ADDISON COUNTY NATIVES Miranda Ferris Jones and Vanessa Dunleavy are workshopping their newest musical at the Town Hall Theater on Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., and again on Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to come and participate. Tickets are $14. The premiere of the show will take the THT stage in March 2020.
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater is inviting the public to be part of the development of a new musical. “Showing Up” was written by local writer-actors Miranda Ferris Jones and Vanessa Dunleavy, with orchestration by Simon Broucke. The workshop will be directed by Douglas Anderson with a first draft presented Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., and Nov. 24, at 2 p.m., and the world premiere at Town Hall Theater March 20-22, 2020. Growing up in Addison County, Jones and Dunleavy starred in high school musicals and dreamed of making it to Broadway. Life took them through New York stages, success and...
MIDDLEBURY — A committee charged with recommending long-term solutions for deteriorating Creek Road advised the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday to move quickly on a few short-term repairs that would allow for a quick reopening of a road they asserted was illegally closed to through-traffic more than four years ago. But a majority of the selectboard rejected the panel’s advice, fearing any short-term upgrades might have to be undone for a more permanent solution the task force is expected to bring forward within the next few months. The panel is likely to recommend a solution that lies...
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to discussing the future of Creek Road (see story on Page 1A), the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday also: • Heard Encore Renewable Energy’s proposal to build a 5-Megawatt solar project on Middlebury College-owned property off South Street Extension, near the Eddy Farm for Horse & Rider. The selectboard and a group of more than 20 people listened intently to the Encore proposal, which is intended to help Middlebury College achieve its goals of carbon neutrality. The proposal has drawn fire from folks who live and walk along South Street Extension. The selectboard...
MIDDLEBURY — End of Life Services is seeking storytellers for their third Stories from the Hearth, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Middlebury hearth of American Flatbread. This year’s theme is “Within Grief’s Darkness Dwells Love’s Light.” Anyone with a story to tell about a personal experience of loss, grief and love is encouraged to participate.  Each story should be no more than eight minutes in length, a personal and true story to be told from the heart (rather than read), and include how this experience changed or deepened your life. Five or six stories will be selected...
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe is accepting nominations for the 2020 Kimberly Krans Women Who Change the World Award. Each year, a nomination committee selects a local woman whose outstanding work or volunteer efforts have benefited Addison County/Town of Rochester and their residents directly and indirectly in a variety of ways. The recipient’s name will be engraved on a plaque that is presented to her in March (Women’s History Month) during an award celebration in her honor. Previous award recipients include Sue Prager, Pam Marsh, Betsy Gossens, Molly Fitzpatrick, Beth Diamond, Jean Shappee, Diana...

'TWO CONTINENTS,' BY Patricia LeBon Herb
MIDDLEBURY — The Jackson Gallery will be filled with original, handmade and hand-printed art and fine crafts beginning Nov. 15. This 12th annual holiday exhibition features 25 regional artists whose work represents a wide variety of media and styles. All have been recognized for their individual approaches to design and image. An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 15, from 5-7 p.m. Judy Albright brings her beautiful pastel drawings and Ray Hudson returns with his multi-layered woodblock prints. Patricia LeBon Herb will show paintings that reflect her thoughtful approach to image...

MIDDLEBURY — Sydney Lea, poet, writer, former Vermont Poet Laureate and Pulitzer finalist, will read from and discuss his new collection of poetry, “Here,” on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury. He will be joined by fellow poet and Middlebury College educator, Karin Gottshall. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the discussion. In “Here,” his 13th book of poetry, Lea gives voice to the deep connection between human life and the natural world as well as their fragility and transience. While there is reckoning, there are few...
MIDDLEBURY — On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., Associate Champlain College Professor Stephen Wehmeyer will present “By Seen and Unseen Hands: Spirit Artists and their Art in the 21st Century,” a talk to be held at the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Since the earliest days of its history, the American Spiritualist movement has been closely tied to the visual arts.  Renowned mediums like the Bangs Sisters and the Campbell Brothers trafficked in “precipitated” paintings — artwork purportedly produced by spirit hands — while the emergent technology of photography offered believers (and the...
MIDDLEBURY — On June 4, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a male Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a male same sex couple, citing his religious beliefs and First Amendment rights. This decision followed years of similar interactions across the United States between bakers who refused to honor gay marriages and pairs who wanted to tie the knot. In “The Cake,” the couple is lesbian and the baker is a middle-aged woman. Della makes cakes, not judgment calls — those she leaves to her husband, Tim. But when the girl she helped raise comes back home to North...

“MADAMA BUTTERFLY” WILL screen Live in HD during an encore performance at Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — This Saturday, Nov. 16, the Met will present an encore performance of “Madama Butterfly,” which will be rebroadcast at Town Hall Theater at 1 p.m. Soprano Hui He takes on the heartbreaking title role of the doomed geisha, with tenor Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her. Paulo Szot takes the role of Sharpless, and Pier Giorgio Morandi is on the podium for Anthony Minghella’s sweeping production, a perennial audience favorite. The title character of “Madama Butterfly” — a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting...


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