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Readers sound off on August 9 primaries




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“Our state’s fiscal strength depends on the economic success of each and every Vermonter.” - MIKE PIECIAK

A Trusted Voice for Vermont “I encouraged Mike to run for Treasurer because


He has the right experience and background that uniquely suit him to the duties of the Treasurer’s Office, and he brings an open, collaborative approach to everything he does. Under Mike’s leadership, I know the Treasurer’s Office would be in good hands.”

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YOUR DONATION BENEF ITS: AUGUST 1 – 15 The Open Door Clinic works to increase access to free, quality healthcare services to those who are uninsured or underinsured. AUGUST 16 – 31 Vermont Parks Forever aims to increase park access for underserved communities and improve park nature centers and interpretive education.

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Long-time affordable housing advocate & former Burlington City Council President fighting for: • More Affordable Housing for All so Vermonters can afford to live here • A Liveable Wage NOW – at least $15/hr. • Affordable Healthcare for All • Paid Family & Medical Leave • More urgent Action on Climate • More commonsense Gun Safety • Criminal Justice Reform

ENDORSED BY: Doug Racine, former Lt. Governor Peter Clavelle, former Burlington Mayor Tim Ashe, former Senate President Pro Tem Senator Michael Sirotkin Senator Chris Pearson Rep. Selene Colburn Rep. Hal Colston Rep. Taylor Small Rep. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak Former Rep. Carina Driscoll Former Rep. Joey Donovan Zoraya Hightower, Burlington City Councilor Aurora Hurd, Winooski City Councilor VPIRG Votes • Sierra Club Rights & Democracy VT • VT Progressive Party

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COMPILED BY SASHA GOLDSTEIN & MATTHEW ROY A sign at a former Burlington homeless encampment

AUDITOR: Where Are the Newly Homeless Coming From? Vermont has spent an eye-popping $456 million over the past six years to combat homelessness, and the problem is worsening, according to a report that state Auditor Doug Hoffer issued last Thursday. Homelessness spiked sharply during the pandemic even as the resources — which included federal relief funds — tripled. In early 2020, the annual point-in-time count tallied 1,110 homeless Vermonters. The following year, that figure soared to 2,591. It increased again this year, to 2,780. The report notes several factors driving the increase. During the pandemic, the state expanded eligibility for its general assistance emergency housing program that previously only placed at-risk people in motels and hotels during cold weather. Social distancing led those who had been staying with friends and family to seek the hotel vouchers offered through the program. The soaring cost of housing contributed to the spike, the report found. Hoffer told Seven Days he was not criticizing any particular strategy that the state has funded, such as investing in affordable housing and moving people from shelters to motel rooms. Rather, he said, the state needs to designate ways to evaluate results. “A lot of people are working very hard, but I’m not sure how success is defined,” Hoffer said. “I can’t audit criteria that don’t exist.”


The U.S. Air Force has grounded all F-35 fighter jets because of an issue with the ejection seats. Relief from above.


That’s how much Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, says he tucked into bills for programs in the Green Mountain State.




A federal bill will funnel billions of dollars into the semiconductor industry, including GlobalFoundries. “Fab” news.


Lightning struck the Burlington International Airport last week, setting off fire alarms and prompting an evacuation. Luckily, no one was hurt.

1. “Two Dead, One Wounded in Burlington Shooting” by Derek Brouwer. A man forced his way into an apartment and shot two women, one of them fatally, before killing himself. 2. “Three New Restaurants Open in Milton” by Jordan Barry. New options for breakfast, lunch and dinner have opened in recent months. 3. “Sweetwaters to Close and Become New Location of Pascolo Ristorante” by Melissa Pasanen. After 41 years, Church Street’s busiest corner is getting a new eatery . 4. “Vermont Woman Accused of Using Bear Spray on Hunters” by Kevin McCallum. A 61-year-old woman was charged with interfering with a hunter, simple assault and disorderly conduct. 5. “Santiago’s Cuban Cuisine to Open at Burlington’s Main Street Landing” by Jordan Barry. Oscar Arencibia and Luis Calderin plan to open the first downtown location of their “Cuban tropical” restaurant in September.

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Pacific Group Resorts has made a $58 million offer to buy Jay Peak, the ski area at the center of the Northeast Kingdom’s EB-5 scandal, reported. Going, going…

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Cops in Richmond aren’t driving Ford Crown Vics anymore. The small-town police department added a Tesla Model 3 to its fleet last year in an effort to cut gas consumption and costs — and, potentially, recruit new officers. “There’s a good number of people in Richmond that are really forward-thinking about climate and climate change and becoming as net-zero as possible,” said town manager Josh Arneson. “So there was a large number of people that were really excited about the possibility of having such a vehicle here in Richmond for the police department.” Richmond isn’t the first Vermont police force with an allelectric Tesla; the Windham County Sheriff’s Office bought one in 2020. That inspired former Richmond chief Kyle Kapitanski to plug the concept in his town. In a March 2021 memo to the town manager and the selectboard, Kapitanski outlined all




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The report warns that the state could continue spending indefinitely without understanding whether the money is having its intended effect. As of April, 2,372 people were housed in hotels and motels, including 1,850 adults and 522 children. The figure remained high even though an estimated 1,800 people who had been homeless got permanent housing during the pandemic, according to the Department for Children and Families. “Where are all the people who are newly homeless, who were not homeless last week, coming from?” Hoffer asked. Gordon Sawyer has been bouncing around different motels since the pandemic began. He’s been staying at the Motel 6 in Colchester for a few weeks and sees no end in sight. “I absolutely feel stuck,” Sawyer said. “I feel like I’m never going to get into a place.” The state is paying $4,030 per month for his room, he said. For that kind of money, he said, he feels he should get into an apartment or even a rent-to-own arrangement. “Instead, I don’t even have a refrigerator or a microwave in my room,” he said. Read Kevin McCallum’s full story at



Officers in Richmond take their cruisers home with them, and the Tesla was Kapitanski’s car. But it’s a tight fit for the interim chief, so it’s not currently getting much use, according to Arneson. Still, Arneson said, the electric car has gotten good reviews. It cost more up front — about $57,000, compared the potential to $45,000 for a more traditional police vehicle, a Dodge benefits. Durango Pursuit SUV. The town is approaching a year of Tesla Tesla police cruiser “Last, but not least, ownership, at which point it will tally up cost savings on gas and maintenance. the Tesla is just a pretty cool car all the way around,” he wrote. “My “From what I heard from our outgoing chief, it was fine in the belief is that some officers will be attracted to Richmond PD winter and handled really well,” Arneson said. “It did well on all the because we are willing to try out cutting edge technology and terrain that he needed to take it on.” equipment.” Any plans for another electric addition to the fleet? The recruitment bit hasn’t worked just yet. In fact, Kapitanski “I think we kind of need to gather some more of that feedback himself left the department last month to join the force in before we decide to make the purchase again,” Arneson said. Shelburne, and one other position in the five-member Richmond SASHA GOLDSTEIN PD is open. SEVEN DAYS AUGUST 3-10, 2022



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[Re “Patriotism Reimagined,” July 27]: While I enjoyed reading the article on Bill McKibben’s new book, The Flag, The Cross, and the Station Wagon, I felt compelled to add a snippet of American obsession that many fellow scientists fear is driving loss of biodiversity in our human-inhabited ecosystems. That factor is lawns! Why we still have this obsession to clear-cut our properties, mostly by way of high-emissions, fossil fuel-consuming machines is beyond me. You can trace the roots of the lawn back to European royalty, where it was a status symbol signifying that if you were wealthy enough, you could create a space of monoculture grasses where one didn’t need to grow fruit trees or have gardens to help sustain your local community. This needs to go the way of the dodo. We are in an insect apocalypse, in a climate catastrophe and seeing pollution going into our waterways, causing cyanobacterial blooms. An easy first step would be to encourage native biodiversity on your property and do your best


The July 27 cover story “Hot Air?” included an incorrect description of the clean heat standard bill. The bill is effectively a carbon-reduction system.

leaders realize that our national health care system lacks capacity and underserves patient needs, the result of fourplus decades of strategic defunding and privatization. Yet they repeatedly tell Vermonters we receive “quality” care and ask us to believe they can cut costs and make patient flow more efficient without risking our safety, while continuing to deliver “quality” care. Ask anyone, and you’ll hear horrific patient experiences of medical harm and poor-quality care. Americans deserve far better. Health care staffers say if one of their own ever needs care, they’d advocate for them — knowing that their policies and practices prioritize ledger balances over patient safety and quality care. Bernie’s actions speak volumes. He’s done fighting for us 99 percent.



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[Re “Field Guide to Fancy-Pants Ice Cream, Gelato and Creemees in Burlington,” July 27]: Just want to give a shout-out to nearby Offbeat Creemee at 62 Pine Street in Winooski (at the Myers Memorial Pool). Talk about fancy-pants! As Offbeat’s website asserts, it saw “changing communities and dietary needs” and “set out to create a more inclusive kind of ice cream.” No dairy, eggs or refined sugar — just creamy coconut and oats for a rich flavor and smooth texture. Lots of funky flavors, toppings, sauces, “mylkshakes,” kombucha floats, sundaes, cold-brews ... OMGoddess! Suzie McCoy



[Re Feedback: “‘Public’ Opinion,” July 13]: I must agree with Thomas Weiss, who, in his letter about the formerly named Vermont Public Radio and Vermont PBS, decried the renaming of the combined broadcasting entity as, simply, Vermont Public. That new name does sound a bit jarring and certainly incomplete to my ear every time I hear it. However, as I am a “one S” Weis, and Thomas’ last name sports two esses, who am I to complain

about something being incomplete? And as far as the new name being a “theft of the concept of the Vermont public,” well, all I can say is that I appreciate my fellow similarly named citizen’s concern. He does make a good point; nonetheless, I think it’s an OK price to pay for such a great media outlet, whatever it might be called. The information and entertainment I receive from listening to our state’s public radio station each week is priceless — and the very same can be said about my weekly reading of this excellent newspaper. Russ Weis



[Re Feedback: “Bernie Blew It,” July 20]: I concur, Joe Chase. Sen. Bernie Sanders joined the blue team that pretends to fight the red; meanwhile, Americans suffer in austerity. As F-35s roar overhead, they remind us that our federal government could be investing in health care for 335 million Americans, addressing our wealth inequity issues, and working on energy and climate solutions. Our congressmen choose instead to employ party tactics, distracting us from the fact that, right now, they could be opening wide the federal purse and releasing its power — the likes of what we saw with Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Instead, they’re handing out table scraps — just enough to set our social programs up for failure and future takeover by corporate interests. Speaking of, Bernie and our medical


One day last week, as I came from swimming laps, I picked up a copy of Seven Days [Primary Voters’ Guide, June 29]. Relaxed from the swim, I expected to enjoy the weekly, but, as it turned out, not that issue. No, it was awful. Why? Because our country has now entered a grisly time when little children — and older ones, as well — are slaughtered in their school classrooms by sick men with guns. Did we — do we — think our classrooms are safe from sick men with guns? In the Texas and Connecticut school slaughters, the killers walked through unlocked doors. Not one candidate profiled in Seven Days spoke a syllable about safety and security for children inside Vermont schools. I went to other papers and to political ads on TV. Ditto. Not a word about protecting children in Vermont schools from those with guns who might set out to kill children. FEEDBACK

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NEWS+POLITICS 12 From the Publisher Days Late, Dollars Short



Balint, Gray work to seal the deal as the congressional primary rolls into its final week

Bureaucratic aid delays frustrate homeowners who face potential foreclosure


Train-ing Day

The von Trapps welcome visitors to their Waitsfield gardens

Amtrak’s inaugural trip from Burlington

Maple Corner Gives a Dam

A close-knit village works to save its beloved Curtis Pond

Bloom and Grow Casting a Net

A North Adams, Mass., podcaster hopes to ID more victims of serial killer Israel Keyes


ARTS+CULTURE 42 Ripple Effect

Six years in the making, Hannah Dennison’s The Quarry Project transports viewers through time and space

A Room With a View

Stuck in Vermont: Artists meet up weekly to capture the landscape

Creature Discomforts

Mie Yim’s paintings in “Fluid Boundaries” challenge the eye — and emotions

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Members of the Essex Art League have been meeting weekly for the past few years and painting around Chittenden County en plein air, a French expression for “in the open air.” Eva met up with the artists atop Mount Philo in Charlotte on a Thursday morning to watch them work.


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YOU DESERVE A STATE’S ATTORNEY Who Understands The Justice System

• Centers victims’ voices with restorative justice

• Sarah has served as a prosecutor for nearly 12 years, and has been Chittenden County State’s Attorney for the last 5 years, prosecuting thousands of cases and enacting evidence-based policies to address racial inequity

• Promotes harm reduction and compassion in addressing drug use

• She eliminated her office's use of cash bail

• Treats kids like kids and believes in their ability to grow and change


• Has worked to decriminalize poverty

THE REAL DEAL: • Her office currently has nearly 2,900 cases pending and are working to prioritize cases of domestic, sexual, and gun violence. They prosecute over 10,000 cases every year.

Sarah’s office is not prosecuting right now, or will not prosecute certain types of offenses.

• The Vermont Judiciary is still operating under COVID restrictions, which means her office is limited in what cases can be addressed in court. • Sarah believes in using all tools available to resolve cases, including restorative justice, which gives victims an active voice in the justice process and works outside of the court system.

Sarah’s office refuses to request conditions of release for violent offenders who could be a threat to their communities.

• Vermont law only allows for pre-trial detention if someone is charged with a violent felony. Otherwise Vermont law requires they be released on the "least restrictive conditions" pending trial. • Judges impose conditions of release, not the State's Attorney.

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Break a Greg The Crispy Pork Gang, the devilishly clever parodists behind popular spoofs of Jaws and Alien, return to Warren’s Phantom Theater to skewer everyone’s favorite dysfunctional TV drama in Succession: Vermont. Audiences cheer for the owners of a small Vermont creamery as they resist the Roys’ attempts to buy them out in this gut-busting goof-fest of epic economic proportions.




Big Apple, Circus As locals wander away from a long day of revelry at the Festival of Fools, they can wind down with the Twilight Series appearance of New York City indie trio Saint Mela at Burlington’s City Hall Park. This group’s genre-bending melodies are just as intricate and acrobatic as the nearby circus performances. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 67


PIANO VARIATIONS Starting its third year of residency at Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, N.H., Dance Theatre of Harlem presents a preview of Sounds of Hazel. With stunning choreography by Tiffany Rea-Fisher, this new ballet tells the story of Hazel Scott, a pioneering Black pianist who had an indelible impact on the jazz and classical music worlds.


Community Care Recent studies published by ProPublica and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indicate that Vermont is one of the most climate-resilient states in the nation. People who’ve moved here to escape extreme weather can find each other and build community at the Climate Migrant Meet and Greet at South Burlington’s Temple Sinai. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 68



Happily Ever After THURSDAY 4

Knit Out the Vote Fiber artist and former election lawyer Eve Jacobs-Carnahan gathers civic-minded neighbors to Knit Democracy Together at Thetford’s Latham Library. Knitting experience isn’t actually required. Rather, activists and craftivists alike learn about the electoral college and election mechanics while working on a stitched sculpture of the Vermont Statehouse. COURTESY OF PAUL ROGERS PHOTOGRAPHY


The Moth StorySLAM, the live storytelling international phenomenon, comes to Burlington’s Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center Film House for a rivetingly real competition. Each orator recounts a five-minute true tale about the night’s theme, “Happy,” for a chance to appear on NPR, and audiences laugh and cry along. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 72


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The Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild’s Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury presents “Under the Hemlock Tree,” a new solo show from local mixedmedia artist David Ricketts. The collection is heavily inspired by Ricketts’ own dreamscapes. Viewers are invited to learn more at a meet-theartist event on Saturday, August 6. SEE GALLERY LISTING ON PAGE 52





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Back in Business The coincidence of Vermont’s hotly contested August 9 primary election and the published results of our Seven Daysies readers’ choice awards seemed like an insurmountable cover design challenge. Especially given this year’s whimsical Daysies theme: mythical creatures. But illustrator Jeff Drew knew what to do on page one of this week’s issue. He captured the political moment and gave it a twist — specifically, a trio of unusual “citizens” — in a single rendering that cleverly connects the two events. In truth, this week’s paper is all about voting. Seven Days is filled with letters to the editor from readers making last-minute arguments for political candidates, particularly those aiming to be our next congresswoman and the top prosecutor in the most populous region of the state. In deep-blue Vermont, whoever survives those primaries is well positioned to win the general election in November.

In the middle of the paper, a separate publication chronicles a different kind of contest: After a two-year hiatus, the Daysies are back in business. All the Best is the colorful culmination of a fourmonth process that involves creating competition categories, soliciting nominations from the public, two rounds of voting, tallying results, reporting on the winners and, finally, turning all of that into an eyecatching magazine. It’s more than a handy guide to everything Vermont has to offer, from brewpubs and bike paths to lodging and local theater. The Daysies are a measure of the strength and resilience of our local economy. To be honest, we thought long and hard about whether to resume the contest. The pandemic closed a number of Vermont businesses and changed countless others — in some cases, forever. Many surviving enterprises are struggling with staffing shortages, inflation, supply chain issues and other ongoing existential challenges.





The last thing we wanted was to force them back in the spotlight prematurely. But businesses wanted it. And a lot of them campaigned for votes — in some cases, harder than politicians running in the primary! Readers responded, and, just like in real elections, not everybody will be pleased with the results. That’s democracy for you. My guess is that the Daysies were a welcome distraction from the obstacles of operating during a pandemic — a sign of normalcy and continuity in our topsy-turvy world. That’s been true for Seven Days, too, though the whole thing seemed harder this year — in part because we hadn’t done it since 2019. Some challenges are perennial: The voting software we use merges nominations that are exactly the same, but slight variations are inevitable. So a small team of Seven Dayzers spends about a week looking at tens of thousands of write-in answers and combining “like” things. They might see “Three Needs,” “3 Needs,” “Needs” and “cool bar on Pearl Street.” Or “Caledonia Spirits,” “Bar Hill,” “Barr Hill” and “that honeybee gin distillery.” Election integrity aside, it requires a lot of institutional knowledge about Vermont. Then there’s the time-consuming task of making sure that we have the correct name for each of the 1,000-plus finalists and that they do indeed offer what they’re cited for. For example, a restaurant could be nominated for best eggs Benedict but not actually serve eggs Benedict. A favorite band might have broken up years ago.

We worried that there might be a lot of that this year — nostalgia-fueled voting — but it wasn’t any worse than usual. The fact-checking never stops. The Daysies celebrate the creative, hardworking Vermont businesses that make this state different from everywhere else in the country. We have our local economic ecosystem, and generous Super Readers, to thank for Seven Days’ survival, too. In recognition of that, and the hell we’ve all been through, this year’s All the Best is smack-dab in the middle of the paper, where you’d usually find an in-depth cover story. To illustrate the special issue, Drew created a motley menagerie of creatures. Because from most angles — on the causeway bike path and in the voting booth — Vermont is a unicorn.

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pandemic relief program designed to help homeowners avoid foreclosure has been plagued by monthslong delays, preventing millions of federal dollars from flowing to desperate Vermont families. Launched in January, the Vermont Homeowner Assistance Program is meant to help people who lost income during the pandemic keep their homes. Homeowners can apply for up to $30,000 in grants to catch up on missed mortgage payments, property taxes and utility bills. Homeowners have requested a total of $25 million so far. But less than half of that money has been paid out, and about




80 households have been waiting at least six months. Among that group is Kate Smith, who left a desk job in health care last year because she was pregnant and scared of what could happen to her baby if she were infected with COVID-19. Down one income, Smith and her husband received permission from their lender, Rocket Mortgage, to enter a forbearance period that would allow them to temporarily pause payments on their Barre home. They paid what little they could during this 18-month period but ultimately fell $16,000 behind. The Smiths applied for the homeowner assistance program in mid-January and were told that their application would be processed in about 60 days. Their request

for $1,500 to cover water and electric payments was quickly approved. But as of last week, their mortgage request was still pending. The Vermont Housing Finance Agency, a nonprofit lender overseeing the assistance program, blames the delays on the complexities of its task: setting up an entirely new program and communicating with hundreds of different organizations to verify debts. The $11 million the program has managed to pay out has made a huge difference for those grant recipients, said Maura Collins, VHFA’s executive director. “The program is working,” she


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Vermont has confirmed its first case of the contagious monkeypox virus, the state Department of Health announced last Friday. The patient, an adult living in Franklin County, has been in touch with health care providers, a department press release said, and the risk of community transmission is currently considered to be “very low.” The health department said it would not release more information about the patient to protect their privacy. “That the virus has shown up in Vermont is unwelcome news, but not a surprise, and I am hopeful this person recovers quickly,” Health Commissioner Mark Levine said in the release. He said the state will remain in close contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We are fortunate that the threat to Vermonters remains low at this time.” The case was confirmed a little less than a week after the World Health Organization declared the international monkeypox outbreak a global emergency. More than 23,600 cases have been identified worldwide, including some 5,800 in the U.S. Vermont was one of the last states to report a case. Monkeypox is an infectious disease that is believed to be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact or contact with bodily fluids. Recently identified cases in the U.S. have been overwhelmingly concentrated in men who were infected through intimate contact with other men, according to the CDC. The disease is a cousin of smallpox, and the symptoms are similar but milder and rarely fatal, typically lasting between one to three weeks. Those who get sick often experience a fever, a headache and body aches, and they often develop a rash that starts with flat red marks that become raised and pus-filled. Most patients recover without treatment. Because monkeypox belongs to the same family of viruses as the much deadlier smallpox, vaccines and therapeutics stockpiled in the event of smallpox’s return can be used to prevent and treat monkeypox. Vermont has a small stockpile of vaccine doses now but expects more “in the coming weeks and months,” the health department’s press release said. Health officials are now trying to determine how to best prioritize the limited number of doses for those at highest risk of transmission. m

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arrived at Burlington’s Union Station last Friday to catch a 10:10 a.m. train — and found a giant early morning party. I was about to climb on the inaugural Ethan Allen Express train from Burlington to New York City. It would be the first time a train carried people between the two cities since 1953, when a Rutland Railroad workers’ strike ended the line’s passenger service.

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Scores of people — some in suits and ties, others in tank tops and shorts — milled around the 106-year-old station’s ground floor, sipping coffee, noshing on cinnamon rolls from Great Harvest Bread and spilling onto the train platform. A man in a tie-dye T-shirt hippie-danced to a live funk duo while blazer-clad politicians exchanged handshakes and pleasantries. Before the speeches began, I encountered Dan Delabruere, Vermont’s rail and aviation bureau director, and learned some less-than-celebratory news. He asked if I knew about the unexpected situation that had arisen. I’d received a cryptic automated phone call from Amtrak at 6 a.m. stating that the train would be delayed, I told him, but I was otherwise in the dark.

There was a problem in Albany, N.Y., Delabruere said. That city had informed Amtrak the night before that a large warehouse next to the tracks was in danger of collapse. Instead of riding the train past the unstable building, we’d disembark at Saratoga Springs, get on a bus to the Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak station and hop on another train into New York City. I braced myself for a trip that might take longer than the scheduled seven hours and 35 minutes. None of the speakers mentioned that snafu, though. As the sun beat down, Gov. Phil Scott, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and TRAIN-ING DAY

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Under New Ownership, Turtle Fur Plans to Expand Its Offerings B Y A N N E WAL L AC E ALL E N •

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“In five years, we will be a full apparel business,” he said. “Seventy-five percent of our products will be something that is not here now.” This year has been a time of profound change for Turtle Fur. In April, Sontag sold 68 percent of the business to a private equity group called Camano Capital, which is based in Minneapolis and Seattle. He reasoned that the extra cash and expertise would help Turtle Fur break out of its core product line. Now managers are doing market research to come up with a detailed three-year plan for launching new products. “Our goal is to take the wonderful properties of the company and brand and expand them into products that make people feel good and that make them stay outside longer,” Sontag said. In wintertime, Turtle Fur hats are ubiquitous on Vermonters’ heads and in their mudrooms. The company was started by Millie Merrill, who designed a fleece neck warmer in 1982 in the basement of the Yellow Turtle, a children’s apparel store in Stowe that is still going strong. Then she started making hats. With her husband,



John, she expanded the company into an industrial space in Morrisville. Sontag, 60, is a business veteran who got his start in his family’s silk label business. He’s split his time between Vermont and Long Island while running Turtle Fur for the past two decades. Woven through Sontag’s path, in business and in life, is the story of his son Jacob, who was born with the rare genetic disorder Canavan disease. While he was running Turtle Fur, Sontag was battling, along with Jacob’s mother, to get his son experimental gene therapy — a fight described in a 1998 New York Times Magazine article. Many times, Sontag said, he was running his business from the side of Jacob’s hospital bed in New York. Jacob died in 2016 at age 20. A few months later, Sontag said he started to pay more attention than he had in years to what was going on around him. He started listening to employees who had been telling him that Turtle Fur’s designs, fabrics and office procedures — such as a cumbersome receipt system — were badly out of date. Turtle Fur was making 2,800 products at the time; nobody could decide which ones to stop producing, said Meghan Ksiazek, Turtle Fur’s head of design. They were trying to please everyone, and pleasing no one. Sales had been dropping since around 2012. “They were asking us to evolve,” Ksiazek said. Turtle Fur slimmed its line to 1,400 items, added new fabrics and designs, and started putting more attention into using sustainable products. Sontag said sales have risen each year since 2017. The company has 36 employees and three job openings. Last year, Sontag started shopping around for someone to buy the company. Through Venture 7 Advisors, a Burlingtonbased merger and acquisition advisory firm, he met an array of suitors and reached an agreement with Camano Capital. His stipulation: The new owner had to keep the company in Vermont and employ his existing team long-term. Camano ended up buying only the 68 percent stake, leaving Sontag in place in his office at the Morrisville industrial building — though he now answers to a board. Ninety days into the new ownership, “it’s going swimmingly,” Sontag said. “Change is coming.” m


Turtle Fur, the Vermont-grown company that’s been making cozy covers for heads and necks for 40 years, has a new majority owner and now plans to make all-season clothing for its customers’ other body parts. The Morrisville company is in its busiest season right now, shipping 1,400 different styles of hats, neck warmers and balaclavas to retailers located in every U.S. state — even Hawaii — and six countries. By the end of the summer, those retail items will have reached their destinations, and Turtle Fur’s employees will turn to the business of coming up with a plan to expand. That growth could include making gloves, socks, sleeping bags, slippers, pants, tops and an array of other items, said Richard Sontag, who bought the company in 2000.

said. “It is just working slower than we anticipated.” Foreclosures fell nationally during the pandemic, thanks to a federal moratorium. But they’ve ticked back up toward pre-pandemic levels in recent months. That same trend has held true in Vermont. A Seven Days analysis of court filings shows that lenders filed 347 foreclosure proceedings in the first seven months of this year. That’s 100 more than the total from all of 2021, though still below pre-pandemic levels. Vermont first began offering pandemicrelated mortgage assistance in the summer of 2020 using $10 million in federal CARES Act funds. That program, also administered by VHFA, helped more than 900 applicants before it ran out of money last summer. Another round of congressionally approved funding contributed an additional $50 million for the cause. The funds are part of a wide-ranging effort to keep people in their homes during the public health crisis. A separate program for renters run by the Vermont State Housing Authority has doled out more than $120 million to nearly 14,000 applicants since it launched in April 2021. Paperwork delays contributed to a similarly rocky rollout for that program. About a fifth of the homeowner assistance money will be spent on administrative costs, including contracts with Vermont Legal Aid to help some applicants, and third-party vendors who are running a call center and online portal available to program participants. The rest will go to households at or below 150 percent of their area’s median income — $160,000 for a family of four in Chittenden County — who experienced pandemic-related financial hardship after January 2020. That can include people who couldn’t work because COVID-19 lockdowns shuttered their place of employment, as well as people who had to leave a job to care for a family member. Nine hundred households applied within the first three weeks of the program’s launch, and 3,600 more have done so since. VHFA expected to run the program for four years but could run out of money much sooner: The $25 million requested to date represents more than half of the available funds. In speaking with other program administrators around the country, Collins said she’s realized that VHFA’s initial hope of making payments within two months of receiving an application was “naïve.”

“Everyone is finding this is taking longer than they wanted,” she said. Much of the holdup is related to one seemingly straightforward task: verifying the applicant’s debt. That process can drag out for months as VHFA staffers struggle to get responses from national mortgage lenders. Collins receives a report each week showing the longest outstanding applications and said she routinely questions her staff about the lack of progress. The answers are always reasonable, she said, and can be something simple, such as not finding the right contact at a mort-

gage service company “because it’s a big behemoth with different departments that don’t talk to each other.” But it’s not just big companies that aren’t returning calls. For past-due property taxes and utility payments, staffers sometimes have to contact remote Vermont towns or mom-and-pop fuel companies. Forty-four Vermont towns that are owed back taxes haven’t responded to VHFA’s requests, holding up 85 applications. One staffer now works full time to track down officials in those towns. These bureaucratic hurdles, while annoying at times, act as a safeguard against overpayments or fraud, Collins said. VHFA’s attempts to verify debts show that the agency is “doing due diligence with these public funds,” she said. “It is going to help us know that we’ve run a good program.” That’s cold comfort to those ensnared in a knot of red tape, especially when most are unaware of these behind-thescenes machinations. The online portal that applicants access offers only confirmation that applications are “under review.” Workers at the third-party call center rarely have more insight. Grace Pazdan, an attorney with Vermont Legal Aid, said VHFA could do more to

communicate with frustrated homeowners. But even when homeowners know what’s causing the delays, there’s little they can do to move the process along. Candy Lyle’s family fell behind on their mortgage payments after her husband lost his job due to COVID19-related layoffs. They’ve been waiting since April to hear back on their application for $16,000 in assistance. She’s been calling both her lender and the assistance program multiple times a week to ask about the delay but has had little luck. “They’ll say one thing, and then our mortgage company will say another thing,” Lyle said. Meanwhile, their forbearance period ended last month, and their lender has



warned that it may take legal action soon. “We’re just waiting for everybody to make their decision,” she said. The delays shouldn’t cause anyone to lose their homes — at least theoretically. Homeowners with federally backed loans who apply for the assistance program are protected from foreclosures for up to 60 days. Vermont courts have enacted a similar protection for those without federally backed loans. Mortgage lenders seeking foreclosures must now notify homeowners about the assistance program and their right to request a postponement if they apply. Yet legal advocates worry that some people might slip through the cracks. Few, if any, applications are processed within 60 days, Pazdan said, and neither the state nor federal protections automatically extend that window. Homeowners must instead petition the court. Vermont Legal Aid attorneys are helping about 175 households navigate this system and expect that all should be able to stave off foreclosure long enough to get the assistance. As for the hundreds of households they aren’t representing, Pazdan said, “We just don’t know.” Some homeowners have been forced to make difficult decisions as they wait for a lifeline. When Smith, the Barre homeowner, learned that her forbearance period

expired in June, Rocket Mortgage gave her a few options to avoid a foreclosure, she said. The first was to pay off the $16,000 debt in full, which she couldn’t afford. Another was to slap the past-due balance onto the end of the loan — and lose eligibility for the grant program. The third option was more appealing. She could enter a loan modification program that would tack on an extra 25 years to her 15-year mortgage, lowering her monthly payments but adding thousands of dollars in interest over the life of the loan. The modification program included a three-month trial period, during which Smith could revert back to her original loan at any time. Her hope, she said, was that the grant money would arrive before the trial period expired. After confirming with Rocket Mortgage that it would not jeopardize her eligibility for the grant, she signed up for a loan modification and crossed her fingers. Smith’s problems seemed to be over in early July, when the status of her application changed to “paid.” But when she checked the online portal a couple of weeks later, it said her request was “on hold.” She couldn’t believe it. She contacted the call center, where a puzzled staffer vowed to call her back. Numerous other calls ended the same way. “Every phone call, no answers,” Smith said. Late last month, with the help of a Legal Aid attorney, Smith finally learned what had happened. When the assistance program contacted Rocket Mortgage to confirm her debt, the lender said she was no longer eligible because she had entered the loan modification program — despite its earlier assurances. Smith found herself stuck in a catch22: To reclaim her eligibility for the grant, she she was told she had to leave her lender’s modification program — the only thing protecting her from a foreclosure. That wouldn’t have been a problem if she could rely on the program to quickly send the money. But further delays could have opened her up to legal action, she said, a risk she was no longer willing to take. The Smiths ultimately decided that, barring a better resolution, they would add the debt onto their loan and give up on the grant program. “I have babies here. This is where I brought my kids home. This is our life,” Smith said, fighting back tears. “I can’t risk all that on some paperwork.” On Tuesday, Smith finally received some good news. Her grant had finally been approved. It should arrive next week. m

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Maple Corner Gives a Dam A close-knit village works to save its beloved Curtis Pond B Y R A CHEL HEL L M AN • PHOTOS: JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR

Don and Bev Heise on the Curtis Pond dam


urtis Pond was teeming with swimmers on an unusually hot day last week. Teenagers sunbathed on a public dock off a sandy beach, and children splashed around. A band of kayakers circumnavigated the pond’s perimeter, pausing to admire the resident loon and her chick near a forested area of the beach. Aboard his pontoon boat, the Whammy Barge, Don Heise waved hello to a neighbor lazing on an inner tube. Residents relaxed in front of houses and summer camps dotting the shoreline. This is the quintessential Vermont scene that in 1993 drew Heise and his wife, Bev, to move to Maple Corner, a village of 200 in the town of Calais. The couple purchased a home next to the dam that created 76-acre Curtis Pond. In summer, the Heises fish and swim in the pond. In winter, Don grooms a makeshift ice rink for pond hockey matches behind their house. Neighborhood children skate over and play until dark. Don used to host a festival on the ice in March during which curling players used kitty litter containers as makeshift curling stones.




In good times and bad, Curtis Pond is one of the places that reinforces the strong sense of community shared by residents of the tiny village. When the pandemic hit, Maple Corner residents organized “Dockstock,” a traveling pontoon concert for residents who couldn’t leave their pondside homes. Organizers were surprised when more than 40 kayakers also came to enjoy the music. When Don’s younger son, Coby, was diagnosed with stage IV laryngeal and mouth cancer in 2011, Maple Corner residents raised money to help pay for his treatment. Soon, though, the pond may drain away. The Curtis Pond Dam, built in 1900 on a tributary to Pekin Brook, is rapidly deteriorating. Confronted with the possibility that the dam could collapse — and with no prospect of state money to fix it — Maple Corner residents have banded together to raise the dollars to save the well-loved water feature. For more than 18 years, state engineers have classified the dam as a “significant hazard.” Don said he’s noticed it has a pronounced lean — as well as leaks.

In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene dropped so much rain that the pond flowed over the dam. Another major storm could easily lead to catastrophic dam failure and potentially cause significant property damage, according to a state-hired consultant firm, Schnabel Engineering. And if that day came, the state would be unlikely to issue a permit to rebuild the structure. There is little state or federal money available to repair dams — and plenty to remove them. In fact, if a major storm such as Irene were even forecast, the Department of Environmental Conservation would likely drain the pond in advance as a precaution. Either way, Curtis Pond would be reduced to two small ponds surrounded by mudflats and wetlands — not exactly what the Heises, and the other residents of Maple Corner, have long enjoyed. More concerning, though, is the hazard the dam poses. Coby Heise lives downstream with his children. He worries that they would not be able to flee in time should the dam fail. “The potential for disaster lingers in the back of your mind,” Coby acknowledged. “I don’t want to be surfing on my house down the road.”

Despite the danger, nothing has been done to repair the dam in the 18 years since it’s been deemed a hazard. No one has been eager to claim ownership of the structure, which the state says is in private, not public, hands. And in Vermont, the owners of private dams are responsible for their upkeep. In 2003, former Maple Corner residents Jeff Fothergill and his wife, Candace Beardsley, were informed — much to their surprise — that they had inherited the dam from Beardsley’s grandfather more than 15 years before. Shortly afterward, the couple filed a legal disclaimer of ownership. But a consulting attorney hired by the Town of Calais argued that the disclaimer was not filed within the required nine-month window after the date of inheritance. “It’s touchy. It’s contentious,” said Jamie Moorby, a sixth-generation resident of Maple Corner. “There’s strong feelings. There’s hard feelings. And, in the end, it doesn’t matter.” That’s because residents have decided the hefty dam-repair bill should be a shared responsibility — not one family’s. They have formed the Curtis Pond Association’s Dam Exploratory Committee, which is raising funds toward the likely $600,000 tab. Fothergill and Beardsley support the group’s efforts. “Finally,” said Moorby, who is vice president of the association, “we got everybody to realize it doesn’t matter who owns it; let’s get it fixed.” Founded in 2017, the Curtis Pond Association is made up of an eightperson board and a makeshift army of neighbors. In 2019, the association created the committee dedicated to repairing the dam. “Just having three people trying to do something, compared to a group trying to save a resource, is quite different,” said Marge Sweeney, interim treasurer of the association. As extreme weather events garner national media attention, the committee has felt mounting pressure to get the dam fixed — and fast. The first order of business was to convince the Calais Selectboard to take ownership of the dam once it is repaired and meets state standards. Moorby said it wasn’t hard to demonstrate that the town would likely lose more money if it did nothing. Shoreline property values would be reduced by at least 25 percent if the



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dam broke, costing the town $86,000 a year in lost property tax revenue, according to Calais zoning administrator John McCullough. The Dam Exploratory Committee has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Calais Selectboard. Essentially, it outlines a shared commitment to seeing the project through and ensuring that ownership is transferred to the town once repairs are complete. The association is aiming to submit a permit application to repair the dam within the next few weeks. If it is granted, members will refocus all their energy on fundraising. Members believe that if they can raise some of the money needed for repairs, Calais taxpayers would approve a bond covering the remaining cost. Moorby said the committee aims to raise between $200,000 and $300,000 in donations and grants. Residents of Maple Corner have a history of getting creative when it comes to fundraising for local projects. In 2002, a dozen male residents posed nude, holding strategically placed chain saws and sap buckets, to raise money for their cherished but run-down community center. The images were the selling point of the “Men of Maple Corner”

calendar, which made nationwide news and raised roughly $500,000. Those men decided to earmark some of the surplus funds from the calendar for other community projects, including $30,000 for future repair of the dam. To supplement that, the Curtis Pond Association’s fundraising schedule includes a summer concert series; the most recent concert drew $3,700 in ticket sales — and an audience of 150 to hear Bob Hannan & the Inflatable Aliens. Don Heise has started giving by-donation pontoon boat rides, with guests bringing wine and cheese to upgrade the experience. Pond supporters have raised $85,000 to date, closing in on their firstphase goal of $100,000 by the end of the summer. The stakes are high, but for now, residents of Maple Corner are trying to blend their dam-saving campaign with fun. In addition to the concert series, the Maple Corner Community Store, which hosts a post office, restaurant and the Whammy Bar, is holding weekly Curtis Pond Fan Club social hours to help fundraise. Moorby, who grew up playing in and around Curtis Pond, fears that losing the summer gathering spot would mean losing a way of life. “People know Maple Corner from all over the state,” Moorby said. “They come to the Whammy Bar. They come to swim in Curtis Pond.” Losing the pond, she said, would be “just unfathomable.” m Rachel Hellman is a corps member of Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms. Find out more at



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a campaign stop dedicated to transit issues at a coffee shop across the street from the Amtrak station. As the train continued toward Rutland, I struck up a conversation with septuagenarian Barbara Ray and her adult son, Howie, rail enthusiasts from Manhattan. Both nondrivers, they were on the tail end of a weeklong trip that had taken them by plane, bus and train to Québec City, Montréal and Burlington. They’d timed their trip to take this historic ride. An added draw? The possibility, now realized, of seeing Bernie in his natural habitat. The pair had been traveling on Amtrak for fun since Howie was a boy. Mother and son had been cross-country by rail three times and had taken the Lake Shore Limited from New York to Chicago several times and the Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle once. Rail travel is the best, they told me. The scenery, the comfort, the sound of the train whistle — all of it. They recommended I check out the dining car and their favorite menu item, the chocolate chip cookie. “Ask if they’ll warm it up for you,” Howie advised. I made my way back to the café, steadying myself as I navigated the slightly bumpy stretches between cars. Andrew Sorrentino of Staten Island manned the tiny kitchen, serving up Jimmy Dean English muffin sandwiches, DiGiorno personal pizzas, Angus cheeseburgers, and turkey-and-smoked-Gouda sandwiches. I opted for a bag of pretzels and a Diet Coke in lieu of the warm cookie and found a seat at one of the tables. Across from me, I spotted a young man in a Municipal Railway T-shirt bantering with the crew. Jonas Denenberg, I learned, is a 16-year-old train enthusiast from Chantilly, Va. He was traveling with a friend, 18-year-old Jonah Turner, whom he’d met at a railroad engineering camp in Michigan last summer. The day before, the pair had taken the Vermonter from New York City to Essex Junction — a nearly nine-hour trip — so they could catch the first direct train from Burlington to New York City. They planned to catch yet another train, from New York to Boston, at 2:40 a.m. Denenberg, a high school student, told me he also runs a collectibles business, dealing mostly in Roman silver and U.S. coins. (“It’s not illegal. It just sounds illegal,” his friend Turner assured me.) He typically takes trains to coin shows in different parts of the country every weekend. Rutland was the next stop. That’s where Democratic state treasurer candidate Mike Pieciak was headed for a local TRAIN-ING DAY

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Man With Knife Broke Into Home of State Labor Chief B Y D E RE K B RO U W E R



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chamber of commerce luncheon and to visit a nearby farm. I scurried off the train and into another party, this one featuring the Rutland City Band and staff from a local eatery piling pulled pork, mac and cheese, and coleslaw onto plates. I jumped back on before the train pulled out. Before returning to my seat, I stopped to talk to Robin Law of Essex Junction, her son Jacob, 14, and her daughter Laura, 9. They had a full itinerary planned in New York City — Times Square; Central Park; the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; and the Staten Island Ferry — before their return trip to Vermont on Monday. Traveling by car, especially into a city, is a headache, Robin said. They were enjoying the leisurely pace of the ride and the freedom to walk up and down the aisle. I finally sat down a little after 1 p.m., folded down a tray table, and logged into my computer to check email and put the promise of free Wi-Fi to the test. (It passed.)


A man accused of breaking into Vermont Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington’s Northfield home last week and threatening his family has since died in an apparent suicide. David Young, 32, forced his way into the residence and “attempted to attack a family with a knife,” the Northfield Police Department said in a press release. An unidentified “homeowner” was able to subdue Young until officers arrived and arrested him. Harrington’s family was not injured. Young was cited for aggravated assault and burglary, then released on conditions, Northfield Police Chief John Helfant said, after a state judge in Washington County denied a request to set pre-arraignment bail. Young was found dead the following morning, the result of an apparent suicide. The man had been staying at a residence attached to the duplex where Harrington lives, police said. A statement from the commissioner indicated that the two knew each other. “The individual who showed up at our door … was not the man we knew before that evening,” Harrington said in the statement. “Any other day of the week, he was a kind and gentle soul, and only now, after all of this, have we learned that he was a combat veteran experiencing a mental health crisis.” Following the July 26 break-in, Northfield police consulted the Washington County state’s attorney and sought to have Young detained on the criminal charges, Helfant said. The judge instead ordered Young to be cited and released ahead of a court appearance, Helfant said, but an officer took him to Central Vermont Medical Center out of concern for the man’s health. The hospital held Young overnight, according to Helfant. An officer returned to the hospital on July 27 and spoke to Young about his charges. That officer was told the hospital would keep Young until he was screened by Washington County Mental Health Services, the chief said. Less than four hours later, police responded to a report of Young lying dead on the floor of the Northfield duplex where he was staying. State law limits when people experiencing mental health episodes can be hospitalized without their consent. Harrington, in his statement, sought to “emphasize the importance of readily available mental health services for those in need, especially our nation’s veterans.” m

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As I looked out the window at the fields and houses whizzing by, I was lulled by the faint sound of the train whistle. The seat was cushy, and the legroom was ample. I likely could have dozed off for a few hours. But, alas, there was that pesky detour outside Albany. We pulled into Saratoga Springs at about 2 p.m. and found three buses waiting. I loaded my suitcase into a luggage hatch, then boarded the bus for a 45-minute ride. The throbbing techno music coming from my seatmate’s AirPods made me long for the personal space I’d enjoyed on the train. As we approached Albany, a man seated in front of me pointed out the window at a hulking eyesore of a building with a crumbling brick façade and broken windows. “That’s it!” he said. “It” was the structure that had forced us off the rails and onto a bus. I consulted my phone and found an article from the Times Union, an Albany newspaper. A structural engineering report released earlier in the week had found the privately owned Central Warehouse at risk of collapse; Albany’s mayor had declared a state of emergency after chunks of its concrete fell near the tracks. The situation hadn’t affected just our train route; Amtrak had

Andrew Sorrentino in the café kitchen

also temporarily suspended service west of Albany on the Empire Service to Buffalo and Niagara Falls and on the Lake Shore Limited to Chicago. The bus pulled into the Albany train station — actually located across the Hudson River in Rensselaer — and we boarded a new train, joining another group of passengers. From there, we followed the Hudson River south, with stops in Hudson, Rhinecliff, Croton-Harmon and Yonkers. As we neared the end of the line, Howie, my friend from the morning leg of the trip, came to bid me goodbye — and to expound a bit more on the benefits of train travel. You can work comfortably on your laptop, grab a beer from the café and chat with interesting people, he told me. I asked if the bus detour had made the day’s trip any less enjoyable for him.

“Ehh,” he said with a shrug. “That’s life.” Before leaving, he told me to take in the grandeur of Penn Station’s Moynihan Train Hall — New York City’s former main post office, which a $1.6 billion renovation had recently turned into an extension of the train station. Soon, we were rumbling through a tunnel, then pulling into midtown Manhattan. I looked down at my phone. It was 5:45 p.m. We were right on time. m

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Balint, Gray work to seal the deal as the congressional primary rolls into its final week B Y S A S HA G OL D ST EIN • JAMES BUCK


few hundred people gathered at City Hall Park in Burlington on Sunday to hear Vermont Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint (D-Windham) explain for the umpteenth time why she should be the state’s Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress. On this occasion, though, she had a special guest on the stump: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Here, nine days before the primary election, her last stop of the day, it all caught up with her. As Balint listened to friends and supporters sing her praises, her shoulders heaved and she wiped away tears. In an interview later, Balint recounted the “incredible pride” she felt watching speaker Iris Hsiang, a climate activist and recent Essex High School graduate, describe her as a role model. And, Balint acknowledged, she was “running on fumes” as a result of the “sheer exhaustion” of campaigning. Balint and her chief rival, Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, have spent the last eight months touring the state in search of enough votes to get one of them a step closer to being Vermont’s first female rep in Washington, D.C. The final sprint has been even more hectic. Last Thursday, both were in Johnson, where they participated in a forum about the opioid crisis inside the community and recovery center Jenna’s House, a former Catholic church named for Jenna Tatro, who died of an overdose. Free bottles of the overdose-reversal drug Narcan were available on a table near the front door. The 70 people in attendance sipped coffee and sat on folding chairs in front of a stage. A large American flag and red, white and blue balloons formed a backdrop in front of which the candidates spoke. The event was “a conversation, not a contest,” moderators told the audience, and each candidate had 25 minutes onstage to take questions from workers in the field, people in recovery and those who had lost family members to drugs. They vowed that, if elected, they would secure more federal funding for opioiduse prevention efforts and treatment. At the end of her allotted time, Balint


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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and state Sen. Becca Balint

stopped and whispered something to a woman in the crowd whose daughter died of an overdose in 2020. Gray publicly pledged to hire a staffer who is in recovery, “to make sure they’re the lead on thinking about federal resources. So when someone calls from the state who needs help, that we’re able to navigate that.” The following morning, both women were in Burlington mugging for the cameras alongside local, state and federal officials who came to witness the departure of the Queen City’s first southbound passenger rail train in about 70 years. On Saturday, Gray visited White River Junction to march in a pride parade, wearing a rainbow shirt and waving a campaign sign alongside her staffers. That same day, Balint attended a Castleton candidate forum on racial justice hosted by the Rutland area and Windham County branches of the NAACP.



Gray missed that one. Her campaign manager, Samantha Sheehan, said in a written statement that Gray’s staff had “triple booked her” on Saturday and had asked whether Gray could attend virtually. “Ultimately the organizers said that would not be possible,” Sheehan wrote. All five House candidates, Republicans and Democrats, were invited and RSVP’d to attend. But the NAACP said in a statement that “at the last minute, two cancelled in an unprofessional and concerning manner and one simply didn’t show up.” Mia Schultz and Steffen Gillom of the NAACP added that they were “profoundly disappointed that there are candidates who decided to deprioritize the only forum addressing racial justice and civil rights.” Sheehan said Gray has offered to meet with members of the NAACP and that “supporting the organization and its members is extremely important to her.” In the meantime, the candidates are working to get out the vote and are booked




for one last debate, hosted by WCAX on Thursday, August 4. “We’ll be making calls all week, canvassing communities, and conducting honk and waves,” Gray tweeted on Monday. “This is how we win!” There’s not too much daylight between the candidates on many major issues — guns, the climate crisis, reproductive rights — though Balint occupies a more progressive lane than Gray. The latter has pitched herself as someone who will follow in the footsteps of retiring U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and the current holder of Vermont’s lone House seat, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). HOUSESTRETCH SEVEN DAYS AUGUST 3-10, 2022

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Lt. Gov. Molly Gray at the Jenna’s House event

Housestretch « P.23 Leahy revealed last Friday that he’d voted for Gray, a non-endorsement endorsement after his spokespeople spent months saying the dean of the Senate would not publicly back a candidate in the primary. He also funneled Gray $5,000 through his Green Mountain PAC. His statement was carefully worded: “I trust Vermonters to make their own decisions about who will represent them.” Leahy’s longtime congressional colleague was more decisive. Sanders endorsed Balint in early July, then spent Sunday barnstorming with her. After rallies in Rutland and Montpelier, he found himself before some 350 people gathered in the city where his political career began. Young and old attendees brought dogs and lawn chairs to City Hall Park, waved yellow-and-blue Balint signs, and nibbled sesame noodles and broccoli salad provided by the Mill Market in South Burlington. The Western Terrestrials, a Vermont-based band known for their tune “Ethan Alien,” played a set, including a sing-along rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” Candidates in down-ballot races attended, some bearing their own 24


campaign swag. On the steps behind city hall, supporters raised a large Balint banner, and a sign language interpreter stood beside the rally speakers. The tone and vibe were upbeat. A University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll released last week showed Balint with a commanding 42-point lead over Gray. A second poll released on Monday by Data for Progress, a progressive think tank, showed Balint with a 32-point lead.




Based on small sample sizes and questions asked online and over text message, the polls are likely not an accurate barometer of where the two candidates actually stand. But they’re certainly a boost to the Balint campaign, garnering headlines in the days heading into the primary. “We’re feeling strong,” Balint told Seven Days in an interview. “But we know that the kiss of death for any campaign is to

feel cocky. So I’m still campaigning every day, all day, until the very end.” Sanders took the podium shortly before 7 p.m., then thundered through his greatest hits of rally talking points — wealth inequality and Wall Street, authoritarianminded Republicans, climate change, gun control, and reproductive rights. Yet, in this version of his speech, Sanders had a new partner: Balint, who would join Democrats in Congress “to stand up boldly for working families, for the middle class and to take the action that we need to preserve American democracy.” “We’ve got to bring people together around an agenda that works for all and not just the few, and that’s what Becca’s campaign is about,” Sanders said to roars of approval. “That’s why she’s going to win this primary, and that is why I so much look forward to working with her in Washington.” He also spoke of the influence of money in political races and said Balint would help “end the absurdity of billionaires and their super PACs buying elections,” something Balint has agreed is important. But in this race, she’s benefited more than anyone from outside spending, specifically from three groups: Equality PAC, LGBTQ Victory Fund Federal PAC and

the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC. They’ve combined to support Balint by spending at least $1.27 million in one month on mailers, TV ads and digital advertising. It’s more than she and Gray have each raised — and spent — during the entire campaign. None of the groups is a super PAC, but the Victory Fund is what’s known as a “hybrid PAC,” which allows it to raise unlimited amounts from donors and spend freely — much like super PACs. Asked after the event about the outside spending in the race, Sanders told Seven Days he’s “not a great fan of super PACs.” “I’m impressed that Becca has raised a whole lot of small-dollar donations, and I hope we pass legislation to end Citizens United and get rid of super PACs,” Sanders said, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision that allowed “dark money” contributions into politics. Pressed on whether he considers the outside spending in Balint’s race to be problematic, Sanders refused to answer. “Thank you very much,” he said as he walked away down Church Street. “Thank you.” Gray has repeatedly brought up the outside spending in the race, saying PACs shouldn’t be putting their thumbs on the scale. Leahy, in his statement, seemed to agree. “These are two qualified women who are capable of running their own races without outside interference,” he wrote. “I think Vermonters will judge if this outside spending is welcome in such an important campaign.” On Tuesday morning, just a week before the primary, Gray and a handful of campaign staffers staked out a spot in front of Buffalo Wild Wings on Shelburne Road in Burlington, holding “Molly Gray for Congress” signs and waving frenetically at passing cars. Their goal, Gray said, was to achieve 30 unique honks from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. About half an hour into their vigil, a Food Club semi supplied No. 17. “Does any of this work? Who knows?” Gray mused. In spite of the spitting rain, she insisted that she was “feeling great.” “I’m asking Vermonters to hire me,” she said, “so I’m going to give this everything I’ve got until the second the polls close.” The campaign had not yet settled on a venue for primary night, she added, but the evening would likely be a “more intimate” affair. m Chelsea Edgar contributed reporting.

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Virginia “Ginnie” Gude, 80, of South Burlington, Vt., passed peacefully at home on July 27, 2022, nearly a year after an aggressive cancer diagnosis changed the course of her life. Oh, weep ye not. Ginnie was born in Cliffside, N.J., and graduated from Ridgewood High School and then William Patterson College (Patterson State) with a degree in art education. She met her former husband, Tom, at the roller skating rink. Following marriage, she and Tom moved to Fair Lawn, N.J., where daughters Pamela and Karin were born. While Ginnie loved her adopted state of Vermont, she never lost her Garden State roots. Ginnie’s first career was as an art teacher in New Jersey. After moving to Vermont in 1973, she worked at the Shelburne School while pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Vermont. She encouraged her daughters’ pursuits — many that she enjoyed along with them — including Girl Scouts, music, riding and swimming. Ginnie’s house was always open to others; her enthusiasm ensured that there were kids in the pool, women doing crafts, special meals or treats being cooked, plays being rehearsed, and, always, someone playing music. She loved entertaining, and throwing a “small” gathering for 75 didn’t faze her in the

least. She volunteered enthusiastically for many community organizations, including the Vermont Girl Scout Council, Vermont Youth Orchestra and several women’s organizations. Ginnie loved to learn new things and then share that knowledge with others, be it singing a song, crafting a pine cone wreath or building a gingerbread house. Some may remember her as the Gingerbread Lady of South Burlington. When Ginnie returned to work full time, she spent 30-plus years in human resources at the University of Vermont. She was proud to have worked until she was 75 (and been one of the oldest employees there), although few would have guessed it, because Ginnie was active and vibrant in her life inside and outside the university. Her lunchtime walk was often a brisk hike down College Street to the lake and back. In addition to gardening, Ginnie loved adventure and kept her RV polished and road-ready for action. The highlight was in March 2019, when, after blowing 18 inches of Vermont snow off the rig’s roof, she headed to Key West, Fla., visiting friends along the route. Later that spring, she, Barbara and Joe headed west with 26 other women (and their dogs and cats) and traveled 13,000 miles to explore western Canada and Alaska. Her RV, like their home, was always open to singing, eating or a quick game of cards. During COVID-19, Ginnie and Barbara joined the Vermont 251 Club and explored

118 towns and villages, learning things that fascinated all who would listen. Her pets were rescue poodles, parakeets and turtles; her friends — though not from a rescue — were just as close and loyal. She loved them without reserve, and they her. Ginnie is survived by her partner and spouse, Barbara Martin; daughters, Pamela Gude and Karin Robinson; son-in-law, Wallace Robinson; brother and sister-in-law, John and Ellen Martin, and their sons John and Orion; and former husband and his wife, Tom and Chickie Gude; as well as cousins. Also left to grieve are Joe and Buffy, poodles No. 8 and 9. Ginnie was predeceased by her parents, Anne (Kress) and Stephen Ryhsen; brother Stephen Paul Ryhsen; and a baby sister, Patsy, who died before Ginnie was born. Great appreciation and affection are extended to Ginnie’s medical team, including University of Vermont Home Health & Hospice, which supported her and Barbara through this past year, and her family and her friends. There will be no formal service, but the family encourages those who loved Ginnie to share your favorite Ginnie story and to remember her as you gather. The family and close friends will come together at a later time. Please visit to share stories and memories. Those wishing to honor Ginnie may direct gifts in memory of Virginia or Ginnie Gude to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. These gifts will support her close friend Barb Sirvis’ fundraising efforts for the Jimmy Fund Walk. To make a gift, go online to; call 617-6325029; or send a check to Jimmy Fund Walk, 10 Brookline Pl., Brookline, MA 02445.

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JULY 26, 1926-JULY 24, 2022 CAMBRIDGE, VT. Guy W. Leadbetter Jr., 96, of Cambridge, died peacefully on Sunday, July 24, 2022, at home with family by his side. He was born in Washington, D.C., on July 26, 1926, to Guy and Alice (Johnson) Leadbetter. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine and went on to Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Md. Guy and his wife of 72 years, Nadia, shared an adventurous life together. He interned in urology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He came to the University of Vermont Medical Center in 1966 to practice urology, as well as to teach at the University of

Vermont Medical School. Guy was passionate about his work in the medical world. He cared deeply for his patients, nurses and colleagues. He was wellknown worldwide as a surgeon and inventor of several surgical

techniques. Nature, conservation, skiing, biking, photography, backpacking and camping were among his many passions. Family always came first. He is survived by his son, Guy W. Leadbetter III (“Gig”), and his wife, Ann; daughter Linda Leadbetter Sheean and her husband, Richard Florence; daughter Andrea “Annie” Leadbetter; his sister, Patricia King; grandchildren, Robby, Annie and Dana Larkin, Lillian and Wyland Seibert, Kate Leadbetter Pettis and Molly Leadbetter; and three greatgrandchildren, Trey, Phoebe and Keller. Memorial contributions in Guy’s name can be made to the Nature Conservancy. Private services were held. Please visit to share your memories and condolences.

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Delaney is a former state senator. Editor’s note: Seven Days covered local responses to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in two stories: “Vermont’s Gun-Control Record Scrutinized After Massacres in Texas, New York,” May 26, and “Prepared for the Worst? Recent Threats of Violence Renew Conversations About School Safety in Vermont,” June 22.


[Re Primary Voters’ Guide, June 29]: Vermont rarely ousts a sitting federal member of Congress. Despite Sen. Patrick Leahy’s pro-war career in an alleged lefty liberal state, he has remained in office for a lifetime. The decision of who should succeed U.S. Rep. Peter Welch in the fall is a big decision for Vermont. Do you know where your choice stands on issues that matter to you? The economy, Ukraine, critical race theory, Black Lives Matter, voting rights, transgender ideology, parental rights in school, free speech and bodily autonomy for all, including but not exclusive to reproductive rights? Do you know enough about these issues, or just what the talking heads on CNN and Fox broadcast every day? Do you know that a mental health diagnosis of gender dysphoria can include a protocol that offers the sterilization of a child as treatment? Do you agree that the word “mother” should be scrubbed from our language? Have you read Gender Queer, a book that can be found in some school libraries? It is easily read for free on the Amazon Kindle. I was shocked. I see this book as an attack on women and girls. We have candidates running for this lifelong position in Congress who believe many of these things are OK. Do you want to support them if you do not agree with their positions? Peter Garritano



So far, coverage of the lieutenant governor’s primary has focused on the candidates’ résumés and fundraising efforts [“Open-Seat Season,” June 22; Primary 26


Voters’ Guide, June 29]. Given the unusual circumVOTE ON OR BEFORE stances voters face this year, AUGUST 9 it is prudent to dig deeper. These unusual circumstances are the exodus of 41 Vermont House of Representatives members (27 percent) and 10 Vermont Senate members (33 percent) [“Feeling the Burnout: A Wave of Retirements Washes Over the Pandemic-Weary Vermont Legislature,” May 25]. Of greater significance is that the following nine House committees will have new chairs in 2023: Appropriations, Agriculture and Forestry, Education, Energy and Technology, GovernVOTING INFO / CANDIDATE Q& As / REDISTRICTING REMINDERS / LIST OF DEBATES ment Operations, Health Care, Human Services, Judiciary, and Ways and Means. Two Senate committee chairs are retiring. governor should the need arise. Toll is best In combination with the other retirees, suited for the job of lieutenant governor this is a colossal loss of knowledge and during these challenging times. experience about how our government Sandy Dooley operates. SOUTH BURLINGTON Within this context, Kitty Toll’s 12 years in the House, including 10 on the Appropriations Committee and four as MEET MUDGE its chair, make her the best match for the As [“Senate Shuffle,” July 20] suggests, our job. As Appropriations Committee chair, legislature is composed of people from she learned government programs inside many differing backgrounds and points of and out — their revenue sources, services, view. I urge readers to learn more about and investments and expenditures. No Lewis Mudge, who is a quality candidate other candidate brings this much-needed from Charlotte running for the Senate in expertise to the table. the Chittenden Southeast district. Another area in which Toll stands out is Lewis is committed to public service geography. She is a born, raised, educated and bettering our world, both as a selectand lifelong resident of Vermont’s board member in Charlotte and in his Northeast Kingdom. She is only the professional life as a human rights activsecond Democrat to represent Danville ist in central Africa. (After many years in in Vermont’s House. Chittenden County Africa, he is now doing this work from should not have a lock on most statewide home.) offices in our diverse state. Lewis is open, approachable and smart. Toll is also best prepared to step in as He knows how to compromise and is adept





at resolving conflict. He is an advocate for much-needed additional affordable housing in our state, climate action bills that help protect our forests and open space, finding ways to bolster more affordable childcare, and many more issues facing Vermont. He supports conservation and the fundamentals of Act 250 while acknowledging the need for more housing in planned areas. It is always a challenge to run a campaign against three seasoned members of our legislature, but Lewis has a lot to offer and would make a great senator. He has a young family and knows well the issues that face state residents in rural Vermont. I think he would offer a fresh perspective to the Senate, and I urge Chittenden Southeast residents to vote for him! Frances Foster



A recent letter to the editor was headlined “Who Is Tom Chittenden?” [Feedback, July 27]. I can answer that question. Sen. Chittenden is a responsive, caring senator. I wrote to him last winter noting that the federal SECURE Act of 2019, effective January 1, 2020, made changes to federal tax law surrounding 529 educational accounts that would allow up to $10,000 per student to be a qualified withdrawal to pay for student loans. This federal change meant that citizens whose families weren’t affluent enough to avoid student loans while they were in school could at least take advantage of changes in their post-schooling financial status to get a small tax break. Statutes governing Vermont’s 529 fund (VHEIP) were never updated to allow any loan payments to be qualified withdrawals. This seemed unfair, since the wealthiest among us might not generate many student loans, but most students from lesser means certainly will. The lack of Vermont statutes aligning with federal law seemed to disadvantage those students. When I wrote to Sen. Chittenden about this discrepancy, he worked very quickly to see what the story was. He worked to develop the language to go into a bill and was able to put together a bill to amend the state laws for VHEIP and got it passed, fixing that issue in less than months. So, who is Tom Chittenden? A responsive, hardworking senator who acts to help working families and students do something about the high cost of college education. He will have my vote on August 9, and I hope you consider supporting him, too. David C. Jones


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their decision fed by outside PAC money, regardless of whom the PAC supports. I, for one, do not want to send to Washington, D.C., another Progressive who will sit with the Progressive Caucus in Congress. There is one candidate who most assuredly will sit with the Progressive Caucus: Becca Balint, for whom I will not vote. I believe Vermonters would be better represented by a more moderate representative, and I believe Gray is the person I will vote for. Vincent Thibault



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farm in rural Vermont and brings Vermont values to everything she does. What I can say, having known Molly, is that we would be so fortunate to have someone of her character, courage and integrity representing us in Congress. It is the divisive rhetoric and name-calling exhibited by Becca that in no small part drive the current dysfunction in federal government, where nothing moves forward. You won’t get this from Molly; she will bring people together. I hope that Vermont voters will reject Becca’s negative politics and name-calling rhetoric on August 9 and vote for Molly. Gabe Arnold


As [“Congressional Countdown,” July 13] showed, Becca Balint is authentic! Her creative and comfortable ads are reflective of her style — relaxed and confident. Becca’s life experiences suggest she’s embraced a host of challenges with candor and connectedness. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, Vermont Treasurer Beth Pearce and Mr. Charlie Frazier of Huntington have said it best: Becca’s refreshing Vermont perspective and her ability to accomplish are needed now in Washington, D.C. Ruth Furman



I read Seven Days’ summary of the contest for the U.S. House with interest [“Congressional Countdown,” July 13]. The piece was incredibly thorough but failed to mention a key moment from this campaign season that I found illustrative. On May 21, while attending the Vermont Progressive Party’s state committee meeting in an effort to secure its endorsement, Becca Balint stated, “It would be an absolute catastrophe if the candidate representing us on the left was Molly Gray. She is a corporatist Democrat.” First, this was quite an assertion to make, given that the two candidates, by their own admission, do not differ meaningfully on the policies they would support in Congress. Even worse, calling Molly a corporatist is a ridiculous mischaracterization of who she is. Molly has spent her entire career in service to others working for nonprofits, fighting for human rights and, most recently, serving Vermonters in state government. She grew up on a small



I am a lifelong Democrat. The $600,000 of special interest independent expenditure money that has come into Vermont from outside the state for the benefit of Molly Gray’s opponent has no place in our primary elections [“PACs Pour More Than $600,000 Into U.S. House Race for Balint,” July 25]. I accept Becca Balint that PACs will be a part of our general elections as long as Citizens United stands, but Vermonters want to determine which primary candidates in our Democratic Party go on to run in the general election. I am supporting Molly because I believe she is the best candidate to represent Vermont in Washington, D.C. She has spent her life in public service. Molly is an attorney who graduated from Vermont Law School and has broad life experience that informs her worldview, including living and working in Europe and Africa for the International Committee of the Red Cross, working for Rep. Peter Welch and Sen. Patrick Leahy, and serving as an assistant attorney general in Vermont and now as lieutenant governor. Molly understands how to navigate the legal issues that are fundamental to our democracy and will be able to be effective on day one as Vermont’s first congresswoman. She has said she will work with anyone to get things done for Vermont. With Sen. Leahy’s retirement, this is exactly what we need. Get out and vote for Molly — it is no time to sit back and not engage in this very important election. Arthur Berndt



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[Re “Cross Examination: Will Public Safety Worries End Progressive Prosecutor Sarah George’s Sweeping Reforms?” July 27]: As a woman of color raising my biracial child in Vermont — and as person with a decade of sobriety and with professional and familial experience with mental health issues who has lived experience as a victim of crime and domestic violence — I am supporting Ted Kenney on August 9. Why? Because, as someone who believes in criminal justice reform and experiences the impacts of many of the issues that our incumbent state’s attorney discusses, I’ve grown increasingly concerned with Sarah George’s practices and prosecutorial trends that affect us all. Compassion without accountability or follow-through becomes enabling and permissive. We all deserve to feel safe where we live, work and raise our children. But safety doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It arises out of collaboration and conversation, both of which do not take place right now. We are hearing it from our first responders, firefighters, even the nurses at the emergency department. They are saying they are being endangered at work, and our communities are being endangered by the lack of collaboration with the state’s attorney’s office. Despite the incorrect claims of his opponent, Ted cares about reform, race, mental health, crime victims and substance abuse. As do I. I am tired and heartbroken from seeing crime victims be revictimized, I am frightened for my child’s future here, and I am frustrated by policies and prosecutorial decisions being made in the name of certain demographics that do not represent what we actually want or need. Rachel Lawler



[Re “Cross Examination: Will Public Safety Worries End Progressive Prosecutor Sarah George’s Sweeping Reforms?” July 27]: Sarah George is a top-notch state’s attorney, nationally recognized. If we reject and blame her for difficult times, the difficulties will only deepen. Communities and democracy all over 28


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Vermont and the nation have in recent years been assailed and diminished by misinformation. It would be unfortunate and costly if misinformation were to prevail in this race. Seven Days’ reporting on the Sarah George-Ted Kenney contest highlights how misinformation can spread infectiously and come to be seen as the truth. If people are on edge about public safety at the moment, common sense tells us Yes, this is unsettling, but our state’s attorney is hardly the source of the problem. Kenney has been pursuing this job for some time, and it’s understandable, though not especially admirable, that in a tumultuous period his campaign seeks to leverage public anxiety over public safety to suggest that George is somehow “soft on crime.” His platform cleverly endorses and smears his opponent simultaneously by calling for “Criminal Justice Reform and Safe Streets.” This is an opportunistic but empty pitch and a cheap shot. He has no case — and that’s exactly what a state’s attorney must have. Incumbents typically have an advantage — not always deserved — but in this race, George has earned our continuing support. George is skillfully doing the difficult work that needs to be done to make the administration of justice more equitable and effective. Her work should move forward. We should stay the course. Michael Long



[Re “Cross Examination: Will Public Safety Worries End Progressive Prosecutor Sarah George’s Sweeping Reforms?” July 27]: There is something wrong when

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our state’s attorney, Sarah George, has three of her murder dismissal cases refiled by former Vermont attorney general T.J. Donovan. There is something wrong when our beautiful Queen City gets transformed into Graffiti City because George repeatedly fails to go after hard-core taggers. There is something wrong when George publicly comments that if she does her job right, her position will one day become obsolete. There is something wrong when one’s personal political philosophy colors one’s judgment about the true intent of repeat offenders. Please join me in ending our five-year experiment in coddling criminals and denigrating cops by voting for Ted Kenney in the Democratic primary on August 9. Jack Scully



I read the article [“Cross Examination: Will Public Safety Worries End Progressive Prosecutor Sarah George’s Sweeping Reforms?” July 27], and I was disappointed to hear Sarah have to address the disinformation being spread in the community about her policies and practices — again. I feel compelled to correct the record. Cases are being prosecuted. As a criminal defense attorney, I interact daily with George’s office. Any narrative that implies that her office does not prosecute criminal activity in Chittenden County is simply false. I encourage anyone with concerns to come and sit in the public courtroom any weekday and witness it for themself. I have worked with George for more than a decade. Her policies are well researched, and they aim to address

real inequities in the justice system. They are working. Criminal defendants and victims are better able to amend, heal and move forward from judicial involvement now than they were before she was Chittenden County state’s attorney. George believes that changes in our criminal justice system are required. On that point, we strongly agree. Criminal justice in America is broken. We need funding that presently goes to excessive policing and incarceration to be reallocated to new programs to create better access to low-barrier housing, appropriate medical support for mental health and substanceuse disorders, and better reintegration plans for those returning to the community from prison. We need Sarah George as Chittenden County state’s attorney now more than ever. Jessica Burke



The article [“Crime Seen,” June 25], showing increased aggravated assaults, burglaries and shootings in Burlington, reinforced why this liberal Democrat is voting for Ted Kenney for Chittenden County state’s attorney in the August 9 Democratic primary. Statistics demonstrate that the incumbent’s policies are failing. As a former civil rights investigator, prison educator, mental health organization administrator and restorative justice volunteer, I recognize the paramount importance of dismantling systemic racism. My lived experience, as a firstgeneration American who grew up working-class, required challenging systemic barriers. Ted lost a beloved brother to substanceuse disorder and mental illness; Ted does not check his compassion at the door. He’s committed to criminal justice reform with compassion and sensitivity to the various isms, including racism. His work as a defense attorney, leadership role in the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, and service on Dismas of Vermont and Joint Urban Ministry Project boards bring a weighed perspective in this transformative time. As a downtown Burlington worker,

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It’s no surprise that nearly 50 Vermont lawyers have endorsed incumbent Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah

George [“Cross Examination: Will Public Safety Worries End Progressive Prosecutor Sarah George’s Sweeping Reforms?” July 27]. The U.S. has more people in prison than any other country in the world. It is not a place for rehabilitation. The health care system in this country has never been good. The mental health care system has been even more underfunded and challenged. Support to help people with addictions is also grossly underfunded. The answer is not more “law and order” and punishment. George is a visionary on how to change the system for the better. Our society needs to evolve in a different way for things to change. Yes, we are at a difficult point. The pandemic has exacerbated all the problems. But mental health care and drug addiction support must be ramped up. I hope that Sarah George wins the primary on August 9.

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I would like to add a free-speech element to the article [“Cross Examination: Will Public Safety Worries End Progressive Prosecutor Sarah George’s Sweeping Reforms?” July 27]. Sarah George, Ted Kenney’s competitor for Chittenden County state’s attorney, is provably completely arbitrary and capricious on issues of free speech. George did not prosecute the vandal, Eric Maier, who destroyed the faces of Ethan Allen and Samuel de Champlain on the downtown mural in 2018 [“American Vandal: Burlington Musician Eric Maier Reflects on His Public Crime — and the New Album It Inspired,” October 23, 2019]. Rather, George coddled Maier in a secretive community justice center process. George’s coddling of Maier showed contempt for the First Amendment and free speech, especially when contrasted

with her earlier attempted prosecution of Wesley Richter for speech, which was dismissed in 2018. That case involved the University of Vermont student’s allegedly offensive statements in a phone conversation in the university’s library. Judge David Fenster found the witness statements unreliable, so it was not clear what he said. George bemoaned that the student was not found guilty of a hate crime. But he could not have been, since there was no crime. Contrast George’s attempted prosecution of Richter with her failure to prosecute Maier. Maier based his crime on hatred of free speech and escaped any real punishment, because George is a prosecutor who clearly believes that free speech should be prosecuted and destruction of free speech should be coddled. Norman Arthur Fischer


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obias von Trapp walked through his flower garden on a blazing hot day in mid-July, past astilbes and daisies, lilies and delphiniums, to the stone fountain at its western edge. Made from rocks he pulled from his hayfield or retrieved from an old stone wall, the fountain has grown moss and attracted visitors in the 23 years since Tobias (who goes by Tobi) built it. In past years, some of those visitors were kids and their gardening parents, for whom a walk in Tobi’s garden was a central piece of a trip to the von Trapp Greenhouse — the garden center in Waitsfield that Tobi and his wife, Sally, ran for 41 years. On this day, the lucky fountain visitors were frogs — “rock-climbing frogs,” as Tobi described them. Almost a perfect match for the fountain’s emerald-colored moss, the frogs sat on its soft cover or bathed in the cool water. Sally counted six on different levels of the exquisitely scaled and marvelously constructed fountain. Tobi said the frogs somehow sense the presence of the water — and appear. Last September, the von Trapps closed their garden center to retail customers and the larger public. But this week, people are welcome back. Sally and Tobi will host 30


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Open Garden Days on Friday, August 5, and Saturday, August 6, two of several such events this summer. The garden days are a chance for people to walk through and view the flowers, as well as a fundraiser for local nonprofits in partnership with the Mad River Valley Rotary Club. “We see it as an opportunity to give back to the community that supported us for four decades,” Sally said.

The von Trapps, who are in their late sixties, started a gardening business in 1980 at the Waitsfield home where they raised their three kids. In the early years, they grew vegetable starts and annuals. Tobi cultivated a big vegetable garden and sold produce to local restaurants. He wanted to “feed the world,” Sally said. As the business evolved, the couple built greenhouses and focused on growing

perennials. With the closing of the retail operation, the von Trapps’ daughter Emily is making use of the family’s greenhouses to expand her cut flower business, von Trapp Flowers, which specializes in winter tulips and other season-extending blooms. Tobi’s work on the garden dates back to 1992, when he embarked on a four-year project of preparing the soil for flowers. He planted it with rotating cover crops of sunflowers, buckwheat and winter rye; tilled the land; and removed stones. In 1996, Tobi started designing the flower garden — a work of creative beauty that served as both a display garden for greenhouse customers and an experiment in sustainable and efficient growing practices. He wanted to make a garden that’s “an experience everywhere you go.” “I designed it so everywhere you’d be standing — looking 360 degrees — you have a view, a vignette, of something that’s worth looking at,” Tobi said. Sally is a trained horticulturist; Tobi is self-taught. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Waitsfield, where his mother kept window boxes. His father, Werner von Trapp, was a member of the musical von Trapp family that escaped Nazioccupied Austria. Tobi said he learned gardening (and other skills) by “osmosis.” The garden is defined by its natural, unmanicured look and cared for in a manner that supports and complements that aesthetic. Its easy sweep echoes the contours of the land. “It’s like a managed wildflower meadow,” Tobi said. Packed with perennials and shrubs and framed by nearby trees and the more distant ridgeline of Mount Ellen, the garden is a testament to the von Trapps’ shared ethos: “You can never have too many plants,” Sally said. The abundant and varied flower species and varieties — too numerous to count — bloom and grow among hardy shrubs, delicate ground cover and lush ferns. Because the von Trapps are, in Sally’s words, “terrible stuffers” — filling the soil with perennials and other plants — they allow minimal space and light for weeds to come in and compete. “It’s practical,” Tobi said of the method. At the end of the season, he weedwhacks the herbaceous plants, knocking them down to a foot or a foot and a half in height. Then he pulls a lawn mower backward, blowing the plant debris into the garden. His cleanup process puts nutrients in the soil, mulches the ground and distributes seed for self-starts. “Once established, [the garden’s] been amazingly low-maintenance because of the way it was designed,” Tobi said.


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At the fountain on that July day, he talked about the wonder of moss, which appeared in his garden on its own. The plant withstands the battering of winter and emerges from that season brown and seemingly lifeless. In the spring, about a week after he turns on the water, the moss turns green. Like other vignettes of his garden, moss glistening with water on a fountain rock is something to behold. The garden’s purpose, Tobi said, “is to bring beauty to the masses.” m

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n June 8, 2011, a quiet couple named Bill and Lorraine Currier disappeared from their home in Essex, touching off an extensive search. Among armchair detectives, speculations flew. But the eventual truth may have been stranger than anything they predicted. About a year later, local authorities revealed that the Curriers had been victims of a killer who was in custody out of state. That same day, citing an unnamed source, WCAX identified the perpetrator as Israel Keyes of Alaska. On December 3, 2012, after Keyes’ suicide in prison, authorities finally confirmed that he had confessed to the Curriers’ murders while in custody for abducting and killing a young Anchorage woman. He had also spoken to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about committing other murders all over the U.S. “The revelation raises more questions than answers, including what Keyes was doing in Vermont in the first place,” Andy Bromage wrote in Seven Days at the time. Why would anyone, even a confessed serial killer, travel across the continent to target two strangers at random? That mystery isn’t so mysterious, however, to listeners of the popular podcast “True Crime Bullsh**.” Since he started the podcast in 2018, Josh Hallmark, who lives just over the Vermont border in


North Adams, Mass., has been on a quest to catalog all of the available information about Keyes and his crimes. The goal? To find patterns in Keyes’ seemingly random movements and, ultimately, to identify more of his victims. Hallmark, 40, a California native, said he was drawn to the Keyes case early on, when he lived in Seattle. “From a storytelling perspective, it was really fascinating, because it was the opposite narrative structure than what we’re used to in true crime,” he said by phone. “We knew who the killer was, but we didn’t know who the victims were.” After Keyes’ suicide, the FBI released dozens of hours of audio footage from his monthslong interrogation. That footage became material for Hallmark’s investigation, along with thousands of pages of files he obtained through federal Freedom of Information Act requests. Piecing the clues together, he has built a timeline of Keyes’ frequent and far-ranging travels, working to match the killer’s movements to cases from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, aka NamUs. Using this method, Hallmark established that there was nothing so mysterious about Keyes being in Essex. It was a natural stop on the drive between Constable, N.Y., where his family owned property, and another family home in Maine. The real mystery is whether, on his way from the Chicago airport to Essex

via his mother’s home in Indiana, Keyes might have been responsible for the disappearance of an Indiana University student named Lauren Spierer. She vanished five days before the Curriers did; the case remains unsolved. Hallmark’s work involves a lot of speculation, but he’s careful to frame it as such. His approach has received kudos from law enforcement professionals, including one who was involved in the Keyes case.




Now-retired FBI agent Bobby Chacon led the dive team that discovered the remains of Keyes’ known Anchorage victim in a frozen lake. Chacon, who has appeared on “True Crime Bullsh**,” told Seven Days by email that Hallmark “is doing an outstanding service to the victims of Israel Keyes” with his “tireless work.” It’s high praise for a podcast that seems to question its own purpose with its very title. “True crime bullshit” is a phrase that Keyes used with investigators to justify his reluctance to divulge his crimes. He feared the public’s thirst for murder stories

would make it impossible to shield his young daughter from the truth about him. Since then, the popularity of true crime has only grown. And the title of Hallmark’s podcast — which receives 750,000 downloads per month, he said — expresses his own complicated feelings about the genre. Hallmark caught the podcasting bug in 2015 while traveling the country in a van with his partner. They listened to “Serial,” a spin-off from the “This American Life” podcast that kicked off the true crime audio trend. “As a writer, I really fell in love in with the medium,” Hallmark said. He liked the “instant gratification” of podcasting, how the format allowed him to “write 35,000 words and put it out into the world and immediately get a response to it.” Unhappy and unemployed in New York City, where the couple eventually settled, Hallmark decided to make podcasting a career. His first show was “Our Americana,” an effort to counteract the toxic atmosphere of a “hellish election” by telling “extraordinary stories in small-town America,” he said. But Hallmark also had a longtime interest in the darker subject of true crime — and a curiosity about what draws people to the genre. “I was really naïve … when I started,” he recalled. “There was a lot of what I call ‘Wikipedia true crime’” — that is, podcasts whose hosts riff on easily googled information rather than do their own detective work. He knew that “I didn’t want to do that.” Initially, Hallmark wanted each episode of “True Crime Bullshi**” to be 75 percent about the Keyes case and 25 percent “interrogation” of the true crime genre itself. The first episode highlights interviews with true crime enthusiasts about what draws them to the genre. But “people did not respond well to that,” Hallmark said with a chuckle. “I got a lot of hate mail.” Over five seasons — four of them about Keyes, one about female serial killer Kelly Cochran — the show evolved from conceptual interrogation to criminal investigation. “I never thought of the show as investigative at the beginning,” Hallmark said. “It was just kind of me telling the story and looking to see if I could find out who his victims were … Now it’s me hiring experts and dive teams and going to places where [Keyes] went.” The support of listeners and others, he said, gave him “the confidence … to say, ‘I’m going to turn over every stone … to see if we can’t answer some of these questions.’” CASTING A NET SEVEN DAYS AUGUST 3-10, 2022

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Because only three murders are officially attributed to Keyes, he’s “the most terrifying serial killer you’ve probably never heard of,” one recent clickbait headline reads. But Hallmark comes at the case from another angle. Referring to Keyes’ claim to have killed “less than 12” people, he said he’s always seen it as “heartbreaking that there were at least 11 families who had no idea what had happened to their loved ones.” Connecting Keyes to any one of the vast number of missing Americans would seem impossible — if the FBI hadn’t found 44 matches between image files on his computer and missing persons in the NamUs database. Some members of this group, which Hallmark calls the “NamUs 44,” can be ruled out as Keyes’ victims. Others can’t. Hallmark has devoted exhaustive attention to likely cases, such as that of Suzanne Lyall, who disappeared from Albany, N.Y., in 1998. He can’t recall whether his first “field trip” for the podcast was to Albany or to Essex, where he retraced Keyes’ steps “to get an understanding of distance and time,” he said. “I remember sitting where the farmhouse [where the Curriers were murdered] once stood and realizing the gravity of what I was doing.” “True Crime Bullsh**” features frequent audio clips from the FBI interrogations of Keyes, including parts of his harrowing description of the Curriers’ abduction and murder. Keyes also reveals in the clips that he came close to following the murders with a Vermont bank robbery, scoping out the town of Johnson. He changed his plans when he realized his victims’ car wasn’t a reliable getaway vehicle. Listening to those interviews is difficult. “Hearing Keyes describe these terrible details so callously just really, really messed me up,” Hallmark said. “But I think it was a

Bill and Lorraine Currier

necessary task, because it really humanized not only [the victims] but this experience … I wanted to approach this having humanity for everyone, including Keyes.” Hallmark has a second cousin whose brother and mother were murdered. “I often think about him and how he would want people to cover his case,” he said. He regularly consults two friends — a victims’ family advocate and a prosecutor — for guidance in discussing victims and their families on the show. And he reminds his audience that “perpetrators’ families are victims, as well” — particularly, in this case, Keyes’ daughter, who was with him when he was arrested. “I think about her every single time I sit down to start writing an episode,” Hallmark said. “She has to live with this every day.” “True Crime Bullsh**” raises big questions about the relationship between crime and the media — not just because Hallmark uses podcasting to investigate crimes but

also because of the pivotal role that the Vermont media played in the Keyes case. In the audio files, we hear FBI agents assure Keyes that authorities in Vermont had agreed not to reveal his identity to the public as long as he cooperated with their investigation. In July 2012, Jennifer Reading of WCAX got a major scoop when she named Keyes as the Curriers’ killer. The story “spread like wildfire” in Alaska, according to a Seven Days commentary at the time, though other Vermont media declined to run it. When Keyes heard his name was in the news, he went nearly silent until his death in December of that year. “It’s frustrating,” Hallmark said of that news story, “but … I understand the need to protect your community,” given that Vermonters “didn’t know what was happening, because the FBI wasn’t talking.” Still, he said, “You can’t help but think of what information we could have that we never will have because of that leak.” In recent years, critics of the true crime

genre have charged that it does more harm by trivializing crimes than it does good by solving them. “Ethics, to me, are paramount,” Hallmark said. In his view, treating “true crime as entertainment is a slippery slope” toward “commodifying tragedy,” and phrases such as “true crime fan” and “my favorite murderer” are a “problematic vernacular.” But he knows many podcasters who strive to approach the subject ethically, and “I don’t like to throw stones,” he said. “I just like to focus on me and how I could be doing it better.” When Hallmark wants a respite from thinking about “some of the darkest stuff in the world,” he turns to the “big backyard full of amazing woodland creatures” on the farm he now shares with his partner in North Adams, he said: “When I need a break, I can just see what our groundhog is up to.” ‘True Crime Bullsh**” will return for its sixth season in the fall, still focused on Keyes. Season 3 is the only one to profile a different killer — because Hallmark “needed a break” from Keyes, he said. He’s considering this season the last one “for now.” Chacon wrote that he’s “impressed with the countless hours, days, weeks, months and years Josh has dedicated to this case and finding answers that Keyes tried to take to his grave with him.” Hallmark finds that kind of confidence “inspiring and motivational and humbling, but … also really terrifying.” “I owe so much to potential victims’ families,” he said. “I have a lot of work to do.” m

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pretty classic: Beef is slowly simmered in an adobo made from dried chiles — often guajillo and ancho — and seasoned with garlic and spices such as oregano, cinnamon and cloves. It’s all the stand sells, though customers can choose from three versions: stew ($7), taco ($6.50) or quesadilla ($7). José Ureña’s family worked in restaurants in Pennsylvania when he was growing up, but at home they cooked Mexican dishes every day. On Sundays, a family friend sold birria after church. When Ureña and his wife, Lauren Ebersol, both 28, moved to Burlington in May, they saw a gap in the local market, and Ureña remembered the Sunday birria gatherings from his childhood.

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José Ureña showing how to eat birria

From left: Lauren Ebersol, José Ureña and Weslie Khoo


n Burlington’s recently renovated City Hall Park, where the fountains are flowing this summer, Saturday strollers can sample a similarly abundant flow of foods from culinary entrepreneurs participating in the new BTV Market. Organized by Burlington City Arts and the city’s Love Burlington effort to support small business, the market runs every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 1. Nearly a quarter of the stands offer ready-to-eat foods from a rotating roster of about 20 vendors representing global cuisines, from Somali-style





fried chicken to Vietnamese egg rolls and sesame balls to dunkable Mexican birria tacos. Artists and craftspeople occupy the remainder. Many of the food vendors are relatively new to the market circuit and envision the BTV Market as a way to test interest in their wares. As Raven Antonio of Maritela’s Filipino Cuisine told Seven Days of her rotating menu, “I want people to try it all.” Read on for profiles of five of the many vendors. But we strongly recommend you follow Antonio’s advice and try them all. M.P.


Casa Birria, Burlington, @casabirriavt on Instagram

Some food stands use flashing neon and light-up arrows to draw customers to their food. Casa Birria has a hand-drawn, motorized, mechanical taco sign. The sign’s Lego motor slowly and repeatedly dips a taco into a cup of broth; it’s adorable, and it demonstrates how to eat the stand’s namesake dish. Earthy, aromatic birria is a traditional Mexican stew. Casa Birria’s version is




“Seeing the lack of Mexican food inspired me to share Mexican food with Burlington and share birria, which isn’t widely available yet within the U.S.,” Ureña said. Birria isn’t unfamiliar to anyone who’s spent time on TikTok, though, where the dunkable dish is trending. Video after video features birria tacos and quesadillas — authentic or TikTok-ified — with the meat from the stew shredded and topped with onion, cilantro, salsa and a squeeze of lime, after which the whole thing is dipped into a slick bowl of broth. “It’s like French dip,” Ebersol said. “Dip it as much or as little as you like.” “Then drink whatever’s left of the broth,” Ureña added. The BTV Market was a perfect opportunity for Ureña, Ebersol and their business partner, Weslie Khoo, 33, who previously ran food stands, including a GLOBAL GRAZING

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Santiago’s Cuban Cuisine to Open at Burlington’s Main Street Landing Amtrak kicked off its passenger rail service from Burlington to New York City last Friday. When passengers step off the train at Burlington’s Union Station later this summer, they’ll find a new restaurant right next door: SANTIAGO’S CUBAN CUISINE. Santiago’s business partners OSCAR ARENCIBIA and LUIS CALDERIN plan to open the first downtown location of their “Cuban tropical” restaurant at 3 Main Street in September. It takes over the original Madera’s Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina space in Main Street Landing’s CornerStone building, which was most recently Himalaya Restaurant. Arencibia founded Santiago’s as a pop-up in early 2021. The partners operated out of what is now BUTTER BAR & KITCHEN in Burlington’s New North End for several months last year. The expanded menu will offer traditional Cuban fare, including favorites from Santiago’s previous pop-up iterations; more seafood; additional vegan and vegetarian options; and ropa vieja — the Cuban national dish. Dishes such as empanadas, croquetas and ceviche are designed to

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be shareable, “to let people experience and taste all of this stuff,” Calderin told Seven Days. Santiago’s also plans to upgrade its popular Cubano sandwich. The restaurant is partnering with the oldest Cuban bread manufacturer in the country — La Segunda Central Bakery in Tampa, Fla. — on an exclusive contract. “We’ll be the only place in Vermont that has the most authentic Cuban bread,” Calderin said. “Two Cuban guys. It couldn’t get more Cuban.” The bar will offer classic cocktails, sangrias, wines, beers, an extensive menu of zero-proof cocktails and a full-fledged rum program. The roughly 90-seat space is currently undergoing a renovation; the décor and ambience will be inspired by Miami’s art deco hotels and will make the most of its sweeping view of Lake Champlain — both inside and on the 100-seat patio. “It’s basically South Beach on Lake Champlain,” Calderin said. “We want it to feel like Florida or Havana in 1959 — a vacation from your everyday here in Vermont, between the food and the art, culture, music and vibe of it.” Calderin and Arencibia are planning to offer lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, catering, takeout and delivery, along with drinks and late-night SIDE DISHES

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Left: Calito Amboise of Calito’s Popsicles. Inset: Sophie Conway and Amboise



Calito’s Popsicles, Shelburne, @calitospopsicles on Instagram

Calito’s Popsicles might have the best spot in the BTV Market, or at least the most appropriate one: right next to the park’s new fountain. The stand’s popsicle-printed tablecloth is a beacon for kids running through the fountain’s jets — and for grown-ups trying to stay cool while the kids beat the heat.

he told Conway he wished he could make his own. “She said, ‘Yeah, you can make your own popsicle!’” Amboise said with a laugh. “For me, it was impossible. But I forgot I was in a country where everything is possible.” Amboise and Conway started making small batches of popsicles at O Bread Bakery in Shelburne, where they both DARIA BISHOP

Raven Antonio displaying a mango salad, lumpia and Pinoy BBQ served over rice (inset) at Maritela’s Filipino Cuisine

Friday Splash Dance, and farmers markets in Waitsfield and Stowe. The multilingual couple encourages customers to practice their Spanish, French, English or Haitian Creole while ordering. Four flavors ($4.50 each) rotate on Calito’s market menu. The tropical pop — organic pineapple, mango, strawberry and peach — is the most popular, but mango and pineapple-coco-maple popsicles have their own followings. “It’s like a piña colada without the rum,” Conway said of the latter, a combo of pineapple, coconut milk and Vermont maple syrup. Other flavors cycle through the hits of Vermont’s short growing season: strawberry, peach, melon and even pumpkin. Right now, the couple is making the most of blueberries from Charlotte’s Sweet Roots Farm & Market. “We make people eat all the blueberry they can eat,” Amboise said. J.B.


Maritela’s Filipino Cuisine, Colchester, @maritelasfilipinocuisine on Instagram

Calito Amboise and Sophie Conway sell fruit-packed popsicles inspired by Amboise’s Haitian Dominican upbringing and Vermont’s fleeting summer flavors. They use local or organic fruit, depending on whether they’re sourcing berries and melons or coconuts and pineapples. “Back home, I loved popsicles,” Amboise said. “But in Haiti, a popsicle is luxury. It’s not an easy thing to find.” When he moved to Vermont in 2011, he bought popsicles from the big brands that line grocery store freezers. One day 38


worked, and shared them with the bakery’s employees on hot summer days. “Everybody liked it, so I decided to make a business to give back to the community,” Amboise said. “People be so damn busy. They don’t have time to go and pick fruit or enjoy the summer, because summer is short.” Calito’s Popsicles launched in 2019. Conway and Amboise still work full time elsewhere, but they manage to produce a few hundred popsicles each week to split between the BTV Market, the park’s

Fans of Raven Antonio’s Filipino food stand at the BTV Market were disappointed when she missed a recent market. It turned out she was at the funeral of her paternal grandmother, Marilou Estacio. Antonio’s loss made the name of her new business, Maritela’s Filipino Cuisine, even more meaningful: It combines the first names of both of her now-deceased grandmothers: Marilou and Otela. “In Filipino culture, we are very tight with our ancestors,” Antonio said. “I feel like it’s empowering to come up with that name and to honor them.” Antonio, 26, moved with her family to Vermont from Manila in 2016. She grew up

learning to cook from her maternal grandmother, Otela Agana. Antonio particularly remembers helping make lumpia, the long, slender Filipino egg rolls. The wrappers had to be separated “very carefully because they stick and tear.” When they tore, Antonio said, she’d hide them behind her back and nibble them on the sly. Having her own food business “was a long dream of mine,” Antonio said. She launched Maritela’s in the fall of 2021 after graduating from the Community Kitchen Academy, a Vermont Foodbank program in partnership with Feeding Chittenden. The Colchester resident prepares her food in a commercial kitchen space in Burlington. Maritela’s BTV Market menu changes weekly, but it always includes lumpia ($4) filled with well-seasoned ground pork and vegetables. Every Saturday, Antonio sells about 100 of the six-inch tubes, sliced in half on the diagonal. She also serves a rotating meat entrée with garlic steamed rice, such as skewers of sweet and smoky Pinoy BBQ pork ($10 as a plate or $2 per skewer and $3.50 for rice), which she marinates in soy, garlic, mango concentrate and the uniquely Filipino banana ketchup. On the side, she offers a refreshing mango, tomato and red onion salad ($6) and a couple of weekly sweets, such as ube crinkle cookies (three for $5). Antonio makes the familiar American soft, cracked cookie with purple yam, a favorite Filipino ingredient. “We love purple yams!” she said with emphasis. In the Philippines, Antonio said, she’d have been able to pick many of her ingredients, such as mangoes, out of her garden. “The freshness,” she said, “that’s what I miss the most.” M.P. GLOBAL GRAZING

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Maguire knows the restaurant business firsthand; while attending the University of Vermont in the early 1990s, he worked as a cook at SWEETWATERS on Church Street. (Read the recent news about Sweetwaters closing at But, Maguire said, he has no intention of being a hands-on restaurant operator. “My days behind the line are done,” he said with a chuckle. Maguire’s design/build/development company, ATD, has undertaken the major renovation of the building and property. He said he purchased the historic house, barn and 15 acres for about $625,000 this spring. Site work will include adding a new septic system and parking, which he plans to share with the neighboring Charlotte Grange. Constructed in the early 1800s, the building at 2760 Spear Street was


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rant by summer 2023, said JONATHAN MAGUIRE, the building’s owner and a developer. He plans to complete about 80 percent of the restaurant fit-up but leave finishing touches to a stillundetermined restaurant operator. Maguire, 49, and his family spend summers on the lake in Charlotte. “Everyone in Charlotte wants another place to go with classy, good food,” he said. He envisions the restaurant being similar to the TILLERMAN in Bristol and the former Kitchen Table Bistro in Richmond — which will become VERMONT FINE this fall, Seven Days reported last week. Both occupy historic buildings with dining and bar areas spread among several rooms.

most recently a private residence. On a recent tour, Maguire showed off the wide floorboards and rough-hewn beams in the front corner room. “There will be a big fireplace here where people can hang out in front of a big hearth and have a libation,” he said. “You know, 150 years ago, East Charlotte village was hopping,” Maguire said, noting that Spear Street was the major horse carriage route from Burlington to Middlebury. Records indicate the building operated briefly as a tavern. “I’m working on a historic reset there with this project,” he said. Melissa Pasanen

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On a recent Saturday morning, Hue Tran kept a close eye on the oil bubbling around sesame balls in a fryer behind the Vietnamese Community Group’s table. Her market colleague, La Trinh, sat in a folding chair beside another fryer, which the pair uses to make crisp egg rolls with a vegetarian or chicken filling. The two women are good friends and the main cooks for the group-run market stall, said Autumn Vo, one of several other members of the local Vietnamese community who help out. “These ladies get very busy cooking,” Vo said. Trinh, her hair tucked into a knit cap, is 79. Originally from Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, she has lived in Vermont for 25 years. Tran, 70, moved about a year ago from the province of Ninh Thuận. The Vietnamese Community Group divides its market stall proceeds between the two women’s respective houses of worship. Trinh is Catholic; Tran, Buddhist. “I admire their friendship,” Vo said. “They go to each other’s church and temple. That’s the beautiful thing about it.” Trinh and Tran also work well together in the kitchen. Sesame balls ($1.50) are optimally eaten fresh from the fryer. Theirs are compellingly chewy, with a nutty touch from the sesame seeds and a soft, sweet white bean filling. Vo explained that Vietnamese sesame balls typically feature mung bean paste, instead of the dark red bean paste that commonly fills the Chinese version of the dish. The crunchy-skinned egg rolls are well stuffed with shredded taro, yam, carrot, vermicelli noodles and mushrooms, plus tofu for INFO the veggie Learn more at option ($1) or chicken ($2). Puffy, crunchy shrimp crackers come in pastel shades of pink, yellow, green and white (five for $1). On the non-fried side of the menu are fresh vegetarian spring rolls ($2): veggies, noodles, tofu and abundant mint swaddled tightly in rice paper wrappers. The mint, Vo said, is grown by community members. The cooks beamed when asked if they enjoyed bringing their food to the market. “She is very happy doing that,” Vo said, translating Trinh’s response. M.P.



La Trinh (left) and Hue Tran at the Vietnamese Community Group food stand

MAN ON THE MOVE Jilib Jiblets, Burlington, on Facebook

Said Bulle can’t stop moving. The Somaliborn cook and musician, who is perhaps best known for fronting local hip-hop sensation A2VT, works at Klinger’s Bread and Manhattan Pizza & Pub. In his spare time, he runs his own food business, Jilib Jiblets. “I have to keep moving, man,” Bulle, 33, said with a laugh. “I got to make it happen.” Jilib Jiblets is a regular at the BTV Market, but Seven Days caught up with Bulle at the weekly Leddy Park Beach Bites series, where he displayed a menu that led with the fried chicken that started his business. “I would get calls from people in my community,” Bulle recalled. “If there was a wedding or a party, everybody would ask me to come and fry chicken. It got me excited to do more cooking.” At $6.50 for two big pieces, the fried chicken has a loaded flavor palette, which Bulle attributes to a mix of Somali spices his mother taught him. The blend is made with toasted ground cumin, toasted ground coriander, ground cardamon, ground turmeric, oregano, basil and cilantro. “People in Vermont don’t get a lot of Somali tastes,” he said. “I learned to use them when I was a kid. I was always in the kitchen with my mom.” Bulle’s mother ran a small restaurant in Jilib, Somalia. After he moved to Vermont in 2015, Bulle began to make use of some of the skills he’d learned watching her, as

Said Bulle (center) of Jilib Jiblets displaying beef sambusas (also inset), flanked by his wife, Chelsea Domina, and daughter Maiya Abdalla, at Leddy Park Beach Bites

well as her recipe for the hot sauce he serves with his food. “The key to the hot sauce is making sure it is hot, but the flavor has to come through,” he explained. “What I do is mix the flavors together, grind them up really good, boil them and let them cool down. It … makes them stand out.” He also serves beef and vegetable sambusa ($3.75), which can be paired with Somali fried dough called mandazi ($5). When Jilib Jiblets does a catering or pop-up event, Bulle’s menu grows. “My

favorite thing to cook is goat with rice,” he said. “If I do a pop-up, I’ll prepare that and salad and sambusas, fried chicken, bananas, chicken stew, goat stew, beef and vegetable stew, too.” Besides its Saturday gig at the BTV Market, Jilib Jiblets can be found all summer at the Leddy Park Beach Bites series on Wednesdays and at the Charlotte Farmers Market on Thursdays. C.F

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Emma Harvey loves what she calls “Costco Parm.” She keeps a one-pound plastic container of the pre-shredded Kirkland Signature aged ParmigianoReggiano on hand for topping fried eggs, Caesar salads and Marie Callender’s chicken pot pies. “That’s probably the worst thing that I do as a cheesemonger who has access to all these high-quality artisan cheeses,” Harvey said. “But I use that stuff on everything. It’s a utility cheese.” Harvey, 33, handles her fair share of fancy Parmigiano-Reggiano, too. In 2019, she cracked her first 80-pound wheel — a rite of passage in the mongering world. At the time, she was working the cheese counter at Burlington’s Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar under the watchful eye of John O’Brien, her first cheese mentor. “It was a very monumental moment for me,” Harvey said of cracking her first wheel. “My parents came to watch, and I didn’t cut myself. Everybody clapped!” Now Harvey cracks all kinds of wheels at Salt & Bubbles Wine Bar and Market in Essex, where she’s the cheese buyer and catering manager. She also stocks the market’s retail fridge, pickles produce, and creates elaborate cheese and charcuterie boards with swoops and swirls befitting her Instagram handle: @boardinvermont. Salt & Bubbles doesn’t have a traditional cheese counter — yet. It’s on Harvey’s Christmas list. But she still finds ways to get people excited about cheese, especially products from small local producers. Over slices of pizza and margaritas at the Monkey House in Winooski, Harvey shared her hot cheese takes, core cheese memories and thoughts on charcuterie boards — no candy allowed.

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SEVEN DAYS: What is your earliest cheese memory? EMMA HARVEY: I grew up in Burlington, and we always had a block of Cabot [Private Stock Classic Vermont] black wax cheddar in the fridge. That was from Costco, too. I would microwave nachos late at night, and I wouldn’t grate it because cleaning a grater would be too much work. So I would cut big slices using a knife that I could put in the dishwasher. My goal in life is to wash as few dishes as possible.

SD: Do you sell a lot of cheddar at Salt & Bubbles? EH: We always have Shelburne Farms cheddar. In my opinion, it’s Vermont’s best cheese brand. We started with the three-year cheddar; currently we’re working through a wheel of the clothbound cheddar, which is made in Shelburne and aged at the Cellars at Jasper Hill [Farm]. The trickiest thing for me has been figuring out how to have a cheese menu [for the wine bar] with four cheeses on it, while keeping something even the pickiest eater is happy with. I brought in an ash-ripened goat cheese from the Loire Valley [of France] back in the fall — it’s a spectacular cheese. People were really digging Sage Farm [Goat Dairy, in Stowe], so I thought they’d like it. They hated it. Hated it. It looks like a blue, and, because of the caves it’s aging in, sometimes it will develop little fluorescent yellow spots — which is a natural, safe mold. Cheese is mold! But I had a number of people who looked at it on their cheese plate and were like, “I’m not eating that.” People want cheddar. And that’s fine. I’m just trying to slowly expand the circles of what they like and break misconceptions about certain cheeses and milk types. SD: What are some big cheese misconceptions? EH: Charcuterie is cold, cured meats. Not candy. And charcuterie is not cheese. Before I got into cheese about three and a half years ago, I was working [as a] garde-manger at Stone Corral Brewery in Richmond. We had a cheese board on the menu, and I sort of took over the design. I was heavily influenced by cheese board Instagram influencers, which now make me nauseous. Influencers are making very pretty plates, but there’s really no learning happening. Some of them do the same cheeses on every board, and they don’t give credit to the producers who made them. Von Trapp Farmstead makes a T-shirt that says “Defend Real Cheese.” That’s kind of my motto: Defend the real stuff; support real cheese; buy small. It’s worth the price. You can still buy the Costco stuff, but the little guys need our help. m


Emma Harvey will teach a Cheese 101 class on Monday, August 15, 6 p.m., at Salt & Bubbles Wine Bar and Market in Essex. $45.

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August 21, a cast of 17 dancers, five musi- approximately 700 feet long, 400 feet wide cians and a narrator will invite audience and nearly 500 feet deep. members to sink into Boedecker then invited the present, enjoy their a suspension of left-brain sensory experiences, and thought. “Step with us … Watch a trailer reflect on the nature of into a world of magic and of “While We work, water, time and life. creating,” she said, “this Wait” about The Quarry Project at In early 2023, Dennison world of multiple and will invite the public to individual interpretations, a film about the project; a dreamscape, where there other films, photographs is nothing to understand and documentation can be found now at and nothing to know ahead of time.” As Boedecker concluded her narration “Everything is really slow to develop with Roger Keyes’ poem “Hokusai Says,” a here [at the quarry],” Dennison remarked, single soprano’s voice rang out, and a float“partly because moving through water is ing stage came into view from the far end of very slow.” the quarry. On it stood dancers and musiAt a July dress rehearsal, the 90-person cians, shrouded in gray hooded coveralls audience sat on padded folding chairs on that conjured images of quarry workers a floating platform secured at the quarry’s covered with dust. They were still but for edge across from granite walls scarred by momentary periods of touch — a hand on a blasts and spotted with tenacious plants. shoulder, heads tilted together, hands held Middlesex-based Emily Boedecker, the — perhaps in homage to the privilege of project producer and narrator, offered finally being together again after two years some history of the quarry: It was opera- of pandemic separation. tional from the 1700s through 1986 and is Powered by a small electric motor, the one of the country’s oldest and deepest, at stage slowly delivered its travelers to five

other floating stages, positioned about 200 feet from the audience. Singers and instrumentalists gathered on one stage; dancers who had shed their coveralls for colorful clothing collected on the others. Each stage had one prop — a tiny house frame, chairs, a picnic table or a bed frame — “everyday items that viewers can understand and [that] may hold meaning for them,” Boedecker said in an interview before the show. In choreographed and improvised movement, dancers interacted with one another, their props, their stage and the quarry, sometimes standing so close to the water that they and their stage partially submerged. Audience members had various interpretations after the show. Mike Fraysier of Barre found it “visually stunning” and somewhat mysterious. He has spent a lot of time hiking, skiing and biking at the top of the quarry, but this was his first time inside it. “It was neat to have this new perspective,” he said. Vermonter Brian Smith got a clear takeaway: “It was about life and the interpretation of life by an artist.” To his eye, dancers wearing earth tones represented Mother Earth over the years, those around the picnic table evoked people having a good time in the Middle Ages, and those dancing with the house frame were modern. “It was kind of a synopsis of the human element and through time,” he said. Ten minutes after the dress rehearsal, Holly Greenleaf, a young woman from

Huntington sitting with her feet in the water, said she was “still soaking in all the layers” of the performance. She appreciated the contrasts: Some movements conveyed “hardness and toughness, maybe reflecting trying to get things done and rushing around,” she surmised. Interactions with the water offered “moments of relief, smoothness and slowness.” For Dennison, The Quarry Project is about many things, including loss. While doing background research, she solicited quarry stories from residents of Websterville and surrounding towns. They recounted tales of pride and accomplishment — but also of uncles who’d died working there, men pushed into the water by angry wives, and children who’d lost toys in the depths. With her project, she aimed not to erase painful memories but

and are used to a level of comfort and importance in the proximity of another body,” Dennison said. “That’s a really big part of this art form. “This prolonged time frame has insisted that I, as the director of this thing, really learn to gracefully cope with all the loss that I’ve experienced,” she continued. But Dennison is resourceful, determined and skilled at turning challenges into opportunities. She excels at gathering devoted creative collaborators and volunteers who achieve extraordinary things, like dancing on water. “It’s been necessary for us to have time, because we’re figuring things out right to the last minute. There’s no blueprint for what we’re doing,” she said. Dennison’s leading collaborators include film director and editor Lukas

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to provide a new, magical view of something old and familiar. During the creation of The Quarry Project, Dennison has faced her own losses. David Severance, her partner in life and art for three decades, died of cancer in March. A man of many skills, including carpentry and music composition, he contributed significantly to her pieces. Since his death, she said, the project has been “taking up all my airspace,” so she has not had much time to process his departure. She looks forward to “being able to give it more time, more attention.” The project’s six-year time frame has engendered other losses, too, such as those of dancers who left due to travel, work or other constraints. “One dancer became pregnant, had her child and has come back into the ensemble. It’s been that long,” Boedecker remarked. The pandemic restrictions on rehearsing in person added another layer of loss. “It’s been really hard for all of us who are movement artists, who have developed

Huffman; photographer Julia Barstow; costume and set designer and videographer Leslie Anderson; composer and band director Andric Severance, David’s son; and infrastructure designer and technical team leader Henry John. Through the years, Huffman has directed numerous nuanced films about the project, and Barstow has captured its development in stunning photos. Anderson’s costumes elegantly convey the somber realities of working in a quarry, then celebrate life’s brilliance and diversity. Severance’s music uses voice, accordion, flute and percussion in major and minor chords and dissonance to beautiful and haunting effect. John was a junior in college when, as a summer 2019 intern, he helped Dennison build floating stages and devise a way to secure them in the water. “The fact that the quarry is so incredibly deep is a challenge,” John explained. RIPPLE EFFECT








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SD: What is your experience with plein air painting? ES: I did an episode in March of 2018 in Jeffersonville about plein air artists. I had no idea that there was such a rich tradition of plein air painters working in that area. In that video, I also featured the Bryan Memorial Gallery, which is currently hosting an exhibit with some work by the painters from the Essex Art League. We filmed the 2018 video on a frigid snowy afternoon, and I must say that I prefer filming outdoor painting on a balmy summer day. SD: What was the deal with that owl? ES: The painters split into two locations on the mountain, and I was walking between them when someone spotted a barred owl. He seemed to be taking a nap on a tree limb and wasn’t very bothered by our presence. Of course, we were all very excited to watch him and be so nearby. At one point, he looked right at me and then flew over my head. He landed in a nearby field and got a rodent snack, then flew up to a branch. Then two birds started making a ruckus and dive-bombing him. I asked Julianna Parker of Otter Creek Wildlife Rescue about this incident, and she said the angry birds probably had a nest nearby and the sleepy owl was just trying to enjoy his meal in peace. It is always a treat to encounter wildlife, and I wonder if this owl will make it into anyone’s future work.

SD: What was on the cutting-room floor? ES: Many of the artists are retired, and I asked about their former professions. Kit Howe worked at Gardener’s Artists meet up weekly to capture the landscape Supply for three decades, John Bakewell was an arborist, and Carol he Essex Art League celebrates its 50th anni- Park. Luckily, I was able to get my McDowell was a housekeeping manager who also makes quilts. versary this year, and its members will be the muffler swapped out the next day. featured artists at the Champlain Valley Fair, Phew! Meg Freebern is a piano teacher, opening in late August. Members of the group and Annette Hansen is a working have been meeting weekly around Chittenden County for SD: How did you hear about this artist. the past few years to paint en plein air, a French expres- group? The Essex Art League was Essex Art League’s Plein Air sion for “in the open air.” Eva joined the group atop Mount ES: Kit Howe contacted me via founded in 1972 by a group of IBM Painters Visit Mount Philo Philo in Charlotte on a recent Thursday morning to meet email to let me know about them. wives who got together to paint and the artists and find out what they enjoy about painting They meet every week, so it was have coffee. I asked Kit for some outdoors in all kinds of weather. just a matter of finding the right photos of these women but was not morning. They go all over the area, so there were lots of able to get them into the video in time. Unstuck: Episode Extras With Eva good options. Though I drove this time, I love hiking up You can also learn more about Mike Strauss and his Mount Philo, so it seemed like a good opportunity to enjoy Zoom art classes by watching WCAX’s “Super Seniors” SEVEN DAYS: Looked like a perfect day to enjoy the stunning views. segment about him. Mount Philo. Another fun tidbit is that John rode his bike from EVA SOLLBERGER: It was one of those dreamy Vermont SD: What did you film this with? South Burlington. And, yes, that included riding up the summer days with low humidity and temps in the 70s. ES: This is my first episode that was filmed entirely very steep road to the top of Mount Philo, which was The early morning drive to Charlotte from Burlington with the iPhone 13 Pro. I also used the DJI Mic wireless much better for the environment than my muffler-less car. was so enjoyable with all the windows rolled down. lavaliers to get cleaner audio. I have been using my phone Summers in Vermont are fleeting, and I try to milk every to shoot more and more of the videos. It is so lightweight SD: What did you take away from this video? moment. and often does a better job of dialing in the settings than ES: I love hearing how artists think about their work and The only problem was that on this trip I discovered my manual camera. how painting regularly changes their daily perceptions. my muffler was shot, and my car The issue has always been with the audio — which Whether you are painting or making videos, a lot of the was making a bit of noise while was especially true on a windy mountain. But these work is in the editing and deciding what to include and cruising. And that sound became wireless lavs with wind shields work wonders. There what to leave out. And you have to practice regularly to get amplified when driving up the are some instances where my larger Canon C100 camera somewhere. If that work leads you to a visually arresting steep road that leads to the works better, but I love the versatility of filming with spot, like the top of Mount Philo on a glorious summer top of Mount Philo State my phone. day, well, that is the sweet spot.


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completing the last few months of the program back in Vermont after the pandemic arrived. Broderick describes her role as Adina as “really different from other operatic heroines. Most of the roles in the lyric soprano repertoire are usually victims or mistreated, but Adina really runs the whole village.” The opera’s most recognizable aria, Broderick added, is also “one of the most famous opera arias ever.” That’s Nemorino’s “Una furtiva lagrima,” or “A furtive tear,” in which he expresses hope that Adina has finally fallen for him. The Unadilla production comes just in time to fill an upcoming gap. Opera Company of Middlebury has given audiences 19 years of outstanding and often riotously entertaining productions. It recently announced that it has canceled its September opera, Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck, because of financial difficulties. The company’s notice on its website reads: “We have poured our limited resources into dozens of productions over the last two decades, but over the last few months, our resources and staff have reached a breaking point.” Artistic director Doug Anderson wrote in an email that a more definitive statement from the board is pending. Costs are a pressing issue for most local performing arts organizations. Kroncke is keeping them down through basic, traditional staging and a small cast that will provide some of its own costumes. “I don’t have any big gimmick — apart from [the fact that] it’s an opera happening out in a cow field. We’re going to make it about great music,” he said. m

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Creature Discomforts Mie Yim’s paintings in “Fluid Boundaries” challenge the eye — and emotions BY PAME L A P O L S TO N •


ie Yim’s paintings are indisputably strange. Some observers would add, “in a good way.” Others might not be so sure. The candy colors and soft-focus biomorphic forms are playfully appealing, like stuffed animals or cartoon characters. But their large, glossy black eyes, appearing singly rather than in pairs, creep you right the heck out. When you look at a Yim painting, the painting looks back. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center currently hosts a dozen large-scale paintings and nine smaller “Quarantine Drawings” by the South Korea-born, New York City-based artist. Yim created most of these works in recent years, and her imagery could be said to reflect a time of pandemic dystopia. But, as her website reveals, Yim was on this trajectory well before COVID19 sent us all scurrying for cover. “Yim is clearly comfortable with discomfort,” Sarah Freeman writes in her curator statement. Indeed. In this exhibition, titled “Fluid Boundaries,” the artist’s flux between abstraction and figuration — as well as among realms of her fecund imagination — can leave the viewer “uncertain and off balance,” Freeman adds. A few older paintings included in the show indicate Yim’s previous preoccupation with cuter — if subliminally dark — subjects. “Puppet Bunny,” from 2004, is a 41-by-52-inch pastel-and-acrylic-on-paper composition in a myopic blur. A fantastical, multicolored island hovers in a purple void. At one end of the island, a plush bluishwhite dog with black ears stands on hind legs and holds the titular rabbit à la Charlie McCarthy. Both creatures stare at the viewer from pinprick-tiny eyes. If a cry for help could be adorable, this is it. “Janus,” a 20-by-16-inch oil on canvas from 2012, is a bridge to Yim’s unsettling hybrid of abstract figuration. Or is it figurative abstraction? Only the outsize doe eye and sort-of nose suggest a sentient being. And maybe those shiny, eggplant-colored appendages at the bottom are legs. Or not. (All reality-based descriptors in this review are purely referential.)







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“Tequila Hangover,” an oil on canvas from 2013, has a similar impact. Here, a creature shaped like a gingerbread man has one big black eye and a shrub-like spill of green “hair.” Two “ears” — one large, one stubby — rise like pink cacti from the top of the head. This critter’s body is slashed with yellow paint in a waffle-like pattern. The background is sky blue and diaphanous white. This painting marks a transition to Yim’s newer works in another way: size. All of the post-2018 canvases in the Brattleboro exhibition are approximately six feet high. Needless to say, this scale is potent.

Two years before the pandemic, Yim painted “Crocodile Tears.” It’s a whopping 77 by 45 inches, and the content might be distasteful if you see in it repurposed intestines and misplaced teeth. But you might just see pink, green and yellow tubular shapes winding and weaving around in confounding, Escher-like fashion. Yim’s soft focus gives this structure an ephemeral quality; strong horizontal bars seem to give it tensile strength. A part of Yim’s artist statement could refer to this painting: “I use shapes, lines and color that gel into metaphysical portraits of pathos, anxiety and pugnacious hilarity,” she writes. “I layer soft

edges like cotton balls against horizontal and vertical lines acting as scaffolding or skeletons.” In this oil painting and others, Yim assertively pushes her compositions to the edge of the picture plane. This gives them a sense of defiance, as if the normal rules of two dimensions were feeble constraints. This suggestible viewer imagined Yim’s creations busting out after gallery hours; it’s the kind of fantasy her mutant images evoke. “Rorschach,” painted this year, is easily the most alarming work and departs in style from Yim’s fuzzier, more colorful forms. The 70-by-60-inch canvas depicts a celestial being defined by dashes of paint that look like electric emanations in the night sky. Except for the eyes — four of them. Here Yim opts for a pair logically sited in the being’s head and another in a second, illusory face at torso level. These are human or animal eyes, with whites, that disturbingly seem to follow the viewer. “Napalm” (2021) sounds bleak, but the 72-by-60-inch painting is more beauty than beast. Yim employs dots and energetic streaks of paint to depict fireworks. Below


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f NICOLE CHRISTMAN: “I Didn’t Do It to Be Nice,” a solo exhibition of original pop surrealist paintings, prints and other merchandise; 69 percent of sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood and Pride Center of Vermont. Reception: Friday, August 5, 6 p.m., with drinks and food, body painting by the Human Canvas, music by DJ Kanga, and silent disco by OSNS Entertainment. August 5-12. Info, Green Door Studio in Burlington.


f SHOW 50: A group exhibition including works by eight new members of the collaborative gallery. Reception: Friday, August 5, 4-8 p.m. August 5-28. Info, The Front in Montpelier.


f ‘YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IT TO SEE IT!’: Abstract sculptures by Melinda McDaniel and digital paintings by Fernando Orellana, curated by Kara Jefts. Reception and curator talk: Thursday, August 18, 6-7:30 p.m. August 5-September 21. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson.

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f JOHN VAN DER DOES: “Sacred Geometry,” brightly colored abstract paintings of mathematical designs inspired by the yoga tradition of the yantra. Yoga with the artist: Friday, August 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m. August 3-September 9. Info, 2890104. Canal Street Art Gallery in Bellows Falls.


The “Quarantine Drawings,” in pastel on handmade 11-by-8.5-inch Shizen paper, are mostly dense, abstract exercises in surreal colors and “vegetal structures,” as Yim calls them. She revisits the dialectic of creepy and cute in several large paintings, such as “Gooble Gobble” (2021). This subject has a big eye, big teeth and a head-wrapping thing that looks like a zucchini gone rogue. Yet it’s a stretch to call this six-foot oil figurative. In “Fluid Boundaries,” categories are inadequate; Yim’s visual vocabulary is fiercely original. “I embrace putting paint down intuitively,” she writes. “Painting this way is like falling backward without a net.” m

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them, obsessive patterning emerges from a deep magenta field, and there might be a big eye peeking out from the chrysanthemum explosions. Or is it a menacing black hole? If this painting envisions the end of the world as we know it, at least it’s pretty.

“Fluid Boundaries” by Mie Yim is on view through October 10 at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Yim gives an in-person and online tour and discussion of her exhibition on Thursday, August 4, 7 p.m., and leads a chalk art workshop for all ages on Friday, August 5, 5 to 8 p.m., at the museum. Learn more at

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ART EVENTS ART WALK: Pedestrian visitors experience art, meet local artists and explore downtown shops, restaurants and galleries. Various Montpelier locations, Friday, August 5, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604. ARTISAN MARKET: An outdoor marketplace featuring arts, crafts, specialty foods and other handmade items. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 775-0356. ARTIST TALK: MATT NECKERS: The Vermont artist discusses the movable, mixed-media work in his current exhibition, “Fool’s Paradise: Eden in the Age of Chaos – A Tragedy. Reflections on the End of Time.” AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, N.H., Saturday, August 6, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 603-448-3117. ARTIST WALKTHROUGH: MIE YIM: The New York City-based artist leads an in-person and online tour of her exhibit of paintings, “Fluid Boundaries.” Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Thursday, August 4, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 257-0124. BTV MARKET: An expansion of the former BCA Artist Market includes arts, crafts and other wares, as well as food and live music. Burlington City Hall Park, Saturday, August 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Info, 865-7166.

CHALK THE WALK WITH MIE YIM: The artist leads a chalk art workshop for participants of all ages during the monthly gallery walk. In conjunction with Yim’s current exhibition, “Fluid Boundaries.” Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Friday, August 5, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 257-0124. FIGURE DRAWING SOCIAL: Bring your own supplies and draw a live model. Proof of vaccination required. RSVP at Wishbone Collective, Winooski, Wednesday, August 10, 6-8 p.m. $15. Info, 662-3050. MONTPELIER ART WALK: PETER SCHUMANN: “In and Out Off We Go Riding Thru the All,” indoor and outdoor exhibitions of giant paintings, tissue-paper murals and works by Bread and Puppet Press. Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft, Montpelier, Friday, August 5, 4-5 p.m. Info, OPEN STUDIO: The Howard Center Arts Collective offers an opportunity for art-making every Monday this summer. Art supplies provided. Adult artists who have lived experience with mental health challenges or substance-use disorder are welcome to join. Expressive Arts Burlington, Monday, August 8, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info,

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ART AT THE HOSPITAL: Acrylic paintings of Haiti by Pievy Polyte (Main Street Connector, ACC 3); hand-cut paper artworks by Adrienne Ginter (Main Street Connector and BCC); oil paintings of nature by Nancy Chapman (Main Street Connector and McClure 4); acrylic paintings by Lisa Balfour (Pathology Hallway, EP2); and oil paintings of nature by Joy Huckins-Noss (BCC, EP2). Through September 19. Info, 865-7296. University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. BILL BRAUER: A selection of sensual figurative paintings and etchings by the late Warren artist. Through September 14. Info, 233-2943. Safe and Sound Gallery in Burlington. JOHN DOUGLAS: “A Life Well Lived,” a retrospective of digitally manipulated photographs by the late Burlington artist and truth activist, presented by the Northern New England Museum of Contemporary Art. Through August 22. Info, 793-8482. Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington. KELLY O’NEAL: Painterly photographs focused on the beauty of place. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through October 31. Info, 865-7296. Mascoma Bank in Burlington. ‘MORE THAN AN OBJECT: THE CONTEMPORARY STILL LIFE’: A group exhibition that presents multiple innovative variations on an age-old format in mediums including painting, photography, animation and sculpture. Through October 8. LOUISE ARNOLD: Landscape paintings. Lorraine B. Good Room. Through October 7. SKY HOPINKA: “Fainting Spells,” two experimental films that explore themes of culture and homeland as the artist reflects on the complexity of his Indigenous identity. Through October 8. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington. MALTEX ARTISTS: New works in the hallways by James Vogler, Myles Moran, Kathleen Grant, Nancy Tomczak, Kristina Pentek and Bear Cieri. Through August 31. Info, 865-7296. The Maltex Building in Burlington. ‘MORE THAN A MARKET’: An exhibit celebrating local, immigrant-owned markets in Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski, featuring an installation that re-creates the feel of a busy market, as well as wall panels with archival and contemporary photographs. Third floor. Through December 23. Info, 989-4723, cbarrett@ O.N.E. Community Center in Burlington.


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ORLANDO ALMANZA: “Born by the River,” lush oil paintings featuring fantastic creatures, rural mythological symbols and magical realism by the Cuban artist. Through August 13. Info, 324-0014. Soapbox Arts in Burlington. ‘PORTRAITS OF PRIDE’: An exhibition of photographs by M. Sharkey of individuals who were part of the 1983 Pride March; presented by Pride Center of Vermont and the Vermont Folklife Center. Through September 30. Info, 865-7296. Burlington City Hall.

f ‘THE SHAPE OF THINGS’: An exhibition by artists whose works play with geometry and patterns that appear to float off the standard 2D frame, featuring Kevin Donegan, Will Patlove, Haley Fenn and Frank Tamasi. Art Walk reception: Friday, August 5, 5-8 p.m. Through August 6. Info, The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.

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‘ABENAKI CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE VERMONT COMMUNITY’: A series of murals designed by Scott Silverstein in consultation with Abenaki artists Lisa Ainsworth Plourde and Vera Longtoe Sheehan and members of Richmond Racial Equity; the 10 panels celebrate the Abenaki origins of practices still important to Vermont culture. Through May 31. Info, Richmond Town Hall.

BRIAN DROURR & STEPHANIE BUSH: Nature photographs and paintings of cows, respectively. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through October 18. Info, 865-7296. Pierson Library in Shelburne. ‘EYESIGHT & INSIGHT: LENS ON AMERICAN ART’: An exhibition of artworks that illuminates creative responses to perceptions of vision; four sections explore themes ranging from 18th-century optical technologies to the social and historical connotations of eyeglasses in portraiture from the 19th century to the present. Through October 16. ‘IN PLAIN SIGHT: REDISCOVERING CHARLES SUMNER BUNN’S DECOYS’: An online exhibition of shorebird decoys carved by the member of the ShinnecockMontauk Tribes, based on extensive research and resolving historic controversy. Through October 5. ‘OUR COLLECTION: ELECTRA HAVEMEYER WEBB, EDITH HALPERT AND FOLK ART’: A virtual exhibition that celebrates the friendship between the museum founder and her longtime art dealer, featuring archival photographs and ephemera, a voice recording from Halpert, and quotations pulled from the women’s extensive correspondences. Through February 9. LUIGI LUCIONI: “Modern Light,” more than 50 landscape paintings, still-life works, portraiture and etchings by the prolific artist (1900-88) and a comprehensive examination of his career. Through October 16. MARIA SHELL: “Off the Grid,” 14 contemporary quilts that push the boundaries of the traditional gridded format by the Alaska-based quilter. Through October 16. NANCY WINSHIP MILLIKEN: “Varied and Alive,” four monumental outdoor sculptures set in a pollinator meadow that embody the museum’s commitment to environmental stewardship and feature natural materials intrinsic to the region. Through October 16. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum. ‘FINE FEATHERS’: Works by more than 60 artists and poets inspired by birds and feather colors, shapes, patterns and functions. Through October 31. Info, 434-2167. Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. LINDA BLACKERBY: Vibrant abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through October 2. Info, Shelburne Vineyard.



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‘Black Freedom, Black Madonna & the Black Child of Hope’ Raphaella Brice and Josie Bunnell are dwarfed by their mural. It’s 16 feet high and 12 feet wide, hanging well above their heads on the east wall of Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Installed earlier this summer, “Black Freedom, Black Madonna & the Black Child of Hope” features a dramatic mother-andchild motif in vibrant colors against a swirling black and gray background. The city’s Office of Racial Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and Burlington City Arts commissioned the mural as part of the Juneteenth celebration; BCA facilitated the process, according to BCA assistant director Sara Katz. A selection committee enthusiastically chose Brice’s design from among the applicants. “Her artistic style was universally appreciated by everyone on the committee,” Katz said. “It’s a unique, bold style. Raphaella also had an interesting write-up and perspective on the subject of freedom and hope for the future. I think the panel responded to that as much as to the imagery.” For her mural design, Brice called on both her Haitian heritage (her parents were immigrants) and her Catholic upbringing. Her Madonna is a representation of Erzulie Dantor, a fierce and protective Vodou spirit who is associated with the country’s hard-won independence from France in 1804. “Juneteenth is all about Black liberation and reclaiming history,” Brice said. This deity is about winning freedom. Brice added that the symbol isn’t meant to be specifically religious. A plaque below the mural explains that Erzulie “is portrayed as a Black Madonna holding a child as a symbol of maternal love, interconnectedness and transformation.” The mural “ties the human experience together and offers an optimistic view of the future,” the text concludes. Brice and Bunnell were both recent artists-inresidence at Generator, Burlington’s makerspace. Now the twentysomething women share a small studio there. Their respective skills led to a fortuitous collaboration. Brice created her design as a digital illustration, but she had never worked with vinyl and didn’t know how to use a vinyl cutter. Bunnell, who is primarily a printmaker, had worked with the material often and teaches a class on vinyl cutting.


ART AT THE AIRPORT: Caleb Kenna, aerial photographs of Vermont (Skyway); and Kathleen Fleming, acrylic paintings inspired by landscapes (Gates 1-8), curated by Burlington City Arts. Through September 30. Info, 865-7296. Burlington International Airport in South Burlington.

Raphaella Brice (left) and Josie Bunnell

Bunnell explained that each color has a separate digital file. “We ended up sending 10 drawings to the vinyl cutter,” she said. The pair cut the mural’s shapes and affixed the puzzle-like pieces to aluminum panels. “It really is kind of a big sticker,” Bunnell said. Sammel Group of Essex Junction installed the panels at the library. For both Brice and Bunnell, making “Black Freedom” was an unexpected achievement. From Connecticut, Brice studied international relations and French at Manhattanville College and didn’t begin making visual art until after graduation. Now her work is rapidly evolving, she said. Bunnell, who is from New Jersey, majored in printmaking and astronomy at Bennington College. “It’s tricky trying to find my place since graduating in 2019,” she said. “It’s hard to do art when you have this adult life, paying bills. I feel like this is a fresh start for me.” “Black Freedom, Black Madonna & the Black Child of Hope” will remain in place for at least a year, Katz said — or as long as the big sticker holds up against Vermont weather. Learn more about both artists at


‘MILL TO MALL: HISTORIC SPACE REIMAGINED’: An exhibition that tells the story of the public-private partnership that enabled the preservation and rebirth of a formerly derelict industrial building into a shopping center. Visitors are encouraged to add personal memories of the space to the community recollections. Through August 10. Free. Info, 3559937. Heritage Winooski Mill Museum.

f ‘SUMMER’S LIGHT’: A group show featuring

works by Vermont artists. Reception: Friday, August 5, 5-7 p.m. Through September 3. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne.


AL SALZMAN: “Humandalas,” figurative ovals and rounds by the Vermont political cartoonist and painter. Through August 15. Info, 479-0896. Espresso Bueno in Barre. ALISA DWORSKY: “The Folded Line,” large-format, multidimensional drawings that engage with the question of what it means to make a line. Through September 29. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. AMY HOOK-THERRIEN: Watercolor paintings by the Vermont artist. A portion of sales benefit the nature center. Through September 30. Info, 229-6206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. ‘ART FROM GUANTÁNAMO BAY’: A selection from the Catamount Arts exhibition featuring paintings, drawings and collages by six men detained at the U.S. military prison; curated by Erin L. Thompson. Through August 21. Info, dpeeples@vermont Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier. ARTHUR ZORN: “Improvisation,” abstract paintings by the Vermont artist in the Chapel Gallery. Through August 31. Info, 223-2424. Bethany United Church of Christ in Montpelier. DIANE SULLIVAN: “ITSGOINGTOBEOKAY,” colorful graphic paintings in square formats. Through August 15. Info, 225-6232. Filling Station in Middlesex.

f ELLIOT BURG: “Tunbridge Fair,” an exhibit of black-and-white photographs by the Middlesex photographer . Reception: Friday, August 5, 3:30-5 p.m. Through September 30. Info, 272-4920. Capitol Region Visitors Center in Montpelier. ‘EMBROIDERED CODE OF A NATION: UKRAINE’: Ukrainian culture and craft presented by Marasha Huber. Through August 6. ‘THAT CAT’: A group art exhibition that extols felines and our relationships with them. Main Gallery. Through August 20. MICHELLE LESNAK: “Letting Go: A Work in Progress,” paintings and mixed-media work by the SPA Studio Residency Recipient. Second Floor Gallery. Through August 20. PAUL A. CALTER: “Mount Mansfield Sketchbook,” field sketches and watercolor paintings. Quick Change Gallery. Through August 19. TRACEY HAMBLETON: “Brushwork Barre,” paintings of everyday places and iconic structures of Barre by the SPA Studio Residency Recipient. Third Floor Gallery. Through August 20. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. JEROME LIPANI: “Visual Fugue,” analytical abstractions and assemblages of found materials, conceived as scores for music and dance improvisation. Through September 30. Info, jeromelipani@ Plainfield Co-op. JILL MADDEN: Oil paintings on linen and gouache paintings on watercolor paper that explore the unique wilderness areas of the Green Mountains. Through September 30. Info, 223-2328. Vermont Natural Resources Council in Montpelier. JULIANA FECHTER: “Exploring the Back Roads,” paintings by the Vermont artist; curated by Studio Place Arts. Through September 10. Info, 479-7069. Morse Block Deli & Taps in Barre. ‘SEPARATIONS & MIGRATIONS’: With a theme of forced migration and the emotional trauma of family separation, the exhibition centers on Deborah Goudreau’s Separation Series and includes art from Sarah Ashe, Holly Hauser, Lisa Myers and Jeremy Vaughn, as well as additional

text and a display of family relics. Curated by CAL director Phayvanh Luekhamhan. Info, 207-3738099. LIZ LE SERVIGET: “Tracking Time Through COVID,” a solo show of small watercolor paintings made every day since mid-March 2020 by the Montpelier artist. Through August 5. Info, 5955252. Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier. MATT LARSON: “Walking With Gaia,” abstract paintings; curated by Studio Place Arts. Through August 19. Info, 479-7069. AR Market in Barre. “POSSIBILITARIAN UPRISING”: Giant woodcuts by Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann. Through August 31. Info, breadand Plainfield Community Center Gallery.

f REGIS CUMMINGS: “Retrospect,” paintings in response to the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, by the Montpelier artist. Reception: Friday, August 5, 4-7 p.m. Through October 28. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier. ‘THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR EYES’: Watercolors and drawings by 19th-century Norwich alumni William Brenton Boggs and Truman Seymour depicting scenes in North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Through December 16. Info, 485-2886. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.


‘PARKS & RECREATION’: A collaborative group exhibition with the Bennington Museum that highlights historical and contemporary interpretations of Vermont’s state parks in all seasons. Through September 5. 2022 LEGACY COLLECTION: An exhibit of works by 16 distinguished New England landscape artists plus a selection of works by Alden Bryan and Mary Bryan. Through December 24. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.




ALTERNATIVE TAKES GALLERY: An exhibition by Misoo Bang, Richard Britell and Mary Reilly featuring three different perspectives on the world, from the architecture of Western civilization to the natural world, to the individuals navigating both, accomplished with paint, collage and graphite. Through October 31. Info, 760-4634. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. ‘THE ART OF THE GRAPHIC’: Eight displays of snowboards that let viewers see the design process from initial conception to final product; featuring artists Scott Lenhardt, Mark Gonzalez, Mikey Welsh, Mishel Schwartz and more. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. SUMMER EXHIBIT: A group exhibition of photographs by Nancy Banks, Christie Carter, Rosalind Daniels, Lisa Dimondstein, Kent Shaw, Marcie Scudder, Peggy Smith and Shap Smith. By appointment only. Through August 14. Info, marcie@ Photographers Workroom in Stowe.


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BIG RED BARN ART SHOW: The 24th annual exhibition of artwork created in the Mad River Valley by amateur and professional artists in a variety of mediums. Through September 4. Info, Red Barn Galleries, Lareau Farm, in Waitsfield.

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f THE MAD MIX ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW: An exhibition featuring Vermont painters, photographers, potters, jewelry makers, glassblowers and sculptors. Reception: Friday, August 12, 5:30 p.m. Through August 19. Info, 496-6682. Mad River Valley Arts Gallery in Waitsfield. ‘ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS’: Mixed-media collages and watercolors by Neha Shukla and Nora McDonough, respectively. Through August 6. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery in Waterbury.


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‘TO MARKET’: Large-scale black-and-white paintings by Shelley Reed and elaborate cut-paper installations by Randal Thurston. By appointment. Through October 9. Info, 777-2713. The Bundy Modern in Waitsfield.

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‘ADDISON COUNTY COLLECTS’: An eclectic exhibition of objects and personal stories from 36 area collectors, celebrating the local and global community. Through January 7. ‘ADDISON COUNTY KIDS COLLECT’: A continually growing exhibition of photos of Addison County children with their personal collections. Through January 7. ‘ARCHIVING HISTORY: STEWART-SWIFT RESEARCH CENTER AT 50’: A 50th anniversary celebration of the museum’s research center, which has made Middlebury the bestdocumented community in New England. Through August 20. ‘THE ELEPHANT IN THE ARCHIVES’: An experimental exhibit reexamining the museum’s Stewart-Swift Research Center archival collections with a critical eye toward silences, erasures and contemporary relevance. Through January 7. CHUCK HERRMANN: “Sculptures of Perseverance,” eight poignant works by the Shoreham wood carver created in response to the ongoing Ukrainian tragedy. Through January 7. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.

CALL TO ARTISTS 2022 PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT-OUT: The theme for this year’s competition is “Reflections.” First-place winner gets a solo show at Axel’s in 2023. Two entries per photographer. Rules and details at Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery, Waterbury. Through October 8. $20. Info, 244-7801.

INAUGURAL MARGINALIZED ARTISTS SPOTLIGHT PROGRAM: Swurv Ink, based in San Francisco, Calif., and Barre, Vt., is seeking artists from marginalized communities to submit designs for sustainable T-shirts. Five artists will be chosen from all submissions, based on a survey about their life and work. Details at Deadline: August 10. Info,

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY CRAFT SHOW AND ANTIQUE EXPO: Artisans, artists and specialty food makers are welcome to apply for this exhibition held during the Champlain Valley Expo, October 21 to 23. Details and application at Through October 1. Info,

‘THE LIFE OF WATER’: PhotoPlace Gallery seeks submissions for an upcoming exhibition about the wonders of water, juried by Ann Jastrab. Details at Deadline: August 16. $39 for first five images; $6 for each additional. Info, photos@photoplace

CLIMATE CHANGE ARTIST RESIDENCY: BMAC is accepting applications for the 2023 residency program intended to support artists seeking the time and resources to engage with the questions and challenges of climate change. $6,000 stipend. Application at Deadline: September 15. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Info, sarah@

PLAINFIELD CO-OP & COMMUNITY CENTER GALLERY 50TH ANNIVERSARY: Submit proposals for visual work and/or performance for a November group show. We aim to honor folks who have shown or performed here over the last 50 years while also welcoming those new to the scene. We want to feature your art, poetry, music, dance, films, videos, memorabilia, as well as educational/community events and classes. Contact Alexis Smith at Deadline: September 1. Plainfield Co-op.

f BETSY SILVERMAN & RACHEL WILCOX: “About Town,” paintings of the urban landscape. Reception: Friday, August 19, 5-6:30 p.m. Through September 30. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls. BRENDA MYRICK AND BARBARA LANE: “Inspired by Nature: A Mother and Daughter’s View,” paintings. Through August 13. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. ‘CONTEMPORARY TO CLASSICAL: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NEW COLLECTION HANDBOOK’: An exhibition of diverse artworks, from antiquity to the present, from the museum’s permanent collection, in conjunction with a recently published guide to the collection. ‘INTO THE SCREEN’: “Black Waves,” six wall-mounted screens that create the illusion of being overcome by a relentlessly turbulent sea, from teamLab, an international art collective that works with interactive digital technology. ‘TEXT = IMAGE’: Works by numerous artist that explore the relationships among words, text, meaning and imagery; in conjunction with Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English. Through August 7. Info, 443-5007. Middlebury College Museum of Art. ‘DISSENT! ABOLITION & ADVOCACY IN PRINT’: An exhibition of 19th-century print materials used as a platform to expose the horrors of enslavement and spread calls for emancipation in the United States. Through October 23. Info, 877-3406. Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh.

explore the everyday and the out of this world. Through August 27. Info, 989-7225. Sparrow Art Supply in Middlebury. ‘TREES’: A juried group exhibition of photographs that celebrate the beauty of trees. Through August 20. Info, PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury.


‘VERMONT: ON THE ROAD’: An all-member and all-media exhibition that shares each artist’s favorite spots across the state, from crowd favorites to secret hideaways. Through September 5. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild.

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DAVID STROMEYER: The artist’s outdoor venue featuring 70 large-scale contemporary sculptures is open for the season, Thursday through Sunday. Through October 10. Info, 512-333-2119. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls.

f ORAH MOORE & BARBARA FLACK: “Travels in the Mind During COVID Time: The Wise Woman and the Traveler,” a collaborative photographic exploration of light and movement. Exhibition tour with the artists: Tuesday, September 6, 3-5 p.m. Through September 12. Info, Haston Library in Franklin.

7 Days ad. Size 1/12 page, 4.75 w x 1.77 high JIM WESTPHALEN: “Land & Tide: Scenes From New England,” fine art photography. Through August 9. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury. ‘THE ORDINARY AND THE EXTRAORDINARY’: An exhibition of works by more than 30 artists that


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EAST BARNARD ARTISTS: Paintings, prints, photography and ceramics by Alice Abrams, Jeanne Amato, Maxine Hugon, Jo Levasseur, Jacqueline Overstreet, Fred Schlabach, Sue Schlabach and Marilyn Syme. Through August 20. Info, 457-3500. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery in South Pomfret. JEAN GERBER: “River Travel,” paintings inspired by trips to Alaska, the Yukon and Maine. Through August 31. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery in White River Junction. ‘MENDING THE SPACES BETWEEN: REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPLATIONS’: Prompted by a vandalized Bible, 22 artists and poets respond to questions about how we can mend our world, find ways to listen and work together. Through November 30. Info, 649-0124. Norwich Historical Society and Community Center.

f SUE SCHILLER: A retrospective exhibition by the Norwich printmaker and sculptor. Reception: Friday, August 5, 5-7 p.m. Through August 26. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.

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‘1,111 COPPER NAILS’: A 36-year retrospective of the Bread and Puppet calendar. Through December 31. Info, Hardwick Inn.



ANDREA POE: Paintings of landscapes and interior spaces. Through August 31. Info, info@artandjoyin Art & Joy in St.Johnsbury. ‘ART FROM GUANTÁNAMO BAY’: A touring exhibition of nearly 100 artworks by six men detained at the U.S. federal facility for as long as 20 years without being charged with any crimes; curated by Erin L. Thompson. Through August 21. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. ‘COMING CLEAN’: An exhibition that considers bathing practices throughout time and across cultures, including religious immersion and ritual purification, bathing as health cure, methods of washing in extreme environments, and much more. All kinds of bathing and scrubbing implements are on display. Through April 30. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover.

f DAVID RICKETTS: “Under the Hemlock Tree,” mixed-media works inspired by dreams by the Vermont artist. Meet the artist: Saturday, August 6, 2-4 p.m. Through August 27. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. GIANT PAINTINGS & PUPPETS ON DISPLAY: Vintage large-scale artworks by the puppet theater are on view during Circus Sundays through the season. Sundays. Info, Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover. JOSEPH L. SMONGESKI: Portraiture, plein air landscapes, still life and other paintings from the collection of the artist’s daughter, Josette Lyders, are offered as a fundraiser for the library; auction is online. Through August 6. Info, peachamlibrary@ Peacham Town Library. POP-UP GALLERY: Artworks by more than 20 artists and craftspeople in the Greensboro area. Through August 14. Info, 525-3041. The Caspian Arts Gallery at the Greensboro Grange. RANDY ALLEN: “Feeling the Landscape,” oil paintings. Through September 18. Info, 533-2000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. TORIN PORTER: “After Images,” small and large steel sculptures and ink drawings; also, an opportunity for the public to contribute to a collaborative floor chalk drawing. Sundays. Info, 563-2037. White Water Gallery in East Hardwick.

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‘FELT EXPERIENCE’: Works by five artists who use the medium of felt in diverse and novel ways: Marjolein Dallinga, Ruth Jeyaveeran, Melissa Joseph, Liam Lee and Stephanie Metz; curated by Sarah Freeman and Katherine Gass Stowe. Through October 10. ‘NEBIZUN: WATER IS LIFE’: Artwork by Abenaki artists of the Champlain Valley and Connecticut River Valley, including protest art created in support of the Native American Water Protectors; curated by Vera Longtoe Sheehan. Through October 10. BETH GALSTON: “Unraveling Oculus,” an immersive sculptural installation using natural elements and video recorded in a silo.



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Through October 10. FRANK JACKSON: “There/ There,” abstract landscape fresco paintings that address questions of place, memory and experience. Through October 10. MIE YIM: “Fluid Boundaries,” vivid paintings of unsettling hybrid creatures by the New York City-based artist; curated by Sarah Freeman. Through October 10. OASA DUVERNEY: “Black Power Wave,” a window installation of drawings by the Brooklyn artist, inspired by images of Chinese Fu dogs, the cross and the Yoruba deity Èsù. Through May 6. ROBERLEY BELL: “The Landscape Stares Back,” outdoor sculpture on the museum lawn. Through October 10. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. CANAL STREET ART GALLERY REPRESENTED ARTIST SHOW: An exhibition of works in a variety of mediums by 25 artist-members of the Bellows Falls gallery; 15 percent of sales to benefit Main Street Arts. Through August 12. Info, 869-2960. Main Street Arts in Saxtons River. JUDE DANIELSON: “Unseen Rhythms,” large-scale quilts based on pixelated abstractions of human faces by the Oregon-based textile artist. The quilts are available via a silent auction running for the duration of the exhibition. Through August 31. Info, Epsilon Spires in Brattleboro. LEON GOLUB: Nearly 70 expressive figurative paintings that explore man’s relationship with the dynamics of power, spanning the American artist’s career from 1947 to 2002. LOIS DODD: A survey of some 50 paintings by the American artist from the late 1950s through last year that depict places she lives and works, from rural Maine to New York City. Through November 27. Info, vermont@hallart Hall Art Foundation in Reading. NATHAN SHEPARD & MEGAN BUCHANAN: Oil and gouache paintings and poetry, respectively. Through August 12. Info, 387-0102. Next Stage Arts Project in Putney.


DAISY ROCKWELL: “Dhwani/Resonance,” South Asian-inspired paintings by the artist, writer and translator of Hindi and Urdu literature. Through September 17. Info, 803-362-2607. Manchester Community Library in Manchester Center. ‘DWELL: HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS’: Maxine Henryson, Alejandra Seeber, Ruth Shafer and Suzanne Wright use the history of the art center’s Yester House, a former estate, to explore themes of domesticity and interior spaces. Info, 362-1405. ‘MASKED’: A community portrait project of Inclusive Arts Vermont, featuring the work of 22 artists with disabilities, with special guest Judith Klausner. Info, 362-1405. ROBERT DUGRENIER: “VitroVerse,” 200 hand-blown glass planets illuminated by LED lights suspended from the ceiling of the grand staircase in Yester House; each globe also has a digital life as a non-fungible token. Through September 11. Info, Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. NEW ENGLAND WAX: “Relationships: Hot/Cold/ Intricate,” 2D and 3D artwork in encaustic by 31 members of the regional association. Through August 14. Info, 362-1405. Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester. ‘PARKS AND RECREATION’: An exhibition of paintings past and present that explores the history and artistic depictions of Vermont’s state parks and other formally designated natural areas. Contemporary works on loan from the Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Through November 6. ‘PERSPECTIVES: THE STORY OF BENNINGTON THROUGH MAPS’: A collection that shows the changing roles of maps, from those made by European colonists showcasing American conquests to later versions that celebrate civic progress and historic events. Through December 31. NORTH BENNINGTON OUTDOOR SCULPTURE SHOW: The 25th annual outdoor sculpture show at locations around

town, as well as more works by regional artists inside the museum. Through November 12. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum.


ALICE ECKLES & NATHANIEL WILLIAMS: Floral and landscape paintings in watercolor, oils and cold wax. Through August 28. Info, ART, etc. in Randolph. ‘CULTURAL MOSAIC’: Paintings by Haitian artist Pievy Polyte and Alan Jacobs, a self-taught artist with works featuring the ocean and the Holocaust; and poetry by local writers. Through September 9. Info, 775-0356. ‘WHOSE NEW WORLD?’: An exhibition of works in a variety of mediums by nine regional artists who explore social justice issues. Through September 24. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. JOHN DOUGLAS: “Anywhere but Here,” a solo exhibition of photographs by the Vershire artist. Through September 30. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library.

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‘IN THE MOMENT: RECENT WORK BY LOUISE HAMLIN’: Paintings and works on paper by the former Dartmouth College studio art professor and printmaker. Through September 3. Info, 603-646-2808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. ‘MUSEUM OF THE ART OF TODAY: DEPARTMENT OF THE INVISIBLE’: Installations, sculptures, photographs, paintings and videos collected by Montréal artist Stanley Février that represent artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Through August 28. Info, 514-235-2044. ‘VIEWS OF WITHIN: PICTURING THE SPACES WE INHABIT’: More than 60 paintings, photographs, prints, installations and textile works from the museum’s collection that present one or more evocations of interior space. Through June 30. Info, 514-235-2044. NICOLAS PARTY: “L’heure mauve” (“Mauve Twilight”), a dreamlike exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installation in the Swiss-born artist’s signature saturated colors. Online reservations required. Through October 16. SABRINA RATTÉ: “Contre-espace,” digital artwork by the Montréal artist that creates an interaction between architecture and landscape, projected onto the façade of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion from dusk to 11 p.m. Through November 27. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. m

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Swimmer at Nectar’s


Heard any good gossip lately? The Burlington music scene has been abuzz with rumors about the futures of some key venues. Some of those whispers are tame; others, decidedly not. I am no gossip columnist, thank you very much. For one, I’m terrible at keeping secrets. That’s not because I tell people but because I almost always forget the secret immediately after I hear it. So maybe I’m actually really good at keeping secrets? Either way, I will do my best here to clarify the known facts regarding a couple of Burlington’s most beloved nightspots. First up, as you may have heard, Nectar’s has finally been sold — h/t to BRENT HALLENBECK at the Burlington Free Press for reporting it first. To old-timers, it may seem as if the storied downtown venue, which is heavily wrapped up in the mythology of the city’s most famous band, PHISH, has been for sale since the Obama days. Actually, it’s just since 2017. NOEL DONNELLAN, CHRIS WALSH, PETER PICARD and JASON GELRUD, who purchased the club in 2008, turned over the keys last month to new owner EDWARD MAIER. Maier founded concert promotion company ElmThree and has been a talent

buyer and concert promoter for years. He used to book for the storied New Jersey club the Stone Pony, where BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN got his start. In a press release, Maier wrote: “As a huge supporter of live music and Phish fan, I couldn’t think of a better venue to co-own. Nectar’s and Metronome have been a staple in my life for catching a show and discovering artists, and it was also a catalyst in launching my nearly 25year career in the music industry.” I grabbed a beer with Maier a few weeks back, as he prepared to take over the club. His desire to hit the ground running was palpable.

“I lived in Burlington years ago, back in the early 2000s,” Maier told me. “This was Mecca, this is where Phish was from, so I came up here and stayed for a while, booking shows and things like that. To have this chance with this club — it just felt like it was too good to pass up.” Maier is resurrecting Nectar’s Presents, the booking, promotion and management company that Donnellan, Walsh and co. once operated. Together with MATT KOLINSKI, who founded Omni Arts Group, Maier means to use Nectar’s Presents to book shows up and down the East Coast. The management arm of Nectar’s Presents, APON Artists, already

represents bands such as HIPPIE DEATH CULT, the WERKS and MYSTIC BOWIE’S TALKING DREADS. “I’m looking forward to not only booking live music at some of the most beloved venues on the East Coast but working with new and established musicians under the Nectar’s Presents entity,” Kolinski said in the press release. What does this mean for Nectar’s? Maier doesn’t plan to change the kitchen or menu, though he is contemplating opening the restaurant for lunch on certain days. Both of the stages, at Nectar’s and Club Metronome, will see improvements, notably the lighting. Maier sees possibilities in the often empty upstairs club. “Metronome is such a great space,” he told me. “I really want to get things going up there again and bring in more shows.” The style of booking at Nectar’s, which heavily features jam bands and genre-adjacent acts, is unlikely to change, as new talent buyer BRETT FAIRBROTHER has managed Vermont jam band stalwarts STRANGEFOLK and RAQ. Maier believes Nectar’s should be recognized and celebrated for its role in the history of the jam genre. “This place is so huge, not just in the history of Phish but for me personally,” he said. “I really want to honor that.” Other updates and changes, including


a podcasting studio and livestreaming shows at the club, are on the way. All in all, it looks like Nectar’s and Club Metronome are in for a long-needed glow-up.

Quiet Riot?


Things are a lot less clear down in Burlington’s South End, where the fate of ArtsRiot may hang in the balance. As with Nectar’s, rumors have swirled around the venue for months. Depending on whom you talked to in the past couple of weeks, you may have heard that ArtsRiot was closing for good. Or that it was closing for a week or two. Or, JK, it wasn’t closing at all! There were also whispers that the entire staff had walked out — or maybe it was just, like, that one dude, and who knows if he even worked there? In other words, it’s been a messy situation on Pine Street. Let’s try to make some sense of it, shall we? Back in 2020, in the early days of the pandemic, original owners FELIX WAI and PJ MCHENRY sold the club to self-described “serial entrepreneur” Alan Newman ALAN NEWMAN, who cofounded Magic Hat Brewing and Seventh Generation, among other ventures. Things haven’t gone too smoothly since the transition, however. While the renovated restaurant and club has booked some cool, offbeat events since reopening after its pandemic hiatus, it hasn’t reestablished itself as the prominent venue for music in Burlington that it once was. Newman touted a planned distillery as an alternative to hosting live music, but that project has stalled, reportedly resulting in friction with his investors. By the end of last week, no one seemed to know what was happening with the club, beyond Newman’s apparent exit. How, why and whether he stepped down or was forced out, no one would say — including Newman, who did not respond to numerous requests for comment. The club’s PR consultant, KERRI LANDRY, did get in touch with Seven Days following our attempts to reach Newman. “Effective July 1, Alan Newman has stepped down from his operating roles at ArtsRiot,” Landry wrote in an email. “Alan will

be transitioning his ownership and involvement in the business over the coming weeks and his new role will be determined and announced.” File that under “answers that just create more questions.” Here’s what we do know: According to Landry, ArtsRiot’s management has no plans to close the venue, despite all the recent scuttlebutt to that effect. No shows have been canceled. Um. That’s it. Sources in and around the organization, however, have described a pretty chaotic scene, telling Seven Days that most of the production team, which is responsible for putting on events, has left. As of this writing, ArtsRiot has only four shows on its calendar for August, just one in mid-September and … nothing after that. If ArtsRiot survives, it seems likely to do so as a restaurant and distillery that might host some open mics or a trivia night. There’s nothing wrong with that, except that Burlington currently has all of those things in spades. What we don’t have is a venue booking the kinds of shows and artists that ArtsRiot — which won a Seven Daysie for best small music hot spot this year — used to bring to town. Stay tuned.



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Saints & Liars (Americana) at Moogs Joint, Johnson, 6 p.m. Free.

Adrian Belew (prog rock) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $45/$49.

Smokin Gun (rock) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free.

Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free. Bob & Tony (folk) at Steamship Pier Bar & Grill, North Hero, 5:30 p.m. Free.

Dead Set: Days Between (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10/$15. Irish Sessions (Celtic folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Jay Southgate (singersongwriter) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free.


The Brother Brothers with Atom & the Orbits (Americana, rock) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15. Courtyard Music Series (blues, jazz, rock) at Halvorson’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

of the comedy world in 2010 performing on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “Conan.”

Jazz Sessions with Randal Pierce (jazz open mic) at the 126, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

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Matt Dolliver (live looping) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Singer Songwriter Sessions (singer-songwriters) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:45 p.m. Free. Socializing for Introverts featuring Grace Palmer (alt rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $5.


5AM Trio featuring Tyrgris & Zone Drums with Jahwize, Sobe (electronic) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $18/$20. Alex Stewart Quartet and special guests (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. The Brevity Thing (rock, folk) at Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free. Danny & the Parts with Two Stroke Motors (Americana, rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5. Fiorry, Hooky, Father Figuer and Sunshine Serpents (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5. John Lackard Blues Jam (blues) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Maple & McCafrey (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.


That led to appearances on the TBS show “Ground Floor” and NBC’s “Undateable.” He “The Eric Andre Show” and releasing multiple Netflix specials, Scovel has made a name for himself as a daring comic who’s willing to completely improvise a standup set, as he did in his 2021 special, Live Without Fear. He hits the stage at the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington for a three-night run, from Thursday, August 4, through Saturday, August 6. Matt Dolliver Quartet (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. No Showers on Vacation (indie rock) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Pressing Strings (indie folk) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Sibling Reverie (blues, country) at Blue Paddle Bistro, South Hero, 5:30 p.m. Free. Zach Nugent (Grateful Dead tribute) at Red Square, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.


Acoustik Ruckus (jam, rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free. Be-er (rock) at Switchback Brewing, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Buddy Rogers, Bobby Coe & the Hive (funk, rock) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Chris Lyon Band (Americana, rock) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Chris Powers (singer-songwriter) at Gusto’s, Barre, 6 p.m. Free. Dave Mitchell’s Blues Revue (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free.


Diplomats of Funk (funk) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Duncan MacLeod and Bob Young (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Jamie Lee Thurston (country) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. John Geno Solo (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. John Gratton (singer-songwriter) at 1st Republic Brewing, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free. Lee Ross (funk, reggae) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Mad Mojo (rock, blues) at Steamship Pier Bar & Grill, North Hero, 5:30 p.m. Free. Mark Legrand (singer-songwriter) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Phil Abair Band (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free. Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Sean Kehoe (singer-songwriter) at Stone’s Throw Pizza, Richmond, 6 p.m. Free. Sibling Reverie (folk) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Vieux Farka Touré with Barika (Malian folk, blues) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $10. The Wormdogs (bluegrass) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 8 p.m. $8/$10.


Atom & the Orbits (rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free. Brickdrop (funk) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Courtyard Music Series (blues, jazz, rock) at Halvorson’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Vega, Wren Kitz, John Andrews & the Yawns (indie) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5.

Faye Webster (singer-songwriter) at Backside 405, Burlington, 7 p.m. $25/$30.

Willie Watson with Wild Leek River and Beg, Steal or Borrow (country) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $10.

The Good Parts (jazz) at Antidote, Vergennes, 6 p.m. Free.

Bettenroo Duo (folk) at Blue Paddle Bistro, South Hero, 2 p.m. Free. RORY SCOVEL first caught the attention

Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free.

The Fabulous Wrecks (Americana) at Steamship Pier Bar & Grill, North Hero, 5:30 p.m. Free.

‘Balls of Simplicity’ Chamber Music Marathon (chamber music) at Next Stage Arts Project, Putney, 2 p.m. $20/$40.

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Tracie and Paul Cassarino (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.


Jazz Night with Ray Vega (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Joey Valence & Brae with Pons (hip-hop, indie rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $15/$18.

Ryan Sweezey (singer-songwriter) at 1st Republic Brewing, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.

Eastern Mountain Time with Lake Waves and Little Slugger (folk, indie rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7 p.m. $5. The Fabulous Wrecks (folk, rock) at Blue Paddle Bistro, South Hero, 5:30 p.m. Free. Men I Trust with Rachel Bobbitt (indie) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $23/$28. Pink 802 with Brzowski and New Radio (Blink-182 tribute) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $10/$15. Sunday Brunch Tunes (singersongwriter) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m. Tyler Mast (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free.

Irish Sessions (Celtic folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Jay Southgate (singersongwriter) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Jazz Night with Ray Vega (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Jazz Sessions with Randal Pierce (jazz open mic) at the 126, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Satta Sound (reggae) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free. Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $5.

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DJ CRE8 (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Diversity (DJ) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free.


DJ Baron (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Women Be Shopping (pop) at Red Square, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free.

DJ Chaston (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.


DJ CRE8 (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.

Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJ Big Dog (reggae, dancehall) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Free Range Band (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.


Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10.

Molly Mood (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Jeff & Gina (folk) at Steamship Pier Bar & Grill, North Hero, 5:30 p.m. Free.

Homeboy Sandman & Deca with Felix Fast4ward and Mister Burns (hip-hop) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $15/$18.

Vinyl Thursdays (DJ) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.

Honky Tonk Tuesday featuring Wild Leek River (country) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5.

ATAK (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Joe Mansman and the Midnight Revival Band (rock) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. The Lebowski Trio (blues, rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. The Medallions (funk) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. Nancy Smith (singer-songwriter) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Isaiah Mayhew & the Monty P. Allstars (hip-hop) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free. Joystick, El Grande, Suburban Samurai, Mr. Doubtfire (ska, punk) at Swan Dojo, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10. Roochie Toochie & the Ragtime Shepherd Kings (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Ben Blanchard (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. DJ Craig Mitchell (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10. Electric Sunset: Silent Disco Headphone Party (silent disco) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10.

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DJ A-Ra$ (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

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Local Dork (DJ) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.



DJ CRE8 (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

No Fun Friday 004 featuring Two Sev, B-Gunn, Scott Carlson (dance, electronic) at Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. $5.


Trivia (trivia) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 6 p.m. Free.

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DJ CRWD CTRL (DJ) at Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. Free.

Trivia & Nachos (trivia) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6 p.m. Free. Trivia Night (trivia) at 1st Republic Brewing, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.


DJ Kaos (DJ) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free.

Open Mic (open mic) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

DJ Raul (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Trivia Night (trivia) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Trivia Thursday (trivia) at Spanked Puppy Pub, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free.


DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10.

Open Mic (open mic) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Molly Mood (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Open Mic (open mic) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Reign One (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Open Mic Night (open mic) at the Parker Pie Company, West Glover, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday Selections with DJ Pato (DJ) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, noon. Free.


Red Brick Coffee House (open mic) at Red Brick Meeting House, Westford, 7 p.m. Free.


DJ Two Sev (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.



Weird & Niche (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5.



Open Mic (open mic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic (open mic) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.


Rory Scovel (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $25. Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at the 126, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Rory Scovel (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $25.

Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.



Mothra! A Storytelling/ Improv Comedy Show (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Rory Scovel (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25.


Lit Club (poetry open mic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Blanchface (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Open Mic with D Davis (open mic) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.


Anyone But Me! (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Karaoke with DJ Party Bear (karaoke) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free. Trivia Night (trivia) at the Depot, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free. Tuesday Night Trivia (trivia) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.


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The Strangefolk diaspora continues to generate some interesting offshoots. Formed at the University of Vermont in 1991, the Burlington jam band spent that decade becoming one of the biggest regional acts in the genre. They even scored Chic’s Nile Rogers to produce their 2000 album, A Great Long While. The 2000s brought changes for Strangefolk, as cofounder and front person Reid Genauer 2:06 PM left to form Assembly of Dust. Though Strangefolk are officially on hiatus, the original lineup still plays together at its Garden of Eden festival and other occasions. For the most part, however, the best way to hear the music of Strangefolk these days is through band members’ various side projects. Which brings us to Supraluke — Strangefolk drummer Luke Smith’s first turn as a singer-songwriter — and his psychedelic-leaning folk album, Songs for the Great Blue Heron. Recorded with

Write Hooked, Crowd Pleaser (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)

Write Hooked are an East Coast collective of four multitalented artists, two of whom call Vermont home. The crew’s beating heart is Chris Ellis, aka Slim Tofer, Write Hooked’s in-house recording and mixing engineer, as well as a solid presence in the vocal booth. Then there’s Darren Gardner, aka Essex rapper-singer Highh Def. In a Seven Days review of his 2021 debut LP, Darren to Be Different, I called that project “unabashedly pop.” His posse’s first album leans even further into that aesthetic. Crowd Pleaser is an aggressive, auto-tune-optimized pop product that wouldn’t be out of place in any club or hip clothing store in the country right now. Such fare usually evokes a powerful fight-or-flight response in me, yet I found myself charmed by the record. Mostly. When talented, charismatic rappers

producer Ben Collette at Tank Recording Studio in Burlington, the album’s 11 tracks form an impressive, cohesive debut. A strong thread of nature worship runs throughout, almost as if Smith were offering a prayer to the beauty of his surroundings. Opener “Blessings” is full of tranquil chord progressions over a gentle, shuffling beat as Smith sings “Float me down the river / Roll me to the deep blue sea / You’ll see.” His delivery is not unlike a monk intoning holy words. The theme continues in “Circles of Sound,” a track that hits a strange zone similar to “Octopus’s Garden” by the Beatles: part quirky folk rock, part drug-induced kids’ song. Smith creates or records the majority of the sounds on Songs for the Great Blue Heron, which include water and wind; he taught himself to play guitar during the pandemic. He showcases both versatility and a clever ear for a melody. Plenty of Strangefolk compatriots pop in to help out, as well, including cofounder and guitarist Jon Trafton and bassist Erik Glockler. Smith’s songwriting is more sophisticated than one might expect from a debut. While the album drags a bit when

Smith pushes into jammier, less interesting territory — as on “When You’re Through” — those moments are far outweighed by trippy, pastoral folk jams such as “Hoot” and full-on indie rockers such as “Hard to Say.” Though he doesn’t necessarily have a powerful voice, Smith does well as a singer with a ’90s indie rock kind of delivery, a bit like Matthew Sweet. Indeed, Songs for the Great Blue Heron feels more indebted to that style, along with ’70s folk rock, than anything in the jam band oeuvre. Sonically, it’s a fabulous record. Collette and Smith went for a classic production style, full of warmth and taste. They bathe Smith’s songs in layers of psychedelic swirl when called for (“Meet You”) and work in nature sounds on others (“Home Again”). In an interview with, Smith said he set out to make a record that sounded like the classic albums of his childhood. “Ideally,” he said, “anyone looking for that classic vinyl-based experience … will appreciate the psychedelic soundscapes we’ve created.” By and large, he has succeeded. Songs for the Great Blue Heron is an intriguing and pleasantly trippy record with some promising songwriting. Listen to it at

bring their crew into the studio for a project, results can fall flat. I assumed that Highh Def would outshine his friends, but I was dead wrong. That’s largely thanks to the pipes of singer-rapper Patty the Pulse, who handles the majority of the hooks with a persuasive inner fire. Rounding out the team is DJ Koolin, who delivers brash but calculated verses. For the production, Write Hooked made a smart call reaching out to hired guns to give them the bespoke sounds they needed. Crowd Pleaser is impressively versatile, with every flavor carefully rendered. The crew also has a strong collective ear for arrangements. These songs are full of melodic ideas but flow naturally, never growing monotonous. Compliments aside, the album is a portrait of a team at an important crossroads. Write Hooked are most compelling when they’re at their most personal, revealing idiosyncrasies and anxieties. Album opener “Elevate” is aspiration rap by numbers; album closer “Take You Home” is a hookup anthem that any college dude in America could have

written. In between are six songs that shine because the artists are having fun and being themselves. Stylistically, the album covers a ton of ground. “Step x Step” is a bright, poppunk anthem that flows into “Impulse,” a trap-flavored R&B ballad. “Miami” is the biggest surprise on the album, a perfect slice of ’80s synth-pop with a soaring chorus. “Where My Cake I Ate?” is a blast of outright emo rock. “Cruel World” is perhaps the best track, a mournful, catchy heartbreaker that’s hard to classify. All in all, Write Hooked are an eminently compatible crew of complementary styles. They are lucky to have a sonic wizard as competent and creative as Slim Tofer, too. Throughout, the mixes are clean and clear but still nothing short of thumping. Write Hooked’s ambitions never exceed their grasp. That’s ultimately why Crowd Pleaser is impossible to hate, even for an old curmudgeon like me. A great hook is beyond critique. Turn it up. Crowd Pleaser will be released on August 12 and available on all major streaming platforms.


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riter-director Jordan Peele didn’t invent the “social horror” genre, but the label gained popularity as a description of his 2017 hit Get Out, which blended scares, humor and incisive commentary on racism in America. The former sketch comedian followed up his Oscar-winning directorial debut with Us, a wildly ambitious 2019 horror film that triumphed at the box office while dividing audiences. Now Peele returns with Nope, one of the few summer movies that enticed me out to the theater. Find it at most multiplexes.

The deal

OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Em (Keke Palmer) Hayward grew up on a ranch in the California desert, helping their father (Keith David) train horses for Hollywood productions. After their dad perishes in what appears to be a freak incident of debris falling from the sky, laconic OJ struggles to keep the family business alive. He sells off some of the horses to former child star Jupe (Steven Yeun), who runs a tacky Western theme park nearby. Live wire Em prefers to chase her own showbiz dreams. But when she and OJ witness strange phenomena at the ranch — electricity and phones going dead, followed by glimpses of a saucer-shaped craft in the sky — she decides that getting exclusive footage of aliens could be their ticket to the big time. If only the UFO would cooperate.

Will you like it?

I can’t say much more about what happens in Nope without spoiling it. I can say I found the movie’s first half way more engaging than its second, which settles into a familiar groove, even if it’s not the groove we initially expected. Other viewers may have the opposite reaction. What makes the film’s first half so absorbing is its obsessively detailed world building. When it comes to inventing alternative versions of Hollywood history, Peele seems determined to outdo Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood. We learn that OJ and Em are descendants of the unnamed Black jockey in Eadweard Muybridge’s “The Horse in Motion” (1878), described here as the very first motion picture. We’re treated to harrowing scenes from the backstory of 60


Horses and humans go haywire in Peele’s fascinating yet ultimately unwieldy horror conceit.

Yeun’s character, whose life was shaped by a horrific incident he witnessed on the set of a cheesy ’90s sitcom. We even hear a detailed description of the “Saturday Night Live” sketch his trauma inspired. What, you may ask, does all of this have to do with aliens? Not much, or so it appears at first. As the movie progresses, thematic threads emerge to connect the disparate pieces. But we may appreciate those themes intellectually more than we feel their power. Nope is stuffed full of arresting and purposeful visual details, from the design of the theme park to the portentous clouds above the ranch to the electronics store with a sad sign that says "We Match Internet Prices." (OJ and Em buy equipment there to surveil the aliens and connect with a salesman [Brandon Perea] who’s a true believer.) There’s so much to see that it may take us a while to realize we scarcely know the characters. While OJ and Em have amusingly complementary personalities, we never delve deep into their hopes, their dreams or their sibling relationship. We get distracted by Jupe’s lurid history, yet his motivations in the present are poorly fleshed out.

That’s a shame, because Jupe’s illadvised choices lead to two of the most chilling scenes I’ve ever seen in an alienvisitation movie. While Nope as a whole seldom moves the scare-o-meter, those two sequences, together with an expertly orchestrated ’90s flashback, belong in the horror pantheon. The movie’s ambition buoys up our expectations, but its unfocused storytelling makes it hard to get too invested in the outcome. At 131 minutes, Nope is hardly short, but it still sometimes feels as if vital connective scenes were left on the cuttingroom floor. This is one of those fascinating, frustrating movies that inspire people to buy director’s cuts. Peele clearly has something to say here about what philosopher Guy Debord called the “society of the spectacle.” Everyone in the movie is eager to cash in on the wonder in the sky, whether by getting viral footage or by selling front-row tickets. Vision — its power, its danger, its centrality to moviemaking — is the dominant motif. In the end, Peele doesn’t illuminate those themes so much as he subsumes them in traditional Hollywood action beats, allowing ass-kicking to be its own justification. Still, a failure from him is

more compelling than a success from most other filmmakers. I won’t say nope to whatever he decides to do next. MARGO T HARRI S O N

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Shyamalan nailed the creepy atmosphere of an alien-visitation movie in his fifth film, only to pull out a twist that ruined the film for some viewers. Peele makes his own sharp turns in Nope, but his imagination is a lot darker and more interesting than Shyamalan’s. US (2019; Kanopy, rentable): Like

Nope, Peele’s second film was divisive and featured questionable logic, but I love the sheer audacity of the allegory at its core. X (2022; rentable): If you like horror

movies that meditate on Hollywood history and take place in wide open rural spaces, don’t miss the latest period piece from Ti West, a riff on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.


PAWS OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF HANKHH1/2 Samuel L. Jackson voices a tuxedo cat who trains a bumbling dog (Michael Cera) to become a samurai in this animated comedy directed by Chris Bailey, Mark Koetsier and Rob Minkoff. (97 min, PG. Majestic) Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brad Pitt in Bullet Train

NEW IN THEATERS BULLET TRAIN: In this action flick from David Leitch (Atomic Blonde), a bullet train leaves Tokyo carrying five assassins who soon learn they have related missions on board. Brad Pitt, Joey King and Aaron Taylor-Johnson lead the ensemble cast. (126 min, R. Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Playhouse, Roxy, Star, Sunset, Welden) EASTER SUNDAY: A Filipino American family gathers for a weekly meal in a comedy inspired by the life of standup luminary Jo Koy, who stars with Lydia Gaston and Brandon Wardell. Jay Chandrasekhar directed. (96 min, PG-13. Essex, Palace, Roxy) FIRE OF LOVE: Sara Dosa’s documentary explores the life of a scientist couple, Katia and Maurice Krafft, who died doing what they loved: investigating volcanos. Miranda July narrates. (98 min, PG. Savoy) WALK WITH ME: A young mother leaves her husband and embarks on a tentative romance with another woman in this drama written and directed by Isabel de Rosal. (112 min, NR. Savoy)

CURRENTLY PLAYING THE BLACK PHONEHHH Locked in a basement by a serial killer (Ethan Hawke), a kid (Mason Thames) starts receiving phone calls from previous victims in this horror flick from Scott Derrickson (Sinister). (102 min, R. Majestic) DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETSHHH Krypto the Super-Dog assembles a band of crime-fighting critters to rescue Superman in this animated adventure. With the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Vanessa Bayer. Jared Stern and Sam Levine directed. (106 min, PG. Bethel, Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Star, Sunset, Welden) ELVISHHH Austin Butler plays the rock icon and Tom Hanks plays Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic, also starring Olivia DeJonge. (159 min, PG-13. Majestic, Star, Sunset) JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINIONHH Dinosaurs compete with humans for space on Earth in the latest installment of the action franchise. (146 min, PG-13. Sunset) MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ONHHHH1/2 A YouTube star comes to the big screen in this all-ages mockumentary about a filmmaker (director Dean Fleischer-Camp) who befriends tiny, nonhuman creatures living in an Airbnb. With the voices of Jenny Slate and Isabella Rossellini. (90 min, PG. Roxy, Savoy; reviewed 6/22) MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRUHHH Kyle Balda’s animated comedy charts how 12-year-old Gru (Steve Carell) aimed to become the world’s greatest supervillain. (87 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Star, Sunset, Welden) MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARISHHH1/2 In this new film adaptation of the 1958 comic novel, Lesley Manville plays a widowed cleaning lady obsessed with getting herself a Dior gown. Jason Isaacs and Isabelle Huppert costar. Anthony Fabian directed. (115 min, PG. Savoy) NOPEHHH1/2 Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer play siblings dealing with otherworldly occurrences on their remote California ranch in the latest sci-fi/ horror film from writer-director Jordan Peele (Get Out). (135 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Sunset, Welden; reviewed 8/3)

THOR: LOVE AND THUNDERHHH Taika Waititi returns as director of this Marvel sequel in which Thor’s attempt at retirement is interrupted by a new threat. Chris Hemsworth, Christian Bale, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman star. (Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount (Wed 3 only), Roxy)

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VENGEANCEHHH1/2 B.J. Novak wrote, directed and starred in this drama about a big-city radio host trying to solve the murder of a rural girl he hooked up with. With Boyd Holbrook and Issa Rae. (107 min, R. Roxy)

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WHERE THE CRAWDADS SINGHH1/2 A wild child (Daisy Edgar-Jones) raised in the marshes of North Carolina becomes a murder suspect in this adaptation of the best-selling novel. Olivia Newman directed. (125 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Roxy, Star, Sunset, Welden; reviewed 7/20)

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plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

MRF TOUR: COME SEE WHERE YOUR RECYCLING GOES!: Eco-minded neighbors meet the people and witness the equipment that sort and process the contents of their blue bins. Ages 10 and up. Materials Recovery Facility, Williston, 12:30-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 872-8111.

‘THE LONG, LONG TRAILER’: Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz jump from the small screen to the silver screen in this 1954 comedy about a married couple, their new RV and a honeymoon road trip gone wrong. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.


MNFF SUNSET SERIES PRESENTS STREEP WEEK: ‘THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA’: The special Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival series continues with this beloved comedy starring Meryl Streep as the incorrigible editor in chief of a fashion magazine. Swift House Inn, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $13; preregister. Info, 382-9222.


EMBROIDERY STITCH-IN: Local members of the Green Mountain Embroiderers’ Guild display their craft, and visitors get an embroidered bookmark. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 846-4140.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: Viewers experience 19thcentury explorer Henry Bates’ journey through the Amazon rainforest. 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, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: Cameras positioned in nests, underwater and along the forest floor capture a year’s worth of critters coming and going. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5

‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: An adventurous dolichorhynchops travels through the most dangerous oceans in history, encountering plesiosaurs, giant turtles and the deadly mosasaur along the way. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: Sparkling graphics take viewers on a mind-bending journey from the beginning of time through the mysteries of the universe. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake

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Champlain, Burlington, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

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DANVILLE FARMERS MARKET: Villagers shop local from various vendors handing out fruits, veggies, prepared foods and more. Danville Village Green, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, DEDALUS FREE WEEKLY WINE TASTINGS: Themed in-store tastings take oenophiles on an adventure through a wine region, grape variety, style of wine or producer’s offerings. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2368. FEAST FARM STAND: Farmfresh veggies and other delights go on sale at this market featuring weekly activities such as yoga and cooking demonstrations. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2518. TRUCKS, TAPS & TUNES: Food trucks, craft brews and live music by local acts make for an evening of family-friendly fun. Essex Experience, Essex Junction, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4200.


BINGO AT THE EAST VALLEY COMMUNITY HALL: Weekly games raise funds for the meeting hall renovation. East Valley Community Hall, East Randolph, 6-8 p.m. Cost of cards. Info, eastvalleycg@ MAH-JONGG CLUB: Tile traders of all experience levels gather for a game. Morristown Centennial Library,

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Morrisville, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 888-3853.

Vineyard, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8222.

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WILD WOODS SONG CIRCLE: Singers and acoustic instrumentalists gather for an evening of music making. Zoom option available. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 775-1182.

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Those in need of an easy-on-the-joints workout experience an hour of calming, low-impact movement. United Community Church, St. Johnsbury, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 751-0431. BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in an exercise and prevention class. Online, 7:30 a.m.; Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. CHAIR YOGA: Waterbury Public Library instructor Diana Whitney leads at-home participants in gentle stretches supported by seats. 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.


ELL CLASSES: ENGLISH FOR BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: Learners of all abilities practice written and spoken English with trained instructors. Presented by Fletcher Free Library. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, bshatara@


THRIVE QTPOC MOVIE NIGHT: Each month, Pride Center of Vermont virtually screens a movie centered on queer and trans people of color. 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


‘BACK TOGETHER AGAIN: THE MUSIC OF ROBERTA FLACK AND DONNY HATHAWAY’: Dorset Theatre Festival continues its season with husband-and-wife duo Christina Acosta Robinson and Ken Robinson’s theatrical concert celebrating two charttoppers and lifelong friends. Dorset Playhouse, 2 & 7:30 p.m. $46. Info, 867-2223. CRAFTSBURY CHAMBER PLAYERS FREE MINI CONCERT: Musicians perform selections from their evening programs, from Baroque-era masterpieces to contemporary greats. ElleyLong Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 800-639-3443. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: RAY VEGA BAND: The Nuyorican outfit presents an evening of funky original tunes. Martha Pellerin & Andy Shapiro Memorial Bandstand, Middlesex, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 272-4920. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: THE SIDEWINDERS: Bluegrass picking combines with funky jazz rhythms for an always-surprising show. Burlington City Hall Park, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. TROY MILLETTE: Heartfelt original country-rock songs carry through the air, courtesy of the Fairfax musician. Shelburne


OWL PROWL & NIGHT GHOST HIKE: Flashlight holders spy denizens of dusk on a journey to 19thcentury settlement ruins, where spooky Vermont tales await. Call to confirm. History Hike lot, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 7 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 244-7103. PLANTS THAT HARM & PLANTS THAT HELP: On a botany walk, outdoors lovers get to know medicinal, poisonous and edible species growing in Vermont state parks. Call to confirm. Nature Center, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10 a.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 244-7103. ROCKIN’ THE GREEN MOUNTAINS GEOLOGY TOUR: Locals learn about the ancient past at the foot of some of Earth’s oldest mountains. Call to confirm. Waterbury Dam Crest, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 11 a.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 244-7103. STREAM SAFARI: Attendees grab a net and sift through the secret life in a shady creek. Call to confirm. Nature Trail, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 2 p.m. $24; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 244-7103.


CHAKRAS MINI SERIES ONLINE: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library teaches attendees how to balance their energy in this four-week class. 2-5 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918. KINDLING CONNECTIONS: Students of this personal growth class learn how to build community and reconnect with core values. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 846-7063.


THOMAS DURANT VISSER: The University of Vermont professor of historic preservation explores how surviving features of the Champlain Islands provide clues to the past. Worthen Library, South Hero, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 372-6209.


‘HAIR’: Weston Theater lets the sunshine in and welcomes the age of Aquarius in this beloved musical about the Summer of Love. Weston Playhouse Main Stage, 2 & 7 p.m. $25-70. Info, 824-5288.


FARM & FOREST BOOK CLUB: Readers passionate about agriculture and land stewardship discuss My Garden (Book) by Jamaica Kincaid. Ages 14 and

up. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Info,



ON-FARM PIZZA SOCIAL: NITTY GRITTY GRAIN: A seventhgeneration farming family plays host at a NOFA-VT wood-fired pizza party, followed by a tour of the grounds. Nitty Gritty Grain Co. of Vermont, Charlotte, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $10-20 suggested donation. Info, THURSDAYS IN THE GARDEN: Horticulturalist Chad Donovan helps home gardeners upgrade their game with a new lesson every week. Red Wagon Plants, Hinesburg, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 482-4060.


HIRING2DAYVT VIRTUAL JOB FAIR: The Vermont Department of Labor gives job seekers a chance to meet with employers from around the state. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 828-4000.


FREE STORE: Neighbors swap books, kitchenware, shoes, clothing and small items of all kinds. BALE Community Space, South Royalton, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 498-8438.


KNITTING GROUP: Knitters of all experience levels get together to spin yarns. Latham Library, Thetford, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 785-4361. THURSDAY ZOOM KNITTERS: The Norman Williams Public Library fiber arts club meets virtually for conversation and crafting. 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER: Aussie exotic dancers make audience members’ Magic Mike dreams come true. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $39. Info, 775-0903.


MUSIC ON THE FARM: STRANGLED DARLINGS: Farmfresh foods and indie folk stylings are on the menu at a pastoral party. Fable Farm Fermentory, Barnard, 5:30-9 p.m. $5-20; preregister; limited space. Info, 234-1645. NIGHT OWL CLUB: Astronomers and space exploration experts discuss the latest in extraterrestrial news with curious attendees. Presented by Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium. 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2372.


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BABY & TODDLER MEETUP: Tiny tots and their caregivers come together for playtime, puzzles and picture books. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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BEACH READ BOOK CLUB: Brownell Library patrons in grades 9 through 12 dive into A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow. 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956.

JUNIOR RANGER ROUNDUP, WILDLIFE PUPPETRY & OPEN NATURE CENTER: See WED.3. PRESCHOOL PLAY & READ: Outdoor activities, stories and songs complement the summer reading theme, “Oceans of Possibilities.” Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: Mothers-to-be build strength, stamina and a stronger connection to their baby. 5:45-6:45 p.m. $5-15. Info, 899-0339.


CELEBRATE CHAMP’S BIRTHDAY!: The Lake Champlain monster is real, and he’s a Leo. Everyone’s invited to a fun-filled fiesta featuring games, music and enough cake to feed a dinosaur. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $14.50-18; free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

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BABYTIME: Teeny-tiny library patrons enjoy a gentle, slow story time featuring songs, rhymes and lap play. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. LEGO BUILDERS: Elementary-age imagineers explore, create and participate in challenges. Ages 8 and up, or ages 6 and up with an adult helper. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM: Kids ages 18 and under pick up free meals all summer long. Trinity Educational Center, South Burlington, 7:30-9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 4-6 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 777-8080.


‘HOLD THIS’: A HANDFUL OF NATURE: Carolyn Cory Scoppettone, author of the picture book Hold This, leads a StoryWalk and puppet craft with Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Ages 5 and up. Hubbard Park, Montpelier, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. FAMILY FUN NIGHTS: BUG WALK: Michael Sanbourin teaches about beetles and butterflies in the great outdoors. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


WEDNESDAY CRAFTERNOON: A new project is on the docket each week, from puppets to knitting to decoupage. Ages 7 and up. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free;

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TODDLER STORY TIME: Toddling tykes 20 months through 3.5 years hear a few stories related to the theme of the week. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.


VIRTUAL INTO THE BLUE BOOK CLUB: Readers ages 10 through 14 discuss Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Presented by Brownell Library. 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956.

TEEN VOLUNTEER PARTY: Summer library helpers chow down at an ice cream party recognizing their efforts. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.3, 12:30-1:15 p.m.

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Lyric Theatre presents a show for young readers and the young at heart: Ivy + Bean the Musical, based on the popular series of children’s books by Annie Barrows. Ivy is quiet, and Bean is outgoing; they’re sure they can’t be friends but quickly learn they’re actually the perfect team. Together, they endure sibling pranks, suspected ghost sightings and science fair experiments gone wrong with their trademark humor and penchant for mischief. Performances are outdoors, so bring your own chairs and blankets.

‘IVY + BEAN THE MUSICAL’ Saturday, August 6, 10 a.m. & 3 p.m., at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. See website for additional dates and venues. Free; preregister. Info, 658-1484, preregister. Info, youthservices@

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JUNIOR RANGER ROUNDUP, WILDLIFE PUPPETRY & OPEN NATURE CENTER: Kids of all ages and interests enjoy art, crafts and forest maintenance. Call to confirm. Nature Center, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 5-6:15 p.m. $2-4; free for children ages 3 and under. Info, 244-7103. MAKING TRACKS, SEEING SKINS & SKULLS: Families make plaster of paris mammal track casts to paint and use in a puppet show. Call to confirm. Nature Center, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 9:30 a.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 244-7103. QUEER READS: LGTBQIA+ and allied youth get together each month to read and discuss ideas around gender, sexuality and identity. Waterbury Public Library, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.


‘CRUELLA’: A recent 101 Dalmatians prequel stars Emma Stone as everyone’s favorite dog-hating fashionista. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 775-0903.

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STORY TIME!: Songs and stories are shared in the garden, or in the community room in inclement weather. Norwich Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 649-1184.

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SUMMER READING CELEBRATION: Children’s author Natalie KinseyWarnock tells stories, and every kid in attendance gets two free books at this bookworms’ bash. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1391.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.3, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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BOOK TREASURES CLUB: Little ones listen to an ocean tale and make a treasure to take home. Ages 5 through 10. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. LEGO CLUB: Children of all ages get crafty with Legos. Adult supervision is required for kids under 10. Winooski Memorial Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. MUSIC & MOVEMENT WITH MISS EMMA!: The star of “Music for Sprouts” and “Mr. Chris and Friends” leads little ones 5 and younger in singing, scarf play and movement. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. PRESCHOOL MUSIC WITH LINDA BASSICK: The singer and storyteller extraordinaire leads little ones in indoor music and movement. Birth through age 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.

SPLASH DANCE: Kids soak up some summer fun in the fountain while DJs spin family-friendly tracks. Burlington City Hall Park, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.

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FRIDAY MOVIES: Little film buffs congregate in the library’s Katie O’Brien Activity Room for an screening of a G-rated movie. See for each week’s title. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. RICHMOND FARMERS MARKET: An open-air marketplace featuring live music connects cultivators and fresh-food browsers. Volunteers Green, Richmond, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 881-1249. SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM: See WED.3. TEEN GENRE BOOK CLUB: Young adults read any romantic comedy they wish, then get together to discuss and vote on next month’s genre. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


SUMMER MORNING PROGRAM: Readers ages 7 and under enjoy outdoor stories, songs and water play. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Players ages 9 through 13 go on a fantasy adventure with dungeon master Andy. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:304:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 888-3853.


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FRANKLIN COUNTY FIELD DAYS: A four-day Vermont tradition, this old-time fair includes midway games, rides, a demolition derby, live music and much more. Franklin County Field Days Site, Highgate, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. $15. Info, 238-4904. SUMMERVALE 2022: Locavores fête farms and farmers at a weekly festival centered on food, music, community and conservation. Intervale Center, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 660-0440.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.

‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.3. ‘CHARLIE LOVES OUR BAND: THE STORY OF FROM GOOD HOMES’: Directed by Montpelier-based filmmaker Vic Guadagno, this feature documentary tells the story of the founders of hick pop. The Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 6-9 p.m. $9.75. Info, 303-247-1800. ‘LOST ILLUSIONS (ILLUSIONS PERDUES)’: Xavier Giannoli’s modern, cinematic adaptation of a Balzac novel paints a timely picture of literary ambition and media corruption in 19th century France. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. $6-12; VTIFF member benefits apply. Info, 660-2600. MNFF SUNSET SERIES PRESENTS STREEP WEEK: ‘FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS’: Meryl Streep stars as an infamously off-tune opera singer in this comedic 2016 biopic. Swift House Inn, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $13; preregister. Info, 382-9222. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.3. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.3.

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FARM NIGHT AT EARTHKEEP FARMCOMMON: A regenerative farming collective hosts a market featuring fresh produce, food trucks and unbeatable views of the mountains. Earthkeep Farmcommon, Charlotte, 4:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, info@ ROYALTON FARMERS MARKET: Local farmers sell their produce, bread and eggs to villagers. South Royalton Town Green, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 763-8302. VERGENNES FARMERS MARKET: Local foods and crafts, live music, and hot eats spice up Thursday afternoons. Vergennes City Park, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-9180.


BRIDGE CLUB: A lively group plays a classic, tricky game in pairs. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, morrisvillebridge@


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CHAIR YOGA WITH LINDA: Every week is a new adventure in movement and mindfulness at this Morristown Centennial Library virtual class. 10:15-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


LGBTQ+ WOMEN’S SOCIAL: Queer and trans women and nonbinary folks sip brews and make new Northeast Kingdom pals. Whirligig Brewing, St. Johnsbury, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812. POP-UP HAPPY HOUR: Locals connect over drinks at a speakeasy-style bar. Hosted by OUT in the 802. Lincolns, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.


‘BACK TOGETHER AGAIN: THE MUSIC OF ROBERTA FLACK AND DONNY HATHAWAY’: See WED.3, 7:30 p.m. BURLINGTON CONCERT BAND REHEARSAL SITE: Experienced musicians are welcome to join their local ensemble. St. Mark Catholic Parish, Burlington, 6:458:45 p.m. Free. Info, burlington FIRST THURSDAY CONCERT SERIES: THE BEERWORTH SISTERS: The acoustic duo delivers live music while the New Deal food cart serves up nosh. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-8:30 p.m. Free; cash bar. Info, 985-8222. HUNGER MOUNTAIN CO-OP BROWN BAG SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: TWANGTOWN PARAMOURS: A hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes, the acoustic duo crafts catchy Americana sounds. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604. MUSIC ON THE FARM SERIES: The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Quartet performs works by Tchaikovsky, Vermont composer Eric Wright and more. Pittsford Village Farm, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 775-0903. PARKAPALOOZA: BARIKA: The West African funk masters stop by this family-friendly outdoor concert series, also featuring a 100-foot Slip ’N Slide. Hubbard Park, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 225-8699. ROOCHIE TOOCHIE AND THE RAGTIME SHEPHERD KINGS: Fancy fiddling, dueling Hawaiian guitars and ukulele wizardry make for rollicking renditions of some of the kookiest songs from times gone by. Caledonia Grange, East Hardwick, 5 & 8 p.m. Free; donations accepted; preregister. Info, 472-8987. RUSTON KELLY: The Nashville artist explores his sobriety journey with unvarnished honesty and poetic lyrics. Kat Wright opens. Spruce Peak at Stowe, 6 p.m. $5-750. Info, 760-4634.




WHIST CARD GAME CLUB: Players of all experience levels congregate for some friendly competition. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 12:30-3 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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Waterbury Public Library, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

Vermont Works for Women once again plays host to LUNAFEST, a short-film festival featuring works by and about women. This year’s lineup includes such award-winning shorts as “Close Ties to Home Country,” Saudi Indian comedy writer Akanksha Cruczynski’s tale of an immigrant dog walker who finds community in the posh pups for whom she cares; “Generation Impact: The Coder,” Dartmouth College grad Samantha Knowles’ documentary about a 13-year-old Black app creator; and “Wearable Tracy,” a story from Emily McAllister about a Bronx woman’s social experiment and the pleasant surprises that follow. Food trucks, drinks, vendors and live music precede the outdoor screenings; all ticket sales benefit VWW. Bring your own chairs and blankets.

LUNAFEST Friday, August 5, food trucks, drinks, vendors and live music, 5:30 p.m.; screenings, 8 p.m., at the Essex Experience in Essex Junction. $15-20. Info, 655-8900, THE SAMPLES: Front man Sean Kelly launches this rock band into the stratosphere with his unique voice and incomparable guitar playing. Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 333-4311. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: LEWIS FRANCO & THE MISSING CATS: Close three-part vocal rhythm harmonies and thrilling improvisation thread through tunes by the acoustic jazz combo. Old Schoolhouse Common, Marshfield, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. THURSDAYS BY THE LAKE: SOULSTICE: The ska-inspired party band brings people together at this outdoor shindig. Union Station, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-3018.


BIRDS ON THE MOVE: Avian enthusiasts learn about the migration habits of Vermont’s winged species. Call to confirm. Nature Center, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10 a.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 244-7103. BUTTERFLY BONANZA: If you plant it, they will come! Participants peep the winged insects that visit the park’s perennial and wildflower gardens. Call to confirm. Nature Center, Little

River State Park, Waterbury, 2 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 244-7103. GUIDED TOUR OF LITTLE RIVER HISTORY HIKE: Hikers explore the trails on a route they plan with a park interpreter. Bring sturdy shoes, water and snacks. Park Office, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 11 a.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister. Info, 244-7103. MERCY ON THE MOVE: Mercy Connections leads a weekly, relaxed walk along the waterfront, perfect for making friends and finding a supportive community. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 846-7063. MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED: Fungi fanatics learn about different varieties — fabulous and fearsome alike — found throughout the park. Call to confirm. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 2 p.m. $2-4; free for kids ages 3 and under. Info, 244-7103.


KNIT DEMOCRACY TOGETHER: Activists and craftivists learn about the inner workings of elections while working together on a yarn sculpture of the Vermont Statehouse. Latham Library,

Thetford, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 785-4361. THOUGHT CLUB: Artists and activists convene to engage with Burlington‘s rich tradition of radical thought and envision its future. Democracy Creative, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info,


CODY CHEVROLET/CADILLAC NIGHT (100-LAP TRIPLE CROWN FINALE): The racetrack’s 2022 season continues with another nail-biting competition. Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, 7-10 p.m. $5-30; free for kids under 6. Info, VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS: Spectators buy some peanuts and Cracker Jack to watch the Green Mountain State’s own Futures Collegiate Baseball League team face off against new opponents each night. Centennial Field, Burlington, 6:35 p.m. $6-25; $125-418 for season passes. Info, 655-4200.


AARON KULA: The Crossroads Music Jamboree director and founder reveals how collaboration between Black and Jewish musicians shaped the genre of jazz.


‘GODSPELL’: Adirondack Regional Theatre and Chazy Music Theatre present the classic musical retelling of the gospel of Matthew. Strand Center Theatre, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $15-20. Info, 518-563-1604, ext. 105. ‘HAIR’: See WED.3, 7 p.m. ‘LUCKY STIFF’: Student-run nonprofit Verdantrics Production Company presents a musical murder mystery that leaves audiences dying of laughter. Williston Central School, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 989-9741. ‘RED’: Ambition and vulnerability go hand in hand in this drama based on the true story of abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Depot Theatre, Westport, N.Y., 5 p.m. $25-34. Info, 518-962-4449.


CHRISTINE MCDONNELL: The Craftsbury author discusses her new picture book biography, Sanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie’s Place, the Nation’s First Shelter for Women. Craftsbury Public Library, Craftsbury Common, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 586-9683. MYSTERY READERS BOOK CLUB: True crime buffs and amateur sleuths gather to discuss their favorite mystery books. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-6954. PENS & PAGES: Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman serves as inspiration for discussion and writing exercises in this Mercy Connections reading group focused on Black people’s experiences. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-7063.




SUMMER RESET: Women Business Owners Network Vermont members meet to reflect on the last two months and motivate each other. 8:30-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 503-0219.

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PREVIEW: ‘SOUNDS OF HAZEL’: Dance Theatre of Harlem presents a new ballet about the pioneering Black pianist Hazel Scott. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $12-25. Info, 603-646-2422.


PIZZA BY THE POND: A woodfired oven warms pies made of local ingredients while local bands regale diners. Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen, 5-8 p.m. $2235; free for kids 5 and under; preregister; limited space. Info, 247-6735.

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ARTSRIOT TRUCK STOP: Mobile kitchens dish out mouthwatering meals and libations. Live DJs and outdoor entertainment add to the fun. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 4:30-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 540-0406. FRIDAY NIGHTS @ THE FARM: TGIF just got even better, thanks to this weekly gathering of friends, food trucks and ice cream at Fisher Brothers Farm. Sisters of Anarchy Ice Cream, Shelburne, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 495-5165. THE PEOPLE’S FARMSTAND: Volunteers hand out fresh, local produce for free every Friday. Pomeroy Park, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.


MAH-JONGG: Tile traders of all experience levels gather for a game session. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

FESTIVAL OF FOOLS: A three-day celebration of circus arts, music and comedy features continuous theatrics by international street performers. See vermontfestival for full schedule. Downtown Burlington, noon-11 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.

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FOOD + ART FRIDAYS: Community members gather off-grid to take in art, watch live performances and eat wood-fired pizza from Fat Dragon Farm. The Sable Project, Stockbridge, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, info@

ONLINE GUIDED MEDITATION: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library invites attendees to relax on their lunch breaks and reconnect with their bodies. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@

FRANKLIN COUNTY FIELD DAYS: See THU.4, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

QIGONG WITH GERRY SANDWEISS: Beginners learn this ancient Chinese practice of meditative movement. Presented by Norman Williams Public Library. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@normanwilliams. org.

VERMONT BE TRUE YOGA FESTIVAL: A weekend of yoga classes, meditation, music, mindfulness hikes and other unplugged, healing activities supports Vermont Be True. Milldale Farm Center for Wellness, Fairlee, 1 p.m. $25-325; free for children. Info, 522-2116.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.3. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.3. LUNAFEST: Vermont Works for Women screens a series of award-winning short films by and about women. See calendar spotlight. Essex Experience, Essex Junction, food trucks, drinks and live music, 5:30 p.m.; screening, 8 p.m. $15-20. Info, 655-8900. MNFF SUNSET SERIES PRESENTS STREEP WEEK: ‘SILKWOOD’: The murder of a nuclear whistleblower leads to an unprecedented trial in this 1983 true crime drama starring Meryl Streep and Cher. Swift House Inn, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $13; preregister. Info, 382-9222.



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SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: A sequence of slow, controlled motions aids in strength and balance. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 229-1549.

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AÍDA O’BRIEN: The Burlington roots rocker plays bluesy tunes in the garden. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-2117.

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ART WALK: NEW MUSIC UNCAGED: Pianist Luke Rackers plays new works by contemporary composers for art lovers out on the lawn. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘BACK TOGETHER AGAIN: THE MUSIC OF ROBERTA FLACK AND DONNY HATHAWAY’: See WED.3. BASSEL & THE SUPERNATURALS: Soulful melodies and funky rhythms explore themes of love, loss and front man Bassel Almadani’s first-generation Syrian American experience. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 533-2000. BUCK HOLLERS BAND CONCERT: A lively picnic show benefits the Burlington Garden Club’s scholarship fund for college students studying horticulture. Veterans Memorial Park, South Burlington, 5:30 p.m. $20. Info, 372-4245. CARILLON SERIES: TATIANA LUKYANOVA: The accomplished keyboardist plays a heavenly program on the historic bell organ. Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury College, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


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COMMUNITY JAM & SINGALONG: Neighbors bring the Great American Songbook to life, alongside librarian Judi Byron on the Scottish harp and Crossroads Music Jamboree founder Aaron Kula on accordion. Waterbury Public Library, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. FESTIVAL OF FOOLS TWILIGHT SERIES: MONSIEUR PERINÉ: The Colombian jazz-pop stars close out the first day of street performances. Burlington City Hall Park, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. FREE FIRST FRIDAY EVE: BRICKDROP: The museum opens its exhibits to one and all, and the lawns overflow with food, drink, lawn games and live music. Shelburne Museum, 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-3346. MICHELE FAY BAND: The bluegrass band arrives, banjos and mandolins in hand, for a night of live music on the farmstead. Union Bank Gazebo, Morristown, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-6863. MUSIC JAM: Local instrumentalists of all ability levels gather to make sweet music. BALE Community Space, South Royalton, 7-10 p.m. Free. Info, 498-8438. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: DADDYLONGLEGS: Infusing classic folk songs with passion FRI.5

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FIRST FRIDAY TOURS: Enthusiastic patrons learn about the company’s history and sneak a peek backstage. Weston Theater at Walker Farm, 4-5 p.m. $20. Info, 824-5288. FREE CIRCUS SHOW: NECCA’s Performance Boot Camp students display the results of three weeks of rigorous, invigorating training. New England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro, 7:30-9 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 254-9780. ‘GODSPELL’: See THU.4. ‘HAIR’: See WED.3, 7 p.m. ‘INTO THE WOODS JR.’: The student actors of Full Circle Theater Collaborative present Sondheim’s gut-busting fairy tale send-up. Island Arts, North Hero, 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 372-8889. ‘LUCKY STIFF’: See THU.4. ‘RED’: See THU.4, 7:30 p.m.

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‘SEUSSICAL’: BarnArts Summer Youth Theater performers captivate audience members with a stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ zany tales. Barnard Town Hall, 7 p.m. $10-15. Info, 234-1645. ‘SUCCESSION: VERMONT’: The Crispy Pork Gang apply their signature spoof formula to everyone’s favorite morally bankrupt HBO show. Phantom Theater, Edgcomb Barn, Warren, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 496-5997. ‘THE THEORY OF OUR NEEDS’: Feats of circus and puppetry tell the story of how music in our ears and dirt between our toes can liberate us from our consumerist culture. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 6:30 p.m. $10-25 suggested donation. Info, 525-3031.



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GROWING HERBS IN YOUR GARDEN WORKSHOP: Local green thumb Loraine Janowski shares tips for growing, storing and using herbs. Lincoln Street Gardens, St. Johnsbury, 2-4 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 745-1392.


MISSION BAZAAR OUTDOOR MARKET: Local vendors sell clothes, furniture, jewelry, accessories, iced tea, vintage and handmade items, doughnuts, bicycles, home decor, and so much more. Mission Bazaar VT, Burlington, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, missionbazaarvt@gmail. com.


WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS WITH JAMES BEIHL: All materials are provided at this introductory painting class in keeping with the library’s summer reading theme, “Oceans of Possibilities.” Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


CONTRA DANCE: Pete Sutherland calls and Young Tradition musicians play at this joyous benefit for the Craftsbury Historical Society. Craftsbury Fire House, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 755-6178. MONTPELIER CONTRA DANCE: To live tunes and gender-neutral calling, dancers balance, shadow and do-si-do the night away. N95, KN94, KN95 or 3-ply procedure/surgical nonwoven masks required. Lesson, 7:40 p.m. Capital City Grange, Berlin, 8-11 p.m. $5-20. Info, 225-8921. PREVIEW: ‘SOUNDS OF HAZEL’: See FRI.5.


THE JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE SHOW: Audiences may think the Man in Black himself is in the building during this pig roast dinner and show. Apple Island Resort, South Hero, 7-9 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 372-3800. MORE THAN A MARKET: A WALKING TOUR OF BURLINGTON’S LOCAL MARKETS: Historic New England takes history buffs around past and present-day immigrantowned markets for a lesson on their importance as sources of food, community and culture. 7 Pine St., Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 989-4723.

fairs & festivals

FESTIVAL OF FOOLS: See FRI.5, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. FRANKLIN COUNTY FIELD DAYS: See THU.4, 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

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

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

film See what’s playing at theaters in the On Screen section.

music + nightlife Find club dates at local venues in the Music + Nightlife section online at music. Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.


SUMMER DOG PARTY 2022: Four-legged friends and their people take over the mountaintop and enjoy live music, food and the great outdoors. Dog Mountain, St. Johnsbury, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 800-449-2580. VERMONT BE TRUE YOGA FESTIVAL: See FRI.5.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.3. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.3. ‘LA BOHÈME’: A 2018 Metropolitan Opera performance of Puccini’s timeless tale of young artists in Paris is broadcast to the big screen. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1 p.m. $6-15. Info, 748-2600. MNFF SUNSET SERIES PRESENTS STREEP WEEK: ‘SOPHIE’S CHOICE’: Meryl Streep plays a Polish immigrant with horrifying secrets in her past in this 1982 classic. Swift House Inn, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $13; preregister. Info, 382-9222. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.3. ‘SHERLOCK JR.’ & ‘BATTLING BUTLER’: RESCHEDULED. Composer Jeff Rapsis improvises live scores for this Buster Keaton double feature. Brandon Town Hall, 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, brandontownhall ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.3.

food & drink

BURLINGTON FARMERS MARKET: Dozens of stands overflow with seasonal produce, flowers, artisanal wares and prepared foods. Burlington Farmers Market, 345 Pine St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 560-5904. CAPITAL CITY FARMERS MARKET: Meats and cheeses join farm-fresh produce, baked goods, locally made arts and crafts, and live music. 133 State St., Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, montpelierfarmersmarket@ MORRISVILLE FARMERS MARKET: Lamoille County food producers offer up meats, fish, cheeses, produce and prepared foods. Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy, Morrisville, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, movillefarmers ST. JOHNSBURY FARMERS MARKET: Growers and crafters gather weekly at booths centered on local eats. Pearl St. & Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, cfmamanager@gmail. com. SUMMER SAMPLING SERIES: Local makers and growers serve up bites for tasting. Mad River Taste Place, Waitsfield, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3165.




Get Your Goat Vermont Open Farm Week is back and better than ever with more than 100 events to choose from at farmsteads across the state. Whether attendees are looking to sample fresh food, get to know their local growers better or have a taste of the farmer’s life, there are options galore: tours of sugarhouses, lavender farms, hop fields, apiaries, butcher shops and alpaca pastures; lessons in wool spinning, no-till farming, foraging for natural dyes and braiding garlic; and farm picnics, barbecues, pie-baking contests and yoga classes.

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BEGINNER DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Waterbury Public Library game master Evan Hoffman gathers novices and veterans alike for an afternoon of virtual adventuring. Teens and adults welcome. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. GAME ARENA: Board game expert Vinni Yasi leads an epic drop-in day of strategy and fun. Games include Catan and Betrayal at the House on the Hill. Teens and adults welcome. Waterbury Public Library, 11 a.m.3 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

health & fitness

SUN-STYLE TAI CHI FOR FALL PREVENTION: Seniors boost their strength and balance through gentle, flowing movements. Father Lively Center, St. Johnsbury, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 751-0431.


LUGHNASADH FEAST AND FIRE: The Green Mountain Druid Order marks this Gaelic first harvest festival with a potluck, stories and songs. Dreamland, Worcester, 6-10 p.m. Free. Info,



DONNY HATHAWAY’: See WED.3, 7:30 p.m.

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BOB & SARAH AMOS BAND: The father-daughter duo and friends find perfect harmony while performing original and classic bluegrass and folk songs. Farr’s Hill, Randolph, 7 p.m. Pay what you can. Info, 728-9878.

LIVE ON THE HILLSIDE: COOKIE’S HOT CLUB: Cosmic jazz, classic blues and Americana stylings put smiles on faces at an outdoor show. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 6-8 p.m. $15-20; free for kids 10 and under. Info, 457-3500.

CHAMPLAIN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: The 40-piece ensemble gives a lively, passionate outdoor concert for picnickers. Lincoln Peak Vineyard, New Haven, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 382-9222. DEAD SESSIONS: The revered tribute band gives an outdoor concert to make even the most jaded Dead Head rejoice. Essex Experience, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $20. Info, info@doublee FESTIVAL OF FOOLS TWILIGHT SERIES: SAINT MELA: This indie pop group’s melodies are just as intricate and acrobatic as the nearby circus performances. Electric pop ensemble Aquamossa opens. Burlington City Hall Park, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. ‘IRON SIGHTS’: The Waterbury Historical Society hosts Vermont’s own 40th Army Band at an outdoor shindig, with ice cream at intermission. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury,

Leddy Park, by the Lake Wednesday Evenings, 5-8pm July 13 to August 10

MOTHER ANN’S DAY CELEBRATION WITH THE SHAKERS N’ BAKERS: 19thcentury Shaker vision songs meet radical Christian rock in this ecstatic show. The Lawn at Greenberg Associates Architects, Putney, 4-6 p.m. $20-25; free for kids under 12. Info, 387-0102. VERMONT BLUES: FACULTY CONCERT: The faculty of the Vermont Blues Retreat dazzle audiences with their mastery of the genre. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $40-50. Info, 247-4295.


BUTTERFLY BONANZA: See THU.4. HERE BE DRAGONFLIES: Entomology enthusiasts capture and identify species during this basic introduction to the winged insects. Call to confirm. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 4 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 244-7103. SAT.6

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MUSHROOMS DEMYSTIFIED: See THU.4. SUNSET AQUADVENTURE PADDLE TOUR: Stunning scenery welcomes boaters, who explore the Waterbury Reservoir in search of crepuscular wildlife. Contact Station, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 6:30 p.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under; preregister; limited space. Info, 244-7103.


BATTLE AT THE BOWL: Racers tear up the track in pursuit of the title and up to $10,000 in prizes. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, 6 p.m. $5-20; drive-in free for kids 12 and under. Info, 265-3112. POINT TO POINT: Now in its 21st year, this riding and running event raises funds for the Vermont Foodbank. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $15-60; preregister. Info, 371-5120.

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STAND UP FOR THE LAKE: Standup paddleboarders test the waters in recreational and elite races. See standupforthelake. com for full schedule. Burlington Surf Club, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $65. Info, 540-9463. VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS: See THU.4, 6:05 p.m.


THE 2022 WESTON GALA: Patrons of the arts enjoy a sumptuous evening of food, drinks, entertainment and auctions in support of Weston Theater. Weston Theater at Walker Farm, 6-9 p.m. $200; preregister. Info, 824-5288. ‘GODSPELL’: See THU.4. ‘HAIR’: See WED.3. ‘INTO THE WOODS JR.’: See FRI.5, 2 & 7 p.m. ‘LUCKY STIFF’: See THU.4, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ‘RED’: See THU.4, 7:30 p.m. ‘SEUSSICAL’: See FRI.5, 2 & 7 p.m. ‘SUCCESSION: VERMONT’: See FRI.5, 6 & 8 p.m.


FRIENDS OF ILSLEY LIBRARY BOOK SALE: Books of all genres for all ages go on sale, largely for $2 or less, and all proceeds fund library programming. Middlebury Town Offices, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095.



VERMONT OPEN FARM WEEK: A week-long celebration of local food origins offers various venues for hands-on farm activities, with music and tasty treats. See for full schedule. See calendar spotlight. Various locations statewide. Free; fee for some activities. Info, diginvt@

climate crisis

CLIMATE MIGRANT MEET AND GREET: Folks who recently moved to Vermont because of the climate crisis meet neighbors in the same situation and build community. Childcare available. Temple Sinai, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5125.

fairs & festivals

FESTIVAL OF FOOLS: See FRI.5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. FRANKLIN COUNTY FIELD DAYS: See THU.4, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. LAKE CHAMPLAIN DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL: Persevering paddlers take to the lake in support of Dragonheart Vermont’s programming for breast cancer survivors. Waterfront Park, Burlington, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Info, 793-7602. VERMONT BE TRUE YOGA FESTIVAL: See FRI.5.


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DIAMONDS AND DENIM CASINO NIGHT: The Charlotte Shelburne Hinesburg Rotary hosts a highrolling fundraiser for NOFA-VT’s Farm Share Program, featuring poker, blackjack, craps and roulette. The Old Lantern Inn & Barn, Charlotte, 6-10 p.m. $40. Info, charlotteshelburnerotary@

health & fitness

AUGUST MEDITATION SERIES: SIMPLE PRACTICES FOR MEDITATORS AT ALL LEVELS: Attendees learn and practice foundational Buddhist principles of focus and discipline. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 10 a.m.-noon. Donations; preregister. Info, COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE: New and experienced meditators are always welcome to join this weekly practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info,


SUNDAY MORNING MEDITATION: Mindful folks experience sitting and walking meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Shambhala Meditation Center, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info,




food & drink

MAVERICK MARKET: Highquality products from Vermont artisans, as well as food truck fare and live music, populate a weekly bazaar. Essex Experience, Essex Junction, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4200. WINOOSKI FARMERS MARKET: Families shop for fresh produce, honey, meats, coffee and prepared foods from more seasonal vendors at an outdoor marketplace. Champlain Mill Green, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, farmersmarket@downtown

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

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

film See what’s playing at theaters in the On Screen section.

music + nightlife Find club dates at local venues in the Music + Nightlife section online at music. Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.



IRISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Celticcurious students learn to speak an Ghaeilge in a supportive group. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


‘BACK TOGETHER AGAIN: THE MUSIC OF ROBERTA FLACK AND DONNY HATHAWAY’: See WED.3, 2 p.m. BURLINGTON CONCERT BAND: Local music lovers bring lawn chairs (and dogs, if available) to a weekly big-band blowout. Battery Park, Burlington, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, burlington LEVITT AMP ST. JOHNSBURY MUSIC SERIES: TERRANCE SIMIEN & THE ZYDECO EXPERIENCE: The Grammy Award-winning Louisiana Creole superstar rocks the house down with his exhilarating, danceworthy rhythms. Dog Mountain, St. Johnsbury, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. THE PATRICK ROSS BAND: Bow in hand, the Vermont-born fiddler and multi-instrumentalist showcases his chops alongside special guest Doug Perkins. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-9 p.m. $15-18. Info, 985-8222. WESTFORD CONCERT SERIES: ROCKIN’ ROUND TABLE: The hometown band debuts original tunes and covers for the outdoor audience. Howling Waters opens. Westford Common, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 363-0930.




TOUR OF WATERBURY DAM: Visitors explore a reforested encampment and discover how the Civilian Conservation Corps saved the Winooski Valley from flooded ruin. Call to confirm. Meet at the top of the dam. Little River State Park, Waterbury, 11 a.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 244-7103.




‘THE ANTI-APOCALYPSE PROPAGANDA CIRCUS AND PAGEANT’: Sideshows, spectacle, live music and feats of derring-do meet the moment at hand. Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 3 p.m. $10. Info, 525-3031. ‘GODSPELL’: See THU.4, 2 p.m. ‘HAIR’: See WED.3, 3 p.m. ‘INTO THE WOODS JR.’: See FRI.5, 2 p.m. ‘RED’: See THU.4, 3 p.m. ‘SEUSSICAL’: See FRI.5.


BACK ROADS READINGS: BRAD KESSLER & JAY PARINI: Two writers read their work in the great outdoors. Signing and reception follow. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 633-4956.





See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.3. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.3. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.3. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.3.


BRIDGE CLUB: See THU.4, 1-2 p.m.


BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.3. GENTLE HATHA YOGA: Movers focus on alignment, balance and extending into relaxation. BYO mat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. WEEKLY CHAIR YOGA: Those with mobility challenges or who are new to yoga practice balance and build strength through gentle, supported movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 3 p.m. Free;

preregister; donations accepted. Info, 223-3322.


ENGLISH CONVERSATION CIRCLE: Locals learning English as a second language gather in the Digital Lab to build vocabulary and make friends. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


LGBTQ+ OPEN GENRE WRITING GROUP: Queer and trans wordsmiths write together and share their work in a supportive environment. Preregister for location. 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, jacob@ LGBTQ+ HEALTH INSURANCE SEMINAR AND Q&A: LGBTQ Vermonters learn about the specific healthcare options open to them. Hosted by Grace Cottage Hospital and Out in the Open. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@weareoutintheopen. org.


CASPIAN MONDAY MUSIC: ‘IT FLOATS AWAY FROM YOU’: Superstar string and reed players join forces for a night of music by masters including Burlington composer Beth Weimann. Bar and lawn open, 6 p.m. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7 p.m. $10-23; free for kids under 18. Info, 533-2000. MICHELE FAY BAND: The bluegrass band arrives, banjos and mandolins in hand, for a night of live music in the park. Colburn Park, Lebanon N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-6863. ST. JOHNSBURY TOWN BAND: The nation’s third-oldest community band regales locals during a weekly ice cream social. Caledonia County Courthouse, St. Johnsbury, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8575.


KINDLING CONNECTIONS: See WED.3. PERSONAL GROWTH WORKSHOP: SETTING A DIRECTION: Attendees at the first session of this two-day self-reflection seminar learn how their life experiences can help them move toward new opportunities. Mercy Connections, Burlington, 2-5 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 846-7063.


ADDISON COUNTY WRITERS COMPANY: Poets, playwrights, novelists and memoirists of every experience level meet weekly for an MFA-style workshop. Swift House Inn, Middlebury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info,





VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Employment seekers drop in for tips on résumé writing, applying for jobs and training. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 9:30 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 888-3853. VETERAN & MILITARY AFFILIATED SMALL BUSINESS OWNER LISTENING SESSION: Main Street Alliance and Center for Women & Enterprise invite veteran entrepreneurs to share their experiences and challenges. 9-10 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, info.vermont@


CURRENT EVENTS DISCUSSION GROUP: Brownell Library hosts a virtual roundtable for neighbors to pause and reflect on the news cycle. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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ADULT KNITTERS & CROCHETERS: Fiber artists purl and treble among friends. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


SWING DANCING: Local Lindy hoppers and jitterbuggers convene at Vermont Swings’ weekly boogie-down. Bring clean shoes. Beginner lessons, 6:30 p.m. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $5. Info, 864-8382.


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Summer Strolls in Gardner Park

Live Music • Firepits • Art by Bread & Puppet • 7pm – 10pm

MILTON FARMERS MARKET & MUSIC IN THE PARK: Farmers sell their goodies, local bands bring the beats, and the lawn fills up with cornhole players and giant Jenga tournaments. Bombardier Park West, Milton, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, 893-6655.

fairs & festivals

ADDISON COUNTY FAIR & FIELD DAYS: Vermont’s largest agricultural fair hosts horse shows, tractor pulls, kiddie rides and live entertainment. Addison County Fairgrounds, New Haven, 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. $5-13; $15-45 for season pass; free for kids 5 and under. Info, 545-2557.

AUGUST 6 - Markus Daniels Band SEPTEMBER 3 - How Two

SUMMER-LONG EVENTS Visit Newport’s Main Street and the Waterfront this summer. Enjoy sidewalk shopping, outdoor dining, scenic views, and great entertainment! Newport Farmers’ Market Wednesday & Saturday • 9am – 2pm

Waterfront Yoga by Inspired Yoga Saturday & Sunday • Throughout the summer

WEDNESDAYS ON THE WATERFRONT Free Concerts • 6pm – 8:45pm The Pavilion on the Waterfront


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AUGUST 3 - Mike Goudreau Band AUGUST 10 - Evansville Transit Authority


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Williston, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 872-1525.


food & drink

FOOD TRUCK POP-UP: Between games of cornhole, hungry people nab dinner and dessert from local Jamaican, Mediterranean and BBQ joints. Three Rivers Path Trailhead Pavilion of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, St. Johnsbury, 4-7 p.m. Price of food. Info, 748-8575. TUESDAY FARMERS MARKET: The Ishams put the “farm” back in “farmers market” with vendor stalls and live music out by the barn. Isham Family Farm,


PLAY CHESS & BACKGAMMON!: Everyone — beginners and experts, seniors and youngsters — is welcome at this weekly board game night. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.

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FAMILY FUN Check out these family-friendly events for parents, caregivers and kids of all ages. • Plan ahead at • Post your event at FRI.5

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STORY TIME: Preschoolers take part in stories, songs and silliness. Latham Library, Thetford, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.

northeast kingdom

‘BIG FISH’: Based on the beloved Daniel Wallace novel and Tim Burton-directed film, this family friendly Vermont Children’s Theater production overflows with humor and heart. Vermont Children’s Theater, Lyndonville, 7-9:45 p.m. $5-12. Info, 626-5358. ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: Kids 5 and under play, sing, hear stories and take home a fun activity. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 745-1391. OPEN STAGE: Local high school students put on an all-ages open mic. Catamount ArtPort, St. Johnsbury, 6:309:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.



SPLASH DANCE: See FRI.5, 1-3 p.m.

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‘IVY + BEAN THE MUSICAL’: Two second graders, one quiet and one outgoing, form an unlikely friendship in this hilarious Lyric Theatre show based on a best-selling children’s book series. See calendar spotlight. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 658-1484. BLUEBERRY JAMS: Families pick berries while enjoying live music and beautiful Vermont vistas. Covered Bridge Blueberry Farm, Underhill, 4-7 p.m. $7 per quart. Info, coveredbridge



and French-language learners meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info,


COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: JEH KULU DANCE AND DRUM THEATER: Masters of traditional West African music and movement put on a joyous show. Burlington City Hall Park, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. CONCERT ON THE FAIRLEE TOWN COMMON: Outdoor audience members take in a show from a new band each week, with prizes and raffles to spice up the

KARMA KIDZ YOGA OPEN STUDIO SATURDAYS: Young yogis of all ages and their caregivers drop in for some fun breathing and movement activities. Kamalika-K, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 871-5085.


POP-UP STORY TIME AT THE FARMERS MARKET: Morristown Centennial librarians read books and sing songs about farms, food and plants. Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy, Morrisville, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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BIRD CRAFTS FOR KIDS: Crafters ages 3 through 10 and their families learn about bird anatomy and behaviors through coloring, constructing and play. Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, Vergennes, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info,

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CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY HOUR: Drop-in activities inspired by the museum’s exhibits include crafts, movies, games, gardening and more. Saint Albans Museum, St. Albans, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-7933.

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evening. Fairlee Town Common, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, contact@ TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE: SISTER SPEAK: Blues and world music combine for a genre-blending acoustic show. Legion Field, Johnson, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 730-2943.


TUESDAY NIGHT GRAVEL BIKE RIDES: Pedal heads explore their local trails at this weekly meetup. Three Rivers Path Trailhead Pavilion of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, St. Johnsbury, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, landanimal

mad river valley/ waterbury

JUNIOR RANGER ROUNDUP & ‘WAR OF THE WEEDS’ SERVICE PROJECT: Adults remove invasive plant species while kiddos lend a hand to finish their Junior Ranger requirements. Call to confirm. Nature Center, Little River State Park, Waterbury, 10 a.m. $2-4; free for children ages 3 and under. Info, 244-7103.

upper valley

ANTIQUE TRACTOR DAY: Spectators cheer on their favorite vintage machines in parades and races, with family-friendly activities and local food in between. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $8-17; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 457-2355.

northeast kingdom ‘BIG FISH’: See FRI.5, 2-4:45 p.m.




STORIES WITH MEGAN: Bookworms ages 2 through 5 enjoy fun-filled reading time. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

chittenden county

INDOOR PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Small groups enjoy a cozy session of reading, rhyming and singing. Birth through age 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.

‘BIG FISH’: See FRI.5.


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mad river valley/ waterbury

PLYMOUTH OLD HOME DAY: Historical reenactors recreate President Coolidge’s Homestead Inaugural in between wagon rides, barbecue chicken, traditional craft demos and vintage kids’ games. President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 828-3051.

TINY TOTS: Tiny tykes have fun, hear stories and meet new friends with Ms. Cynthia. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.



ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.3, 10:15-11:15 a.m.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.3, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

SING-ALONG WITH LINDA BASSICK: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers sing, dance and wiggle along with Linda. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


TENANT SKILLS: Renters learn everything they need to know about tenant rights, fair housing law, health codes and beyond. Presented by Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 660-3455, ext. 205. WELL-BEING & SELFCARE: TOOLS & PRACTICES: Mercy Connections teaches attendees tools and habits to help relieve tension, recharge their motivation, gain clarity, and see things from new

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NURTURING A CHILD’S SENSE OF WONDER DISCUSSION SERIES: Brownell Library and the Four Winds Nature Institute teach parents and caregivers of preschoolers how to encourage outdoor play and a sense of curiosity. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4:30-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956. PLAYGROUP & FAMILY SUPPORT: Families with children under age 5 play and connect with others in the community. Winooski Memorial Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME ON THE GREEN: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library leads half an hour of stories, rhymes and songs. Williston Town Green, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM: See WED.3. TODDLERTIME: Kids ages 1 through 3 and their caregivers join Miss Kelly and her puppets Bainbow and La-La for story time. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. YOUTH CRAFTERNOON: MAKE YOUR OWN BUTTON PIN: Crafty kids make cute pins with slogans and art relating to summer reading and anything else they want. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Kiddos 5 and younger share in stories, crafts and rhymes. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. STEAM AFTERSCHOOL: Kids learn art, science and math through games and crafts, including paper airplane races, Lego competitions and origami. Ages 6 and up. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

upper valley

BABY STORY TIME: Librarians and finger-puppet friends introduce babies 20 months and younger to the joy of reading. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. BEACH STORY TIME: All ages are welcome to a George Peabody Library read-aloud under the gazebo next to the lake. Treasure Island, Fairlee, noon. Free. Info, 333-9724.

perspectives. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-7063.


‘HAIR’: See WED.3, 7 p.m. ‘ON THE ROAD WITH AN OXYMORON’: Perennial favorite Keryn Nightingale returns to the stage with a one-woman show featuring a VW bus, a cross-country trip and 1970s throwbacks out the wazoo. Phantom Theater, Edgcomb Barn, Warren, 8-10 p.m. $20. Info, 496-5997.


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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT & ACTION: Activists ages 14 through 18 discuss community service, climate action, LGBTQ rights and social justice. BALE Community Space, South Royalton, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 498-8438.



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TOTALLY TIE DYE!: Flower children bring their own T-shirts or bandanas and get groovy. Ages 6 and up. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.



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KIDS’ DAY AT THE CHAMPLAIN ISLANDS FARMERS MARKET: Games, scavenger hunts, coloring and kidfriendly recipes encourage enthusiasm about local food. St. Rose of Lima Church, South Hero, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, champlainislandsfarmersmkt@gmail. com.

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OLD TIME CRANKIE PICTURE SHOW WITH MEREDITH HOLCH: The Vermont videographer tells tall tales using only a hand-cranked animation machine. George Peabody Library, Post Mills, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 333-9724. STORY TIME!: See WED.3. K





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THE MOTH STORYSLAM: Local tellers of tales recount true stories in the hopes of winning an appearance on NPR. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:309:30 p.m. $15; preregister. Info, RECITE!: Poets of all levels, from fledgling to professional, celebrate the spoken word at this virtual reading. 7-9 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@ WHAT’S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND? THE NOT-A-BOOK-CLUB BOOK CLUB: Rebel readers discuss anything from book jacket design to the ebook revolution at this nonconformist meeting. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:15-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295. WORK IN PROGRESS: Members of this writing group motivate each other to put pen to paper for at least an hour, then debrief together. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


BACKYARD COMPOSTING WORKSHOP: An expert teaches home gardeners how to turn their food scraps into fertilizer. Green Mountain Compost, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, VERMONT OPEN FARM WEEK: See SUN.7.


CURRENT EVENTS: Neighbors have an informal discussion about what’s in the news. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918. MRF TOUR: COME SEE WHERE YOUR RECYCLING GOES!: See WED.3.


VERMONT COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: Workshops, group dialogues and a leadership fair promote local engagement in community improvement. See for full schedule. Vermont Technical College, Randolph, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $50; preregister. Info, 223-6091.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.3. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.3. RICK WINSTON: A film scholar presents an illustrated talk on the history of adapting plays from stage to screen, featuring clips from such films as Fences and Amadeus. Unadilla Theatre, Marshfield, 7:30-9 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 454-7103. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.3. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.3.


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‘WOMEN IN JEOPARDY’: Trading their wine glasses for spy glasses, two women try to prove that their friend’s new boyfriend is a serial killer in this satirical adventure from Vermont Stage. Isham Family Farm, Williston, 6:30 p.m. $31.05-38.50. Info, 862-1497.

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AFTER HOURS BOOK CLUB: Patrons discuss The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime by Mark Haddon, a mystery starring an autistic teenager. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. FFL BOOK CLUB: ‘THE PARIS LIBRARY’: Fletcher Free Library patrons break down Janet S. Charles’ century-spanning drama about the power of words in the face of oppression. Preregister for location. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, bshatara@ m

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GENERATOR is a combination of artist studios, classroom, and business incubator at the intersection of art, science, and technology. We provide tools, expertise, education, and opportunity – to enable all members of our community to create, collaborate, and make their ideas a reality. HAND-CUT JOINERY: “Join” us in this skill-focused workshop, where participants will learn all about the most common types of joints: dovetails and mortise and

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VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training program for men, women and children in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Julio Cesar “Foca” Fernandez Nunes, CBJJP and IBJJF seventh-degree Carlson

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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION 4C03552A 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6111 On June 27, 2022, HNH Holdings LLC, 1417 Marshall Ave, Williston, VT 05495 and Carp & Sing Inc. 200 Commerce St, Williston, VT 05495 filed application number 4C0355-2A for a project generally described as a change of use to construct improvements to an existing permitted commercial building for the manufacture of cannabis products. No growing, cultivation, or retail sales are permitted at this site. This operation is for extraction and processing of cannabis plant material which will then be delivered to dispensaries for sale. All cannabis related business activities will be conducted pursuant to a cannabis product manufacturing license from the State of Vermont Cannabis Control Board. The project is located at 200 Commerce St, Williston, VT 05495. This application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 Database: ( Act250/Details.aspx?Num=4C0355-2A).

Dated this July 29, 2022. By: _/s/ Kaitlin Hayes_________________ Kaitlin Hayes District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 (802) 622-4084

ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION 4C033133A 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6111 On July 20, 2022, City of Burlington, Burlington International Airport, and BTV Hotel, LLC, filed application number 4C0331-33A for a project generally described as construction of a 119- room hotel at the Burlington International Airport (BTV). The hotel will be located at the northern end of the parking garage. The hotel will include 60,125 SF of total hotel floor space. It will include fi ve (5) stories and be approximately 61 FT tall, which is similar in height to the northern section of the existing parking garage. The proposed hotel will cover 12,200 SF.

No hearing will be held, and a permit will be issued unless, on or before August 18, 2022, a party notifies the District 4 Commission in writing of an issue requiring a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c) (1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing, must state the criteria or sub-criteria 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 person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. To request party status and a hearing, fill out the Party Status Petition Form on the Board’s website: party-status-petition-form, and email it to the District 4 Office at: NRB.Act250Essex@vermont. gov. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.

Work required for these construction projects includes excavation and construction of the new hotel building. Additional project features include new bituminous concrete pavement, site utilities, lighting, signage, drainage improvements, sidewalk construction, erosion prevention and sediment control, site restoration, landscaping, and ancillary appurtenances. The City of Burlington will continue to own the land and enter into a 49-year lease agreement with BTV Hotel, LLC for this facility. The project is located at 1200 Airport Drive in South Burlington, Vermont. This application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 Database: ( aspx?Num=4C0331-33A). No hearing will be held, and a permit will be issued

unless, on or before August 15, 2022, a party notifies the District 4 Commission in writing of an issue requiring a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c) (1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing, must state the criteria or sub-criteria 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 person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. To request party status and a hearing, fill out the Party Status Petition Form on the Board’s website: party-status petition-form, and email it to the District 4 Office at: NRB.Act250Essex@vermont. gov. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. For more information contact Aaron Brondyke at the address or telephone number below. Dated this July 26, 2022. By: _/s/ Aaron Brondyke____ Aaron Brondyke District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 (802) 595-2735

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The Champlain Valley School District composed of Allen Brook School, Charlotte Central School, Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg Community School, Shelburne Community School, and Williston Central School hereby provide the following notice in compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) 40 CPR 763.93 [g.] [4] Requires that written notification be given that the following schools/buildings have

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NOTICE OF CLOSURE The Winooski Bicycle Shop, 12 West Canal St. Winooski, VT has closed. Anyone with any bikes or bike parts that might have been at this location should contact Dave Kelly at 802-343-0410 to claim same. Any request to obtain said must be made by August 15, 2022 at which point those articles will be considered abandoned.

PROPOSED STATE RULES ============ By law, public notice of proposed rules must be given by publication in newspapers of record. The purpose of these notices is to give the public a chance to respond to the proposals. The public notices for administrative rules are now also available online at SOS/rules/ . The law requires an agency to hold a public hearing on a proposed rule, if requested to do so in writing by 25 persons or an association having at least 25 members. To make special arrangements for individuals with disabilities or special needs please call or write the contact person listed below as soon as possible. To obtain further information concerning any scheduled hearing(s), obtain copies of proposed rule(s) or submit comments regarding proposed rule(s), please call or write the contact person listed below. You may also submit comments in writing to the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, State House, Montpelier, Vermont 05602 (802-828-2231). ————————————-

Meeting which begins at 6:00 pm in Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT or you may access the hearing/ meeting as follows: On-line: By telephone : +1 929 205 6099 Webinar ID: 891 9032 4672 Pursuant to the requirements of 24 V.S.A. §4444(b): Statement of purpose: The purpose of the proposed amendments are as follows: - ZA-22-08: To accompany already adopted Chapter 18 amendments in establishing, defining and regulating Short term rental (STR) as a new use. Geographic areas affected: These amendments apply to the following areas of the city: - ZA-22-08: All areas and zoning districts within the city. List of section headings affected: The proposed amendments modify the following sections of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance: - ZA-22-08: Modifies Sec. 3.1.2-C; Sec. 8.1.8; 13.1.2; Sec. 14.3.4-H; and Appendix A – Use Table The full text of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance is available online at Upon request, a hard copy of the proposed amendments can be viewed at the Clerk’s Office located on the second floor of City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or on the department’s website at https://www. .

2021 Vermont Plumbing Rules. Vermont Proposed Rule: 22P019 AGENCY: Plumbers Examination Board CONCISE SUMMARY: The primary intent and focus of this rule is to update the Vermont adoption of the International Plumbing Code from the 2018 edition to the 2021 edition. The rules also allow for the updating of current methods and materials to be utilized. These rules are amended to clarify intent and answer frequently asked questions. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Gerald Garrow, Chair, Vermont Plumbers Examining Board, Department of Public Safety, 56 Howe Street, Bldg. A, Suite 200,Rutland, VT 05701-3449 Tel: (802)7865841 Fax: (802)786-5872 Email: gerald.garrow@ URL: FOR COPIES: Robert T. Sponable, Deputy Director, Department of Public Safety - Division of Fire Safety, 45 State Drive, Waterbury, VT 05671 Tel: (802)479-7566 Fax: (802)479-7562 Email: robert. —————————————-

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. §4442 and §4444, notice is hereby given of a public hearing by the Burlington City Council to hear comments on the following proposed amendments to the City of Burlington’s Comprehensive Development Ordinance (CDO): - ZA-22-08: Short Term Rentals The public hearing will take place on Monday, September 12, 2022 during the Regular City Council


land records of the Town of South Burlington] for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 8 Andrews Avenue, South Burlington, Vermont on August 22, 2022 at 12:00 PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,

Public Auction at 4334 Vermont Route 1, Warren, Vermont on August 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,

To wit:

Being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to John E. Alex and Mary Ann Clark by Warranty Deed of John Simko and Doreen Simko of even or approximate date herewith and to be recorded in the land records of the Town of Warren, Vermont.

ALL THAT CERTAIN LAND SITUATED IN THE STATE OF VT, COUNTY OF CHITTENDEN, CITY OF SOUTH BURLINGTON, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: A LOT OF LAND WITH ALL BUILDINGS THEREON LOCATED ON THE NORTHERLY SIDE OF ANDREWS AVENUE, THE DWELLING HOUSE THEREON BEING KNOWN AND DESIGNATED 8 ANDREWS AVENUE. BEING ALL OF LOT NO. 56 AS SHOWN ON A PLAN OF LAUREL HILL SOUTH, DATED MAY, 1966, AS RECORED IN VOL. 80, PAGE 25 OF THE CITY OF SOUTH BURLINGTON LAND RECORDS. APN: 0050-00008 Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a bank wire, certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date the Confirmation Order is entered by the Court. All checks should be made payable to “Bendett & McHugh, PC, as Trustee”. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : July 20, 2022 By: _/s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren___ Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032

PHYLLIS V. MARCELL OCCUPANTS OF: 8 Andrews Avenue, South Burlington VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered January 28, 2020, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Phyllis V. Marcell to H&R Block Mortgage Corporation, a Massachusetts Corporation, dated December 8, 2005 and recorded in Book 738 Page 621 of the land records of the City of South Burlington, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from H&R Block Mortgage Corporation to Option One Mortgage Corporation dated January 22, 2008 and recorded in Book 805 Page 670; (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Option One Mortgage Corporation to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee for the Certificateholders of Carrington Mortgage Loan Trust, Series 2006-OPT1, Asset Backed Pass-Through Certificates dated June 16, 2008 and recorded in Book 805 Page 672; and (3) Corrective Assignment of Mortgage from Sand Canyon Corporation f/k/a Option One Mortgage Corporation to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee for the Certificateholders of Carrington Mortgage Loan Trust, Series 2006-OPT1, Asset Backed Pass-Through Certificates dated November 21, 2012 and recorded in Book 1124 Page 35, all of the

STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT WASHINGTON UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 142-3-20 WNCV HSBC BANK USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR GSAA HOME EQUITY TRUST 2005-12, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-12 v. JOHN E. ALEX AND VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF TAXES OCCUPANTS OF: 4334 Vermont Route 1, Warren VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered December 21, 2021, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by John E. Alex and the late Mary Ann Clark to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., dated March 11, 2005 and recorded in Book 172 Page 702 of the land records of the Town of Warren, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. to HSBC Bank USA, National Association, as Trustee for GSAA Home Equity Trust 2005-12, Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 2005-12 dated March 26, 2013 and recorded in Book 221 Page 520 of the land records of the Town of Warren for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at


Being all and the same lands and premises as were conveyed to John Simko and Doreen Simko by Warranty Deed of Russell C. LoGuidice dated November 28, 1977 and recorded December 6, 1977 in Book 46, pages 455-456 of the land records of the Town of Warren, Vermont. Being all and the same lands and premises as were conveyed to Russell LoGuidice by Warranty Deed of Alvin J. Babcock and John M. Murphy dated October 3, 1972 and recorded October 18, 1972 in Book 36, pages 442-445 of the land records of the Town of Warren, Vermont. Being lands and premises said to consist of approximately 2.3 acres of land with a residence thereon, located at 4334 Vermont Route 100 in Warren, Vermont, Said lands are, in fact, bisected by Vermont Route 100. Subject to and with the benefit of rights, restrictions, covenants, terms, rights-of-way and easements referenced in the above mentioned deeds and instruments and their records, or otherwise of record in the Town of Warren Land Records, and subject to terms and conditions of state and local land use regulations and any permits issued by any state or local authority under those regulations, which are valid and enforceable at law on the date of this deed - not meaning by such language to renew or reinstate any encumbrance which is otherwise barred by the provisions of Vermont law. Reference may be had to the above mentioned deeds and their records, and to all prior deeds and instruments and their records, for a more particular description of the herein conveyed lands and premises. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a bank wire, certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date the Confirmation Order is entered by the Court. All checks should be made payable to “Bendett & McHugh, PC, as Trustee”. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: June 23, 2022 By: __/s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren__ Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032



Support Groups VISIT SEVENDAYSVT.COM TO VIEW A FULL LIST OF SUPPORT GROUPS A CIRCLE OF PARENTS FOR MOTHERS OF COLOR Please join our parent-led online support group designed to share our questions, concerns & struggles, as well as our resources & successes! Contribute to our discussion of the unique but shared experience of parenting. We will be meeting weekly on Wed., 10-11 a.m. For more info or to register, please contact Heather at hniquette@pcavt. org, 802-498-0607, family-support-programs. A CIRCLE OF PARENTS FOR SINGLE MOTHERS Please join our parent-led online support group designed to share our questions, concerns & struggles, as well as our resources & successes! Contribute to our discussion of the unique but shared experience of parenting. We will be meeting weekly on Fri., 10-11 a.m. For more info or to register, please contact Heather at hniquette@pcavt. org, 802-498-0607, family-support-programs. A CIRCLE OF PARENTS WITH LGBTQ+ CHILDREN Please join our parent-led online support group designed to share our questions, concerns & struggles, as well as our resources & successes! Contribute to our discussion of the unique but shared experience of parenting. We will be meeting weekly on Mon., 10-11 a.m. For more info or to register, please contact Heather at hniquette@pcavt. org, 802-498-0607, family-support-programs. AL-ANON For families & friends of alcoholics. Phone meetings, electronic meetings (Zoom), & an Al-Anon blog are avail. online at the AlAnon website. For meeting info, go to vermontalanonalateen. org or call 866-972-5266. ALATEEN GROUP Alateen group in Burlington on Sun. 5-6 p.m. at the UU building at the top of Church St. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Daily meetings in various locations. Free. Info, 864-1212. Want to overcome a drinking problem? Take the 1st step of 12 & join a group in your area. ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS Support groups meet to provide assistance & info on Alzheimer’s disease & related dementias. They emphasize shared experiences, emotional support & coping techniques in care for a person living w/ Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Meetings are free & open to the public. Families, caregivers & friends may attend. Please call in advance to confirm date & time. Four options: 1st Mon. of every mo., 2-3 p.m., at


the Residence at Shelburne Bay, 185 Pine Haven Shores, Shelburne; 4th Tue. of every mo., 10-11 a.m., at the Residence at Quarry Hill, 465 Quarry Hill Rd., South Burlington; 2nd Tue. of every mo., 5-6:30 p.m., at the Alzheimer’s Association Main Office, 300 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 130, Williston; 2nd Mon. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., at Milton Public Library, 39 Bombardier Rd., Milton. For questions or additional support group listings, call 800-272-3900.

1:30-2:30 p.m. St. Johnsbury support group meets on the 3rd Wed. of every mo., at the Grace United Methodist Church, 36 Central St., 1-2:30 p.m. Colchester evening support group meets on the 1st Wed. of every mo., at the Fanny Allen Hospital in the Board Room Conference Room, 5:30-7:30 p.m. White River Jct. meets on the 2nd Fri. of every mo., at Bugbee Sr. Ctr. from 3-4:30 p.m. Call our helpline at 877-856-1772.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUP 2nd Tue. monthly, 4-5:30 p.m. Preregistration is required (to receive dial-in codes for toll-free call). Please dial the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline 800-272-3900 for more info.

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP The Champlain Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group will be held every 2nd Tue. of the mo., 6-7:45 p.m. via conference call. Newly diagnosed? Prostate cancer reoccurrence? General discussion & sharing among survivors & those beginning or rejoining the battle. Info, Mary L. Guyette RN, MS, ACNS-BC, 274-4990,

ARE YOU HAVING PROBLEMS W/ DEBT? Do you spend more than you earn? Get help at Debtor’s Anonymous plus Business Debtor’s Anonymous. Wed., 6:30-7:30 p.m., Methodist Church in the Rainbow Room at Buell & S. Winooski, Burlington. Contact Jennifer, 917-568-6390. BABY BUMPS SUPPORT GROUP FOR MOTHERS AND PREGNANT WOMEN Pregnancy can be a wonderful time of your life. But it can also be a time of stress often compounded by hormonal swings. If you are a pregnant woman, or have recently given birth & feel you need some help w/ managing emotional bumps in the road that can come w/ motherhood, please come to this free support group led by an experienced pediatric registered nurse. Held on the 2nd & 4th Tue. of every mo., 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Birthing Center, Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans. Info: Rhonda Desrochers, Franklin County Home Health Agency, 527-7531. BETTER BREATHERS CLUB American Lung Association support group for people w/ breathing issues, their loved ones or caregivers. Meets on the 1st Mon. of every mo., 11 a.m.-noon at the Godnick Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland. For more info call 802-776-5508. BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP Vermont Center for Independent Living offers virtual monthly meetings, held on the 3rd Wed. of every mo., 1-2:30 p.m. The support group will offer valuable resources & info about brain injury. It will be a place to share experiences in a safe, secure & confidential environment. To join, email Linda Meleady at & ask to be put on the TBI mailing list. Info: 800-639-1522. BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT Montpelier daytime support group meets on the 3rd Thu. of every mo. at the Unitarian Church ramp entrance,


CELEBRATE RECOVERY Overcome any hurt, habit or hangup in your life w/ this confidential 12-step, Christcentered recovery program. We offer multiple support groups for both men & women, such as chemical dependency, codependency, sexual addiction & pornography, food issues, & 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@, 878-8213. CELEBRATE RECOVERY Celebrate Recovery meetings are for anyone struggling w/ hurt, habits & hang ups, which include everyone in some way. We welcome everyone at Cornerstone Church in Milton, which meets every Fri. at 7-9 p.m. We’d love to have you join us & discover how your life can start to change. Info: 8930530, Julie@mccartycreations. com. CENTRAL VERMONT CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP Last Thu. of every mo., 7:30 p.m. in Montpelier. Please contact Lisa Mase for location: lisa@ CEREBRAL PALSY GUIDANCE Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a very comprehensive informational website broadly covering the topic of cerebral palsy & associated medical conditions. Its mission is to provide the best possible info to parents of children living w/ the complex condition of cerebral palsy. cerebral-palsy/ 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 Sun. at noon at the Turning Point Center, 179


So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. Tom, 238-3587, DECLUTTERERS SUPPORT GROUP Are you ready to make improvements but find it overwhelming? Maybe 2 or 3 of us can get together to help each other simplify. 989-3234, 425-3612. DISCOVER THE POWER OF CHOICE! SMART Recovery welcomes anyone, including family & 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. Sun. at 5 p.m. The meeting has moved to Zoom: smartrecovery. Volunteer facilitator: Bert, 3998754. You can learn more at We hope to return to face-to-face meetings this summer. DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT GROUP Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger & self-doubt are common. But there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, we’d like to share w/ you a safe place & a process that can help make the journey easier. This free 13-wk. group for men & women will be offered on Sun., 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sep. 8 through Dec. 1, at the North Avenue Alliance Church, 901 North Ave., Burlington, VT. Register for class at essexalliance.churchcenter. com. For more info, call Sandy 802-425-7053. 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 w/ others, to heal & to recover. In support group, participants talk through their experiences & hear stories from others who have experienced abuse in their relationships. Support group is also a resource for those who are unsure of their next step, even if it involves remaining in their current relationship. Tue., 6:30-8 p.m. Childcare is provided. Info: 658-1996. EMPLOYMENT-SEEKERS SUPPORT GROUP Frustrated w/ the job search or w/ your job? You are not alone. Come check out this supportive circle. Wed. at 3 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602.

FAMILIES COPING WITH ADDICTIONS (FCA) GROUP (ADDICTION SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES) Families Coping w/ Addiction (FCA) is an open-community peer support group for adults 18+ struggling w/ the drug or alcohol addiction of a loved one. FCA is not 12-step based but provides a welcoming & stigma-free forum for those living this experience, in which to develop personal coping skills & to draw strength & insight from one another. Group meets weekly on Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m., on Zoom. Check Turning Point Center website (turningpointcentervt. org) for Zoom link, listed under “Family Support” (click on “What We Offer” dropdown). FAMILY & FRIENDS OF THOSE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS This support group is a dedicated meeting for family, friends & community members who are supporting a loved one through a mental health crisis. Mental health crisis might include extreme states, psychosis, depression, anxiety & other types of distress. The group is a confidential space where family & friends can discuss shared experiences & receive support in an environment free of judgment & stigma w/ a trained facilitator. Wed., 7-8:30 p.m. Downtown Burlington. Info: Jess Horner, LICSW, 866-218-8586. FAMILY RESTORED: SUPPORT GROUP FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OF ADDICTS AND ALCOHOLICS Wed., 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Family/ St. Lawrence Parish, 4 Prospect St., Essex Junction. For further info, please visit thefamily or contact Lindsay Duford at 781-960-3965 or FIERCELY FLAT VT A breast cancer support group for those who’ve had mastectomies. We are a casual online meeting group found on Facebook at Fiercely Flat VT. Info: stacy.m.burnett@gmail. com. FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS (FA) Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? FA is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia. Local meetings are held twice a wk.: Mon., 4-5:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Norwich, Vt.; & Wed., 6:30-8 p.m., at Hanover Friends Meeting House, Hanover, N.H. For more info & a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. & the world, call 603-6301495 or visit 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 mo. on Mon. in Burlington.

Please call for date & location. RSVP or call 310-3301 (message says Optimum Health, but this is a private number). GRIEF AND LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Sharing your sadness, finding your joy. Please join us as we learn more about our own grief and explore the things that can help us to heal. There is great power in sharing our experiences with others who know the pain of the loss of a loved one and healing is possible through the sharing. BAYADA Hospice’s local bereavement support coordinator will facilitate our weekly group through discussion and activities. Everyone from the community is welcome. First and last Wed. of every month at 4 p.m. via Zoom. To register, please contact bereavement program coordinator Max Crystal, or 802-448-1610. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Meet every 2nd Mon., 6-7:30 p.m., & every 3rd Wed. from 1011:30 a.m., at Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice in Berlin. The group is open to the public & free of charge. More info: Diana Moore, 224-2241. HEARING VOICES SUPPORT GROUP This Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voice-hearing experiences as real lived experiences that may happen to anyone at anytime. We choose to share experiences, support & empathy. We validate anyone’s experience & stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest & accurate representation of their experience, & as being acceptable exactly as they are. Tue., 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-777-8602, HELLENBACH CANCER SUPPORT Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107. People living w/ cancer & their caretakers convene for support. INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS/ PAINFUL BLADDER SUPPORT GROUP Interstitial cystitis (IC) & 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 bladderpainvt@ or call 899-4151 for more info.

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 w/ 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 KINSHIP CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP A support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Led by a trained representative & facilitator. Meets on the 2nd Tue. of every mo., 6:30-7:45 p.m., at Milton Public Library. Free. For more info, call 802-893-4644 or email Facebook. com/events/561452568022928 LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE The SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at Pride Center of Vermont 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 info, & offer & receive support. Support groups also provide survivors an opportunity to gain info on how to better cope w/ feelings & experiences that surface because of the trauma they have experienced. Please call SafeSpace at 863-0003 if you are interested in joining. LIVING THROUGH LOSS Gifford Medical Center is announcing the restart of its grief support group, Living Through Loss. The program is sponsored by the Gifford Volunteer Chaplaincy Program & will meet weekly on Fri., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Gifford’s Chun Chapel beginning on Aug. 6. Meetings will be facilitated by the Rev. Timothy Eberhardt, spiritual care coordinator, & Emily Pizzale MSW, LICSW, a Gifford social worker. Anyone who has experienced a significant loss over the last year or so is warmly invited to attend & should enter through the hospital’s main entrance wearing a mask on the way to the chapel. Meetings will be based on the belief that, while each of us is on a unique journey in life, we all need a safe place to pause, to tell our stories &, especially as we grieve, to receive the support & strength we need to continue along the way. MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS Do you have a problem w/ marijuana? MA is a free 12-step program where addicts help other addicts get & stay clean. Ongoing Wed., 7 p.m., at Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski, Suite 301, Burlington. 861-3150.

MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP Area Myeloma Survivors, Families & Caregivers have come together to form a Multiple Myeloma Support Group. We provide emotional support, resources about treatment options, coping strategies & a support network by participating in the group experience w/ people who have been through similar situations. 3rd Tue. of every mo., 5-6 p.m., at the New Hope Lodge on East Ave. in Burlington. Info: Kay Cromie, 655-9136, kgcromey@ NAMI CONNECTION PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS Weekly virtual meetings. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, program@ or 800-639-6480. Connection groups are peer recovery support group programs for adults living w/ mental health challenges. NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Weekly virtual meetings. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, info@ or 800-639-6480. Family Support Group meetings are for family & friends of individuals living w/ mental illness. NARCONON SUNCOAST DRUG AND ALCOHOL REHABILITATION AND EDUCATION Narconon reminds families that overdoses due to an elephant tranquilizer known as Carfentanil has been on the rise in nearly every community nationwide. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid painkiller 100 times more powerful than fentanyl & 1,000 times stronger than heroin. A tiny grain of it is enough to be fatal. To learn more about carfentanil abuse & how to help your loved one, visit drug-abuse/parents-get-help. html. Addiction screenings: Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for a no-cost screening or referral: 1- 877-841-5509. 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 & St. Johnsbury. NARCANON BURLINGTON GROUP Group meets every Mon. at 7 p.m., at the Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, in 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 (& 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 & discuss your experiences & questions around infant care & development, self-care & postpartum healing, & community resources for families w/ babies. Tea & snacks provided. Thu., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring your babies! (Newborn through crawling stage). Located w/in Thatcher Brook Primary School, 47 Stowe St., Contact childrensroom@wwsu. org 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 & self-exploration. Fri. 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 w/ food, we have a solution! All are welcome, meetings are open, & there are no dues or fees. See for the current meeting list, meeting format & more; or call 802-863-2655 anytime! PONDERING GENDER & SEXUALITY Pondering Gender & Sexuality is a twice-monthly facilitated mutual support group for folks of any identity (whether fully formed or a work in progress) who want to engage in meaningful conversations about gender, sexuality & sexual orientation, &/or the coming-out process. Discussions can range from the personal to the philosophical & beyond as we work together to create a compassionate, safe & courageous space to explore our experiences. The group will be held on the 2nd Sun. & 4th Tue., 1-2:30 p.m., of every mo., either virtually or at Pride Center of Vermont. Email pgs@ for more info or w/ questions! POTATO INTOLERANCE SUPPORT GROUP Anyone coping w/ potato intolerance & interested in joining a support group, contact Jerry Fox, 48 Saybrook Rd., Essex Junction, VT 05452.

QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFE The Queen City Memory Cafe offers a social time & place for people w/ memory impairment & their friends & family to laugh, learn, & share concerns & celebrate feeling understood & connected. Enjoy coffee, tea & baked goods w/ entertainment & conversation. QCMC meets on the 3rd Sat. of every mo., 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the Thayer Building, 1197 North Ave., Burlington. 316-3839. QUEER CARE GROUP This support group is for adult family members & caregivers of queer &/or questioning youth. It is held on the 2nd Mon. of every mo., 6:30-8 p.m., at Outright Vermont, 241 North Winooski Ave. This group is for adults only. For more info, email info@ READY TO BE TOBACCO-FREE GROUPS Join a free 4-5-wk. group workshop facilitated by our coaches, who are certified in tobacco treatment. We meet in a friendly, relaxed & virtual atmosphere. You may qualify for a free limited supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Info: call 802-847-7333 or email quittobaccoclass@uvmhealth. org to get signed up, or visit to learn more about upcoming workshops! RECOVERING FROM RELIGION Meets on the 2nd Tue. of every mo., 6-8 p.m., at Brownell Public Library, 6 Lincoln St., Essex Junction, unless there’s inclement weather or the date falls on a holiday. Attendees can remain anonymous if they so choose & are not required to tell their story if they do not wish to, but everyone will be welcome to do so. The primary focus of a Recovering From Religion support group is to provide ongoing & personal support to individuals as they let go of their religious beliefs. This transitional period is an ongoing process that can result in a range of emotions, as well as a ripple effect of consequences throughout an individual’s life. As such, the support meetings are safe & anonymous places to express these doubts, fears & experiences w/o biased feedback or proselytizing. We are here to help each other through this journey. Free. SCLERODERMA FOUNDATION NEW ENGLAND Support group meeting held on the 4th Tue. of every 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 slaafws. org 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 avail. 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@ SOBER REFLECTIONS: WOMEN’S RECOVERY GROUP All women+ are invited to this open, supportive recovery group, based in the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (but appropriate for all addictive behaviors, i.e. alcohol, drugs, relationships, etc.) presented at Mercy Connections, 255 S Champlain St., Burlington. The format of the meetings will include readings, meditation, journaling, and sharing. No registration/drop-in. Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Info: kmercer@, 802846-7063, mercyconnections. org/schedule. 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 1 of our 3 free National Stuttering Association (NSA) stuttering support groups at UVM (join by Zoom or in person). Adults: 5:30-6:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tue. monthly; teens (ages 13-17): 5:30-6:30 p.m., 2nd Thu. monthly; school-age children (ages 8-12) & parents (meeting separately): 4:15-5:15 p.m., 2nd Thu. monthly. Pomeroy Hall (489 Main St., UVM campus). Info: burlington, 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., on the 3rd Tue. of every. mo. SUICIDE HOTLINES IN VT Brattleboro, 257-7989; 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 877-543-9498 for more info. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE If you have lost someone to suicide & wish to have a safe place to talk, share & spend a little time w/ others who have had a similar experience, join us on the 3rd Thu. of every mo., 7-9 p.m, at the Faith Lighthouse Church, Route 105, Newport (105 Alderbrook). Please call before attending. Info: Mary Butler, 744-6284.

SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE: S. BURLINGTON This group is for people experiencing the impact of the loss of a loved one to suicide. 1st Wed. of each mo., 6-7:30 p.m., at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 3 Dorset St., Burlington. Info: Heather Schleupner, 301-514-2445, THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP The Compassionate Friends international support group for parents, siblings & families grieving the loss of a child meets every 3rd Tue. of the mo., 7-9 p.m., at Kismet Place, 363 Blair Park Rd., Williston. Call/ email Jay at 802-373-1263, compassionatefriendsvt@ 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. TRANS & GENDERNONCONFORMING SUPPORT GROUP As trans & GNC people in the world, we experience many things that are unique to our identities. For that reason, the Transgender Program hosts a support group for our community on the 1st & 3rd Wed. of every mo., 6:30-8 p.m., either virtually or at Pride Center of Vermont. The Trans & GNC Support group is for Vermonters at all stages of their gender journey to come together to socialize, discuss issues that are coming up in their lives & build community. We welcome anyone whose identity falls under the trans, GNC, intersex & nonbinary umbrellas, & folks questioning their gender identity. Email w/ any questions, comments or accessibility concerns. TRANSGENDER EXTENDED FAMILY SUPPORT We are people w/ adult loved ones who are transgender or gender-nonconforming. We meet to support each other & to learn more about issues & concerns. Our sessions are supportive, informal & confidential. Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m., the 2nd Thu. of each mo., via Zoom. Not sure if you’re ready for a meeting? We also offer 1-on-1 support. For more info, email or call 802-318-4746. 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 w/ other like-minded folks., 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.




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YOUR TRUSTED LOCAL SOURCE. JOBS.SEVENDAYSVT.COM WALK-IN INTERVIEWS - MULTIPLE POSITIONS Elderwood at Burlington is hosting Walk-in Interviews! Join us on a Tuesday or Thursday from 10-4 starting August 9th for the entire month of August! We are hiring LNA, LPN's and RN's as well as other positions such as Dining Services and Housekeeping. We have many shifts to choose from as well as Full-time, Part-time & Per Diem. We offer Ferry Reimbursement and Tuition Assistance and ask us about our Pay in Lieu of Benefits program for New Part-time, Clinical employees! Be a part of a winning team! We are located at 98 Starr Farm Rd, on the right, just behind the school.


Vermont Tent Company is currently accepting applications for the following positions for immediate employment. Full time, part time, after school and weekend hours available for each position. Pay rates vary by position with minimum starting wage ranging from $17-$21/ hour depending on job skills and experience. We also offer retention and referral bonuses. • Tent Installation

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The Bookkeeper is responsible for recording and updating financial information for our companies and assisting with Accounts Payable functions.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ENGINEER For position details and application process visit, select “View Current Openings.” SUNY College at Plattsburgh is a fully compliant employer committed to excellence through diversity.


Help us keep our brewery and taproom looking their best. Evening & weekend part-time positions available. Experience preferred.

Vermont Adult Learning is seeking a Director of Finance. Oversees all financial management functions for Vermont Adult Learning. Responsibilities include: accounting systems and controls, purchasing, budgets, grant compliance, reporting, monitoring, audits, fiscal analysis and projection, staff and board training, board and funding source liaison, etc. Requires: 5+ years’ relevant experience, including accounting/financial management and supervision; expertise with accounting and spreadsheet software; strong communication and teamwork skills; Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration with concentration in Accounting (CPA or MBA a plus). Strong preference for: extensive background in grant and fund accounting; experience with, or working knowledge of, state and other federal grant requirements; human resource management. Full time, competitive salary, excellent benefits.

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A multifaceted position providing outstanding customer service in both our taproom and retail operations.

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BOOKKEEPER & CONTRACTS MANAGER Join our Team to nurture our shared economic prosperity, ecological health, and social connectivity for the benefit and well-being of all who live in VT. Responsible for general bookkeeping and contracts management in collaboration with Finance Director. FT salary between $58-$63k, great benefits, casual but professional hybrid work environment, and an organizational culture where people feel valued, are energized, and can support forward-thinking solutions to our economic, social and climate challenges. VSJF is an E.O.E. committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and a strong sense of belonging in the workplace. See job description at Send cover letter & resume to by 5pm 8/22/22.

Visitor Center Information Specialist GMC is seeking a friendly, dynamic individual to work 1-3 days a week depending on interest in our Visitor Center in Waterbury Center on Route 100. Weekend and select holidays may be required. $15 to $17 per hour. Responsibilities include: greeting visitors; assisting them with hike planning; providing education and up to date information regarding the Long Trail, the Green Mountain Club, and its mission; sales of GMC publications and other retail products; daily reconciliations of sales and credit card transactions; answering phone calls and e-mail inquiries. Apply online: Great working environment. Equal Opportunity Employer.




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OPTICIAN Optician needed for private optometric office in Shelburne, Vermont. The position is four days a week (40 hours/week), and there is no lab work. Duties include: • Fitting and Dispensing of prescription eyewear • Instructing contact lens insertion and removal • Insurance billing with help from third party processor • Dealing with labs and vendors • Eyewear adjustments and repairs Target start date is September 1st, with a paid two week training prior. Salary depends on benefits required and experience of applicant. For more details and/or interview, call 802-985-2210 and ask for Scot. Job Type: Full-time 9 hours a day for four days a week. Pay: $800.00 - $1,000.00 per week COVID-19 considerations: Masks are recommended in the reception area Send resumes to:

Heartbeet is a vibrant life sharing Camphill community and licensed therapeutic residence that includes adults with developmental disabilities and interweaves social life, biodynamic agriculture, and respect for the spiritual nature of all community members, for the healing and renewing of our society and the earth. Community members live and work together, in beautiful extended family households, forming a mutually supportive environment that enables each individual to discover and develop his or her unique abilities and potential.

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Support. Growth. Opportunity. Collaboration. Innovation. Teamwork. Are these missing from your career? Join the NVRH Diagnostic Imaging team today and Image Gently, Image Wisely with us. FT and PT employees are eligible for excellent benefits, including student loan repayment, generous paid time off, health/dental/vision, 410k with company match, and much more! APPLY TODAY AT NVRH.ORG/CAREERS.

ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT We are searching for a thoughtful and meticulous person to join our team in the Finance Department. The Accounting Assistant supports the organization’s financial and compliance health and operations. This position requires excellent attention to detail, strong communication skills, and demonstrated organizational skills. Responsibilities include a variety of accounting support, including vendor relations, accounts payable, journal entries, reconciliations and digital filing. 10 hours per week. Hours are flexible and most work can be done remotely, with occasional meetings at our office in Montpelier. Equipment will be provided to complete this work remotely. Experience with nonprofit accounting and QuickBooks is required. Full job description at Resumes and cover letters can be sent to POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED.


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NORTHEASTERN VERMONT REGIONAL HOSPITAL invites you to check out our exciting opportunities!

Reporting to the Executive Director – and in regular communication with Heartbeet’s central management body and householders - the Community Activities Coordinator (CAC) is responsible for coordination, and quality oversight of Heartbeet’s daily community activities outside the residences, which include but are not limited to its woodworking, felting and painting studios, farm, gardens, estate/landscaping and culinary crews, and Hardwick area employment opportunities. The Community Activities Coordinator will work closely with the householders to observe, plan and implement activities that facilitate learning, development and a sense of community contribution and meaning for all Friends. Requirements: • Valid U.S. Driver’s license. • Clean background check. • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships. • Demonstrated ability to work independently or as part of a team. • Excellent skills and familiarity with Google’s Suite of Productivity Tools. • Positive attitude, reliable, flexible, and self-motivated. • At least three years' Camphill experience preferred but not required. • BA Degree preferred but not required. • Please Respond with a Resume and Cover Letter. Full-Time Salaried Position: Monday - Friday Salary: $42,000 Benefits for Full-Time Employment include: Paid Personal Time | Health Care Expense Contribution | Paid Sick Leave Paid Holidays | Retirement Benefits Apply online: Heartbeet Lifesharing actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates and welcomes people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities, gender identities, religions, ages, and sexual orientations to apply; as an EOE/AA employer, Heartbeet Lifesharing will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law. 10v-HeartbeetLifesharing072722.indd 1

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Videographer & News Editor Vermont Public is hiring! We are Vermont’s unified public media organization (formerly VPR and Vermont PBS), serving the community with trusted journalism, quality entertainment, and diverse educational programming. Current openings include Videographer and News Editor. We believe a strong organization includes employees from a range of backgrounds with different skills, experience, and passions. To apply, visit Must be able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Vermont Public is a proud equal opportunity employer.


Performs routine maintenance and repair of residence, maintaining physical appearance of the grounds and building as well as ensuring that the building is physically sound and safe. Works with outside contractors as needed. Responsible for cleaning residents’ rooms and residence common areas including vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, polishing, mopping, disinfecting, etc. Discards waste into proper containers, replaces light bulbs and assists with any general housekeeping/laundry duties as necessary.

HOUSEKEEPER Responsible for cleaning residents’ rooms and residence common areas including vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, polishing, mopping, disinfecting, etc. Discards waste into proper containers, and assists with any general housekeeping duties necessary. $2,000 sign on bonus for each position. Send resumes to:

Join our expanding WISE Prevention and Education Program team and facilitate programming to end genderbased violence throughout the Upper Valley. We have two open positions:


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LINE COOK Full-time Opportunities for Line Cooks. The Line Cook is responsible for the preparation of nutritious, high quality meals in a high volume environment. External candidates are eligible for a one-time signing bonus of $4,000. NEW starting salary is $17.60/hour or more, based on experience.

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Engage adults in violence prevention through their workplaces, social gatherings, and community collaborations.

The Office of Human Resources at Saint Michael’s College is inviting applications for the position of Human Resources (HR) Systems and Data Analyst. This role manages important details and data to ensure timely and accurate payroll processing and is responsible for the collection and analysis of systems and payroll data. The HR Systems and Data Analyst leads the office as the systems subject matter expert and collaborates with Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium (GMHEC) and partner colleges to design, maintain, and facilitate business processes, documentation, and efficiency in how we leverage the system.

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Established destination map company seeks an entry-level candidate willing to learn the pre-press production work and promotion of the maps you know and love. Successful candidate will join a team of six and assist the production manager with daily tasks utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite and proprietary software, offer pre-press support to individual map owners during their map production, and assist the marketing manager with copywriting and various social media platforms. Position is full time, salaried with benefits & paid time off. Ideal candidate is outgoing, detail oriented, dependable, organized and a skilled communicator. Must have reliable transportation.

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Work with students, educators, and parents providing prevention education, student leadership to end violence, and youth advocacy for survivors.

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All Brains Belong VT is hiring a full-time Resource Coordinator. Because we live in a world that is often not accessible to people who learn, think, or communicate differently than the so-called “typical” brain, many of our patients struggle to access many essential, meaningful aspects of society. This role is being newly created specifically to offload our patients’ burdens of navigating complex, often inaccessible and extremely dysfunctional systems. Founded in November 2021, All Brains Belong is a 501(c)(3) community health organization in Montpelier that supports the inclusion and well-being of people with all types of brains. We achieve this mission through neurodiversity-affirming healthcare, education, and community connection. Full job description, visit:

Tax & Utility Billing Clerk The Town of Waterbury seeks to hire a Tax & Utility Billing Clerk to work in its Tax Department. The duties include performing utility billing and account maintenance for the Edward Farrar Utility District. In addition, the employee will be part of a team of administrative staff and will be expected to provide various services for taxpayers and other customers doing business with or seeking information about municipal services. Target date for employment is by mid-September. A full job description and applications are available at and may be sent along with letters of interest and resumes to: Or mail to: Michelle Ryan, 28 N. Main Street, Suite 1, Waterbury, VT 05676 Town of Waterbury is an EOE .




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The Office of the Defender General (ODG) is seeking an Administrative Services Manager II to join the ODG’s management team. This position oversees the financial operations and administrative services functions for the statewide department and is responsible for preparing annual budget projections, advising the Defender General (DG) about needed adjustments, reviewing past expenditures, projecting future needs, and responding to inquiries from legislators and other members of the criminal justice system. This position is also responsible for contract administration, property and space management, overseeing procurement of goods and services, safety and security issues, reviewing organizational structure, supervision of the department’s Financial Specialist III and co-supervision of three Legal Assistants.

Med administration, assist with personal care, daily monitoring of resident well-being and communication of resident needs with medical personnel and families. This is a fulfilling direct care position. Health Benefits based on hours, Paid Time Off, Flexible scheduling and 403B.

The ideal candidate has excellent communication skills and is positive, self-motivated, assertive, able to work under pressure to meet deadlines, and able to handle a diverse community of personalities and opinions. Prior management experience is highly preferred. Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business or public administration and four years or more of relevant financial experience required. This is an exempt, full-time position located in Montpelier. Salary: $61,963 - $97,156. E.O.E.

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DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR FACILITIES MANAGER In the midst of exciting expansion, including a new gym and academic building and an Outdoor Education Center, we seek creative, enthusiastic individuals who are eager to be a part of a vibrant, engaging, independent school community in South Burlington, VT. Full position descriptions found at:

Accounting Manager

Please email a cover letter and resume by August 23rd to Gina Puls, HR & Special Counsel, at


NOW HIRING Sign-on Bonus, Travel Allowance, Free Meal, New Wage Bands and Shift Differentials The Residence at Otter Creek, a premiere senior living community in Middlebury, VT is accepting applications for: Full/Part-Time Med Techs/LPN ($3,000 sign-on bonus) Full/Part-Time Caregiver ($3,000 sign-on bonus) Part-Time Dishwasher ($500 sign-on bonus) Full-Time Servers ($500 sign-on bonus) Full-Time Maintenance Assistants ($2,000 sign-on bonus) Applicants must be able to work weekends. Background checks required. Please email your resume to Kristen LaFlam at: The Residence at Otter Creek 350 Lodge Road, Middlebury, VT 05753

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The Payroll Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of processing payroll for RiseIT and its subsidiaries. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of payroll processing experience in a staffing and consulting industry. In addition to payroll, this position will be responsible for managing all state tax correspondence and registrations.

Established family-owned Alarm Monitoring Company, Home Security & Management, in Stowe is hiring. A Self-driven candidate with relevant qualifications and 3 years’ experience in accounting and office administration is preferred. Associate’s degree in accounting is preferred. Duties include: Payroll, AR, AP, Benefits Administration and some HR. Benefits include 401k, shared Healthcare Insurance, Dental, Vision, and Profit sharing. Send resume & letter of interest to

Duties/Responsibilities: • Responsible for bi-weekly payroll • Serve as first point of contact for employee payroll related questions • Maintain payroll records including direct deposits, benefits, withholding, payroll deductions, and applicable taxes • Comply with federal, state, and local legal requirements for multi-state payroll • Track leave and sick time • Assist with internal Annual Audits • Work closely with HR and Accounting to ensure accurate employee data and processing • Perform other duties as assigned Education and Experience: • College degree required • At least 5 years of payroll experience with ADP WorkForceNow • Must have multi-State payroll experience • Expert level skills with MS Excel Send resumes to:

Senior Clinical Administrator Sought for friendly, collaborative, statewide multidisciplinary mental health practice based in Burlington. Responsibilities include recruitment, risk management, regulatory compliance, contracting, and program operations and development. Active Vermont license preferred. Part-time clinical practice possible. Respond with CV to



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WEATHERIZATION CREW MEMBERS The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) Weatherization Program is growing! Pay starts at $20.16/hour! Do you have building trades experience or want to learn them with a focus on energy efficiency and building science? Do you want to help CVOEO tackle climate change, poverty and create healthier homes for Vermonters? We are looking for crew installers to fill our open crew positions. Applications from folks new to weatherization as well as experienced installers and trades people are encouraged. The work is hard, the reward is great, the benefits are outstanding, and the work year-round. If this sounds like you might find a career with us, we want to hear from you! The ideal candidate would have a High School diploma or equivalent; basic carpentry / electrical skills; ability to safely use power tools / equipment, including on ladders; and an understanding of building construction and materials as well as the principles of energy efficient retrofits. We are looking for team players with a positive, can-do attitude. This position is physically demanding. Desired qualifications include training in OSHA 10; lead safe renovator; and First Aid/CPR. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required. This is a full time position with excellent benefits. Please visit & include a cover letter and resume with your application.


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SEASONAL PARK ATTENDANT MT. PHILO STATE PARK is hiring. Seasonal park attendant position available through October 31. Up to 40 hours per week. Pays 16.32 per hour. Work includes a mix of office work and grounds and facilities maintenance. Candidates must possess excellent customer service skills, be team-oriented, and enjoy the outdoors. Join our team at Vermont’s most visited State Park. Vermont State Parks strives to ensure a workplace that is welcoming, safe and inclusive for all. Apply online at vtstateparks. com/employment.html.

SOUS CHEF Feeding Chittenden, a program of CVOEO, has an opening for a Sous Chef. In this role you’ll be responsible for planning and directing food preparation in the kitchen to primarily serve to breakfast program visitors. This is a full-time, 40 hr/week position. We’re looking for a highly motivated individual with a passion for the mission of Feeding Chittenden. Successful candidates will have a High School diploma, or equivalent, and a minimum of three years culinary experience; experience working with and supervising volunteers preferred; effective verbal and written communication skills required - bilingual abilities are a plus; and the ability to interact pleasantly and effectively with the public, staff, and volunteers. We offer an excellent benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance, generous time off, a retirement plan and discounted gym membership. Please visit for a full job description and to apply—please include a cover letter and resume with your application. CVOEO is interested in candidates who can contribute to our diversity and excellence. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. CVOEO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Cookie Love is looking for efficient, reliable, detail-oriented people to join our award-winning ice cream and cookie establishment. Must be able to work quickly and efficiently, understand the importance of customer service, and work well in a mature and collaborative environment. Experience in a kitchen or retail environment is helpful but we are willing to train the right person. Competitive hourly wage plus tips and benefits. Full/part-time positions available with flexible days/hours. Send resumes to:

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DRIVER Driver wanted for contracted transportation Monday-Friday. $20 - $25 per hour including health benefits, 401K and profit sharing plans. We provide vehicles, maintenance, fuel, and insurance. Must be reliable, have a clean drivers license and must be able to pass a background check. Respond to: Subject: DRIVER WANTED.

VHCB AmeriCorps Program Director Be part of affordable housing and environmental solutions by leading a well-established and highly-rated AmeriCorps Program at a nationally acclaimed organization, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB). As the VHCB AmeriCorps Program Director, you’ll both inspire and be inspired by AmeriCorps Members serving Vermont communities. You’ll develop valuable leadership skills, have ample opportunity to learn about and gain extensive access to the housing and conservation network in Vermont, and earn a competitive salary and benefits package, all while being part of a grassroots oriented effort to improve the lives of Vermonters and steward our natural landscape.

VHCB Policy & Program Director Put your considerable experience in policy and program development to use helping guide the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board’s (VHCB) mission of promoting affordable housing, land conservation, and historic preservation. As a member of our senior management team, you’ll help cultivate community development, smart growth, and rural economic development strategies that will address emerging issues such as climate change, pandemic recovery, and water quality. You’ll work closely with executive and legislative policy makers, and with partner organizations to positively affect the lives and landscapes of Vermont. Apply today to join a team of dedicated colleagues in a fast-paced and collaborative working environment directed at making a difference in the state. _________________________ Apply today! Full-time positions with comprehensive benefits. Read the job descriptions at: VHCB is an Equal Opportunity Employer and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Please reply with cover letter and résumé to: Positions will remain open until filled.

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AUGUST 3-10, 2022

Library Assistant Georgia Public Library (GPL) is accepting applications for a 20-25 hr/week Library Assistant.

MULTIPLE POSITIONS The Current, a nonprofit center for contemporary art located in Stowe, VT, is seeking multiple positions for our collaborative, expanding team. • • • •

Office Administrator Gallery Assistant Youth Education Manager Adult Education Manager

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Do you love books? Are you warm, detail-oriented, and flexible? Do you have good customer service skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite? GPL needs a personable bookworm to be responsible for weekly Storytimes, and other programming; interlibrary loans, and checking books in and out for patrons. For a detailed job description:

Bartender Extraordinaire We're seeking an experienced, talented bartender to run the bar program for our Dining Room, which offers fine dining, Tracks, our tavern with a more casual approach, and occasional special events like rehearsal dinners and weddings. You're passionate about cocktails, appreciate fine wine, and know your way around the Vermont beer and cider scene. *This is a full-time role that pays $18 per hour plus tips, subsidizes a Blue Cross Blue Shield health care plan, offers reasonably-priced nearby housing, and includes a Sugarbush season pass. Are you a Bartender Extraordinaire looking to play at a higher level? If so, let's talk. Email us at or call 802.598.8270.

Diesel Mechanic

Looking for a Diesel Mechanic to work on trucks. • Hours M-F, 7 am - 4pm • We offer benefits which include health insurance, 401K plan, life insurance • Vacation and sick pay • Pay scale is based on your experience.

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Two-lawyer civil litigation law firm focusing on plaintiff’s personal injury and employment law and located in Chittenden County, Vermont, seeks paralegal.

Seasonal Cheese Processing & Order Fulfillment Assistant

DUTIES INCLUDE: • Conduct client and witness interviews and maintain positive client contact. • Summarize documents and deposition transcripts and prepare reports for attorneys. • Research, investigate facts and develop legal arguments for attorneys. • Review, draft and manage legal documents. Prepare and file pleadings with the courts. • Support a mediation practice. • Provide reception, phone answering, and administrative management.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must demonstrate a strong work ethic, attention to detail, ability to learn and use law practice management, litigation support, electronic filing, and other legal technologies. Candidate should be self-starter and team oriented.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: • Full-Time. • Salary commensurate with experience. • Paid vacation, 10 holidays. • Participation in Simple IRA with employer match up to 3% of salary. • Employer subsidizes 90% of the cost of Health insurance. Please send a cover letter and resume to: Rich Cassidy Law 1233 Shelburne Rd. D5 South Burlington, VT 05403 or email:

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CLASS OPERATIONS COORDINATOR Are you passionate about health, wellness, and vitality? Are you ready to unlock your own electric potential and start living at your highest human potential? Join the team at Biofield Tuning as our new Class Operations Coordinator to help us promote the benefits of electric and whole health living with the world and help increase the happiness and well-being of the planet The Class Operations Coordinator supports the training department by conducting all activities associated with student training; including but not limited to inquiries, registration, tracking, venues, training manuals, and database & webstore maintenance. This position requires exceptional customer service and organizational skills as this individual is the first line of contact for people interested in becoming educated in the Biofield Tuning modality.

Seeking a dependable, hard-working, quality-focused individual to help cut and ship our award-winning farmstead cheddar cheese during our busy holiday mail order season. Apply at:

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LEAD & ASSISTANT TEACHERS Growing early childhood education program with four locations is looking for Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers. If you love working with children, we encourage you to apply. Education and experience are preferred; however, we are willing to invest in the right person. We are looking for team members who are willing to learn, continue their education, are good communicators, team oriented, and flexible. The right person will have and show a genuine love and ambition to play and learn with the children. Our beliefs are the children come first. We offer paid vacation, paid personal/sick time, paid holidays, paid in-service days, child care discount, and paid professional development. Email your resume to:


Small Engine Technician Looking for a take charge experienced repair technician (for portable power equipment, engines, hydraulics, electrical) for local portable power equipment sales and service company. Should have reliable transportation and desire to do top notch work. Would be willing to train as needed. Experience reading schematics and using computers is a bonus. Own tools is a plus! Saturday on a rotation basis is required. Apply at


RN Craftsbury Community Care Center

A Residential Level III Care Facility

• Daytime weekly hours are negotiable • Evaluate and monitor residents’ health and wellness on a day to day basis. • Oversee direct care staff’s provision of services including medication administration. • Collaborate with residents, their medical personnel, and families. • Flexible scheduling, medical/dental benefits, Paid Time Off & 403B Send applications to: kroberge@

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Are you highly effective in working objectively with a diverse group of people, groups and organizations? Feeding Chittenden, a program of CVOEO, has an opening for a Community Services Worker / Champlain Valley Food Network Coordinator. In this position you’ll implement the distribution of food to households unable to access local food shelves through direct household deliveries and by developing and maintaining a network of dispersed distribution sites throughout the local area, and play a key role in connecting neighbors to 3Squares (application assistance) and other federal nutrition programs. If you have an Associate degree in a related discipline and two years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and experience from which community service, advocacy and counseling skills or capacity are acquired; familiarity with issues facing economically disadvantaged and multi-cultural populations; effective verbal and written communication skills, bilingual abilities are a plus; proficiency in Microsoft Word, e-mail and internet; a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and access to reliable transportation; we’d like to hear from you! We offer an excellent benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance, generous time off, a retirement plan and discounted gym membership. To apply please visit and include a cover letter and resume with your application. CVOEO is interested in candidates who can contribute to our diversity and excellence. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. CVOEO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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Join the team at Gardener’s Supply Company! Join the team at Gardener’s Supply Company! We are a 100% employee-owned company and an award winning and nationally recognized socially responsible business. We work hard AND offer a fun place to work including BBQs, staff parties, employee garden plots and much more! We also offer strong cultural values, competitive wages and outstanding benefits! Contact Center Supervisor: We’re searching for a supervisor to join our Contact Center team! As the supervisor you will support and supervise a team of Sales & Service Specialists, coaching the team to continuously improve performance. The person will also maintain a high degree of availability for questions to be able to assist in resolving operational or customer service issues. Our ideal candidate will have previous leadership experience within a customer contact center and have strong interpersonal & communication skills. The shift is Sunday - Thursday, with closing responsibilities. Sales & Service Specialist: We’re searching for several Sales & Service Specialists to join our Contact Center team! These individuals will be on the phone with customers, building relationships and representing our company in ways that reflect our core values. They will contribute to average order size and strive for customer satisfaction on sales as well as service calls. Our ideal candidate will have previous service and sales experience and exceptional communication skills as well as the ability to research solutions to customer problems or to answer questions.

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AUGUST 3-10, 2022

School Engagement Specialist


Do you have passion for supporting students' school success? Do you enjoy collaborating with multiple resources to solve problems? Lamoille Restorative Center (LRC) is hiring a Full-Time School Engagement Specialist (SES) for their Lamoille Valley School Engagement Program team. Responsibilities include providing outreach and support to Lamoille Valley students ages five to 15, and their families, struggling with school attendance. The SES helps students re-engage with school by collaborating with their families, school and human services providers to identify and address root causes of school absences. This position is ideal for someone with a strong understanding of Vermont’s education and human services systems, excellent communication and collaboration skills, and the ability to work both independently and as a team player. This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package within a highly collaborative and supportive workplace environment. Submit your cover letter and resume to: LRC is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. WHERE YOU AND YOUR WORK MATTER...

Does the thought of impacting the future of how Vermonters receive human services intrigue you? Would you like to be part of the team leading the evolution to modernize Information Technology for the State of Vermont? Could you be part of the change in how the Agency interacts with its partners and customers? If so the Agency of Digital Services is looking for the right individual to join our team. The position will work closely with partners in the supported Agency and collaborate with other IT professionals in the development, implementation, and operation of new digital services and modernization of existing technology. For more information, contact Lisa Goslant at Department: Agency of Digital Services. Location: Waterbury. Status: Full Time, Exempt. Job Id #36242. Application Deadline: August 15, 2022.


The Division for Historic Preservation seeks an energetic museum director with a passion for history and interpretation to join our hardworking State Historic Sites Program. The Sites Chief is responsible for the administration, operations, curation, and marketing of 22 historic sites with 74 buildings, shops, museums, archives, collections, and trails. Become a part of Vermont’s heritage at the places where state and national history happened, stretching from Bennington to Fairfield, Windsor to Orwell. For more information, contact Laura Trieschmann at laura.trieschmann@ Department: Commerce & Community Development. Location: Montpelier. Status: Full Time. Job Id #38322. Application Deadline: August 10, 2022.


The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) seeks a team player with hands-on organizational, administrative and management skills to oversee $20 million in grants that revitalize our historic villages and downtowns and create vibrant community centers -- including $10 million to expand the network of electric vehicle charging stations. DHCD is remote work friendly. For more information, contact Chris Cochran at . Department: Commerce & Community Development. Reference Job Id #38341. Location: Montpelier & Remote. Status: Full Time, Limited-Service. Application Deadline: August 11, 2022.


The Division for Historic Preservation, also State Historic Preservation Office, seeks an energetic and passionate preservationist to join our hardworking and goodhumored Project Review Team. A successful candidate supports project partners through consultation of rehabilitation and development projects, identifies paths for no adverse effects, and is fluent with the National Historic Preservation Act. Join the SHPO in the preservation of Vermont’s cultural heritage. For more information, contact Laura Trieschmann at Location: Montpelier. Department: Commerce & Community Development. Status: Full Time, Limited Service. Job Id #38323 Application Deadline: August 11, 2022.

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PART-TIME The Department of Education at UVM is currently hiring a part-time Lecturer for an Elementary Education Practicum Course for Fall 2022. The course introduces students to the requirements and responsibilities of the teaching profession. On-site supervision is required. Qualifications include licensure and teaching experience in an Elementary School. The cover letter along with a resume or CV should be submitted to

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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THE VERMONT INDIGENOUS HERITAGE CENTER Develop, implement, & promote the cultural revitalization programming by: • Overseeing annual educational celebration programs, including: Vermont Abenaki Recognition and Heritage Week (May), and Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October). Overseeing coursework, which includes advertising, registration, financial aid, and technical assistance and creation of promotional materials for: • Semester and year-long courses, weekend workshops, and the visiting scholar program • Assist Alnobaiwi council and committees to implement and promote Alnobaiwi ceremonies. Collaboration and relationships with partners, including: • Maintaining good relations with the four Abenaki tribes and involving them in programming. • Coordinating with the Winooski Valley Park District and the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum on issues of joint concern. Financial responsibilities, including: • 30% of time will be dedicated to grant research, writing and oversight, as well as fundraising. • Annual budget creation and tracking. • Manage payroll, fringe, and taxes. Maintain strong health of the organization, including: • Recruitment and maintained membership of Alnobaiwi and volunteers. • Working with the marketing, web development and other consultants on developing the Heritage Center Brand & implementing marketing strategies to build awareness and cultural revitalization. Lead logistical management of on-site and off-site activities, including: • Coordinate and manage tours and field trips • Make sure that the Heritage Center facilities are in good order • Manage inventories (keys, equipment, materials) Send resumes to:

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Chabad of Burlington is seeking a detailoriented data entry specialist to assist with daily Quickbooks management and payroll. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who values accuracy and timeliness while working for a non-profit that has served the Burlington community for over 30 years.

We believe in the regenerative, restorative, and redemptive power of human community. We strive to create safe places and healing spaces wherein it is easier for people to build healthy relationships and make productive decisions to move out of homelessness. Our staff are courageous, tough minded yet tender hearted people. We need your help; we need team members willing to step into the gap on behalf of our neighbors experiencing homelessness.



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Competitive pay: shelter team members start at $18/hr and receive an automatic raise to $20/hr after 90 days. Case manager compensation starts higher and is qualification dependent.

The data entry specialist will work closely with the organization’s director to provide up-to-date financial details that help ensure the success of our programs and outreach activity. This is an excellent part-time opportunity for someone who enjoys being valued for their attention to detail as well as working in an active, upbeat environment. As our Quickbooks expert, you will enjoy a consistent, straight-forward set of expectations within a workplace that offers a unique combination of both stability and growth.


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The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are required to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. Serving as the front-line staff point of contact for the department, the Office Manager provides office, operational, and business support for Davis Center Operations & Events and the Department of Student Life. As a member of the Davis Center Student Supervisors Team, oversee successful selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of 5-8 Student Office Assistants. Utilize a variety of software to execute administrative and operational tasks. Provide excellent customer service to internal and external constituents. Actively pursue, foster, and celebrate the cultural awareness and diversity goals of the Davis Center, Student Affairs, and the UVM campus. APPLY AT UVMJOBS.COM (POSTING NUMBER S3717PO) Bargaining unit position. External candidates must complete a 4-month probationary period. Occasional overtime/weekend hours required. A probationary period may be required for current UVM employees. 5h-UVMStudentLife080322.indd 1


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CCS just raised their salaries. Significantly. And that’s on top of being a “Best Place to Work In Vermont” for four years running. All positions include a $500 sign on bonus and a strong benefits package.

Service Coordinator: Continue your career in human services in a supportive environment by providing case management for individuals either for our Adult Family Care program or our Developmental Services program. The ideal candidate will have strong clinical, organizational & leadership skills and enjoy working in a team-oriented position. $47,000 annual salary.

Residential Program Manager: Coordinate residential and community supports for a considerate, resourceful, wheelchair-using man with a budding talent for photography and political activism. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a team-oriented position, have strong clinical skills, and demonstrated leadership. Two overnight shifts are required for this position. $45,900 annual salary.

Direct Support Professional: Provide 1:1 supports to help individuals reach their goals in a variety of settings. This is a great position to start or continue your career in human services. Full and part time positions available starting at $19/hr.

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BURLINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITY (BHA) in Burlington, VT is seeking candidates to continue BHA’s success in promoting innovative solutions that address housing instability challenges facing our diverse population of extremely low-income families and individuals. Join us and make a difference in our community!

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN performs general maintenance work in BHA owned and managed properties, including building exteriors, common areas, apartments, building systems, fixtures, and grounds. Our Maintenance Techs are required to participate in the on-call rotation, which covers night and weekend emergencies. PROPERTY MANAGER provides oversight of day-to-day operations to ensure long-term viability of the properties assigned within BHA’s property portfolio. This position requires independent judgment, timely management of deadlines as well as discretion in carrying out responsibilities. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT serves as first point of contact for our customers in the Property Management office. This role answers the telephone and greets applicants and the general public at the main office, collects rent payments, provides administrative support to the Leasing and Eligibility Specialist, the Property Managers, and the Director of Property Management. **To learn more about these career opportunities, please visit: BHA serves a diverse population of tenants and partners with a variety of community agencies. To most effectively carry out our vision of delivering safe and affordable housing to all, we are committed to cultivating a staff that reflects varied lived experiences, viewpoints, and educational histories. Therefore, we strongly encourage candidates from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and women to apply. Multilingualism is a plus! BHA offers a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience. We offer a premium benefit package at a low cost to employees. Benefits include medical insurance with a health reimbursement account, dental, vision, short and long term disability, 10% employer funded retirement plan, 457 retirement plan, accident insurance, life insurance, cancer and critical illness insurance and access to reduced cost continuing education. We also offer a generous time off policy including paid time off, sick, and 13 paid holidays. And sign on bonus of up to $2,000. If interested in these career opportunities, please submit your resume and cover letter to: Burlington Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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NEK Broadband is a Communications Union District for all of the Northeast Kingdom and Wolcott. Our mission is to ensure that every premise with electric utility service has access to high speed broadband internet. NEK Broadband has an office and warehouse in St. Johnsbury, and performs much of its business remotely. We are an equal opportunity employer, and committed to a diverse workforce.

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VEDA has an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual to join its Commercial Lending Team as a Commercial Loan Officer in VEDA's Burlington, Middlebury, or Montpelier offices. Some remote work may be available after an initial period. This position reports to the Chief Lending Officer. VEDA provides financing to businesses and farms across Vermont, often in partnership with private financial institutions and government agencies. This position is responsible for assisting borrowers structure project financing and for analyzing, preparing, and presenting loan decision recommendations. Preferred candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in business, economics, finance, or accounting. VEDA offers a competitive salary and excellent health and retirement benefits. Other perks include flexible workplace, education reimbursement, networking and professional development opportunities, and satisfaction of working in a mission-driven environment. VEDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer and is interested in increasing staff diversity. We welcome job applications from all qualified candidates. To apply, please email resume & cover letter to Cheryl Houchens:

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AUGUST 3-10, 2022

Join the staff of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, an innovative funding organization supporting affordable housing for Vermonters, community development, land conservation, and historic preservation. We are hiring for multiple full-time positions based in our Montpelier office.

Finance Director Working with management and program staff throughout VHCB, oversee financial operations and supervise the Finance Team. Ensure compliance with the administration of various funding sources and lead the budget and audit processes. Work with the CFO to design internal controls and with the Human Resources Director to delegate roles for payroll processing, reporting, and benefits management. Read the job description for details and required qualifications.

Multiple Positions Open!

Housing Analyst and Senior Housing Analyst The VHCB housing team is seeking talented individuals to join us in helping Vermont deliver more affordable homes to solve the unprecedented housing crisis. As a funder, VHCB works closely with affordable housing developers, owners and service providers to ensure that housing developments are feasible and viable for the long term. We are a collaborative and diligent group of people who believe in VHCB’s mission to assist in creating more affordable housing for Vermonters. If you have experience and passion for affordable housing, this position could be right for you. We are advertising for both the Housing Analyst role and for the role of Senior Housing Analyst.

Hayward Tyler, a leading manufacturer of industrial pumps and motors in Colchester, is seeking candidates to fill the following positions:


Housing & Conservation Program Coordinator Join a team of dedicated colleagues in a fast-paced and collaborative working environment! We are seeking a detail-oriented individual to help us address the urgent housing needs and land conservation imperatives facing Vermonters today. Working across a wide range of programs and initiatives, provide support to staff, managing data (tracking, updating, and reporting information), and assisting with compliance monitoring and digital document management.





VHCB is seeking a highly skilled accounting professional for the role of Controller to work in a fast paced, interesting, and supportive environment. Manage the preparation of monthly financial statements, ensure accurate accounting and reporting of federal and state grants management, and support the management of VHCB’s loan portfolio, budget, and audit process. Applicants will have experience creating multi-fund financial statements and managing a complex general ledger as well as a working knowledge of governmental and/or fund accounting and GAAP, familiarity with federal grants management and federal administrative regulations.

Clean Water Program Manager


Are you knowledgeable and passionate about clean water, agriculture and land conservation? Do you have strong technical, organizational, and communication skills? Join our team, managing VHCB’s role as Clean Water Service Provider in the Memphremagog Basin, overseeing non-regulatory water quality projects. Working with state and local partners, help achieve Vermont's clean water goals using various strategies including conservation easements, land acquisition, wetlands restoration, and best management practices. Learn more and read the job descriptions: VHCB is an Equal Opportunity Employer and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Positions will remain open until filled. 12t-VHCB072722 1

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QUALITY ASSURANCE ENGINEER: quality-assurance-engineer/ We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. If you meet our requirements and are interested in an exciting opportunity, please forward your resume and salary requirements to:

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OFFICE SUPPORT PROGRAM GENERALIST Responsible for supporting the UVM CORA Clinical Rapid Response Team and Clinical & Translational Core administrative needs, as well as providing additional administrative support for the Center. Assist team members by coordinating and scheduling peer recovery coaching and mentoring. Provide scheduling and logistical support for a variety of settings including groups, individual clinics, hospitals, and homes, and help with follow up. Support other newly requested projects from HRSA by assisting faculty and staff as they disseminate content, trainings, education, support, and other evidence-based resources. Associate’s degree in a related field and one to three years’ related experience supporting lab or center operations and outcomes. Familiarity with project management, Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, and Power Point), and preparation of data and presentations.

CHILD PSYCHOTHERAPIST The Vermont Center for Anxiety Care, a private psychotherapy practice on the Burlington waterfront, has an opening for a psychotherapist with child therapy experience. Can be licensed or post-master’s degree intern. Collaborative group with holistic approach and multiple specialties. Clinical supervision towards licensure provided as needed. Visit website: Send resume and cover letter describing professional interests and goals to: Paul Foxman, Ph.D., 86 Lake St., Burlington, VT 05401 or email:

OUTREACH COORDINATOR Primary responsibilities include building and maintaining partnerships and communication with clinicians and partners in local rural communities as well as with national partners. Duties include developing and overseeing externally focused community services, resources, and educational projects. Additional responsibilities include providing leadership in utilizing practitioner expertise and coordinating clinician efforts to support UVM CORA programs, topic-based presentations, and curriculum components. Lead efforts to organize and oversee needs assessments and evaluations of UVM CORA clinical educational offerings.

Bachelor’s degree in specific or related science and two to four years’ related experience required, preferably in a related field such as behavioral or biological sciences, psychology, social work, or medical areas. Experience with productivity software applications required.

deliverables focused on identifying OAT providers/clinics who treat pregnant people, coordinating and organizing activities related to the Center’s other clinically-oriented programs, developing & maintaining processes for tracking complex Clinical & Translational Core activities.

Bachelor’s degree in a related field and two to four years’ of administrative experience supporting lab or center operations and outcomes. Proficiency with project management software and Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

RESEARCHER ANALYST Design and lead data collection efforts, conduct complex statistical analyses, and interpret resulting data for ongoing needs. Responsible for creating clear and useful data-based reports and recommendations for UVM CORA faculty and staff, partners, and stakeholders. Provide technical assistance on data collection, data sources, and statistics. Collaborate with the UVM CORA Clinical Core to plan and oversee research activities, validate methods, and evaluate progress and results directly related to UVM CORA’s recent supplemental funding. Master’s degree in specific or related science and three to five years’ related experience required, preferably in a related field such as statistics, behavioral or biological sciences, psychology, social work, or medical areas. Experience with statistical analysis software (STATA, SAS, etc), Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required.

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR The Administrative Coordinator will provide high-level administrative and operational support and leadership to the HRSA-funded UVM CORAResponsible for organizing, supporting and engaging in strategic planning for core operations, working with Center faculty and staff to complete HRSA-requested

RESEARCH PROJECT ASSISTANT Provide research assistance for the Education & Outreach Core. Assist in developing, implementing, and evaluating large-scale data collection and educational systems for rural providers across the US. Collect, synthesize, analyze, and report data on provider uptake and treatment outcomes. Prepare grant reporting deliverables including compilation of qualitative and quantitative data. Support educational activities and research new evidencebased substance use disorder best practices for curriculum and materials development. Bachelor’s degree in related field and one to three years’ experience in a related field such as behavioral or biological sciences, psychology, social work, public health, health education, or medical areas required. Experience supporting research dissemination including strong data, writing, and comprehension skills, and knowledge of how to translate research into evidence-based content and curriculum desirable. Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) required. Familiarity with evidence-based practices and research for opioid and substance use disorders desirable.


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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY REAL AUGUST 4-10 TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): Here’s my hope for you in the coming months: You will cultivate a specialty for connecting people and situations that need to be affiliated but aren’t yet. You will regard your flair for blending as a gift you offer generously. Can you picture yourself doing that? I think it will be fun and will also benefit you in unexpected ways. So here’s my proposed plan: Conspire to heal fragmentation and schisms. Unite heavenly and earthly things. Keep the far side and the near side in touch with each other. Never let the past forget about the future, and vice versa. One more thing, Taurus: Be gleefully imaginative as you mix and conjoin and combine.


GEMINI (May 21-Jun. 20): In a play by Gem-

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In the coming weeks, Leo, I urge you to always be confident that you are the party! Everywhere you go, bring the spirits of fun and revelry. Be educationally entertaining and entertainingly educational. Amuse yourself by making life more interesting for everyone. At the same time, be kind and humble, never arrogant or insensitive. A vital part of your assignment is to nourish and inspire others with your radiance and charm. That formula will ensure you get everything you need. I foresee bounty flowing your way! PS: Regularly reward your admirers and followers with your magnanimous Cheshire-cat grin.

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Aries poet Ada

Limón advises us to notice and love “the music of the world.” She says that praising and giving attention to the good things “are as important and necessary as witnessing and naming and holding the grief and sorrow that comes with being alive.” This is always a crucial principle to keep in mind, but it will be extra essential for you in the coming weeks. Your ability to attract the influences and resources you need most will thrive if you focus on and celebrate the music of the world. PS: I encourage you to sing more than usual, too.

ini philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, a character says, “Hell is other people.” What did he mean by that? One interpretation is that our fellow humans always judge us, and their judgments rarely align with who we really are and who we imagine ourselves to be. Here’s my solution for that problem: Choose allies and companions whose views of you match your own. Is that so hard? I suspect it will be easier than usual for you in the coming months, Gemini. Take advantage of life’s natural tendency to connect you with cohorts who appreciate you. Be picky as you avoid the hell of other people.

CANCER (Jun. 21-Jul. 22): The people most likely to succeed as entrepreneurs are those with a high degree of analytical intelligence. Right? Well, it’s more complicated than that. Reasoning ability and problem-solving skills are key skills, but not as important as emotional intelligence: the power to understand and manage feelings. I mention this, Cancerian, because the coming months will be a favorable time to advance your ambitions by enhancing and expressing your emotional intelligence. Here’s some reading to foster your powers: 1., 2., 3. feeler, 4. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22): In my Astrological Book of Life, here’s what I have inscribed about Virgos: You may not always find the perfect solution, but you are skilled at finding the best solution available. This will be an especially valuable knack in the coming weeks, both for

yourself and others. I trust you will scan for practical but compassionate answers, even if they are partial. And I hope you will address at least some of everyone’s needs, even if no one is completely satisfied. You can be the master of creative compromise that we all need. Thanks in advance for your excellent service!

tell them that you will not comply with any inhibiting directives. Your astrologer, me, authorizes you to be as vast and venturesome and enterprising and spontaneous as you dare. In doing so, I am speaking on behalf of the cosmic rhythms. Your plucky audacity has been heavenly ordained.

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): Everyone knows that “balance” is a key word for you Librans. However, there are many interpretations of what balance entails. Here’s how I define it for you during the coming weeks: 1. an openness to considering several different ways to capitalize on an opportunity but to ultimately choosing just one way; 2. the ability to see and understand all sides of every story while also knowing that, for pragmatism’s sake, you must endorse a single version of the story; 3. the capacity to be both constructively critical and supportively sympathetic; 4. the facility to be welcoming and inviting while still maintaining healthy boundaries.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In accordance with astrological omens, I hereby authorize you to worry, worry and worry some more. Stew and simmer and ferment as you weigh all the options and mull the correct actions. But when the time is right, end your fretting with crisp decisiveness. Shake off any residual doubt that still clings to you. And then undertake robust action to transform the situation that provoked your righteous brooding. In my astrological opinion, what I have just described is your best plan for success in the coming days.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Life is enchant-

ing for me because I have so much control over what I think,” my Scorpio friend Daria told me. “If I decide to flatter myself with comments about how attractive I am, I can do just that. If I would like to imagine a good fairy visiting me while I sleep and giving me a dream of having an orgasm with my lover while we fly over the Serengeti Plains, I can.” I asked her about the times when worries gush forth unbidden from her subconscious mind and disturb her joy. She said, “I simply picture myself shoving those worries in a hole in the ground and blowing them up with an exploding rose.” I bring Daria’s mind-management expertise to your attention, Scorpio, because the coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to raise your mastery over what you think.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): People

might impatiently advise you to relax and settle down. Others might tell you to stop dreaming such big visions and formulating such adventurous plans. Still others might give you the side-eye because they imagine you are having too much fun and brainstorming too wildly and laughing too loudly. If you receive messages like those, give the complainers a copy of this horoscope. It will

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I was look-

ing for a love unlike my parents’ love or my sister’s love or the love on a foreign kitchen floor,” writes Rebecca Dinerstein Knight in her novel The Sunlit Night. “I wanted to forgive my mother and father for their misery and find myself a light man who lived buoyantly and to be both his light and his dark.” I offer you her thoughts, Aquarius, in the hope of inspiring you to expand and deepen your ideas about the love you want. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to revise and reinvigorate your definitions of intimacy and togetherness. You will have extra power to see new truths about how best to create maximum synergy and symbiosis.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): “Even raw and messy emotions can be understood as a form of light, crackling and bursting with energy,” writes Jungian psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estés. For example, “We can use the light of rage in a positive way, in order to see into places we cannot usually see.” Likewise, confusion might be a healthy sign that a long-held misunderstanding is dissolving. Disappointment may herald the demise of an unrealistic expectation. So let’s unleash a big cheer for raw and messy emotions, Pisces! I suspect they will soon be your gateway to clarity and renewal.


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Irreverent counsel on life’s conundrums

Dear Reverend,

I’ve felt attracted to women for most of my life, but now I’m worried I might be gay or bi. Guys don’t arouse me, but sometimes I get nervous around them. When I’m close to a woman, it still feels right, but sometimes I get worried that I’m starting to have feelings for a guy. I’m not sure what’s going on. What are your thoughts?

Cautiously Curious

(MALE, 34)

GORGEOUS REDHEAD AT DUNKIN’ I go to the drive-through near St. Mike’s a few times a week, and your smile always makes my mornings. I have tried to build up the courage to ask you out but don’t want to make you uncomfortable in your workplace. I always order a caramel iced coffee and a couple of doughnuts. Let me take you out to dinner? When: Thursday, July 7, 2022. Where: Colchester/Essex. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915586 EXTRA-DANGEROUS JAYWALKING I was taking a quick walk with my dog between meetings. You were getting out of your green Subaru to visit someone nearby. Trying to be efficient, I walked right at you. We found ourselves staring at one another as we walked past, and my heart did a little curious head tilt. Did your heart do a head tilt, too? When: Monday, June 27, 2022. Where: near Winooski Westwood Community Gardens. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915585 RE: TANGLED UP IN YOU The first star I see may not be a star. We can’t do a thing but wait, so let’s wait for one more. I’m careful but not sure how it goes; you can lose yourself in your courage. When the time we have now ends, when the big hand goes round again, can you still feel the butterflies? When: Thursday, May 20, 2021. Where: across the stars. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915584 I HELD THE DOOR ... as you were coming out (right in front of Hannaford), and I held the door open for you. All I can say is: If I hadn’t been caught off guard by your beauty, I would’ve asked your name. Interested in getting coffee from someplace other than a gas station sometime? When: Thursday, June 30, 2022. Where: Jolley’s in Middlebury. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915583 REDHEADED GODDESS IN RICHMOND Our paths crossed three times in quick succession. You, with your luxuriant hair and flowing summer robe, were bedazzling, and I, in my distinctive summer hat with upturned brim, was instantly charmed. Your radiance and composure were self-evident, your beauty unmatched — even by the flowers you cradled. Peace. When: Thursday, June 30, 2022. Where: Richmond. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915582

Dear Cautiously Curious, It sounds to me like you have the occasional man-crush, and that’s nothing to be worried about. It’s totally natural for a human to be attracted to another human — and sometimes those feelings

TEST You were dressed in all black, carrying cat food. I was next to you in line buying cinnamon gum and an Arizona Tea and talking about my recent relocation. I should have asked you to put your phone number in my phone so we could share a vegetarian meal together. When: Sunday, June 26, 2022. Where: Hannaford. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915581

PIZZA EYES You: salt-and-peppery handsome at the table next to me. You were with two other people, and I was with three kiddos. Are you interested in more than just eye contact and smiles? When: Saturday, June 18, 2022. Where: Positive Pie, Hardwick. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915574

GRATEFUL IN THE ONION CITY Had hoped to show you that guys could put together a decent profile, but you disappeared. Hopefully you met someone good. If not, interested in joining you for a paddle, hike or bike. Have the toys; let’s use them. When: Friday, June 10, 2022. Where: online. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915580 PIZZA AND TRUCKER HATS You were wearing cute glasses and a black hat and hoodie at a table with friends at Fiddlehead. I didn’t have place to sit, so ended up finding a bench across from a couple on their first date! I bought a hat, and we had a look. Wanna say hello! When: Thursday, June 23, 2022. Where: Shelburne. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915579 OVERLOOK PARK PHOTO OP I offered to take photos of a dad with two young daughters. You all had such a warm and lovely energy. In an instant, I felt like I had known you a lifetime. Instead of laughing about spilling something on my shirt, I wish I’d started a conversation. I keep thinking about this lost opportunity of connecting with kindred spirits. When: Friday, June 10, 2022. Where: Overlook Park, South Burlington. You: Group. Me: Woman. #915578 CITY MARKET QT Saw you on Monday evening. My roommate asked you about the book you were reading from the other register while I was at yours. You had bright eyes and a warm smile. I would love to get to know you. When: Monday, June 20, 2022. Where: City Market, South End. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915576 YOUR DOG KNOWS WHAT’S UP I was walking back to my apartment when the dog you were walking clearly wanted me to say hi. To the guy walking the dog: You seemed really nice, and I’d like to get a drink. When: Saturday, June 18, 2022. Where: top block of Church Street. You: Man. Me: Man. #915575

develop regardless of gender. Besides, gender makes no real difference in the big picture. I’m technically a straight woman, but Lord knows I’ve had crushes on dozens of women over the years — I think the first was my thirdgrade teacher. I’ve never had sexual relations with any of them. If that does happen someday, so what? As long as we’re consenting, enthusiastic adults, it shouldn’t be anybody else’s business. Same goes for you. Try not to overanalyze your feelings, and just go with your gut.

TO THE BRIM I had a dream this morning where you are filling a fish tank to the brim. I say, “That’s plenty. That will do.” I’m sure there is meaning in that. I love you. When: Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Where: the beach. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915573 DEEP CITY You: black Foam T-shirt, jean shorts and boots. Me: eating with two friends, wearing a blue dad hat, probably looking dirty after a bike ride. Thought about walking back into Deep City after a drink at Foam and saying, “I think I forgot a connection here...” and it was you. But I’m not cool enough to pull that off. When: Monday, June 13, 2022. Where: Deep City. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915572 ACE OF MY HEART The years fly by like a book’s pages thumbed through my fingers. Your likeness is on every parchment, an imprint so profound that it affects the entire plot and the protagonist herself. You have brought such depth and color to my story. I patiently await the final chapters, clutching hands with you. —Dizzy. When: Saturday, June 11, 2022. Where: everywhere. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915569 TRAILHEAD ENCOUNTER We exchanged a few words about the trails going off Bolton Notch Road, standing in front of our cars. Perhaps we could talk some more? When: Monday, May 30, 2022. Where: Bolton. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915568 LOST AT DARTMOUTH You, tall brunette, nice smile, were lost at Dartmouth last week. I helped get you back to the main entrance. Wish I had more time to talk. Would love to see you again. When: Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Where: Dartmouth-Hitchcock. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915567

Sexuality is a spectrum. Nobody is all one thing or the other. As a good pal of mine likes to say: “Everybody is a little bit gay.” Of course, the reverse is also true. I’m certain there are boatloads of gay men who have occasional crushes on women, and lesbians who have the hots for men every now and then. In these times, we have way more important things to worry about than who likes whom, and it really shouldn’t matter. Labels are only useful at the grocery store, honey. Good luck and God bless,

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