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The Burlington City Council on Monday unanimously approved the school district’s request to place a $165 million bond on the November 8 ballot to fund the construction of a new high school and technical center. The district estimates that the project would cost $190 million: $134.4 million for construction; $34.1 million for soft costs such as design fees, project management, fixtures and furnishings; and $21.3 million for demolition and remediation of toxic chemicals known as PCBs. Property taxes would rise 15.7 percent over a few years. Assuming the bond has a 20-year term with a 3.5 percent interest rate, a Burlington resident with a home valued at $370,000 would pay an estimated $805 more in taxes per year. A resident with a $700,000 home, meanwhile, would pay $1,524 more. If it were approved, Burlington could build the first new public high school in the state in almost 30 years. According to the Vermont Agency of Education, the last one completed was Rutland High School, in 1994. Burlington students have been attending school at temporary digs in a former downtown Macy’s store since concerning levels of PCBs were detected on their campus in 2020. Before Monday’s vote, superintendent Tom Flanagan said the new school would serve as a community hub and “provide flexibility, accessibility, light, a welcoming and safe campus, and connection to the outdoors — all things we have heard matter to our students and the community.”

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He outlined measures the school district has taken to reduce the tax impact. The district plans to use $10 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, $10 million from a previously approved bond and $5 million in surplus funds. And school officials want to move more than half of the technical center’s programs — including aviation, automotive and manufacturing — off-site. A $10 million federal grant secured by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to expand the tech center’s aviation program will help fund that move. In June, the school district said it was in talks with electric aviation company Beta Technologies to locate some tech center programs at a planned company facility at the airport. Additionally, the high school’s two alternative programs, OnTOP and Horizons, will remain in their current New North End locations of Rock Point and St. Mark’s Catholic Church, respectively — which the district says will save around $5.6 million. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said he strongly supports the bond but acknowledged that approval would impact the city for years. “Burlingtonians who have long paid high property taxes will see significant increases in the years ahead ... and the community will have to defer other needs that we’re not already committed to for a significant number of years as we make this new commitment,” he said. Read Alison Novak’s full story and keep up with developments at

That’s how many people moved to Vermont in the year ending on July 1, 2021 — the greatest annual gain in more than a decade, according to U.S. Census data.


Democratic lieutenant governor nominee David Zuckerman donated his trademark ponytail to Hair We Share, a charitable org. End of an era.


A rendering of a northwest view of the new Burlington High School and Technical Center


For the second time, Molly Brook Farm in Cabot has been named Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. Milk it for all it’s worth!


Shelburne Farms cofounder Marshall C. Webb died of a heart attack while swimming in Lake Champlain. Terrible loss of a visionary leader.



1. “Burlington Police Officer Shoots, Wounds Man in Old North End” by Courtney Lamdin. On Saturday afternoon, an officer shot a knifewielding man in the leg. 2. “New Details Emerge in Manhattan Drive Police Shooting” by Courtney Lamdin. State police, who are handling the investigation, released additional details about what happened. 3. “Party Leaders Call On Candidate to End Campaign for Franklin County Sheriff” by Courtney Lamdin. A video surfaced showing Capt. John Grismore kicking a handcuffed man. 4. “Amid a Rise in ‘High-Risk Conflicts’ With Black Bears, Officials Urge Vermonters to Take Precautions” by Dan Bolles. Humans have reported hundreds of bear encounters this year. 5. “Balint Defeats Gray in Historic U.S. House Primary” by Chelsea Edgar. Sen. Becca Balint secured the Democratic nomination by a decisive margin.

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Vermont’s tick population is growing by about 5 to 10 percent each year, and more than half of the ticks being tested are carrying Lyme disease, state officials said. Yuck.

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When Sheila Liming moved to Essex Junction two years ago, she had a specific need for her new place: a soundproof garage. Liming, 39, wasn’t planning to bang on the drums all day or rip amplified guitar riffs — she just didn’t want to bother her neighbors as she blew into her bagpipes. Liming, who is of Scottish descent, is one of about 25 members of Montpelier’s Catamount Pipe Band. Its bagpipers and drummers bested 27 ensembles on July 16 at the Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival in Northampton, Mass. — the band’s first major win since before the pandemic. To celebrate, its members took a victory lap around a grassy knoll, playing the first song of their winning set: “Bonnie Hoose O’ Airlie.” “When they announced us first, I think we were all quite shocked,” Liming said. “But the elements came together for us as the result of the hard work we put in this spring.”

Liming is relatively local compared to some members, who travel from New York, Massachusetts and even Canada to march in the Catamount Pipe Band. While many of the players perform to honor their Scottish heritage, others say they’re simply intrigued by the bagpipe. Playing the instrument is as much a sport as it is an art. Band members must be in good physical shape and have excellent lung capacity. Liming, who competed with a band in North Dakota before she moved east for a job as an associate professor of writing at Catamount Pipe Band

Champlain College, said she shopped around the Northeast pipe band scene before joining Catamount. She liked that the band is split relatively evenly by gender, a rarity in the male-dominated world of bagpipes. She’s played since she was 15 years old. “I could tell that they were a pretty friendly and supportive group,” Liming said. That’s especially important in competition. Bands are judged on their ability to play in sync; Liming explained that 15 bagpipe players should meld into a single note. The Catamount Pipe Band regularly competes throughout the region and plays at Vermont events and parades, as well as at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland. Next up: The band will compete at the Quechee Scottish Games in Hartford, Vt., on Saturday, August 27. “It’s time to challenge ourselves to step up our performance before the next competition,” said Iain MacHarg, the group’s pipe major. RACHEL HELLMAN SEVEN DAYS AUGUST 17-24, 2022



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Just wanted to say what a great program you’ve put together in the Good Citizen Challenge. My daughter has been completing tasks all summer, and it has been a lot of fun for the whole family. We’ve learned tons about our town’s history and landmarks and place names; we watched the congressional Democratic primary debate as a family and talked about the issues together. (Honestly, I doubt my husband and I would have made the time to watch it without this little push.) My husband and daughter made our town clerk’s day by showing up at the town hall to do a deed search and talk to her about her job, and our family took a day trip to Montpelier to check out the Vermont History Museum and the Statehouse, which was such a fun day. This challenge has really given us something to structure our summer around that doesn’t cost any money, doesn’t require much travel and is fun to do together. So, thank you! I am a public librarian here in Morrisville, and I am already plotting and scheming a Good Citizen Challenge club as part of next year’s summer programming, to get kids together to work on challenges. Maggie Cleary


Editor’s note: Find a Good Citizen Challenge scorecard in the Fall Kids VT inside this issue. The deadline to enter is September 5.


Congratulations to all the Daysies winners [All the Best, August 3]! I’m interested to know how one gets on the ballot! I am the owner of Main Wellness Works, a local company that provides services in workplace health promotion, health coaching, fitness and yoga in a private South Burlington studio. Main Wellness Works is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is surviving the pandemic. Heather Main


Editor’s note: The Seven Daysies are our readers’ choice awards. Seven Days creates the categories, but readers write in to nominate their favorite people and places. To determine our Daysies finalists, and then winners, we simply tally our readers’ votes.


I would like to suggest that the wonderful restaurant articles you write include a physical address. I am 76, and it would be easier for me to try a new restaurant if I knew where it was located. Jean Parker


Editor’s note: With rare exceptions, such as the illustrated “Field Guide to Fancy-Pants Ice Cream, Gelato and Creemees in Burlington” (July 26), Seven Days does provide restaurant street addresses in print. They may be in the text of the article or in an info box at the bottom.



[Re Last 7: “Emoji That,” June 29]: What is Vermont Public? Here in Key West, Fla., there is a great grocery store, Publix. Could it be a new grocery chain coming to Vermont? Or maybe it’s a new public utility, or perhaps another public service board. How many Vermonters does it take to change a light bulb? Four: one to change the bulb and three to talk about how great the old bulb was. Yes, Vermont Public Radio has a nice ring to it; Vermont Public means nothing to me. James Dwinell KEY WEST, FL


[Re “State Auditor: Vermont’s Soaring Spending on Homelessness Lacks Vision,” July 28]: It’s worth noting the time and resources Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger spent on a new City Hall Park while simultaneously turning a blind eye to Battery Park — in the Old North End, of course. He allows folks to pitch tents whenever and wherever they want. Some are even migrating into the park extension going down Battery Street. A special few are getting free laundry and bathroom services, as they are utilizing the public fountain for those purposes. Bravo, Miro, on your utter lack of involvement in this matter! Jennie Elsman



Strange, isn’t it, how much pleasure you feel, watching the spirals of the sprinkler, sparkling their circles. Listening to their ticking stream and spray. Imagining the grass Rising to morning’s unqualified occasion. Votes are in, counted. Someone’s waiting to be notified. Two years from now. Another round of this. In our country, the pleasure of not knowing. You like thinking of the mind as lawn and pavement.

Seven Days eulogizing the Burlington Free Press is premature [“Stayin’ Alive,” July 6]. Like Kodak, which invented and could have debuted digital photography but bankrupted itself sticking with film, legacy newspapers chose denial. Meanwhile, innovation is replacing or reviving them: Seven Days is a weekly example in Vermont, as is a daily example. Family-owned since 1799, New Hampshire’s Keene Sentinel is another daily example. Exemplarily innovative, the University of Vermont’s Center for Community News is expanding nationwide, “training citizens at every stage of life on the ethics, mechanics, and skills of responsible local journalism.” Carrying their smartphones, these trained citizens can cover and file their stories from anywhere. Time was when local newspapers hereabouts had a stringer in every village — and avid readers. Time is when they can return with their local knowledge, holding one’s notebook, recorder, camera and typewriter in one hand.

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contents AUGUST 17-24, 2022 VOL.27 NO.45



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Magnificent 7 Side Dishes Soundbites Album Reviews Movie Review Ask the Reverend


Life Lines Food + Drink Culture Art Music + Nightlife On Screen Calendar Classes Classifieds + Puzzles 97 Fun Stuff 100 Personals

FOOD+ DRINK 38 Northern Exposure

Eating well on a daytrip to Sutton, Québec

Oh, Honey

Swaying Daisies Farmstand Market & Café buzzes with sweet treats

Trail Magic

Drinking Guinness with through-hikers at the Inn at Long Trail



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From the Publisher

Midway Memories

Trade Wins

Bartering helps Vermonters cope with inflation while building “networks of trust”

Farmers’ Dilemma

A permit pileup is leaving outdoor weed growers in legal limbo

How Balint Won — and Gray Lost — the Democratic House Primary

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A new book presents 100 years of images from the Champlain Valley Fair

Woke but Not Broke

Burlington’s Emily Eley offers “anti-capitalist” business coaching

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Frederick Law Olmsted’s role in shaping Vermont’s public landscapes

Trail Mix

Theater review: Women in Jeopardy!, Vermont Stage

Where the Wild Things Are


Learning about black bears with the Kilhams of Lyme, N.H.

Goldberg Variations

Street Smart

Stephen Jay Goldberg’s new book, Rants Raves & Ricochets

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear A drama. A romance. A comedy in which a character dies offstage via deus ex machina bear attack. William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is all these things and more, but Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater Young Company players have it under control. The student actors present this twisty masterpiece in a sidesplitting performance that features original music by members of the June Rock-It Science camp. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 66


For All the Saints The Afrofuturist poet and bass clarinetist Toussaint St. Negritude performs at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ & Village Meeting House in concert with the venue’s ongoing exhibit by artist Janet McKenzie. Responding to McKenzie’s racially diverse, religiously inflected paintings, the most famous of which is “Jesus of the People,” St. Negritude displays his trademark spirituality and expansiveness. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 71


Two to Tango Stowe Tango Music Festival 2022 presents a Night of Tango at Stowe Mountain Resort’s Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. Buenos Aires dance legends are soundtracked by bandoneon virtuoso and festival cofounder Hector Del Curto and a 25-piece orchestra of students and professional musicians from around the world. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 70


FULL BLOOM With its Sunflower House at the height of late-summer glory, Woodstock’s Billings Farm & Museum invites visitors to unwind at a free Sunflower Sunday. The morning features meditation, yoga, breathing exercises and mindful strolls around the garden, culminating in cups of herbal tea for all. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 71


Memories and Memoirs Johnson’s Vermont Studio Center welcomes author and University of Vermont professor Emily Bernard for a reading in the Red Mill Building. Bernard’s recent memoir-in-essays Black Is the Body: Stories From My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time and Mine explores her experiences of growing up in the South, moving to New England with her multiracial family, and learning, along the way, how to speak truthfully about race and racism. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 71



Vox Populi Montréal-based Haitian hip-hop star Vox Sambou makes an electric appearance at the Levitt AMP St. Johnsbury Music Series at Dog Mountain. Sung in Creole, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese and drawing on African diasporic genres from Latin to reggae to Afrobeat, his music is full of infectious energy and joy. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 71

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Walk in the Park The Bennington Museum and Jeffersonville’s Bryan Memorial Gallery present the joint exhibit “Parks & Recreation,” a group show featuring historical and contemporary paintings of Vermont’s many state parks. The Bennington portion features 19thand 20th-century works by the likes of Sanford Gifford and Milton Avery, who were painting at the beginning of the American conservation movement; the Jeffersonville show includes recent works by regional artists. SEE GALLERY LISTINGS ON PAGES 54 AND 55



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Learning Curve

To the extent that I can craft a well-written sentence, I owe it to a singular teacher at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md.: Roy Simmons taught me and countless other 10th graders how to read books that made us think. We’d be encouraged to take a position and use precise language to defend it. The man read every word we wrote and was fully committed to the improvement of our written and oral communication. He was also the school’s longtime debate coach. Another beneficiary of Simmons’ tutelage was Monique Taylor, the new provost and chief academic officer of Burlington’s Champlain College. Her husband, Ken Ellingwood, works for Seven Days as a consulting editor. Earlier this year, Ken and I were at a coffee shop, talking about the difficulty of teaching writing, when I blurted, “Roy Simmons,” with no explanation. I didn’t expect the name would mean anything to Ken, but in that moment, I felt compelled to say it out loud. That’s because I suddenly realized, 40-plus years after I graduated from high school, that Mr. Simmons was “the one” who gave me the skills to do this work. Yet I had never tried to locate the quiet, unassuming man — and thank him. Ken looked stunned. “Roy Simmons?” he repeated the guy’s full name with interest and intensity. It turns out his wife, Monique, and I went to the same high school — two years apart — and Simmons was her favorite teacher, too. She talked about him so much, in fact, that her husband instantly recognized the name. He was almost as excited about the coincidence as she was, when we finally got the chance to talk and compare notes. “He changed lives. That’s who he was,” Taylor said of Simmons. She said his Socratic teaching methods shaped her as a student but, more importantly, influenced the kind of educator she became. A Yale University grad with a PhD in sociology from Harvard, she’s worked all over the world and received numerous teaching awards. She recalled getting up early to attend before-school sessions in which Simmons would explain what was wrong with a paper, and, if you were willing to do the work, he’d give you a chance to improve it. He taught her that “revising isn’t just a thing that happens once; it’s an engagement with writing. He made me really want to chase that process and not just settle for All right, I’m done with this paper, and I could hand it in … It was fun working with him.” Taylor concluded: “I love teaching, and a lot of it comes from that man.” This week’s Seven Days includes the fall “back-to-school” issue of Kids VT, our parenting publication. It’s a good time to reflect on how incredibly influential teachers can be — especially as schools across the country, and in Vermont, are struggling to hire them. Simmons was rumored to be a conscientious objector and a Christian. Where is he now? Not on social media. I called Whitman on Monday to inquire about him, but the If you like what we do and can afford to help answering machine wasn’t working. None pay for it, become a Seven Days Super Reader! of the school administrators I emailed — Look for the “Give Now” buttons at the top of including the principal and the business Or send a check with your manager — responded. address and contact info to: Hopefully it’s not too late to say the words SEVEN DAYS, C/O SUPER READERS that too often get lost in the swirl of building P.O. BOX 1164 BURLINGTON, VT 05402-1164 lives and growing families: Mr. Simmons, if you’re alive and still reading — which, of For more information on making a financial contribution to Seven Days, please contact course, you would be — thank you!



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Burlington Police Officer Shoots, Wounds Man




Burlington police on Saturday shot and wounded a 20-year-old resident who was armed with a knife and had talked about ending his own life, according to Vermont State Police. In a statement on Sunday morning, VSP — the agency investigating the shooting — also said bullets hit two vehicles parked nearby with people inside them. One person was injured by shattered glass. On Sunday afternoon, VSP identified seven-year department veteran Sgt. Simon Bombard, 30, as the officer who shot the man. Bombard has been placed on paid administrative leave. MATTHEW ROY

Police at the scene of the shooting

Trade Wins

Bartering helps Vermonters cope with inflation while building “networks of trust” B Y R A CHEL HEL L M AN •


aitlin Nelson wanted to throw a housewarming barbecue at her new home in Belvidere. The thing was, she had no outdoor furniture and little surplus cash. Nelson had recently started a new job with a long commute, and the rising cost of gas was straining her wallet. Plus, she was helping to raise two young stepdaughters. So she decided to barter. Nelson made an offer on Front Porch Forum: homemade jam or eggs from her hens in exchange for used outdoor furniture. She was floored by the number of people who responded. Five jars of jam later, Nelson had scored two glass-top tables with matching seats and a pair of picnic tables. No money changed hands. This wasn’t Nelson’s first barter. She 14


and her husband have gotten in the habit of making extra jam specifically for trading. “It’s just like having a little bit of extra currency,” she said. Sometimes, Nelson trades eggs for blueberries from her friend’s bush, which she then turns into jam and trades for other goods and services. A double trade, if you will. Nelson has cleaned barns in exchange for fencing for her goats and swapped maple syrup to get a bike for her stepdaughter. She usually uses Front Porch Forum, the popular neighbor-to-neighbor platform, to offer exchanges but also has developed regular trading relationships with some of her neighbors. A few years into regular bartering, Nelson reports that

“money suddenly doesn’t seem so valuable.” Bartering has not only allowed Nelson to save money but has built relationships with neighbors she previously only knew in passing. And the practice has proven especially helpful at a time when the price of goods is rising. “My husband and I have always joked that if the economy ever failed, Vermont would thrive,” she said. The age-old custom of bartering may be finding new life in Vermont, though the picture is still incomplete. Anecdotal evidence suggests that inflation is breathing fresh energy into the practice, especially among younger residents. For TRADE WINS

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Police say Bombard and two other Burlington officers responded to Manhattan Drive around 3 p.m. on Saturday following a brief 911 call about “an unspecified emergency.” David Johnson, who lives on the street and whom police knew from previous encounters, was standing outside with a “large kitchen knife.” Body camera footage reviewed by VSP showed officers attempting to calm the situation with Johnson. Minutes later, Johnson “charged at one of the officers,” and one of them used an electric stun gun, police said. Bombard fired his handgun at the same time, striking Johnson once in the leg and hitting the two nearby vehicles. Police expect to file unspecified charges against Johnson, who was being treated at the University of Vermont Medical Center. The shooting was the second of the weekend in Burlington. Early on Saturday, two men were shot on Main Street in an unrelated incident. In response, acting Burlington Police Chief Jon Murad asked state police to send troopers to help patrol the city’s downtown. The last police shooting in Burlington took place in 2016, when police shot and killed Ralph “Phil” Grenon, a 76-year-old man who was having a mental health crisis. Authorities determined that the shooting was justified because the man had been wielding a knife. An independent commission, however, concluded that numerous missteps by both Burlington police and the Howard Center, a nonprofit that provides crisis and counseling services, had led to the man’s death. m


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A permit pileup is leaving outdoor weed growers in legal limbo BY D ERE K BROU WER •


n her remote land in Woodbury, Jezebel Crow wants to start a weed farm. Crow, who raises goats and works in the Plainfield Co-op’s produce department, is like many of the Vermonters seeking to supply sun-grown cannabis to the new recreational marketplace: She has experience growing, little startup cash and serious misgivings about ceding to government regulation. Nonetheless, Crow set her doubts aside for the chance to cultivate on a commercial scale. In the spring, she applied to the state’s Cannabis Control Board for a license to grow up to 125 plants and bought seedlings so she’d be ready for the summer grow season.



Months later, her license still hasn’t come through. Between fees and materials, Crow has spent roughly $3,000 with nothing to show for it, save for seedlings that she can’t legally use. “I was just trying to — for once in my life — square up, get licensed, be a good citizen,” she said. Instead, Crow said, she got “crushed.” Outdoor cultivators have lined up to participate in the first year of Vermont’s retail market. But while many have gotten their licenses and are poised to cash in come fall, dozens remain in legal limbo as the control board — an ill-equipped state agency on its maiden voyage — has struggled to process the flood of timesensitive applications. Some growers, desperate to salvage what they could of the growing season, started planting while their licenses were pending, a step that is technically illegal and has led to yet more confusion, anxiety and frustration. Licensing delays may exacerbate an anticipated supply shortage when retail sales become legal in October. To some Vermont growers, the process has already confirmed their suspicions about

regulated weed, which could prove a boon to the underground market. “It’s the tyranny of bureaucracy,” said one recently licensed grower in southern Vermont, who expects to reap only a partial harvest this year because of application delays. James Pepper, chair of the Cannabis Control Board, has said repeatedly that the board is working hard to make sure entrepreneurs know the rules so they can succeed — which, ultimately, is what the board wants. The rules were written to encourage small cultivators who may have been growing on the black market to go legit. But Pepper acknowledged that the first several months haven’t gone as smoothly as he’d hoped. Outdoor cultivators were expected to produce only a fraction of the weed that winds up on retail shelves, according to a consultant hired by the state, who projected that 20 percent of cultivators would grow outdoors compared to 80 percent indoors. “Instead of 20 percent, it’s closer to 60 percent,” Pepper said. That shift could impact the state’s projections on cannabis supply and lead to a dearth of weed this fall and winter. Unlike their indoor counterparts, outdoor growers had a strong incentive to apply for licenses as soon as the control board began accepting applications in April and May: the state’s short growing season. Most wanted to plant by the end of June to get a full harvest. But as of last week, the board had approved just 87 outdoor cultivation licenses, out of more than 130 applications. The fault does not rest entirely with the Cannabis Control Board. Its members were not seated until April 2021, months behind schedule, and lawmakers didn’t approve the board’s full licensing scheme until March of this year. The agency entered the first licensing cycle this spring with what Pepper described as a “skeleton crew,” though it has since hired more staff. The industry was also waylaid by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which refused to help process background checks for cannabis business owners in Vermont and several other states. The board instead scrambled to find a private vendor who could conduct the checks FARMERS’ DILEMMA

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Her State Rep Wavered on Abortion, So She Ran Against Him — and Won B Y C O L I N F L AN D E RS

Political candidates come with all sorts of motivations. Some see running for office as the best way to make a name for themselves — or maybe even a difference. And some cite a specific moment that spurred them into action. For Chea Waters Evans, that moment came on February 8, when her state rep, Michael Yantachka (D-Charlotte), voted against a proposed amendment to enshrine a woman’s right to an abortion in Vermont’s constitution, making him one of only two Democratic lawmakers to do so. “I got mad, basically,” said Evans, a local journalist who lives in Charlotte. Her anger intensified when, three months later, a leaked draft opinion previewed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade. Yantachka underwent a change of heart shortly afterward, but it was too late. Evans decided to challenge Yantachka in the Democratic primary — and she won, earning 61 more votes than the six-term incumbent. She now heads to the general election, where she’s expected to win. Both candidates agree that Yantachka’s flip-flop on the abortion question played a role in the verdict. “It was the one thing that people kept bringing up to me over and over again, especially women,” Evans said. Yantachka originally supported the abortion amendment, known to most as “Prop 5,” when it first came before lawmakers in 2019. But he said an outpouring of emails and postcards from anti-abortion groups and constituents gave him second thoughts about how it might impact late-term abortions — which he does not support. So when House lawmakers were asked to approve the amendment one final time before sending it to voters in November, he voted against it. While Yantachka’s vote flew under the radar for much of the legislative session, a May 19 story in the Charlotte News trained the spotlight on him. In it, Yantachka explained his reasoning and said he didn’t think the vote would come back to bite him at the polls. The story prompted an immediate outcry from constituents. Soon after, Yantachka changed his mind — again — and announced that he would be voting in favor of the question when it goes before voters this November. Fresh off his electoral loss, Yantachka said he regretted his vote: “If I were going to do it over again, I’d vote for it.” m



Trade Wins « P.14 money-strapped Vermonters — in rural and urban areas alike — advocates say trading goods and services offers a way to help make ends meet, while strengthening community ties in the process. Bartering can help individuals and rural communities build resiliency outside the money economy during trying times, said Jane Kolodinsky, director of the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont. Kolodinsky, who studies the ways rural communities adjust to adversity, said bartering is a potent tool: “If you’re just on the edge, it might keep you on the good edge instead of falling off the cliff.” In addition, bartering is by nature a highly local practice and can promote networks of trust, she said. Some bartering looks less like trading and more like a kind of giving. Elizabeth Echeverria, owner of Hawthorn Meadow Farmstead in Craftsbury, said she gives surplus veggies to her neighbors without a specific expectation of anything in return. “When this can naturally work and balance, it’s far nicer than a formal bartering system,” Echeverria said. “The approach is less self-centered and is simply fueled by moments of abundance.” In fact, farming and bartering often make a natural fit. By trading surplus crops or livestock, farmers are better able to weather unpredictable seasons and slim financial margins. Farmers market sales can be hit or miss, and unsold vegetables can go to waste. For that reason, after-hours bartering at the Capital City Farmers Market is a common practice among sellers. Kevin Foy, owner of Black Locust Farm in Randolph Center, said trading the meat he raises with other sellers is how he gets most of his food. At the beginning of the market day, Foy scopes out produce he wants and makes offers to trade. At the end of the market, he takes unsold produce off his friends’ hands. He said that from a philosophical standpoint, bartering feels right. “It’s much better than it going in the compost,” Foy said, “and we can get some veggies from it, too.” Kayleigh Boyle of Breadseed Farm in Craftsbury said after-market bartering has allowed her to bypass grocery store shopping entirely and avoid the dramatic increase in the cost of food in recent months. Boyle trades the vegetables she grows for food she doesn’t produce, such as meat and milk. “With grocery prices, [bartering] is something my partner, Doug, and I have definitely talked about,” Boyle said. “We’ve been trying to stretch our milk until we can trade the next week, versus going to buy retail.” Some bartering systems, such as the Onion River Exchange, are much more formal. The Montpelier-based swap is a so-called time bank, meaning that

members exchange skills and talents, paying with time instead of money. Community members can log time spent on a task for someone else — such as gardening, knitting or even accounting — in exchange for an equal amount of time spent on a task of their choice. Time-banking is what initially drew Evan Chartier, a resident of Wolcott, to bartering, which is how he now meets most of his basic needs. He hasn’t paid rent for three years and instead trades for places to live. Chartier turned to bartering several years ago while he was living in Boston and found himself in need of a stud finder. Although Chartier had lived in the city for four years, he realized he didn’t know a single neighbor whom he



could ask for the tool. That motivated him to join a Boston time bank similar to the Onion River Exchange. “All of a sudden, I knew my neighbors,” Chartier recalled. “It felt really good.” Since moving to Vermont, Chartier has undertaken bartering projects of increasing scale. He’s remodeled part of a home in exchange for staying in a trailer on the property and swapped odd carpentry jobs for fresh produce. One of his favorite trades was with a neighbor renovating her childhood home. Chartier planted a couple of blueberry bushes in exchange for unwanted tools she had found in the home. To the neighbor, the leftovers were junk. For Chartier, who enjoys restoring old tools, they were a major score. That’s one reason Chartier loves bartering: It allows personal, rather than monetary, value to guide trading. Foy, the meat farmer, has noticed that other sellers most often try to give him more than he’s asking for, rather than haggle for their goods. They appreciate that he’s helping them get value for produce that would otherwise go bad, he said. This same bartering spirit is spreading into larger communities that have had a less robust trading tradition. Holly Danger created the Facebook page Burlington Barter in 2020. The group has grown to 1,100 members and is meant to be a place where people can meet their needs without money, while helping foster

community connections. “It empowers people to ask for what they need,” Danger said. “They can ask for something of value and not feel like they’re asking for charity.” The Burlington group’s posts have a more modern, urban feel than those in rural Vermont. One member was searching recently for someone to create social media content for her skin care studio. She offered skin care products in exchange for some posts. Another person had a new AC unit up for grabs. In exchange, he wanted either mechanic work on his car, a yard umbrella, some crystals or haircuts on an ongoing basis. Danger said users in the Facebook group largely have been fair and courteous — the biggest issue has been spam, not unfair trades. She has noticed a modest uptick in members since inflation began driving up the cost of goods. Members of the Burlington group represent a wide range of ages, from college students to the elderly. Bartering fans say the practice turns out to be an effective way to bridge age gaps. Chartier said he often barters with older neighbors who can’t do certain manual tasks but have knowledge or skills that are of value to him. Nelson, the jam maker, knows the feeling. An older friend of hers has an oldfashioned cider press but can no longer bend over to pick up apples from the ground. So Nelson and her husband spend a day every fall collecting apples for their friend, who then runs them through his press. Nelson ends up with 15 gallons of free apple cider and a deeper sense of kinship with her friend. The bartering phenomenon has given rise to similar tales. Danger knows of a handful of unlikely friendships that were sparked through the Burlington Barter page. Boyle, of Breadseed Farm, befriended a neighbor by swapping cucumbers for mason jars. And Chartier grew so close to an older community member with whom he regularly traded that he was heartbroken when the friend died of cancer. Kolodinsky predicts that continuing price inflation will spur more bartering. While trading goods and services can be a creative strategy for getting by in a tricky moment, Kolodinsky says a less obvious by-product of the boost in bartering may lie elsewhere: an opportunity to “actually build back more community.” m Rachel Hellman covers Vermont’s small towns. She 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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Sen. Becca Balint on primary night in Brattleboro



hen Becca Balint addressed the crowd at her primary night victory celebration in Brattleboro, she said she had steeled herself for a long night and a close finish. Despite two recent polls that had shown her with a double-digit lead over Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, her top rival in the Democratic primary for the state’s U.S. House seat, the Vermont Senate president pro tempore had warned her campaign team against heedless optimism. But the polls were onto something: Balint won quickly and decisively, garnering 59 percent of the vote to Gray’s 36. For months, the marquee race of this election season had seemed like a much tighter contest; in fact, in its early days, the primary had looked like Gray’s to lose. She had statewide name recognition from her official post, institutional support within the Democratic establishment and an elevator pitch that seemed precisionengineered to appeal to Vermonters who value homegrown talent: She was born and raised on a farm in South Newbury, worked on Capitol Hill and abroad, and, after a stint as an assistant attorney general and a successful 2020 run for lieutenant governor, was seeking to represent her home state in Congress. Gray cast herself as a pragmatic liberal in the tradition of two of her former bosses — U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), whom she hoped to succeed, and retiring U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), whose seat Welch is seeking. Leahy, for whom Gray interned as an undergraduate, tacitly endorsed her by donating to her campaign through his political action committee and announcing that he had voted for her. Balint, a former middle school teacher from Brattleboro, had never run statewide, and at the outset of her campaign, she was relatively unknown outside southeastern Vermont and Statehouse circles. In a January Vermont Public poll, only 7 percent of respondents said they would vote for her. But in early summer, as the candidates ricocheted from meet and greets to debates to parades, Balint began to close the name-recognition gap that had been one of Gray’s biggest advantages. In late July, political action committee-sponsored pro-Balint mailers and advertisements diminished that gap even further. By the time Leahy disclosed his support for his

former intern in the weeks before the election, it was Balint, not Gray, who appeared to have the momentum. On the campaign trail, Balint displayed an unaffected warmth. She gave hugs. She cracked jokes. She rolled up to events in her yellow Honda Fit, a spunky little woman in a spunky little car. “Becca’s superpower is what her face does as you’re speaking to her,” Sen. Phil Baruth (D/PChittenden) said. “She just radiates so much emotion back to you, and you can see that she finds what you’re saying interesting, saddening, exhilarating.” She showed people a more vulnerable side, too: Balint, who is Jewish and gay, talked openly about her grandfather’s murder by Nazis in the Holocaust and about her own struggle to find acceptance. While Gray had no policy-making experience, Balint could supplement her personal appeal with her legislative accomplishments on issues of particular urgency, including gun control and abortion access. Shortly after U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) threw his weight behind Balint, in early July, an internal poll by the Balint campaign showed its candidate 19 points ahead of Gray. Meanwhile, Gray stuck to her talking points — her farm upbringing, her “nearly half decade working in and with Congress,” her commitment to upholding

the legacies of Welch and Leahy. By late July, she’d added to the rotation a vociferous condemnation of the money flowing into Balint’s camp from political action committees, which spent a total of nearly $1.6 million on Balint’s behalf. But, ultimately, Gray’s efforts to demonize PAC spending and her promise to carry on the Golden Age of Leahy failed to galvanize primary voters. In the end, the race became as much a contest between institutionalism and progressivism as it was a contest of authenticity. “I think there was a feeling among voters that Vermont is bigger than this sort of ‘farm-girl-made-good’ story,” said Julia Barnes, an adviser to Balint and a former executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party. “What folks are really looking for is a person whose openness and vulnerability connects with their own, particularly after the pandemic.” At a time of widespread disillusionment with the country’s political institutions, Barnes said, Gray’s message of continuity struck the wrong note. “It was so easy to campaign for Becca,” said Quinn Pidgeon, a rising junior at Middlebury College who worked on her field team. “She’s so genuine and caring and kind. It felt like all we had to do was literally tell people about her and what she had done. And I think that’s how we

won.” In the four days leading up to the primary, Pidgeon and his fellow staffers and volunteers knocked on more than 15,000 doors; Gray’s team reached just 5,000. The Gray camp has remained loyal to its narrative that the PAC expenditures on Balint’s behalf likely had more influence on the outcome of the race than the Balint campaign’s own get-out-the-vote efforts. “Becca didn’t close the name-recognition gap,” said Carolyn Dwyer, a longtime Democratic operative and Leahy aide who served as an adviser to Gray. What made the difference, Dwyer contended, was “$1.6 million in television, digital and mail pieces.” But Matthew Dickinson, a professor of political science at Middlebury College, thinks the Gray campaign erred in its relentless focus on outside spending. “I don’t think that resonated with a lot of Vermont voters, particularly since much of the outside spending was coming from groups that support LGBTQ candidates,” Dickinson said. The LGBTQ Victory Fund Federal PAC, one of four political action committees that shelled out for Balint during the primary, spent nearly $1 million to support her candidacy. “It just seemed that the Gray campaign … [came] close to being viewed as attacking the ideals for which that group stood,” Dickinson said. “It wasn’t as if Becca was getting money from, you know, the Koch brothers.” In late July, Joie Finley, an organizer of a pride parade in White River Junction, told that she and her fellow coordinators were troubled enough by Gray’s comments on PAC spending that they asked her to clarify her position on LGBTQ rights before permitting her to attend the event. In the end, Gray marched. But there was another problem: The parade was held on the same day as a forum on racial justice hosted by the Rutland area and Windham County branches of the NAACP. Gray had promised to attend, along with the rest of the Democratic and Republican U.S. House candidates, but she canceled at the last minute. (Gray’s campaign manager, Samantha Sheehan, later said Gray was “triple-booked” and had asked to participate virtually, which the organizers told her would not be possible.) Gray’s

the possession of small amounts of drugs, leaned more progressive than Gray. The biggest difference between their platforms, Dickinson said, was in the tone of their messaging. Balint, for instance, has promised to fight for the Green New Deal, a sweeping restructuring of the economy and national infrastructure to end fossil fuel dependence. While Gray also said she would support a Green New Deal, she was more focused on incremental milestones in addressing climate change, such as reducing the cost of electric vehicles.






absence did not go over well, and Mia Schultz and Steffen Gillom of the NAACP made no secret of their disapproval. In a statement at the time, they said they were “profoundly disappointed that there are candidates who decided to deprioritize the only forum addressing racial justice and civil rights.” If Gray stumbled in the final weeks of the race, Balint got a major boost when Sanders endorsed her, then barnstormed with her and mobilized his fundraising apparatus in her service. “I can’t overstate the importance of Bernie’s endorsement,” Natalie Silver, Balint’s campaign manager, said. From one email and text message that Sanders sent to his national donor list, according to Silver, Balint raked in nearly $25,000; the barnstorming tour generated even more contributions. “The enthusiasm was crazy,” Silver said. A few weeks later, Balint got the stamp of approval from another progressive icon, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who had backed Gray in her 2020 bid for lieutenant governor. By late July, Balint’s war chest had surpassed Gray’s, with more than eight times as many donations under $100. Between July 1 and 20, Balint received more than 3,300 contributions; over the same period, Gray took in just 270. While the who’s who of the Democratic left lined up behind Balint, the names of Gray’s most prominent backers — Leahy and former governors Madeleine Kunin and Howard Dean — did not resonate nearly as much with younger voters, Dickinson said. “Bernie is no spring chicken, but his supporters are all quite young,” he said. “And this election was really about a changing of the guard.” In the final hours of the campaign, Gray tried to use Balint’s association with Sanders to paint her as an uncompromising ideologue. “The choice Vermonters have is: Do they want to send the next member of ‘the Squad’ or the Congressional Progressive Caucus to Washington? The next Bernie Sanders?” Gray said in an interview with NBC5 the day before the primary. That line of attack might have been persuasive to undecided moderates in a general election, Dickinson said, but by that point, it was too late for Gray to tilt the scales. “There just weren’t enough of those voters, I think, to matter in a primary,” he said. And there was another problem with Gray’s rhetoric, Dickinson added: It lacked the ring of truth. In fact, Balint and Gray were largely aligned in most policy areas, save for certain criminal justice issues on which Balint, a proponent of safe injection sites and the decriminalization of



And Balint also had a history of compromise in the legislature, which undercut Gray’s implied criticism. “Balint stood for progressive ideals, but people who worked with her in the Senate said that she was willing to cut deals to get half a loaf, if necessary, without compromising her principles in the long run,” Dickinson said. One of her colleagues, Sen. Corey Parent (R-Franklin), described Balint as someone who could effectively work across the aisle. Parent was one of two senators who voted against the state budget this legislative session. “In typical politics, there would have been a price to pay, and I might not have been able to get funding for my constituency,” he said. But when he pushed for a line item for a project at the Franklin County State Airport, he said, Balint obliged without browbeating him. “We may not see eye to eye on everything,” Parent said, “but I have always found her to be a fair-minded colleague.” Recently, he took her on a tour of Franklin County and introduced her to some of

his constituents. Parent did not endorse Balint, but he didn’t chaperone any other Democratic House candidates around his district, either. “I wouldn’t have done that for anyone that I didn’t think highly of,” he said. While Balint could point to her track record in the Statehouse to make her case for advancing to Congress, Gray, who had no experience crafting policy, had to rely instead on her proximity to the legislative process — as a scheduler for Welch on Capitol Hill, then as a congressional liaison for the International Committee of the Red Cross and, most recently, as lieutenant governor, a chiefly ceremonial role. Until the final debate of the primary, Dickinson said, he didn’t see Gray effectively articulate how those experiences might prepare her to represent Vermont in Congress. “She tended to just sort of list jobs, as if her biography spoke for itself,” he said. In an interview two days after the election, Gray reiterated her conviction that the “tsunami” of outside spending had muddied the results. “Is money the reason that Sen. Balint won?” she mused. “We’ll never know. We will never know.” Asked what she learned about herself from the experience of running for Congress, Gray replied: “I will never again be naïve to the power of outside money in politics.” Balint, for her part, believes her team’s “fierce ground game” was instrumental in carrying her to victory. “I had volunteers as young as ninth graders all the way up to people in their seventies door-knocking for me,” she said. “It just makes me smile to think about all of the people that had a hand in bringing me to victory.” In November, she’ll face Liam Madden, an independent who won the Republican primary. Vermont GOP chair Paul Dame announced on Saturday that the party’s state committee has decided not to support Madden, because Madden will not commit to caucusing with Republicans in Congress. Nor will the party back the runner-up in the GOP contest, Ericka Redic, who now says she will run as a Libertarian; the GOP’s rules prohibit the party from supporting her after she lost the Republican primary, according to Dame. Last Thursday, Balint said it hadn’t quite sunk in that she is heavily favored to be the first woman Vermont elects to Congress and the state’s first openly gay representative in D.C. “That’s all still theoretical for me,” she said. But when Sen. Warren called her to congratulate her on her primary win, she said, she couldn’t help but feel a little giddy. “I’m an Elizabeth Warren fangirl,” she said. “As soon as I got off the phone with her, I called a friend and said, ‘I just talked to Elizabeth Warren! And we nerded out together!’” m


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Leaders of the Franklin County Republican and Democratic parties are calling on John Grismore to end his bid for elected office after a video surfaced showing him kicking a handcuffed man. Grismore, a captain in the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, is the lone candidate for the county sheriff’s seat. He won the Republican nomination in an unopposed primary on August 9 and also garnered enough write-ins to receive the Democratic nomination. Last Thursday, the Franklin County Republican Committee condemned Grismore’s actions and asked him to step aside. The Democratic Committee echoed that message a day later. Grismore “cannot continue to credibly campaign for this office,” Democratic party chair Zach Scheffler said in a statement. The allegations against Grismore became public as voters were headed to the polls. The County Courier reported then that Grismore had been suspended after assaulting a detainee over the weekend. The following day, the paper published a video showing the incident. The video depicts an apparently intoxicated man whose hands are cuffed behind his back. The man attempts to walk forward but falls face-first on the floor because his legs are shackled to a bench. Two uniformed deputies enter and help the man to his feet. They ask him to sit down, but when he doesn’t comply, Grismore, wearing street clothes, approaches and kicks him twice in the groin to force him into the seat. “Sit down!” Grismore yells. “All the way down!” He kicks the man again. Other deputies reported the incident to Franklin County Sheriff Roger Langevin, who called Vermont State Police to investigate, according to the Courier. Franklin County GOP chair Joe Luneau said he wasn’t aware of the incident until after Grismore won the primaries. He said he wants Grismore to step down so that the party can name a replacement. There isn’t much time: Candidates wishing to withdraw must do so before 5 p.m. on the 10th day following a primary, which in this case is August 20. Political parties would then have seven days to submit a new candidate’s name for the general election ballot. If Grismore stays in the race, Luneau said he hopes a write-in candidate could emerge and defeat him. m



news without access to federal databases. The third-party process is expensive for small growers, at $475 per person, and has tied up some applications for weeks. Just as significant for small outdoor growers, however, has been the challenge of navigating the myriad requirements to get licensed. A majority of the unfinished applications have been deemed incomplete or had to be resubmitted, data from the control board show. Crow, for instance, said she didn’t initially realize that she would need to open a business bank account, and that most banks wouldn’t allow her to do so while cannabis remains illegal under federal law. The control board has exempted applicants from the rules in some situations; it allowed growers such as Crow to proceed with their applications, even without a bank account. Pepper said employees reviewing the applications have been “trying to hold their hand to the extent that we can, recognizing that a lot of these folks can’t afford legal representation.” It doesn’t seem that way to Crow, who has found the process to be “intimidating.” “I just feel like I’m getting elbowed out of the way and marginalized because I’m not a business professional,” she said. One would-be legal grower who spoke to Seven Days said he withdrew his application as delays and seemingly onerous requirements stacked up. He requested anonymity because he hopes to reapply in the future and worried that criticizing regulators would jeopardize his ability to get a license. The grower, who has decades of experience cultivating for the underground market, said he was particularly frustrated that some applicants got licensed in time, while he felt “chewed up and spit out.” Some in the industry say the frustrations stem in part from unrealistic expectations. The state law that set up Vermont’s recreational market did not establish a timeline that would have enabled all outdoor growers to plant in time for the fall launch, said Geoffrey Pizzutillo, cofounder and executive director of the Vermont Growers Association. The law did explicitly allow existing medical dispensaries, which in Vermont are corporate-owned, to begin growing in February for their future recreational retail operations. A “producer-friendly regulatory framework” would have allowed independent cultivators to apply for licenses in January, Pizzutillo said. “This is very much an abbreviated year,” he said. 20



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Some of Pizzutillo’s members received their licenses but opted to delay planting until next year rather than risk a small harvest during an uncertain season. Other outdoor growers, such as Kristin Sheperd of Take-a-Toke Acres in Jay, decided that a short season was better than no season, especially with high wholesale prices expected this fall. In early July, the control board approved her license to grow up to 125 plants, and she planted the same day. “Obviously, if we get some cold weather in September, we’re probably in trouble,” she said. Some growers avoided the to-growor-not-to-grow dilemma by putting their plants in the ground while their licenses were still pending. Such an approach is illegal under state law, and none of the 30-plus applicants contacted by Seven Days would discuss it openly. A publicly accessible web page for one pending applicant stated that the company had already begun planting. The business owner

declined an interview, and the web page later disappeared. But last week, the control board made clear that it wouldn’t penalize those who took that route. At an August 10 board meeting, Pepper told attendees the board would look the other way if applicants planted early, so long as they’re otherwise operating according to the regulations. “If you have a pending application, act and operate like you have a license, and we will, too,” Pepper said. He added that to “punish” underground growers who are trying to go legit would run contrary to the board’s mission. The board can overlook such actions in the context of licensing, but growers who plant cannabis before their licenses are issued still risk separate law enforcement action, Pepper later clarified to Seven Days. A county sheriff recently called the control board after receiving a complaint about an outdoor grower who has a pending application, Pepper said. He discouraged the sheriff from intervening and said he

is now planning to hold a training session on the issue with police across the state. The nuance of the board’s pronouncement was absent in a recent mass email sent out by the state’s largest cannabis law firm, Vermont Cannabis Solutions. “THE CCB SAYS GO AHEAD AND GROW WITHOUT A LICENSE!” the missive read. The email also urged growers — in much smaller type — to call the law firm to discuss “potential risks” of planting immediately. (The firm’s founder, Tim Fair, later said the email was intended to caution clients but probably should have been formatted differently.) Pepper’s most recent comments renewed Crow’s interest in trying to recoup her investment this fall. At the beginning of August, she had taken up the board on an offer to “pause” her application until next year, when she could resume the process without having to pay another fee. Now, Crow said, if she can get her license squared away soon, maybe some of those seedlings she bought can make it to the legal market. m

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James Nobel Nelson MARCH 9, 1956AUGUST 6, 2022 HINESBURG, VT.

James Nobel Nelson, 66, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, with loved ones by his side. Jimmy was born on March 9, 1956, in Burlington, the son of the late Peter J. and Evelyn (Wyman) Nelson. He graduated from Mount Abraham Union High School in 1974. He worked with his mother and Mitch Kelley on the family farm in Starksboro. At other times, he worked as a truck driver, excavator and bartender and later drove a taxicab and became a dispatcher.


Music was his lifelong passion. He played guitar from his teens. In the early days, he was a member of the Blue Flames band and later played lead guitar for Short Notice. He wrote volumes of songs. In 2019, he recorded a CD of his original songs. In recent years, he enjoyed playing open mic at various venues. A longtime friend and fellow band member described Jimmy’s music as “pure sonic joy. When he was on, he’d kind of close his eyes, and you could almost see the music going into him and coming out through his fingers as he played that Tele. Pure magic.” Jimmy was a contemplative person who observed, listened, discussed and sought truth and meaning in the world and the people around him. He loved to laugh, and he found and shared humor in the daily business of life with his people. He was a bright light, a multifaceted Brother Diamond, and he will be greatly missed by those who were privileged to walk with him on the journey. He lived on the shore of Lake Iroquois in a thirdgeneration family home, in a small community of longtime neighbors and friends, a few of whom braved the harsh Vermont winters there alongside him. They cooperated as a community to maintain their road, and they looked out for and helped one another. Jimmy took on the job of plowing the road in the wintertime. Though he was inexperienced at first, after many snowfalls he plowed like a pro and almost elevated it to an art form. During power outages, he was the guy who would lend you his generator to run a space heater in your house. He could be crotchety and come out of his house ranting and then laugh at himself. He could be a redneck and then tell you about the healing powers of beets and Ayurveda. He loved “Gunsmoke” and his cat, Roger, who kept her name even after it came to light that Roger was a girl. He loved his family, his friends

and the people on the cancer floor of the University of Vermont Medical Center. He was an old-time Vermonter with roots going back generations, a modern-day musician and many things in between. He will be greatly missed by the many people who knew and loved him. He was predeceased by his parents, Peter J. Nelson I and Evelyn (Wyman) Nelson; his uncle, Harvey Farr; and cousin Nobel Farr. He is survived by his aunt Eleanor (Wyman) Farr of Windsor; stepmother, Sandy Booth, and her husband, Ralph Booth; brothers, Mark Nelson and Peter J. Nelson II; and sister Lora (Nelson) Gordon, all of Bristol; sister Angie (Nelson) LaForest of Cadyville, N.Y.; cousins, Peter A. Nelson, Neil Nelson, Carlene (Nelson) Provoncha, Harvey Farr, Philip Farr and Susan (Farr) Bulkeley and all their families; nieces and nephews, Amanda Nelson, Josh Nelson, Jennifer Gordon, Lucas LaForest and Alex LaForest; three grandnieces, Kali, Oakley and Hazel; his dear and longtime friend Terri “Mother Theresa” Severance; and many other special friends, neighbors and fellow musicians. A graveside service was held on Sunday, August 14, at Greenmount Cemetery in Starksboro. A celebration of Jimmy’s life will be held on Saturday, August 20, 3 to 7 p.m., at the barn at Sentinel Farms, 4118 Route 116, Starksboro. There will be a service and time for sharing remembrances,

socializing and music. A light meal and soft drinks will be provided. To send online condolences to his family, please visit brownmcclayfuneralhomes. com.

Natalie Rivers FEBRUARY 29, 1972JUNE 23, 2022 BURLINGTON, VT.

Natalie Gervais Rivers passed away on June 23, 2022, at the University of Vermont Medical Center, surrounded by family, friends and music. Born Natalie Gervais Martel on February 29, 1972, she was a leap-year baby who continued to live life on her own terms. Natalie was diagnosed with myotonic muscular dystrophy at the age of 12, and she accepted it with grace and found ways to cope with the progressive disease. Natalie spent much of her youth growing up in Addison County and attended Mount Abraham Union High School. While at Mount Abraham, Natalie sang

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in the choir, performed in many plays and made lifelong friends. Natalie attended the University of Vermont, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, which served her well during her working career. In 2014, Natalie married Jess Rivers and left a lasting impression on everyone as she walked down the aisle to the theme song of Wonder Woman. Marrying Jess was the happiest day of her life, and what a party! Natalie was very proud of her French Canadian heritage, and in her youth she spent much time with her family in Québec. She is survived and predeceased by many family members in Québec. Natalie loved music and was especially fond of punk rock and metal, which led her to many shows; she especially loved the Ramones. Natalie is predeceased by both of her dads, Bernard Martel and Paul Smith; her paternal and maternal grandparents; and her beloved cats, Puss and Tribbs. Natalie is survived by the love of her life, her husband, Jess; her fur baby, Gemma; her mother- and father-in-law, Sue and Rick Rivers; her mother, Francoise Smith; her sister, Alice Quesnel; her nephews, Ethan and Wilder; and her niece, Alana. Natalie is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. A celebration of life for Natalie will be on October 8, 2022, at her mom and sister’s home in Orwell. Details will be available on Facebook.


Thomas Dale Gibbs, 75, formerly of Winooski and then Essex Junction, Vt., passed away peacefully on August 8, 2022, in his home at Memory Care at Allen Brook in Williston. Tom was born in Springfield, Vt., on September 9, 1946, to John and Doris (Kellogg) Gibbs. He graduated from Winooski High School and the University of Vermont and served in the Air Force. Always a bright and curious student, Tom found his first calling as a Methodist minister while serving the community of Bristol, Vt. He then turned his focus to the technology field and worked for National Life of Vermont in Montpelier for many years and then worked at IBM in Essex Junction until his retirement. Tom had a wonderful sense of humor and was an accomplished musician. He especially took great joy in playing the guitar and piano, singing, and making music with friends and at Gibbs Family get-togethers. He also loved performing publicly, acting in countless community theater productions and entertaining audiences with the various bands and folk groups he was a part of through the years. Tom is survived by his son, Matthew Gibbs, of Essex Junction; daughter, Emily Gibbs, and her husband, Ryan Clement, of Essex Junction; and grandkids, Ethan, Rachel and Eloise. He is also survived by his brother, Steven Gibbs, of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister

Susan Field and her husband, Stanley, of Richford; and sister Sharon Gibbs of Williston; as well as many nieces and nephews. There will be no visiting hours. A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday, August 20, at 1 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, 1 Church Street, Essex Junction, with a nearby reception to follow. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Memory Care at Allen Brook for their compassionate care these past few years. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association and the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are in the care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home of Essex Junction, Vt.


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[“Stayin’ Alive,” July 6] shows what is happening to the print news industry all across the country. I still subscribe to our local Barre-Montpelier Times Argus in central Vermont but am finding more and more that there is actually no local coverage. I just like the feeling of holding


[Re “Leaked SCOTUS Abortion Ruling Is Likely to Buoy Prop 5 Support in Vermont,” May 3, online; “Supreme Court’s Roe Decision Prompts Protests, Condemnation in Vermont,” June 24, online; “Democratic AG Candidates Want Abortion ‘Safe Harbor’ Laws,” June 27, online; From the Publisher: “Woe Is Roe,” June 29]: The underlying message with overturning Roe v. Wade is that this will end abortions. Amid all the shouting on both sides, the fact that abortions will continue to occur, as they have for millennia, is being lost. In this brave new (old) world, each state can now create its own unique barriers to safe and sterile abortions. This is anti-woman from every angle. Imagine how different things would be if men could grow babies and not just plant the seed. Monique Hayden



Just a few comments on [From the Publisher: “Woe Is Roe,” June 29]: You say the right to end a pregnancy was an established constitutional guarantee. This statement is inaccurate, because if the right to end a pregnancy were written in the Constitution, it could not have been changed or erased without changing the Constitution. The right to privacy was given by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973, and what the court giveth, it can taketh away. The debate is sprinkled with code words like “abortion” and “fetus.” “Abortion” is the termination of a pregnancy, and “fetus” is a developing human. These words sound very sterile 24


a paper copy instead of having to look at a screen. I’ve been a news junkie since I was a small child living on a dairy farm in Waitsfield in the 1940s. Our one source of real news was the Burlington Free Press. We received it a day late with our mail, but it was always many pages long, full of all sorts of advertisements, photos, and local and national news: what was happening during World War II and in Washington, D.C., as well as local columns about happenings in Waitsfield, Moretown, Warren, etc., sent in by local writers. They kept us up-to-date on weddings, birthday parties, deaths, visits of

and medical, but what really happens is that a preborn boy or girl is killed so that the mother can continue her career or education or feel ready for a child. She wants the pleasure of sex without the natural result of sex. This problem could be avoided if you do not have sex until you are ready for a child — or, if you do have sex, you accept the natural result. This is not a problem for Vermont women, who will continue to have the right to terminate a pregnancy, but they should think before they act, because abortion is the killing of a preborn girl or boy. Thomas Prindiville EAST BARRE


[Re “Supreme Court’s Roe Decision Prompts Protests, Condemnation in Vermont,” June 24]: Simply, men bear equal responsibility for unwanted pregnancies. Since 1973, those pregnancies have been covered by abortion services throughout the nation. The recent Supreme Court decision ushers in a new era for the fight for full reproductive services throughout the U.S. With Roe overturned, I feel strongly that men need to speak up and provide those who have lost access to legal abortion with significant support in terms of money for transportation, housing, medical care and mental health support. Alongside women who choose abortion, men have their own stories and need to share these stories with friends and in the media. Our stories highlight the other part of the pregnancy equation: Without men, pregnancy cannot happen.

neighbors, relatives coming home from who knows where, etc. Nostalgia for the good old days! Mary Alice Bisbee



[“Crime Seen: Long-Term Data From Burlington Police Show Overall Decline,” June 25] cites that after-the-fact tough prosecutions are not working out and suggests that coming up with resources to work toward prevention for a better community is a better approach. But do we have a community to begin with? The fact that psychology and not


Meanwhile, professional journalists can cover broader and deeper stories and edit every story. What a newspaper this would be!

sociology prevails here tells you something. In Europe, it’s just the opposite. Take homelessness, for example. Shelter is a right there, and every citizen is entitled to a roof — not a cardboard box. That, along with national health care, daycare, paid sick leave, etc., costs taxpayer money. This is not a shortsighted investment, since it results in a more secure society worthy of its name. No, they’re not utopias, and you do have random shootings, but not on a wholesale level. So, what’s it to be? Tom MacDonald


passed in the wake of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision [From the Publisher: “Woe Is Roe”]. But as we continue to fight back against these laws, it’s important to remember that political extremism can cut both ways — and, right now, Vermont has one of the most polarized abortion laws in the country. According to a recent Gallup poll, 87 percent of Americans are Vandalism at the Vermont Statehouse opposed to elective third-trimester abortions, but Vermont law It is common to feel comfortable in permits abortion “for any reason or no Vermont about abortion access because reason” at all stages of pregnancy. It’s our leaders are not governed by religious possible to be pro-choice while acknowlideology and voters support reproduc- edging that aborting a fetus in its third tive services. Because this access will trimester — when it is so highly develbe denied in many places in the U.S., oped that it could theoretically survive I propose that we set up a fund in outside of the womb — carries a huge Vermont: Vermont Men for Abortion. amount of ethical baggage. VMA would initially collect a minimum Vermont doesn’t need to be this way. of $100 per quarter from at least 100 The state could become a leader in passVermont men who know the value of ing the kind of abortion legislation most abortion services. These funds would Americans support: protecting the procego to carefully vetted organizations dure in the first trimester; prohibiting focused on providing access to abortion it in the third, with exceptions for rape, services in states where access is now incest and medical emergencies; and illegal. thoughtfully navigating the gray area in My conversations with other men to between. date have revealed a growing interest in Instead, state leaders are introducthis endeavor. This is a time for all men ing Proposal 5 on our November ballots, to stand up and be counted. Are you with which would essentially write Vermont’s us? Please contact me at mark.furnari@ current laws into the state constitution. The solution to the abortion debate isn’t Mark Furnari going to be found at either extreme of the political spectrum, and I hope that our SOUTH BURLINGTON leaders can be more thoughtful in legislating the most divisive political issue of BETTER ABORTION LAW our time. In the June 29 issue of Seven Days, Paula Elias Leventhal Routly gave a powerful condemnation SHELBURNE of the abortion bans that are being

[Re “Considering Abortion? Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers in Vermont Provide Misleading Information, Critics Charge,” July 27]: A retired registered nurse with 40 years of experience, I volunteer at Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Vermont as an intake person. I have never seen or heard clients judged on their lifestyles. Empowering them to be good parents and giving adequate support during and after pregnancy is the mission. The choice they make after getting a positive pregnancy test is an informed one. We pray for the individual and with them, if that is their choice. CNP is a faith-based ministry that works with local resources to support the clients. I make no apology for the fact that, on a biblical basis, I believe abortion is ending life — not just scooping DNA cells from a woman’s womb. Professionally and personally, I have seen some of the aftereffects of abortion. It is my opinion that CNP does not disseminate lies about any of that. When you enter a faith-based facility with the mindset of They must be wrong or telling lies, I can see how one is predisposed to that opinion. I respect Planned Parenthood for the reproductive health care it provides women in our community — just not abortion. I only ask the same respect be given to CNP for what it does to help women have quality (physically and mentally) healthy lives. Read the Bible, and you’ll find life is God-given! Thank you for listening.



Julia Zimmerman with other picketers at Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Vermont in Barre


I congratulate Alison Novak for summarizing the startling discovery that Vermont in fact has Christians engaged in the culture wars [“Considering Abortion? Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers in Vermont Provide Misleading Information, Critics Charge,” July 27]. I do not like the phrase “war over reproductive rights,” but if we are using that terminology, then, as a Catholic, I side with religiously sympathetic ethics in the battle against the constant advances of utilitarianism. To those who think abortion is an absolute good for women, and thus for the world, I can say little here in helpful dialogue with the Christian philosophy of existence. I can only hope and pray they encounter good Christians. But, for other matters, I offer the following clarifications. I welcome debate about the Turnaway Study,


finished not in 2020 but in 2016. The conclusions are still praised popularly, though deeply lacking. The full video of A Life Symposium, held in Vermont on October 2, 2021, contains Dr. Helen Alvare’s stunning scholarly summary. Lack of participant retention, of cohort consistently and of thorough study controls makes the findings hardly conclusive for abortion’s claims for women’s betterment. An even greater analysis is published by Priscilla K. Coleman online, in full, through Frontiers in Psychology. My prior knowledge about this one area of contention, thrown into the article in a misleading way, makes me desirous of researching the other claims, trying to tackle the tendency to oversimplification in both directions. I hope others have some time to do the same.

[Re “Considering Abortion? Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers in Vermont Provide Misleading Information, Critics Charge,” July 27]: Seven Days recently made a contribution that could be perceived as a justification for the recent domestic terrorism called Jane’s Revenge. Instead of reporting about the 60 pregnancy resource centers that have been firebombed, vandalized and graffitied across the country, like most other media outlets, it only adds fuel to the flame. This doesn’t seem like a sincere pursuit of equity or truth. Instead, it gives off revenge vibes. Since you only have testimonies from two biased visitors to Aspire Now, let me give a perspective that’s a bit more informed. My wife worked at Aspire Now for some years, and I have been a supporter even longer. I have seen some of its work firsthand. Most of its long-term clients are lowincome Burlingtonians who want resources for raising their children. Some are parents who have had their children taken away by the Department for Children and Families (many, arguably, for wrong reasons) and want help getting their kids back. Some are University of Vermont students checking if they are pregnant or have an STD. Aspire Now is worthy of everyone’s support, even pro-abortionists. Instead of killing our most innocent community members — like Planned Parenthood does — it actually bolsters our community. Also, if you attack pro-lifers for not caring about babies outside of the womb, you should think twice before attacking the very centers they’ve established to support them. While you wage your bloodthirsty war for so-called “reproductive rights,” we’ll continue to fight for the lives of innocent human babies.

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“A lot of folks were quite engaged in politics; there was a lot of love for Bernie,” Kornheiser said of Vermont’s junior U.S. senator. Now a Democratic rep from Brattleboro, Kornheiser has been working to steer funding to the parks. The privately owned communities have long struggled to pay for basic infrastructure, and state funding for them over the years has been limited. Even




can find this to be a very good deal. Most own their mobile homes, and it’s rare for a used one in central or southern Vermont to cost more than $80,000, real estate specialists there say. Prices are higher in Chittenden County, where a home in good condition can go for as much as $200,000. That’s still well below the median price for a conventional home in the same region, which was $450,000 as of last month. “It is one of the most accessible paths to homeownership in Windham County,”


ots at Williston Woods mobile home park are a coveted prize. Realtors contact homeowners directly to ask if they’re thinking of selling, and people routinely drive through the secluded hilltop community hoping to spot homes for sale. Spacious double-wide homes sit on wooded lots, and a bustling activity center offers daily entertainment to its 55-and-up residents. The high demand for mobile homes extends well beyond this particular community. Some would-be buyers who have been priced out of the market for traditional homes are taking a fresh look at Vermont’s 250 mobile home communities, large and small. As in the conventional real estate market, inventory around Vermont is low, and prices have risen. “The few mobile homes that have come on the market have sold very quickly,” said Dot Griswold, a White River Junctionbased real estate agent. These enclaves have long been memorialized — and sometimes stigmatized — in songs, film and literature as quirky, hardscrabble havens for people struggling to make ends meet. In recent years, though, modular-home manufacturers, policy makers and residents themselves have worked to change the thinking about these communities. Mobile homes account for about 7 percent of the housing in Vermont. A third of those homes, or about 6,700, are in mobile home parks. The housing crisis, a rise in cooperativeownership arrangements and changing public perceptions have created sufficient momentum that, for the first time in years, Vermont lawmakers are directing millions of dollars to improve long-neglected water and sewer facilities at the parks. “These are communities where people live for decades — tightly woven communities with great support networks,” said Maura Collins, executive director of the Vermont Housing Finance Agency. “It’s about time that this important part of our housing stock be given this attention.” One reason for the newfound respect: the value for residents. A typical lot rents for about $360 a month. If the park owner takes good care of the property, residents

state Sen. Becca Balint (D-Windham), Vermont’s Democratic nominee for Congress, said in an interview. When Emilie Kornheiser first campaigned for the legislature in 2018, she said she knocked on every one of the 330-plus doors in Tri-Park Cooperative Housing, a community in Brattleboro. “They were really happy to tell me the whole story of the community and about their neighbors in a loving, connected way,” Kornheiser said, describing a neighborhood she found to be very much like others in town — though many local residents didn’t know much about it. Park residents talked to Kornheiser about the economy, politics and health care. One, a metalsmith, was pouring homemade bullets into molds, and she stayed to watch; another was feeding Froot Loops cereal to some neighborhood skunks.

when the parks are eligible for public grants, complex applications can be a barrier, especially for smaller ones. Mary Houghton, a housing policy veteran who sits on the board of Tri-Park, noted that much of Vermont’s public funding for affordable housing goes into perpetually affordable multifamily buildings. “Anybody associated with mobile home parks will say the state has a lot to make up for there,” Houghton said. Many mobile home communities, such as Tri-Park, include low-lying areas. Some are still struggling to make repairs and upgrades related to Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The language that’s used to describe these homes and communities is getting something of a makeover, too. “Trailer park” has fallen out of fashion, and housing policy makers often note that the “mobile” homes rarely go anywhere. Only about 1 percent move each year, according to state data. “People still mistakenly refer to these as ‘mobile homes,’” said Collins, who prefers “manufactured homes” for the ones built in recent decades — long after the days when homes came with wheels and directional signals. “They’re not

mobile.” They’re not located in parks, either, Collins noted. So far, Vermont has been spared the unwanted interest of Wall Street investors who are buying up parks nationwide and raising rents. Generally, the properties here are too small. Further, a state law passed in 1988 protects residents by giving them first dibs when their parks go up for sale. The cooperative movement has taken off, with 16 parks turning into resident-owned co-ops since 2011. Vermont has long stood out for innovative housing programs, including those directed at parks, said Julia Curry. She’s a longtime housing advocate who works for the Massachusetts-based Cooperative Development Institute, which helps mobile home park residents create co-ops. “The agencies want to do right by them; that’s been my experience, unlike in some other states where they are happy to keep stigmatizing them,” Curry said. “But we’re all working against decades of neglect by society in general.” Seven Days journalists visited residents in thriving parks such as Williston Woods, toured their recreation centers, and spoke to managers who keep the neighborhoods tidy and harmonious. One park we visited, in Colchester, is exploring incorporating itself as a legal village, partly to help obtain funds for projects that the park’s residents would have difficulty paying for on their own. When a park truly lacks resources, residents feel the impact. In Fair Haven, a park that could be sold for unpaid property taxes recently had its water shut off for nonpayment of bills. It’s flowing again — for now. Here’s who and what we encountered at seven distinctive mobile home communities across the state. A.W.A


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The neighborhood swimming pool at Tall Timbers

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SWIMMING AND POTLUCKS Tall Timbers of Quechee Established 1977; 105 lots

On summer days, Tall Timbers of Quechee reminds resident Mel Tibbetts of an upscale campground. The grounds are expansive and shady, and a large clubhouse features workout equipment, a community room with dozens of books and puzzles, couches, and a kitchen. The foosball and pool tables are downstairs. On a recent hot day, kids screamed happily as they splashed around the kidney-shaped in-ground pool. “This is one of the parks that everyone wants to get into,” said Tibbetts, 56, who moved to Tall Timbers four years ago after her 33-year marriage ended. Tibbetts, who works as a paraeducator for the Hartford School District and also for a catering service, said she was only able to secure a spot because a Realtor friend tipped her off that it was coming up for sale. “The house hadn’t even gone on the market yet,” Tibbetts said. Tall Timbers was the only park in the Upper Connecticut River Valley that she toured in 2018 in which she was allowed to have a dog, she said. Tibbetts paid $48,500 for a home with two bedrooms, two full baths and a deck. Her lot rent is $430 a month, including trash and recycling pickup and water service. Tall Timbers has raised the rent only once in 12 years, said manager Larry Hebert, who fields several calls a month from prospective residents. But the structures themselves are subject to inflation, just as traditional homes are. Before the pandemic, said Griswold, the real estate agent based in White

Mel Tibbetts at her Tall Timbers home

River Junction, used mobile homes in good condition regularly sold for around $30,000. “Now they are $70,000 and up, with two bedrooms and usually two baths,” she said. Across the Connecticut River in New Hampshire, she said, they’re going for even more: around $105,000. As with more expensive properties, buyers are coming in with cash offers. Hebert and Tibbetts both credit strict rules for the orderly appearance and relative peace of the park. Prospective residents submit to a background check and provide financial information, which is standard at mobile home parks. They also have a 45-minute interview with Hebert and sign a statement affirming that they have read and understood the rules. “The Hartford PD loves us because

they’re almost never here,” said Hebert. (Quechee is in Hartford.) He lives in an apartment in the community center and drives the park’s roads each day to make sure everything is in order. “I think having a resident manager is a big part of the reason we maintain the level of quality we do,” he said. Community rules prohibit firepits. (“I love them, but we’re a forested park, and mobile homes burn a lot easier than stickbuilt homes,” Hebert said.) Also barred are individual yard sales, though there’s an annual park-wide sale. Residents can put up a shed, but it must conform in size, color and type to regulations established by the park’s owner, who lives in Lebanon, N.H. Overnight guests are allowed only for 30 days a year, and they must undergo a background check and interview with Hebert. Tibbetts initially expected that living on her own for the first time in decades would be scary. “When I moved in, all of my neighbors came over to me and introduced themselves,” she said. “They asked me if I needed anything.” Over at the clubhouse, there’s a notice about free meals. A small group of women alphabetizes the books by author. They also host an annual winter weekend event that includes a Sunday potluck. Before COVID-19, Hebert said, the residents’ association held an annual outdoor summer party with a band. Tall Timbers is just 15 minutes from Woodstock, a resort town with some of the highest home prices in Vermont. Griswold said several other well-maintained mobile home parks are tucked away nearby. “The mobile home niche gives people options,” she said. A . W. A .

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A DECADE AFTER IRENE, STILL VULNERABLE Tri-Park Cooperative Housing, Brattleboro • Established 1989; 330 combined lots

Mountain Home, a hilly neighborhood in Brattleboro’s sprawling Tri-Park mobile home park, is a peaceful place on a summer day. Mature trees shade homes that were tucked into the hillsides half a century ago; black-eyed Susans and lilies abound. Tri-Park, which is made up of three separate neighborhoods, was incorporated in 1989, when it took over three existing parks that had been established as far back as 1953. It’s one of the largest privately owned, unsubsidized affordable housing entities in Vermont, with about 330 homes. The park is a co-op owned by its residents. Tri-Park is showing its age. Over the last 20 years, a board that runs it, hesitant to raise rents on a low-income population, has deferred maintenance that would cost millions of dollars. As a result, the park is beset by complex problems that have drawn attention from local and state officials. One of the neighborhoods has a failed sewer pipe; two bridges need repairs. In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused devastating flooding when brooks spilled their banks. It laid bare the need to move more than 40 homes to prevent loss of life and property in the next storm. While a consultant devised a master plan to fix some of the problems — and relocate many residents still living in the flood-prone areas — there’s no clear route to paying for the work, which is expected to cost $9 million. “The people we attract are very, very low-income. They are people with no other options,” said resident and former board president Kay Curtis, 69. An artist who worked in childcare, Curtis is one of those people, and she empathizes with those who have even less than her. “When we tried to raise the rent by $7 a month, there was a big to-do about it,” she said. Under an agreement with the Town of Brattleboro, the board is on the hook to find new homes for residents in areas that flood. Last fall, the board hired consultant Dan Ridlehoover to come up with a plan. Ridlehoover, manager of project development for the local consulting firm M&S Development, views the task as a complex exercise in fundraising, engineering and community relations. He’s applying for various grants. He’s also talking to residents about moving away from their idyllic spots on the flood-prone Whetstone and Halladay 28


Kay Curtis and her cat, Satie

Kay Curtis picking up donated food in front of the Tri-Park Cooperative Housing office

Bill Dion (left) and Robin Philbrick at Tri-Park

brooks. Some are ready to move, he said, but many are skeptical that new homes will ever be provided, or they just want to stay put. “One hundred percent of them have been evacuated from ice floes and Irene

and a handful of flooding events,” Ridlehoover said. “They’d never have to live through that again.” Curtis thinks the consultants will have a hard time getting everyone to move out of harm’s way, particularly

those who have lived in the same spot for 70 or 80 years. Tri-Park is home to 8 percent of Brattleboro’s population, or roughly one in 12 of its residents. Through a survey this year, Ridlehoover learned that 63 percent of its households earn about $33,000 annually for a family of two, less than half the area’s median family income. Nearly three-quarters are over age 62. Part of the project’s appeal for Ridlehoover is the prospect of helping those households, and others living on even less. “It’s 8 percent who are used to being sort of systematically screwed and left out and let down and not helped,” he said. The 12-seat co-op board, which has only six sitting members and no president at the moment, includes three nonresidents with experience in housing policy. One is Mary Houghton, the advocate who says the state has a “lot of making up to do” for mobile home communities and who worked for the Burlington Community Land Trust for 20 years. Houghton is also on the board of the nonprofit Housing Foundation, which Vermont created in 1986 to purchase and operate mobile home parks that had been put up for sale. The foundation now owns communities containing 1,000 mobile home sites statewide. A presentation that Houghton gave before the legislature in 2019 drew the interest of Sen. Balint, who helped the board get some of its debt forgiven, freeing up about $100,000 annually. The park also got a federal appropriation worth $1.27 million in March, and there’s more state funding available this year. Now, Ridlehoover is working with Efficiency Vermont to find affordable, energy-efficient mobile homes to put on higher ground. A.W.A

From left: Savannah Baptie; her baby, Dixie Bell; and her mother, Diane Ferguson


Bonnie Lussier talking with Fair Haven town manager Joe Gunter

Green Mountain Mobile Manor, Fair Haven • Established 1960; 20 lots

Green Mountain Mobile Manor has its share of problems, but resident Diane Ferguson loves where she lives. Ferguson, a grandmother who works as a cook at a nearby senior center, moved in four years ago when the manager gave her a home in exchange for fixing it up. Now she pays $260 each month in lot rent for a two-bedroom mobile home that she shares with her dog and two cats. The park is on 5.9 verdant acres 20 miles west of Rutland. “You have your own private yard; it’s peaceful,” she said. “When you’re in an apartment, you have to hear the neighbors pound on the walls and their music up too loud.” But the future of Ferguson’s home is uncertain. Green Mountain Mobile Manor is far behind on its federal and local taxes, and it’s facing a host of other financial problems that mean the park could close or be sold. While local officials and state advocates are trying to help, there’s a limit to what they can do. Green Mountain Mobile Manor’s history is a matter of dispute, but most parties agree its problems began around seven years ago, when its owner, Rodney White, died. While his estate’s still in probate, his longtime partner, Deborah Eddy, has been managing the property. It has room for 20 mobile homes, but just 11 occupied structures are there today. Eddy hasn’t been actively collecting rent payments. Four of the park residents are paying their monthly lot rent anyway, but

Mitchell Matteson (right) assisting his neighbor Chuck Delaney with a car project

several of their neighbors haven’t paid in years, said Eddy, who lives elsewhere in Fair Haven. She is 69 and works full time selling outdoor umbrellas for Telescope Casual

Furniture in nearby Granville, N.Y. She doesn’t want to pursue the rent payments. “I just work every day and don’t have time,” Eddy said.

In places, the park is littered with trash, scrap metal, junk cars and abandoned mobile homes, some nearly lost in the tall weeds. But a few backyards are neatly mowed, with well-tended gardens and sheds. With little rent coming in, Eddy hasn’t been paying the bills. Even if everyone did pay, she said, it wouldn’t cover insurance, taxes and maintenance. Mobile Manor fell so far behind on its water bills this summer that the Town of Fair Haven shut off the supply altogether. The Vermont State Housing Authority’s Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program paid the overdue bill in July, and the water is running again. But there is no plan in place to keep paying, and the park’s water infrastructure needs expensive reconstruction, said Caprice Hover, a VERAP project manager who has been working with Eddy. The Internal Revenue Service placed a $150,000 lien on the park due to unpaid federal taxes, Eddy said. The park also owes the town more than $25,000 in back property taxes, said town manager Joe Gunter. The town could put the park up for tax sale this summer, but Gunter doesn’t want to. He knows that if a private developer bought the land, they’d likely build housing that its current residents couldn’t afford. Like most Vermont towns, Fair Haven is already short of affordable housing. “If it could be cleaned up, it would be an asset to the town,” Gunter said. “I’d love to see it managed properly.” Becoming a co-op is probably not an option because the park is too small, said Curry, the housing advocate. Its debt, as well as its condition, make it unattractive to buyers as a mobile home park. “The Fair Haven park is a good example of a problem no one in Vermont has figured out how to solve yet,” Curry said. Chuck Delaney, who shares a mobile home with Ferguson, also loves the park. On a tour with Gunter, he pointed out places where he has parked junk vehicles so others can salvage parts. Where Gunter sees the opportunity to install more homes, potentially lowering the rent for all the residents, Delaney wants to keep those spaces open. “I’m a country person; I don’t like being tied up in a city,” Delaney said. “If I move again, I’ll buy a house out in the woods.” Eddy doesn’t think she’s the person to solve the park’s problems, but she doesn’t want to see it close. “There are some people who have spent half their lives there,” Eddy said. “I don’t have any interest in making them find something different.” A.W.A.


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Melissa Stacy, co-owner of the Farrugia Mobile Home Park in Cavendish


Farrugia Mobile Home Park, Cavendish • Date established: unknown; 8 lots

Some houses come with a pool. Others, a garage. Melissa Stacy’s came with a mobile home park. Stacy and her partner, Jen Hathaway, purchased a four-acre property in Cavendish this summer. Their $475,000 bought a 3,600-square-foot house and the eight mobile home lots that flank it. The unusual arrangement represents a homecoming for Stacy, a Bellows Falls native who spent the last six years living in Massachusetts but had long hoped to buy a house back in Vermont. A pandemic-prompted shift to remote work allowed her family to finally make the leap. They weren’t looking for an investment property or to become landlords but decided to tour the Cavendish property on a whim, Stacy said: “We fell in love.” The house isn’t fancy, but it has a lot of hard-to-find amenities: a threecar garage, an in-law suite for Stacy’s 19-year-old daughter, built-in storage in almost every room. The secluded backyard with mountain views sealed the deal, offering a change from their Boston suburb. They closed on the property on June 9 and began moving in that same day. 30


They also started learning what it takes to run a mobile home park. Stacy, who works as a lobbyist for a health care nonprofit, read through Vermont’s regulations and reached out to the state with questions. She and her wife drove through some nearby parks to get a sense of what the communities look and feel like. They sent a letter to their tenants introducing themselves and making clear that they intended to keep running the park. That was a big relief to resident Ruth Sheldon, a 76-year-old retiree. “I was afraid that some out-ofstater would come in and close it,” she said. Sheldon, whose son lives in another mobile home on the property, described the park as a “live and let live” kind of place. She and her neighbors have all been there for at least a decade, while one couple has been there some 30 years. “We all stick to ourselves, but we look out for each other,” she said. The new owners seem to fit in just fine. “I only have good things to say about these people,” she said. “They seem very nice, down-to-earth people.” Walking around the property about two months after they moved in, Stacy rattled off a lengthy to-do list. Much of it involves her personal living space: The main house still needs “a lot of work,” and they have yet to decide what to do with the run-down three-story barn.

But the mobile home operation could use some TLC, too, with two of its eight lots vacant. One is empty; the previous tenant’s family removed her trailer from the property after she died a year or two ago, leaving behind a scarred patch of earth where weeds have sprouted. A half-gutted trailer sits in the other. Its deed came with the property, and Stacy entered it for the first time in late July to find windows and Sheetrock leaning against the wall, as if someone disappeared mid-rehab. “We have no clue on the history,” she said with a shrug. “But as far as we know, no one has been in there for years.” They eventually want to remove it so that they can find new tenants, but Stacy said they’re mainly focused on “beautification” efforts for now. That may include some new landscaping, Stacy said, since one of the tenants’ primary requests was for more shade. In the short term, they plan to maintain the status quo wherever possible, starting with lot rent. Tenants will continue paying $329 monthly for at least the next year, Stacy said. “The people here are obviously happy,” she said, referring to the tenants’ longevity. “We want to keep them that way.” There has been one minor policy change, though. Tenants can now have pets, something the former owners prohibited. The thinking behind the move was quite simple, Stacy said: “I mean, it’s their home.” C .F.


Williston Woods Cooperative Housing • Established 1983; 112 lots

Williston Woods Cooperative Housing has always been a pretty desirable place to live — it’s in a secluded location within five minutes of Taft Corners. The pandemic’s housing boom has raised the stakes: Getting into this manufactured home park is now akin to winning the lottery. Seniors contact the park’s property manager almost daily to ask whether anything new has hit the market. Realtors blanket the neighborhood with postcards pleading for their clients to be considered should anyone decide to sell. “There are cars riding through here all the time looking,” said Fran Streeter, 84, president of the housing cooperative that owns most of the neighborhood’s 146 lots. Prices have risen with the demand; homes are going for close to $200,000 now, three to four times more than what the original owners paid. But in a market where condos half their size sell for far more, Williston Woods represents one of Chittenden County’s truly affordable retirement communities — and many new residents say they had to wait years for a place. Built mostly in the 1980s and ’90s, the development is carved out of dense forestland, with double-wide

Cheryl Walker tending to her gardens

Residents listening to the Milton Community Band in the activity center at Williston Woods

From left: Fran Streeter, Cheryl Walker and Caroline Ford working on a puzzle

Cheryl Walker’s home in Williston Woods

homes — those at least twice the size of a typical mobile home — spread out across a network of five private streets. Most lots feature decent-size lawns, paved driveways and stand-alone garages, and some, including Streeter’s, even have big front porches — all of which contribute to a distinct suburban quality that many downsizers find appealing. “When you get to old age, it isn’t all about the big house anymore,” Streeter said in her living room one day last month, as “The Price Is Right” played on her television. Streeter and her late husband were among the first to move into Williston Woods nearly 40 years ago. (She was only 45 at the time but benefited from a brief relaxation of the age restriction.) Much has changed since then. In 1993, most of the park’s households formed a co-op to purchase their section of the development. Residents pitched in $2,500 toward a down payment on a $2.2 million loan. The co-op now owns 112 of the park’s 146 lots, with each household considered a shareholder. A homeowners’ association covers the rest of the lots, where residents own their houses and the land. A $314 lot rent — or carrying fee — covers the co-op’s mortgage payments and property management services. The fee also helps keep the lights on at the activity center, a 5,000-square-foot building in the heart of the neighborhood that serves as a de facto senior center for residents. Its large kitchen can be rented out for private parties, and a spacious

dining hall hosts a range of events, from a weekly cornhole league to an annual bazaar. People drop by to shoot pool, play ping-pong or borrow books from a small library. “We try to keep it interesting,” said Caroline Ford, 84, on a tour of the center last month. Of course, not everything at Williston Woods is fun and games. Like at any housing cooperative, the board deals with its share of headaches, mostly financial. “We have to pay for the streetlights. We have to plow our own road. We have five huge septic systems we have to maintain, which are very costly,” Streeter said. “And if anything goes wrong, we’re on our own.” Most pressing these days is a new state stormwater rule for properties with three acres or more of impervious surface. Compliance could cost Williston Woods $650,000, according to a recent estimate. The board, with the help of Cathedral Square, a nonprofit housing agency that manages the property, is lobbying the state for assistance. Ford and Streeter joined the board two decades ago, and they have helped steer the co-op through changes. Their terms are up this year, but both have agreed to seek additional three-year terms. Their efforts seem to be appreciated; both are running uncontested. “We’ve worked hard to keep this the unique place that it is,” Streeter said. C .F.


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Westbury Park, Colchester • Established 1972; 250 lots

Otter Creek Mobile Home Park


Otter Creek Mobile Home Park, Vergennes • Established 1960; 73 lots

Michelle and Glen Eastman purchased a trailer in 2012 at the Otter Creek Mobile Home Park as part of their retirement strategy. “We bought this place to be our forever home,” said Michelle, who has spent her entire life in Vergennes. Until he retires, Glen, 53, who doesn’t drive, can walk to his nearby workplace, Collins Aerospace. The Eastmans plan to expand their walkway and widen their shower so that they can age comfortably in the town they love. But now there’s a project looming that could drive a truck through — or at least right alongside — the Eastmans’ carefully constructed retirement plan. A task force managed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Addison County Regional Planning Commission is studying the idea of building a multimillion-dollar bypass that would keep trucks out of downtown Vergennes by routing them past the mobile home park. City officials say its construction would be at least 10 to 15 years off, but Michelle, 55, worries: “That’s right when our retirement starts.” Many in Vergennes view the bypass as critical. More than 800 noisy trucks a day can growl through its quaint downtown on Route 22A. Plans to divert them have been in the works for more than 20 years. Prior studies were undertaken in 1995, 2002 and 2019. The latest one aims to consider the impact on the community, economy and environment from the perspective of local stakeholders such as the Otter Creek Park residents. 32


The park is only about a mile from downtown Vergennes, between a meadow and the winding Otter Creek. The homes are close-set; residents personalize their lots with flags and plants. In 1991, it became the first mobile home park to be purchased by the affordable housing nonprofit Addison County Community Trust. Elise Shanbacker, executive director of the trust, said applications are always coming in for units. For Vergennes, which has a median household income of $63,920, the park offers much needed affordable housing stock. Some residents of Otter Creek feel targeted. Despite assurances that the bypass would not go directly through the park and that traffic would be slow, they’ve piped up at local forums about air and noise pollution. The study’s task force organized a community listening session under a large tent at the park in May. Adam Lougee, executive director of the regional planning commission and chair of the task force, said that compared to the previous study efforts, “We’re making a real effort to reach out to people at Otter Creek Park.” But while Michelle appreciates the attempt, she felt the session was too little, too late. “We weren’t notified at all. It was very sneaky,” she said. “I knew that if they needed the land, they would just tell us to move our trailers.” Michelle was disappointed the meeting did not include a Q&A session. She wanted to hear her neighbors’ thoughts. Michelle knows it will be a long time before any decision is made. But she is worried. “I’m not one of those not-in-mybackyard people,” she said. “I just don’t want my home taken away.” R . H.

Streets need paving, septic systems need replacing: Running a mobile home park can be like running a small village. And that’s exactly what one of the largest parks in the state wants to become. Some residents of Westbury Park, a 250-lot community in Colchester, are seeking authority to form their own municipality, an unprecedented move that could lead to the creation of Vermont’s first new village in more than 70 years. The new government would be located within the Town of Colchester, in the same way that Essex Junction was, until recently, a village inside of the Town of Essex. It would work hand in hand with the housing cooperative that owns Westbury — which the residents themselves run — but would also be able to levy taxes and apply for state and federal grants. The park is certainly big enough to constitute a village by Vermont standards. Its population of 600 eclipses that of dozens of towns, and its web of 19 private streets is complex enough that the co-op’s president, Gayle Pezzo, insisted on accompanying a visiting reporter for a drive around the grounds. (“You’ll get lost,” she said.) Forming a village could unlock new funding sources that would help keep costs down for residents. But the move would also create quite a bit of bureaucracy for a very small group. Pezzo and other proponents have spent the last year researching the idea and are in the early stages of pitching it to their neighbors. It’s not the first time Westbury residents have been asked to take a leap of faith. In 2018, the park’s owner listed it for sale, spurring fears that the coveted land could be sold to a developer who would displace them to construct more expensive housing. Residents scrambled to form a housing co-op and bought the property themselves for $11.2 million. That gave them control over the park’s future but also meant they became responsible for addressing ongoing maintenance and infrastructure needs, some of which had been put off under the previous, for-profit ownership. Three years later, the park’s needs have only increased. “We have electrical problems; we have water pipes breaking,” Pezzo acknowledged. A multiyear effort to replace outdated electrical hookups at every lot alone will cost millions.

Kids playing in the pool at Westbury Park

The co-op could take out private loans, but they wouldn’t come cheap. Meanwhile, the co-op has already been forced to raise monthly lot rent $42 since the sale to help cover payments on the new mortgage, pushing the fee up to $503 — one of the highest in the state. That’s where the village idea comes in. The primary benefit would be the ability to finance projects with lowinterest bonds and to compete for the government grants that flow to municipalities — but not to mobile home communities — each year. Proponents envision Westbury the village as a limited government that would

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only handle services it could provide more cheaply than the co-op. Maintenance of the park’s water system would likely be the first priority, Pezzo said, since the state offers assistance for that. Ralph Perkins, a civic-minded Colchester resident who doesn’t live in the park but said he “love[s] a challenge,” has been helping Pezzo with the project. The two have been holding “office hours” at the park’s administrative building to chat with interested residents and, this month, will begin collecting signatures on a petition requesting that the town form the village. The Town of Colchester has yet to take a public stance on the idea, but any

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Midway Memories A new book presents 100 years of images from the Champlain Valley Fair B Y K E N PI CA RD • COURTESY OF THE BURLINGTON FREE PRESS


humb through the pages of Champlain Valley Fair (Images of America), the new history book by Williston journalist, photographer and publicist Stephen Mease, and you might experience some time-shifting vertigo — as though you’d climbed off the Tilt-A-Whirl and stumbled into the hall of mirrors. Is that photo of the corn dog and French fries stand from the 1940s or 1990s? What about the shot of the Randolph farmer walking her team of red Holstein oxen in a parade? It’s easy to guess the eras of pictures showing the “Strange People” exhibit, the field of Model A Fords, and the young men walking the midway in fedoras, suits and ties. But place a wager on what year the photos of the Soak the Bloke pitching booth or the Terrible Terriers of the Animal Circus were taken, and you could miss the mark by a country mile. Champlain Valley Fair, published in July, chronicles 100 years of Vermont’s largest annual event, primarily through images of the people, animals, food, games, rides and attractions that have drawn generations of Vermonters, year after year. All the photos are reproduced in black and white, even recent ones, such as that of the 2020 Essex High School commencement ceremony, in which all the graduates are wearing masks and gowns. The effect gives the book an archival appearance. Some chapters, such as the one titled




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Stephen Mease (left) and Sir Elton John in 2008

“Big Concerts,” highlight how much things have changed since the first fair was held, in 1922. The musical headliners in 1960 included Irish songstress Carmel Quinn, Huckleberry Hound and Friends, and Zippy the Chimp. In 2008, the headliner was Sir Elton John, performing his first-ever show in Vermont. That year, the nonprofit Champlain Valley Exposition, which organizes and hosts the fair, repainted the grandstand, and Ben & Jerry’s issued a limited-batch ice cream flavor in the musician’s honor, called Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road. The book, which was edited by Mease’s

wife, Cheryl Dorschner, also highlights how the fairgrounds themselves have evolved, with the disappearance of the horse track and motor speedway. Notably, it documents the grandstand fire that occurred on the morning of July 11, 1965. That blaze collapsed the roof in five minutes and razed the entire building in 20 minutes. Despite the utter devastation, tragedy was narrowly averted. Just hours before, 5,000 people had been in the stands watching a rodeo. Mostly, though, the book captures the fair’s timelessness: the pig races, the gargantuan pumpkins, the death-defying stunts and the carnival rides, many of which look like they haven’t changed in decades. It’s as though the entire book were a souvenir from one of the fair’s old-time photo booths. In many respects, Mease, 67, was an ideal choice to compile Champlain Valley Fair. In the 1980s and ’90s, he worked as features editor, then special sections editor, for the Burlington Free Press, where each year he oversaw the newspaper’s exhaustive daily coverage of the end-ofsummer event. Then, from 2004 to 2008, Mease served as communications director for the Champlain Valley Exposition. Invariably, he was the official photographer, capturing thousands of images on the ground and in the air, including those of the mega concerts and backstage meet and greets. “My biggest regret is that I didn’t get my picture taken with Taylor Swift,” Mease said. “But I remember her being very sweet and nice to all her fans.” Mease had been intrigued by fairs long before he was paid to promote or write about them. When the Denver, Colo., native was just a child, he recalled, his parents took him to the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 and to the New York World’s Fair in 1964. Champlain Valley Fair actually began as an effort to preserve and update the fair’s history display, which was created in 1996 for its 75th anniversary. After 25 years, that exhibit was looking rough around the


Building, became the basis for the book. It’s also where Mease spoke with Seven Days about his fair faves, how the event has and hasn’t changed, and some of its star performers. SEVEN DAYS: What do you find most interesting about the fair? STEPHEN MEASE: For me, it’s the people. I love seeing the people who are working here that you see every time you come back. And the traditions. When I looked back, it was fascinating to see what the entertainment was when there were so few other entertainment opportunities. For many people, this was the big event of the summer, the time when they would come in from the farm and see what was new — the appliances, the tractors, the shiny new farm equipment. They’d show their cows and bring their chickens and win ribbons and all that, and then go on the carnival rides. It’s a community that builds up over the years.

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Crowd at Old Dominion and Michael Ray concert, 2018






The original yellow clapboard grandstand, which was built in 1923 and burned down in 1965

edges, Mease said, with photos mounted on Velcro and newspaper articles, flyers and posters yellowed with age. So, in April 2021, Champlain Valley Exposition executive director Tim Shay and marketing director Jeff Bartley asked Mease to redo it. Not only had Mease taken many of the photos in recent years, he was

also the one most familiar with the closet filled with decades-old scrapbooks, photos, posters, hats and other fair-related ephemera. Mease worked with archivists from the University of Vermont Special Collections Library to fill in the missing pieces. That history exhibit, now on display in the Robert E. Miller Expo Centre’s State

SD: In compiling the history exhibit and then the book, what did you find most surprising? SM: How much things haven’t changed. The big attraction in 1933 was this guy who dives 110 feet [through] flames into a pool. Then there was this show that was here in 2012 called the Penguin Arctic Blast, and they’re still lighting themselves on fire and jumping into a pool! The auto thrill shows still keep people entertained, and the oxen and horse pulls still get people out there watching them. Certain things have gone away. Some of the older folks who grew up around here probably remember when the carnival trains would pull into Essex Junction, and at night the animals would parade down Pearl Street to the fairgrounds. But there’s still a sense of history and tradition. There’s the timelessness of kids seeing sheep and checking out the chickens. It was always a tenet of the fair to educate people about agriculture in Vermont. That mission has continued. You can still go into the milking parlor and see how they milk a cow. People often don’t know where their food is coming from and the work that farmers are doing. SD: The fair also had some less-thanfamily-friendly exhibits. SM: Yes. It had the girlie shows on the midway. Back in the 1930s and ’40s, there

was the fattest woman and all the other things you think of as part of the midway freak shows. Some of that continued until recently, like the fire-eating and the animal oddities in jars, like the two-headed pig. But even that’s gone away. SD: What’s your favorite part of the fair? SM: I love to get here before the fair opens and watch the activity over in the barns, especially with the 4-H kids. They’re washing the cows over by the poultry barn and getting them ready to show. Just that energy in the morning as things are getting set up before the people are let in. The other thing I like is walking the midway at night and watching the action. Whether it’s the kids or the lights and sounds of it all, I just love seeing it. In a lot of ways, the midway is a safe place where young teenagers get their first taste of independence. Their mom and dad brought them here, but they’ve got their friends with them, and they go on the rides and walk the midway on their own, and they’re just having fun. SD: What were personal highlights from your time on staff? SM: Having Garrison Keillor come and do his “Prairie Home Companion” [radio] show live from the Champlain Valley Fair. As a communications guy and publicist, that was a great get, to get that kind of national exposure. And I remember when [actor and singer] Corbin Bleu came. He was the superhot teen star. He actually went out on the midway before the show to ride some rides. Young teens were just starting to have phones, and there was this network communicating with each other, like, “Where is he now?” They would find him on the grounds and swarm around him. SD: Was there anything sad or bittersweet about working on this project? SM: Seeing some of the people in the pictures who are no longer here. I hope the book preserves some of those memories. The challenge was that the book has about 200 pictures, and I could have put another 200 in. I feel bad because I’m sure some folks will look at it and say, “Why didn’t they have a picture of this in there?” You just can’t get it all in. m This interview was edited and condensed for clarity and length.

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Woke but Not Broke Burlington’s Emily Eley offers “anti-capitalist” business coaching B Y CA ROLYN SHA PIRO •






mily Eley first used the phrase “anti-capitalist” to pitch herself as a business coach in August 2021. She signed up eight clients for a year of coaching sessions and made $60,000. It was the most success she’d ever had with her yearlong Made 4 More business coaching program, Eley said. Her clients have access to online courses, weekly individual coaching sessions and resources to help them shape their work around the rest of their lives while supporting values other than pure profit. “For me, anti-capitalism has always been people and the environment over profit,” said Eley, 36, as she sipped a chai latte and nibbled breakfast waffles during a recent interview at Zero Gravity Beer Hall in Burlington. “That’s really what I’m interested in, because capitalism at its root is profit.” The self-described “anti-capitalist business coach” tells her clients to slow down and stop pushing themselves to do more — to have fewer clients and sell less stuff. Eley seems to have tapped a nerve at a time when many people have grown disillusioned with moneymaking for its own sake. The first decade of the 21st century brought the Enron accounting scandal, the exposure of Bernie Madoff’s investment fraud and a hedge funddriven financial crisis. In the wake of those economic disasters, employees and entrepreneurs alike have turned away from Wall Street in search of other ways to do business. In the spring 2020 “Survey of Young Americans’ Attitudes Toward Politics and Public Service,” a Harvard Youth Poll that the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School conducts twice a year, only 29 percent of 18- to 29-year-old respondents identified themselves as capitalist. Less than half said they supported capitalism. The inclination to add some conscience to capitalism isn’t new. The B Corporation movement began in 2006 with a certification program for companies that meet certain standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency — and that put their employees, communities and the environment on an even playing field with profit.

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“I want to see how else we can do business,” Eley said. “I am curious how else we can meet our need of selling in our business and make it feel good and feel respectful and enjoyable.” Eley, a Burlington native who returned to the city with her husband and their son in 2020, never got an MBA or even an undergraduate business degree. True to her coaching message, she doesn’t think those formalities and traditional rules matter to a person’s success. Most of Eley’s clients are like her, she said — solo service providers and small business owners — so they don’t have to deal with employees. She has coached a financial adviser, a yoga teacher and a tattoo artist. Eley isn’t against making money, she said. She’s happy to have a career she enjoys and to earn enough to pay for increasingly expensive childcare for her 2-year-old son. Currently pregnant with her second child, she supplements her coaching income by working as a consultant to organizations such as Opportunities

Credit Union and the Center for Women & Enterprise, which hire her to teach group sessions for their members. Eley does most of the marketing for her business through email, Facebook ads and Instagram. The last platform is where she posted her first “anti-capitalist” pitch a year ago. Her posts are often personal, usually instructive and, at times, irreverent. She tells viewers to set “strong AF boundaries” and that business owners can “take naps AND push hard.” A strong anti-capitalist post in January generated a lot of attention, including hateful trolling, she said. “The primary motive of capitalism is to just generate more capital,” Eley said in that January video. “So, to be an anticapitalist business, it means you care about all the other things outside of just building capital.” That message resonated with Ashley Bovin, an independent marketing consultant in Grand Rapids, Mich., who joined Eley’s program in the spring. Bovin appreciated a business coach who took an approach different from the “hustle

mindset” that pushes for growth at all costs, she said. “Thinking about core values is becoming more common in the business world and in the marketing world,” Bovin continued. “That means to me that I am not exploiting myself in terms of my time, energy and labor. And I am not exploiting the time, attention, emotions of my audience.” Eley took some time to carve out her own path in the work world. She attended the University of Vermont for two years, majoring in human geography and Middle Eastern studies, but her college trajectory left her dissatisfied. A former high school athlete, she also worked as a personal trainer. In 2014, she packed her car and drove across the country. Landing in Boulder, Colo., she rented an apartment with three roommates — one of whom has since become her husband. While working as a nanny, Eley completed her degree in human geography at University of Colorado Boulder. A professor she admired persuaded her to do

an honors thesis. Her paper on “neoliberalism and the economization of academia” focused on the influence of money on people’s relationships to education, work, their fellow citizens and the world. After graduating in November 2016, Eley worked as an outreach coordinator for a nonprofit that lobbies for bicycle lanes and e-bike access. Then the employer of her future husband relocated them to New Jersey. In Montclair, N.J., Eley was thrust into an environment that opened her eyes to racism and poverty in a way she had never before experienced, she said. “Something I learned about myself is, I actually really enjoy being uncomfortable,” Eley said. “I like pushing myself to examine and critique and look at and analyze and question where my brain automatically goes, versus maybe where I want it to go or what I want to think about myself.” Eley continued to work for nonprofit organizations, including a women’s health coalition. A friend from the local CrossFit gym who ran her own dietitian consulting business, mostly online, started working in Eley’s home office with her.

Watching her friend, Eley thought she’d like to have her own business and structure her career the way she wanted. She had always excelled at job interviews, networking and selling herself, she said. So she started a careercoaching business.



Eley’s new job gave her glimpses of the dark side of business success. Most of her clients worked for big corporations and wanted to move up the ranks. Many were women dissatisfied with their treatment as second-class employees, she said. “I kind of got to a place where I was like, ‘I don’t actually think corporate America is a good idea,’” she said. “‘So I don’t know if I really want to be coaching people [on] how to excel in that space.’”

One client, an executive at a major company, decided she wanted Eley to help her start her own consulting company rather than move up the corporate ladder. That’s when Eley shifted from career to business coaching. Her dietitian friend coined the Made 4 More name. After Eley and her partner had their son, they married in September 2020. In the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, they moved back to Burlington and managed to buy “the last house under $400,000” in the New North End, she said. This fall, Eley is breaking up the yearlong Made 4 More program into three tracks covering market research, ethical marketing and sustainable sales. Clients sign up on a rolling basis and receive four months of coaching on any of the tracks, a more flexible arrangement for people who don’t want to pay for a full-year commitment. Each four-month program costs $2,500, or $625 per month. In the sustainable sales section, for example, Eley addresses strategies clients can use to handle their businesses as their lives change — when they have a child, struggle with depression or want a chunk of time off.

“My greatest interest is supporting people in thinking critically about their life, about the world, about their relationships, about the way they make money, all of it,” she said. In the ethical marketing section, Eley teaches her clients to eschew the traditional business model of luring customers with flashy “buy now” appeals that aim to maximize the number of sales. “The alternative to shitty marketing is building real, authentic relationships with people,” she said. “That means you probably can’t do it as fast. And you probably can’t reach as many people. And you might not have this huge, big, splashy impact.” But the customers with whom you build those relationships will stick with you, she tells her clients, and spread good word of mouth to others. “What I’m asking people to do,” she said, “is to come into discourse with me about how else we could be operating in our businesses.” m

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Northern Exposure Eating well on a daytrip to Sutton, Québec



ometimes people cross borders for freedom. Sometimes they cross them for food. My friend Simone, who now lives in Vermont, was a baby when her parents immigrated to British Columbia in the 1980s as political dissidents. A dual citizen, Simone recently agreed to accompany me on an international excursion with much lower stakes: a food-centered daytrip to Sutton, a bustling small town near the border in Québec’s Eastern Townships. Perhaps I’m just neighborly, but going abroad tends to make me appreciate both my native country and the one I’m exploring — bonus when it’s less than an hour’s

been years that habits have changed a lot,” she said. Walking through Sutton’s lively Saturday market on a hot August morning, I noticed how my own habits have changed: I go out less frequently and buy less. For other Americans feeling that financial vigilance, an upside of visiting Canada is that our dollar is strong, with the Canadian dollar at about 80 American cents. Food vendors, furniture makers, booksellers and artisans made our visit to the Sutton market memorable. I bought locally harvested sweetgrass that had been braided into a doll shape, and fleur de sel NORTHERN EXPOSURE

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A JAR OF LIGHTLY PICKLED LOCAL VEGGIES AND GRILLED FOCACCIA. drive from my home. Yet the relaxation of border restrictions since the early pandemic hasn’t resulted in an influx of tourists heading north. While the number of Americans driving into Canada has increased tenfold from 2021, according to Statistics Canada, it’s only reached about half the level of 2019, according to Reuters — and that includes daytrips. Adèle Prud’homme, who co-owns the new restaurant and wine shop Réserve Naturelle Caviste in Sutton, said most of her customers are from Québec, though she’s seen a few folks from across the border. She said neighboring shop owners agree that this year’s sales numbers are on the low end, compared with pre-pandemic figures. “It’s still a lot of people, but these have





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Beef with onion petals and gremolata at Kismet

Kismet Reopens in Montpelier Chef-owner CRYSTAL MADERIA is reopening KISMET for seated dining in its original location at 207 Barre Street in Montpelier. After three soft-opening events — a cocktail party on August 11, a prix fixe dinner on August 17 and a brunch on August 21 — Maderia will start serving meals of Kismet classics, such as beef with mushroom cream, onion petals and gremolata. As of August 24, the restaurant will be open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday and for brunch on Sunday. Maderia opened her seasonally inspired restaurant on Barre Street in 2007 and moved Kismet to a larger, more prominent space at 52 State Street in late 2010. She closed Kismet in September 2020, turning the State Street spot over to OAKES & EVELYN. Since then, Maderia has worked with several restaurants and culinary businesses, such as CALEDONIA SPIRITS in Montpelier, to which she supplied food last summer. She also offered

some takeout and prepared meals from her Barre Street kitchen. “I wasn’t really sure when or if I wanted to reopen Kismet,” she said. “But then I just woke up one day and felt like it was time.” The 20-seat, 600-square-foot Barre Street restaurant has been updated with new seating and lighting for “a feeling of freshness and spaciousness,” Maderia said. Kismet can accommodate another 25 diners outside. Advance dinner reservations will now require a commitment to a fivecourse prix fixe dinner menu for $75, including taxes and service charges. Day-of reservations and walk-ins will be accommodated as available. Those diners will be able to order individual courses, such as shiitake-and-oystermushroom kebabs; swordfish with farro in tomato and citrus broth with cherry tomatoes and fava beans; and honey crème brûlée.

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Oh, Honey Swaying Daisies Farmstand Market & Café buzzes with sweet treats B Y J O RD AN B ARRY •

him, eager to share his lifelong horticultural knowledge — developed at Cornell and Columbia universities — and to taste what’s growing. “There’s a relationship between biodiversity and bees, right?” Gerald said in a thick New York accent, offering me a leaf of lemon verbena to smell. Walking among bags of peppers, he handed me a shishito and explained the symbiotic relationship between the bees and the plants. If customers want to buy the starts, he’ll sell them. Otherwise, much of the harvest is destined for pickling — and the pollinators. “Mostly,” Gerald added with a laugh, pointing to a strawberry for me to try. “Some I just have because they’re frickin’ nice plants.” Inside the building — past the daisies, of course — customers are greeted by Karen’s wide smile and a heck of a lot of honey in jarred, stick, pie, lemonade and baked good form. I immediately picked up a honey-drizzled doughnut ($3) and two “Ted Lasso”-inspired shortbread cookies ($2 each). Karen bakes the treats — including the custard-like honey pie, which will be available regularly now that honey harvest is in full swing — and designed the stand and the farm’s playful packaging. “Gerald’s the science, and I’m the art,” she said. The farmstand will be open year-round. Karen hopes to expand her offerings this fall, with savory dishes such as pulled pork with honey-mustard sauce, soups, and sweetand-spicy chili. I left abuzz with bee knowledge and honey treats, taking a quick sip of honey lemonade before pulling back onto Route 7 and heading up the road to the next farmstand. m

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The four-mile stretch of Route 7 between Charlotte and Ferrisburgh is quickly becoming a farmstand hot spot. In 2021, both Sweet Roots Farm & Market and Head Over Fields set up shop, offering farm-grown specialties and a pantry’s worth of local grocery staples. This summer, Swaying Daisies Farmstand Market & Café joined the fun a bit farther south, at 5075 Ethan Allen Highway in Ferrisburgh. There, it’s all about the honey. The brown roadside stand with yellow trim is a market outpost for Karen and Gerald Posner’s Swaying Daisies Honeybee Farm. Cheerful hand-painted signs along the road promise Vermont honey, pollinator plants, pies, baked goods and coffee, giving drivers enough warning to slow down and swing in for a sweet treat. The Posners came to Vermont from Connecticut in 2020. Having often visited while their son was at the University of Vermont, they thought they’d get away from the surging pandemic for a few weeks. “We came and never left,” Karen said. Keeping bees had been the couple’s hobby, but once settled in Vermont, they decided to go all in on their hives as a source of income. Karen sold honey and honey-soaked treats at the Shelburne and Old North End farmers markets last summer. Her homemade honey lemonade was a big seller, as were the little honey pies and honey-cinnamon popcorn. This year, she was planning to repeat the market circuit when friends told the couple that the former Lamoille Woodcraft stand was available. Now, herbs, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, berries and flowers encircle the Posners’ farmstand — all in biodegradable bags, growing in vermicompost. Some of the harvest ends up on the store’s shelves, along with produce from other local farms. When he’s not off tending the apiary’s 53 hives in Hinesburg and Morrisville, Gerald is usually puttering among the plants. When I stopped in last week, that’s where I found

food+drink Northern Exposure « P.38 with crushed calendula. I wished I’d brought a cooler to take home a few handfuls of chanterelles. (See sidebar on page 43 for specs on bringing food across the border.) We walked from the market to Sutton’s happening main drag, where no businesses appeared to be vacant, and found a table for lunch at Mollies. The dog-friendly, shaded terrace

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was busy, and service was quick. On Thursday evenings, Mollies offers barbecue and hosts a jazz musician as part of Sutton Jazz, which holds free concerts into September. Iced nettle and lemon balm tea helped us keep the heat in check. My lightly smoked mackerel rillettes came with a sesame bagel and a pickle spear, making for an enjoyable lunch, if an unexceptionally presented one. More impressive was Simone’s chilled cucumber soup, puréed with yogurt and topped with cherry tomatoes and chopped basil. Feeling an openness and heightened curiosity in this new environment, we continued to explore the town’s offerings. At farfelu, an artists’ cooperative and gallery, I bought pretty hand-poured concrete coasters and a candleholder for a song. The artist working the counter said the gallery’s name means “harebrained” and encouraged Simone to take home a complimentary branded matchbook “for your daughter.” It seemed like a strange suggestion for a child until we realized that the inside of the matchbook contained not matches but tiny slips of paper for Réserve Naturelle Caviste drawing or taking notes. Next, we popped into an art

opening at Galerie Art Plus, housed in a converted church. We drove a couple of miles to Parc d’environnement naturel de Sutton, where we hiked to a small waterfall and lounged in the shaded waters, grateful for the right and means to travel and experience this respite from the quotidian. We left the park in time to check out La Rumeur Affamée, a well-established gourmet market in downtown Sutton that was full of culinary delights: fir-infused honey; baked goods; fish from Québec; high-quality, frozen meals made in-house; local wines and ciders; and artisanal pies and quiches, some of which were made with lard. Many of the prices seemed comparable to or lower than those of similar-quality items in Vermont, even before the conversion rate. The charcuterie selection was formidable, with numerous varieties of saucisson sec, foie gras, mousse and pâté, many from Québec and some imported. I picked up some thinly sliced coppa and lonza from organic producer Les Viandes Bio de Charlevoix, along with a slab of rabbit terrine with blueberries from another Québec producer. Music from a deck-side public piano enlivened the streets as we walked to dinner at Réserve Naturelle Caviste, a wine shop combined with a counter-service restaurant. Its spacious interior is filled with organic, biodynamic, and low-intervention wines and ciders, some local and some imported. Those include cider that the co-owners of the shop, Prud’homme and her boyfriend, Lionel Furonnet, make from wild and organic apples in the Eastern Townships under the name Turbulence. NORTHERN EXPOSURE


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Northern Exposure « P.41 Prud’homme, who opened Réserve Naturelle Caviste with Furonnet last fall, explained that their hybrid business model is only newly possible. Wine shop licenses don’t exist in Québec, and most bottles are sold in government-run stores. To sell imported wine, one must have a restaurant license and serve the wine with food, even when bottles are offered to go. (A small range of mass-produced imported wines are sold in some grocery stores.) A change to the law during the pandemic made it legal for restaurants to sell a bottle with a small food item rather than a whole meal. Hence Réserve Naturelle Caviste’s offerings of small plates and crackers, jams and nuts to go. I tried a sip of a lovely, minerally white from Maison Agricole Joy Hill, a winery in nearby Frelighsburg. Prud’homme said it was made from grüner veltliner and Riesling; the former varietal is almost never grown commercially in this part of North America.

The Domaine Le Grand Saint-Charles Farniente, a playful, sparkling ruby-red co-fermentation of Frontenac gris and Frontenac noir grapes that calls itself a rosé, was available only by the bottle. Unable to resist, I ordered it hoping the border agent would let me bring back whatever we didn’t drink. Everything about our meal was eye-pleasing, unfussy and delicious. The dried sausage with black garlic came with a jar of lightly pickled local veggies and grilled focaccia. Punchy sour cherry jam, seasoned walnuts and crostini accompanied a wedge of Manchego. I relished the generous bowl of tender, herbed meatballs made from a mix of veal, beef, pork and Parmesan, served with a zippy tomato sauce and basil. Thinly sliced smoked salmon arrived on a creamy pillow of puréed corn, mingled with pickled beets, slivered breakfast radishes, and fresh corn kernels and basil — a plate of summer perfection. We left the restaurant buoyant, already scheming up returns to the townships in which we’d remember to

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Trail Magic Drinking Guinness with hikers at the Inn at Long Trail ST ORY & P H O T O S B Y J OR DAN BAR RY •

I am not a hiker. But, by some twist of fate (and marriage), I’m related to quite a few very serious hikers, and they all traversed the woods of Vermont this summer. We met Snow and Snake Farm — the trail names of my husband’s cousin and her partner — for dinner not long after they had crossed into the Green Mountains on their northbound through-hike of the Appalachian Trail. They were overnighting in Killington at the Inn at Long Trail, a popular stop for hikers looking to rest and refuel. Less than a mile from the Route 4 trailhead, the inn draws a steady stream of trail folk with its coin-op laundry, discounts for hike-in lodging and resupply-package holding. Logistics aside, I was intrigued by a tip from my brother-in-law, who recently finished hiking the Long Trail: He raved about the inn’s attached watering hole, McGrath’s Irish Pub. “They really know how to pour a Guinness,” he said, “with the shamrock and everything.” We found Snow and Snake Farm in the pub, beers in hand. Naïvely thinking ahead to dinner, I asked what they were most excited to eat off-trail. They immediately answered in unison, lifting their glasses: “Beer!” To make the most of their time in Vermont, they’d opted for local craft beers. But a note on the pub’s printed menu caught my eye: “First in Vermont to serve Guinness on draft.” I ordered it and discovered that the bartender’s two-part draft pour would hold up anywhere, even at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin itself. After the first pour, as the three-quarter-full pint settled, I read the rest of the inn’s history on the back of the menu, signed by owners Murray and Patty McGrath. The spot has drawn hikers since 1923, when the inn’s predecessor across the street, a seasonal lodge, was built for the



Green Mountain Club. When that building burned down in 1968, the news made the front page of the New York Times “as the loss of a significant part of Vermont’s history,” the menu notes. Kyran and Rosemary McGrath purchased the current building, originally a ski lodge, in 1977. They added the pub — and the Guinness. The Guinness Academy, run by the Dublin storehouse, teaches a full six-step ritual for pouring, which should take 119.5 seconds from grabbing a branded glass to presenting a full pint. I didn’t check my watch, but when I looked up again, my full pint was in front of me. Its creamy head snuck just above the brim, with the head of a shamrock traced on top. We drank our perfect pints and several others, trying out variations such as the Vermont Half (splitting Guinness with Long Trail Ale) while we listened to our adventurous relatives’ tales from the trail. The last 500 miles, from Vermont to Maine, was the part they were looking forward to the most. The pub’s dinner menu was a serious upgrade from the packets of tuna and basic sandwiches they’d been eating, though they did pick up two types of cheddar immediately after crossing into Vermont. I opted for the “Paddy” Melt ($14), topped with Guinness-braised onions and Guinness-and-mushroom ketchup, to maximize my consumption of the stout. I had hiked only from the parking lot into the pub, but the grilled burger’s melty cheese felt like something I’d crave after a few days in the woods. Pints empty, we took a family photo under a poster with the Barry crest — a small part of the Irish décor adorning the pub’s walls — and said our goodbyes. “Most fun stop on the whole trail,” Snow said. m

A Vermont Half at McGrath’s Irish Pub

The entrance to McGrath’s Irish Pub at the Inn at Long Trail

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food+drink bring a cooler. Suddenly, as we crossed the street, the cork burst from my bottle and a pink explosion of wine sprayed my white canvas bag and the asphalt, startling passersby. “Juste quelque chose de complètement

normale!” (Just something totally normal!), I spurted out, laughing. Ten minutes later, we were back in Vermont, the remainder of the wine and assorted goodies secured in the trunk for future savoring. m

BRINGING IT BACK Most food, drink and consumer goods from Canada can be brought into the United States. In general, if a food item is processed, packaged or baked, it’s allowed. Most animal products are also permissible, with the exception of lamb and goat meat. Most produce grown in Canada between May and October can also cross the border, but produce that doesn’t normally grow in Canada — bananas, oranges, pineapples — is permissible only when frozen, dried or canned. Agents could request proof that fresh produce was grown in Canada, such as produce stickers, packaging or receipts showing the farm they came from. The “aboveground parts” of fresh mushrooms are allowed, as long as they are clean. What U.S. Customs and Border Protection aims to keep out is any lingering soil on produce that might spread pests or disease. Rules about produce change, especially with pest and disease outbreaks, so check the U.S. Department of Agriculture website for the latest. If you bring a proscribed food item and declare it, you will not face a charge or a fine, although the agent will confiscate the item and could submit the passengers to a search. When passengers’ responses to agents’ questions diverge (e.g., “No food to Réserve Naturelle Caviste declare” from the driver followed by “No, we have apples” from a child), agents typically search the vehicle. There are no federal restrictions on how much wine you can bring into the U.S. for personal use, although a large amount could subject a traveler to scrutiny. Vermont law allows people to import up to eight quarts of liquor or fortified wine and six gallons of wine or malt beverages. Travelers could be asked to pay a small duty if they bring back more than one liter of alcohol. Duty on wine and beer for personal consumption (when imposed) is $1 to $2 per liter, while liquor is subject to higher rates. It is against Canadian law to transport any cannabis products, including CBD, into or out of Canada.

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included two chefs with experience working at the original A SINGLE PEBBLE in Berlin, Vt. To keep Plate afloat when seated dining capacity was capped at 50 percent, “we opened a takeout place a few doors down,” Martin said. “My daughter joked we should have called it Saving Plate.” The two Plate restaurants are designed to complement each other in terms of menu and hours of service. “It’s been really, really challenging with staffing,” Martin said. “This will let us use Plate as a commissary kitchen [for Petite Plate].” m

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hen I met Stephen Jay Goldberg in 2007, I knew him first as a poet, one of the regulars at the Monday night “no guitar” open mic at Burlington’s Radio Bean. Chain-smoking in a leather jacket, with disheveled shoulder-length silver curls and a goatee, Steve seemed like an ideal emissary from New York City’s 1960s bohemia. The poems he read were filled with down-and-out characters, jazz musicians, lovers, seekers and losers. Usually he performed two pieces, the first one funny, filled with self-deprecating punch lines and sexual innuendo. Once he had put the audience at ease, his second piece would stick a knife in us. I didn’t know then that Goldberg is a musician by trade who has been a fixture of Vermont’s artistic landscape since the 1980s. He’s played trumpet and flügelhorn all over the world, including in the backing bands of Stevie Wonder, Little Richard and Chuck Berry. With his late wife, Rachel Bissex, he toured as the opening act for Ray Charles. In late May of this year, I hydrated, bought a fresh pack of cigarettes and visited Steve’s home in Burlington’s New North End, where we spoke about his latest book, Rants Raves & Ricochets, and consumed a quantity of vodka. Born in Queens, N.Y., Goldberg studied at the Manhattan School of Music. He came to Vermont as the musical director of Nimbus Dance for a residency at Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University). There, playwright John Ford Noonan encouraged him to pursue playwriting. Goldberg has since produced more than two dozen plays and cofounded Burlington’s Off Center for the Dramatic Arts with Paul Schnabel, John D. Alexander and Genevra MacPhail. Burlington’s Fomite Press published a selection of Goldberg’s plays, Screwed, in 2013. Rants Raves & Ricochets, also published by Fomite, brings together decades of poems, memoirs and a novella-length work of fiction. “I have cartons of this stuff,” Goldberg 44


of drinking, globe-trotting and promiscuity, the author tenderly describes moments such as being bathed as a small child by his father and explores the complex emotional dynamics of his household. Un s u r p r i s i n g l y, t h e seasoned playwright divides his book into a loose threeact structure, beginning with recollections from childhood. His preoccupation with death began early, we learn: The opening poem recounts a memory from age 9 in which the narrator wakes from a pleasant dream to find that “two men in dark suits were coming up the stairs to my / bedroom carrying a coffin.” This in turn is a dream from which he wakes, Inceptionstyle. “Till this day I have never known / if I am awake or dreaming. / About to wake up,” the poem concludes. A profound sense of loss haunts Goldberg’s writing. “[S]o where the fuck is Bach / where is Beethoven,” he asks in “It’s the Next Thing,” a long poem that laments the shallowness and accelerating pace of modernity. In “Dad’s Darkroom,” a slice of memoirprose, he describes watching his father, a furrier by trade, smoke a cigar while working in his darkroom. Eventually, his father’s business in Manhattan’s Fur District went belly-up. He “would walk around the apartment like a caged animal,” Goldberg writes. “I know that’s what killed him at 57, the idea of failure, to not provide for his family the way he had.” This theme of loss is explored more in depth, albeit in fictionalized form, in the novella that makes up the middle section of the book. Titled “Black and Whites,” it’s narrated by a suicidal painter, Sidney, who lives in relative bliss with his wife in upstate New York. In the opening scene, he washes down pills with a bottle of Scotch and torches all of his work — huge black-and-white paintings that he paints with a roller — in a bonfire. From there, things get steadily worse and more surreal. Sid’s wife gives him the car and tells him to get lost, precipitating a picaresque journey of car crashes, sexual encounters and a brutal murder scene


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told me over a few rounds of Absolut vodka and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. “Enough for 10 more books.” Goldberg is a natural storyteller. The poems in Rants Raves & Ricochets transport the reader into a lurid world of 1960s jazz musicians and junkies, booze and bars, jam sessions and lonely love affairs. “I wonder if he ever / put the needle in the lost love tattoo / I would have / I’m sure he did / Frank was a romantic,” Goldberg writes in “Frank Dupree.” One of the most moving pieces in the book, this poem recalls a tenor sax player who worked as a longshoreman. Frank invites the author, then a young trumpet

player, to an all-night jam session on his Lower East Side rooftop, where they drink cheap wine, play “thousands of choruses” and pass out until the sun wakes them. Goldberg isn’t afraid to show us both the agony and the ecstasy, though: Ultimately, Frank overdoses, and his body is found “not by his friends or lovers / but by the stink of his rotting corpse.” Fans of writers such as Jack Kerouac and Chuck Palahniuk will eat up Rants Raves & Ricochets like candy. Readers who find the Beats passé or groan at their male gaze may be surprised by how much emotional depth Goldberg adds to his stories. Along with telling eccentric tales

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worthy of Georges Bataille’s controversial 1928 novella Story of the Eye. “I have some friends who really didn’t like it. And some loved it. I can’t even remember writing it,” Goldberg said. Somehow, “Black and Whites” is also laugh-out-loud funny at times. At one point, the protagonist gets interrogated by a man claiming to be Sammy Davis Jr.’s rabbi. After a bit of back-and-forth, he says, ‘“Let’s cut the crap, Sidney, are you a Jew?”’ The conversation that ensues feels like a Socratic dialogue composed in the style of a profane, absurdist comedy. “I think you should fuck off,” Sidney tells him. “I think you’re full of shit, that’s what I think. Rabbi.” Design-wise, the book is defiantly experimental. Throughout, font sizes and styles shift, sometimes even from stanza to stanza. Photographs, scraps of paper, handwritten grocery lists, X-rays and medical files illustrate Goldberg’s stories of his family history and health, rendering them instantly more tangible and personal. “Down in Mexico, this guy [Warren Clark] kept showing up at my gigs, and it turned out he’s a book designer. So I said, ‘Yeah, man, let’s do it,’” Goldberg explained to me, gesturing vaguely into the distance as if things like that

happen all the time. Which, if you’re Steve INFO Goldberg, they seem to do. Rants Raves & Ricochets by Our conversation was peppered with Stephen Jay Goldberg, anecdotes like this one, often told apropos Fomite Press, 236 pages. $18. of nothing and in the natural cadence of a standup comedian. While getting ice for another round of drinks, for example, Goldberg said, “My ex-ex-wife had this gorgeous house in Westchester with an ice machine. A friend from the city called me up, asked what I was doing up there. I said, ‘I’m just trying to keep up with the ice machine.’” Then Goldberg informed me that what we were drinking wasn’t actually Absolut. “What I do is, I buy the cheap stuff and pour it in,” he explained. “It makes the vodka very happy to be in a glass bottle in the icebox, you know? So that’s what I do. It makes me a little happy, too.” m


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ome Vermonters see it as a point of pride that the designer behind the grounds of Shelburne Farms, with its sinuous roads leading past planned fields, forests and Lake Champlain, was Frederick Law Olmsted. But even Vermonters may not know that Olmsted — the country’s first self-described landscape architect and founder of the profession — designed three projects in the state, and his sons’ successor firm, Olmsted Brothers, did 15 more. This year is the 200th anniversary of Olmsted’s birth, and the occasion is being fêted around the country. In Vermont, the state legislature declared April 26 Frederick Law Olmsted Day. Planned events in celebration of the bicentennial include a touring exhibition, a Shelburne Farms walking tour, a film, an author’s talk, and a panel discussion featuring local and national experts. The catalyst for all this activity is Olmsted 200, an initiative of the Washington, D.C.-based National Association for Olmsted Parks in partnership with nine other nonprofits and organizations. It’s hard to overstate the importance of Olmsted in American history. Radically for his time, even before the Civil War, he conceived of landscapes as a key component of democracy. And he had the talent and writerly chops to convince an industrializing country that the public needed landscapes, both planned and natural, for its civic and bodily health. Olmsted achieved international fame in 1858 with his design, with Calvert Vaux, for New York City’s Central Park. The project gave tired workers and high society alike an 843-acre retreat in the middle of Manhattan — an unprecedented offering at a time when such parks existed only as private estates of the wealthy. A lifelong advocate of land conservation, Olmsted went on to argue for what would become the national park system and to design hundreds of public and private landscapes around the country. Greg De Vries, managing partner at Heritage Landscapes in Charlotte, researched Olmsted projects in Vermont on behalf of the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Searching the archives of the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Mass. — where Olmsted Brothers was based from 1882 until it closed in

“From Yosemite’s Half Dome to the Capitol Dome: The Intersecting Lives of Frederick Law Olmsted and Justin Morrill,” a talk by Rolf Diamant, Sunday, August 21, 4 p.m., at the Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford. Free. “Frederick Law Olmsted: Landscapes for the Public Good,” through August 31 at the Interstate 91 Guilford rest area; through October 9 at the Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford; September 26 to October 21 at the Rutland Free Library. Free., Sheep Meadow in New York City’s Central Park

1979 — he learned that the firm logged 34 projects in Vermont, 18 of which resulted in substantial design work. A map of those 18 sites and information about them appears on a panel that De Vries created as part of “Frederick Law Olmsted: Landscapes for the Public Good,” a 23-panel exhibition on Olmsted’s national impact for Olmsted 200. VT ASLA, in collaboration with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, has installed the complete exhibition at the Guilford rest area on Interstate 91; next it will travel to the Rutland Free Library. Another set of the panels is at the Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford for the season.

The exhibition touches on everything from Olmsted’s childhood in Hartford, Conn., to his years as a New York Times correspondent traveling through the slaveholding South to his 1873 design for the grounds of the U.S. Capitol — at the request of Vermont senator Justin Morrill, though that detail goes unmentioned on the national organization’s panel. Olmsted’s first project in the Green Mountains was the University of Vermont’s Billings Library, now the student center, designed in 1884. It was followed by Shelburne Farms in 1886 and publishing magnate Henry Holt’s Fairholt estate, now the Burlington Country Club, in 1890. The latter were

Tour of Shelburne Farms with Patricia O’Donnell, Monday, September 12 (rain date: Tuesday, September 13). Free.

among several private residences the firm designed in Shelburne, Proctor, Norwich and Manchester, though these remain unnamed on the map for reasons of privacy. Olmsted died in 1903. De Vries noted in an email that, in 1906, his sons received a request from Vermont senator Redfield Proctor to design the state’s new tuberculosis sanatorium on 238 acres in Pittsford. (The site is now the Vermont Police Academy.) Design work was completed in 1908. In 1947, the Olmsted Brothers were still going strong, completing designs for





National Carbon in St. Albans. The site became Union Carbide, then the Energizer battery plant; it may soon house the battery factory for Beta Technologies. The brothers also designed National Life Insurance in Montpelier from 1956 to 1960. De Vries, who has worked at 20 Olmsted sites around the country, including the U.S. Capitol grounds, said it’s unclear whether all 18 Vermont projects were built. To confirm that would involve “driving around and seeing if anything remains,” he noted. But he has compared Olmsted’s drawings for Billings Library with its present-day state and wrote that “The siting of the building … and the kind of sweeping grades and arced walkway that rise up to where it sits in the landscape are all historic.” State architectural historian Devin Colman has visited the police academy and reported, in a phone call, that “it’s hard to tell” today how much of it is Olmsted-designed. “At Pittsford, the few plans that we do have clearly show view sheds [aka vistas] from the buildings and say, ‘Top the trees in this area so that there’s a view to this valley,’” Colman said. “But that was 115 years ago, and trees grow. It’s now a forest. So it’s really hard with historic landscapes.” As for Shelburne Farms, a National Historic Landmark, visitors will be able to tour it in September and see exactly what remains of Olmsted’s vision, with the help of De Vries’ colleague Patricia O’Donnell. She founded Heritage Landscapes, which focuses on public

historic landscapes and has worked on 60 Olmsted sites around the country. That includes 20 years of work at Shelburne Farms, where restoration has involved replanting the historic tree canopy and extending the trail network in accordance with Olmsted’s plans. Shelburne Farms will host a screening of the documentary Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks on September 28, and the Burlington-based Architecture + Design Film Series will include the film in its lineup. In October, O’Donnell will moderate a virtual discussion of Olmsted for VT ASLA’s annual Doug Crowell Lecture Series; panelists include Dede Petri, National Association for Olmsted Parks president and Olmsted 200 chair. Historians view Olmsted Brothers projects as on a par with Olmsted’s own because the brothers — John Charles and Frederick Law Jr. — were trained by their father and carried on his ethos, style and perspective. “There’s a heavy hand of Olmsted Sr. in all of the later firm’s work,” De Vries commented. “That’s why it’s such a legacy in the U.S.” As an example, he cited the outdoor areas for staff at National Life Insurance and Union Carbide. “The little sketches show ladies taking a smoking break and people bringing their lunches,” he said. In the words of Rolf Diamant, “Olmsted was always thinking about creating amenities for society.” The author with Ethan Carr of the recently published Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea, Diamant, who lives in Woodstock and Burlington, is a UVM adjunct associate professor and has served as superintendent of five national historic parks, including Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock and Olmsted Park in Brookline. On August 21, he will elucidate the connections between Morrill and Olmsted in a talk at the Justin Morrill Homestead. Diamant and Carr’s book focuses on the 1864 Yosemite Act, with which the federal government made an unprecedented grant of Yosemite Valley to California for public enjoyment. Olmsted was hired a year later to envision Yosemite’s design, and he seized the opportunity to write a 7,500-word manifesto on the newly reunified country’s need for more public grounds. In that report, Olmsted “was talking about popular government operating on principles of ‘equity and benevolence,’” Diamant said. “He felt that one of the roles of government should be to remove the obstacles that society places in front of people that impair their pursuit of happiness. Even today that resonates.” m



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ne of the worst moments in a friendship has to be when one friend feels compelled to tell another that she’s falling for the wrong guy. While this über-uncomfortable exchange might be a supreme act of looking out for a bestie, many relationships undoubtedly have not survived it. In the real world, this dynamic is not unique to any gender. In playwright Wendy MacLeod’s comedy Women in Jeopardy!, the friends happen to be women — two who can’t let a third figure out her mistake for herself. After all, she might be dating a serial killer. Vermont Stage’s current run of Women in Jeopardy! makes use of the verdant lawns and open skies at Williston’s Isham Family Farm to mount a production as vibrant as its plein air venue. The play revolves around the friendship of three middle-aged, middle-class white women, all divorced. There’s Mary, played by Chloe Fidler; Jo, played by Abby Paige; and Liz, played by Laura Wolfsen. The three buoy one another in their drift through the eddies of a single “older” woman’s life. They palliate loneliness, empty nests and bodily decline with charity fun runs, book club and a weekly ritual they call “Chardonnay Tuesday.” Bleakness can’t break their friendly bond. This is not Waiting for Godot staged in a Whole Foods. It’s more like “Sex and the City” relocated to a Salt Lake City cul-de-sac. Pain sometimes flickers with the clink of wine glasses, but the women’s dedication to one another holds desperation at bay. Under the keen direction of Arianna Soloway, Women in Jeopardy! is part meditation on the vagaries of maturing womanhood — yes, menopause gets a 48


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nod — and part testament to the tenacity of female friendship. That closeness faces a formidable foe when Liz brings her new beau, a dentist named Jackson (played by Quinn Rol), to an evening get-together with her pals. Liz’s new relationship disrupts the symmetrical singleness of the group. But the real problem is Jackson’s conspicuous connection to the recent disappearance of a young woman in their community, a dental hygienist in Jackson’s employ, whom Jackson was the last person to see alive. This was right after he loaned her his DVD of the abduction-themed movie The Silence of the Lambs. When Liz arrives at Mary’s house ahead of Jackson in the opening scene, she’s as bubbly as a glass of Champagne — and inebriated by romance, her judgment badly impaired. When she discloses that Jackson is planning to take her 19-year-old daughter, Amanda, on a camping trip — without her — Mary and Jo realize that straight talk won’t sober Liz up. They decide to unleash their inner Nancy Drews and act. What begins as a breezy comedy takes a turn toward madcap murder mystery. The darker theme here is a mere

flirtation, though, as the Vermont Stage cast animates MacLeod’s clever, chatty script with unflagging comic verve. The comic tone can be uneven in spots — sometimes subtle, sometimes overly broad — but the energy is always up, leaving laughs like bread crumbs on the trail to catch a killer. As Mary, Fidler plays the brains of the investigation. A librarian by occupation, she hatches a plan to foil Jackson’s devious design, assuming he has one. The willowy Fidler blows across the stage in a selfgenerated squall of mildly manic nerdiness, her gestures showing the intellectual challenge of outsmarting a twisted villain. MacLeod’s sometimes arch cultural observations come across credibly and comically through Fidler’s asides. Playing Mary’s partner in noncrime, Jo, Paige inhabits a more embittered character. “Women don’t kill strangers. They kill husbands,” she says as the group ponders potential criminal suspects. Jo’s sharp commentary crackles with humor thanks to Paige’s deft physical embodiment of her jaded character, a publicist by trade. The eye rolls and grimaces speak volumes. As Liz, Wolfsen rises to the challenge of playing a capable woman and mother

rendered clueless by romantic infatuation. MacLeod apportions more laugh lines to Liz’s peers, but Wolfsen brings dimensionality to a character that could lapse into flatness, shifting skillfully between lovestruck and livid at her friends’ interference in her intimate affairs. These three principal characters conjure an emotional and physical energy that’s greater than the sum of its parts, like friendship itself. Their convincing chemistry is amusing for the way conflict has rendered it volatile. Rol’s Jackson, the male interloper in this estrogen-heavy ecosystem, could not be a more awkward presence. His arrival brings an array of tone-deaf comments about the community’s recent tragedy punctuated by cringey public displays of affection for Liz. At one point, he hits both sour notes at once, moving in for a kiss while imitating one of Hannibal Lecter’s signature lines from The Silence of the Lambs. Rol plays a second role in Women in Jeopardy!: Sergeant Kirk Sponsüllar, the police officer whom Mary and Jo enlist in their caper. Rol distinguishes the characters well, switching from edgy to earnest with a simple change of clothes. Whereas Jackson is oily and odd, Sponsüllar is as square as Dudley Do-Right. Rol wrings comedy from his cop’s by-the-book bearing when sparks kick up between him and Mary and he lets his guard down.

Youth brings contrast to Women in Jeopardy! Playing Amanda, Stacia Richard is believable as Liz’s daughter. She’s no more worried than Liz about the camping trip, or about Jackson, reserving most of her angst for a recent breakup with a guy named Trenner. MacLeod has furnished Amanda with a few arrows to sling at her elders, though, when their plot entangles with her romantic prospects. Richard’s brattiness blooms into precocious bitchiness in a scene that shows her disgust at the aging female body — and shows Richard’s firm grasp of the dramatic material. Playing Trenner, Matthew Anthony embodies a marginally more mature character who is nonetheless a credible companion to Amanda. Trenner’s

strongest moments come when he follows a lead that he misinterprets as sexual from Mary. This may be one of the funniest relationships in the play. Beyond its hilarity, the interaction gives Anthony a chance to take a familiar persona, the Ski Shop Dude, and complicate his stereotypical dumbness with glimpses of deeper humanity — wounds, actually, that make his hopeless attraction to Mary seem authentically motivated. Jeff Modereger’s set design is creative and efficient. The pastoral Isham Family Farm locale frames a tidy stage notable for its minimal adornment and easy modularity. A kitchen setting becomes a police precinct with the tug of a shade and shove of a wheeled table. This allows for scene

changes as fluid and brisk as MacLeod’s dialogue. Modereger’s ingenuity is well established in local theater. Here he has eschewed dazzling spectacle for a design that, because it’s inviting yet unobtrusive, calls the right kind of attention to itself. At the risk of sharing a spoiler, the play’s culminating scene departs the domestic arena for the great outdoors, where the comic trail goes a little cold. As the characters reach a campsite to unload their suspicions and fears, like the bountiful granola bars in Mary’s backpack, taut story lines loosen into broader comedy. MacLeod’s spirited dialogue becomes breathless. The ultimate resolution to the play’s overlapping story lines is a bit

anticlimactic; it just doesn’t match the intensity of our anticipation. In this, MacLeod has done a small theatrical injustice to what is right about Women in Jeopardy! and to what the Vermont Stage cast demonstrates so well: that in the wilderness of womanhood — or the literal wilderness — friendship can be essential to survival. m

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or almost 30 years, Ben Kilham has been rehabilitating orphaned, injured and abandoned black bear cubs and releasing them back into the wild — more than 400 bears and counting. You may have read one of Ben’s books, heard one of his 600-plus talks, seen him in the IMAX 3D film Pandas or watched one of his many media appearances. Ben has dedicated his life to educating humans about bears, and he has changed how people think about them. His impact is due in part to his relationship with a 26-year-old black bear named Squirty, which Ben raised from a cub. Squirty has had 11 litters of cubs in the wild since her release, and Ben continues to track and observe her. Ben and Squirty have shown that black bears are social animals that can lead healthy lives as wild bears after release. Ben and his wife, Deb, run the Kilham Bear Center in Lyme, N.H. The center is not open to the public, but it receives black bear cubs from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The center is a family affair: Ben’s sister, Phoebe, has helped in different capacities over the years, and Ben’s nephew, Ethan, is its only full-time employee. Ethan is the primary caregiver for the cubs, and he shares on Instagram his cinematic adventures walking with the bears in the woods. His popular account, @kilhambearcenter, has more than 60,000 followers, and he often takes the time to respond to the thousands of comments with educational answers. In Vermont, clashes between humans and bears have been on the rise recently. In episode 670 of “Stuck in Vermont,” Ben and his family gave Seven Days senior multimedia producer Eva Sollberger tips on how we all can peacefully coexist with these majestic creatures. SEVEN DAYS: How did you hear about the Kilham Bear Center? Eva Sollberger: Seven Days culture coeditor Dan Bolles did a story for the Animal Issue about bear conflicts in Vermont and gave me a heads-up about the Kilham Bear Center. I had never heard of it, and once I started researching it online, I was blown away by the impact that Ben and his family have had during the past three decades. They have received a huge amount of media coverage. I usually avoid stories like that because I’m not sure what I can add to them. But since it was the Animal Issue, I figured I would give it a try. Plus, who doesn’t want to meet bear cubs?!

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SD: What sort of access were you able to get? ES: I was hoping to go out on a bear walk with Ethan, but that was not an option. I was very grateful that Ethan was willing to share his Instagram videos from his walks in the wild with the bears, because they are truly wonderful. People often ask in the comments how he manages to get such up-close footage of the bears just being bears. It’s because they trust him and are not bothered by his presence. It is a rare and delightful window into their world. No wonder he has more than 60,000 followers. SD: Have you ever met a bear in the wild? ES: No! I have seen moose and deer, but never a bear. As Ben says, “No one ever remembers the first deer they see, but they always remember the first bear.” I’m looking forward to seeing a bear in the wild someday, but I will keep my distance. I filmed the bears in their indoor enclosure through a layer of fencing and a glass door. A few came over to say hello, and I saw their massive claws and teeth up close. So I have a very healthy respect for them and would never encroach on their space in the wild. SD: What did you film with? ES: I went back to my big Canon C100 for this shoot. I needed its longer lenses to film the bears in their large enclosure. I filmed from two locations, and it was neat

watching the bears playing, climbing, lounging and roughhousing. My footage isn’t great: It’s shaky because I was filming with a monopod, and I had trouble focusing around the fencing. This was one shoot where an iPhone would not cut it. SD: Have you seen the film Pandas yet? ES: Yes, and it is really wonderful. I streamed it on my home TV after I met the Kilhams. I would love to have seen it in 3D on an IMAX screen. Ben plays a big role in the film because he helped the researchers understand how to prepare captive-bred pandas for the wild. The researchers have a huge center with 100 employees, while Ben has just one employee but so much knowledge about how to wild-up bears. Pandas is a fascinating story, and I hope they are able to reintroduce more pandas into the wild in the future. SD: What did you take away from making this video? ES: Ben and his family are the perfect subjects for my series. They are so incredibly passionate about what they do and have devoted their lives to rescuing bears in trouble and returning them to the wild. Along the way, they have also educated the public about who these animals are and how to coexist with them. I look forward to reading Ben’s books to learn more about black bears.

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On Saturday, Fluffy the Floating Cloud Bank will leave Charlotte’s Earthkeep Farmcommon, where it was brought to life by more than 100 Vermonters, and make its way to Nevada for this year’s Burning Man. The 40-foot-long bus is covered in 70 cloud forms that are intricately woven with 14,000 LED colored lights that respond to music and sound. It is equipped with a wheelchair lift and handrails inscribed with braille to inform people with vision loss of what awaits — such as two open-air decks and a dance floor in Fluffy’s center with a dance pole in the middle topped with (what else?) a flamethrower. Fluffy will serve as part of the public transport system — a series of 800 “art cars” — at Burning Man, the temporary city of 70,000 people that pops up every year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The weeklong celebration of art, fashion, self-expression and self-reliance begins on Sunday, August 28. “This is accessible public transit masquerading as a floating cloud bank across the desert,” explained Vermont’s Duane Peterson. He’s a Burning Man vet, cofounder of Waterbury’s SunCommon and the founder of Duane’s Whirld, the Burning Man camp that spearheaded Fluffy. To build the art bus, Peterson teamed up with Burlington artists, as well as Beta Technologies engineers, including IBM Fellow John Cohn, who mapped the LED lights to the shapes of the clouds. “Because we’re working with such a big team, we could reach high. We could dream big,” artist Marie Davis said. She added that Cohn mapped the lights “in such a way that we can make a sunrise happen or a sunset through the clouds or a thunderstorm.” The group started planning Fluffy in January with drawings and a two-footlong scale model. Members found a yellow 2008 Bluebird school bus in Las Vegas and drove it to Vermont in late March. A team of welders and pyrotechnicians worked together to transform it into a rolling art installation. About 40 people will be part of the Duane’s Whirld camp this year. The group plans to deliver cold beer to Burning Man revelers during the day and s’mores at night. Giving gifts — known as “playa gifts” — is customary at Burning Man. “Those are part of the gifts from Vermont,” Teresa Davis said of the beer and s’mores. She’s the owner and founding director of Davis Studio in South Burlington and cofounder of Babaroosa, an immersive art destination scheduled to open at the Essex Experience in 2024. Davis is heading to Burning Man for the first time this year. “I think that kind of spirit that we see a lot in Vermont is the piece that I’m looking to see expanded at Burning Man,” she said. Noting all of the locals who have “put their hearts and heads or hands” into building Fluffy, Peterson said, “I think we’re going to represent Vermont really well.” m


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etsy Silverman’s compositions fool the eye. In photographs, or even seen in a gallery from across the room, the works appear to be hyperrealistic paintings. Viewers who take a closer look may be startled to find that Silverman’s currency is actually collage. Every single detail, highlight and shadow is created with a separate, teensy piece of paper cut from magazines and seamlessly assembled. And, as if to underscore her ruse, the artist adds bits of text here and there, sometimes in a barely visible size. Silverman joins painter Rachel Wilcox in a current exhibition titled “About Town” at Edgewater Gallery at the Falls in Middlebury. Both artists are from the Boston area, and both draw inspiration from Beantown itself. Rather than the bucolic landscapes favored by many Vermont artists — and that Edgewater typically features — Silverman and Wilcox present tableaux defined by streets, sidewalks, close buildings and the quotidian activities of urban life. You can almost hear the hiccupping thrum of traffic. Silverman’s collages contain astonishing detail, from the spokes of a bicycle to reflections on car doors to the plane of a cheekbone. Her training in architecture, at Rhode Island School of Design, likely explains her meticulous attention to the built environment — both the city’s historic structures and its contemporary steel-and-glass additions. Silverman acknowledges this in an artist statement: “Representing cities and towns brings my artistic process fullcircle, as my interest in using recycled magazines evolved from my architectural studies,” she writes. “[D]epicting these spaces fosters opportunities for me to explore the paper medium.” All of her collages are brightly illuminated, which perhaps says something about the saturation of magazine color printing. Silverman’s scenes are not only sunlit but seem extra illuminated, as if a movie crew had set up floodlights for filming. Objects incorporate a multitude of hues — again, with separate bits of paper — to indicate shadow, reflection, folds and textures. Viewing Silverman’s work 52


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REVIEW is a heightened sensory experience, her palette the visual equivalent of caffeine. Or maybe dropping psilocybin. But there is order in Silverman’s energetic compositions, including the logic of perspective. Her 36-by-48-inch collage “In the Spotlight” presents a phalanx of yellow cabs, facing the viewer, as they jockey for position on a three-lane, one-way avenue. The street is canyoned by towering, glassy buildings, neon signs and electronic billboards stretching into the distance. In contrast, all is calm and even cozy in the 36-inch-square “Chowder Town.” A cluster of 19th-century buildings embraces a narrow street and a small sidewalk café hosting several patrons. A smattering of pedestrians mills about, while a server balances lunch orders in both hands. The word “Boston” adorns his apron. On a path-like strip crossing the street, Silverman slips in the text “Come to the good

life.” Whether or not she means this ironically, this does look like a good life, or at least a privileged one. Wilcox, also a RISD graduate, takes a completely different approach to urban representation and to the act of art-making itself. Her oil paintings on panel or canvas are loose and gestural, less concerned with exacting detail than with mood. “With the use of intuitive mark-making, my goal is always to simplify,” she explains in an artist statement. “Patterns of form and movement, of light and shadow, are the engines behind my work.” Wilcox adds that “painting itself is always the point,” but to a viewer, so is the subject matter. In this, Wilcox is succinct; most of her compositions tightly fill the frame, focusing on dense groupings of people or things, whether outdoors or in. In this selection of paintings, the relatively empty space of a sky is rare. A notable

exception is the expansive “North,” a 36-inch-square oil on canvas that features, from a motorist’s point of view, what looks like the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge. The image is half sky, punctured by the structure’s swooping cables. In “Don’t Walk,” a 24-by-30-inch oil on panel, Wilcox captures half a dozen people standing at a crosswalk, waiting for the light to change. It’s a rainy day, which she conveys with glistening sidewalks and a cityscape in blues and black. Wilcox counters the somber hues by giving each of the pedestrians a pink umbrella. Their faces are indistinct, but their waiting body language is spot-on. Wilcox achieves intriguing visual and psychological effects in the 36-inchsquare oil on canvas “Crossing.” Here the palette is murky, with a range of greens, blues and purple. Pedestrians are coming and going on a busy city sidewalk, most of them looking down at their phones yet somehow not bumping into each other. Wilcox underscores her subjects’ distraction and alienation with the trickery


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of paint. Their bodies are indistinct, like diaphanous sea creatures in motion. They are here but not here. Meantime, red dots in the background assert the reliable, impartial authority of traffic lights. With “Crossing,” Wilcox seems to show us how our sense of security is anchored in trust, without which inattention would be perilous. In other works, the artist offers more comforting scenarios: a couple strolling

a leafy street, considering retail options (“Window Shopping”); the welcoming façade of a neighborhood hangout (“Coffee House”); interior glimpses of a well-stocked kitchen (“Pantry”) or bakery display case (“Paninis”). Wilcox’s close observations of urban amenities, as well as the bustle, suggest that elysian visions are not limited to pastures. In this respect, Wilcox and Silverman share common ground: With disparate styles, palettes and mediums, both find much to love about city life. If they ignore the downsides, well, it is not the mission of art — thankfully — to bring us the evening news. m

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No one likes to see their artwork destroyed. But that’s what happened when the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan last year: The Islamist government whitewashed many activists’ murals on bomb-blasted walls in Kabul. Then they went after the artists. The artists, along with thousands of other Afghanis, fled the country. Five of those artists, members of an Afghan-led global collective called ArtLords, are among the 100 Afghan refugees now resettled in Brattleboro. This month, they’re working with the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and a Boston-based public art organization called Tape Art to reconstruct parts of the destroyed murals they left behind. Using first names only, Marwa, Negina, Meetra, Zuhra and Abdul are collaborating with tape artists Leah Smith and Michael Townshend on 20


f WYLIE GARCIA: “Tending Constellations,” a solo exhibition of recent paintings that emerged from the emotional spaces between grief and joy, uncertainty and hope. Reception: Thursday, August 18, 5-8 p.m. August 18-October 8. Info, 324-0014. Soapbox Arts in Burlington.


JEANNE AMATO: Vibrant woodblock prints of Vermont and the natural world beyond. August 23-September 27. Info, 479-0896. Espresso Bueno in Barre.


f ‘EXPOSED’: The annual outdoor sculpture show

featuring works by nine Vermont artists sited on the Current lawn and downtown. Reception: Saturday, August 20, 4-6 p.m. August 20-October 22. Info, 253-8358. Various Stowe locations.

f ‘LOST OBJECTS FROM THE SUBSURFACE’: An interactive media installation that encourages the viewer to traverse the boundaries of consciousness, a collaborative project of Sean Clute and Leif Hunneman. Gallery talk: Thursday, September 1, 3 p.m. August 23-September 16. Info, 635-1469. Susan Calza Black Box Gallery, Visual Arts Center, in Johnson. f VICTORIA ZOLNOSKI: “Biocentric,” paintings and

temporary murals around Brattleboro. ArtLords have dubbed the project “Honoring Honar” – honar is the Dari word for “art.” Not surprisingly, some of the murals that ArtLords created in Afghanistan addressed the status, and suppression, of women. Negina was involved in painting the first artwork that got destroyed; its subject was the country’s all-female orchestra, Zohra. But as Negina said in a statement for the Brattleboro project, the Taliban “forgot that art cannot be stopped.” The ArtLords murals will be on view around downtown through August 28. A map of all 20 is available at the museum, with QR codes linking to images of the original murals in Afghanistan. Learn more about “Honoring Honar” at ArtLords mural outside Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

photographs by NVU-Johnson art faculty member. Closing reception: Thursday, September 15, 3 p.m. August 23-September 16. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University, in Johnson.

f ‘WHEN THE WELL IS DRY: An exhibition featuring 11 artists who explore the interconnection of environment, climate change, culture and community. In partnership with Visura. Reception: Saturday, August 20, 4-6 p.m. August 20-December 10. Info, 253-8358. The Current in Stowe. f SAMUEL WYATT: “Writing on the Wall Project,” new paintings that explore the light, shadow, textures and graffiti in urban settings. Reception: Saturday, August 20, 5-7 p.m. August 19-September 30. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury.


f ARTISTS FROM THE GABLES: An exhibition of works in a variety of mediums by Bob Lloyd, Hellen Dillon, Lowell Klock and Bill Ramage. Reception: Sunday, August 21, 2-4 p.m. August 21-October 1. Info, The Gables at East Mountain in Rutland. f BILL RAMAGE: “A Lamentation for a Lost Lexicon, Phase Two,” variations on Jasper Johns’ “Three Flags” paintings by the Rutland artist. Reception: Sunday, August 21, 2-4 p.m. August 21-October 8. Info, B&G Gallery in Rutland.

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f ELLY BARKSDALE & MARTHA ELMES: “Women— Strength in Numbers,” works by the local artist that draw attention to women power. Reception: Friday, August 19, 5-8 p.m. August 19-September 30. Info, The Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville.



than a dozen artworks and installations that use divergent histories as a point of departure to address present-day issues. Curated by Ric Kasini Kadour. Curator’s tour and reception: Saturday, August 20, 1-4 p.m. August 20-November 27. Info, 362-1405. Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester.



VIRTUAL PAINT CLASS: MACRO FLOWER: Participants learn to highlight the detail and depth of a flower. All ages and skill levels welcome. Register at to receive the Zoom link information. Online, Tuesday, August 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 503-1050. VIRTUAL VISITING ARTIST: LAVAR MUNROE: Vermont Studio Center hosts the Bahamian American artist in a Zoom discussion of his paintings. Register at Online, Wednesday, August 17, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2727. VISITING ARTIST TALK: ESTEFANIA PUERTA: The Colombia-born, Vermont-based artist talks about her mixed-media work and practice rooted in world making, border crossing, societies that do not fit into bodies, and creating an emotional language to these shape-shifting experiences. Reserve a seat at Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Wednesday, August 24, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2727.

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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.


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then exhibit and sell their work. Cocktail reception and wet paint sale: Sunday, August 21, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Edgewater Gallery on the Green, Middlebury, Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $30 for reception. Info, 989-7419.

‘BLACK FREEDOM, BLACK MADONNA & THE BLACK CHILD OF HOPE’: “Black Freedom, Black Madonna, and the Black Child of Hope,” designed by Raphaella Brice and created by Brice and Josie Bunnell, a mural installed for Burlington’s 2022 Juneteenth celebration, featuring a Haitian-inspired image of liberation. Through June 18. Info, 865-7166. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington.

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f ‘FIREFLIES AND FREEZE TAG’: A curated group exhibition of 26 New Hampshire and Vermont artists whose artwork reflects on the joys of summer. Reception: Friday, September 2, 5-7 p.m. August 19-September 24. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H.

ART EVENTS ART STUDIO SALE & TALK: A range of jewelry and painting, from graffiti to abstract expressionism, using Rollerblades as a paintbrush. Masks are optional. Jean Cherouny Fine Art and Design, Winooski, Saturday, August 20, 2-5 p.m. Info, 349-9491. ARTISAN MARKET: An outdoor marketplace featuring arts, crafts, specialty foods and other handmade items. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 775-0356. ARTIST TALK: CHRIS CURTIS: The Stowe sculptor talks about his cross-country journey to deliver a large-scale work in steel to its permanent home. The Current, Stowe, Tuesday, August 23, 5 p.m. Info, 253-8358. ARTIST TALK: ROBERT WALDO BRUNELLE JR.: The Howard Center Arts Collective presents a virtual talk with the Vermont painter, kinetic sculptor, art educator, book illustrator and political cartoonist, a founding member of the


Vermont Comic Creator’s Group. Online, Tuesday, August 23, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, artscollective@ 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 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Info, 865-7166. FIGURE DRAWING SOCIAL: Bring your own supplies and draw a live model. Proof of vaccination required. RSVP at Wishbone Collective, Winooski, Wednesday, August 24, 6-8 p.m. $15. Info, 662-3050. HIDDEN IN THE HILLS: EMILY NOELLE LAMBERT: The artist presents a tour of her studio and gardens in Peterborough, N.H. Space is limited; register at Address provided upon registration. Sunday, August 21, 3 p.m. $10; free for BMAC members. Info, 257-0124. 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 22, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, artscollective@

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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




‘SUMMER’S LIGHT’: A group show featuring works by Vermont artists. Through September 3. Info, 985-3848. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne.

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.

online exhibition of shorebird decoys carved by the member of the Shinnecock-Montauk 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.

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.

‘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.

ELLIOT BURG: “Tunbridge Fair,” an exhibit of blackand-white photographs by the Middlesex photographer . Through September 30. Info, 272-4920. Capitol Region Visitors Center in Montpelier.

‘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

KEILANI LIME: “Olympus,” original paintings on canvas inspired by Greek mythology. All proceeds will go toward the artist’s previous brain surgery and upcoming spinal cord surgery. Through September 1. Info, 355-2855. Sweet Simone’s in Richmond.

JEROME LIPANI: “Visual Fugue,” analytical abstractions and assemblages of found materials, conceived as scores for music and dance improvisation. Through September 30. Info, jeromelipani@gmail. com. Plainfield Co-op.

LINDA BLACKERBY: Vibrant abstract paintings by the Vermont artist. Through October 2. Info, Shelburne Vineyard.

JILL MADDEN: Oil paintings on linen and gouache paintings on watercolor paper that explore the unique wilderness areas of the Green Mountains.

as wall panels with archival and contemporary photographs. Third floor. Through December 23. Info, 989-4723, O.N.E. Community Center in Burlington. ‘PORTRAITS OF PRIDE’: An exhibition of photographs by M. Sharkey of individuals who were part of the 1983 Pride March; presented by the Pride Center of Vermont and the Vermont Folklife Center. Through September 30. Info, 865-7296. Burlington City Hall.

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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.


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.

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. MATT LARSON: “Walking With Gaia,” abstract paintings; curated by Studio Place Arts. Through August 19. Info, 479-7069. AR Market in Barre.

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.

‘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. “POSSIBILITARIAN UPRISING”: Giant woodcuts by Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann. Through August 31. Info, breadandpuppetcuratrix@ Plainfield Community Center Gallery. REGIS CUMMINGS: “Retrospect,” paintings in response to the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, by the Montpelier artist. Through October 28. Info, 2795558. Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier. SHOW 50: A group exhibition including works by eight new members of the collaborative gallery. Through August 28. Info, The Front in Montpelier. ‘THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR EYES’: Watercolors and drawings by 19th-century Norwich alumni BARRE/MONTPELIER SHOWS

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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.

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. Through September 21. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson.

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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. JANET MCKENZIE: “Courage, Justice and Hope,” icon-like paintings that honor diversity, inclusion and universality. Through September 4. Info, 496-3065. Waitsfield United Church of Christ & Village Meeting House. THE MAD MIX ANNUAL MEMBERS SHOW: An exhibition featuring Vermont painters, photographers, potters, jewelry makers, glassblowers and sculptors. Through August 19. Info, 496-6682. Mad River Valley Arts Gallery in Waitsfield.

f MATT LARSON & ASHLEY ROARK: Vibrant paintings and mixed-media collage, respectively. Meet the artists: Friday, August 19, 6-8 p.m. Through September 3. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery in Waterbury. ‘REACT! AN ECOART CALL TO ACTION’: Works that address social and ecological issues in collage, book art, sculpture, fiber, clay and found-object assemblage by Pamela Wilson, Jennifer Volansky, Dorsey Hogg, Kevin Donegan and Anne Cummings. Through October 15. Info, Grange Hall Cultural Center in Waterbury Center. ‘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 best-documented 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. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.

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 the Falls in Middlebury. ‘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. ‘THE ORDINARY AND THE EXTRAORDINARY’: An exhibition of works by more than 30 artists that 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.


f CHRISTINE HOLZSCHUH: “The Joy of Life,” a retrospective of work celebrating moments of beauty through portraits, landscapes and figurative paintings by the late artist. Proceeds of sales to be donated to Holzschuh’s grandchildren and the Castleton University art department. Reception: Saturday, August 20, 5-7 p.m. Through September 17. Info, 800-639-8521. Castleton University Bank Gallery in Rutland. ‘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, open Thursday through Sunday. Through October 10. Info, 512-333-2119. Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg Falls.

f JANET VAN FLEET & DIANE GAYER: “We the People,” Van Fleet’s large figures made with found and repurposed materials; and Gayer’s “Do Trees Have Standing?,” photographs that document the first days of building Burlington’s Champlain Parkway through the Englesby Brook and ravine. Reception: Friday, August 19, 3-4:30 p.m. Through September 26. Info, 355-2150. GreenTARA Space in North Hero.

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS: Enter your group show, traveling exhibit or new body of work for the 2022-23 season in our community gallery. We seek thought-provoking exhibits that examine the human experience. CAL is an interdisciplinary art center that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion in all forms. Submit artwork at Deadline: December 31. Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier. Info, 595-5252. 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 Online. Through October 1. Info, terry@ 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 brattleboro Deadline: September 15. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Info,

FALL JURY APPLICATION OPEN: Frog Hollow Vermont Craft Gallery is now accepting applications for membership from Vermont craftspeople and artists. Those from traditionally underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in glass, metal and jewelry, but all mediums will be considered. Details and application at Deadline: September 15. Online. Info, 863-6458. FENCE DESIGN PROPOSAL: Arts So Wonderful invites youth to contribute artwork that will be considered in the creation of a decorative, weather-proof weaving on a chain-link fence at the site of the former Moran Plant. Artists can submit drawings on rectangular paper of any size, photograph or scan it, and email to Elizabeth Emmett at or drop off at the ASW gallery in the University Mall. Design prompt: “What inspires your creativity? What does creativity mean to you?” Deadline: August 20. Moran Frame, Burlington. Free. ‘JERICHO THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ARTIST’: The Town Hall art committee is seeking artworks about the town — past, present or future — from emerging and established artists for an upcoming exhibition. Any medium is acceptable, but the work must be able to be hung on a gallery hanger system. For registration materials and information, contact Catherine McMains at catherine. Info also at Deadline: August 26. Jericho Town Hall.

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.

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

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.

‘LAKE CHAMPLAIN: WAVES OF CHANGE’: An exhibition of artworks by member artists that reflect Lake Champlain, its history and the wildlife and peoples it supports. Through August 31. Info, 734-7448. Grand Isle Art Works.

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 vtpiegirlco@gmail. com. Deadline: September 1. Plainfield Co-op. SEEKING NEW ARTIST MEMBERS: Brandon Artist Guild members show their work at the downtown gallery year round, participate in group and solo shows and join a vibrant creative community. The Guild welcomes all styles of fine art and crafts. Jurying criteria include originality, impact, clarity, craftsmanship, consistency of style and quality, presentation and marketability. Apply at Deadline: September 13. Online. Free. Info, 247-4956. VERMONT SALON: An open call for artworks to be hung in the floor-to-ceiling salon style for an exhibition in September. Artists of all levels, any subject and medium, are welcome. Register at canalstreetart Deadline: August 29. Canal Street Art Gallery, Bellows Falls. $35. Info, artinfo@canalstreetart

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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@artandjoy 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. DAVID RICKETTS: “Under the Hemlock Tree,” mixed-media works inspired by dreams by the Vermont artist. 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. Info, Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover. JONAS FRICKE AND SATURN LADYHEART: “Oh What an Exciting Time to Be Alive!” an installation by the Brattleboro artists and longtime friends that asks, “What can we hold and carry with care and what should fall away?” In the Woodshed Gallery, an annex of the museum. Through August 31. Info, 525-3031. Bread and Puppet Museum in Glover. 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. 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. ARTLORDS: “Honoring Honar,” temporary murals that recreate artwork destroyed by the Taliban by five members of the Afghan art collective who have resettled in Brattleboro. The public can view the artists’ progress at BMAC from August 10 to 12. A collaboration with Boston-based TapeArt. Through August 28. BETH GALSTON: “Unraveling Oculus,” an immersive sculptural installation using natural elements and video recorded in a silo. 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. JOHN VAN DER DOES: “Sacred Geometry,” brightly colored abstract paintings of mathematical designs inspired by the yoga tradition of the yantra. Through September 9. Info, 289-0104. Canal Street Art Gallery in Bellows Falls. 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, jamie. 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. ‘VISIONS OF A SOUND’: Portraits of jazz greats by Mary LaRose and Sara Wildavsky. Through September 1. Info, 118 Elliot in Brattleboro.


DAISY ROCKWELL: “Dhwani/Resonance,” South Asian-inspired paintings by the artist, writer and translator of Hindi and Urdu literature. Through September 17. Info, 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. ‘PARKS & 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.


2022 PICNIC BASKET RAFFLE: An annual fundraiser for the Henry Sheldon Museum featuring baskets hand-painted by Nancie Dunn, Gary Starr, Gayl Braisted, Warren Kimble, Danielle Rougeau and Fran Bull. Bidding is at henrysheldon Through October 10. Online.

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AMY MOREL, MATT NECKERS & JOHN F. PARKER: Solo exhibitions from Vermont artists whose collaged and assembled sculptures relate to the theme of play. Through August 20. ROBERT CHAPLA: “Landscapes: Color and Flow,” paintings by the Vermont-based artist. Through August 26. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. BRIANNA FORKEY: “Inside and Out,” interior and plein air paintings by the local artist. Through August 28. Info, 518-563-1604. Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. ‘DRAWING LINES’: A group exhibition that illustrates the line as a critical apparatus for exploration; featuring works in weaving, painting, sculpture, drawing and collage. ‘IN THE MOMENT: RECENT WORK BY LOUISE HAMLIN’: Paintings and works on paper by the former Dartmouth College studio art professor and print-maker. Through September 3. Info, 603-646-2808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. MARTIN BROMIRSKI: Large, multilayered abstract paintings and a stretched canvas by the Vermont artist. Open by appointment only. Through August 26. Tourist 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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ment. There aren’t many better ways to do it than with a few thousand friends and fans and a great day of live music. Pop over to for tickets and more information. Things really get wild the following weekend. Specifically, Saturday, August 27, might go down as the busiest day of music in Vermont this year. It starts with the return of one of my favorite local events, the Nightshade Festival. Held at the Red Barn Gardens in Williston, Nightshade continues its quest to bring together great food and local music — and craft beverages from Foam Brewers. This year’s lineup is chock-full of Vermont talent, featuring Brattleboro indie rockers THUS LOVE, neo-soul singer IVAMAE, synth kings ROOST.WORLD, DJ TAKA, indie songwriter LILY SEABIRD and many others. There are also great out-oftown acts, such as Massachusetts psych rockers CARINAE. The Nightshade Festival grew out of a series of house shows called the Nightshade Kitchen. Originally hosted in the Burlington home of founder GUTHRIE STOLTZFUS, aka R&B singer-songwriter GUTHRIE GALILEO, the series paired intimate, often acoustic performances with a menu created and prepared by Stoltzfus, who is also a chef. “It was a way to combine the things I

WILLIAMS. The daylong bash starts off at the waterfront skate park bearing Williams’ name at 12:15 p.m. with skateboarding demos, DJs, breakdance crews, live bands, food trucks and much more. The party moves to Foam Brewers at 4 p.m. before shifting into late-night mode later at Nectar’s and Club Metronome. The entertainment schedule is jampacked with rappers, rockers, DJs and


For all the perks of living in the Green Mountains, going out into a giant field in the country to hear some amazing music is near the top of my list. We only get about 15 minutes of summer, so there’s a real carpe diem vibe this time of year. Seriously, one minute the VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA is enchanting you at Shelburne Museum, and the next, you’re buying Yaktrax for your dog. Fortunately, we’re still in the thick of festival season, folks. And the slate of upcoming fests these next two weeks is really not to be missed. We begin this Saturday, August 20, as Woodchuck Hard Cider throws its annual Ciderstock party in Middlebury. After taking a few years off, the daylong fest returns with a killer bill featuring JACK ANTONOFF and his band, BLEACHERS; New York City indie pop act MISTERWIVES; Boston funk outfit RIPE; and former professional snowboarder-turned-singersongwriter LUKE MITRANI. 2021 was supposed to be Woodchuck’s big 30th birthday smash, but we all know what happened, right? (Like, honestly, do I have to keep saying it? They make me type the whole stupid disease out in caps. Let’s skip it this time, all right?) So this year will serve as the celebration of three decades since Woodchuck kick-started the whole hard cider move-



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JAMMBULANCE out for portable rocking. If you’re looking for Stoltzfus to make an appearance as his R&Bcrooning alter ego, well, best to temper your expectations. “Every year someone asks me if this is the year I’ll play my own fest,” Stoltzfus said with a laugh and rueful shake of the head. “There’s no way. That’s just too much work! For music and for food, I need to concentrate and be all in with whatever I’m doing. So, yeah, I’ll just enjoy all the other music.” Tickets for Nightshade are available over at As I hinted above, that’s not the only festival happening next Saturday. No. 2 is also near and dear to my heart: the What Doth Life DIY Festival in Windsor. “We call it the DIY Festival to highlight the independent spirit of original artists and entrepreneurs,” WDL cofounder KIEL ALARCON wrote by email. “Many venues in the area prefer to book cover bands and ignore original, left-ofthe-dial music. We aim to give original artists an avenue to share their music and connect with their community.” The WDL DIY fest, held at the Windsor Exchange, isn’t sponsored by any large corporations or even one of the area’s big breweries. Most of the festival’s funds come from community donations and small business sponsors, such as music shop Hanover Strings in New Hampshire. The Town of Windsor is also a supporter. Vendors such as Eat It Loud Cakerie in Lebanon, N.H., and Windsor’s own Covered Bridge Cookies help establish the hyper-local feel. There’s also a pop-up record shop on the premises called What’s Missing Records. The bill itself is loaded with some

of Vermont’s best original rock bands, including Windsor’s the PILGRIMS, White River Junction punk rockers TIME LIFE MAGAZINE, Brattleboro electro-pop act DUTCH EXPERTS and Burlington surf rockers the WET ONES, among many other acts curated by the WDL crew. Head over to for more information. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Meanwhile, in Burlington, Saturday, August 27, is the annual A_Dog Day, which celebrates the life of the late, great DJ and turntablist

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isn’t a conflict of interest, I’ll remind everyone that it’s a free, charitable gig, and I’ll also let you know that I’ve been sounding really bad at rehearsal. (Also, I’m literally shouting out multiple other concerts you can go to that day. Give me a break over here!) Finally, we’ll switch it up a little and invite you to a good old-fashioned Vermont hoedown. Folk singer and banjo man RIK PALIERI is producing, hosting and performing at this year’s edition of the Great Vermont Barn Dance at Isham Family Farm in Williston. And, yes, it is also happening on Saturday, August 27 — seriously, someone make sure Burlington superfan TIM LEWIS doesn’t have a heart attack trying to see too much music that day. In a phone call last week, Palieri called the event “a throwback to how Vermont used to experience music.” He explained that he started the barn dance series in 2017 after a visit to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. He envisioned it as a variety show-style event held in a barn and simultaneously livestreamed around the world. “We had people listening in Europe, even in Istanbul,” Palieri said. Before the pandemic, Palieri was putting on the barn dances four times a year, with performances from locals such as RICK NORCROSS and the STARLINE RHYTHM BOYS. The dances were held at the Hinesburg Town Hall until the folks at the Isham Family Farm invited Palieri to use their facilities. “They’ve been doing a lot of theater shows and classical music stuff,” Palieri said. “So it just made sense to do the barn dance there. It fit like a glove.” Palieri, fresh off recovering from rotator cuff surgery, is raring to perform again after he had to stop playing

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Big Heavy World continues its mission to document the history of Vermont’s musicians. As part of the Green Mountain Digital Archive, a statewide initiative to consolidate Vermont’s digital cultural content into one source, the Burlington-based nonprofit has donated approximately 5,000 images of albums made by Vermont musicians to the Digital Public Library of America. With support from the staff at Middlebury College, Big Heavy World added the massive cross section of Vermont music history to the national archive, ensuring that thousands of album covers made in the Green Mountains will be preserved for antiquity. Vermont vocalist, trumpeter and composer JENNIFER HARTSWICK has released a new single titled “Only Time Will Tell.” Cowritten with guitarist, producer and Vermont expat NICK CASSARINO, the song explores the story of a woman scorned. “All too often we stay too long because it’s familiar, not because it’s good for our soul,” Hartswick wrote in the press release for the track. “Only Time Will Tell” is the first single from Hartswick’s forthcoming LP, Something in the Water, which releases on September 9 on Brother Mister Productions. m

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CLUB DATES live music WED.17

Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free. Courtyard Music Series (blues, jazz, rock) at Halvorson’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Holy Fuck with Linqua Franca (electronica) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8/1/22 4:45 11/2/20 3:07 PM 8 p.m. $16/$18.

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Irish Sessions (Celtic folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Jay Southgate, J.P. Arenas & Jeremy Harple (folk) 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. John Lackard Blues Duo (blues) at Vermont Pub & Brewery, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

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The Most Wanted with Smug Honey (indie) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5.

Bettenroo Duo (folk) at Blue Paddle Bistro, South Hero, 5:30 p.m. Free.


OTIS (rock) at Folino’s, Williston, 6 p.m. Free. Tom and Ethan Azarian (bluegrass) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.


Ariel Posen (blues, rock) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 8 p.m. $18/$20. Back Porch Revival (jazz) at the Tap Room at Switchback Brewing, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Chris Lyon Band (rock, Americana) at Martell’s at the Red Fox, Jeffersonville, 6 p.m. $10. Cobras (rock) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Danny & the Parts (Americana, rock) at Alfie’s Wild Ride, Stowe, 8 p.m. Free. Dave Mitchell’s Blues Revue (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. The Duel (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

Elizabeth Begins (acoustic) at Gusto’s, Barre, 6 p.m. Free.

Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $5.


Acoustic Thursdays with Zach Nugent (Grateful Dead tribute) at Red Square, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Alex Stewart Quartet and Special Guests (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. AliT (singer-songwriter) at Filling Station, Middlesex, 7 p.m. Free. Andrew LaVogue (rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Andriana Chobot (indie pop) at Vermont Pub & Brewery, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Andy Frasco & the U.N. with Residual Groove featuring Ryan Dempsey (singer-songwriter) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $24/$30. Bob Recupero (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free. Caswell & Company (blues) at Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free. Chris Peterman Band (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Cooie & Adlai (folk) at Blue Paddle Bistro, South Hero, 5:30 p.m. Free. Cricket Blue (folk) at West Monitor Barn, Richmond, 7 p.m. $20.


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Lake & Bridge (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Socializing for Introverts featuring Grace Palmer (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.



The Edd (jam) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10/$15.

Multibeast: A Tribute to Phish (Phish tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.


Matthew Mercury with Dutch Experts (rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $10.

Kalia Vandever Quartet (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.

Marxist Jargon Album Release Party with Eric George, Brass 12/21/20 6:07 PMBalagan (space opera) at Junktiques Collective, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

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Get Up With It (jazz) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Glass Pony (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free. The Larkspurs (folk) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free. Lazer Dad (’90s covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free. The Lloyd Tyler Band (rock) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 6 p.m. Free. Lou McNally (singer-songwriter) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free. Mark Legrand with the Bar*Belles (rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Matt Hagen (folk) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Men of Distinction (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Neil Francis with Mikahely (R&B, rock) at Backside 405, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20/$25.

Bearded Belligerents (metal) at Gusto’s, Barre, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Boomslang (hip-hop) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Dead Sessions Lite (Grateful Dead tribute) at Moogs Joint, Johnson, 6 p.m. Free. DuoMagno with No Showers on Vacation (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5. Gianina Sol & Cam Gilmour (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Glass Pony (jam) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Jeff Shelley (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. Jesse Taylor Band, the Apollos, Andriana Chobot, Cosmic the Cowboy (rock) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 8 p.m. Free. Joe Capps (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Lloyd Tyler Band (rock) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7 p.m. Free. Milton Busker & the Grim Work (singer-songwriter) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Honky Tonk Tuesday featuring Wild Leek River (country) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5. Jaded Ravins (Americana) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free. Courtyard Music Series (blues, jazz, rock) at Halvorson’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Eric George (folk, country) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Irish Sessions (Celtic folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Jay Southgate with Greg Bauman (singer-songwriter) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Jazz Night with Ray Vega (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

On Tone Music (jam, bluegrass) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free.

Kind Bud (jam) at Vermont Pub & Brewery, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Red Hot Juba (jazz, blues) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 6 p.m. Free.

Kind Bud and Nug (acoustic jam) at Vermont Pub & Brewery, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Ryan Osswald (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Tinyus Smallus (rock) at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9:30 p.m. Free. Uncle Johnny (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. VINAL (folk, rock) at Martell’s at the Red Fox, Jeffersonville, 6 p.m. $10. Zach Nugent Band (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $15/$17.


Al’s Pals (jam, rock) at Vermont Pub & Brewery, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Al’s Pal’s (funk, rock) at Blue Paddle Bistro, South Hero, 5:30 p.m. Free.

The Q-Tip Bandits, Couchsleepers, Satyrdagg (funk, R&B) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $10.

Nico Suave & the Bodacious Supreme (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Second Nature Hip-Hop Showcase (hip-hop) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. $5.

Ryan Sweezey (singer-songwriter) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free.

Zack DuPont (singer-songwriter) at Stone’s Throw Pizza, Richmond, 6 p.m. Free.

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

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

Dead Sessions Lite (Grateful Dead tribute) at Moogs Joint, Johnson, 10 p.m. Free.

Strange Neighbors, Remi Russin and Ursa and the Major Key (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. $5.

Chicky Stoltz (rock) at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, 5 p.m. Free.

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

The Pilgrims (rock) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free.

Sneezy (funk) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Celtic Music (Celtic) at York Street Meeting House, Lyndon, 7 p.m. $15.

Small Change (Tom Waits tribute) at Red Square, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Sunday Brunch Sessions: Jesse Agan (singer-songwriter) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 11 a.m. Free. Sunday Brunch Tunes (singersongwriter) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.

Socializing for Introverts (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $5.

djs WED.17

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


DJ Baron (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 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. Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJ Big Dog (reggae and dancehall) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free. Molly Mood (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Vinyl Night with Ken (DJ) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free. Vinyl Thursdays (DJ) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.


ATAK (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 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.


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Roar! Showcase (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5. Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Comedy Night (comedy) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. It’s Not A Joke ... It’s Repro Rights! (fundraiser, silent auction) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 6 p.m. $10. Mothra! A Storytelling/Improv Comedy Show (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.




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Adam Mamawala (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. $20.


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Comedy Open Mic (comedy) at the 126, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Mini-Fest: Improv Jam (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Whale Tales: An Evening of Comedic Storytelling (comedy) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Guitar Hero Canada’s

ARIEL POSEN has been turning heads with his soulful songwriting

and tasty slide guitar licks since he dropped his acclaimed 2019 debut, How Long. Favoring melodic, harmony-rich playing over shredding and pyrotechnics, Posen was dubbed “a modern-day guitar hero” by Rolling Stone ahead of the release of his latest LP, Headway, in March. Posen and his band hit Zenbarn in Waterbury Center this Friday, August 19, for a set of heartland rock and roll and bluesleaning soul.

DJ Kaos (DJ) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free DJ Taka, Kush Jones, Aquatic Underground, DJ Snakefoot (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10.


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


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


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

DJ Pato (DJ) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, noon. Free. DJ Raul (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10. Molly Mood (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Reign One (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Vinyl Sale with Classic Ken (record sale, DJ) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, noon. Free.


Trivia (trivia) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 6 p.m. Free. Trivia & Nachos (trivia) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 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.

Shades Night with DJ Earl (DJ) at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9:30 p.m. Free. After Hours (DJ) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

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


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

open mics & jams


Open Mic (open mic) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 6:30 p.m. Free. Open Mic (open mic) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Open Mic Night (open mic) at the Parker Pie, West Glover, 6:30 p.m. Free.


Open Mic Night with Justin (open mic) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.


Bluegrass Jam (bluegrass jam) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic with D Davis (open mic) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.



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

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

Open Mic with Danny Lang (open mic) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free.

Open Mic Night (open mic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Open Mic with Danny Lang (open mic) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free.


NEKaraoke with Crystal Matthew (karaoke) at the Parker Pie, West Glover, 6:30 p.m. Free.


Musical Theater Monday (cabaret, open mic) at Happy Place Café, Burlington, 7 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. m

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Eric George, Mirrors in My Room (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)

Possibly Burlington’s most prolific singersongwriter, Eric George is releasing a new EP, Mirrors in My Room. On his latest record, the country and folk artist eases away from his Americana troubadour sound in favor of British folk influences. Right from the start with the title track, George’s songwriting captures the feel of a world-weary writer documenting a day in the life while staring out of a window or watching dust in a shard of light. Long a devotee of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, George seems to have caught the slightest of pop bugs. “What You Fake (Will Fade)” could easily be a George Harrison deep cut, full of gorgeous slide guitar and sunny harmonies. It’s another step in the ongoing evolution of one of Vermont’s most talented songwriters. • KEY TRACK: “Static” • WHY: The lovely piano and acoustic guitardriven ballad feels like George could be crooning it over a nice glass of Scotch in a dimly lit bar. • WHERE: ericgeorge. (available on August 23)


Vermont musicians are releasing records at a furious pace. Curated by music editor CHRIS FARNSWORTH, here are six new(ish) releases by local artists, ranging from metal to hip-hop to Nintendo Game Boy covers. Enjoy!

Diskless, Dive


Using programming language TidalCycles, Montpelier’s Diskless live-codes a VST synthesizer and essentially hacks it on Dive. The results are long-form drones, frozen in states of entropy. Each of the seven tracks is very long — exactly 10:36 minutes — and none of them builds or breaks down; they merely exist in a singular tonal statement. Slight variations and sonic colors creep in as the tracks play out, but Dive is essentially a study in stillness. The tracks are named with scientific terms for ocean depths, from “Epipelagic” to “Benthic,” as Diskless takes the listener on a conceptual deep-sea dive that is at once peaceful and strangely unnerving. • KEY TRACK: “Abyssopelagic” • WHY: It’s all nuance, but by halfway through Dive, the synth drone has taken on a deeper, more complex color that creates a sort of musical tension. • WHERE: histaminetapes.



I don’t know shit about Winooski’s Glory Hole Bandits. The selfdescribed “sweetheart garbage rockers” have released their debut, DEMO, a barely audible, barely eight-minute-long jam of punk rock chaos. There isn’t really much indication that one song has ended and another has begun, as the music essentially just rages on through a sea of feedback. The EP sounds like it was possibly recorded on a Windows phone that was locked inside of the filthiest sock the band could find. It’s just an absolute piece of shit of sonic flatulence, a musical shart. But that’s the beauty of gutter punk: The crappiness works somehow. Glory Hole Bandits dive deep into the crud, singing about kicking redneck pricks and, um, fucking buckets? And though you can barely tell what’s bass and where the beat is at times, the band pours so much energy into the ferociously fast DEMO, the DIY-ness of it carries the day. • KEY TRACK: “Eat It” • WHY: It’s fun to hear lyrics like “Boo hoo, baby you sucking on the mother tit” screamed aloud. • WHERE: gloryhole

North Ave Drunk Off Jax, Lazy, but Diesel, I Have Goals Wildcard (INTERSCOPE RECORDS/LVRN, CD, DIGITAL)

Former Burlington high school student turned rapper North Ave Jax, aka Jackson Sevakian, has been clear about his goals: He wants to be a superstar. He took a big first step last year when he signed with Interscope imprint LVRN Records, moved to Atlanta and released a series of singles. Now he’s releasing his first real salvo with Lazy, but I Have Goals, due out August 17. Much of the EP highlights Jax’s struggles with feeling trapped in a small town and being told by authority figures he was destined for failure. It adds up to a lyrical chip on the 20-year-old rapper’s shoulder that he exorcises with clever hooks and big beats. The production on Lazy, but I Have Goals is top-level, and Jax’s music has never sounded so slick. • KEY TRACKS: “Mrs. Hubbard’s Note” into “I Feel Freestyle” • WHY: Jax recounts the moment when one of his teachers gave him an application to Dunkin’, then he rips into the ferocious track. • WHERE: Spotify


I made a cardinal mistake when I first listened to Drunk Off Diesel’s debut record, Wildcard. Namely, I took it too seriously. The riffs are punishing; the beats, pounding; and the vocals, properly shouted. But I missed the funnyas-hell lyrics and tonguein-cheek nature of the band’s sound. Don’t get it twisted: Drunk Off Diesel are a proper, marauding metal band, as heavy as anything in town. They just happen to mostly sing about getting blackout drunk, driving their trucks very fast on the way to get laid and, of course, Satan. The Burlington rockers have found the sweet spot between playing mammoth metal and winking at their audience — who are hopefully laughing as they churn in the mosh pit. • KEY TRACK: “Bring More Beer” • WHY: How can you top lyrics such as “Just one thing I need to make clear / You should bring more beer”? • WHERE: drunkoffdiesel.


Ira Virus, Chippunk Munk


The alter ego of Brattleboro comic artist and poet Mx. Struble, Ira Virus has delivered an album I’m not sure anyone was asking for — but that everyone deserved nonetheless. Love ska and punk classics like “One Step Beyond” by Madness and the Misfits’ “Die, Die My Darling”? Surely, you’ve wanted to hear these songs performed on a Nintendo Game Boy? No? Well, why the fuck not? Don’t sweat it, Ira Virus has you covered. The nonbinary artist has taken 18 classics of two of their favorite genres and given them the full Super Mario Bros. treatment. It’s a hell of a lot of bleeps and blips, and it works on some songs better than others — “Add It Up” by Violent Femmes is a bit of a chore to get through. But, overall, the album manages to be both oddly entertaining and nostalgic for anyone who grew up smashing buttons on a Game Boy in the back of their parents’ car. • KEY TRACK: “Nazi Punks Fuck Off ” • WHY: The Dead Kennedys’ classic actually sort of slaps with the 8-bit treatment. • WHERE: iravirus.

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elcome to another edition of “Let’s watch the movie that Film Twitter won’t stop talking about.” This week, it’s a new action flick on Hulu with an unusual setting for the genre: the northern Great Plains of the U.S. in 1719. Also not typical? All of the main characters belong to the Comanche Nation except the villain, a towering, helmeted figure (Dane DiLiegro) whom you may have seen before in a few other action movies. He’s a Predator armed with advanced alien technology, and he’s out to win himself some warm-blooded trophies in a world of axes and muskets.

Midthunder plays a hunter who becomes the hunted in Trachtenberg’s refreshing twist on the Predator franchise.

The deal

When the Predator’s spaceship lands in Comanche territory, the only one to witness the strange apparition is Naru (Amber Midthunder), a young healer who yearns to be a hunter like her brother, Taabe (Dakota Beavers). Naru accompanies the men of her tribe in search of a dangerous mountain lion, hoping for a chance to prove her skills with traps and weaponry. Instead, she finds more evidence that a new and deadlier predator is stalking the plains, but the men dismiss her warnings. Determined to protect her tribe, Naru scours the woods with her loyal dog, Sarii. The Predator isn’t the only predator they find — French fur traders are busy plundering the landscape. It will take all of Naru’s courage and cunning to face the twin threats to her homeland.

Will you like it?

The rise of superhero franchises has given action movies a stakes problem. Even when the protagonists aren’t technically superhuman, they often seem that way, because digital effects and balletic fight choreography distance the action from anything that mere mortals could experience. The John Wick movies, for instance, are great fun to watch, but they never make us genuinely anxious about the hero’s chances of survival. In Prey, by contrast, director Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) does his best to bring the action down to earth. It’s a fitting approach for a movie that initially feels more like a nature-centric Terrence Malick film than an entry in the Predator franchise. Yes, Prey features some attacks by dodgy 64


MOVIE REVIEW computer-generated animals. An early scene in which Naru fends off a ravening bear is still genuinely terrifying, however, because she’s a self-trained hunter who has to reckon with unreliable equipment. After missing a shot, she struggles to mend her broken bowstring as the bear surges toward her. It’s a carefully orchestrated scene with clear stakes that viewers can relate to, and it grabs us in a way that no amount of pure spectacle can. Trachtenberg uses tracking and aerial shots to give us a strong sense of place, situating Naru in the landscape she wants to defend. When she discovers a field full of flayed bison, for instance, we feel her sense of violation. And it’s all the more shocking to us to learn that the responsible party isn’t the Predator (famous for flaying its prey) but the French traders, who embody the casual brutality of colonialism. Midthunder has a lively intensity that makes us root for Naru, even though her coming-of-age plot is one we’ve seen countless times before. Aside from the sympathetic Taabe, no one else has a ton of characterization, but it’s enough to fulfill the chief requirement of the genre: that we care who wins. While the French characters speak

French, the Indigenous actors playing the Comanche speak in American-accented English interspersed with occasional Comanche phrases, an accessible approach that soon comes to seem natural. (It also has the subliminal effect of making the Europeans seem more “other” to viewers than the Comanche, in case the former’s cruelty doesn’t suffice to achieve the same result.) For viewers in search of more purism, Hulu also offers a version with the tribe’s dialogue dubbed entirely in Comanche. Prey is an inventive hybrid of period piece and action flick that manages to thrill us despite the absence of big guns and explosions. Toward the end, it leans into hyperreal action-movie pacing, and viewers who aren’t literate in Predator lore may occasionally be confused by the mechanics of fighting the creature. But we stay engaged because the threat feels real: Just like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1987 film that started the franchise, Naru can only defeat the Predator by outwitting it. While the men (both French and Comanche) assume that their usual mode of attack should do the trick, she takes cover, observes the creature and learns its vulnerabilities. The result is a thoroughly satisfying

underdog story that taps into the pleasures of old-school action cinema. And Naru’s actual dog? Don’t worry; the charismatic canine (played by a rescued Carolina dog named Coco) can more than hold its own against a Predator. MARGO T HARRI S O N

IF YOU LIKE THIS, TRY... (11 episodes, 2021-22; Hulu): Don’t miss the newly released second season of this funny, poignant series about four teenage friends in rural Oklahoma, cocreated by Taika Waititi with an Indigenous cast and crew. “RESERVATION DOGS”

BLOOD QUANTUM (2019; Shudder, AMC+, rentable): If you enjoyed a Predator movie with Indigenous protagonists, try this zombie movie set in 1981 on a Mi’kmaq reservation, from Mi’kmaq director Jeff Barnaby. PREDATOR (1987; Hulu, rentable): If you’re like me and need a refresher on this enjoyable B movie franchise — yes, it eventually involves showdowns with the alien from Alien — start here.

Family owned & operated for 40 years NEW IN THEATERS BEAST: Idris Elba plays a widowed dad who must defend his two teenage daughters from an enormous lion on a South African game reserve in Baltasar Kormákur’s horror drama. (93 min, R. Essex, Paramount, Star, Sunset) BEAST (TELUGU): A former intelligence agent sets out to save a mall full of hostages in this Tamillanguage action-comedy. Nelson directed. (155 min, NR. Majestic) DRAGON BALL SUPER: SUPER HERO: Martial arts warrior Goku and his friends face a new threat from the Red Ribbon Army in this animated adventure. Tetsuro Kodama directed. (100 min, PG-13. Essex [dubbed and subtitled], Majestic, Roxy)

CURRENTLY PLAYING BODIES BODIES BODIESHHH1/2 A group of young friends’ hurricane party goes very wrong in this horror-comedy from director Halina Reijn. With Amandla Stenberg and Maria Bakalova. (95 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Roxy, Savoy, Sunset) BULLET TRAINHH1/2 In this action flick from David Leitch (Atomic Blonde), a bullet train leaves Tokyo carrying five assassins. With Brad Pitt, Joey King and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. (126 min, R. Bethel, Big Picture, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) DC LEAGUE OF SUPER-PETSHHH Krypto the SuperDog assembles a band of crime-fighting critters to rescue Superman in this animated adventure. (106 min, PG. Big Picture, Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Star, Stowe, Welden) EASTER SUNDAYHH A Filipino American family gathers for a weekly meal in a comedy inspired by the life of standup luminary Jo Koy, who stars with with Lydia Gaston. (96 min, PG-13. Palace)

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, Sunset) 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, Majestic, Palace, Playhouse, Roxy; 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. (118 min, PG-13. Palace) TOP GUN: MAVERICKHHHH Tom Cruise’s daredevil Navy pilot character is older but still flying test flights in this sequel directed by Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion). With Jennifer Connelly. (131 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Sunset, Welden) 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. Savoy) 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. Bethel, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Stowe, Welden; reviewed 7/20)


ELVISHHH Austin Butler plays the rock icon and Tom Hanks plays Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic. (159 min, PG-13. Capitol, Majestic, Marquis, Paramount, Star, Sunset)


EMILY THE CRIMINALHHHH Aubrey Plaza plays a young woman who addresses her debt problem by getting involved in a credit card scam in John Patton Ford’s crime drama. (93 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)


FALLHHH Two young women set out to climb a 2,000-foot radio tower in this vertigo-inducing thriller from director Scott Mann. Grace Caroline Currey and Virginia Gardner star. (107 min, PG-13. Essex, Star, Sunset)

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MACK & RITAHH1/2 After a wild bachelorette weekend, a young woman (Elizabeth Lail) wakes up transformed into the 70-year-old version of herself (Diane Keaton) in Katie Aselton’s comedy. (95 min, PG-13. Majestic, Palace) MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ONHHHH1/2 A YouTube star comes to the big screen in this all-ages mockumentary about tiny, non-human creatures living in an Airbnb. (90 min, PG. Roxy, Savoy; reviewed 6/22)

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CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH WBON: Women Business Owners Network Vermont hosts an outdoor soirée featuring food and networking opportunities. Maple Tree Place, Williston, 8:30-10 a.m. Free. Info, 503-0219.


IN-PERSON APPLICANT SUPPORT EVENTS: Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program staff offer support to renters who drop in seeking financial aid due to pandemicrelated challenges. Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington, 1-4 p.m. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 461-8430. 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.


UCHICAGO INFORMATION SESSION IN BURLINGTON: A University of Chicago admissions counselor answers prospective Vermont students’ questions. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


VCLF: INNOVATIVELY COMBATTING INJUSTICE IN VERMONT: Vermont Community Loan Fund employees explain how they are working to provide

financial opportunities to disenfranchised community members. Presented by Copper Leaf Financial. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-2731.

fairs & festivals

VERMONT STATE FAIR: Crowds converge on the midway for carnival amusements, horticultural displays, equine events and live music. Vermont State Fairgrounds, Rutland, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $312. Info, 775-5200.


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 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘THE CONDOR AND THE EAGLE’: Sustainable Woodstock virtually screens this award-winning

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documentary about Indigenous land and water protectors around the world. Free. Info, 457-2911. ‘THE MAURITANIAN’: Based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s bestselling memoir Guantánamo Diary, this star-studded film tracks Slahi’s fight for freedom from wrongful imprisonment by the U.S. government. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

Williston, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Free; preregister. Info, bshatara@

Waterbury, 11 a.m. $2-4; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 244-7103.

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, cfmamanager@


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.

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: Farm-fresh 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.

‘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.

MEET THE MAKERS: A BOOZY POP-UP SERIES: Guests delight their palates with exclusive cocktails and rub elbows with some of Vermont’s leading distillers. Ticket includes two drinks and an appetizer. Pauline’s Café, South Burlington, 5-7 p.m. $30; preregister. Info, 862-1081.

‘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 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.

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@gmail. com.

food & drink

COOK THE BOOK: Home chefs make a recipe from one of the library’s cookbooks and share the dish at a potluck. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library,

FIND MORE LOCAL EVENTS IN THIS ISSUE 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


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.


MAH-JONGG CLUB: Tile traders of all experience levels gather for a game. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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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,


CENTRAL VERMONT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: PEDRO GIRAUDO TANGO QUARTET: The Grammy Award-winning foursome plays lively Latin dance music. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7 p.m. $20. Info, 728-9878. CRAFTSBURY CHAMBER PLAYERS: Classical music fans belatedly celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a program of some of his greatest hits. First Baptist Church of Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-25; free for kids under 12. Info, 800-639-3443. CRAFTSBURY CHAMBER PLAYERS MINI CONCERT: Musicians perform selections from their evening programs, from Baroque-era masterpieces to contemporary greats. First Baptist Church of Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 800-639-3443. OPEN MIC: Artists of all stripes have eight minutes to share a song, story or poem. Virtual option available. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: HANA ZARA: The indie folk troubadour displays her hypnotically openhearted lyrics and presence. Burlington City Hall Park, 12:301:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. TROY MILLETTE: Heartfelt original country-rock songs carry through the air, courtesy of the Fairfax musician. Shelburne Vineyard, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8222.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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,


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.


HOWARD COFFIN: A historian explains why there were so many Vermont sharpshooters at the battle of Gettysburg and what role they played in securing Union victory. Fletcher Historical Society, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-6847.


‘THE WINTER’S TALE’: The Town Hall Theater Young Company presents Shakespeare’s timeless tale of hope, connection, love — and “exit, pursued by a bear.” Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $5-15. Info, 382-9222. ‘WOMEN IN JEOPARDY!’: Trading their wine glasses for spyglasses, 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.



GARDEN GALA: Lawn games, live music, and local food and drink feature at this flowery fundraiser for Vermont Garden Network’s new mobile classroom. Stowe Cider, 5-7 p.m. $25; free for kids 12 and under. Info, michelle@ 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. IN-PERSON APPLICANT SUPPORT EVENTS: See WED.17. THU.18

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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.


JASON CHIN: South Burlington’s own Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator reads from his picture book Watercress and discusses his career. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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AFTERNOON YOUTH MOVIE: Summer vacationers watch a PG-rated adventure together. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 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.


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; preregister. Info, youthservices@centenniallibrary. org.

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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. TEEN ART CLUB: Crafty young’uns ages 12 through 18 construct paper jellyfish lanterns to bring underwater ambience to their bedrooms. Waterbury Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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PENNY CARNIVAL: All games and goodies cost only one cent each at this

My Cup of Tea

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Austenites-in-training and their very proper parents get a taste of what high tea was like in Old England at an afternoon tea for kids of all ages at the Governor’s House in Hyde Park. With scones, finger sandwiches, pastries and unlimited pots of the freshly brewed beverage, attendees may think they’ve been transported back in time to the Regency era. Along with the treats, guests receive a lesson in the history of this British tradition, the secret to brewing a perfect pot and the full range of tea party etiquette.

CHILDREN’S AFTERNOON TEA PARTY Thursday, August 18, 2 p.m., at the Governor’s House in Hyde Park. $14-40; preregister. Info, 888-6888, family-friendly fair featuring raffles, book sales and ugliest penny contests. George Peabody Library, Post Mills, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 333-9724. 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.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.17, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

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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. 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. READ TO A DOG: Little ones get a 10-minute time slot to tell stories to Lola the pup. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918. SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM: See WED.17.


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. CHILRDREN’S AFTERNOON TEA PARTY: Parents and kids of all ages nibble warm scones with clotted cream and other bite-size treats while soaking up the history and etiquette of the afternoon tradition. See calendar spotlight. Governor’s House in Hyde Park, 2 p.m. $35; preregister. Info, 888-6888.

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‘GHOSTBUSTERS’: Who you gonna call? Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis battle supernatural baddies in this 1984 classic. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 775-0903.

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.

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MARSHMALLOW ROAST: Sweet-toothed visitors get their toasting sticks ready for a sunset s’more fest. First package of marshmallows is free; additional packs available for purchase. Lavender Essentials of Vermont, Derby, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 323-3590.


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.17, 12:30-1:15 p.m.


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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CLASSICAL MUSIC ENCOUNTER: Nathan and Henry Wu introduce curious kids of all ages to the classical canon. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. FRIDAY MOVIES: Little film buffs congregate in the library’s Katie O’Brien Activity Room for a 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.17.


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

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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.19, 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. Shelburne Museum, 10 a.m. & 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 658-1484. KARMA KIDZ YOGA OPEN STUDIO SATURDAYS: Young yogis of all ages and their caregivers drop in for some fun breathing and movement activities. SAT.20 SEVEN DAYS AUGUST 17-24, 2022

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BOOK PAGE BUTTON BOUQUET: Recycled pages, buttons and salt shakers become beautiful blooms at this craft hour. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918. 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,


GREEN BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP: A Norman Williams Public Library book club reads a new nonfiction about sustainability and the environment each month. 3:30-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


MUSIC ON THE FARM: MYRA FLYNN: Farm-fresh foods and neo-soul 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.

fairs & festivals

JOHN HOLL: The beer industry reporter and author of The Craft Brewery Cookbook: Recipes To Pair With Your Favorite Beers headlines this tasty collab between Switchback Brewing and Bluebird BBQ. See calendar spotlight. Switchback Brewing, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 651-4114. 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@ 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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AUGUST MEDITATION SERIES: SIMPLE PRACTICES FOR MEDITATORS AT ALL LEVELS: Attendees learn and practice foundational Buddhist principles of focus and discipline. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6-8 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info,

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.

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.




RAISEACHILD VERMONT EXCLUSIVE ONLINE INFO SESSION & ORIENTATION: Pride Center of Vermont partners with RaiseAChild and the Vermont Department for Children and Families to explain the process and benefits of becoming a foster parent. 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 860-7812.




See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.17.

‘CYRANO DE BERGERAC’: James McAvoy of X-Men fame stars in an inventive West End staging of the classic play, filmed for worldwide viewing. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6-15. Info, 748-2600.

CENTRAL VERMONT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: OPEN REHEARSAL: Festival virtuosos open the doors of their practices to listeners. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 728-9878.


CRAFTSBURY CHAMBER PLAYERS: See WED.17. Hardwick Town House, 7:30 p.m.


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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, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info,




HUNGER MOUNTAIN CO-OP BROWN BAG SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: RAS MOSHE: Funky sax sounds serenade concertgoers on their lunch hour. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604. JAMESTOWN REVIVAL: The acoustic duo delivers skillful songwriting and flawless harmonies. Stephen Kellogg opens.


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Veteran beer industry reporter and author of The Craft Brewery Cookbook: Recipes to Pair With Your Favorite Beers John Holl teams up with Switchback Brewing and Bluebird BBQ for an evening of mouthwatering brews and bites. Attendees meet the writer, sample food from the cookbook prepared by Bluebird’s chefs and taste some of the beer featured in Holl’s recipes. Switchback also presents selections from its Flynn on Fire Smoked Beer Series: Tasting flights are available, as well as a limited number of smoked beer sensory kits for a full-body experience.

MEET, TASTE, SIP FEATURING JOHN HOLL Thursday, August 18, 5-7 p.m., at Switchback Brewing in Burlington. Free; preregister. Info, 651-4114, Spruce Peak at Stowe, 6 p.m. $40-750. Info, 760-4634. LINDA LAVIN: The Broadway and TV star launches her new album, Love Notes, with a romantic evening of song featuring Billy Stritch on the piano. Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, 8 p.m. $35-80. Info, 362-1405. MUSIC IN THE BARN: CRICKET BLUE & TRIO ARCO: Chamber music floats up to the rafters in this community concert series. Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Richmond, 7:30-9 p.m. $20; cash bar. Info, barnmusicvt@

when the Latin dance band takes to the outdoor stage. 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.

that grow in backyards and gardens with herbalist Sophie Cassel. Intervale Center, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 660-0440. 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.

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.



SESSION AMERICANA: A folkrock collective and its vintage instruments take the stage for an eclectic musical experience. Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 333-4311.

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.

THURSDAYS BY THE LAKE: SABOR 2.0: Energy runs high

MEDICINAL HERB WALK: Locals explore common, healthful weeds

PARKAPALOOZA: ROSE & THE BROS: The powerhouse Southern dance ensemble stops 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.

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,

PURCHASING YOUR FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE: New England Federal Credit Union financial experts teach drivers about the costs and benefits of going gas-free. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-6940.

SPIKE IT FOR UKRAINE: Teams of two play spikeball — a volleyball variation featuring a trampoline — in a bracket-style tournament, with all proceeds benefiting World Central Kitchen. Veterans Memorial Park, South Burlington, 5-8 p.m. $20. Info, clara.margulius@gmail. com. VERMONT TIRE & SERVICE NIGHT: The racetrack’s 2022 season continues with a nail-biting competition for double the prize. Thunder Road Speed Bowl, Barre, 7-10 p.m. $5-30; free for kids under 6. Info,


LISTEN UP: KENZIE HINES: The activist and printmaker takes the stage in the TED Talk-reminiscent speaker series hosted by Gina Stevensen and Quinn Rol. Burlington City Arts, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.


‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY: A NEW MUSICAL’: Everyone’s favorite bloodcurdling brood faces the ultimate fright: Wednesday’s nice, normal boyfriend and his parents. Depot Theatre, Westport, N.Y., 5 p.m. $25-40. Info, 518-962-4449. AMERICAN DREAMING: A NEW PLAY FESTIVAL: Middlebury Acting Company presents three days of panels, workshops and staged readings of three plays selected from more than 100 submissions. Swift House Inn, Middlebury, 6 p.m. $15-20; $4050 for series pass. Info, 382-9222. ‘BEYOND BAKER STREET: THE SEARCH FOR SHERLOCK’: While Holmes and Watson are away, the criminals will play — and it’s up to the Baker Street Irregulars to stop them in this new sequel to the 1965 musical Baker Street.


QuarryWorks Theater, Adamant, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 229-6978.

New Haven, 6 p.m. $15-18; price of food and drink; free for kids 12 and under. Info, 382-9222.

‘OUR DOMESTIC RESURRECTION CIRCUS’: An offbeat Bread and Puppet Theater production draws on traditional circus tropes to shine a light on urgent issues of the day. Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Hancock, 5:45 p.m. $22. Info, 382-9222.

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‘AN R-RATED MAGIC SHOW’: Comedian-cum-trickster Grant Freeman gives a raunchy, reality-bending show. The Flynn, Burlington, 8 p.m. $33.75-67.35. Info, 863-5966. ‘STEEL MAGNOLIAS’: Six Southern women laugh, cry and form strong friendships in Robert Harling’s classic play. Weston Playhouse Main Stage, 7 p.m. $25-74. Info, 824-5288. TENFEST: OUT IN THE OPEN: The Vermont Playwrights Circle serves up a smorgasbord of 10-minute one-acts at this bite-size festival, now in its 15th year. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7:30-9 p.m. $12-14. Info, 583-1674. ‘THIRST’: The Dorset Theatre Festival continues its season with the premiere of Ronán Noone’s witty reimagining of Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill. Dorset Playhouse, 7:30 p.m. $46. Info, 867-2223. ‘THE WINTER’S TALE’: See WED.17, 2 p.m. ‘WOMEN IN JEOPARDY!’: See WED.17. ‘THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND’: Stowe Theatre Guild presents a rollicking revue celebrating the work of musical theater duo John Kander and Fred Ebb, of Chicago and New York, New York fame. Stowe Town Hall Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 253-3961.


INQUISITIVE READERS BOOK CLUB: Bookworms discuss a new horizon-expanding tome each month. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, henningsmh@

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NEK WORKFORCE PARTNERS JOB FEST: Northeast Kingdom employers and job seekers rub elbows. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 748-3177.


FOOD + ART FRIDAYS: SOUND BATH WITH TONY BEDNAR: 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@ VERMONT STATE FAIR: See WED.17.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.17. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.17. ‘THE CONDOR AND THE EAGLE’: See WED.17. MOVIE ON THE GREEN: ‘MAMMA MIA!’: We can go dancing, we can go walking, as long as we end up at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library’s screening of this beloved ABBA jukebox musical. Williston Town Green, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. ‘NO OTHER LAKE’: UVM student Jordan Rowell chronicles his two-week kayaking trip along the 120-mile length of Lake Champlain to heighten awareness of the basin’s future. Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 644-5100. OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT: Classic film buffs enjoy an iconic 1952 musical starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.17. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.17.

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WORLD MUSIC & WINE SERIES: MAL MAÏZ: A Costa Rican multi-instrumentalist and his Afro Latino orchestra make an appearance at this summerlong series that combines global sounds with global food and wine. Lincoln Peak Vineyard,

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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.





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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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BLUEGRASS & BBQ: INTERSTATE EXPRESS: The acoustic band tickles the banjo strings and Southern Smoke and Luiza’s Homemade With Love provide the nosh. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-9 p.m. $5; cost of food and drink. Info, 985-8222.

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BRITTON & THE STING: The funk liberation band, fronted by Tony Award winner Britton Smith, takes to the JAG Productions stage for an audacious show that’s half concert, half musical. King Arthur Baking Bakery & Café, School and Store, Norwich, 8 p.m. $33. Info, 332-3270. CARILLON SERIES: GEORGE MATTHEW JR.: Middlebury’s college carillonneur plays a heavenly program on the historic bell organ. Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. CENTRAL VERMONT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: FRIDAY NIGHT IN THE GALLERY: Vermont Youth Orchestra students show off what they’ve learned from their festival mentors. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7 p.m. Free; FRI.19

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donations accepted. Info, 728-9878. ‘L’ELISIR D’AMORE’: Donizetti’s beloved comic opera about a farcical courtship facilitated by a snake-oil love potion salesman is sung in Italian with English supertitles. Masks required. Unadilla Theatre, Marshfield, 7:30-10 p.m. $15-25. Info, 456-8968. 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. NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: DADDYLONGLEGS: Infusing classic folk songs with passion and intricacy, this trio delivers nothing but catchy arrangements for picnickers in the garden. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-2117. SESSION AMERICANA: See THU.18. Picnic dinners available for purchase. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $10-22. Info, 533-2000.

TWILIGHT SERIES: THE ALL NIGHT BOOGIE BAND: Hairraising vocals and scorching-hot rhythms mark this blues quintet as one to watch. Burlington City Hall Park, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. ZACHARIAH BURROWS: The 18-year-old Middlebury pianist tickles the ivories for his hometown before heading off to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Salisbury Congregational Church, 7:30-9 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 352-6671.


‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY: A NEW MUSICAL’: See THU.18, 7:30 p.m. AMERICAN DREAMING: A NEW PLAY FESTIVAL: See THU.18, 2 & 7 p.m. ‘BEYOND BAKER STREET: THE SEARCH FOR SHERLOCK’: See THU.18. ‘SHREW’: Foul Contending Rebels Theatre presents an unflinchingly feminist take on one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays. Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, ‘STEEL MAGNOLIAS’: See THU.18. TENFEST: OUT IN THE OPEN: See THU.18. ‘THIRST’: See THU.18. ‘UNIVERSITY OF MAJD’: Puppeteers tell the true story of Majd Ziadeh, a Palestinian man who was unjustly imprisoned by the Israeli military for 20 years. Paper-Mâché Cathedral, Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 6:30 p.m. $10-25 suggested donation. Info, 525-3031.



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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,

Silver Screen Downtown Middlebury once again fills with film buffs and industry insiders for five days of cinematic splendor. Festivalgoers get access to more than 140 film screenings, plus happy hours, after-parties, panels, and special appearances by the likes of Tyler Davidson, producer of the new Aubrey Plaza vehicle Emily the Criminal; and actor and The Lost Daughter director Maggie Gyllenhaal. Other notable films featured include Anaïs in Love (pictured), a French festival darling; After Sherman, an unflinching portrait of racism in past and present South Carolina; and Anarchy in Vermont, a new documentary short about last year’s Sears Lane homeless encampment standoff in Burlington.

MIDDLEBURY NEW FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL Opens Wednesday, August 24, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., at various Middlebury locations. See website for additional dates. $17-110. Info, 382-9222,

YARD, CRAFT AND BAKE SALE: Shoppers hunt for treasures large and small while munching on home-made baked goods. Vermont Zen Center, Shelburne, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 310-4074.


NULHEGAN ABENAKI HERITAGE GATHERING: Singing, drumming, dancing and traditional games for kids and adults honor Vermont’s indigenous history. Camp Sunrise, Benson, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info,


OLD NORTH END REPAIR CAFÉ: Volunteers troubleshoot computers, bikes, furniture and more — and teach locals how to fix their things themselves. Old North End Repair Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2524.


SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: SABRINA COMELLAS: The singersongwriter evokes influences including Shakey Graves and Lucy Dacus in her Americana-pop style. Burlington City Hall Park, 12:301:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.



A REVOLUTIONARY PRESS PRINTMAKING DEMO: Purveyor of radical letterpresses John Vincent shows off his process. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.


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 surgical masks required. Beginners’ lesson, 7:40 p.m. Capital City Grange, Berlin, 8-11 p.m. $5-20. Info, 225-8921. STOWE TANGO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2022: NIGHT OF TANGO: Buenos Aires dance legends are soundtracked by bandoneon virtuoso Hector Del Curto and a 25-piece orchestra. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8-9:30 p.m. $30-59. Info, 760-4634.


BLAST FROM THE PAST: HISTORIC ENGINES: Vermont Antique Gas and Steam Engine Association members take up residence on the porch and answer questions about vintage motors. Chimney Point State Historic Site, Addison, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 828-3051. WALKING TOUR OF MORRILL’S STRAFFORD VILLAGE: Vermonters tour the spots that the 19thcentury Vermont senator Justin Smith Morrill knew and loved, including his birthplace, his father’s blacksmith shop and his burial site. Justin Morrill Homestead,


Strafford, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $6; free for kids under 15. Info, 765-4288.

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BEST OF VERMONT SUMMER FESTIVAL: Revelers enjoy the most fabulous food, beer, wine and entertainment that the Green Mountain State has to offer. Okemo Field, Ludlow, noon-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 228-5830. VERMONT STATE FAIR: See WED.17.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.17. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.17. ‘THE CONDOR AND THE EAGLE’: See WED.17. ‘THE LODGER: A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG’: Composer Jeff Rapsis provides a live score for Alfred Hitchcock’s first film, a silent thriller about a serial killer who targets blonde women. Ludlow Auditorium, 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 855-8883. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.17. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.17.

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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, movillefarmersmarket@ POP-UP DINNER & A MOVIE: ‘FANTASTIC FUNGI’: Grateful Greens and Collar City Mushrooms serve up a fivecourse meal inspired by the 2019 documentary, which screens after dinner at the outdoor cinema. Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, 6-10 p.m. $80; preregister. Info, info@ 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.


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.

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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.


BRITTON & THE STING: See FRI.19. CENTRAL VERMONT CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: STRINGS AND PIANO: Players perform pieces by Gabriel Fauré, Witold Lutoslawski and César Franck. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $25; free for students. Info, 728-9878. CHAD HOLLISTER ACOUSTIC QUINTET: Heartfelt lyrics propel catchy pop-rock tunes from the veteran touring act. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-9 p.m. $20-25. Info, 985-8222.

KAT WRIGHT: The Queen City songbird turns heads with soulful vocal stylings. Walker Farm, Weston, 7 p.m. $25-60. Info, 824-5288. ‘L’ELISIR D’AMORE’: See FRI.19, 2:30-5 p.m. LAKE CHAMPLAIN CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: Master classes, performances and talks by musicians tantalize the ears of classical listeners. See for full schedule. Various Chittenden County locations, noon, 2 & 3:30 p.m. $225 for grand festival pass; prices vary for individual events. Info, 846-2175. MOIRA SMILEY AND FRIENDS: The singer, composer and multiinstrumentalist raises funds for the Better Selves Fellowship. Knoll Farm, Fayston, 6-9 p.m. $30-65. Info, 496-5686. SOGGY PO’ BOYS: The Dover, N.H., band brings New Orleans to New England with an abundance of funk and spirit. Cooper Field, Putney, 6 p.m. $20-25; free for kids under 12. Info, 387-0102. TOUSSAINT ST. NEGRITUDE: The musician-poet gives an improvisational performance in concert with the church’s Janet McKenzie show “Courage, Justice and Hope.” Waitsfield United Church of Christ & Village Meeting House, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3065.




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.




‘THIRST’: See THU.18. ‘WOMEN IN JEOPARDY!’: See WED.17. ‘THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND’: See THU.18, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

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.

WRITERS’ WERTFREI: Authors both fledgling and published gather over Zoom to share their work in a judgment-free environment. Virtual option available. Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m.noon. Free; preregister. Info, judi@

WORDS IN THE WOODS: CAROL POTTER: The award-winning poet leads a literary trek through the forest as part of this Vermont Humanities series. Wilgus State Park, Springfield, 10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, jpelletier@



WEEKLY EVENT: Racers tear up the track in pursuit of the title. Devil’s Bowl Speedway, West Haven, 7 p.m. $5-20; drive-in free for kids 12 and under. Info, 265-3112.


‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY: A NEW MUSICAL’: See THU.18, 7:30 p.m. AMERICAN DREAMING: A NEW PLAY FESTIVAL: See THU.18, 10 a.m., 2 & 7 p.m. ‘BEYOND BAKER STREET: THE SEARCH FOR SHERLOCK’: See THU.18, 2-4 & 7:30-9:30 p.m. ‘I LOVE YOU SO MUCH I COULD DIE’: Mona Pirnot’s one-woman show features music, metatext and a playwright’s fraught relationship with her computer’s text-to-speech tool. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover N.H., 4 p.m. $9-15. Info, 603-646-2422.


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DAYHIKE & DINE: Landscape lovers and foodies carpool to a hiking adventure, then recharge with lunch at a local restaurant. Bradford Park & Ride, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 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, newleafsangha@ 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,


MOUNT INDEPENDENCEHUBBARDTON MILITARY ROAD CAR TOUR: Jim Rowe of the Crown Point Road Association leads a driving tour along a trail packed with Revolutionary War history. Hubbardton Battlefield State Historic Site, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Regular admission, $4; free for kids under 15. Info, 273-2282.

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$15; free for kids under 13. Info, 748-2600.


‘STEEL MAGNOLIAS’: See THU.18, 2 & 7 p.m.





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this songwriter’s appearance at this outdoor series. Westford Common, 6:30-8 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 363-0930.

GREEN CORN CEREMONY: Abenaki cultural organization Alnôbaiwi hosts a harvest celebration complete with dancing, storytelling and crafts. Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, 391-9634.

‘SHREW’: See FRI.19, 2 & 6:30 p.m.


prepared foods from more seasonal vendors at an outdoor marketplace. Champlain Mill Green, Winooski, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, farmersmarket@downtown


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MAVERICK MARKET: High-quality 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. PIGASUS FARM DINNER BY DEDALUS WINE: Perfectly-paired wines and a whole-hog porchetta make for a lavish late summer meal in the meadow. Pigasus Meats, South Hero, 5:30 p.m. $150; preregister. Info, 585-7717.

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

HERE BE DRAGONFLIES: See SAT.20, 2 p.m. SUNFLOWER SUNDAY: Locals embrace their inner flower child with a morning of yoga and mindful strolls around the blooming fields. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 9-9:45 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 457-2355. 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.


DOMINIQUE DODGE: The singer and harpist is joined onstage by Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon and more for an unbeatable folk jam. Old West Church, Calais, 4-6 p.m. $20. Info, 233-1015.

PLAY PÉTANQUE!: The Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region invites locals to join in a friendly afternoon of France’s national pastime. Airport Park, Colchester, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info,



LEVITT AMP ST. JOHNSBURY MUSIC SERIES: VOX SAMBOU: The multilingual, Québécois Haitian hip-hop star lights up the outdoor stage. Dog Mountain, St. Johnsbury, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. MUSIC IN THE MEADOW: RANKY TANKY: The Charleston, S.C., quintet, named for a Gullah phrase meaning “get funky,” draws on a long history of local Black culture. Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow, Stowe, 7-9 p.m. $30-35. Info, info@stoweperformingarts. com. PLAY EVERY TOWN: Prolific pianist David Feurzeig continues a four-year, statewide series of shows in protest of high-pollution worldwide concert tours. Capital City Grange, Berlin, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, playeverytown@gmail. com. UNCOMMON JAM: Music lovers enjoy food, craft beer and regional bands playing everything from blues to funk to soul. Newbury Village Common, 1-6 p.m. $10. Info, 866-3320. VERMONT JAZZ ENSEMBLE: The big band gets picnickers swing dancing out on the lawn. Island Arts, North Hero, 6:30 p.m. $25. Info, 372-8889.

SWANTON SUNDAY MARKETS & FOOD TRUCKS: Local vendors sell treats, produce and other goodies at a delightful outdoor market. Swanton Village Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 309-7892.

VYO SUMMER CONCERT: Vermont Youth Orchestra virtuosos preview their upcoming season, featuring works from films and video games. Bristol Recreation Field, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 655-5030.

WINOOSKI FARMERS MARKET: Families shop for fresh produce, honey, meats, coffee and

WESTFORD CONCERT SERIES: EMMA COOK: Intimate lyrics and soulful strumming mark

DAVID E. SANGER: The New York Times national security correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner discusses current events and cybersecurity. Walker Farm, Weston, 7-8 p.m. $45-60. Info, 824-5288.


‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY: A NEW MUSICAL’: See THU.18. ‘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. ‘BEYOND BAKER STREET: THE SEARCH FOR SHERLOCK’: See THU.18, 2-4 p.m. ‘SHREW’: See FRI.19, 2 p.m. ‘STEEL MAGNOLIAS’: See THU.18, 3 p.m. TENFEST: OUT IN THE OPEN: See THU.18, 2 p.m. ‘THIRST’: See THU.18, 2 p.m. ‘WOMEN IN JEOPARDY!’: See WED.17, 2 p.m.

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IN-PERSON APPLICANT SUPPORT EVENTS: See WED.17. Killington Grand Resort Hotel, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.17.


BRIDGE CLUB: See THU.18, 1-2 p.m.

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.

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ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.17. BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.17. 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. REIKI AWARENESS DAY: Reiki practitioners and curious locals gather at an open house and healing circle. Petra’s Wellness Studio, Howe Center, Rutland, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 345-5244. 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@pridecentervt. org. NONBINARY SOCIAL GROUP: Genderqueer, agender, gender nonconforming and questioning Vermonters gather for virtual tea time. Presented by Pride Center of Vermont. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, trans@


CASPIAN MONDAY MUSIC: ‘THE FOUR SEASONS’: Superstar string and reed players play Vivaldi’s classic concertos alongside Ástor Piazzolla’s tango reimagining, “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.” Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7 p.m. $10-23; free for kids under 18. Info, 533-2000. JOCELYN PETTIT AND ELLEN GIRA: Nuanced fiddle-cello interplay and lively Canadian step dancing come together in a classically Celtic showing. York Street Meeting House, Lyndon, 7 p.m.

MEETING OF THE VERMONT NUCLEAR DECOMMISSIONING CITIZENS ADVISORY PANEL: Public comments are encouraged at this virtual update session from the Federal Nuclear Waste Policy Committee. Noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Info,


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, EMILY BERNARD: The author of Black is the Body: Stories from My Mother’s Time and Mine reads from her work. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 635-2727. MONTHLY TRUSTEE MEETING: Members of the public are encouraged to attend and ask questions as the Norman Williams Public Library board meets over Zoom. 5:15-7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.

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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.


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.


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


‘STARS ABOVE’: Paramount Theater presents Brooklynbased circus and dance troupe Hideaway Circus in a high-octane nostalgia trip through carnivals of old. Pittsford Village Farm, 7 p.m. $15-20; free for kids 5 and under. Info, 775-0903. TUE.23


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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, 7:309 p.m. $5. Info, 864-8382.


with cornhole players and giant Jenga tournaments. Bombardier Park West, Milton, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, 893-6655.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.17.

SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: See FRI.19. WALK-IN VACCINATION CLINIC: Folks ages 5 and up drop by to get the jab, whether it’s their first dose or second booster. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-5 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.



PAUSE-CAFÉ IN-PERSON FRENCH CONVERSATION: Francophones and French-language learners meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info,



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MILTON FARMERS MARKET & MUSIC IN THE PARK: Farmers sell their goodies, local bands bring the beats, and the lawn fills up


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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, Williston, 4-7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-1525.




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.


TUESDAY NIGHT LIVE: EMMA COOK TRIO: The band delivers folk-funk vibes and high-energy Americana. Legion Field, Johnson, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 730-2943.

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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.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: SOULSHINE POWER YOGA: Locals get moving at an outdoor, all ages class. Burlington City Hall Park, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.

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Kamalika-K, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 871-5085.


‘TWELFTH NIGHT’: Families pack a picnic brunch and enjoy the Shakespeare Camp’s performance of a classic comedy. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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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, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-7933.


LAKE CHAMPLAIN CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: See SAT.20, 10:30 a.m., noon & 4 p.m.

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.



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 evening. Fairlee Town Common, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, contact@




ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.17, 10:15-11:15 a.m.

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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.




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.

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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.

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KNIT DEMOCRACY TOGETHER: Activists and craftivists learn about the inner workings of elections while working together on a yarn sculpture of the Vermont Statehouse. Howe Library, Hanover N.H., 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120.


FINDING HOUSING: Renters learn how to overcome barriers and search productively. Presented by Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. 1-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 660-3455, ext. 205. SIMPLE STEPS TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE AND SAVE MONEY: Class attendees learn how to beat inflation and save more than $1,000 a year with a few great grocery tips. Presented by New England Federal Credit Union. noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-6940.




BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB: Readers voice opinions about Jane Harpers’s The Dry over lunch. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Ms. Cynthia. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.


GETTING STARTED ON YOUR BREASTFEEDING JOURNEY: University of Vermont lactation consultant Courtney Walker-Borch answers new parents’ questions about latching and feeding logistics. 7 p.m. Free. Info, communications@uvmhealth. org. ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.17, 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, 1111:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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SPECIAL MEETING: STATE OF VERMONT BOARD OF LIBRARIES: Members of the public are invited to hear updates from Vermont’s state librarian and others. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 636-0040. 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.

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GARDENING CLUB: Growers of all ages and experience levels convene to swap ideas for planned raised flower and herb beds at the library. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


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.


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.

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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.


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.

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.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME ON THE GREEN: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library leads half an hour of stories, rhymes and songs. Williston Town Green, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.




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TEEN WRITERS CLUB: Aspiring authors unleash their creativity through collaborative and independent writing games. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956.

TINY TOTS: Tiny tykes have fun, hear stories and meet new friends with

READ BETWEEN THE LINES: Longtime Norman Williams Public Library volunteer Donna Steed leads a group in a discussion about a new novel each month. 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@


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INTRODUCTION TO SCOUTING: Troop 658 tells kids ages 10 through 17 and their families what being a Scout is all about. Myers Memorial Pool, Winooski,





FLOATING SOUND BATH: Singing bowl and gong player Stephen Scuderi delivers a unique massage and sensory experience. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 6 p.m. $2040; preregister. Info, 777-0626.

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CALEDONIA COUNTY FAIR: Vermont’s oldest agricultural fair features rides, live music and entertainment, livestock events, demolition derbies, fair food, and more. Mountain View Park, Lyndonville, 4-11 p.m. $16-20. Info, 626-3539.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.17. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.17. ‘THE CONDOR AND THE EAGLE’: See WED.17. ‘LA VIE EN ROSE’: Marion Cotillard plays the great French singer Édith Piaf in this stirring 2007 biopic. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, scoutmaster@ LEGO BUILDERS: See WED.17. SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM: See WED.17. TEEN NIGHT MOVIE TRIVIA: Film buffs in grades 7 and up test their knowledge on questions ranging from easy to OMG. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


L.I.F.T. (LGBTQIA+ INSPIRATION & FRIENDSHIP AMONG TEENS): Queer and trans kids ages 13 through 18 build connections, pursue their interests and find empowerment together. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. WEDNESDAY CRAFTERNOON: See WED.17.

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JUNIOR RANGER ROUNDUP, WILDLIFE PUPPETRY & OPEN NATURE CENTER: See WED.17. MAKING TRACKS, SEEING SKINS & SKULLS: See WED.17. TEEN ZINE WORKSHOP: Adolescent artists mash up images, text and ideas to make booklets that make their voices heard. Ages 12 through 18. Waterbury Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

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MIDDLEBURY NEW FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL: It’s a film fanatic’s paradise when more than 140 features, high-profile panelists and lively festivities roll into town. See for full schedule. See calendar spotlight. Various Middlebury locations, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. $17-110. Info, 382-9222. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.17. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.17.

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cookout. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, 5-10 p.m. Price of food and drink. Info, 865-2368. DANVILLE FARMERS MARKET: See WED.17. DEDALUS FREE WEEKLY WINE TASTINGS: See WED.17. FEAST FARM STAND: See WED.17. MEET THE MAKERS: A BOOZY POP-UP SERIES: See WED.17. TRUCKS, TAPS & TUNES: See WED.17.

BURGERS & BEAUJOLAIS: Beef patties and light-bodied reds are a match made in heaven at this






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DIANA FANNING: The concert pianist highlights compositions by Schubert, Chopin, Lili Boulanger and Janáček. Isham Family Farm, Williston, 7-10 p.m. $20. Info, 872-1525. LAKE CHAMPLAIN CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL: See SAT.20, 3 & 4:30 p.m.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: YOUNG TRADITION FIDDLERS SHOWCASE: Talented teenage violinists take a bow. Burlington City Hall Park, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. TROY MILLETTE: See WED.17. WINOOSKI WEDNESDAYS: MYRA FLYNN BAND: The indie soul singer serenades picnickers under the open sky. Abizo opens. Rotary Park, Winooski, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info,







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art DAVIS STUDIO ART CLASSES: Discover your happy place in one of our weekly classes. Making art boosts emotional well-being and brings joy to your life, especially when you connect with other art enthusiasts. Select the ongoing program that’s right for you. Now enrolling youth and adults for classes in drawing, painting and fused glass. Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington. Info: 425-2700,


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. RUSH SEAT STOOL WORKSHOP: This workshop will cover how to build a wooden stool as well as how to weave a rush seat. Participants will each build their own stool, covering joinery and other important details. They will then weave



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the seat out of rush, learning how to shape and fasten the material. Tue., Aug. 23 & 30, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225 incl. materials. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761. COPPERSMITHING WORKSHOP: In this four-day Coppersmithing Workshop, students will work with Pilar Netzel to create an original copper bowl from a 12-by-12-inch copper disc of sheet metal by heating and hammering. Students will embellish finished bowls with color by applying torch-fired patinas. Sun., Sep. 11, 18, 25 & Oct. 2, 2-5 p.m. Cost: $350 incl. materials. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: Sam Graulty, 540-0761, education@, generatorvt. com/calendar#!event/2022/9/11/ coppersmithing-workshop.

language ADULT LIVE SPANISH E-CLASSES: Join us for adult Spanish classes this fall, using Zoom online videoconferencing. Our 16th year. Learn from a native speaker via small-group classes and individual instruction. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Five different levels. Note: Classes fill up fast. See our website or contact us for details. Starting Sep. 12. Cost: $270/10 weekly classes, 90+ mins. each. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025,

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FALL SESSION: Join us for online and in-person adult French classes this fall. Our 12-week session starts on Sep. 19 and offers classes for participants at all levels. Visit our website to read all about our offerings or contact us to learn more. Location: Zoom or Alliance Francaise, 43 King St., Burlington. Info:, Micheline Tremblay, education@, SPANISH CLASSES FOR ALL AGES: Premier native-speaking Spanish professor Maigualida Rak is giving fun, interactive online lessons to improve comprehension and pronunciation and to achieve fluency. Audiovisual material is used. “I feel proud to say that my students have significantly improved their Spanish with my teaching approach.” —Maigualida Rak. Read reviews on Facebook at “Spanishcoursesvt.” Info: Maigualida Rak, 881-0931,

martial arts 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 seventhdegree Carlson Gracie Sr. Coral Belt-certified instructor; teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!

A two-time World Masters champion, five-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu national champion, three-time Rio de Janeiro state champion and Gracie Challenge champion. Accept no limitations! 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 598-2839,,

music DJEMBE & TAIKO DRUMMING: JOIN US!: New classes (outdoor mask optional/ masks indoors). Taiko Tue. and Wed.; Djembe Wed.; Kids & Parents Tue. and Wed. Conga classes by request! Schedule/register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255,,

psychology A JUNGIAN PERSPECTIVE ON CURRENT EVENTS: In this ninemonth reading/discussion course, we will examine key features of our current reality toward gaining a very different viewpoint that can empower us to move into the future with optimism and understanding. Led by Sue Mehrtens. 1st Tue., Sep. 6-May 2, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $90 PayPal or U.S. check. Location: Jungian Center, Zoom. Info: Sue Mehrtens, 244-7909,,

SHADOW: RECOGNIZING WHITE PRIVILEGE: A hands-on experiential workshop that offers insights into how we all can benefit from becoming more conscious and selfaware of this powerful aspect of our collective and personal shadow. Led by Sue Mehrtens. Wed. in Sep., 7-9 p.m. Cost: $60 PayPal or U.S. check. Location: Jungian Center, Zoom. Info: Sue Mehrtens, 244-7909,,

shamanism APPRENTICESHIP IN SHAMANISM: Rare opportunity to apprentice locally in a shamanic tradition. To read and learn about this offering, go to For more details, including cost, location and times, please email or text 369-4331. 5 weekends over a year; 1st is Sep. 5-7. Location: St. Albans.

women THE WISDOM OF THE CRONE: This reading/discussion course mines the wisdom in a variety of older women’s stories and memoirs. Led by Sue Mehrtens. 1st Thu., Sep. 1-May 4, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $90 PayPal or U.S. check. Location: Jungian Center, Zoom. Info: Sue Mehrtens, 244-7909,,

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Achilles SEX: 3-month-old male REASON HERE: His owner could no longer care for him. ARRIVAL DATE: July 12, 2022 SUMMARY: Achilles is an all-around gentleman. He is sweet, silly and playful! He’s the most charming and friendly little guy you will ever meet. He loves receiving some pets and affection, munching on greens, and hopping around his enclosure. Come on into HSCC and let Achilles be the hero of your heart! Visit the Humane Society of Chittenden County at 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 862-0135 or visit for more info.

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HSCC offers rabbit “speed dates”! If you currently own a rabbit and are looking to get them a buddy, ask our staff about speed dates, which allow us to introduce two rabbits at our shelter to see if they get along before you adopt.


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3. Approval of PC Operating Procedures 4. Consent Agenda: Boundary Adjustment: Pearly & Lucille Allen, proposal to convey 2.18 acres located at 21 Saxon Hill Road to Neil & Geraldine Villeneuve, 27 Saxon Hill Road in the AR Zone. Map 8, Parcels 4&7 5. Presentation: VT 15 Corridor Segment Study, Evan Drew Presenter 6. Site Plan: Public Hearing: James Ewing: Proposal to construct 195 mini units storage units at 8 Corporate Drive, in the (RPD-I) Zone. Map 072/003/008

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No hearing will be held and a permit will be issued unless, on or before August 30, 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: https://nrb., and email it to the District 4 Office at: NRB. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.



ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION 4C0320-31 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6111 On August 2, 2022, St. Michael’s College, One Winooski Park, Colchester, VT 05439 filed application number 4C0320-31 for a project generally described as construction of a 30’ x 36’ outdoor pavilion/classroom made of wood with concrete piers and a gable roof. No electricity, water or wastewater is proposed. The project is located at 0 Lime Kiln Drive in Colchester, Vermont. This application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 Database: ( Act250/Details.aspx?Num=4C0320-31).

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LEGAL NOTICE: FY2022 HUD CONTINUUM OF CARE PROGRAM NOTICE OF FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS As the Collaborative Applicant for the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance Continuum of Care (CCHA), the Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) is accepting proposals for new, renewed, expanded or bonus projects as outlined below with Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CCHA is soliciting proposals that address housing and service priorities established through the Continuum of Care, with priority for serving vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness including persons experiencing chronic homelessness, persons fleeing domestic violence, unaccompanied youth, and families with children. There is approximately $1,092,543 in funding available for projects to serve those experiencing homelessness and over $110,000 in bonus project funding. Organizations that do not currently receive CCHA CoC program funding are encouraged to submit proposals. Current recipients of this funding are also welcome to apply. Deadline for proposals is 4:00 pm on August 25th 2022. The CCHA 2022 Request for Proposals is available upon request in alternative formats for persons with disabilities For more information visit http://www.cchavt. org/funding/ or contact the CCHA Collaborative Applicant, Marcella Gange of CEDO, at mgange@, or 802.865.7144.

MILTON FIRE DISTRICT #1, 76 CIRCLE ROAD, MILTON, VERMONT 05468 NOTICE OF TAX SALE The resident and non-resident owners, lien holders and mortgagees of property in the Town of Milton, in the County of Chittenden and State of Vermont, are hereby notified that the taxes assessed by the Milton Fire District #1 remain, either in whole or in part, unpaid as to the following described property in the Town of Milton, to wit: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Timothy R. Germaine and Carrie M. Germaine by Quit Claim Deed of Richard J. Beauvais and Carrie M. Germaine, dated March 17, 2005, and recorded in Volume 312 at Page 660 of the Town of Milton Land Records. Being a parcel of land with dwelling house thereon, located on the southeasterly side of Sawyer Circle, (now known as Circle Road) so-called as shown on a plan entitled: “Plat of Survey showing Sawyer Property (Portion), Milton, Vermont” by Warren Robenstein, L.S. Colchester, dated May, 1977, and recorded in Map Book 3 at Page 101 of said Land records and designated therein as Map 136. The property to be sold is further described as follows: 51 Circle Road, Milton, VT 05468, Parcel # 206012.027000. I further state that pursuant to the above and for said purpose, and pursuant to 32 V.S.A. § 5254, said property above described will be sold by public auction on September 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at 76 Circle Road, Milton, Vermont, 05468, as shall be requisite to discharge such taxes with costs, unless previously paid. Dated at Milton, Vermont, this 8th day of August 2022. /s/ Roger Dickinson

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NORTHSTAR SELF STORAGE WILL BE HAVING A PUBLIC AND ONLINE SALE/AUCTION FOR THE FOLLOWING STORAGE UNITS ON AUGUST 31, 2022, AT 9:00 AM Northstar Self Storage will be having a public and online sale/auction on August 31, 2022, at 130 Taconic Business Park Rd., Manchester Center, VT 05255 (Unit M-169), 681 Rockingham Road, Rockingham, VT 05101 (Unit R-66) and at 1124 Charlestown Road, Springfield, VT 05156 (Units S-26, S-27, S-55, S-84, S-85, S-97 & S-131) and online at at 9:00 am in accordance with VT Title 9 Commerce and Trade Chapter 098: Storage Units 3905. Enforcement of Lien Unit # Name Contents 1 - M-169 Bradford Loring - Household Goods 2 - R-66 Erin Benoit - Household Goods 3 - S-26 Debbie Parslow - Household Goods 4 - S-27 Shawna Greenslit - Household Goods 5 - S-55 Tina Prentice - Household Goods 6 - S-84 Tina Prentice - Household Goods 7 - S-85 Ashley Osmer - Household Goods 8 - S-97 Robert Worrell - Household Goods 9 - S-131 Amy Ducharme - Household Goods

NOTICE OF SELF-STORAGE LIEN SALE: LYMAN STORAGE Notice is hereby given that the contents of the self-storage units listed below will be sold at public auction by sealed bid at the Lyman Storage facility. This sale is being held to collect unpaid storage unit occupancy fees, charges and expenses of the sale. The entire contents of each self-storage unit listed below will be sold, with the proceeds to be distributed to Lyman Storage for all accrued occupancy fees (rent charges), attorney’s fees, sale expenses, and all other expenses in relation to the unit and its sale. Any proceeds beyond the foregoing shall be returned to the unit holder. Contents of each unit may be viewed on 08/27/2022, commencing at 10:00 a.m. Sealed bids are to be submitted on the entire contents of each self-storage unit. Bids will be opened one-quarter of an hour after the last unit has been viewed on 08/27/2022. The highest bidder on the storage unit must remove the entire contents of the unit within 48 hours after notification of their successful bid. Purchase must be made in cash and paid in advance of the removal of the contents of the unit. A $50.00 cash deposit shall be made and will be refunded if the unit is broom cleaned. Lyman Storage reserves the right to accept or reject bids. Unit 023 – Samantha L Giroux 175 Kennedy Drive #3 S Burlington VT 05403

PRIVATE AUCTION OF STORAGE UNIT CONTENTS Terrence Litchfield, last known address of 30 school st apt 217 Milton VT 05468 has a past due balance of $379.00 owed to Champlain Valley Self Storage, LLC since 5/31/22. To cover this debt, per lease dated 4/4/21 the contents of unit #955 will be sold at private auction on, or after 8/22/22. Auction pre-registration is required, email info@ to register.

PUBLIC MEETING FOR RAILYARD ENTERPRISE PROJECT This notice is to announce a public meeting for the Railyard Enterprise Project in the City of Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont. The Railyard Enterprise Project is a proposed new roadway connecting Pine Street to Battery Street. The project team is in the early phases of project design and will be presenting the work completed to date, the recommended concept alignment, and the next steps for the project.


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The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 6PM at the Sharon Bushor Conference Room in City Hall, at 149 Church Street, Burlington and virtually via Zoom Webinar. Participants with internet access are encouraged to participate virtually via Zoom. There is no pre-registration requirement. If you are unable to join us, the meeting will be recorded and available on the project website. There are several ways to tune in virtually: (1) Join the Zoom Webinar at itpUWVwQlkxNTRocTJyaXAzVkVpQT09 Passcode: 584278 (2) via Telephone Dial: +1 929 205 6099, then enter the Webinar ID (883 8697 0269) and Password (584278) as instructed. To request interpreter services, please call 802922-5001 or email by August 30th. Additional information can be found on the project website at www.railyardenterprise. com.

TOWN OF BOLTON NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BOLTON SELECT BOARD, 3045 THEODORE ROOSEVELT HWY., BOLTON, VERMONT 05676 The Bolton Select Board will hold a hybrid public hearing at the Bolton Town Office on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 6 p.m. to obtain public feedback regarding proposed amendments to the 2017 Town Plan. To participate in this meeting via computer, please use the following link: 42aUdXU2hwTytHTWo0dkN3MDdZdz09 To participate in this virtual meeting via telephone, please call +1 646 558 8656, use meeting ID 852 7811 3414 and passcode 591507 The proposed plan amendments will be: 1. Incorporating the Bolton Valley Master Plan by reference and updating the proposed land use map (Map #12) to include new land use districts developed in the Bolton Valley Master Plan. The proposed changes to the proposed land use map alters the designation of land near Bolton Valley Resort.

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STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION ADDISON UNIT DOCKET NO.: 22-PR-03622 In re ESTATE of Harold Warren Lyon, Sr. NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of: Harold Warren Lyon, Sr. late of Grand Isle, VT and The Arbors at Shelburne, VT. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the Court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period.

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Executor/Administrator: H. Warren Lyon II and Elizabeth Oosterman, Glenn Jarrett, Esq.; Jarrett | Hoyt, 1795 Williston Rd, Ste 125, South Burlington, VT 05403 802-864-5951 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: 8/17/22 Name of Probate Court: Addison Probate Court Address of Probate Court: 7 Malady Court, Middlebury, VT 05753

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Simulcast Friday, August 19 @ 9AM Public Auto Auction, Williston, VT Online Closes Mon., Aug. 22 @ 10AM Woodworking Machinery & RC Plane Collection, Lancaster, NH Simulcast Friday, August 26 @ 9AM Public Auto Auction, Williston, VT Tuesday, August 30 @ 11AM 15,000 Gal. Fuel Tank on 1.2± Acre, N. Troy, VT

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2. Updating an energy plan that the Bolton Energy Committee created in 2019 with the CCRPC. 3. Making minor changes to the proposed land use map (Map #12) to create more consistent zoning patterns. Geographic areas affected include properties located near or on the following roads: Bolton Valley Access, Wentworth, Thacher, Duxbury, Sports Club Ln, Ardec Ln, Nature Trail, Bear Run & Gardner Ln. Specific sections to be amended: Introduction, Chapter 3: Prosperity, Chapter 4: Place, Chapter 5: Implementation, Appendix 1: Maps, Appendix 2: Documents Incorporated by Reference.

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Copies of the proposed amendments are available for inspection, at the Bolton Town Office, 3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway (RT 2) Bolton, VT 05676, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Thursday, except holidays, and on the Town’s website at selectboard/ The hearings are open to the public. If you cannot attend the hearing, comments may be made in writing prior to the hearing and mailed to: Town Clerk, 3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway (US Route 2), Bolton, VT 05676, or via email to: clerkbolton@

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CELEBRATE RECOVERY Overcome any hurt, habit or hangup in your life w/ this confidential 12-step, Christ-centered 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:, 878-8213.

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.

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: 893-0530, Julie@ CENTRAL VERMONT CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP Last Thu. of every mo., 7:30 p.m. in Montpelier. Please contact Lisa Mase for location: lisa@ harmonizecookery. com. 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

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.zoom. us/j/92925275515. Volunteer facilitator: Bert, 399-8754. 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. For more info, call Sandy 802-425-7053. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT Steps to End Domestic Violence offers a weekly drop-in support group for femaleidentified 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.

& 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 ( for Zoom link, listed under “Family Support” (click on “What We Offer” dropdown).

EMPLOYMENTSEEKERS 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.

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.

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

Legal Notices STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE DIVISION CHITTENDEN UNIT DOCKET NO.: 22-PR-03760 In re ESTATE of Rodney Bruner NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of: Rodney Bruner late of Underhill. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the Court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Dated: August 12, 2022 Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Michelle Bruner Executor/Administrator: Michelle Bruner; c/o Corey Wood, Esq.; PO Box 174, Essex Jct., VT 05453-0174 (802) 879-6304 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: August 17, 2022 Name of Probate Court: Vermont Superior Court, Probate Division, Chittenden Unit Address of Probate Court: 175 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401

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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 12lindsaymarie@gmail. com. 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@ FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS (FA) Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? FA is a free 12step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, undereating 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 603-630-1495 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 mkeasler3@ 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, Mcrystal@ or 802-448-1610. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS Meet every 2nd Mon., 6-7:30 p.m., & every 3rd Wed. from 10-11:30 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, abby@ 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@gmail. com 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 561452568022928 LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE The SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at Pride Center of Vermont offers peerled 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


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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 800639-6480. 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@namivt. org 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 narconon-suncoast. org/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., childrensroomonline. org. Contact or 244-5605.

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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 oavermont. org/meeting-list/ for the current meeting list, meeting format & more; or call 802-8632655 anytime! PONDERING GENDER & SEXUALITY Pondering Gender & Sexuality is a twicemonthly 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 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@outrightvt. org. 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@ 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

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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 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 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@ mercyconnections. org, 802-846-7063, mercyconnections. org/schedule.



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Southeastern VT Community Action (SEVCA) is hiring a dynamic, compassionate FT Finance & Energy Coach. This trailblazing Coach will engage Vermonters living with low and moderate incomes to reduce their climate impact while improving their financial stability. Must have a keen interest in personal finance and unlocking the puzzle of the programs, services, credits, and rebates that will help clients transition to cleaner, more efficient energy sources. Coach will provide 1:1 counseling and workshops to residents in SEVCA’s service area (Windham & Windsor Counties). Training in Assoc. for Financial Counseling & Planning Education (AFCPE) financial counseling and energy efficiency training will be provided and you will work with four other Coaches across VT under direction of the statewide Team Lead. SEVCA offers competitive salary and generous benefits incl. pd. Vac, holidays, sick and personal time, H/D/L/V ins., and 403B retirement. Job can be in person (Westminster), remote, or hybrid. Send resume & cover letter to: Emmett Dunbar, Economic Development Dir., Or mail to 91 Buck Dr., Westminster, VT 05158. EEO/AA.

This full-time, exempt position reports to the Local Motion Board of Directors and is based in Burlington. The Executive Director manages a team of ten year round employees, a team of seasonal employees, and an incredible group of volunteers. Responsibilities include leading advocacy efforts for the bike and pedestrian community in Vermont; leading and expanding fundraising initiatives, cultivating collaborative relationships with external stakeholders throughout Vermont, including local and state agencies, foundations, and other community groups; leading the implementation of the Board-approved strategic plan; fostering a supportive, creative and exciting work environment for staff; and overseeing the management of all Local Motion programs to enhance their effectiveness, financial position, and visibility. Deadline to apply is September 16, 2022.

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR This part-time position is part of a small marketing team. The coordinator’s main responsibility will be to enhance our online presence, building awareness of our mission, as well as to support our programs through excellent design and writing skills. Position open until filled. Visit for full job description and how to apply. Local Motion is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are looking for candidates who will contribute to the diversity & excellence of the organization.



Working in a team environment, the Communications Specialist provides information to the public about HomeShare Vermont, our program and activities. The Specialist works to recruit homeshare candidates for specific housing opportunities and to encourage more people to consider sharing their home. The position includes everything from explaining the program to people who call or stop by, writing press releases, updating the website, publishing newsletters to flyer distribution, group presentations and coordinating our annual outcomes surveys. We seek a mission driven candidate with excellent interpersonal skills who is highly organized and has good attention to detail. Good writing skills and a comfort speaking with groups of people required. A working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel & Publisher, Word Press and MailChimp is desirable. Must be able to multi-task. Access to a vehicle required. Position is office based, full-time with excellent benefits.


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Oversee and support the administration of graduate programs in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Report to the Department Chair in accordance with CEMS Dean’s office &/ or central administrative office guidance or procedures. Provide executive assistance to departmental academic administrators such as Chair, Vice Chair, program, & Center Directors. Provide secondary support for the other departments & programs in the Colleges as needed during periods of high work volume, high student census, & staff absences. Support the faculty recruitment processes, support graduate student application, matriculation, on-boarding, & graduation. Support the recruitment, hiring & payroll for undergraduate students in all undergraduate job categories as well as temporary employees for the department. Support faculty travel, faculty purchasing, faculty discretionary account reconciliation, sponsored projects management including purchases & cost-transfers. Support departmental meetings, events, workshops, & seminars. Support undergraduate student experience to include department & program events, club activities, & specialty programming. Manage departmental records & data, liaising with other University offices & the Dean’s Office for record retention & reporting as needed. Support departmental & programmatic projects such as teaching evaluations both final semester & mid-semester, & the Schedule of Courses maintenance. Support faculty reappointment, promotion, & tenure dossier preparation & submission.

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Grants & Giving Coordinator

Looking for a full or part-time Assistant Teacher/Floater and Head Toddler Teacher at Adventures in Early Learning, a 59-child childcare program in Shelburne! Must have the flexibility to work with children 6 weeks through 5 years old as a floater and with 1 year olds as a Toddler teacher.

Craftsbury Community Care Center

Current hours of operation are 7:30am- 5:15 pm Monday through Friday. We seek individuals who are excited to work with children and families as well as our team of educators. We offer paid holidays (including snow days), sick time, vacation time, educational training (including CPR and First Aid), vision and dental insurances as well as discounted childcare. & FRANKLIN/GRAND

Provide grants and donor support for a concerted fundraising effort. Role includes direct fundraising and development-related tasks plus systems for complex grants and donor tracking and works in tandem with CCCC Board and Exec Director. We seek a collaborative multi-tasker with excellent organizational skills. Part time (15-20 hrs), limited service 6-9 months, possibility of longer. Solid grants experience/ training, knowledge of development/donor databases, good mastery of Excel/Office Suite, familiarity with Quickbooks a plus. ISLE COUNTIES


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COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST Help us tell the HomeShare story and encourage more Vermonters to homeshare! HomeShare Vermont, based in South Burlington, is a small non-profit dedicated to affordable housing and helping elders and others stay at home.



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Integrated Education & Training (IET) Project Coordinator Do you want to work for an Agency that positively impacts the lives of over 20,000 individuals? CVOEO has exciting opportunities to help individuals who are most in need at the Samaritan House in Saint Albans. Housing Advocate - We are looking for a compassionate advocate to help individuals experiencing homelessness and who have low income to find or maintain suitable housing, employment and other social and health supports, and connect clients with local social service agencies organizations, landlords, and funding sources. This is a full time, 40 hour/ week position providing critical overnight coverage from 8pm-4pm, Wednesday through Sunday (with some scheduling flexibility); pay starts at $23/hour. Rental Assistance Program (VERAP) Specialist - VERAP Specialists provide assistance to community members who need help in applying for the Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance Program for help with pastdue and future rent, utility payment assistance and security deposits. Responsibilities include managing applications, providing information and referrals to households, and assisting landlords with program registration; pay starts at $21/hour. We offer an excellent benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance, generous time off, a retirement plan and discounted gym membership. If you want to work for social justice and be part of the most energetic and committed teams in the state of Vermont, please visit to apply.



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The Project Coordinator will develop and oversee Energy Works, an Integrated Education and Training (IET) program that will provide training for Vermonters to work in the high-demand, well-paying industries of weatherization, solar installation, and heat pump installation. As an IET program, Energy Works will be a collaborative effort involving many community partners to provide a combination of technical, soft skills, and academic training. The Project Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting community partners and coordinating their efforts to create a series of training sessions for weatherization, solar installation and heat pump installation. TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references (preferably supervisor or manager level) to: Position is open until filled.

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Are you highly effective in working objectively with a diverse group of people, groups and organizations? Chittenden Community Action, a program of CVOEO, has an opening for a Community Services Worker/VITA Specialist. In this role you’ll coordinate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, which offers free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate income Vermonters, as well as help with rent rebates and homestead property declarations. If you have a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline, 2 years of community service experience (accounting and/or income tax preparation experience highly desirable); effective verbal and written communication skills (bilingual abilities are a plus); proficiency in Microsoft Word, e-mail and internet; exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail; 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. Please apply by visiting and include a cover letter and resume. 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.


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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. Residential Direct Support Professional: Work two days, receive full benefits and have five days off each week! Provide supports to an individual in their home and in the community in 24h shifts including asleep overnights in a private, furnished bedroom. Starting wage is $20/hr.

Shared Living Provider: Open your home to someone with an intellectual disability or autism and open a whole world to them, and to you. There are a variety of opportunities available that could be the perfect match for you and your household. Salary varies dependent on individual care requirements. Why not have a job you love? Join our team today:

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Rock Point Commons (RPC), a non-profit organization, is seeking an Executive Director responsible for the management and sustainable development of Rock Point, a 130-acre sanctuary of publicly accessible conserved land within Burlington, Vermont.

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The successful candidate will be passionate, entrepreneurial, flexible, and will have a proven track record in developing and managing partnerships, as well as in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in work culture. The successful candidate will have strong strategic planning and communication skills, and will be comfortable with working within an evolving, mission-driven organization.

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To apply: Please submit the following to EDSearch@, prior to Friday, August 19. 2022. CV/Resume Statement of Interest: Please describe your interest in working on Rock Point, including responses to the following three questions: • How does your life and work experience contribute to leading Rock Point Commons over the next decade?

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Want to be a hero every Wednesday? Need some cash? Enjoy getting out and about? Delivering Seven Days, Vermont’s most beloved newspaper, is a great way to do all of this while getting paid! We are looking for a driver to handle deliveries in the city of Montpelier on Wednesday mornings weekly. The only requirements are a clean driving record (no major violations), availability on Wednesdays, a reliable vehicle (at least a small SUV or larger), ability to lift 15 pounds and a positive attitude. If you can check all these boxes, then we want you to join the Seven Days circulation team. Papers can be picked up in Burlington or just outside of Montpelier in Berlin. We pay hourly plus mileage reimbursement. Email No phone calls, please. Seven Days is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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THE TYLER PLACE, a nationally recognized summer family resort, is seeking an upbeat, motivated Reservationist to join our small year-round office team. This is a unique opportunity and not a traditional “hospitality sales” position. Rather, our goal is to provide a personalized reservation experience that guides guests to a thorough understanding of the resort, making sure we can meet their needs and expectations for week-long, all-inclusive, family vacation stays. This position requires strong written and oral communication skills and proficiency working across multiple online platforms. You would be working closely with the Reservations Manager and in regular collaboration with other members of the office team. QUALIFICATIONS: • A college degree (Bachelor’s degree preferred) and prior reservations, teaching, administrative and/or camp experience. Competitive salary starting at $42,000 per year, plus benefits. Please send cover letter & resume to: For full description go to:

United States Probation in Burlington is seeking an energetic individual to provide receptionist duties, clerical and procurement support to our office. High school diploma, two years of general experience, proficiency with Word, data entry, report generation and strong interpersonal skills are required. A background investigation and fingerprinting are mandatory before appointment. Starting salary range is from $44,302 - $79,337 (CL-25/26), depending on qualifications. For further information and application instructions visit vtp.uscourts. gov/career-opportunities Deadline for complete applications is the close of business, August 19, 2022.

ALUMNI & DONOR RECORDS ASSISTANT The UVM Foundation is seeking two (2) Alumni & Donor Records Assistants to help create and update gift, pledge, and constituent electronic records for the UVM Foundation. Job responsibilities will include: receiving, processing, and recording contributions; entering and updating biographic and demographic records; and working with standard Microsoft Office applications. These are entry level, full-time positions with opportunity for advancement. Part-time appointment considered for the right candidate. The UVM Foundation is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. To best meet the needs of our organization and our staff, the UVM Foundation provides a hybrid work environment with opportunities for flexibility and partial remote work depending on the responsibilities of the role. Application review is ongoing and will be accepted until the positions are filled. For detailed position descriptions, information about our benefits, what it is like to work with us, and how to apply, please visit our website:


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Companion/Caregiver RICHMOND - 24-year-old, developmentally delayed woman is looking for a fun, attentive female to help with daily tasks in her home and community. She loves music, dancing, laughing, animals, and art projects. 23.5 hours per week, Monday 8 am4:30 pm, Tuesday-Thursday 8 am-1 pm. Non-smoker. Own transportation and clean driving record needed. Background check required. $17.50 per hour starting pay.

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REGISTERED NURSE Are you looking for an opportunity to serve your community as a nursing professional? NKHS has a full-time opening for a Registered Nurse to provide nursing support to our psychiatric team. Enjoy a Monday – Friday schedule in our Newport, VT office. No nights, weekends, or holidays required!

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. Knowledge of MIP Abila software or similar programs a plus. This position can be done remotely, although an office can be made available at any one of our seven (7) sites throughout Vermont. This position requires occasional travel to meet with staff across the state. Full time, competitive salary, excellent benefits.


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Join our mission to empower individuals, families and communities by promoting hope, healing and support! • Competitive salary and a sign-on bonus of up to $5,000

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The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program is an innovative and thriving Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) program that provides in-depth business coaching to over 100 farm and forest businesses a year. We also run grant programs that help improve water quality and invest in working lands infrastructure, and support forest landowners to keep their forests intact and vibrant. The Forest Program Specialist is a full time, 40-hour per week position focused on the growth and management of the Viability Program’s forest landowner programming. This is a dynamic position that will work collaboratively with the Viability Program Director and VHCB Conservation staff.

Viability Program Assistant At VHCB we are making a significant impact creating affordable housing for Vermonters, conserving and protecting Vermont's farms and forestland, and growing sustainable working lands businesses. The Farm and Forest Viability Program Assistant is a full time, 40-hour per week position supporting the administration of the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program. This is a dynamic position that works collaboratively with Viability Program team members to keep our program running smoothly and delivering excellent programming to farm and forest clients. We work closely with a wide variety of farm, food, and forest-focused organizations across the state and this role will include engagement with statewide partners on critical issues in the working landscape. _________________________ 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 by August 26 to: Positions will remain open until filled. 6t-VHCBforest081022 1

United Way of Lamoille County is hiring a Mobile Rural Resource Navigator. The Resource Navigator will assist Lamoille County residents in accessing social services and other community resources. The Resource Navigator meets with individuals in libraries and community centers to understand their situations and help them find the supports they need to address issues impacting their quality of life. Developing trusting relationships with residents, agencies, businesses, and community partners is the heart of the Mobile Rural Resource Navigator’s work.

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s College and/or demonstrated experience navigating community resources and working across sectors by managing multiple relationships. Pay commensurate with experience. To apply, please email resume and cover letter by 9/02/2022 to: See the full job description at

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Assistant Road Foreman & Highway Maintenance The Town of Hinesburg has (2) openings in the Highway Department. The Assistant Road Foreman is a working supervisory position that works in collaboration with the Road Foreman. The Highway Maintenance Level II position reports to the Assistant Road Foreman and is responsible snow plowing, heavy equipment operation and general labor related to highway maintenance. The pay is competitive and dependent on qualifications. Benefits include: health, dental and disability insurance; paid time off; pension plan; and 13 paid holidays. A $3,000 bonus will be given upon successful completion of a 6-month probation period. A valid VT issued CDL is required. Apply online: employment-opportunities. Hinesburg is an equal opportunity employer.


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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 8/29/22.

Qualifications: Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from an accredited school of social work. Or: Current RN licensure or compact licensure recognized by the State of Vermont required. Minimum of (3) years of clinical experience in a related field.

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This is a new position at Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) that will be based out of our St. Johnsbury office. The mission of Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) is to empower all generations of the Northeast Kingdom to grow, prosper and thrive. Community Action is about positively impacting and improving the communities we serve. This is a senior management team leadership position that requires an individual with experience and demonstrated commitment to strengthening families, youth advocacy and early childhood development. Programs that will be managed by this position include NEKCA Parent-Child Centers, Family Supportive Housing, and Children’s Integrated Services.

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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.

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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!

Payroll and Facilities Administrator is part of both the Human Resources and Administrative Teams. This position manages all payroll processes for the company. In addition, this position will assist the Executive Assistant and Facilities Manager with coordination of various tasks for the building and other administrative functions as necessary. Our ideal candidate will have a min of 4-5 yrs of experience in Human Resources, Accounting, Administration or related field; a min of a high school diploma or equivalent required (some college-level coursework preferred); and solid PC skills, with a focus on MS Office and the Internet. Attention to detail and juggling multiple priorities is a must.

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We are Hiring! The Shelburne Tap House is hiring servers, cooks & hosts! We are seeking experienced servers & cooks to join our hospitality team. We are a locally Chef-owned bar & restaurant located right on Route 7 in beautiful Shelburne! We offer competitive pay, set schedules & free parking. Come join our team today! Please send resume to:



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The Town of Warren is currently seeking a team spirited, non-smoking fulltime member of the Town Road/Highway Team. The position is a year-round, fulltime position with excellent compensation and benefits. To see a detailed description for the position, go to: roadcrew job Letters of interest, job history and a statement of qualifications must be submitted to the Human Resource Director. Letters and applications can be sent via email to Dlisaius@warrenvt. org or mailed to PO Box 337, Warren, VT 05674. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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The ideal candidate should have a current Class B CDL, clean driving record and ability to work a flexible schedule with overtime in the winter. Must live within a reasonable distance of Weybridge. Capable of driving dump trucks, snow plowing, equipment maintenance, roadside mowing, culvert work & operating small equipment. Good benefits, paid holidays, retirement, sick days and insurance.Pay based on experience. Applications are located on the Town Website. Mail to the Town of Weybridge 1727 Quaker Village Road, Weybridge, VT 05753 or emailed to: 802-545-2450

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Caledonia Spirits is hiring a full time Human Resources Coordinator. The HR Coordinator provides essential support to the Human Resources functions of the company, maintains order, maximizes efficiency and facilitates cohesiveness of the company's HR operations. This position performs a wide range of HR duties, including payroll, benefits administration, and new employee onboarding, as well as general administrative duties from basic to high-level clerical support, data management, and record keeping. This position will be a combination of onsite and remote work. See full job description at Send a cover letter and a resume to

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





We are growing our annual giving programs and looking for new teammates to take on these exciting roles. These are tremendous opportunities for creative, motivated, people-focused professionals that want to help drive our program towards success!



The Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving has responsibility for discovering, qualifying, cultivating, and soliciting leadership annual giving donors, as well as building on the pipeline of major gift donors. One Annual Giving Officer will focus on soliciting gifts for the benefit of the entire University; the other will focus on Academic Health Sciences, which includes the Larner College of Medicine, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the University of Vermont Medical Center.


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The Assistant Director will assist in the management of the direct marketing fundraising program that supports the strategic objectives of the UVM Foundation and the philanthropic priorities of the University of Vermont. This includes developing, writing and executing solicitation strategies through multiple communications channels (mail, email, text, social media, etc.)

ASSEMBLY TECHNICIAN: 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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ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER The Town of Middlebury, Vermont, is seeking an Assistant Town Manager to support the day-to-day operation of Town government and provide necessary strategic and operational support in meeting key objectives as established by the Middlebury Selectboard. This role requires consistent exercise of independent judgment with frequent interaction with members of the public and outside local, regional and State of Vermont agencies. The Assistant Town Manager is part of the Town Manager’s top management team and has a strong internal and external communications focus requiring independent judgment and discretion. In addition to overseeing and supporting day-to-day operations, the Assistant Town Manager supports the human resources function and plays a critical role in communicating with Town staff and the broader community on a regular basis. The role engages in a significant amount of analysis and reporting to the Town Manager, Selectboard, community and with the community as a whole, often through special projects. A detailed job description for the position is available on the Town’s website, The ideal candidate will have strong experience in municipal or private sector management roles, strong analytical and communication skills and the demonstrated ability to manage complex issues while exercising independent judgment and discretion and maintaining appropriate levels of confidentiality. This is a full-time permanent position of approximately 40 hours per week. The role includes a competitive compensation and benefits package. Please send cover letter, resume (or application) to: Town of Middlebury, Attn: Crystal Grant, Assistant to the Town Manager, Town Offices, 77 Main Street, Middlebury, Vermont 05753 Or e-mail for prompt consideration. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, however applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The Town of Middlebury is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

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. We are a collaborative and diligent team 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.

Director of Policy and Special Programs 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.

Farm & Forest Viability Program Positions Join a team of dedicated colleagues in a fast-paced and collaborative working environment! We are hiring for a Forestry Program Specialist and a Program Assistant. VHCB's Viability Program pro-

vides in-depth business coaching to over 100 farm and forest businesses a year. We also run grant programs that help improve water quality and invest in working lands infrastructure, and support forest landowners to keep their forests intact and vibrant. Apply by August 26 with cover letter and résumé.

Controller 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. Untitled-1 1

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Seeking a fashion forward, responsible individual for part time employment at Liebling, a high end women's boutique in Burlington! Retail experience appreciated but willing to train the right person. Job entails sales, retail merchandising, building strong relationships with clientele, content creation for social media and marketing.

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Deerfield Designs is looking for a Screen Print Operator to join our team in Waitsfield, VT. This position is responsible for the screen making, product printing, printer maintenance, and clean-up. Attention to detail and quality of product are important to this position. Essential Job Functions:


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Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of elderly residents living in Winooski? If you have part-time availability and would like to be part of a dedicated team of professionals helping elderly residents age safely in place, this may be the position for you!

A key role in this position is the commitment and ability to build safe and trusting relationships with SASH participants, a diverse group of residents, and community members.

Be creative and enthusiastic in developing, organizing and facilitating programming and activities to encourage participants to stay socially engaged.

Be resourceful in working with local community providers to help participants obtain services.

Have the skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team and have outstanding organizational and communication skills.

Have knowledge of and an appreciation for the heritage, values, and wisdom of each participant and a commitment to the philosophy of a person’s choice to age at home.

Have strong verbal and written communication skills. Must possess a valid driver’s license. A working knowledge of Microsoft Office and experience with computer software and statistical databases in general, are highly desirable.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to or mail to 83 Barlow Street, Winooski, VT 05404

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PROGRAM MANAGER 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 & other consultants on developing the Heritage Center Brand & implementing marketing strategies to build awareness & 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) Deadline for submission of resumes is August 31, 2022. Send resumes to:


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Qualifications: Previous screen printing experience preferred. Additional graphic arts education is a plus (Adobe Illustrator).

Full time position for croissant production: mixing doughs, lamination, cutting, and rolling croissant, making biscuits, rolling and crimping pie shells, tarts, and some cookie making. We are looking for someone that has had some experience with lamination but willing to train a motivated candidate.

Candidates must have great attention to detail, be able to read and follow instructions on screen printing work orders, be accountable for their work, follow daily screen print production schedule and maintain work area. Must be able to work independently with good analytical & problem-solving skills.

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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.

Outreach & Communications Manager The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) is a nonprofit doing amazing work… and we need help getting the word out! We are looking for an Outreach and Communications Manager to join our team! Do you love talking with people and sharing your excitement? Are you skilled at using backend technology and data to make an impact? If you have marketing and sales experience, and a passion for inspiring and empowering young people, we would love to hear from you! This is a full-time exempt position, with one day/week in our Winooski office. Folks outside of Chittenden County are encouraged to apply! Salary range is $45-50k and the benefits package includes generous paid time off. Also seeking an AmeriCorps Member for Sep/Oct start!

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RN/LPN: Ready for a fun job with a big impact? Let’s Go! Now Hiring Drivers and Admin Staff Help your neighbors move forward by working for Ready To Go, a nonprofit program by Good News Garage! Ready To Go is an on-demand transit program that helps adults and children get to work, school, childcare, and other important places. A rewarding job with great benefits: · $1,000 Sign-&-Stay Bonus! · Medical, Dental, and Retirement Plans · Pay starts at $17.75+/hour · Vehicles and Smartphones provided · No CDL or special license required For information & to apply: GOODNEWSGARAGE.ORG/CAREERS Equal Opportunity Employer

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When you work for the State of Vermont, you and your work matter. A career with the State puts you on a rich and rewarding professional path. You’ll find jobs in dozens of fields – not to mention an outstanding total compensation package.


This position in the Operations Unit coordinates the department’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), focusing on general preparedness for disruption to normal operations and response to public health emergencies. Work includes: Coordinate the department Continuity of Operations Plan. Develop and implement COOP drills, tabletops, and exercises. Align COOP with department planning for public health emergency response. Administer system for notifying employees of emergencies. For more information, contact Paul Hochanadel at Department: Health. Location: Burlington. Status: Full Time Limited Service. Job Id #38441. Application Deadline: August 24, 2022.


This position in the Operations Unit coordinates the department onboarding program and supports ongoing professional development opportunities for employees. Work includes: Coordinate the onboarding program, hiring & onboarding guides, and new employee orientation. Develop, enhance, and promote professional development activities. Participate in implementing the department’s organizational development strategy and plan. Serve on the department Workforce Development Committee. For more information, contact Paul Hochanadel at Department: Health. Location: Burlington. Status: Full Time Limited Service. Job Id #38461. Application Deadline: August 25, 2022.


The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is seeking an Agricultural Water Quality Specialist who will perform water quality inspections on farms to ensure regulatory compliance. The primary goal of this position is to implement federal and state water quality regulations to protect the waters of Vermont. Candidates must have environmental and agricultural knowledge and be skilled in writing, mapping, and database use. Please Note: This position

is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to each specific Job Requisition. For more information, contact Steven Cash at Department: Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency. Status: Full Time, Limited Service. Location: Williston. Job Id #38650 for level II or #38981 for level III. Application Deadline: August 24, 2022.

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EQUITY AND ENGAGEMENT MANAGER Application Deadline: September 2, 2022

Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) is seeking to hire a full-time Equity and Engagement Manager to lead organizational and project-specific equity and racial justice efforts. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Develop, execute, and monitor strategies in alignment with the federal requirements and CCRPC’s equity and racial justice goals to center justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all facets of the CCRPC’s work; build relationships with diverse populations; and leverage resources to become a regional equity leader. The ideal candidate has an in-depth knowledge of best practices to address equity and familiarity with public engagement, public policy analysis, organizational and program design, and implementation demonstrated through a combination of education and at least 3 - 5 years of relevant work experience. This position will work closely with CCRPC’s newly forming Equity Advisory Committee to implement CCRPC’s priority equity and engagement initiatives. A full job description is available at CCRPC is the regional planning agency for the greater Burlington region in Vermont. Our offices are in downtown Winooski along the river in a great walking environment with a variety of restaurants, services and businesses. The workplace is supportive, friendly, and flexible. During the pandemic, employees may work from home or in the office. The individual selected must be a self-starter, able to work independently and meet deadlines. Regular night meetings and in-person meetings (when the pandemic allows) will be expected. Valid driver’s license required. Salary is expected to be $65,000-75,000. Please send a letter of interest and resume to Charlie Baker, Executive Director: For full consideration, apply by September 2, 2022. Interviews will be virtual. The position will remain open until filled. The CCRPC believes a diverse and culturally proficient staff are pivotal to creating an environment free of inequities. Accordingly, the CCRPC seeks to provide our membership and community with services enhanced by the professional contributions of culturally competent representatives of different races, socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, physical ability, age, and sexual orientation. Successful candidates must be committed to working effectively with diverse community populations and expected to strengthen such capacity if hired. CCRPC is an equal opportunity employer. At CCRPC, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY BY ROB BREZSNY REAL AUGUST 18-24 have been standing by and holding on and biding time, will have an excellent chance to begin inhabiting their full, rich destiny. I invite you to imagine what that will feel like.

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): Taurus poet Sherko Bekas wrote, “Each joy I wear, its sleeves are either too short or too long, too loose or too tight on me. And each sorrow I wear fits as if it were made for me wherever I am.” With this as our starting point, Taurus, I’m pleased to report some good news. In the next three weeks, you will have zero sorrows to try on and wear like a garment. And there will be at least three joys that fit just right. The sleeves will be the correct length, and the form will be neither too loose nor too tight.


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“I’ve swung from ancient vines in the caves of Jamaica,” exults Hoodoo priestess Luisah Teish. “I’ve danced with delight around totem poles and pressed foreheads with Maori warriors. I’ve joked with the pale fox in the crossroads, then wrestled with the jaguar and won. I have embraced great trees between my thighs and spoken words of love to thunder while riding lightning bolts.” I offer Teish’s celebratory brag to inspire you as you formulate plans for the coming weeks and months. What exhilarating adventures will you give yourself? What expansive encounters will you learn from? What travels outside of your comfort zone will you dare? The time is right for upsurges and upturns and upgrades.

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Aries filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky wrote, “All my life, I’ve been going around waiting for something — as if I were waiting in a railway station. And I’ve always felt as if the living I’ve done so far hasn’t actually been real life but a long wait for it — a long wait for something real.” If I could speak with Tarkovsky right now, I would cheerfully tell him that his wait will soon be over. I’d say that in the coming months, Aries people who have been postponing and postponing, who

GEMINI (May 21-Jun. 20): Tips on how to

get the most out of the coming weeks: 1) Create a big spacious realization by weaving together several small hunches. 2) Keep a little angel on your right shoulder and a little devil on your left shoulder. Enjoy listening to them argue, and don’t get attached to anything they say. 3) Do the unexpected until it becomes expected. Then abandon it and try a new, unexpected experiment. 4) Meditate expansively on the question, “How many careers can I have in one lifetime?” 5) Enhance your home so it feels even more comfortable.

CANCER (Jun. 21-Jul. 22): Be fluid and flexible while still being rooted and sturdy. Be soft and sensitive even as you are also firm and resolute. Be mostly modest and adaptable, but become assertive and outspoken as necessary. Be cautious about inviting and seeking out challenges, but be bold and brash when a golden challenge arrives. Be your naturally generous self most of the time, but avoid giving too much. Got all that, Cancerian? Carrying out the multifaceted assignments I just described might be nearly impossible for most of the other signs of the zodiac, but they are in your wheelhouse. You are a specialist in fertile complexity. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22): In his poem “The Pupil,” Virgo-born Donald Justice speaks of how he spent “a whole week practicing for that moment on the threshold.” I advise you to do the same, Virgo. The goal is to be as prepared as

you can be for the upcoming rite of transition — without, of course, being neurotically overprepared. It’s fine and natural to honor the tension of anticipation, using it as motivation to do your best. One other thing: As you get ready, please have as much fun as possible. Visualize the sense of accomplishment you’ll feel when you’ve reached the other side of the test.

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): “One is always at home in one’s past,” wrote author Vladimir Nabokov. But I encourage you to rebel against that theory, Libra. For now, find a way not to feel at home in your past. Question it, be curious about it, reevaluate it. My hope is that you will then be motivated to change how your history lives in you. Now is an excellent time to reconfigure your life story, to develop a revised relationship with its plot twists and evolution. Revisit and update some of your memories. Reevaluate the meanings of key events. Enchanting healings will materialize if you do. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Of all the signs

in the zodiac, you Scorpios are most likely to regard that old pop tune by the Animals as your theme song. “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good,” croons lead singer Eric Burdon, “Oh, Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.” But you may have less motivation to express that sentiment in the coming weeks, dear Scorpio. I suspect you will experience record-breaking levels of being seen and appreciated for who you are. For best results, do this: 1) Inform your deep psyche that you have no attachment to being misunderstood. 2) Tell your deep psyche that you would very much like to be well understood.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Unless

we are creators, we are not fully alive,” wrote Sagittarian author Madeleine L’Engle. She was referring to everyone, not just people in the arts. She believed that to be soulful humans, we must always make new things, generate fresh possibilities and explore novel approaches. The restless urge to transform what already exists can be expressed in how we do our jobs, our parenting, our intimate relationships and every other activity. You are now entering a phase, Sagittarius, when this initiatory energy will be especially available, needed and valuable.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In her poem “Valentine,” Capricorn poet Carol Ann Duffy tells a lover she won’t give her a “red rose or a satin heart.” Instead, her token of affection is an onion, a symbol of multilayered complexity. “Its fierce kiss will stay on your lips,” Duffy writes, “possessive and faithful as we are, for as long as we are.” She adds that the onion will “blind you with tears like a lover.” OK. I understand the tough attitude expressed by Duffy. Romance isn’t a relentlessly sweet, sentimental romp through paradise. But I don’t recommend that you imitate her approach in your love life in the coming weeks and months. Appreciate the sometimes shadowy and labyrinthine convolutions, yes, but don’t make them more important than beauty and joy and love. How about invoking the symbol of a pomegranate? It represents fertility and rebirth out of the darkness. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Be extra ex-

pressive with the people and animals you care about. Be even more amusing and generous than usual. Dare to be abundantly entertaining and engaging and empathetic. Make it your goal to draw out your allies’ dormant potentials and inspire them to love themselves even more than they already do. I’ll tell you about the endearing terms that author Vladimir Nabokov called his wife. Consider using them with your dear ones: “My sun, my soul, my song, my bird, my pink sky, my sunny rainbow, my little music, my inexpressible delight, my tenderness, my lightness, my dear life, my dear eyes, kittykin, poochums, goosikins, sparrowling, bird of paradise.”

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): Sometimes, you may feel you’re under the influence of a debilitating spell or hindered by a murky curse. Pisceans are prone to such worries. But here’s a secret. More than any other zodiac sign, you have the power to escape from spells. Even if you have never studied the occult or read a witch’s grimoire, you possess a natural facility for the natural magic that disperses curses. From the depths of your psyche, you can summon the spiritual force necessary to cleanse the gunk and free yourself. Now is a perfect time to prove to yourself that what I’ve said here is true.


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FRIDAY MORNING, COMING DOWN Convenience store on Route 2. Your day was off to a rough start. Sounded like my yesterday. Can I buy you a coffee drink and hold the door for you somewhere? You: in boots with the sporty rims with the red stripes. Me: with the sleeved arms in the race-inspired tire truck. When: Friday, July 29, 2022. Where: Montpelier convenience store. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915596

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WE ZOOMED SOME LAST YEAR You said you see a good friend when you look at me (even with my crazy hair), one of many deep things we shared that made me feel so connected. One year-plus out, missing you. If you still live in the same town, I’m local now. Would love to take a walk, maybe meet a Galactic dog when you have custody? T. When: Friday, May 7, 2021. Where: Zoom. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915597

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Dear Reverend,

My sister-in-law recently spent five nights in our small, one-bathroom house. My husband and I had fun hanging out with her, but we were also annoyed by some of her behavior as a guest. Like, she used my deodorant without asking. She couldn’t keep track of which bath towel was hers — gross! She never put her dishes in the dishwasher or even by the sink. She let food from the freezer melt all over the counter. When we bring this stuff up with her, she makes us feel like insane neat freaks. Are we? Do we just have to put up with this next time she visits? She’s stayed at hotels in the past, but they’re too expensive for every time.

Notya Mayde

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RIVER PIZZA In the Richmond river. You’re the finest pizza topping. I was paddling the kayak with a crew, and we drifted apart. Wish I had met up at the end of the river. Pizza party sometime? When: Sunday, July 17, 2022. Where: Richmond. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915589

PRO-CHOICE, MONTPELIER You: dressed in purple, closing your store, chatted with me a bit before I fell. Would like to thank you, personally, for your care. On the water, sometime? —SD. When: Friday, June 24, 2022. Where: State St., Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915587

I feel your pain. I like things a certain way in my house, and I often find myself cleaning up in the wake of visitors. Keeping your house tidy and expecting a guest to do the same doesn’t make you a neat freak. Your sisterin-law sounds like a Messy Bessie who gets defensive about her sloppy ways. If this weren’t a relative staying at your house, I would suggest being a gracious host and shrugging it off. But since she’s family, there’s no need to sweep it under the rug. Let your husband do the talking. He’s the sibling, so he shouldn’t have to pussyfoot around her. He can be polite

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

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 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

but straightforward, letting her know that she has to play by the house rules. And before her next visit, you could sort of sister-in-law-proof your house. If all your towels match, get one for her that is a totally different color or print and have a place for it in her room. Keep toiletries that you don’t want her to use in your bedroom. You get the idea. In the big picture, you enjoy having her come to visit, so the few days of frustration might just be worth it. Besides, it could be fun for you and your husband to vent about it over a glass of wine — or three — after she leaves. Good luck and God bless,

The Reverend

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