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unionization effort is under way at the Community Health Centers of Burlington, where some employees are drumming up support for the cause. A vote is scheduled for May 9. Dr. Peter Gunther, chief medical officer of the nonprofit health center, said employees officially informed the CHCB administration of their intent to organize on April 19, but he’d “heard rumblings weeks before.” The union, called Community Health United, has launched a campaign seeking support prior to the May vote. Emails obtained by Seven Days show that Community Health United promises “greater transparency, a seat at the decision-making table and pay equity” for employees. CHCB was staffed entirely by volunteers when it launched in 1971 as the People’s Free Clinic in Burlington’s Old North End. Today, it operates eight practices on the premise that health care is a human right. Its value statement says CHCB’s staff is its “most valuable asset.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has long championed such clinics, and he has touted his success in securing federal funding for community health centers. Community Health United has already held several organizational meetings. One CHCB employee spoke on the condition of anonym-

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ity for fear of retribution at work. She said the union effort is rooted in a conflict over a pay discrepancy, but it has since expanded to include other concerns, such as medical assistants being saddled with too many responsibilities. The employee said union reps have gone door-to-door to drum up support. Of 197 eligible staffers, she said, 60 percent would need to vote yes in order to form the union. Gunther said he hasn’t seen an official list of complaints or demands from union organizers. “There’s just too much to do,” Gunther said. “They want to have more quality time with patients, and I agree wholeheartedly.” In just six years, CHCB has grown from four to eight practices, Gunther added. Over the same time period, the number of patients served has nearly tripled, from 11,000 to 30,000. The health center has had three CEOs in as many years. Gunther doesn’t think it’s the right time for staff to unionize, given that CHCB is already engaged in a process to relieve some of the employees’ concerns. A consultant has been working with CHCB for the last year, he said.  “We’re afraid a union drive will really put the brakes on some excellent work that’s ongoing to try to make patient encounters [and] the providers more satisfied with their daily lives,” he said.  Read Courtney Lamdin’s full story at

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1. “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket” by Derek Brouwer. Douglas Kilburn died several days after he got into a fight with a Burlington police officer. 2. “Hot for Heifer: Montpelier Cops Find a Cow in a Car” by Sasha Goldstein. This was no ordinary moo-ving violation. 3. “Will the Revolution Be Monetized? Bernie Sanders’ ‘Dark Money’ Org” by Paul Heintz. Our Revolution, run by close Sanders associates, has benefited from large contributions. 4. “Burlington Farmers Market Prepares to Move to Pine Street” by Courtney Lamdin. The market will move to the South End as City Hall Park closes for a two-year renovation process. 5. “Recipes for Success From Seven Long-Lived Vermont Restaurants” by Hannah Palmer Egan, Melissa Pasanen and Sally Pollak. What’s the secret sauce for these longtime Vermont favorites?

ud season isn’t over just yet. Residents in Roxbury Gap — located between the towns of Warren and Roxbury — are still dodging ditches after a wicked cold winter and soggy spring. The slop generally dries up by the beginning of May, but Melanie Hall said this year has been one of the worst in recent memory. Roxbury Mountain Road has been “impassable a couple of times this season,” she said. “We had to park our car down the road a little bit and walk to even get out of our house. We couldn’t even drive through the mud right at the end of our driveway. It was bad.”

The road is closed to through traffic, but the sign warning motorists of the dangers ahead hasn’t always deterred drivers, according to Hall. Many use the road as a cut-through from Interstate 89 to get to the ski resorts in the Mad River Valley. When the road is closed, it adds about 30 minutes to the trip, Hall said. “So many people got stuck this year,” she said. “We had people knocking on our door at three in the morning, stuck and asking for help. It was a daily occurrence there for a little while, and all these people drove right around the sign.” To combat the problem, Hall created a Facebook page in January 2017 called Roxbury GapStat. On it, she and others post updates about the road — or weather — conditions. “Happy Spring!!!” someone posted on

Saturday above a photo of snow falling on the mud. Preventing people from driving on the road is better than dealing with the aftermath. There’s spotty cell service up the gap, and some tow companies won’t respond to the area because of the muck, Hall said. It’s often left to the residents to dig out the drivers. “I definitely want to be like, ‘Wait a minute, you just drove by this sign, come on,’’’ Hall said. “‘And you want us to get out of bed and tow you out?’” That said, she’d never leave someone in the lurch. “We do our best to help,” Hall said, “and definitely remind people to never come this way again when the road is closed next time!” SASHA GOLDSTEIN SEVEN DAYS MAY 1-8, 2019


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As a foodie, I welcome another excellent eating opportunity with the arrival of Poco on lower Main Street [Bite Club: “Dolce VT Food Truck Owners Open New Restaurant, Poco, in Burlington,” April 17]. But how does it happen that after extensive renovations, there’s no access for patrons with physical disabilities? If this were a one-off, I’d get it. But in Burlington, to openly discriminate against the disabled is not only pervasive, it seems to be tacitly accepted as functioning social policy. Where are the city’s Americans with Disabilities Act compliance officer and zoning board? And, more importantly, where is the social conscience of Burlingtonians in all this? I pose these questions because, over the past decade or so, I’ve watched a number of restaurants open, thrive and then leave this space only to have it occupied by yet another. As a foodie, I’ve watched with anticipation. Will this be the one? Will I have access to barbecue? Funky doughnuts? A great sandwich? Truffle fries? Alas, no — and again, no! It makes one wonder: Are the building owners dead set against providing access? Do they loathe wheelchair users? Did one of my wheeled brothers or sisters wheel over their toes? Why? Why are Vermonters with disabilities still experiencing this level of structural violence and discrimination in the 21st century? Come on, Burlington. We eat, too! Patrick Standen



Protect Our Wildlife’s ad depicting animals caught in traps should be an eyeopener for everyone [March 20 and 27; April 10 and 24]. In my opinion, the pain, stress, terror and torture that traps inflict on animals is unacceptable, deplorable and reprehensible. The death that they then experience at the hands of trappers is nothing short of barbarism. It is abominable that, in the 21st century, these traps are legal. I do not believe that our Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department allows this abhorrent practice to continue. I believe that Vermonters would like to see more otters, foxes, bobcats and other wildlife on our landscapes, not caught in leghold and body-crushing traps and killed for recreation and “tradition.” Esther Lotz

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[Re Off Message: “Burlington Council to Question Mayor, Police Chief About Death Investigation,” April 26; “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket,” April 24; Off Message: “Cop Involved in Altercation at Hospital Sues to Obtain Bodycam Footage,” April 23; Off Message: “Governor’s Staff Emails: Burlington Mayor’s Autopsy Request ‘Does Not Feel Right,’” April 18; Off Message: “Burlington Officials Sought to Change ‘Homicide’ Finding in Police Case,” April 17]: Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo has a history of acting as both a police chief and a judge, inserting himself into private citizens’ and other officials’ jurisdiction, claiming to be a champion of transparency while also erratically choosing if, when and how much public information will be shared in any given case. Del Pozo’s responses do not revolve around transparency, justice or community policing, but rather around boosting and protecting his personal profile and narrative. This is concerning, because the chief has shown a consistent disregard for being held accountable for his actions. In fact, he has made several veiled threats at police commission meetings that he would quit if held responsible for his words and actions by a civilian board, even crying wolf and invoking the First Amendment to claim that he has been unconstitutionally censored by private citizens who have expressed concern about his behavior. Laws and policies should be applied equally and evenly, democratically overseen by a group of elected citizens, not decided by a single person who has a personal stake and a very public reputation

in each outcome. We need a police chief who is a public servant invested in the entire community, not a chief who acts more like a politician looking for positive press and public accolades. Charles Winkleman



[Re Off Message: “House and Senate at Odds on Lead Limit for Vermont Schools,” March 25]: As a pediatrician, every day I talk with the parents of young children about the risks of lead poisoning. I explain to them that lead is a potent neurotoxin that causes IQ loss and developmental damage, even at very low levels. I let them know that there is no safe level of lead exposure and that even limited exposure can lead to lasting damage. In the past, I asked the parents of babies and toddlers to check their homes for signs of old, flaking lead paint. But now I also ask the parents of school-age children about lead in their children’s schools. There is currently no law in place to mandate that schools test for lead in their drinking water. This month, the Vermont House is considering S.40. To address this problem adequately, it is fundamental that this bill contains a health-based action level of one part per billion. The one-partper-billion action level is both technically achievable and cost-effective. Passing a bill with a higher action level continues to put our children at risk and would unfairly disadvantage children who attend schools and childcare facilities with fewer financial and advocacy resources. There is no tolerable level of damage to the developing brains of our children.

A tip of the hat to Seven Days publisher and coeditor Paula Routly for allowing such cutting-edge journalism — which she could easily have spiked in the name of domestic harmony [“Will the Revolution Be Monetized? Bernie Sanders’ ‘Dark Money’ Org,” April 24]. As Paul Heintz, the writer, noted in the editor’s appendage, Routly’s “domestic partner” is a state senator who has benefited from the so-called “dark-money” organization profiled in the piece. Routly isn’t new to courageous journalism. She has published previous stories raising questions about state Sen. Tim Ashe’s politics. Not only does she not veto these pieces, she obviously knows before she sees them in their publishable form that they are in the works. Yet she continues to bravely sponsor this no-holds-barred journalism. Two years ago, when Seven Days ran a piece that was critical of Ashe, I wrote the following to the editor: “Routly may now be sleeping on the couch, but if she’s not, I also include her partner Ashe as an example of courage — for loving a partner who buys ink by the barrel.” Congrats also to Heintz for his courage to go after this great story despite the potential for newsroom disharmony. Ted Cohen


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Do the Propaganda In 2004, Green Day released a critically acclaimed concept album giving voice to a disillusioned generation shaped by events such as the presidency of George W. Bush and the Iraq War. Middlebury College’s departments of theater and dance bring the punk-rock opera to life in the mature-audiences-only musical American Idiot, featuring Vermont rock band the Grift. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 54



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Pete and Crystal Damore of folk outfit Ordinary Elephant met in 2009 at an open mic night. They went on to team up and become what Grammynominated singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier described as “an extraordinarily well-matched duo” — onstage and off. Catch the now-married couple’s International Folk Music Award-winning sound in Huntington on Friday or Ripton on Saturday. SEE CALENDAR LISTINGS ON PAGES 56 AND 58

Feeling “agricurious”? That’s how the New York Times has described “landless farmers” who volunteer to help agricultural operations weed, plant, mulch and more. Those ready to get their hands dirty can join a Crop Mob at Fairfax’s River Berry Farm to prep for the summer harvest. Can you dig it? SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 56


Get Woke Music editor Jordan Adams calls Waking Windows “Vermont’s most thrilling music festival.” And while the tunes hit all the right notes — headliners include Twin Peaks, Tune-Yards and Sunflower Bean — there’s more to the Winooski fest than music. Go round and round the roundabout this weekend for art, comedy, food and drink, too. SEE STORY ON PAGE 66


Human vs. Nature “It is only by looking at human history with new eyes that we can perceive where and how we have decoupled ourselves from the natural world,” writes Janet Van Fleet of her Vermont Supreme Court Gallery exhibition, “Vanishment.” Through a mix of mediums — including some of her own previous works — the artist considers our relationship with Mother Earth and our fellow creatures. SEE REVIEW ON PAGE 74


Gimme Shelter Every year, Burlington community members take steps to support Vermonters who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. The 30th annual COTS Walk follows 1- or 3.5-mile paths a person experiencing homelessness might travel to access the Committee on Temporary Shelter’s spaces and services. Raising both funds and awareness, these are strides worth taking.




The Force Awakens A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away — or perhaps more recently, in a much nearer star cluster — Star Wars cinephiles began celebrating a certain punny day in May. Magic Hat Brewing gets in on the fun this year with May the 4th Be With You You, screening the movies all day in its Artifactory. Come in costume for half off your pint.

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hen a bill is approved by the Vermont Senate and then gets stuck in the House, it’s Lally Lalita usually a sign of trouble. That’s exactly what happened with Lilith S.169, which would require VermontVirgin Mary ers to wait 24 hours before buying a handgun. Jesus The legislation received final Senate approval on March 22 and quickly Five President moved to the House Judiciary Committheir sons & daughters tee, which took testimony and discussed Vegetarian Easter the issue on April 2 and 3. That was a full four weeks ago. Big Doe Cow “It’s a quandary to me,” said Sen. DICK SEARS (D-Bennington), chair of the Mac & Cheese Senate Judiciary Committee. “They Vegetarian – Vegetarian – started to take testimony, and then they Vegetarian – Vegetarian just stopped.” There are fewer than three weeks Johan Joseph Lally for President to go before the legislature’s schedFEC Feb 07 ID P80003866JJLALLY uled May 18 adjournment. The gun bill is nowhere to be seen on House PO Box 530 Island Pond, VT 05846 Judiciary’s schedule this week, and an outbreak of coyness has overtaken those responsible. 8v-JohnLally2419.indd 1 4/26/19 11:12 AM Sears is personally invested in the legislation. He opposed the original version, which would have created a 48-hour waiting period for purchasing any gun — and he broke a Senate committee logjam by writing the 24-hour/handgun-only compromise that has been waiting … and waiting … for any sort of action. “I’m antsy, as well,” said Rep. MARTIN LALONDE (D-South Burlington), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. “[House] leadership is For a sneak dealing with it.” peek at this What is leadership doing? “That’s week’s food above my pay grade,” Lalonde said. Committee chair MAXINE GRAD coverage, (D-Moretown) is equally opaque when events and asked when the bill might again grace recipes, sign up for her schedule. “I don’t know, but it’s Bite Club — served certainly a priority,” she said. “I’m every Tuesday from hoping to get it out [of committee].” your foodie friends When asked if House leadership is holding up the bill, she replied, “I think at Seven Days. you should ask leadership.” OK. “The committee started digging into it and, for a while, members of the committee were going in a bunch of different directions,” said House Speaker MITZI JOHNSON (D-South Hero). To subscribe, visit “It reflected divisions in the rest of the body.” Some support the bill, some want no part of it and some prefer a tougher

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version along the lines of the original Senate bill. “You want to know when a bill comes out of committee that there is support for it,” Johnson added. Senators and gun-control advocates were openly dismayed last week at the open-ended delay. Tough words were supposedly directed at House leadership behind closed doors. But by Friday, gun-control advocates began to feel some momentum. CLAI LASHER-SOMMERS, executive director of GunSense Vermont, even put her pessimism in the past tense: “I think leadership was having difficulties about moving the bill to the floor,” she said.



ALYSSA and ROB BLACK of Essex, whose son ANDREW died by suicide last December only five hours after buying a handgun, emerged this year as strong advocates for a waiting period. As the bill appeared to stall, they returned to the Statehouse on Friday for a fresh round of lobbying. Afterward, they were hopeful. “We’re hearing that leadership is working very hard to get this done,” said Rob. “They seem to be fully on board.” “Legislators are being very thoughtful, taking it to their districts,” added Alyssa. “Now, hopefully, things will move forward.” There are still those who hope for more. The bill before House Judiciary, Rob said, “will definitely save lives.” But the original Senate version, he and Alyssa believe, would save more. They cite Vermont Public Radio’s massive study of gun deaths in Vermont between 2011 and 2017, which showed that nearly 90 percent were suicides — and long guns were a key contributor. “There’s a perception that it’s a handgun issue,” said Alyssa. “But if you look at the VPR list, you realize that one-third of [suicides] used a long gun. That information was not presented until the bill came to the House.” Lasher-Sommers agreed that the waiting period should apply to all guns and promised to continue the fight next

year if necessary. “This issue isn’t going away,” she said. “We’re not going away.” The Blacks don’t share that sentiment. They transmuted their family’s tragedy into activism, which imposes a heavy burden in public exposure and the private reliving of a most painful trauma. They sincerely hope they can help get the legislation across the finish line — but whatever happens this session, they plan to retire from public activism. “This is it,” said Alyssa. Sen. PHIL BARUTH (D/P-Chittenden) has been the chief advocate of a waiting period bill throughout the session. He’s been skeptical of House leaders’ intentions but expressed “new optimism” on Friday. He pointed to a moment in last year’s gun debate when House leaders stepped forward to support restrictions including universal background checks and a ban on gun purchases by those under 21. “They were courageous last year when it mattered the most,” Baruth said. “In crunch time, the speaker showed courage. I hope she will again.” Perhaps, but Johnson is offering no promises and a fistful of uncertainties, as her answers here show: Is the bill ready to proceed to the full House? “We’re asking [our members] this week.” Is there enough support among the 102 Democratic and Progressive lawmakers to attain a simple majority — 76 votes? “That’s what we’re determining.” Are there really 26 or more Dems and Progs who would vote against the bill? “I’m not prepared to quantify that.” Johnson’s caution may be frustrating, but the scars of 2018 are still fresh. “Some people got beaten up on social media last year in a very unpleasant way,” she observed. Baruth acknowledged that some lawmakers “thought we should go five years without mentioning firearms.” But he feels quite the opposite: “We did something significant last year, but that doesn’t mean we should stop.” Especially since Vermonters elected a much more liberal House in 2018, giving Dems and Progs a combined 102 seats out of 150 — enough, in theory, to override gubernatorial vetoes without any independent or Republican support. “We passed some pretty serious gun measures last year,” said Rep. SELENE COLBURN (P/DBurlington), a member of House Judiciary. “Now, with a supermajority in the


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Justice Served: Marilyn Skoglund to Retire From the Vermont Supreme Court




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think she probably put … more effort into preparing and understanding a case than any,” said Dooley, who served alongside Skoglund for two of his three decades on the court. Court administrator Patricia Gabel was taken aback by Skoglund’s decision to step down. “I wasn’t sure she would retire,” Gabel said. “It’s hard to imagine the Supreme Court without Marilyn on it,” said retired justice Brian Burgess. Though Skoglund was appointed by Democratic governor Howard Dean and her politics appear to be liberal, she said she has no concerns about Scott, a Republican, choosing her successor. “You know, it’s Vermont. It’s not like [President Donald] Trump’s gonna appoint a replacement,” she said, adding that if that were the case, she would continue to serve “with a drool cup and passing out or something.” The court has been majority female since Scott named Karen Carroll to replace Dooley in 2017, but Skoglund is also unconcerned about her successor’s gender. “I could not care less,” she said. “I just want a really good, smart person.” Born in Chicago and raised in St. Louis,

Skoglund had what she describes as an “idyllic childhood,” replete with a picket fence and parents who were “the Swedish equivalent of Ozzie and Harriet.” Her father managed a steel treatment plant and her mother, a former hairdresser and math tutor, raised the future justice and her sister. Skoglund spent seven years meandering her way through Southern Illinois University — a fine arts major and “hippie folk singer” who worked, for a time, as a graphic designer for the inventor and futurist Buckminster Fuller. She finally earned her diploma after getting married and becoming pregnant with her first daughter. The young family moved to Vermont in 1973 so that Skoglund’s husband could take a job teaching painting and printmaking at Goddard College. They rented a small, uninsulated cottage on a 500-acre dairy farm in Plainfield. Skoglund learned to milk cows, taught photography and worked as an editor at Goddard. The marriage didn’t last, though, and soon she was raising her daughter on her own. Skoglund found herself relying upon the generosity of Walter Smith, the 68-year-old dairy farmer who served as

her landlord and her “very own personal version of welfare.” He provided firewood when she needed it and let her dip raw milk from the bulk tank. When she and her daughter were low on food, they would join Smith for cans of chicken noodle soup and mayonnaise sandwiches. “He saw me through it,” she said. Skoglund’s experience with poverty later informed her work on the bench and, she said, gave her “a very good understanding of desperation and frustration and what it causes people to do.” “I think I’m the only justice that’s ever been poor,” she said. After completing a six-month paralegal class, Skoglund landed a clerkship in the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and began reading for the law — an alternative route to the bar that enables aspiring attorneys to bypass law school through independent study. “It was a solitary, self-motivated education, but I am disciplined,” she wrote in a recent essay about her unconventional path. “In the central office of the attorney general, I was the only student with about 50 ‘teachers.’” Skoglund spent four years clerking for Louis Peck, then the chief assistant



n her way out the door of her Montpelier home last Friday, Vermont Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Skoglund rolled up her right sleeve to show off her latest tattoo. “I waited until my youngest daughter’s wedding,” the justice said with a sneaky smile. “I knew she wouldn’t want me to get it.” Written in a simple black cursive on the inside of her arm were the words, “Jag är mätt,” a Swedish expression often uttered in her childhood home at the conclusion of a family meal. “I am satisfied,” she translated. “I am full.” The 72-year-old jurist reflected for a moment — perhaps on a life rich in family, friends, dogs and the law — and declared, “I am satisfied! I mean, what else can you say? I’m very lucky. I am satisfied.” This week, Skoglund plans to inform Gov. Phil Scott that, after 22 years on the state’s highest court, she intends to resign effective September 1. Skoglund’s retirement brings to a close one of the most remarkable and least likely careers in the Vermont judiciary — that of a struggling single mother who passed the bar without a day of law school and worked her way up to become the second female justice in state history. Now, the famously irreverent attorney is looking for a new challenge, be it the beginning Spanish class she plans to take this fall or the online bartender course she’s long contemplated. “I just need to take a chance and see what else I can do before I drop dead,” she said, letting loose her trademark cackle. Skoglund’s sense of humor has long served as the “collegiality glue” on the court of five, according to retired justice John Dooley. In her decades on the bench, she has made it her mission to draw colleagues and staff members out of their casework and into the world — through court poetry slams, end-of-term parties and art openings at the Supreme Court gallery she founded and oversees. “I would describe her as a unifier,” said Victoria Westgate, a Burlington attorney who clerked with her from 2013 to 2014. The justice has also served as a role model to a generation of young women in the law, Westgate said. Though Skoglund may be best known for her larger-than-life personality, colleagues describe her as a deeply serious jurist with an unmatched work ethic. “Of all the justices I’ve worked with, I


attorney general and later a Supreme Court justice. She would run lines for Peck, an amateur actor, and he would school her in the law. Skoglund credits him with informing her “legally conservative” approach. “I don’t take liberties with the language, and I don’t read myself into it,” she said. “It’s not about you, Marilyn.” Skoglund spent 17 years in the Attorney General’s Office, eventually serving as chief of its civil law division and then its public protection division. She was appointed to the Superior Court in 1994 and to the Supreme Court in 1997. “It’s like candy,” Skoglund said of her current gig. “I have never been bored.” The pace of the job wouldn’t allow it. The supremes hear an average of 120 full cases a year, plus many more appeals on the so-called “rocket docket.” They’re also consumed by the myriad unseen administrative duties of the judicial branch, such as divvying up its “shoestring” budget and managing the lower courts. “This all takes hours when all I want to be doing is reading cases,” Skoglund said. One of her most memorable opinions, according to former justice Burgess, involved a long-running dispute over a dirt road in the town of Georgia. While the underlying argument between a landowner and the town had merely local import, Skoglund used the case to confer upon Vermonters a new right to sue under the common benefits clause of the state Constitution. Her opinion gave residents recourse when a public body treated them unequally. “Intellectually, this was a big deal,” Burgess said. “She carried the rest of us and, I gotta say, carrying all five members of the Supreme Court to a conclusion is a chore.” Skoglund’s most entertaining work, however, has been in her dissents. Westgate, her former clerk, points to a 2013 case in which a majority of the court agreed with the state tax commissioner that an elderly man failed to qualify as a resident of Vermont and could not reap certain tax benefits. In her sharply worded dissent, Skoglund called the majority’s decision “nonsensical” and wrote that, to agree with the commissioner, she “would have to ignore the little voice of common sense yelling in my head.” After eviscerating the commissioner’s logic, point by point, she concluded with the words, “What? I dissent.” According to Skoglund, her acid prose occasionally gives her law clerks “panic attacks.” But members of her tight fraternity of former clerks praise her “dedication to raising a new generation” of lawyers, as Todd Daloz put it.

“She has a real energy and a real humor and a real joy of life,” said Daloz, who clerked for Skoglund from 2009 to 2011 and now serves as associate general counsel for the Vermont State Colleges System. “When I hire [clerks], I explain that I’m hiring my best friend for the next year,” Skoglund said. “I have to be able to come in and vent and bitch and moan and get solace from them.” Skoglund’s friends describe her as a grand convener who will invite an array of women to play mah-jongg or spend a weekend at Seyon Lodge in Groton State Forest. For 15 years, according to Diane Derby, she brought eight women together for a regular game of poker. “None of us really knew how to play,” said Derby, an aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). “Poker became an excuse to just get together and laugh our butts off.” Though Skoglund takes her work seriously, her friend said, she dispenses humor from the bench to make young, nervous lawyers more comfortable when arguing before the court. “She just wants to put you at ease,” Derby said. For the past 35 years, Skoglund has lived in a tall, brown- and green-shingled house perched above the Statehouse on the southern boundary of Hubbard Park. The place is crammed with books and artwork and features a “wall of dogs” consisting of canine paintings she’s collected. “It’s kind of a magical place for me,” she said of her home, where she does much of her off-the-bench legal work. “It’s just a sanctuary.” Skoglund’s two grown daughters, an obstetrician and a neuropsychologist, have long since moved out. Her current roommates include a 4-year-old goldendoodle named Johnny and, during Vermont’s fourmonth legislative session, Senate Majority Leader Becca Balint (D-Windham). “I always say I have the best roommate,” Balint said. “Sometimes it’s seven o’clock in the morning and we’re both crying because we’re laughing so hard.” Balint befriended Skoglund a dozen years ago when the senator’s partner, Elizabeth Wohl, clerked for the justice. After Vermont legalized gay marriage in 2009, the couple turned to Skoglund to “upgrade us,” as Balint put it, from their civil union status. The roomies spend plenty of time watching “Project Runway” together and guffawing over their favorite website, which features photos of cakes decorated with ridiculous messages. But according to Balint, Skoglund also devotes her offhours to more serious pursuits, such as writing about religion and spirituality. MARILYN SKOGLUND

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amie Wool’s epic bender had come to an inglorious end. The Essex resident had been imprisoned after a two-week binge on alcohol, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. The withdrawal was brutal. The 26-year-old man shook and vomited and had diarrhea. He had no appetite, even though he hadn’t eaten in days. A friend and fellow inmate told him he looked like “absolute death,” Wool recalled. The friend offered him a “bump,” about a milligram of ground-up buprenorphine, in a piece of folded paper. The prescription drug, used to treat opioiduse disorder, is commonly smuggled into prisons. As unlikely as it sounds, given his illicit drug use, Wool said he was initially hesitant to turn to a manufactured opioid, having lost three friends to oxycodone overdoses. But as his symptoms worsened, he felt as though he had no other choice. He snorted the packet of powder, and his life changed forever. “It was enough to instantly make me feel better,” Wool recalled last week. “That was kind of the beginning, for me, of understanding the power that buprenorphine had to help me detox.” That was more than a decade ago. Now sober after a long, challenging road to recovery, the Williston resident felt compelled to share his experience with state legislators in late March as they discussed H.162, which would decriminalize possession of buprenorphine without a prescription. In recent years, public policies in Vermont have been gradually shifting to address the opioid crisis as a health concern rather than a law enforcement issue. But the “bupe” bill, while a logical next step for some, has run into opposition from a top health official. The bill is still in committee in the House and appears unlikely to become law this year — though backers in the legislature say they are undeterred. Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George announced last summer that her office would no longer prosecute people for possession of black-market buprenorphine, noting that formulations of the drug “are intended to be life-saving.” “They block the craving for heroin or other street opioids, minimize the chance of relapse, and help individuals reduce or abandon their use of heroin or other opioids, which in [turn] reduces crime, the likelihood of fatal overdoses


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and recidivism,” she wrote to local police chiefs. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and others have credited the policy change, along with other strategies, with helping to halve the county’s opioid deaths last year — bucking a statewide trend. H.162 would make it legal to possess small amounts of buprenorphine statewide. Selling and possessing larger quantities would remain felonies. When Wool learned the legislation faced an uphill battle in Montpelier, including staunch opposition from Public Safety Commissioner Tom Anderson, he drove to the Statehouse to testify before the House Human Services Committee. Before he spoke, Wool listened to Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine express strong concerns about the bill. Levine testified that the notion of decriminalizing buprenorphine would be a “slam dunk” in any other state, because they lack Vermont’s robust opioid treatment programs. Vermont’s “nationally renowned” huband-spoke model of providing medically assisted treatment has no waiting list, meaning people can get needed treatment within 72 hours, he said. “So there is no reason for someone to be on the streets with nothing else to turn to but illicitly obtained buprenorphine,” Levine told legislators. While decriminalizing buprenorphine might give some people a safer option

than heroin or fentanyl, Levine said, the data were “limited and often contradictory.” Vermont would be the first state to decriminalize its possession. Studies suggest that buprenorphine, while a potent opioid, is rarely used to get high. The drug creates less of a euphoric effect, has a low risk of overdose and prevents painful withdrawal from opioids. Nevertheless, Levine said he worried the change would reduce the motivation for people to enter effective treatment programs, and it might increase their incentive to sell prescribed drugs on the black market. Levine added that, in an attempt to get high, people could inject bupe instead of taking it orally, risking serious health consequences including heart infection. But Wool said he couldn’t understand how the state’s top health officer could call the idea a slam dunk for other states but not for Vermont. For someone who has lost 21 people close to him to opioid addiction in the last 20 years, including his sister and brother, Wool said he felt the commissioner’s opposition to the bill lacked sympathy for the families of those who have died. He expected a health commissioner to fully support whatever would make it easier for addicts to choose an option safer than heroin or the synthetic opioid fentanyl. “We have to somehow compete with these heroin dealers who will literally

meet anyone, anywhere, anytime,” Wool told Seven Days. Levine’s testimony struck several advocates as aimed more at defending the state’s reputation for innovation than for acknowledging areas where it could improve. “I think the commissioner is so in love with the hub-and-spoke system that his love has blinded him to the shortcomings of that system,” said Tom Dalton, executive director of Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform. “That’s why I think he’s able to recognize the value of this in any other state but Vermont.” Addicts can often wait days or weeks before getting treatment, Dalton said. Such delays trouble Rep. Ann Pugh (D-South Burlington), chair of the House Human Services Committee and a cosponsor of H.162. “He will say people can get access for treatment in 72 hours,” she said of Levine. “If you’re an addict, that’s a waiting list.” Brenda Siegel, a former Democratic candidate for governor who lost her nephew to an overdose and advocates for the decriminalization of buprenorphine, said she found Levine’s defense of the current system “jaw-dropping.” While Chittenden County slashed its death rate in half in 2018, other counties remain in a full-blown crisis, she said. “I will tell you, in Windham County there is nothing to be proud of,” Siegel


Committee members also sought to better understand why the current system, which is supposed to strictly account for all buprenorphine prescribed, is supplying a thriving black market. Some clinics may provide “less scrutiny,” enabling patients to sell their supply, Dr. Kim Blake of the Howard Center testified last Thursday. “That’s troubling,” responded Rep. Jessica Brumsted (D -Shelburne), “because you worry that if we were to decriminalize, will it become more prevalent?” The bill missed crossover, the date by which legislation must be sent to the other legislative chamber to have much chance of passing this year. Colburn said that was disappointing but understandable, given the complexity of the issue and shift in drug policy it represents. Pugh acknowledged this makes it challenging to get the Senate to take up the bill. Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) agreed that passage this year “does not look good,” given that some Senate committees have already begun winding down their work. He added that it wouldn’t be “responsible” for the Senate to “rubber-stamp without any review a bill that the House has had for four months.” In that case, the bill would wait until next session. Gov. Phil Scott believes the decriminalization conversation has merit, but he is concerned about possible unintended consequences of the bill, particularly the likelihood that it would reduce the opportunities for treatment intervention, spokesperson Rebecca Kelley said. Wool favors removing any obstacle to recovery that might keep people alive. Buprenorphine saved his life not because it’s a miracle drug, he said, but because it gave him time to face the demons that caused him to use in the first place. These include reconciling with his estranged father while in prison and confronting a past sexual assault that had haunted him for years. Buprenorphine “showed me there was another path,” Wool said, “and it helped me stay alive until I was ready to take it.” m


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ne does not simply walk into a convent. One must ring the doorbell. So say the instructions posted on the back door of the Sisters of Mercy “motherhouse,” a forbidding five-story brick building at 100 Mansfield Avenue in Burlington. On a sunny afternoon last week, the only signs of life there were a busy blue jay and the squirrels darting in and out of a nearby pinewood forest. The nuns weren’t home. And even if they were, they won’t be for long. The Sisters of Mercy, part of an international order of Roman Catholic nuns, will officially close their convent this summer after more than 130 years in residence, a spokesperson at the Sisters’ Rhode Island headquarters said in an April 22 press release. The nuns no longer live there but will maintain a presence in Vermont, where they’ve served for 145 years as teachers, nurses and social workers. They’ll host a series of events and an open house in the former convent on May 25. It’s unclear what will become of the building, which is situated on nearly 20 acres of prime Burlington Sisters of Mercy at Camp Marycrest land, the majority of which is undeveloped. The entire Hill Section property, which is also home to the pre-K through eighth grade Mater Christi Ireland, with a mission rooted in social School, is valued at $25.6 million, accord- justice. The building was once home to ing to city records. at least 100 nuns, a chapel, a library and “I can’t imagine there’s a developer that an infirmary, according to a University of wouldn’t drool over that property,” said Vermont research project titled “BurlingEric Farrell, owner and developer at the ton 1890.” Colchester-based Farrell Properties. Known as the Mount for its location Indeed, the towering structure is one of at the top of Loomis Street, the convent the most striking buildings in Burlington — was built in the French Second Empire and in a city that badly needs housing, it’s style. The mansard roof, molded cornices likely someone would want to snatch it up. and centered tower are all characteristic Developers have talked about it for of that architectural mode, said Mary years, said Erik Hoekstra, managing part- O’Neil, Burlington’s principal planner. In ner of development group Redstone. “A fact, O’Neil attended school there. The nuns operated Mount Saint Mary fair number of people are watching it,” he Academy, a Catholic school and college said. The history of the building — and that preparatory facility, on Mansfield Avenue of its devout inhabitants — is almost as until the 1960s, as well as all-female Trinlong as Burlington’s. ity College on Colchester Avenue from The Sisters settled there in 1886, a half 1925 to 2000. They also staffed other century after Mother Catherine McAuley Catholic schools around Vermont. After formed the religious order in Dublin, Trinity closed, the Sisters founded Mercy


Connections, a still-active nonprofit that provides mentoring and women’s small business programs. The Sisters educated some prominent Vermonters — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), former attorney general Bill Sorrell, and real estate moguls Tony and Ernie Pomerleau among them. The women have served in high-profile jobs, too, as CEOs and school administrators, according to a 2015 Burlington Free Press commentary written by two nuns. Sister Elizabeth Candon ran the Vermont Agency of Human Services. After serving as president of Trinity from 1979 to 1996, Sister Janice Ryan became the deputy commissioner of corrections in 2003. If it ever went up for sale, the motherhouse would need to be separated from Mater Christi, Burlington planning and zoning director David White said. The elementary school is freestanding; the building that houses sixth, seventh and eighth graders is attached to the convent. The school has no plans to give up its property and, in fact, intends to grow,

head of school Tim Loescher wrote in an email. The institution is part of the Sisters’ “intent to maintain a strong presence in Vermont,” he continued. He said that Mater Christi is “actively engaged in plans” to renovate and expand the school, “raising both facilities to 21st century standards.” The desirable L-shaped lot abuts some notable neighbors. Next door is Cathedral Square’s 55-unit senior housing project, called McAuley Square after the Sisters’ founder. The undeveloped forest in the back borders the Riverwatch Condominiums, developed by Larkin Realty in the 1990s. Then there’s the former Trinity campus, purchased by UVM in 2002. Would any of them look to buy the convent? “We don’t have any plans or anything going on with that property,” said Deb Bouton, Cathedral Square’s director of marketing and outreach. “It’s safe to say, if an opportunity presented itself, we’d certainly consider it.” Bouton said there is a “serious need” for more memory-care residences and acknowledged the benefits of an adjoining parcel. She referred other questions to Cathedral Square board member Sister Mary Boiselle, who belongs to the order. But Boiselle declined an interview, saying local nuns had been instructed to steer reporters to the Sisters’ Rhode Island HQ. Repeated calls there went unanswered. A subsequent visit to the Mount yielded one Sister Laura Della Santa, who also turned down an interview request, albeit with a very welcoming smile. Larkin Realty’s CFO, Joe Larkin, was on vacation and couldn’t immediately be reached. At UVM, spokesperson Enrique Corredera said the university considers purchasing properties “of significant size … in close proximity to our campus” any time they’re for sale. Farrell, who attended first and second grade at Mount Saint Mary, said he spoke with the Sisters about options for their property about five years ago, but it amounted to a brainstorm session. He said he has no interest in developing the property now, despite its drool factor. “I’ve got my hands full on North Avenue,” he said, referring to his 735-unit Cambrian Rise neighborhood. That development includes the Catholic Church’s former St. Joseph’s orphanage, now called Liberty House.

And there’s yet another diocesan building for sale downtown. The former Immaculate Conception Church between Pearl and Cherry streets closed last summer after its congregants could no longer financially support it. No buyer has emerged, Father Lance Harlow said. White, the city planning director, confirmed there are no current proposals to redevelop either Immaculate Conception or the Mount, but he said he could imagine that neighbors are covetous of the lots. “When you look at the adjacents, there’s bound to be interest in doing something there,” White said. “There’s not really a high demand for convents anymore.” Hoekstra, the Redstone partner, serves on both the Cathedral Square and Mercy Connections boards of directors. He said he won’t make an unsolicited offer but would consider purchasing the convent “if and when something comes around,” he said. “I’m keeping my eyes and ears open,” Hoekstra said. “I’m waiting to sort of see what the Sisters want to do.” He speculated that the nuns could consider selling to affordable housing developer Champlain Housing Trust, which is partnering with Farrell on Cambrian Rise. CHT’s mission of helping those in poverty aligns with the nuns’ own “works of mercy.” Michael Monte, CHT chief operations and financial officer, said the organization has a decades-long history of working with the Sisters. “We would be happy to entertain an opportunity for redevelopment of the property if it’s in their interest, and ours,” Monte said. Lisa Falcone, executive director of Mercy Connections, said the Mount’s closure has been a long time coming. The Sisters are aging, and it’s no secret that fewer young women are getting themselves to a nunnery these days. The religious women have left a lasting legacy of progressive and forwardthinking ideals that help the state’s most vulnerable, Falcone suggested. Mercy Connections, and the Sisters still in the area, will continue that work. “They have truly changed the story of this community,” Falcone said. “Burlington and the state of Vermont would look very different if it wasn’t for the Sisters of Mercy.” m




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Cory Campbell hasn’t spoken to state investigators about his violent confrontation with 54-year-old Douglas Kilburn, who later died. But the Burlington cop gave his version of events in a report he wrote shortly after the March 11 encounter in the University of Vermont Medical Center ambulance bay. Previously unreported court records show that, by his own account, Campbell initiated physical contact with Kilburn by grabbing the disabled man’s arm as he stepped out of his SUV, in an attempt to handcuff him. Kilburn then punched the officer using his free arm, hitting him in the jaw — a blow Campbell Officer Cory Campbell rated as three out of 10 on a pain scale. Campbell reported landing three punches in return, all to Kilburn’s right eye, sending him to the ground. “I placed Kilburn into handcuffs and observed Kilburn to be bleeding heavily from his right eye,” Campbell wrote. Kilburn suffered fractures to his jaw, orbital bone and skull. He died three days later, though city officials disputed a state autopsy that linked his death to Campbell’s punches and asked the governor’s office to delay its release. State police have refused to make public the records related to the incident as they continue to investigate, and Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo has offered only select details from the evidence he’s seen, including video from Campbell’s body camera and a hospital surveillance system. The latest turn in the contentious investigation came last week, when the Burlington Police Officers’ Association asked a judge to order the release of Campbell’s bodycam video. Campbell’s attorney said he wanted his client to view the footage alongside a use-of-force expert before sitting for an interview with state police. Campbell’s written account was included in charging documents filed against Kilburn for assaulting a police officer and disorderly conduct. His account mirrors some details that del Pozo previously provided.

At a Burlington City Council meeting Monday evening, del Pozo and Mayor Miro Weinberger declined to say much more than what they’d previously said publicly. The council had demanded answers about why the mayor and police chief tried to dispute Kilburn’s autopsy report before it was made public. “The chief and I have been questioned again and again by members of the media … about the actions that took place here. We have shared as much as we can about that,” Weinberger said. “The attorney general does not want the facts of the case discussed any further.”

Holy Hell! Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown Scores 14 Tony Award Nominations Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown has received 14 2019 Tony Award nominations. The Vermont native’s “folk-rock opera,” which opened on Broadway this month, nabbed more nominations than any other production this year, edging out the musical Ain’t Too Proud, which received 12 nominations. “This is such a total and complete honor! What I feel most of all this morning is enormous gratitude,” Mitchell wrote in a statement following the nominations announcement. “Hadestown really took a long and winding road to Broadway, and so many creative, soulful people have put their hands on it along the way and kept it moving forward.” In an email to Seven Days, she added, “I’m so proud, when people ask about the origins of this show, to be able to describe the scene of our DIY community theater project in Vermont, with Ben Matchstick, Michael Chorney, all our friends, the silver school bus, the Barre Labor Hall!” Indeed, Hadestown, an artsy and ambitious musical retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, has had a long road from Vermont to Broadway. A bare-bones version of the musical debuted at the Old Labor Hall in Barre in 2006. The following year, a more fully realized production saw eight performances at several locations around Vermont, as well as in Somerville, Mass.

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Marilyn Skoglund « P.17 “Her brain is always synthesizing information,” Balint said. “She says to me regularly, ‘I know it’s time for me to step down, but I wish I could do this job forever because I learn something from every case.’” The senator marveled at a 25-year-old photo hanging on their fridge featuring the blond dynamo at her district court swearing-in ceremony. “She looks like this impish girl who won the lottery,” Balint said. “Like, Wow. This is my life? I’m going to be a judge? I find it so moving every time I look at it.” Last Friday morning, after showing off her tattoo, Skoglund wrapped an unused dog leash around her waist and commenced her three-block commute down the hill and past the Statehouse to



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In 2013, Mitchell began collaborating with Obie-winning director Rachel Chavkin to develop Hadestown as an off-Broadway production. That included writing new music with Chorney, bringing the total number of songs in Hadestown to 34. After three years of development, Hadestown opened to positive reviews at New York Theatre Workshop in May 2016. The show was then performed at the Citadel Theater in Edmonton, Alb., in 2017 and the National Theatre in London in 2018. Hadestown made its Broadway debut, with the principals from the London production and Chavkin as director, at the Walter Kerr Theatre on April 18. Among the 14 Tony Award nominations for Hadestown, Mitchell received nods for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. Chavkin was nominated for Best Direction of a Musical. Chorney and Todd Sickafoose were nominated for Best Orchestrations. “Noah [Hahn, her husband] and I both cried when we saw that Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose had been nominated for an Orchestrations Tony,” wrote Mitchell. “Long road, old friends. Sending love from Broadway to Vermont.” The 73rd annual Tony Awards take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 9. Hadestown is currently running at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

“They’re not thrilled with this tattoo — at least, the younger one isn’t,” she conceded. “But that’s the way it goes, ladies. Mom’s gotta do what Mom’s gotta do.” Skoglund entered the court through a side door and showed off one of her most concrete contributions to the institution: an art gallery in the lobby of the building that she’s curated for the past 20 years. “When I first got here, it was the hall of dead justices,” she said, referring to the oil paintings of her predecessors, now relegated to the stairways and upper floors. In their place was a series of mixed-media pieces by the artist Janet Van Fleet consisting of red buttons and plastic animals. (See review on page 74.)


Johnny led Skoglund up to her thirdfloor office, which features a smiling boar’s head mounted to a wall. “Behind you is Emmet, my amanuensis,” she said, gesturing at the hairy creature. “A lot of those wild boar things look scary and vicious. He’s just sweet.” Skoglund took a seat behind her cluttered desk and said, with a resigned tone of voice, “I’ve been here for 22 years. It’s time to go.” Asked how she hoped people would remember her, Skoglund answered without hesitation. “I worked hard,” she said. “I took my position very seriously. I never cut corners. I understood the responsibility. That’s what I hope.” m Contact:


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Now 79, Lewin spent decades teaching Yiddish language and literature, including 19 years at the University of Vermont in the 1980s and ’90s. Though officially retired, she returned to the classroom a year ago to recount her story; she now speaks at public schools, houses of worship and civic organizations throughout New England. Her motivation: the global resurgence of white nationalism. This week Lewin will speak at Burlington’s Ohavi Zedek Synagogue as part of a fundraiser for the LOST SHUL MURAL. The recently restored and relocated artwork was painted in 1910 for a Burlington 24

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enia Lewin, née Wisgardisky, was a year and a half old in June 1941 when the Nazis invaded her native Lithuania. She and her family were among the 40,000 Lithuanian Jews herded into the Kovno Ghetto. When Henia’s mother informed others of what she’d learned — that the Nazis were killing Jews — they called her meshugge, “crazy.” By year’s end, half of the ghetto’s residents were dead, including Henia’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Ultimately, fewer than 2,000 people survived. Henia was among the lucky ones. One day, her mother sedated her and smuggled her out of the ghetto inside a leather suitcase. Years later, she asked her mother how many other children she’d saved that way. “I don’t know,” her mother said. “I didn’t count them.” Only at her mother’s funeral did Lewin learn, from a fellow Kovno survivor, that there had been dozens. Young Henia spent two years living incognito with a Lithuanian Christian family until the war ended. Miraculously, her parents had both survived and found her. Together they fled to a displacedpersons camp in Germany, then immigrated to Israel in 1949. When Henia was 13, they moved to Montréal.


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temple by Lithuanian-born artist and poet Ben Zion Black. She’ll also speak at middle and high schools in Stowe, as well as at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe Hebrew school. Lewin spoke to Seven Days by phone last week from her home in North Amherst, Mass. SEVEN DAYS: How did you begin speaking about your Holocaust experiences? HENIA LEWIN: When I lived in Vermont, I was involved with the Conference [on] Judaism in Rural New England, which started at Johnson State College. People came from Maine and New Hampshire, people for whom this was their only Jewish outlet for the year. One time there was this woman from Maine who spoke about surviving the Holocaust. She didn’t break down, and I thought, Oh, my God! How does she do it?

And I went to talk to her, and she said, “It’s so important for people to hear it because there are so many people who are saying it didn’t happen. And here you are, a child survivor of the Holocaust. It’s important to tell it. It’ll get easier.” Then a colleague of mine [at UVM] called me. He was teaching a course on the Holocaust and wanted me to come speak. So I attended his class. What really got me was, there was a woman in his class who was blind. Afterwards she said to me, “I can tell from your story that you’re feeling guilty that you survived.” I’d never thought about it, but she was right. SD: What’s it been like to witness the global resurgence of Nazi ideology? HL: The very next day after [President Donald] Trump was inaugurated, there was a swastika on Mount Tom. In my neighborhood! You could imagine, I didn’t sleep that night. This is why I’m now

talking to kids all the time. In the past, it would be maybe once or twice a year. Last year I spoke in 10 schools. This year, I’ve already spoken in 10 schools and it’s only May. SD: Did you ever imagine you’d see this again? HL: No. As Jews, we’re aware that antiSemitism is right there under the surface. But now it’s blatantly on the surface. After Charlottesville, [Va.,] [Trump] said there were “good people on both sides” — and they’re marching with swastikas. It’s horrible! You feel like time is running out, and you’ve got to do it. I’m not a spring chicken, but I’ve got to keep talking and doing it for as long as I can. SD: What kinds of questions do students ask you? HL: Kids will say, “Will you ever forgive the Nazis?” and I say, “No. But I want you





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to know that there were perpetrators, there were victims and some of us were lucky survivors. But the people I’m most angry with are the bystanders. That’s the majority of people. They allowed the evil to happen.” And I want the kids to know that. They need to speak up now and become actively involved. SD: Do you see parallels between your experiences and those of Muslims and migrants on the southern border? HL: It’s all the same: picking on the other, people who are different from us. The reason we were stuck in a displacedpersons camp for all those years is … people wanted to go to the United States, but Congress said, “Who wants all these eastern Europeans over here? They want to take away our jobs.” I hear the same

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thing today about Muslims and Mexicans. Like there isn’t enough room? Like there aren’t enough jobs? SD: Is it still painful to share your experiences? HL: Yes. It’s like opening a wound every single time. You let it heal and then you scrape it off again. But I feel it has to be done. My friends say, “You can say no sometimes.” But if a school wants me to come, I can’t say no. There isn’t time. m Contact:

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A leaky roof is never a good thing. But if you run an art gallery and water finds its way in, it’s a double whammy: Both the physical structure and other people’s precious artwork are imperiled. That’s what JOSEPH PENSAK faced recently at his second-floor venue, NEW CITY GALERIE, in downtown Burlington. The good news is that his landlord is taking action. The bad? The gallery will be closed much of the summer while workers repair the roof. But Pensak, in partnership with independent curators OVERNIGHT PROJECTS, had already scheduled artist Katya Grokhovsky for an exhibition to begin in May. The group even held a fundraiser a couple months back to support the artist’s fee. (Who got a “Bad Woman” T-shirt?) What to do? Friendly fellow gallerists have stepped in to save the day — or at least the show. Now Grokhovsky’s exhibition, titled “Privately Owned,” is scheduled for a June 27 to July 27 installation at KARMA BIRD HOUSE GALLERY, aka Maglianero Café, on lower Maple Street. Thing is, Grokhovsky’s work can take up a lot of space. Her installations generally consist of numerous found items, as well as video and performance. “She usually comes to a site three or four days early and collects trash and detritus to add to what she’s already collected,” notes Overnight Projects founder-director ABBEY MEAKER. For this exhibition, Maglianero will be “modified,” and Grokhovsky will install “more wall work,” she explains. “Sculptural work hanging from the ceiling, projections in the vault, with sound. “She’s done a number of residencies in which she’s stayed for a month,” Meaker says of Grokhovsky.

“But in this case there’s not enough time, so she’s making work in her studio and will do the performance on opening night.” Born in Ukraine, raised in Australia and now based in Brooklyn, Grokhovsky has exhibited and performed across the U.S., as well as in Canada and Australia. Much of her work is focused, literally and metaphorically, on the body. Or, as the Overnight Projects website puts it, Grokhovsky “explores the notion of privately held desires, concealed traumas and internal conflicts, enclosed, confined and detained by our bodies.” The artist also addresses timely concepts of migration and displacement, albeit from a personal perspective. “I am a perpetual migrant, having never truly belonged to one culture or place, evolving and adapting consistently throughout my life,” Grokhovsky told contemporary art blog Art Spiel last year. “I frequently perform and construct identities, characters and personas, employing my observation, autobiographical experience and research in order to craft them.” On opening night in Burlington, Meaker says, “Katya and other performers will be in costume.” And, one guesses, incognito. Back at New City Galerie, Pensak hopes that his August show, featuring married Burlington artists JENNIFER KOCH and GREGG BLASDEL, will go on. PAME L A P O LS T O N



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hen I connected with Michael Vandeveer at the arrival gate, I was struck by his impeccability. This is a man who has mastered the art of grooming, I thought as we shook hands. I should take lessons. Every hair on his head was trimmed to perfection; ditto his short, reddish beard. His nostrils and ears, I noticed, appeared spotlessly clean and hair free — no easy trick to pull off for an aging human male, let me tell ya. I want to say that his skin appeared exfoliated and moisturized, but — though I’ve heard it’s a good thing — I realized I didn’t know what exfoliated actually meant. Suffice it to say, his skin looked flawless. Don’t get me started on his clothes, because I was for reals jealous. Neither flashy nor ostentatious, his attire communicated — whispered, at that — subtle, casual class. My duds, on the other hand … well, best not ask. Michael was looking at me askance as we approached the baggage belt, probably because he had caught me ogling him. Attempting to finesse the awkward moment, I asked him what kind of work he does. “I’m recently retired, but I was an international butler,” he replied. Yeah, baby! I thought. I wasn’t sure precisely what an international butler does, but it sounded very Austin Powers. We loaded Michael’s luggage into the taxi and, upon my invitation, he took the seat up front next to me. We were bound for the small town of Vershire, smack in the heart of Orange County and the location of my customer’s residence since he quit his international butlering. “Michael,” I began as we drove toward the interstate, “I got to say that your career

intrigues me. Could you tell me what it involved?” “Well, you can think of it as a live-in personal assistant but encompassing every aspect of the employer’s life. The people I served often had dynamic professional lives entailing socializing throughout the world.” I noticed how thoughtful and specific Michael was in his elocution. For some reason, I found that slightly thrilling.

kindness toward the people who serve you. Most of my clients demonstrated this quality. For example, for years I worked for the Hammerstein children — the offspring of the great American librettist Oscar Hammerstein. They were unfailingly kind and considerate to me and all their staff.” “That’s so cool,” I said. “I love Rodgers and Hammerstein. I’m a big musical theater guy, especially the musicals from the ’50s.” “Another lovely person I worked for was Steve Winwood’s accountant.” OK, that one’s kind of random, I thought. But I do enjoy Traffic and Blind Faith. “What about the other end of the spectrum?” I asked. “You know — the jerks?”


“So, I imagine you would accompany them?” I asked. “You must have logged a lot of time in hotels and airports.” “Not so much. My clients flew almost exclusively on private jets and tended to stay in villas and private homes more than commercial hotels.” Yes, I’m of the same inclination, I thought. I much prefer villas to commercial (ugh) hotels. Going right for the juicy mother lode, I asked, “So, I know this might be sensitive, but could you share some of the names of the folks you worked for over the years? I imagine the list includes some celebrities?” “Well, that is sticky, isn’t it? Discretion lies at the heart of the work I did. But I suppose now, being retired, I can dish a little bit.” “Oh, please do,” I said, chuckling. “Dish, that is.” “The first thing to know is that the best clients embody what the English call noblesse oblige, which roughly means the responsibility to act with generosity and

“Well, the best, or perhaps worst, example of that would be my last employer.” Michael then named one of President Trump’s key henchmen — excuse me, “consultants” — a guy who has served the administration in both formal and informal roles and regularly shills for him on TV news outlets. Trust me, you would know him. “This is a man who, walking through a room, would not even acknowledge me or any of the other household help, as if we were invisible. One day, he was booked to do a morning cable show, and the limousine they sent for him arrived two minutes late. He refused to take it, instead making me call the production staff and have them send another one. He also instructed me to tell them to fire the driver, but that part I couldn’t stomach and simply ‘forgot’ to mention.” “A portrait in douchebaggery,” I said. “In a word, yes,” he agreed. “So, in your capacity as butler, did you manage a whole staff? My frame of reference, to be honest, is Mr. Carson on ‘Downton Abbey.’”

“I get that reference all the time,” Michael said with a smile, perhaps his first of the conversation. “And, yes — I often was called upon to manage a household staff. That was part of my duties.” We got off the highway and on to the state routes heading southeast toward Vershire. I was sure I’d driven those before, but I had forgotten just how hilly, nearly to the point of roller coaster-y, Orange County is. The trees were just beginning to bud out, the sun showing off high in the afternoon sky. Ah, spring, glorious spring. “So, Michael — do you have a family?” “Actually, I’ve never married. Never really had any longtime relationships, to be frank. The job, the traveling has been all-consuming, I suppose.” I detected wistfulness in Michael’s tone and flashed on another famous fictional butler: Mr. Stevens, the character played by Anthony Hopkins in The Remains of the Day. If you haven’t seen it, do; Sir Anthony delivers a sublime performance for which he was justly rewarded with his second Academy Award. In the film, Mr. Stevens silently longs for Miss Kenton, the housekeeper played by Emma Thompson. Though the feelings are reciprocated, not a word is ever spoken of it between the two, because Mr. Stevens’ undivided loyalty remains with his master, Lord Darlington. In the end, unsurprisingly, he realized that he had chosen poorly. I had an inkling that Michael might have chosen a life path similar to that of the fictional Mr. Stevens. The good news is, his journey is not yet over. Life’s too short to fly solo forever. m All these stories are true, though names and locations may be altered to protect privacy.

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student talent show brought parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers to the Winooski schools auditorium on a Friday night at the end of March. The toddlers among them cavorted happily below the stage, creating an impromptu program of their own — even after a red velvet curtain opened to reveal a stage with a festive sign that read “Celebrating Winooski’s Talent.” School board member Margaret Bass emceed the event. “Let’s give them another round of applause,” she urged after eight youngsters sawed their way through a beginner violin sequence. “Does Winooski have talent?” Bass asked the crowd. “Yes!” the audience responded loudly. One girl danced a ballet solo in a fluffy pink dress. Another sang and recited a number from Hamilton. Kids did gymnastics, standup comedy and improv routines.  “What’s the best school district in the state of Vermont?” Bass shouted. The crowd roared in response: “Winooski!” 30

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That kind of school spirit hasn’t always been evident in the 7,200-population mill town. For years, voters were fickle about backing education budgets. Steady turnover of teachers and principals created instability, and the student body consistently scored below average on standardized tests. The superintendent job became a revolving door, too. In 2012, the school board was searching for its sixth CEO in eight years. “When we were looking for a superintendent back in 2012, 2013, we as a district were a bit disheveled,” said school board president Mike Decarreau. “We were looking for someone who could bring direction, focus and peace.” To lead the most diverse district in the state, officials tapped a middle-aged white guy named Sean McMannon, who was then the principal of suburban Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg. In his six years on the job, the soccer-loving, ex-Peace Corps volunteer has earned praise — and awards — for

increasing staff morale and teacher retention and expanding nutrition and health programs. He’s bolstered English instruction for students, 40 percent of whom began their lives speaking a different language. Fifty-eight percent of Winooski’s 884 students are black, Asian, Hispanic or multiracial, according to the Vermont Agency of Education, making Winooski the only “minority-majority” district in overwhelmingly white Vermont. “We have this incredibly diverse and unique experience to offer,” McMannon said of the school community. Winooski kids go home to young hipsters, descendants of French Canadian and Irish mill workers, and newcomers from Nepal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Somalia. “The world looks a lot more like us than it does the rest of Vermont — that’s pretty amazing to offer that,” said McMannon. Like other school districts in the state, Winooski has discussed consolidation scenarios over the years. The



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high school graduated just 38 seniors last year; it has 214 students today. The school offers only one foreign language — French — and a single Advanced Placement course in World History. Fielding varsity teams is difficult. None of that has dulled McMannon’s enthusiasm for the place. The week after the talent show, he watched the Winooski School Board vote 4-0 to advance his plan for the future: a $57.8 million renovation of the city’s school complex, which dates back to the 1950s. The superintendent stood smiling in the John F. Kennedy Elementary School library as school board members high-fived one another after the unanimous decision to put the question to the public. A yes vote is not assured in the special election bond vote on May 7. But if it’s approved, the investment will signal Winooski’s commitment to operating a public school system through grade 12 for years to come.


McMannon, 50, grew up in a middle-class suburb of Detroit and attended an all-boys parochial high school in Bloomfield Hills. But his parents, he said, “came from abject poverty.” His dad served in Vietnam and later landed a job at the Burroughs Corporation, where a manager and fellow veteran took him under his wing. The encouragement helped his dad professionally and personally, McMannon said. “My father’s story always reminds me that education, persistence, support — caring adults — can really change people’s lives,” McMannon said. McMannon graduated from Penn State University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in business logistics. He played central defender on the NCAA Division I varsity soccer team, fulfilling a dream. “It was my No. 1 sport,” said McMannon. He headed to Colorado for a snowboard-bumming stint and met his future wife, Jennifer Cromie. McMannon won her over by hosting a five-course dinner party. “He had this strawberry sauce that went on top of the meat,” Jennifer recalled. “I was like, Wow, I don’t know that many guys who can cook fancy meals like this.” McMannon joined the Peace Corps and started his first teaching job — in Botswana. He sent Jennifer letters as well as occasional rolls of film that, once developed, produced images of him riding a donkey, sporting a new ponytail and beard. Eighteen months in, McMannon contracted schistosomiasis, a disease caused by parasitic worms, after a swim in Lake Malawi, and it forced him to return home. He reconnected with Jennifer, and they landed jobs at the Becket School in Pike, N.H., where he became a residential counselor for court-referred adolescent boys. With grad school in mind, they gravitated to Boston. McMannon worked with students with special needs there until both he and Jennifer earned master’s degrees at Lesley College in Cambridge in 1996. They married that summer

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gradually decreasing number of dots on the floor. They said the newsletter misidentified a harmless activity as a “cakewalk.” As the disagreement hit social media and email inboxes, McMannon quickly canceled the game. Any possibility of a racist connection made it wrong, he told Seven Days. In a letter to families, he explained that while organizers had “no racist intent,” cakewalks promote racist stereotypes. “I would reiterate that we are immensely and unabashedly proud to be the only racially minority-majority school in Vermont and experience every day the value of learning in a multi-racial, cultural and linguistic environment,” McMannon wrote. “I appreciated his response tremendously,” said Nicole Mace, a former Winooski city councilor and the executive director of the Vermont School Boards Association, who has a daughter at JFK Elementary. His message, she said, was “quick and clear and really not equivocating.”

‘Super’ Hero « P.31 and then headed to the tiny town of White Mountain, Alaska, pop. 190, to teach. About 85 percent of its residents were indigenous Alaskans. “We did everything,” McMannon recalled. “I did all of the special education from preschool to high school. I taught middle school math. I taught Spanish.” The couple loved “the incredibly different cultural experiences we had, like catching fresh salmon in the Fish River and crab in the Bering Sea, gathering berries, hunting moose and caribou, and sharing the meat with other families and village elders,” McMannon recalled. When the first of their two daughters, Brenna, was born, the elders gave her an Inuit name, Qunik, which means “snowflake.” In 1999, the family left for California to be closer to McMannon’s parents; his mother had breast cancer. She had often helped families at church and others in need, McMannon recalled, and taught him that a “purposeful life is one that is … helping others to raise themselves up.” Around then, McMannon began to meditate and became interested in Buddhism, which, he said, offers a belief in the “basic goodness” of people. Meditating helped McMannon “stay present,” he said, to support his parents while his mother was ill. He still rises at 5 a.m. most mornings and meditates for 30 minutes. After his mother’s death, McMannon and his wife found jobs in Vermont. He started as a special education teacher at CVU in 2001, and by 2005 was principal of the school of 1,300 students — more than the entire student population in Winooski. CVU, which draws from four towns including well-to-do Shelburne and Charlotte, has a low poverty rate, high test scores and relatively few English language learners. In 2010 McMannon won the Robert F. Pierce Vermont Secondary Principal of the Year award. “I loved CVU, and it’s a great school,” he said. But when the superintendent post in Winooski opened up, McMannon decided to apply. “One of the things I really missed was working with more ethnically diverse populations.” Another plus: The superintendent’s office is in the school complex. “The richness of the experience for me was being around kids,” McMannon explained. He got the job and now earns $146,794 annually. Rainbow Chen got to know the superintendent when she served as a student rep on the local school board and the Vermont State Board of Education. When she had problems, the 2017 Winooski High School 32

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graduate said, McMannon was a thoughtful listener. Now a sophomore at Brown University, Chen described McMannon as “genuinely empathetic. He cares about you as a person and not necessarily as a number or a student.” Education officials noticed him, too. Former Vermont education secretary Rebecca Holcombe said McMannon is one of the state’s best superintendents. “Sean is a guy who knows how to get down to business,” she said. “But he puts people first in everything.” From the start, McMannon identified health care and good nutrition as prerequisites for academic success. He worried that too many students were coming

to school hungry, so he expanded food programs. In addition to getting breakfast, lunch and an after-school snack, students can take home bags of nonperishable free food every Friday to help their families get through the weekend. The Vermont Foodbank’s VeggieVanGo distributes free fresh produce twice monthly in the school parking lot. McMannon added “newcomer” classrooms for recently arrived immigrants at the elementary and middle school levels. He doubled the number of home-school liaisons who work with immigrant families in their native languages, to six. He helped set up in-school pediatrician visits. He’s been a decisive leader. In March, a newsletter mentioned a “cakewalk” at JFK Elementary’s upcoming Fun Fair. Parents and others said that the phrase hearkened back to a racist tradition of the slavery era, and not just in the South. The University of Vermont’s Kake Walk tradition, which died in the late 1960s, featured a blackface dance competition. The PTO organizers defended the game, a variation on musical chairs in which children competed to stand on a

On a recent walk through the school complex, McMannon chatted and waved to students wearing baseball caps and jeans, as well as hijabs and floor-length skirts. Spotting a high school student in a Manchester United shirt, McMannon joked, “Do you really still support Man U?” The teen laughed. McMannon is up-front about his soccer loyalties. “I’m a huge Liverpool supporter,” he revealed. “They are my team. I am rabid about them.” Although he no longer plays soccer competitively, McMannon still looks the part. He runs, hikes and loves the outdoors. This wasn’t his first tour of the Winooski campus on Normand Street. McMannon has led parents, taxpayers and others through the building to make the case for the renovation. He’s breakfasted and lunched with city leaders and business owners. He’s invited key stakeholders into his office to chat. Winooski’s elementary, middle and high schools share a central entrance and are laid out in interconnected wings built between 1957 and 2000. The plan calls for rebuilding much of the 140,000-squarefoot complex wing by wing, with completion set for 2022. Almost half the $57.8 million tab would go to replace aging roofing, floors, windows, electrical and heating systems. Today, the school has one gym and a “gymteria,” as McMannon calls it, which hosts the midday meal and then quickly gets converted for physical education classes. After renovations, the facility

would have two gymnasiums and a separate cafeteria. The existing performing arts center, with hand-me-down chairs from Saint Michael’s College, would be rebuilt in the gymteria’s space. The number of preschool classrooms would double from two to four to accommodate a wait list of children. Elementary and middle school classrooms would be reconfigured in clustered “pods” with movable dividers that allow spaces to expand or shrink. Special education and other support staff offices would be moved closer to classrooms. McMannon led Seven Days to the cramped, living room-size health office, where more than 100 staff and students might drop by during a school day. A wanlooking teen rested on a bed, and a washer and dryer hummed. Some children arrive in clothes that need to be washed; others dirty their outfits at recess. A cabinet stored medication for dozens of students who need doses for everything from epilepsy to asthma. The renovation would create more space for health checks by the school nurses and the pediatricians who visit two mornings a week. The space would also include dental chairs, so children who now go off-site under a school-coordinated program could get the services without leaving the building. The renovation would also expand office space for special education teachers. The school has run out of rooms to accommodate them. “We’re sticking people in closets,” said McMannon. While he worked at CVU, the school underwent a major renovation. The benefits went beyond physical improvements and made a big “difference in wellness,” McMannon said. “My belief,” he added, “is that Winooski deserves that as much as CVU.”


Sarah McGowan-Freije said other parents often “give her a look” when they find out she sends her two kids to Winooski schools. It’s hurtful, she said during the talent show’s intermission, acknowledging that outside of Winooski, the district “has a bad reputation.” Over the years, Joe Smith, a father of three Winooski schoolchildren, noticed some local parents either didn’t send their kids to city schools or pulled them out as they grew. “My oldest daughter, everyone that she made friends with left,” said Smith, who teaches in Milton. “The word on the street was that the schools were no good,” said Mace,

who bought her first house in Winooski almost 15 years ago from a family that was moving to Essex because their children had reached school age, and the parents did not want to send them to Winooski schools, she recalled. A primary reason is the poor performance of district students on standardized tests. The scores were low when McMannon arrived. They still are. Only about 20 percent of Winooski High School juniors met or exceeded the proficiency standard in English language arts in 2017 on the Smarter Balanced assessment tests. That compares to 58 percent statewide. In math, 4 percent of Winooski juniors were at or above proficient in 2017, compared to 36 percent statewide. Scores for third graders at JFK Elementary lagged similarly. Poverty, limited education at home and frequent moves put some students at a disadvantage on standardized tests, national studies have shown. Further, it can take six to eight years for new English speakers to reach academic fluency, McMannon said, adding that many Winooski students make remarkable progress in a single academic year. McMannon has helped lead Winooski away from an unhealthy preoccupation with test scores, according to the school board president. “We are not teaching kids how to take a test. We’re trying to teach our kids how to learn,” Decarreau declared. Classroom lessons, homework and projects in Winooski schools are designed to require problem-solving, working successfully in groups and persistence, he said. “We’re trying to instill grit.”   It worked for his family. A Winooski native, Decarreau is the brother of former city manager Katherine “Deac” Decarreau, who oversaw much of the city’s revitalization. His five children all graduated from Winooski High School — and college. Several went on to earn graduate degrees. Winooski’s approach to education has a name: proficiency-based learning. Introduced in 2012 through an initiative called the Partnership for Change and a multimillion-dollar grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, it is designed to offer more personalized paths to education and new measures of success. In Winooski, the A-F grading system has been phased out at the middle school level and at the high school for all students except the current senior class. A new report card with a proficiencybased numerical assessment system will be fully implemented next year at the high school. ‘SUPER’ HERO

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‘Super’ Hero « P.33 The rest of Vermont is heading in the same direction. The state requires all public schools to adopt proficiency-based graduation standards by 2020. Some oppose the approach, however, and earlier this year Vermont Education Secretary Dan French told critics the deadline is not a “hard-and-fast” one. School enrollment has been dropping by about 1 percent annually in Vermont, but it’s been slowly growing in Winooski. The number of students increased from 774 in 2014 to the current 884. Projections call for about a dozen new students a year over the coming decade. That’s due in large part to the fact that Winooski continues to be a first stop for many refugee families. Although U.S. State Department figures show that arrivals in Vermont dropped from 397 in 2016 to 116 last year under President Donald Trump’s restrictive policies, Winooski still gets newcomers. Children from about 10 new families, many of them from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, joined the student body this year. “My kids, they are happy in the schools,” said Abdelouafi Laaroussi, a taxi driver who moved to Winooski from Morocco in 2013. He has three children in the school district, and they are progressing well. He hopes his 16-year-old daughter will be a doctor someday.  Some New American students achieve their dreams. But academic experiences vary in Winooski schools, according to Cleophace Mukeba, who tutors and translates for families that speak French or Swahili. Speaking for the refugee students, he said too many arrive knowing little or no English and are being pushed too quickly to graduation, based on their age rather than their achievement. Some juniors “can’t even write a paragraph,” Mukeba said. “The problem is, next year he’s a senior, and he wants to graduate.’’ Students can put in extra years. But others graduate despite weak skills and then find themselves unable to manage entry-level coursework at schools such as the Community College of Vermont, Mukeba said. Their parents, who had believed a diploma conferred a certain level of academic attainment, are surprised. Mukeba also noted the lack of diversity of the faculty; only two out of 110 teachers are black. This sends the wrong message to the student body, he said. A Congolese refugee who arrived in Vermont in 2005, Mukeba graduated cum laude from St. Michael’s College in 2012 and earned a master’s degree from 34

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Vermont Law School in 2015. He’s planning to seek an educator license under the eight-month Teacher Apprenticeship Program at Champlain College. He said he’d like to teach in Winooski. He’s not the only critic of the academics there. McGowan-Freije said at times she has felt “like the higher achievers sort of fall between the cracks.” She wishes the district could offer more AP classes and instruction in additional foreign languages. Yet she praised McMannon, saying he is “very attuned to the population we have here” and understands the district’s struggles and needs. Meanwhile, the city’s demographics are changing. The portion of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch has dropped from 82 percent in the 201314 school year to 63 percent this year. Housing prices suggest people with bigger pocketbooks are moving in. In 2018, the median sale price on single-family homes in the city increased 18 percent, compared to a 5.6 percent average increase in Chittenden County. The median price was $281,500 — still lower than the $339,900 median for all of Chittenden County, but Winooski homes

are drawing multiple offers from buyers interested in the revitalized downtown, according to a recent report by Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty. Parents see their neighbors starting to make different choices about education. Smith, whose older daughter watched her friends leave the district, said his middle child, an 11-year-old student, is not having that experience. “Perception is changing,” he said. He’s happy with Winooski’s schools. So is Mace. “When I drop my daughter off in the morning,” she said, “it just feels like a place where there’s a lot of love and excitement and positive energy.”


Less than a week before the school bond vote, McMannon is lobbying hard for it. The super, who lives in Colchester, has a contract with the district that runs through June 2020. He hopes to stay on beyond that and, should the bond pass, to see construction through. “One of the proudest days that … I kind of envision is having this building project come to fruition and opening the doors and seeing how happy and proud our parents, our students and our staff are,” he said. “That, to me, would be pretty amazing.” It would be costly, too. The financial impact of the 30-year bond would be phased in and vary, based on income. For Winooski homeowners with household incomes of $50,000, the bond would add incrementally about $76 to property taxes in 2021, $150 in 2022 and $64 in 2023. For households with incomes of $99,000, it would add incrementally  $168 in 2021, $307 in 2022

and $134 in 2023, according to district projections.  Some Winooski residents are already feeling tapped out by current and projected property tax increases, said City Councilor Mike Myers. In the past year, voters have approved four bond questions that authorized borrowing more than $40 million for a municipal pool, improvements along Main and Hickok streets, and a second downtown parking garage. He predicts this one will be a “tough sell” to voters like Darrell Desautels, who posted on Front Porch Forum: “Winooski is a very poor community with massive amounts of low income and retired people. How can we afford all this tax increase that these projects will bring upon us?” Myers hasn’t made up his own mind about the bond vote. “I don’t want to vote against the future of Winooski, but also I don’t know if I can support it because of taxes,” Myers said. “As a taxpayer, it’s a heavy burden.” Across the river, Queen City voters approved a $70 million bond last November to renovate Burlington High School. Plenty of Winooski parents would do the same for their city’s school. Mark and Liz Edsell volunteered to host a house party to promote the renovation, and in April they attended an organizing session with McMannon at the O’Brien Community Center. The couple, who are white, recently moved from Montpelier with their adopted African American daughter, partly because they want her to attend a diverse elementary school, they said. “We both deeply believe in the school and the great work the school is doing,” stay-at-home dad Mark Edsell said at the O’Brien Center. “It doesn’t get the credit it deserves.” The Edsells sat at a table with McMannon and Winooski parent Liz Casey, the mother of a 3-year-old and an early childhood special educator in the nearby Chittenden East Supervisory Union. The super thanked them for volunteering and offered up lawn signs the way a political campaign manager would. Then, peering over his reading glasses like a seasoned administrator, he asked the parents for feedback on the text of a flyer that promoted the school makeover. They went over it line by line, including a quote that proclaimed the schools, in dire need of repair, play a central role in Winooski. Keep that line, the young parents advised McMannon. “It’s true,” Casey said. “The school really is the heart of the community.” m Contact:

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or many of us, the word “coral” may bring to mind the bony white fragments found in ocean-themed bathrooms and on specimen-laden windowsills more than anything resembling a living, breathing animal. But for Matt Spaulding, 35, coral is a love and a livelihood, a passion project that he’s managed to grow into a profitable business — in the rocky, landlocked soil of Vermont, no less. A vaguely tropical teal paint job and a neon fish sign do little to prepare visitors for the treasure in store behind Green Mountain Coral’s humble façade. Just north of the main drag of Waterbury Center, Spaulding’s storefront is a portal to another world filled with popping psychedelic patterns, gently undulating fronds, hidden mangroves and “Earl the Frogfish.” Anyone who’s ever soothed a hangover or heartbreak among the fishes at PetSmart, or craved escape during a long Vermont winter: Green Mountain Coral is for you. It’s also, incidentally, the most extensive provider of saltwater aquarium supplies for miles, a fact to which Spaulding attributes much of his success. “There really isn’t much competition,” he said, noting that the closest comparable supplier is in the Boston area. Those who spend time with Spaulding in his domain will discover another factor behind Green Mountain Coral’s endurance: the fervor with which he approaches his vocation. The energetic Montpelier native positively fizzes over with excitement when he talks about his work. He comes across as part mad scientist, part artist and part collector. “It’s like a living piece of art,” Spaulding said of coral. “These are all my pieces,” he added, gesturing at the 150-gallon tank that is his shop’s centerpiece — and his “zone,” as he put it. “A lot of [corals] go by the moon; every night it looks different in here.” Nighttime or no, the corals enchant. Against one wall toward the front of the shop, Spaulding has arranged his smallest pieces like delicate candies in a confectionery, boasting concentric rings of neon purple, orange and green, or rich blue bulbs that seem to erupt into tiny orange tentacles. Some look like Technicolorhued brains, others like provocative avantgarde sculptures in miniature. For colors like this, coral needs to be alive — and live coral needs tending. Spaulding opened Green Mountain Coral in February 2015, at “the beginning of the modern reef-keeping age,” he said. “The technology of water filtration has just progressed so much,” he explained. “I wanted to be able to give that to people.” With the right water composition, Spaulding can grow a small piece of coral

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into one that’s large enough to divide into pieces and sell to multiple clients. Spaulding’s family always had an aquarium of some sort when he was growing up, he said. As an adult, he gravitated toward the saltwater tanks at pet stores, including the Pet Advantage in South Burlington. He recalled wondering, What’s on the other side of there? “It was always glowing,” he said. “The fresh water is nice, but it doesn’t have that glow to it.” So, in 2009, Spaulding began tending his own 150-gallon saltwater tank in the living room of his Bolton townhouse. He expressed his gratitude to Tyler and Madeleine Dawson, then owners of Pet Advantage, as well as to staffer Jason Boczar, for helping him get started. “They were a huge help to me,” he said. In 2013, Spaulding and his girlfriend drove to Connecticut, where he attended his first “frag farmers market” — essentially a convention where reef keepers can mingle, talk shop, purchase new fragments (“frags”) of coral, and even meet celebrity divers who find and market their own “designer corals.” Pointing to an 8- or 9-inch-circumference Space Invader mycedium purchased from Jason Fox, a purveyor of rare “signature” corals, Spaulding said, “I paid $200 for that piece, and it was the size of a freaking booger.” What began as a hobby became an obsession. “Coral just kind of does well for me,” Spaulding said. “I have a blue thumb.” In 2015, he took the plunge into starting his own small business. “I’ve done a lot of different odd jobs,” he said. “I’m determined; I’m a hard worker. I was tired of doing hard work for other people.” Green Mountain Coral’s first location was in Richmond above a credit card company. The anxiety of being responsible for hundreds of gallons of saltwater a floor’s width away from computers and financial documents got to Spaulding, so he moved the business to its current location. He now lives in an aquariumfree apartment above the shop. “I’ve lost a couple bets,” he joked, “for saying I’ll always have an aquarium in my house.” Spaulding estimates that he has roughly 50 regular customers who visit him from as far as Derby, southern Vermont and Plattsburgh, N.Y. His business is not limited to retail sales, however; he also travels to service and install new tanks. Most recently, Spaulding worked on his largest installation to date, a 187-gallon peninsula aquarium for the lobby of the new Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists office in Williston. Among Spaulding’s regulars is Pam Alexander, who lives off the grid with her partner in Huntington. When she was


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diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2016, her aquarium took on new significance. “I could just sit there and just stare at it and kind of go away,” she said. “It just got me out of my head, [away from] the fears and things that you face.” Alexander credits Spaulding with keeping her therapeutic escape alive — literally. “To me, [Matt] was my savior in that I could keep my tank, and keep it healthy and escape into it during those times,” she said. “I will be forever grateful to him. He would just show up … [and] he would always bring me something special to add to the tank.” The surviving and thriving of the organisms in his care is of paramount importance to Spaulding. “They’ll outlive us,” he said, referencing both the prodigious life span of coral reefs and the 30 to 50 years that some species of tropical fish can enjoy. If you’re careful, Spaulding said, you can pass your aquatic critters on to your children.

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Backyard Superstar A touring exhibition illuminates the career of Vermont-based landscape architect Dan Kiley

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Dan Kiley: The Complete Works of America’s Master Landscape Architect (1999) with him. The exhibition is a project of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit dedicated to increasing the visibility and preservation of important landscapes. First shown in Boston in 2013, the exhibition has so far visited 18 venues around the country. Foundation president and CEO Charles Birnbaum said during a phone call that the nonprofit had been inspired to take account of Kiley’s legacy at the centennial of his birth, in 2012. “We had this aha moment,” recalled Birnbaum, when TCLF’s office realized that the American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2013 annual meeting would be in Boston, where Kiley was born, yet no recognition of his centennial seemed forthcoming. “We thought, We should be doing this celebration of one of its most influential practitioners.” Several notable photographers donated their time to shoot 28 of Kiley’s most important sites. (The Vermont show has an add-on: a photo of Burlington’s threatened Kiley landscape for architect Edward Larrabee Barnes’ recently decommissioned Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.) One of the photographers, Peter Vanderwarker, will visit in August to talk about the challenges of capturing landscapes in still photographs. Though it’s surprising that the show is only now coming to Kiley’s longtime home


ermont has been home to many a renowned creative soul, from Russian-born novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn to playwright David Mamet to cartoonist Alison Bechdel. Less known, but beginning to gain the household-name recognition he deserves, is landscape architect Dan Kiley (1912-2004). For more than 50 years, Kiley lived and worked in Charlotte, where he designed some of the 20th century’s most important and influential landscapes. Modernist in character, Kiley’s landscapes extended a building’s aesthetic into sublimely structured outdoor experiences. At the Dallas office development Fountain Place, a grid of cypress trees in circular wells floats improbably on a plane of water bordering a mirrored high-rise. In Columbus, Ind., the Miller House’s interior pattern of steel columns continues outside the floor-to-ceiling windows in allées of honey locust trees. The sweep of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis is reflected in the curved site walls and stairs of the Gateway Arch National Park, formerly known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Before he closed his Vermont office, called East Farm, in 2003, Kiley and his partners designed some 1,300 built and unbuilt projects for sites around the country and in Canada, Europe and Japan. Five of his American sites have been designated National Historic Landmarks — the most of any landscape architect after Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer behind Central Park in New York City and, locally, Shelburne Farms. “Dan was like the superstar living in your backyard,” said Devin Colman, the state architectural historian, whose post is in the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. “He could have practiced anywhere.” The legendary designer is honored in a traveling exhibition of photographs, “The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley,” that opens at Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History on May 14. A full roster of events will accompany the summer-long exhibit, including panel discussions and talks by Kiley partners and employees, many of whom still live and practice in Vermont. There will also be tours of the Kileydesigned Twin Farms resort grounds in Barnard and a book talk by Jane Amidon, who worked in Kiley’s office and cowrote

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state, it has taken Colman all this time to secure the arrangements. He explored numerous venues for the exhibition before landing the Sheldon on a suggestion from Middlebury College Museum of Art director Richard Saunders. The Vermont chapter of the ASLA is footing the exhibition rental fee and transportation of the 45 photographs from Palm Springs, Calif., where they were last shown. Adam Portz, past president of ASLA VT, said the chapter was also motivated to volunteer significant time and connections for the exhibition’s programming.

“Our primary goal is to advocate for and publicize the profession around the state,” he said. “Design is very influential to how people experience the outdoors.” Kiley himself never joined the ASLA, Portz added with a chuckle, “but we won’t hold that against him.” Kiley seems to have eschewed establishment ideas in general. He enrolled in Harvard University’s undergraduate landscape-architecture program in 1936 but was kicked out after two years for refusing to produce assignments in the traditional beaux-arts style. From 1939 to 1940, he and Harvard students Garrett Eckbo and James Rose published three articles in Architectural Record that amounted to a design manifesto. They are excerpted in Amidon’s book. “It is necessary to separate the individual [plant or tree] from the mass,” they wrote, in opposition to the practice of imitating nature’s profusion in landscapes. “We thereby achieve volumes of organized space in which people live and play.” Kiley also practiced architecture early in his career, working briefly for the U.S. Housing Authority in Washington, D.C., where he met the renowned architect Louis Kahn. In 1943, Kiley gained a New Hampshire architectural license — he had met his wife, Anne Sturges, there — with recommendations from Kahn and rising starchitect Eero Saarinen, another D.C. contact who would prove key to his career. After two years in the army, serving on the design staff of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kiley was assigned the design of the war-crimes courtroom at Nuremberg. That assignment allowed him to tour European landscapes for the first time, in particular André Le Nôtre’s vast, formal gardens at the palace of Versailles in France. “Kiley’s influences were Le Nôtre, [Thomas] Jefferson, [Ralph Waldo] Emerson and [Henry David] Thoreau,” said Peter Ker Walker of Charlotte. Walker worked with Kiley for 23 years, first as an employee fresh out of the University of Pennsylvania’s landscape-architecture master’s program, then as a partner in Kiley, Tyndall, Walker (1971-79) and Kiley Walker (1979-86). He spoke at the inaugural Kiley exhibition and will do so again in July at the Sheldon. But, Walker continued, while Kiley often drew on the French 17th-century language of allées, bosques (groupings

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Exhibition-related events will include a tour of Wagner Hodgson’s latest completed project — a public park down the street from the Sheldon — as a way of getting people into a designed landscape to understand how it’s made. Peter Meyer, of Raycroft Meyer Landscape Architecture in Bristol, was one of the last two people to work in Kiley’s office. He, too, studied Kiley in grad school, at Cornell University, and was hired upon completing his degree in 1989. “He was one of the very biggest names out there,” Meyer recalled. “I was very lucky.” Meyer will speak on a panel about his recollections of working with Kiley. “He was astute at reading a site quickly,” he observed. “For all these designs that have been scrutinized and analyzed, Dan would always say it was just ‘apt’ — it was on the west side; we needed shade; it needed

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of trees) and other orderly grids, his aesthetic was equally influenced by his associations with the country’s preeminent modernist architects. “He had established contacts with the architectural profession because of his experience during the war, and thereafter he was the landscape architect of choice,” noted Walker, who first trained as an architect in his native Scotland. Saarinen and Kiley’s design for the Gateway Arch project won that competition in 1947 — Walker described it as “a takeoff moment for Kiley” — and the two went on to do the now-iconic Miller House in Columbus, Ind., Dulles International Airport in Virginia and other projects. Collaborations with many other architects followed, including with I.M. Pei on the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; with the firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill to redesign


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dimensions to match the house,” Meyer continued. “It was amazing to start a project with him. He wasn’t a very big guy, but he would become so animated at the possibilities.” Kiley produced only a handful of local projects, of which the exhibition documents two extant ones. In 1959, he landscaped the Currier Farm in Danby, in Vermont’s marble-quarry region. Photographs show a grid of apple trees — deftly marrying traditional farm plantings and modernism — and marble-slab steps hovering over a geometric channel of spring water that is released back into nature on a hillside. In 1994, Kiley designed Kenjockety, the Westport, N.Y., estate of sculptor Joel Shapiro and painter Ellen Phelan that was just a ferry ride across Lake Champlain from his office. Kiley installed a grassy poplar allée for an entry drive and other BACKYARD SUPERSTAR

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features that “derive maximum emotion from minimal form — square, circle, line,” as he wrote with Amidon in The Complete Works. These private residences are not scheduled for tours, but Kiley’s design for Twin Farms near Woodstock is. Once the property of 1930s literati Sinclair Lewis and Dorothy Thompson, it was converted to a resort inn in the early 1990s with additions by Burlington architect Tom Cullins, of TruexCullins, and a 1992 master plan and site design by Kiley. Sheldon executive director Bill Brooks, whom Seven Days reached by

strike shortly after his death in 2004. More than half of his original drawings and other documentation was lost, though 600 projects’ worth had already been moved to archives at the Frances Loeb Library, Harvard Graduate School of Design. Most landscapes fail for less dramatic reasons — through lack of maintenance or, as in the threat to the Burlington cathedral, redevelopment. The Kiley exhibition is a project of TCLF’s annual Landslide initiative, which aims to raise awareness and head off that decline by highlighting threatened landscapes. “Landscape architecture is an innately ephemeral art,” as TCLF director of communications Nord Wennerstrom put COURTESY OF THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE FOUNDATION

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email in Paris just before his outing to see Kiley’s L’Esplanade du Général de Gaulle, wrote that he was “thrilled” to learn of Kiley’s Vermont and upstate New York designs through exhibition materials. Brooks knew the landscape architect personally — his cousin married a Kiley daughter — and has been delving into archival material relating to several Kiley projects, including “a possible assignment” at the Yale Center for British Art, he noted. “I’m very excited to introduce museum members, Vermonters and tourists to the extraordinary career of Dan Kiley,” Brooks wrote. Kiley’s East Farm office, whose landscape the designer had long shaped, burned to the ground from a lightning

it. Even maintenance requires maintaining a delicate balance between original intent and practicality. But TCLF’s Birnbaum insists that the effort to preserve such ephemeral works of art, and particularly Kiley’s, is worthwhile. “There are really very few figures that are as beloved as Kiley was in the postwar[-era] profession,” he said. “His impact was profound.”  Contact:

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Ghosted Story Theater review: The Turn of the Screw, Lost Nation Theater



Laura Michele Erle and Christopher Scheer


n adapting Henry James’ short novel The Turn of the Screw for the stage, Jeffrey Hatcher makes the story a theatrical feat by telling it with only two actors. One plays the main character; the other transforms moment by moment into four others. Quick-change stunts usually drive comedy, but this is a tale that bodes evil from the first word and brooding shaft of light. It’s a ghost story in which the ghosts may or may not be real; the shivers come from creepy characters more than supernatural doings. In the Lost Nation Theater production, the actors are the centerpiece. Laura Michele Erle plays a sympathetic young governess with pure Victorian pluckiness. Christopher Scheer uses voice and movement to create a stuffy narrator, an aloof London bachelor, an aging housekeeper, and a young boy who’s by turns angel and devil. The show crackles when the two performers build scenes with perfect timing, working like musicians to dazzle with the rhythm of their exchanges. At first, these are short, rapid bursts, as the governess tries to learn what other characters are hiding. Then the story builds, driven by the intensity of the performers more than the circumstances of the plot. A wealthy, mysterious bachelor has hired a young woman to care for his orphaned niece and nephew, 6-year-old Flora and 10-year-old Miles. In her first 42

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simpler problem: How long is this governess going to last? The conversion from page to stage makes comparison tempting, and the novel is arguably more satisfying for its subtlety. James wove sexual repression into his 1898 story, but the 1997 play is more overt about the governess’s erotic interest in both the uncle and Miles. And Miles’ curiosity about what it means to be a bad boy is harder to dramatize than it is to suggest in a novel. Erle and Scheer succeed at summoning a sense of evil and making Victorian notions of sex and death seem more compelling than prudish. Still, despite Scheer’s physical gift for presenting a curious child, Miles is simply never in any peril. Because he doesn’t show fear, the audience can’t feel it either, and the governess has no menace to battle, internal or external. Erle avoids melodrama and skirts the edge of hysteria rather than wringing out superficial emotion. The play gives her few actions to indicate a descent toward madness, but Erle is a fascinating blank canvas, particularly with the show’s bold lighting effects playing on her. Her fears for the children seem more noble than misdirected, but if she doesn’t show much dark side, she’s consistently tuned to a clear Victorian pitch. Scheer makes finger-snap physical transitions that are impressive to watch. He dusts the housekeeper with a light Irish accent, gives the narrator a grim intonation and the uncle a faintly slimy one, and foregoes a cloying child voice for a small, hesitant one. These character transformations happen without costume changes, often within the completion of a walking stride. The play flies by without intermission in 75 minutes. That’s plenty of time to enjoy the splendid costumes by Charis Churchill and razor-sharp acting by Erle and Scheer. But it’s not long enough to create the psychological ambiguity of the original book. For a story to scare us, it must scare the people in it first. In this show, evil is an abstraction, but the acting and stylish production are wonderfully real. 

job as a governess, she arrives at a grand English country house now staffed only by a housekeeper. The children appear angelic yet bizarre. Flora stopped speaking some time ago. Miles has been expelled from boarding school for unspecified disgraceful behavior. But the governess expects to dispel any gloom with her optimistic belief that all the children need is love and protection.



She soon learns that the prior governess, Miss Jessel, had an illicit affair with the valet, one Peter Quint. Both are now dead: Jessel by drowning in the estate’s lake and Quint by a fall from the house’s tower. The governess concludes that the ghosts of Jessel and Quint are causing the children’s odd behavior. After all, she’s started to see those ghosts herself. And she believes they’re an imminent threat to the children. Because a play puts real people onstage in plain view, it’s hard to truly spook an audience. Hatcher’s adaptation doesn’t require true stage tricks because his ghosts

are never visible to the audience, only described by the governess. Since the real tension in the James novella is the reader’s uncertainty about whether the governess sees ghosts or imagines demons that drive her own psychic turmoil, a director has to make both possibilities equally strong. Director Kim Allen Bent presents the show on a nearly bare stage, with a moody, abstract backdrop created by scenic designer Donna Stafford. Bent and lighting designer David Schraffenberger are fond of isolating the governess in near silhouette while the other characters swoop in around her. Between Hatcher’s two-actor ploy and Bent’s inclination to place the main character in monumental stillness, it’s very much the governess against the world. The audience can only doubt her sanity if she begins to herself. From the moment she enters, Erle is so sympathetic that it’s tough to see anything fraying inside. Bent keeps the mood ominous, but with nothing to go bump in the night, the governess can only show she’s ill at ease, as unfocused as the haze that wafts over the set. Hatcher’s adaptation unfolds over a single week. Stepping up the pace of the novella suits theater’s compression of time, but the governess unravels so rapidly it borders on inexplicable. While James could keep the reader guessing about whether the governess saw or created her own ghosts, Hatcher hands the audience a


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n the first night of Vermont Restaurant Week, the annual dining extravaganza organized by Seven Days, we ran into a couple who treat the event with admirable gusto. Lindsey Gray and Jordan Black-Deegan of Huntington were eating at Revolution Kitchen in Burlington. The meal was a reprise of sorts for the couple, who had dined at the Center Street spot during last year’s restaurant week, as well as at three other restaurants in three other towns. “We’re big foodies,” Gray said. “We said, ‘We’re gonna go all out,’ and we did.” As they enjoyed their meal last Friday night, the couple plotted out the rest of their 2019 VRW itinerary. The options are plentiful: more than 100 participating restaurants across the state. They’re offering prix-fixe deals on meals and showcasing a range of dishes, from fish and chips with fries to Spicy Three-River Soup, from Cam Ba-Lamb! to Theon’s Catch. (Yes, some menus have creative themes.) You name it, someone’s probably serving it. VRW kicked off last Thursday, April 25, with a return of the Sweet Start Smackdown at Higher Ground in South Burlington. The competition among 10 local dessert professionals resulted in a happy sugar high for attendees and a first-place win for the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa. Pastry chef Laura Johnson wowed with a triple-citrus mascarpone mousse. VRW isn’t only about eating. On Sunday, Seven Days marketing and events director (and yoga teacher) Corey Grenier led a vinyasa-style “foodie flow” at Burlington Beer Company in Williston. On Monday, a Culinary Trivia Night at Nectar’s challenged teams of word nerds vying for prizes. Tuesday brought a cider-andcheese Sensory Social with Shacksbury Cider and Vermont Creamery. Throughout the week, some lucky participants are learning how to prepare a three-course meal using WhistlePig Rye Whiskey. And, on Wednesday, May 1, a panel of experts

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discusses “The Wild World of Fermentation” at Burlington’s ArtsRiot. VRW is a fundraiser for people who might not have the means to dine out — or even to eat at home. Throughout the week, certain restaurants and event venues donate $1 per meal to the Vermont Foodbank. Over 10 years, VRW has generated more than $122,000 for the Barre-based nonprofit. Eat up, for yourselves and your fellow Vermonters. Here are seven writers’ accounts of their VRW meals to whet your appetite. And be sure to make your reservations! S.P.


Sage Restaurant 8 Route 17, Waitsfield, 496-7243,

I’ve been out for Vermont Restaurant Week in years past but never with a toddler in tow. That was our charge when my wife and I visited Sage Restaurant in Waitsfield on Saturday. We chose an early reservation, 5:30 p.m., to beat the crowds. The host, Jean, greeted us warmly, as did our server, Mel. They settled us into a booth beside a window with a high chair at the head of the table. As Mel occupied the toddler with crayons, paper and some oyster crackers, we


ordered first courses of beef tenderloin carpaccio and grilled asparagus salad. The carpaccio was a highlight of the evening: thin slices of beef dappled with fried capers and truffle oil, then topped with mounds of a delightful olive tapenade to spread on grilled ciabatta. We used the bread to sop up the basil purée drawn across the plate. The salad, with housemade tabbouleh, olives, tomatoes, a poached egg and crispy prosciutto, was disappointingly cold and flavorless. But the mains more than made up for it. We shared the Moroccan-spicerubbed roast chicken leg, served on a bed of sautéed chickpeas, tomatoes, cilantro







and romesco sauce; and the pan-seared sea bass with lobster-and-spring-pea risotto, baby spinach, roasted garlic and fresh tomatoes and cucumbers. Yum. The dessert course capped a fabulous meal that the cranky 17-month-old only occasionally interrupted. We shared baklava, the traditional phyllo pastry and honey treat that can be soggy and overpowering. This version was light, sweet and perfectly composed. The flourless chocolate torte was rich and smooth, topped with a divine amaretto caramel and a scoop of vanilla gelato. The $40 prix-fixe meal left us sated and satisfied — and we were out before baby bedtime.

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Kismet 52 State Street, Montpelier, 223-8646,

It took me all of three seconds to decide I wanted to eat at Kismet alone. After a long week, I had only enough conversational stamina to order food. I slipped in last Friday night and staked out the last open barstool in the corner. In fact, Kismet is an excellent spot for the unaccompanied: The bartender was solicitous but not invasive, and the 39-seat dining room, hung with crystal light fixtures, is dark and elegant but feels welcoming. After settling in with an Old Checkered House — a bourbon cocktail with honey and orange bitters, like a bustier, frothier old-fashioned — I started with the most foraged-sounding thing on the $41 prix-fixe menu. That was the fried oyster

mushrooms with fiddlehead remoulade. The fungi were as juicily umami as their seafaring namesakes, brightened by the remoulade’s hint of lemon. Speaking of oysters, I’m a sucker for multistep foods — things that require shucking, peeling, cracking or any maneuvering that makes eating feel like an accomplishment. So for my main course, I ordered the mussels, which arrived, plump as macaroons, in a fragrant stock of ginger, lemongrass, lime leaf and coconut milk. The bivalves were perfectly briny and sweet, but I fell for the two slices of grilled Red Hen Baking bread slathered

in kimchi-infused butter. They had the perfect ratio of crustiness to sponginess for soaking up all the broth. Having recently lived in San Francisco, I’d grown accustomed to paying far too much for tiny desserts that taste like a semiotics lecture. So I sighed with relief when the potted chocolate truffle with salted caramel, topped with fresh whipped cream, arrived in a ramekin that could have served as a Jacuzzi for Barbie. Remember when desserts were big, America? That dream is still alive at Kismet.



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My bad for showing up at Revolution Kitchen last Friday evening, the first night of Vermont Restaurant Week, without a reservation. I thought at 5:15 we’d breeze right in. Wrong. The restaurant was booked. Things were looking bleak until Debra Maisel, who owns the vegetarian restaurant with her husband, Peter, worked some magic and seated my friend and me at the table of a no-show. Lucky us. As the dining room filled up around us, Finn and I shared six dishes on the restaurant week menu, splitting two threecourse meals ($30 apiece). We started with a celebration of green: kale and romaine Caesar with shiitake slivers (aka gluten-free croutons) tossed with a zesty, mustardy dressing. Our other starter, a plate of asparagus spears that held their crunch, highlighted Debra’s miso-based, cholesterol-free hollandaise sauce. These small plates set a high bar, but our mains easily met it: vegetable ravioli in a sweet and creamy vindaloo sauce, and Buffalo cauliflower tacos. We nibbled on the pasta and devoured the tacos. The spiced florets came wrapped in a tortilla with sauerkraut and blue ranch crema — a meal both simple and special. Our dessert highlight was vegan German chocolate cake, luscious and moist. The Maisels share cooking duties at Revolution, which they opened six years ago. They also share laughs behind the line. When I stopped on the way out to

take a picture of the restaurant’s sauces, the couple shied away from the camera. Peter turned to his sauté pan and quipped that he and Debra look better in bathing suits. She consented to a photo in her apron. We left sated but not weighed down by the food, and cheered by the environs. Finn had enough bounce in his step to perform on stilts at Higher Ground later that night. I had one rhetorical question: Why haven’t I been a regular at Revolution Kitchen these past few years? S.P. SALLY POLLAK

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My friend put it succinctly when our barbecue platter arrived in its dark, sticky, saucy glory: “I should not have worn white,” she said. During Vermont Restaurant Week, Hired Hand Brewing in Vergennes is taking the opportunity to offer a sneak peek of chef and co-owner Ian Huizenga’s new barbecue menu. His brewpub’s deep dive into barbecue was prompted by a good deal on a large smoker, he explained, after we had licked our fingers clean. (Don’t worry, the popular pizza isn’t leaving the regular menu.) Choices range from candied pork belly over maple baked beans ($12) to a brisket-and-cheddar biscuit sandwich with slaw and pickles ($14). In the name of research, we opted to share the $35 platter for a broad taste of what Huizenga is smoking up. A pair of maple-brined wings, two meaty spareribs and four slices of brisket

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The menu sounded enticing enough: wild boar Wellington, Cornish hens, rabbit stew and English toffee pudding. But what really drew me to the Old Foundry at One Federal RestauGrilled salmon at Zenbarn rant and Lounge in St. Albans was the “Game of Thrones” theme. “Are you a fan?” asked Katie Foy as she greeted me at the door. She and her husband, Jamie, co-own the restaurant and are “huge” devotees of the HBO series, which Robert’s Last Hunt in a tongue-in-cheek reference to the gory fate of the fictional I merely enjoy watching. Not only did they name each dish on monarch. their restaurant week menu after one of My final act was the toffee pudding, the show’s characters, but chef Jamie Daenerys’ Warm Spot, named for the conceived of the kind of hearty, GOT heroine. The stick-to-your-ribs fare that dense date-andthose characters might eat to spice cake assertsustain themselves through ively confronted war, winter, witchcraft and the sweetness of a White Walkers. Each dish housemade buttermy husband and I tried on scotch sauce and the $40 prix-fixe menu was light whipped expertly cooked, succulent and cream. satisfying. Katie said it took three trials The simple seasoning on my halibut, Theon’s Catch, was a to make the cake savory garlic blend with roasted toma- moist enough and get the butterscotch toes that allowed the meaty fish to domi- consistency right. The result, a balanced nate a zesty risotto and grilled asparagus. blend of formidable texture and lush My husband raved about the wild boar, flavor, proved worthy of Khaleesi herself. chunks of tenderloin wrapped in ham C.S. and puff pastry, which was called King



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Zenbarn 179 Guptil Road, Waterbury, 244-8134,

As we walked into Zenbarn, the dimly lit tables near the bar were mostly vacant and the barstools empty — surprising for seven on a Friday night. When we neared a wooden divider, though, the restaurant half of the space came into view, and so did the people. The dining area was warmly illuminated, its weathered walls adorned with colorful art. Metal stencil plates attached to our table read “Peace” and “Love” — though we wished we’d gotten the “Haha” and “LOL” table next to us. We were a week late for Zenbarn’s 420 Party, but you wouldn’t have known it by looking at the regular menu, which features CBD butter and aioli, as well as cocktails with hemp syrup. I was tempted by the selection of burgers, barbecue and ramen but opted for the $30 prix-fixe restaurant week deal instead. The cauliflower empanada appetizer was a blank slate for the accompanying cilantro crema dip, which stole the show. I could have eaten all of it with a spoon. My entrée of grilled salmon was perfectly crisped on top and tender within, and its bed of couscous was swathed in a pea purée and dotted with fresh peas. I could smell the pungent earthiness of ramps in the purée even before I took a bite. More luxurious still were the surprise fiddleheads, which weren’t mentioned on the menu. They gave extra pop to a dish already packed with the welcome flavors of spring. The final course, a Mexican hot chocolate pot de crème, was nearly too rich to finish, though I most certainly did. As we strolled back through the now-busy bar and out into the chilly night, I could still feel the pleasant tingle of the spices on my tongue. A.S.



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MEDICAL CANNABIS 101: Vermont Patients Alliance herbalists help attendees grow their understanding of cannabis as treatment for chronic pain and other ailments. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


FIBER RIOT!: Creative types get hooked on knitting, crocheting, spinning and more at an informal weekly gathering. Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill, Waitsfield, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-7746. KNITTER’S GROUP: Needles in tow, 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.


SQUARE DANCING: Swing your partner! Dancers foster friendships while exercising their minds and bodies. Barre Area Senior Center, 1-3 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 479-9512.


BURLINGTON 2030 DISTRICT CELEBRATION: Those committed to energy efficiency fête a private/public partnership supporting ongoing local efforts to mitigate climate change. Complimentary appetizers and remarks from Mayor Miro Weinberger are on the agenda. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 735-2192.


ABENAKI RECOGNITION & CULTURAL CELEBRATION: Reading a proclamation on behalf of Gov. Phil Scott, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman honors the new permanent exhibition “The Road to Recognition: The Abenakis and the State of Vermont,” kicking off Abenaki Recognition and Culture Week. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 828-5657. ANYTHING GOES! SLAM: From poets to musicians to magicians, performers share works up to five minutes long. Lobby, Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 229-0492. THE CAROLINE BAIRD CRICHFIELD FUND FOR WOMEN IN NEED FUNDRAISING EVENT: Peace activist Robin Lloyd speaks at this annual gathering, where community members chip in to keep at-risk women safe. Burlington St. John’s Club, 5-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 862-2001. CHITTENDEN COUNTY STAMP CLUB MEETING: First-class collectibles provide a glimpse into the postal past at this monthly gathering. Williston Fire Station, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 660-4817. JOHN EDWARD: Let’s get metaphysical! Seen on the Syfy program “Crossing Over With John Edward,” the psychic medium communicates with those who have passed. DoubleTree by Hilton, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $100-175. Info, 800-514-3849.


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YOUNG TRADITION FESTIVAL: Nightly concerts complement a musical tribute to community organizer Martha Pellerin, as well as the Young Tradition Contest and Showcase, featuring youth performers from Vermont and beyond. See for details. Various Burlington locations, 6 & 8 p.m. Prices vary. Info,


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘THE BAKER’S WIFE’: When a baker’s wife leaves him for a young shepherd, the townspeople, not wanting to lose his bread, attempt to persuade her to return. Shown in French with subtitles. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6-8:30 p.m. $5. Info, 533-2000. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: Audience members embark on a virtual hunt for fossilized clues revealing the behavior and world of extinct reptiles. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 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.


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‘PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’ Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m., at Hyde Park Opera House. See website for future dates and times. $10-18. Info, 888-4507,

Jane Says “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” The opening line of Jane Austen’s 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice is practically dripping with wry irony. So too is the rest of Austen’s classic tale, which explains why the deliciously convoluted love story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy has endured for two centuries — and through countless adaptations on both stage and screen. Directed by Enid Rosenblum, the Lamoille County Players presents its theatrical interpretation of this timeless romantic comedy, one that skewers societal conventions of love and class in equal measure.

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In 2014, young Vermont musician and Lyndon State College student Jake Gregg was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Gregg lost his battle with the disease the following year. But his legacy lives on through GreggFest, an annual two-day music festival held in in his honor on the campus in Lyndonville — now Northern Vermont University-Lyndon. This year’s lineup features a smorgasbord of local and regional indie rock and hip-hop talent, including headliners Weakened Friends and Manwolves, as well as Los Elk, Juice, Bethlehem Steel and Golden Boy Music Group, among others. Proceeds benefit a memorial endowment established in Gregg’s honor.

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VERMONT VAUDEVILLE, ‘THE CREAM OF THE CROP’ Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 4, 2 and 7:30 p.m., at Hardwick Town House. $8-18. Info, 472-1387,

GREGGFEST Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, 5 p.m., Stonehenge Lot, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in Lyndonville. $5-15. Info,,


Making Strides The Middlebury Maple Run bills itself as “Vermont’s Sweetest Half Marathon and Relay.” That designation is more than just a saccharine syrup pun. The 13.1-mile race winds through some of the prettiest scenery in the state, from the rolling foothills of Addison County to the quaint streets of picturesque Middlebury. For less ambitious runners, there’s also a relay division as well as a threemile fun run. The sweetest part? The race is a benefit for several worthy local charities, including ACORN, Habitat for Humanity, WomenSafe and others.

MIDDLEBURY MAPLE RUN Sunday May 5, 9 a.m., Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. $35-85. Info, 349-4696,

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‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: An awe-inspiring picture reveals phenomena that can’t be seen with the naked eye. 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. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: Actor Kate Winslet narrates a virtual odyssey into the largest and least-explored habitat on Earth. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 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.

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COMMUNITY SUPPER: A scrumptious spread connects friends and neighbors. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-4928218, ext. 300. COOKBOOK CLUB: Home cooks bring and discuss dishes prepared from Alice Hart’s Good Veg: Ebullient Vegetables, Global Flavors — A Modern Vegetarian Cookbook. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 6-7:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-4140. VERMONT RESTAURANT WEEK: Foodies, take note! Mouthwatering prix-fixe menus and themed events celebrate local fare. See for details. Various locations statewide. Prices vary. Info, 864-5684.


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. CARD GAMES, CRIBBAGE & PINOCHLE: Card sharks engage in friendly competition. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.

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ACROYOGA CLASS: The mindfulness and breath of yoga meet the playful aspects of acrobatics in a partner practice. No partners or experience required. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 7-8:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASSES: 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: Comfortable clothing is recommended for this class focused on balance, breath, flexibility and meditation. Barre Area Senior Center, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512.

DEMYSTIFYING ACUPUNCTURE: Licensed acupuncturist Travis Beto pinpoints the process — and perks — of the ancient Chinese practice. Waterbury Public Library, 6:30 p.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.


‘INDECENT’: Inspired by true events, Paula Vogel’s buzzworthy new play, presented by the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, is an homage to the art of making theater. Sylvan Adams Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 8 p.m. $53-67. Info, 514-739-7944.


Find club dates in the music section. ‘IN C’: Music students and faculty members gather for a group performance of Terry Riley’s classic minimalist participatory work. Players of melody instruments may join in. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.

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JAZZ ENSEMBLE & FUNK/FUSION ENSEMBLE: Selections by Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse and Bill Withers carry through the air, courtesy of the two student groups. Dibden Center for the Arts, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1219. LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN: Operating at the intersection of circus, theater, comedy and poetry, Québec’s Patrick Léonard presents the solo performance Patinoire. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $1225. Info, 603-646-2422. OLD NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD BAND TEEN MUSIC JAM: Be they accomplished musicians or just starting out, 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. THE REVENANTS: Bluegrass Gospel Project alums Taylor Armerding, Andy Greene and Kirk Lord join forces to present original, time-honored and contemporary Americana numbers. Stowe Community Church, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 253-7792. SONG CIRCLE: Singers and musicians congregate for an acoustic session of popular folk tunes. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:159:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-1182. YOUNG TRADITION FESTIVAL: LA VENT DU NORD: Traditional music with a cosmopolitan edge delights listeners of this Québécois quintet. BCA Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $30-35. Info,


REAL ESTATE INVESTING WORKSHOPS: Local professionals provide resources and up-to-date information when sharing their experiences with investment properties. Preferred Properties, Williston, 6-7:15 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9106. VERMONT BUILDING ENERGY CODE TRAINING: The Building Safety Association of Vermont, in partnership with the Vermont Department of Public Service and Efficiency Vermont, educates participants on the proposed 2019 Vermont Commercial and Residential Building Energy Standards. Noble Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


‘COURAGE AND COMPASSION AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER: SOLIDARITY WITH THE CENTRAL AMERICAN EXODUS’: Panelists Joan Javier-Duval, Abby Colihan, Jo Romano, Sally DeCicco and members of Migrant Justice delve into issues related to U.S. immigration policy. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 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.

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EMILY BAZELON: “Prosecutors and the Battle to End Mass Incarceration,� delivered by the Yale Law School lecturer, considers the current movement to elect a new breed of prosecutor. Norwich Congregational Church, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. GRAZIELLA PARATI: “The Roots of Fascism� identifies similarities and differences in the regimes of Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. JAMES DAVIS: In “Civility and Its Discontents,� the Middlebury College professor explains why civility is an essential element of a well-ordered democracy. Rutland Free Library, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. JOHN ROGERS: Fans of feathered friends flock to a discussion of bluebirds by the New York State Bluebird Society cofounder. Colchester Meeting House, 6:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 264-5660. MARK A. STOLER: History buffs broaden their perspective on two world leaders with “Churchill and Roosevelt: The Personal Element in Their Partnership.� Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. VERMONT RESTAURANT WEEK: THE DISH: WILD WORLD OF FERMENTATION: Brewers, farmers and chefs weigh in on the health benefits and trends attached to the culinary technique traditionally used as a means to preserve food. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. $5. Info, 540-0406.


TECH HELP WITH CLIF: Electronics novices develop skill sets applicable to smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, noon & 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955.

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DAVID SCHĂœTZ: The Vermont state curator offers a view of the Capital City in “The Architecture of Montpelier.â€? Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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‘THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE’: When a drag act joins the bill at Casey’s club, the unemployed Elvis impersonator has the chance to trade one sequined outfit for another in this musical comedy 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. ‘ONCE’: A street musician and a Czech immigrant fall in love in this modern musical set in the streets of Dublin and presented by Northern Stage. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. $19-59. Info, 296-7000. SPRING OPEN ARTIST SHOWCASE WEEKEND 2: A double bill of new works by area theater artists spotlights Margot Lasher’s Other Minds and a rotating set of special guests. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15; donations for Wednesday. Info,


MARY DINGEE FILLMORE: Bookworms come face-to-face with the author of the novel An Address in Amsterdam. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1393. WRITING CIRCLE: Words pour out when participants explore creative expression in a low-pressure environment. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.



VERMONT ARBOR DAY CONFERENCE: Those interested in caring for the canopy converge for a day of arboreal activities including panel discussions, workshops and networking. Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. $40-55. Info, 651-8343. VERMONT FOREST INDUSTRY SUMMIT: Two days of prominent speakers and breakout sessions get to the root of topics such as forest planning, logger safety and local supply chains. Burke Mountain Resort, 1-8:30 p.m. $75150. Info, 828-5770.


OVER DINNER SERIES: Campaign strategist Emma MulvaneyStanak is the featured guest at a monthly presentation and discussion with local changemakers. The Hive on Pine, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. $20. Info, 862-8127.


AMP NIGHT: Artist Karen Henderson, poet Stephen Cramer and musician Sebastian West are the special guests at an evening highlighting artists, musicians and poets. The Farm Store, Jeffersonville, 6-8 p.m. $10. Info, 598-0340.


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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.1. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.1. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.1. PRIMO MAGGIO: ‘THE ORGANIZER’: Marcello Mastroianni stars as a labor activist involved in a turn-ofthe-20th-century textile factory strike in Turin, Italy. A discussion led by film historian Rick Winston follows. Old Labor Hall, Barre, 7-9:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 479-5600. THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE: ‘MOONLIGHT’: Nominated for eight Academy Awards, this 2016 drama follows a young black man from childhood to adulthood in a rough Miami neighborhood. Top of the Hop, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 9 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422.

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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.




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.

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BEGINNERS TAI CHI: Students get a feel for the ancient Chinese practice. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 223-1772. BONE BUILDERS: Seniors rise and shine with an exercise program meant to increase bone density and muscle strength. Barre Area Senior Center, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 479-9512. CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and well-being. Champlain Senior Center, Burlington, 10:3011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. COFFEE MINDFULNESS: Curious minds join Zen teacher Sojun John Godfrey and java guru Jason Gonzales to explore everyday transcendent magic. Onyx Tonics Specialty Coffee, Burlington, 6-7:15 p.m. $14. Info, 777-2583. 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.

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FALLS PREVENTION TAI CHI: 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.


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Find club dates in the music section. LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN: See WED.1. ‘LIVE FROM THE FORT’: SABOUYOUMA: Performing as part of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts New Voices Project, the band uses balafon and polyrhythmic grooves to take listeners on a cultural journey to West Africa. Migmar Tsering opens. Studio One, Vermont Public Radio, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. $5-10. Info, 655-9451. SOULFUL HARMONY: A coed a cappella group grabs attention with its style of gospel-tinged R&B. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000. TETZLAFF-TETZLAFF-VOGT TRIO: Violinist Christian Tetzlaff, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt let their worldrenowned talent shine in works by Schumann and Dvořák, presented as part of the UVM Lane Series. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-40. Info, 656-4455. WILLIAM TORTOLANO: Saint Michael’s College’s organist emeritus hits all the right notes on the chapel’s 51-year-old instrument. Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.


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.


FRENCH CONVERSATION: Speakers improve their linguistic dexterity in the Romantic tongue. Bradford Public Library, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. PLAUDERSTUNDE: Conversationalists with basic knowledge of the German language put their skills to use over lunch. Zen Gardens, South Burlington, noon. Cost of food. Info, 862-1677.


GREAT DECISIONS: ‘THE RISE OF POPULISM IN EUROPE’: Participants in this moderated discussion group read into issues of public policy. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


‘THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE’: Six quirky competitors face off in a fictional spelling bee in this musical comedy presented by the Middlebury Community Players. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $15-23. Info, 382-9222. ‘AMERICAN IDIOT’: Set entirely to the music of punk rockers Green Day, this Tony Award-winning musical presented by the Middlebury College Department of Theatre tells the story of three friends on the edge of pursuing their dreams. Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30-9 p.m. $6-15. Info, 443-3168. ‘THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE’: See WED.1. ‘MACBETH’: Essex Community Players act out Shakespeare’s tragedy about a corrupt general’s quest to become king of Scotland. Essex Memorial Hall, 7:30 p.m. $16-18. Info, ‘ONCE’: See WED.1, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

YANG 24 TAI CHI: Slow, graceful, expansive movements promote wide-ranging health and fitness benefits. Great Room, Wright House, Harrington Village, Shelburne, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5467.


YOUNG TRADITION FESTIVAL: GENTICORUM: World music melds with traditional, folk and Celtic sounds. BCA Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $20-25. Info,

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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 + nighlife 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

SPRING OPEN ARTIST SHOWCASE WEEKEND 2: See WED.1. ‘THE TURN OF THE SCREW’: Lost Nation Theater raises the curtain on a theatrical rendition of Henry James’ psychological thriller about a young governess who encounters the ghosts of teachers past. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall, 7:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 229-0492. VERMONT VAUDEVILLE: A madcap troupe of performers, including nationally acclaimed clowns Coventry and Kaluza, deliver the variety show The Cream of the Crop. Root Juice dishes out organic juices, smoothies and sandwiches. See calendar spotlight. Hardwick Town House, 7:30 p.m. $8-18; limited space. Info, 472-1387.


CLIMATE CHANGE BOOK DISCUSSION: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken, inspires a lively dialogue. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


MICHAEL METIVIER: A poet and an employee-owner of Chelsea Green Publishing, the speaker reveals the role of an editor in the creation of a book. Hartland Public Library, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2473.



‘WE THE PEOPLE VS. CORPORATE RULE: IT’S UP TO US!’: Rights & Democracy and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom host a community forum featuring guest speaker Greg Coleridge of the Move to Amend campaign. McClure Multigenerational Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 272-0882.




RUMMAGE SALE IN FAIRFAX: Bargain hunters thumb through clothing, books, toys and white elephant items. Baptist Building, Fairfax, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 849-6313. RUMMAGE SALE IN RICHMOND: Deal seekers browse a treasure trove of secondhand goods. Richmond Congregational Church, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Info, 434-2053.


VERMONT WOMENPRENEURS CONTENT MARKETING POWER HOUR: Business owners get ahead of the game by scheduling their social media content. Study Hall Collective, Burlington, 11 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 999-4449.


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. CITY CENTER BALLET: The Lebanon, N.H., company celebrates 20 years of professional dance with an evening of classical and contemporary movement appropriate for ages 8 and up. An onstage reception follows. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $12.50-25; preregister for reception. Info, 603-448-0400. DANCE END-OF-SEMESTER SHOWING: Performers showcase the fruits of their labor in classes such as Hip-Hop I & II, Ballet, Contemporary Dance, and Movement & Improvisation. University of Vermont Southwick Ballroom, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. 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: Pat MacPherson, Laura Markowitz and Ana Ruesink provide music for newcomers and experienced movers alike. Adina Gordon calls the steps. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, FIRST FRIDAY FOLK DANCING: Participants make strides in circle, line and couple dances. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $3-5. Info, 223-2518. SENIOR THESIS DANCE CONCERT: Senior dance majors Caleb Green, Lucy Grinnan and Maggie Phillips examine the intersection of contemporary choreography with their varied additional disciplines. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30-9 p.m. $6-15. Info, 443-3168.


ANYTHING GOES! SLAM: See WED.1. Use the library’s rear entrance, Aldrich Public Library, Barre, pizza, 6 p.m.; show, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-7819. DROP & SWAP: Folks tap into the spirit of spring cleaning and exchange clothing, outerwear, shoes and accessories. Drop, Friday; swap, Saturday. BYO bags. SHAPE Fitness Center, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, noon-6 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1471. FIDDLEHEAD FLING: Fun and philanthropy go hand in hand at an annual museum benefit auction replete with hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 6-9:30 p.m. $100 includes two drinks; preregister. Info, 649-2200. THE SPARKLE CLUB: Those in need of a little rest and relaxation start the weekend off right with access to the Healing Lodge, Sanctuary Lounge and locker rooms, plus a mini bottle of Champagne or rosé. The Spa at Spruce Peak, Stowe, 5-7 p.m. $30. Info, 760-4782. STARGAZING: Clear skies at night mean viewers’ delight when telescope users set their sights on celestial happenings. Call to confirm. Mittelman Observatory, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College, 9-10:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-2266.

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CRAFT & FOOD FAIR: Food vendors, baked goods, fine art and face painting make for a fun-filled and family-friendly evening. Westford Elementary School, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-5932. GREGGFEST: Weakened Friends and Manwolves are among a roster of rockers and hip-hop artists set to take the stage at this two-day musical memorial for student Jake Gregg, who lost his life to leukemia. See calendar spotlight. Stonehenge Lot, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, 5 p.m. $5-8. Info, MONTPELIER MAYFEST: The Capital City is the site of a full weekend of fun, including an art walk, live entertainment, food and drink, and All Species Day festivities. See for details. Downtown Montpelier. Prices vary. Info, 223-9604.

WAKING WINDOWS: A threeday fête features more than 100 musical acts, local art, comedy and an artisans market. Various Winooski locations. $35-75. Info, info@wakingwindowspresents. com. YOUNG TRADITION FESTIVAL: See WED.1.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.1. FIRST FRIDAY FAMILY MOVIES: Clad in pajamas, kids and caregivers cozy up for a free flick. Popcorn is provided. Hartland Public Library, 3:15-5 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2473. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.1. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.1.

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

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BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.1, 9:15 a.m. CALCUTTA GAME NIGHT: Partners in Adventure supporters share a buffet dinner and vie for prizes to boost programs for kids and young adults with disabilities. Sunset Ballroom, Comfort Suites, South Burlington, 5:30-10 p.m. $80 includes dinner for two and a Calcutta ball; cash bar. Info, 310-0808. CARD GAMES, CRIBBAGE & PINOCHLE: See WED.1. TRIVIA NIGHT: Players think on their feet during an evening of friendly competition hosted by the Essex High School National Honor Society. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:308:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955.


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ADVANCED SUN TAI CHI 73: Participants keep active with a sequence of slow, controlled movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASSES: See WED.1, 7:30 & 10:40 a.m. 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. GONG MEDITATION: Sonic vibrations lead to healing and deep relaxation. Yoga Roots, Williston, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $18. Info, 318-6050.




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Find club dates in the music section. BILL STAINES: The folk troubadour brings more than 40 years of stage time to a benefit concert for SSAC, where he performs selections from Beneath Some Lucky Star. Seven Stars Arts Center, Sharon, 7 p.m. $12-25. Info, 728-6351. COLCHESTER COMMUNITY CHORUS: Area songsters deliver vocal stylings that appeal to folks young and old in “It’s a Grand Night for Singing.” Colchester High School, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 862-3910. CONCERT BAND, CHORAL SINGERS & CHAMBER SINGERS: A varied concert delights fans of myriad styles. Dibden Center for the Arts, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 635-1476. DELLA MAE: Contagious charisma carries the Nashville-based string band through a lively bluegrass concert. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $31-41. Info, 728-6464. FIRST FRIDAY ACOUSTIC MUSIC JAM: Whether they come to play, listen or sing along, music fans revel in the sounds of non-electric instruments. Arnold Block, Bethel, 7-10 p.m. Donations; BYOB. Info, 234-8902. JAZZ GUITAR ENSEMBLE & LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA: Devotees of musicians such as John Coltrane, Frank Zappa and Chico O’Farrill enjoy a recital of their songs. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. LIVING WOODS ENSEMBLE: Music lovers listen up for “Garden of the Muses,” baroque chamber selections performed on violin, viola, cello, recorder and harpsichord. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE ORCHESTRA: Instrumentalists interpret major classical and contemporary works with conductor Evan Bennett. Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

ORDINARY ELEPHANT: Influences including Gillian Welch and Anaïs Mitchell shine through emotionally powerful folk songs by the husband-and-wife duo. Huntington Public Library, 7-9 p.m. $15. Info, 434-4563. THE OUTLAWS: It’s green grass and high tides forever when the Southern rock veterans take the stage with songs such as “Riders in the Sky” and “There Goes Another Love Song.” Waydown Wailers open. Strand Center Theatre, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. $29-54. Info, 518-563-1604, ext. 105. SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS: The coed a cappella group hits all the right notes in a spring concert. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000. YOUNG TRADITION FESTIVAL: MARTIN HAYES: The traditional Irish fiddler shows off his bowand-string skills. BCA Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $30-35. Info,


FRIDAY MORNING SPRING BIRD WALKS: Birders search for spring migrants such as warblers, vireos and waterfowl. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8:30 a.m. $10; free for members. Info, 229-6206.


‘THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE’: See THU.2. ‘AMERICAN IDIOT’: See THU.2. ‘CHRISTMAS REVELS’ AUDITIONS: Singers, dancers and actors vie for spots in a theatrical celebration of the winter solstice. White River Junction St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 4-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 866-556-3083. ‘THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE’: See WED.1. ‘MACBETH’: See THU.2.

‘MAMMA MIA!’ TRIBUTE: With the help of local students, the Greater Vergennes Rotary presents songs from the hit musical about a bride-to-be searching for her father. Funds raised support student scholarships and charities. Vergennes Opera House, 7-9 p.m. $10; $25 for families. Info, 877-2134. ‘ONCE’: See WED.1, 7:30 p.m. ‘PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’: Lamoille County Players interpret Jane Austen’s beloved work, which follows Elizabeth Bennett and her four sisters in their pursuit to secure their futures. See calendar spotlight. Hyde Park Opera House, 7-9 p.m. $10-18. Info, 888-4507. SPRING OPEN ARTIST SHOWCASE WEEKEND 2: See WED.1. ‘THE TURN OF THE SCREW’: See THU.2. VERMONT VAUDEVILLE: See THU.2.


BOOK SALE: Thousands of gently used CDs, DVDs, puzzles and page-turners pique shoppers’ interest. Rutland Free Library, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. WOMEN VETERANS BOOK GROUP: Those who have served in the U.S. military connect over reading materials and lunch. Burlington Lakeside Clinic, 12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 657-7092. WRITER’S BLOCK: Scribes bring essays, short stories, one-act plays and poems to be critiqued by a supportive audience. Barre Area Senior Center, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512.



COMMUNICATING ACROSS THE POLITICAL DIVIDE: Workshop participants practice respectfully engaging in conversations with people who have political views that differ from their own. St. Albans Free Library, noon-3 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 524-6604.


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CROP MOB: Volunteers get their hands dirty while preparing for the summer harvest. Bring sturdy shoes, layers, work gloves and water. River Berry Farm, Fairfax, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, mquilty@ TREE PLANTING: Environmentally conscious volunteers join Branch Out Burlington! to sow new growth. University of Vermont Horticultural Research Center, South Burlington, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 656-5440. TREE PRUNING WORKSHOP: Forester David Wilcox presents tips for arboreal upkeep, then demonstrates his techniques outside. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘UNNATURAL HISTORY’ INVASIVE PLANTS WALK: Outdoorsy types join naturalist Ken Benton for a stroll elucidating the 67-acre property’s unique history and management. Barre City Cow Pasture, 8-9 a.m. $10; free for Green Up Day participants. Info, 229-6206.


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GIGANTIC TAG SALE: Tools, toys, garden supplies, kitchen utensils and more find new homes. Hot dogs and baked goods are also on hand. Tag sale proceeds benefit the Westford Volunteer Fire Department. Westford Town Garage, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, RUMMAGE SALE IN FAIRFAX: See FRI.3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. RUMMAGE SALE IN RICHMOND: See FRI.3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


BOTANICAL BURLESQUE LAUNCH PARTY: A variety show and dance party enliven a celebration of plant medicine, deep earth connection and pleasure activism. Dress to accentuate a botanical and floral presence. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $15-20; for ages 21 and up. Info,


YARNS!: Friends new and old lose themselves in knitting, crocheting or the fiber art of their choice. Russell Memorial Library, Monkton, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 453-4471.


BURLINGTON WESTIE FIRST SATURDAY DANCE: New dancers are encouraged to take part in an introductory lesson before hitting the floor for a themed evening of West Coast Swing and fusion. North End Studio A, Burlington, free introductory lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $8-12; free for first-timers. Info, burlington CITY CENTER BALLET: See FRI.3. CONTRA DANCE: Sue Rosen calls the steps at a traditional social dance with high-energy music by the Bone Folders. Capital City Grange, Berlin, introductory session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $5-15. Info, 225-8921. SENIOR THESIS DANCE CONCERT: See FRI.3. ‘SOMEWHERE BETWEEN NOSTALGIA AND BLINDNESS’: High school senior Samantha Murray choreographs a work inspired by her thoughts on entering college and leaving home for the first time. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 595-9012.


GREEN UP DAY: Eco-conscious community members pitch in to eliminate litter from the state’s roadsides and public spaces. See for details. Various locations statewide. Free. Info, 229-4586. HOME ENERGY TOUR: Members of the public investigate an energy-efficient abode. Private residence, 935 King Farm Rd., Craftsbury Common, 10 a.m. Free. Info, craftsburyenergycommittee@ STREAM STEWARDSHIP VOLUNTEER DAY: Helpers roll up their sleeves and assist Williston Master Naturalist Program participants in caring for trees and shrubs that help keep local water clean. Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve, South Burlington, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, caylin.


BETTER BIKE SWAP & SALE: Pedal pushers pick up a recycled ride or trade in an old one for cash or store credit. Alpine Shop, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 862-2714. BLACK FLY BALL: Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar prime revelers for an auction benefiting the Little School. Weston Playhouse Second Stage at Walker Farm, 7:30 p.m. $50-60. Info, 824-3405. CAT CAFÉ: Fans of furry friends enjoy refreshments in the company of adorable shelter felines. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 877-2211. CLOTHING SWAP: Women embrace the spirit of giving at an exchange of gently used threads. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. COMCAST CARES DAY: Comcast employees and their families and friends pitch in with landscaping and spring cleaning. Lunch is provided. Humane Society of Chittenden County, South Burlington, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, elizabeth_ DROP & SWAP: See FRI.3, 9-11 a.m. 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.

NORTHWESTERN VERMONT MODEL RAILROAD OPEN HOUSE: Locomotive enthusiasts follow the tracks to a display of large and small operating layouts. Used trains and accessories are available for sale. Northwestern Vermont Model Railroad Association, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations. Info, 872-8602. SPRING GROUP RETREAT DAYS: Guided by a working theme, Buddhist practitioners take time for walking, journaling and personal reflection. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 633-4136. 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.

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THUNDER ROAD CAR SHOW: Race fans admire super-fast autos and meet their favorite drivers. A pit-stop competition, a bounce house, face painting and live music by Rumblecaddy round out the high-octane fun. Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, car show, 9 a.m.-noon, open practice, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 244-6963. TRY BEFORE YOU BUY: Adults let their inner child run wild when testing out excavators, tractors, loaders and other machinery. Pete’s Equipment Sandbox, Hyde Park, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 888-5138.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.1. ‘THE FAREWELL’: Awkwafina stars in a 2019 comedy about a Chinese family that learns their grandmother has only a short time left to live — and decides to hide that information from her. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. SAT.4

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‘LAUREL AND HARDY’S LAUGHING 20’S’: Shown on reel-to-reel 16mm film, a critically acclaimed compilation brims with choice sequences from the most beloved silent pictures by the iconic comedy team. Newman Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Donations. Info, serious_61@

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MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU: Fans of George Lucas’ sci-fi franchise view the Star Wars films while sipping suds. Come in costume for half-off pints. Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2739. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.1. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.1.

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ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST: Folks pile their plates high with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and toast at this benefit for the Montpelier Kiwanis Club. Boutwell Masonic Center, Montpelier, 7-11 a.m. $4-8. Info, 249-9724. CHOCOLATE TASTING IN BURLINGTON: Let’s go bar hopping! With the help of a tasting guide, chocoholics discover the flavor profiles of varieties such as toffee almond crunch and salted caramel latte. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807. CHOCOLATE TASTING IN MIDDLESEX: Candy fanatics get an education on a variety of sweets made on-site. Nutty Steph’s Granola & Chocolate Factory, Middlesex, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 229-2090.

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EMPLOYEE SALSA THROW DOWN: Gourmands cast their votes for their favorite spicy tomato sauce. Green Mountain Harley-Davidson, Essex Junction, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4778. HOT DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Free frankfurters satisfy snackers. Green Mountain Harley-Davidson, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4778. VERMONT RESTAURANT WEEK: See WED.1.


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MUNCHKIN GAMES: With various themes to choose from, these card games appeal to players of all ages. An experienced gamer is on hand to help newbies. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, archive369248@

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INTRO TO STUDIO CYCLING: Beginners hop in the saddle for a 20- to 30-minute ride with an instructor demonstrating each position. Alpenglow Fitness, Montpelier, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 279-0077. NEWBIE NOON CLASS: Firsttimers feel the heat as they get their stretch on. Hot Yoga Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 999-9963. OPEN HOUSE: Interested in acupuncture? The wellness provider welcomes community members to its second location for mini treatments and chair massages. Integrative Acupuncture, Williston, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 876-7187.


ARABIC LANGUAGE CLASS: A sixweek language class covers the alphabet and simple conversations. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. ARMENIAN LANGUAGE: Singing, dancing, drama and games promote proficiency. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. BIBLIO CAFÉ: A conversation group helps Francophones maintain their language skills. North Hero Public Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 372-5458.


PLANTING PRIDE: Members of the LGBTQ community and allies join Audubon Vermont in cultivating bird-friendly native trees and shrubs. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-3068. 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. DARTMOUTH COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE: “Dreams and Imaginations” features concert band music that presents the world through children’s eyes. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $9-12. Info, 603-646-2422. GYPSY REEL: The longtime local band taps into Celtic traditions for a high-energy concert. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $45 includes dinner; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-4295. KIP MOORE: The contemporary country star headlines an evening of toe-tapping tunes as part of his Room to Spare — Acoustic Tour featuring opener Muscadine Bloodline. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $32-55.50. Info, 863-5966. MIDDLEBURY COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER BENEFIT CONCERT: Students and faculty of the music school perform in a wide variety of styles to raise money for scholarships. A reception follows. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 1 p.m. $1020. Info, 382-9222.

MILTON COMMUNITY CHOIR: Songs from the Beatles and the Broadway musical Rent are among those to reverberate during the vocal group’s first-ever concert. Milton Grange, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 488-4290. MONTPELIER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SPRING SALON: Cheese, charcuterie and sangria pave the way for a classical concert benefiting orchestra and NBNC programs. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $75. Info, 229-6206. MONTPELIER COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR: “Mighty Long Way” features gospel music from and inspired by the African American tradition. First Presbyterian Church, Barre, 7 p.m. $10-30. Info, 778-0881. ORDINARY ELEPHANT: See FRI.3, Ripton Community House, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 388-9782. PETE SEEGER’S 100TH BIRTHDAY BASH: Hudson Valley duo Mike + Ruthy carry on the messagedriven songwriting tradition of the late folk singer and activist. Whallonsburg Grange Hall, N.Y., 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5-12. Info, PIPEDREAMS: Vermont’s premier flute quartet transports audience members to Mexico, Italy and beyond in “Flutes on Vacation.” Richmond Free Library, 5 p.m. Donations. Info, 881-9153. PRIMO MAGGIO: ‘FOR THE LOVE OF PETE’: Ben Koenig and Mark Greenberg of the duo Anything Goes lead a concert and sing-along celebrating the 100th anniversary of the late folk singer Pete Seeger’s birth. Old Labor Hall, Barre, 7-10 p.m. $10-12. Info, 479-5600. SIMONE DINNERSTEIN: The awardwinning pianist tickles the ivories to compositions by Couperin, Glass, Satie and Schumann. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $15-41. Info, 728-6464. SOUND INVESTMENT JAZZ ENSEMBLE: Toes tap and fingers snap to a student performance recognizing jazz families such as the Ellingtons and the Coles. Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

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

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SOUTH BURLINGTON COMMUNITY CHORUS & MAD RIVER CHORALE: Two area ensembles band together for a powerful performance of Carl Orff’s cantata “Carmina Burana.” McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $15; free for kids under 18 and St. Mike’s ID holders. Info, 846-4108.

‘ONCE’: See WED.1, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

VERMONT CHORAL UNION: Under the direction of Lisa Jablow, community-based singers give voice to texts celebrating the sounds and sights of spring. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7:30-9 p.m. $15-40. Info, 238-9848.



INTRODUCTION TO TROUT FISHING: Anglers learn how to nab swimmers using spinning equipment under the tutelage of Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department instructors and staff. Waterbury Public Library, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036. SILENT WALK & FOREST BATHING: Folks unplug, slow down and experience nature through a guided mindfulness practice. Shelburne Bay Park, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 391-4356. SPRING MIGRATION BIRD MONITORING WALK: Experienced birders lead a morning excursion in search of various species in their natural habitats. Office Building, Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068. SPRING TRAIL WORK: Volunteers ready the Long Trail for the hiking season. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info, 862-3941. SPRING WILD PLANT WALK: Floricultural fanatics stroll in search of emerging seasonal blossoms. Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury, 10 a.m.-noon. $10-20; free for kids; preregister. Info, 456-8122.


VERMONT SPORTS CARD & COLLECTIBLE SHOW: Mega fans meander through tables of trading cards, autographs and other memorabilia. Center Court, University Mall, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 857-5807.


‘THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE’: See THU.2. ‘AMERICAN IDIOT’: See THU.2. ‘CHRISTMAS REVELS’ AUDITIONS: See FRI.3, 10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. ‘FRACTURED’: Third-year professional circus students inspire awe with a skillful graduation performance. New England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro, 7:30 p.m. $10-25. Info, 254-9780. GREEN MOUNTAIN CABARET: New England burlesque performers bring sass and class to the stage. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $20-30; for ages 18 and up. Info, 863-5966. ‘THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE’: See WED.1. ‘MACBETH’: See THU.2.


‘AGE OUT LOUD’: Comedic stories told live touch on topics of families and growing old. Barre Opera House, silent auction, 6:30 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m. $25. Info, 476-8188. BOOK & MEDIA SALE: Lovers of the written word bag bargain titles. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. BOOK SALE: See FRI.3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: Fans of the genre geek out over complimentary titles, raffles and retail discounts. Wonder Cards & Comics, Berlin, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Info, 476-4706. 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.



30TH ANNUAL COTS WALK: Folks follow a route based on the path a local homeless person might take, visiting shelters along the way. Battery Park, Burlington, check-in, 1 p.m.; walk, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 864-7402. 34TH DISMAS COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: Cindy Shank, the subject of the 2018 documentary The Sentence, is the guest speaker at a fête for donors and volunteers. University of Vermont Alumni House, Burlington, 4-7:30 p.m. $30-60; cash bar. Info, 658-0381. BTV BRUNCH CONNECTION: Neighbors rub elbows over a late-morning meal while honoring individuals who help make Burlington’s Old North End a better place. Hosted by the ONE Good Deed Fund. North End Studio A, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 238-7994. 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,


SALSALINA SUNDAY PRACTICE: Salsa dancers step in for a casual social. Salsalina Dance Studio, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. $5. Info,


BETTER BIKE SWAP & SALE: See SAT.4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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ALL SPECIES DAY: Locals commemorate the awakening of spring with song, dance, puppetry and a parade to the Vermont Statehouse. See for details on participating. Hubbard Park, Montpelier, noon-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-1242. MONTPELIER MAYFEST: See FRI.3.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING We invite members to attend our 2019 Annual Meeting DATE:

Thursday, May 23, 2019


8:00 - 9:30 am

PLACE: Main Street Landing, Lake Lobby 60 Lake Street, Burlington




See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.1. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.1. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.1.

By Thursday, May 16 Emily Kalucki 802.652.8159

GREATER BURLINGTON YMCA 266 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401 802.862.9622 (YMCA)

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FRENCH DESSERTS-TASTING EXTRAVAGANZA: Sweets lovers don’t need to speak French to indulge in tarts, cakes, cookies and pastries. The Maltex Building, Burlington, 1:30-3 p.m. $15; preregister; limited space. Info, 881-8826.

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TECH-ASSISTED MEDITATION MEETUP: Mobile devices and headphones in tow, participants explore digital tools and techniques for achieving deep focus. Satori Float & Mind Spa, Shelburne, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 498-5555.

Onion River Press book launch. Free.

THU 9 CHARLES FERGUS: MAKE A 7PM HOME FOR WILDLIFE Discover methods for creating habitat on your land.


‘DIMANCHES’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners alike chat en français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info,


‘INDECENT’: See WED.1, 2 p.m.



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Find club dates in the music section. COMMUNITY SONG CIRCLE: Singers of all ages and abilities lift their voices in selections from the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks. Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 595-5252. DARTMOUTH COLLEGE GLEE CLUB: Members of Dartmouth’s premier student chorus find perfect harmony in Rossini’s “Petite messe solennelle.” Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 2 p.m. $9-12. Info, 603-646-2422. SUN.5

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GARNET ROGERS: Joined by special guests Natalia Zukerman and Crys Matthews, the singersongwriter woos listeners with his smooth, dark baritone voice. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley, Norwich, 4:30-6:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 649-8828. LIVING WOODS ENSEMBLE: See FRI.3, Richmond Free Library, 4 p.m. MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE COMMUNITY CHORUS: Ninety singers from nearly two dozen towns throughout the Champlain Valley strike a chord with a mix of choral works from times past and present. Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 989-7355.

VERMONT YOUTH ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT: Young musicians examine the travel-inspired musical sketches throughout Antonín Dvorák’s evocative “New World Symphony.” Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 3 p.m. $12-17. Info, 863-5966.


STRONG GROUND GUIDED HISTORY WALK: Hikers step back in time on a trek exploring Revolutionary War military strategy. Meet at the museum, Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell, 1-4 p.m. $5; free for kids under 15. Info, 759-2412.


MONTPELIER COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR: See SAT.4, Bethany United Church of Christ, Montpelier.

COMMUNITY BANK N.A. 150: Stockcar racers keep fans on the edge of their seats with laps around the track. Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, 1:30 p.m. $25; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 244-6963.

NORTHEAST FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION MEETING: Lovers of this spirited art form gather to catch up and jam. Morrisville VFW Post, noon-5 p.m. Free; donations of nonperishable food items accepted. Info, 565-7377.

MIDDLEBURY MAPLE RUN: Athletes stretch their legs in Vermont’s sweetest half marathon, relay and three-mile fun run. See calendar spotlight. Porter Medical Center, Middlebury, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $35-85. Info, 349-4696.

OLD NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD BAND TEEN MUSIC JAM: See WED.1, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

OPEN PRACTICE & SAFETY INSPECTION: Race enthusiasts watch as drivers get on track for the upcoming season. Weather permitting. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, safety inspection, noon; practice starts, 5 p.m. $20; free for grandstand admission. Info, 265-3112.

SOUTH BURLINGTON COMMUNITY CHORUS & MAD RIVER CHORALE: See SAT.4, Harwood Union High School, South Duxbury, 4 p.m. $1015. Info, 496-2048. TISH HINOJOSA: Born to Mexican immigrant parents in San Antonio, the singer-songwriter treats listeners to original numbers sung in English and Spanish. Proceeds benefit the Hazen Students Without Borders Spanish TravelStudy program. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 3 p.m. $10-15. Info, 533-2000. VERMONT CHORAL UNION: See SAT.4, McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 3 p.m. $15-40; free with St. Mike’s ID.




IMMIGRANT VOICES PROJECT: HENIA LEWIN: Heard sharing true stories on “The Moth Radio Hour,” this scholar and Holocaust survivor presents “A Survivor’s Mission: Preserving Yiddish Language and Literature.” Brian Perkins and the ONE Band perform Yiddish music. Social Hall, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue,

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Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.


‘ONCE’: See WED.1, 5 p.m.

WOMENPRENEURS RETREAT: RECONNECT, RENEW, REFRESH: Women business owners convene for a full day of entrepreneurial support and inspiration. Bishop Booth Conference Center, Burlington, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $260. Info, 999-4449.

‘PRIDE AND PREJUDICE’: See FRI.3, 2-4 p.m.


‘FRACTURED’: See SAT.4, 3:30 p.m. ‘THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE’: See WED.1, 2 p.m. ‘MACBETH’: See THU.2, 2 p.m.

‘THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW’ AUDITIONS: Thespians throw their hats into the ring for roles in Adirondack Regional Theatre’s staging of this cult-classic sci-fi musical. Strand Center Theatre, Plattsburgh, N.Y., noon-4 p.m. Free. Info,

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.

BURLINGTON WOMEN’S POETRY GROUP: Female writers seek feedback from fellow rhyme-and-meter mavens. Email for details. Private residence, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info,

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A CALL FOR POISON-FREE FOOD & FARMING BY 2030: Worldrenowned scientist and environmentalist Vandana Shiva presents an international pledge to state policy makers and advocacy organizations. Rain location: Pavilion Auditorium. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 359-3330. ‘REFLECTIONS FROM MONTGOMERY’: Fifteen people from the Peace & Justice Center recount their trip to Montgomery, Ala., where they visited the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum: From

See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.1. ‘MARIA BY CALLAS’: Globally revered opera singer Maria Callas comes into focus in this 2017 documentary shown to benefit the Opera Company of Middlebury and Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $25. Info, 382-9222. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.1. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.1.



‘THE TURN OF THE SCREW’: See THU.2, 2 p.m.



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MAGIC: THE GATHERING — MONDAY NIGHT MODERN: Tarmogoyf-slinging madness ensues when competitors battle for prizes in a weekly game. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 6:30-10 p.m. $8. Info, 540-0498. PITCH: Players compete in a tricktaking card game. Barre Area Senior Center, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 479-9512.

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BONE BUILDERS EXERCISE CLASSES: See WED.1. 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. COMMUNITY HERBAL CLINIC: Supervised clinical interns offer guidance and support to those looking to care for themselves using natural remedies. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $10-30; additional cost for herbs. Info, 224-7100. GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION: In keeping with the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, folks practice mindfulness through sitting, walking,

reading and discussion. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:15-8 p.m. Free. Info, 505-1688.


LGBTQ BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: Historical fiction fans read into White Houses by Amy Bloom. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


‘INDECENT’: See WED.1, 7 p.m.


FINANCIAL EDUCATION SERIES: COLLEGE: GETTING THERE FROM HERE: Financial adviser Marcia Wilson outlines strategies for saving. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


CORN HOLE LEAGUE: Partners vie for cash prizes in a popular lawn game. Barre Elks Lodge, 6:30-10 p.m. $10. Info, 279-5776.


LIBRARY DIGITAL RESOURCES WORKSHOP: Library-card holders learn to access a range of online offerings, including e-books, movies and research tools. Bring a smartphone, tablet or laptop. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 10:3011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. TECH HELP WITH CLIF: See WED.1.



LEARNING NONVIOLENCE: ACTIVISM 101: An exploration of violence and systems of oppression leads to an understanding of peaceful strategies for conflict resolution. Richmond Free Library, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3036.

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THE 10-STEP MARKETING PLAN: Kim Dixon of Insights Marketing lays out key components in the development of an effective promotion strategy. Waterbury Public Library, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.


COMMUNITY BARBECUE: Community members mingle with Burlington law enforcement officers over barbecue fare, street games, a K-9 demo and more. S. Union St. & King St., Burlington, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2107. 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. VERMONT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION SPRING MEETING: Speakers elaborate on the theme of “Community Strategies for Addressing Addiction, Recovery and Prevention.” St. Albans City Hall, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $50; preregister. Info, 229-9111.


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.


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.


CULTS & CULTURE: A brief presentation of the day’s topic paves the way for an open discussion of the harmful effects of misused power. Morristown Centennial Library, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, ROCK ’N’ ROLL TOOL SALE: Rides in a NASCAR simulator and chats with tool reps and manufacturers augment serious retail discounts. NAPA Auto Parts-Sanel Auto Parts, St. Johnsbury, 2-7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-3471.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.1. ‘DOWNSTREAM: THE EFFECTS OF PARENTAL INCARCERATION’: From a judge to a social worker to a school counselor, Vermonters sound off on the challenges faced by children with loved ones in prison. Essex Cinemas & T-Rex Theater, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 888-0538. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.1. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.1.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.1, 7 p.m.

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BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE TAI CHI: Whether they’re new to Sun-style practice or wish to review core moves, students join Elizabeth Wirls for some gentle exercise. South Burlington Recreation & Parks Department, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 735-5467. BONE BUILDERS: See THU.2. COMMUNITY HERBAL CLINIC: See MON.6, 4-8 p.m. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED TAI CHI: Time for individual questions and mentoring augments an hour of instruction. South Burlington Recreation & Parks Department, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 735-5467. LUNG FORCE EXPO: Speakers from myriad fields help patients, caregivers and health care providers brush up on the latest trends surrounding chronic lung diseases. Trader Duke’s Hotel, South Burlington, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $20 includes breakfast and lunch. Info, 876-6861. REIKI CLINIC: Thirty-minute treatments foster physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. JourneyWorks, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. $10-30; preregister. Info, 860-6203. TAI CHI TUESDAYS: Friends old and new share a healthy pastime. Barre Area Senior Center, advanced, 1 p.m.; intermediate, 2 p.m.; beginner, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512. TUESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Participants learn to relax and let go. Stillpoint Center, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605.


BUSINESS ENGLISH: Nonnative speakers with intermediate-toadvanced proficiency broaden their vocabulary with industry jargon and idioms. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. ITALIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Parla Italiano? Language learners practice pronunciation and more in an informal training. Hartland Public Library, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2473. ‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners are welcome to pipe up at an unstructured conversational practice. El Gato Cantina, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. 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. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652.


Find club dates in the music section. NEW MUSIC 210: Students from Su Lian Tan’s Music 210 class perform chamber music, songs and more. Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


BREASTFEEDING BEYOND THE FIRST MONTHS: From teething to sleep changes, nursing-related issues are on the agenda during a class with registered nurse Katy Leffel. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, info@


FREE AIKIDO CLASS: A one-time complimentary introduction to the Japanese martial art focuses on centering and finding freedom while under attack. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Free. Info, 951-8900.


ARTSMART: THE MET OPERA STORY OF ‘AIDA’: Opera singer Erik Kronke provides background information on Verdi’s 19th-century work ahead of a broadcast production by the Metropolitan Opera. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe, noon. Free for ‘Aida’ ticket holders. Info, 760-4634. THE METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘AIDA’: Anna Netrebko takes on the title role in a broadcast production of Verdi’s Egyptian epic of love and politics. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 1 p.m. $10-17. Info, 760-4634. ‘ONCE’: See WED.1, 7:30 p.m.


BILL MCKIBBEN: A reading, interview, Q&A and book signing introduce bookworms to the writer and environmentalist’s latest offering, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. $5. Info, 229-0774. BURLINGTON FREE WRITE: Aspiring writers respond to prompts in a welcoming atmosphere. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 999-1664.

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Join us for art making, family yoga, live music, lawn games, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and more!

STORYTELLING VT: Locals tell true tales before a live audience. Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, SUSAN OHANIAN: Humor meets politics as the author launches her latest page-turner, Trump, Trump, Trump: The March of Folly. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 448-3350.


‘INDECENT’: See WED.1, 8 p.m.


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VERMONT WOMENPRENEURS BIZ BUZZ MEETUP: Members of the business community share resources and feedback over coffee, tea and a light breakfast. The Great Northern, Burlington, 8:309:30 a.m. Free. Info, 999-4449.


MEDICAL CANNABIS 101: Vermont Patients Alliance herbalists help attendees grow their understanding of cannabis as treatment for chronic pain and other ailments. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6:307:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, info@hunger


COFFEE TALK: Friends, neighbors and AARP Vermont volunteers catch up on upcoming activities and issues facing older Vermonters. Nomad Coffee — South End Station, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, ROOTS OF PREVENTION ART & AWARD CELEBRATION: Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community recognizes local professionals working to make the Queen City a safer, healthier place. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 5:30-8 p.m. $10. Info, 652-0997.




GREEN MOUNTAIN CHAPTER OF THE EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD OF AMERICA: Needle-and-thread enthusiasts fine-tune their techniques. Ascension Lutheran Church, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free for first-timers; bring a bag lunch. Info, 922-8936.




‘TAKING FLIGHT: ADVANCED BEGINNING DANCE SHOWING’: Dancers give life to experimental works by emerging Middlebury College choreographers. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘DINOSAURS ALIVE 3D’: See WED.1. ‘EAMES: THE ARCHITECT & THE PAINTER’: Art hounds devour a documentary about acclaimed American designers Charles and Ray Eames. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. $8-13. Info, 382-9222. ‘THE FAVOURITE’: Two women, played by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, compete for the attention of a frail Queen Anne in 18thcentury England. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 533-2000. ‘MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD 3D’: See WED.1. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.1.

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COMMUNITY SUPPER: See WED.1. COOK THE BOOK: Foodies bring a dish from Nonna’s House: Cooking and Reminiscing With the Italian Grandmothers of Enoteca Maria by Jody Scaravella to a palatepleasing potluck. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.1. CARD GAMES, CRIBBAGE & PINOCHLE: See WED.1. 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.

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BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES: See WED.1. ENGLISH CONVERSATION: Language learners make strides — and new friends — in an ongoing discussion group. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: See WED.1.


‘INDECENT’: See WED.1, 1 & 8 p.m.


Find club dates in the music section. BRAD & KEN KOLODNER WITH RACHEL EDDY: Traditional Appalachian tunes performed by the father-son duo enter uncharted territory. The Schoolhouse, Lower Cabot, 7-9 p.m. $16-20. Info, 793-3016.

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BRIT FLOYD: Complete with dazzling lights and lasers, a Pink Floyd tribute show pays homage to the iconic 1979 rock opera The Wall. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $40.75-166. Info, 863-5966. CHIU-VILLAFRANCA DUO: Pianists Ai-Ying Chiu and Laura Villafranca tickle the ivories in an all-American program played by four hands on one piano. Stowe Community Church, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 253-7792. OLD NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD BAND TEEN MUSIC JAM: See WED.1. SPRING PIANO RECITAL: Diana Fanning’s Middlebury College pupils showcase their skills on the ivory keys. Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


RUNNING YOUR FIRST 5K: A workshop with Becky Widschwenter and Alysia Backman gives beginning runners the tools to take their first steps. Waterbury Public Library, 7-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.


ASHLEY NESBITT & ONGYEL SHERPA: “Everest Trekking Into the Sherpa Heartland” engages armchair travelers. Richmond Community Kitchen, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, ‘CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS?’ SPEAKER SERIES: Professor Robert Boatright details his research on the impact of issue- and identitybased groups in the past year’s congressional election. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. GREAT DECISIONS: ‘THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO: PARTNERSHIP TESTED’: What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial relationship? Participants examine this and other questions during a discussion of world affairs. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. VINSPIRE: INFORMING & INSPIRING THE NORTH COUNTRY SERIES: A local midwife, doula, birth educator and mom share their unique perspectives on childbirth. Strand Center Theatre, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5:30-7 p.m. Donations; cash bar. Info, 518-563-1604, ext. 105.



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TECHNOLOGY NIGHT: Internet safety becomes second nature during a class with Vermont Technical College’s Ken Bernard. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.




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agriculture MAKE AND TAKE SPRING PLANTERS: Enjoy a lovely evening after hours in Red Wagon Plant’s greenhouse creating fun and creative spring planters. Get expert tips for planting and care from owner Julie Rubaud. Workshop includes a large pot, soil and a choice of plants. Light refreshments and BYOB. Tue., May 7, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $50/1.5-hour workshop, large planter w/ soil & plants, refreshments. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Julie Rubaud, 482-4060,, PLANNING A FOUR-SEASON GARDEN: Create custom plant lists and design concepts for every garden that will bring interest and beauty year-round. Attract birds in the winter, ensure that plants chosen will be successful, and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Red Wagon Greenhouses with our in-house experts. Includes a custom planting plan and light refreshments. Sat., May 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $30/2-hour workshop and custom plans. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Julie Rubaud, 482-4060, julie@, events.

ayurveda 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 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. Location: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 34 Oak Hill Rd., Williston. Info: Allison Morse, 872-8898,


CODING BOOTCAMP: Want to become a software engineer or web developer? In this 12-week Coding Bootcamp, you will learn JavaScript by working with peers to build real software applications, build your portfolio and receive one-on-one mentorship with our career coach. 93 percent employment rate for career-seeking grads. Grants and scholarships available. Starting Jun. 3. 12 weeks, 500 hours & alumni support. Location: Burlington Code Academy, 182 Main St., Burlington. Info: Burlington Code Academy, Alexander Horner, 7791650, ahorner@burlington,

craft STORY CLOTH: STORYTELLING: Do you have a story to tell? Stitch, tack, weave or hot glue your personal experience of joy, grief, inspiration or healing into a Story Cloth. Find inspiration from family stories, dream imagery or politics. Art speaks an easily understood language of personal expression. What does your story look like? May 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $100/ person; $85 discounted early registration by 5/15; incl. mountains of quality materials. Location: Expressive Arts Burlington, 200 Main St., #9 , Burlington. Info: Topaz Weis, 343-8172,, expressiveartsburlington. com/workshops.


art BLOCK PRINTING @FOAM BREWERS: Bethany of Beenanza Design is partnering with Jeremy Fritzhand of Studio Bagru who is traveling from Jaipur, India, to offer four two-hour Block Printing Workshops at Foam Brewers! Jeremy is traveling with over 60 custom wood blocks, some designed by Bethany and hand carved in India especially for this event. May 18, noon-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m.; May 19, noon-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m. Cost: $100/2-hr session. Location: Foam Brewers, 112 Lake St., Burlington. Info: Beenanza Design, Bethany Andrews-Nichols, 881-3860, bethany@beenanza,


WOMEN’S HEALTH & HORMONES WEEKEND WORKSHOP AND CLINICAL DAY: AN AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE: Instructor: Dr. Claudia Welch, DOM. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2:30-4:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. May 18-19. Optional clinical day for practitioners who would like to go deeper on Mon., May 20. Cost: $275/both days; $108 for Mon. add-on clinic day. Location: Burlington, Vermont. Info: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 8728898, classes/#claudia.

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ORGANIC COOKING CLASSES: All-organic cooking classes offered throughout the summer! Join us in our renovated farmhouse kitchen for a three-hour culinary adventure. Hands-on preparation, with professional chef tips and tricks, followed by a wellearned sit-down meal. Please check out our website for class details and calendar: Twice/week. Cost: $70/3-hour class. Location: Faywood Gardens, 31 Faywood Rd., Grand Isle. Info: Faywood Gardens, Lisa Ruoff, 777-1266,,

dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes: nightclub-style, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wed., 6 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: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077,

INTRODUCTORY SWING DANCE: Learn the basics of swing dance with Vermont’s premier swing dance teacher, Terry Bouricius. You will learn the fundamentals, including a six-count basic footwork, techniques for leading and following, and several cool moves — enough to have fun on the dance floor. No Partner necessary. Preregister at vermontswings. com/classes.php. Tue., May 7, 14, 21 & 28. Cost: $40/person for series. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: Vermont Swings, Terry Bouricius, 864-8382,,

drumming TAIKO AND DJEMBE CLASSES IN BURLINGTON!: Open classes in September. New drumming sessions begin the weeks of 10/8, 11/26, 1/7, 2/4, 3/11, 5/6. Intermediate Taiko: Mon., 6-8:20 p.m. Taiko for Adults: Tue., 5:306:20 p.m., & Wed., 6:30-7:50 p.m. Djembe for Adults: Wed., 5:30-6:20 p.m. Taiko for Kids and Parents: Tue., 4:30-5:20 p.m. World Drumming for Kids and Parents: Wed., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Drums provided. Conga classes, too! Visit schedule and register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255,

fitness AERIAL FITNESS & PLAY: Experience new movement on a silk aerial hammock that hangs from the ceiling in a “U” shape. In this six-week series, you will learn basic mounts, poses and sequences from sitting and standing positions. Each class will begin with light conditioning, move onto the silk and end with a short period of relaxation in the hammock cocoon. 4 6-week sessions starting May 7. Cost: $139. Location: All Wellness, 128 Lakeside Ave., Burlington. Info: 863-9900, all TRY THE Y!: Cardio and weight equipment. Spin, yoga, zumba and more group exercise classes. Lap pool, 88-degree Fahrenheit program pool, swim lessons and aquatic classes. All in a supportive community where everyone is welcome. Try us for a day for free! Ongoing. Location: Greater Burlington YMCA, 266 College St., Burlington. Info: 862-9622,

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empowerment MAKING YOUR KITBAG WORKSHOP: In “Aion,” Jung warned his students that “..anyone who is destined to descend into a deep pit had better set about it with all the necessary precautions rather than risk falling into the hole backwards.” (Collected Works, 9ii, paragraph 125) This workshop helps students take those “precautions” by identifying those items, ideas and pieces of information that can support them in times of spiritual crisis. An invaluable adjunct to the spiritual journey and useful for anyone who works with his or her dreams. May 18, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $35/person. Location: Jungian Center for the Spiritual Sciences, 55 Clover Ln., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909.

BALLET LEVEL I & II: Teens & Adults. Instructor: Elizabeth Brody. Drop-ins welcome. Mon., Jun. 3-Jul. 23. Level I: 5:30-6:30 p.m; Level II: 6:35-7:35 p.m. Cost: $110/8 weeks; $15/hour to drop in. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, BROADWAY KIDS: Ages 8-10. Instructor: Elisa Van Duyne & David Nacmanie. Our shining stars learn kid-friendly showstoppers, gaining confidence and onstage skills. We even discover some cool behind-the-scenes secrets when we tour the backstage areas of the Flynn MainStage theater. A special Broadwaystyle performance for family and friends ends the week. Mon.-Fri., Jul. 8-12, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $225/person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS DANCE INTENSIVE: Instructor: Karen Amirault. Perfect for students in or interested in the Flynn Show Choirs, this dance intensive explores a variety of styles from Broadway and movie musicals. Structured to benefit beginning dancers as well as those with some training, the intensive teaches how to feel the music and express it through dance. Students build new skills as we create and rehearse in a supportive environment. At week’s end, we’ll perform several show-stoppers for family and friends.

Mon.-Fri., Jul. 22-26. Ages 6-8: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 9-14: noon-3 p.m. Cost: $225/person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, BURLESQUE: Ages 18+. Instructor: Doctor Vu. Drop-ins welcome. Mon., Jun. 10-Aug. 5 (no class Jul. 22), 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $110/8 weeks; $15/hour to drop in. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, BURLESQUE: ACT DEVELOPMENT: Ages 18+. Instructor: Doctor Vu. Mon., Jun. 10-Aug. 5 (no class Jul. 22), 7:35-8:35 p.m. Cost: $110/8 weeks. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, FROZEN: DO YOU WANNA BUILD A SNOWDANCE? MINI-CAMP: Ages 6-8. Come cool off from the summer heat at our Frozen summer dance camp! Join Olaf, Elsa, Anna and Kristoff for a week of chilly fun — dancing, choreographing and making “frozen” inspired crafts. Campers will also learn about the importance of acceptance, courage and love and how we can use these qualities to improve our friendships. “Let it go” on the dance floor as we awaken Arendelle from its icy sleep! Instructor: Elizabeth Brody. Mon.-Wed., Jul. 1-3, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Cost: $135/person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, INTRO TO CONTEMPORARY DANCE: Teens and adults. Instructor: Rose Bedard. Dropins welcome. Tue., Jun. 4-Jul. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cost: $110/8 weeks; $15/hour to drop in. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543,


LATIN JAZZ INTENSIVE: Ages 13+. A team of instructors joins camp director and founder Alex Stewart to inspire students to reach new heights of creativity and proficiency, with rich opportunities to hone individual skills and master the cooperative team effort of live performance. Students work with jazz trumpet and luminary Ray Vega and a variety of other artisteducators. Take a clinic specific to your instrument and place into one of three combos, where you’ll work on applying the principles and nuances of improvisation, investigating chord structure and developing melodic creativity. Mon.-Fri., Aug. 5-9, 12:30-5 p.m. Cost: $365/person, incl. jazz performance ticket. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, RADIO PLAYS: YOU’RE ON THE AIR!: Ages 11-16. Instructor: Jon Gailmor. Participants re-create an old, classic radio play along the lines of the Great Gildersleeve, Philip Marlowe, Detective, the Shadow, and the Jack Benny Comedy Hour and then compose and perform a totally original one from scratch, learning the history of radio, designing and building sound effects from everyday objects, and writing an original script. Students also create original commercials for brand-new products. Kids will re-acquaint themselves with the beauty of imagination unencumbered by technology, culminating in a live performance at VPR on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. Mon.-Fri., Jul. 22-26, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost: $350/person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 6524543,

TAP DANCE INTENSIVE MINICAMP: Ages 8-10. Instructor: Elisa Van Duyne. This intensive, designed for both beginning dancers and those with some experience under their belt, will catapult young tappers into the world of tap dancing. Various tap styles will be explored as students hone their rhythmic ear and toes, one shuffle-ball-step at a time! Mon.-Wed., Jul. 1-3, 12-3 p.m. Cost: $135/person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, TAP LEVEL I & II: Teens and adults. Instructor: Mia Fishkin. Drop-ins welcome. Wed., Jun. 5-Jul. 31 (No class Jun. 12). Level I: 5:30-6:30 p.m; Level II: 6:357:35 p.m. Cost: $110/8 weeks; $15/ hour to drop in. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, UNDER THE BIG TOP: Ages 6-8. Instructor: Tracy Martin. Run away with the circus! Campers create clown costumes and characters to design their own circus experience in this theatrical exploration of adventures that await audiences and performers under the big top. Mesmerize family and friends at week’s end when they join us in the center ring (the Flynn’s MainStage) for our spectacular show. Mon.-Fri., Jul. 15-19, 1-3:30 p.m. Cost: $185/ person. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543,

SONGWRITERS BOOTCAMP: Teens and adults. Instructor: Myra Flynn. Jun. 1-8, 5-6 p.m. No class Jun. 7. Final performance at Lamp Shop on Jun. 9. Cost: $280/8 days. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543, SUMMER DANCE MASH-UP: Teens and adults. Instructor: Rose Bedard. Drop-ins welcome. Tue., Jun. 4-Jul. 23, 6:35-7:35 p.m. Cost: $110/8 weeks; $15/hour to drop in. Location: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. Info: 652-4543,

LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: We provide high-quality affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers lesson package. Our 13th year. Small classes, private lessons and online instruction with a native speaker. Also live, engaging face-to-face, online English classes. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025,,



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

MAKING SPACE FOR WOMEN: AN EXPRESSIVE ARTS GROUP: We invite women to come to a unique three-month group for female-identified people. We will create and hold space for ourselves as women and as people with other intersecting identities. Many of us carry complex and often marginalized identities, which can make living challenging. In this group, we will come together to celebrate our uniqueness and create community using expressive arts as the base. May’s group will is Circle of Strength. We will explore our individual and collective strengths that we may give ourselves and others. May 8, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost: $25/session. Location: JourneyWorks, 1206 North Ave., Burlington. Info: 8606203,


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. Cost: $6,000/625hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Suite 109, Essex Jct.. Info: Scott Moylan, 288-8160,,

SILENT FILMMAKING: Ages 11-14. Instructor: Elisa Van Duyne & Ross Ransom. Calling all budding filmmakers! Learn the elements of silent moviemaking, including performing, storyboarding, scripting, filming with iPads and editing with iMovie. Work as a team to produce your own short silent film! Mon.-Fri., Jul. 22-26, 8:30 am.-3 p.m. Cost: $350/person. Location: RETN, 208 Flynn Ave., 2K, Burlington. Info: 6524543,


life skills to avoid them 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 sixth-degree 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, julio@,

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.

photography SPRING IN VERMONT WORKSHOP: Spring in Vermont is one of the most magical times to be outdoors exploring the landscape with a camera. The streams are full, leaves are bursting, and the fields are exploding with green. During this intensive weekend photography workshop, we’ll explore and photograph some of the most stunning Vermont landscapes. Thu., May 30, 6:30 -Sun., Jun. 2, 10:30 a.m. Cost: $995/weekend intensive photography workshop. Location: Comfort Inn & Suites, Montpelier. Info: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, Kurt Budliger, 272-5328, info@,

tai chi NEW BEGINNER TAI CHI CLASS IN BURLINGTON: We practice Cheng Man-ching’s “simplified” 37-posture Yang-style form. The course will be taught by Patrick Cavanaugh, longtime student and assistant to Wolfe Lowenthal, student of Cheng Man-ching and founder of Long River Tai Chi Circle. Patrick is a senior instructor at LRTCC in Vermont and New Hampshire. Starts May 1, 9-10 a.m., open registration through May 29. Cost: $65/month. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Long River Tai Chi Circle, Patrick Cavanaugh, 490-6405,,

yoga DHARMA YOGA WHEEL TRAINING: Become a certified DYW teacher in our two-day immersion with the yoga wheel founders themselves. They will guide you through multiplelevel classes, giving you an inside look at how we structure our classes. Anatomy and how to use the wheel. Open to anyone; no teaching background required. Sat., Jun. 1, & Sun., Jun. 2, time TBA. 2-day class. Location: Honest Yoga, 150 Dorset St., South Burlington. Info: Danielle Vardakas, 488-0272,, EVOLUTION YOGA: Practice yoga in a down-to-earth atmosphere with some of the most experienced teachers and therapeutic professionals in Burlington. Daily drop-in classes include $5 Community, Vinyasa, Kripalu, Yin, Meditation, Yoga Wall and Yoga Therapeutics led by physical therapists. Dive deeper into your practice with Yoga for Life, a semesterbased program of unlimited yoga, weekend workshops and mentorship. Transform your career with our Yoga Teacher Training rooted in anatomy and physiology and

taught by a faculty of healthcare providers who integrate yoga into their practices. $15/class; $140/10-class card; $5-10/community class. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, NOON VINYASA IN WILLISTON: Join us on the “beach” in Williston for Noon Vinyasa! From Vinyasa to Core, we have a class to beat the midday slump, five days a week! Mon.-Fri., noon-1 p.m. Location: Yoga Roots Williston, 373 Blair Park Rd., Suite 205, Williston, Info: 985-0090. Info@yogaroots, SANGHA STUDIO | NONPROFIT, DONATION-BASED YOGA: Sangha Studio builds an empowered community through the shared practice of yoga. Free yoga service initiatives and outreach programs are offered at 17 local organizations working with all ages. Join Sangha in both downtown Burlington and the Old North End for one of their roughly 60 weekly classes and workshops. Become a Sustaining Member for $60/ month and practice as often as you like! Daily. Location: Sangha Studio, 120 Pine St. and 237 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 448-4262. Info@sanghastudio. org, YOGA ROOTS: SHELBURNE, WILLISTON: Join us in our lightfilled, heart-centered studios in Shelburne and Williston. We love what we do and aim to spread and share the gifts of yoga with people of all ages, attitudes and abilities. We offer all types of classes, seven days a week! Workshops, series, sound healing and teacher trainings, including 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training “Journey to the Heart,” September 2019. Informational meeting, May 9 at 7 p.m. in Shelburne. VSAC scholarships accepted. We look forward to welcoming you to Yoga Roots! 20 Graham Way, Suite 140, Shelburne; 373 Blair Park, Suite 205, Williston. Daily. Location: Yoga Roots, Shelburne and Williston. Info: 985-0090,,

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: 3636890, SEVEN DAYS MAY 1-8, 2019


Leaders of the Pack



Combo Chimbita

Seven bands to check out at Waking Windows



Friday, 7:30 p.m., Main Stage

Calling on musical language culled from their Colombian cultural heritage as well as psychedelic rock, Combo Chimbita conjure a sound they refer to as “tropical futurism.” The term is a play on Afrofuturism, a style heavily associated with boundary-pushing artists such as Sun Ra. The celebrated jazz composer infused influences from his African ancestry with futuristic sounds introduced through modern technology. Similarly, the New York City-based outfit blends cumbia, salsa and Afro-Caribbean genres with all manner of ’70s-inspired rock inclinations. Most importantly, the band conceives of tropical futurism as a recentering of global storytelling. It eschews Eurocentric standards in favor of artistic elements derived closer to the equator. Conceptually, the group’s music focuses on a mythological quest for knowledge of history, the planet and the self. 66

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Friday, 8:30 p.m., Monkey House

Montréal-based singer-songwriter Josie Boivin — who records and performs as MUNYA — makes lo-fi pop in English and French. Though she’s a trained opera singer, the artist typically employs a breathy singing style that pairs perfectly with her songs’ hazy production. Like a slightly peppier Charlotte Gainsbourg or Yelle on Quaaludes, the chanteuse coats her shadowy concoctions in reverb and atmospheric synth work. Trading a traditional album release for a drawn-out series of three EPs, MUNYA’s latest works comprise a series of songs related to real-life locations that left an impact on the songwriter/producer. She appoints her tunes with soft romanticism. Every sound is slightly washed out, with all the sharp corners sanded down to round edges.


Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Monkey House

In 2018, Philadelphia rapper Chill Moody and singer-songwriter Donn T officially teamed up to create the duo &More. The ambiguous moniker seems to play with the pair’s wideopen possibilities as collaborators. Donn T — sister of the Roots drummer Questlove — is known for experimenting with Motown soul, funk-rock and pop R&B. Chill Moody’s spacious, sample-heavy production hearkens back to a mid-’90s sweet spot. Both had been working solo for years, each with their own string of releases under their belts. But their combined powers birthed a fresh, soulful exploration of a neighborhood matriarch on Ethel Bobcat, their debut as &More. Bouncing back and forth through sensual grooves and moody ballads, the duo explores literal and figurative solidarity. LEADERS OF THE PACK

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INFO Waking Windows, Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, at various locations in downtown Winooski. $35-75. AA.




aking Windows brings a buzzing energy to Winooski like no other time of year. Thousands flock to the Onion City music and arts festival to soak up as much indie-music goodness as they can handle. Locally, it’s the best place to discover new bands and artists. Along with two large outdoor stages, scads of the city’s local bars, cafés, restaurants and boutiques become impromptu music venues. From Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5, the Winooski traffic circle is a music lover’s playground. With a lineup so massive — more than 200 bands, artists, comedians and DJs are set to perform — it’s hard to even know where to begin. Consider the following seven bands as a good jumping-off point. While only scratching the surface of what the fest has to offer, the varied sample illustrates the plethora of sounds and styles heard throughout the three-day extravaganza. (Note: Set times are approximate.)





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News and views on the local music + nightlife scene



The Waking Windows team, from left: Paddy Reagan, Brian Nagle, Matt Rogers, Ali Nagle and Nick Mavodones

Wake Up, Winooski!

News flash: Waking Windows, the three-day music and arts festival in Winooski, is this weekend — specifically, Friday through Sunday, May 3 through 5. But most of you already knew that. On the off chance you have no idea what I’m talking about, here it is in a nutshell: Waking Windows is awesome. If you love music, you should go. Pretty simple. Now that the daily schedules have been announced, anticipation is at a high. Whether you keep track of who you want to see (and where and when they play) in your head or if you create some kind of crazy-ass spreadsheet, ticketholders are justifiably distracted this week setting up their ideal daily intake. Music blogs love to dissect festival lineups to look for “conflicts” — that is, two or more artists performing head-to-head that perhaps share a fan base. I think music writers often make assumptions there, but once in a while they stumble upon an oversight or two. But I have to say, I’ve pored over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday lineups, and I don’t see any glaringly obvious scheduling mishaps. In fact, I think this year’s daily agendas might be the most cohesive we’ve ever seen —

especially when looking at local music programming. For instance, take Lucky Cloud’s Friday roster. (Just a reminder: Lucky Cloud is the fancy name given to the former KeyBank building at the corner of Main and West Allen streets.) Amps are turned to 11 for this seven-band lineup of local thrashers: BARISHI, SAVAGE HEN, KIEFCATCHER, SLEEPING IN, BLOWTORCH, PREECE and GREASE FACE. If Burlingtonarea punk and metal is what you crave, you’ll be on cloud nine.

What’s New With You?

Every year, Waking Windows brings something new to the table. Whether it’s a fresh venue, the debut performance of a new local act or the first outing of a nonmusic event, there’s always something unique. Here’s a brief rundown of some of this year’s latest advancements. In terms of venues, the only new spot to get down is Mandarin, the sleek Chinese restaurant at the corner of Main and West Canal streets. Poised to be 2019’s go-to spot for late-night bootyshaking, the space that formerly housed Donny’s New York Pizza hosts local DJs such as LUIS CALDERIN, CRE8, SVPPLY and

MOOCHIE. If all you want to do is dance, look no further. A few new local bands unveil themselves for the first time. There’s the WET ONES, a new surf-rock group featuring members of gritty rock band JESSICA RABBIT SYNDROME. They kick off the weekend on Friday at the Monkey House. Also making a first impression is ERNEST, the new moniker of MADAILA front person MARK DALY. Now that Madaila is on indefinite hiatus — read: broken up — Daly has the space to reinvent and rebrand himself. Think wry, introspective pop tunes reflecting on life as a new dad. His first album as Ernest, I’m Gonna Do It Anyway, comes out in June. You have two chances to see what Ernest is all about: Saturday and Sunday, both at Scout & Co. Additionally, a peppy new poprock project from EZRA OKLAN called MATTHEW MERCURY stages its inaugural performance. Finally stepping into the spotlight after years in the backline, the drummer of local projects such as DWIGHT & NICOLE and KAT WRIGHT takes the lead in this new-wave-infused band. The group’s first single, “Burn Right Down,” hits major streaming platforms on Friday. Catch the band’s initial outing on Sunday at the Rotary Stage. Last year, a peculiar event called the Feminist Bird Club was supposed to kick off Saturday morning. But, due to extenuating circumstances, the meet-up didn’t actually happen. Thank goodness for second chances. The group, which has chapters in Boston, New York City and other locales, promotes “diversity in birding and providing a safe opportunity to connect with the natural world,” according to its website, as well as conducting “an ongoing conversation about intersectionality, activism and the safety/rights of all women, nonbinary folks and members of the LGBTQ community,” as is stated on Facebook. Do cis-het men dominate the pastime of bird watching? I can’t say I’ve ever thought about it before. Then again, what sectors aren’t dominated by cis-het men? The crew plans to take a walk along the Winooski River early Saturday morning. SOUNDBITES

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Johnny Marr THU 5.2

Ayla Nereo

FRI 5.3

99 Neighbors

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First Friday: Flower Power

SUN 5.5

Mister Chris & Friends

SUN 5.5

Chris Pureka

FRI 5.10

The Justin Panigutti Band

SAT 5.11


WED 5.15

Bad Bad Hats

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Aly & AJ

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Dub Trio


Rebirth Brass Band


Silversun Pickups


Davy Knowles


Half Moon Run

Elijah Ray, Eric George

The Tenderbellies

The Conniption Fits


Among Criminals

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Let’s Get It On In the 1990s,


HALF LOUNGE: Pete’s Posse and Friends (old-time, folk), 8 p.m., free.



served as one of the longest-tenured cast

members on NBC’s late-night sketch show “Saturday

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.


JUNIPER: The Ray Vega Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.






celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and O.J. Simpson,

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free.

the comic’s signature character was Leon Phelps — aka

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.

“The Ladies’ Man” — a woefully out-of-touch lothario

NECTAR’S: Allman Brothers Band Tribute featuring members of the Tenderbellies, Ryan Clausen and Mike Fried, the Red Newts, 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

with Courvoisier to spare. The recurring sketch even spawned a movie of the same name. Since his SNL

ORLANDO’S BAR & LOUNGE: Hayley Jane (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free.

Girls and sitcoms including “Schooled” and “Marry

glory days, Meadows has starred in films such as Mean Me.” Catch Meadows Thursday through Saturday,

RADIO BEAN: John Fealy (folk), 5:30 p.m., free. Ensemble V (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Flagship Romance (indie folk), 8:30 p.m., free. Midweek Mosaic (jam), 10 p.m., $5.

May 2 through 4, at the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington.

RED SQUARE: Deb Brisson & the Hay Burners (Americana), 7 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (open format), 11 p.m., free.


SIDEBAR: Godfather Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

chittenden county

CITY SPORTS GRILLE: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Bluegrass Session, 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Black Mass, Hell Priest, Old North End, Callous (metal), 8 p.m., $5/10. THE OLD POST: Karaoke with D Jay Baron, 8 p.m., free. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: John Lackard Blues Jam, 6 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: D. Davis (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., donation.


MOOGS PLACE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free.

mad river valley/ waterbury

ZENBARN: Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead tribute), 7 p.m., free.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Karaoke with DJ Amanda Rock, 9 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom PARKER PIE CO.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

outside vermont


VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Tim Meadows, Erica Spera (standup), 7 p.m., $25/32. The Mainstage Show (improv), 9 p.m., $5.

ARTSRIOT: Laughter for Learning (improv), 6 & 8:30 p.m., $20.

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DELI 126: Adlai Waxman and Zachary DeFranco (Americana), 9:30 p.m., free. DRINK: Downstairs Comedy Open Mic, 8 p.m., free. FINNIGAN’S PUB: DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 10 p.m., free. FOAM BREWERS: Peterman Quartet (jazz), 7 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: Pete’s Posse and Friends (old-time, folk), 8 p.m., free. DJ SVPPLY & Bankz (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Randal Pierce Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., $5. Light Club Jazz Sessions and Showcase, 10:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Moochie (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Trivia Mania, 7 p.m., free. Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Jahson, 9:30 p.m., $5. ORLANDO’S BAR & LOUNGE: Sam Luke (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Call of Kinnaru (ancient Greek), 7 p.m., free. Liam Alone (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. Wig Party (jam), 10:30 p.m., free.

MONOPOLE: Open Mic with Lucid, 10 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Strange Purple Jelly (jam), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (mashup, hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Adirondack Jazz Orchestra, 7 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (open format), 11 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): ¡Música para Justicia! (Afropop, jazz), 8 p.m., free.


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THE DOUBLE E LOUNGE AT ESSEX EXPERIENCE: Jam Nation (open jam), 7:30 p.m., free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Ayla Nereo, Elijah Ray, Eric George (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., $15/17. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Irish Session, 7 p.m., free. MAGIC HAT BREWING COMPANY: Star Wars Trivia, 7 p.m., free. THE OLD POST: Salsa Night with DJ JP, 7 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: The Jeff Salisbury Band (blues), 7 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Colin McCaffrey and Friends (folk), 6 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: The People This Year (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.


middlebury area

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: James Towle (rock), 8:30 p.m., free. HATCH 31: Karaoke, 7 p.m., free.

upper valley

THE ENGINE ROOM: Will Martin’s ‘Total Loss’ (standup), 8 p.m., $5/10.

northeast kingdom

HARDWICK STREET CAFÉ AT THE HIGHLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Sky Blue Boys (bluegrass), 6 p.m., free. HIGHLAND LODGE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free.

outside vermont

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Karaoke with DJ Jon Berry & DJ Coco, 9 p.m., free.



ARTSRIOT: Laughter for Learning (improv), 6 & 8:30 p.m., $20. BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Birdcode (jazz), 8 p.m., free. BURLINGTON ST. JOHN’S CLUB: Karaoke, 8:30 p.m., free. DELI 126: The Flycatchers (alt-country), 6:30 p.m., free. Twiin Speak (blues, rock), 9 p.m., free.

MOOGS PLACE: Open Mic Night, 8:30 p.m., free.

FOAM BREWERS: Le Vaisseau D’or, Osage Orange (pop), 9 p.m., free.

TAP 25: Django Soulo (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., free.

HALF LOUNGE: Pete’s Posse and Friends (old-time, folk), 8 p.m., free.

mad river valley/ waterbury

LOCALFOLK SMOKEHOUSE: Open Mic with Alex Budney, 8:30 p.m., free.

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Collin Cope and Gordon Goldsmith (folk), 9 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Kathleen Parks & Brad Bensko (covers), 7:30 p.m., free. Mob Barber (jazz, experimental), 9:30 p.m., $5. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Umami (hip-hop, rock), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Blues for Breakfast (blues-rock), 9 p.m., $7. RADIO BEAN: Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music), 11 a.m., free. Bad Accent (folk-rock), 6:30 p.m., free. Paige Thibault (singersongwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. Bira (prog-soul), 10 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: Wild Parsnips (Americana), 4 p.m., free. Super Stash Bros (jam), 7 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 9 p.m., $5. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Justin LaPoint (folk), 7 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Tim Meadows, Erica Spera (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $25/32.

chittenden county

45 MAIN: Waking Windows: Community of Sound Showcase featuring the Former World, Danielle O’Hallisey, Clyde Powers, Adrienne Cooper-Smith, ouzkxqlzn, Throat of the Loon, Reginald Achilles and Adam Ploof, Jaguar Stero (experimental), 6:30 p.m., $5/40/75. ASIAN BISTRO (WINOOSKI): Waking Windows: Karaoke with 802 Events, 9:30 p.m., free. AUTUMN RECORDS: Waking Windows: Jahson, Sunsets, Lucky Cloud (eclectic DJs), 5 p.m., free.

FOUR QUARTERS BREWING: Waking Windows: British Isles, Erin Cassels-Brown, the Donner Beach Party, Drew Brinckerhoff (eclectic), 5 p.m., $5/40/75. HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: 99 Neighbors (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., $15/20. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: First Friday: Flower Power (drag, cabaret), 9 p.m., $7/10. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Spider Roulette (roots, blues), 6 p.m., free. LAST STOP SPORTS BAR: Waking Windows: Tsunamibots, Zeus Springsteen, Yestrogen, Entrance to Trains, Sad Turtle, Willverine (eclectic), 6 p.m., $10/40/75. LUCKY CLOUD: Waking Windows: Barishi, Savage Hen, KiefCatcher, Sleeping In, Blowtorch, PREECE, Grease Face (punk), 6:30 p.m., $10/40/75. MAGIC HAT BREWING COMPANY: Avery Cooper Quartet (jazz), 7 p.m., free. MANDARIN: Waking Windows: DJ SVPPLY and Moochie, DJ Cre8, DJ Big Dog (eclectic DJs), 9:30 p.m., $5/40/75. MCKEE’S PUB & GRILL: Aaron Flinn, Hannah Fair, Marcie Hernandez, Near North (eclectic), 5 p.m., free. MISERY LOVES CO.: Waking Windows: Andy Kershaw, Melo Grant, Classic Hits, Mothertrucker (eclectic DJs), 5 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Waking Windows: Appalled Eagles, Acid Dad, Gurr, Boston Cream, Barbacoa, MUNYA, Yoo Doo Right, Astuko Chiba, Lemongrab, the Wet Ones (eclectic), 5:30 p.m., $10/40/75. MULE BAR: Waking Windows: Ryan Kick and Two Sev, Four-D, CRWD CTRL, Crystal Jonez and King Crouch, Lazy Eye (eclectic DJs), 5 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Lokey (rock), 5 p.m., free. Phil Abair Band (rock), 9 p.m., free. SCOUT & CO. (WINOOSKI): Waking Windows: Del Water Gap, the Onlys, Dead Gowns, Eastern Mountain Time, Chris Shar (eclectic), 5:30 p.m., $5/40/75. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Billy Claxton with Amber Claxton (country), 8 p.m., free. WAKING WINDOW OUTDOOR MAIN STAGE: Waking Windows: Twin Peaks, Combo Chimbita, Mal Maïz, the High Breaks (eclectic), 5:30 p.m., $40/75. WAKING WINDOWS ROTARY STAGE: Waking Windows: Andromeda Performance Art, Mattson 2, Swale, Lowell Thompson (eclectic), 5:30 p.m., $40/75. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Waking Windows: Fever Dolls, Post Animal, Clever Girls, the Essex Green (eclectic), 9:30 p.m., $10/40/75. WINOOSKI UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Waking Windows: Lomelda, Hannah Epperson, Amerykanka (eclectic), 9:30 p.m., $15/40/75. FRI.3

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In March, a number of Vermont-based groups battled it out at ArtsRiot and the Monkey House to secure a slot on this year’s lineup. The winners were TRACKSTAR and BOYS CRUISE. They represent new blood on the local scene. Pay particularly close attention to the latter. The punk three-piece infuses its sets with wacky sketches and highoctane stage antics.


Comfortable Seating & Dancing with State-of-the-Art Sound & Visuals SATURDAY 5/18

Listening In If I were a superhero, my superpower would be the ability to get songs stuck in other people’s heads. Here are five songs that have been stuck in my head this week. May they also get stuck in yours. Follow sevendaysvt on Spotify for weekly playlists with tunes by artists featured in the music section. GEORGIA, “About Work the Dancefloor” GOLDFRAPP, “Anymore” SPEKTRUM, “May Day” PREP, “Who’s Got You Singing Again?” PRINCESS NOSTALGIA,

“The Talking Drug”

From Conan O’Brien and Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band...

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox Garland Jeffreys (his final show) & Steve Forbert

H SUNDAY 6/23 Tony Trischka H SUNDAY 7/14 Session Americana with Ali McGuirk Tickets available at The Mad Taco or


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fire as of late, snagging summer festival slots at DIPLO’s Super Mega Ultra Giant Mad Decent Block Party in Foxborough, Mass., and the Made in America fest in Philadelphia. That’s thanks to their recent deal with the powerhouse booking and management company the Paradigm Talent Agency. Expect great things from the burgeoning crew featuring MCs SAM PAULINO and HANKNATIVE. 

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Disclosure: Jordan Adams is a DJ at Waking Windows.


In case you aren’t planning on hitting up Waking Windows — at least not on Friday night — you should probably head over to the Higher Ground Ballroom to catch 99 NEIGHBORS. The Queen City hip-hop collective is on



BiteTorrent: Waking Windows Edition

Waking Windows hack: While most folks spring for the weekend pass, it’s possible to see most of the festival without actually picking up a wristband. That’s because most Waking Windows venues have individual cover charges. Now, if you plan to access multiple shows per day, it at least makes sense to pick up a day pass, if any are available. But let’s say you have to work all weekend and only have a few hours to take in some music. Aside from the Main and Rotary stages, which require wristbands for entry, you can get into every other Waking Windows venue for as little as zero dollars — though most charge between five and 15 bucks.


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CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Michael Stridsberg (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., free. People Like You (psych-folk), 9:30 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: Ricky Golden (singersongwriter), 5 p.m., free. Nos4a2 (metal), 9 p.m., $5/8. 18+. SWEET MELISSA’S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Red Hot Juba (country, jazz), 7 p.m., free.


EL TORO: Lloyd Tyler Band (rock), 6 p.m., free. Leadfoot Louise (Americana), 9 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Lefty Yunger & the Blues Crew, John Lackard, 9 p.m., free. TAP 25: Christine Malcolm (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Dirty Looks (rock), 9 p.m., free.

champlain islands/ northwest 14TH STAR BREWING CO.: The Duel (rock), 6 p.m., free. TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: The Fabulous Wrecks (rock), 7 p.m., free.

upper valley

THE GRANGE THEATRE: Valley Improv Show, 7 p.m., $10.

outside vermont MONOPOLE: Dirty Blanket (bluegrass), 10 p.m., free.

MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.



CLUB METRONOME: VT Cares’ Lip Sync Battle, 7 p.m., $10. Retronome (retro dance hits), 10 p.m., free. DELI 126: Deli Edits (open format), 11:30 p.m., free. FOAM BREWERS: Pat Finn & the Bad Table (experimental), 9 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: BeerGlass Trio (folk, soul), 9 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Glenn Roth (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5. NECTAR’S: Dale and Darcy (rock), 7 p.m., free. Tar Iguana, the Melting Nomads (jam), 9 p.m., $5. RADIO BEAN: Rob Duquette (children’s music), 11 a.m., free. Duqette (alt-folk), 7 p.m., free. Eugene Tyler Band (folk), 8:30 p.m., free. Midnight Vigil (rock), 10 p.m., $5. Lake Waves, Movie Shotgun (indie folk), 11:30 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: Left Eye Jump (blues), 3 p.m., free. Haewa (jam),



7 p.m., $5. Mashtodon (open format), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa, reggaeton), 6 p.m., free. Reign One and DJ ATAK (house), 11 p.m., $5.

Chobot (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT and Friends (eclectic), 3 p.m., free. The Brevity Thing (folk-rock), 7 p.m., free. Two Sev (open format), 11 p.m., free.


SMITTY’S PUB: Chris and Erica (rock, country), 8 p.m., free.

RUBEN JAMES: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Tim Meadows, Erica Spera (Sold Out) (standup), 7 p.m., $25/32. Tim Meadows, Erica Spera (standup), 9:30 p.m., $25/32.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch, noon, free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Arguments & Grievances: Comedy Debates, 7 p.m., $5.

chittenden county

45 MAIN: Waking Windows: Waking Life, Cringe!, Page Burner Reading Series (eclectic), 2 p.m., free.

chittenden county AUTUMN RECORDS: Waking Windows: Taka, Leo from Vermont, Weekend Custody (eclectic DJs), noon, free.

ASIAN BISTRO (WINOOSKI): Waking Windows: Karaoke with 802 Events, 9:30 p.m., free.

FOUR QUARTERS BREWING: Waking Windows: The Tenderbellies (bluegrass), noon, $5/35/75.

AUTUMN RECORDS: Waking Windows: Ian Doerner, DJ Cranky, Lucille Sunday, Bodi Foster, Newport Red, Sacred Spring (eclectic DJs), noon, free. THE DOUBLE E LOUNGE AT ESSEX EXPERIENCE: Jon Gailmore (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., $12/15. FOUR QUARTERS BREWING: Waking Windows: Nina’s Brew, Papas Porch, Lula Wiles, Eames Brothers, Quiltro, Joe Adler & the Rangers of Danger, Happy Spangler (eclectic), 2 p.m., $5/45/75. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Smokey Newfield Project (rock), 6 p.m., free. LAST STOP SPORTS BAR: Waking Windows: Diggs, the Wormdogs, Ryan Ober + the Romans, Be-er, Chazzy Lake, Tate, Full Walrus, Danny & the Parts (eclectic), 2 p.m., $10/45/75. Waking Windows: SkySplitterInk, Illu, Flip Physics and Rico James, Sad One, Colby Stiltz, Flex 45, Rhythm Riderz, Mavstar, Asah Mack, Konflick (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $10/45/75. LUCKY CLOUD: Waking Windows: Guerilla Toss, Paper Castles, Julia Caesar, Ivamae, Bohdi, Father Figuer, Wren Kitz, Francis, the Fobs, Henry Finch & the Capacity Ensemble, Beth Head, Jessica Rabbit Syndrome, Rosa Canina (eclectic), 3 p.m., $10/45/75. MANDARIN: Waking Windows: DJ Tchphnx, Justin R.E.M., Luis Calderin, DJ Abby (eclectic DJs), 9:30 p.m., $5/45/75. MCKEE’S PUB & GRILL: Waking Windows: Troy Millette, Jer Coons, Loose Ends, AliT, Homeboy (eclectic), 3:30 p.m., free. MISERY LOVES CO.: Waking Windows: Cousin Dave, Ian Sherman, Vinyl Richie, Mae, DJ Fattie B, J’Beau (eclectic DJs), noon, free. MONKEY HOUSE: Waking Windows: DJ Jonathan Toubin, Miss Eaves, Van Goose, Sharkmuffin, Sunwatchers, Hellrazor, Operator Music Band, Laser Background, &More, Desertion Trio, the Consecutives, Eben Schumacher Band (eclectic), 1:30 p.m., $10/45/75. MULE BAR: Waking Windows: Funky Town with Mean Martin and Wobblyhead, Mike Device, C-Low, Lil Sprout, Matthew Kloss,

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Cool Kids Sometimes a band seems quintessentially “of the moment.” A confluence of factors — whether social messaging in lyrics, fashion aesthetics, a particular

sound or all of the above — determine who’s in and who’s out. And right now, New York City’s SUNFLOWER BEAN are as in as it gets. Starchy guitar tones, spirited pop-rock songwriting and a mystified detachment observed in the young trio’s visuals converge for an au courant combination of style and substance. Sunflower Bean perform on Sunday, May 5, on the Waking Windows Rotary Stage in Winooski. DJ Mat Hagen, the Trill Detective, Aquamarina (eclectic DJs), noon, free. NECTAR & ROOT: Waking Windows: Bryan John Appleby, Laurel, A Box of Stars, Guthrie Galileo, K Birthday, Ver Sacrum, Page Burner 2nd Stop (eclectic), 1 p.m., free. THE OLD POST: Saturday Night Mega Mix featuring DJ Colby Stiltz (open format), 9 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Robin Gottfried Band (rock), 5 p.m., free. The Rough Suspects (rock), 7 p.m., free. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. SCOUT & CO. (WINOOSKI): Waking Windows: Princess Nostalgia, Rivan C., Gulliver, Jaunt, Parrot Dream, Ernest, Plastique Mammals, Lady Jane, Waves of Adrenaline, Page Burner 1st Stop (eclectic), noon, $5/45/75. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Steve Hartmann (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. WAKING WINDOWS MAIN STAGE: Waking Windows: Tune-Yards, Knower, Caroline Rose, Barika, Gamelan Sulukala, Brass Balagan (eclectic), 3:30 p.m., $45/75. WAKING WINDOWS ROTARY STAGE: Waking Windows: Rough Francis, Here Lies Man, Kississippi, Weakened Friends (eclectic), 4:30 p.m., $45/75. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Waking Windows: smalltalker, Joanna Tetters, the Dead Shakers, Edward III (eclectic), 8 p.m., $10/45/75.

WINOOSKI UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Waking Windows: Michael Nau & the Mighty Thread, Wildflower, Nick Schofield, Tom Pearo, Mirah, Ruth Garbus, Nat Baldwin, Francesca Blanchard (eclectic), 3:30 p.m., $15/45/75.

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CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: DJ Earl (hits), 9 p.m., free.

BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation. Cole Davidson (folk-rock), 6 p.m., free. Paul Asbell (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. BARRE OPERA HOUSE: Age Out Loud (storytelling), 7:30 p.m., $25. BUCH SPIELER RECORDS: Community DJ Series (vinyl DJs), 3 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Some Hollow, Pappy Biondo (folk-rock), 9:30 p.m., free. ESPRESSO BUENO: Kaomi Kingsley (singer-songwriter), 7:30 p.m., free. FEMCOM (standup), 8:30 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: Michael Stridsberg (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., $5. DJ LaFountaine (hits), 9:30 p.m., free. THE DEN AT HARRY’S HARDWARE: Jacob Green (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. WHAMMY BAR: Latin Dance Party, 7 p.m., free.


EL TORO: Blue Fox (blues), 7 p.m., free.

ZENBARN: Lula Wiles (folk-rock), 9 p.m., $10.

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HATCH 31: The Good Parts (jazz, rock), 8 p.m., free.

champlain islands/ northwest TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Bob Gagnon (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: The Bayrats (funkrock), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Shokazoba (funk), 8:30 p.m., $7. STRAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Lisa Lampanelli: Losin’ It (standup), 8 p.m., $35-65.



FOAM BREWERS: Eugene Tyler Band (folk), 1 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: Open Decks, 10 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Pete Sutherland and Tim Stickle’s Old Time Session (traditional), 1 p.m., free. Trio Gusto (jazz), 5 p.m., free. Song From a Hat with Andriana

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Mister Chris & Friends (children’s music), noon, $12/15. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Chris Pureka (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., $15/20. LAST STOP SPORTS BAR: Waking Windows: Wild Leek River, Kingfisher, the Red Newts, Dino Bravo, Sunshowers (eclectic), 3 p.m., $10/35/75. LUCKY CLOUD: Tele Mag 3 Live Performance (experimental, 4:30 p.m., $10/35/75. MCKEE’S PUB & GRILL: Waking Windows: Remember Baker (bluegrass), noon, free. MISERY LOVES CO.: Disco Brunch with DJ Craig Mitchell, 11 a.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Waking Windows: The APX, DJ Disco Phantom, Cadence Weapon, Adult Mom, gobbinjr, Longneck, Cindy Cane, Gustaf, HNRY FLWR, Gesserit, the Pyros, Sead, Trackstar, boys cruise (eclectic), 1 p.m., $10/35/75. MULE BAR: Waking Windows: Dave L Yea and Sharkat, Benge, Qlty pnmnshp, Johnny Miami, the Real Housewife of Winooski, Steal Wool, Petey F, Brunch (eclectic DJs), noon, free. SCOUT & CO. (WINOOSKI): Waking Windows: Ernest, Famous Letter Writer, Caroline O’Connor and Adam Frehm, SHLEE, Hello Shark, Maryse Smith, Cam Will (eclectic), 12:30 p.m., $5. STOPLIGHT GALLERY: Waking Windows: ‘Light Years,’ ‘Babylon,’ and Sabüi Studios (film screenings), 2 p.m., free. WAKING WINDOWS ROTARY STAGE: Waking Windows: Sunflower Bean, Underground System, DJ Disco Phantom, the Shacks, Matthew Mercury, Sabouyouma, the Smittens (eclectic), 3 p.m., $35/75. WINOOSKI UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Waking Windows: CUP (Nels Cline and Yuka Honda), Land of Talk, Aubrey Haddard, Squirrel Flower, J Bengoy, Zack DuPont and Matt Deluca (eclectic), 4:30 p.m., $15/35/75. SUN.5

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REVIEW this Learic and SkySplitterInk, The Theorist


Learic and SkySplitterInk should have teamed up years ago. The local hip-hop artists have worked on songs together before, most notably the 2014 single “Side Three.” But an album has been long overdue. As expected, the duo’s new collaboration The Theorist, which dropped last week at a knockout release party at Nectar’s in Burlington, turns out to be a monumental high point for the 802 rap scene. It’s also a truly weird work of art. Learic, aka writer/actor Devon Ewalt, has a reasonable claim to the title of the best rapper in Vermont. The man has won multiple battles to that effect over the years. He’s also legendary in the scene for his ability to freestyle entire sets so well nobody notices he’s winging it. SkySplitterInk, aka engineer/dad

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Zach Crawford, has evolved into one of the most distinctive producers our brave little state has ever heard. His deep musical background, both as a multiinstrumentalist and behind the console, makes for beats that could just as easily be movie soundtracks. In fact, on this latest record, that’s exactly what they are. Learic’s sheer talent makes it easy to lose sight of what an idiosyncratic artist he is. After The Theorist, that should change. It may sound pretentious to call your project “a cinematic musical experience,” but that’s a fair reckoning for this remarkable oddball of an album. In the space of seven tracks, the duo hits you with a vivid, layered story. That story is full of surprises, and as with any film, the reviewer is obligated to abstain from spoilers. But the setup here is familiar to noir fans: a dame, a detective and a mystery. The album is way more than a collection of thematically consistent rap songs. The Theorist really is crafted to play like a movie, and is as carefully composed as any screenplay. Learic juggles first-person narratives

and visual exposition, and he raps as multiple characters, too. It’s a masterful tightrope walk. At any moment, such an ambitious approach could collapse into corniness — or worse, get too self-aware. Instead, Learic keeps you glued to your seat every second. This kind of high-concept art-rap puts huge demands on production. SkySplitterInk is more than equal to the task. His wall of sound will give your speakers a workout, but everything is clean and bright. The vibe is more Chemical Brothers or Gorillaz than Dr. Dre, which is a perfect match for Learic. He’s always been a decidedly East Coast MC, with a deliberate flow and the enunciation of, well, an actor. While The Theorist may be far stranger stuff than the average rap album in 2019, it’s also got huge crossover potential. These are melodic, catchy songs, and every one of them sounds like several million bucks. More than that, though, the appeal of good storytelling is universal. Buy the ticket, take the ride, and I guarantee you will walk out of the theater demanding a sequel. The Theorist is available at JUSTIN BOLAND







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Davey Davis’ Green Mountain roots run deep. The Woodstock native has worked as a machinist, a ski instructor, a fly-fishing guide and a trail builder, among other classic rural occupations. In other words, the seventh-generation Vermonter practically bleeds maple. His latest record, the curiously titled Bones of the Heart, is rich with rustic imagery and old-school Yankee sensibilities. In moments, it wouldn’t sound out of place alongside the fabled folk releases of late local label Philo Records. Like the songwriter himself, the album is Vermont AF, hearkening to a bygone era of homespun folk, blues and rock songwriting. Some credit for that feel undoubtedly belongs to producer Kristina Stykos, who engineered the album at her Pepperbox

Studio in Chelsea. The record is also a product of Stykos’ Thunder Ridge imprint, which is home to a wealth of local artists who trade in a similarly roughhewn, rootsy style. A hallmark of Stykos’ catalog, both as a producer and in her own recordings, is tattered quality. Thunder Ridge albums tend to favor grit over polish, and Bones of the Heart is no exception. That scruffy trait is most evident in Davis’ age-worn vocals — both when he sings and, on numerous occasions, speaks. The songwriter often employs a sort of talking-blues delivery interspersed among more traditional melodic passages. Especially when used sparingly, as on the Eddie Russell-penned “Hawk of the Mountains,” it’s an effective tactic that lends his songs a conversational familiarity, kind of like a favorite uncle spinning tall tales. Stykos contributes vocals to that cut and many others. Her own wizened rasp is a perfect complement to Davis’, particularly on songs such as “Belle of the Bijou,” “Ghost


of Chateauguay” and the title track. Stykos also chips in on a variety of instruments throughout, including guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin and percussion. She’s one of a crack crew of backing musicians and Pepperbox regulars that includes Jim Pittman on dobro and pedal steel, drummer Jeff Berlin, multi-instrumentalist Bow Thayer, and keyboardist Lane Gibson, the last of whom also mastered the album. But the true guest star is Val McCallum, best known as Jackson Browne’s lead guitarist. His stinging electric licks are a highlight throughout, adding urgency, character and gravitas. Despite all that instrumental firepower, Davis’ charming songwriting stands on its own. Witness album centerpiece “Night Church,” on which Davis and friends find a specific sort of old-time religion. “It was night church at the nine pine bar / with a banjo and three guitars,” sings Davis at the chorus. Then, “Preacher forgot all about sin as whiskey / rolled down his chin / Jesus was in the choir, the Sabbath was / on fire, redemption’s not far, so get / yourself a perch at night church in / the nine pine bar.” Amen. Bones of the Heart is available at CD Baby.



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BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Eric Friedman (folk), 11 a.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: Women’s Blues Singers Jam with Dave Keller and Friends, 5 p.m., free. Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m., donation.


EL TORO: Mud City Ramblers, Marcie Hernandez, Sergio Torres (bluegrass), 3 p.m., free.



ARTSRIOT: Trivia Night, 7:30 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading), 7 p.m., free. Open Circuit: Songsters (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Michael Stridsberg (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Pushing Chain (folk, country), 8:30 p.m., free. Shake (rock, pop), 10 p.m., free. RED SQUARE: Four-D (hip-hop), 7 p.m., free. Mashtodon (open format), 10 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Family Night (open jam), 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Comedy & Crêpes (standup), 7 p.m., free.

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MONKEY HOUSE: The AntiQueens, Doomfuck (punk), 8 p.m., $3/8. 18+.


MOOGS PLACE: Seth Yacovone, 7 p.m.


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in many other famed rock groups, including the Pretenders,

TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Open Mic with Chris Parker, 7 p.m., free.

the The and Modest Mouse. And though he’s been an active, acclaimed musician for more than 30 years, Marr didn’t release his first solo studio album, The Messenger, until


2013. But he’s achieved pop-culture-icon status, making


guest appearances on the IFC series “Portlandia” and

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: StorytellingVT, 7:30 p.m., free. Bright Brown (art folk), 9:30 p.m., free.

“The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.” The songwriter penned the theme for the latter, as well. His latest record, Call the Comet, is a goth-tinged collection of jangly

LINCOLNS: Laugh Shack (standup), 8:30 p.m., free.

Britpop tunes. Marr performs on Tuesday, May 7, at the

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Eastern Mountain Time (country), 9:30 p.m., free.

Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington.

NECTAR’S: Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute), 9 p.m., $5.

RED SQUARE: Bob MacKenzie Blues Band, 7 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (open format), 11 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Gua Gua (psychotropical jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Kirsti Blow (singer-songwriter), 8:45 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Ponyhustle, 10 p.m., $5.


SIDEBAR: Godfather Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: CRWD CNTRL (open format), 7 p.m., free. DJ A-RA$ (trap, house), 10 p.m., free.

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VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Jared Freid (standup), 7 p.m., $15. Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Indie Rumble (improv), 8:30 p.m., $5.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Ukulele Kids with Joe Beaird (sing-along), 9:30 a.m., free.

chittenden county HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Johnny Marr (rock), 8:30 p.m., $30/35.

JUNIPER: The Peterman Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

HATCH 31: Kelly Ravin and Friends (country), 7 p.m., free.

rutland/killington THE HOWLIN’ MOUSE RECORD STORE: All Ages Open Mic, 6:30 p.m., free.

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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Karaoke with DJ Vociferous, 9:30 p.m., free.


DELI 126: Bluegrass Jam, 8 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. Charlie Chronopoulos (singersongwriter), 9:30 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: The Jauntee (jam), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. ORLANDO’S BAR & LOUNGE: Hayley Jane (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Jesse Ljunggren (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., free. Thomas Gunn (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Stanley (indie rock), 8:30 p.m., free. Midweek Mosaic (jam), 10 p.m., $5.

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CITY SPORTS GRILLE: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. THE DOUBLE E LOUNGE AT ESSEX EXPERIENCE: Burlington Songwriters (singer-songwriter), 6:30 p.m., free. THE OLD POST: Karaoke with D Jay Baron, 8 p.m., free. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Open Mic Night, 8 p.m., free.


SWEET MELISSA’S: D. Davis (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., donation.


MOOGS PLACE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free.

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ZENBARN: Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead tribute), 7 p.m., free.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Karaoke with DJ Amanda Rock, 9 p.m., free.

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TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Blues Jam with Tom Caswell, 7 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom PARKER PIE CO.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

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MONOPOLE: Open Mic with Lucid, 10 p.m., free. 


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Saturday, 11:30 p.m., Monkey House

Miss Eaves does not leave much to the imagination. The Brooklyn-based MC breathes fire with each caustic verse. With a visceral sense of ownership, she riffs on the trials and tribulations of womankind — and she’s had quite enough. But between scornful indictments of hookup culture and brassed-off diatribes about incompetent lovers, the rapper marvels at her own self. Body- and sex-positivity course through her sharp, bump-and-grind productions. She revels in her own sexuality on iced-out banger “Hump Day,” celebrates every inch of her person on “Thunder Thighs,” and even turns the culinary arts into a sexy-as-hell romp on “Food Porn.” And her politics are unambiguous. Her 2018 Christmas single, “Santa Please,” which references holiday classics such as “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” and “Santa Baby,” is a mistletoe-trimmed plea for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Miss Eaves’ winky, self-assured brand of bubblegum hip-hop is a welcome distraction from the bleak agony of the SoundCloud era.

Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Main Stage

Clad in American-flag pajama pants and a bandolier full of golden-brown corn dogs slung over his shoulder, KNOWER cofounder Louis Cole sings, “The government knows when you masturbate,” in the video for the group’s tune “The Govt. Knows.” The heavy-handed political messaging in the facetious music video is emblematic of the Los Angeles-based group’s whimsical yet transgressive attitude. Cofounder Genevieve Artadi’s sugarlaced vocals temper the band’s hardedged electronic pop. Heavily steeped in spine-tingling bass and razor-edged beats, KNOWER’s songs flit through a neardystopian landscape rife with politically charged yet somehow honeyed pop jams. In 2018, Cole was suspected of being one of the folks behind Clown Core, a nightmarish masked duo known for posting YouTube videos performing live inside a cramped Porta-Potty. Their jackknifing blend of heavy metal and jazz was at once alienating and intriguing — just like KNOWER.





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People always refer to “Seinfeld” as a show about nothing. But it wasn’t actually about nothing. The sitcom was about exploring uncomfortable yet totally familiar life situations that everyone’s been through but never talks about. Similarly, New York City-based rapper Bohdi articulates a kind of nothingness in his music. His rhymes are the thoughts that rattle uncontrollably around the mind: insecurities, daydreams, doubts and non sequiturs — the things that distract from the tangible here and now. Musically, the Vermont native slinks through ’80s synthpop glitterscapes, 8-bit-infused club beats and sour electro-pop. For visuals, the artist frequently teams up with his brother, Burlington-based director Kayhl Cooper. Of note, “Amazing, Pt. 1 (ft. Cactus?)” went viral in 2017. Through some fancy footwork and bit of luck, the two were able to shoot a guerrilla music video during Bohdi’s actual college graduation — without anyone noticing.


Saturday, 9 p.m., Lucky Cloud

This experimental duo is a magical sight to behold. As CUP, innovative musicians and married couple Nels Cline and Yuka C. Honda create a mystical sound that moves beyond the aesthetic language heard in their varied individual projects. Though he’s probably best known as alt-rock band Wilco’s long-standing lead guitarist, Cline calls on the intrepid experimentalism of his airy free-jazz group the Nels Cline Singers. Honda, one half of New York City dreamy trip-hop outfit Cibo Matto, brings a similarly hypnotic element to the electronic project. Waves of processed noise, samples and live instrumentation roll through to outfit their stream-of-consciousness performances. Mind-bogglingly intricate and otherworldly, the pair produces a sensory overload of alien jolts and face-melting drones.  Contact:



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entral Vermont artist Janet Van Fleet has often unabashedly referenced social, political or environmental realities in her work. Perhaps her sculptural works made of buttons do not exactly call for revolution. But her use of mundane, found materials is itself a kind of statement, and her wry sense of humor puts her in good company with creators ranging from renowned sculptor Alexander Calder to self-taught artists who assemble detritus into comical facsimiles of the human condition. Van Fleet’s current exhibition, “Vanishment,” in the Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier is all message and no LOLs. And that message, if not breaking news, is disturbing: Humans are killing off other species on planet Earth at alarming rates. In wall text, Van Fleet quotes findings from a 2018 World Wildlife Fund for Nature report, saying that the biomass, or total aggregated weight, of non-domesticated animals has declined by 60 percent since the 1970s. In other words, nearly two thirds of animals that are not our pets or food have vanished since “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” was hot. Among terrestrial mammals, humans now account for 36 percent of biomass; their livestock and domesticated animals account for another 60 percent. Perhaps aggregated weight isn’t the most engaging talking point, but the numbers are distressing. Animals in the wild are being “disappeared.” In her collaged paintings and installation works here, Van Fleet addresses the sorry state of Homo sapiens’ predatory entitlement and non-collaborative relationship to the rest of the natural world. Consistent with her métier, she uses found and collected materials, including foil carefully extracted from wine bottles, tiny toy-store plastic animals, a selection of her own 20-year-old paintings from a storage closet and, yes, buttons. With these repurposed materials, Van Fleet crafts an elegiac allegory. The front room of the lobby and gallery features eight paintings — older ones reworked with foil additions — that form a sequence. They take viewers from an imagined time when humans and other species were equals (“The Beginning”) to


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the presumed present (“The End”), when that balance has been irrevocably lost. Van Fleet’s earlier oil-on-board paintings, executed in sepia and terra-cotta tones, tend to feature ghostly faces or human figures floating — or falling? — in space. Sometimes the figure is wrapped, mummy-like, in white stripes. In “Attempted Communication,” for example, the fifth painting in this series, these white stripes form the outline of a non-gendered

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human body, with a skeletal structure visible underneath. The figure’s arms are raised in the “under arrest” pose. Eight birds made of wine foils flock around its head and shoulders. The painting’s meaning is as transparent as the figure’s body. In another work in the series, “Irreconcilable Differences,” nine of these mummified figures cluster together, pictured from the shoulders up, as more than a dozen foil fish swim over and past them. In the background, several of those ghostly human shapes float/fall through a sepia-toned sea. Van Fleet has created a long, narrow wood container for her installation “Stromatolites for the Next Age,” which sits at one end of a marble countertop. Within the frame arise numerous vermicular projections consisting of dark red, black and white buttons on wire, some of them topped by teensy plastic human figures. Look up the definition of “stromatolites,” and you’ll probably find this: “a calcareous mound built up of layers of lime-secreting cyanobacteria and trapped sediment, found in Precambrian rocks as the earliest known fossils.” What Van Fleet intends with these creations is unclear, but their reaching, disorganized mass is equal parts endearing and unnerving. In the back of the room, a long wall installation titled “Digesting the Planet” employs hundreds of buttons strung on

wire, this time shaped into a twisty, extenuated intestine. This is attached to a metal grid. Inserted periodically along the colon are small lidless boxes, turned toward the viewer to form miniature stages. They hold little plastic animals such as buffalo, anteaters, wildcats, wolves, squirrels, boars, camels, rhinos, tortoises, primates and polar bears. Here, too, intent needs no interpretation. On the opposite wall, Van Fleet has installed a shorter horizontal piece called “Rivers of Blood.” Originally produced for a 2004 exhibition in New York, the tripartite painting quotes from the Book of Amos: “Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! To what end is it for you? The day of the Lord is darkness and not light.” In this river of blood, bones float beneath a black sky. Van Fleet indicates in her artist statement that the piece was created “when the concern was war of humans against other humans.” For this exhibition, however, she repurposed the work to stand for humans’ war against animals. Here fish swim upstream while human remains hurtle downstream. The third, smaller panel contains a prominent word: “amen.” In “Vanishment,” Van Fleet delivers a clear message via disturbing yet engaging artwork. And the location of the display is both serendipitous and ironic: Perhaps only courts of law have the power to curtail humans’ worst instincts. m

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PETER SCHUMANN: “The Post Apocalyptic Dawn of Possibilitarians,” woodcut banners, prints and paintings by the artist and director of Bread & Puppet Theater. May 3-June 9. Donations. Info, 355-2150. GreenTARA Space in North Hero.


f AL SALZMAN: Figurative and political paintings and drawings by the Vermont artist. Reception: Thursday, May 30, 5-8 p.m. May 6-June 26. Info, 371-7158. Flynndog Gallery in Burlington.

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f CCS THESIS EXHIBITION: Original works by graduating students of the cartoon school. Reception: Saturday, May 4, 1 p.m., following commencement ceremony. May 6-31. Info, 295-3319. Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction.

A multimedia work by Erika Senft Miller and collaborators, including installation, video and film, performance, and olfactory virtual reality. Reception: Thursday, May 2, 5-8 p.m. May 2-5. Info, Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington.

f JOAN MORRIS: “You Are the Music,” shaped-resist dyed works by the local artist. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-7 p.m. May 3-June 30. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.

JAMES BENOIT: “The Sun Returns to the Northern Sky,” color photographs, including local scenes lit by the light of early spring and midsummer, by the Burlington photographer . May 1-30. f VERMONT COMIC CREATORS SHOW: An exhibition by members of the statewide comic arts organization, a coalition of more than 170 Vermont-based comic creators. Reception and Mini-Comic Con: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4-30. Free. Info, 863-3403. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington.

f KEVIN RUELLE: Faux-vintage Vermont travel posters by the Burlington artist. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-7 p.m. May 3-June 25. Info, 295-3118. Zollikofer Gallery at Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction.

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f HARRIET WOOD: A retrospective exhibition of abstract paintings by the octogenarian Vermont artist. Reception: May 10, 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 1-June 30. Info, 472-7164. 3rd Floor Gallery in Hardwick.


showcase one to three pieces of artwork that they are proud of, is new for them, or best exemplifies their unique style. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-9 p.m. May 3-25. Info, 578-2512. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.


NEXT GENERATION OF FURNITURE-MAKERS’: An exhibition featuring the work of students and graduates of the Vermont Woodworking School. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5:30-7 p.m. May 3-31. Info, 863-6458. Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery in Burlington. ‘RE-CONSTRUCTING CLIMATE CHANGE’: A diorama exposition curated by local artist and activist Jen Berger that reflects artists’ reaction to questions about climate change. May 1-29. Info, 922-1429. Radio Bean in Burlington.

f STEVE HADEKA: “Riffing on the Modern

Birdhouse,” midcentury avian homes by the Burlington woodworker. Reception: Thursday, May 2, 6-8 p.m. May 2-31. Info, Penny Cluse Café in Burlington.


Comics and cartoons by the local member group. Reception: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with sales, demos and free comics. May 4-30. Info, Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, in Burlington.

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f ANTHILL COLLECTIVE: The Burlington graffiti artists install work in the brewery’s Artifactory. Reception: Friday, May 3, 7-9 p.m., with live music by Avery Cooper. May 3-July 31. Info, 658-2739. Magic Hat Brewing Company in South Burlington. f ELIZABETH ALLEN: “Outside Influences Through the Seasons,” landscape paintings by the Williston artist. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 3-June 11. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. ‘IN THEIR ELEMENT’: An installation of sculptures on the museum grounds by contemporary artists Rodrigo Nava, Jonathan D. Ebinger and Dan Snow. Curated by Carolyn Bauer. May 1-October 31. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum.



Forgotten: Works Exploring the Overlooked Through Line, Shape and Texture,” paintings and works on paper that range from loosely representative to abstract. Reception: Friday, May 3, 4-7 p.m. May 3-June 28. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier.

f MAIKE GARLAND: Hand-carved creations in wood. Reception: Friday, May 3, 4-8 p.m. May 3-31. Info, 223-1981. The Cheshire Cat in Montpelier. f ‘SHOE 32’: Recent work by Vermont-based

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iteration of Erika Senft Miller’s unique multimedia presentation “AutoBiography” comes to the Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington this week, opening with a reception on Thursday, May 2, 5 to 8 p.m. Those who witnessed her previous piece last November in a downtown parking garage will experience new but similar vehicular elements this time around. The installation includes scratch-and-sniff car doors courtesy of olfactory inventors Alice & the Magician, live music by ivamae in a car parked outside Maglianero Café, film, video games, photography, and even AutoBiography merch. The exhibition remains through Sunday, May 5. Pictured: a keyed scratch-and-sniff car door, photo courtesy of Kelly Holt.

fourth-birthday celebration: Friday, May 3, 4-8 p.m., with live music by guitarist Steve Grunewald. May 3-June 16. Info, The Front in Montpelier.

namesake of the gallery. May 2-June 23. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.


f ‘HIDDEN TREASURES: PORTRAIT OF ABBY PAINTER’: In this new series, a single object is selected from the permanent collection for special examination. The inaugural one is an 1805 portrait (by Ralph E.W. Earl) of Abby Victoria Painter, daughter of Gamaiel Painter, a key figure in the founding of Middlebury and Middlebury College. Gallery talk with Sheldon trustee and Middlebury College professor Pieter Broucke, Saturday, May 11, noon. May 1-31. Free with museum admission. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.

LOOSE!’: The first art exhibition in this renovated historical building features large-scale sculpture, installation art and live art by Hasso Ewing, Sande French-Stockwell, Amber Geneva and SXC. Gallery grand opening and reception: Friday, May 3, 5-8 p.m. May 3-31. Info, The Garage Cultural Center in Montpelier.


f 38TH ANNUAL STUDENT ART SHOW: Artwork by students of Stowe elementary, middle and high schools as well as Mountain River School and Rumney Memorial School. Reception: Wednesday, May 1, 3-6 p.m. May 1-June 1. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. ‘BIDING: EXPLORATION OF QUIET EXPECTATION’: Contemporary abstract paintings by Janis Pozzi Johnson and Charlie Bluett, and porcelain sculptural “vessels” by Jennifer McCurdy. May 4-June 1. Info, 2538943. West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe.

f ‘EBB AND FLOW’: A juried exhibition of more than 100 artworks by 76 artists in which water is the predominant element of the composition. Artist roundtable: Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m., followed by reception 2-4 p.m. MARY AND ALDEN BRYAN: “Paintings of the Southwest,” a 35th anniversary exhibition of 30 works from the 1940s by the late founder and VISUAL ART IN SEVEN DAYS:

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f KATHRYN MILILLO: “As It Were,” new paintings by the Vermont artist. Reception: Friday, May 10, 5-7 p.m. May 1-31. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury. f MATT BROWN: “Working With Wood and Water,” a solo show of woodblock prints, along with preparatory watercolors. Reception: Friday, May 10, 5-7 p.m. May 1-31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls.


f ‘THE ART OF WOOD’: A 20th-anniversary group exhibit that interprets the theme across all mediums, including fabric, glass, ceramic, paint and wood. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5-7 p.m. May 3-June 25. Info, 247-4957. Brandon Artists Guild.



f CATHY CONE: “Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail,” black-and-white photographs by the director of workshops and studio at Cone Editions. f JASON HORWITZ: “Pilgrimage,” paintings based on physical and spiritual journeys. Reception: Saturday, May 11, 3-5 p.m. May 8-June 23. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester. GARY BARRON: “Revered Vermont Libraries,” drawings in Prismacolor pencil. May 1-June 30. Info, 685-2188. Chelsea Public Library.

f JEAN GERBER: “Landscapes,” oil paintings of scenes from Vermont, New England and the far north by the local artist. Reception: Sunday, June 2, 2-4 p.m. May 5-June 17. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library.

ART EVENTS 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF VERMONT ARTISTS WEEK OPEN STUDIOS: View the Vermont Alumnx Exhibition in the Red Mill Gallery and Gallery II, and explore the studios of more than 50 Vermont-based artists and writers. RSVP via Facebook is encouraged but not required. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Sunday, May 5, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, ART, ARTISTS, AND THE MUSEUM: A CONVERSATION: A second reopening event featuring 12 artists whose work is featured in the museum, moderated by its curators and director. Includes four themed panels, open house in newly reopened galleries and a reception. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover N.H., Friday, May 3, 8:45 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2426. ART OF HEALING SHOW AND FUNDRAISER: Paintings, pottery, photography and jewelry for sale by professional and emerging Vermont artists. A portion of proceeds will benefit the work of Azimuth Counseling & Therapeutic Services. Donations accepted. Azimuth Counseling, Essex Junction, Friday, May 3, 5-8 p.m. Info, 288-1001. ARTIST TALK & CLOSING RECEPTION: Closing reception for “The Deep Blue,” a group exhibit featuring artwork inspired by oceanic life forms; and “Works on Paper by Teresa Celemin.” Artist talk by Celemin at 3 p.m. Studio Place Arts, Barre, Saturday, May 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Info, 479-7069. BENEFIT FOR UVM CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL: An art show and silent auction hosted by 2019 Miss Vermont contestant Cassie Greene. Artwork




from children at UVMCH and area artists. Free face painting for the kiddos. The Green Door Studio, Burlington, Friday, May 3, 5-9 p.m. Info, THE BIRDS’ SONGS SOUND: A SPRING FUNDRAISER: An afternoon event with Vermont artisan edibles and wine, tours, art, music, and readings in support of new contemporary art at Rokeby Museum. The two-year project aims to engage present-day artists with the museum’s archives, buildings and lands. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, Saturday, May 4, 3-5 p.m. $100. A DAY IN THE STUDIO: Exhibiting artists Hasso Ewing, Sande French-Stockwell, Amber Geneva and SXC give presentations about their work. The Garage Cultural Center, Montpelier, Saturday, May 4, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, FIGURE DRAWING SOCIAL: Live model. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own supplies. BYOB. Wishbone Collective, Winooski, Wednesday, May 8, 6-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 603-398-8206. FIRST FRIDAY ART: Dozens of galleries and other venues around the city open their doors to pedestrian art viewers in this monthly event. Various Burlington locations, Friday, May 3, 5-8 p.m. Info, 264-4839. FIRST THURSDAYS: The monthly event features four AIR Artists in multiple media. AIR Gallery, St. Albans, Thursday, May 2, 4:30-7 p.m. Info, 528-5222. FREE FIRST FRIDAYS: Once a month, visitors are welcome to view the exhibitions without a guide and at their own pace. Wood-fired pizza available from La Pizza Lupo. Guests bringing or consuming alcohol on the grounds must be of legal age. Hall Art Foundation, Reading, Friday, May 3, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 952-1056. ‘HIDDEN GEMS’: A Winooski High School student art show featuring paintings based on photographs of their favorite places in Winooski. Heritage Winooski Mill Museum, Wednesday, May 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Info, ‘NATURAL ICONS AND NATIONAL IDENTITY: FREDERIC CHURCH’S LANDSCAPES’: Church painted landscapes of distinctive American features, including Natural Bridge in Virginia and Niagara Falls in New York. Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, explores how and why we used these American landscapes to distinguish the scale and scope of our cultural ambitions. A Vermont Humanities Council program. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, Wednesday, May 1, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. 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, May 7, 3-5:30 p.m. $10. Info, 888-1261. OPEN STUDIO PAINT FOR FUN: Spend two hours painting, drawing or collaging. No experience needed. Many materials provided. Closed during school holidays. Expressive Arts Burlington, Thursday, May 2, 12:30-2:30 p.m., and Tuesday, May 7, 9-11 a.m. Donations. Info, 343-8172. POTTERY SALE: Works in clay by Kathy Clarke, Ken Martin, instructors, local potters, studio assistants and students. Sales benefit the school. Middlebury Studio School, Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 247-3702. ‘THE ROAD TO RECOGNITION: THE ABENAKIS AND THE STATE OF VERMONT’: Gov. Phil Scott and the Vermont General Assembly proclaim Abenaki Recognition and Culture Week with a new Statehouse exhibit. Ceremony in Statehouse lobby, followed by drumming, dancing and singing on the Statehouse lawn. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, Wednesday, May 1, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 828-0749. ROCK POINT SCHOOL ART SHOW: “The Road Less Traveled,” works by students including photography, stained glass, paintings and drawings. Refreshments and live music by students. Rose Street Artists’ Cooperative and Gallery, Burlington, Friday, May 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Info, 863-1104.

TALK: BIERSTADT’S ‘DOMES OF YOSEMITE’: THE CREATION OF AN AMERICAN ICON: Yosemite, the first federally protected American landscape, was an emblem of freedom in the years surrounding the Civil War. Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at Smithsonian American Art Museum, discusses the story behind Bierstadt’s monumental painting. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Thursday, May 2, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.

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‘AGE OF DINOSAURS’: Visitors of all ages can travel back to the Mesozoic Era and experience life-size animatronic dinosaurs in immersive habitats. Through May 12. Info, 864-1848. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington. ALM@ PÉREZ: “Robopoems: Quadruped@s,” robotic sculptures, large-scale photographs and bilingual poetry that explore the intersection of robotics and humanity. Through June 9. BARBARA ZUCKER: “Adorned (Hairstyles of an Ancient Dynasty),” black-and-white paintings and acrylic abstractions that examine how hair has been used to signify cultural meanings worldwide. Through June 9. ELIZABETH BUNSEN: “Pivankarose,” vibrant prints and installations inspired by nature created by the 2018 Barbara Smail Award recipient. Through May 4. ‘IMPERFECT SOCIETIES’: Film and photography by Kiluanji Kia Henda and Tuan Andrew Nguyen that addresses history, trauma and nationhood within the trope of science fiction. Through June 9. REBECCA WEISMAN: “Skin Ego,” a large-scale, immersive installation including video, sound, sculpture and photography that examines ‘subconscious and psychological spaces of identity.’ Through June 9. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington. EDUARDO O. ALVAREZ: Painting and multimedia works in a solo exhibition. Through May 1. Free. Info, Radio Bean in Burlington.

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‘FROM NATURAL TO ABSTRACTION’: A group show that represents beauty as seen in the eyes of a variety of Vermont artists. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. RETN & VCAM Media Factory in Burlington. ‘GLOBAL MINIATURES’: Tiny objects from the permanent collection that explore the seemingly universal fascination with the familiar writ small. ‘SMALL WORLDS: MINIATURES IN CONTEMPORARY ART’: A group exhibition in which artists variously use tiny creations to inspire awe, create a sense of dread, or address real-world traumas including violence, displacement and environmental disaster. Through May 10. Info, 656-2090. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington.

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GROUP SHOW OF VERMONT ARTISTS: Works by Dennis McCarthy, Evan Greenwald, Frank DeAngelis, Janet Bonneau, Janie McKenzie, Jordan Holstein, Kara Torres, Lynne Reed, Marilyn Barry, Mike Reilly, Rae Harrell, Robert Gold, Stephen Beattie, Tatiana Zelazo, Terry Mercy and Travis Alford on a rotating basis. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. The Innovation Center of Vermont in Burlington. MISHA KORCH: Botanical illustrations in ink and watercolor. Curated by SEABA. Through May 31. Info, 859-9222. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee in Burlington.

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‘A SAMPLE OF JAZZ RECORDS’: Archival photographs and posters and commissioned prints from artist Felix Sockwell. Photographs contributed by Luke Awtry and Michael Worthington. Through June 30. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington.

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‘70+: GERO-TRANSCENDENCE’: More than 300 works of art by artists who are 70 or older, curated by Bill Ramage. Through May 17. Info, 77 Gallery in Rutland.

images by Roarke Sharlow. Through May 26. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. CAMERON DAVIS: Paintings that emerge at the intersection of ecology and social justice by the University of Vermont professor and environmental humanities fellow. Through May 10. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters Annex Gallery in Shelburne.

AUDUBON MEMBER PHOTO SHOW: Avian pictures taken by the Rutland County Audubon Society members. Through July 31. Info, 775-7119. Maclure Library in Pittsford.

f DAN HIGGINS: “Winooski, One Photo at a Time,” color images that reflect the diverse people of the Onion City. Sponsored by the Winooski Peace Initiative. Gallery talk and reception: Saturday, May 4, 3-5 p.m. Through May 15. Info, 847-6534. O’Brien Community Center in Winooski.

‘DREAM MACHINE II’: Classic retro arcades collected by Nick Grandchamp. Through June 30. Info, 603732-8606. West Street Gallery in Rutland. MATTHEW J. PEAKE: “Just a Matter of Perspective,” featuring three contiguous bodies of work: the Pastel Overlooks, the RoFrame Overlooks, and newest work, Outside the Box, the artist’s sculptural photography collaboration with Boston photographer David Lee Black. Through May 4. Castleton University Bank Gallery in Rutland.

EMILY JOYCE: “Adderall,” paintings by the SMC senior. Through May 10. Info, 654-2795. McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. HAROLD WESTON: Works by the modernist painter and social activist (1894-1972) dubbed “the Thoreau of the Adirondacks.” Through August 25. ‘JOHNNY SWING: DESIGN SENSE’: The first in a series exploring the processes of innovative regional artists, this exhibition provides a glimpse into the philosophy and practice of the Vermont lighting and furniture maker, whose works are based on welded coins. Curated by Kory Rogers. Through June 2. Info, 985-3346. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum.

f ‘MAGENTERGY’: Abstract paintings using magenta in their palettes by Giovanina Bucci, Will C, Samantha Handler, Emily Mitchell, Lauren Passalacqua, Melissa Peabody, Steve Sharon and Anna May Sisk. Reception: Thursday, May 23, 5:307:30 p.m. Through May 26. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne. ‘THE PORTRAIT’: An exhibition of images that range from traditional portraiture to those that push the boundaries of the genre. Through May 12. Info, 777-3686. Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction.


‘200 YEARS—200 OBJECTS’: In the final celebratory year of the university’s bicentennial, the museum exhibits a curated selection of artifacts, documents and images from the school’s collections. Through December 21. Info, 485-2886. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.

f ‘AWAKENINGS’: Floral still life paintings by Kate

Longmaid and Asian-inspired abstracted landscapes by Tom Merwin. Reception and artist talk: Friday, May 3, 4-8 p.m., with live piano music by Jason Gerrard. Through June 28. f GALLERY MEMBER EXHIBIT: Paintings, photography and fiber art by a number of artist-members displayed in the Contemporary Hall. Reception: Friday, May 3, 4-8 p.m., with artist talk and live music. Through May 31. THOMAS WATERMAN WOOD: THE MASTER COPIES: The 19th-century Vermont painter and gallery namesake copied paintings seen on European trips to learn from masters such as Rembrandt and Turner, and brought the paintings back to Montpelier. Through June 1. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. JANET CATHEY & LINDA BRYAN: “Deeper Than Blue,” hand-pulled woodblock prints and cyanotypes, respectively. Through June 21. Info, 371-4100. Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. JANET VAN FLEET: “Vanishment,” new work by the Vermont artist exploring the fraught relationship between humans and the natural world, and using, in part, materials repurposed from previous bodies of work. Through June 28. Info, 272-5956. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. JESSE LOVASCO: Drawings of endangered medicinal plants by the herbalist, artist, poet and 2018 ecological art fellow with United Plant Savers. Through June 30. Info, 229-6206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. LYNA LOU NORDSTROM: “Obsessed With Color,” 16 selected works by the Vermont printmaker that span 1996 to 2017. Through June 22. Info, 479-7069. Morse Block Deli & Taps in Barre. ‘VERMONT MUSIC FAR AND WIDE’: An interactive exhibit of artifacts that tell the story of Vermont


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‘A NEW AMERICAN FAMILY’: Photographs by Michelle Saffran and interviews and text by David French of Bhutanese couple Prem and Mana Bhattarai and their family, who now live in Winooski. Through May 4. Info, 999-7342. B&G Gallery in Rutland.

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AMY FORTIER AND CHRIS PEIRCE: Mandala-inspired works in colored pencil; and photography that explores the interplay of light, texture and shape, respectively. Through May 26. Info, 296-7000. Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction.

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‘DESTINATION: SPACE!’: A series of exhibitions that highlights the art and science of space exploration and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission’s moon landing. Through August 4. ‘MAKING MUSIC: THE SCIENCE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS’: An exhibition exploring the science behind the instruments used to create music, from well-known classics to infectious pop tunes. Through May 13. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich.

professor emeritus has been documenting the Onion City since the late 1960s, through Americans and hip bars. In this exhibition at the O’Brien Community Center, Higgins again illustrates “the people, the places and little-known narratives of this diverse and interesting community,” according to publicity materials. He gives a gallery talk, followed by a reception, on Saturday, May 4, 3 to 5 p.m. Presented in conjunction with the Winooski Peace Initiative, the photo exhibition will be on view through May 15. Pictured: Tinker Tuesdays at the Winooski Memorial Library. popular music history in recent decades, including band photographs 1990-2000 by Matthew Thorsen, compiled by Big Heavy World. Through July 27. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. ‘THE WAR OF IDEAS’: Propaganda posters from the collections, spanning the Civil War to World War II and illustrating everything from recruitment to support on the home front. Through October 25. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Center in Barre.


f ANN YOUNG: “Sunshine and Shadow,” realist paintings that consider the good and bad sides of human nature. Reception: Thursday, May 23, 5-7 p.m. Through July 10. Info, 888-1261. Gallery at River Arts in Morrisville. f NVU STUDENT EXHIBIT: Acrylic paintings and sculpture by Dreanna Dolan-Godin; installation, oil pastels, acrylic paintings, sculpture and found objects by Kalob Gabree; and sewing and screen printing by Travis Noyes. Reception: Wednesday, May 1, 3-5 p.m. Through May 10. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University, in Johnson. ‘PEAK TO PEAK: 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION THEN AND NOW’: An exhibition of photographs and artifacts to highlight the evolution of the division’s equipment and training since its beginning in 1943. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. ‘STORYLINES’: “Works on Paper by Sally Gil and Jimmie James,” featuring Gil’s intricate, colorful collages and James’ contemplative acrylic and graphite works on watercolor paper. Through May 24. Info, 881-0418. 571 Projects in Stowe.

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abstract paintings and collage. Closing reception: Friday, May 17, 6-8 p.m., featuring an artist demonstration, raffle of two pieces, and reveal of

the competition theme of the 2019 Photography Shoot-Out. Through May 25. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury. ‘ON THE FLY’: Across Roads Center for the Arts hosts work by 18 regional artists in celebration of Northeast fly fishing. Viewing hours most weeknights, by chance or appointment. Proceeds to benefit Across Roads school scholarship programs. Through May 17. Info, 244-4168. Grange Hall Cultural Center in Waterbury Center.

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‘50 X 50: COLLECTING FOR THE MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART’: An exhibit that marks 50 years of acquiring art by bringing together one work from each year. Included are paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photography, from antiquity to the present and from diverse cultures. Through August 11. Info, 443-3168. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. ERIC NELSON: Color photographs of Vermont landscapes and patterns in nature by the Middlebury artist Through May 5. Info, 388-1436. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. HANNAH SESSIONS: “Keep It Simple,” new paintings by the Vermont artist. Through May 31. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes. ‘ICE SHANTIES: FISHING, PEOPLE & CULTURE’: An exhibition of large-format photographs featuring the structures, people and culture of ice fishing by Vermont-based Colombian photographer Federico Pardo. Includes audio reflections from shanty owners drawn from interviews by VFC. Through August 31. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. ‘NATURE IN FLIGHT’: A group exhibition that considers the birds and bees, as well as acknowledges those working to save Vermont’s species from environmental damage. Through May 11. Info, 877-3850. Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes.

FEATURED ARTISTS: Wooden jewelry by T. Breeze Verdant, naturally dyed fiber works by Jennifer Johnson, and sculptural glass and ceramic works by Alissa Faber. Through June 30. Info, 457-1298. Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock. ‘MUD’: A group exhibition in a variety of mediums that celebrates Vermont’s most cautiously optimistic season. Through May 4. Info, 457-3500. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery in South Pomfret. SUE LAWRENCE: “Flower Portraits,” large-format paintings in oil by the Claremont, N.H., artist. Reception: Friday, May 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., celebrating the gallery’s seventh anniversary. Through May 31. Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction.

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ABBI MARCHESANI: Linocuts by the Vermont artist. Through May 7. Info, 525-3366. Parker Pie Co. in West Glover. DEBRA WEISBERG: “Drawn to Touch,” mixed-media installations and stand-alone pieces that use tape, fiber, fiberglass mesh and hydrostone to create sensory awareness of spatial relationships between the body and the material. Through June 14. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. ‘THE DIALECTS OF LINE, COLOR AND TEXTURE’: A “visual discussion” with artists Elizabeth Billings, Frank Woods and Elizabeth Fram. Through May 26. Info, 533-9075. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. ‘FIBER: NO BOUNDARIES’: Innovative cloth artistry in quilts by Judy B. Dales, braid by Delsie Hoyt, and felt by Amanda Weisenfeld. Through June 1. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. STUDENT ART COMPETITION EXHIBIT: Winning artworks, judged by visual arts faculty, in a variety of mediums. Through May 7. Info, barclay.tucker@ Quimby Gallery, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, in Lyndonville.


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AMY BENNETT: “Nuclear Family,” small paintings about large issues, including marriage, child rearing and female identity. SANDY SOKOLOFF: “Emanations,” mystical, Kabbalah-inspired paintings by the Grand Isle artist, who is showing his work for the first time in 30 years. Through June 16. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.


PAUL KATZ: “The Mind’s Eye,” paintings, sculptures and books. Through May 27. ‘WORKS ON PAPER: A DECADE OF COLLECTING’: A variety of works from the museum’s permanent collection, historic to contemporary, self-taught to modernist artists. Artists include Gayleen Aiken, Milton Avery, Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, Paul Feeley, Luigi Lucioni, Duane Michals and Norman Rockwell. Through May 5. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum.


‘EYE-CATCHING’: More than 20 area artists show work in a variety of mediums in this annual exhibition. Through June 15. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Gallery in Randolph. JOAN CURTIS: “Eyes That Watch,” paintings, collage and drawings that depict creatures on this Earth as magical, ephemeral beings. Through May 22. Info, 728-1418. Hartness Gallery, Vermont Technical College, in Randolph Center.

f PETER CUNNINGHAM: “All You See Is Glory; Big Stars and Maritime Moments,” images by the longtime, internationally exhibited photographer. Curated by Dian Parker. Reception: Saturday, May 11, 4-6 p.m., with artist talk Through June 15. Info, White River Gallery in South Royalton.

PETER FRIED: “Figure in the Landscape,” paintings by the Vermont artist. RICK SKOGSBERG: Works on paper, ceramics and painted shoes by the visionary artist and poet. Through May 4. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

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‘WOOD BURNING’: A solo show of paintings and wood-burned art by Tom Ball, an owner of Tatunka Tattoo in South Royalton. Through May 3. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library.

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‘THE 99 FACES PROJECT’: A nationally traveling exhibit designed, by Boston-based visual artist Lynda Michaud Cutrell, to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Photographs, videos, paintings and sculptures present true-to-life images to challenge assumptions about what living with mental illness looks like. Through September 30. Info, 603-4942179. Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, N.H. ‘ARTISTS AS INNOVATORS’: A group exhibition of works by artists who have received fellowships from the New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts over three decades. See for schedule of artist talks and workshops. Through August 9. Info, 518-564-2474. Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y.

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‘A MODEL IN THE STUDIO’: Artworks in a variety of mediums from 1880 to 1950 that show how artists worked from live subjects; many pieces never before displayed or new acquisitions. Through May 5. Info, 514-285-2000. ‘THIERRY MUGLER COUTURISSIME’: A retrospective of the French creator’s prêt-à-porter and haute couture creations, 1973-2001. Through September 8. Info, 514-2852000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. m

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CALL TO ARTISTS ‘2019 ART ON THE REFUGE’: Artists are invited to submit 2D work (including textiles that can be hung) for this annual exhibition, May 18 through July 19. No commission taken. Entry fee includes one year membership in Friends of the Missisquoi. Art must be delivered between May 11 to 14. Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton. $15. Info, artshow@friendsofmissisquoi. org, GALLERY COOPERATIVE: Seeking local artists to display their work in monthlong shows. The new rotation schedule begins in June. Deadline: June 1. Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh N.Y. Info, 518-563-1604, ‘EYE SPY!’: This show invites artists to share work that focuses on eyes, whether human, animal or imaginary creature, and one or multiple sets of eyes, for an exhibition July 9 through August 23. Deadline: May 24. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069, MAY MEMBERS EXHIBITION: Join or renew your artist membership to the gallery to participate in this annual exhibition. Artists may showcase up to three pieces of artwork and will be included in events throughout the year. Deadline: May 1. The S.P.A.C.E.

Gallery, Burlington. Info,, ‘PROMISE HEARTS’: Just as our heart beats to support our lives, so must we beat on to support and heal our nation, environment, society and world. Use your artistic side to create a promise in 2D or 3D that helps to set our world back on the right beat. Silent auction proceeds benefit artist-chosen nonprofits. Deadline: June 10. Grand Isle Art Works. $15. Info, 378-4591, ‘ROCK SOLID XIX’: This annual exhibit showcases stone sculptures and assemblages by area artists, September 17 through November 2. We are also looking for 2D works that display the qualities of stone. Deadline: August 2. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069, SOLO & SMALL GROUP SHOWS: SPA uses its secondand third-floor spaces for solo and small group shows. Artists are encouraged to submit a proposal for consideration of such a show in 2020. Deadline: June 28. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069, SOUTH END ART HOP: Artists can register to show work or enter the juried exhibit, and

businesses can register to show artists’ works for the 27th annual, three-day arts festival in Burlington’s South End. Deadline: July 4. SEABA Center, Burlington. Info, 859-9222, SUMMER JURIED SHOW: Artists are invited to submit work for an exhibit to run July 2 through August 30. All artistic media will be considered. Submission form on gallery website. Deadline: May 19. T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier. $25 for three pieces of art; $10 for each additional. Info, 262-6035.

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‘UNBOUND: VOL IX’: The juried annual book-arts exhibition is open to artists working in New England and New York who are 18 or older. The theme is simple: using books as material or format. Deadline: June 28. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, Woodstock. Info, WATERFRONT ART WALK: Call to artists to submit work into the 2019 Waterfront Art Walk, which will occur every other Sunday for the summer (weather permitting). Please include sample pieces and mediums, and indicate whether you’d like to be involved in only the June 2 event or in later walks as well. Deadline: May 19. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington. $5. Info,


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aura Steinel. That’s a name you’ll want to remember. You’ll want to remember to turn and run the next time you see it within a mile of a movie’s credits. That’s if there’s a next time. Having endured her feature debut, I suspect it’s très unlikely this first-time writer-director will be encouraged to write or direct a second time. Family is less a film than a cinematic recycling center. Reviewers have referred to it as a “dramedy.” A better word might be malady. It’s not just lazily formulaic. It’s an 85-minute outbreak of appropriation symptomatic of our culture’s comfort with sampling, sequeling and remaking. Taylor Schilling stars as Kate Stone, yet another female character who works too much, drinks too much and feels too little. As the movie opens, we find her waking up at the office, having nodded off on a pile of paperwork. Steinel clearly has a compulsion to deploy pointless detail. An inexplicable running gag involves Kate frowning at the company coffeemaker as it splurts defectively into singleserving mugs. She does this the morning we meet her and at intervals throughout the pic-


ONE BIG SAPPY FAMILY Familiarity and formula breed contempt in Laura Steinel’s snoozy feature debut.

ture, though it possesses zero ultimate significance. What matters here is that, at the beginning, Kate is all business. There’s no room in her life for friends or family. We know this from her response when her brother (Eric Edelstein) asks her to babysit Maddie, the 11-year-old niece she’s never met, so he and his wife (Allison Tolman) can attend to a family crisis (“We’ve asked everyone”). Kate eventually says yes, then asks her secretary to google her brother’s address. Bryn Vale portrays Maddie, the regulation tween misfit. As the Derivative Movie Playbook dictates, she’s an outcast at school and not all that perfect a fit at home. Mom and Dad pay for ballet lessons. She sneaks next door to learn karate (Vale’s a black belt in real life). They want her to go to the prom. She thinks she’s a witch and meets a boy who takes her to a juggalo gathering instead. Speaking of pointless details: juggalos. They’re followers of trash rappers Insane Clown Posse, like Deadheads with face paint. The film’s trailer suggests juggalos figure prominently in the story line. They don’t. They’re an asterisk, and an underdeveloped one at that. If ever a picture could have been directed by a GPS, it’s Family. From the first frame to

the last, we know exactly where things are going, even if we have no clue why we should care. Steinel leaves no cliché unturned. Never do we doubt that Kate and Maddie will bond. Never is there any question the experience will change them both forever. Not for a second do we doubt lessons will be learned. Because we’ve seen all this a thousand times in films a thousand times better. Kate will start out ruthless, like Charlize Theron in Young Adult; realize she’s been a dick with help from a kid, like Bill Murray in St. Vincent;

Avengers: Endgame ★★★★


orgive me if I don’t feel quite ready to review Avengers: Endgame. Whether you’re emotionally invested in comic-book superheroes or not, this movie leaves you staggering, as if you’ve just emerged from the world’s biggest tent revival. Imagine a charismatic crew of dozens of preachers and an apocalypse visually rendered by crews of thousands. And the religion? Narrative. The 22nd film in Marvel’s master plan for global screen domination, Avengers: Endgame is a massive spectacle that provokes cheers, gasps and tears from its clued-in audience. It demonstrates that, when they want to, people can still keep track of ridiculously complex story lines. As Christopher Markus, who cowrote the screenplay with Stephen McFeely, said in a recent New York Times interview, “It’s inside baseball, but everyone is following the baseball.” Bringing this cycle of films (but not the entire series) to an end, Avengers: Endgame was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who helmed last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. In that film, an interstellar pontificating jerk named Thanos (Josh Brolin) used the six Infinity Stones (perennial MacGuffins of the series) to finger-snap half the population of the universe into dust. So the sequel opens with a smaller, sadder cast. It’s time for the six surviving core Avengers to rise to the challenge of undoing the damage. Five years of universe-wide mourning later, they haven’t gotten far, until Ant80 SEVEN DAYS MAY 1-8, 2019

THIS IS THE END Captain America sheds the proverbial single tear as a cycle of the superhero franchise draws toward a close.

Man (Paul Rudd) pops out of the “quantum realm” with a potential solution: time travel. Soon the Avengers are plotting a “time heist” to reclaim the all-powerful Infinity Stones from their own past — that is, from the narratives of previous Marvel movies. Here things get a touch meta, as the characters follow a brainstorming path that the film’s screenwriters undoubtedly blazed for them. More than ever, this finale demonstrates that the series’ emotional core is the bond-

ing, bickering, evolving partnership of the four male leads: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Each actor has ample opportunity to showcase his talents, be they dramatic, comic or both. As for the superheroines, Marvel has work to do in that department, despite a compellingly staged climactic “girl power” moment. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) still comes

be welcomed back into the fold she was too busy for, like George Clooney in Up in the Air; and, finally, become a paragon of office parity, like Melanie Griffith in Working Girl. Which was already old news in 1988. Well, I’ve reached my word count, so I’ll conclude with a sentiment apropos of this bromide-driven baloney: You can’t choose your family, but you can choose to stay as far as possible from this one. Blood has never been thicker. RI C K KI S O N AK

across mostly as a mediator and den mother. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) remains a conveniently powered-up cipher. If there’s one female character who commands the screen, it’s former antagonist Nebula, played with rageful intensity by Karen Gillan. But her history with Thanos could baffle viewers who haven’t seen the Guardians of the Galaxy movies — such as Ant-Man, who stands in for the less obsessed audience members when he inquires who the hell all these aliens are. It’s inside baseball, all right. Even for outsiders, though, there’s something fascinating about this byzantine, high-stakes game. While the three-hour movie inevitably loses steam during its supersize climax, it keeps our brains merrily humming throughout, whether we’re trying to grasp how time travel works (don’t try) or simply processing the characters’ smart-ass references to other time-travel movies. Even viewers who are totally lost will be kept busy spotting the celebrities in the Marvel world — hey, is that Robert Redford? Movies like Endgame embody a bittersweet irony: These mega-blockbusters, which are structured more like serialized TV shows than traditional films, have driven whole genres of “quieter” movies from theaters to home screens. Yet to see Endgame with a crowd is to remember what moviegoing once was and still can be: a group experience of grief and joy. It’s a reason to assemble. MARGO T HARRI S O N


NEW IN THEATERS HIGH LIFE: A group of criminals undertakes a deep-space mission involving reproduction in this offbeat sci-fi film directed by French art-house favorite Claire Denis (Trouble Every Day) and starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche. (110 min, R. Roxy, Savoy) THE INTRUDER: A couple (Meagan Good and Michael Ealy) buy their dream home only to learn that the previous owner (Dennis Quaid) isn’t ready to let it go in this thriller from director Deon Taylor (Traffik). (102 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic) LONG SHOT: A presidential candidate (Charlize Theron) hires a journalist (Seth Rogen) with a childhood crush on her to be her speechwriter in this romantic comedy from director Jonathan Levine (The Wackness). With June Diane Raphael and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (125 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) UGLYDOLLS: They’re ugly. They’re dolls. In this animated family flick, they sing (with the voice talents of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and Janelle Monáe) and learn a message about how “who you truly are is what matters most.” Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo and Juliet) directed. (87 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Sunset)

NOW PLAYING AFTERH1/2 An innocent college freshman (Josephine Langford) falls for a damaged bad boy (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) in this romance based on Anna Todd’s mega-popular book series, which started as One Direction fan fiction. Jenny Gage (All This Panic) directed. (106 min, PG-13)

AMAZING GRACEHHHHH Sydney Pollack’s concert film, derailed by technical difficulties and later reassembled by Alan Elliott, captures Aretha Franklin performing at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Los Angeles in 1972. (89 min, G)

FAMILYH1/2 Taylor Schilling plays a stressed-out professional who bonds with her tween niece in this comedy from first-time director Laura Steinel, also starring Kate McKinnon and Brian Tyree Henry. (85 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 5/1)

THE PUBLICHHHH Emilio Estevez returns to directing with this drama in which homeless people take over the Cincinnati public library, starring Estevez, Alec Baldwin and Taylor Schilling. (119 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 4/17. Savoy)

AVENGERS: ENDGAMEHHHH It takes all Marvel’s effects wizards, a huge cast and a three-hour run time to put the Avengers back together again in the second half of this high-stakes two-parter. With Brie Larson, Scarlett Johansson, Karen Gillan, Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr., etc., etc. Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Infinity War) directed. (181 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 5/1)

HELLBOYH1/2 This reboot of the comic-book-based series pits the half-human, half-demon hero (David Harbour) against a sorceress from Arthurian legend (Milla Jovovich). With Ian McShane. Neil Marshall (The Descent) directed. (120 min, R)

SHAZAM!HHH1/2 Fourteen-year-old foster kid Billy Batson discovers his inner superhero (Zachary Levi) in the latest addition to the DC Comics cinematic universe. David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation) directed. With Djimon Hounsou and Michelle Borth. (132 min, PG-13)

BREAKTHROUGHHH1/2 This Christian inspirational drama tells the fact-based story of a devout teen who was revived after 15 minutes in an icy lake. With Chrissy Metz, Topher Grace and Josh Lucas. Roxann Dawson directed. (116 min, PG) CAPTAIN MARVELHHH Fighter pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this superhero outing written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson). With Gemma Chan, Samuel L. Jackson and Lee Pace. (124 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 3/13) THE CURSE OF LA LLORONAH1/2 The child-stealing “Weeping Woman” of southwestern legend gets her own horror movie. Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz and Patricia Velasquez star. Michael Chaves makes his feature directorial debut. (93 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 4/24) DUMBOHH1/2 Disney remakes its classic animated saga of a flying circus elephant with live actors and a creepily winsome CG pachyderm. With Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Danny DeVito. Tim Burton directed. (112 min, PG; reviewed by M.H. 4/3)

LITTLEHH1/2 Regina Hall plays a stressed-out power player who finds herself transformed into a much younger version of herself (Marsai Martin) in this comedy from cowriter-director Tina Gordon (Peeples). Issa Rae also stars. (109 min, PG-13) MISSING LINKHHH1/2 A bigfoot (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) recruits an explorer (Hugh Jackman) to help him find more of his kind in this stop-motion animated adventure from Laika and writer-director Chris Butler (ParaNorman). (95 min, PG; reviewed by M.H. 4/17) THE MUSTANGHHHH Matthias Schoenaerts plays a violent convict who trains wild mustangs as part of a rehabilitation program in this fact-based drama from director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. With Jason Mitchell and Bruce Dern. (96 min, R) PENGUINSHHH1/2 An Adélie penguin seeks a mate while facing the perils of life in the Antarctic in this Disneynature documentary directed by Alistair Fothergill (Monkey Kingdom) and Jeff Wilson. Ed Helms narrates. (76 min, G) PET SEMATARYHHH After they discover a creepy rural burial ground, a family learns that “Sometimes dead is better” in this new adaptation of the Stephen King novel. With Jason Clarke, John Lithgow and Amy Seimetz. Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes) directed. (101 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 4/10)

TRANSITHHHH Fleeing Nazi-occupied France, a man assumes the identity of a dead writer only to run into his widow, who doesn’t know her husband’s fate, in this World War II drama from director Christian Petzold (Phoenix). Franz Rogowski and Paula Beer star. (101 min, R) USHHHH1/2 Writer-director Jordan Peele (Get Out) brings us the creepy tale of a family who are terrorized by their own doppelgängers during a beach getaway. Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss and Winston Duke star. (116 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 3/27)




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I invite you to explore the frontiers of what’s possible for you to experience and accomplish. One exercise that might help: Visualize specific future adventures that excite you. Examples? Picture yourself parasailing over the Mediterranean Sea near Barcelona, or working to help endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica, or giving a speech to a crowded auditorium on a subject you will someday be an expert in. The more specific your fantasies, the better. Your homework is to generate at least five of these visions.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “How prompt we are to satisfy the hunger and thirst of our bodies,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. “How slow to satisfy the hunger and thirst of our souls!” Your first assignment in the coming days, Aries, is to devote yourself to quenching the hunger and thirst of your soul with the same relentless passion that you normally spend on giving your body the food and drink it craves. This could be challenging. You may be less knowledgeable about what your soul thrives on than what your body loves. So your second assignment is to do extensive research to determine what your soul needs to thrive. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “We must choose

between the pain of having to transcend op-

pressive circumstances, or the pain of perpetual unfulfillment within those oppressive circumstances,” writes mental health strategist Paul John Moscatello. We must opt for “the pain of growth or the pain of decay,” he continues. We must either “embrace the tribulations of realizing our potential, or consent to the slow suicide in complacency.” That’s a bit melodramatic, in my opinion. Most of us do both; we may be successful for a while in transcending oppressive circumstances but then temporarily lapse back into the pain of unfulfillment. However, there are times when it makes sense to think melodramatically. And I believe now is one of those times for you. In the coming weeks, I hope you will set in motion plans to transcend at least 30 percent of your oppressive circumstances.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You Cancerians can benefit from always having a fertility symbol somewhere in your environment: an icon or image that reminds you to continually refresh your relationship with your own abundant creativity; an inspiring talisman or toy that keeps you alert to the key role your fecund imagination can and should play in nourishing your quest to live a meaningful life; a provocative work of art that spurs you to always ask for more help and guidance from the primal source code that drives you to reinvent yourself. So if you don’t have such a fertility symbol, I invite you to get one. If you do, enhance it with a new accessory. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In my horoscopes, I of-

ten speak to you about your personal struggle for liberation and your efforts to express your soul’s code with ever-more ingenuity and completeness. It’s less common that I address your sacred obligation to give back to life for all that life has given to you. I only infrequently discuss how you might engage in activities to help your community or work for the benefit of those less fortunate than you. But now is one of those times when I feel moved to speak of these matters. You are in a phase of your astrological cycle when it’s crucial to perform specific work in behalf of a greater good. Why crucial? Because your personal well-being in the immediate future depends in part on your efforts to intensify your practical compassion.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “We are whiplashed between an arrogant overestimation of ourselves and a servile underestimation of ourselves,” writes educator Parker Palmer. That’s the bad news, Virgo. The good news is that you are in prime position to escape from the whiplash. Cosmic forces are conspiring with your eternal soul to coalesce a well-balanced vision of your true value that’s free of both vain misapprehensions and selfdeprecating delusions. Congrats! You’re empowered to understand yourself with a tender objectivity that could at least partially heal lingering wounds. See yourself truly! LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The country of Poland awards medals to couples that have stayed married for 50 years. It also gives out medals to members of the armed forces who have served for at least 30 years. But the marriage medal is of higher rank and is more prestigious. In that spirit, I’d love for you to get a shiny badge or prize to acknowledge your devoted commitment to a sacred task — whether that commitment is to an intimate alliance, a noble quest or a promise to yourself. It’s time to reward yourself for how hard you’ve worked and how much you’ve given. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio poet Sylvia Plath wrote, “I admit I desire, / Occasionally, some backtalk / From the mute sky.” You’ll be wise to borrow the spirit of that mischievous declaration. Now is a good time to solicit input from the sky, as well as from your allies and friends and favorite animals, and from every other source that might provide you with interesting feedback. I invite you to regard the whole world as your mirror, your counselor, your informant. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In January 1493, the notorious pirate and kidnapper Christopher Columbus was sailing his ship near the land we now call the Dominican Republic. He spotted three creatures he assumed were mermaids. Later he wrote in his log that they were “not half as beautiful as they are painted [by artists].” We know now that the “mermaids” were actually manatees, aquatic mammals with flippers and paddle-shaped

tails. They are in fact quite beautiful in their own way and would only be judged as homely by a person comparing them to mythical enchantresses. I trust you won’t make a similar mistake, Sagittarius. Evaluate everything and everyone on their own merits, without comparing them to something they’re not.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “I want what we all want,” writes novelist Jonathan Lethem. “To move certain parts of the interior of myself into the exterior world, to see if they can be embraced.” Even if you haven’t passionately wanted that lately, Capricorn, I’m guessing you will soon. That’s a good thing, because life will be conspiring with you to accomplish it. Your ability to express yourself in ways that are meaningful to you and interesting to other people will be at a peak. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Using algo-

rithms to analyze 300 million facts, a British scientist concluded that April 11, 1954, was the most boring day in history. A Turkish man who would later become a noteworthy engineer was born that day, and Belgium staged a national election. But that’s all. With this non-eventful day as your inspiration, I encourage you to have fun reminiscing about the most boring times in your own past. I think you need a prolonged respite from the stimulating frenzy of your daily rhythm. It’s time to rest and relax in the sweet luxury of nothingness and emptiness.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “The Blue Room” is a famous Picasso painting from 1901. Saturated with blue hues, it depicts a naked woman taking a bath. More than a century after its creation, scientists used X-rays to discover that there was an earlier painting beneath “The Blue Room” and obscured by it. It shows a man leaning his head against his right hand. Piscean poet Jane Hirshfield says that there are some people who are “like a painting hidden beneath another painting.” More of you Pisceans fit that description than any other sign of the zodiac. You may even be like a painting beneath a painting beneath a painting — to a depth of five or more paintings. Is that a problem? Not necessarily. But it is important to be fully aware of the existence of all the layers. Now is a good time to have a check-in.


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WINOOSKI ROUNDABOUTS Summer Discovery. I was bold to call after you but forgot to get your number. I was with my deaf/blind coworker. You were en route to Waterworks with a friend. When: Saturday, April 27, 2019. Where: Winooski roundabouts. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914733 LOOKING FOR KIP! Saw you on, but I don’t know if you are a lost leader! You look and sound too good — are you real? I’ve been stuck in Vermont for 40 years, so can survive on my own, but why? You said you lived in Burlington. Help me find KIP so I can know if he’s real. Thanks! When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Where: on Match. com. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914732 WINOOSKI BEV 11ish a.m. You asked if you needed to check my ID and then kept smiling, and we locked eyes. I felt some vibes. I guess I’ll have to make another beer run soon. When: Friday, April 26, 2019. Where: Winooski Bev. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914731 RED GLOVES, SHELBURNE RD. BUS Your sparkling eyes and personality made my day. We waited for the in-town bus. You work for a bank in the North End and are from Morrisville(?). Want a new friend? When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Where: Shelburne Rd. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914730 CAN’T ASK A TELLER There’s an intriguing banker in Morrisville. You’re tall and pretty. I saw you again April 24. I needed a haircut and small bills from your coworker. I can’t believe you’re single, but I hope you see this anyway. You’re a fox. When: Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Where: Morrisville. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914729

BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, TAN CROSSTREK We chatted briefly leaving the PO, and I was so dumbfounded by the conversation I’d just had inside that I didn’t even realize how gorgeous you were or think to ask you out until after the fact. But wow, I’d love to see you again, and hopefully you can show the new guy in town around. When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Where: Bristol Post Office. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914728 MAGIC HAT 4/20 GET MESSY You’re a cute redhead who made eye contact with me and was sending some clear signals. I was too shy and distracted to approach you, and was kicking myself as I watched you drive off in your VW with New York plates. I’m the brown-eyed and -haired drummer who thought you weren’t necessarily attracted to me. Please message me! When: Saturday, April 20, 2019. Where: Magic Hat. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914727 LYFT DRIVER, SOUTH BURLINGTON 4/19 You: friendly Lyft driver. Told me to sit in the front seat. Told me about your friend with polio. Me: bringing home mega groceries, wearing camos and a black leather cap. If you were flirting, I so missed it until after I got home. I can be thick like that. Message with your license plate number. When: Friday, April 19, 2019. Where: Price Chopper, Hinesburg Rd. You: Man. Me: Trans man. #914726 ABOUT YOUR CHOCOLATE DESSERT Behind you at the checkout counter around noon. You had dirty-blond hair and a pretty smile. You were wearing black athletic apparel, and I was wearing a black shirt and green pants. You were talking about making something with chocolate that sounded really good, and I’d like to learn more about it. When: Saturday, April 13, 2019. Where: City Market, Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914724


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I’m 16. I’m rather pretty (I don’t think so, but I’ve just been told it a lot; I’m trying to not seem self-centered). But I can’t get a lover for the life of me. Everyone I know has people interested in them. I’ve tried the typical reasons, but nothing is matching to my situation. What am I doing wrong?

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SARAH, WE STARTED WITH CHESS We started with chess, and where it went from there was pure magic. You captured my heart. But I didn’t get your number. When: Saturday, April 13, 2019. Where: Muddy Waters. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914722 THE A-HOLE WHO HONKED You guys on the motorcycles had the right of way, but at that moment I sincerely thought it was a four-way stop and I honked my horn like a jerk. The last of you stopped and waved me through. Immediately after, I knew I was wrong. I’m sorry. When: Saturday, April 13, 2019. Where: Main Street and Champlain. You: Group. Me: Woman. #914721 GUY WITH HUNTER ORANGE HAT! Thanks for the friendly conversation and shared interest in admiring the outdoors as much as I do! Maybe I’ll meet you on the trail again with my dog by my side! When: Thursday, April 11, 2019. Where: Muddy Brook. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914720 GILLIAN AT MARKET32 So nice to be rung up by a real person. Even nicer when that person has such a lovely smile! When: Thursday, April 11, 2019. Where: Market32. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914719 THE BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE I am sorry I never called to wish you a happy birthday. When: Friday, April 12, 2019. Where: Vermont. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914718 SECOND FLOOR, UVMMC It was great talking to you. I was looking for the main lobby front desk. I just wanted to send you an I Spy to say thanks. I hope that it will brighten up your day, since it was such a rainy one when we met. BTW, loved the bling in the ears.  When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Where: second-floor elevator, UVMMC. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914714

Dear Sweet 16,

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I-89N CUTIE STOPPING TRAFFIC SATURDAY You: driving a silver Subaru hatchback, beard, bald and sunny glasses. You passed me and then slowed down between Williston and 189. Me: dark gray SUV, sunglasses, singing along, sped up to see you again. Meet me at the Whale Tails for a walk? When: Saturday, April 13, 2019. Where: I-89N around 3 p.m. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914723

WE BOTH BEGIN WITH D Years ago, you entered a bar in Montpelier. I followed. Pretended not to know you, flirted, drank our Scotch neat. Bartender warned you, yet I walked out with you, kissing, touching, nearly made love on the way to your place. A passerby smiled, spying your revealed skin. We were hot. Let’s be hot again. When: Saturday, January 11, 2014. Where: Montpelier, years ago. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914716 CONTRA CUTIE Saw you at the dance Saturday night in a polka-dot skirt. You struck up a conversation while I was checking out flyers. It was like a warm, sparkly light shone on me. You hugged me before you left, and I wanted to ask you out but I couldn’t find the words. Want to get a cup of tea sometime? When: Saturday, April 6, 2019. Where: Capital City Grange, Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914715 LADY WITH DOG, FIRE TOWER TUESDAY You walked real fast past me; we said hi. You kept going, and then I saw you on the way down. You told me there would not be much of a view. But the view seemed better when I saw you. Hope you remember. I remember you. Blond, super fit. 10 a.m. When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Where: Elmore State Park on snowshoe to fire tower. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914713 DON’T WAIT The sun is filled with ice and gives no warmth at all, and the skies were never blue. The stars are raindrops searching for a place to fall. And I never cared for you. When: Sunday, March 24, 2019. Where: Queen City. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914712 MAKE ME A FRIEND I was at the shade. There you were with your legs, tats and piercings. You gave me a wink. I’m so much older than you. Want to be friends and hang out? Do you paint? Would you like to take walks down on the front? I bet you like the Flynn. When: Saturday, April 6, 2019. Where: shades. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914711 LOST YOUR EMAIL I miss you, Mr. White. Reach out. When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Where: online and in person. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914695

I was 16 once … a very long time ago. As a matter of fact, I’ve been 16 three times over at this point. One thing my dusty memory banks recall about being your age is that the last thing I would want anyone to say to me was, “You’re only 16.” But it’s true. You’re so young. What’s your rush? When I was about your age, I had a boyfriend and my father wasn’t so keen on the idea. Which only made me want to hang out with the guy more. Instead of paying attention to my schoolwork or hanging out with my other friends, I was off sneaking around with my boyfriend, makin’ out in parking lots and that sort of thing. It was a lot of fun, and at the time I thought we would

LAST HOPE AND WISH I’ve been so confused and lost. I can’t move on until you’re out of my head, and I can only do that by leaving. I want you home yesterday, no questions asked, so how about it? Come home, or should I pack and move away? I’ll never stop loving you, even when you’re breaking my heart. Always love. When: Saturday, April 6, 2019. Where: Salon. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914710 CONK LAREE AT MARSHALLS You were wearing a tux, flashing those brilliant red and yellow shoulder pads, and strutting your stuff up and down the aisles like you owned the whole Marshalls. When: Thursday, April 4, 2019. Where: Williston. You: Man. Me: Non-binary person. #914709 BOWLING WITH FRIENDS Bowled next to you and your friends on a snowy Friday night. I was also with my two friends. You were the tall one with the handsome mustache. I was the one in all black dancing to Robyn. Not sure if you are single, but I find you very attractive. Want to grab a drink sometime? When: Friday, April 5, 2019. Where: Champlain Lanes, Shelburne Rd. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914708 NINE YEARS OF PEGGING Has it really been that long? The ups, downs and flipped boards ... Here’s to the best cribbage partner ever! I hope to continue going around (me counting each slot) and unloading our days on each other forever. Me: glasses and a bad attitude. You: brown hair and reminding me why I asked you to marry me. When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Where: Middlebury. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914707 RED SOX HAT I was at “Hatties” when I saw you with your vodka soda and backwards Red Sox hat. At first I was skeptical, but then I saw your smooth moves and I knew! You looked 28ish, but I have a feeling you are a bit younger than that. When: Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Where: the bar. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914706 BTV CONTACT Hello, S. We had a great dialogue while waiting for our bags from Detroit. You left quickly — I hope it wasn’t something I said — without giving me your number. How can I contact you? M. When: Sunday, March 17, 2019. Where: BTV. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914690

be together forever. Of course I was wrong, and a couple years later, it was over. I was left with not-so-hot grades and the feeling that I should have listened to my dad. Once in a blue moon, you hear about high school sweethearts who got married and stayed together forever, but that’s really the exception to the rule. The only person you’re guaranteed to be with for the rest of your life is you. At this stage, that’s who you should be most concerned with. The rest will follow. Good luck and God bless,

The Reverend

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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C0251-4G-2A, 4C1065-13B 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On April 23, 2019, City of Winooski, 27 West Allen Street, Winooski, VT 05404 and MWG Champlain Mill, LLC, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Suite 210, Winooski, VT 05404 filed application #4C0251-4G-2A, 4C1065-13B for a project generally described as installation of a standalone structure to cover 960 square feet of the existing 1,355 square foot patio area to accommodate three season dining. The Project is located at 20 Winooski

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Falls Way in Winooski, Vermont. The District #4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51 — Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (http://nrb.vermont. gov) by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C0251-4G-2A,4C106513B”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before May 14, 2019, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Commission sets the matter for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or subcriteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of

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Fact and Conclusions of Law will not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. 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 district coordinator as soon as possible, no later than prior to the response date listed above. Should a hearing be held on this project and you have a disability for which you are going to need accommodation, please notify us by May 14, 2019. Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 24th day of April, 2019. By: Stephanie H. Monaghan District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802/879-5662

stephanie.monaghan@ ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C0388A-10C 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On March 15, 2019, J&J Vermont Properties, LLC and VT Hotel Group, LLC filed application #4C0388A-10C for a project generally described as construction of a four-story tall hotel with 91 rooms on Lot 9 of Blair Park. The application was deemed complete on April 19, 2019 after the receipt of additional information. The project is located 34 Blair Park Road in Williston, Vermont. The District #4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51 - Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (http://nrb.vermont. gov) by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C0388A-10C”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before May 17, 2019, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Commission sets the matter for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the



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criteria or subcriteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law will not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. 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 district coordinator as soon as possible, no later than prior to the response date listed above. Should a hearing be held on this project and you have a disability for which you are going to need accommodation, please notify us by May 17, 2019. Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and ad-

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joining property owners1 RR-Cook-050119.indd and other persons to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 22nd day of April 2019.

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maintenance garage to daycare 3. Review of 2014-2019 Joint Institutional Parking Management Plan Plans may be viewed in the Planning and Zoning Office, (City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington), between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

By: /s/Rachel Lomonaco Rachel Lomonaco District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5658 Rachel.lomonaco@

Participation in the DRB proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. Please note that ANYTHING submitted to the Planning and Zoning office is considered public and cannot be kept confidential.

BURLINGTON DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD TUESDAY MAY 21ST, 2019, 5:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Burlington Development Review Board will hold a meeting on Tuesday May 21st, 2019, at 5:00 PM in Contois Auditorium, City Hall.

This may not be the final order in which items will be heard. Please view final Agenda, at pz/drb/agendas or the office notice board, one week before the hearing for the order in which items will be heard.

1. 19-0474DT; 164 North Willard (RL, Ward 1E) Luke Purvis Appeal of administrative adverse determination as to grandfathered status or 15year statute of limitations regarding northern parking area, southern parking area, and use as a tri-plex. 2. 19-0745CU; 669 Riverside Ave (RM, Ward 2C) BHA Riverside Ave Apt Change of use from

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 of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances: 17 Designation of parking meter zones (a)-(d) As Written. (e) Three (3) hour zones. The following streets or portions of streets are hereby designated as three (3) hour parking:


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(7) On Main Street between South Champlain Street and Battery Street, except the first two spaces west of South Champlain Street on the south side of Main Street. (8)-(71) As Written. (f) As Written. (g) Designated streets with no time limit metered parking: The following streets or portions of streets are hereby designated as no time restriction metered parking zones: (1)-(6) As Written. (7) Bank Street from St. Paul Street to Winooski Avenue, except the two spaces on the south side of Bank Street in front of 185 and 189 Bank Street. (8) As Written. (9) College Street from St. Paul Street to Winooski Avenue, except the first space on the south side of College Street east of Church Street. (10)-(12) As Written. Adopted this 20th day of March, 2019 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest Phillip Peterson Associate Engineer – Technical Services Adopted 03/20/19; Published 05/01/19; Effective 05/22/19. Material in [Brackets] delete. Material underlined add.



valid state issued special registration plate or placard for an individual with a disability on any street, or portion thereof, designated as “residential parking.”:

[CONTINUED] 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 of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances: 27 No parking except with resident parking permit. No person shall park any vehicle except (1) a vehicle with a valid residential street sticker; (2) a vehicle with a valid transferrable residential hanging tag; (3) a clearly identifiable service or delivery vehicle while conducting a delivery or performing a scheduled or requested service; (4) a clearly identifiable car share vehicle; or (5) a vehicle displaying a

(a) (7) [Latham Court.] Residents from Latham Court shall be eligible for resident parking permits on Nash Place, Thibault Parkway, or Case Parkway. (e)-(l) As Written. Adopted this 16th day of April, 2019 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners:

of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances: 7 No-parking areas No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations: (1)-(186) As Written. (187) [Reserved.] On either side of Latham Court. (188)-(551) As Written. Adopted this 16th day of April, 2019 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest Phillip Peterson Associate Engineer – Technical Services Adopted 04/16/19; Published 05/01/19; Effective 05/22/19.

Attest Phillip Peterson Associate Engineer – Technical Services Adopted 4/16/19; Published 05/01/19; Effective 05/22/19. Material in [Brackets] delete. Material underlined add. 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


Material in [Brackets] delete. Material underlined add. OFFICIAL WARNING SPECIAL TOWN MEETING TOWN OF WESTFORD JUNE 3, 2019 The legal voters of the Town of Westford are hereby notified and warned to meet at the Westford School in said Town of Westford on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to transact the following business from the floor:

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Dated this 25th, day of April, 2019. WESTFORD SELECTBOARD Allison Hope, Chair Julia Andrews William Cleary







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.


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Received for record April 26th, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. Attest: Nanette Rogers, Town Clerk Posted at: Westford Town Office, Westford School, Westford Library and Westford Post Office. STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT PROBATE DIVISION DOCKET NO. 292-3-19 CNPR In re estate of Alan Bates NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Alan Bates late of Shelburne, Vermont. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having

/s/ Elizabeth V. Bates Signature of Fiduciary


Elizabeth V. Bates Executor/Administrator: 4182 Spear Street Shelburne, VT 05482

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Name of publication Seven Days Publication Dates: May 1, 2019 Name and Address of Court: Chittenden Probate Court PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT NOTICE OF HEARING FSBO-DavidGray050119.indd 1 ADDISON UNIT FAMILY DIVISION TO: Mark Sparks, father DOCKET NO.: 101-10-17 of D.L., you are hereby ANJV notified that a hearing to consider the creation of a In re: D.L. permanent guardianship


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ARTICLE 1 Shall the voters of the Town of Westford disapprove the proposed Town of Westford Outdoor Fire Safety Ordinance adopted by the Selectboard on March 14, 2019?


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for D.L. will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Vermont Superior Court, Addison Family Division, at 7 Mahady Court, Middlebury, Vermont. You are notified to appear in connection with this case. Failure to appear at this hearing may result in the creation of a permanent guardianship for D.L. The State is represented by Deputy State’s Attorney Tucker Jones, 7 Mahady Court, Middlebury, VT 05753.

VERMONT SUPERIOR 4/29/19 4:14 PM COURT CHITTENDEN FAMILY DIVISION 32 CHERRY STREET, SUITE 200 BURLINGTON, VT 05401 (802) 651-1800 WWW. VERMONTJUDICIARY. ORG Kyle G. St. Peter 113 Blackberry Circle Colchester, VT 05446 April 16, 2019

Dated at Middlebury, Vermont, this 15th day of April, 2019.

NOTICE OF HEARING Brianna Yarnell vs. Kyle G. St.Peter

Alison Sheppard Arms Superior Court Judge

Docket Number: 301-4-11 Cndm

THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 0104495 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DRIVE WILLISTON, VT, WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT 9TH OF MAY 2019 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF CHET & RANDY BROTHERS. Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur.

This is to notify you to appear at the Court named above in connection with the above named case for the following: Motion Hearing Motion to Modify Parental Rights & Resp. Motion to Modify ParentChild Contact Tuesday June 18, 2019 at 08:30 AM Hearing Length: 0 Hour(s) 0 Minute(s) BLOCK SCHEDULED. THANK YOU. PLEASE NOTE: childcare is not available at the courthouse; your children are not permitted to attend.


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BURLINGTON AREA PARKINSON’S DISEASE OUTREACH GROUP People with Parkinson’s disease & their caregivers gather together to gain support & learn about living with Parkinson’s disease. Group meets 2nd Wed. of every mo., 1-2 p.m., continuing through Nov. 18, 2015. Shelburne Bay Senior Living Community, 185 Pine Haven Shores Rd., Shelburne. Info: 888763-3366, parkinson, CANCER SUPPORT GROUP The Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held every 2nd Tue. of the mo., 6-7:45 p.m. at the Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave., Burlington. Newly diagnosed? Prostate cancer reoccurrence? General discussion and sharing among survivors and those beginning or rejoining the battle. Info, Mary L. Guyette RN, MS, ACNS-BC, 274-4990, CELEBRATE RECOVERY Overcome any hurt, habit or hangup in your life with this confidential 12-Step,

Christ-centered recovery program. We offer multiple support groups for both men and women, such as chemical dependency, codependency, sexual addiction and pornography, food issues, and overcoming abuse. All 18+ are welcome; sorry, no childcare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; we begin at 7 p.m. Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Junction. Info: recovery@essexalliance. org, 878-8213. CELEBRATE RECOVERY Celebrate Recovery meetings are for anyone with struggles with hurt, habits and hang ups, which includes everyone in some way. We welcome everyone at Cornerstone Church in Milton which meets every Friday night at 7-9 p.m. We’d love to have you join us and discover how your life can start to change. Info: 893-0530, julie@ CELIAC & GLUTEN-FREE GROUP Last Wed. of every month, 4:30-6 p.m., at Tulsi Tea Room, 34 Elm St., Montpelier. Free & open to the public! To learn more, contact




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HEARING VOICES SUPPORT GROUP This Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voice hearing experiences as real lived experiences








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LGBTQ VETERANS GROUP This veterans group is a safe place for veterans to gather and discuss ways to help the community, have dinners, send packages and help the families of LGBTQ service people. Ideas on being helpful encouraged. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 6-8:30 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church (The Little Red Door), 64 State Street, Montpelier. RSVP, 802-825-2045.


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G.R.A.S.P. (GRIEF RECOVERY AFTER A SUBSTANCE PASSING) Are you a family member who has lost a loved one to addiction? Find support, peer-led support group. Meets once a month on Mondays in Burlington. Please call for date and location. RSVP mkeasler3@gmail. com or call 310-3301 (message says Optimum Health, but this is a private number).





FCA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Families coping with addiction (FCA) is an open community peer support group for adults 18 & over struggling with the drug or alcohol addiction of a loved one. FCA is not 12-step based but provides a forum for those living this experience to develop personal coping skills & draw strength from one another. Weekly on Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington.


CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS CoDA is a 12-step fellowship for people whose common purpose is to develop healthy & fulfilling relationships. By actively working the program of Codependents Anonymous, we can realize a new joy, acceptance & serenity in our lives. Meets Sunday at noon at the Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. Tom, 238-3587,

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT Steps to End Domestic Violence offers a weekly drop-in support group for female identified survivors of intimate partner violence, including individuals who are experiencing or have been affected by domestic violence. The support group offers a safe, confidential place for survivors to connect with others, to heal, and to recover. In support group, participants talk through their experiences and hear stories from others who have experienced abuse in their relationships. Support group is also a resource for those who

FAMILIES, PARTNERS, FRIENDS AND ALLIES OF TRANSGENDER ADULTS We are people with adult loved ones who are transgender or gender-nonconforming. We meet to support each other and to learn more about issues and concerns. Our sessions are supportive, informal, and confidential. Meetings are held at 5:30 PM, the second Thursday of each month at Pride Center of VT, 255 South Champlain St., Suite 12, in Burlington. Not sure if you’re ready for a meeting? We also offer one-on-one support. For more information, email rex@ or call 802-238-3801.

Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Norwich, Vt.; and Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., at Hanover Friends Meeting House, Hanover, N.H. For more information and a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. and the world, call 603-630-1495 or visit


CEREBRAL PALSY GUIDANCE Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a very comprehensive informational website broadly covering the topic of cerebral palsy and associated medical conditions. It’s mission it to provide the best possible information to parents of children living with the complex condition of cerebral palsy. cerebralpalsy cerebral-palsy.

EMPLOYMENTSEEKERS SUPPORT GROUP Frustrated with the job search or with your job? You are not alone. Come check out this supportive circle. Wednesdays at 3 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602.

family, friends and community members who are supporting a loved one through a mental health crisis. Mental health crisis might include extreme states, psychosis, depression, anxiety and other types of distress. The group is a confidential space where family and friends can discuss shared experiences and receive support in an environment free of judgment and stigma with a trained facilitator. Weekly on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Downtown Burlington. Info: Jess Horner, LICSW, 866-218-8586.


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DISCOVER THE POWER OF CHOICE! SMART Recovery welcomes anyone, including family and friends, affected by any kind of substance or activity addiction. It is a science-based program that encourages abstinence. Specially trained volunteer facilitators provide leadership. Sundays at 5 p.m. at the 1st Unitarian Universalist Society, 152 Pearl St., Burlington. Volunteer facilitator: Bert, 3998754. You can learn more at

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DECLUTTERERS’ SUPPORT GROUP Are you ready to make improvements but find it overwhelming? Maybe two or three of us can get together to help each other simplify. 989-3234, 425-3612.

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Open 24/7/365. Post & browse ads at your convenience. which may happen to anyone at anytime. We choose to share experiences, support, and empathy.  We validate anyone’s experience and stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest and accurate representation of their experience, and as being acceptable exactly as they are. Weekly on Tuesday, 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-777-8602, abby@ HEARTBEAT VERMONT Have you lost a friend, colleague or loved one by suicide? Some who call have experienced a recent loss and some are still struggling w/ a loss from long ago. Call us at 446-3577 to meet with our clinician, Jonathan Gilmore, at Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 North Main St. All are welcome. HELLENBACH CANCER SUPPORT Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107. People living with cancer & their caretakers convene for support. INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS/PAINFUL BLADDER SUPPORT GROUP Interstitial cystitis (IC) and painful bladder syndrome can result in recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder/pelvic region & urinary frequency/ urgency. These are often misdiagnosed & mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone. For Vermont-based support group, email bladder or call 899-4151 for more information. KINDRED CONNECTIONS PROGRAM OFFERED FOR CHITTENDEN COUNTY CANCER SURVIVORS The Kindred Connections program provides peer support for all those touched by cancer. Cancer patients as well as caregivers are provided with a mentor who has been through the cancer experience & knows what it’s like to go through it. In addition to sensitive listening, Kindred Connections provides practical help such as rides to doctors’ offices & meal deliveries. The program has people who have experienced a wide variety of cancers.

For further info, please contact LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE SafeSpace offers peer-led support groups for survivors of relationship, dating, emotional &/or hate violence. These groups give survivors a safe & supportive environment to tell their stories, share information, & offer & receive support. Support groups also provide survivors an opportunity to gain information on how to better cope with feelings & experiences that surface because of the trauma they have experienced. Please call SafeSpace 863-0003 if you are interested in joining. MALE SURVIVOR OF VIOLENCE GROUP A monthly, closed group for male identified survivors of violence including relationship, sexual assault, and discrimination. Open to all sexual orientations. Contact 863-0003 for more information or safespace@pride MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS Do you have a problem with marijuana? MA is a free 12-step program where addicts help other addicts to get & stay clean. Ongoing Wed. at 7 p.m. at Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski, Suite 301, Burlington. 861-3150. MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP Area Myeloma Survivors, Families and Caregivers have come together to form a Multiple Myeloma Support Group. We provide emotional support, resources about treatment options, coping strategies and a support network by participating in the group experience with people that have been though similar situations. Third Tuesday of the month, 5-6 p.m. at the New Hope Lodge on East Avenue in Burlington. Info: Kay Cromie, 655-9136, NAMI CONNECTION PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS Bennington, every Tue., 1-2:30 p.m., CRT Center, United Counseling Service, 316 Dewey St.; Burlington, every Thu., 3-4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2 Cherry St. (enter from parking lot); Berlin, second Thu. of the month, 4-5:30 p.m., CVMC Board Room, 130

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Fisher Rd.; Rutland, every 1st and 3rd Sun., 4:30-6 p.m., Rutland Mental Health Wellness Center, 78 S. Main St.; No. Concord, every Thu., 6-7:30 p.m., Loch Lomond, 700 Willson Rd. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, program@ or 800639-6480. Connection groups are peer recovery support group programs for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Bellows Falls, 3rd Tue. of every mo., 7 p.m., Compass School, 7892 US-5, Westminster; Brattleboro, 1st Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., 1st Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., West Brattleboro; Burlington, 2nd & 4th Tue. of every mo., 7 p.m., HowardCenter, corner of Pine & Flynn Ave.; Berlin, 4th Mon. of every mo., 7 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center, Room 3; Georgia, 1st Tue. of every mo., 6 p.m., Georgia Public Library, 1697 Ethan Allen Highway (Exit 18, I-89); Manchester, 4th Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., Equinox Village, 2nd floor; Rutland, 1st Mon. of every mo., 6 p.m., Rutland Regional Medical Center, Leahy Conference Ctr., room D; St. Johnsbury, 4th Wed. of every mo., 5:30 p.m., Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Library, 1315 Hospital Dr.; Williston, 1st & 3rd Mon. of every mo., 6 p.m., NAMI Vermont Office, 600 Blair Park Rd. #301. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, or 800-639-6480. Family Support Group meetings are for family & friends of individuals living mental illness. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS is a group of recovering addicts who live w/ out the use of drugs. It costs nothing to join. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Info, 862-4516 or Held in Burlington, Barre and St. Johnsbury. NAR-ANON BURLINGTON GROUP Group meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at the Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington.

The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Info: Amanda H. 338-8106. NEW (AND EXPECTING) MAMAS AND PAPAS! EVERY PRIMARY CAREGIVER TO A BABY! The Children’s Room invites you to join our weekly drop-in support group. Come unwind and discuss your experiences and questions around infant care and development, self-care and postpartum healing, and community resources for families with babies. Tea and snacks provided. Weekly on Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring your babies! (Newborn through crawling stage). Located within Thatcher Brook Primary School, 47 Stowe Street, Contact childrens or 244-5605. NORTHWEST VERMONT CANCER PRAYER & SUPPORT NETWORK A meeting of cancer patients, survivors & family members intended to comfort & support those who are currently suffering from the disease. 2nd Thu. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church St., St. Albans. Info: 2nd Wed. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Winooski United Methodist Church, 24 W. Allen St., Winooski. Info: hovermann4@ OPEN EARS, OPEN MINDS A mutual support circle that focuses on connection and selfexploration. Fridays at 1 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (OA)  A 12-step program for people who identify as overeaters, compulsive eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, etc. No matter what your problem with food, we have a solution! All are welcome, meetings are open, and there are no dues or fees. See meeting-list for the current meeting list, meeting format and more; or call 802-8632655 any time!

POTATO INTOLERANCE SUPPORT GROUP Anyone coping with potato intolerance and interested in joining a support group, contact Jerry Fox, 48 Saybrook Rd., Essex Junction, VT 05452. QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFÉ The Queen City Memory Café offers a social time & place for people with memory impairment & their fiends & family to laugh, learn & share concerns & celebrate feeling understood & connected. Enjoy coffee, tea & baked goods with entertainment & conversation. QCMC meets the 3rd Sat. of each mo., 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Thayer Building, 1197 North Ave., Burlington. 316-3839. QUEER CARE GROUP This support group is for adult family members and caregivers of queer, and/or questioning youth. It is held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at Outright Vermont, 241 North Winooski Ave. This group is for adults only. For more information, email QUIT TOBACCO GROUPS Are you ready to be tobacco free?  Join our FREE five-week group classes facilitated by our Tobacco Treatment Specialists.  We meet in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  You may qualify for a FREE 8-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Contact us at (802)-847-7333 or quittobaccoclass@ SCLERODERMA FOUNDATION NEW ENGLAND Support group meeting held 4th Tue. of the mo., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Williston Police Station. Info, Blythe Leonard, 878-0732. SEX & LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem w/ sex or relationships? We can help. Shawn, 660-2645. Visit or for meetings near you. SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT HOPE Works offers free support groups to women, men & teens who are survivors of sexual violence. Groups are available for survivors at any stage of the healing process. Intake for all support groups

is ongoing. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule an intake to become a group member, please call our office at 864-0555, ext. 19, or email our victim advocate at advocate@ STUTTERING SUPPORT GROUPS If you’re a person who stutters, you are not alone! Adults, teens & school-age kids who stutter & their families are welcome to join one of our three free National Stuttering Association (NSA) stuttering support groups at UVM. Adults: 5:30-6:30, 1st & 3rd Tue. monthly; teens (ages 13-17): 5:30-6:30, 1st Thu. monthly; school-age children (ages 8-12) & parents (meeting separately): 4:15-5:15, 2nd Thu. monthly. Pomeroy Hall (489 Main St., UVM campus. Info:, burlingtonstutters@, 656-0250. Go Team Stuttering! SUICIDE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP For those who have lost a friend or loved one through suicide. Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 N. Main St., Wallingford, 446-3577. 6:30-8 p.m. the 3rd Tue. of ea. mo. SUICIDE HOTLINES IN VT Brattleboro, 2577989; Montpelier (Washington County Mental Health Emergency Services), 229-0591; Randolph (Clara Martin Center Emergency Service), 800-639-6360. SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN who have experienced intimate partner abuse, facilitated by Circle (Washington Co. only). Please call 877-5439498 for more info. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE If you have lost someone to suicide and wish to have a safe place to talk, share and spend a little time with others who have had a similar experience, join us the 3rd Thu. at the Faith Lighthouse Church, Rte. 105, Newport (105 Alderbrook), 7-9 p.m. Please call before attending. Info: Mary Butler, 744-6284. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE, S. BURLINGTON Who: Persons experiencing the impact of a loved one’s suicide. When: first Wednesday of each month, 6-7:30 p.m. Location: S.

Burlington. This group is currently full and unable to accept new participants. Please call Linda Livendale at 802-272-6564 to learn about other groups within driving distance. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you! THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP The Compassionate Friends international support group for parents, siblings and families grieving the loss of a child meets every third Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., at Kismet Place, 363 Blair Park Rd., Williston. Call/ email Jay at 802-3731263, compassionate

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TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapter meeting. Hedding United Methodist Church, Washington St., Barre. Wed., 5:15-6:15 p.m. For info, call David at 371-8929. VEGGIE SUPPORT GROUP Want to feel supported on your vegetarian/ vegan journey? Want more info on healthy veggie diets? Want to share & socialize at veggie potlucks, & more, in the greater Burlington area? This is your opportunity to join with other like-minded folks. veggy4life@, 658-4991. WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FAHC. Led by Deb Clark, RN. Every 1st & 3rd Tue., 5-6:30 p.m. Call Kathy McBeth, 847-5715. YOGA FOR FOLKS LIVING WITH LYME DISEASE Join as we build community and share what works on the often confusing, baffling and isolating path to wellness while living with Lyme disease. We will have a gentle restorative practice suitable for all ages and all levels from beginner to experienced, followed by an open group discussion where we will share what works and support one another in our quest for healing. By donation. Wear comfortable clothing. March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4. 2-3:30 p.m. More information at laughingriveryoga. com.

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Part Time Receptionist Thinking about a career in mental health or social work? We have a rewarding place to start.

House Advisors/Crew Leaders Spring Lake Ranch is a long-term residential program for adults with mental health and addiction issues. Residents find strength and hope through shared work and community. We are searching for House Advisors/Crew Leaders to provide residential support, structure, and guidance to residents through informal contact, house activities, participation in clinical teams, and work crew activities to create a positive environment and comfortable home-like atmosphere. Ideal candidates will have completed a bachelor’s degree, an interest in mental health and/ or substance abuse recovery work, and a desire to live in a diverse community setting. In addition to getting started on a mental health career path, you will have the opportunity to gain skills in farming, carpentry, woodworking, forestry, and gardening. This is a full time, residential position with free room and board, free health and dental insurance, paid time off; all in a beautiful rural setting. See our website,, for the full job description and to learn more about Spring Lake Ranch. To apply send cover letter indicating your interest in Spring Lake Ranch and resume to:, or fax to (802) 492-3331, or 3.83” mail to SLR, 1169 Spring Lake Road, Cuttingsville, VT 05738.

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for outpatient Physical Therapy Practice in South Burlington We are in search of a part time (20 hours a week) receptionist for our outpatient physical therapy practice. Our ideal candidate is a highly motivated business professional who has a strong attention to detail, ability to multitask, strong communication skills and a passion for customer service. Job duties include but are not limited to greeting patients, scheduling, insurance verification, document preparation and answering multiline phone system. Some medical office experience preferred but willing to train the right candidate. Send resume to

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Chemical Dependency Professional Phoenix House is seeking a qualified individual to fill our Full-time evening Chemical Dependency Professional position at our Burlington RISE transitional living site.

The position responsibilities include: facilitation of evidence based groups, care management in an individual session format, attendance of treatment team meetings, completion of intakes2v-HomeInstead010919.indd and addiction assessments and other recovery responsibilities Bachelor’s preferred with Alcohol and Drug treatment experience. Please send resumes to James Henzel, 37 Elmwood Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401 or


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Busy law firm in downtown Burlington is seeking a Paralegal with at least two years of law firm experience to provide litigation and other support primarily to a seniorlevel partner.

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Looking for a sweet job? Spend the summer serving up Lake Champlain Chocolates award-winning ice cream cones, sundaes, and more at Vermont’s best local events, including the Burlington Discover Jazz Fest and Stowe Brewers Festival. As our Ice Cream Truck Manager, you’ll be responsible for managing the day to day operations, placing orders, execution of service, procedures, and overall staff supervision. Full and part-time positions available from June through August. Must have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Please visit our website for additional job details:

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Applicants must possess strong organizational skills, attention to detail, complete computer literacy, and well-developed interpersonal and communication skills. A successful applicant will be adept at managing a varied workload, adjusting priorities, tracking and meeting deadlines, and have the flexibility to work both independently and as part of a team. The position is responsible for advanced paralegal work such as drafting of legal documents, correspondence and 5.25” pleadings, preparing discovery responses and requests, assembling exhibits, and gathering information/evidence. Duties may also include case file maintenance, preparation of notices and liaison with courts, law firms, and others, as well as high-level administrative functions such as maintaining electronic databases and systems for tracking cases and reporting purposes. Please submit cover letter and resume via e-mail to:

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Home Instead Senior $200.0 Care, a provider Sign o 0 of personal Bonus n !!! care services to seniors in their homes, is seeking friendly and dependable people. CAREGivers assist seniors with daily living activities. P/T & F/T positions available. 12 hours/week minimum, flexible scheduling, currently available. $12-$16.50/hour depending on experience. No heavy lifting. Apply online at: or call us at 802.860.4663.

Finish Carpenters, Carpenters and Carpenters Helpers. Good Pay, Full Time and Long Term! Chittenden County. Call Mike at 802-343-0089 or Morton at 802-862-7602.

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Optometry Office Manager Busy optometry office looking to hire an experienced full time office manager. Duties include staff management, insurance billing/credentialing, appointment scheduling, some HR, and customer service in fast paced medical office/optical. Monday-Friday. Benefits include paid time off, 401k, health insurance and eye care. Send resumes to:

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Local moving company looking for movers! Previous experience is not required. We will train the right candidates! Applicants must have a valid driver’s 2v-Spectrum050119.indd 1 4/29/19 license, have the highest level of customer service and work well in a team atmosphere. Competitive wages! HIGHWAY MAINTAINER Please call 802-655-6683

PS Salon & Spa is seeking an experienced Licensed Cosmetologist to help us enrich the lives of seniors through elevating their selfimage. All candidates must be an experienced, caregiving, and reliable hair stylist with references to provide beauty services to residents, family members and employees at our Upscale Senior Communities. PS Salon & Spa is the leading national provider in senior salon and spa services, currently located in over 900 communities across 37 states. Current Needs - Up to 4 days a week - 9am-3pm (No nights or weekends) This part time position offers 10:49 AM a commission-based W-2 wage. Built in clientele.

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The Town of Hinesburg is currently seeking an individual to fill a highway maintainer position with the Highway Department. A Class B CDL (commercial driver’s license) with tanker and FINANCE & 4/26/19 12:20 PM trailer endorsements is preferred.3v-PSSalon042419.indd 2v-VTMovingCo050119.indd 1


The Town of Jericho is accepting applications for a Highway Maintenance Worker Level 2. This is a full-time position which requires a CDL and the ability to respond to emergencies and for snow removal outside of regular working hours. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience in highway maintenance, construction procedures and methods and the operation of large trucks, preferably at the municipal level. Equipment operation experience is a plus. The starting hourly wage is $16.50-$17.50 depending on qualifications. The Town of Jericho offers excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, and a retirement plan. An application and job description can be downloaded from They are also available at the Jericho Town Hall, at 67 VT Rt. 15, Jericho, M-F 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Completed applications can be submitted to Paula Carrier in person, via email at or via mail to PO Box 39, Jericho, VT 05465. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


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Get a free college education and save up to $57K in College expenses while working full time with benefits. You can earn a starting wage up to $18.50/hour which is over $38K per year! After completion of the program in 4 years, you can earn a wage of $26/ hour which is over $54K per year! We are looking to hire into this competitive program, 2019 high school grads who are 18 years or older**, who have demonstrated technical aptitude, and have achieved high scholastic and community accomplishments. 7-GlobalFoundries050119.indd 1

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“We make things that matter - from the products that enable the way we live today to the technologies that drive what’s possible for tomorrow!”

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Salvation Farms is hiring a Finance & Administrative Director to oversee all aspects of office management, accounting, and human resources. Working The Town of Hinesburg is closely with the Executive an equal opportunity employer. Director, this position will supervise administrative staff and fill a critical role in the development of organizational2v-TownofHinesburg050119.indd 1 4/29/19 The Town of New Haven is culture, financial stability, and seeking to fill the positions strategic direction. Constituent of Town Administrator management, communications, and Zoning Administrator. marketing, and development will These can be combined to also be part of this staffer’s role. be a full-time position or This position is based in two part-time positions. The Morrisville, VT. Experience Selectboard is seeking an in financial management, individual or individuals with QuickBooks, and database strong interpersonal, business, management is a must. financial, grant writing, Experience in human planning and zoning skills resources, office management, and the ability to oversee and communications, and nonprofit manage a small town and its management strongly preferred. employees. Visit Please send letter of interest, get-involved/#jobs salary requirements, resume and to learn more. three references to:


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2019 High School Diploma with demonstrated technical aptitude

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First call maintenance and preventative maintenance - attend college based courses at VTC Williston Campus

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The Assistant to the President (ATP) provides administrative support to the President and manages the President’s schedule. Serves as the initial and primary point of contact for all inquiries, both internal and external, to the Office of the President. Directs these inquiries to the appropriate office or individual and responds directly to issues affecting the Office of the President. Represents the College as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer for the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Garcia’s Tobacco Shop is seeking a dedicated, friendly and motivated individual to join our team. 35+ hours/week; availability must include nights and weekends. Drop your resume off today! 97 Church St., Burlington, VT 05401.

Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k), generous paid time off, employee and dependent tuition benefits, and discounted gym membership. For full job description and to apply online go to:

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We are Age Well - the leading experts and advocates for the aging population of Northwestern Vermont. BUILDINGS CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER – MONTPELIER

The Design & Construction Division of BGS at the State of Vermont is seeking a self-starter to manage the design and construction of building projects of varying degrees and complexity including repair, renovations, and new construction. The incumbent will be responsible for design, permitting, and construction phases serving as the primary point of contact. Candidates must have the ability to establish effective working relationships and thrive in a fast-paced environment. Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. For more information, contact Joe Aja at or 802-8285694. Department: Buildings & General Services. Status: Full Time. Job ID #1445 Or 1468. Application Deadline: May 7, 2019.


The Design & Construction Division of BGS is seeking a self-starter to lead crossfunctional project teams, development of the biennial Capital Bill and manage the Capital Bill “line item” projects. The incumbent will be responsible for guiding project managers through the design and construction phases of project delivery. Candidates must have the ability to establish effective working relationships and thrive in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of independence. For more information, contact Joe Aja at Department: Buildings & General Services. Status: Full Time. Job ID #1501. Application Deadline: May 19, 2019.


Looking for a new challenge in your career as a professional auditor? How about being part of an internal audit team in the largest agency in state government? If so, our Agency of Human Services may have a great role for you! We are seeking an Internal Auditor to contribute to the Team’s mission in promoting efficient and effective operations across the Agency. Ideal candidate will be a “people person” coupled with strong skills in business process analytics, root cause and risk analysis. For more information, contact Peter Moino at Department: Agency of Human Services. Status: Full Time. Job ID # 1274. Application Deadline: May 6, 2019.


The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is seeking a skilled leader to provide effective direction, oversight, and coordination of quality, performance improvement, accountability, and reporting activities. We’re seeking candidates with thorough knowledge of and/or operational experience in a healthcare or mental health setting or comparable regulatory environment, considerable knowledge of statistical analysis tools such as SPSS and SAS, and of performance and quality improvement methodologies. For more information, contact Sarah Squirrell at sarah. Department: Mental Health. Status: Full Time. Job ID #1465. Application Deadline: May 22, 2019

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Community Relations and Outreach Specialist Age Well is seeking a Community Relations and Outreach Specialist to join a successful and highenergy team. This position develops, promotes and maintains a strategy for community outreach activities that consistently articulates the mission and vision of Age Well. The position uses a wide range of media to build, nurture and sustain a strong industry network, to increase organizational visibility, and to promote and strengthen our brand and business relationships within the communities we serve. The Community Relations and Outreach Specialist works with the CEO, in collaboration with the Director of Development and Communications, to develop initiatives that generate creative and persuasive content for multiple communications channels and audiences to maximize the agency’s community impact and future growth.

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Cover letters identifying the position you’re pursuing along with your resume can be sent to: or faxed to (802) 865-0363. Since 1974, we have provided Northwestern Vermonters with essential services to help them age well. Meals on Wheels | Care Coordination | Helpline: 1-800-642-5119

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Director of Programs Want to live in the Northeast Kingdom and have an awesome job? The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium seeks just the right person to direct its dynamic public and school programs. You must have outstanding interpersonal skills, an innate entrepreneurial drive and a flair for creative problem solving. Work with a great team and do amazing work. Full job description at

PRESCHOOL TEACHER Do you have experience caring for young children? Would you like a generous benefits package that includes a gym membership option and undergraduate and graduate tuition benefits for you and your family members? The Early Learning Center at Saint Michael’s College is looking for an Early Childhood Teacher to join this welcoming community. The position is regular fulltime starting at the end of May. Duties will include curriculum planning, assessment and observation of children, working in conjunction with other teachers and families, direct care and ensuring safety for children aged 3-5 years.

Shelburne Rescue is seeking applicants for two part-time AEMT positions (24 hours per week, 7am-7pm). These positions will require you to serve as primary provider for our 911 ambulance, leading EMTs in 911 responses throughout Shelburne and its surrounding communities. Non-response administrative duties will include assisting volunteers with continued training, apparatus and equipment maintenance, and scheduling. Qualifications preferred are 3 years’ experience, with 1 year’s experience as a crew chief or sole provider at the AEMT level.

Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k), generous paid time off, employee and dependent tuition benefits, and discounted gym membership.

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Taft Corners & Shelburne Road There is no better time to join NSB’s team!

Come and explore a great career at one of the nationally recognized Great Places to Work®! We’re hiring customer service professionals to work in our growing call center at our corporate office in Berlin, Vermont. If you have solid computer skills and business writing skills and are committed to giving the best customer service possible to our members, we want you to apply.

Northfield Savings bank is looking for professionals to join our team as a Community Banker in our Taft Corners Branch located at 60 Wright Avenue, Williston, VT, and our Shelburne Road Branch located at 1120 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT. Both positions offer an excellent opportunity to work for a premier Vermont mutual savings bank. 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 someone 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.

Our eight-week training program will introduce you to the role of a customer service representative. You will gain in-depth knowledge about our health insurance products to equip you with the information you’ll need to answer our members’ questions and address their concerns.

Opportunity for growth • 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.

The hours for this position will be from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. during training. After the eight-week training is completed the hours will be 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. We’re looking for individuals with the following qualifications: • Strong computer typing and spelling skills • Customer service experience, preferably in a health insurance setting • The ability to multi-task, solve problems and work independently • A high school diploma or equivalent

Find your place with us at NSB • Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. 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 – Thursday, generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We offer great benefits, competitive salaries and an award-winning worksite wellness program that promotes a culture of health and wellness— all in a great location in Berlin, Vermont.

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Applications are invited for a full-time Dispatcher/Switchboard operator for Public Safety/Fire & Rescue Departments at Saint Michael’s College to dispatch radio calls and operate the College switchboard. This person will be responsible for answering all incoming calls and directing calls to the appropriate party quickly, accurately and professionally. All emergency calls are received for SMC campus and the surrounding community. Dispatch, switchboard, emergency services experience desirable, but we will provide training for a motivated and dependable person with demonstrated aptitude. Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k), generous paid time off, employee and dependent tuition benefits, and discounted gym membership. For full job description and to apply online go to:

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:



• FIREFIGHTER/EMT (3 FT positions) CPAT certification required • SEASONAL PARKS MAINTENANCE (1 FT position) • WATER QUALITY OPERATOR (1 FT position)

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LIFE SKILLS COACH This position requires excellent coaching and mentoring skills. The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field, have residential program and life skills teaching experience, a background in mental health and/or educational programming, and the ability to build strong positive relationships with young adults.


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Seeking a person with the dynamic skill-set to supervise direct service staff, case manage and coach students, partner with parents, and build a cohesive team and strong community. The ideal candidate will possess a master’s degree in social work or in a related field, have residential program experience, a background in mental health and/or educational programming, strong writing skills, and a commitment to ongoing professional development.


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Interested in working at Red Hen? We are hiring!

CAFÉ STAFF* Previous food service/cash handling experience necessary. Job requirements include: • Customer Service • Making espresso drinks • Making sandwiches to order Full time employees are eligible for benefits including health care, paid time off, retirement plan, and more! *This position requires more than seasonal employment — we are interested in long term commitment. Ask for Hannah at the counter, or contact or call 802-223-5200 x16.

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE CEO The Executive Assistant provides support and project implementation for the President/CEO, and supervision of our reception team. Daily responsibilities include coordinating meetings and engagement opportunities with residents, calendar and meeting logistics, administrative support for the Board of Directors, and general office functions. The Executive Assistant works collaboratively with department directors to coordinate high-level administrative initiatives and special projects. This is a highly visible role for both staff and residents at Wake Robin. We seek a talented administrative expert with a high degree of engaging professionalism and a knack for customer relations. Candidates will have minimum of an Associate’s degree and three years high-level executive secretarial or administrative support experience, with a high degree of interaction requiring tact and discretion. Previous experience providing assistance to Board of Directors preferred. No resume will be considered without a cover letter.

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THE TOWN OF THETFORD The Town of Thetford, Vermont (pop. 2561), seeks a collaborative and energetic town manager to serve as its chief administrative officer. This is a newly created position. The manager reports to a five-member Selectboard. They are responsible for dayto-day town operations and departments, supervision of about 25 full and parttime staff, and a $2.91 million budget. A detailed ad and description are available: A bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred), or experience in municipal government or management required. Hiring range is $70,000 – $80,000, with excellent benefits. Email confidential cover letter, resume, and reference list to Subject “Thetford” or mail to: Thetford Town Manager, c/o VLCT, 89 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602-2948. Please note where you saw this ad. Application Deadline: May 13, 2019. EOE. 5h-VTLeagueCitiesTowns050119.indd 1

to provide part-time residential and community supports to a college student living in downtown Burlington. Candidate would provide student support to community access, health and wellness activities, as well as some oversight of daily living activities. The position is 4-8 hours a week on average with a flexible schedule. Ideal candidate wold have excellent organization and communication skills and would have a degree in or experience in social work, special education, or health care related fields. Experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities is preferred.

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Interested candidates please email or fax your resume with cover letter to: HR, (802) 264-5146. Wake Robin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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• Experience with QuickBooks a must

GROUNDS CREW Do you enjoy being outside in the summer? We are looking for hardworking, reliable, and motivated individuals to join our grounds crew. This position is full-time seasonal employment (Now – November) consisting of estimated 40 hours a week. The job requires physical activity, and candidates need to be capable of operating small equipment while working outside with early morning starts. All our crew members must be able to interact positively with golfers and fellow employees.

• Payroll and tax experience a plus. • 20-40 hours/week • $20/hour

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Morton Bostock Heritage Business Services, Inc. 480 North Ave. Suite 4 Burlington, VT 05401 802-862-7602

No golf or landscape experience is necessary. We are willing to train a responsible person with attention to detail. New employees will be directly involved with the daily maintenance of a golf club that takes pride in providing excellent golfing conditions and aesthetics to its members and their guests.

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Driver is responsible to pick-up and deliver FedEx packages to local business and residential customers. No prior experience is required. We will train anyone interested in being part of a team and who enjoys delivering excellent customer service! Must be 21 or older. Training Available. Valid Driver’s License. Background Check. Send resumes to, or call 1-888-428-8379 for more information.

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• Located in Burlington. • High School graduate and two years of clerical, or data entry experience required. • Starting at $16.88 per hour. • Open until filled. For more details and how to apply go to: *Indicate job code and city of interest on your application*


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Network Administrator There is no better time to join the NSB team! Northfield Savings Bank is looking for a professional to join our team as a Network Administrator in our Berlin Operations Center. This position offers a strong opportunity to work for a growing premier Vermont mutual savings bank. The Network Administrator will be responsible for designing, deploying, maintaining and troubleshooting the Bank’s network and telecommunications infrastructure, including local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN), telephony and information security systems. Experience managing and monitoring web content, working with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools, managing Windows and Linux operating systems, Windows and third party security updates and patching are integral to the Network Administrator position. The requirements for this position include a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and/or work experience. Four or more years of successful network troubleshooting and support, security infrastructure including firewalls and endpoint protection, virtualization technologies, including VMware, Storage, Compute, Active Directory, Group Policy Objects, other Windows and network administration tools, and voice over IP telephony technology including dial plans and call control. Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. Our company 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. 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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The Vermont Judiciary is recruiting a full-time, permanent Docket Clerk position to perform specialized clerical duties including data entry and extensive customer service.

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Vermont For more information or to apply:

POSTING SUMMARY: Provide highly skilled operational support for the Dean of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR). Serve on the Dean’s Leadership Team and as the primary liaison with central UVM executive offices and other offices of the Dean across campus. Take primary lead in crafting external correspondence with constituents. Support the Dean and be able to professionally represent Rubenstein School both on and off campus through meetings and presentations. Oversee efficient and smooth operations of the Dean’s Suite, including budgetary tracking of dean’s discretionary gift funds, stewardship of the suite and supervision of Dean’s Office staff and student employees. Maintain the Dean’s calendar, travel, campus and community presence with a focus on relationship building and outreach. Inform the Dean of relevant University news and events. Provide documentation of meeting outcomes and appropriate follow-up. Exercise independent judgment to solve problems, prioritize work and balance workload. Anticipate timelines, deadlines, effort and documentation necessary to ensure completion of critical projects and meeting preparedness. Support the Rubenstein School’s Board of Advisors and represent the Dean with Board interactions. Maintain confidentiality of the position and the Office of the Dean.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Associate’s degree with five years’ related administrative experience required. Effective organization skills with demonstrated ability to manage multiple, complex programs and projects. Critical thinking and independent problem solving skills with demonstrated experience in prioritizing competing responsibilities to meet deadlines. Professional demeanor with capacity to work effectively in a fast-paced work environment with demonstrated team leadership skills and an ability to maintain confidentiality. Effective written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft products (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe, and Skype is required.

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Trekking company seeks an assistant hiking guide for color season 2019. $100 per day plus room and board. Requirements: current WFR certification, familiarity with Long Trail and GMNF, guiding experience, good people skills. Opportunity for additional trek guiding work nationally and internationally.


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If you have a strong desire to help people become homeowners, then we want to hear from you. We are seeking an individual to join our residential lending team working in the RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE Chittenden County market. While prior knowledge and experience in residential lending LOAN ASSISTANT is preferable, we will train the right individual who demonstrates the ability and desire to take onWethis role. Responsibilities will include originating residential arecritical seeking a full time Residential Mortgage Loan mortgage loans Assistant and perform related duties, with support from our processing and for our growing South Burlington Loan Office. underwriting staff, to bring loan applications to successful completion and closing. This individual will be responsible for performing a vaKey attributes for the successful candidate includes the ability to establish rapport and riety of administrative duties to provide loan originadevelop relationships with customers and referral sources and the ability to explain to tion and documentation support for our Mortgage Loan customers our loan programs, concepts and terms they may not be familiar with.

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Officers. Other responsibilities include overseeing the

This important position manages benefits administration, staff payroll, new employee orientations/onboarding, and annual benefits open enrollment. The position staffs and manages current wellness activities and spearheads new wellness-related Goddard initiatives. The role manages college recruitment, including writing, editing, and placing ads. The role serves as college contact for state & federal agencies to ensure compliance with the following: ACA, ADA, FMLA, OSHA, MEDICARE, DOL, IRS, Unemployment, Wage Garnishments, Workers’ Compensation, and COBRA. Finally, the role is responsible for general office administration to ensure the functions of Human Resources operate smoothly. Salary: $38,000 to $43,000, depending on experience. Weekly Hours: 40. This full-time position is eligible for our generous benefits package.

on home construction and providing all other loan A Bachelor’s degree is desirable but notlines required. The successful candidate should support needed. Requirements include excellent writhave a demonstrated background in residential mortgage lending or customer sales and and oral communication, and a minimum 2 yearstraits include the aptitude forten business development and customer service. of Required of prior residential aloan experience a familiarity of being a self-starter, collaborative, problem solver, with proficient and comfortable with market products is preferable technology, withsecondary a willingness andmortgage ability to loan develop and call on centers of influence but not required. Attention to detail, strong organizaand referral sources. Also important is the ability to educate, explain and inform prospective clients. oriented, and organized, and delivering tionalBeing skills,detail and the abilityefficient to multi-task are essential. prompt follow-up are critical attributes for success along with excellent verbal and written communication skills when interacting with all levels within the Bank or among the public.


Union Bank offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program. Bank offers competitive wages, a comprehensive To be consideredUnion for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, references and benefi ts package, training for professional developsalary requirements to: ment, strong advancement potential, stable hours and Human Resources a supportive work environment. Qualified applications Union may apply with a cover letter,Bank resume, professional refBox 667 erences and salary P.O. requirements to:

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Morrisville, Vermont 05661 – 0667 PO Box 667 Human Morrisville, VT 05661-0667 Resources EOE Member FDIC Equal Housing Lender

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This new position performs a variety of administrative tasks including data entry/database updates, invoicing/filing; and answering the college’s primary 800 phone number. Duties include performing tasks on financial and human resources databases; cross-training with business and human resources staff to ensure coverage of core tasks; assisting in managing schedules; generating memos, e-mails, reports; responding to requests for information; and maintaining Google based intranet sites for the business and human resources offices. Hourly Pay: $15.00 to $17.00, depending on experience. Weekly Hours: 37.5. This full-time position is eligible for our generous benefits package. For full position descriptions, requirements, & application instructions, please visit:

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Union Bank is the leading mortgage loan originating communityprocessbank in Vermont, completion and accuracy of loan documents, including being ing the loans USDA and Ruralensuring Development Lender the Year for the proper loan of documentation in-past six years and a VHFA Top cluding Performer. Weofoffer a comprehensive array ofall loan products including input information and preparing related construction, conventional, VHFA,follow FHA, VA, PMI and portfolio loans. As a locally loan documents, up RD, on verifi cations and credit based community bank, we are able to quickly. We reports, preparation of make loansdecisions for underwriting, as offer well challenging and rewarding career opportunities, andnotes, are committed excellence and providing you as commitment letters, and othertoloan documenthe tools and support beset successful. tation to and up, assisting customers with advances

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OFFICE COORDINATOR The Office Coordinator is responsible for keeping our hive running smoothly and happily. As a successful candidate for this position, you are organized, efficient, and effective. You have a knack for details and thrive on juggling diverse responsibilities. Strong interpersonal relationships are important to you, whether with vendors or colleagues, and you are intuitive and can easily anticipate needs. You are energized to be an integral part of a high-performing, rapidly-growing team. You are efficient, adaptable, and a dedicated problem-solver with a keen ability for comprehensive follow-through. You may have gained this experience in a workplace or through community responsibilities. Learn more and apply at:

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Reading Plus, a Winooski, VT EdTech company whose web-based assessment and instructional technology develops students’ reading and fluency skills and is used in schools across the country.

The Marketing Coordinator will provide key support for all Reading Plus events and marketing efforts, including trade shows, regional Reading Plus Workshop Events, sponsorship events, online webinars, as well at other marketing tasks as assigned. The ideal candidate will be highly organized and detail-oriented and able to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously. They must have solid communication skills to work effectively with multiple teams. They must be a self-starter and have a positive attitude.

We are seeking an HR Manager who is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources, including colleague engagement and well-being; administration of company benefits; compliance with US Federal and multi-state employment laws; and attracting and retaining talent across the US.

Responsibilities: • Embedding HR fundamentals and process training across the colleague experience that embodies our values and guiding principles • Developing and implementing systems that enable us to scale quickly and efficiently • Onboarding and offboarding colleagues

Position Details • Assist in developing and maintaining the Reading Plus events calendar • Work with head of marketing to determine sponsorship levels and goals for each event • Coordinate event promotion with Digital Marketer and Social Media Marketer

• Managing all aspects of benefit administration, including open enrollment, communication, and compliance

• Manage materials/equipment and supplies inventory

Are you community-focused and socially driven? Do you pride yourself on building strong relationships? You could be Green Mountain Transit’s (GMT’s) next Public Affairs Coordinator. The Public Affairs Coordinator is integral to building and maintaining stakeholder relationships throughout GMT’s system. The Public Affairs Coordinator is our community liaison, our voice, and our relationship builder.

• Designing and implementing new policies, procedures and best practices that empower colleagues and comply with legal requirements

• Manage event budgets, with a focus on delivering high-quality leads and generating pipeline, while maximizing the ROI of event

• Providing excellent proactive and reactive service and support to our colleagues

• Represent Reading Plus at conferences as needed

Working hand-in-hand with the Marketing and Planning Departments, the Public Affairs Coordinator identifies opportunities, sets priorities, and empowers communities to play an active role in shaping the future of Public Transportation.

• Aligning HR processes and best practices to company goals and objectives


Often acting as our voice, the Public Affairs Coordinator works hard to increase the awareness of GMT’s capital and operating needs, and is integral in the execution of our Funding and Outreach Plan. The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study. A minimum of two years’ experience in public relations; experience in a transit-related field is preferred; must possess strong written and presentation skills, be self-initiated, and have the ability to articulate GMT’s vision. To apply for this position, please download an application from Submit an application, along with a cover letter and resume in one of the following ways:

• Recruiting and attracting talent across the US

Essential requirements: • 5 years of HR experience, with a certification in PHR or SHRM • Amazing energy that inspires and supports others • Boundaries and confidentiality • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and presentation skills • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail

• Via email to: • Via fax to (802) 864-5564, Attn: HR • Via USPS to: 15 Industrial Parkway, Burlington, VT 05401, Attn: HR. GMT offers all full-time employees a competitive salary and exceptional benefits, including generous time off. For more information about working at GMT, kindly visit GMT’s website:

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• Strong team player who is also able to work independently and take initiative • Source and order marketing promotional items and collateral

Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities • Computer proficiency and experience with Google Suite or Microsoft Office tools. Effective project management skills. Understanding of marketing principles. Ability to work with data, develop and meet KPIs for all events.

Education • Bachelor’s degree in a related field • 3+ years of relevant work experience

Physical Requirements • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds for a distance of 100 feet • Some travel required to conferences. If you feel your experience matches these requirements and you want to learn more about our mission to change students’ lives, please send your cover letter and resume to

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Salvation Farms is hiring a Program Director to oversee programmatic work and staff. Working closely with the Executive Director, this position will ensure the trajectory of Salvation Farms’ strategic program vision, maintaining quality operations and ensuring consistent program metrics. Upon hire, the Program Director will fill a temporary direct service role of implementing the Lamoille Valley Gleaning Program, professionally coordinating gleaning services.

Want to join the growing Healthcare IT industry and work in a fantastic team culture? Perhaps, you too, desire the friendly, casual, hardworking, and client-focused environment offered by our 75+ employee company located in the Champlain Mill in Winooski, VT. Physician’s Computer Company is seeking an engaging storyteller, who can interpret information to create meaningful stories and develop exceptional content pieces to educate our clients and the pediatric marketplace alike. As a content writer for PCC, you will be responsible for content generation, management, and distribution to drive awareness of the company brand and to drive inbound traffic through organic sources. Utilizing a combination of marketing ideas and content writing as a journalist, you will create, moderate, optimize and distribute content that attracts attention and maintains PCC’s brand awareness as a leader in pediatric healthcare. You’ll work with the Marketing Team to drive the development of a wide range of content such as blogs, whitepapers, infographics, videos, webinars, emails, newsletters, landing pages, print collateral and more. Your content will help acquire new leads, educate prospects, win new business, and win loyalty from customers.

This position is based out of Morrisville, VT. Agricultural experience specific to crop production and handling, as well as experience supervising staff, is a must. Supply chain logistics, inventory management, and principles of food safety are strongly preferred.

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in English, Journalism, Technical Writing, Communications or similar field. This position also requires an understanding of online and offline marketing, demand generation, the buyer lifecycle, and inbound marketing methodologies (HubSpot and Pragmatic Marketing experience is a plus.) Prior experience writing for the healthcare industry is another plus.

Visit get-involved/#jobs to learn more.

Travel is required with this position. Please note that telecommuting is not currently an option for this position. To learn more about PCC, this role and how to apply, please visit our website at The deadline for submitting your application is May 10, 2019.

CLIENT SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR PCC has designed, developed and supported our award-winning pediatric software for over 30 years. As our electronic health record solution is driving greater demand for our services, we want to expand our team. As a result, we are seeking a Client Systems Administrator to join our Technical Solutions Team.

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Our Client Systems Administrators work on our Technical Solutions Team to provide a broad range of technical services for our clients. They also are an integral part of a dedicated, client-centered account team. They provide telephone support, remote systems administration, and travel to client sites to install servers, networks, and perform upgrades. This position requires strong technical expertise and exceptional customer service and communication skills.

O P E R AT I O N S SUPPORT True North Wilderness Program is a wilderness therapy program located in Waitsfield for adolescents and young adults. We are seeking a full-time, year-round Operations Support person to perform tasks including facilities and grounds maintenance, landscaping and hardscaping, chain saw operation, lawn mowing, light construction and carpentry, and vehicle maintenance. The ideal candidate is an adaptable team player with a positive attitude who is willing to work both indoors and outdoors performing a variety of tasks associated with the logistics of running our program. Candidates must be willing to work weekends and occasional evenings. A clean and valid driver’s license is required.

Applicants for this position should have… • Three or more years of experience providing systems and network support in a fast-paced, professional environment • Two or more years of experience administering Linux servers including shell scripting • Experience supporting Windows and MacOS operating systems • Proficiency in TCP/IP networking including DHCP and DNS • Experience configuring routers, firewalls, switches, and wireless networks • Familiarity with EPL, MPLS, and VPN wide-area connectivity • Good security practices including knowledge of HIPAA/HITECH and PCI To learn more about PCC, this role and how to apply, please visit our website at The deadline for submitting your application is May 5, 2019.

Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits offered including health, dental, vision and accident insurance and a retirement savings plan.

As a Benefit Corporation, we place high value on client, employee and community relationships. Our company offers a friendly, informal, and professional work environment. PCC offers competitive benefits as well as some uncommon perks. No phone calls please.

Send resumes to:

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