joining.

The department urges members of the public to review information that will be discussed by going to prior to the hearings.  This includes a video presentation from Fish and Wildlife’s deer biologist Nick Fortin on the antlerless harvest and youth season recommendation as well as information that would normally be provided at the in-person public hearings. A copy of the proposed 2020 antlerless harvest and youth season recommendation can be found on this page as well.

Connect with UVM Extension 4-H. The program recently added programming for Grade K-2 students to its ever-expanding line-up of free virtual learning experiences for youths. Its newest online offering is the Cloverbud Connects Challenges, issued each Friday and geared to ages 5-7. After reading about or watching a video that demonstrates an activity, participants are encouraged to try that activity and have a parent record a video to share on the password-protected website. Challenges include making homemade smoothies, adopting a favorite tree, creating a May Day basket, making ice cream in a bag, painting rocks to bring cheer to others and a LEGO challenge, among other activities.

Email UVM Extension 4-H educator Kimberly Griffin at to sign up and receive an access code and to request a disability-related accommodation to participate if needed.

UVM Extension 4-H also is providing free online programs for older kids. For details or to register, go to Future offerings also will be announced on the UVM Extension website and on Facebook @ Vermont 4-H, so check back often.

Among the offerings for youths ages 8 and older are the 4-H Distance Learning Socials every Monday at 3 p.m. A second weekly session will be offered on Thursdays, also at 3 p.m., to share and discuss findings. Upcoming topics are: Recycled Art on May 11, Gardening Part 2 on May 18, and Tree Identification on June 1. The registration deadline is noon on Monday for the same-day event. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Allison Smith, 4-H Youth Learning Experiences coordinator, at

Grade 7-12 students may register for QuaranTeen Virtual Science Cafés, scheduled for Wednesdays from 3-3:45 p.m. Sessions feature scientists and other experts and will be offered on these dates: May 6, Plant Biology: Blueberries, Bees, and a Belowground World; May 13, Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute: Understanding Why People Value and Protect the Environment; May 20, A Day in the Life of a Mental Health Care Professional; May 27: Guns, Germs and…Cell phones? Threats to Gorilla Conservation.

QuaranTeen Time sessions, also for Grade 7-12 students, are planned for 3 p.m. on the following dates with registrations accepted until noon on the same day: May 19,. Youth Voices Matter: A Conversation with Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman. Contact Lauren Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at to request a disability-related accommodation to participate in the QuaranTeen Virtual Science Cafés and QuaranTeen Time.

All sessions for both programs are recorded and archived for future viewing. Links can be found at

Join a virtual military campaign. Fort Ticonderoga has created a 2020 Digital Campaign virtual campus that features interactive programming, engaging lectures series, and a preview of the many experiences which will be featured on-site once Fort Ticonderoga’s gates open in 2020. Virtual visitors can enjoy behind-the-scenes information, previews of upcoming programs, and special insider content on the 2020 season wherever your ‘fort’ may be. Programs include:

May 7, 1 p.m., ZOOM —  A Soldier’s Life: 26th Foot Clothing. Dive into the details of buttons, facings, and trimmings that distinguished the 26th Regiment of Foot from others in the British Army. Explore seasonal and regional uniform adaptations that allowed British soldiers to serve around a global empire.

May 8, 11 a.m., Facebook Live — Demonstration: Oxen & the 26th Foot. Watch Mick & Mack in action and learn more about oxen’s role with the British guards of Fort Ticonderoga. Whether carting barrels of food up from Lake Champlain or fixing the road to Crown Point, oxen provided the pulling power to make garrison life possible for soldiers of the 26th Regiment of Foot.

May 9, 11 a.m., Facebook Live — Green Mountain Boys: Live from Hand’s Cove. Fort Ticonderoga digitally visits Shoreham, Vermont where the Green Mountain Boys made their final preparations and crossing of Lake Champlain. Learn about the key characters in America’s First Victory and the challenges they faced capturing this British-held fort.

May 10, 1 p.m., Facebook Live — Lecture Series: Images of the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga. How do you imagine the capture of Ticonderoga in 1775? For generations artists have tried to visualize the surrender of Fort Ticonderoga. Join Fort Ticonderoga Curator Matthew Keagle for a look at a newly acquired painting and explore how art reflects myth, memory, and history.

Visit for more live videos, lectures series, and educational at-home activities that bring history to life.

Online Art Classes for Kids. The Middlebury Studio School has created a series of online art classes on Friday afternoons from 3-3:45 p.m. to help keep the kids busy and fuel their creativity. Classes have a fee and run as follows:

Friday, May 8: Easy Paper Marbling — Art Paper. Tuition $15.

Friday, May 15: Draw a Magical Unicorn in an Enchanted Forest. Tuition $15.

Friday, May 22: Design your own T-shirt using the traditional West African Art of Senufo Mud Painting. Tuition $17

Friday, June 5: Paint a Blue Whale. Tuition $15

Friday, June 12: Magnificent Mountains Painting.  Tuition $15

Register at Switchel? How about Bluebirds? The Makery at Hannaford Career Center continues to offer online workshops via the eMakery. The latest additions include a Switchel workshop and Bluebird house construction.

Learn about the history of switchel, a historic drink from early America, popular with farmers during haying seasons of the past. On Thursday, May 7, from 5-6 p.m., Amy Mincher, historian and museum professional, will demonstrate how to make a few popular variations including a fermented version. Recipes will be provided in advance so that you can follow along during the class. There are three registration options: Free, whole fee of $6 or half fee of $3. Register at

Anyone who has seen a Bluebird knows the unique joy it brings. On Thursday, may 7, from 7-8 p.m., Len Schmidt will take you through making a Bluebird house using the optional Materials Kit or with your own supplies. Just in time for Mother's Day (hint, hint). According to, “Not long ago, many bluebirds nested in wooden fence posts, especially around farms. Many of those have been removed or replaced with treated wood, plastic or metal posts. A well built, and well place bluebird nest box in your own backyard can help boost local populations” - Ther are two registration options: Free, following along with your own supplies, or $10 for materials kit. Several days before the event, information will be mailed about a no contact pickup of the Kit at Hannaford Career Center. Register at

Both workshops have a limit of 30.

Science where you are. The Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury is offering online adventures in science aimed at learning more about the world around us using materials found outside, in the closet, or in the recycle bins. Go on adventures, create experiments, and build models that help you observe and understand the language of nature. Every day there are new classes guided by Fairbanks educators. Topics include a study of wildflowers, and Eco Art Critters. Check the virtual classroom calendar for details. Go to to see what’s on offer.

Museum at home. While visitors are not able to visit Shelburne Museum, the museum is offering online exhibitions with recorded talks from curators, behind the scenes conservation insights and activities. The first exhibition, “Color, Pattern, Whimsy & Scale” is focused on Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb and her passion for American folk art. The exhibition explores her collecting ethos as she assembled one of the earliest and largest collections that would become

Forthcoming exhibitions include American Stories an overview of the early American experience as seen through the art, architecture and collections of Shelburne Museum. Go to to see the full list of activities.

Send in-home messages. Create a “homing pigeon” that delivers messages to all in the house. Assemble the following materials:

•  Poster board/file folder/cereal box panel  or other heavy paper (to cut the bird shape)

•  half-sheet of typing or other paper (for the message from “home”)

•  scissors

•  yarn or string

•  colored pencils, markers or crayons

•  stapler — optional

•  hole punch — optional

•  paper clip — optional**

Write a message of thanks, good wishes or other message. Draw it if you would like that better.

Fold the paper back and forth like a fan, starting at a short end; make the folds thin and even if you can. Staple in the middle, if you want to, then set aside — this makes the wings.

Draw a bird’s body on the heavy paper. (Sample pattern, or your own shape.) Cut it out. Cut a slit in the bottom of the bird’s body; punch a hole above the slit a bit to the right. Decorate the bird shape — both sides, or only one, as you decide.

Slip the fanned note into the slit and spread the folds outward to make the wings.

Loop a piece of yarn or string through the hole.

**Bend a paper clip into an “S” shape and attach it to the top of the yarn

Share — hang up.

Hear a virtual choir. YouTube is a bit of a goldmine for virtual choirs. Search for Couch Choir and enjoy listening to more 1,000 people singing in unison from their couches. It’s an auditory and visual treat to expreinece the Carpenter’s “Close to You” or David Bowie’s “Heroes” this way. Virtual Choir does a lovely rendition of Down to the River. South Africa's Roedean School students met virtually in this quarantine time to sing together Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Let yourself go down this rabbit hole and see what other inspiring r performances you can find.

Take a hike. It’s getting warmer and early spring flowers like trout lilies, hepatica, and bloodroot are on their way to blooming. Getting out into the woods is a great way to see them and feel the promise of warmer weather to come. Here are some suggestions.

Moosalamoo has 70 miles of trails on 16,000 acres. Check out their new website and get out on the trails.

Rokeby Museum’s walking trails are open to all comers. Spring is a great time, and be sure to wear your boots –— lots of vernal pools to explore. Learn more about this cultural and natural heritage trail, and see the map.

MALT is providing great programs including Connect with Nature home-based activities, and The Great TAM Hunt Part II with signs spread out on the trails and secrets clues that may win you a prize.

Blueberry Hill Inn trails are open. You are welcome to park on the Outdoor Center side of the road to access them. Download or print a map from the Outdoor Center page or pick one up at the kiosk located in parking area.

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Addison County Independent

58 Maple Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802.388.4944
Fax: 802.388.3100