'BOYS STATE' IS the first offering in this year’s Hirschfield International Film Series at Middlebury College. The film will screen virtually on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. This year’s series will be a strictly virtual event.
As with its music performances, Middlebury College’s Hirschfield International Film Series is adapting to COVID-19 with a virtual film series this year. The series will offer extraordinary foreign and independent films, streamed online most Saturdays via Virtual Cinema Starting on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m., with the film “Boys State.”  “Boys State” is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual program in which 1,000 Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government. The 2020 Sundance Film Festival...

“EAST MEETS WEST,” photo by Andrew J. Russell. Also called “the Champagne Photo.” May 10, 1869. Taken to commemorate the completion of the transcontinental railroad.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Opera Company of Middlebury has suspended its fall production of “Candide,” opting instead for a new online production. For the health and wellbeing of all concerned, OCM has rescheduled its live production of “Candide” for fall 2021. Instead, OCM will debut a short opera this November that speaks to the current conversation about race in America. Written by noted composer Michael Ching, “Completing the Picture” uses the story of Chinese workers who completed the transcontinental railroad to explore questions of immigration, exclusion and who gets their...
Vermont is at its best right now. Meadows are coming alive, gardens and farm stands are full of produce, and hillsides are just beginning to burst with color. Join our experts in ecology and wildlife for workshops, virtual walks, and ways to connect to all that nature holds this fall. For the seasoned and novice alike. All online events are open to the public and free of charge. Register online at and you will receive a link to the zoom webinar in your email confirmation. For questions, contact Katherine at Meadows Abloom: Fall Wildflowers and Their...

LOUISE MOSRIE and Cliff Eberhardt will perform the Ripton Community Coffee House’s first online concert on Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
RIPTON — The Ripton Community Coffee House welcomes Cliff Eberhardt and Louise Mosrie to an online concert on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m., and invites everyone to enjoy the music from their comfortable, socially-distanced living room. Due to the coronavirus, the fall season of the Ripton Community Coffee House will not take place at the Community House, but the music continues online. Viewers can find links to the concert at  There readers can also find ways to donate their “entrance fee” directly to the musicians, if they so choose.  Eberhardt is a singer-songwriter with an...

MAYOR CHRIS LOURAS (right) is among the characters in a documentary that explores the tumultuous arrival of Syrian refugees in Rutland, Vt. “For the Love of Rutland,” created by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, is among the motion pictures featured in the sixth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival when it goes online at the end of August.
MIDDLEBURY — The first-ever online version of Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) is taking shape. Organizers of the sixth annual event — usually a spotlight happening that sends hundreds of people buzzing around downtown Middlebury just before Labor Day — have selected more than 20 features to headline this year’s festival. And while the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for substantially shortening the film menu compared to years past, MNFF officials are working to infuse the virtual festival with some of the personal touches that have made it a consistent success. MNFF6:ONLINE will...

FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD Hannah Gallivan of Bristol is thrilled to see her friends at Zeno Mountain Camp, even if she had to do it through a computer screen. Photo courtesy of Krista Siringo
LINCOLN — This past March, as the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools, businesses and institutions, Zeno Mountain Farm, a Lincoln nonprofit organization that promotes “radical inclusivity” for people with disabilities, got busy creating an online platform that has allowed it to continue — and in some cases expand — its mission. It took them only a few days to set it up. “People were like, ‘Wait, you started this three days after you thought of it?’ And we were like, ‘Yeah, because we’re used to taking risks and learning as we go, trial by fire,’” Zeno Program Director Emily Sundstrom said...
MIDDLEBURY — The public is invited to 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 for Children and Families. While Amanda works hard with a sympathetic nurse and does well, her erstwhile boyfriend, the charismatic Kenny,...
While COVID-19 is has closed performing arts venues around the world, it is providing them with the opportunity to get creative with providing arts programming to the public. Town Hall Theater in Middlebury is no exception. Thanks to the internet age, THT has been entertaining anyone with internet access with their Quarantine Sessions — short performances by THT favorites. Go to That is not the only thing, however. One look at their “What’s On?” listings and performing arts lovers will see a number of links to performances of opera, musicals, plays, music and dance.  This...

ENOCH WOOD PERRY, (American, 1831-1915) The Pemigewasset Coach, 1899. Oil on canvas, 42 5/8 x 66 5/8 in. Collection of Shelburne Museum.
“American Stories,” a new online exhibition that examines the American experience as seen through the collections of Shelburne Museum, launched recently. Drawing inspiration from Shelburne’s vast holdings of American art, architecture and material culture, American Stories is an exhibition in four parts — People, Travel, Home and Community. Part One: People, opened May 14. Subsequent parts are scheduled to be posted every other week on May 28, June 11 and June 25. “‘American Stories’ offers a window into periods in the nation’s history as interpreted through some of Shelburne’s most familiar...
Should colleges and universities resume in-person, on-campus instruction this fall? Leaders of most higher education institutions say they plan to do so, while adding that their decisions will be largely driven by public health considerations.  A few institutions are taking a different approach. The California State University system, with more than 400,000 students on 23 campuses, has announced that almost all instruction will be offered remotely in the fall. Four other universities — Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley — have advised their faculty and...


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