Megan James

Careful what you wish for. Last week I wrote in the Minibury e-newsletter about pining for the simpler days of last summer. This week there is nothing on my calendar, and I’m not happy about it: My family is on Day 6 of quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19. Here’s what happened: My brother and his family came to visit from California. We all got together at my parents’ house for dinner: six fully vaccinated adults, four children under age 8. The next day my sister-in-law, who had been feeling tired and run down but chalked it up to the stress of travel, tested positive for COVID. Two...
BRISTOL — Despite dreary weather — and the tail end of a pandemic that almost canceled the event last year — the 44th annual outhouse race went on in Bristol. For the second year in a row, Kris Perlee hosted the race on Elm Street.

A FAMILY ENJOYS a picnic-style dinner during a recent Fridays in the Park event in Bristol. During the weekly events on the town green this summer the Bobcat Café is selling delicious comestibles from a food truck while different local bands perform from the bandstand. Many Addison County restaurants are offering al fresco dining this summer. Independent photo/William Haig
ADDISON COUNTY — Dining al fresco has always been a highlight of summer in Vermont. But it took on new importance when the pandemic struck and made many folks wary of spending unmasked time indoors.  Even as vaccinated people return to dining indoors at restaurants, some would still prefer to stay outdoors, especially if they’re dining with unvaccinated children. So, here are some options — new and old — for enjoying a meal outside in Addison County. PIZZA BY THE POND The pandemic shifted Blueberry Hill Innkeeper Shari Brown’s focus from tending to guests visiting from afar to drawing the...
The kids at Lincoln Cooperative Preschool performed their biennial circus earlier this month on the deck of their building — and in their new outdoor classroom, which they used for 163 school days this pandemic year. Read more in Christopher Ross' article.
MIDDLEBURY — On a sunny day in early May, folks emerged from the pandemic winter to enjoy the first of two outdoor markets in downtown Middlebury hosted by Bundle and Town Hall Theater. There was a food truck, local vendors and art-making stations led by the artists of Find Your Wings, a public art project happening in downtown this summer.
I opted for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19 because I wanted to get the whole vaccination process over with as quickly as possible. One and done sounded fun to me. Instead, I got days of agony and anxiety and cancelled appointments. Many folks are in a similar dilemma. So I thought I’d share how it went down, and how I resolved it. When the vaccine opened up to my age group, 30-plus, on Monday morning, I booked a state-run J&J clinic for May 5. But on Tuesday morning, when I spotted some open appointments the very next day at CVS in Burlington, I booked one. Moments...

BRAM ALLEN
Bram Allen is eight years old and he loves horror. “I think it’s because I was born in October, and that’s when all the scary stuff happens,” he explained. When Bram learned recently that Mary Shelley only wrote Frankenstein because she and her friends were taking part in a challenge to write the scariest ghost story, he got an idea: He would invite everyone he knows to write a scary short story. The second-grader is a big fan of Edgar Allen Poe — “I like ‘The Masque of the Red Death,’” he said — and he dressed up as Poe for Mary Hogan’s Book Character Dress Up Day last fall. He loves...

ON TUESDAY A couple dozen neighbors came to the site of the tornado off Painter Road and helped homeowners clean up their property and recover what could be salvaged. Independent photo/Megan James
MIDDLEBURY — After a tornado tore across a mile of the Painter Road neighborhood in Middlebury this past Friday afternoon, one youngster went to the hospital with minor injuries and another young woman was shaken up after the twister roughed her up a bit, but no serious injuries were reported. The same can’t be said for the damage to a few structures and the landscape. But overall, the incident seemed to be about a some measure of physical damage and another measure of fear. “What I’m thankful for is that I have a roof over my head,” said Cheryl Werner, whose home was in the path of the...

RUBY HARRISON-IRWIN, MIA Kutchukian and Sarah Benz (as well as Nathan Stefani, Ruby Hellier, Leila Stillman-Utterback) filled Passover gift bags with locally sourced goodies — fair-trade chocolate, soap, macaroons — at a socially distanced gathering at New Leaf Organic Farm in Bristol last weekend. The kids had been preparing for their B-Mitzvahs when the pandemic struck, forcing them to cancel or postpone their events. Photo courtesy of Havurah of Addison County
ADDISON COUNTY — For the second year in a row, one of the most important holidays in the Jewish community, Passover, will be disrupted by the pandemic. “Once a year, Jews devote a whole week to recalling the events of the Exodus,” explained Sarit Katzew, the director of education at Havurah of Addison County. “One way they do this is through the meals known as the Seders, which are integral to the Passover celebration. The Haggadah is read, which is a text adapted over generations that tells this story of liberation. “Most importantly it is a time to gather in community, reflect on the...
WEYBRIDGE — Every March, Duclos & Thompson Farm holds an open barn event for the community, and thousands show up to mingle with the new lambs. The event was cancelled this year because of the pandemic, but the lambs are as cute as ever.

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