MATTHEW DELIA-LOBO works on a coffee creation at Royal Oak Coffee on Seymour Street in Middlebury. Photo by Hope Allison
MIDDLEBURY — On the wall in Royal Oak Coffee, alongside the hanging plants and stylish geometric artwork, is a brightly-colored print entitled “The New Taster’s Flavor Wheel.” With more than fifty flavor and aroma possibilities, it’s clear that our collective understanding of coffee isn’t what it used to be. The wheel — and Royal Oak Coffee itself — represents the new kind of cafe experience that’s come to Middlebury. In a cozy one-room house, next to Fire and Ice on Seymour Street, co-owners Alessandra and Matthew Delia-Lobo have created a haven for the caffeine-addicted and coffee-obsessed...

LIVINGSTON TAYLOR WILL perform at Town Hall Theatre in Middlebury on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., in celebration of over 50 years of making music.
MIDDLEBURY — Livingston Taylor’s career as a professional musician has spanned 52 years. He maintains a performance schedule of more than 100 shows a year, delighting audiences with his unique brand of popular music which includes mostly original repertory from his 13 albums. He’s bringing his show to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Taylor is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Taylor recorded his first record at the...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble will present its winter concerts on Friday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., at Mount Abraham Union High School, and Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., at Middlebury Union High School. Admission is free. Conductor Jerome Shedd has chosen a program that includes the premiere of a work of his own. “Winter Song” is a short piece for solo euphonium and band, and will feature soloist Alice Weston. Another solo on the program will be “Oblivion,” a tango for flute and band by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, with flutist Susan English. The concerts will present other...

ORIGINALLY DIRECTED AND shot by the great Sydney Pollack over two days at Los Angeles’ New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in 1972, "Amazing Grace" was conceived as “the two-day concert recording of what remains Aretha Franklin’s (and live gospel music’s) best and biggest-selling album,” relates Wesley Morris in the New York Times.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its MNFF Selects film screening series on Sunday, Dec. 8, with the rousing and long-awaited documentary “Amazing Grace.” Featuring an utterly incandescent gospel music performance by the great Aretha Franklin, the film will screen at 2 p.m. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury as a special holiday matinee. Offering a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects will take its audiences on an entertaining ride in the months ahead. All the films will screen at Town Hall Theater...
What are the bright colors in the Ilsley Library garden? The leaves are fallen and the flowers gone, but there are bright shiny colors all around. Walking in I see them — shining bright painted rocks in every color everywhere; on the benches, paths, stepping stones, stumps and birdbath, in among the plants and tress and shrubs, around the big tree and in secret corners. There are hearts and stars, circles and rainbows and suns, moons and fireworks. They say “You are Awesome!” “Love the Earth,” “Be Happy,” “Thank You!” “We Love you!” I am delighted. I tell others who tell others who tell me...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police were informed of the theft of a snowboard and equipment from an unlocked vehicle parked off Ridge Line Road on Nov. 26. The investigation continues. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Responded to a report of a vehicle leaving the scene of an accident on Nov. 25. • Received a report of a liquid manure spreader accidentally discharging its contents onto Quarry Road and various mailboxes and vehicles in the area on Nov. 25. Police said the owner of the spreader attempted to clean the mess and he also contacted the Middlebury Department of Public Works...

SANTA CLAUS WILL make several stops in Middlebury in December, where he will talk with children and listen to their wish lists, like he did here in 2017. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — Holiday magic returns to Middlebury with a festive and fun-filled month of December, complete with visits from Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, special event shopping nights, a breakfast with holiday characters, an “I Spy” contest with prizes, the Hot Cocoa Hut and free gift wrap for items purchased in Middlebury.  The month will be packed with activities that will spill over into November. Very Merry Middlebury festivities kick off on Saturday, Nov. 30, with the opening of the Hot Cocoa Hut on Cannon Park across from Ilsley Library and the Sheldon Museum. Grab a cup of cocoa for...

PEOPLE HELD PLACARDS to draw attention to the plight of the homeless in Addison County during a candlelight vigil in Middlebury last December. The John Graham Housing and Services’ Sleep Out to End Homelessness will take place again this Saturday night in Middlebury. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Ready
Editor’s note: This is the most recent in an ongoing series of stories on homelessness in Addison County, including "After hitting rock bottom, a woman gives back" (November 28, 2019); "A local woman tells her story of homelessness" (November 21, 2019); "Middlebury police struggle with homelessness surge" (October 17, 2019); and "Homeless shelter readies for a busy winter" (September 30, 2019). MIDDLEBURY — A growing homeless population continues to strain the limited resources of the Middlebury Police Department, to the extent that the local selectboard is asking legislators to devote more...

THE TOWN OF Middlebury recently concluded a five-day “Planapalooza” to create its first-ever downtown master plan, which will include ideas on how development could responsibly occur in a downtown that is already substantially built out. Seen here is the notion of a “pocket neighborhood” surrounding St. Mary’s School off Shannon Street. Graphic courtesy of Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative LLC
MIDDLEBURY — A “pocket neighborhood” surrounding the former St. Mary’s School off Shannon Street and a reimagined economic development initiative off Bakery Lane are just two concepts for the future of downtown Middlebury as brainstormed by participants at a flurry of recent planning sessions. Middlebury officials and a town-hired consultant will spend the coming months processing a variety of comments and concepts offered by dozens of residents during a five-day “Planapalooza,” a series of events aimed at shaping the community’s first-ever downtown master plan. A draft of that plan — which...

PEOPLE HELD PLACARDS to draw attention to the plight of the homeless in Addison County during a candlelight vigil in Middlebury last December. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Ready
MIDDLEBURY — A group of people will be sleeping out in the cold this coming Saturday night to help make it possible that no one sleeps out in the cold in Addison County this winter. It is the John Graham Housing and Services’ Sleep Out to End Homelessness, which will take place Dec. 7 in the Marble Works district in Middlebury by the Otter Creek Falls. John Graham invites the community to participate in its sixth annual candlelight vigil and sleep out to raise funds and awareness to end homelessness. The vigil will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the Middlebury green by St. Stephen’s Church. A dinner...


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