MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury summer Festival on-the-Green celebrates its 42nd anniversary season during the week of July 12 through 18, 2020. With construction underway in the downtown area, we’ll be off the Green at the Middlebury Recreation Park this year.
The Festival, which is planned and hosted entirely by volunteers, is one of the premier summer arts events in Addison County. Organizers need help to make this year’s Festival a great success. Anyone interested is encouraged to join the Festival annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Vermont Community Foundation, 3 Court...
THE ANNUAL CAROL Sing to benefit the Charter House will be hosted by Middlebury United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. John-Eric Colley-Robinson, (left) Isaiah Robinson, Chelsea Robinson, Sue Colley and Tom Colley will be among those joining the singing.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury United Methodist Church will be holding its annual carol sing and benefit concert on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. Kevin Parizo will accompany the carol portion of the concert on the organ.
The event brings participants from many local churches together to raise funds for the Charter House. This is the 10th year of the concert. Last year’s event was the most successful to date, and organizers hope to do even better this year. The recent rise in homelessness in Addison County and Vermont make the need to supporting the Charter House more important than ever.
COMEDIAN JASON LORBER will perform the one-man play “The SantaLand Diaries,” based on the David Sedaris essay and adapted by Joe Mantello, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, Dec. 20. Margo Whitcomb, a former Middlebury resident, directed this performance.
MIDDLEBURY — Holidays can bring out the best in people — or not. It’s a time of joy, happiness, love and giving; what could possibly go wrong? Come see just how sideways the holiday season can go with Jason Lorber’s performance of David Sedaris’ original essay “The SantaLand Diaries.” The one-man show, adapted for the theater by Joe Mantello and directed by Margo Whitcomb, will take the stage at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
“I’m excited to be part of this almost cult-like play,” said Burlington-based actor and comedian Lorber. “Vermont is Sedaris country....
“THE THINGS HENRY Collects” by Cathlin McCullough
MIDDLEBURY — A new exhibit called “Childhood” is on view now at PhotoPlace Gallery, at 3 park St. in Middlebury. This exhibit like others at PhotoPlace accepts thousands of entries from all over the world, then a juror selects 35 images to place on display in the gallery, and 35 more to exhibit online. Anne Berry curated “Childhood,” which will be on view through Dec. 28.
“Culling just 70 images from well over a thousand is not an easy task,” she said in her juror statement. “I am excited about this collection of work but sad to leave behind so many worthy submissions… Every photograph in...
PHOTO BY JAMES P. Blair
MIDDLEBURY — Singers and players gather each December at the Congregational Church in Middlebury for a joyful reading and rendering of selections from Handel’s Messiah. Join this year’s “Messiah Sing” on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m., to sing favorite choruses, or play in the orchestra, or simply watch and listen. Led by Jeff Rehbach. Open to all; donations welcome at the door. For additional information contact Jeff at 989-7355.
TIGER SOPHOMORE DEFENDER Joey Niemo, center, jostles for position with Rice forward Cameron Kinsell in front of the goalie Zeke Hooper during the MUHS boys’ hockey team’s Tuesday home opener. Rice won, 3-0.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — An opportunistic Rice team with a hot goalie skated out of the Memorial Sports Center Tuesday evening with a 3-0 victory over the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team in the Tigers’ season opener.
Rice goalie Carson Barnes, a sophomore from Ferrisburgh who played youth hockey with a number of the Tigers, stopped 34 shots to frustrate many of his former teammates.
Tiger Coach Derek Bartlett had nothing but praise for Barnes.
“I thought Carson had an outstanding game. He made huge saves when he had to,” Bartlett said. “I felt like we had some great looks, and I felt like...
MUHS SOPHOMORE DEFENDER Ryley Olsen stickhandles through traffic during the Tiger girls’ hockey team’s 5-1 victory over visiting Burr & Burton on Tuesday. The Tiger defense allowed just seven shots on junior goalie Lydia Deppman in the team’s opener.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team took charge early on Tuesday in its season opener vs. visiting Burr & Burton on the way to a 5-1 victory.
The Tigers scored twice in the first 5:05 of the opening period and then iced the game with three goals in the second period.
Eighth-grader Bella Gale led the attack with a pair of goals and an assist in her varsity debut, including the opening goal 1:37 after the puck dropped. Juniors Camille Malhotra and Audrey Schnoor also found the net, as did senior Merry Kimble as the Tigers dominated the action. Their official...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a burglary at Greg’s Market on Elm Street on Dec. 8. Police said they received a report of a smashed window at the market, which reopened for business earlier this year after a lengthy hiatus.
Police said they determined someone had been inside the market during the overnight hours. Authorities and store officials are busy determining whether anything was stolen from the store.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted Vermont State Police with a domestic dispute at a Lower Notch Road home in Bristol on Dec. 3.
• Announced on Dec. 3...
STONECUTTER SPIRITS HAS at least temporarily suspended production of its gin and whiskey and will soon close its tasting room on Middlebury’s Exchange Street headquarters (shown here) and its Highball Social bar-restaurant in Burlington.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Stonecutter Spirits has at least temporarily suspended production of its gin and whiskey products and will soon close its Middlebury tasting room and its Burlington bar-restaurant, according to business co-founders Sivan Cotel and Sas Stewart.
Cotel, during a Dec. 5 interview with the Independent, said the company has thus far been unable to land a distributor to make Stonecutter products available in markets outside of Vermont. This has limited sales and created a financial pinch that is driving the difficult decisions to downsize the company, Cotel explained.
CYNTHIA ERIVO STARS in “Harriet” as the escaped slave who returns to the Antebellum South to help other African Americans flee from their oppressors and find freedom in the North. Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice is sponsoring three screenings of the film this Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. at the Marquis Theater.
MIDDLEBURY — The hit film “Harriet,” about the escaped slave who helped others African Americans get out of the slave states of the South, will be screened in Middlebury this week for one day only.
The group Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is joining with Rutland Area NAACP to host three showings of “Harriet” on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Marquis Theater. The fourth movie in this year’s Seeing Color/Seeking Justice Film Series, “Harriet” will be shown at 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
The series is a collaboration of SURJ and the Marquis.
Wednesday’s film tells the extraordinary story of...