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Sen. John Rodgers (D-EssexOrleans) introduced a bill that would ban cellphones for Vermonters under 21. OK, boomer.


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ormer Vermont legislator Kesha Ram and state Rep. Dylan Giambatista (D-Essex Junction) separately announced Tuesday that they will each seek one of Chittenden County’s six state Senate seats this November. The political declarations were among several made following Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman’s announcement that he is running for governor. Ram, 33, told Seven Days that she is seeking to return to the legislature after a four-year hiatus. She was elected to the House at age 22 and served four terms representing Burlington. In 2016, she ran for lieutenant governor, finishing third in the Democratic primary. She now works as a social and environmental equity consultant. Giambatista, also 33, told Seven Days that the opportunity to serve a broader area appeals to him. He is in his second term and sits on the House Committee on Education. A lifelong Vermonter, Giambatista worked as chief of staff to then-House speaker Shap Smith from 2014 to 2016 prior to taking a job in the Office of the State Treasurer. Before he became a politician, he was best known as a founding member and lead guitarist for Vermont punk band Rough Francis. Louis Meyers, an internal medicine physician at Rutland Regional Medical Center and a past Senate candi-

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A fire destroyed a granite storage shed in Barre. Unfortunately, the building was made of wood.


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1. “New American Students Make a Music Video About the Thrill of School” by Sasha Goldstein. First-year Winooski High School students released a music video about how much they like going to school. 2. “CityPlace Burlington Developers Countersue Project Opponents” by Courtney Lamdin. The developers accused opponents of violating a prior legal settlement. 3. “Why Is a Boat on a Westford Lawn Painted to Resemble a Shark?” by Ken Picard. What’s the story behind the motorboat that’s jutting from a lawn along Route 128 in Westford? 4. “Mirabelles Is Moving to South Burlington” by Sally Pollak. After 29 years on Main Street in Burlington, Mirabelles Café & Bakery is moving to South Burlington. 5. “Leunig’s General Manager/Co-owner Bob Conlon Retires” by Melissa Pasanen. Bob Conlon retired last week following nearly four decades as general manager of Leunig’s Bistro & Café.

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renamed it the Jogbra. It was a few years after the passage of Title IX, the federal law intended to promote gender equality in sports, and the activewear quickly caught on.

hree women who created the sports bra in Burlington will soon be enshrined in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Hinda Miller, Lisa Lindahl and Polly Smith are part of the 2020 class, along with the brains behind laser dermatology, synthetic lubricants and ibuprofen, among others. The hall will honor the inductees in May at a gala in Washington, D.C. “Our vision was that every woman, no matter their size, shape or form, deserves the right to the benefits of exercise and fitness,” said Miller, a former Vermont state senator. Miller and Smith were working at a Shakespeare festival on the University of Vermont campus in 1977 when they teamed up with Lindahl and created a prototype intended to hold breasts stable during exercise. They sewed together two jock straps and tested it out. Voilà! The modern sports bra was born. They called the innovation the Jockbra but eventually



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“People say that the Jogbra is as important as Title IX for women’s participation in sports,” Miller said. “That’s cool!” A sports bra took the spotlight in 1999, when U.S. Women’s Soccer star Brandi Chastain scored a World Cup-winning goal and ripped off her jersey in celebration. Twenty years after that winning play, the iconic image of Chastain, kneeling on the grass in shorts and a black sports bra, was immortalized last summer with a bronze statue outside of the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, Calif., where it all happened. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has exhibited a Jogbra prototype, and one is part of the costume collection at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now Miller and her colleagues are going down in history, too. “I do sometimes wonder why we were almost chosen to channel this product,” Miller said. “I don’t know why it was us — but it was.” SASHA GOLDSTEIN SEVEN DAYS JANUARY 15-22, 2020


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[Re “Guarded Secrets,” December 4; Off Message: “Touchette Resigns as Corrections Commissioner Amid Vermont Prison Abuse Scandal,” December 18; and subsequent coverage]: I am writing as a professor and criminologist, but my views are my own and do not represent those of my employer, the University of Vermont. I have conducted research with and about the Vermont Department of Corrections for many years. I have also volunteered in the women’s prison and teach college courses inside. There is likely no one in Vermont as critical of mass incarceration as I am, and I am critical of many of the DOC’s policies. In my experience, though, the former commissioner, Mike Touchette, was a forward-thinking, genuine person who wanted to create positive change in Vermont prisons. Months before the Seven Days story appeared, Touchette reached out to me to work on a project together, in order to have greater scrutiny of and transparency within the Vermont DOC. He wanted to create a pilot for a new kind of prison that would be more humane and that would ensure those incarcerated, as well as the staff, would be treated with dignity and respect. Mike also wanted the project to be evaluated by external researchers, in order to ensure objectivity. He truly wanted cultural change and was actively pursuing it. He engaged openly about problems in




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[Off Message: “CityPlace Burlington Developers Countersue Project Opponents,” January 10]: Brookfield Asset Management’s countersuit is foremost an attempt to renege on the $500,000 charitable donation central to the settlement mediated by former Burlington mayor Peter Clavelle. It’s no surprise that Brookfield would dodge their halfmillion-dollar commitment. They have reneged even on promised community meetings, as project liaison Jeff Glassberg attests. The settlement agreement was reached quickly and allowed the project to proceed. Only the developer has violated that agreement, benefited from it and filed a frivolous lawsuit related to it. The CityPlace project, as first proposed and permitted, was oversize and grandiose but still promoted without restraint by city personnel and boards.  Thus, not surprisingly, many citizens objected to the city advocating for the developer’s interest instead of the public interest, to tailoring the zoning regulations to fit, and to twisting planBTV to declare it consistent with twin 14 story “towers.” 

Nevertheless, the settlement agreement left the developer’s 14-story skyline intact in exchange simply for more adequate parking and a charitable donation toward preserving the character of Burlington’s downtown. The developer enjoyed all the benefits of the settlement agreement by moving forward with demolition but denied the public any of the promised benefits by failing to provide the $500,000 charitable donation and by quietly amending project plans in violation of the parking provisions in the agreement. As City Hole, in all its glory, collects runoff through another winter, we are promised action in August. Spring would make more sense to me. Financing? Any news? We can only wait and see. Michael Long



It is well past the time for Seven Days to enforce the same policy that neighboring news agencies have taken. That would be to either require that commenters use their legal name when commenting on articles or to do away with commenting altogether. Your comment section has become a sideshow for people who use the extra time they have on their hands to defame and complain. That they do so, without using their real name, speaks to their character — or lack of it. Please consider this request to step up and do the right thing. Debra Doyle


Thank you, Mayor Miro Weinberger, for taking this bully out of power [Off Message: “Weinberger Taps Former Colchester Chief to Lead Burlington Police Through Upheaval,” December 20]. I am shocked and amazed that this was actually done. My heart goes out to the identifier who saw chief Brandon del Pozo for who he is and was targeted for it. I’ll never forget the heartless narcissism I have encountered from police whom I placed my full faith and trust in, only to become unpleasantly proved wrong and disillusioned by these people. We keep handing over power without fully checking into whether someone is worthy of it. As a society, we keep on believing in these people in uniform when they do not deserve the praise. These people are not more than us, are not smarter than us and aren’t closer to God: It’s an illusion.   As much as they insult and abuse disabled and mentally ill people in their jobs, when a cop does something hurtful to others, the first excuse is disease or mental illness; a drunk is a drunk until he is a cop, at which point he or she garners sympathy from others. Mental illness is vilified and abominable until it’s a cop who is depressed, and then we all want to visit him at the hospital and knit him blue beanies.   I bought in to this BS, too, and now I’m done with it. Kathryn White AKRON, OH


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Progressives jolt the 2020 races

CityPlace Developers Countersue Opponents


Hungry for More Than Knowledge

Furloughed inmates are jailed again and again BY PAUL HEINTZ

Scott Asks for Universal Afterschool Program


New Americans, Old Cost Concerns

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The Wellness Issue

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Stuck in Vermont: Feeling stressed at the start of a new decade? Laughing River Yoga owner Emily Garrett explains how she finds balance. We visited her studio and tagged along on a shopping trip with her young kids to see for ourselves.

Wellness Issue: Can we design our way to better health?

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Music: Black Sabbitch on why they don’t feel like a tribute

HUNGER STRIKES Food insecurity at UVM

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On Fire

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Living Things Have you ever wondered how Vermont’s wildlife copes with the cold season? Nature lovers learn all about it during the Vermont Institute of Natural Science’s Winter Wildlife Celebration. Indoor and outdoor activities such as crafts, guided tours and a raptor feeding round out this family-friendly fest at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee.





BODIES OF WORK From musicians and comedians to artists and variety acts, more than 120 performers bring their sass and sensuality to the seventh annual Vermont Burlesque Festival in Burlington and Barre. Among the can’t-miss talent is award-winning Finnish burlesque star LouLou D’Vil (pictured), who headlines the Granite City Showcase at Barre Opera House. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 46


Mountain High Now in its 36th year, the Winter Rendezvous is billed as the East Coast’s longest-running gay ski week. Based at Stowe Mountain Resort, this annual celebration of pride and winter sports offers plenty for skiers, riders and non-athletes alike — think après-ski gatherings, a deejayed pool party and live entertainment in addition to runs down the slopes. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 53


Key Player Pianist Michael Arnowitt is known to many Vermont music fans for his creative programming, such as the Beethoven Project, in which he performed all of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas in eight concerts, concluding in 2015. Now based in Toronto after many years in Montpelier, Arnowitt returns to the Green Mountain State with the ImproVisions Jazz Quintet for jazz concerts in Randolph, Newport and Burlington. SEE CALENDAR LISTINGS ON PAGES 50, 51 AND 52


Ballot Battle In 2018, former Georgia House Democratic leader Stacey Abrams was poised to become the first black woman governor in the United States. In his 2019 documentary Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, director Robert Greenwald seeks to expose efforts to disenfranchise Georgia voters — efforts that may have led to Abrams’ November 2018 defeat by Republican Brian Kemp. Screenings in Montpelier and Waitsfield benefit Abrams’ voter protection group Fair Fight. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 52


Joining Hands Vermont Youth AmeriCorps honors the legacy of nonviolent civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with Discussion. A shared lunch a Community Meal & Discussion at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier paves the way for a conversation on racial justice in Vermont. In the spirit of community service, AmeriCorps members collect food donations at Montpelier’s Hunger Mountain Co-op that day from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 52


Iron Women With Black Sabbath front person Ozzy Osbourne’s new solo album, Ordinary Man, scheduled for release on February 21, fans of the “Sweet Leaf” hard rockers may find themselves hankering for a hit of Sabbath. Black Sabbitch, a Los Angeles-based all-woman Black Sabbath tribute act, play the hits in Essex Junction. Jordan Adams interviews the band, including lead singer Alice Austin of former Burlington alt-rock band Zola Turn. SEE INTERVIEW ON PAGE 58



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lans by two top Vermont Progressive Party-affiliated politicians to run for governor and lieutenant governor this year have made party supporters giddy at the prospect of Progs reaching a new pinnacle of influence in Vermont. Two-term Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman of Hinesburg (P/D) announced Monday that he will challenge Republican Gov. Phil Scott. Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) of Burlington said he will run for lieutenant governor. Both men will also seek the Democratic Party nomination — a strategy each has used in the past and one that marks the growing alignment of the two parties in Vermont. “It’s an exciting moment for Vermonters to have these kinds of progressive ideas put on the front burner to shape the debate,” said Sen. Anthony Pollina (P/D-Washington), chair of the Vermont Progressive Party. “It shows the growing 14


strength of the Progressive Party, as well as progressive ideas.” While the party’s roots stretch back to independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ first victory in the 1981 Burlington mayor’s race, the Vermont Progressives didn’t win major party status in state elections until 2000. That makes the party’s accomplishments to date even more significant and the candidacies of Zuckerman and Ashe “important and somewhat inevitable,” Pollina said. “The other parties have had 200 years to build their bases. The Progressive Party has only had 20 years,” Pollina said. “So, we’ve made incredible progress in establishing a party that can not only win issue debates but actually win elections.” Whether candidates bearing the Progressive label can win the state’s top offices in 2020 is far from certain. Zuckerman will face former state education secretary Rebecca Holcombe in the Democratic primary, while a number of

Democrats have entered or are considering a race for the lieutenant governorship, including Sen. Debbie Ingram (D-Chittenden) and former gubernatorial candidate Brenda Siegel. (See story, page 5.) In the past, Democratic and Progressive candidates have split the leftof-center vote in statewide general elections. The closest a Progressiveaffiliated candidate has come to winning the governorship was in 2008 when Pollina — running as an independent — and Democrat Gaye Symington finished well behind Republican Jim Douglas in a three-way race. The Progressive Party’s only two successful statewide candidates, Zuckerman and state Auditor Doug Hoffer, bore the label of both parties. In the Statehouse, six of 30 state senators carry the Progressive label, while only 13 of 150 House members do. PROGNOSTICATION

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CityPlace Burlington developers have countersued a group of opponents of the long-stalled downtown project. BTC Mall Associates and Devonwood Investors argue in a December 30 court filing that the opponents — Barbara McGrew, Lynn Martin, Michael Long and Steve Goodkind, along with their attorney, John Franco — violated a prior settlement in an ongoing lawsuit involving the project. As a result, the developers say, they incurred “substantial costs” and are asking a judge to award them attorney fees. They also want the court to nullify a provision in the settlement that the developers donate $500,000 to a charitable fund. Franco said he’s disappointed, particularly since he had cheered CityPlace progress in recent months. Developers presented a scaled-down version of the downtown project in October, and Franco said at the time he was optimistic that the lawsuit could be resolved. Any goodwill he felt has evaporated. “Lynn, Steve, Barb and Michael are all retirees on Social Security — that’s who Brookfield, a multibillion-dollar company, has sued,” Franco said, referring to Brookfield Asset Management, BTC’s majority owner. “You have a bit of an idea of what that does to the atmosphere of this case.” The counterclaim stems from a June 2017 settlement that requires the developer to include more parking spaces in the project design, refrain from housing college students and contribute $500,000 to a charitable fund. The developers argue that Franco and his clients violated that settlement by continuing to pursue a separate public records claim. The Vermont Supreme Court ruled in the developer’s favor on that claim in September 2018. The counterclaim says the opponents’ litigation “constitutes a breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing” and “interfered with BTC’s ability to perform its obligations under the Settlement Agreement.” Jonathan Rose, a Burlington attorney representing the developers, did not respond to a message about this story.  Contact:

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leven days after Jennifer Caplin walked out of the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, she was transported by ambulance to the University of Vermont Medical Center with a life-threatening blood infection. The 40-year-old Montpelier native had been part of a small wave of inmates released from the women’s prison last month in the aftermath of a Seven Days investigation into alleged abuses at the facility. But like many of those who leave Vermont’s prison system, Caplin remained under Department of Corrections supervision and had to comply with the restrictive rules of the state’s unique furlough program. Lawmakers are considering an overhaul of the system, arguing that it has failed to help ex-inmates like Caplin break free of Corrections. As she regained consciousness after emergency surgery on the morning of January 2, Caplin was greeted in the postop recovery room by a pair of unexpected guests: two probation officers. They told her that the GPS tracking bracelet she was required to wear on her ankle had indicated that she was at the hospital. Caplin had also just undergone a heart exam, so her gown was partially removed and her chest was exposed. She was still groggy from anesthesia. But the men, she said, insisted on learning what had landed her in the hospital.


“I think they were taking advantage of me in a weak situation,” Caplin said. “Using their authority, waving around their flag, like they do.” That night, after Caplin returned to her hospital room, another pair of probation officers showed up and asked her to sign a medical release so that Corrections officials could access her records. “I was hesitant,” said Caplin, who was receiving intravenous medication and said she had not fully regained her faculties. “[One officer] got frustrated and was like, ‘Just sign the form, Caplin.’ So I ended up signing it.” UVM Medical Center spokesperson Annie Mackin declined to comment on the situation, citing patient confidentiality. Kira Krier, Caplin’s clinical social worker, said she believes the Corrections officers were trying to determine whether Caplin, who has struggled with addiction, had violated the terms of her furlough by using drugs. In Krier’s view, the way they went about it was entirely inappropriate. “Someone who is incapacitated cannot consent. We have talked about that as a nation,” said Krier, who has worked in the women’s prison for years. “The fact that someone of power came into her room as she was incapacitated and asked her to sign her rights away is a basic violation of her human rights. End of story.” Interim Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker declined to comment directly NO ESCAPE

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Gov. Phil Scott last Thursday proposed a universal afterschool network that would allow students to participate in enrichment programs and align their schedules with those of their working parents. Referencing a similar program in Iceland, the Republican governor said the model has been shown to prevent drug use and improve academic and social outcomes.

“The evidence is clear,” he said during his State of the State address. “Kids who participate in afterschool activities and programs do better in school and in life than kids who don’t.” Scott did not say how the state would pay for the plan — or that it’s not really a plan at all. Rather, it’s a call for legislators to create a task force that could design a system that would be implemented in several years. Democratic leaders were quick to point out the lack of specifics. But one legislator said he was still encouraged. “I’m as big a skeptic of the administration as anybody,” said Sen. Phil Baruth (D-Chittenden), who chairs the Senate Committee on Education. “But I think this is perfectly sincere, perfectly authentic, in terms of a bipartisan stretching out of the governor’s hand.” Baruth was briefed on the plan last Wednesday, along with several other lawmakers who sit on the education committees in the Senate and House. The senator said both chambers have been taking testimony for years on a potential expansion to Vermonters’ access to afterschool programs, and the lawmakers were “delighted” to learn of Scott’s suggestion. Baruth said he’s since asked legislative counsel to draft a bill that would create the governor’s desired task force. m Contact:



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on Caplin’s case, but he argued that his probation officers have a responsibility to keep tabs on those they are charged with supervising. “If [furloughed inmates] are being monitored with an ankle bracelet and staff sees that they left their residence and went to the hospital, I would call it negligence if the staff did not go to the hospital to check on their status,” he said. “My expectation is that they would go check on them.” Baker also defended the department’s practice of seeking medical releases, calling them essential to understand why a supervisee with a history of drug use might end up in a hospital. But, he added, it’s “fair” to ask whether such a person properly consented to such a request. “Was the person in the right state of mind to sign the waiver? That’s a legitimate question,” Baker said. “Asking for the waiver is not unusual.” The officers visited Caplin even as state policy makers were preparing to debate radical changes to Vermont’s byzantine system for supervising ex-inmates, which includes a confusing array of statuses. Some legislators and advocates for criminal justice reform are hoping to eliminate furlough altogether, arguing that it has failed to ease the transition from prison to society. In fact, they say, it often serves to trap people like Caplin in a never-ending cycle of revocation and recidivism. “I expect major changes to the furlough system,” said Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington), the powerful chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It doesn’t appear to be working.” In most prison systems, furlough refers to a temporary break from incarceration, often for those seeking medical treatment or attending a funeral. Vermont’s version is far more expansive: At Corrections’ discretion, those who have served their minimum sentence, or close to it, can be released into the community before they are granted parole. “Furlough status means that a person is technically still in jail and serving their sentence in the community,” Baker explained. But critics of the system — sometimes referred to as FSU, because it’s administered by the department’s Field Services Unit — say it requires too much from the recently released and only sets them up to fail. Those on furlough are typically subject to a curfew that could keep them confined at home for 12 hours a day. They often have to rely on limited public transit systems to attend a battery of meetings with parole officers as well as addiction, mental health and employment counselors — all while holding down a job, maintaining approved housing and, in some cases,


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spending supervised time with their children. Those on furlough also have fewer due process rights than their counterparts on parole, so a minor slipup can quickly land them back in prison. “It makes for an almost impossible system to navigate successfully,” said Ashley Messier, a former Chittenden Regional inmate who now serves as Vermont organizer for the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. “People in the system refer to FSU as ‘fucking set-up.’” New data collected by a nonpartisan research group bolster the case that Vermont’s furlough system isn’t working as intended. According to the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center, 53 percent of admissions to Vermont prisons in the past three years were the result of furlough violations. Another 25 percent came after probation or parole violations, while only 20 percent constituted new court commitments.

Of those returned to prison for furlough violations during a nine-month period last year, 77 percent committed what’s known as a “technical violation” — such as losing a job or housing or using drugs or alcohol — and only 22 percent committed new crimes. According to the Justice Center, Vermont has the highest revocation rate in the country. For the past six months, the Justice Center has been working with Vermont policy makers and advocates at the request of the legislature and Gov. Phil Scott to collect the data and use it to inform state prison reforms. According to deputy program director Ellen WhelanWuest, the Justice Center expects to issue recommendations to its working group of Vermont officials next week. Those will be folded into legislation as soon as possible, Sears said. The Justice Center has done similar work throughout the country and, in 2007, teamed up with Vermont policy makers for the Justice Reinvestment project. The organization says the resulting changes, including better screening for behavioral health challenges and greater access to substance abuse treatment, reduced the state’s prison population and saved money. Participants in the latest effort, dubbed “Justice Reinvestment II,” say its recommendations could include replacing furlough with presumptive parole, a system that automatically releases inmates when they reach their minimum sentence unless there’s a reason to keep them confined. The organization may also seek more money for programs to help ex-inmates stay out of trouble. DOC has been level-funded for five years.



“We invest in private prisons out of Messier, Krier and other advocates state. We don’t invest in transitional sought to provide what the state had housing in-state,” said James Lyall, not, pooling personal resources to buy executive director of the American the women clothes and other essential Civil Liberties Union of Vermont and supplies. They ended up in what Krier a participant in Justice Reinvestment described as “a shady fucking hotel that II. “That is fundamentally immoral. It is gross” and which was far from the leads to bad policies that lead to bad services they required to maintain their outcomes.” furlough status. Even Baker is alarmed by the Justice “There wasn’t a whole lot going on Center’s data. “The numbers speak for day to day because we got out just before themselves,” he said, adding, “Correc- Christmas,” Caplin said. “A lot of things tions is very open to changes.” were closed around the holidays.” In the meantime, Caplin is doing Soon, she started experiencing the what she can to avoid returning symptoms of what turned to Chittenden Regional. If out to be a major blood JE BW AL history is any guide, it LA infection: Her foot C won’t be easy. started hurting, Caplin was first and then her sentenced to ankle began to prison in 2006 throb. Caplin said she was for a second not sure DUI, unlawful mischief and what caused other violations, it, though she said. Since such condi2013, when she tions can be received her connected to fourth DUI, she’s drug use. “It been returned to was just very the facility more than quickly getting 20 times, she estimates, really bad,” she said. typically for drinking, using On December 30, drugs or violating curfew — but Caplin called an ambunever for a violent crime. lance to take her to the On December 4, Seven hospital, she said, but she Days published its Chittenden was quickly dismissed. “As Regional investigation, which soon as I got home, it blew quoted Caplin alleging that a up a lot bigger,” she said. corrections officer had twice “It was swelling extremely attempted to buy cocaine from bad. It was pulsating, hot her while she was out on superand red.” vision. The story prompted The next day, Caplin other guards to verbally harass called another ambulance. her for speaking to the newspaDoctors told her she was per, Caplin said. in septic shock and had In the weeks that followed blood clots in her lungs. In publication, Chittenden the coming days she would County State’s Attorney Sarah require three surgeries. George secured the release of “I think I was the last five inmates from the women’s person of the decade to prison. Messier, meanwhile, SE N. DICK SEARS have surgery,” Caplin said sought the release of Caplin, during an interview from who was eligible for furlough but had her hospital bed. “I got that award out not been able to obtain housing. of this.” On the afternoon of December 19, George, the Chittenden County Caplin and another Seven Days source, prosecutor, said she realizes that the Penny Powers, suddenly learned that women she’s managed to release from they would be leaving prison — early the women’s prison will face serious the next morning. challenges on the outside — but she “There was no release plan. We believes it’s worth the risk. didn’t know what we were doing, “I still think, in most cases, they where we were going. We didn’t have are better in the community than they food lined up,” Caplin said. “We left are in jail,” George said. “Jail is not the the facility with the clothes we came in answer.” m with. Neither one of us were prepared for winter.” Contact:

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Nevertheless, those numbers have been gradually increasing. The recent announcements by Zuckerman and Ashe underscore that more Vermonters are sympathetic to progressive issues, said Terje Anderson, chair of the Vermont Democratic Party. “The fact that these folks are running does indicate an ascendance and predominance of progressive ideas in Vermont,” Anderson said. The strategic decision by Progressives to run as fusion candidates with the Democratic label reflects the breadth of his party’s platform, Anderson said, and has clearly contributed to the success of Progressive candidates. “Before that, they were running against Democrats and losing, and handing seats to Republicans,” Anderson said. While the “fusion” arrangement can be awkward at times, the Democratic Party views Progressives “as allies and friends” who share a great deal in common ideologically, he said. Pollina acknowledged that Progressives rely on running as Democrats to win state elections but said the more telling trend is how Democrats have come to rely on Progressive support to succeed. “It also shows the party is important to winning elections and people want Progressive support, and that’s an important indicator of the strength of the party,” Pollina said. The alignment of the two parties has only grown in recent years as the Progressives have helped push Democrats to the left on issues such as health care and the environment, said former governor Howard Dean, who served from 1991 to 2003. “There’s not that much of a divide between Progressives and Democrats anymore,” Dean said. “I think all of the Progressives can be very proud of that.” Dean downplayed the notion that the candidacies of Zuckerman and Ashe represent anything approaching a sea change in state politics. Governors can only do so much without the cooperation of the legislature, he noted. “If they win, the path of the state is not going to be turned upside down,” Dean said. “We’re not going to have a Canadianstyle single-payer [health care system] in Vermont in the visible future.” Their victories could nevertheless accelerate progress toward long-held progressive goals of improving health care access, he said. Not everyone agrees that the two parties are indistinguishable or that Progressives owe their success to strategic cooperation with Democrats.

Bill Lofy, a political consultant who was chief of staff for former Democratic governor Peter Shumlin, attributed the rise in Progressive candidates not just to the appeal of their ideas but to what he called “a bit of a vacuum” in Democratic Party leadership. He cited last year’s impasse on minimum wage and paid family leave in the Democratic-controlled legislature as evidence of divisions in the party that have sapped its effectiveness. “The Democrats have not done a particularly effective job of driving home a coherent, resonant message with Vermonters,” Lofy said. That was made plain last week, Lofy said, when Zuckerman gave what Lofy considered “the clearest and most compelJEB WALLACE-BRODEUR

Vermont lawmakers are reviewing the state’s public records law in the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling. The court’s 3-2 decision in September says that government agencies can charge the public for copies of records, but not for merely viewing them. Officials have interpreted the decision differently, prompting lawmakers to consider whether they need to clarify the legislature’s intent in the public records law. “This is more than just about one office or one agency or one department,” Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas (D-Bradford) said last Thursday before the House Committee on Government Operations, which she chairs. “This is intended to be a look at what, if anything, do we think needs to be done to clarify the public’s right to access the operations of its government.” Attorney General T.J. Donovan instituted a new policy following the ruling that said those who use personal devices to photograph records are essentially requesting copies and should have to pay. “If you want to inspect records, have at it,” Donovan told Seven Days last year. “But if you want to copy them, per the Supreme Court’s ruling, there will be a charge assessed based on the staff time and other type of resources expended to get those records ready for inspection.” But Gov. Phil Scott, Secretary of State Jim Condos and various media organizations argue that the ruling confirms that the government cannot charge merely for inspecting records. The Public Records Act mentions that fees should only be charged for “actual costs,” Condos noted. Raising a piece of paper, he mimicked taking a photo of it and asked, “What is the cost to the government? Anne Galloway, founder and editor of, agreed. She pointed to recent media stories — including VTDigger’s coverage of the EB-5 scandal and Seven Days’ exposé on the Vermont prison system — as examples of how “corruption in state government continues unabated” when agencies block access to records, whether through outright denials or exorbitant charges. m

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ling articulation of the case against the governor’s State of the State.” After climate activists interrupted Scott’s speech to demand bolder action, Zuckerman took a tougher line against the governor than other legislative leaders, Lofy said. “The climate crisis has woken up thousands in Vermont and millions across the country,” Zuckerman told Seven Days. “We should respond with the resources and the urgency that more and more people are feeling.” Scott’s press secretary, Rebecca Kelley, said Scott would not respond to “campaign talking points deliberately designed to divide Vermonters” and would focus on addressing the state’s demographic, financial and climate change challenges. Zuckerman’s success in two statewide races could help him give Scott the kind of challenge the Republican governor hasn’t faced since he was first elected in 2016, said Sen. Chris Pearson (P/D-Chittenden). In his 2018 reelection as lieutenant governor, Zuckerman received nearly

7,300 more votes than Scott collected in the gubernatorial contest as he held off a challenge from Democrat Christine Hallquist. “He’s one of the few in Vermont who can give the governor a real run for his money,” Pearson said of Zuckerman. “We don’t oust incumbent governors very often, but I think Dave puts that prospect on the table.” But first Zuckerman will face Holcombe, who on Monday released a list of endorsements from 15 legislators and political leaders, including former leaders of the Vermont Democratic Party. “The fact that so many have voiced their support for Rebecca’s candidacy, and her capacity to bring leadership and a can-do attitude to the Governor’s office, at this stage in the race shows the strength of her candidacy,” her campaign manager, Cameron Russell, wrote in a statement. Ashe sees the timing of his and Zuckerman’s plans to advance as “coincidental,” a result of their individual wishes to move up after serving years in their current jobs. Ashe, who once worked as a Sanders staffer back when Sanders was in the U.S. House, said there was “no direct connection” between his decision to seek higher office and Sanders’ run for the Democratic presidential nomination. But he does share a “kindred connection” with the state’s junior U.S. senator, Ashe said. “My general approach is always to view large, powerful institutions with a bit of skepticism and want to hold them accountable to serve people, not the other way around,” Ashe said. Zuckerman, too, cited Sanders’ role in his own political career. He said Sanders helped him overcome his cynicism about the influence of corporate money in politics and inspired him to first run for office in 1994. In some ways, Progressive politicians in Vermont have been able to “piggyback” on Sanders, getting a boost from his popularity and national stature, Pearson said. But the momentum of progressive politicians in Vermont is less a function of the influence of the Progressive Party, Pearson said, than of the fact that the “economic realities have gotten harder and harder to ignore.” There is a growing recognition by voters that addressing income inequality, criminal justice reform, access to health care and protection of the environment are issues they cannot allow their leaders to ignore any longer, Pearson said. He added: “The times have sort of caught up with the message, in a way.” m Disclosure: Tim Ashe is the domestic partner of Seven Days publisher and coeditor Paula Routly. Find our conflict-of-interest policy at Contact:

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arah Horrigan is accustomed to eating on the cheap. One morning last week in her Buell Street apartment kitchen in Burlington, she cracked two eggs — fresh and free from her parents’ North Hero farm — into a pan sizzling with green peppers and onions. As her store-brand English muffin browned in the toaster oven, Horrigan flipped the eggs to achieve the perfect over-medium fry. It’s a wonder Horrigan isn’t sick of eggs, given that she ate them every day, twice a day, when she couldn’t afford groceries last fall. The University of Vermont junior often skipped paying her student loans and phone bill in order to make rent and purchase meager provisions. “People who are food insecure can hide it really well,” Horrigan said, noting her peers “would have never known that I was struggling to eat every week.” Horrigan, 23, is one of thousands of American college students who experience food insecurity, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture defines as lacking consistent access to adequate food to lead a healthy life. A 2017 survey at UVM indicated that as many as one in four of its students is food insecure at any given time. It’s a shocking statistic but perhaps should not be surprising at a university where tuition and fees recently were ranked the highest in the nation

among four-year public institutions, and where not every student is affluent. UVM students have taken several steps to help their peers, including the creation of a campus-wide food pantry that will open later this month. But other strategies to prevent student hunger, including wider use of food stamps, are limited by federal rules. “There’s not going to be an easy solution,” said Nicole Reilly, a UVM Dining dietician. She also cochairs the school’s food insecurity working group that was created in 2016 after a campus “lunch and learn” presented by the nonprofit Hunger Free Vermont. “If there was, we would have already solved hunger.” Some national studies estimate that half of all college students face the prospect of going hungry on occasion; students of color and those from low-income families are most likely to struggle. At UVM, first-generation college students are especially vulnerable: Nearly 40 percent identified themselves as food insecure in the spring 2017 survey, according to UVM’s data. Nutrition and food sciences assistant professor Meredith Niles, who cochairs the working group with Reilly, said the survey results came with some caveats. For one, researchers used a 10-question federal form that asked students to reflect HUNGRY

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news Hungry « P.19 on their access to food over the previous 12 months; the survey didn’t reveal whether students were chronically hungry. It did show, however, that students were more food insecure after purchasing expensive textbooks and just before final exams. Niles is writing two peer-reviewed papers to dig deeper into the data but said that “any rate of food insecurity among any people, especially people on our own campus, is a massive concern.” The survey did show that students who live on campus — a requirement during their first two years — typically have no trouble affording food. According to Reilly, about 85 percent of dorm dwellers opt for the meal plan that allows unlimited visits to the four UVM dining halls, where access is granted with a swipe of their college ID. But juniors and seniors who live off campus, as the vast majority do, are at such increased risk of food insecurity that Reilly nicknamed this phenomenon the “junior year effect.” Horrigan is living proof. She had a meal plan during her first two years, but when she moved off campus last June, Horrigan found that her student loan did not stretch to cover year-round rent, meals and utilities. In addition, a paperwork snafu delayed Horrigan’s loan disbursement for months, forcing her to make ends meet with only the part-time wages from her 25-hour-a-week retail job. Horrigan supplemented her eggcentric diet with 50-cent boxes of pasta. Tall and already slim, she didn’t need to lose weight, but she dropped 25 pounds. She was frequently so hungry that she couldn’t fall asleep at night and would snooze through her alarm and miss morning classes, she said. Her grades suffered. “People view college students, especially UVM students, as people who come from wealthier families, but the reality is, I’m paying my own way through college through loans,” Horrigan said. “My family cannot afford to help me, even a dime.” Student Government Association president Jillian Scannell said that’s a reality for many college students who may be too embarrassed to ask for help. A member of the food insecurity working group, Scannell is helping to open the studentrun food pantry this month in the Hills Building, a centrally located academic hall behind Howe Library. Some “identity centers,” such as the Mosaic Center for Students of Color, offer snacks or meals to hungry students, Scannell said. But this new food pantry will be open four days a month to anyone with a UVM student ID. It will offer nonperishable items such as pasta, cereals, nut butters, and canned fruits and vegetables free of charge. 20


Campus clubs, Greek organizations and athletic teams already have volunteered to staff the pantry and organize food drives to stock its shelves, Scannell said. UVM president Suresh Garimella lauded the student leaders’ efforts and said in an emailed statement that UVM takes food insecurity seriously. “We care deeply about the well-being of members of our community, and are intensely focused on ensuring the success of our students,” he wrote. “Removing obstacles that can get in the way of their success is an important component of our strategy.”

food initiatives, such as cooking classes that teach UVM students how to prepare their own meals. “We have not tried a single strategy; we’ve tried dozens of strategies,” Niles said, noting that the issue of food insecurity can only be addressed with state and federal resources that go “beyond what UVM is capable of achieving.” But bureaucracy can get in the way. Unless they meet stringent criteria, college students are generally barred from receiv-



The university has also introduced some obstacles. Last spring, UVM piloted Swipe Out Hunger, a national program that allows students to donate unused cafeteria guest passes to an emergency fund for students in need. But UVM requires that students get a signature from a staff or faculty member before they can use the fund. Even after taking that step, students can only use 14 swipes in an academic year, the monetary equivalent of $100. Anything more essentially amounts to financial aid and could reduce a student’s award package, according to UVM spokesperson Enrique Corredera. “UVM seeks to ensure that students have access to all the support and resources they are entitled to,” he wrote in an email. “The 14-swipe strategy allows for some immediate support while they pursue local, state and federal food programs.” The swipe limit prompted critical opinion pieces in UVM’s student newspaper, the Vermont Cynic. One from April 2019 called the policy a “pitiful” attempt that fails to address chronic food insecurity. The author argued that UVM should budget more to help hungry students rather than place the burden on their peers to donate meals. “Until then, students can skip lunch, and the University can pay the new president a $630,000 salary,” Kim Henry wrote. UVM Dining’s Reilly, however, said the swipe drives are successful. Students banked more than 1,200 swipes in the 2018-19 academic year, she said, noting, “We have many more meals in the bank than we are distributing.” Niles, the food insecurity researcher, said the swipe program and food pantry are meant to work in concert with other

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ing the primary form of federal food assistance known as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, that’s administered in Vermont as 3SquaresVT. UVM junior Sara Klimek, also a member of the food insecurity working group, recognizes that Vermont lawmakers are powerless to change federal guidelines, but she thinks the state can do something to help. Klimek started a petition drive last fall that asks legislators to boost 3SquaresVT’s funding so colleges can better promote the program on campus. Klimek was tapping into a national movement: Led by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), members of Congress last summer introduced the College Student Hunger Act, which would reduce SNAP’s 20-hour weekly work requirement for college students to 10 hours. It would also require the U.S. Department of Education to notify certain low-income students that they may be eligible for SNAP when they apply for financial aid, among other supports. In Vermont, the bill has been endorsed by Hunger Free Vermont and the Vermont Foodbank. Klimek’s effort “is all about improving access and decreasing barriers,” she

said. She sent the petition to Sen. Ginny Lyons (D-Chittenden) and Rep. Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington), who chair committees on health and welfare and human services, respectively. Both also teach at UVM. Lyons agreed that the state could assist by helping students determine whether they’re eligible for SNAP. A 2018 study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that 1.8 million students who qualified for SNAP weren’t receiving the benefit. Lyons has seen her own students suffer. Many work one or two jobs or are parents themselves. As a former UVM graduate student, Lyons recalled seeing her peers squirrel away the crackers meant for animals in the research barn. “Some people might say, ‘Golly, they can afford to be in college; they can afford food.’ That’s just not a realistic perspective today,” Lyons said. Pugh, a lecturer in UVM’s Department of Social Work, agreed. UVM’s rate of food insecurity among students didn’t surprise her, since her curriculum focuses on poverty and even includes a writing assignment on SNAP. Her colleagues have long stocked a cabinet with fruit bars and soup for hungry students, she said. “No Vermonter, no college student should be hungry,” Pugh said. “It is not something that government alone can solve, and so we’re all in this together.” At the Vermont State Colleges, only Castleton University has examined students’ difficulty finding adequate nourishment, and the results weren’t immediately available because the professor who oversaw the survey has since left the college. Both Pugh and Lyons said they would meet with Klimek to learn more about food insecurity on campus. In the meantime, Horrigan is learning to budget her meals. She clips coupons from grocery store flyers and buys canned goods and cheap proteins like beans and leafy greens. She’s slowly regaining her lost weight and sees a therapist to treat the anxiety and depression that linger from the semester she didn’t get enough to eat. But Horrigan continues to worry. She’s back at school with a course load of 19 credits, the most a UVM undergrad can take without special permission. With seven classes to juggle, she doesn’t have time to work. For the first time since she was 18, Horrigan won’t have the safety net of a part-time job. “It’s definitely going to be an interesting semester, to say the least,” she said. m Contact:

New Americans, Old Cost Concerns

Migration to cheaper states prompts steps to make Vermont more welcoming BY M OL LY WAL S H


n 2009, Yam Mishra left a Bhutanese refugee camp and landed in Arizona. Eighteen months later, he and his family moved to Vermont to be with his in-laws. He put down roots, working as a program manager at the Burlington nonprofit Howard Center and buying a home with help from the Champlain Housing Trust. But after seven years in the Green Mountain State, Mishra and his family decamped for Columbus, Ohio, in 2018. He cited an ever-narrowing group of acquaintances in Vermont and a widening circle there: 10 to 15 Bhutanese families that also left the Burlington area for central Ohio, including his in-laws and extended family. “In the long run, I thought my family ... in Vermont would be kind of a small group,” Mishra told Seven Days in a telephone interview. An academic study released last year titled In Search of Opportunity and Community: The Secondary Migration of Refugees in the United States found that immigrants to the U.S. who move a second time seldom head to Vermont. Instead, refugees and immigrants who initially resettle in the Burlington area sometimes depart for greener pastures. President Donald Trump’s decision to drastically cut the number of new arrivals to the state has exacerbated the situation. Only 115 refugees are expected to arrive in Vermont in 2020 — compared to an average of 336 annually between 2008 and 2016. Politicians and business leaders are working on measures they hope will make Vermont a more appealing place to live. That’s essential for employers, many of whom say “they’d be in dire straits if it weren’t for this subset of the workforce,” said Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe (D/P-Chittenden). Bhuwan Sharma, a Nepali immigrant, and Chandra Pokhrel, a Bhutanese refugee, opened the Burlington Employment Agency in the city’s Old North End in 2016. It specializes in cultivating a workforce of immigrants and refugees to take temporary jobs in light manufacturing, hotel housekeeping and food production. After an encouraging start, their business has stalled despite employee-hungry

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companies in a state with record-low unemployment. “You would expect it to grow steadily, but it has kind of plateaued,” Sharma said. He blames the Trump cuts to refugee admissions in part, but there’s another factor at play. Expensive housing has pushed dozens of Bhutanese refugees from Burlington and Winooski to other states, he and Pokhrel said. In Columbus, Ohio, home to the largest community of Bhutanese in the U.S., the median home value is $168,000, compared to Burlington’s $329,000, according to Zillow. “When it’s time to buy BH UWAN a house, they look at the cost and they say, ‘Maybe I’m making the same amount of money as here, but I can buy a home for so much less,’” Sharma said. There are also abundant warehouse jobs and opportunities to connect to people with similar backgrounds in Columbus, said Sudarshan Pyakurel, director of the nonprofit Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio. He said he’s recently seen an influx of new arrivals from New England. It’s not just Bhutanese who are leaving Vermont. Housing costs are also a concern

among Congolese, Burundian and other New American groups, according to Irene Webster, a caseworker for Swahilispeaking refugees at the Burlington-based Association of Africans Living in Vermont. She knows of several families considering moves and two Congolese families that recently relocated to Manchester, N.H., primarily for lower rent. “It was too expensive to live in Vermont,’’ Webster said. While affordable housing has long proved an intractable problem in the state, especially in Chittenden County, legislators have passed S H AR MA measures intended to improve conditions for New American workers. Act 80, a tripartisan measure that Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed last July, urges the state Department of Labor and the Community College of Vermont to collaborate on short-term training to help New Americans show they have basic skills in English, math and computers. After completion, they would receive “workreadiness” certificates that might boost their chances for better jobs.



The law also urges the labor department to remind employers about existing federal funding they can tap to offer English classes on-site. Lawmakers want Vermont to also consider a marketing campaign to lure New Americans from other states. It would be a welcome message to tout, as the law states, “Vermont’s inclusive workplace practices and employment opportunities.” Leaders hope another incentive will appeal to New Americans living in other states. Beginning this month, anyone who moves to Vermont to work for a local company and meets certain criteria is eligible for up to $7,500 in moving and work-related expenses. The law also urges the state to publicize the immigrant-friendly hiring practices of local businesses such as Twincraft Skincare, which makes soap in Winooski and Essex. Forty percent of the company’s production employees — 64 of 160 workers — are New Americans. Twincraft pays employees to attend on-site English classes for four hours a week over the course of 18 weeks. Employees can pray in a break room and are given a floating holiday for religious observances. The company also offers unpaid leaves of absence for those who want to visit their home countries. A United Way of Northwest Vermont employee comes to Twincraft weekly to help employees with questions about housing, transportation and assistance programs for paying utility bills. Starting wages are $14 an hour. So far, Twincraft has been able to recruit employees mostly as needed, said Elizabeth Perrin, a company human resources exec. But the enterprise, with 210 employees total, wants to grow, and New American workers are an important component. First, Twincraft has to stop losing employees: Some 15 to 25 of its New American workers have left Vermont over the past five years, and many of them were drawn to the Midwest by lower costs of living. Company leaders strongly support the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program and have urged state leaders to oppose the federal reductions. “As a business that is NEW AMERICANS SEVEN DAYS JANUARY 15-22, 2020

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news Dems Endorse UVM Student for Ward 1 Burlington Council Seat STORY & PHOTO BY COURTNEY LAMDIN

A University of Vermont senior will represent Democrats for the Ward 1 seat on the Burlington City Council ballot in March. Jillian Scannell, 22, won the majority of votes during Sunday night’s caucus at Edmunds Elementary School. With 27 of 51 votes cast, she beat independent incumbent Councilor Sharon Bushor (14 votes) and newcomer Zoraya Hightower (10 votes).

“It was really exciting to be a part of the grassroots democratic process,” Scannell said. “I’m just really looking forward to the race ahead.” Of eight council spots up for election in March, only the Ward 1 seat was contested during Sunday’s caucus. The same was true during the Progressive Party caucus last month, when Hightower earned the nomination over Bushor. The Progs had previously backed Bushor during each of her campaigns since her first in 1987. On Sunday, each candidate was given five minutes for a stump speech. Scannell, who is the UVM student body president, said her relationship with UVM trustees would help in conversations about student housing, long a point of contention between the city and university. She also promised to be more engaged than current councilors, some of whom she criticized for using their cellphones during meetings. “It’s time for a councilor that is responsive and values open communication with the community,” Scannell said. Her opponents also focused on housing. Bushor, who had never before sought an endorsement from the Dems, said she supports the city’s inclusionary zoning policy, which mandates that housing



developments contain affordable units, and the city’s livable wage ordinance. She pledged to bring “energy, time and commitment” to the council. Hightower said housing is her top priority. Noting that she’d formerly been homeless, Hightower said she’d introduce reforms that require landlords to give tenants ample notice of rent increases and to offer tenants the right of first refusal if landlords list their property for sale. The losing candidates vowed to remain in the race: Bushor as an independent and Hightower with the Progressive endorsement. Earlier in the evening, Mayor Miro Weinberger told the crowd that voters need to elect more Democrats “who deliver ambitious yet practical and affordable solutions” to the housing crunch and climate change. As he spoke, a group of protesters stood silently, holding signs that read, Jillian Scannell “Who Arrests Slumlords?” and “Excessive Homes Not Excessive Force,” a reference to recent allegations of police brutality involving Queen City cops. Charles Winkleman of the Burlington Tenants Union led the protest with FaRied Munarsyah, the organizer of Proposition Zero, a grassroots group that wants to give residents the power to get binding questions on the ballot. Questions that currently make it onto the ballot by way of a citizen-led petition are considered nonbinding, meaning the council is not required to act. Other candidates won Dem support in uncontested races. Ward 2 voters nominated Ryan Nick from the floor; he’ll challenge incumbent Progressive Councilor Max Tracy on Town Meeting Day. Incumbents Chip Mason (Ward 5), Karen Paul (Ward 6) and Ali Dieng (Ward 7) all earned endorsements. Of the three, only Mason will face opposition on Town Meeting Day, from Progressive challenger Nathan Lantieri. Independent incumbent Councilor Adam Roof got the Ward 8 endorsement. He said that he’ll run as a Democrat. Progressive Jane Stromberg is also running for the seat. Ward 4 candidate Sarah Carpenter won the Democratic endorsement Sunday night and a Progressive nod last month. She said she hasn’t yet decided whether she’ll run as a Democrat or Democrat/ Progressive. The incumbent, Republican City Council President Kurt Wright, has said he will not seek reelection. The Dems did not have a candidate for Ward 3. Incumbent Brian Pine, a Progressive, is running for reelection in that ward. m Contact:



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Bhuwan Sharma (left) and Chandra Pokhrel at their office

continuing to grow, it will hurt us,” Perrin said. The Vermont office of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has contracted as fewer New Americans arrive. While it employed 19 full-time workers in 2017, the office today has 11 full-time and two parttime workers. A field office in Rutland was shuttered after only three Syrian families were allowed to settle there. The “greatest tragedy,” director Amila Merdzanovic said, is that “families will remain separated. “People facing real threats will unfortunately not be afforded a chance for safety and for [a] new life in the United States,” she said. A Trump executive order signed last September requires that states and other localities consent to accepting more refugees. Last Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was the first to say no to new resettlement. But Vermont’s Gov. Scott has long broken with Trump on issues like this, and he joined some 40 other governors in saying yes. “Vermont’s refugee communities have made countless contributions to our state,” Scott wrote in a letter to the feds. He urged them to restore placements in Vermont to 325 to 350 a year and emphasized refugees’ potential to help ease the state’s shortage of workers. “As Governor I have made it my top priority to grow our workforce and attract more workers to our state,” Scott wrote. “The Refugee Resettlement Program is one tool in our toolbox when it comes to meeting this goal; to the extent other states may not consent to resettle refugees, I hope refugees will consider Vermont a welcoming place that can meet their needs.” Pro Tem Ashe said that boosting the minimum wage, improving public transit and marketing Vermont as welcoming would help retain and expand the New American demographic in Vermont. The group has made important cultural contributions and “been absolutely vital over the last couple of decades” to the Vermont workforce, Ashe emphasized.

The legislature will seek progress reports on the initiatives passed last year, he said. Efforts to grow the New American workforce represent a small but important part of the state budget and should not be viewed as competing with the many labor programs directed at the broader Vermont population, he added. “It’s recognizing that, in some communities, New Americans are a growing percentage and that our employers are calling for us to do more to draw people here,” Ashe said. In the meantime, Sharma and Pokhrel are shifting their strategy at the Burlington Employment Agency. They have recruited some new arrivals from Democratic Republic of the Congo to the agency’s roster and are reaching out more to nonimmigrants seeking work. “The idea is to deepen our reach among all these population groups,” Sharma said. Their own stories illustrate the path to success for New Americans in Vermont. Sharma, a former journalist, came to Burlington in 2011 under the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. He worked multiple jobs and now owns a house in Colchester and his own business. Pokhrel came to Vermont from a Nepali refugee camp in 2009. He and his wife both worked several jobs and now own five properties, including their home in Essex and the Intervale Avenue building where the Burlington Employment Agency is located. It’s human nature for people to look for “greener pastures,” Sharma said. But Vermont is “a good place to live,” he continued. “There are opportunities. The labor market is excellent. There are a lot of options. There are a lot of jobs.” m Contact: Disclosure: Tim Ashe is the domestic partner of Seven Days publisher and coeditor Paula Routly. Find our conflict-of-interest policy at

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arts news The Just and the Blind with Marc Bamuthi Joseph (left) and Daniel Bernard Roumain

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STRIP TEASER Fans of Seven Days’ Fun Stuff pages — aka the cartoons — probably noticed the return of RACHEL LINDSAY last week. The Burlington cartoonist, who won acclaim for her 2019 book Rx: A Graphic Memoir, temporarily ceased publication of her weekly strip “Rachel Lives Here Now.” But Lindsay says she missed it and the connection with the paper’s readers. Her new-but-related series appears under just her name. She does still live here, though. In addition, Seven Days welcomed a brand-new cartoon, “Futon Life,” drawn by RYAN RIDDLE. The New Jersey native, 29, settled in Burlington in 2015 and took a job “in the finance department” at Citizen Cider; he got married last summer.


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n The Just and the Blind, musician Daniel Bernard Roumain, Roumain brings The Just and the Blind just over the border to spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and dancer Drew Hanover, N.H. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall in New York Dollaz pose profound and nuanced questions about race, City, where it premiered last year, the work will be performed on freedom and justice in America. Rather Thursday, January 16, at the HOPKINS CENTER than offer explicit solutions, the fusion of FOR THE ARTS at Dartmouth College. Special music, poetry, sound, film and dance that guest vocalists from the college will join the the New York Times called “a raw cry from trio. A conversation with the artists about the soul” challenges audiences to build live arts and activism will follow. empathy by internalizing the complicated Originally conceived by Joseph, a 2017 issues for themselves. TEDGlobal Fellow, The Just and the Blind “It’s artists of color who are grappling is a series of vignettes that deal with with being citizens of color in a continuthe mass incarceration of young men of ously complex moral society,” Roumain color in America and the impact it has on explained of the performance piece in a individuals, their families and society at recent phone interview with Seven Days. large. The vignettes have several sources: DAN IE L BE R NAR D R O UMAIN Roumain, a renowned composer and Joseph’s writings, conversations with violinist who often goes by DBR, is in the his son, conversations between Roumain midst of an artist residency at the FLYNN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING and his own son, and an interview between a young, imprisARTS in Burlington. During that residency, which began in the fall, oned man of color and investigative journalist Lisa Armstrong. he’s performed solo pieces, large ensemble works and everything “Each vignette tells its own story, all centered around this in between. He’s also working with children in area schools. This month, as a sort of extension of his Vermont schedule,






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ust a little more than four years Ben Cadwallader after BEN CADWALLADER became the energetic new executive director of the VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, he’s moving to California to take up the same position with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Cadwallader, 35, brought new audiences to the VSO through innovative programming in unexpected venues — particularly the Jukebox series of small chamber performances at locations including ARTSRIOT in Burlington and Merchants Hall in Rutland, and a collaboration with singer KAT WRIGHT at the South Burlington club HIGHER GROUND. Jukebox, a sliding-scale series, regularly packs in audiences; the Wright concert sold out in a day. A familiar lobby presence at the VSO’s more traditional concerts at the FLYNN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS in Burlington and PARAMOUNT THEATRE in Rutland, Philharmonic. He continued working Cadwallader could greet most concert- with composers when he took the job goers by name. He introduced popular at the VSO, commissioning work from touches such as post-concert Lake Cham- Vermont composers including LaRocca plain Chocolates for audience members and MATTHEW EVAN TAYLOR in Middlebury. and meet-and-greets with musicians at In addition to two original commissions, local bars. And he regularly enthused LaRocca estimates he wrote “dozens” of about each program’s clasorchestrations of popular and sical selections in “From other music for Jukebox, the Ben’s Brain,” a segment of Wright show and a concert the VSO’s email newsletter. collaboration with the band Vermont composer MATT Guster. LAROCCA is an early collaboraBecause of Cadwallader, tor with Cadwallader who LaRocca suggests, “Now eventually became VSO’s B E N CADWALL ADE R we’re on the radar of new creative projects chair. He composers.” says the executive director’s Cadwallader also made legacy is his infusion of innovation into measurable efforts to increase the the orchestra’s traditional mission. diversity and inclusionary practices of “There’s still a healthy dose of tradi- the VSO’s programming, performers tion, and there’s a healthy dose of the and staff. He established a partnership new,” LaRocca says. “I think that mix is with the Sphinx Organization, a Detroit what is going to keep everything alive.” nonprofit that helps young African Cadwallader grew up in South Burl- American and Latinx musicians develop ington from age 7, played oboe in the and access auditions around the country, VERMONT YOUTH ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION and which he hopes will continue under the studied oboe performance at the Mannes new executive director. School of Music in New York City. Cadwallader’s new job will take him Halfway through a master’s degree, he back to the SoCal metropolis with a simidiscovered an aptitude for administrative lar goal of increasing diversity. Asked if work under the mentorship of VSO music he will miss Vermont, Cadwallader says, director JAIME LAREDO, among others. “Hell, yes. Everyone jokes, ‘Oh, you’re off In 2012, Cadwallader became the to the California sunshine,’ but I lived education programs manager and direc- in Vermont from ages 7 to 18, and I will tor of the composer fellowship program at LA’s premier orchestra, the Los Angeles


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ART IS EVERYWHERE Last year the VERMONT ARTS COUNCIL fostered a statewide project called #VTArts251. The name recalls the 251 Club of Vermont, whose members aim to visit all 251 towns in the state. The arts council’s goal was to receive photos from artists of every stripe in every Vermont town, who were invited to submit images of their work or anything “arty” in their vicinity. Artists responded; more than 350 images are posted on the council’s Facebook page and Instagram account. But it wasn’t easy to get every town represented. Like just about any project with a deadline (December 31, 2019), this one came down to the wire. Still missing entries from some towns late in the year, VAC staffers fanned out to find art and take photos. “We finished on the last day of 2019 at 3 p.m.,” arts council executive director KAREN MITTELMAN said. “Many [photos] were submitted, but the staff divvied up towns that we weren’t getting submissions from.” Not surprisingly, most of those were really small towns — although Mittelman says the preponderance of responses were not, as one might expect, from populous Chittenden County. Apparently there’s a lot of artful pride out there in the Green Mountain State. By contrast, some residents, Mittelman noted, seemed not to recognize the art right in front of them. Mittelman gave the example of the town clerk in Panton (whose website lists populations of “people 677, cows 3518, chipmunks 44,239). “She said, ‘We don’t have any art here.’ I asked her if they had anything hanging on the walls [of the office], and it turned out they had an ink sketch by Margaret Parlour.” Several of the local artist’s pen-and-ink drawings are included in a 1995 history of Panton compiled by resident Earline Marsh for Champlain Valley Telecom. Other surprise finds were internationally renowned artists secreted in rural Vermont: in Ryegate, Wampanoag artist JULIA MARDEN; and in West Townshend, glass designer ROBERT DUGRENIER, whom Mittelman called “the Dale Chihuly of Vermont.” The arts council director credited help from many other people on the search, including OBSCURE VERMONT blogger CHAD ABRAMOVICH. What comes next for #VTArts251? Mittelman said she’s not sure yet — after all, the project wrapped just a couple of weeks ago. “We’re still digesting what to do with these images,” she said. The hundreds collected run the gamut from elementary school murals to sophisticated fine-art sculpture, from tattoos to gravestones, from quilts to collages — and from dancers to musicians. “One thing we wanted to convey with this project is, art is everywhere,” Mittelman said. “Also, being creative doesn’t mean you have to be a professional; our staff took pictures of a lot of ‘everyday’ art. “My biggest pleasure with VTArts251,” she concluded, “was making all these discoveries — there are so many stories out there.” PA M E L A PO L S T O N

“Locus” sculpture by Miles Chapin in Westminster West garden



INFO See the #VTArts251 album on the Vermont Arts Council’s Facebook page and on Instagram at @vtartscouncil. Mural by Carolyn Enz Hack at Thetford Elementary School

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concert. But the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s search committee reached out to him and convinced him to apply, he says. The LA orchestra is about five times larger than the VSO, Cadwallader estimates. Founded in 1968 to give top film and television recording studio musicians a classical outlet, it’s among the best chamber orchestras in the country. Though widely different, the VSO and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra share certain characteristics, Cadwallader says. In both groups of musicians, “there’s a sense of family,” he notes. “You can hear that in the music — the mutual

love and respect the musicians have for one another.” The VSO’s next executive director, Cadwallader suggests, will need to be “an experienced fundraiser. I almost think that’s more important than someone who’s going to come up with a whole new suite of programming.” Keeping the programming vital will be LaRocca’s talents, a staff that now “understands about venue” and, “in an ideal world,” the new music director. Cadwallader’s last day is February 7. Audiences will have a chance to say goodbye at two Jukebox concerts

“Draco” mural at Miller’s Run School in Sheffield

this weekend, at the January 22 Farmers’ Night concert at the Statehouse in Montpelier — the last of its kind for both Laredo and Cadwallader — and at the “Love, Leila, and Luther” traditional concerts on January 25 and 26.  Contact:

INFO VSO Jukebox with soprano Mary Bonhag, Friday, January 17, 7:30 p.m., Merchants Hall in Rutland. $7-95. BYOB. Also Saturday, January 18, 7:30 p.m., ArtsRiot in Burlington. $10-25. Visit for future events.


Staging Ground « P.24 notion of freedom and justice,” Roumain explained. He added that each story is told in a different medium or combination of mediums, from Joseph’s spoken word to Roumain’s music to dance interludes by Dollaz. A pioneer of a Brooklyn-based genre of street dancing called flexing, Dollaz has collaborated with the likes of Madonna and Rihanna. In deciding how best to tell each story, the artists worked from a series of “frames,” much as movie makers might use storyboards. “Each frame represented a chapter in a book, let’s say, or a poem,” Roumain said. “Everything started with a bunch of words.” He described the process of figuring out which configuration of performers worked for each scene as akin to composing musical arrangements. “It was almost like deciding what the instrumentation would be.” Throughout, a film is projected on a large screen behind the performers, It, too, is multifaceted, combining portraiture, graphic video design, words and documentary-style talking heads; Roumain referred to it as “almost like [another] character.” “It comes off as very complex, but it’s actually not,” he said of the production, crediting director Michael John Garcés with tying the disparate pieces together. Roumain and Joseph are longtime friends and collaborators. Most recently, they and choreographer Bill T. Jones

Strip Teaser « P.24 “Futon Life,” which Riddle began in 2016, has something in common with “Rachel Lives Here Now”: It’s an autobiographical account of adjusting to a new place, chronicling his interactions with fresh acquaintances as well as the people in his household. Riddle says he took a graphic novel class from Lindsay after arriving in Vermont and instantly “met a lot of artists.” “I wanted it to be relatable,” he says of his strip with a cast of bugeyed characters. On his website, “Futon Life” is subtitled “Friendship and debauchery,” so we’ll see where that goes. Riddle majored in economics and Spanish at Pennsylvania’s Lafayette College, where he published some cartoons in the school paper. Though

worked together on a co-commission by Opera Philadelphia and the Apollo Theater called We Shall Not Be Moved. The New York Times hailed it as “one of the best classical music performances of 2017.” Like The Just and the Blind, it addressed social and political issues faced by people of color in America. Roumain’s work has long explored the nexus of art and activism, as The Just and the Blind makes evident. Burlington audiences discovered that aspect of Roumain firsthand last October, when he and more than 100 local musicians performed a 24-hour piece in front of Burlington City Hall. The performance was a protest of the immigration policies of the Trump administration. “I hate the fact that so much wrong is happening in our world due to privilege, due to ignorance,” Roumain said. “It’s terrifying times.” But Roumain thinks his residency might prove the power of art to inspire hope. “It’s really having a dramatic effect on me, my work and my collaborations,” he said. “And I hope the people that I’m working with and reaching are also feeling the same kind of deep, communal resonance.” m

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he doesn’t have much formal art training, he’s been drawing since childhood, like many a cartoonist. “I discovered a ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ collection as a kid on a family vacation and was immediately hooked,” Riddle says, referring to the Bill Watterson strip that ran in dozens of daily newspapers from 1985 to 1995. “I came home with a notebook full of doodles.” Riddle says he’s got “some random stuff in the works” but no other strips ready for public viewing. For now, the quotidian musings of “Futon Life” will do just fine.

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itting beside me in my taxi, my customer, Linda Avena, appeared serene as she gazed out at the passing landscape of snow-covered homes, barns and fields. It was a crisp and sunny afternoon in the newly minted year and decade. Optimism is a hard quality to summon these days, but the sheer natural beauty of Vermont never fails to lift my spirits, and it seemed to be working its magic on Linda, as well. We were en route to Linda’s home located “out in the boonies” of Washington County, north of Calais. She might have mentioned how she got stranded carless in Burlington, but I don’t recall. I was just grateful for this good fare on what had been, thus far, a typically slow postholiday week. “Man, you’re lucky to live in rural Vermont,” I said. “I would, too, except my profession keeps me glued to the Burlington area. Nope, there’s no such thing as remote work for an independent cabbie like me.” “Yeah, I love it up here, too,” Linda agreed. She was a slim, handsome woman, perhaps pushing 60. “I’d been living in New York City for about 40 years before returning in 2015.” “What precipitated the move to New York back in — OK, lemme do the math — was it the ’70s?” “Very good,” Linda said with a chuckle. “The answer to your question is, however, a long and involved story. Are you sure you’re up for it?” “‘Long and involved’ is my favorite kind of story,” I replied, chuckling in return. “Those adjectives are like catnip to me.” “Well, believe it or not, my family sent me to New York to attend a communist school when I was a teenager. It was

located in this old Greenwich Village brownstone.” “OK, you got me there,” I said. “A communist school? I know that in the 1930s, the Depression years, many Americans were drawn to communism as a solution to the profound failures of capitalism, but didn’t that basically come to an end when the unimaginable evils of Stalinism were widely exposed postwar?” “Wow, you know your history, Jernigan. And, yes, the lure of communism faded for the vast majority of people, but my family was hard-core. My grandfather was an

young people in this old-style rooming house, kind of like a cheap hotel. What made it exciting was that a number of the rookie players on the New York Giants were living there, as well, and I became good friends with all of them.” “The Giants football team? Holy smokes, Linda — that must have been an amazing time in your life.” “Yeah, they were great guys. Keep in mind that this was years before the players won the right to free agency, so they didn’t earn the million-dollar salaries that are common now. It’s hard to believe,


Italian immigrant and granite carver. For years, he actually served as chairman of the Vermont Communist Party. It doesn’t get more committed than that. I was young and just went along. Frankly, at the time, I was excited to escape the rural life and move to the Big Apple.” “So, what was the school like? Heavyduty propaganda? Daily sing-alongs of ‘Solidarity Forever’?” “Actually, we did sing that quite a lot, now that you mention it. I compare it to Catholic school. Mostly, it was like a regular school but with an overlay of the ‘religion’ of communist theory. For me, that part went in one ear and out the other. Anyway, I graduated with a legit high school diploma and felt liberated to live my life my way, for the first time, really.” “So you stayed in the city?” “I did. In fact, I managed to find a suitable place in the Village, a neighborhood I really loved. I lived with a bunch of other

but I think my guys were making maybe 15 grand a year, if that. So, while they had some fame, they weren’t exactly living in the lap of luxury.” “What was your relationship like with these young men?” “Looking back, I think I played the role of kid sister to them, or maybe den mother says it better. The Mondays after the games, I would help nurse them back to health — or at least enough health to get back on the field the next week. I’m sure you know what a brutal sport pro football is and what a toll it takes on the players’ bodies. I remember preparing ice baths for Billy Taylor — Billy was nicknamed the ‘BT Express’ and has remained a close friend to this day. “But aside from the injuries and all that, we had so much fun,” Linda continued. “I remember going out with the guys to Studio 54. You’ve heard of that place, right? In the early ’80s, it was the most

celebrated and notorious dance club in the city, attracting celebrities galore like Andy Warhol and Brooke Shields. Oh, boy — it was a crazy and wonderful time.” Crazy and wonderful, indeed, I thought as I steered my taxi north through Maple Corners in Calais and onto the dirt roads that mark, more than anything else, the passage into the boonies. At times, it feels akin to a borderline to me, so much so that I find myself surprised by the absence of a gate and guardhouse. Even after my decades of hacking and the thousands of conversations with customers to which I’ve been privileged, each new person remains a revelation. What an arc Linda’s life has followed: from a red-diaper baby in backwoods Vermont to Greenwich Village and befriending and partying with pro athletes at Studio 54 in its glittering heyday, and then back to the Green Mountains. Ya think Linda Avena has a memoir to write? After a few miles and a couple of lefts and rights, we pulled up to her home, a modest ranch surrounded by some robust wooded acreage. “This was my grandfather’s home,” she shared. “I still remember the constant meetings and all the serious and intense people who would visit during my childhood.” Yes, it’s a cliché, but it never seemed so apt: If those walls could talk… m All these stories are true, though names and locations may be altered to protect privacy.

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Getting the Picture D Can we design our way to better health? Some Vermonters think so




ave Justice was 40 when he realized he was probably dying. He’d been sick for as long as he could remember. Every time he ate, his stomach would be hit with a pain that felt like barbed wire, so incapacitating that he had to lie down and wait for it to pass. He was tested for celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and more. Nothing could explain his symptoms. “My entire life, I would say, I’ve been misdiagnosed with various food intolerances and allergies,” Justice said. “I didn’t seem to fit in any boxes. So, probably in my twenties, I just gave up.” He learned to live with his condition, going long stretches of time without eating just so he could function on a daily basis. But about five years ago, Justice’s symptoms got more intense, and he started bleeding heavily every time he went to the bathroom — so much so that he became anemic and required twice-weekly iron infusions. If the bleeding kept up, the next step would have been blood transfusions. Living in Rochester, N.Y., at the time, he was “ping-ponging around to every doctor in town.” Nobody had any answers. In 2018, Justice heard from a longtime friend, Burlington resident Katie McCurdy. She was a user-experience designer and had a startup called Pictal Health. She wanted to help him create a timeline of his illness and symptoms and visually convey his condition, so he could better communicate with his doctors. McCurdy, 41, knows what it’s like to have a chronic medical issue. Diagnosed at age 13 with a rare autoimmune disorder that caused muscle weakness in her limbs and face, she’s been seeking treatment her entire life. While working at an advertising agency in New York City, she made a visual depiction of her own health problems for a specialist, which included a timeline and drawings of her symptoms on the outline of a human body. “I found over time that doctors really appreciated having that information at their fingertips,” McCurdy said. Three years ago, when she was 38, she found a treatment plan that helped her control her symptoms. A year later, she founded Pictal Health to help others do the same. McCurdy and Justice sat down for more than an hour, going through his medical history. They gathered all his records from various doctors and cataloged the treatments he’d already tried. McCurdy drew


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a visual timeline of his symptoms, using colors to emphasize changes in severity, and listed every specialist he’d already seen and diseases for which he’d already been tested. “It was the first time in my life that I actually prepared for a doctor’s visit,” Justice said. He was used to waiting a long time for a short visit with a new doctor, struggling to catch them up on an entire lifetime’s worth of medical history, and trying to remember everything while also communicating his questions and needs. “This process for me was very empowering,” Justice said. “It was the first time I felt at more of a peer level with the doctor.” He took his paperwork to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical center in 2018. Within a few appointments, he said, he was on track to a diagnosis. The problem wasn’t his diet at all. The muscles in his abdomen were failing and misfiring, resulting in painful inflammation. The fix was a simple procedure, and Justice has been healthy since. “Leaving Dartmouth that day, I felt back in control,” he said. To those who’ve never experienced

chronic illness, it may seem surprising that such a simple idea could greatly improve someone’s experience at a doctor’s office. But for patients like Leah Schulz of Williston, constantly explaining what’s wrong to new doctors can be stressful, even panic inducing. “You sort of become robotic … You just are reciting something and trying to keep a doctor’s attention. And that can be really challenging and disheartening,” Schulz said. “When your life is in their hands, it feels frantic, really. Like, I was trying to show the highlights or the desperation of a specific thing, rather than giving them the entire story of where I was and where I wanted to go.” Schulz, 31, found McCurdy in early 2019 after googling something like “ways to depict health story.” She knew she needed a better way to tell her

Katie McCurdy’s planning Post-its


Sample timeline

doctors what was going on, but she didn’t know exactly what it should look like. In August 2018, Schulz began to get dizzy, tired and nauseous with no warning. Her pulse was almost constantly racing. She could no longer work or even walk down the street. She already had a complicated health history, but these new symptoms weren’t consistent with any of her prior diagnoses, and multiple neurologists and a cardiologist had been stumped. Schulz described mapping her experience with McCurdy as an “aha moment.” Though she finally received a diagnosis from the first neurologist she showed her Pictal chart to, Schulz isn’t cured. She’s still updating her timeline and seeking more effective treatments, and her life is still affected by her symptoms. Putting it all on paper isn’t just for her doctors. It allows her to emotionally sort through it all, too. “It also helped me validate and understand, from a really visual way, what was going on,” Schulz said. “And it gave me a way to help me go through, sort of, the grieving process.” Years before she founded Pictal Health, McCurdy had found personal relief from mapping and, eventually, sharing her own health story. She’d seen at least 20 doctors, but few people in her life knew about her nearly lifelong autoimmune disorder. She had means of hiding it, like covering her mouth to disguise the facial muscle weakness that kept her from being able to

Sample symptoms

smile. But in 2011, while living in New York medical center. Beaudry described this as City, she wrote about her story for the first a “creative problem-solving methodology” time and posted it online. She still remem- centered on people and their needs. This bers hitting submit. It was picked up by a means every idea they develop has many patient advocacy website, and McCurdy prototypes, and they’re constantly solicitsaw that it resonated with people. ing feedback from around the facility. “That was the first time I realized that “I think designers do bring an impormy design mind plus my health problems tant and complementary set of skills to a together was a strength and not a weak- health care organization,” Beaudry said. ness,” she said. “So that really was an The design process is inherently optimisimportant moment that really changed the tic, he said, because “it’s about imagining trajectory of my career … I realized there’s and making things that didn’t exist before.” so many people like me out there who need The hiCOlab team is available to any help.” branch of the mediBefore starting cal center to help reframe problems, Pictal, McCurdy was a consultant and Beaudry feels at the University it can play a big of Vermont Medirole in setting the cal Center, where o rg a n i z a t i o n ’s long-term strategy. she and Jeremy D R . JAME S R US TAD It ’s hard to Beaudry were the know whether first designers on staff. They worked on projects such as better design actually leads to healthier redesigning hospital bills to make them patients. Beaudry said it can take years less confusing, and a new system for to measure that kind of data. But he can people to find their way around the many get individuals’ in-the-moment responses floors of the medical center. Beaudry is still and find out whether the lab’s work made there, as the lead designer for hiCOlab, the paying their bill less stressful or made medical center’s new innovation lab. The them more confident in navigating the lab has tested ideas that range from creat- hospital. ing posters that encourage medical staff Psychiatrist James Rustad, who works to take time for self-care tasks to testing for the White River Junction VA Media text-message chat-bot for adolescents cal Center and teaches at both the UVM with a chronic illness. Larner College of Medicine and the Beaudry and McCurdy piloted what Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, they call “human-centered design” at the said he’s interested in pursuing long-term



research on the effects of design work such as McCurdy’s. He treated 10 veterans who had worked with McCurdy to map their health problems. “I think the patients found the process of working with her quite therapeutic,” Rustad said. “I thought she was really able to capture the breadth and depth of their life experience.” He said that, even for patients he had treated before, McCurdy’s charts and diagrams taught him new facts and helped him understand their entire lives. McCurdy has worked with almost 50 people, but she considers most of this work research and development toward her ultimate goal: a web app that allows people to build these visual aids on their own, so it can be marketed to many more people. She’s working on a business plan now and would like to launch within a year. “I went through grad school for design, and I was working as a designer. Every meeting, every presentation I had was visual,” McCurdy said. “That kind of highlighted to me how inadequate it is to go into your doctor and tell them about your 20 symptoms, and to try and explain when you were feeling good and when you were feeling bad, over your whole life. Words are so inadequate.”  Contact:

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Under the Influence A cult awareness educator helps survivors by sharing her own cautionary tale B Y K E N PI CA RD


t’s been eight years since Margaret Pitkin’s world crumbled, but she’s finally comfortable admitting to herself and others that she once belonged to a cult. The 37-year-old Albany, Vt., native was introduced to Anusara Yoga in 2001 at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., after a friend talked her into enrolling in a class. Pitkin wasn’t looking for spiritual enlightenment but for a way to exercise and improve her flexibility. She’d been a competitive cross-country skier in high school and at Sarah Lawrence College before transferring to Smith. “Physically, it felt so good, and I had so much stress from being in college,” she said. Yoga helped her sleep, and she enjoyed singing the mantras at the beginning of class, “where it didn’t matter if you sounded good.” Pitkin returned to Vermont in 2004 and found an Anusara class at the Craftsbury Public Library. When the instructor got pregnant, Pitkin was asked to take over teaching the class. That’s when she was drawn into what’s commonly considered a yoga cult. Anusara Yoga was founded in 1997 by John Friend, a former financial analyst whose yoga school grew in the early 2000s to more than 600,000 followers in 70 countries. As Pitkin explained, Friend preached a philosophy of positive vibes through his mantra “Look for the good.” Pitkin, who described herself as “naturally skeptical,” found looking for the good a refreshing approach. She was also attracted to being part of a kula, or “community of the heart,” composed of like-minded people who continually praised and flattered her. “A lot of what lured me into it was that I want to know the truth and the answer to things,” she said. “You’re accepted; you feel special; you feel smart. What’s not appealing about that?” Looking back, however, Pitkin recognizes that she was blind to the group’s unhealthier tendencies. “Everybody was so focused on ‘looking for the good’ that it was actually frowned upon to be critical or look for things that weren’t good,” she said. “There was no pathway to say, ‘Hey, this is really messed up!’” 32


Soon, Pitkin was spending more than $10,000 a year on Anusara’s complex certification process, which included 200 hours of instruction from Friend himself. She flew around the world and stayed at opulent resorts to attend Friend’s pricey workshops, none of which she could afford on a yoga teacher’s salary. As for Friend’s spiritual teachings, she said, “Oh, yeah. I bought in hard.” Pitkin remembers the date her world crashed: February 3, 2012. That’s when an anonymous whistleblower in Friend’s organization published online disturbing allegations against the group’s founder and guru, including charges of ritualistic group sex, illegal drug shipments and financial improprieties involving employees’ pension funds. Subsequent stories in the New York Times, Daily Beast and Texas Monthly uncovered more lurid details. Hundreds of instructors denounced Friend and resigned en masse, Pitkin included.

Pitkin, a tall, athletic woman who until this point in the interview exuded strength, self-confidence and joviality, suddenly became emotional as she discussed the fallout. “It was pretty hard,” she said, choking back tears. “I had this whole future planned out, based on teaching this style of yoga.” But the hardest part, she emphasized, wasn’t the loss of her career; she’s since become a physical therapist. As she put it, “I had shifted my entire worldview to fit inside this other worldview.” Pitkin’s experiences may run contrary to many people’s notions of how cults work. She and fellow Anusara devotees didn’t live together in an off-the-grid hippie commune. They didn’t dress in matching robes, bang tambourines in airports or talk about hitching a ride to heaven on a comet. Pitkin had her own home and yoga business — albeit one that was failing because most of her income went to the cult. She was free, at least physically, to leave any time.

But, cult awareness educator Gerette Buglion explained, Pitkin wasn’t free. She’d surrendered her autonomy to a charismatic, coercive and abusive leader — a classic indicator of cult dynamics. Other signs, Buglion said, include financial dependence, isolation from relatives and friends, distrust of “outsiders,” and loss of control of one’s time, resources and mental clarity, even one’s perception of reality. Buglion is a Hyde Park-based writer and teacher who works with former cult members and their families and friends to help them process their experiences. At a rural retreat called Dream Haven of Vermont, she offers personalized getaways, Reiki and educational sessions in a rustic cabin. Though not a licensed therapist, Buglion leads support groups and offers workshops that explore the power dynamics inherent in all teacher-student relationships and how those relationships can be manipulated, often in subtle ways. Since groups such as the Rajneesh movement, the Hare Krishnas and the Unification Church (aka the “Moonies”) emerged in the 1960s and ’70s, the public has become much savvier to how cults operate, Buglion said. Accordingly, cults and cultic groups have become more sophisticated at manipulating and exploiting their followers. She suggested that we’re now seeing many cult dynamics play out in national and global politics. “We think that shit’s over, but it’s not,” she said. “It just went underground.” Buglion characterizes the cult that Pitkin belonged to as an “everyday cult,” which is also the title of her book, due out later this year. She defines an everyday cult as “a group of any kind in which a charismatic leader or idea engages members to an extreme degree, exploiting their personal agency and resources while promising spiritual, political or financial reward and/or personal transformation.” As she put it, “No one ever intentionally joins a cult.” At an interview in her cabin, where we were joined by Pitkin and Buglion’s husband, Frederic Gluck, Buglion distinguished “everyday cults” from cults that are overtly destructive. Examples of the latter include the Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana, where more than 900 followers of Jim Jones committed suicide in November 1978; and the Heaven’s Gate cult in San Diego, where 39 members killed themselves in March 1997. Closer to home, many Vermonters are familiar with the Twelve Tribes, a Christian fundamentalist cult based in Island Pond. In 1984, Vermont State Police raided the community and briefly seized 112 children after allegations of child abuse; a judge later ruled the raid unconstitutional. The group continues to operate today. Buglion speaks and writes about cults from firsthand experience. Beginning in

the 1990s, she and Gluck, a licensed mental health counselor, spent more than a decade in a Vermont-based cult. The group, she said, “slowly eroded my capacity for independent thought, emotional security and spiritual freedom.” Buglion, 58, is a Long Island native who grew up on a dairy farm in Dutchess County, N.Y. A Waldorf school teacher for 18 years, she and her husband discovered the Vermont-based group, which she refers to as the “Center for Transformational Learning,” led by a teacher she calls “Doug.” (For legal reasons, Buglion doesn’t use the leader’s real name or that of his organization.) Doug preached an alternative form of therapy that involved psychology, dream interpretation and other “new agey, self-help kind of stuff.” What initially attracted Buglion to him were the changes she saw in her friends who had joined. “I could see this kind of radiance. I could see their enthusiasm, and they talked about how much they were learning,” she




recalled. “And I was like, Man, I want what they’ve got!” Buglion emphasized that fellow cult members weren’t young, sheltered or naïve. Most were well-educated, successful professionals who met regularly for classes, workshops and retreats to promote Doug’s philosophy. The group had all the elements of an intentional community, she said, but people lived in their own homes and kept their occupations. Buglion was eventually promoted to an executive committee of 20, who believed they were the group’s decisionmaking body. Below them were about 60 “members” and several hundred more associates worldwide. Becoming a member required attending a certain number of retreats annually, committing to volunteer hours of work and outreach, and writing on the group’s email list. On the list, Buglion said, members were expected to divulge their “deep inner work that included how screwed up you were.

“You would be challenged if you just wrote an email saying how great things were,” she added. “You had to be continually exposing and digging into that dark side of yourself and how it was playing itself out in the group … Shame was a major driver.” Unbeknownst to Buglion or Gluck at the time, the group had four other tiers above the executive committee. Secret hierarchies are another red flag for cults. “And on the top was Doug,” Buglion said. “He was the head honcho, the only one making decisions. The rest of it was all charades.” Eventually, Buglion and Gluck were spending tens of thousands of dollars a year on the group, which put them under enormous financial stress. For 18 years they never took a family vacation other than attending retreats. Gluck left the group after 16 years, two years before Buglion did. She said that if her husband had pushed her to leave earlier, she might have divorced him.

“It wasn’t working for me anymore,” Gluck said. Perhaps because of his innate skepticism, he explained, he was often derided by Doug as an outsider and critic, and thus became the group’s scapegoat. “I didn’t want to play that role anymore, so I left.” Gluck admitted that it was hard to accept the idea that he’d joined a cult, especially after devoting 16 years to it. “You don’t want to condemn it totally,” he said, “because, in a sense, it’s like condemning a part of yourself.” Nevertheless, when he reflects on Doug’s lavish lifestyle — luxury cars, Armani suits, global travel — it’s hard not to feel that condemnation. What distinguishes a cult such as Anusara Yoga or the “Center for Transformational Learning” from mainstream businesses, fitness trends and member organizations that are just out to make a buck? One factor, Buglion noted, is the harm cults inflict on their members. There’s

nothing inherently wrong with belonging to a church, self-help group or organization that has a leader or guru who promises to improve your life or save your soul. But legit groups, she said, are transparent about where their money comes from, where it goes and who benefits from it. Leaders with integrity empower their students and encourage them to think for themselves rather than manipulate, control and exploit them. Buglion’s “awakening” was nearly as abrupt as Pitkin’s. After a major rupture in the group, she came to believe she’d been “brainwashed” by Doug and had given him unquestioned authority over much of her life. “What I now know from having snapped out of the consciousness that I was in,” she said, “is that [he used] the very same techniques, strategies and underlying dynamics that existed in dangerous cults like Jonestown and Waco, Texas.” Buglion isn’t eager to divide cults and cultlike groups into “good” and “bad,” suggesting instead that they fall on a spectrum. For some people, she added, rigid control over their lives can even be beneficial. Olive Ylin of Elmore began attending Buglion’s “Cults & Cultures” discussion group, held regularly at the Morristown Centennial Library, after her sister joined a fundamentalist Christian church in California that Ylin believes is a cult. She recounted attending the church and meeting a woman who refused to interact with her after discovering that Ylin wasn’t a member. She feared that Ylin would “soil her purity.” Though Ylin finds her sister’s worldview closed-minded and abhorrent, she pointed out that her sister has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has had several psychiatric breakdowns. Through her discussions with Buglion, Ylin has come to see her sister’s religious beliefs as the lesser of two evils. When someone is emotionally or psychologically unstable, Buglion explained, sometimes the rigid rules of a cultic group provide a healthier alternative to other lifestyle choices, such as substance abuse or self-harm. Is Buglion saying that psychological instability and past traumas make people more susceptible to cults? On the contrary, there’s only one precondition for falling under cultic influence that she feels comfortable identifying: being human. “A lot of people believe It’ll never happen to me,” she said. “But I would have said that, too, and I spent 18 years in one.” m Contact:

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The Nose Knows

OVR Technology creates olfactory virtual reality for health care, education and training BY E L IZABE TH M. S E YL E R


y first experience with olfactory virtual reality was truly trippy. Wearing a VR headset and holding a controller in each hand, I stood in a 3D room at OVR Technology in Burlington, gazing at a virtual table holding plates of tomato slices, garlic bulbs and basil leaves. As instructed by Jesse Stein, vice president of product and marketing, I used the controllers to pick up items with my white-gloved hands, bring them to my nose for a whiff and place them on the pizza beside me. After I’d plunked down a few slices and bulbs, a lawn mower drove by, unattended, sounding just like a lawn mower and spewing grass in my general direction. As the four-wheeled interloper receded, I pushed a red button to slide the pizza into the oven. The visual and auditory elements of this surreal experience were amazing. I felt like I’d been transported onto the Holodeck in a “Star Trek” show. But most remarkable were the scents provided by OVR Technology — garlic, cut grass, hot Italian pie — that wafted toward my nose at just the right moments. The first time OVR Technology CEO Aaron Wisniewski tried VR, “It kind of blew my mind,” he told Seven Days. “I immediately was like, ‘This is the future. This is so cool. There is so much that can be done with this. But the thing that’s missing, the thing that would make it feel like a real experience, is what I specialize in, which is scent.’” Unbeknownst to many, “Our sense of smell is the only one of our senses with a direct link to the memory and emotions section of our brain, the limbic system,” Wisniewski said in a TEDx 34


Talk recorded in Stowe last May. “Every time you have an experience, it’s inextricably linked to the smell of that moment and stored in the memory banks that make us who we are.” He believes that olfactory virtual reality could serve many purposes, from enjoyable to life changing. It could enhance a meditation practice, train employees in a task, teach first responders greater resilience to stress,

diagnose anosmia (a loss or impairment of the sense of smell) and deepen exposure therapy for vets with posttraumatic stress disorder. OVR Technology’s mission, Wisniewski said in an interview, “is to have real-world positive impacts by enhancing the virtual world through scent. It’s not just a cool thing or a gimmick. We want outcomes and impacts that are measurable.” The company aims to improve health care, education and training, and its first product is a three-component platform called Architecture of Scent. One component is the small ION device, which straps onto a VR headset, close to the wearer’s nose. ION contains the second component, nine cartridges that store and emit highly realistic scents created by the company, or “scentware.” AAR O N W IS NIE W S K I The third component is software that interacts with VR software to cue delivery of scents in precisely measured doses timed to correspond to the headset wearer’s behavior. The scent of a rose should “be more intense the closer you get to it,” Stein said. “Or, if there’s a wind blowing” in the VR environment, the software calibrates “how the wind carries that scent.” Wisniewski cofounded OVR Technology in 2017 with his brother Sam Wisniewski, company COO and CFO; Matt Flego, CTO; and Erik Cooper, head of design. The four met at Generator maker space in Burlington. There, the Wisniewski brothers founded Alice & the Magician Cocktail Apothecary, which sells edible elixirs and aromatic mists; and Flego and Cooper founded M//E Design, an industrial From left: Aaron Wisniewski, Matt Flego, Erik Cooper and Sam Wisniewski design and prototyping company.




The Wisniewskis still own Alice & the Magician, now located on Pine Street, but spend most of their time at OVR Technology. “A really talented operations manager takes care of the day-to-day” at Alice & the Magician, Aaron Wisniewski said. Last June, Flego and Cooper closed M//E Design, which had designed such products as the popular Core 360 active seating chair, to focus exclusively on the new business. In 2015, the four founders learned about VR from Kip Steele, technical leader at Asure Software. Steele, who worked in information technology at the University of Vermont at the time, brought a headset to Generator. About a year later, Champlain College started an experimental project to combine scents with VR. Faculty members invited Wisniewski to serve as a scent expert, and soon he and the other founders had created software, scentware and a prototype of the ION device. “It looks like an elaborate mousetrap,” Flego said of the prototype. At the proof of concept — a successful demonstration of the olfactory virtual reality technology — “we impressed some people, got a little bit of traction and a little bit of money,” he recalled. Wisniewski was convinced that the product had huge potential, and soon his brother, Flego and Cooper joined him in creating OVR Technology. A key collaborator who has helped guide development of the Architecture of Scent is Albert “Skip” Rizzo, a research professor at the University of Southern California and director for medical virtual reality at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies. He researches the use of VR to assess, treat, rehabilitate and increase resilience in psychology patients. Rizzo received the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Treatment of Trauma for his work using virtual reality-based exposure therapy to treat PTSD. Rizzo “has a deep understanding of how scents are an integral piece of the puzzle of PTSD,” Wisniewski said. “We’ve been working closely with him and getting feedback from him on what types of scents to develop and how our technology can be effective with exposure therapy.” Rizzo is currently perfecting his Bravemind VR program for vets with PTSD and plans to distribute it to more than 100 VA hospitals around the country. OVR Technology is developing combat-related scents to enhance Bravemind. Closer to home, OVR Technology is collaborating with David Låg Tomasi, who teaches and conducts research in the UVM Integrative Health program and Larner College of Medicine. He’s also a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist at the UVM Medical Center. “There is a lot of neuroscientific evidence of the role that sensory activation plays in our brain for general well-being,” Tomasi said, “and by that I mean either in the stimulation of the olfactory bulb or the virtual-reality type of strategy.”

Just as people can trick their brains into stimulating salivation by thinking about sucking on a lemon, he explained, VR can trick the brain into releasing neurotransmitters that are specifically focused on well-being. “What is brand new is this combination” of olfactory stimulation and virtual reality, Tomasi emphasized. “We’ve been doing integrative medicine for years on the patient psychiatry unit, mostly focusing on dietary examples, exercise, meditation, art therapy,” he continued. But some patients can’t participate due to medical issues, and Tomasi believes OVR Technology’s product could help reduce their pain, stress and anxiety. Not all olfactory virtual reality scenarios are as wacky or surreal as the pizza-with-lawn-mower demo I experienced. Tomasi found OVR Technology’s woods-like demo so realistic that it was “really peaceful and nurturing. You could walk around, see the trees, see the landscape, the leaves and stones and rocks. You could

Below: Experiencing scent-enabled virtual reality via the ION device attached to a standard headset; right: the ION device

pick up a marshmallow to roast, and you could have some water.” Sometimes, users forget that they’re not in the real world. “Early on, we had a demo with a picnic table in it,” Wisniewski recalled. “People would become so immersed in the environment that, within a minute or two, they would try to lean on the picnic table and fall over.” After seeing a couple of people “hit the deck,” the company adjusted the demo to keep people safe. Within the next month or so, Tomasi and OVR Technology will launch a pilot study to collect qualitative and quantitative data from 12 volunteer UVM Medical Center inpatient subjects on the therapeutic value of olfactory virtual reality. A lot of research went into the study, which the team is confident is the first of its kind worldwide in a psychiatric setting. “It is groundbreaking research,” Tomasi enthused. A few other companies are also developing olfactory virtual reality, but OVR Technology’s current challenges stem from more immediate concerns than competition. Because the VR industry is evolving quickly toward faster and smaller headsets, the company is already designing a smaller version of the ION device. It’s also creating a “volume knob” to allow users to control the strength of scents delivered by the device. Truth be told, I had a hard time smelling the tomato, basil and grass clippings in the demonstration. Though my brother’s nose made him a successful New York City sommelier, my sniffer thinks Bayley Hazen Blue is a lot like Brie left in the fridge too long. I’d have welcomed a way to control the scent intensity, as would others who’ve experienced OVR Technology demos, Flego said. “It’s a lot like hearing: Different people hear different frequencies, and there are tons of factors that degrade over time,” Stein noted. But the company is determined to make its technology seamless. In the long term, “we envision that the relationship between smell and virtual reality will become as ubiquitous as sound and television,” Wisniewski said. His commitment to this goal stems in part from a cautionary concern. Culturally, we have deprioritized our sense of smell and sanitized our environment to include fewer scents, Wisniewski noted. He cited research showing that anosmia can lead to depression, anxiety and physical harm. “If we continue down the path of being glued to screens and virtual reality, while ignoring this extremely important primal sense that has been refined over millions of years, the implications are kind of alarming,” he said. “We don’t have that many senses. You take away one, and I don’t see it going well.”  Contact:

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kating a figure eight is a little like ballroom dancing without a partner. The pattern is simplicity itself, but it doesn’t work without a rigid torso, ritual and rhythm. Start on the right outside edge of your blade, right arm forward, and make a circle bisected by the center line, changing arms halfway through. Repeat on the left outside edge. Now do the inside edges. Now do the figure eight backward on both sets of edges. Now do a whole eight on a single foot (“paragraph eight”), switching edges as you go. Now do that backward. All this is easier said than done, and I’m still struggling to do it, weaving back and forth over the red center line at C. Douglas Cairns Recreation Arena in South Burlington. “Tuck that hip under!” says my coach, Grayce Lombard, standing on the ice in her skates and long black down coat. “No, no, that change of edge was diagonal! Judges notice!” I’m not going to be doing paragraph eights in front of judges anytime soon. My weekly dose of what skaters call “compulsory” or “school figures” is strictly for recreation. But Grayce assures me that these controlled glides are solid aerobic and stretching exercises. (When she recently broke out her Jane Fonda Prime Time: Trim, Tone & Flex DVD, she found Fonda’s instructions “much like my instructions to my students.”) Besides burning calories, skating school figures fosters a meditative quality that’s not unlike yoga — if you can imagine doing yoga while dodging tots pushing metal supports and guys doing hockey stops. Most people today think of Olympian jumps when they think of figure skating. But when I was a kid, everything I knew about the sport came from a 1951 novel called



Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. Rich, glamorous Lalla has been groomed to be a champion, but her downfall is her fondness for spins and jumps. Poor, plodding Harriet is no showboat, but she has the patience to plug away at figures such as “brackets” until she masters them. As a result, we learn at the end of the book, Harriet will win the medals, while Lalla fritters away her talent in ice shows. It’s a classic triumph of the underdog, and today it wouldn’t happen. Skaters win competitions with quadruple flips, layback spins and other dazzling, Lalla-style tricks — what the U.S. Figure Skating Association calls “freestyle.” Back in Streatfeild’s era, however, compulsory figures were a massive component of every skating competition. Until 1968, they were worth 60 percent of a skater’s total score, and not until 1990 were they removed from competition altogether. Grayce remembers those days. She grew up training at the Skating Club of Worcester, Mass., and skating two hours of figures before school and one after, five or six days a week. “We complained, but we enjoyed our figures,” she says. “We also learned a lot of body positions that I’m not so sure people today are learning.” In those days, rink ice was gray or black, a perfect canvas for the white tracings of skate blades. (Today, it’s usually spray-painted bright white.) To complete a figure, skaters retraced their own tracings exactly — two, even three times. Grayce recalls judges getting down on the ice and studying tracings to make sure a skater was on the right edge.

Grayce studied with Maribel VinsonOwen, the nine-time national champion who was lost in the 1961 plane crash that took the entire U.S. skating team. This education in the “golden age of figures” served Grayce well; in 1963, she competed in the Eastern Sectional Figure Skating Championships (the last step before nationals). Today, she drops casual anecdotes about Frank Carroll, former coach of five-time world champion Michelle Kwan. In short, if Grayce weren’t retired and giving occasional lessons for the love of the sport, she’d be busy coaching skaters far, far more skilled than me. Her mantra? “Everything you learn in a basic figure eight is the foundation of everything you learn in skating.” And what is that, exactly? Grayce breaks it down: “You have one piece of metal, no moving parts. Two edges, and [the blade] also has a rocker to it. At any given time, you’re skating not only on this little tiny blade, but you’re skating to one side of it, and either to the front or the back. If you understand that … you know that your posture has to really be in control. You can’t have your hip out; you can’t have your head down. … You’ve got to be in alignment, and it has to be constant.” Simplicity itself, right? Until you try it. I started out as a would-be Lalla type of skater. As soon as I could stroke forward and backward, I was itching to do spins and jumps. I muscled my way through loop jumps and even the occasional Lutz, but without a strong skating foundation, I still looked like a doofus, springing into the air with arms awhirl. When Grayce suggested trying figure eights, I thought I’d be bored. Then I tried a simple backward eight — and wiped out. I’d never given much thought to which part of the blade I was skating on. Now, all of a sudden, it mattered more than anything. “You need to think ahead. You need to think!” Grayce exclaims as I wobble through a back serpentine. With my shoulders caving and my head flopping, the figure feels about as graceful and natural as touch-typing does to someone who’s used to pecking. But I know if I’m patient, I’ll master it someday. That’s how figures work. In a successful figure, “you’re using a lot of yoga-like energy to control your body. And your mind has to be concentrating,”

Grayce says. She recalls that VinsonOwen used to make young students do figure eights with their eyes closed. “All you have to do is duplicate the position.” The rest is “body memory and body control.” I don’t feel ready for a blindfolded figure eight, but it might help with my annoying habit of glancing down at my skates as if to check that they’re still there. (Spoiler alert: They are.) I can, however, sometimes perform the entire eight on one foot, propelled by a single starting push (no cheating, no toe picks!). There’s a strange and wonderful fluidity to rounding that second circle, the change of edge speeding me up instead of bringing me to a scratchy standstill. I’m a high-strung person, but you can’t fidget your way through a figure. You have to let it flow. In 2015, figures made a comeback when Lake Placid, N.Y., hosted the first World Figure Championship and Figure Festival. Now called the World Figure and Fancy Skating Championships & Festival, the event bills itself as “the only world championships on black ice.” “We wanted to show how fascinating and riveting figures really are, and we believe we did,” organizer Karen Courtland Kelly said in a 2015 interview with the blog Skate Guard. Many sports fans express impatience with the more dancerly aspects of skating. But take away the sparkly dresses and the music, and you have the sheer elegance of a bladed body carving patterns in the ice: long glides, smooth turns, seamless transitions. Those slow, repetitive, earth-bound figures can be kind of mesmerizing. And, perhaps more importantly, those of us who are no longer young, springy daredevils can actually do them. As Roz Chast put it in a memorable New Yorker cartoon, mortality means being able to say, “I would bet the fate of this entire planet that I will never do a triple axel.” Same here. But a back serpentine or possibly even a loop figure? I’ll just keep practicing. 



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y some measures, the major problem Vermont faces today is one of population. The numbers are flat or slightly shrinking, particularly in rural areas, and Vermonters have the third-oldest median age in L A U G H I N G R I V E R Y O G A . C O M the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In a recent attempt to ameliorate Untitled-12 1 1/13/20 1:33 PM the situation, the state created a grant program to reimburse relocation costs for people who moved to the state with jobs that could be performed remotely. That program increased Vermont’s population by 359 people in 2019, according to a article. A second program, launched on January 1, will reimburse expenses for people who relocate to work for a Vermont business. But Vermont’s population woes are nothing new, and paying people to become Vermonters is an old trick, as historian Did you know Paul M. Searls reveals in his book Repeothat a plastic bag pling Vermont: The Paradox of Development in the Twentieth Century. Searls can take from 15 covers the period from 1890 through the to 1,000 years 1970s, which was prefaced by decades of to break down? out-migration and depopulation. Since before the Civil War, Vermonters had been leaving their farms to pursue their fortunes elsewhere, in towns with train depots, in growing cities and in the West. By 1890, worried by the “decline” of rural Vermont, state leaders led by Alonzo Valentine, a senator from Bennington, arranged for a bevy of Swedish farming families to relocate to the town of Landgrove and surroundings. The state paid these immigrant families’ travel expenses and provided each with $25 and a cow. When you call in The exact number of Swedes who came is a takeout order, uncertain: somewhere between 23 and 55 let us know if you families. After a year, the legislature gave the controversial program the ax. will be bringing your Searls, a history professor at Northern own reusable bag. Vermont University with a doctorate from New York University, acknowledges that the Swedish scheme is a story that has been told before. What interests him is its fallout and the resulting class-based struggles. The latter were also the subject 24 Main Street, Winooski of his 2006 book, Two Vermonts: Geog655-4888 • Closed Tuesdays raphy and Identity, 1865-1910, of which Vermont is something of a TINYTHAIRESTAURANT.NET Repeopling sequel.

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National newspaper coverage of Valentine’s attention-getting program created great publicity for Vermont and sparked an unintended consequence: tourism. State leaders quickly capitalized on the new source of revenue (and potential residents) through marketing, but they aimed their advertising at the “better” classes of people: those with education and money. Meanwhile, plenty of Vermont farmers who had never left had a less positive reaction. They believed the state was ignoring their own interests even as they provided the bucolic image officials relied on to attract tourists. Searls tells this story through what seems like the best kind of history: that of individuals and families. Two Landgroverelated threads are interwoven throughout the book. One is the fortunes of five Swedish families through the century after their arrival in the small town. The author traces how they intermarried with local farm families and found grueling work in logging, quarrying, dairy and other fields. One of the many paradoxes Searls notes is that the Swedes were recruited because they were considered the “right” kind of people — white, hardworking nonCatholics, unlike the Irish and French Canadian families who had left. Yet they successfully integrated with the kinds of families they were meant to replace. The book’s other thread is the story

FROM REPEOPLING VERMONT: THE PARADOX OF DEVELOPMENT IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY The growth of tourism [in the 1890s] engendered a new optimism among Vermont’s business leaders. The state’s backwardness was becoming the key to its future growth and development. Many boosters saw tourism as a means to the industrial development they had long desired. An 1891 book titled The Industries and Wealth of the Principal Points in Vermont, for example, exclaimed about a town it described as resplendently beautiful that, “Thanks to the push, progressiveness and enterprise of its business leaders, the world has awakened to the unexcelled inducements and advantages which Swanton offers, and it unmistakably has a great future before it.” The landscape, both physical and human, would lead visitors to relocate to Vermont, the author wrote, begin new enterprises, and make Vermont more prosperous, progressive, and ultimately more modern. In that volume, as in others, there was little recognition that it was the very lack of development that attracted tourists. The principle of diminishing returns had largely not sunk in; for boosters, natural beauty and industrial development were entirely complementary.

of “flatlander” Sam Ogden, a New Jersey insurance salesman who vacationed in Vermont as a child and bought into the marketing of Vermont as “unspoiled” as an adult. Ogden and his wife, Mamie, moved to Landgrove in 1929, bought up nearly all the buildings and proceeded to remake the town into a thriving summerhome destination while reinvigorating local governance. (In short order, Ogden became the town’s overseer of the poor, a justice of the peace, a selectman, a town lister and the tax collector.) Though centered on one southern Vermont town, Searls’ narrative about rising state figurehead Ogden allows him to explore larger forces of development around the state. The century opened with Green Mountain Club founder James P. Taylor’s work to create the Long Trail, beginning in 1909 not far from Landgrove, and the establishment in 1910 of the Bureau of Publicity, headed by Guy W. Bailey. Vermont’s status as 80 percent deforested by the mid-1920s inspired the inauguration of the Green Mountain National Forest in 1932. Later years brought the fight over the Green Mountain Parkway, which would have run a highway across the mountains’ spine, and the development of the ski industry. Ogden, who went on to serve in the legislature and became an early supporter of the back-to-the-land movement, had a hand in many of these efforts to “unspoil” Vermont. Throughout his narrative, Searls tracks the competing efforts of officials to promote and conserve Vermont’s natural beauty while attracting business and industry. At first, the two aims seem to have been considered compatible. As late as the mid-1930s, the self-evidently paradoxical Board of Conservation and Development combined a tourismmarketing arm with the fish and wildlife department. Meanwhile, the number of Vermont’s working farms continued to decline; Landgrove’s workers gradually sought work elsewhere. Ogden’s efforts to preserve the landscape and local character of rural Vermont’s villages — including his 1951 report recommending a

billboard ban, far ahead of the 1968 law — had an ironic effect: creating more state oversight and regulatory bodies that took away local control. Though Searls ends his narrative in the 1970s, his “paradox of development” brings to mind ongoing efforts to preserve the rural and small-town character of Vermont while encouraging economic growth. The recently deceased Paul Bruhn, who founded the Preservation Trust of Vermont in 1980, aided numerous rural communities’ reinvigoration through the restoration and reuse of historic structures and land. A signature achievement was convincing Walmart to move into Rutland’s downtown rather than devastate it from afar. A host of Vermont organizations also help to preserve working farms and facilitate sustainable farming with land, loans and training, from Burlington’s Intervale Center to the Vermont Land Trust to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont. Meanwhile, tourism now represents the greatest source of out-of-state money in Vermont’s economy after manufacturing. It employs nearly 10 percent of the workforce, according to a 2017 study by the state’s department of tourism and marketing. All of these efforts find their roots in the narrative told in Repeopling Vermont. Searls’ book is readable and pertinent and may induce déjà vu. Questions that dogged Valentine’s Swedish scheme, for example, are identical to those raised today: Will those relocated workers stay in Vermont, raise families and increase the tax base, or are Vermonters simply paying people who might soon leave? Is relocation a good use of taxpayer money? Whom does it leave out of the helping equation? Apparently, the state is still willing to take the gamble. m



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near her home at the time — in Greenfield, Mass. — made a test batch and went through the steps to get U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval. “As soon as it all came back A-OK, we got word that my husband got a job in Vermont and we were moving,” Grubbs said. She pressed the pause button on her business to settle her family in Charlotte. Six months later, in September 2018, she launched the Yerbary. Though the business is based in Vermont, the Yerbary’s production still happens at Franklin County Community Development Corporation in Massachusetts. “When we moved up here, I tried to find a facility locally,” Grubbs said.

“They’re all amazing, but they don’t have the specific machinery that I need.” While making fire cider is straightforward, it can be a slog without the right equipment. “To clean all the horseradish I need for a batch would take almost an entire day by hand, but a root scrubber gets it all done in 20 minutes,” Grubbs said. “Once I can afford my own machines, I’d like to move everything right here, for every reason: to be in Vermont, to be close to home, everything.” All of the ingredients in Master Tonic are raw, organic and sourced locally whenever possible. Making a batch means chopping them up and putting them in a vat, where they are covered with raw apple

cider vinegar and left to steep for six weeks. When the steep is complete, the mixture is strained, the pulp is pressed in a juice press and the resulting liquid is bottled. The pulp is composted or fed to pigs, making for minimal waste. Sustainability is important to Grubbs, who is developing a product using the pulp in an effort to reduce waste to zero. All of the Yerbary’s products are sold exclusively in glass bottles. “I get a lot of pressure from some businesses,” Grubbs said. “I could have grown even bigger if I’d used plastic bottles, but I just can’t do it.” Despite that limitation, her approach ON FIRE


erbal remedies are the stuff of grandmothers and pyramid schemes, right? If you buy into their concoction, they tell you — the grandmothers sometimes more forcefully than the pyramid schemes — just a little every day will cure whatever ails you. Michaela Grubbs, CEO and founder of Charlotte-based company the Yerbary Master Tonic, doesn’t fit that mold. She markets her organic fire cider as “a traditional remedy for the modern world” and even sells a branded shot glass to go with it. Sure, she suggests taking a tablespoon-size shot of the product every day, but that’s just good business. Grubbs has been interested in herbal medicine since childhood. “I grew up reading books on natural medicine,” said the native of Longmeadow, Mass. “It wasn’t really popular — no other 8-yearold kid I knew was reading those books — but it stuck with me.” After a Lyme disease diagnosis, Grubbs noticed lingering symptoms and delved into her childhood interest. She took up yoga and opened her own studio in Charlottesville, Va., in 2002. She also studied under several herbalists, never thinking that the knowledge she was gathering for herself and her family would become a career. She began making fire cider, an applecider-vinegar-based tonic, while studying online with Rosemary Gladstar (see sidebar, page 44), founder of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center & Native Plant Preserve in East Barre. Gladstar is credited with developing the first modern fire cider recipe. Grubbs filled her pantry with huge vats of fire cider, giving it away to friends for free. “Some batches were crazy spicy, depending on the pepper I used,” she said. Years later, after her children were in school full time, Grubbs realized the tonic could be a successful product with a little standardization. She found a commercial kitchen that could manufacture the tonic

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The CHUBBY MUFFIN, at 88 Oak Street in Burlington, will close on February 29, according to co-owner BENJY ADLER. The restaurant and its on-site commissary kitchen, which both opened in fall 2010, are part of the SKINNY PANCAKE restaurant group. The neighborhood café near Roosevelt Park serves sweet and savory muffins, panini, burgers, and summer creemees. Its Wednesday Burger Nights, when an inventive burger special and a beer cost $12, have a faithful following. Adler and his team are closing the café to focus on the Skinny Pancake, he said. The crêperie will open its 11th site, in Stowe, in the spring. “We are gearing up for big changes, including growth, at the Skinny Pancake and need to

focus our attention there,” Adler said. The Skinny Pancake has a second commissary kitchen in Winooski for its catering business. Later this winter, when another occupant of the Winooski building leaves, the Skinny Pancake will take over that space, too, to combine its commissary activities in one spot. “I love the Chubby Muffin; we all do,” Adler said. “It’s been a wonderful part of our life the past decade. The community is kind and complimentary about its value to them as a resource. [But] it’s time to get out of the way and let somebody else take it further.” Pending the completion of a real estate transaction involving a new cooperative, two new restaurants will share the space at 88 Oak Street. A café called POPPY will serve casual fare for breakfast and lunch, according to its owners, sisters EMILY and ABBY PORTMAN.

The menu will include breakfast sandwiches and plates, salads, sandwiches, soups, and light snacks. CAFÉ MAMAJUANA, a pop-up and catering business featuring cuisine from the Dominican Republic, will offer dinner, the Portmans and Adler said. Efforts to reach Mamajuana’s owner, MARIA LARA-BREGATTA, were not successful. “It’s a small, intimate space in the Old North

End,” Adler said. “These three women are going to pour their hearts and souls and minds into it and bring a lot of energy to the space.” The two cafés will share a small market selling preserves, pickles, salsas and prepared food, the Portmans said. “The appeal in sharing the space gets at all of the challenges that go into opening a food business to begin with,” Emily Portman said. Adler intends to sell the building to the newly minted Oak Street Cooperative. Its founding members, who will

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own the building jointly, include Emily Portman, Lara-Bregatta and MATT CROPP, co-executive director of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center. A self-described “co-op enthusiast,” Cropp explained, “Anyone who is a member of the community can invest [in the co-op] for a minimum of $1,000 and get a cash return of no more than 6 percent a year.” He envisions the project as a model for future real estate transactions built on cooperative ownership. By this method, residents of a multi-unit apartment building or business owners can “mobilize community support to secure the space” in a fair and friendly way, Cropp said. Information about the Oak Street Cooperative will be posted this week at, a new affiliate of Milk Money Vermont that connects local investors and local businesses. “I think what Matt’s doing is amazing, and Milk Money Investing will do what we can to help them reach their goal,” said LOUISA

SCHIBLI, founder of Milk Money Investing. The cooperative is seeking to raise $175,000 from community investors in a six-week fundraising effort, Cropp said. Adler called the idea of a real estate co-op “dreamy and meaningful, and I wanted to help make it work.”

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Burlington’s Old North End has a new Vietnamese restaurant, SAIGON KITCHEN. Located at 112 North Street, the restaurant opened on December 31. “So far, it’s been very busy,” owner ANTHONY TRAN told Seven Days. Tran has worked at his father’s THAI PHAT market on North Street for 15 years. “Customers at the market would ask me for recipes, and they told me the recipes were so good I should serve them in a SIDE DISHES

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n the years since my parents died, I’m left with questions I wish I’d asked them. Today, for example, I have one for my father that I failed to pose in the half century I might have: Why is cauliflower your favorite food? My father had a command of language and was a thoughtful observer of the world around him. His opinions were nuanced and considered. But he probably couldn’t have answered that question. I love cauliflower, too, and I can’t tell you why. To quote Vermont rocker Grace Potter, “Love is love.” Cauliflower love washed over me the other night at Revolution Kitchen in Burlington, where I arrived with a plan for dinner. I was going to order stir-fried vegetables and tofu in Thai curry-coconut sauce, served with brown rice. Every time we make veggies and rice at our house, I ask my daughter, “Why don’t we eat this every night? It’s the best food around.” I was anticipating a stellar version at

cauliflower tacos again and again “to get them out of my system.” But she hasn’t. She still wants more. I ordered the tacos, a plate of three in blue corn tortillas. When they arrived, I delighted in the spicy florets, crispy from the fryer and brightened by the fermented cabbage. The cauliflower, more dry-rubbed than saucy, held its crunch and revealed the subtle but distinct earth-flowery taste I’ve favored since childhood. A couple of days later, I called Debra Maisel, chef and co-owner of Revolution Kitchen, to talk with her about the dish. We also exchanged hunter jokes. (A hunter in the woods comes upon a


Chef/co-owner Debra Maisel (left) and sous chef Jaqueline de Achaval preparing Buffalo cauliflower tacos at Revolution Kitchen

Revolution Kitchen. As a bonus, the meal would be a good fit for an article in Seven Days’ Wellness Issue. Dietary advice comes and goes, but no one has ever said, “Cut back on vegetables!” In fact, most Americans fail to eat the recommended minimum of five servings of vegetables and fruit per day, according to Diane Imrie, director of nutrition services at University of Vermont Medical Center. When my daughter and I got to Revolution Kitchen that recent snowy night, it was warm and bustling, drawing us in with a commingling of aromas — garlic, sesame, curry. Then the menu threw me a curveball: Buffalo cauliflower tacos with turmeric slaw and blue cheese crema. I ate this meal last spring during Vermont Restaurant Week. If I remember correctly, a friend and I wrestled with our forks over who got more of it. Still, I asked our server whether she recommended the veggie stir-fry or the tacos. She said she’s been eating the



beautiful woman. “Are you game?” he asks her. “Yes!” she answers. He shoots her.) Maisel owns the vegetarian restaurant on Center Street with her husband of 39 years, Peter. The two share cooking duties with sous chef Jacqueline de Achaval, who is from Buenos Aires and has worked at Revolution Kitchen for six months. Debra, 59, told me she conceived of the tacos last spring for Seven Days’ annual restaurant week. The meal builds on an appetizer the restaurant served that was similar to that barroom staple, Buffalo chicken wings. Maisel’s version showcased flash-fried cauliflower served with blue ranch crema, along with carrot and celery sticks.

Buffalo cauliflower tacos with tumeric slaw and blue cheese crema, served with brown jasmine rice and Cuban black beans


Baba Roots, a macrobiotic restaurant the Maisels opened in Portland, Ore., in 1991. “We were way before our time,” Debra said. “Then we started to figure out that we needed to make good food, food that people would like to eat, and not think about what style they’re going for. I want everyone who comes to Revolution Kitchen to just be someone who likes good food.” The cauliflower tacos, with their echo of wings, appeal to carnivores and vegetarians alike. Alive with color and flavor and served with a side of black beans and brown jasmine rice, the plate offers a vibrant riff on an old favorite. As an aside, it could provide a health boost or two: Fermented foods help promote intestinal health, and turmeric is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. “Turmeric adds so much beautiful color,” Maisel noted. “And who can’t help but like a little anti-inflammatory in their food?” My father would’ve gobbled up the tacos. Cauliflower was No. 1 on his food list, and a Hebrew National hot dog covered with sauerkraut was in his top five. Too late for him, but not for us, comes a meal that puts these culinary winners together. m


“We put it in a taco shell, and we had fermented some cabbage,” Debra said, recalling how the main dish came together. “And we had cabbage slaw and added some turmeric to the slaw for fun and to give it some color.” The colors of the dish — blue tortilla, white crema, firey cauliflower and yellow slaw — work together beautifully. “People went crazy for it,” Maisel recalled. “They were just like, ‘Oh my God!’” The tacos recently gained a permanent place on the menu, replacing Revolution Tacos, which had been a fixture since the Maisels opened their restaurant in the summer of 2013. These were filled with oyster mushrooms, sweet potatoes, guacamole and salsa. “We got really tired of making them,” Debra explained. Over their four-decade marriage (following a first date at the now-defunct nightclub CBGB in New York City) and ownership of six restaurants, the Maisels continue to talk about food. The conversations often result in restaurant dishes. “We go back and forth,” Debra said. “It’s really nice having a partner who is involved with food, because we bounce [ideas] off each other all the time … And that’s how we come up with things.” This practice originated at their first restaurant,

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This dish from Debra Maisel, chef/co-owner of Revolution Kitchen, includes homemade turmeric sauerkraut, which requires three days to ferment. The dish serves four. TACO FILLING

• 1 large head of cauliflower • 1/2 cup of flour of your choice • 1/3 cup water • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder • 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika • Pinch of salt Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss together above ingredients. Place on oiled baking pan and bake for 20 minutes. Turn the pan halfway through. VEGAN BLUE CHEESE CREMA

• 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder • 2 tablespoons tahini • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar • 1/4 teaspoon mustard • Juice of one lemon • Pinch of salt Blend all ingredients in blender. TURMERIC SAUERKRAUT

• 1/2 head green cabbage • 1 tablespoon salt • Canning jars Cut the cabbage into quarters and trim out the core. Slice into thin ribbons. Put in bowl and sprinkle with salt. Ferment in jars for three to 10 days. Add 1 teaspoon turmeric to finished product. ASSEMBLING THE TACOS

Heat taco shells. (Revolution Kitchen uses blue corn tortillas made in Burlington by All Souls Tortilleria.) In heated pan, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of Earth Balance and 3 teaspoons of Frank’s Hot Sauce; stir in cauliflower. Place cauliflower on taco shells; top with turmeric sauerkraut and blue cheese crema; garnish with cilantro or pea shoots.

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restaurant,” Tran said. “We’re giving our customers the same food and flavors we eat at home.” Tran did much of the yearlong renovation himself after finding the former Rent-A-Center space through Bissonette Properties. The menu includes a variety of pho, bún, com dia and other traditional Vietnamese dishes and appetizers. Saigon Kitchen is currently open Wednesday through Monday for dinner, though Tran said he hopes to add lunch service in the future. Ski-season dining options look a little different near Okemo Mountain Resort this winter. Ludlow’s Mama’s Hand Made Italian closed its doors in late October after two years of serving handcrafted pastas and Italian classics. Owners ABBY and ROGAN LECHTHALER have decided to focus exclusively on DOWNTOWN GROCERY, the area’s first farmto-table fine-dining restaurant, which the couple has owned and operated since 2010. “Two restaurants, two children, two mortgages, two staffs, only two of us — it was too much,” Abby Lechthaler told Seven Days in an email.

Until they find a buyer for the restaurant, the Lechthalers will host occasional pop-ups “to pay the mortgage.” Pop-ups featuring Asian-influenced dishes such as ramen, gyoza and tofu lettuce wraps are announced on the restaurant’s social media. Jordan Barry

This week, the NEW ENGLAND CULINARY INSTITUTE moves its bakery and café, LA BRIOCHE, from its longtime location at 89 Main Street in Montpelier across the street to 118 Main. A daytime business, La Brioche will share space with NECI’s dinner restaurant, NECI ON MAIN. “It will work beautifully,” NECI president MILAN MILASINOVIC said of the arrangement. “The baking will be done in the kitchen [at NECI on Main]. The building will accommodate both businesses.” A Main Street mainstay, La Brioche has served studentmade baked goods, sandwiches and soups for more than 25 years at 89 Main’s City Center. The culinary school announced last spring that it would not extend its lease there into 2020. In its new location, La Brioche will be open every day but Sunday. S.P.

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has landed the strikingly designed bottles of Master Tonic on the shelves of such Vermont stores as City Market, Onion River Co-op; Healthy Living Market & Café; Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op; Commodities Natural Market; and Shelburne Market. Throughout New England, it’s available at the regional chain Big Y World Class Market. “About three months in, someone at Big Y got hold of my product and said they’d like to carry it at all 90 stores,” Grubbs said. “I went from zero stores to 130 within a few months.” Tracey Orvis, wellness manager at Middlebury’s co-op, said she jumped at the opportunity to carry Master Tonic. “For the co-op to have the opportunity to stock a fire cider that is locally made in small batches is a win for everyone,” she wrote to Seven Days in an email. That early, rapid growth led Grubbs to switch her focus. Rather than ramp up sales, Grubbs, who has no employees, does a few in-store demos a week at existing accounts to build product awareness. Offering samples of the product and gauging consumer response is one of Grubbs’ favorite aspects of being a business owner. “Every now and then you get somebody who cannot take spice at all, and they freak out,” she said. “Otherwise, it’s fun to watch people’s reactions.” Spice — the “fire” in fire cider — is an essential part of Master Tonic. The Yerbary currently offers three flavors of the product, each with the same base ingredients: onion, habañero, horseradish root, ginger, garlic, turmeric and raw apple cider vinegar. Taking a shot of Master Tonic is a tangy, tingly experience; Grubbs said it’s not unlike a shot of alcohol, with its “invigorating burn.” The honey lemon and lemon herb flavors offer variety to consumers, whether they’re seeking a bit of sweetness or herbal notes from oregano and thyme. “There are people out there that feel safer — they know this product is going to be strong and powerful — when they see honey and lemon,” Grubbs said. The lemon herb flavor is popular for culinary applications, including salad dressings and marinades. That culinary crossover is on display at the Big Y stores, where Master Tonic is placed in the vinegar aisle. Though Grubbs encourages culinary uses, she finds that particular placement confusing. “Everywhere here in Vermont, we’re in the supplement aisle,” she said. “That’s the preferable spot, because that’s mainly what it’s used for — although people love to use it in cocktails, and it makes an incredible spicy margarita.” Master Tonic is regulated as a food product, and Grubbs has to avoid health claims 44



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Some of the Yerbary Master Tonic base ingredients: onion, habañero, horseradish root, ginger, garlic and turmeric

FUELING THE FIRE While the fire cider trademark battle raged, Vermont herbalist Rosemary Gladstar was preparing her newest book, Fire Cider! 101 Zesty Recipes for Health-Boosting Remedies Made With Apple Cider Vinegar, for publication. Released by Storey Publishing in October 2019, the book chronicles the “fire cider revolution,” tells the story of the traditional tonic, and offers “fun, fabulous and sassy” recipes, related remedies, and guidelines for cooking with vinegar and fire cider. Gladstar, who now lives in Milton, developed the first modern recipe for fire cider in the late 1970s; she published it in a home study course in the ’80s and in her 1999 book Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbs for the Home Medicine Chest. “Everything about fire cider has been community oriented, even the recipe going out in the world,” Gladstar said. “No matter what happened in the case, I wanted this book to keep the origin story alive.” Gladstar gave the herbalist community an opportunity to participate, ultimately weaving more than 100 contributions into the book. “We sent letters out saying, ‘We’re writing this book; if you have a recipe or story or song or poem, send it!’” Gladstar said. The result is an open sharing of ideas befitting the herbalist tradition.

on the product’s label and in her marketing. The back label reads: “Master Tonic is a traditional herbal remedy used for thousands of years for its wholesome properties.” The original copy said “healing properties,” Grubbs said, but her production facility urged her to change the language to meet the strict regulations. Placement is especially important

because, until recently, Grubbs was not legally allowed to use the term “fire cider” anywhere on her label. As Seven Days reported in 2017, the Massachusetts company Shire City Herbals trademarked the term in 2012. Herbalists, who had been selling fire cider since Gladstar developed it, could no longer use the term for their products.

Grubbs didn’t start her business until after the trademark was in place, so she chose the common synonym “master tonic” and quietly supported the antitrademark cause, donating money to the herbalists who were fighting to have the trademark revoked. Supported by Gladstar, the organizations Free Fire Cider and Tradition Not Trademark worked to educate the public on the importance of keeping traditional herbal products available for the community to make and sell. The dispute between the herbalists and Shire City Herbals culminated in a nine-day hearing last summer in a Massachusetts federal court. Judge Mark G. Mastroianni ruled in favor of the herbalists that fire cider cannot be trademarked because it is a generic term that is well used in the herbalist community. “It was an intensely interesting experience that restored my faith in the legal system,” Gladstar told Seven Days. “I never was sure we would win, and we got such an education. “If it were just about fire cider,” she continued, “it wouldn’t be worth all the trouble. It was a landmark victory that has set a precedent, and it will make it easier to protect our traditional recipes.” Grubbs acknowledged that it would have been easier to market her product if she’d been able to call it “fire cider” from the beginning, but she hasn’t decided whether to change the name now. She agrees with Gladstar that the outcome of the case is a boon to the industry. “This was a name that herbalists have been using for so long, and they should be able to make it and sell it without getting cease-and-desist letters,” Grubbs said. “The more people that can be producing it, and the more name recognition it gets, the better we are as a whole. It’s going to be easier for the consumer to make choices about which fire cider they want to buy.” If the Yerbary’s customers are any indication, fire cider could be set for world domination. “They go all the way from my 10-year-old daughter’s friends to people who have been making it at home for decades,” Grubbs said. “Especially in Vermont, people are doing what they can to feel better naturally, and they’re realizing that there is a space in between wellness and sickness where we can use food as medicine.” m Contact:

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PRACTICE SESSION: INTERRUPTING HATE & ADDRESSING UNINTENDED BIAS: Have you ever wished you knew how to respond to racist comments and jokes? Join Central Vermont Showing Up for Racial Justice to hone effective reactions. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 223-7861, ext. 2.


AGENTS OF CHANGE: Making a stop on the Digital Marketing Whistle Stop Tour, five speakers share their expertise on building a personal brand. Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $149. Info, 207-871-7921. WOMENPRENEURS COFFEE & TEA MEETUP: Members of the business community share resources and feedback over hot beverages and pastries. Brio Coffeeworks, Burlington, 8:309:45 a.m. Free. Info, mieko@


KNITTER’S GROUP: Crafters share their latest projects and get help with challenging patterns. All skill levels are welcome. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


MEMORABLE TIMES CAFÉ: Those living with mild to moderate memory loss and their care partners convene for casual social time. Refreshments are provided. Vermont History

Center, Barre, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Info, 476-2681. TOURISM DAY: Vermonters with experience in the tourism industry share their knowledge with leaders and legislators. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2447.

fairs & festivals

VERMONT BURLESQUE FESTIVAL: More than 120 performers bring a mix of class and sass to the Green Mountain State. See for details. Various Barre and Burlington locations, 5 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 276-6362.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ALMOST THERE: MOVIES ABOUT THE FUTURE: An ambitious film from 2012 explores actions and their consequences throughout centuries. Call for title. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. ‘DENIAL’: When Holocaust denier David Irving sues writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt for libel, she must prove that the Holocaust actually occurred. Rachel Weisz plays Lipstadt in this 2016 drama. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: Revolutionary aerial techniques and state-of-the-art 3D cameras take viewers on a journey across the world on the wings of birds. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain,



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Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: Advanced filming techniques expose the planet’s top hunters on land, under the sea and in the air. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: A growing ring of orbiting debris is at the center of an out-of-thisworld film showing natural and man-made collisions. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: An immersive film reveals the astonishing lives of the smallest of animals — think chipmunks and grasshopper mice. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘WEATHERING WITH YOU’: A high-school runaway connects with a girl who WED.15

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FIND MORE LOCAL EVENTS IN THIS ISSUE AND ONLINE: art Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section and at

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All family-oriented events are now published in Kids VT, our free parenting monthly. Look for it on newsstands and check out the online calendar at kidsvt.

What do a former bank manager, a public works employee, a physical education teacher and a restaurant dishwasher have in common? They’re all cast members in The Same Moon, a storytelling production presented by Kingdom County Productions, Catamount Arts and the Telling Project. Making three tour stops in northern Vermont, the show features eight New Vermonters sharing their stories of migration from Nepal, Sudan, Madagascar, Jamaica, Somalia, Ghana, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of

Congo to St. Johnsbury, Montpelier and Burlington. Ariel Zevon and cast member Sahra Ali direct.

‘THE SAME MOON’ Friday, January 17, 7 p.m., at Studio One, Vermont Public Radio, in Colchester, $26; free for students. Saturday, January 18, 7 p.m., at Alexander Twilight Theatre, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon. $26; free for students. And Sunday, January 19, 3 p.m., at Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. $23-26; free for students. Info, 748-2600,

JAN.17-19 | WORDS Day of Action The first Women’s March Vermont event took place in January 2017 in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington in response to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. In keeping with its commitment to social and environmental justice, the organization partners with the Planned Parenthood Vermont Action Fund to host Womxn Rising Vermont. Unlike previous events, this fourth annual day of action does not include a march component. Instead, activists convene at Castleton University for programming, including a keynote speech by Rep. Summer Lee (D-34th District/Allegheny County), the first black woman elected to the state House of Representatives from western Pennsylvania. Can’t attend in person? Visit to learn about hosting or attending a livestreaming party.


WOMXN RISING VERMONT Saturday, January 18, noon-3 p.m., at Casella Theater, Castleton University. Free. Info, vermont@womensmarch. com,




MUSICAL TRADITIONS Some celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with community service, hard-hitting lectures or commemorative marches. Pianist Damien Sneed honors the legacy of the late nonviolent civil rights leader through music. In Sneed’s program “We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.,” excerpts of King’s speeches thread through works from African American musical traditions. Audience members may recognize

selections by Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone among traditional and modern works from the jazz, classical and gospel genres, as well as spirituals and Broadway tunes. The Burlington Ecumenical Gospel Choir lends its voices to this spirited concert.

DAMIEN SNEED’S ‘WE SHALL OVERCOME: A CELEBRATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’ Wednesday, January 22, 7:30 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $15-50. Info, 863-5966,

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Continuing its 40th anniversary season, the Waitsfield-based Valley Players present a murder mystery with a local twist. Out of Sight, Out of Murder centers on Peter Knight, an author working on a new book in an old Vermont mansion. When an electrical storm brings his fictional characters to life (audience members will need to suspend their disbelief for this one), Knight finds himself the target of an evasive killer. Warren actor Jesse Putnam plays

the protagonist in Fred Carmichael’s suspense-filled romp, which won the Valley Players’ first Vermont Playwrights Award in 1983.

‘OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MURDER’ Friday, January 17, and Saturday, January 18, 7 p.m.; and Sunday, January 19, 4 p.m., at Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield. See website for additional dates. $10-16. Info, 583-1674,




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controls the weather in this Japanese animated feature. Essex Cinemas & T-Rex Theater, 7 p.m. $10-12.50. Info, 8787231. Cumberland 12 Cinemas, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 & 8 p.m. $15. Info, 518-324-3888.


BRIDGE CLUB: Players have fun with the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $6. Info, 872-5722. FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Folks while away the hours with puzzles, board games, beer and free juice boxes for kids. Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, 4 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 496-4677. MAH JONGG: Participants of all levels enjoy friendly bouts of this tile-based game. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

health & fitness

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in an exercise and prevention class. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 7:30, 9 & 10:40 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. CHAIR YOGA: Whether experiencing balance issues or recovering from illness or injury, health-conscious community members drop in for a weekly low-stress class. Waterbury Public Library, 10:1511:15 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. RESILIENCE FLOW: Individuals affected by traumatic brain injuries engage in a gentle yoga practice. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. YOGA4CANCER: Meant for anyone affected by the illness, this class aims to help participants manage treatment side effects and recovery. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.


BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES: Learners take communication to the next level. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Community members practice conversing auf Deutsch. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: ¡Hola! Language lovers perfect their fluency. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


GAYME NIGHT: Friends bond over contests such as Cards Against Humanity, Jenga Giant and Scrabble. Bring or borrow a game. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.



BOUGE D’ICI DANCE FESTIVAL: An annual 11-day festival celebrates Montréal’s up-and-coming contemporary dance community with workshops, a showcase and other special events. MainLine Theatre, Montréal. Prices vary. Info, info@


Find club dates in the music section. FARMERS NIGHT CONCERT SERIES: NISHT GEFERLACH KLEZMER BAND: A concert of soulful and stirring songs from the golden age of New York’s Yiddish Theater lifts spirits. House Chamber, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 828-0749. OLD NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD BAND TEEN MUSIC JAM: Be they accomplished or beginner musicians, young players find harmony in the traditional music of Burlington’s past and present immigrant groups. Boys & Girls Club, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 881-8500.


HOME-BUYING WORKSHOP: Experts demystify the homebuying process for newbie house hunters, from identifying your family’s needs to closing. Light refreshments are provided. New England Federal Credit Union, Essex Junction, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790. TRANSITION FROM HIGH SCHOOL FOR YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES: Vermont Family Network offers information and resources to help families of young people with disabilities take the leap to adulthood. Northwestern Counseling & Support Services Family Center, St. Albans, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 800-800-4005.


CURRENT EVENTS CONVERSATION: Newsworthy subjects take the spotlight in this informal discussion. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918. JASON MITTELL: Speaking as part of the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series, the professor inspires interest in “The Chemistry of Character in ‘Breaking Bad’: An Audiovisual Book in Progress.” Room 103, Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. ‘A NIGHT OF HALL OF FAME HOOPS’: Drawing on their experience covering basketball, sports writers Jackie MacMullan of ESPN, Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe, and Jack McCallum and Alexander Wolff of Sports Illustrated address the state of the game, swap stories and answer questions. McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5253.



TECH SUPPORT: Need an email account? Want to enjoy ebooks? Bring your phone, tablet or laptop to a weekly help session. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. TECHNOLOGY NIGHT: Health and fitness tracking apps become second nature during a class with Vermont Technical College’s Ken Bernard. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


21ST CENTURY THEATRE FESTIVAL: NEW PLAY READING: Award-winning playwright Pia Wilson shares a fresh 12-character theater work. Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 8-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5511.


CATHERINE PETTER, KATE SCHOEDINGER & NATALIE SHAW: Three graduating students share their work in an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program public reading. College Hall Gallery, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 866-934-8232.

THU.16 business

FRANKLIN COUNTY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE JANUARY MIXER: Friends and colleagues catch up over food, drink and door prizes. Brother Bob Begley, Cathy Cromack, and the staff and volunteers of Martha’s Community Kitchen receive the Timothy Bovat Civic Involvement Award. Donations of nonperishable food items are accepted. People’s Trust Company, 25 Kingman St., St. Albans, 5:307:30 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, 524-2444. SPEED MENTORING: SCORE Vermont mentors elucidate business-related topics during rapid-fire meetings with aspiring entrepreneurs. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-5899.


BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: Members of the public stay upto-date on the status of the BHS ReEnvisioning Project. Cafeteria, Burlington High School, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 324-4885. HOMESHARING INFO SESSION: Locals learn to make the most of spare space in their homes by hosting compatible housemates. HomeShare Vermont, South Burlington, noon-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-5625.


MOUNT MANSFIELD SCALE MODELERS: Hobbyists break out the superglue and sweat the small stuff at a miniature construction skill swap. Brownell

Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0765.


PLASTICS FORUM: Health and environmental attorney Maggie Eaton outlines new plastics legislation to be implemented in Vermont. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

fairs & festivals

USA GAP YEAR FAIR: High school students interested in taking time off before college discover volunteer, travel and internship opportunities. Burlington High School, presentation, 6-6:45 p.m.; fair, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 609-529-1459. VERMONT BURLESQUE FESTIVAL: See WED.15, 5:30 p.m.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.15. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.15. ‘JANE EYRE’: Mia Wasikowska takes on the title role in a 2011 adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s novel about a governess, her employer and a dark secret. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.15. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.15. ‘WEATHERING WITH YOU’: See WED.15, Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $13.50. Info, 660-9300. WILLIAM SHATNER: Kahhhhhhhhhhhhn! Following a screening of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Captain James T. Kirk himself shares behindthe-scenes stories from the film and his 50-year career. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25-80. Info, 863-5966.

food & drink

COMMUNITY LUNCH: Gardengrown fare makes for a delicious and nutritious midday meal. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 309. NEW PIZZA POP-UPS: Specialty pies please palates as friends compete for prizes in rounds of trivia. Hardwick Street Café at the Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, pizza, 5-8 p.m.; trivia, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 533-9399. PENNYWISE PANTRY TOUR: On a guided exploration of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market, Onion River Co-op, downtown Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9753.


CHITTENDEN COUNTY CHESS CLUB: Checkmate! Strategic thinkers make calculated moves as they vie for their opponents’ kings. Shaw’s, Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5403.

ESCAPE ROOM: Groups solve puzzles to break free from a mad scientist-themed space. Sugarbush Resort, Warren. $45 per group; preregister. Info, 583-6300.

YOGA: A Sangha Studio instructor guides students who are in recovery toward achieving inner tranquility. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.

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ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.15, Barre Area Senior Center, 8:309:45 a.m. Free. Info, 479-9512. CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and wellbeing. Champlain Senior Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS: A 20-minute guided practice with Andrea O’Connor alleviates stress and tension. Tea and a discussion follow. Winooski Senior Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-1161. FALLS PREVENTION TAI CHI I & II: Students improve their ability to stay steady on their feet. Barre Area Senior Center, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512. SEED CLINIC: Small magnetic beads taped to acupressure points offer support for those experiencing difficult or stressful times. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations. Info, TAI CHI FOR FALL PREVENTION: Active bodies boost their strength and balance through gentle flowing movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 9:30 & 10 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: Slow, graceful, expansive movements promote wide-ranging health and fitness benefits. Wright House, Harrington Village, Shelburne, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5467.

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FRENCH CONVERSATION: Speakers improve their linguistic dexterity in the Romantic tongue. Bradford Public Library, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536.




Find club dates in the music section. SOUND ART HOUSE PARTY: Listeners take in the pleasant (and sometimes unpleasant) sounds of the Corrupting Sea, Glacial Erratics, Euphonette, Steven Lichti and Amy Konigbauer. Private residence, 1248 Route 2, East Montpelier, 7-10 p.m. Free. Info, 207-449-8286.


A CONVERSATION WITH ADAM GUETTEL: Theater buffs hear from the Tony Award-winning composer of the musical The Light in the Piazza, to be performed later this month as a collaboration between Town Hall Theater and the Middlebury College Department of Music. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 4:30 p.m. $11. Info, 382-9222. INSIDE ‘THE JUST & THE BLIND’: Cocreator Daniel Bernard Roumain, ensemble director Walt Cunningham and Dartmouth singers detail presenting a theatrical rumination on racial profiling and the prison-industrial complex. Top of the Hop, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. LUNCH & LEARN: Spectrum Youth & Family Services executive director Mark Redmond talks about helping Burlington’s homeless and at-risk youngsters. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. $6. Info, 863-4214.

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MARY LOUISE KETE: In a Third Thursday talk, the University of Vermont professor looks at poet Lucy Terry Prince and how her work challenges readers to rethink the story of the Green Mountain State. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8500.

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Find club dates at local venues in the music + nightlife section and at All family-oriented events are now published in Kids VT, our free parenting monthly. Look for it on newsstands and check out the online calendar at Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.

‘THE JUST AND THE BLIND’: Two “fathers of brown sons” — composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph — fuse music, dance and poetry as they ruminate on racial profiling and the prison-industrial complex. With dancer Drew Dollaz. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $24-40. Info, 603-646-2422. THU.16

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‘LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE’: Women, clothing and memory drive monologues and ensemble pieces in this offering from playwrights Nora and Delia Ephron. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 775-0903. ‘PIER VALENTINO’S: WORLD WITHOUT END! (THE FINAL BROADCAST)’: A fantastical, poignant and comedic piece written and performed by Nico Grelli hits the stage as part of MOXIE Productions’ 2020 One & Only Series. Grange Hall Cultural Center, Waterbury Center, 7:30 p.m. $20-35. Info, grangehallcc@


JANE KURTZ, MARY QUATTLEBAUM, PADMA VENKATRAMAN & GILBERT FORD: VCFA faculty members and guests give voice to original works as part of the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults public reading series. College Hall Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 866-934-8232. KELLY KLOSE & SHAWN MCSWEENEY: Lit lovers hear from two graduating MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults program students. Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 3:45-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 866-934-8232.

FRI.17 dance

BALLROOM & LATIN DANCING: Singles, couples and beginners are welcome to join in a dance social featuring waltz, tango and more. Williston Jazzercise Fitness Center, 8-9:30 p.m. $10. Info, 862-2269. ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Inspired by the 5Rhythms dance practice, attendees move, groove, release and open their hearts to life in a safe and sacred space. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE: Wendy Gilchrist and Martha Kent lead adults and teens in steps popular in the time of Jane Austen. Bring potluck snacks to share. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, lesson, 6:30 p.m.; dance, 7-9:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 881-9732. MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE: The renowned modern dance troupe takes the stage with a commissioned work by Pam Tanowitz, Graham’s iconic Appalachian Spring and more. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $18-60. Info, 603-646-2422.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.15. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.15. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.15. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.15.

food & drink

PUBLIC CUPPING: Coffee connoisseurs and beginners alike explore the flavor notes and aromas of the roaster’s current offerings and new releases. Brio Coffeeworks, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 777-6641.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.15, 9:15 a.m. ESCAPE ROOM: See THU.16.

health & fitness

CHAIR YOGA: Students with limited mobility limber up with modified poses. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. EXERCISE FOR HEALTH: Strength training with light weights focuses on balance and lower body strength. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10:40 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. FELDENKRAIS COMMUNITY CLASS: An open mind and the ability to get on the floor and back up are the only requirements for participating in slow, gentle movements that reveal new ways to live with the body. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 540-0186. GONG MEDITATION: Sonic vibrations lead to healing and deep relaxation. Yoga Roots, Williston, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $18. Info, 318-6050. MEDITATION PROGRAM: Stress, be gone! Students in this bimonthly gathering unlock a sense of calm through breath work and balancing chakras. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, noon1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. QIGONG FLOW: Gentle movements promote strength, balance and well-being. Waterbury Public Library, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free; limited space. Info, 244-7036. SUN 73 TAI CHI: A sequence of slow, controlled movements aids in strength and balance. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. TAI CHI FOR FALL PREVENTION: Beginners and older adults in this eight-week class with instructor Kenneth Russell engage in a gentle workout done seated or standing. Waterbury Public Library, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 244-7036. YANG 24 TAI CHI: Students get an introduction to a gentle form of exercise said to benefit internal organs. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.





Find club dates in the music section. A2VT: The local Afropop and hip-hop group drops its latest album, Twenty Infinity, with a live performance. North End Studio A, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5. Info, DOMINIQUE DODGE: Drawing on her deep love of Gaelic music and culture, the artist performs material from her new album Cànan nan Teud at a CD release party. Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, mark. HEATH QUARTET: Classical fans revel in the fourth of a six-concert series in which the acclaimed ensemble presents Beethoven’s entire string quartet cycle in celebration of the composer’s 250th birthday. Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. $622. Info, 443-3168. MICHAEL ARNOWITT & THE IMPROVISIONS JAZZ QUINTET: Vermont jazz musicians Dave Smith, Dan Silverman, Rick Rosato and Caleb Bronz join the celebrated pianist on stage. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 728-9878. VSO JUKEBOX: Vermont Symphony Orchestra creative projects chair Matt LaRocca curates this innovative chamber music series. Soprano Mary Bonhag lends her talent to a program inspired by the power of words. Merchants Hall, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $7-95. Info, 864-5741. WINTER WINE DOWN MUSIC SERIES: Oenophiles let loose with live music by Reid Parsons, awardwinning wine and mouthwatering eats. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, wine service begins, 5 p.m.; music, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 372-9463.


GENEALOGY: Using their memories, the internet and a library card, folks work with Carl Williams to record their own family history. Barre Area Senior Center, noon1:30 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 479-9512.


JANET EILBER & MARY LOU ALESKIE: The Martha Graham Dance Company’s legacy of female empowerment takes center stage during a discussion with the directors of the company and the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Top of the Hop, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422.


LOST NATION THEATER’S 2020 SEASON AUDITIONS: Actors, singers and movers vie for roles in the Montpelier company’s upcoming season. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall, 7-9

p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@ ‘LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE’: See THU.16. ‘OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MURDER’: Romance, suspense and cosmic wit propel Fred Carmichael’s mystery-comedy, presented by the Valley Players. See calendar spotlight. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $10-16. Info, 583-1674. ‘PIER VALENTINO’S: WORLD WITHOUT END! (THE FINAL BROADCAST)’: See THU.16.


DEBORAH MARCERO, CORI MCCARTHY, JENNIFER ZIEGLER, ANN DÁVILA CARDINAL & CHARLES R. SMITH JR.: VCFA faculty members and guests give voice to original works as part of the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults public reading series. College Hall Chapel, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 866-934-8232. ‘THE SAME MOON’: Displacement is the theme when local refugees and immigrants share their stories with their community. See calendar spotlight. Studio One, Vermont Public Radio, Colchester, 7 p.m. $26; free for students. Info, 748-2600. SPIRITUAL BOOK STUDY GROUP: Not a religious book club, this group focuses on examining worry, doubt, depression and other obstacles in everyday life. Barre Area Senior Center, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512.

SAT.18 activism

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY MEETING: Activists gather with the goal of advancing human rights. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, WOMXN RISING VERMONT: In solidarity with sister events throughout the country, activists engage in interactive and empowering programming, including a keynote speech by rising progressive star Rep. Summer Lee of Pennsylvania. See calendar spotlight. Casella Theater, Castleton University, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info,


WINTER AT THE FARM: Families experience the season in 19thcentury style by visiting animals, touring an 1890 farmhouse and learning from interactive programs. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-16; free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355.


QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFÉ: People with memory loss accompany their caregivers for coffee, conversation and entertainment. Thayer House, Burlington, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 656-4220.


fairs & festivals

MEET & MOVE: Hosted by the Hop with the Vermont Dance Alliance, regional dancemakers come together for a movement workshop and social reception. Hop Garage, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 603-646-2422.


MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE: See FRI.17, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

MONTPELIER CONTRA DANCE: Nils Fredland calls the steps at a traditional social dance with high-energy music by Cedar Stanistreet and Jesse Ball. Capital City Grange, Berlin, introductory session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $5-15. Info, 225-8921. TURN UP THE HEAT BEACH PARTY: Revelers break out the flip-flops, shorts and beach hats and dance the winter blues away. Barre Elks Lodge, 7-11 p.m. $10. Info, 479-9522.


90+ BIRTHDAY PARTY: All are welcome to celebrate residents between the ages of 90 and 99 with a chicken-and-biscuit lunch and, of course, cake and ice cream. Winooski Senior Center, noon. $5; free for nonagenarians and a companion; preregister. Info, 655-6425. LEGAL CLINIC: Attorneys offer complimentary consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. 274 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 383-2118. STUNT KITE FLIERS & ARCHERY HOBBYISTS MEETING: Open to beginning and experienced hobbyists alike, a weekly gathering allows folks to share information and suggestions for equipment, sporting locations and more. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-0030.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.15. ‘HONEYLAND’: Hatidze Muratova, the last in a long line of Macedonian beekeepers, encounters new neighbors and new complications in this 2019 documentary shown as part of the Woodstock Vermont Film Series. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 & 5:30 p.m. $6-11. Info, 457-2355. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.15. MOUNTAINFILM ON TOUR: Adventure hounds screen award-winning films celebrating mountain culture, outdoor sports, sustainable living and the environment. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $5-12. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.15. ‘SYSTEM CRASHER’: A German drama centers on Benni, a 9-yearold girl with severe trauma struggling to find a place in the world. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.15.

food & drink

CAPITAL CITY WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Meats, cheeses, crafts and more change hands at an off-season celebration of locally grown food. Caledonia Spirits, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 279-7293.



FOMO? Find even more local events in this newspaper and online:

art Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section and at

film See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section and at

music + comedy Find club dates at local venues in the music + nightlife section and at All family-oriented events are now published in Kids VT, our free parenting monthly. Look for it on newsstands and check out the online calendar at Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.

health & fitness

NEWBIE NOON HOT YOGA: First-timers feel the heat as they get their stretch on in a (very) warm environment. Hot Yoga Burlington, noon. Free; preregister. Info, 999-9963.


PRIDE YOGA: LGBTQ individuals and allies hit the mat for a stretching session suited to all levels. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.




Find club dates in the music section. CAPITAL CITY CONCERTS: Washington, D.C., pianist Jeffrey Chappell tickles the ivories as artwork by central Vermont students is projected over the stage. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $15-25. Info, info@


CATAMOUNT ARTS BLUEGRASS NIGHT: Dana & Sue Robinson and Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing are the featured performers during an evening chock-full of traditional tunes. Masonic Hall, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 748-2600. EAST COAST INSPIRATIONAL SINGERS: A multimedia presentation honoring Martin Luther King Jr. adds meaning to a spirited concert by the New York City choir. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7 p.m. $10-20. Info, 533-2000. FLYNN SHOW CHOIRS AUDITION: Ranging from grade 4 through 12, singers, actors and dancers vie for spots in powerhouse performing troupes. Chase Dance Studio, Flynn Center, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. $350; preregister. Info, 652-4537. JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE SHOW: Musicians channel the Man in Black through renditions of his iconic songs. Vergennes Opera House, 7-9 p.m. $12. Info, 877-6737. KAT WRIGHT: The Burlington songbird turns heads with soulful vocal stylings. Part of the Walker Farm Music concert series. Weston Playhouse Second Stage at Walker Farm, 7:30 p.m. $18-38. Info, 824-5288. MICHAEL ARNOWITT & THE IMPROVISIONS JAZZ QUINTET: See FRI.17, United Church of Newport, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 624-6454. RUANE & DUQUETTE: Vermont’s Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette dole out acoustic songs from their latest album, Notch Road. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $45 includes dinner; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-4295. SATURDAY KARAOKE: Amateur singers belt out their favorite tunes. Burlington VFW Post, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-6532. SPRUCE PEAK CHAMBER SOCIETY: Skilled musicians honor the anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth with the program “Beethoven’s 250th.” Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $38. Info, 760-4634. THOMAS GUNN: Colorful attire is encouraged at a release party for the singer-songwriter’s new album Swimming With Fire. Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co., Montpelier, 8-11:45 p.m. $5. Info, 730-9414.


EAGLE MOUNTAIN HIKE: Snowshoers keep a leisurely pace on an easy three-mile outing. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info, 373-8613. MOUNT MANSFIELD HIKE: Outdoors lovers don snowshoes for a difficult eight-mile outing with members of the Green Mountain Club Burlington section. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, robynnalbert@

WINTER REGULARS & RARITIES IN THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY: Birders look for winter visitors along Lake Champlain and neighboring farm fields. Bring lunch and be sure to bundle up. Otter Valley Union High School, Brandon, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, birding@rutlandcountyaudubon. org. WINTER WILDLIFE CELEBRATION: Guided tours and talks lead to outdoor and indoor games, crafts, and activities. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $14.50-16.50; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 359-5000.


DORIS BITTRUF: Reflecting on her own experience, the speaker offers helpful information for future travelers in her talk “The Camino de Santiago — Spain.” Milton Public Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4644. ‘MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY WOMEN IN DANCE HERE AND NOW’: In a moderated panel discussion, women dance artists from the region reveal their unique approaches to their craft. Top of the Hop, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422.


IPHONE SECURITY: Smartphone users learn to make the most of their privacy settings. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 244-7036.


LOST NATION THEATER’S 2020 SEASON AUDITIONS: See FRI.17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. ‘LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE’: See THU.16. METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘WOZZECK’: One of the most controversial yet defining musical works of the 20th century, this post-apocalyptic opera stars baritone Peter Mattei and soprano Elza van den Heever. Shown on screen. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 12:55 p.m. $16-25. Info, 7482600. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 12:55 p.m. $10-23. Info, 775-0903. ‘OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MURDER’: See FRI.17. ‘PIER VALENTINO’S: WORLD WITHOUT END! (THE FINAL BROADCAST)’: See THU.16.


JESSIE ELIZABETH JANOWITZ, AILEEN JOHNSON & KAREN KROSSING: Fans of the written word gather for readings by graduating MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults students. College Hall Gallery, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 2:15-3:15 p.m. Free. Info, 866-934-8232. POETRY EXPERIENCE: Writers share original work and learn from others in a supportive

environment open to all ages and experience levels. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. ‘THE SAME MOON’: See FRI.17, Alexander Twilight Theatre, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon. WRITING ON THE ROOF: Teen scribes put pen to paper in a nonfiction writing workshop with the Young Writers Project. Karma Bird House, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 324-9538.





COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE: Sessions in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh include sitting and walking meditation, a short reading, and open sharing. Evolution Physical Therapy & Yoga, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, newleafsangha@


ISRAELI FOLK DANCING: No partner is required for a beginner-friendly session of circle and line dances. Call to confirm if the weather is questionable. Social Hall, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 864-0218. SALSALINA SUNDAY PRACTICE: Salsa dancers step in for a casual social. Salsalina Dance Studio, Winooski, 5-8 p.m. $5. Info,


HU CHANT: SOUND OF SOUL: People of all faiths lift their voices in a spiritual exercise followed by contemplation and conversation. Eckankar Center, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390. WINTER BRIDAL SHOW: Brides-to-be hear music, taste cake samples and immerse themselves in the latest trends in preparation for the big day. Holiday Inn, Rutland, 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. $6-7. Info, 459-2897.

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BRETON FEST-NOZ: Continuing a centuries-old tradition from Brittany, this ceilidh-like soirée sends spirits soaring with traditional music, participatory dance, crêpes and cider. Middlebury College Chateau Grand Salon, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.15. ‘FIG TREE’: Shown as part of Jewish Journeys: A Series of Films From Around the World, this 2018 drama is set in war-torn Ethiopia. A discussion follows. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing SUN.19

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Arts Center, Burlington, 2-4:30 p.m. $10. Info, 862-5125. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.15. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.15. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.15.


ESCAPE ROOM: See THU.16. GAMES PARLOUR: Strategic thinkers bring favorite tabletop competitions to play with others. Champlain Club, Burlington, 2-8 p.m. $5. Info, orsonbradford@


MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. REMEMBRANCE: Steven Reed, the first African American mayor of Montgomery, Ala., is featured at this annual commemoration of the late civil rights leader. First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 233-2404.


‘DIMANCHES’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Parlez-vous français? Speakers practice the tongue at a casual drop-in chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, steve


PRIDE HIKES: RED ROCKS PARK: Clad in weather-appropriate clothing, LGBTQA+ hikers walk a two-mile loop winding through wetlands, forests and rocky ledges. Meet in the park parking lot, Red Rocks Park, South Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info,




Find club dates in the music section. CAPITAL CITY CONCERTS: See SAT.18, 4 p.m. CHAMBERWORKS: ‘A MUSICAL JOKE’: Compositions by Mozart and Haydn, performed by Dartmouth College students and faculty members, delight listeners. Top of the Hop, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. MICHAEL ARNOWITT & THE IMPROVISIONS JAZZ QUINTET: See FRI.17, FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $16-20. Info, 863-5966. PATRICK ROSS: Bow in hand, the fifth-generation fiddler doles out toe-tapping traditional and original tunes. The Kowal Bluegrass Band opens. Willey Memorial Hall, Cabot, 4-6 p.m. $16-20. Info, 793-3016.

VA-ET-VIENT: French heritage is front and center in a performance by the Addison County trio. Charlotte Grange, 4-5:30 p.m. $10. Info, 923-6096.




PUBLIC SKATING: Active bodies coast across the ice. Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse, N.Y., 1:15-2:45 p.m. $2-3; additional cost for rentals. Info, 518-564-4270.


ROBERT GRANDCHAMP: The author and historian compares the firearms used by the Green Mountain Boys of 1777 to those of the Green Mountain Boys of 1861. Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.15.

‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.15. ‘SUPPRESSED: THE FIGHT TO VOTE’: A 2019 documentary short reveals systemic efforts to disenfranchise voters in the United States. Proceeds benefit Fair Fight, a voter protection group founded by former Georgia House Democratic leader Stacey Abrams. A discussion follows. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, 6-7:30 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 496-9854. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Minimum $10 donation. Info, ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.15.

‘ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND’ AUDITIONS: Actors ages 14 and up throw their hats into the ring for roles in an up coming Valley Players production. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, noon. Free. Info, 583-1674.


‘LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE’: See THU.16, 2 p.m.

BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.15, 6:30 p.m.


MAGIC: THE GATHERING — MONDAY NIGHT MODERN: Tarmogoyf-slinging madness ensues when competitors battle for prizes in a weekly game. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 7-11 p.m. $8. Info, 540-0498.


MARY JANE NIRDLINGER, SKYLER B. SCHREMPP & MARILYN O. UNDERWOOD: Graduating MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults students read original works aloud. Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 866-934-8232. MIRIAM CHERNIK, AMBER LOUGH & JENIFER LYN PILLOCK: Readings by graduating MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults students captivate listeners. Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 4:45-5:45 p.m. Free. Info, 866-934-8232. ‘THE SAME MOON’: See FRI.17, Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 3 p.m. $23-26; free for students.

MON.20 activism

TEEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM TEACH-IN: Youngsters in grades eight through 12 delve into the complexities of the criminal justice system and take action toward raising awareness of the plight of prisoners and criminals re-entering society. Jewish Communities of Vermont, Burlington, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 603-387-8697.


HANDWORK CIRCLE: Friends and neighbors make progress on works of knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch and other creative endeavors. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

SONNY SAUL SPECTACULAR: Ranging in age from 17 to 81, musicians bring their talents to a program of songs dedicated to friends, family, heroes and animals. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 4-7 p.m. $20. Info, 457-3500. 52 SEVEN DAYS JANUARY 15-22, 2020

802 CORN HOLE: Competitors vie for points in this popular lawn game during 10 weeks of league play. Barre Elks Lodge, registration, 6 p.m.; games, 6:45 p.m. $10; cash bar. Info, 479-9522.

PITCH: Players compete in a tricktaking card game. Barre Area Senior Center, 1-3:45 p.m. Free. Info, 479-9512.


PLATTSBURGH CONVERSATION GROUP: French speakers maintain their conversational skills in a weekly meet-up. Plattsburgh Public Library, N.Y., 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info,


Find club dates in the music section.


SWING DANCING: Quick-footed participants experiment with different forms, including the Lindy Hop, Charleston and balboa. Beginners are welcome. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:309:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.

RESISTANCE BAND STRENGTH TRAINING 101: Those looking to increase muscle strength, range of motion or bone density participate in a four-week fitness class with instructor Becky Roy-Widschwenter. Waterbury Public Library, 10-10:45 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 244-7036.



BURNT ROCK HIKE: Snowshoes and spikes are required for this difficult trek covering 5.2 miles of ground and gaining 2,500 feet in elevation. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info,

STEVE HAGENBUCH & MARGARET FOWLE: “Bird Conservation: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally,” a slide presentation by the Audubon Vermont representatives, outlines what Vermonters can do to preserve diminishing migratory species. Fairlee Town Hall Auditorium, 6:30-8 p.m. $10. Info, 331-0997.




STATE OF THE WORLD COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS: Activist Sandy Baird leads an open forum reflecting on and analyzing current events in a nonjudgmental setting. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. WILLIAM TORTOLANO: A blend of visual and audio materials enlivens “The Harlem Renaissance.” Winooski Senior Center, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 655-6410.




See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.15. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.15. ‘JULES & JIM’: Two friends and an impulsive woman form a love triangle in a French-language flick. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘SOPHIE SCHOLL: THE FINAL DAYS’: A 2005 drama tells the story of a famous World War II German anti-Nazi activist. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.15. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.15. ‘TOP HAT’: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance their way through this musical comedy about a model who falls for a dancer. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 540-3018.


KIM KAUFMAN & JP MCCORMICK: Bookworms give their attention to MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults students, who share original works. Noble Lounge, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 1:15-2 p.m. Free. Info, 866-934-8232.

CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and wellbeing. Heineberg Senior Center, Burlington, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.

VOICES OF COLOR SHOWCASE: People of color exercise their artistry when sharing stories and poetry. Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8-10:30 p.m. $1. Info, 660-9346.

food & drink



COMMUNITY HERBAL CLINIC: Supervised clinical interns offer guidance and support to those looking to care for themselves using natural remedies. By appointment only. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, and Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 4-8 p.m. $10-30; additional cost for herbs; preregister. Info, 224-7100.


MLK DAY: COMMUNITY MEAL & DISCUSSION: A midday meal paves the way for a justicefocused discussion honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 229-9151. MLK JR. CELEBRATION: Dartmouth College senior lecturer of Spanish and award-winning translator Kianny Antigua offers a keynote speech in the spirit of late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2923.


COMMUNITY DROP-IN CENTER HOURS: Wi-Fi, games and art materials are on hand at an open meeting space where folks forge social connections. GRACE, Hardwick, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 472-6857.


COMMUNITY CRAFT NIGHT: Makers stitch, spin, knit and crochet their way through projects while enjoying each other’s company. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. WOOD CARVING: Don Heuerman leads individuals in fashioning ornamental objects from wood. Barre Area Senior Center, 1-3 p.m. Donations; preregister; limited space. Info, 479-9512.

TUESDAY LUNCH: An in-house chef whips up a well-balanced hot meal with dessert. See for menu. Barre Area Senior Center, noon. $6; preregister. Info, 479-9512.

BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.15, 7 p.m. CRIBBAGE: Friends connect over a fun-spirited card game. Barre Area Senior Center, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 479-9512. HAND & FOOT CARD GAME GROUP: No experience is required to join in a fun-spirited amusement. Barre Area Senior Center, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 479-9512.

health & fitness

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.15, Barre Area Senior Center, 8:309:45 a.m. Free. Info, 479-9512. COMMUNITY HERBAL CLINIC: See MON.20, Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. REIKI CLINIC: Thirty-minute treatments foster physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. JourneyWorks, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. $10-30; preregister. Info, 860-6203.

TUESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Participants learn to relax and let go. Stillpoint Center, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605.


‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners say it all in French at a social conversational practice. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. ITALIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Parla Italiano? Language learners practice pronunciation and more in an informal gathering. Hartland Public Library, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2473. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: ITALIAN: Speakers hone their skills in the Romance language over a bag lunch. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Frenchlanguage fanatics meet pour parler la belle langue. ¡Duino! (Duende), Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652.


FREE AIKIDO CLASS: A one-time complimentary introduction to the Japanese martial art focuses on centering and finding freedom while under attack. Open to prospective students. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 6:157:15 p.m. Free. Info, 951-8900.


DAMIAN COSTELLO: A historical lecture explores the life and legacy of Lakota holy man Nicholas Black Elk. Holy Family Parish Hall, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-5331. MICHAEL UNGAR: The author of Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success elucidates “Nine Things All Children Need to Succeed.” Waterbury Municipal Building, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-9715. RACE CONVERSATIONS: Guided by Ijeoma Oluo’s book So You Want to Talk About Race, community members explore concepts of culture, power and equity with facilitator Life LeGeros. Waterbury Public Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.


‘THE PUSSYGRABBER PLAYS’: Based on interviews with seven women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, this theatrical production includes seven short plays and is presented as part of the 21stCentury Theatre Festival. Funds raised benefit WomenSafe. Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Arts


Center, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 443-3168.


BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB: Readers voice opinions about In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. BURLINGTON FREE WRITE: Aspiring writers respond to prompts in a welcoming atmosphere. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 999-1664. JOANNA BLAINE EASTON: Original poems enliven the Charlotte author’s poignant memoir I Live in the Land of Apples, in which she recounts her upbringing in a large bi-ethnic household. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.

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DANCING UPHILL: An annual recital spotlighting dance student performers features guest artists Laurel Jenkins and Lida Winfield. Mann Hall Gymnasium, University of Vermont Trinity Campus, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 656-3131.


NURSING BEYOND A YEAR MEET-UP: Breastfeeding parents connect over toddler topics such as weaning and healthy eating habits. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 985-8228.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EARTH FLIGHT 3D’: See WED.15. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.15.

CENTRAL VERMONT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEETING: Dinner and a business meeting pave the way for presentations on economic and workforce development policies. Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Montpelier, 4:30-7:30 p.m. $50-350; preregister. Info, 229-5711.

‘THE PIANIST’: Adrien Brody plays a Polish Jewish musician in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘THE PROPOSAL’: Shown as part of the Architecture + Design Film Series, the film focuses on artist Jill Magid’s quest to unearth

privately held drawings, models and letters by 20th-century architect Luis Barragán. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, reception, 6 p.m.; screening, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. ‘SPACE JUNK 3D’: See WED.15. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.15.

food & drink

COMMUNITY DINNER: Friends and neighbors forge connections over a shared meal and a discussion of Vermont Family Network’s services for children with special needs. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister for childcare. Info, 655-4565. COOK THE BOOK: Home cooks bring a dish from Joy of Cooking: 2019 Edition Fully Revised and Updated to a palate-pleasing potluck. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.




DAMIEN SNEED’S ‘WE SHALL OVERCOME: A CELEBRATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’: The bandleader highlights African American music that inspired generations of civil rights activists, interspersed with segments of speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-50. Info, 863-5966.


BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES: See WED.15. FOURTH WEDNESDAY CONVERSATION GROUP: Frenchlanguage conversation flows at a monthly gathering. Alburgh Public Library, 5:15-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, ajp4561@gmail. com.







WINTER RENDEZVOUS: Temperatures rise during the East Coast’s longest running gay ski week. See winterrendezvous. com for details. Various Stowe locations. Prices vary. Info, info@


Find club dates in the music section. MENTALLY INTUNE: Singers find harmony in a community chorus for people living with depression. No experience or talent required. Rumney Memorial School, Middlesex, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 272-7209. OLD NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD BAND TEEN MUSIC JAM: See WED.15.


IMPLICIT BIAS: In a League of Women Voters Criminal Justice in Vermont Speaker Series workshop, the State of Vermont Human Rights Commission’s Bor Yang examines how humans unconsciously attribute certain qualities to members of particular groups. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


WATERBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING: Pictures and clippings add color to Skip Flanders’ lecture on the Mount Mansfield Electric Railroad. Waterbury Municipal Building, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 244-8089.




‘KING LEAR’: Northern Stage presents Shakespeare’s tale about a ruler’s descent into madness. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction 7:30 p.m. $19-59. Info, 296-7000. ‘RELATIVITY’: A reporter questions Albert Einstein about a mysterious piece of his personal history in Mark St. Germain’s full-length drama presented by Vermont Stage. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $29.70-38.50. Info, 862-1497.


TERESA M. MARES: Drawing on her research of Latinx farmworkers in Vermont’s dairy industry, the University of Vermont associate professor speaks about her book Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont. Richmond Free Library, 4:30-5:45 p.m. Free. Info, 4343036. m



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225+ Classes for Everyone. CVUHS Campus HINESBURG. Full descriptions at ACCESS ART: at CVUHS in Hinesburg. Part of 230+ classes for all ages. Watercolor With Ginny Joyner (three levels), Drawing, Ink Art, Landscape, Mixed Media, Oil Painting, Beginner Calligraphy, Art Journaling, Terrarium Design, Flower Arranging, Wreaths, Leaf Collage, Fly Tying. Full descriptions at Or call 482-7194 or access@cvsdvt. org. Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, Hinesburg. Info: cvsdvt.ce.eleyo. com. ACCESS CUISINE: All one night at CVUHS in Hinesburg: Part of 230+ classes for all ages. Chinese Feast, Thai Feast, Vietnamese With Kim Dinh, German, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, Risotto, Pasta, Soup and Focaccia, Swedish, Chocolate, Mediterranean, Wild Crafting, Vegetarian, Pierogi with Luiza, Fermented Drinks, Four different Ethiopian/Eritrean With Alganesh, Irish, Italian Easter Desserts, Sweet Desserts, Cake Decorating, YUM! Full descriptions at cvsdvt. Or call 482-7194 or Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, Hinesburg. Info: ACCESS EMPOWERMENT: at CVUHS in Hinesburg. Part of 230+ classes for all ages. SAT Bootcamp, CPR and AED Training, First Aid Training, Women’s SelfDefense, Mindful Meditation, SelfHypnosis, Massage, Mind-Body Practice, Reflexology, Biofield Tuning, and Juggling. Writing Workshops, Using Linkedin, Knowledge With Girlington Garage. Talks on: Donner Party, Secrets of Mt Philo, Islamic Art, Temperance and Prohibition in the Champlain Valley, Sailing, Life in a Jar-book talk, Alzheimers. Also, Bridge (two levels), Mah Jongg, Reiki, Herbals (three choices), and Tarot Reading. Full descriptions at cvsdvt.ce.eleyo.


com. Or call 482-7194 or access@ Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, Hinesburg. Info: cvsdvt. ACCESS KIDS: at CVUHS in Hinesburg. Part of 230+ classes for all ages. These classes designed specifically for younger learners. Haircare, Macrame, Wood Slice Art, Yoga for Kids, Sewing, Soap Carving, Whittling, Fun with Fondant, Hip-Hop (two levels). Check website for appropriate ages for each of these great classes. Guaranteed. Full descriptions at cvsdvt.ce.eleyo. com. Or call 482-7194, or access@ Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, Hinesburg. Info: cvsdvt. ACCESS LANGUAGE AND MUSIC: at CVUHS in Hinesburg. Part of 230+ classes for all ages. Intro to ASL, ASL 2, French (three levels), Spanish (four levels), Italian for Travelers, German (two levels), Ukulele, Guitar (two levels), Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolin, Ukelele, Circle Singing. Low cost, handson, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions at cvsdvt. Or call 4827194 or Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, Hinesburg. Info: cvsdvt.ce.eleyo. com. ACCESS NATURE: at CVUHS in Hinesburg. Part of 230+ classes for all ages. Beekeeping, Birding, Woodlot Management, Chainsaw Maintenance, Gardening for Pollinators, Fabulous Foliage, Edible/Medicinal Plants, Herb Container Gardening, Growing Mushrooms, Blueberries, Homesteading, Backyard Farming, Feline Behavior, Spring Tree ID, Reptiles, Herbals (three choices), Soap Making, Wildlife Rehab. Guaranteed. Full descriptions at Or call 4827194 or Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, Hinesburg. Info: COMPUTER CLASSES: at CVUHS in Hinesburg. Part of 230+ classes for all ages. Cybersecurity: Personal Info, Tech Tutorial, Webpage program, Excel (three levels), Smart Phone Photography, Digital Photography (three choices), Intro to Digital Darkroom, Photo Composition, Nature Photography, Photoshop. Full descriptions at cvsdvt. Or call 482-7194 or Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12.


Location: CVUHS, Hinesburg.Info: YOGA, FITNESS AND DANCE: at CVUHS in Hinesburg. Part of 230+ classes for all ages. Strength Training With Jess Voyer, Weight Training for Women, Weight Training for Seniors, Zumba, Women’s Yoga Hour Mondays, Yoga Tuesdays, Yoga Thursdays, Tai Chi, Swing or Ballroom With Terry Bouricius, Kickboxing, HipHop for Kids, Hip-Hop for Adults. Low cost, excellent instructors, guaranteed. Full descriptions at Or call 4827194 or Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, Hinesburg. Info:

agriculture BEGINNER BEEKEEPING CLASSES: Get ready to begin your beekeeping journey. Start your adventure with a good foundation. Questions and conversation are encouraged. We cover all the basics from history to the latest struggles of the bees. Several dates available. To register, go to Shop, then Books & Education on our website. Feb. 15, Mar. 21 or Apr. 20. Cost: $30/4-hour class. Location: Williamstown Masonic Lodge, 111 Brush Hill Rd., Williamstown. Info: Vermont Beekeeping Supply, llc, Sheri Englert, 433-9897, vtbee@live. com,

art ART, SEA & SOUL RETREAT, WINGSPAN: Private and group French lessons, all levels/ages. Mar. 1-8. Cost: $1,430/7-day retreat. Location: Wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: Maggie Standley, 233-7676,, art-sea-soul-retreat-mahahualmexico.

BCA Studios

Burlington City Arts Fall Class Registration is now open! Find these classes and many more at ABSTRACT DRAWING: Generate new energy in your drawing through the expressive style of abstraction. Develop confidence and expand your intuitive drawing language. We’ll combine a variety of drawing mediums, sizes and techniques in fresh new ways. Constructive group feedback and individual coaching create a supportive environment for experimentation. Class price includes basic drawing materials. Prerequisite: Some drawing experience recommended. Ages 18+. Instructor: Gail Salzman. Thu., Jan. 30-Mar. 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-7166, jflanagan@, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, OPTION 1: No experience necessary. Learn the basics of a great photo, initial exposure, editing and printing in this eight-week class. Learn camera controls and functions, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO ratings, shooting in RAW, lens choices, metering techniques, and more. Organizing and editing files in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are covered. Students leave with high-quality prints made on our archival Epson printer. Assignments and supportive critique sessions discuss the composition, content and concepts explored. DSLR Camera and a Mac-compatible portable flash or hard drive required. Fri., Jan. 24-Mar. 13, 10 a.m.-noon Cost: $240/person; $216 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-7166, jflanagan@, DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, OPTION 2: No experience necessary. Learn the basics of a great photo from initial exposure to editing and printing in this eight-week class. Includes overview of camera controls and functions, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO ratings, shooting in RAW, lens choices, metering techniques and more. Organizing and editing files in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are covered. Students leave with high-quality prints made on our archival Epson printer. Assignments and supportive critique sessions to discuss the composition, content and concepts explored in your photographs. DSLR camera and a Mac-compatible portable flash or hard drive required. Mon., Jan. 27-Mar. 16, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $240/

person; $216 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-7166, jflanagan@, FAMILY PAINT: Spend a morning with teaching artist Kate McKernan. Using our paints, brushes, easels, and more, your family creates beautiful works of art. Supplies are provided, no experience needed. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may assist their child(ren) free of charge. Additional tickets are required for adults who’d like to join the fun and paint on their own. Sun., Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-noon Cost: $10/person; $9 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine Street, Burlington. Info: BCA Studios, John Flanagan, 865-7166,, HAND-PRINTED FABRIC WORKSHOP: Get to know our print studio at this one nightworkshop and explore the possibilities of printmaking. Students will explore simple and satisfying ways to add design to fabric goods to bring home. Class includes all materials, no experience necessary. Ages 18+. Instructor: Kate McKernan. Tue., Feb. 4, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-7166, jflanagan@, PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR ARTWORK, OPTION 1: No experience required. 90-minute, assisted photography session. Work one-on-one with a BCA pro to photograph your 2D or 3D artwork in the BCA Lighting Studio. Your work is professionally lit and photographed by BCA staff, and you receive one high-res TIFF and JPEG of each image. BCA staff handles lighting and camera work during the shoot and applies basic color correction, density and contrast adjustments to each image in BCA’s Digital Lab. Additional digital post-production is your responsibility. You may

bring up to 10 unframed pieces no larger than 40x60” or 10 objects no larger than 24x24”. BCA provides a digital camera during the session and a flash drive for taking home. Registration is required and cancellations within a week’s time will be nonrefundable. Wed., Jan. 22, 10:30 a.m.noon. Cost: $120/person; $108 for BCA Members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-7166,, PRINTMAKING OPTION 2: Learn a range of printing techniques to use individually or in combination to create unique artwork. Over six weeks, learn about the studio’s equipment and materials and discover techniques such as block printing with linoleum, collagraph (a low-relief intaglio technique) and monoprinting. Class price includes basic supplies and open studio access during the weeks of class. No experience needed. Ages 18+. Instructor: Susan Smereka. Thu., Jan. 30-Mar. 5, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $255/person; $229.50 for BCA members Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-7166,, PRINTMAKING, OPTION 1: Learn printing techniques that can be used on their own or in combination to create unique artwork. Over six weeks, learn about the studio’s equipment and materials and discover techniques such as block printing with linoleum, collagraph (a low-relief intaglio technique), and monoprinting. Have fun experimenting. Includes basic supplies and open studio access during weeks of class. No experience needed. Tue., Jan. 28-Mar. 10, 9:30 a.m.-noon Cost: $255/person; $229.50 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-7166,,

climbing ADULT CLIMBING CLINICS: In addition to being a full-body workout, climbing is a great way to meet new people. Our adult clinics offer a friendly environment to learn (or improve upon) skills while experiencing the growing Vermont climbing community. Our instructors are trained to focus on movement while also building proper technical skills. Weekly evening classes start Feb. 11. Cost: $105/3 2-hour sessions, incl. gear & 3 additional visits. Location: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, 105 Briggs St., Burlington. Info: Andrea Charest, 657-3872, andrea@petracliffs. com,


craft ACCESS CRAFT: at CVUHS in Hinesburg. Part of 230+ classes for all ages. Ceramics: eight choices, Bowl Turning, Woodworking Workshop, Welding, Machining, Plasma Cutting With CAD Design, Chainsaw Maintenance, Soap Making, Jewelry Making, Carving a Spoon, three more carving choices, Rug Hooking, Collage, Spring Flower Centerpiece, Bracelets, Necklace, Basket Making With Alexa Rivera, Sewing, Macrame, Needle Felting, Embroidery, Terrarium Design, Plus Women and Tool Use: Custom Shelf Unit. Full descriptions at Or call 482-7194 or access@cvsdvt. org. Senior discount. 10 minutes from exit 12. Location: CVUHS, Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194, cvsdvt.

dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes: nightclub-style, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Tue., 7 p.m. $15/ person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in anytime and prepare for an enjoyable workout. Location: 32 Malletts Bay Ave., Winooski. Info: Victoria, 598-1077,

RISE & SHINE! SUNDAY 5RHYTHMS: Created by Gabrielle Roth and danced around the globe, 5Rhythms is a dynamic guided dance experience as a catalyst for body-based energetic shifts to occur. Deejayed, guided journey through the WAVE of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness. Get your dance on! No experience necessary. Sun., Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 15, Apr. 12, May 24, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $15/1.5-hour class; drop in or pre-register on website. Location: Grange Cultural Arts Center, 317 Howard Ave., Waterbury Center. Info: Shoshana Diamond, 2660620,



ADULT JAZZ COMBO: Adults. Instructor: Andrew Moroz. Audition for new members: Jan. 14. (Contact FlynnArts manager to sign up at registrar@flynncenter. org.) Final performance on May 5. Wed., Feb. 26-Apr. 29, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $280/10-week class. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org,

DJEMBE & TAIKO: Open classes in January! New sessions start in February! Classes for adults, kids & parents. Parade & conga classes, too. Intermediate Taiko: Mon., 6-8:20 p.m. Taiko for adults: Tues., 5:30-6:20 p.m., and Wed., 6:30-7:50 p.m. Djembe for Adults: Wed., 5:30-6:20 p.m. Kids and Parents World Drumming: Wed., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Kids and Parents Taiko: Tue., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Drums provided. Schedule/register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255, burlingtontaiko. org.

ACTING FOR BASHFUL BEGINNERS: Teen and adult. Instructor: Susan Palmer. Thu., Jan. 16-Feb. 20, 6:45-8:15 p.m. Cost: $135/6 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org,

ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY: Teen and adult. Instructor: Hanna Satterlee. Tue., Jan. 28-Mar. 24 (no class Mar. 10), 7:15-8:30 p.m. Cost: $140/8 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo,

652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, BALLET I & II: Teen and adult. Instructor: Elizabeth Brody. Level I: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Level II: 6:35-7:35 p.m. Mon., Jan. 13-Apr. 27 (no class Feb. 24 & Apr. 20). Cost: $210/15 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, BURLESQUE ACT DEVELOPMENT: Ages 18+. Mon., Jan. 20-Apr. 27 (no class Feb. 24 & Apr. 20) 7:408:40 p.m. Cost: $205/14 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org,

BURLESQUE TECHNIQUE I & II: Ages 18+. Level I: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Level II: 6:35-7:35 p.m. Mon., Jan. 20-Apr. 27 (no class Feb. 24 & Apr. 20). Cost: $205/14 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, CABARET JAZZ EXTRAVAGANZA: Teen and adult. Instructors: Isaac Euler and Rose Bedard. Tue., Jan. 21, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Cost: $40/1 week. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@, DANCE FLOOR MOVES: Ages 55+. Instructor: Rose Bedard. Tue., Jan. 14-May 5 (no class Feb. 25 & Apr. 21) 5:30-7 p.m. Cost: $250/15 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@, ELLA-VATED IMPROVISATION: Adults and teens grade 9+. Instructor: Tom Cleary. Wed., Jan. 8-Feb. 19 (no class Jan. 22), 7:15-8:45 p.m. Cost: $135/6-week class. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@, FILMMAKING: Grades 5-8. Instructor: Jamie Watkins. Fri., Jan. 17-May 1 (no class Feb. 21 & 28, Apr. 17 & 24), 3:45-5:15 p.m Cost: $250/12 weeks.

Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, FLYNN SHOW CHOIRS!: Auditions for new members will be held on Jan. 18 for all groups. Rehearsals: Sat., Jan. 25-May 23 (not Feb. 15 & 29, & Apr. 25). Performances: May 30 & 31. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main Street, Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537,, HIP-HOP: Teen and adult. Instructor: Rose Bedard. Thu., Jan. 16-May 7 (no class Feb. 27 & Apr. 23), 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $225/15 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@, I AM MY ANCESTOR’S WILDEST DREAMS: Voices of Color through Storytelling. Adults. Instructor: Ferene Paris Meyer. Final performance at 6:30 p.m. on Mar. 10 in the Flynn Space Theater! Price includes ticket to ArtsRiot Moth Story Slam on Feb. 11! Tue., Jan. 28-Mar. 3 (no class Feb. 25), 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $95/5 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org,


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JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY COMBO: Teen and adult. Instructor: Rose Bedard. Thu., Jan. 16-May 7 (no class Feb. 27 & Apr. 23), 6:358:05 p.m. Cost: $255/15 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, KINETIC KIDS: Dance Class for Homeschoolers. Ages 5-8. Instructor: Tracy Martin. Session II: Feb. 12-Mar. 11 (no class Feb. 26). Session III: Mar. 18-Apr. 8. Wed., 1:45-2:45 p.m. Cost: $55/4 weeks Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@, MINI DANCERS: Ages 3-5. Instructor: Tracy Martin. Session I: Jan. 15-Feb. 5. Session II: Feb. 12-Mar. 11 (no class Feb. 26). Session III: Mar. 18-Apr. 8. Wed., 3-3:45 p.m. Cost: $45/4 weeks Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, MOVEMENT FOR PARKINSON’S 2: Level 1: Mon., Jan. 27-May 4 (no class Feb. 24, Mar. 16 & Apr. 20), 10-11:30 a.m. Level 2: Wed., Jan. 29-May 6 (no class Feb. 26 & Apr. 22), 10-11:30 a.m. Free! Supported by Wake Robin and the UVM Binter Center. Instructor: Sara McMahon. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537,, MUSIC TOGETHER: For caregivers and children, ages 3 months to 5 years. Instructor: Alison Mott. Session 1: Jan. 6-Mar. 16 (no class Feb. 24). Session 2: Mar. 30-Jun. 8 (no class Apr. 20). Mon., 10-10:45 a.m. Cost: $155/10 weeks; incl. materials. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537,, MUSICAL THEATER DANCE: Teen and adult. Instructor: Annalisa Ledson. Thu., Jan. 16-May 7 (no class Feb. 27 & Apr. 23), 5:306:30 p.m. Cost: $210/15 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, RHYTHM KIDS: Ages 5-8. Instructor: Alison Mott. Session 1: Jan. 5-Mar. 15 (no class Feb. 23). Session 2: Mar. 29-Jun. 7 (no class Apr. 19). Sun., 11-11:45 a.m. Cost: $155/10 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, TAP I, II, & III: Teen and adult. Instructor: Elisa Van Duyne. Level I: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Level II: 6:35-7:35 p.m. Level II: 7:40-8:40 p.m. Wed., Jan. 15-May 6 (no class Feb. 26 & Apr. 22). Cost: $210/15 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@,

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KIDS’ DANCE CLASSES: Our dance classes for kids celebrate the joy of movement in a noncompetitive environment. Choose from HipHop/Jazz, Creative Dance, Ballet and Nia for kids aged 4 to teen. While we do have end-of-session, low-pressure performances, we focus more on dance for fun and fitness. Class days vary. 6- to 12-week sessions. Location: South End Studio, Burlington. Info: 540-0044, sabrina@southend, southendstudiovt. com.

VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: Brazilian jiujitsu is a martial arts combat style based entirely on leverage and technique. Brazilian jiujitsu self-defense curriculum is taught to Navy SEALs, CIA, FBI, military police and special forces. No training experience required. Easy-to-learn techniques that could save your life! Classes for men, women and children. Students will learn realistic bully-proofing and self-defense life skills to avoid becoming victims and help them feel safe and secure. Our sole purpose is to help empower people by giving them realistic martial arts training practices they can carry with them throughout life. IBJJF and CBJJ certified black belt sixthdegree instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr.: teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A five-time Brazilian National Champion; International World Masters Champion and IBJJF World Masters Champion. Accept no Iimitations! Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 598-2839,,


manager to sign up at flynnarts@ Final performance on May 5. Tue., Jan. 28-Apr. 28 (no class Feb. 25 & Apr. 21). Cost: $250/12-week class. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org, YOUTH THEATER: Students age 4-grade 8 in the Flynn Youth Theater program progress through two age groups. 1. Sprouts: age 4-grade 1, Wednesdays, 4-4:45 p.m., $55/ five-week session, Tracy Martin. Session 1: Jan. 15-Feb. 12. Session 2: Feb. 19-Mar. 25 (no class Feb. 26). Session 3: Apr. 1-29 (no class Apr. 22). 2. Thespians: grades 2-8, Thursdays, Jan. 16-May 7 (no class Feb. 27 & Apr. 23), 3:45-5:00 p.m., $210/15 weeks. Location: FlynnArts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: Sarah Caliendo, 652-4537, scaliendo@flynncenter. org,

gardening HOUSEPLANTS 101: Learn all about common houseplants and how to care for them. Presenter: Ellen Bortner. Register at Jan. 18, 9:30-11 a.m. Location: Gardener’s SupplyBurlington, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: Meredith White, 660-3505, meredithw@gardeners. com, INJURY PREVENTION FOR GARDENERS: Presenter: Jenn Cadorette. Learn about common injuries and prevention strategies for pain-free gardening. Register at Sat., Jan. 25, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $15. Location: Gardener’s SupplyBurlington, 128 Intervale Rd, Burlington. Info: Meredith White, 660-3505,,

YOUTH JAZZ COMBOS: Grades 7-12. Audition for new members: Jan. 14 (Contact FlynnArts




FRENCH AT WINGSPAN STUDIO: “Maggie is a creative and accomplished teacher with capability to adapt to student needs and accommodate multiple skill levels. She fosters a welcoming class, making learning French very fun. My children have really enjoyed her vacation camps and have grown as artists from her guidance.” Adult French: Thu., Jan. 16-Feb. 20, Beginner, 5-6:25 p.m.; Intermediate, 6:30-8 p.m. Kids Afterschool FRArt! Art & FRench, Thu., Jan. 16-Feb. 20, 3:45-5:15 p.m. Pre-K FRArt! Fri., 10-11:30 a.m., Jan. 17-Feb. 21. Cost: $180/6 weekly 1.5-hour classes. Location: Wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: Maggie Standley, 233-7676, maggiestandley@gmail. com, SPANISH CLASSES STARTING NOW: Spanish classes starting this week; you can still sign up! Our 14th year. Learn from a native speaker in lively small classes or personal instruction. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Also lessons for children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details. Start week of Jan. 13. Cost: $270/10 weekly classes of 90+ min. each. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025,,

MEDIA FACTORY ORIENTATION: The gateway to checking out gear and using our facilities. We’ll take a tour of the Media Factory, go over our policies and the cool stuff you can do here, and fill out paperwork. Required: Photo ID and live, work or study in our service area. Register: or 651-9692. Sat., Jan. 18, 11 a.m. Location: Media Factory, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2G + 2K, Burlington. Info: Gin Ferrara, 651-9692,, btvmediafactory.

pilates PILATES MATWORK: Ongoing pilates classes. Tue.: Pilates/ Stretch, a flowing mat-work class that includes deep stretching. Thu.: Therapeutic Pilates, a mindful approach to pilates mat work. 5:15-6:15 p.m. Cost varies. All levels of ability welcome. cost varies. Location: Burlington Acupuncture and Therapeutic Pilates, 215 College St., #2C, Burlington. Info: Sharon, 522-3992, sharon@, pilatesburlingtonacupuncture. com.

tai chi SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 363-6890,



ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY PROGRAM: This program teaches two forms of massage: amma and shiatsu. We will explore oriental medicine theory and diagnosis, as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, and yin-yang and five-element theory. Additionally, Western anatomy and physiology are taught. VSAC nondegree grants are available. FSMTB-approved program. Starts Sep. 2020. Cost: $6,000/625hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Suite 109, Essex Jct., Info: Scott Moylan, 288-8160, scott@elementsofheal,

200-HOUR AYURVEDA INTEGRATION PROGRAM: Join us in learning and immerse yourself in the oldest surviving preventative health care system. This program is ideal for yoga teachers, counselors, therapists, bodyworkers, nurses, doctors, wellness coaches, herbalists, etc. VSAC approved and payment plans available. Can transfer hours to Kripalu’s Ayurveda Health Counselor program. More information at ayurvedavermont. com/classes. 2020 schedule: Feb. 8-9, Mar. 7-8, Apr. 4-5, May 2-3, Jun. 6-7, Jul. 11-12, Aug. 15-16, Sep. 12-13, Oct. 17-18, Nov. 14-15. Cost: $2,795/person. Location: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 34 Oak Hill Rd., Williston. Info: Allison Morse, 872-8898, ayurvedavt@,

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meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: Taught by qualified meditation instructors at the Burlington Shambhala Meditation Center: Wed., 6-7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Free and open to anyone. Free public meditation: weeknights, 6-7 p.m.; Tue. and Thu., noon-1 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Classes and retreats also offered. See our website at Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795.

performing arts 360-DEGREE VIDEO MAKING: Expand your horizons with this little, powerful camera. Learn how to shoot video and photos in 360 degrees and edit using an iPad (app download required). Try out different techniques and strategies used in wraparound video making, including tracking shots, tiny worlds and more. Wed., Jan. 22, 6 p.m. Cost: $25/suggested donation. Location: Media Factory, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2G + 2K, Burlington. Info: Gin Ferrara, 651-9692,, btvmediafactory.

VERMONT BURLESQUE FESTIVAL CLASSES: Want to improve your stage presence? Learn from experienced performers about the art of show business, standup comedy, burlesque dancing and how to prepare for a burlesque competition. All skill levels welcome. Read more about the classes online at Jan. 18. Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 101 Main St., Burlington. Info: Vermont Burlesque Festival, Cory Royer, 276-6362, cory@, seven vermont-burlesque-festival.

yoga EVOLUTION YOGA: Practice yoga in a down-to-earth atmosphere with some of the most experienced teachers and therapeutic professionals in Burlington. All are welcome. Fundamentals Series: Thu., Jan. 23-Feb. 27. Yoga for a Healthy Back: Tue., Jan. 14Feb. 18. We are all beginners. This is your invitation to enjoy learning the basics and start exploring the benefits of a yoga practice. Daily drop-in classes, including $10 community classes, Yoga Wall and Yoga Therapeutics led by physical therapists. Dive deeper into your practice! $10-$15/ class; $140/10-class card; $10/ community class. New students $100/10-class card. New! Student Monthly Unlimited just $55/ mo. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 8649642,











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music+nightlife each other as musicians, and people knew us because we had a reputation. So we brought our own personalities to it even though we’re huge Black Sabbath fans. And when we found Emily and Alice, we brought them into the band because of who they were as musicians and less depending on if Alice can imitate Ozzy Osbourne’s voice. Because, as a woman, she’s never gonna sound like Ozzy Osbourne anyway. She can sing in the same key and bring something to it that’s herself. And it feels like you’re listening to Sabbath, and you don’t really realize her voice doesn’t sound like Ozzy. It has the same character, though.

Black Sabbitch, from left: Emily Burton, Angie Scarpa, Melanie Makaiwi and Alice Austin

The women of Black Sabbitch discuss why they don’t feel like a tribute group B Y JORD A N AD A MS


or the past several years, nostalgia has driven the entertainment industry. Reboots, spin-offs, reimaginings, remakes, sequels and prequels have dominated movie theater marquees and streaming services alike. While products have ranged from excellent to downright awful, pining for yesteryear hasn’t yet subsided. The same phenomenon hit the live music scene, as well. Though cover bands and tribute groups aren’t new by any means, they seem to have proliferated exponentially over the past half decade. Browse Seven Days’ club dates on any given week, and you’ll likely find multiple bands at local venues paying homage to artists such as the Talking Heads, the Allman Brothers Band and, of course, the Grateful Dead. However, the members of Los Angelesbased Black Sabbitch, an all-women tribute to heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, don’t necessarily think of themselves as a tribute group. The band — which includes ’90s Burlington rocker Alice Austin (Zola Turn, Queen Tangerine) alongside Emily Burton and founders Angie Scarpa and Melanie Makaiwi — performs on Thursday, January 16, at the Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater in Essex Junction. 58


Seven Days caught up with Black Sabbitch by phone. SEVEN DAYS: Tribute groups are absolutely huge right now, at least ’round these parts. In addition to several homegrown acts, tribute bands from all over seem to come through the area on a near-weekly basis. Are you connected with any kind of tributegroup network or community of like-minded artists? ALICE AUSTIN: Not that I know of. I think social media, probably. It’s funny that you’re talking about tributes, because we don’t think of ourselves as a tribute at all. We call ourselves the all-female Black Sabbath. And sometimes I forget that, yes, we are a tribute band because we just try with everything that we have to embody these songs and make them our own. It’s an interesting question, though. Often, when we’re on the road, we ask to not be paired with other tributes. We like to be paired up with original acts with similar style. But it’s interesting how it’s taken off. ANGIE SCARPA: We’re on a tour right now, playing the whole East Coast. And there isn’t one tribute act booked to open for us on any of the shows. We didn’t

ask for that. We’re playing theaters and venues that don’t necessarily have tribute acts at them. All four of us kind of grew up touring and making records of our own music. We’ve never done anything like this before. We embody the music in a way that is more about the vibe of what an early ’70s Black Sabbath show would have been and less about trying to copy what the records sounded like. The idea for me, when I started the band, was: I really wanted to see Black Sabbath in the early ’70s and couldn’t. Now, I can. ANGIE Granted, I only see it from behind, because I’m the drummer. But I think a lot of other people are happy to experience that in a way that isn’t just turning the record on.


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SD: Do any specific moments from Black Sabbath recordings — like intonations or drum fills, that kind of thing — make it into your shows? AS: Every night, when we play “N.I.B.,” Melanie plays the bass solo and plays it note for note — probably more authentically than Geezer Butler ever did, because he wrote it, so he felt like he had the ability to improvise on it. Whereas, if we improvise, I think we’re held to a higher standard, frankly. Because people will judge us if we’re not playing it in a way that feels authentic to them. Whereas Black Sabbath can get onstage and do whatever they want, because they wrote the songs. There are definitely drum fills I play note for note, because everyone knows them and they’re in their head. And Emily’s guitar solos are very much like that, as well. MELANIE MAKAIWI: It’s sort of a magical thing that happens, in my opinion. The music became kind of just part of what I do. It sounds funny, but it feels like a song that I wrote. So I play it in a way that I feel like it’s mine and that I’m S C A R PA just playing in a band like I always have. EMILY BURTON: When I was learning to play guitar, all I really wanted to do was play like Tony Iomee. I tried to play like him in my original band. So now that I get to play the Black Sabbath songs, it’s satisfying. We’re staying true to the records. I don’t want it to come off like we’re going off on tangents. When you come to hear us play, we’re playing the songs and parts that you really want to hear. For me, it’s those certain guitar moments in each song. That’s



SD: How do you make the choices that result in what sounds like more of an interpretation than a facsimile of the old records? AS: I think it just comes down to who all of us were as people before we joined the band. Melanie and myself, when we started the band, we had been in a band together for years prior to that. We knew


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News and views on the local music + nightlife scene B Y JO R D A N A D A MS

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During a recent phone call with JACK PARKER of local bands PONS and BOYS CRUISE, neither of us could remember if we’d ever been to a real circus. I’ve seen artsy-fartsy, new-age circuses such as Cirque Éloize and Cirque du Soleil, and I grew up watching minor celebrities perform underwhelming stunts on “Circus of the Stars,” but I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a traditional elephants-in-a-pyramid, clowns-unicycling-on-a-high-wire type of circus. That’s likely because, in my lifetime, traditional circuses haven’t really been a thing — probably due to the rising awareness of animal cruelty, as well as acceptance of marginalized folks who were once called “freaks.” Even with the circus’ checkered past, there’s something undeniably magnetic about the concept. The pomp, the kinetic excitement of crowds huddled under a giant tent, worldly entertainment dropping in on otherwise sleepy burgs: It all adds up to a magical time. That’s why Pons, boys cruise and fellow University of Vermont band DON RICO are teaming up for an extra-special event called Big Top on Saturday, January 18, at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge. “I do like the idea of weird, kind of out-there entertainment,” Parker said. “We knew we wanted to make [the

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event] sort of more than just your typical show. We figured a weird, fever-dream circus night would be a good way to keep people entertained.” In addition to performances from all three bands, each of which deliver “weird and chaotic” sets on the regular, according to Parker, the night will feature interstitial performance art and other unconventional club acts, including a magician.

“It’s a nostalgia trip,” Parker said. “We’re trying to create this weird, baroque atmosphere.” Two things you won’t see: fire spinners and aerial artists. Apparently the venue put the kibosh on the truly dangerous stuff right from the get-go. If you haven’t heard Pons, boys cruise or Don Rico, you should get on that. SOUNDBITES

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Bad Accent (folk-rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Allison Fay Brown (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Bella & The Notables (jazz) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Cody Sargent Trio (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Bob Gagnon (jazz) at the Old Foundry at One Federal Restaurant & Lounge, St. Albans, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Cody Sargent Trio (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

The Bootleg Band (rock, country) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

Lesley Grant (Americana) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 8 p.m. Free. The Mosaic Band (funk, jam) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5/8. 18+. Nico Suave’s Improv Surprise (rock, experimental) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. O’hAnleigh (Celtic) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free. The Ray Vega Quartet (jazz) at Juniper, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Vanwho, Moonhollow (indie folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead tribute) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free.



Inside Jokes The


a school of improvisational comedy with

outposts in Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto, is known for turning out some of the biggest names in comedy. It’s where famous folks such as Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey got their starts concocting scenes and conjuring characters. Second City’s road shows, such as the R-rated Laughing for All the Wrong Reasons, feature many of the company’s

Berklee American Roots Night at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free.

up-and-coming members. The potential stars of tomorrow deliver wacky and, at times,

Black Sabbitch (Black Sabbath tribute) at Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 8 p.m. $15/20.

raunchy sketch revues. Check out the Second City’s Laughing for All the Wrong Reasons

Blackwolf (blues, Americana) at Edson Hill Dining Room & Tavern, Stowe, 6:30 p.m. Free. Danny Cole (singer-songwriter) at Tap 25, Stowe, 7:30 p.m. Free. The Dog Catchers (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Eva Rawlings, Couchsleepers (singer-songwriter) at SideBar, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5.

on Friday, January 17, at the Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. First Taste: Motorcycle, Human Thermos, David Chief (indie) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. $1.

Out in the Valley Happy Hour at the Skinny Pancake, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. Free.

The Hubcats (Americana) at North Hero House Inn & Restaurant, 5:30 p.m. Free.

Pink Talking Fish (Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish tribute) at Pickle Barrel Nightclub, Killington, 8 p.m. $12.72.

Janaesound (pop, soul) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10:30 p.m. Free. Light Club Jazz Sessions and Showcase at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 10:30 p.m. Free.

Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Zach Nugent (acoustic) at the Double E Lounge at Essex Experience, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.

FRI.17 Andric Severance (jazz) at the Clothier, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free. Andy Hoadley (singer-songwriter) at 14th Star Brewing Co., St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free.

open mics & jams WED.15

Bluegrass Session at Jericho Café & Tavern, 7 p.m. Free. Irish Sessions at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. John Lackard Blues Jam at Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Brett Hughes (country) at Juniper, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Old Time Sessions at Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co., Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free.

Canopy featuring Chad Bigelow (jam) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Open Mic with Andy Lugo at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Christine Malcolm & the Dirty Blonde String Band (folk) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 8 p.m. Free.

Open Mic with Austtin at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

Collin Cope and Friends (folk) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Tom Caswell Blues Jam at Hatch 31, Bristol, 7 p.m. Free.

Dark Star Project (Grateful Dead tribute) at Monkey House, Winooski, 5 p.m. Free. Dead Sessions, Blackwolf (Grateful Dead tribute) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $7/12. DJ Ryan Donnely (hits) at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9:30 p.m. Free. The Edd (jam) at Tres Amigos & Rusty Nail Stage, Stowe, 9 p.m. $8/12. Emma Back presents She Sings Out Loud Showcase (singersongwriter) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Especially Cowboys (bluegrass) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. FRO with Alex Budney and Andy Suits (funk) at Hostel Tevere, Warren, 9 p.m. $5. FRI.17

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Coffee Corner Jam Session (acoustic) at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 7:30 a.m. Free. Irish Session at Jericho Café & Tavern, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic Night at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 8:30 p.m. Free. Open Mic with Alex Budney at Localfolk Smokehouse, Waitsfield, 8:30 p.m. Free.


The Big Pick (open bluegrass jam) at Hatch 31, Bristol, 8 p.m. Free. Dave Mitchell’s Blues Revue at Red Square, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free.


Irish Session at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 2 p.m. Donation. Jim Ventresca (sing-along) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7:30 p.m. Free.


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SD: I imagine, as a band of women performing the music of an all-male band, you might run afoul of some trolls. How do you deal with what the media has called “toxic fandom”? AS: It’s funny. That was more true seven years ago when we started the band. I don’t know if it’s because society has gotten a bit more grown up. We have enough of a reputation now that there aren’t a whole lot of people who look down their noses at us anymore. In the beginning, we would get to a show and a sound guy would be explaining to us how our amps work. But as soon as we would play, people would be like, “Oh, you know what you’re doing.” Every once in a while, some drunk guy will tell us a bunch of stuff about Sabbath.

AA: On top of that, the beautiful thing about what you’re asking — I think people appreciate the femininity that we bring to the show. It’s super groovy and heavy but also very feminine. And I think people appreciate that. m This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length. Contact:

INFO Black Sabbitch perform on Thursday, January 16, 8 p.m., at the Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater in Essex Junction. $15/20. 16+.

Family Night (open jam) at SideBar, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Open Mic at SideBar, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic Night with Kyle Stevens at the Double E Lounge at Essex Experience, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.


Irish Sessions at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic at Stone Corral, Richmond, 8 p.m. Free. Open Mic with Andy Lugo at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free. Open Mic with Austtin at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.





The three rock outfits each released a record in 2019: Dread, Jerry and Don Rico’s Next Album, respectively. Parker said Pons are currently elbow deep in creating their debut full-length, a quick follow-up to their 2019 EP. He also said Pons are planning to pull a BIG THIEF and release not one but two full-length LPs in 2020. The Big Top event got me thinking about a show I saw in the Higher Ground Ballroom a million years ago, just after the club relocated from Winooski to its current South Burlington locale. It must’ve been either late 2005 or early 2006. Euro-punk ensemble DEVOTCHKA opened for cabaretpop duo the DRESDEN DOLLS. AMANDA PALMER, the Dresden Dolls’ front person, had a horrible cold and was blowing her nose the entire night. Even so, she sounded great. Just as Big Top will have a circusstyle energy and whimsical performance art, the Dresden Dolls/DeVotchKa show also employed sideshow antics between sets. At one point, the performers busted out a Cyr wheel, a giant, metal ring used for street acrobatics. Everyone in the Ballroom (a full house, if memory serves) made a giant circle, and the performers gracefully swung around the open floor, jumping in and out of the wheel. Clearly, it made an impression. Anyone have a Cyr wheel they can bring to Big Top? Though it’s smaller, the Showcase Lounge should have plenty of space to tear it up.

Ditto the Nightshade Kitchen, which pairs low-key concerts and delectable meals from local independent chefs. It also hosts the Nightshade Festival, a completely DIY annual two-day musicand-food fest in Williston. At Wednesday’s show, DJ DISCO PHANTOM and folks associated with Hope All Is Well and the Nightshade Kitchen will be spinning an eclectic mix of vinyl. Hell, maybe bring some of your own records. You might get someone to play your favorite song. Both entities are volunteer-run, and the event also serves as an easy entry point for anyone looking to get involved with local show promoting. The show is also a de facto goingaway party for Ehlert, who moves to New York City shortly thereafter. The 27-year-old music professional has been a key player in local nightlife for the past several years. His concerts, which always strove for gender parity, have brought indie darlings such as PEAER, EMILY YACINA, YOHUNA and dozens of others to the Queen City. Ehlert says he’ll continue to present shows in Burlington — though probably not quite as many. “Hopefully, quality over quantity,” he said. Good luck in the Big Apple, my friend. 

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Two local DIY presenters, Hope All Is Well and the Nightshade Kitchen, are joining forces for a fundraising show on Wednesday, January 22, at the Monkey House in Winooski. Each entity works on a shoestring budget to bring some of the most cutting-edge and intimate shows to the Burlington area. And since both tend to operate in nontraditional spaces, such as art studios, galleries and private residences, technical challenges often arise. “We’ve been trying to raise money for sound equipment, because putting on shows in unconventional spaces is pretty taxing,” said Hope All Is Well founder CARSON EHLERT by phone. “We always have to search around and ask people for PA systems, monitors and cables.”

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Indie Rumble (improv) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.




Arts So Wonderful Comedy Tour: New Year Comedy (standup) at Monkey House, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. $5.


Fanny Pack (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $5. Yamaneika Saunders (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15.




Junk Island (variety) at Revelry Theater, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. $7/8.




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Ardalan on Sunday, January 19, at Club Metronome in Burlington. Local DJs ANDY KERSHAW, HELIXX, 10:36 AM

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JUSTIN R.E.M., CRWD CTRL and FOUR D add support.

live music FRI.17 CONTINUED FROM P.60 Funk Shui (funk) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5. Garden State Radio (covers) at Pickle Barrel Nightclub, Killington, 8 p.m. $10-20. High Def (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free. Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand at Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free. Jester Jigs (rock) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9:30 p.m. Free. John Lackard Blues Band at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 9 p.m. Free.


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Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Shane Brodie (jazz) at Highland Lodge Restaurant, Greensboro, 6:30 p.m. Free. Suburban Samurai, Telegraph Hill, Morning Giants (punk) at Monkey House, Winooski, 9:30 p.m. $3/8. 18+. Tim Brick (country) at Gusto’s, Barre, 5 p.m. Free. Troy Millette, Pattern Addict, Isaac French (folk-rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10/12. Wylie Shipman (singer-songwriter) at Tap 25, Stowe, 7:30 p.m. Free.


Julia Rose (singer-songwriter) at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free.

Adrienne Cooper Smith, Potentially Lobsters, Hush Club, Ian Steinberg (punk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

Julia Rose (singer-songwriter) at Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free.

Baked Shrimp (jam) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

King Me (acoustic) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. Lloyd Tyler Band (rock) at the Tap Room at Switchback Brewing Co., Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Mr. French (rock) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Peter Krag (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Pink Talking Fish (Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $20. Rebecca Padula (Americana) at El Toro, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free.

Big Hat No Cattle (Western swing) at Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Big Top: Don Rico, boys cruise, Pons (rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $7/10. Bob Gagnon (jazz) at El Toro, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free. Chris and Erica (rock, country) at Smitty’s Pub, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Chris Tagatac and Friends (rock) at Tap 25, Stowe, 7:30 p.m. Free.

The Second City: ‘Laughing for All the Wrong Reasons’ (sketch comedy) at Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. $20. Yamaneika Saunders (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $20/27.


Yamaneika Saunders (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $20/27.

SUN.19 Dale and Darcy (bluegrass, Celtic) at Twiggs — An American Gastropub, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free. Dancing Bean People (psychedelic rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. The Full Cleveland (yacht rock) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Garden State Radio (covers) at Pickle Barrel Nightclub, Killington, 8 p.m. $10-20. Glenn Roth (singer-songwriter) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Gruff Mahones (country) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. The Hubcats (Americana) at the Old Foundry at One Federal Restaurant & Lounge, St. Albans, 6:30 p.m. Free. Humble Hero (final show) (punk) at 1st Republic Brewing Company, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

Flying V (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5.


Bob Marley (sold out) (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9 p.m. $34.50.


Bob Marley (sold out) (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9 p.m. $34.50.

Peso131 (hip-hop) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free. Phantom Airwave (jam) at James Moore Tavern, Bolton, 9 p.m. Free.

Jeff Wheel (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Pink Talking Fish (Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $20.

Jesse Agan (singer-songwriter) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

Quarter Horse (Americana) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Jill McCracken (singer-songwriter) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Red Hot Juba (blues, country) at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Lespecial (jam) at Tres Amigos & Rusty Nail Stage, Stowe, 9 p.m. $8/12. The Library Band (folk, global) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5. Mary Go Round (folk) at Parker Pie Co., West Glover, 8 p.m. Free. Matt Saraca and John Townsend (folk) at Juniper, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Robin Gottfried Band (rock) at the Double E Lounge at Essex Experience, Essex Junction, 6:30 p.m. Free. Rushmore (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free. Sean Kelly Murray (singer-songwriter) at the Den at Harry’s Hardware, Cabot, 7 p.m. Free. SAT.18

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REVIEW this The Röse Parade, Hyena Dream Machine (MARLVINA RECORDS, DIGITAL)

Chuck Brewer is far too humble. The singer-songwriter, multiinstrumentalist and producer unassumingly submitted the audaciously titled Hyena Dream Machine, his debut album as the Röse Parade, in the email equivalent of a plain white envelope. If only the contents matched the packaging, I might have understood why he downplayed his masterful creation. Once I pressed play on Track 1, a face-melting slow jam called “Where You Stay At?,” I realized I was listening

Transitory Symphony, Chasing Summer (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)

There was a period of time in which almost every woman in my life, from lovers to friends to family, were all sending me Rainer Maria Rilke quotes. Whether in letters or social media comments — even spelled out in frosting on a cake — the women whose orbits I’d cross all agreed on this one thing. “Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love,” the Bohemian poet wrote. For whatever reason, I’ve always associated that quote with the feeling of loving something you know will disappear. That emotional

to something truly special. Brewer, a psychotherapist, deftly sculpts an agonizing and sexy-as-hell alt-R&B style, one full of gnarly electric guitar riffs, ’80s-inspired synths and futuristic atmospherics. The cherry on the decadent, whipped-cream-smothered sundae of sound is Brewer’s elastic vocals. He slithers from buttery word puddles to vaulted, operatic highs. Brewer’s songs are fractured and layered. They combine a touch of Kenna’s unpredictability and political leanings with Miguel’s uninhibited “let’s fuck” attitude, with just a dash of the Weeknd’s ennui. Prince is an obvious influence, as the late singer-songwriter surely was to the aforementioned artists.

The album’s liner notes begin with a quote from German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche before a quick dive into Brewer’s own ruminations on structural power. Folks not used to discussing hegemony on the reg (like myself ) might get a little lost, though Brewer reaches a startling truth near the end: “Mere oppressive power … treats truth and beauty as fanciful forms to speciously and sanctimoniously play with in the abstract; the Oppressed works them as viable tools for the purposes of liberation here on Earth.” Any artist from any marginalized group will likely identify with the sentiment. Brewer’s interest in power makes sense, given that he’s a board member of Burlington nonprofit the Peace & Justice Center. But even more striking is his thoroughly insatiable libido. On “As I Make the Push,” an industrial funk paean to the embodiment of the Black Divine, he sings of “Sucking your love … Licking

your froth … Eating your touch” and more knee-buckling pillow talk. On the following track, a postcoital cooldown called “Multiverse: For Perah,” Brewer teeters on the edge of ecstatic oblivion. Surrounded by syncopated beats and synth bells, a chorus of drunken voices converges on the phrase “But I still love you,” the “you” being a mysterious “multiverse gurl.” “Lauryn Slays Daily” recalls the reverb-soaked strains of Blood Orange. Soft hits of guitar and fantastical lyrics (“She uses beetles for lashes / Aren’t they beautiful?”) drive this sweet tune. Brewer’s debut simply dazzles. At 55 minutes long, Hyena Dream Machine is a dense listen full of fantastical imagery and unrestrained sexuality. (May cause horniness; listen at your own risk.) Hyena Dream Machine is available to stream at theroseparade.

state also permeates the latest Transitory Symphony album Chasing Summer. The Hyde Park collaboration of Jim Heltz and producer Tom Haney, Transitory Symphony have established a portfolio of oddball albums that simultaneously display a sort of drugged-out wit and clever songwriting skill. That includes last year’s single “Nothing but a Hole in the Ground,” a savage takedown of “the Pit” — Burlington’s infamous crater where the mall used to be. Heltz and Haney aren’t in a tongue-in-cheek mood on their latest LP, however. Opener “Oyster Bay” is a deliciously washed-out instrumental opener complete with flute and tender, pleading trumpet. Then “Girl From Another Town” begins a summer-romance tale that threads through the album. A laidback country-rocker, the song is like a

Polaroid of a summer crush, a vision of loveliness that already seems destined to end. Indeed, the album cover depicts that very image: a girl as a silhouette, walking away down the beach. By “Cerulean Blue,” a ballad with a Serge Gainsbourg feel, the lover has already disappeared and Heltz is mourning her passage. He cuts a philosophic figure here but throughout the record displays an ability to move through emotional phases in an honest way. Nostalgia yields to the fear of loneliness on “Vulnerable in the Night” before the outright despair of “Home Again.” “We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go,” Rilke wrote. That was the quote a friend put on a cake for me after my beloved cat died. But it’s the second part of the quote that has always floored me: “For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.” Throughout Chasing Summer, Heltz grapples with how tightly to hold on to something that is slipping away. While

the odd, jazz-rock vibes keep things sonically interesting, the psychological progression of love and loss ties the record together. “Time goes by, and life goes on,” Heltz sings on “About Her Too.” “The embers cool, but the flame is never gone, the flame is never gone / She’s always thinking about you / You’re always thinking about her, too.” The album’s curving narrative moves through all the stages of loss. But the resignation that colors the final tracks tells its own tale. The gentle folk of closer “Goodbye Oyster Bay” echoes the intro track’s instrumental tease and serves as one last look over the shoulder. The autumn is here and the sun is setting; it’s time to give up the chase. “Pack up my old dreams / Will we ever meet again?” Heltz wonders. One can hope, but that was never really the point anyway. Chasing Summer is available at






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DJ Craig Mitchell (open format) at Ruben James, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Charles Corley (folk, soul) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

DJ Cre8 (open format) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.

Cooie’s Blue (blues) at the Den, Waitsfield, 2 p.m. Free.

DJ Disco Phantom (open format) at Finnigan’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

The Dead Shakers, Laura Wolf, Ouzkxqlzn (psychedelic) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $3/8. 18+.

Throwback Thursday with Ron Stoppable (hip-hop, R&B) at Half Lounge, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Eric Friedman (folk) at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free.


Aliens vs Cowboys with DJs LSJ, Davis, Gagu and Jimmyjam (EDM, hip-hop) at the Engine Room, White River Junction, 9 p.m. $5.

Jacob Green (rock) at Hostel Tevere, Warren, 4 p.m. Free. Noss Johnson with Barry Schoenwetter (singer-songwriter) at Hide-a-Way Tavern, Rutland, 7 p.m. Free. Pete Sutherland and Tim Stickle’s Old Time Session at Radio Bean, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. The Red Newts (country, blues) at James Moore Tavern, Bolton, 9 p.m. Free. Sarah Golley (indie) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Vermont Jazz Ensemble at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 4:30 p.m. Free.


DJ Craig Mitchell (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5. Honky-Tonk Tuesdays with Pony Hustle at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

String Band Karaoke (live band karaoke) at the Skinny Pancake, Hanover, N.H., 6 p.m. Free.

Lowell Thompson and Friends (rootsrock) at Hatch 31, Bristol, 7 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night at Parker Pie Co., West Glover, 7 p.m. Free.

Safety Meeting (garage rock) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night at Spare Time Family Fun Center, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free.

VT Bluegrass Pioneers at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, noon. Free.

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Atmosphere, the Lioness, Nikki Jean, DJ Keezy (hip-hop) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $30/35.

Allison Fay Brown (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Comedy & Crepes featuring Sarah Summerlin (standup) at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Julia Rose (singer-songwriter) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk) at Monkey House, Winooski, 6 p.m. Free.

Lesley Grant (Americana) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 8 p.m. Free.

Fiddle Witch (Americana) at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, 5 p.m. Free.

The Mosaic Band (funk, jam) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5/8. 18+.

Leyeux (alternative) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Nico Suave’s Improv Surprise (rock, experimental) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Ryan Fauber with Erich Pachner (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Seth Yacovone at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free.

TUE.21 Chris Lyon (Americana) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 7:30 p.m. Free. Danny & the Parts, Nick Awad (country) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8:30 p.m. $3/8. 18+. Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5/8. 18+. Grup Anwar (classical Arabic) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.


DJ A-RA$ (open format) at Rí Rá Irish Pub & Whiskey Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Joe Redding (folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Sarah King (singer-songwriter) at Bar Antidote, Vergennes, 7 p.m. Free. Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead tribute) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free.

trivia, karaoke, etc. WED.15 Karaoke at JP’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Karaoke with DJ Amanda Rock at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9 p.m. Free.


Trivia Night at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7:30 p.m. Free. Trivia with Tim Rouselle at Mill River Brewing BBQ & Smokehouse, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free.

Karaoke with Mike Lambert at Park Place Tavern & Grill, Essex Junction, 9:30 p.m. Free.

SUN.19 Karaoke with Samantha Dickey at Ruben James, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

MON.20 ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ (film screening) at Babes Bar, Bethel, 7 p.m. Free.


Karaoke with Rob Jones at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

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Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Karaoke at JP’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Karaoke with DJ Jon Berry & DJ Coco at Olive Ridley’s, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. Free. Pizza Popups Trivia at Hardwick Street Café at the Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6 p.m. Free. Trivia Mania at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Trivia Night with Dave Williams at Babes Bar, Bethel, 7 p.m. Free.

FRI.17 Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock at Monopole Downstairs, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5 p.m. Free. Karaoke at JP’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Karaoke with Dave Bourgea at Burlington St. John’s Club, 8:30 p.m. Free. Karaoke with Dave Williams at Babes Bar, Bethel, 7 p.m. Free.

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DJ A-RA$ (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. DJ Dakota (hip-hop) at Waterworks Food + Drink, Winooski, 9 p.m. Free. DJ Earl (hits) at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9 p.m. Free. DJ Kaos (hits) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9:30 p.m. $3. DJ Luis Calderin (open format) at Rí Rá Irish Pub & Whiskey Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Raul (Latin) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5. January Babies Birthday Party with DJ Disco Phantom (open format) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. Free. Y2K Pop: A 2000s Pop Dance Party with D Jay Baron at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.


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atricia Trafton graduated from Burlington High School in 2010 and headed to New York University, intending to study journalism or English. A first-semester art history course upended her plan. The class combined all her interests, Trafton said, and she realized that art was what she wanted to pursue. What she didn’t know was that one day she would open a gallery in her hometown. The future owner of Soapbox Arts took some time getting there. While studying, Trafton worked part time at Art in General, a Brooklyn nonprofit “that assists artists with the production and presentation of new work,” she said. The job confirmed her choice. She left NYU in December 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in art history and a load of student debt. Though she hadn’t planned to return to Vermont, Trafton headed home “temporarily” to figure out what was next. She’d been told repeatedly that New York was probably the only place she’d find a job in her field, and she resented it. “I felt I grew up in an art town where there was 66


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deep and sophisticated appreciation for the arts,” Trafton said. She worked for about a year at women’s clothing retailer Sweet Lady Jane (now closed) on Church Street. Finally, the art world beckoned. Nathan Suter, former director of Stowe’s Helen Day Art Center — where Trafton had interned one summer — recommended her for a manager job at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in the same town. Trafton applied and got it. She took over two positions, working both front and back of house with her hands in every aspect of the business. After three years at West Branch, she struck out on her own as a consultant for high-end residential design projects.

One day in 2018, Trafton accompanied her partner, Homer Horowitz, to Burlington’s Soda Plant to look at a potential studio space for his commercial photography business. During the visit, Trafton got to chatting with Soda Plant owner Steve Conant. Within two weeks, she’d signed a lease on a gallery. (Horowitz ended up on nearby Battery Street.) “This was not a planned next step but the perfect opportunity where everything just lined up,” Trafton said. In March 2019, she established Soapbox Arts in an 800-square-foot space in the newly renovated northern end of the Soda Plant. Her gallery is bright, clean and minimalist. Leaving the steel beams dark gray,

Trafton painted the walls white and hung tracks of 3,500-Kelvin lights, which she said provide the best color rendering for art. The top of her desk is a concrete slab, matching the floor. Why choose the name “Soapbox”? “Playing off of the traditional definition of someone getting up on their soapbox, I want Soapbox Arts to be a collaborative platform for artists — emerging artists in particular — to share their work and, by proxy, their own stories, experiences and opinions,” Trafton explained. “It’s also incredibly important to me to bring the local arts community into conversation with exciting things happening elsewhere in contemporary art.” For her purposes, Trafton defines contemporary art as encompassing artwork in all mediums being created right now. “I don’t have any pieces in my inventory that were created more than two to three years ago at most,” she said. She promotes a maxim she read somewhere: “Buy work from living artists. They need the money more than the dead ones.” Trafton learned about the realities of




“It had been so lonely living alone, but now my house feels like a home being a working artist early on. Though her own family didn’t frequent galleries or buy art, she said, many of her friends had artist parents — including performance, video and installation artist Kate Donnelly, painter Katharine Montstream and painter/printmaker Elise Whittemore. Trafton isn’t interested in selling work to resellers, but to individual art lovers for a lifetime of enjoyment. “I think it enriches everyone’s life to be around original art,” she said, “and I want to let people know it’s easy to get started.” To that end, Soapbox Arts’ online sales include original works starting at $200. Through the end of January, Soapbox features Burlington artist-designer Scott André Campbell, Boston-based artist Katrine HildebrandtPAT RICIA Hussey and central Vermont mixed-media collage artist Athena Petra Tasiopoulos. In planning exhibitions, Trafton sometimes envisions ways to put pieces she’s seen together, she said, and sometimes decides that an artist’s work warrants a solo show. Either way, it takes months of ongoing conversations to assemble a show that reflects intentional curation and not a display of random pieces. Representing artists and curating shows are only part of Trafton’s business. She also works with established collectors, first-time art buyers, architects, designers, developers and outside artadvisory firms on consultations, virtual artwork placements, on-site home trials and private installations. “It’s best to bring a piece to someone’s home or office, and I’ll do that for those who live within driving distance,” she said. When she can’t get there, she provides virtual placements. Trafton uses Adobe Creative Suite to re-create the spaces in a client’s home or office, using cellphone photos and provided measurements of the walls and furniture. She places photos of

the potential art on the virtual walls and sends the virtual placement to the client. She also works with clients to inventory their existing art, perhaps rearranging where or how it’s displayed, and then makes recommendations for filling gaps in their collection. First and foremost, Trafton said, she promotes the artists she represents, with whom she has nonexclusive consignment contracts. She currently has 10, with several more set to come on board this year. She will, though, consider work by other artists to meet the needs of her clients and exhibitions. She believes gallerists have a responsibility to educate the public, and that involves making people feel comfortable checking out the art. T RAF T ON “I know it’s really easy to be intimidated by a space with big white walls and expensive price tags, to feel like if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking at or you don’t know how to talk about it, maybe you’re not entitled to be there or to have an opinion about it,” she said. “I totally reject all of that. “Anyone can and should feel comfortable coming in to look at things,” Trafton continued. “It’s about shifting the perspective.” She also encourages young people to shift their perspective on living and working in Vermont. “Don’t listen to those who say you can’t, your industry isn’t here or there aren’t job opportunities. Just make them yourself,” Trafton advised. “Vermont is a very serious community of hustlers, and I think you reach a point in your life where you decide this is the lifestyle you want to live, and this is where you want to do it.” m





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classes for children. Through March 5. Info, 2332943. Safe and Sound Gallery in Burlington.

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JAMES BENOIT: “New York City: Sensory Overload,” large color prints of Manhattan scenes by the local photographer. Through January 25. Info, 238-8516. Mirabelles Café & Bakery in Burlington.

f ‘NOT MY AMERICA’: An exhibition of film, visual and performance art featuring Aaron Masi, Bettina Desrochers, David Schein, Dominique Vitali, Doug Hoffman, Eden Stern, Jen Berger, Jennie Bee, John Douglas, Kate Longmaid, Kelly Hickey, Kristian Brevik, Matt Morris, Maxwell Comejean, Michael Kuk, Rhoda Ratray, Rob Koer, Ross Connelly, Sara Baker, Travis Will and Vanessa Compton. Reception: Friday, January 17, 6-9 p.m. January 17-February 17. Info, 718-415-7135. 2Creative Community in Winooski.

JUSTIN LEE HOEKSTRA: “The Pleasures of Being a Ghost,” a suite of seven site-specific paintings, the continuation of a yearly series of paintings in which the artist eliminates all color from the process and utilizes only black and white paint. Through February 28. Info, Flynndog Gallery in Burlington. RUSSELL FOX: “The Soil to the Skies,” photographs taken over the past year, from macrophotography to astrophotography. Through January 31. Info, 391-4083. Gallery at One Main in Burlington.


f ‘20 YEARS OF SPA!’: A celebratory exhibit including highlights from shows that took place in each of the years since 2000. 3rd Floor Gallery. f ‘BOTANICAL BLITZ’: A group exhibit of colorful works that depict the plant, insect and animal worlds. f LOIS BEATTY: “Making My Mark,” recent monoprints. 2nd Floor Gallery. Reception: Saturday, January 25, 3-5 p.m. January 21-March 7. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.

‘SMALL WORKS’: A group exhibit of works 12 inches or smaller in a variety of mediums. Through January 18. Info, 578-2512. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. ‘TRANSCENDENT: SPIRITUALITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART’: A group exhibition of nationally recognized artists who explore or evoke themes of spirituality through their work, reflecting on questions of human nature, cultural identity and sanctity in everyday life. Artists include Anila Quayyam Agha, Leonardo Benzant, Maïmouna Guerresi, Shahzia Sikander, Zarina, and Vermontbased artists Sandy Sokoloff and Shelley Warren. ‘TRAVIS SHILLING: TYRANNOSAURUS CLAN’: The Canadian Ojibwe painter debuts a new series of work that explores the environmental impact of industry and the threat of extinction to the animal realm and indigenous culture. Through February 8. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington.


f ‘COME TOGETHER’: An exhibit of work by fine arts and visual arts faculty and staff at the college’s campuses in Johnson and Lyndon: Bryce Berggren, Kelly Glentz Brush, Sean Clute, Isaac Eddy, Robby Gilbert, Ken Leslie, Michael Mahnke, Mary Martin, Kate Renner, Phillip Robertson, Joe Salerno, Shona Sladyk, Tara Thacker, Barclay Tucker and Victoria Zolnoski. Reception: Thursday, February 6, 3-5 p.m. January 21-February 7. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University-Johnson.

VANESSA KOTOVICH: “Lugo-Natura,” photographs by the Hinesburg artist focused on sanctuary and history. Through February 29. Info, 391-4083. The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

f ‘LOVE LETTERS’: A group exhibition celebrating

love and relationships and featuring works by artists working before and during the digital era: Louise Bourgeois, Robert Buck, Molly Davies, Jim Dine, Tracey Emin, John Killacky, Eiko Otake & Brian Stevenson, and Jeroen Nelemans. Reception and artist talks: Thursday, January 16, 5-7 p.m. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.

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f ‘2-BY-2’ COMMUNITY EXHIBIT: Tiny works measuring no more than two inches square by artists of all ages. Closing reception: Tuesday, March 17, 6 p.m. January 20-March 19. Info, barclay.tucker@ Quimby Gallery, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, in Lyndonville.

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‘CIPX DARTMOUTH WITH KALI SPITZER & WILL WILSON: Photographer Wilson conceptualized the Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange, which responds to ethnographic photography of Native Americans in the early 20th century. He and Spitzer take tintype photos of locals during a residency and display them alongside labels written by the subjects. January 15-March 29. Info, 603-646-2426. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H.

ART EVENTS ARTIST TALK: ATHENA PATRA TASIOPOULOS: The collage artist discusses her work in a current exhibition, “Meditations.” AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon N.H., Thursday, January 16, 6 p.m. Info, 603-448-3117. ARTIST TALK: DEBRA CLAFFEY: The artist discusses her work in the current exhibition “Syncopated Rhythms.” AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon N.H., Friday, January 17, 6 p.m. Info, 603-448-3117. COMMUNITY ART OPEN STUDIO: A self-guided art-making event for all ages. Many art materials to choose from. Expressive Arts Burlington, Wednesday, January 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Thursday, January 16, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 343-8172. ‘KNITTED ART: UPENDED EXPECTATIONS’: Knitting sculptor and blogger Eva Jacobs-Carnahan gives an illustrated talk about using yarn and humor to explore people, climate change and society. Waterbury Public Library, Wednesday, January 22, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. 68 SEVEN DAYS JANUARY 15-22, 2020

Laura Heijn A former resident and staffer at the Vermont Studio Center, Laura Heijn also runs a small dairy farm with her family in Johnson. The surrounding

landscape is the locale for many of her plein air paintings of rural Vermont. And it’s the home she chose after growing up in Massachusetts and studying art and English lit at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at Harvard University. Over 25 years, she writes in an artist’s statement, Heijn has “come to rely on the fleetingness of daylight and the shifts of clouds and seasons, to render my subjects ever new.” A solo exhibition, titled “End of Day,” at VSC’s Red Mill Gallery, features her paintings created at that transitional hour. Through January 31. Pictured: “Sunset Over Brown Pasture.” NEW EXHIBITIONS RECEPTION: The museum hosts an opening celebration for its spring semester shows, including paintings by longtime faculty member Colleen Randall and several approaches to photography. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover N.H., Thursday, January 16, 5-7 p.m. Info, 603-646-2426.

TALK: DOUG TRUMP: The artist discusses the paintings in his current exhibit, “By Rail.” Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Thursday, January 16, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 257-0124.

OPEN STUDIO FIGURE DRAWING: Sessions featuring a variety of approaches to working from the figure are suited to all levels of drawing, painting and sculpture backgrounds and expertise. Easels and tables available. River Arts, Morrisville, Tuesday, January 21, 3-5:30 p.m. $10. Info, 888-1261.


PAINTING ON THE ROCKS WORKSHOP: Kristina Rodanas, author-illustrator of more than 25 children’s books, leads participants in a paint-and-sip session using provided materials. Registration required at Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, Saturday, January 18, 5-7 p.m. Info, 457-2355.

BRENDAN BUSH: “A Cross Section,” artwork with intersecting colors, interrupted visual patterns and imperfect lines, reflecting the artists attempts at love and acceptance of self. Through February 29. Info, 859-9222. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee in Burlington.

PHOTO CO-OP: Lens lovers gather to share their experience and knowledge of their craft. Gallery at River Arts, Morrisville, Thursday, January 16, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 888-1261.


ONGOING SHOWS ATHENA PETRA TASIOPOULOS & KATRINE HILDEBRANDT-HUSSEY: Collage and mixed media in 2D and 3D by the Vermont artists. Through January 18. Info, 324-0014. Soapbox Arts in Burlington.

‘CREW NECK’: New artwork from 12 artists using T-shirts as their canvas: Annemarie Buckley, Noah Butkus, Aaron Draplin, Cody Hudson, Marin Horikawa, Scott Lenhardt, Sarah Letteney, Zak Jensen, Byron O’Neill, Tyler Stout, Jackson Tupper and Ty Williams. Proceeds from sales will be used to provide art


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f AMANDA NELSON: “Avium, ” ink and graphite drawings. Reception: Thursday, January 16, 6-7 p.m. Through January 18. Info, McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. ‘TRANSITIONS’: A group exhibition of some 16 artists represented by the gallery, marking the change of ownership from founders Joan Furchgott and Brad Sourdiffe to longtime employee Lara Maloy. Through January 31. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne.


f 8TH ANNUAL JURIED SHOW OF HIGH SCHOOL ART: An exhibition featuring 80 works of art by 30 artists from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine high schools, juried by Norwich associate professors Jason Galligan-Baldwin and Danny Sagan. Closing awards ceremony: Sunday, January 26, 1-2 p.m. Through January 26. Info, 485-2886. Chaplin Hall Gallery in Northfield. ANNUAL INVITATIONAL GROUP ART SHOW: An exhibition of works in a variety of mediums by 17 artists, each of whom has previously had solo shows at the library. Through February 27. Info, 426-3581. Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield. HEATHER KRALIK: “Within Landscapes,” paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 31. Info, 2296206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. JAMES SECOR: “Peanut Butter Garlic Toast,” 12 acrylic paintings that include responses to scenes in Montpelier, Barre, Idaho and Québec, curated by Studio Space Arts. Through February 29. Info, 479-7069. Morse Block Deli & Taps in Barre. JIM DODDS: “Psychedelia,” 12 inkjet prints of original drawings from the 1970s influenced by psychedelic art and art nouveau, in the Quick Change Gallery. Through January 27. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.




NITYA BRIGHENTI: “Of Cities and Deserts,” oil paintings and watercolors featuring nomadic landscapes, still lifes and portraiture by the Vermont artist, poet and architect. Through March 30. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier.

ERIN DAIGLE: A dozen plein air oil paintings of downtown Vergennes storefronts, restaurants and street scenes, all of which are featured in a 2020 calendar. Through February 29. Info, 324-7140. Kennedy Brothers Building in Vergennes.

‘NORMAN ROCKWELL’S ARLINGTON: AMERICA’S HOME TOWN’: An exhibit chronicling Rockwell and other artists who lived in Arlington, as well as many local residents who posed for the scenes of everyday life they portrayed. A collaborative effort of the Canfield Gallery and the Russell Collection of Vermontiana. Through January 31. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.

‘FROM THE EDGEWATER COLLECTION’: A selection of works by gallery artists including Homer Wells, Gary Hall and Alexis Serio. Through January 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls.

f REBECCA SILBERNAGEL: “The Happy Place Project,” portraits of Vermont lawmakers by the photographer and Statehouse employee. Closing reception: Thursday, January 30, 4-6 p.m. Through January 31. Info, 828-0749. Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier. f ‘SPILT MILK: THREE VERSIONS OF WORLDLY UPSET’: Multimedia work including video, sculpture and work on paper by Susan Calza, Ginger Pearl Irish and Nina DuBois that responds to the theme. Artists on-site for informal discussion in conjunction with Montpelier Art Walk. Reception and artist talk: Sunday, January 19, 2-4 p.m. Through January 26. Info, 224-6827. Susan Calza Gallery in Montpelier.


‘CHASING LIGHT’: A group exhibition featuring the work of John Bonner, Galen Cheney, Dominique Gustin, Charlie Hunter, John Moyers, SamTalbotKelly and Jim Westphalen, curated by Kelly Holt Through January 19. Info, 760-4634. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort.

f LAURA HEIJN: “End of Day,” plein-air paintings by the January featured artist and local resident. Closing reception: Wednesday, January 29, 6-8 p.m. Through January 31. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson. ‘ORIGINS: SKIING AND RIDING IN VERMONT’: “Green Mountains, White Gold” is a photographic journey through Vermont’s ski history; and “Surfing Snow: Vermont Inspired Boards” tells the story of snowboard technology with examples from Burton’s archives, curated by VTSSM Hall of Famer John Gerndt. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. ‘THANK OUR FARMERS FOR THE VIEW’: The Lamoille County Conservation District, artists Jess Graham, Jennifer Hubbard and Rett Sturman, and local high school students partner on an exhibit that highlights the fragile beauty of Vermont’s agricultural landscape. Through February 26. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville. ‘WINTER IS HERE’: Photographs of the season by Orah Moore, Dorothy Koval and Ross Connelly, members of the River Arts Photo Co-op in Morrisville. Through April 23. Info, 253-2691. Plate in Stowe.

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AXEL STOHLBERG: “Structures,” the artist’s continuing exploration of the house shape in collage and sculpture. Through February 15. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury. ‘RUSSET RESPLENDENCE’: Engraved designs using pyrography — the art of applying burn marks on wood with a heated object — by Barb Godwin; and digitally manipulated fine-art photography by Roarke Sharlow in which color is removed from an image and replaced with a sepia tone. Through February 29. Info, 496-6682. Vermont Festival of the Arts Gallery in Waitsfield.

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CORRINE YONCE: “Somewhere Between Place and Home,” a multimedia exploration of three projects by the community organizer, artist and documentarian that considers what it means when one’s primary residence is something other than fully home. Through February 29. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.

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KATHLEEN KOLB: “A Winter Series,” realist paintings that capture the magic of the season. Through February 29. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury.

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NANCY CUSTER CARROLL: “The Garden Series,” small oil paintings from life. Through January 31. Info, 349-5213. Lincoln Library.

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‘CELEBRATE WITH ART’: All-member, all-media holiday gift show. Also, the debut of three new artist-members: Catherine Palmer (colored pencil), Winslow Colwell (photography on kite forms) and Michael DiMeola (photography). Through January 28. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild.

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‘PORTRAITS & DREAMS’: Works by community artists and juried gallery members that fit the theme. Through February 14. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. SANDY MAYO: “On the Surface,” a solo exhibition of mixed-media paintings by the local artist. Through January 20. Info, B&G Gallery in Rutland.

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‘ELEMENTS OF GLASS: FROM THE WORKSHOP OF SIMON PEARCE’: A collaborative exhibition with the renowned Vermont glassmaker explores the transformation from sand to glass, from design to finished product. Through March 31. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich.

f JOAN HOFFMAN: “America’s Public Lands,” im-

pressionistic plein air oil and watercolor landscapes at national parks and monuments by the South Royalton artist. Reception: Friday, February 7, 5-8 p.m. Through March 31. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery & Gifts in White River Junction.

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THE 99 FACES PROJECT: Photographic portraits, without labels, featuring people on the bipolar or schizophrenia spectrum and those who love them. Through March 2. Info, 748-7313. Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.

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‘COME TOGETHER’: Paintings, digital work, photography, prints and more by Northern Vermont University art faculty. Through January 18. Info, 626-6459. Quimby Gallery, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, in Lyndonville.


‘GLACIERS’: Photographs by Chip Troiano and paintings by Elizabeth Nelson. Through January 21. Info, 525-3366. Parker Pie Co. in West Glover.

f MARK BARRY: “Snow Daze,” paintings depicting the joyful activities of winter. Reception: Saturday, January 18, 5 p.m. Through February 16. Info, 5332000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. MWANGA WILLIAM: “From Uganda to Vermont,” paintings by the native Ugandan and Newport resident. Through January 25. Info, 323-7759. The 99 Gallery and Center in Newport.

f TERESA CELEMIN: “Look at Me & Let Me

Explain,” colorful new drawings by the Vermont artist. Reception and artist talk: Friday, January 17, 4-6 p.m. Through February 22. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. VANESSA COMPTON: “Sisters of the Dune,” collages by the Vermont artist. Through February 26. Info, Bread & Butter in St. Johnsbury.

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‘ALCHEMY: METAL, MYSTERY AND MAGIC’: A group show featuring sculptures and painting by Jeanne Carbonetti, Sabrina Fadial, Alexandra Heller, Peter Heller, Pat Musick, Dan O’Donnell, Gerald Stoner and Johnny Swing. Through February 29. Info, 258-3992. The Great Hall in Springfield. DOUG TRUMP: “By Rail,” 12 oil and mixed-media works on repurposed wood. Through February 9. FAFNIR ADAMITES: “Interfere (with),” a sculptural installation created with felted wool and burlap that focuses on intergenerational trauma and generational emotional turmoil. Through March 7. GORDON MEINHARD: “The Lives of Tables,” modernist still life paintings of tables that appear to become more animated as the series progresses, by the cofounder of the museum. Through March 7. MARÍA ELENA GONZÀLEZ: “Tree Talk,” an installation that uses rubbings and tracings of birch bark as templates for laser-cutting paper piano rolls. Through February 9. THELMA APPEL: “Observed/Abstract,” a survey of the career of a cofounder of the Bennington College Summer Painting Workshop, whose work now centers on the tarot. Through February 9. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.


‘MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE’: A suite of exhibitions addresses topical issues: Photographic portraits from the Yellow Tulips Project tackle the stigma associated with mental illness; the Forty-Seven Main Street Artists Group demonstrates the inspirational power of abstract self-expression in paint; Gisela Gamper documents her personal journey of love and mourning; Terry Boddie examines the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade; Carl Austin Hyatt shows portraits made from two decades of travels in the Andes of Peru; and local students present themselves as they want to be seen in mixed-media portraits. Through March 15. Info, 362-1405, Yester House Galleries, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester. RICHARD D. WEIS: “Beyond Words,” a solo show of paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 14. Info, 768-8498. Ellenbogen Gallery in Manchester.


JORDAN LAURA MCLACHLAN & MORTON BARTLETT: “Family Matters,” a special exhibition of outsider art, in association with Marion Harris Gallery in New York City. Through February 29. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester. KATE REEVES: “My Winter World,” a solo show of acrylic and watercolor paintings by the Barnard artist. Through February 18. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library.

‘School Photos and Their Afterlives’ Most of us would like our high school photos to disappear off

the face of the Earth, right? But leave it to artists to find deeper meaning within those images. The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., has organized an exhibition titled “School Photos and Their Afterlives” that takes a critical look “at how a ubiquitous yet unremarked vernacular genre has been used to advance ideologies of assimilation and exclusion but also to inspire social and political change.” That’s way beyond adolescent worries about acne and bad hair days. The show, which draws upon works in the museum’s permanent collection, pairs an array of school photos “in dialogue” with works by contemporary artists. Through April 12. Pictured: “The Class Photo” by Marcelo Brodksy.

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‘RECONSTITUTION’: A group exhibition of artists who counter the long-held Eurocentric narratives of museums and encourage agency in creating current and future histories. Through May 31. ‘SCHOOL PHOTOS AND THEIR AFTERLIVES’: An exhibition that sets an array of school photographs in dialogue with works by contemporary artists who have reframed them, drawn from the museum’s permanent collection as well as loaned images. Through April 12. COLLEEN RANDALL: “In the Midst of Something Splendid,” abstract paintings on canvas and paper by the art faculty member. Through May 31. Info, 603-646-2426. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

CALL TO ARTISTS ‘2-BY-2’ COMMUNITY EXHIBIT: Artwork measuring two inches square welcome from artists of all ages for an exhibit January 20 through March 19. To submit before January 20, take artwork to Room 106 in Harvey Academic Center. After that, work can be brought to the gallery or mailed to gallery director Barclay Tucker, Quimby Gallery, NVU, 1001 College Rd., Lyndonville, VT 05851. Quimby Gallery, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, Lyndonville. Through March 17. Info, ‘2020 VISION: SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH TECHNOLOGY’: Now accepting applications for a partially crowdsourced exhibit on Vermont innovation and technology in the Local History Gallery as part of this statewide project. Details and application at Deadline: February 28. Vermont Historical Society, Barre. Info, 479-8500. ‘ALL THE FEELS’: Whether in the creation process from the artist, in the content of the piece or in the response from the viewer, we want to feel something. Submit artworks for a juried February show that exude emotion and feeling and cause reactions. All mediums accepted. Details at Deadline: February 2. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, Burlington. $15; $10 for gallery members. ARTS SO WONDERFUL GALLERY OPENING: The nonprofit gallery is accepting applications for its grand opening January 31 in CityPlace



COOPER DODDS: Photographs of midwestern ski jumping, in the Lobby Gallery. Through January 31. PHYLLIS NEMHAUSER: Portraits and other selections from the artist’s collection. Through January 31. SOLO EXHIBITIONS: Collage, drawing, encaustic and prints by Athena Petra Tasiopoulos, Margery Thomas-Mueller, Debra Claffey and Sue Katz. Through February 7. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. ‘EGYPTIAN MUMMIES: EXPLORING ANCIENT LIVES’: An international exhibition created by the British Museum combines arts and science to tell the stories of six people who lived along the Nile in ancient times. Through March 29. Info, 514-2852000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.

Burlington. Put your art up for sale and keep 100 percent of the proceeds. Send photos of your artwork to artssowonderful2@gmail. com. Deadline: January 24. Arts So Wonderful Gallery, Burlington. Info, ‘BORDERS: ILLUSIONS THAT CONSTRAIN US’: The museum seeks works that share visions of birds, borders and boundaries for our 2020 art exhibit. What borders do birds encounter? How do their boundaries connect to human borders or those of other species? How do and will these encounters alter us, birds and the borders themselves? Submission info: Deadline: March 16. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington. Free. Info, 434-2167. CALL TO ARTISTS: ‘FUTURES’: Science-fiction artists often predict the future and its technology with surprising, sometimes alarming, accuracy: space travel, electric vehicles and alternative energies, cloning and gene manipulation, weaponized drones, AI. This show invites artists to share works of science fiction in traditional and nontraditional mediums (proposals for installations are welcome). Deadline: January 24. Exhibit dates: March 17 to May 2. Details at Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069. CALL TO ARTISTS: ‘THE PARADE IS COMING!’: This show (July 7 to August 22) includes work in a variety of mediums and installations that depict the excitement, content and colors associated with parades, as well as more solemn processions and marches. In addition to works on the walls, we’ll assemble a parade involving a group of art-

‘IMAGINE VAN GOGH’: An immersive installation presented by Paul Dupont-Hébert and Tandem that brings viewers inside large-scale 3D versions of the painter’s famous works, accompanied by music from composers Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Bach, Delibes and Satie. See to make appointment for visit. Through February 2. Info, 514-931-9978. Arsenal Contemporary Art in Montréal. JOHN BOLLES: Sculpture and drawings focused on stylized vessels by the late Plattsburgh artist on the 30th anniversary of his death. Through January 31. Info, 518-563-1604. Strand Main Gallery in Plattsburgh, N.Y. NANCY ARMITAGE: The ceramicist is the Cooperative Gallery’s featured artist of the month. Through January 31. Info, 518-563-1604. Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. m

ists’ sculptural works. Deadline: April 24. Info at Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069. CALL TO MAKERS AND ARTISTS: A wholesale opportunity to be showcased at the downtown Burlington shop for a monthlong celebration of Vermont makers. Post a photo of your work and in the caption tell us your favorite thing about being a maker or artist. Include #vtworkshopshowcase and @commondeer on Instagram by January 31. Post up to three times with unique works. Details at Common Deer, Burlington. Info, 497-0100. ‘ECOSYSTEM SERVICES THROUGH AN ARTISTS’ EYE’: The MAC Center, in partnership with the Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District, seeks artwork related to ecosystem services protected and enhanced by Vermont farmers and foresters. All mediums welcome, must not exceed 48 inches in height or width. Deadline: March 2. Juried show to open April 3. More info at conservation-districts/orleans-county, or contact Emily Irwin at emily. MAC Center for the Arts, Newport. Free. Info, 624-7022. PRINTMAKERS EXHIBIT: This time of year, we hope to honor that which has begun to grow, out of sight, in the darkness and far from warmth. What is it that causes or allows anything to make its first emergence or transformation? What is left behind or let go of? Submissions accepted through February 22 for an exhibition March 5 to April 18. Info at Northern Daughters, Vergennes. Free. Info, 877-2173.

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am Mendes isn’t one to get in a rut. Some directors pursue success through association with a popular genre, character or franchise. The British-born auteur’s filmography, however, could hardly be more all over the map. In 20 years, he’s made unflinching studies of suburban life (American Beauty [1999] and Revolutionary Road [2008]), a couple of James Bond pictures (Skyfall [2012] and Spectre [2015]), and a pair of films about war (Jarhead [2005] and 1917, just nominated for a Best Motion Picture Oscar), along with Road to Perdition (2002) and the almost universally unseen Away We Go (2009). Mendes’ latest ranks as his greatest cinematic achievement, which isn’t necessarily the same thing as his greatest film. More than anything, 1917 is an audacious technical experiment. Mendes and co. set out to enable viewers to experience the horrors of war from the comfort of their seats. To accomplish this, he needed, first, to devise a narrative structure that would maximize audience immersion. Second, he needed to re-create the trench-lacerated battlefields of early 20thcentury France. The solution to both challenges hinged


on something we don’t generally associate with World War I: cutting-edge computer technology. As you’ve probably read, the movie was put together in such a way as to create the illusion that it was shot in a single take, à la Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) or Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman (2014). Those directors went to the trouble to prove they could pull off the complex effect. Mendes, by contrast, does so to draw the viewer more intimately into the experience of his two principals. George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman star as English lance corporals Will Schofield and Tom Blake, respectively. Barely out of boyhood, they’re stationed near the German front. Until, that is, a general played by Colin Firth sends them on a mission that’s as pressing as it is perilous. The enemy appears to be in retreat. Territory that the Germans had taken at tremendous cost suddenly stretches for miles, occupied only by the fallen. A colonel played by Benedict Cumberbatch is poised to launch an assault he’s convinced will turn the war’s tide. The catch: Aerial photo surveillance reveals that it’s a trap. Two battalions — 1,600 British troops — will march to certain death the following morning if word to call off the attack doesn’t arrive in time. Oh, and the Germans have cut all communication lines.

SHOT WATCHED ROUND THE WORLD Mendes’ latest, assembled to simulate a single, continuous take, is a force to be reckoned with at the box office.

It’s up to Schofield and Blake to make the trek across this booby-trapped no man’s land and deliver the order by hand. It’s literally a race against the clock. And, speaking of clocks, two hours almost never flies by this fast. MacKay and Chapman turn in first-rate performances, but the real stars here are Mendes — who wrote the white-knuckle script with Krysty WilsonCairns — and Roger Deakins. The legendary cinematographer artfully shot the film’s cratered fields and bombedout villages in a gorgeously subdued palette. Then he performed pure big-screen wiz-

ardry on his work, digitally slicing and dicing segments that run a few moments into a convincingly continuous whole. One minute his camera is beside the two soldiers. The next, it’s between them, behind them, before them. The result is an irresistible sense of not just watching but being with them, almost one of them. It’s not always the most comfortable experience. It is, however, a virtually unprecedented one. Seeing 1917 gives entirely new meaning to the words “joining the army.” RI C K KI S O N AK

Just Mercy ★★★★


his has been a good year for “moments of Zen” in movies. In A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Fred Rogers asks a reporter to take a moment to think about everyone who “raised him up with love.” The two men go silent, everyday sounds retreat, and an interview in a busy restaurant somehow becomes a brush with the sacred. A similar moment happens about halfway through the docudrama Just Mercy when Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), a prisoner on Alabama’s death row, comforts a troubled friend whose execution is nigh. His advice is simple — take deep breaths — but as he speaks, director Destin Daniel Cretton inserts a shot of blue sky and trees from the opening of the film, when McMillian was free and logging in the open air. It’s a simple juxtaposition, but a powerful one. For a moment, the two men share a respite and something like grace. Just Mercy is the story of civil-rights attorney Bryan Stevenson’s (Michael B. Jordan) fight to free McMillian, who was convicted of a Monroeville teenager’s murder in 1988. The state’s case rested almost entirely on the shaky testimony of a criminal (Tim Blake Nelson) who received a reduced sentence after implicating McMillian. Dozens of witnesses placed the defendant elsewhere when the crime occurred. It seemed like a perfect case for Stevenson, who’d brought his Harvard University education to Alabama to give death-bound inmates the fighting chance they lacked at their original trials. But, the film reveals, the entrenched 72 SEVEN DAYS JANUARY 15-22, 2020

LAST CHANCES Foxx and Jordan play a death-row inmate and his lawyer, respectively, in Cretton’s affecting docudrama.

prejudice of the small-town southern judicial system was not easy to beat. Just Mercy hits all the familiar beats of fact-based films about brave souls fighting injustice. We don’t learn a whole lot about Stevenson as a person or about his colleague (Brie Larson with a late-’80s perm), the local mom of two who spearheaded the Equal Justice Initiative. Rather than multifaceted characters, they’re good people doing good things. Yet Cretton (Short Term 12) manages to avoid the gooeyness that so often infects wellintentioned movies. His style is restrained, with stirring music reinforcing our emotional reactions rather than leading them. McMillian isn’t portrayed as a saint; his wife ac-

knowledges that he cheated on her (with a white woman, which may have aroused the town’s animus). Superlative performances across the board — particularly those of Foxx, Nelson and Rob Morgan as another inmate — give the story an authentic weight. While every courtroom movie can boast lofty rhetoric, Cretton makes his best points visually: McMillian’s memory of sky and trees; parallel montages of white and black neighborhoods as Stevenson drives through them. The difference speaks for itself. So does Stevenson’s silent bemusement as white Monroevilleans repeatedly urge him to visit the museum devoted to To Kill a Mockingbird, the town’s claim to fame. They’re

eager to prove they’re on the side of Atticus Finch; he’s not so sure (rightly, it turns out). It’s a nuance that wouldn’t emerge if his character were white, as was so often the case in civil-right dramas of the era depicted here. In its methodical way, Just Mercy paints a picture of injustice as a system rather than an accident. Everyone plays a role, from the DA to the prison guard to the TV reporter, even when they do so ambivalently or reluctantly. And it’s because that system is so coercive and so encompassing that the scene of bonding between McMillian and his friend has such power. For a moment, they find a still point where they’re both free. MARGO T HARRI S O N






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THE GRUDGEHH A vengeful ghost haunts a home in this reboot of the film series that started in 2004 with the remake of the Japanese horror hit Ju-On. With Tara Westwood, Junko Bailey, Lin Shaye and Andrea Riseborough. Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother) directed. (93 min, R)

JUST MERCYHHHH Michael B. Jordan plays civil-rights attorney Bryan Stevenson in this drama about his fight to free a death-row prisoner. With Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson. Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) directed. (136 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 1/15)

A HIDDEN LIFEHHHH1/2 Terrence Malick directed this fact-based drama about Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), who refused to serve in Hitler’s army during the Second World War. With Valerie Pachner and Bruno Ganz. (174 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 1/8)

KNIVES OUTHHHH1/2 Daniel Craig plays a detective investigating the death of a crime novelist in writer-director Rian Johnson’s dark comic riff on Agatha Christie-style mysteries. The all-star cast includes Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson and Toni Collette. (130 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 12/4)

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“I love to be surprised by something I have never thought of,” declares Capricorn actor Ralph Fiennes. According to my analysis of the astrological aspects, you’ll be wise to make that one of your top mottoes in 2020. Why? First, life is likely to bring to your attention a steady stream of things you’ve never imagined. And second, your ability to make good use of surprises will be at an all-time high. Here’s further advice to help ensure that the vast majority of your surprises will be welcome, even fun: Set aside as many of your dogmas and expectations as possible so that you can be abundantly receptive to things you’ve never thought of.


(March 21-April 19): Comedian John Cleese has an insight I hope you’ll consider. He says, “It’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent. It’s also easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about.” I hope you’ll make this advice a priority in the coming weeks. You’ll be wise to prioritize important tasks, even those that aren’t urgent, as you de-emphasize trivial matters that tempt you to think they’re crucial. Focus on big things that are challenging, rather than on little things that are a snap.

(April 20-May 20): Author Honoré Balzac (1799-1850) was born with the sun and Mercury in Taurus and in the 10th house. Astrologers might hypothesize from these placements that he was ambitious, productive, tenacious, diligent, realistic and willful. The evidence supporting this theory is strong. Balzac wrote more than 80 novels that displayed a profound and nuanced understanding of the human comedy. I predict that 2020 will be a year when you could make dramatic progress in cultivating a Balzac-like approach in your own sphere. But here’s a caveat: Balzac didn’t take good care of his body. He drank far too much coffee and had a careless approach to eating and sleeping. My hope is that as you hone your drive for success, you’ll be impeccable in tending to your health.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Before he was 21

years old, William Shakespeare and his wife had birthed three kids. When he was 25, while the brood was still young, he started churning out literary masterpieces. By the time Will became a grandfather at age 43, he had written many of the works that ultimately made him one of history’s most illustrious authors. From this evidence, we might speculate that being a parent and husband heightened his creative flow. I bring this to your attention because I want to ask you: What role will commitment and duty and devotion play in your life during the coming months? (I suspect it’ll be a good one.)

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian-born painter Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) didn’t align himself with any artistic movement. Early on, his work was an odd blend of French Postimpressionism and 14th-century Italian painting. I appreciate his stylistic independence and suggest you draw inspiration from it in 2020. Another unique aspect of Spencer’s art was its mix of eroticism and religiosity. I think you’ll enjoy exploring that blend yourself in the coming months. Your spiritual and sexual longings could be quite synergistic. There’s one part of Spencer’s quirky nature I don’t recommend you imitate, however. He often wore pajamas beneath his clothes, even to formal occasions. Doing that wouldn’t serve your interests. (But it will be healthy for you to be somewhat indifferent to people’s opinions.)

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Johannes Gutenberg

invented the printing press in the 1440s. In subsequent decades, millions of mass-produced books became available for the first time, making their contents available to a far wider audience than ever before. The printing press caused other changes, too — some not as positive. For instance, people who worked as scribes found it harder to get work. In our era, big culture-wide shifts are impacting our personal lives. Climate change, the internet, smart phones, automation and human-like robots are just a few examples. What are you doing to adjust to the many innovations? And what will you do in the future? Now is an excellent time to meditate on these issues.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You’re skilled at the art of self-editing. When bright new ideas well up in you, you understand that they are not yet ready for prime time but will need to be honed and finessed. When your creativity overflows, tantalizing you with fresh perspectives and novel approaches, you know that you’ll have to harness the raw surge. However, it’s also true that sometimes you go too far in your efforts to refine your imagination’s breakthroughs; you overthink and over-polish. But I have a good feeling about the coming weeks, Virgo. I suspect you’ll find the sweet spot, self-editing with just the right touch. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Thomas Love Peacock was a Libran author whose specialty was writing satirical novels that featured people sitting around tables arguing about opinions and ideas. He was not renowned for cheerful optimism. And yet he did appreciate sheer beauty. “There is nothing perfect in this world,” he said, “except Mozart.” So much did Peacock love Mozart’s music that during one severalmonth stretch, he attended six performances of the genius’s opera Don Giovanni. In this spirit, Libra, and in accordance with astrological indicators, I encourage you to make a list of your own perfect things — and spend extra time communing with them in the coming weeks. SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Jean-Michel Basquiat started his career as a graffiti artist. When he evolved into being a full-time painter, he incorporated words amidst his images. On many occasions, he’d draw lines

through the words. Why? “I cross out words so you will see them more,” he said. “The fact that they are obscured makes you want to read them.” In the coming weeks, you might benefit from discreetly using this strategy in your own life. In other words, draw attention to the things you want to emphasize by downplaying them or being mysterious about them or suggesting they are secret. Reverse psychology can be an asset for you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Because of the onslaught of the internet and social media, lots of people no longer read books. But in 2020, I highly recommend that you not be one of that crowd. In my astrological opinion, you need more of the slow, deep wisdom that comes from reading books. You will also benefit from other acts of rebellion against the Short Attention Span Era. Crucial blessings will flow in your direction as you honor a gradual, incremental approach to everything. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them.” So said one of the most famous and influential scientists who ever lived, Aquarian-born naturalist Charles Darwin. In accordance with upcoming astrological factors, I invite you to draw inspiration from his approach. Allow yourself to explore playfully as you conduct fun research. Just assume that you have a mandate to drum up educational experiences, and that a good way to do that is to amuse yourself with improvisational adventures.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “How do you get your main pleasure in life?” That question was posed to Scorpio author Evelyn Waugh and Piscean social reformer William Beveridge. Waugh said, “I get mine spreading alarm and despondency.” Beveridge said, “I get mine trying to leave the world a better place than I found it.” I hope you will favor Beveridge’s approach over Waugh’s in 2020, Pisces — for two reasons. First, the world already has plenty of alarm and despondency; it doesn’t need even a tiny bit more. Second, aspiring to be like Beveridge will be the best possible strategy for fostering your mental and physical health.


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Ask REVEREND Dear Moist Muff, ���

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Dear Reverend, Why do I keep peeing during masturbation if I went pee beforehand?

Moist Muff (FEMALE,, 18)

Although I’m almost certain what you’re describing is female ejaculation, I do wish I could ask you some questions. Is it a lot of fluid? A little? Does it only happen when you have an orgasm? Is it every time? How about when you have sex with another person (assuming you do)?

I suppose I’m just curious, because your answers — whatever they may be — are all perfectly natural. Often referred to as “squirting,�

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TWO GHOSTS IN THE NIGHT We ran into each other at the yoga studio we both love. You are a yoga teacher whose eyeglasses don’t match. I’m a shy aspiring yoga teacher looking to get to know you better. I am hoping we run into each other again soon.  When: Thursday, December 12, 2019. Where: yoga studio. You: Nonbinary person. Me: Nonbinary person. #914945

SNEAKS Saw, and couldn’t stop peeping, you this morning. Working hard on NYE morning. Heavy metal \m/ Yes! When: Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Where: Sneakers. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914954 HEARTFELT HUG FROM ENTHUSIASTIC DANCER You caught my eye diggin’ A Band of Killers. Wonderful energy, and your moves were nailing the backbeat. Second set I got a warm, heartfelt hug because you “had to.� I have literally never needed a hug so much in my life. I’d love to get together for a cup of coffee so that I can thank you. When: Friday, December 13, 2019. Where: Nectar’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914947

BLONDE BURTON BUNNY Gorgeous blonde, green bomber jacket. You were cold and asked to close the door. I’d love to connect when I’m not working and warm you up. When: Monday, October 14, 2019. Where: Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914941

MASS. BEAUTY IN VERMONT You came into the store I work at as you paid for gasoline. I looked out the window and noticed the Mass. plates. We chatted about you being a student at Sterling. You said you were headed back to Mass. for the holiday. I said, “Out-of-state women are smarter.� Maybe I live near Sterling. Let’s date. When: Friday, December 13, 2019. Where: in a store in Hardwick. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914946 THE MOTH We sat next to each other at the Moth. We talked about how the reporting at the New York Times is getting pretty sketchy. We wondered whether the Burlington Free Press could become any more ridiculous. We speculated about explanations from evolutionary psychology on why public speaking is so terrifying. I would very much like it if the conversation could continue. When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Where: ArtsRiot. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914943

female ejaculation is much more common than you might think. According to the International Society for Sexual Medicine, it’s estimated that 10 to 50 percent of women experience it at least occasionally. The amount of fluid released can be anywhere from a few drops to more than half a cup. Some women don’t even realize it’s happening, while others feel the need to break out the towels for sexy time. As with many things related to women’s bodies, female ejaculation isn’t all that well understood. It seems no one is 100 percent sure what the fluid is or where it comes from. What I’ve gathered from online sleuthing is that it’s widely thought to be a combination of urine and

GORGEOUS AND GLOWING AT BARKEATERS You sat at the corner of the bar on burger night, a bit of bare shoulder showing, and it glowed. You were a livelier conversationalist than your ponytailed companion. And yes, I was staring. Hi! When: Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Where: Shelburne. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914944

REI: BLONDE IN REDDISH JACKET Afternoon. You: tall blonde in a redcolored jacket, looking at jackets or other outerwear. Me: tall, dark-haired, also looking at jackets toward the front of the store. We made eye contact two to three times. Was hoping to say something but saw you exit without making a purchase. Are you free to meet for a coffee or other drink? When: Sunday, December 1, 2019. Where: REI, Williston. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914940 AGAIN, AT GARDENER’S SUPPLY I didn’t say enough in my original post ... You are kind, knowledgeable, very good with all sorts of people. You are around 5’10, very much in shape, green eyes and so handsome. An “A+.� How about an ongoing date? When: Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Where: Gardener’s, Williston. You: Man. Me: Man. #914939 STILL MISS/WANT YOU HOME It’s been over a year, and you still miss me, as I you. I’m happy, but nothing like I was with you and the kids home with us. I was wrong, but you were by staying away, too. It’s not too late; just say so. Love you. When: Monday, November 11, 2019. Where: Salon. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914938

another fluid containing an enzyme called a prostate-specific antigen produced in a woman’s Skene’s gland. Although there isn’t total agreement on the specifics of female ejaculation, one thing is for sure: The porn industry has made quite a big deal of it. A quick search for “squirt� on yields more than 200,000 results. I hate to golden-shower on anyone’s parade, but much of the dramatic gushing in porn videos is faked. Your situation, however, is completely real and normal — and nothing to feel weird or embarrassed about. Good luck and God bless,

The Reverend

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An infrared camera used during a home energy assessment reveals heat being lost through a homeowner’s fireplace.


hen Chris Bergeron and his wife, Jenn (above), moved into their new house in Bristol, they were surprised to discover it was a breeding ground for black cluster flies. Hundreds of insects invaded their space, swarming around windows in the living room and kitchen. They were nesting behind the siding, laying eggs in every crevice. “It was very alarming, because we just built the house,” Chris Bergeron said. The couple thought the flies might be something they had to get used to, a consequence of living in a more rural area, but when a contractor visited to do an energyefficiency assessment, they discovered the pest problem was fixable. In fact, the assessment had unexpected health benefits, as well.

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The Bergerons initially contacted Efficiency Vermont about a home assessment after their first winter. Their house was drafty, cold and more expensive to heat than they had planned. The assessment revealed numerous cracks and crevices that weren’t properly sealed. They planned a meeting with an Efficiency Excellence Network contractor, who recommended solutions that would plug the leaks — and helped them in ways they hadn’t anticipated. In fact, they learned that the energy assessment may have saved their lives. When the contractor measured the boiler to check its efficiency, he realized that it was discharging carbon monoxide into their basement. The deadly gas was at a level too low for their alarm to detect, but slowly breathing it in over time would have affected them. They were so thankful to have caught the problem within the first year. “When [the contractor] measured the exhaust coming out of the boiler, he said that if you were in a closed tent or car in that area, you would die,” said Bergeron. “We were really glad he caught this before it became a larger health risk.” As a result of the assessment, the couple added blow-in cellulose to the attic, had air sealing and insulation put in the basement and around the foundation, and, of course, repaired the boiler. Since then, their house is warmer, their heating bills have dropped and there are very few flies. And the Bergerons have noticed that they get sick less often. They had no idea that improving their home energy efficiency could also improve their health.

The health impact has been tremendous.

We don’t get sick at all. — JERRY BYRD

Even without a deadly gas leak, indoor air quality can have a huge health impact. Humans, on average, spend 90 percent of their day indoors, and six out of 10 homes and buildings are actually hazardous to occupants’ health, reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Efficiency upgrades can also improve allergies and reduce colds, according to research done by the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as lessen the symptoms of chronic conditions like asthma.

KEEPING HEAT = KEEPING HEALTH When Jerry and Renee Byrd sought an energy assessment on their Bennington home, improving their health wasn’t their primary concern. They were more interested in fixing their ranch-style home’s substandard insulation and serious air leakage. Built in 1959, their house was cold and expensive to heat in the winter. That was a big issue for Renee, who runs a home-based massage

therapy business. She needs to provide a comfortable environment for her clients. When they bought the house, the Byrds had anticipated making repairs. They planned to pour a lot of their retirement money into updating the home, both to save on utilities and to make it as comfortable as possible. They didn’t realize that their health would also improve. Before they updated their home, Renee recalls getting sick every year. Since they weatherized it five years

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How to Hire a Contractor You’re ready to tighten up your home or business, but the project is beyond what you can do on your own. Here’s how to hire a reliable contractor to give your house all the layers it needs this winter. STEP 1: FIND AN EXPERT Efficiency Vermont has a list of Efficiency Excellence Network contractors at They are: • Trained experts in the advanced technologies and building sciences that make buildings more energy efficient • Committed to providing the highest level of customer service • Knowledgeable about the Efficiency Vermont discounts, rebates and financing that can make your project more affordable Essentially, they’re the real deal. Once you’ve browsed the directory on the Efficiency Vermont website, it’s a good idea to narrow your list down to fewer than five contractors to start.

STEP 2: PREPARE FOR THE CONVERSATION Before you start talking to contractors, it’s important to know what problems you want fixed. You don’t need to know the source of every problem, but be ready to tell them why you wanted to call them in the first place. Contractors will often ask about the age or size of your building, current heating fuel and heating system, utility information, and any previous efficiency projects you are aware of.

STEP 3: DO PHONE INTERVIEWS Go down your short list of contractors and give them a call. To help narrow your list, ask questions such as the following: • How many projects have you completed? How many do you do per year? • Do you use subcontractors? If so, are they trained in energy efficiency? • When could my project fit into your schedule? • Do you have experience with Efficiency Vermont and securing rebates for customers? • Do you have insurance that covers the type of work you are performing? • Can you provide a certificate of insurance listing me on it? CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Chris and Jenn Bergeron of Bristol; contractor Mark Snyder at his converted train station office in Greensboro Bend; and Jerry and Renee Byrd of Bennington

ago, she reports that she’s fallen ill only once. “The health impact has been tremendous,” Jerry said. “We don’t get sick at all.” The Byrds use a woodstove; they find that since insulating and sealing their home, they have to load it just once at night, and the house holds all of the heat. “The comfort of the house is amazing,” Renee added. “I can’t stress how much Efficiency Vermont helped us at every turn,” Jerry said. “Finding contractors and

figuring out where to start was so hard, but they plugged us in to the right people who were able to help us get the exact results we wanted.”

MAKING IT AIRTIGHT (AND WATERPROOF) Mark Snyder of VT Energy Audits, a contractor within the Efficiency Excellence Network, has a motto: “A house should be like a submarine.” In other words, you should be able to submerge your house in Lake Champlain and not have it take on

STEP 4: CHECK REFERENCES Once you’ve narrowed your list to a couple of contractors, check their references. Here are a few questions we recommend asking the contractors’ previous customers: • Were you satisfied with the contractor’s work? • Are you as happy with the results today as you were when the project was completed? • Were there cost or schedule overages? If so, why — and how did the contractor handle the situation? You can also check in with Vermont’s Better Business Bureau. You’ll be able to find out whether a contractor has a history of disputes with clients or subcontractors.

If you need more advice, contact Efficiency Vermont’s customer support team: 1-888-921-5990.

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water. Once Snyder makes sure the house is properly ventilated, he wants to seal up all of the air leaks. Snyder walks the talk, too. His office is in a historic restored train station in Greensboro Bend. After inheriting it from his father, Snyder

deflect it. “Most houses, in general, just have a light sweater on and no windbreaker.” In his line of work, Snyder has seen it all, the best and the worst. Over the years he’s encountered mouse droppings, asbestos, and the

percentage of houses that I can’t fix,” he said.



What people usually say to me after an assessment is,

restored it himself over the course of 20 years, adding insulation and weatherizing it. He says it will probably take another 20 years to complete everything on his list, but the space is currently cozy and decorated with train-themed memorabilia and — MARK SNYDER pictures of his family. “Every house has pretty much the same problems: air sealing and insulation,” he explained. Snyder compares fixing up a house to getting dressed for a hike: The air sealing is the windbreaker, and the insulation is the sweater. The sweater keeps you warm, but if the wind is really blowing on the mountain, you’d want the windbreaker to

“Wow, I never knew my house like I know it now.”

“dirtiest, most cramped basements and attics that you can imagine.” “Very seldom do I walk into a nice, dry basement,” he said. “That’s always the first challenge. We have to deal with the wet and nasty first, then we can start to do work.” Sometimes the problem is upstairs, not down. A house he recently visited had an attic full of contaminated vermiculite and insulation that was full of asbestos. If asbestos is disturbed, breathing it in can cause cancerous mesothelioma. It’s a huge health hazard. The occupants didn’t even know it was there. In addition, he found antiquated knob-and-tube wiring, a fire safety risk. He told the owners to speak with a professional who specializes in asbestos removal. “Once remediated, you get a clean slate. It’s almost pleasurable to air seal at that point, because you can’t air seal as well if there’s insulation in the way,” Snyder explained. “There’s a very small

When customers call Efficiency Vermont in search of an energy assessment, they receive a list of contractors organized in order of proximity to their home. The customer chooses which contractor to call. Snyder fields dozens of these calls each year. He sets up an appointment and does a walkthrough with the owner to identify problems and figure out how to handle them. “What people usually say to me after an assessment is, ‘Wow, I never knew my house like I know it now,’ so it’s really very informative in a lot of ways,” Snyder added. After going through the house, he gives the customer an estimate of what it’ll cost to resolve the problems, listing them in order of importance. “Then, the work pretty much sells itself, because it pays for itself,” he said. Snyder pointed out that his customers often wind up saving money because their energy bills can decrease dramatically. When he updated the train station, he made all the money from the repairs back in just seven years due to how much more efficient it was to heat the building. “Seriously, this is the greatest business I could be involved in.” Winter is the time when most people realize their house needs repairs, Snyder noted. It can be extremely difficult and expensive to heat a home that isn’t weatherized and has a lot of leaks. If you notice your home is cold and won’t keep in heat, or you see icicles and spiderwebs inside, that might just be the beginning of a problem that’s impacting other aspects of your life as well, including your health. Bergeron explained that the most surprising part of the assessment process was the payoff. “Our house is so much warmer and more comfortable, and we don’t get sick as often as we used to,” he said. “I didn’t realize all that was available until we went through it — and when we did, it just all made sense. That’s why I recommend it to other people.” n

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Some cats are happiest having more freedom than your average family pet. In our Barn Cat Program, we find homes for cats who are more comfortable living in an alternative setting. Despite the name, barns aren’t the only suitable spots: A warehouse, garage, workshop, etc. can be a great home for a cat as long as it provides safety, shelter, basic necessities like food and water, and regular veterinary care. Visit for more info! Sponsored by:

DOGS/CATS: Mystique has no known history with dogs. She has lived with cats and may do well with another. Visit the Humane Society of Chittenden County at 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 862-0135 or visit for more info.


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ACT 250 NOTICE APPLICATION 4C1320 AND HEARING 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On May 29, 2019, Colchester Avenue Housing, LLC, filed application 4C1320 for a Project described as the construction of a 71-unit residential apartment building with surface and underground parking on 3 adjoining lots. The Project is located at 72, 80 and 94 Colchester Avenue, in Burlington, Vermont. This application was deemed to be complete on December 23, 2019, after the receipt of supplemental evidence. This Project will be evaluated by the District 4 Environmental Commission in accordance with the 10 environmental criteria of 10 V.S.A. § 6086(a). A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday February 6, 2020 at the Essex Junction District Office of the Agency of Natural Resources, 111 West Street, Essex Junction, Vermont. A site visit will be held before the hearing at 9:00 AM at the site, starting in the parking lot located at 80 Colchester Avenue in Burlington, Vermont. The hearing will commence after the conclusion of the site visit, but not earlier than 9:30 AM. The following people or organizations may

1. Statutory parties: The municipality, the municipal planning commission, the regional planning commission, any adjacent municipality, municipal planning commission or regional planning commission if the project lands are located on a town boundary, and affected state agencies are entitled to party status. 2. Adjoining property owners and others: May participate as parties to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the ten criteria. 3. Non-party participants: The district commission, on its own motion or by petition, may allow others to participate in the hearing without being accorded party status. If you plan on participating in the hearing on behalf of a group or organization, please bring: 1) a written description of the organization, its purposes, and the nature of its membership (10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(2)(B)); 2) documentation that prior to the date of the hearing, you were duly authorized to speak for the organization; and 3) a position articulated by the organization with respect to the project’s impacts under specific Act 250 Criteria. If you would like further information regarding participation in this hearing, please contact the State Coordinator at the address below before the

date of the first hearing or prehearing. If you have a disability for which you need accommodation in order to participate in the public hearing, please notify us as soon as possible, in order to allow us as much time as possible to accommodate your needs. If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the State Coordinator as soon as possible, and by no later than prior to the response date listed above. This application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 website (http://nrb/vermont. gov), clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the application number above (4C1320). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 24th day of December 2019. By: _/s/Aaron Brondyke_ Aaron Brondyke, State Coordinator 111 West Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-595-2735 aaron.brondyke@ CITY OF BURLINGTON TRAFFIC REGULATIONS The following traffic regulations are hereby enacted by the Public Works Commission as amendments to Appendix C, Rules and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, and the City

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No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations: (1)-(289) As Written. (290) [On the south side of Bradley Street beginning immediately west of the driveway to 298 College Street and extended west for 20 feet, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.] Reserved. (291)-(558) As Written. Adopted this 18th day of October, 2018 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest________ Phillip Peterson Associate Engineer – Technical Services Adopted 10/18/18; Published 01/15/20; Effective 02/05/20. Material in [Brackets] delete. Material underlined add NOTICE The State of Vermont’s Department of Housing and Community Development will be holding a public hearing to get input from Vermont residents before writing its HUD 5-year Strategic Plan for 2020-2024. The purpose of the hearing is to listen to residents’ views about the state’s housing, homelessness, public facility and service, and non-housing community development needs, as



[CONTINUED] well as ideas for grant activities the State should consider funding for the next five years to establish the annual program year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) baseline. The Department also seeks feedback on how the programs funded by HUD under past plans performed in meeting the State’s goals. The Plan outlines priorities for the use of approximately $10.5 million in federal funds provided to the State for the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership Program, and Emergency Solutions Grant program, and $3 million awarded to the State from the National Housing Trust Fund to develop housing that is affordable to extremely low- and very low- income households. The Plan also serves as Vermont’s application to HUD for these funds. The goals of the Plan are to provide decent affordable housing, assure a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunity for Vermont’s citizens.

The hearing will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020, from 3:30 4:00 p.m. in the Calvin Coolidge Room, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, 6th Floor, Montpelier. The hearing room is handicapped accessible. Accommodations for persons with disabilities and interpreters to meet the needs of non-English speaking persons will be made available upon request. Requests for accommodations should be directed to Arthur Hamlin at (802) 828-3749, or in writing to Arthur Hamlin, Housing Program Coordinator, Vermont DHCD, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, 6th Floor, Montpelier, VT 05620 by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2020. For the hearing impaired please call (TTY#) 1-800-2530191. More information is available on the Department’s website at http://accd.

Vermont. The second public hearing concerning these proposed charter amendments will be held on Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in Contois Auditorium, City Hall, Burlington, Vermont. These charter amendments are proposed to be voted on at the Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Annual City Meeting. The following changes (deleted matter in brackets and strikeout and new matter underlined) are being proposed by the City Council: 1. “Shall the Charter of the City of Burlington, Acts of 1949, No. 298 as amended be further amended to add a new section 102f as follows:

The city council shall annually assess upon the property grand list of the city to assist in meeting NOTICE OF FIRST the appropriation made AND SECOND PUBLIC for distributions and uses HEARINGS ON of the Housing Trust Fund PROPOSED CHARTER as set forth in Article AMENDMENTS FOR 18-404 of the Code of MARCH 3, 2020 Ordinances that will, in ANNUAL CITY MEETING the judgment of the city Pursuant to the requirecouncil, be sufficient to ments of 17 V.S.A. Sec. assist in meeting such 2645, the first public appropriation, but the hearing concerning rate shall not exceed one proposed amendments to cent upon the dollar of the Burlington City Charthe property grand list, ter by the City Council will except when a larger rate be held Tuesday, January shall be authorized by 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. the legal voters of the in Contois Auditorium, city. The tax shall not City Hall, Burlington, math operations as abeguide, includedfill within the

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than once resubmitted or presented for reconsideration or rescission except upon request of the City Council by resolution. Each page of a petition filed under this section shall bear the full text of the petition, each signature to such petition shall be witnessed, each signer of such petition shall set after his or her signature his or her legal address within the City, and any part of such petition not conforming to these requirements shall be invalid.

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(a) All warnings for meetings for the election of City or ward officers, and for general meetings of all the legal voters of said City, for any purpose, shall be issued by the Mayor and published in the manner and for the length of time designated in 17 V.S.A. chapter 55 relating to local elections as the same may be amended from time to time. (b) Upon request of the City Council by resolution or upon petition signed by five percent of the legal voters, filed with the Chief Administrative Officer no later than 60 days prior to the election [the deadline established in 17 V.S.A. chapter 55 as the same may be amended from time to time], the Mayor shall insert in the warning for the annual City meeting any special article for any legal purpose beyond the jurisdiction of the City Council, said purpose to be set forth in said article as stated in such resolution or petition and the Chief Administrative Officer shall prepare suitable ballots in sufficient quantities for the vote upon such article; provided, however, that any petition for the insertion of any article calling for the resubmission, reconsideration or rescission of any question previously submitted to the legal voters of said City shall be filed not later than the deadline established for requesting reconsideration or rescission of a prior vote as specified in 17 V.S.A. § 2661 as the same may be amended from time to time; and provided further, that no question previously submitted to the legal voters of said City shall be more

§ 22. Ballots For all City or ward or City district elections, and also for the election of justices of the peace in said City, the Chief Administrative Officer shall prepare all official ballots, consistent with the requirements of any regulation adopted under section 5 of this chapter, and otherwise in the same manner and subject to all the provisions of the laws of this State providing for and regulating the preparation and distribution of official ballots in towns and cities with the exception that ballots will be prepared at least 45 days before the local election; provided, however, that said Chief Administrative Officer shall cause to be printed for every ward or City district in said City not less than 60 ballots for every 50 names or fractional part thereof on the voting list prepared and posted in such ward or City district for any such election; and further provided that said Chief Administrative Officer shall deliver to the inspectors of election in each ward on the day of such election and before the hour for opening the polls in said ward, such number of blocks of ballots containing 100 each as shall nearest represent two thirds of the whole number required to be printed for such ward or City district, and shall retain the balance of the ballots for each ward or City district so prepared.?” 3. “Shall the City of Burlington charter, Acts of 1949, No. 298, as amended, be further amended to add a Section 8a to Article 4 as follows: 8a Requirements for NonCitizen Voters (a) Notwithstanding section 7 above, a non-citizen shall be a legal voter at a local City of Burlington or Burlington School District election if the individual is a legal resident of the United States, who is not less than 18 years of age, has taken the Voter’s Oath, resides in the City of Burlington, and has registered to vote with the Board for Registration

SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS of Voters no later than the deadline established by Vermont law for that election or meeting. (b) For purposes of this section, a legal resident of the United States means any non-citizen who resides in the United States on a permanent or indefinite basis in compliance with federal immigration laws. (c) This section does not change a non-citizen’s ability to vote in any state or federal election. (d) A non-citizen legal voter shall vote only in the City ward or district of which the individual is a resident at the time of voting. (e) Any non-citizen legal voter shall vote on a ballot containing only local Burlington questions and candidates, except for justices of the peace. The Chief Administrative Officer shall develop all necessary forms and procedures for implementation of this section.?” * Material underlined added. ** Material stricken out deleted and bracketed. The official copy of the proposed charter amend-

ments with the specific changes being proposed shall be posted in or near the Clerk’s Office and at least two public places in the city by Saturday, January 11, 2020 for public inspection; copies will also be made available to members of the public upon their request. NOTICE OF LEGAL SALE View Date 01/30/2020 Sale Date 01/31/2020 Ethan Lakota Unit #406 Tiffany Thomas Unit #19 Victoria Wilson Units #114, 435 Easy Self Storage 46 Swift South Burlington, VT 05403 (802) 863-8300 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Burlington Housing Authority is preparing its 5-Year and Annual Plans for the fiscal year July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2025. A public hearing to obtain comments regarding the proposed Annual Plan will be held on Tuesday, March 16th, 2020 at 65 Main Street at 4:00 PM at 65 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont.

Written comments should be sent to: Laura Zeliger, Executive Director Burlington Housing Authority 65 Main Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 Copies of the proposed plans will be available at BHA’s 65 Main Street Administrative offices on January 30, 2019. Supporting documents will also be available for review. Equal Housing Opportunity NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Burlington Housing Authority is updating its Housing Choice Voucher Programs Administrative Plan. A public hearing to obtain comments regarding the changes will be held on Tuesday, March 16th, 2020 at 65 Main Street at 4:00 PM at 65 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont. Written comments should be sent to: Laura Zeliger, Executive Director


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Burlington, Vermont. Do not throw this paper away. It is an official paper that affects your rights.

Copies of the changes will be available at BHA’s 65 Main Street Administrative offices on January 30, 2019.

2. PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM. Plaintiff’s claim is a Complaint in Foreclosure which alleges that you have breached the terms of a Promissory Note and Mortgage Deed dated August 5, 2016. Plaintiff’s action may effect your interest in the property described in the Land Records of the Town of Burlington at Volume 1313, Page 380. The Complaint also seeks relief on the Promissory Note executed by you. A copy of the Complaint is on file and may be obtained at the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court for the County of Chittenden, State of Vermont.

STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET # 692-819 CNCV LAKEVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC. Plaintiff v. JOHN C. KIRBY, AMANDA BOUVIER AND VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF TAXES OCCUPANTS OF: 66 Village Green, Burlington VT Defendants SUMMONS & ORDER FOR PUBLICATION THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO: John C. Kirby 1. YOU ARE BEING SUED. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. A copy of the Plaintiff’s Complaint against you is on file and may be obtained at the office of the clerk of this court, Chittenden Unit, Civil Division, Vermont Superior Court, 175 Main Street,

3. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 41 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail the Plaintiff a written response called an Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published, which is January 8, 2020. You must send a copy of your answer to the Plaintiff or the Plaintiff’s attorney, LORAINE L. HITE, Esq. of Bendett and McHugh, PC, located at

Open 24/7/365. Post & browse ads at your convenience. 270 Farmington Avenue, Ste. 151, Farmington, CT 06032. You must also give or mail your Answer to the Court located at 175 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont. 4. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer. 5. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT GIVE YOUR WRITTEN ANSWER TO THE COURT. If you do not Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published and file it with the Court, you will lose this case. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the complaint. 6. YOU MUST MAKE ANY CLAIMS AGAINST THE PLAINTIFF IN YOUR REPLY. Your Answer must state any related legal claims you have against

the Plaintiff. Your claims against the Plaintiff are called Counterclaims. If you do not make your Counterclaims in writing in your answer you may not be able to bring them up at all. Even if you have insurance and the insurance company will defend you, you must still file any Counterclaims you may have. 7. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you should ask the court clerk for information about places where you can get free legal help. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still give the court a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case. ORDER The Affidavit duly filed in this action shows that service cannot be made with due diligence by any of the method provided in Rules 4(d)-(f), (k), or (l) of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that service of the Summons set forth above shall be made upon the defendant, John C. Kirby, by publication as provided in Rule[s] [4(d)(l) and] 4 (g) of those Rules.

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This order shall be published once a week for 3 weeks beginning on January 8, 2020 in The Seven Days, a newspaper of the general circulation in Burlington, Vermont, and a copy of this summons and order as published shall be mailed to the defendant John C. Kirby, at 66 Village Green, Burlington, VT 05408 and 43 Randall Street, Waterbury, VT 05676. Dated at Burlington Vermont this 17th day of December 2019 Hon. Helen M. Toor Presiding Judge Chittenden Unit, Civil Division STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT FAMILY DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO. 137-3-18 CNJV In re: J.R. ORDER AND NOTICE OF HEARING TO: Charles Ring, Father of J.R., you are hereby notified that the State of Vermont has filed a petition to terminate






I have been appointed executor of this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Date: January 7, 2020 /s/ Matthew P. Bagdy Signature of Fiduciary Executor: Matthew P. Bagdy 26 Doris Drive Milton, VT 05468 802-893-3994 Name of publication Seven Days Publication Date: January 15, 2020 Name and Address of Court: Superior Court, Probate Division, Chittenden Unit PO Box 511










Burlington, VT 05402 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 1643-12-19 NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Derren K. Mullarky, late of Essex Junction, VT. I have been appointed executor of this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Date: January 8, 2020 /s/ Tamara S. Mullarky Signature of Fiduciary Executor: Tamara S. Mullarky 27 Rivendell Dr Essex Jct, VT 05452 802-879-7133 Name of publication Seven Days Publication Date: January 15, 2020 Name and Address of Court: Vermont Superior Court, Probate Division, Chittenden Unit PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402 STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CALEDONIA UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 15-1-19 CACV MASTR ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 20051, MORTGAGE PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-1, U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE v. RICHARD CHENEY, JR. OCCUPANTS OF: 1859 West Hill Road, Hardwick VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq.

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TO: Elizabeth Matthews, Mother of X.L., you are hereby notified that the State of Vermont has filed a petition to terminate your residual parental rights to X.L. and that the hearing to consider the termination of all residual parental rights to X.L. will be held on January 24, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. at the Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Family Division, at 32 Cherry Street, Burlington, Vermont. You are notified to appear in connection with this case. Failure to appear at this hearing may result in



Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Donna Orr (k/n/a Donna L. Diaz) by Warranty Deed of Ralph M.

Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described.


Superior Court Judge Date: January 9, 2020


To wit: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Bruce E. Willette, Jr. and Melissa Willette by Warranty Deed of Donna Orr dated on or about even date herewith and to be recorded in the City of Burlington Land Records.

Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description.

DATED : December 18, 2019 By: /S/Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032



Reference is hereby made to the above-mentioned instruments, the records thereof, the referenced therein made, and their respective records and references, in further aid of this description.

Other terms to be announced at the sale.


/s/ Thomas Carlson Superior Court Judge Date: 12/30/19

A lot of land with all buildings thereon, situated on the northerly side of Tracy Drive; the dwelling house thereon being known and designated as No. 112 Tracy Drive; and being all of Lot No. 29 as shown on a Plan of Land recorded in Volume 148, Page 218 of the city of Burlington Land Records. Said lot has a frontage on Tracy Drive of 70 feet, and a depth of 118 feet.

The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale.

termination of all of your parental rights to X.L. The State is represented by the Attorney General’s Office, HC 2 North, 280 State Drive, Waterbury, VT 05671-2080. A copy of this order shall be mailed to Elizabeth Matthews if an address for him is known.


your residual parental rights to J.R. and that the hearing to consider the termination of all residual parental rights to J.R. will be held on January 29, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. at the Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Family Division, at 32 Cherry Street, Burlington, Vermont. You are notified to appear in connection with this case. Failure to appear at this hearing may result in termination of all of your parental rights to J.R. The State is represented by the Attorney General’s Office, HC 2 North, 280 State Drive, Waterbury, VT 05671-2080. A copy of this order shall be mailed to Charles Ring if an address for him is known.

Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Ralph M. Sumner, II by Warranty Deed of Nicola J. Quintin dated July 31, 2000 and recorded in Volume 655, at Page 711 of the City of Burlington Land Records being more particularly described as follows:

be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale.



In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered May 29, 2019, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Melissa A. Willette and Bruce E. Willette, Jr. to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Maverick Funding Corp., dated October 18, 2013 and recorded in Book 1235 Page 281 of the land records of the City of Burlington, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for Maverick Funding Corp to Maverick Funding Corp. n/k/a Home Point Financial Corporation dated June 2, 2014 and recorded in Book 1253 Page 532 of the land records of the City of Burlington for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 112 Tracy Drive, Burlington, Vermont on February 4, 2020 at 12:30 PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,

Sumner, II dated November 17, 2000 and of record at Volume 663, Page 612 of the City of Burlington Land Records.



In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered October 30, 2019, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Richard Cheney, Jr. to CitiMortgage, Inc. dated October 20, 2004 and recorded in Book 120 Page 257 of the land records of the Town of Hardwick, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from CitiMortgage, Inc. to U.S. Bank, National Association as Trustee for MASTR Alternative Loan Trust 2005-1 dated November 14, 2012 and recorded in Book 120 Page

521 and (2) Corrective Assignment of Mortgage from CitiMortgage, Inc. to MASTR Alternative Loan Trust 2005-1, Mortgage Pass Through Certificates, Series 2005-1, U.S. Bank, National Association as Trustee dated May 6, 2016 and recorded in Book 120 Page 524, both of the land records of the Town of Hardwick for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 1859 West Hill Road, Hardwick, Vermont on February 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Closing Date: October 20, 2004 Borrower(s): Richard Cheney, Jr. Property Address: 1859 West Hill Road, Hardwick, VT 05843 Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Mary Jane Upton and Gerald Upton, Jr. by Warranty Deed of Leo A. St. Denis and Rita M. St. Denis dated April 19, 1989 of record at Book 81, Page 150 of the Town of Hardwick Land Records. Being 10.1 acres, more or less, of land located on the westerly side of Hartick Town Highway No. 20. The premises herein are more particularly described with reference to a survey of Northeast Surveys entitled “Land survey for A. & G. LaCasse - Hardwick, Vermont - Scale 1” = 200’ - Sept. 1985” wherein said premises are referred to as “Lot #1 thereof, as follows: Beginning at an iron pin driven in the ground at or near the westerly right of way limits of said Town Highway No. 20 at a common corner with Lot #2; thence N 74 degrees 45’ W 1,026 feet along a blazed line on said Lot #2 lot line to an iron pipe driven in the ground at a common corner with Lot #2 and on the common line with Lot #4; thence turning left and running S 20 degrees E 687 feet along a blazed line on said Lot #4 lot line to an iron pin driven in the ground at a common corner with an undesignated lot; thence turning left and running S 89 degrees E 714 feet along a blazed line on said undesignated lot line to an iron pin driven in the ground near the westerly right of way limits of said Town Highway No. 20; thence continuing S 89 degrees E 25 feet to the center line of said Town Highway No. 20; thence turning to the left and running northerly 390 feet on said center line to a point opposite the point of beginning; thence turning left and running N 74 degrees 45’ W 25 feet to the point of beginning; all courses,

bearings and distances being approximate and more or less only. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : December 3, 2019 By: /s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (DHCD) IS HOLDING A SERIES OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH MEETINGS IN LOCATIONS AROUND THE STATE TO GET YOUR INPUT IN DEVELOPING THE NEW 5-YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2024. Please join us at one of the following meetings: Milton – January 23, 2020 - Fire Station Community Room; 5:00-7:00 pm Castleton – February 4, 2020 - Castleton Fire Station Community Room; 5:00-7:00 pm St. Johnsbury – February 19, 2020 – St. Johnsbury Welcome Center; 5:007:00 pm Springfield – March 9, 2020 - Springfield Cinema; 1:00-3:00 pm In addition, the Department will conduct a Public Hearing at 3:30 PM on January 31, 2020 at its offices in Montpelier. If you have not yet taken the online survey, please visit our website at accd. plans-data-rules/hud/how to participate now!

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PROTECT VERMONT CHILDREN FROM LEAD POISONING The Vermont Electric Power Company has an opening for a HUMAN RESOURCES BUSINESS PARTNER. Please see the Careers section on our website,, for more information.

Associate Director of Major Giving

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We have an exciting opportunity for a collaborative, results-oriented individual who believes in the mission of public radio and the power of philanthropy. Reporting to the Director of Major Giving, this position works to secure charitable support for annual operations as well as strategic initiatives. The Associate Director of Major Giving will help lead and manage VPR’s growing major giving program with a focus on cultivation and stewardship. This position serves as an ambassador for VPR, both formally and informally, helping donors and potential donors connect with VPR. Find more information at Vermont Public Radio provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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Local Motion, Vermont’s nonprofit whose mission is to make biking and walking a way of life, is seeking a Manager for its Livable Streets Program. A key member 4t-VCHBleadPoison011520 of the LM team, the ideal candidate will have expertise in transportation or urban planning and a knack for community engagement. Come help us lead change throughout Vermont. For full job descriptions and how to apply visit


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The Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the physical appearance and total Environment of Care. The Supervisor coordinates all routine and project assignments & activities, and maintains schedules, training, evaluations and performance improvement plans.

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VHCB seeks a Program Director for its Healthy & Lead-Safe Homes Program. Since 1994, the program has addressed lead paint hazards in the homes of more than 2,800 low-income families, conducted ongoing public education efforts working with program partners, and offered training in lead safe work practices. This position requires experience with housing rehabilitation, weatherization, hazard mitigation or similar home improvement programs. Familiarity with the requirements of federally-funded programs is also important. This is a supervisory position responsible for the planning, administration, budget, operations, and reporting of program activities. It requires good communication skills and competency with Office software, particularly Word and Excel. Read the job description at Reply with cover letter and resume to: EOE. Position remains open until filled.

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Hall Communications Radio – Burlington, dba WJOY/WOKO/ WKOL/WIZN/WBTZ has an immediate opening for a Marketing Consultant. Duties would include selling both radio and digital platforms. Great benefits including health insurance and 401K with employer match. Experience in sales or hospitality helpful. A great opportunity to be your own boss! Resume to General Manager Dan Dubonnet at Hall Communications is an EOE.

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LICENSED NURSING ASSISTANTS Full Time, Evening or Night Shift

Wake Robin seeks a dedicated nursing assistant with a strong desire to work within a community of seniors. Wake Robin seeks LNAs licensed in Vermont to provide high quality care in a fast paced residential and long-term care environment, while maintaining a strong sense of “home.“ We offer great benefits, a pristine working environment, and an opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and residents in a dynamic community setting. We continue to offer generous shift differentials; Evenings $2.50/hour, Nights $4.50/hour, and weekends $1.55. Interested candidates please send resume and cover letter to or visit our website,, to complete an application.

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REAL ESTATE LEGAL ASSISTANT/ PARALEGAL Full time Paralegal/Legal Assistant needed for busy transactional real estate law firm located in South Burlington. Responsibilities to include assisting with all aspects of real estate closings and administrative support. Send resumes to:

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YOUTH RESILIENCE COORDINATOR Vermont Afterschool is seeking a dynamic, self-directed, organized & team-oriented individual to lead an initiative in youth resilience. This project includes supporting interventions that increase protective factors for youth through trauma-informed practices, out-of-school time activities, family engagement & community-based efforts. A critical element of the project will include informing Vermont communities about how to help all children grow to become resilient through different ages & developmental phrases, ensuring that all have strong healthy brains, meaningful relationships, and supportive networks.

This is an excellent opportunity to join our strong, nimble, and highly-effective team at Vermont Afterschool. We believe in working hard, holding high standards, and bringing positive energy to all that we do. We love our 10:34 AM work and care deeply about the children, youth, and families in every Vermont community. This is a full-time position (40 hours/week) based out of our office in South Burlington with travel required statewide. Expected compensation level starts at $25/ hour and depends on experience and qualifications.


AmeriCorps Program

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AmeriCorps positions in locations around the state 5v-VTAfterschool010820.indd 1 serving with non-profit organizations • environmental education COMMUNICATIONS POSITION • home buyer education • environmental stewardship The Vermont Chamber of Commerce works to create a robust economic environment and we are seeking • energy conservation a communications professional to add to our small homeless assistance •

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The position is listed at: phoenixhousenecareers. Other duties include: • Meeting with clients to evaluate their health and substance problem • Identifying issues & creating goals and treatment plans • Teaching clients coping mechanisms • Leading group therapy sessions • Ability to prepare and maintain required documentation. • Ability to work within the confines of a corrections facility. • EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s Degree or higher preferred from an accredited institution or equivalent combination of knowledge and experience.


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MOUNTAIN LAKE SERVICES, a not-for-profit

but mighty team. This position will be responsible for all aspects of the organization’s communications efforts and is best-suited for a versatile professional with experience in several different areas, from content creation to social media and newsletters to strategy. We hire when we find the right person for our team who is a professional willing to pitch in on all areas, bring new ideas to advance our mission, enjoy working for business growth and thrive in an environment where there is a wide variety of daily tasks. The communications position will be responsible for executing regular communications across all channels to our members, policy leaders, the press and the public, promoting our work on networking events, policy issues, tourism marketing and workforce education. To apply, send your resume to communicationsjob@ with an email message that demonstrates your communications and marketing skills and describes how your skills can advance our organization’s mission. This full-time, in-office position has a competitive salary and robust benefits.

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Phoenix House of New England has a full time position open in South Burlington! A chemical dependency professional is a support system for people with drug and alcohol problems. We work with individuals on how to modify their behavior with the intention of full recovery. Because clients are susceptible to relapses, we work with clients on an on-going basis.

organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for the implementation of policies set by the board and the protection of the organization’s financial assets while ensuring compliance with the board directives. Primary responsibilities include: strategic planning, fiscal management; fundraising; human resource management; quality assurance; community & civic involvement, & compliance with government regulations. The ideal candidate will be a successful leader with strong operational management skills, fiscally oriented, service excellence and excellent communication skills. Essential qualifications: Master’s degree in Human Services or a related field with 7-10 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility. Preferred thorough knowledge of OPWDD practices and principles along with Managed Care operations. Excellent benefits package. Interested candidates should send their resumes, cover letters, and references to: Human Resources Mountain Lake Services 10 St. Patrick’s Place Port Henry, NY 12974

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (Full Time) The successful candidate will: • Manage a growing peer-run recovery center with a style of motivation and empowerment • Play a leadership role with the center’s ongoing fundraising efforts • Offer firm, compassionate leadership for people in recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction from all walks of life and all backgrounds • Nurture partnerships with state and local entities to assist those in recovery Full job description at: Qualified applicants should reply with cover letter & resume by January 24 to: Gary De Carolis, Executive Director, Turning Point Center of Chittenden County, 179 South Winooski Avenue, Suite 301, Burlington, VT 05401 or to

Financial Advisor One Day In July is hiring financial advisors in Vermont and New Hampshire.

The Turning Point Center of Chittenden County is a safe, substance-free environment, providing recovery support, social and educational opportunities, and fellowship to anyone actively interested in recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction.

We have opportunities for licensed advisors as well as a training program for people interested in the field.

Community Banker

College Street Burlington & Chittenden County - Floating There is no better time to join NSB’s team!

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Job Responsibilities & Requirements • The Community Banker will be responsible for receiving and processing customers’ financial transactions, matching customers’ needs with appropriate products and services, protecting customer information and maintaining customer confidentiality. We are looking for candidates who will consistently provide outstanding customer service, has excellent communication skills, and will build rapport and develop relationships with our valued customers. A high school diploma, general education degree (GED) or equivalent is required.

• NSB offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, profit sharing and a matching 401(K) retirement program. NSB also offers professional development opportunities, and a positive work environment supported by a team culture. NSB has ten paid holidays. Northfield Savings Bank hours of operation are Monday – Thursday, generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Northfield Savings Bank appreciates that their employees need to enjoy time with family, friends and community on the weekends. Please submit your application and resume in confidence to: (Preferred). Or mail: Northfield Savings Bank, Human Resources, P.O. Box 7180, Barre, VT 05641-7180 Equal Opportunity Employer/Member FDIC

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Opportunity for growth

What NSB can offer you

Applicants should be able to write, shoot and edit video, and have an eye for detail, composition, and graphic design. Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud or other non-linear editing systems required.

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Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are looking for professionals to join our team as a Community Banker for our College Street Branch and for a Community Banker – Floating for Chittenden County. As a Community Banker-Floating you will have the opportunity to work in multiple branches within our Chittenden County region. Both positions offer an excellent opportunity to work for an established and growing premier Vermont mutual savings bank.

• The Community Banker position offers room for growth and the opportunity to learn about the banking industry. The successful candidates will enjoy a wide variety of changing duties and build relationships with our valued customers. We offer a comprehensive Community Banker training program to assist with learning the fundamentals of this position.

Start your career in local media with a friendly team that can help you grow. As Promotions & Commercial Producer, you’ll help promote the local ABC & FOX stations’ news, programming, and public outreach efforts, as well as assist in commercial production, local news & special station events. The ideal candidate will be imaginative, self-motivated, and able to multitask in a fast-paced, varied environment. Problemsolving skills and a positive attitude are critical for success.

One Day In July LLC is an equal opportunity employer.

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Travis Jones NRG Systems Senior Electro-Mechanical Engineer

Want to create cutting-edge technologies for climate challenges? Visit to apply for our Electrical Engineer position.

Harwood Union High School is seeking a school custodian for the 2nd shift, beginning immediately. Experience is preferred, but not required. Competitive rate of pay and benefits are offered. Please submit a letter of interest, resume and 3 letters of reference to: Ray Daigle Harwood Unified Union School District 340 Mad River Park, Suite 7 Waitsfield, VT 05673 Positions open until filled. EOE

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Production Designer Select is looking to hire a Production Designer who contributes to a wide range of project types, including screenprinting, embroidery, and branded hard goods. The right candidate has an incredible eye for detail, and a motivated and dedicated can-do attitude. Knowledge of screenprinting is a must.

Youth Outreach Specialist

NONPROFIT MANAGER The Nonprofit Manager role is designed to build and evolve the 1% for the Planet approved nonprofit network to further the organization’s mission. Full details at: onepercentfortheplanet. org/careers.

Responsibilities: • Create accurate and thorough mock-ups for local and world-renowned brands • Set up artwork for production, trouble-shooting and ensuring success • Showcase thinking process through visuals, understanding the creation of thoughtful builds

an AmeriCorps position Our AmeriCorps Outreach Specialist will use their passion for young people, learning and social justice to help give all bright Vermont students access to life-changing GIV programs. Organized, articulate and a great writer?

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• Assist in all areas of design process, with a focus on production work • Keen design-sense of typography, layout, and the art of refinement

Experienced Gas Fireplace Technician

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Blazing Design, Inc., is a Vermont family owned and operated fireplace business in Williston, VT. We seek an experienced gas technician to join out elite team of gas fireplace experts. We require that our team be friendly, honest and respectful with the understanding that our customers are the lifeblood of our business. A clean driving record is a must. Pay commensurate with experience. Emails only. sueann@blazing-design.comx

Requirements: • BA in graphic design or related field • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite • 2-3 years real-world experience


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Sales People

Enthusiastic outdoors people needed for full-time and part-time sales floor positions. Passion for outdoor pursuits, great communication skills, and personal experience with outdoor gear required. Bonus points for applicants who have experience 11:00 AM leading/teaching outdoor activities. Some weekend and holiday hours are a given, but so is a fun workplace in an active community.


Patient Access Job Fair January , am pm January 3, pm 6pm

Paid vacation, competitive wages, and other benefits available. Send resume and cover email to

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The Patient Access Specialist/Registration Representative is a key part of the patient experience and is essential to the financial health of the organiation. The Specialist coordinates scheduling, registration, insurance and payer eligiility management and financial screening activities to provide an exceptional customer service experience for patients, families and visitors. Full and part time positions availale. Bring your resume and come ready to intervie.

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HR Senior Trainer Berlin

There is no better time to join the NSB team! Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are looking for a professional to join our team as a HR Senior Trainer in our Berlin Operations Center. This position offers a strong opportunity to work for an established and growing premier Vermont mutual savings bank. JOB RESPONSIBILITIES & REQUIREMENTS • The HR Senior Trainer will be responsible for working with the SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer to build the organization’s depth by developing staff for future positions. This individual will design and develop creative learning solutions that include but are not limited to eLearning, classroom, virtual classes, train-the-trainer, and blended learning solutions. We are looking for someone who is highly collaborative, possesses strong presentation and communication skills, and has a passion for employee development • Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in business or communications and five to seven years of training and employee development experience. If you are looking to expand your career as a trainer, come join our team!


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WHAT NSB CAN OFFER YOU • NSB offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, profit sharing, matching 401(K) retirement program, professional development opportunities, and a positive work environment supported by a team culture. Northfield Savings Bank hours of operation are Monday through Friday generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please submit your application and resume in confidence to: (Preferred) Or mail to: Northfield Savings Bank Human Resources, P.O. Box 7180 Barre, VT 05641-7180 Equal Opportunity Employer/Member FDIC

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The Town of Williston seeks an experienced finance professional to join its team as Town Treasurer & Accountant. This full-time position is primarily responsible for maintaining the Town’s cash accounts, investing town money, approving accounts payable and payroll, and collecting and recording tax payments and fees. The Town Treasurer & Accountant plays a critical fiduciary role in the financial operation of the Town. Visit for a complete job description. A Bachelor’s Degree and 3-5 years of financial administrative oversight experience, or a comparable knowledge base and skill set are required. This is an exempt position with a starting salary range of $44,000-$53,000. If this job sounds like the right fit for you then take the next step and tell our hiring committee the reasons why. Please submit a resume and cover letter to Erik Wells, Assistant Town Manager at This position is open until filled, but the preferred deadline for applying is Friday, January 24, 2020. The Town offers an excellent benefits package. EOE.

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We are looking for a Tour Manager for our offices in Shelburne, VT. This is not a remote position. He/She will be responsible for specific tour related budgets, forecast management, as well as certain aspects of vendor management, planning, contracting, and inventory management. Job Type: Part Time (20-29 Hours Per Week). Apply by sending us the following: • A resume and introductory cover letter • A self-assessment of why you are interested and why you would be a great fit for Sojourn • Two to three letters of reference pertaining directly to this position and including contact details Send your application to No phone calls, please. Learn more at:

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Seeking experienced individuals to support a dynamic woman with a quick wit and energetic personality. She loves cars, animals, and a range of indoor and outdoor physical activities. The ideal staff will have clear communication skills, patience, and the ability to set strong boundaries. Experience with working with complex individuals is preferred. Shifts are at her home and the community in 24-hour shifts, including asleep overnights in a private, furnished bedroom. Compensation is $250 per day. For more information or to apply, please contact Eva at, or call 802-655-0511 x102.

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DRB COORDINATOR/ ASSISTANT ZONING OFFICER The Town of Shelburne is seeking a full-time DRB Coordinator/ Assistant Zoning Officer to serve as primary staff person for the Town’s Development Review Board; process applications for land use permits; and play a key role in coordinating project review. A complete job description is available at Specific duties include: assisting applicants; scheduling and attending DRB meetings; interpreting plans; preparing staff reports; writing decisions; receiving complaints of alleged violations; and assisting with enforcement matters. This position reports to the Director of Planning and Zoning and is supported by a part-time administrative assistant. The successful candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in land-use planning, public administration, or related field (Master’s degree preferred) and a minimum of two or more years of related experience. This is an opportunity for a person who thrives in a busy and challenging setting, is detail-oriented & quality-driven, and is able to excel in a team-oriented, customer driven environment. The successful candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and be fluent with pertinent computer software. Competitive salary and benefits. Please send a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to: Susan Cannizzaro, Human Resources Coordinator, Town of Shelburne, P. O. Box 88, Shelburne, VT 05482; or via email to Position open until filled. (Resumes will be reviewed as received.) The Town of Shelburne offers competitive pay and excellent benefits, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Vermont Oxford Network (VON) is a nonprofit voluntary collaboration of health care professionals at over 1,300 hospitals and organizations worldwide, working together to ensure that every newborn infant and family achieves their fullest potential. VON has established a worldwide multidisciplinary learning community dedicated to improving the quality, safety and value of care through a coordinated program of data-driven quality improvement, education, and research in newborn medicine. Ranked as one of the best places to work in Vermont by the Best Companies Group, VON values innovation, creativity, and respect for every team member.

Project Manager We are looking for a Project Manager to be responsible for handling our company's ongoing major projects. You will be working closely with members of the VON Leadership Team and other VON team members to ensure that all project requirements, deadlines, and schedules are on track. Responsibilities include submitting project deliverables, preparing status reports, and establishing effective project communication plans as well as the proper execution of said plans. The Project Manager will oversee all aspects of projects, setting deadlines, assigning responsibilities and monitoring and reporting to Leadership on progress of projects. The successful candidate will work directly with internal teams to ensure deliverables fall within the applicable scope and deadlines are met. The ideal candidate will need to have proven experience in project management, familiarity and facility with the standard concepts, practices and procedures of project management, and the ability to collaboratively lead project teams of various sizes. A Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a huge advantage. 40-hour on-site work week. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to with “Project Manager” in the subject line by January 31, 2020.

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Our Project Managers are key members of our integrated project management teams – providing support through design and taking the lead 2:09 PM through construction. Ideal candidates will be deep in construction knowledge, a schedule wizard, able to balance multiple projects, a collaborative team player and have a customer service focus as well. A Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or construction related field and at least ten years of construction management experience are preferred. Experience managing projects ranging from $1-15 million desired.

We are growing our team! Aon has varied opportunities to join our dynamic team in downtown Burlington, Vermont. Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy variety in your daily responsibilities? Are you seeking an opportunity to make an immediate impact working in a collaborative team environment while working with multinational, Fortune 100/500 and not-for-profit clients and other business professionals? If so, we want to talk with you. We have the following open positions:

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CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Vermont Legal Aid is reopening its search for a full-time CFO to work in its Burlington office. The CFO is responsible for the overall financial operations of a large non-profit law firm and its partner organization with over 85 employees and annual combined budgets of $9 million. Must be able to prepare and analyze financial statements, make budget projections, provide guidance on critical financial matters, and clearly communicate results to the Executive Director and staff. Duties include: grant and contract compliance and reporting; preparation of overall program and contract budgets; organizational cash flow and forecasting; long-term financial planning with the Executive Director; leading the process for annual audit and Form 990 filing; and supervision of accounting and human resources staff. Qualifications: Minimum of a four-year degree in accounting or related field; advanced accounting degree (MPA/CPA) preferred; minimum of eight years of experience in accounting and/or financial management, preferably in a non-profit setting; demonstrated proficiency with Excel and Abila MIP or equivalent fund accounting software program. Excellent fringe benefits including 4 weeks’ paid vacation per year. Starting salary: $88,297+ DOE. Email your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to: Eric Avildsen, Executive Director, c/o Betsy Whyte ( by January 24, 2020. VLA is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural competency in order to effectively serve our increasingly diverse client community. Applicants are encouraged to share in their cover letter how they can further this goal. Visit our website for more information and complete application instructions. 7t-VTLegalAid010820.indd 1

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New year, new opportunity, new challenge! Join VLT to support the productivity, communication, and effective leadership of our President. We are a dynamic and growing organization, a national leader in land conservation. You will be part of a team that values inclusion, curiosity, fairness, and a deep connection to the land and people of Vermont. Visit us at to learn more about this position and how to apply. Deadline: January 31, 2020. EOE.

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Sheridan Journal Services is seeking a Financial Analyst. We are looking for someone who can work independently to develop, maintain, interpret and distribute periodic financial reports for management to monitor business performance and evaluate business trends. We provide a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), paid time off, and flexible working schedules to name a few! We have a stunning office with a positive, friendly work culture. This could be a great opportunity for you! Please submit your resume to


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We are seeking a reliable, committed, and common-sense Production Supervisor who can lead our production team passionately in producing high-quality tempeh, natto, miso, koji, and mochi. You must have a thorough knowledge of and extensive experience with making these foods – eat and live them. You must be a hard worker, able to run the production line when needed, have strong technical skills and abilities, be a creative, resourceful thinker, and enjoy working with the variable nature of fermented foods.


Rhapsody Natural Foods is one of the few manufacturers in the country of tempeh, natto, miso, mochi, and koji, exciting emerging Asian foods located in Cabot, Vermont. Please send your resume to info@rhapsodynaturalfoods. com. Feel free to contact us with questions.

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Evergreen Evaluation & Consulting, Inc. $45.00/hour, part-time; approximately 15 hours/week 435 Zephyr Rd., Williston, VT 05495 ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES • Survey Monkey: The set-up, distribution and monitoring of client surveys. • Display data from reports by creating various types of one page infographics. • Participate in monthly calls with clients & take call notes. • Learn about client projects to gain understanding of the context. • Learn about evaluation theory. • Conduct interviews virtually, as requested. • Conduct data analysis and draft reports using a template and examples of prior reports. • Attend annual national 2-day conference in DC in July, as requested. QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS • Bachelor’s Degree • Ability to work independently • Excellent time management • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills PREFERRED SKILLS • Excel, Word, Survey Monkey and Piktochart. • Interest in program evaluation (data collection, analysis & reporting) and special education ADDITIONAL NOTES • Work remotely from home, with periodic visits to EEC office in Williston • Must love dogs ☺ IF INTERESTED: • Send Resume or Vita to: Patricia Mueller, Ed.D., EEC President at: • Interviews will be scheduled ASAP with a start date convenient to the applicant. Current Research Assistant will provide orientation and training to the new hire.

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Mansfield Hall is a private, innovative residential college support program for students with diverse learning needs. We are looking for dynamic individuals to fill the following positions:

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This is a hands-on, dynamic, full year, full time position. Duties include, but are not limited to: managing, overseeing, and supervising the daily operations of the buildings and grounds at Harwood Union High School; planning, preparing, and monitoring the department budget; and hiring, training, developing, supervising and scheduling all buildings and grounds staff at Harwood Union High School. The Maintenance Director would also supervise, manage and work collaboratively with six custodial, maintenance, and grounds employees. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • High school education plus 8 years of relevant technical training/experience • A combination of education and experience of comparable knowledge and skills • 6 years of custodial experience in an educational, medical, or comparable setting • 3 years of supervision experience • Communication skills, written and oral, and interpersonal skills • Basic computer and technical skills • Cell phone required and must be able to respond at any time

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• Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays APPLICANTS MUST ALSO MEET THE FOLLOWING: • Hold a valid Vermont driver’s license • A VT Class 2 Water Operators License or ability to acquire this license within 2 years For more information or to inquire about this position, please contact Ray Daigle at 802-583-8174 or If interested, send letter of interest, resume, copy of licenses, and 3 current letters of reference to Ray Daigle, Harwood Unified Union School District, 340 Mad River Park, Suite 7, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Job Starts: January, 2020. E.O.E.

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PROGRAM SPECIALIST We are seeking a Program Specialist for the Direct Loan Origination Department. The Program Specialist manages the on-boarding of applicants from across the nation who are seeking financing for manufactured homes. Starting pay is $18.51/hr and includes a defined benefit/ pension plan; holiday, vacation & sick leave; medical, dental & vision insurance; basic life/AD&D insurance, college tuition reimbursement; and others. Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-9:00pm For full job description go to our website,

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Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions.

As the Executive Assistant, you will provide a wide range of day to day administrative support to the Chief Seven Days Operating Officer, COO, Next Generation Operating Model (NGOM) and their respective team.

Summer Housing Coordinator - University Event Services (UES) - #S2387PO - The Summer Housing Coordinator provides frontline management of non-academic Summer Housing client operations and reports to the Senior Summer Housing Coordinator. Assist and support 80+ contracted overnight conferences, camps, intern programs and events for University Event Services (UES) generating revenue for the University. Manage 120+ contracts and billing process for external clients scheduling summer athletic camps using spaces owned by the Athletics department and throughout the academic year. Provide strategic oversight and coordination of select number of annual summer programs. Work in partnership with UES’ coordinator team to support client housing needs. Provide co-supervision to 6-9 student Conference Assistants who execute day-to-day housing operations. Must have effective interpersonal, communication and analytical skills and a keen ability to manage details. Work closely with key campus partners to ensure smooth client experience. Requires active engagement in learning and practicing principles of social justice and inclusion, environmental sustainability and delivering exceptional customer experience. Position has regular administrative hours along with early mornings, nights and weekend hours required during pre-/post-summer preparation. Applicants should expect the summer season (mid-May through mid-August) will require more work schedule flexibility.

Champlain Community Services, named a “Best Places to Work in Vermont 2019,” wants you to be a part of our team. Current openings for Direct Support Professionals, Shared Living Providers and Service Coordinators offer opportunities to make a positive impact on someone’s life, and in yours. Work at CCS & support, and live, our mission: “to build a community where everyone participates and belongs.”

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team. Our mission is to make a difference in the changing lives of seniors by providing a safe, homelike community with a compassionate and caring staff. Duties include but are not limited to: • Oversight of day-to-day functions to ensure appropriate services are provided to each resident. • Direct nursing care to residents with a variety of conditions. • Assesses, observes and evaluates resident well being, communicates directly with physician and/or medical director, implements physician's orders and communicates changes in orders with staff nurses. Identifies any restorative or rehabilitation needs for long term residents. • Updating resident information. Answering resident calls and dealing with emergency situations. • Check treatment book for treatments that are on your shift and carry out treatment orders. • Assist with charting and monthly summaries. • Supervise caregivers. • Candidates should work effectively with other personnel, residents, family members, visitors, and the general public. • Our company offers competitive wages, a full benefits package after 90 days, and a gracious time off accrual program. • Experience working in a long-term care setting a plus. Dependability is a must!

Medication Technician Provide medication assistance and administration for residents in accordance with training, certification scope of practice and regulatory requirements. The Medication Technician works with other team members to assure an environment which is homelike, safe and supports Resident Rights. Minimum Eligibility Requirements: • High school diploma or equivalent preferred.

Minimum of one-year previous experience as a Medication Technician. • Experience as a caregiver/resident assistant caring for the elderly in an assisted living or long term care setting is preferred. • Must be 18 years of age or older. • Must have the ability to remain calm under stressful situations. • Ability to communicate effectively with residents, families, staff, vendors and general public. • Compassion for & desire to work with the elderly. Essential functions: • Observe residents for changes of condition, communicate observations to the Wellness nurse or Wellness Manager. • Assist in maintaining the medication cart and storage room in a neat and orderly manner. • Accept responsibility for accurate medication counts and for security of the medication cart and medication storage room for assigned shifts. • May be called upon to assist residents with activities of daily living, including but not limited to, dressing, grooming, eating, transferring, and mobility, as needed. • Engage residents in meaningful conversation, socialization, and activity while providing personal care and medication assistance. • Respond to all resident needs/requests for care promptly and provide/obtain assistance as necessary. • Observe residents for changes in physical, emotional, mental or behavioral condition, unusual symptoms, medication side effects, accidents, injuries or unusual occurrence and reports immediately to supervisor. • Complete all documentation such as medication administration records, incident reports, change of condition reports, and behavior documentation as requested and in a timely manner. • Assist in the dining room during resident meal times as needed.

We offer a competitive salary and a friendly working environment. EOE. Willingness to undergo a background check, in accordance with local laws and regulations.

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